Media news roundup

This week, important issues regarding the Black Lives Matter movement was to be seen and read across the media landscape. Crucial social issues and questions were raised across the board, whether from a creative perspective or from community standpoint. This month, we also celebrate Pride Month, though a little differently thanks to the global pandemic.

Through these leading conversations regarding diversity, inclusivity and societal change, here’s our roundup of this week’s media news …

Racism is a global issue

“Edward Enninful discusses the importance of cultivating an anti-racist agenda […] ‘I am lucky to have enormous privilege in my world, but as a man of colour, and as a gay man, I could not escape the sense that it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved, or what you’ve contributed to society, your life can still feel worthless. When I step out of my door in the morning, to take a walk or to wander alone, I am always aware of increased personal danger because of the colour of my skin […] This is an evolving conversation, and it requires evolving education. We have to keep educating ourselves and out neighbours, or the atrocities won’t stop […] I am convinced that we need to fight racism, to convert knowledge into anti-racism. And we need to do it together'” – Vogue

Black Lives Matter; how to support the movement

“Want to show your support for the anti-racism movement, but unable to attend a protest? Here’s some ideas of ways you can get involved […] With the risks of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public transport usage still in place, it’s possible that many people who would like to attend the protests will simply be unable to […] Here are some ideas of things you can do today to show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the Uk, wherever you are; take the knee, write to your MP to demand action, join the campaign for a public inquiry into BAME Covid-19 related deaths and donate to one of the anti-racism charities and organisations making a difference” – Stylist

Rachel Cargle to open a bookstore and writing centre

“Academic and activist Rachel Cargle announced that she’s opening Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre in her hometown Akron, Ohio. The shop has launched online and will open a physical store once it’s deemed safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cargle also shared her #Revolution Reading List filled with resources applicable to the current police brutality protests and the ongoing fight for racial justice. Proceeds from the store will benefit The Loveland Foundation, which provides therapy and mental health resources to Black women and girls” – Harper’s Bazaar

Glossier offers grant to black-owned businesses

“Glossier’s CEO Emily Weiss has used the power of her cult-status beauty brand to provide a lesson in how white individuals and businesses can be allies for the BAME community. As well as donating $500k to organisations directly combating racism, Glossier is going one step further by directly helping black-owned businesses within the beauty industry […] the brand revealed it has set aside another $500k as grants for such companies, ultimately helping those without the opportunities, investment or platform of Glossier to find success” – Harper’s Bazaar

Virtual events to celebrate Pride Month

“Over the next several weeks, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies will reflect on the progress made since the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement, largely led by Black drag queen Marsha P. Johnson […] pride organisers around the country are shifting this year’s celebrations to a virtual format as the coronavirus pandemic continues to loom over the nation. Adapting to the health crisis, cities will host livestreams, digital parties and more in lieu of in-person parades and gatherings” – Hypebae

Experimental Perfume Club brings bespoke perfume online

“Experimental Perfume Club has brought its Bespoke Collection and Discovery Set to consumers online. Previously only available in-store at Selfridges, the Bespoke Collection features 20 fragrance blends created by the brand’s in-house perfumer, which consumers are able to try at-home” – Cosmetics Business

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann launches personalised remote shopping

“The boulevard Haussmann flagship of Parisian department store chain Galeries Lafayette has been closed for over two months, but from May 22 the store has been trialling a new way of remote video selling. The ‘Exclusive Live Shopping’ video service links up individual customers at their homes with consultants and personal shoppers physically situated in the department store’s boulevard Haussmann branch in Paris” – Fashion Network

Reebok x Ba&sh collaboration

“This week, Reebok unveiled an exclusive capsule collection with women’s wear brand Ba&sh. Titled ‘Pas de Deux’, the collection was designed to fuse style, sport and the movement of dance through six pieces – five garments in a palette of pale pink, black and beige and one Freestyle Hi all-black sneaker” – WWD

Lockdown prompts rethink of how we buy and sell jewellery

“Jewellers have had to get savvy when responding to the surge of customers keen to purchase more meaningful jewels during lockdown. London-based gallerist Elisabetta Cipriani has turned to creative methods to display her jewels, conceding jewellery’s inherent tactility and offering in its place visual and sensual inspiration” – Wallpaper*

John Lewis launches lockdown workshops

“John Lewis Partnership is this week launching a series of free online workshops to help address some of the undesirable ‘side effects’ of coronavirus lockdown, such as poor posture from home working […] From this week, the retailer’s members are being invited to book a range of free live classes including; sessions on the importance of sleep, family fitness classes, sessions on making healthier food choices and energising cardio sessions” – Drapers

Allbirds & Adidas collaboration

“Allbirds is once again tackling the issue of sustainability head-on. This time, though, they’re not doing it alone. The tech-savvy start-up announced an industry-defining collaboration with sports giant Adidas to create a truly carbon-neutral trainer […] the trainer that results from the team-up will ‘accelerate solutions to reduce the 700M metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted by the footwear industry annually'” – Refinery 29

The future of London’s gyms

“Industry leaders have been hard at work to rustle up a new training plan – the pandemic, they say, is actually the start of a new fitness revolution. From sanitising machines to HIIT classes in the park, this is how gyms are preparing to get London sweating together again” – Evening Standard

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