Motivation Monday #3: Pride is a Protest and a Party
This is my last week serving as the strtgst Magic Mentor Residency for June/Pride Month. I’ve learned so much from the next generation of ad/strategy talent, one 15-to-20 minute hangout at a time. I’m booked through the end of the month, but will be opening up overflow spots for more access. Please refer any BIPOC/LGBTQ professionals who might be interested in a 1:1 session!
🔮 You can also apply to be a Magic Mentor here.
IGTV Interview: Gaysian Pride
For Pride Month, I was interviewed by the Barcelona-based @shrtcttng series, speaking on all things Gaysian Pride, queer Asian American visibility, why the first Pride was a riot, Memoirs of a Gaysha (Rest in Power, Ellie Conant), and behind-the-scenes stories of how award-winning LGBTQ and #BlackLivesMatter campaigns get made that change culture, not just reflect it.
Show creator and host Nicole Ingra cut to the good parts with top takeaways from our talk:
Be the person you wanted to see when you were younger.
Instead of being frustrated, act. Create the change you want to see.
Find the points of joy and share them.
Be the voice in the room. If you are rejected, repackage it and try again.
Highlight the unrepresented, finding the connections with culture and business to get the work out.
*Even if it’s uncomfortable to be highly visible, speak up. People need to hear your message.
"You can't be what you can't see."
-Attributed to Marian Wright Edelman, American civil rights activist, also popularized by Issa Rae
This Week: Where the Pride Party Is
Lesbians Who Tech: The (Not IRL) Pride Summit. Virtual Pride kicks off today with an insanely magical guest list filling 5 days with talks on tech, leadership, BLM, wellness, workshops, and more. Virtual and free to all LGBTQ community and allies. June 22-26.
Global Pride 2020. Imagine a giant rainbow timezone-hacking the planet on Saturday, June 27, 2020, when the Global Pride livestream tunes into celebrating cities worldwide, from Sydney to San Francisco, featuring Olivia Newton-John and Deborah Cox.
🎧 Anthems for pride and protests. The fight for queer rights is the fight for black rights is the fight for women’s rights is the fight for trans rights. ✊🏽🌈
Keep on educatin', meditatin', anything to keep me up
Keep on meditatin', activatin', anything to keep me uplifted
Keep on relevatin', elevatin', anything to keep me up
- “Truth”, Alicia Keys & Mark Ronson
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Underneath the Revolutionary War era Grand Army Plaza Arch, dedicated with the inscription “To the Defenders of the Union, 1861-1865.”
🇵🇭 Filipino soul food for a chaotic world. Make this Coconut Milk Adobo from Angela Dimayuga, creative director for food & culture at The Standard hotels. Bonus points if you can pull it off with a fierce 2000s-era off-shoulder top in all white, with gold-amber shades, and matching grills and choker. Don’t forget the (vers) garlic! 🧄
Disclosure. Disclosure is about revealing our blind spots. It’s rare to truly feel like your mind has been changed after watching a documentary — but this one not only moved me, it transformed me. Netflix.
Shape.space by IDEO is a collaborative whiteboard tool for building, testing, and refining your ideas using IDEO design strategy templates and creative problem-solving methods.
Dope Stuff For Your WFH Desk
MagEasy, a modularized magnetic organizing board promising to keep your work space clean and organized wherever you are in the home. Kickstarter.
Deck of the Week: Juneteenth
Go forth and spread joy.
Til next week,