Angel Haze, the awesome 22-year-old rapper, just released a freestyle to the tune of Macklemore’s “Same Love.” In it, she opens up about her sexuality (she's previously described herself as pansexual) and her experiences with prejudice and judgment from both her family and the world. Before she launches into the song, she begins with “Hi mom, I’m really scared right now, but I have to."  From there, Angel Haze takes listeners on ... Read More
A few days before kicking off a North American tour in support of their fifth album Tales of a Grass Widow with a sold-out show at New York City’s Webster Hall, I sat down with CocoRosie’s Bianca Casady. Ethereal, whimsical, haunting, and sometimes uncomfortable, there is no end to the adjectives used to describe the band’s particular brand of music. Sometimes classified as freak-folk, sisters Sierra and Bianca incorporate everything from ... Read More
Meena Chaudhary - elephant rider Beginning in 2011, photojournalist Arantxa Cedillo spent several years in Nepal. During her time in the Southeast Asian country, Cedillo heard countless stories about the discrimination women in the country faced. This sparked a project entitled “Broken Rules”, which focuses on the women of Nepal who overcame the oppression and inherent sexism of the country. Set against the beautifully hand-painted backdrops of ... Read More
Since Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus was published yesterday, there has been an onslaught of action and reaction. First, Miley responded to Sinead by tweeting a picture of O'Connor's tweets from 2011 when she was in the midst of getting help for mental illness with the caption “Before there was Amanda Bynes, there was….”Then, Sinead responded by penning another letter to Miley, chiding her for treating mental illness ... Read More
Glasgow based band Chvrches. Singer Lauren Mayberry is pictured center. Female musicians have always been forced to put up with all sorts of objectification that their male counterparts are not as frequently subjected to. Some, like Rihanna, Britney, and Miley, submit to it and turn it into a part of their image and marketing strategy. Others are less inclined to embrace it. Such is the case with Lauren Mayberry of Scottish synthpop group Chvrches. In an editorial ... Read More
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg is taking crafting to new heights…literally. A week ago, this flight engineer working at the International Space Station posted a photo of a plush green dinosaur to her Pinterest account with the caption “Made in space!”. Nyberg, a crafter whose hobbies include quilting and sewing, brought thread, needles, and fabric samples with her.  However, the dinosaur, a gift for her three-year-old son Jack, was made out of ... Read More
    David Gandy for Dolce & Gabbana   The fight against unrealistic body expectations spawned from airbrushed models on billboards has been going strong for years. The “Dove Real Beauty” campaign showcases women of all shapes, colors, and sizes in their underwear, proving that real beauty comes in all forms. Yet as far as it goes, men haven’t been given the same real life role models. Instead, they’ve been blasted with ... Read More
It looks like Wendy Davis, the Texas State Senator who made headlines back in June for her 11 hour filibuster of a bill that would expand abortion restrictions, is just getting started. According to Politico, Davis has been telling Democrats that she plans to run for governor in 2014. Although no official announcement has been made by Davis herself, the senator tweeted a fundraising request in anticipation of “something big” to be announced next week, ... Read More
Some say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith took that as gospel truth, and she set the Internet abuzz yesterday by revealing herself as the author behind 300sandwiches.com. The blog came about after Smith made her boyfriend a sandwich one morning. After finishing the meal, he told Smith that she was “300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring.” Her blog chronicles her journey (and ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors. Project Unbreakable, an organization started in 2011 by then-19-year-old Grace Brown, is an ongoing photo project that centers on survivors of sexual assault. Victims write quotes or stories from their assault on white poster board, and Brown photographs them holding the signs. The project has gained media and Internet attention; Brown herself has taken over 300 ... Read More
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