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    “This is a community coming apart.” — Aldrena Corder, who created a Breonna Taylor cover for the new issue of Louisville Magazine



    1. Corder (@AldrenaIAm on Instagram and Twitter) sewed the cover.
                Her artist’s statement:

    “I created Unraveled. Ms. Taylor’s Portrait using a quilting technique inspired by Lola Jenkins, a well-respected master quilter. Jenkins uses vibrant colors and patterns in her work to create portraits that depict experiences in the lives of the Black community. For this piece, I chose to stitch black thread onto white fabric. With the intentional absence of color, the viewer is confronted only by Breonna Taylor’s smile, contrasted with the vicious reality of her death. Using black and white, I wanted to convey a sense of timelessness while acknowledging the persistent struggle for equality for Black Americans — especially Black women.
                “Sewing is an intimate and spiritual act for me, a way for me to connect to the rich heritage of making in the Black community. Historically, quilts have played significant roles socially and economically for Black women. Quilting bees afforded a way for Black women and girls to gather and share stories, lessons and warnings about life. Additionally, quilting bees provided space for voices to be heard and healing through shared experiences.
                “Similarly, stitching Unraveled. Ms. Taylor’s Portrait by hand allowed a way to share in the pain and agony of her death. Creating this way brought a certain level of intimacy that, for me, I could not achieve digitally. Writing by hand, then stitching, ‘Say Her Name’ repeatedly was a way for to me speak for Ms. Taylor and the other Black women and girls whose voices have been silenced and overshadowed and, ultimately, forgotten.
                “Ripping parts of the image and leaving layers exposed are a nod to the impermanence and delicateness of life. The work for justice is not easy; it’s messy and raw. This is a community coming apart. Louisville is Breonna Taylor, and the city itself is struggling to come to terms with racial injustice, along with the entire country.”


    2. In LEO, Cary Stemle has a cover story this week about several people arrested while protesting, and last week Danielle Grady wrote a piece about four people living in an undisclosed Airbnb and livestreaming themselves on the Hunger Strikers for Breonna Facebook page, where they’ve used the hashtag #NoJusticeNoFeast since July 20 and “have consumed nothing but black coffee, herbal tea, vitamin supplements, prescription medications, zero-calorie gum and water.” Their goal: “refusing all caloric intake until the Louisville police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death are fired and have their pensions revoked.” Grady wrote that they’ve discussed “do not resuscitate” orders “if they stop breathing or their heart stops beating.”


    3. Promise I’ll cool it on the My Morning Jacket newsletter mentions, but Rolling Stone interviewed MMJ frontman Jim James, who said it could be 2022 before bands are playing live shows again. “Which venues are going to be open?” James wondered.
                “I want to make sure that, when we come back, everybody who wants to come can come. That might mean having to make half the show a $5 ticket, or asking people, ‘Hey, if you can afford to buy a ticket, would you consider buying a ticket for somebody who doesn’t have the money?’ I think the most important thing when live music comes back is: How do we make it healing for everybody, especially people who have been hit so hard, and financially (how do we) make sure that they can get into the shows too?
                “You almost wish that somebody like Jeff Bezos would come out of the woodwork and say, ‘Hey, I’m a big music fan. Here’s a bajillion dollars to revitalize concert industry.’”


    4. The general public won’t be able to attend the Kentucky State Fair (Aug. 20 to 30), which this year will only have credentialed participants for agriculture competitions and a horse show. And when I say “horse show” I sadly no longer mean Ginuwine singing “Pony.”


    5. My kids were in their play kitchen.
                Miles, who’s three: “Hi, what do you want today?”
                Emilia, who’s going into first grade: “I will take the chocolate cone with mint ice cream.”
                Miles: “Oh, I’m sorry, we aren’t serving cones right now because of the virus.”
                Emilia: “Oh, OK, I will have the cup then.”


    Support for Louisville Magazine comes from the Eye Care Institute. And now, a test: Can you read this? Wait, you can? Whoa. You must have super vision or something. Having trouble reading that? Maybe get your eyes checked.



    A little something from the LouMag archive.

    When I think of the magazine and the fair, two things come to mind:

    *This cover from 1960.

    *In 2012, when she was an intern, managing editor Mary Chellis Nelson had her first assignment: interviewing a nutritionist to rank “the best worst food at the fair,” including a Krispy Kreme burger, fried Kool-Aid and fried Derby Pie. The inaugural Fair Food Face-Off (and, by my count, the only one, though we’ve gotta correct that fact next year) resulted in caramel-covered marshmallows edging out fried Samoa Girl Scout Cookies as the unhealthiest. The nutritionist said, “If I was in a desert and needed food, the Derby Pie would be much more nourishing than the caramel-covered marshmallow. The fried Samoa would be less nourishing than the burger. The cookie would have a little bit of egg in it and maybe sustain me better than the caramel marshmallow.”


    A special thanks to Louisville Collegiate School, Simmons College of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, sponsors of this year’s Best of Louisville dedicated to the 2020 class of high school seniors. We interviewed more than 400 of them, and their responses are in the new issue. The last question we asked was, “Anything else you wanna add?” Clayten Bynum from DeSales said, “I wish there were a way to know you’re in the good-old days before you’ve actually left them.” And this is how Maggie Gediman from Manual answered: “Dick Cheney made money off the Iraq War.”


    Josh Moss
    editor, Louisville Magazine


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