‘After George Floyd’s Murder, I Am Calling for a Declaration of a State of Emergency for Black People’

Andrea Jenkins is the Vice President of Minneapolis City Counsel for Ward Eight. After a long career in public service, she made history in 2017 when she became the first openly transgender Black woman to be elected to public office. This is her message from the ground in Minneapolis, where protests have raged since George Floyd was killed on May 25. Here, she tells Glamour how she hopes to move forward—and make lasting change.


It’s been a week since George Floyd was murdered. Over the past seven days in Minneapolis, I’ve witnessed chaos and pain, prayer and pleas, anger and grief, and organized demands for systemic change. I’m exhausted. I feel emotionally drained. But as an elected official, a community member, and a Black trans woman, I am determined to seek justice for George Floyd and for all the people who have been harmed by state violence. Justice for Breonna Taylor. Justice for Ahmaud Arbery. I’m in pursuit of justice.

This is an emergency. I’m not talking about the coronavirus. I’m talking about racism. As all the universities in the world scramble to try to find a cure for the coronavirus, that same level of concern and action is needed to rid our society of the virus that is racism. I am calling for a declaration of a state of emergency for Black people. Racism is a public health crisis.

On paper, Minneapolis has one of the worst documented financial disparities between Black and white residents. But I travel all around the United States, and I don’t think there is any place in this country that is less racist. Being Black in Minneapolis and everywhere else means that you are constantly fighting racism. It means that when you are driving in your car and you see police lights flashing, your heart races. Even if you know that you have all your proper documentation, you turned on your turn signals, and you’ve done everything right, you are still enter fight or flight mode. It is frightening. It’s exhausting.

I’ve worked in public service for over 25 years. In 2018 I became the first openly transgender Black American elected to public office. I’m very, very happy to be in this position. But to be honest, sometimes I wish I was serving burgers at McDonalds. When I was running for office, I used to joke that we were “going to hell on a burning bus.” It was a metaphor. Now, we’re literally going to hell on a burning bus. But I’ve always stated that if I have to take that ride, I want to be the driver. And so that’s what I’m doing and that’s where I am.

As a Black person in America you think about your race every day—and not because you are racist, just because every day there are microaggressions that force you to think about your identity, which is something that I suspect most white people don’t have to do.

Right now, my community is being occupied by military forces—we have the largest deployment of the National Guard in our state’s history, combined with county sheriffs, with university police, metropolitan transit police, and our own Minneapolis Police Department. We’re hearing reports of white nationalists that have infiltrated our communities and infiltrated the protesters. Yet on the other hand, at the site where the George Floyd murder occurred, there is this beautiful outpouring of community support—there have been murals that have been erected, people are out there 24 hours a day since it happened, mourning with the family and talking as a community. They come to pay their respects, but they are all deeply concerned about justice.

Black-Owned Businesses You Can Support Today

As protests rage across the United States, calling for an end to police brutality and justice for the murder of George Floyd, there are many ways you can take action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the black community. Apart from donating to organizations combatting racial injustice (find a list of resources here), you can also support and shop black-owned businesses.

Brands and buyers have the power to better distribute wealth in America and effect long-term change, whether its companies like Glossier pledging $500,000 in grants to black-owned beauty businesses, Aurora James of Brother Vellies calling on larger corporations to stock 15% of their inventory from black-owned businesses, and you—yes, you—with your individual buying power.

Not only have white business owners long had easier access to capital, but many black businesses are more vulnerable now than ever given the impact of the coronavirus. Black communities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and last week, The Washington Post reported “the number of working African American business owners in the United States plummeted more than 40%…a far steeper drop that other racial groups experienced.”

Becoming a better ally begins with educating yourself, showing up, and paying up—on a local and national level. Seek out and support black-owned businesses in your community, and look to our list below for a small sample of brands you can start supporting now. PS: following up on your action is important, so we’ll continue to update this post with more brands to support.

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Mahogany Books

Mahogany Books is a DC-based bookstore specializing in books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. Check out its blog, Black Books Matter, for staff recommendations, curated booklists, and information on (now virtual) events and conversations with authors.

Pyer Moss

Founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss is committed to making fashion a more inclusive and diverse space. According to its website, the label produces collections that combine storytelling, activism, debate, theatre and social commentary to challenge existing social narratives. In 2018, Pyder Moss was announced the winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Brother Vellies

Aurora James launched accessories brand Brother Vellies in 2013 as a way to keep traditional African craftsmanship alive. Using sustainable materials like vegetable-tanned leathers, recycled tires, and hand-carved wood, each shoe or bag is handmade using techniques passed down from generation to generation.

KNC Beauty

Kristen Noel Crawley founded KNC Beauty after falling in love with lip masks on a trip to Tokyo but realizing that there were no natural lip masks to be found. KNC Beauty is the first brand to launch an all-natural collagen-infused lip mask—that everyone from influencers, supermodels, and celebrities now swear by.

Victor Glemaud

Since launching his label, Victor Glemaud has infused his collections with an inclusive, cross-generational spirit that can be seen in the inspiration for his designs (from Grace Jones and Diana Ross to Stephen Burrows) to the diversity of the models he casts, to the styling and art direction of his clothes.

Pattern Beauty

Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair-care brand, Pattern Beauty, celebrates and addresses the needs of the curly, coily, and tight-textured hair community. The brand also gives back a portion of proceeds to organizations and programs that empower women and people of color.

Oh Happy Dani

Atlanta-based illustrator and social media strategist, Danielle Coke, uses art and colorful doodles to address social inequities and start difficult conversations about faith and racial injustice. You can further these conversations by sharing her work—and crediting it—on social media, as well as ordering one of her prints, totes, or cards on her website.

House of Aama

House of Aama is the brainchild of mother-daughter duo Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka who use fashion as a lens to celebrate and tell stories that explore the traditions and customs of African Americans. Each item is sustainably manufactured in Los Angeles, California.

YOWIE

Calling all Philly residents—Yowie is a home and lifestyle boutique founded by Shannon Maldonado. In it you’ll find all kinds of housewares, kitchen goods, and trinkets made by friends of the brand, independent artists, and designers.

Rayo & Honey

Rayo & Honey hand cuts, presses, and sews “goods with positive intent” like pennants, totes, and pins in Brooklyn, New York that make for great gifts or decor. Phrases like I am rooted but I flow or You are magic are inspired by iconic hip hop lyrics, Black & Latino pop-culture references, and literature—and go back to the idea of surrounding yourself with “things that speak to our collective past & socially conscious future.”

The Honey Pot Co.

The Honey Pot Co. is the first plant-based feminine care system, selling all kinds of menstrual care products like tampons, pads, liners, cups, sponges that are made with ingredients that are kinder on Mother Earth—and your body (meaning everything is free from chemicals, toxins, artificial fragrance or anything synthetic). The products are all developed and tested by women, and gynecologist-approved.⁣ You can find The Honey Pot Co. at local grocery stores and Target stores nationwide (check out its store finder here). According to its website, the brand also partners with Happy Period—an organization that provides menstrual hygiene kits to those who are homeless, low income, or living in poverty.

Cushnie

Carly Cushnie is a fashion industry veteran, and her eponymous label Cushnie has been around since 2008. The brand is a mainstay for sleek and minimalist ready-to-wear that counts everyone from Michelle Obama to Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava Duvernay, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Ashley Graham, and Padma Lakshmi as fans. Cushnie was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2011 and a nominee for the CFDA Swarovski Award in 2012.

Mented Cosmetics

As a business founded by black women for other women of color, Amanda E. Johnson and K.J. Miller launched Mented Cosmetics in 2017 with the goal of making the beauty landscape more inclusive. From foundation sticks to nail products and matte lipsticks, the cosmetics company works to provide women of color with more everyday makeup options to choose from.

Bole Road Textiles

Interior designer Hana Getachew is the founder of Bolé Road Textiles, a home goods store that sells one-of-a-kind textiles and fabrics (think soft towels, patterned pillow covers, and stitched throws) that are designed in Brooklyn and handwoven in Ethiopia.

Golde

Passionate about holistic health, Brooklyn-based Trinity Mouzon Wofford launched Golde in 2017 with the intention of making the wellness space more inclusive and accessible—and, in the last three years, her turmeric-based lattes have gained national appeal. You can find her powdered tonics at major retailers like Sephora, Free People, Madewell, and Urban Outfitters. Bonus: Wofford runs an amazing blog named “The Golden Hour” where you can keep up with Golde’s latest or just check out cool recipes.

The Folklore

The Folklore is a New York City-based multi-brand concept store that makes it easier shop emerging designers from Africa and the African diaspora. The company, founded by Amira Rasool, sells exclusive luxury clothing, accessories, and home products from labels like Elle Est… and Third Crown.

Los Angeles Protest: 8 People on Protesting in the Middle of a Pandemic

Every single human on earth needs to be held accountable for each other. Because we are all in this together. There is no Black and there is no white. Everyone needs to be holding everyone accountable. No police officer should be allowed to let white people go completely free yet Black people are killed in broad daylight every single day. That is why we are here. That is why we are standing and that is why we, my friends who are white, my friends who are Black, that is why we are all coming together because no one should be living in fear of someone we are paying to protect us. — Anjelika Washington, actor, Dear Vivian

“My kids, my grandkids, my siblings, are going to walk these streets free”

Protestors stand on a bus at 3rd Street and Fairfax in Los Angeles on March 30. Photo by Stacey Leasca

The fact that we are doing what my grandmother was doing when she was alive, and she was fighting for literally the exact same thing. What our ancestors have been doing for years. And if I have to bow behind my color then that’s just what’s going to have to happen because my kids, my grandkids, my siblings, are going to walk these streets free. That’s it. Point blank. Period. — Gionna Kamille

“I’m here in solidarity”

Protestors march through the streets of Los Angeles on March 30. Photo by Stacey Leasca

This isn’t the first one, unfortunately, that I’ve had to come to. It’s my baby girl’s first. We came from St. Louis. We were in Ferguson. So, it’s tough to keep seeing the same things happen and it’s important, it’s significant, it’s vital, that these officers be held to account. Furthermore, that society be held to account as well. If we keep funding people to do the same things then we can only expect the same result. So I’m here to show my family what it looks like I’m here in solidarity. I can’t be in Minneapolis. I can’t be in Louisville right now and I can’t be in Georgia, so we’re here. That’s what we’re doing. — Anonymous

Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Reportedly Broke Up for One Simple Reason

Earlier this week, Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph broke up over a year after coming together on the 23rd season of The Bachelor.

Despite rumors that the couple called it quits because Radloph was not ready to get married, a source told Us Weekly that there’s no animosity between the two, and that their relationship eventually just naturally fizzled out.

“Cassie and Colton have a great friendship, but that’s what it was for most of their relationship,” the source said. “It was really very hot and heavy. They just made good partners and really great friends. Friends around Colton and Cassie knew this was coming for a while, they were pretty much just roommates toward the end.”

The break-up came shortly after Underwood shared that he had recovered from the coronavirus back in April. He thanked Randolph, who is a nurse, and her family on Instagram for helping him get better. “She’s hardworking, passionate, understanding, kind and has the biggest heart,” he wrote in the caption.

Still, some people thought the two of them seemed to be on different pages when Underwood left Randolph to visit his family in Utah after recovering. Though sources denied the split earlier this month, the pair announced their breakup on May 30.

Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood. According to both of their Instagram statements, the split was amicable and they plan on staying friends. Randolph wrote in hers that she and Underwood have a “special bond that will always be there,” and added she loves and respects him.

First off, I want to say this is one of the hardest things I have had to share as neither one of us is quite ready to talk about it yet,” the Bachelor Nation alum wrote. “However, because our relationship is such a public one, our silence on the matter has been speaking for us. Colton and I have broken up, but have decided to remain a part of each other’s lives. With all that we have gone through, we have a special bond that will always be there. I love Colton very much and have an enormous amount of respect for him. We have both learned and grown so much these past couple years, and will always have each other’s back. Always.”

The former Bachelor posted a black and white photo of the two of them sitting together looking at the ocean with a caption that echoed Randolph’s message. “Its been a crazy few months to say the least, Cass and I have been doing a lot of self-reflecting,” Colton Underwood wrote. “Sometimes people are just meant to be friends – and that’s okay. We both have grown immensely and been through so much together – so this isn’t the end of our story, it’s the start of a whole new chapter for us.”

With all the messy Bachelor relationship drama lately, it’s nice to see so much respect between these two exes.

Chrissy Teigen Donates $200,000 to Bail Out Protesters In Response To ‘MAGA Night’

Chrissy Teigen always has a perfect response to trolls—and that applies to her activism efforts as well. On Saturday, May 30, Teigen began retweeting resources to help protesters arrested for assembling in cities such as Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta after the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who was killed at the hands of a police officer who knelt on his neck while his coworkers held Floyd down or stood back and watched. The four cops involved were fired from their department, but only Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder.

So, when President Donald Trump declared a “MAGA Night” at the White House as a response to protesters gathering in the nation’s capital, Teigen announced her plans to pour money into bailout funds across the country. “In celebration of whatever the fuck maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bail outs of protestors across the country,” she tweeted on May 30.

Within minutes, trolls seized on the tweet and began leaving racist comments, calling her “stupid,” and spewing other insults her way. But that didn’t dissuade Teigen. Instead, she made an addendum to her original pledge: “Ooo they might need more money then,” she quote-tweeted one reply, which has since been deleted. “Make it $200,000.”

Chrissy Teigen continued to speak out against racists and trolls in her timeline throughout the night. “I know your type. Maybe you don’t cross the street when a black man walks past but you want to,” she wrote. “You say the n-word among friends. you think this stuff wouldn’t happen if people simply complied. you’re full of shit and people see you now more than ever. Can’t hide anymore.”

Of course, the supermodel isn’t the only celebrity speaking out about the death of George Floyd. To name a few, Michelle and Barack Obama both shared messages on Twitter, while Beyoncé also made a statement, saying Floyd’s death was a “senseless killing” and leaving links to petitions and fundraisers for Change.org, Color of Change, We Can’t Breathe, and the NAACP.

If you’re looking for ways to demand justice and make a donation of your own, you can check out some resources here.

Kate Middleton Is Commenting on Fan Instagrams With the Sweetest Messages

Kate Middleton has always had a passion for photography—she’s participated in important exhibitions and often shares portraits of her kids on the official @KensingtonRoyal Instagram account. Now, she’s hoping to impart her passion onto fans and is even sliding into their comments sections.

Recently, The Duchess of Cambridge teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery in London to encourage British citizens to test their camera skills while staying safe at home, launching a campaign called “Hold Still” to capture photos reflecting the spirit of the U.K. during the coronavirus pandemic.

Middleton shared an Instagram video taken during a recent interview, explaining that she hopes the campaign will shine a light on the resiliency people have shown during this difficult moment in history. She’s asked for photos in three categories: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness. From there, she’s planning to select 100 images with the National Portrait Gallery to go in a digital exhibition in August.

“We have all seen some incredible images out there and heard some amazing stories, and some desperately sad stories but also some really uplifting ones,” she said in the Instagram clip. “I really hope through a project like this we might be able to showcase some of those stories and to document and share a moment in time I suppose we’re all experiencing.”

People shared photos of quiet moments at home, practices of social distancing, and healthcare workers ensuring the safety of others. A few burgeoning photographers who submitted images using the #HoldStill2020 on social media even got a personalized comment from the Duchess herself, which she signed “C.”

“Thank you for sharing this great image,” she wrote in the comments of one photo that shows two frontline workers standing behind a closed door.

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This is just one of the projects Kate Middleton has spearheaded during quarantine. She’s also made time for Zoom calls with healthcare workers and a new mom, took over U.K. radio stations to discuss mental health, and appeared on television with Prince William and her kids to encourage people to clap for healthcare workers.

10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch the Week of May 31, 2020

Summer is here—which means you’ll need to start finding plenty of TV shows and movies to watch while you chill in the A.C. and escape the high temperatures outside. Luckily, this week has a great slate of pop-culture treats to help you cool down when you need a break. From new seasons of Queer Eye and 90 Day Fiancé to the final stretch of Fuller House, there is something for everyone.

Below, see all the new TV shows and movies to check out this week:

Sunday, May 31

Celebrity Family Feud: Teams of celebrities face off in a classic game of Family Feud. This Sunday’s kicks off with the new and OG Queer Eye casts. 8 P.M. ET on ABC

Monday, June 1

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way: A new season of Americans moving to a new country for the sake of love is here. Will these relationships last? We can’t wait to find out. 9 P.M. ET on TLC

Tuesday, June 2

Fuller House: Fuller House was one of the first inventive reboots to hit streaming, and sadly it’s coming to an end. The first half of the final season premieres on June 5, so be sure to mark your calendars. Have one last hurrah with the Fuller, Tanner, and Gibbler families. Streaming on Netflix

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story: Amanda Peet and Christian Slater star in the second season of this true-crime anthology series. This time it focuses on real-life couple Betty and Dan Broderick, whose marriage was already in peril before it took a murderous turn for the worst. Get ready for some twists and turns. 9 P.M. ET on USA

Wednesday, June 3

Spelling the Dream: Here is the official description of this documentary, per Netflix: “Following four hopeful competitors, this documentary explores Indian Americans’ decades-long success at the biggest spelling contest in the U.S.” Streaming on Netflix

Thursday, June 4

Can Your Hear Me?: A new comedy-drama series about three friends from a low-income neighborhood grappling with life, bad boyfriends, and dysfunctional families. Streaming on Netflix

Summer Rush: A new series about a family in Lake George, New York competing with each other over their three popular restaurants. 10 P.M. ET on Food Network

Friday, June 5

13 Reasons Why: The final season of the controversial Netflix show is here. Streaming on Netflix

Queer Eye: Season five has arrived, and it’s going to make you cry harder than the past four combined. Streaming on Netflix

Saturday, June 6

Dear Class of 2020: Another touching tribute to the students graduating in 2020, featuring appearances from Former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, BTS, Doja Cat, Lady Gaga, Maluma, Megan Thee Stallion. Streaming on YouTube

Weekly Horoscope for the Week of June 1, 2020

Your weekly horoscope is here. The world may be facing unprecedented challenges, but it’s key to balance what’s happening by aligning with your higher vision and long-term goals. It’s only in each step that we can reach a destination, and with no goal, our path is haphazard. Everyone’s gift is unique, and that’s the point: be proud of who you are. Channel your feelings by taking action—and inspiring those around you with empathy and generosity. Read on to discover what’s in store for your sign during the week of June 1 through to June 7, 2020, and then get to know your rising sign.

Aries | Aries rising

If you’re itching to get out of your comfort zone or known universe, now’s the time, as Aries deals with uncertainty by taking decisive action. Don’t waste this awakening on just any action—make it count where it matters. This week’s full moon is in a flowing aspect to your sign, so inspiration and a positive “I can do anything” mindset will build up during the course of the week, peaking on Friday.

Taurus | Taurus rising

Your best collaborators will be apparent to you this week. Combining your resources will expand your mutual empires, so don’t hold back once you’ve done the due diligence and make sure they are as all-in as you. If you have trust issues, get it all in writing, so everything is clear. The full moon in your zone of sex and intimacy may also steam up your desire, so go with it. There are sparkles of illusion and confusion this week, which are best enjoyed by engaging your imagination but don’t buy into fantasy as the fog will clear later.

Gemini | Gemini rising

Your partnership needs may be ready for a minor refresh or reset, as your zone of significant others is highlighted over the week, peaking on Friday. Be sure to balance this sphere by pursuing your own direction and interests as well. Be open to the magic of others but don’t commit to anything just yet. The theme of the week for you, Gemini, is review and reset, so take note of changes you want to make and adjust your actions accordingly.

Hannah Brown Just Apologized on Camera for Using the N-Word: ‘Do Not Defend Me’

Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown just apologize on camera for the first time since using the n-word on an Instagram Live earlier this May.

Brown originally sparked outrage online for using the slur while singing along to DaBaby’s “Rockstar.” Fans and fellow Bachelor Nation alums were not only furious with Brown over the video but were also dissatisfied with her written apology a few hours later. “I owe you all a major apology. There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said,” she wrote on May 17. “I have read your messages and seen the hurt I have caused. I own it all. I am terribly sorry and know that whether in public or private, this language is unacceptable. I promise to do better.”

Another former Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, later discussed her disappointment with Nick Viall, saying that she had spoken with Brown and was expecting the Alabama native to go address the issue directly. “When Hannah and I talked, she wanted to know what my thought was as to what she should do. She said, ‘I want to ask you.’ And she was very remorseful. She was very upset. She was embarrassed. She was admitting she was wrong, and she said she wanted to go on a Live,” she said on his podcast, per E! News. “She was going to go first and then bring me on. Twice, she got off the phone with me to tell me, ‘Okay, I’m going to go do it. I’m just going to go get ready.’ Hours later, nothing. Then we would talk on the phone. And then, hours later, nothing again until it was ultimately decided she wanted to do a statement.”

Now, amid Black Lives Matter protests, pain, and rage across the nation over the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other black Americans who’ve been killed at the hands of the police, Hannah Brown apologized again on May 30. First, she posted this quote on Instagram:

Then she went live. “I’ve been trying for a long time to figure out how I would address everything,” Brown began her Instagram Live, which is now available to view on her feed. “I wanted it to be the right time and I’ve been so concerned with not…taking up space with all the events going on and the death of George Floyd happening and there’s so much suffering and anger and I didn’t want to offend anybody. But I realized it’s not about the right time, it’s about the right thing.”

Billie Eilish Slams ‘All Lives Matter’ and White Privilege Following George Floyd’s Death

Billie Eilish is using her platform on social media to share her support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd. On May 25, the 49-year-old unarmed black man died during a violent arrest by a white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. All four officers involved have been fired, but only Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder.

On Saturday, May 30, the 18-year-old singer took to social media to share a short essay she wrote amid days of protests across the country. “I’ve been trying to take this week to figure out a way to address this delicately,” Eilish began in her essay, which she shared with her 63 million Instagram followers. “I have an enourmous [sic] platform and I try really hard to be respectful and take time to think through what I say and how I say it…But holy fucking shit I’m gonna just start talking.”

“If I hear one more person say ‘aLL liVeS maTtEr’ one more fucking time I’m gonna lose my fucking mind,” Eilish continued. “Will you shut the fuck uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup???? No one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard.”

Eilish then took a subtle dig at President Donald Trump, who described protesters as “thugs” in a tweet from earlier this week. “If all lives matter why are black people killed for just being black? Why are immigrants persecuted? Why are white people given opportunities that people of other races aren’t,” she asked. “Why is it okay for white people to protest literally being asked to stay at home while carrying semi-automatic weapons? Why is it okay for black people to be called thugs for protesting the murder of innocent people? Do you know why???? White. Fucking. Privilege.”

You can read her post in its entirety, below.

Billie Eilish concluded her essay by writing, “The slogan #BlackLivesMatter does not mean other lives don’t. It’s calling attention to the fact that society clearly thinks black lives don’t fucking matter!!!!! And they fucking do!!!!!”

The Grammy winner is one of many celebrities calling for support for those protesting Floyd’s death, including Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. In her statement, Obama noted it is “up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work.” She continued, “It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own.”

To learn about how you can help demand justice for George Floyd check out this list of petitions and organizations that are worth your attention.