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The Jayhawks Never Go Out Of Style

Gary Louris got a relatively late start in music. The Jayhawks singer had enrolled in college with hopes of being an architect, and it wasn’t until later on that he found his way into a band. It’s something he still thinks about often.

“I think about what if I would’ve gone to Notre Dame where I was supposed to go instead of changing my mind and going to Minnesota? And if I went to Notre Dame, I wouldn’t have probably found the band,” Louris told HuffPost. “And then what if I’d have been an architect, where maybe my life would have been more stable and I wouldn’t have gone through such lows, but I’m sure I wouldn’t have had many highs.”

Since the mid-1980s, Louris has been part of the influential band the Jayhawks, which emerged in Minneapolis when Louris and bassist Marc Perlman, along with ex-members Marc Olson and Norm Rogers, got together to make their first album. The Jayhawks came at a time when Uncle Tupelo, the Honeydogs and later Wilco and others flourished in the alt-country music scene. 

The Jayhawks have released 10 albums in total, and the current lineup, which includes Louris, Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O’Reagan, has been intact for several years now. But in 2020, one thing is different. On the upcoming Jayhawks album, “XOXO,” Louris, 65, takes a backseat, opening the way for his bandmates to be front and center and contribute their own songs, including lead vocals.

Due out July 10, “XOXO” features harmonic-filled songs, saddled alongside Louris’ signature vocals. But it feels a bit more open and fresh as the other members of the band step into the spotlight.

HuffPost caught up with Louris about the new album, the band’s longevity and the things that drive him to continue making music ― 35 years and counting.

Having been a longtime Jayhawks fan, I really love that you’re bringing the other voices more to the forefront. Can you talk a little bit about the decision to bring everyone else into the fold this time?

At times, I think of why I didn’t do it sooner. And I think it goes back to when Mark Olson was in the band, and you had to kind of fight to get your songs in because we both wrote a lot and wrote together. And once he left, it was like, “Oh, I have all these songs now. I can get them out there.”

And then, I don’t think the other guys are that aggressive about pushing their songs. So I think it took me to kind of say, “That’s what we have.” And I’ve always been open to it. But this time I said, “I’m pushing you guys to do more.”

I think on top of that, it really started with live performance over the years. I’ve just noticed we ended up playing an hour and a half, two hours, and I sang like 98% of the songs. And people want to hear Tim, they want to hear Karen, and Marc writes.

And sometimes I miss a little bit of that when Olson was in the band, that I could kind of sit back on some songs and play guitar. And so a little selfish there. But mostly it started with, I wanted to hear those guys sing because I know they write and I know they have great voices.

Was there any part of you that felt a little uncomfortable giving up some of that “control”?

Yeah, I am worried about it. For one thing, you don’t want to do the Creedence Clearwater thing, where they’ve opened up the record of the band and made the worst record they ever made. No, I mean, this should turn out great. But I was a little bit wary about the precedent that I’m setting. But in the end, it just made us much closer and made for a better record.

The Jayhawks formed in Minneapolis in 1985.



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The Jayhawks formed in Minneapolis in 1985.

You talked a little bit about your voice. Is there something that you do to maintain it? Or is it just luck that your voice has stayed strong through the years?

Luck. I don’t really do anything. I’ve never been the guy who warms up. … There was a time in the late ’90s where I had nodules on my vocal cords and I had those removed. And I got some voice lessons then and some warmups. That was caused by improper singing technique. So I think I’ve learned a little bit more not to sing out of my throat so much. And I think I sing better now than I did. Although I still want to work on my falsetto, which is bothering me. I can’t hit those high notes as I want.

And I’ve always been that guy, like, “Oh, if we’re on the road, I’d rather play than sit around. So let’s play six nights in a row.” … I’m not a shouter, that could be part of it. I don’t think I have the best voice in our band, technically, but I definitely have a distinctive one, and people can usually tell it’s me. I think Tim especially is more of a technician. … I could learn a few things from Tim.

With everything that’s going on with current events, I couldn’t help but think of the song “Living in a Bubble.” Can you talk a little bit about that and where that song came from?

I don’t remember what spurred it out. It was certainly way before this pandemic. But it is still related to the news cycle, and friends I know who watch CNN 24/7 or MSNBC 24/7 — or being connected with their devices, which I’m guilty of. I’ve been that person to always kind of get The Sunday Times and spent the week reading that and taking my time, and peeking out and watching a little bit of news, but never that guy glued to it. I just don’t see how that’s healthy.

So I think I wrote it about isolation and a comment on the 24/7 news cycle. And I think this record has a couple of songs for me which are departures because they’re not singing about longing or lost love or things about myself so much, but a little bit more global consciousness. And then it just happened to become more relevant, unfortunately. 

The Jayhawks' new album comes out July 10.



The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks’ new album comes out July 10.

I think that comes through with the new song “Homecoming,” where you sing about climate change. 

Yeah, definitely. I mean, I was inspired by Greta Thunberg. I don’t know exactly why I picked that moment other than it was on my mind. My sweet spot is still that longing kind of aching, beautiful but dark lyrics, usually about something I haven’t got or something I lost or something I want or something I think I need but don’t. And so it felt good to expand my horizons.

But I don’t think I’m going to be that guy like Midnight Oil or some of the bands where every song is really political about what was happening now, because those things get dated. And that’s the problem with getting too specific on a particular moment. Like if I write some songs about these riots and protests — or maybe if they had a universal theme, but if I wrote specifically about it, I don’t know if it would mean that much to people in 10 years. Personal politics are more my field. But I’m still trying to learn to expand myself a bit.

Those songs about longing and love are so relatable. And sounds like they’re mostly personal. What if you’re in a good relationship, do you have a harder time going there? 

Well, I went to 12 years all-male school, Jesuit high school, coat and tie. Growing up Catholic, I got a well of melancholies that will never run dry. I mean, it’s funny because my girlfriend now, I think I have to tell her I write some songs that might touch on some. … I’m not going to write songs about how happy I am. … Happy music a lot of times depresses me because it seems like it’s not real life. But anyway, I will still write about things like that, whether it’s just channeling myself or finding other things from the past that will feed that fire.

When you look back at the Jayhawks catalog, which albums or songs in particular stand out to you as something that you’re most proud of? 

My favorite record — and I would say most likely is the band’s favorite — is “Sound of Lies” because from start to finish, I think it’s just the vibiest record we did. I don’t think we ever try to please people, but that one was really — because that was the last record we were going to make and it had a certain sound to it. And I think it has the most depth. It was more difficult to cover live because it is kind of a downer.

I think with the exception of any one record, I’m proud of all the records we’ve made. And certainly there’s that little magical period of “Hollywood Town Hall” and “Tomorrow the Green Grass.”

You’ve been with the Jayhawks 30-plus years now?

Wow, 35. So what keeps you motivated? What keeps you excited to keep producing?

I think it’s a depression of some sort, maybe. I think I need a sense of purpose when I wake up. Or “Why am I here?” I’m just getting up again, putting food in my mouth, washing my face, going out, running errands. What is life about? And I’m very much that person who feels like I need to feel like there’s a meaning. And if there’s no meaning, at least I’m creating something. And so I think that’s the drive for me.

I think I’ve accepted the fact that we most likely will never reach any higher heights as far as popularity. But I’ve also learned to — and I haven’t always been this way — I’ve learned to appreciate what we have. And I’ve learned to appreciate how lucky we are that we have an audience and that we have longevity, which is much more than a lot of my musician friends I know have.

And maybe our failure was our success. Because we never were that band with the big radio hits that got connected with a certain style and then it went out of style. We were never in style. And we built everything kind of grassroots-y from the ground up. And so the foundation is pretty solid. 

I’d like to think that although history shows that most rock musicians make their best work when they’re younger, I’d like to be that person that does some of my better work as I get older.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

5 of the best indoor garden systems for growing herbs and veggies

Harvest your own food indoors with a grow kit that fits your lifestyle (and plant care prowess), whether that’s a high-tech smart garden or a simple starter tray.

Gardening at home is not limited to people with large gardens — or even to people with sunny windowsills. With the right tools, anyone who wants to grow their own vegetables or fresh herbs indoors can find a way to do it.

Indoor gardening kits range from high tech to very simple. Your needs will vary based on your budget, the plants you want to grow, and the space you have available, but you’ll likely be able to pull something off, even if you have to hang your garden on the wall. We believe in you.

What should I grow?

If you just want to start your plants indoors, then move them to an outdoor garden, your crop options are pretty much endless. If you must grow your garden entirely indoors, though, there are a few plants that have the best chance of thriving.

First, microgreens. These cute little salad enhancers are actually just regular plants harvested in the seedling stage, but they’re nutrient-dense and flavourful. A successful microgreens operation will likely save you some cash, too — microgreens can be quite expensive.

SEE ALSO: Beautify your space with these indoor plants you can buy online

Tiny salad greens not your thing? You can also opt for full-size lettuces and herbs, many of which have shallow enough roots to thrive inside. Fruits like strawberries and tomatoes can also be nudged along indoors, particularly using a hydroponic system. Hydroponics is a gardening method in which plants are grown in a nutrient-rich solution instead of in soil. The AeroGarden and its competitors are hydroponic systems.

What other supplies will I need?

If you opt for a smart garden like the AeroGarden Harvest Elite or Click & Grow Smart Garden, you probably won’t need many other supplies. For other types of indoor garden systems, however, you may want some extras to help you along.

If your system doesn’t have a grow light and your living space is dark, consider a separate LED grow light to ensure your plants get the “sun” they deserve. And if you’re not going the hydroponic route, you may also want a special indoor potting mix in lieu of regular garden soil. You can even make it yourself.

Finally, make sure your plants have adequate drainage. This is built into many of the systems below, but if you use your own tiny grower’s pots to fill a tray, be sure water isn’t able to collect at the bottom. This contributes to root rot.

What is a smart garden?

Thank you for asking. A smart garden is a small, indoor gardening device that uses self-watering, built-in grow light features, and automated reminders to allow gardeners to grow small plants in environments without natural light or nutrient-dense soil. 

This hands-off approach is potentially great for people who have trouble taking care of plants themselves, but keep in mind that the systems aren’t cheap. You’ll also have to use the brand’s proprietary plant pods instead of normal seeds and rebuy them as needed.

We have tracked down a selection of some of the best indoor garden systems, with both low and high-tech options included. There is something for everyone in this list.

These are the best indoor garden systems in 2020.


Smart features • Lots of pod spaces • Automatic timer
Grows AeroGarden pods only
The AeroGarden is an easy-to-use, full-service smart garden that will work in any environment.

AeroGarden Harvest Elite

This smart, six-pod AeroGarden allows you to grow herbs, salad leaves, and other veggies pretty much anywhere.

  • Self-watering feature:
    No
  • Built-in grow light:
    Yes
  • Best for:
    Herbs, tomatoes, salad greens
If you’ve researched indoor gardening even a little, you’ll know that AeroGarden is super popular.
The AeroGarden Harvest Elite is a six-pod smart garden with pretty much all the features you could want: an LED grow light, an extendable lamp arm, automatic controls, and a control panel that reminds you to add food, water, and light. It is a pod-based system, though, so you won’t be able to use your own seeds unless you purchase a Grow Anything Seed Pod Kit, which is sold separately. 
If you don’t have particular seed preferences, though, you’ll do just fine with the pods included with the Harvest Elite, which are curly parsley, dill, thyme, mint, and two varieties of basil. According to AeroGarden, plants can grow up to 12 inches tall before they’ll need to be repotted.

Can be placed anywhere • Not dependent on sunlight • Lots of features
Refill pods can get expensive
This smart garden is another good option for people who want a truly tech-y experience.

Click and Grow Smart Garden 3

This smart garden has all the features you could want — if you’re cool with using its pods.

  • Self-watering feature:
    Yes
  • Built-in grow light:
    Yes
  • Best for:
    Herbs, vegetables, microgreens
Like the AeroGarden, this smart garden has pretty much every feature you could think of, including self-watering capabilities, an LED grow light, a timer for that grow light, and a lamp extender. It’s a bit more lightweight than the AeroGarden, which gives it a slight edge in portability. Its grow light is not quite as bright, though.
Users are able to able to grow three plants at a time in the Smart Garden, three of which are included with the unit. The downside is that, as with the AeroGarden Harvest Elite, the unit only takes those plant pods. If you want to plant your own seeds, you’ll need to place them in a Click & Grow Experimental Pod (sold separately).
If you want an indoor garden that’s a bit less futuristic, opt for the Chef’n Microgreen Growing Kit or one of the other less expensive items on this list. But if you’re cool with your garden being tech-y — and, hey, that definitely comes with some upsides — this one might be for you. 

Includes seeds and soil
Not self-watering • No grow light
Want a basic setup for growing microgreens? This is a solid pick at a budget-friendly price.

Chef’n Microgreen Grower

This affordable microgreen starter kit comes with a growing tray, soil, and a starter pack of seeds.

  • Self-watering feature:
    No
  • Built-in grow light:
    No
  • Best for:
    Microgreens
Microgreens are some of the easiest plants to grow inside: All you need is a tray, water, soil, and seeds. This microgreen growing kit from Chef’n includes all of the above — plus, it’ll look attractive on your countertop or windowsill without costing you a lot of cash.
It’s worth noting that the Chef’n kit does not have a built-in grow light and is not self-watering, which admittedly makes sense for the price. Still, reviewers appear to have had largely pleasant experiences.
This grow kit is also slim enough to fit on most windowsills and surfaces  — even in small kitchens.

Super afforable • Easy drip irrigation • Space saver
Needs frequent watering • Can’t hold much soil
If you don’t have the space for a flat indoor garden, consider a hanging pocket garden like this one instead.

Ogrmar Vertical Wall Garden Planter

This space-saving hanging garden has plenty of pockets and attaches to the wall.

  • Self-watering feature:
    No
  • Built-in grow light:
    No
  • Best for:
    Herbs
Pocket gardens are useful for people who don’t have space. This 18-pocket option from Ogrmar, for instance, can be mounted to a wall, thus making it an unobtrusive option for small homes. Each pocket is made of thick, moisture-wicking fabric. When filled — especially with lush-looking herbs — you’ll get that pretty, ethereal “plant wall” effect.
Reviewers say this pocket garden may work for hydroponic gardening, as the pockets are too small to hold much soil. They also recommend using as many nails or screws to mount the garden as possible, since it gets heavy fast. 
Finally, if you’re using a fabric pocket garden on an interior wall, consider placing a tarp onto the wall before mounting as an added layer of protection. Otherwise, your wall might sustain water damage. 

Unique and whimsical • Partially self-cleaning
Takes up lots of space
If you’re in the market for a fish tank and an indoor garden tray, this is a weirdly fantastic two-in-one.

BIGHAVE Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem

A garden that’s also a fish tank? It’s fun and functional.

  • Self-watering feature:
    Yes
  • Built-in grow light:
    No
  • Best for:
    Microgreens, herbs, flowers
Been looking for an indoor garden that’s also a fish tank? Okay, maybe not, but this would still make a great gift (or addition to your own kitchen).
The whole thing functions as a closed-loop ecosystem: Fish waste is filtered away to serve as plant food, which in turn cleans the water in the tank. You’ll still need to clean the tank periodically, but not as often as you would with a standard one.
Best of all, the BIGHAVE Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem sounds genuinely fun to use. It is easy to set up and you see results within days. What’s not to like?

Facebook is shutting down Hobbi, the Pinterest competitor almost nobody used

Facebook has quietly taken its Pinterest competitor Hobbi out behind the barn and shot it.

Launched this February, iOS app Hobbi was promoted as a platform for collecting, organising, and sharing photos of projects you’re working on, “whether it’s cooking, baking, DIY, arts & crafts, fitness or home decor.” So it was basically Pinterest for progress shots.

Users gave Hobbi fairly low ratings at launch, deriding it for being unoriginal and derivative, and it continued to garner disapproval due to requiring users’ phone numbers. Now, TechCrunch reports Hobbi’s few users have received a push notification telling them the app will shut down on July 10.

This infant app won’t be widely missed. Hobbi never really took off, with SensorTower estimating it was only downloaded around 7,000 times in the U.S. 

Hobbi’s performance initially seems like a disappointing result for Facebook’s New Product Experimentation Team. However, the development group’s actual stated purpose is to “try different ideas by creating small, focused apps in order to see whether people find certain features useful or engaging.” 

As such, NPE Team is targeted more toward learning and market research than creating viable, successful apps, with numerous shut downs anticipated.

“[U]nlike Facebook’s family of apps, NPE Team apps will change very rapidly and will be shut down if we learn that they’re not useful to people,” NPE Team wrote last year. “We expect many failures.”

Hobbi isn’t the first app NPE Team has thrown against the wall to see if it sticks. Previous releases include meme-making app Whale, party DJ app AUX, and anonymous chat app Bump. Of these, only Whale is currently available in the U.S.

UFO sighting: Mysterious ‘glowing white clouds’ on the Moon baffle alien expert

In his opinion, the UFO or unidentified flying object was monitoring the Apollo 16 mission as it orbited the Moon.

He said: “Please notice that the UFO moves from the top of the photo and matches its speed with the Apollo module then at about 450 photos it begins to fall behind, apparently realizing that the Apollo craft was no threat.

“Also there were about 40 to 45 images that had a 100 percent focused cloud in its location and each of these images are slightly different than the next, not to mention that the lunar surface below the UFO changes in each photo the Apollo 16 module took.”

Mr Waring also pulled 458 still images of the UFO, which he arranged into a video clip on YouTube.

Bible warning: COVID-19 ‘just the start’ of End Times plagues amid new swine flu emergence

In the Book of Revelation, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are sent as a punishment of God, but some believe they are an analogy of real-life events to come in the future. Revelation 6 tells of a scroll in God’s right hand that is secured with seven seals, which, when opened, summons four beings that ride out on white, black, red and pale horses to bring about death, war, famine and plague. It states: “They were given power over a fourth of the Earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the Earth.”

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But, some have claimed the last book of the New Testament prophesies how the seal will be unlocked.

The Olivet Prophecy in Matthew 24 is one of the longest single prophecies in the Bible and foretells the birth of a new age after an eruption of world crises.

A segment reads: “You’re going to hear about wars, actual wars and rumoured ones, make sure you don’t get alarmed.

“This has got to happen, but it doesn’t mean the end is coming yet.

Fears have risen since the emergence of a new swine flu

Fears have risen since the emergence of a new swine flu (Image: GETTY)

The Book of Revelation foretells the End Times

The Book of Revelation foretells the End Times (Image: GETTY)

“Nations will rise against one another, and kingdoms against each other.

“There will be famines and earthquakes here and there, all this is just the start of the birth pangs.”

Birth pangs, in terms of Bible prophecy, refer to certain convulsive geopolitical, geophysical, astrophysical and world-wide events and issues scheduled to occur in the time leading up to the end of the world.

These are likened to the contractions experienced by a woman about to give birth, as these episodes increase with frequency and intensity.

Following the discovery of a new type of Swine Flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic in China, many have taken to Twitter to express their concerns that this is only the start of the birth pangs and we will soon see more similar and more devastating events.

READ MORE: ‘Bible called it’ Locusts spark apocalyptic fears as disease, fires and floods rock India

The Bible warns of the Four Horsemen

The Bible warns of the Four Horsemen (Image: WIKI)

One user wrote: “The signs that we are seeing now are sounding a warning to us that time is over and we need to repent and prepare in haste.”

A second added: “The crazy part is that this is just the start of birth pangs the Bible warned us about.

“We haven’t even got to the Great Tribulation yet.

“Everyone needs to get right with God through Jesus Christ.”

Another warned: “The Bible says these are birth pangs.

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The end of the world may be nearing closer, some have warned

The end of the world may be nearing closer, some have warned (Image: GETTY)

Some hope the events will mark the Second Coming

Some hope the events will mark the Second Coming (Image: GETTY)

“The end is growing near my friends, be right with God Almighty.”

And a fourth stated: “For what it’s worth, I firmly believe we are at the very least at the point that the Bible refers to as ‘the beginning of birth pangs’ at the very least.”

In 2005, Bible scholar Fred Dattolo published an article in ‘The Trumpet’ where he claimed “the galloping hoofbeats of the four horses are getting ever louder and closer,” stating that future pandemics were all that was needed to set free the final Horseman, who would spread a disease to a quarter of the world.

He said: “The four horsemen are depicted in the Book of Revelation Chapter 6 as the first four of seven seals.

“These seals are benchmarks of end-time events leading up to and including the return of Jesus Christ.

A new flu with 'pandemic potential' was identified

A new flu with ‘pandemic potential’ was identified (Image: GETTY)

“John witnessed these vivid events in a vision sent by God the Father to Jesus Christ, who gave it to an angel to reveal to John – Revelation 1:1.

“Then John, as he was instructed, recorded what he saw in brilliant prophetic imagery.”

According to the Book of Revelation, there are still three more seals to be broken before the Second Coming.

The fifth seal will reveal the souls of those who had been slain for the “Word of God,” and things get much more concerning thereafter.

Upon the sixth seal breaking there will be a “great earthquake” before the Sun turns “black as sackcloth made of hair” and the Moon becomes “like blood”.

Then, the seventh seal is opened and heaven is silent for about half an hour before the seven trumpets are sounded to cue apocalyptic events.

Life on Mars? NASA Curiosity rover spies evidence of ‘ancient alien ruins’

However, sceptics and NASA would say the ‘pods’ and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia.

This is a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.

Another recent finding which supposedly supports the argument of life on Mars was a large black rock vaguely resembling a fossil.

Waring wrote on his blog: “While looking at the front page of the Mars Science Laboratory website, I noticed that they placed a photo with a huge black fossil right on the freaking front page!

Dixie Chicks Change Their Name To Simply ‘The Chicks’

The Dixie Chicks have officially renamed themselves The Chicks.

Coinciding with the release of their new song and video, “March March,” the group all of its social media pages to reflect the change, which comes amid a powerful new focus in the U.S. on the legacy of the enslavement of Blacks and systematic racism. 

Formed in 1989, The Dixie Chicksformed in 1989, took its name from “Dixie Chicken,” the 1973 hit song and album by the rock band Little Feat. Dixie has long been the nickname for the southern states in America. The 1859 minstrel song that included the refrain “Away, away, away down south in Dixie!” became the “de facto national anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War,” according to History.com. 

As of Thursday, The Chicks’ site greeted fans with the YouTube video for “March March” as well as the quote: “If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.” 

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A representative for The Chicks gave HuffPost the following statement, acknowledging that a New Zealand band of the same name already exists.

“A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!” they wrote.

The name change for the trio comes on the heels of fellow country music group Lady Antebellum officially changing their name to Lady A. The definition of antebellum is “existing before a war,” and it is most widely used to refer to the slave-holding South before the 1861-65 Civil War.

Lady A said it was dropping the word “antebellum” as a response to the eruption of nationwide protests against racial inequality after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

“As a band, we have strived for our music to be a refuge … inclusive of all. We’ve watched and listened more than ever these last few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases Black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed,” the band’s statement said. 

“After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest Black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘antebellum’ from our name and move forward as Lady A, the nickname our fans gave us almost from the start.”

Unlike The Chicks, the members of Lady A found themselves in hot water with a blues singer who had gone by Lady A for decades.

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Gorgeous Google Doodle celebrates Marsha P. Johnson for the last day of Pride Month

As a tumultuous Pride Month draws to a close, Google is marking it with a tribute to transgender artist, activist, and drag performer Marsha P. Johnson.

Johnson was a central and beloved figure in New York’s gay scene from the 1960s onward, and is widely recognized as one of the first people to fight back against police harassing patrons during a raid on the Stonewall Hotel. This sparked the Stonewall riots, commemorations of which became Pride celebrations. 

Alongside Sylvia Rivera, Johnson also founded Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Activist Revolutionaries, or STAR, to offer housing, food, and other assistance to trans and non-binary youth. She said the “P” in her name was there for when people questioned her gender or presentation — it stood for “Pay it no mind.” 

Johnson died in 1992, in what was officially ruled a suicide but believed by her loved ones to be a murder.

The bright illustration, created by L.A. artist Rob Gilliam, features ribbons of color (including the trans, bisexual, and genderqueer flag stripes, and a rainbow topped with black and brown) emanating from a march led by Johnson’s iconic smile.

“As a queer person of color I owe Marsha so much,” Gilliam said in a press release. “She was the catalyst for our liberation, the driving force behind the movement that has given many of us the rights and freedoms that we previously couldn’t even dream of. Marsha created a space for us in western society through her empowering bravery and refusal to be silenced.” 

Elle Hearns, founder and executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, envisions Tuesday’s doodle as a pathway for more people to discover Johnson’s legacy amidst the reckoning happening in American public life.

“This moment is a testament to our movement, and the amount of time and sacrifices Black trans people have made to contribute to something bigger than all of us,” said Hearns in a statement. “I hope the collaboration between The MPJI and Google.org will serve as an opportunity for the world to interrupt its own fixation on transphobia and fear of redistributing wealth to communities that need it most. This is life-long work. Black trans women have always been here and will continue to be.”

“Marsha knew that the true key to liberation was intersectionality,” said Gilliam. “The original Pride movement pulled in participants from across the lines of class and race and sexuality and gender expression and united an entire community. Recent times have been extremely divisive, and it’s far too easy to fixate on what separates us as opposed to celebrating the commonalities we share. I think we could all be a little more like Marsha in that respect.”

Pride 2020 has been marked not only by restrictions on public celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic, but also by the ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The demonstrations were sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade (a trans man), to name just a few of the unarmed Black people killed by police this year alone. 

Remember: the first Pride was a riot, and there are still #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackTransLivesMatter protests in the streets. Stay loud, all year round.