Black Ariel FTW
Disney is going all in on the live-action remakes of its 80s and 90s animation hits. This week we learned that Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
Very excited to see the expansion of their princesses of color. Next step: more inclusive and empowering storylines like, say, Moana, sans Prince Charming.
Lesson: representation matters.
Megan Rapinoe and the US Women's national team (USWNT) secured their World Title Cup this week and brought their politics with them. Before their win, Rapinoe took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and said there was no way she would visit the White House if they won.
While interviewing fans post-victory in a French bar, a Fox News correspondent was drowned out by 'Fuck Trump!' chants and the World Cup stadium erupted in chants of 'Equal Pay!' after the final match. Lesson: politics do belong in sports.
This week, SunTrust bank joined the growing number of financial institutions that are backing out of the private prison industry. Now four of the 14 banks financing the top two U.S. private prison entities, CoreCivic and GEO Group, have severed their ties to the industry. Lesson: follow the money.