Japan’s Biggest Girl Group Has An Average Age Of 84


Read this profile of John Clune and Baine Kerr, the lawyers who are changing the way colleges handle rape accusations. They’re helping women find some modicum of justice against athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Jameis Wilson, and against colleges that have fumbled their investigations, like the University of Colorado and Arizona State. Their lawsuits have motivated campuses to rethink their sexual assault policies and investigation processes to serve victims better. [Washington Post]


American Samoa is still reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage to see whether or not the territory is exempt from the ruling. Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands are respecting the decision and issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, but American Samoa is holding out. The story lies at an unfortunate intersection of American imperialism, cultural difference, religious pressure, and homophobia. [ABC News]


So there’s a girl group in Japan, hailing from a tiny island off of Okinawa, that is 33 women strong with an average age of 84, and they’re rock stars. As in, they’re legit really popular in Japan. Their name is KBG84, and it’s so simultaneously badass and adorable to see little nonagenarians singing J-Pop and dancing in their long kimonos that I think my head might actually start excreting rainbows. [The Guardian]


Ta-Nehisi Coates has his second book coming out this upcoming Tuesday, July 14, regarding Blackness in America. The book is addressed to his teenaged son and explores the atmosphere of having a Black body in America, what that has meant for Coates in physical terms – in terms of his safety, in terms of his family, and in terms of his housing and his neighborhoods. [NPR]

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