In this weeks's 5X Press Roundup, we give you a quick break down of 5 trending stories that you may have missed this week, to highlight stories that may have slipped under your radar. Don't worry, we got you covered! Join the conversation on socials, and head to 5XFest.com/5XPress to read the rest of this week's stories -- trust us, you don't want to miss it!
One of India’s most celebrated fashion designers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, recently announced a collaboration with H&M to celebrate modern day Indian fashion and give customers worldwide a chance to get in touch with their inner “wanderlust”. While many are celebrating this accomplishment and Indian representation in the mainstream fashion industry, some are not as thrilled about the collab for a multitude of reasons. Many went to Twitter to express how the clothing line looks “tasteless,” joking that the fabrics put together and the final look looks like something their own mom could piece together and wear as a nightgown. Others add that bringing Sabyasachi to fast fashion is a huge disservice, and are commenting on the ridiculously high pricing. Did you manage to get your hands on anything in the collection? Let us know what you think.
A recent report conducted by the United Nations (UN) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that the increase in greenhouse gases and other human activity is making our current climate crisis almost irreversible. An increase in extreme weather events such as heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, flooding, storms, and hurricanes has alerted a “Code Red” situation for what the future holds. 2021 has already shown what our current climate disaster can bring, with countries that were considered to be “safe” facing severe and deadly threats from environmental disasters. The report also announced that this year has been the hottest temperature that Earth has ever been in 125,000 years. Although the recent report has set off a panic of worries and even eco-anxiety for many across the globe for the state of the future, climate activists are making calls to actions regarding holding corporations accountable and governments accountable, and encouraging others to not give up so quickly as change can still be made if greenhouse emissions are cut drastically throughout the globe.
This conversation shouldn’t even be up for debate, but it clearly has in the past few weeks after Kristen Bell, Jake Gyllenhall, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis shared their bathing habits, or lack thereof. A number of celebs have stated that they often don’t take showers on a daily basis, and for those with kids, don’t regularly bathe their children. Mila Kunis specifically stated that “If you can see dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.” Other celebrities such as The Rock and Jason Momoa entered the chat, stating that they definitely do take showers, with The Rock, specifically saying he takes three showers a day.
White supremacy continues to be an issue in America and Canada, but change has yet to come nine years later when we remember the seven lives lost in the 2012 anti-Sikh shooting inside a Gurdwara in Wisconsin. All these years later, crimes against minorities are still on the rise, as can be seen in 2021. The Sikh community continues to face a large number of hate crimes in America, often being told to “go back to your country” or to “speak English” all while being harassed, bullied, and discriminated against in a country that is meant to be all about the “American Dream.” The crimes experienced by the Sikh community are often underreported and underrepresented while data collections show how hate crimes against minorities and other people of colour are still an issue. A majority of Sikhs even believe that their experiences with racism are “invisible,” after the Indianapolis shooting back in April. It’s important to acknowledge, educate and be aware of the pain of the Sikh community, along with other minorities in America and Canada.
A big celebration greeted Team Canada Women’s team’s Performance Analyst Jasmine Mander and the rest of Canada’s coaching team upon their return from their gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics. Mander is also Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System coach was named one of Canada’s Top 100 women in 2020. In an incredible moment, the team was greeted with love, support, and joy at YVR airport as family and friends played the dhol and brought balloons to celebrate their achievements. The moment is huge for Mander, a young soccer coach and former soccer player, especially as a woman of colour in sports on the big stage. Back home, her father, Dildar Mander was especially proud of his daughter after Canada defeated Sweden in the finals in Tokyo. Jasmine Mander continues to be an inspiration for women of colour in soccer, demonstrating what a powerhouse of a woman she is and making many people proud, not just in her family and group of friends, but also in the Punjabi community.
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