Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Jazz history, black holes explained, whimsical virtual exhibitions and discoveries from ancient ruins

10 Pioneering Women Who Helped Shape Jazz “These jazz women were pioneers, and huge proponents in disseminating jazz and making it a global art form,” Hannah Grantham (musicologist at the National Museum of African American History and Culture) tells The New York Times, whose list of 10 overlooked women through the genre’s history includes pianist Lovie Austin, trumpeter Valaida Snow and violinist Ginger Smock. Though …

Mattel’s Everyday Heroes Action Figure Line

Mattel honors essential workers with their new #ThankYouHeroes line from Fisher-Price. This diverse roster of everyday hero action figures includes four types of nurses, EMTs, doctors and delivery drivers, as well as a Little People Community Champions set that consists of a doctor, nurse, EMT, delivery driver, and grocery store worker. The individual figures can be purchased for $20—with $15 of those dollars going to …

Mattel’s New Inclusive Barbie Dolls

Mattel is betting on “a multi-dimensional view of beauty” as they continue to make Barbies that are more diverse and inclusive. Their latest cast of characters includes Barbies with vitiligo, hair loss, prosthetic limbs (made in collaboration with young disability advocate Jordan Reeves), and various other attributes. In fact, Barbie is now available in “five body types, 22 skin tones, 76 hair styles, 94 hair …