Wear a mask: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ parody aims at anti-maskers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — They’re not the words from the 1991 film but perhaps more so adjusted for life in 2020.

Noah Lindquist, a songwriter and supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, recently published a COVID-19 parody of “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast.” The topic? Mask wearing. Title? “Wear a Mask.”

Well, it’s geared toward those who choose not to wear a mask.

“Wear. A. Mask. Wear a mask. Is this really much to ask?” Lumière sings. “Tie some fabric ’round your face. Oh, it’s the simplest of tasks!

“…Stop the lies, stop the fights. No one’s taking away your rights! All this speculation makes me need a flask.”

Watch below and take note: Some of the language used may be offensive to some viewers.

Masks are an effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its director, Dr. Robert Redfield, said there is “clear scientific evidence” masks work to limit the spread of COVID-19.

They, too, might even provide better protection than a COVID-19 vaccine. Redfield explained that a potential coronavirus vaccine may only have an immune response 70 percent of the time that protects a person against COVID-19. 

“If I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine’s not going to protect me. This face mask will,” Redfield said while holding up his surgical face mask during a September hearing.

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Drew Lock aims to play smarter to avoid big hits

After he injured his shoulder against the Steelers in Week 2, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock said he didn’t plan to change his playing style.

After sitting out Denver’s last three games while recovering, Lock seems to have changed his tune a bit. The second-year quarterback admitted Wednesday he might be able to avoid some of the big hits he’s taken.

“There is an art to it, and I’ve got to learn that art,” Lock said. “I watched a lot of football when I was hurt, and I watched a lot of older guys and how they don’t take sacks. They know they’re going to get sacked and they know where their outlet is in order to get rid of the ball. Whether that’s an automatic incompletion when you throw it at the running back’s feet or you sail one out of bounds.

“It’s definitely part of my game that I can get better at and I worked towards doing that while I was hurt. I couldn’t really do much about it besides footwork stuff and watching technique but starting this practice and moving forward I’m still going to work on it.”

Lock also admitted that he has a tendency to get out of the pocket to scramble and extend plays instead of stepping up in the pocket. He aims to change that.

“I automatically want to get out and run rather than automatically stepping up and working in the pocket and delivering a ball for maybe four or six yards rather than rolling out of the pocket and trying to throw a deep bomb and make something crazy happen,” the QB said.

“I feel like I can put that more into my game and work on stepping up and work on taking the shorter throw that’s open. I feel like if I can slowly but surely progress into that then I can be a really good quarterback in this league.”

Lock has completed 60.53 percent of his passes for 236 yards with one touchdown pass and no interceptions through 72 plays this season.

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‘A Blessing’ Aims to Be More Than ‘Lean In’ for Black Women

(Bloomberg) — “I don’t lean in. I list from side to side.” That was my immediate response to “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” written by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Nell Scovell in 2013. “Lean In” quickly became a watchword for business women. We were supposed to take risks. Demand a seat at the table. Speak up and be heard. 

Now a new book is offering women of color another direction. Don’t lean. Team.

The trouble with the lean-in premise is that it overlooked what Black women like me already knew—something that’s been confirmed time and again, mostly recently in this year’s “State of Black Women in Corporate America” report by McKinsey & Co. and Leanin.org, the organization Sandberg founded: Black women are less likely than White women to have managers who promote their work, advocate for them or give them leadership responsibilities.  

So my own dismissive reaction to “Lean In” spoke to that deeper truth. As former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama summed it up while on her 2018 book tour, as she spoke about the struggle to have and do it all: “It’s not always enough to lean in, because that s— doesn’t work.” 

The weakness in the case for leaning in is that the actions of women alone do little to alter the biases and obstacles in existing corporate power structures. In short, it’s not women who need to change but the organizations where they work.

Moreover, women who seem to take charge may be rewarded in some settings, but just as often they can be disenfranchised or penalized. Women who ask for raises, for example, are less likely to get them than men who do, research has found. This is doubly so for Black women, who run the risk of being perceived as aggressive or angry when they try to take leadership roles.

So when word of “A Blessing: Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive” (published by Wordeee, Oct. 15)  crossed my desk, it caught my eye. Teaming up. Is that leaning in for Black women? The book, written by Bonita C. Stewart and Jacqueline Adams, is billed as a “playbook” for successful Black women. It explores the challenges and rewards of professional growth for Black women whose whirlwind lives of family, graduate school, promotions, stagnation and success seemed familiar.

Adams explained the book’s title: “We’re rare beings like unicorns—Black women in corporate settings. It turns out a collective of unicorns is called a blessing.”

Adams and Stewart are themselves unicorns. Adams was the first Black female White House correspondent, covering the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, for CBS News. Stewart, meanwhile, is the first Black vice president at Google, rising in the White, male-dominated tech world.

Their collaboration stems from their time at Harvard Business School. Both were featured in the school’s 2013 commemoration of 50 years of women in the masters program. Stewart had written in her reunion bio at the time: