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The Arts Club team has decided to make the month of June all about family. Family is a powerful thing: It molds and shapes us, forming us into who we are and who we might become. And families can be defined in many ways; they can be the ones we’re born into, the ones we make, and the ones we find and take comfort in for brief moments on our individual journeys through life.

For this week’s edition of City Paper Arts Club, arts editor Kayla Randall and multimedia editor Will Warren watched and discussed Billy Elliot, the story of an 11-year-old English boy who just wants to dance—and needs his family to give him the chance. Directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Jamie Bell as Billy, the 2000 film captured our hearts and let us meditate on our mutual adoration of T. Rex’s glam rock.

Arts Club brings us so much joy. It’s a way for us to express our love for film, television, and books, and fully realize their enduring power and strength. In recent days, we, like people all over the world, have felt devastated by the Minneapolis police’s murder of George Floyd, one of the latest killings (including the fatal shootings of Ahmaud Arbery in February and Breonna Taylor in March) that illustrate the perpetual, systemic disregard for black lives. We also continue to live through a horrifying global pandemic. So, we recorded more for this episode to talk about what’s happening in the world, explore all of the emotions we’re feeling, and examine ways to do the necessary work of dismantling the white supremacy at the core of this nation and nations across the globe.

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