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Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have To Pick One Identity

By now you know that Kamala Harris is presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s pick to run alongside him as vice president. Many reactions to the historic announcement celebrated Harris’ professional achievements alongside what she represents as the first Black woman, the first Indian woman, and the first Asian-American woman to be on a major party ticket. She is all of those things. She doesn’t need to pick one.

Harris was raised by an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, and she identifies with both of those labels. I was raised by a Black mother and a mixed-race Indian and white father. I identify with all of those labels, too—because all of them have shaped me. People who fit all of those descriptors are my ancestors who came before me and the family who raised me; they have influenced how I understand myself and how I move through the world, and they will continue to do so. My experience as a multiracial woman will never map perfectly onto someone else’s experiences living in their own skin. Like Harris, I am Black—and I am Indian. One doesn’t negate the other.

Kamala Harris doesn’t fit neatly into one box, and she doesn’t need to. So, while different groups of people are excited to claim her and celebrate her as “one of us,” it’s disingenuous to ignore the other parts of her identity that she categorically says have shaped her. She’s not Black, “but” also Indian. She’s not Indian, “but” also Black. The word, instead of but, is and. And that’s not a bad thing.

Harris has spoken publicly about moving through the world as a woman of color so many times. She’s described the importance of her roots and her heritage in her own words and on her own terms, most notably in her 2019 memoir The Truths We Hold. In June, Harris told the New York Times the advice she offers young people who see her as a mentor. “I will say to them that you will often find that you are the only one who looks like you in the room, be it around the conference table or in a meeting or wherever you are,” she told interviewer Lisa Lerer. “But the thing to remember is you are never in that room alone. We are all in that room with you, expecting that you will use your voice, and use it with pride and use it in a way that represents all of those who are in the room with you but not physically there.”

Harris can’t go into a room and leave her Indianness or her Blackness in the hallway. That’s why I struggle with the suggestion that Harris isn’t Black “enough” or Indian “enough” to count as either, even though people are obviously well within their rights to say they feel like she doesn’t represent them. It’s just that that type of questioning is something I experience as a multiracial woman myself, and it’s confusing. No one can really question the theoretical labels you identify with, but they can (and do) question how you act and how you represent yourself. Was I Indian “enough” to have my small, traditional wedding blessing in Delhi with my father’s family, or was it actually some kind of cultural appropriation? When a form doesn’t have the option for “multiracial,” is it wrong for me to select Black? Who gets to decide?

Harris’ nomination is a win for so many groups. It’s a win for women, for Black Americans, for Asian-Americans, for Indian-Americans—and a win for multiracial and multiethnic Americans. She’s not one thing, she’s many things—like myself, like millions of others. She doesn’t have to pick one.

Michelle Obama Just Opened Up About Menopause and Aging

When Michelle Obama speaks, the world listens. 

Whether she’s asking people to go high when others go low, revealing she, too, has had some low-grade depression during the quarantine, or expressing her love for her husband and daughters—her impact is far-reaching. 

So when the former First Lady chooses to bring up less often discussed topics like menopause and aging on The Michelle Obama Podcast, it’s a pretty big deal. In the episode she is joined by Dr. Sharon Malone who Obama calls “a wonderful resource — a steadying force — in our group of women friends.” And she acknowledges that the topic at hand are not just for women. “You may want to put this on the speaker and blast it throughout the house, so that your husband or your boyfriend, or your brother, they can hear it too,” she says. “I think this one might help open up some eyes, and help you open up a conversation that you’ve been meaning to have. It’s worth it for everybody to hear this kind of stuff.”

Amen to that! 

Obama says she talks to her beloved mother, Marian, about many things in life—but when it came to menopause her mom claimed she really didn’t remember. Instead she says over the past 10 years, she and her friends have had many conversations about it. 

“There is so, there is so little information that people know to really access. Because, sometimes with menopause, and the perimenopause, and I’ll, just for definition’s sake, perimenopause, is the years leading up to menopause,” Jones explains. “Anywhere, starts, usually in your mid forties, sometimes in your early forties, but it goes, and menopause itself is your last period, you’ve had your last period, that’s it…and then you are postmenopausal, for sure, when it’s your last period plus a year. And why it’s so confusing, is because it happens to you before you’re even thinking about it, that’s the problem. And so you’re 43, 44, and you start to be irritable, or you’ve got hot flashes, or your periods get screwy. The range of symptoms is huge.”

Obama even revealed some of her own symptoms and that she does take hormones. 

“I, too, am a hormone taker, low risk, on all the other fronts, because I have a, a a very healthy baseline, and, and also, you know, well I was experiencing hormone shifts because of infertility, having to take shots and all that, I experienced the night sweats, even in my thirties, and, when you think of the other symptoms that come along, just hot flashes, I mean, I had a few before I started taking hormones, I remember having one on Marine 1,” she says. “I’m dressed, I need to get out, walk into an event, and, literally, it was like somebody put a furnace in my core, and turned it on high, and then everything started melting. And I thought, well this is crazy, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t do this.”

Guess who took it all in stride? Her partner, Barack Obama. 

“Barack was surrounded by women in his cabinet, many going through menopause and he could see it, he could see it in somebody, cause sweat would start pouring, and he’s like well what’s going on, you know, and it’s like no, this is just how we live,” she explains. “You know, he didn’t fall apart because he found out there were several women in his staff that were going through menopause, it was just sort of like, ‘Oh, well turn the air conditioner on.”

As for the other things that come along with aging, Malone and Obama gave some real talk that we’d also love to shout from the rooftops. 

“When I turned 60, I said to myself, you know, I’m going to give myself this gift, and the gift is, I’m going to say yes, to everything I want to say yes to, and no to everything I don’t,” Malone says. “And I don’t think I have ever, in my life, given myself permission to do that.”

Obama replies, “And let’s stop there, so that the men that could be listening to this, hear this, because, they start doing that, when they’re 20. They adopt that philosophy much earlier in their lives. Men, it takes us, until we’re 50 or 60 to feel free enough, physically and emotionally, to say, I’m going to think about what I want, and say yes and no to the things that bring me joy, or turn me off.”

Thank you, Michelle Obama, for speaking the truth for so many women. Honestly, we could have quoted this whole episode—but you can listen for yourself here

See What Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnaman Could Look Like As Kraven In Spider-Man 3

It’s no secret that comic book movies have dominated the film world for the last decade. And with all the cinematic universes currently in the works, actors and directors have been able to work for both DC and Marvel through various projects. Actor Joel Kinnaman will reprise his role as Rick Flag in The Suicide Squad, but some fans are hoping he plays a villain the MCU. Specifically, Spider-Man foe Kraven The Hunter

Viola Davis Just Bought the Former Plantation Where She Was Born to Celebrate Her 55th Birthday

Viola Davis is celebrating her 55th birthday in an incredibly powerful way. 

The actor shared on Instagram that she now owns the Saint Matthews, South Carolina property where she was born—a former plantation. “The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life….I own it….all of it,” she wrote in the caption. “’May you live long enough to know why you were born.’ -Cherokee Birth Blessing” She also shared an image of the building itself on what was once the Singleton Plantation.

Davis has previously spoken about her time living there. “I wasn’t on it long, because I was the fifth child, and so we moved soon after I was born,” she told Jess Cagle in 2016. “I mean, I went back to visit briefly but still not aware of the history. I think I read one slave narrative of someone who was on that plantation which was horrific. 160 acres of land, and my grandfather was a sharecropper. Most of my uncles and cousins, they’re farmers. That’s the choice that they had. My grandmother’s house was a one room shack. I have a picture of it on my phone because I think it’s a beautiful picture.”

“[There was] no running water. No bathroom. It’s just an outhouse. But my mom says that the day I was born, all of my aunts and uncles were in the house, she said, everyone was drinking and laughing, and having fun. She said she ate a sardine, mustard, onion, tomato sandwich after I was born. I love that story,” Davis continued. “It’s a great story to me. It’s a great story of celebration in the midst of what you would feel is a decimated environment, but you could see the joy and the life that can come out of that, because it’s not always about things, you know.”

And now she owns it. All of it. What a flex. Happy Birthday, Viola Davis! 

Jackie Aina Loves Vanilla and Doesn’t Mess With Ghosts

I look up to Pat McGrath a lot for what she’s done in the industry and the amount of trailblazing she’s done. I’m constantly inspired by how she is always creating. I honestly don’t know how that woman’s brain operates and where she gets her inspiration from, but it’s truly insane. Like the ideas she comes up with…where did she even come up with it?! 

Also, I would really like to spotlight Bonang Matheba. She’s a media personality in South Africa. She’s always moving, always hustling, and she’s a fellow African girl so I admire her for that. She’s brave and always looks amazing. With everything she’s accomplished I just feel like she’s such a positive role model. I also look up to Naomi Campbell. Just any girl who is out there doing it in a society that tells them not to, honestly.

Fill in the blank, I love my hair…

I love my hair despite society showing me that I shouldn’t.

What’s the last social media rabbit hole you went down? 

Okay, there’s this app that everyone’s talking about on TikTok. I think it’s called RandoNautica. Basically you’re supposed to tell this app what you want to manifest or what you want to see. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s true. I’m just intrigued. So I went and looked at all the videos and basically once you get it in your head what you want to manifest, the app gives you random point on a map you’re supposed to go to. You drive to it, and its supposed to be like paranormal activity there. So basically people are documenting it via TikTok. It’s kind of weird, and seems kind of staged—I’ll never know. But it was just one video after the other after the other, and I was on this rabbit hole for hours. 

Are you going to try it? 

Oh, hell no! I do not mess with demons. I do not mess with spirits. No thank you. I’m good!

So you’ve been posting some really incredible dancing videos on Instagram. What music have you been really into right now?

I would say the most I listen to is City Girls, because they just dropped a new album, and it’s been my workout album. I listen to it pretty much every morning. I listen to a lot of Afro-beats all the time, and I’m liking Saweetie’s new song “Tap In.” That single was really, really cute, and her new music video was everything. I loved it. 

My favorite is artist Mr. Eazi. I love 21 Savage. I’ve been listening to a lot of WizKid too, another Nigerian artist. Chloe x Halle’s new album, oh my God, I love! They’re so cute and so good. I can’t believe these girls are so young with that much power in their voices. I like that their music is pop but also R&B. And Victoria Monet! She just seems so dope. I love seeing people on the up and coming.

You have $20 and free roam in a drugstore, what are you picking up?

The Ribbed Tank Top Is Summer’s Biggest Trend—And I Found The Perfect One

Everyone has a sartorial white whale. For my mom, it was Carrie Bradshaw’s Fendi baguette bag; for me, it was a ribbed tank top. I first saw the humble wardrobe staple on Elsa Hosk, who gave a masterclass in the classic jeans-and-white-tee combo while casually walking around Soho last year. 

It was easy enough to ID the model’s J Brand jeans—but the star of the show was easily the perfect white ribbed tank she tucked into them. The top was very clearly not “borrowed from the boys”—and lightyears away from the yellow pit-stained one your ex-boyfriend wore underneath all his black t-shirts (*shudders* just mine?). It was cut high on the neck, had wide armholes, and fit close to the body for an all-around 90s vibe.

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But where to find it? I searched all the usual spots: Re/Done, Free People, Vince, Fruit of the Loom. No dice. The model isn’t as street style-loved as other celebs, so her look didn’t show up on any celebrity style sleuth blogs, and my colleagues also had zero luck pinning down the piece. Over the next few months, I took the laissez-faire approach of “if it’s meant to be, it’ll find me” and finally forgot about it—until it popped up on my Instagram feed this summer. This time, I saw it on Sincerely Jules, and she tagged the brand: Bandier

To say I was shook would be an understatement. A retailer—that I regularly shop at—had my golden egg the whole time?! It actually made total sense. Bandier is known for carrying some of the best activewear on the market, and Wesley, its in-house brand is just as well-made but often flies under the radar. I immediately went to snatch the top up, but I wasn’t alone. The Rivington tank top was sold out—in every single color—and had a 5,000-person waitlist. I joined it, waited for it to drop in my email a few weeks later, and snagged a white and black pair before it sold out again. Yep, if Bella Hadid reportedly wearing it is any indication, you have to move quickly; Bandier says the Rivington Ribbed Tank sells once every 10 minutes, and that it’s been re-stocked 25 times since it first launched. 

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I get it—it’s virtually perfect. Because it’s made by an activewear brand, it fits your body like a glove, with a slight amount of compression so you really can wear it sans bra and still feel supported. (PS: I wear these pasties with them.) It’s also breathable and, dare I say it, moisture-wicking? The neckline and wide armholes have helped me reconcile the volatile relationship between my self-esteem and my arms—but what’s better is, like a true wardrobe staple, it goes with everything. Yes, right now, “everything” means high-waisted jeans or sweatpants, but come fall, it can easily layer under oversized denim jackets and blazers. Plus, the Rivington Tank comes in a myriad of colors and lengths—from a black tie-dye to a ribbed dress and sports bra, which you can shop below. 

I’m a perennial shopper, but like most people these days, I’m being more careful than ever about how I spend my money. I took a risk buying two of these tank tops at once, but I don’t regret a dime. They’ve already gotten so much use in my closet, and I don’t expect to ever stop wearing basics—no matter the season, year, or state of the world. Besides, when do you ever catch your white whale? Fate is fate, people. Even when it comes to style. 

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Shanna Shipin is the commerce editor at Glamour. Follow her @shannashipin.

Disney Is Really Serious About Releasing The New Mutants In Theaters In Weeks

This news comes to us from Variety, with the outlet in touch with various movie exhibitors. While many theaters are still closed at the time fo writing, The New Mutants has continued ramping up its theatrical release, with pre-sale tickets becoming available on August 18th. There’s obviously still time for the studio to reverse its course, but the current intention to release in just a few weeks is certainly a surprising one.

Moana Star Auli’i Cravalho’s New Netflix Trailer All Together Now Is Here, And Yes She Sings

Auli’i Cravalho jumped from obscurity to Disney Princess levels of fame thanks to Moana, but the actress has shown her range with a variety of different roles since then. However, one thing that has remained near constant is that, since Cravalho can sing, it would be insane not to put her in a role where she can show that off. Netflix is many things, but crazy is not one of them. The first trailer for Netf;ix’s new movie, All Together Now is here, and Auli’i Cravalho even sings in the trailer. 

Based on the novel Sorta Like a Rock Star, All Together Now sees Auli’i Cravalho as a high school student named Amber who has a gift for music and an endless optimism. However, her life is not as positive as she makes it seem. Check out the new trailer below.

Jessica Simpson’s Daughter Birdie Looks Just Like Her Mom in This New Photo

Jessica Simpson and her husband, Eric Johnson, produce extremely adorable children: Maxwell Drew, Ace Knute, and Birdie Mae. 

While all three bear a resemblance to their famous mom, baby Birdie is Simpson’s absolute doppelgänger. Their similarities are especially on display in a new photo that the singer/fashion designer/best-selling author posted on Instagram of herself and the little girl—who turned one in March—with the caption, “Cali Cowgirls 💕” 

Check out the photo for yourself, below, and you’ll see what we’re talking about. 

Need more evidence? Luckily, Simpson isn’t shy about sharing pics of herself with little Birdie. 

She also wrote a sweet message to her little girl on her first birthday. “Happy 1st Birthday my angel Birdie Mae! You have created in me a healing purposeful life to live most fully and love most deeply. With you my soul has been set free to the beauty of pure light,” Simpson said. “You guide me to shine because your heartbeat connected me to mine. Sweet baby girl, you have illuminated all of our worlds with your bright mystical star-bursting smile. I am forever yours, you are forever mine. Life get ready because the both of us were born ready. I love you! 💕#BIRDIEMAE”

It’s honestly so great to see how happy Jessica Simpson is these days. If you read her best-selling memoir, Open Book, you know she has been through it—from her struggles with alcohol and dieting to family stresses and her pre-Johnson relationships. 

The couple also appears to still be very much in love, recently celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary…with a giant crystal butterfly

“Eric Johnson, my Husband, I love you. 6yrs ago today I married my perfect soulmate. Our unity was written in God’s sky of colliding stars,” Simpson wrote on Instagram. “Together we manifest dreams, nurture desire, and hold space. Destined, it always has been and always will be, forevermore. Also, anyone who knows me at all knows that this crystal butterfly is my dream gift 🦋. ‘Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same’”