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    7.24.2020

     

    “10,271,266”— as of this writing, the number of signatures on the Change.org petition titled “Justice for Breonna Taylor,” which states, in part, that the police officers involved in Taylor’s killing “must be fired, charged, and arrested immediately.” In Change.org history, it is the second largest petition after one for George Floyd.

     

    FIVE.

    1. In his column in today’s paper, Joe Gerth considered the possibility that AG Daniel Cameron will determine he can’t charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her apartment March 13. (Cameron has said he doesn’t have a timetable for when his office will complete its investigation.) Gerth wrote, “With so many errors — procedural and otherwise — and real possibility that the three officers who raided the apartment generally followed procedure, at least up until the shooting, it’s going to be difficult for Cameron to charge any of them with murder.” If that’s the case? “What’s going to happen to our community?”
                On Wednesday, a WFPL headline read: “Opposing Militia Groups Plan Demonstrations in Louisville Saturday.” In the story, reporter Ryan Van Velzer wrote that, according to experts, “the city is steering toward the precipice of violence.”

     

    2. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the beginning of this video from earlier this month, when protesters materialize behind a soon-to-be-dejected Mayor Fischer, who’s at a lectern for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at a low-income apartment complex in the Portland neighborhood.
                One second this:

                The next, this:

                Gilbert Corsey ended his WDRB piece on the protest by saying, “The crowd faded as quickly as they came, leaving only one sign of the unrest: that red ribbon, which was never cut.”
                For a WFPL story titled “Black Ex-Metro Officials Call on Fischer to Step Up for Racial Justice,” Yvette Gentry, who was once a deputy chief of police and who also worked under Fischer, provided a statement that said, in part, “His legacy is tied directly to what he can accomplish for us, nothing else can or will right his ship.”

     

    3. Louisville Magazine senior writer Anne Marshall had a story this week about the city bracing for a wave of evictions. Even before the pandemic, Louisville’s eviction rate was almost double the national average, and the numbers are highest in largely Black neighborhoods in west and southwest Louisville. Marshall wrote, “Gov. Beshear’s ban on evictions for nonpayment of rent will end. It’s just not clear when. A spokesperson says it will last ‘for the duration’ of the governor’s state-of-emergency order, which could mean the end of July, August, maybe longer. Whenever it is, ‘I believe we are going to see a huge number of evictions,’ says Marilyn Harris, director of the Office of Housing for Louisville Metro Government. And Harris worries that more evictions could lead to more homelessness. Many housing advocates believe the surge in evictions could end up causing more damage to communities than the 2008 foreclosure crisis.”

     

    4. A conversation between my six-year-old and her Grammy about first grade.
                Emilia: “Grammy, I’m gonna have to do school online.”
                Grammy: “What do you think about that?”
                Emilia: “No.”
                Grammy: “You don’t want to?”
                Emilia: “I don’t want to stare at a screen all day!”

     

    5. And now, a one(ish)-sentence review of every track on The Waterfall II, MMJ’s new album. (FYI: On The Tonight Show, the band performed the album opener, via a recording because they couldn’t be together.)

    “Spinning My Wheels.” Opening lyric: “I’ve been wrong for so long.” (Said 2020!)
     
    “Still Thinkin.” Twangy, spacey outro.
     
    “Climbing the Ladder.” Even twangier!
     
    “Feel You.” For a bride and groom’s first dance? Fun fact: Bri and I wanted our first-dance song to be “Thank You Too!,” off MMJ’s 2008 album Evil Urges, but we could tell that, for some reason, the lyric, “You really saw my naked heart. You really brought out the naked part,” made her dad squirm.
     
    “Beautiful Love (Wasn’t Enough).” “Bennie and the Jets” with fuzzed-out and squealing electric guitar, though the cascading-piano beginning reminds me of Mister Rogers. Miles, my three-year-old, listened to that part and said, “Is this the sound of a dream?”
     
    “Magic Bullet.” First danceable-in-a-club track, with a menacing opening I need to hear live.
     
    “Run It.” “Can’t try much harder to get back to water.” I. Miss. The. Ocean. Too.
     
    “Wasted.” Fave track after listening to the album six times from start to finish. I’m telling ya: live. That howl at the end? This one, live. (Have I mentioned how much I miss live music in this newsletter before?)
     
    “Welcome Home.” Acoustic-y.
     
    “The First Time.” “I wonder where the time went.” I know! Basically: How is it possible that we’re only in July, yet 2020 is AT LEAST a decade old?

     


    Support for Louisville Magazine comes from 5-0-Lou. Owners Terri Ross and Tobie Gurley are closing their Frankfort Avenue retail store, and they’re having a 40-percent-off-everything sale. They’re planning to open a new print shop with a showroom, focusing on wholesale and the printing/promotional needs of small businesses. For example: company-logoed facemasks.


     

    OH!

    A little something from the LouMag archive.

    During post-practice media sessions, NBA players have been ignoring reporters’ questions about basketball and instead are saying things like: “We’re united right now, keeping the focus on Breonna Taylor’s killers”; “Every day I wake up and I’m able to breathe, but that’s not the case for Breonna Taylor”; “We want to make sure Daniel Cameron will arrest the cops and officers involved with Breonna Taylor’s death. That is going to be my answer for every question.” Former U of L player Donovan Mitchell, who now plays for the Utah Jazz, said, “Guys have been saying it throughout the week, and I want to continue to spread the message: We need justice for Breonna Taylor. We all understand she was killed in her own home.”
                On social media, former U of L women’s hoops star Angel McCoughtry, who plays for the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, wrote, “Justice is coming,” and posted this:

                Now, the league will allow players to wear warm-ups with “Black Lives Matter” on the front and “Say Her Name” on the back, with Taylor’s name on their uniforms. I think about all the work McCoughtry is doing and am reminded of the first story I ever wrote for Louisville Magazine. The profile of McCoughtry, published in February 2007 when she was a sophomore at U of L, included this: “As an eight-year-old growing up in Baltimore, McCoughtry had to make a decision: tee ball or basketball? Financially, her parents could only afford one sport. McCoughtry chose tee ball. So her mother made the decision for her. ‘Angel was too tall to play tee ball. She looked awkward out there,’ she said. ‘So I said: Let’s give basketball a chance. We never looked back to tee ball.’”


    TOO...

    Almost 10 years ago, I bought this typewriter T-shirt at Gifthorse:

                The store expanded from East Market to include a second shop on South Fourth, then consolidated to just the South Fourth location before closing for good in 2017. Bummed me out, because Gifthorse is also where I found my favorite bottle opener, which is a hefty horsehead:

                The other day, when I was wearing the T-shirt, Miles said, “Is that a treasure chest?”
                That sound you hear is underpaid journalists (so all journalists?) not knowing whether to laugh or cry.

     

    Josh Moss
    editor, Louisville Magazine
    jmoss@loumag.com

     

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