Listen Up: Summer Sickness and Jenna Wortham’s Everything Guide to the Internet
Warm-weather colds—they’re a thing! One that we’re willing to talk about now that we can breathe out of our noses again. And then we turn the mic over to internet kween and New York Times Magazine columnist Jenna Wortham, who stops by to talk social media, gifts from Beyoncé, and her zillion cool projects that’ll make you wanna get your own side hustle on, posthaste.
On summer sickness…
- First up, The Wall Street Journal is here to prove our suspicions that vacation-season viruses are worse than most.
- Over-the-counter meds that actually work: Zicam for nipping symptoms in the bud and Claritin-D for keeping those sinus headaches at bay. (Reminder: We’re not doctors—not even on TV.)
- Other stuff that helps: Ricola Throat Drops in honey-herb, Peazpak ice packs (instead of putting an actual bag of produce on your forehead), peppermint oil (never hurts, ever), and DIY bath melts that make a good alternative to vapor rubs.
- How we get our fluids: 101 Cookbooks’ turmeric tea, lemon-ginger brew from Bon Appétit, and the Monfefo ginger shot. And maybe someday soon we’ll hop on the fire cider and switchel trains?
- Keep up with Jenna’s takes over at her column "On Technology." Her piece on why Snapchat is great was a game-changer for us. And if we were to make an intro to Jenna Wortham syllabus, it would definitely include this and this.
- Speaking of Snapchat: One of her favorite people to follow is beauty blogger Arabelle Sicardi.
- These are a few of her favorite apps: Moon helps you manage any lunar lunacy, and Pzizz helps ya snooze without losing track of time.
- For getting outta dodge, Jenna saves with Secret Flying.
- Rosehips are so hot RN—which is good, because Claire’s currently slathering on Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.
- Read Jenna’s early work for Wired, and go inside the VR experiment she worked on for The New York Times.
- Bookmark Black Futures, Jenna’s upcoming art project with Kim Drew highlighting black creativity. It was inspired by modern conversations between people like bell hooks and Evelyn from the Internets. And if you’re looking for more inspiring visuals by POC, follow @arthoecollective.
- Wanna go deep on some other famous collabs? Queue up What Happened, Miss Simone? for your weekend watching.
- Stay tuned for another update from Bloop, an alternative to Goop from two impressive black women, Jenna and another one of our lady heroes, Aminatou Sow.
- If ya haven’t read this roundtable discussion on "Formation," do it or get eliminated. Queen Bey appreciated it so much she sent Jenna thank you flowers.
- For even moar Jenna, sign up for her newsletter and follow her on Instagram!
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