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Why Dan Levy Won’t Celebrate Canada Day: “I Was Re-educated on My Place as a Canadian Settler”

By | July 2, 2021

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On May 29, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. Last week, Cowessess First Nation uncovered 751 additional unmarked graves, most of which are also believed to belong to indigenous children, at Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. More than 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes from the early 1800s up until the 1990s to attend these “residential schools.” Once they were in the institutions, the children were given new names, forbidden from speaking their native languages, and made to convert to Christianity. The discovery of these unmarked graves paints a dark and long-concealed picture of Canada’s history of abuses against the country’s indigenous populations.

“I encourage all Canadian settlers, myself included, to not celebrate Canada Day, but rather re-educate yourselves on the real history of Canada by taking this course.”

In an effort to encourage Canadian residents to educate themselves on their country’s history this July 1, aka Canada Day, Dan Levy shared his experience taking part in a virtual Indigenous studies course taught by the faculty of native studies at the University of Alberta last summer. “Over 12 weeks, I was re-educated on the history of Canada,” he said in a video on Instagram on Thursday. “I was re-educated on my place as a Canadian settler, my context, my privilege. And this Canada Day, with everything unfolding in the news, I encourage all Canadian settlers, myself included, to not celebrate Canada Day, but rather re-educate yourselves on the real history of Canada by taking this course.”

The 12-week class, currently taught by Dr. Tracy Bear and Dr. Paul Gareau, explores both Indigenous histories and Canada’s contemporary issues that Indigenous people face, with a focus on “national and local Indigenous-settler relations.” “Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions,” the website reads.

For Dan, the class was an opportunity to engage in “meaningful, insightful, and transformational conversations about the lessons of the week.”

“I highly, highly, highly encourage all Canadian settlers to take this course to better understand your place within the country, to better understand your privilege, and to, hopefully, strengthen your ties of allyship and advocacy,” he urged. “Education is the key to being of better service to people.”

In an interview with The Guardian, Sol Mamakwa, a lawmaker from Kingfisher Lake First Nation, said Canada Day should be seen as a day of mourning for all those children who never made it home, not a day of celebration. “I don’t think people really understand how much Indigenous people were forced to pay to this country,” he said. “Our spirituality was taken away. Our way of life, our languages and our families were taken away. With the remains we continue to find, people are beginning to see that Indigenous people paid in full – with their lives.”

Watch Dan’s full video below, and enroll for free in the Indigenous Canada course, which is subtitled in nine different languages, here.

Take a Ride Through the Badass Trailer For Lil Nas X’s Debut Album, Montero

By | June 30, 2021

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After putting on an epic performance at the BET Awards, Lil Nas X is giving fans even more action. On Tuesday, the rapper released the trailer for his debut album, Montero, and it must have Marvel superheroes shaking. The minute-long trailer teases that the album is “coming soon” and features clips from his previously released music videos like “Old Town Road,” “Panini,” “Holiday,” and “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Yep, even Billy Ray Cyrus and Chris Rock make appearances in the clip. There’s also a preview of a new song at the end!

We don’t know much about his upcoming album, but we do know it’s executiveproduced by Take a Daytrip duo Denzel Baptiste and David Biral, which is a lot to be excited about. “Nas bringing us on to executive produce this album has changed our lives forever,” they wrote on Instagram alongside the trailer. While Lil Nas X has blessed us with a handful of singles, Montero is his debut album and his first major release since the 7 EP in 2019. Check out the action-packed trailer for Montero Cinematic Universe below.

Watch the Trailer For Lil Nas X’s Album, Montero

Surprise! Taylor Swift Just Announced Red Is Her Next Rerecorded Album

By | June 18, 2021

Surprise, Swifties! Taylor Swift is releasing Red (Taylor’s Version). On Friday, the singer announced on Instagram that her next album is coming Nov. 19, despite fan speculation that 1989 (Taylor’s Version) would be released this month. “This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red,” she wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. Swift also teased that fans will finally hear the original 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” “Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing,” she said of the album.

Swift first announced that she was rerecording her first five albums in August 2019 in an attempt to own the masters to her original music amid her ongoing music battle with Scooter Braun. She released her first rerecording, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), on April 9. November can’t come soon enough!

Grab Your Cosmos! Here’s Everything We Know About the Sex and the City Revival

By | June 15, 2021

And just like that, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte are back for the Sex and the City revival. The 10-episode HBO Max series titled And Just Like That… was first announced back in January, and production is officially underway. On June 11, Sarah Jessica Parker gave fans a peek at the group’s exciting first table read on Instagram and a few people have already been confirmed as part of the cast. Sadly, Kim Cattrall, who famously played Samantha, will not be returning, but there will be other familiar faces. Keep reading to see everything we know about the Sex and the City reboot – so far!

Kamala Harris Attends a Pride Parade With Doug Emhoff, and Makes History in the Process

By | June 13, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris is making history once again! On Saturday, Kamala attended a Pride celebration in Washington DC with husband Doug Emhoff, making her the first sitting vice president to march at a Pride event. As America’s second couple joined marchers during the Capital Pride Parade, Kamala sported a “Love Is Love” T-shirt complete with a bright pink blazer, while Doug wore a T-shirt with the words “Love first” written across it. “Happy Pride,” Kamala reportedly shouted out to the crowd.

“We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected.”

While there, Kamala delivered a brief speech, advocating for the passing of the Equality Act, which protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace, schools, and other key areas of life. “We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected. We need, still, protections around employment and housing,” Kamala said, according to NBC Washington. “There is so much more work to do, and I know we are committed.”

Kamala previously kicked off Pride Month with a poignant post about its significance on Instagram. “Every June, we celebrate the contributions the LGBTQ+ community have made to our nation’s past, present, and future – but we must recommit ourselves to doing everything in our power to protect the community from discrimination and harm and deliver full and equal rights to LGBTQ+ Americans,” she wrote on June 4.

If you’re looking for LGBTQ+ organizations to donate to, check out these incredible charities and groups.