Social isolation as a result of the current COVID-19 health crisis is forcing many to get creative with how they interact with one another. From therapy to talk shows to DJ sets, we’ve picked out a few that might pique your interest:
On April 6, supermodel Naomi Campbell debuted her new YouTube show “No Filter With Naomi.” The two-week limited interview series, which will stream live at 3 p.m. daily on Campbell’s YouTube channel, will feature Campbell in conversations about careers with a group of her friends that include designers, musicians, actors, beauty gurus and media personalities.
Watch the first episode, No Filter with Naomi: Cindy Crawford, below:
The Roots YouTube Channel will become a new home for The Roots’ new creative content, which they especially created for fans to get through the crises, the band announced via a press release on April 6. Every day, drummer and DJ Questlove will spin live DJ sets, while fundraising for The Food Hub NYC. The Roots members will participate in short form storytelling, live conversations, performances and podcasts. In the coming weeks, the channel will feature other music artists, authors and creatives.
“While we are daily trying to figure out ways for us to play as a group while practicing social distancing, we are always thinking of new ways to be creative and leaving our comfort zone,” Questlove said via the release. “This week, we are featuring gems from my Questlove Supreme Podcast, Black Thought, James Poyser and Kirk Douglas. We just hope people will follow and subscribe and we will keep the treats coming.”
Actor Taraji P. Henson launched a “Virtual Therapy Campaign” on her Instagram page and her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation website yesterday (April 8) to support those in need of mental health services. Named after her late father, the foundation’s website said it “recognizes that during this difficult time, affording the cost of mental health services can be a barrier in the African-American community” and is raising funds to help those in need pay for services. Text ”NOSTIGMA” to 707070, to donate.
“In the African American community, we’ve been taught to tough it out, hide our suffering, but this is something none of us have ever experienced, and no one should suffer in silence,” Henson said in the Instagram video. Virtual therapy services begin April 15 on the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation website.
Book lovers need not be left out. The Free Black Women’s Library will gather for virtual meet up on April 26 to discuss Octavia E. Butler’s iconic 1993 novel “Parable of the Sower.” Those who participate will be joined by Ayana Jamieson, professor, scholar and founder of Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.
“We will also talk about how we are surviving and thriving at this time, what books are holding us and how we are conjuring peace, good health and joy,” read the Facebook post.