A Broadway first…..
Source: AxiousAngelica Ross — star of FX’s “Pose” — debuted last evening as Roxie Hart in the hit musical “Chicago,” becoming the first openly transgender woman to star on Broadway, Axios’ Ina Fried reports from New York. Why it matters: Ross’ groundbreaking role comes amid a legislative attack on transgender civil rights in states around the country. A host of celebrities and members of the LGBTQ community turned up to see Ross’ debut, including writer and activist Raquel Willis and the cast of “Strange Loop,” another Broadway musical. “It meant so much,” Ross told Axios after the show. “Especially when I looked out into the audience when the lights came up and I saw so much family — so many trans folks, so many non-binary folks.”thewestsidegazette.com
Black National Convention puts spotlight on police brutality
Black Lives Matter activists are holding a virtual Black National Convention Friday, Aug. 28, to adopt a political agenda calling for slavery reparations, universal basic income, environmental justice and legislation that entirely re-imagines criminal justice reforms. Anyone who is watching, who is both enraged or looking for action, will find a space" in the Black National Convention, Byrd said. The Black National Convention was originally planned to take place in-person in Detroit, the nations Blackest major city. Fridays convention is expected to be the largest gathering of Black activists and artists, albeit virtual, since the historic 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, which concluded with the introduction of a national Black agenda. The Black National Convention broadcast begins after the D.C. march has concluded.