Hey y’all,

Hope this finds you in good spirits! Between mourning the one-year anniversary of my beloved grandmother’s passing, working on various projects, enjoying the new spring weather and moving house in the midst of an endless lockdown, it’s definitely been an emotional rollercoaster for me!

Here’s a list of things I thought were worth sharing this week:

  1. I was working as a media personality in New York City when I met a teenage talent named Gabi Wilson, who signed a deal with RCA Records under the guidance of her idol Alicia Keys’ management team, MBK. Years later, she morphed into H.E.R. and, as we all know, became a superstar. She’s now about to make her big-screen debut in the film adaptation of The Colour Purple from Broadway.
  2. If you feel the world is getting murkier by the day, how about investing in a clarity coach?
  3. Dolce & Gabbana brought out the big guns for their stunning Alta Moda show in Venice over the weekend, with the fashion duo obviously back in favour with the A-list (cancel culture, say what?)
  4. Every gym bro’s podcasting hero, Joe Rogan not only tested positive to COVID-19 this week but true to form, says he’s healed himself with an unproven treatment.
  5. In a couple of weeks, acclaimed writer Colson Whitehead’s new, 1960s-based book Harlem Shuffle is released. One character describes Harlem, where I lived for the greatest decade of my life, as a place where “everybody’s kicking back or kicking up. Unless you’re on top.” True to this day.
  6. Michelle Yeoh is a TOTAL badass.
  7. An examination of the connection between relentless government intervention since colonisation to the trauma and disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians, Incarceration Nation is streaming now on SBS On Demand.
  8. Spotify has launched BLEND, a shared playlist feature for you and your loved ones (with the same taste in music, obvs).
  9. Moving house on the first day of spring definitely feels right! Here are some spring-cleaning tips that might be useful for Australian readers.
  10. Increase the peace, West Sydney. My heart goes out to these kids, man.

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~Simone xo

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