Morning Brief: Influencers Won’t Stop Partying During the Pandemic

Also Trump signs TikTok executive order, Bon Apetit video stars depart, and more

» Influencers say they simply must keep throwing parties, pandemic be damned. Being seen having fun is literally their job, after all. It’s what the audience demands. [The New York Times]

» Donald Trump has taken his obsession with TikTok to a new level, issuing executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat from operating in the U.S. after September 15. The ban will be lifted if the Chinese-owned apps are spun-off to American buyers. [CNN]

» A Hacienda Heights pastor is accused of sexually assaulting multiple young girls in his congregation. Charges relate to incidents spanning back over 20 years. [Los Angeles Times]

» ICE is reportedly refusing to test all detainees at a California immigration detention center on the grounds that “it would be difficult to quarantine” all the infected individuals.  A federal judge issued a ruling on Thursday, criticizing the agency for “cavalier” response to a health crisis and saying ICE as “lost the right to be trusted.” [Los Angeles Times]

» Alyssa Milano has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. The activist-actress hopes to use her experience to point out flaws in America’s testing system. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Three of Bon Appetit‘s biggest video stars–Sohla El-Waylly, Priya Krishna, and Rick Martinez–will stop appearing on screen for the publication. They say there has been no satisfactory resolution to their concerns about racism at Condé Nast. [Business Insider]


» As Students Speak Out, USC’s Greek System Reckons with Racism Inclusivity efforts are underway on the Row, but some students think more radical action needs to be taken

» How Public Transit Riders Are Managing Their Metro Commutes During the Pandemic Commuting by bus or train during the coronavirus era can be complicated, but passengers are looking to each other for a little consideration

» What to Stream This Weekend: Slay the DragonAn American Pickle, and More A roundup of the best movies and shows available right in your living room


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