Some pop culture news, some rain, and some progress in Ukraine.
Happening in the World: As Ukraine continues its counter-offensive against Russian forces in northeastern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky claims that over 6,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory has been reclaimed. While the numbers have not yet been verified by news organizations, Zelensky’s announcement shows how fast this surprise counter-offensive has been moving. (BBC)
Happening in the US: The 74th Emmy Awards were last night, and while there were a few surprises, the familiar, critically-acclaimed shows Succession and Ted Lasso took home the top prizes of best drama and best comedy, respectively. Elsewhere in the show, Sheryl Lee Ralph made history as being the second Black woman to win the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy for her role in Abbott Elementary (and for her acceptance speech, where she belted out “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves and reminded us that she was, indeed, a Broadway star). (NYT)
Happening in NYC: Rain, rain, rain continued this morning across the city, causing flash flooding and traffic delays during the morning rush hour in Brooklyn and Queens and bringing back memories of the large-scale flooding and threat to public safety posed by Hurricane Ida in 2021. (Gothamist)
Happening in our Community: Today from 12 pm to 1:30 pm, editors and the CEO of the Kyiv Independent, the leading English-language newspaper out of Ukraine, will be discussing the experience of being a journalist in wartime. The panel is hosted by the Harriman Institute and is a hybrid event. To register and learn more, click here.
Not a current rain photo, but a beautiful one via Bwarchives