June sure did fly by but we packed in a whole lot of pop culture & newsworthy content in case you missed anything.
Beyoncé is Back
On Thursday, June 16th, Beyoncé took to the internet to announce her upcoming 7th album Rennaisance, available on July 29th. This is a departure from the way the artist has released music in the past few years—she has been known to surprise drop an album with no promotion. She released the lead single, “Break My Soul,” on Tuesday, June 21st which reached #1 on the US iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify charts within hours. Here’s how British Vogue editor Edward Enninful described his experience listening to the new music from the Queen: “Instantly, a wall of sound hits me. Soaring vocals and fierce beats combine and in a split second I’m transported back to the clubs of my youth. I want to get up and start throwing moves. It’s music I love to my core. Music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul. As ever with Beyoncé, it is all about the intent.”
January 6th Hearings
On January 6, 2021, former President Donald Trump attempted to overturn the 2020 US Presidential election resulting in a mob of his supporters attacking the US Capitol building. Months after the attack, the House of Representatives passed a bill to launch a bipartisan 9/11-style independent commission to investigate the attacks, but it ultimately failed due to the filibuster by Republicans in the Senate. The House then formed a select committee which is led by seven Democrats and two Republicans. The hearings began on June 9th as there will be six televised hearings with testimony ranging from cabinet members, elected officials, Capitol officers, family members, and civilians on what they witnessed or went through as the former President pressured them to overturn the election.
After a tremendous season, the NBA season came to an end on June 16th with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in six games. The Warriors won their fourth championship in eight years and Stephen Curry was named the Finals MVP for the first time in his career.
The month of June is celebrated as Pride month across the United States. Pride honors the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal rights and equal opportunities for members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Many well-known brands have shown their support for the LGBTQ+ community during this month by offering “Pride Collections,” however some have taken it one step further by allocating profits from sales to LGBTQ+ organizations such as The Trevor Project, GLAAD, and the It Gets Better Project.
Stay Hydrated and Cool Out There
It’s about to get really hot out there and hey, we might even see some rain thanks to Monsoon Season. Stay tuned for next month’s blog as we will give you a breakdown of all the latest news across the country and events in pop culture!