Sincerely Seven: Week 26

I guess we are halfway through the year now at week 26?! The year has been so crazy and I cannot believe it’s already halfway over. I hope you’ve had a great 6 months (lol who am I kidding), but here’s to hopefully 6 better months ahead.

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  1. My lady hero of the week is Rebekah Jones of FL. This queen was the manager of Florida’s COVID dashboard and was repeatedly asked by the state to manipulate data so it would look like there were less deaths/cases and they could move into phase 4 of reopening. She said ‘no way’ and has not been quiet about the loss of her job from this incident. Here are resources you should use even though some states are pushing to reopen regardless of case totals (here, here and here).
  2. PLEASE think twice before attending a large gathering, even with family. 
  3. On this week’s Work in Progress, filmmaker Oge Egbuonu discussed her new documentary (IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS, which explores how black women are the most oppressed individuals of all. I watched the film and it brought me to tears. Please consider renting or buying to support this independent film. Egbuonu also recommended a book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy a Degruy which I cannot wait to read!
  4. If you need any Fourth of July desserts, I would recommend this tasty blueberry pie from Preppy Kitchen. I made it a few weeks ago and it was delicious (even with Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust)!CAC82F01-D58A-45AF-A5BD-D1392173D80E
  5. Here is a piece highlighting 3 black artists who became viral on Instagram during recent protests. Please support these artists with a follow on Instagram, as well checking out their shops or chosen organizations to donate to.
  6. For any Animal Crossing fans, in case you missed it, it was announced this week that we get to swim on July 3rd!! To say I’m excited is an understatement, tbh.
  7. If you’re into Disney films like myself, Disney+ released a series, Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2. It’s really interesting to see  all the complexities behind the scenes that go into making a full length feature animation film, would recommend the watch!

Here’s to the last few days of June and a happy Fourth of July weekend ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

 

Cinderelly, Cinderelly…

Cinderella has always been my favorite Disney Princess. Her story has always been my least favorite. In case you weren’t aware, the jist of her story is that she has a horrible life and in the end, a man saves her from her horrible life, giving her a castle and a crown. And they lived happily ever after. As a modern young woman, that makes me want to pull out my hair and scream. Why couldn’t she have left her step mother and started a life for her own independent fabulous self? I don’t know, open a shoe store in town or something!

This weekend, I went with my friend to see the new Cinderella movie. First, let me say, if you haven’t seen it yet, make your way to a theater. Unlike the other new live action classic Disney tales, this storyline follows the classic film exactly. I was hoping for some wonderful Maleficient adaption because I love when directors/writers/producers take the movie and make it their own. This new Cinderella movie still made me leave the theater in amazement. It also made me understand why I love the story of Cinderella so much.

She was kind and had a good heart. She worked hard and always put others before herself, whether it was a mouse or a member of her horrible step-family. She believed in love and kindness and saw the world as it could be. And in the end, she fell in love with someone who didn’t care about what she was, a commoner. She stood as a maid, proud of who she was and courageously asked the Prince if he would take her as she was. He looked at her and only saw her beautiful and kind heart, which is something I only hope to find in my own life. I firmly believe that Cinderella is an excellent example of the kind of wonderful human being we should all strive to be.

Who’s your favorite Princess? Anyone else love this movie?!

Stay kind, Reader.

Love, B.