Supercreator AM: A DC artist honors Kalief Browder

Plus: Instagram gives you more control over your Explore Tab, US life expectancy drops and PrEP is now free for almost all insured individuals.

Good morning and welcome to Supercreator AM. It’s WednesdayJuly 21. I’m Michael, writing to you from New York City. Here’s what you need to know as you start your day:

US life expectancy suffered the biggest decline in generations —The average length of time that Americans may expect to live fell by 1.5 years in 2020, the sharpest drop since at least World War II. The pandemic, drug overdoses, homicides and chronic disease were some of the drivers of this downward trend. Betsy McKay / WSJ

IG adds new Explore Tab controls — Instagram rolled out a Sensitive Content Control option that enables you to choose how much sensitive content you see in the Explore Feed. The feature is designed to help people moderate depictions of violence and “sexually explicit or suggestive” posts. Kris Holt / Engadget

A DC artist honors Kalief Browder — A new sculpture by a DC-based fine artist Coby Kennedy represents the eight-by-ten-by-six-foot solitary confinement cell on Rikers Island where 17-year-old Kalief Browder endured two years of torture during unlawful imprisonment. “My hope is that the viewer who comes upon this thing and gets a visceral feeling of what it’s like to be taken and put in a box for years of your life, like literally be put in a box for years of your life,” Kennedy said. Dream McClinton / The Guardian

PrEP pill will now be free under most insurance plans — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Treasury instructed health insurers to cover Truvada or Descovy, the two approved forms of the HIV prevention pill known as PrEP at no cost for almost all insured individuals. The guidance says insurers are prohibited from charging copays, coinsurance or deductible payments for the quarterly clinic visits and lab tests required to maintain a PrEP prescription. Benjamin Ryan / NBC News

The BIF faces its first Senate test vote — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer scheduled a vote later today to advance debate on the bipartisan infrastructure framework before Congress goes on recess next month. Republicans plan to block the attempt since the text on how to pay for upgrades to the nation’s roads, bridges and transit systems is still being written. Barbara Sprunt / NPR

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I like to think of Supercreator PM as an evening conversation we’re having over a drink to catch you up on everything you missed while you were creating so can spot the signal from the noise. In yesterday’s issue, I wrote about the Support Through Loss Act, a proposal from two Democratic lawmakers that would provide three days of paid leave for women following a pregnancy loss:

As I was reflecting on this, I kept thinking of the phrase “representation matters,” which has felt a little cliché the past couple of years. But it’s true: Our politics, businesses and arts need an equitable and empowered share of people with a range of lived experiences to make sure that we’re able to express our full humanity — the joy, the grief, the anxiety, the hope — without feeling like doing so would jeopardize our livelihoods.


— ”For Naomi Osaka and Meghan Markle, it’s not about privacy. It’s about mental health” by Michelle Ruiz at Vogue:

Critics crow about privacy every time Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and/or Prince Harry share a family photo or announce a new project—but detractors were especially emboldened after the landmark Oprah Winfrey interview in March, in which the couple explained they resigned as senior royals after a character assassination of Meghan by Britain’s tabloid media led her to experience suicidal ideation. “Meghan and Harry beg for privacy—but are hungry for attention,” one headline blared. “Harry and Meghan insist on privacy. Apart from when they’re the ones doing the dishing,”  another claimed. But like Osaka, Meghan and Harry never asked for complete privacy. They asked for dignity. They asked to be free of a situation triggering depression and anxiety. They never said they didn’t want to be public people—just public people who aren’t subject to a torrent of racist and sexist abuse.


— What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster ($26): I just finished a book about how Facebook became such a global juggernaut so obviously I need the palate cleanser this rich coming-of-age story provides.

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