++ Hamilton is finally getting a theatrical release with the original Broadway cast. If I'm reading this all correctly, this is the version that was professionally filmed some while ago but was never released, until now that is. We have to wait until 2021, but it will definitely be worth the wait. I've listened to the soundtrack dozens of times and saw few clips from bootleg versions, but I'll actually get to see the whole thing! I'm hoping that this may be the gateway for more plays to be professionally filmed and released, either theatrically or straight-to-DVD, because this has been an issue for a long, long time.
++ I just watched Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's halftime show performance and they were absolute perfection. I love how even though they're in their forties and fifties they are basically ageless and still got the moves to pull off such an energetic performance. Iconic. ❤
++ Barnes and Noble is under fire for "fake diversity" with them selling classic novels with POC on the covers, despite the characters of the book being white. They quickly cancelled the event that would be releasing these editions due to the complaints and massive backlash, but honestly, who thought this was a good idea in the first place? This is precisely the issue I have with performative "woke culture", shit like this only hurts the cause for inclusion rather than helps it. Now, I recently went to my local B&N and they do have a section right when you walk in promoting black authors in celebration for black history month, so it's not like they're incapable of doing this properly. It's just whoever thought of this stunt actually thought they were being clever when in reality they were just carelessly ignorant and tone deaf.