Harriet Tubman said that "every great dream begins with a dreamer."
This week's newsletter is a reminder that you have the power to achieve your dreams - no matter what setbacks you may face.
We're covering the Paralympics and Alice Wong's incredible, intersectionality focussed, career. Josephine Baker has also, posthumously, made history in France while Rupi Kaur is officially live - on Amazon Prime.
So, let's get glowing!
News To Know
The Paralympians Who Are Breaking Barriers And Winning Big
ICYMI, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are in full swing. You can keep up with the latest results here.
We're sharing the stories of some of the inspiring BIPOC women who are competing at the Paralympics this year:
First up, is Zakia Khudadadi - Afghanistan's first female paralympian. The 23-year-old is a taekwondo superstar. Khudadadi was unable to catch her flight to Tokyo following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. However, a global rescue effort saw Khudadadi and her fellow paralympian Hossain Rasouli evacuated from Afghanistan and flown to Tokyo. Khudadadi intends to compete in the women’s taekwondo round on September 2 - we can't wait to see her in action!
New Zealand's Lisa Adams has won a gold medal in the women’s shot put. Adams threw 15.12 metres with her final two throws, which broke the Paralympic record. She was also the only thrower to go beyond 14 metres. Fun fact, Adam's sister and coach, Dame Valerie Adams is also an Olympic shot put champion!
Australia's Amanda Reid is on a mission to inspire Aboriginal people with disabilities. A proud Aboriginal woman, Reid just broke her own world record in track cycling and won a gold medal, the seventh gold medal of the Paralympics for Australia.
Yamada Miyuki has won Japan's first medal at the Paralympics. She won silver in the women's 100m backstroke. 14-year-old Miyuki is also the youngest ever Japanese Paralympic medallist in history!
Meanwhile powerlifter Latifat Tijani from Nigeria is feeling good! She set a personal best record of 107kg in the women’s 45kg Para Powerlifting competition, scoring herself a gold medal - and Nigeria's first gold medal of the 2020 Paralympics.
Glowreel Reco Of The Week
You need to listen: the Let's Go Together Podcast, hosted by Kellee Edwards.
The podcast features diverse voices sharing their unique travel experiences and inspiring others to explore the world. The perfect inspo for your post-pandemic travel! Our recommended episode is this interview with London-based podcast and video duo Kym Oliver and Jumoke Abdullahi, aka The Triple Cripples.
Have a reco to share? Let us know what you love and why here - we'd love to share your recos in Glowreel!
- Part of the Afghan Girls Robotics team has made it to Mexico! Five members of the team landed in Mexico late last week. Mexico has pledged to support Afghan citizens, particularly women and girls. Other members of the team landed in Qatar last week.
- She's a Warrior ... Natlyn Jones is on a mission to help women "feel like they have no boundaries" through SheWarrior, her sustainable women’s athleisure brand. Empowering women while respecting the planet - it's a win win!
- Josephine Baker will be the first Black woman to be buried in France’s Pantheon. She'll also be first entertainer and the the sixth woman to be honoured at the Parisian mausoleum. Baker is currently buried in Monaco. She'll be memorialised in the Panthéon on November 30, in recognition of her tireless efforts towards the French resistance throughout WWII, and her artistry and commitment to the fight against racism.
- Rupi Kaur is live on Amazon Prime. Kaur's one-hour special is officially streaming on Amazon Prime Video in North America. Rupi Kaur Live is described as a "distinctive fusion of poetry, humour, spoken word, music and compelling visuals inspired by her poetry collections."
- ICYMI, Never Have I Ever will be back for season 3! Release date is TBC, but it's apparently "coming soon." While we wait for more intel, Respect, which shares the story of Aretha Franklin is lighting up a screen near you. We love a good biopic!
Alice Wong's Disability Visibility Project Is Here To Amplify And Celebrate Disability Culture and Media
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Alice Wong: disability activist, writer, media maker and consultant. She's also founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project - which is dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.
Born with spinal muscular atrophy, a neuromuscular disorder, Wong stopped walking around the age of 8. Wong uses a Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine and power wheelchair.
"I was almost always the one physically disabled kid in the classroom, and almost always one of maybe just a few Asian Americans."
Wong learned more about disabled history and the works of disabled scholars. This, combined with her experiences growing up, led Wong to pursue a career in disability advocacy, with a focus on intersectionality. She wants to help others to flourish in a world that’s not built with them in mind.
... non-disabled people can do so much to make the world a little bit more welcoming and a little more accessible by just understanding their own privilege, acknowledging it and also understanding that we all have a collective responsibility."
Wong is recognised as a true change maker through her work. She's received numerous awards, been featured in multiple media outlets and last year she was featured alongside other activists on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue.
Her latest venture is the Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century book. Edited by Wong, the must read book is a "galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people."
You can also listen to some eye-opening interviews between Wong and members of the disability community through her podcast, which highlighted life experiences from a disabled lens.
Alice Wong: disability activist, writer, media maker, consultant, founder and all-round superwoman!
3 Trailblazing Historical BIPOC Women With A Disability
From left to right: Fannie Lou Hamer, Noor Inayat Khan, Eliza Suggs
Well this is a little different. Usually we do a deep-dive into a trailblazing woman from history.
This week, we've decided to mix things up a little by sharing a round-up of 3 incredible BIPOC women from history who also happened to have a disability.
We'll also do our usual deep-dive on each of these women in future newsletters - we know how much you love them!
Fannie Lou Hamer
Hamer was an American voting and women's rights activist, community organiser, and a leader in the civil rights movement.
She was also a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, which was set up to recruit, train, and support women of all races who wanted to seek election to government.
Hamer had polio as a child which impacted her health throughout her life. She was also beaten in a Mississippi jailhouse, which caused kidney damage and a limp.
Noor Inayat Khan
Aka, the Indian Spy Princess who we did a deep-dive on in this newsletter.
Khan was a British Muslim hero who served as a Special Operations Executive in WWII. Khan's fingers were permanently swollen from chilblains, which was caused by a circulatory disorder.
Eliza Suggs was a 19th-century American author who was born to former slaves. Suggs was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and grew to only 84 centimetres (33 inches) tall.
Despite the barriers she faced as a black woman with a disability, Suggs was able to obtain an education and went on to publish a book which shared her story as a disabled black woman at the turn of the 20th century
One Lioness To Another
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."