If you’ve spent much time in New York City, you’ve likely been to (or been sent to by cool professors in your first semester at college, like me) St. Mark’s Bookshop. Likely to be called “magical” or “radiant” by your average bibliophile, St. Mark’s bookshop is an independent bookstore that specializes in Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishing, Film Studies, and Foreign & Domestic ... Read More
  Trigger warning: mildly graphic imagery In a startling critique of the ways in which images of women’s bodies are consumed, the artist Jessica Ledwich presents “The Fanciful, Monstrous Feminine,” a collection of surreal photographs documenting the psychological consequences of contemporary beauty standards and practices. For Ledwich, female sexuality is viewed as “threatening” and is therefore oppressed; here, she ... Read More
  “All kids need to know this message […] you can be great,” explains the photographer Eunique Jones of her project Because Of Them We Can, a series if images in which kids dress up as inspirational figures in African American history and women’s history. The children, in engaging with figures who have achieved great acts of courage and activism, work to challenge prejudices about both race and gender.     Seen here as those ... Read More
  At 2013’s Denver Comic Con, a young lady dared to ask a very important question of Wil Wheaton, star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory: “When you were a kid, were you called a nerd, and if so, how did you deal with it? And his answer was perfect.    Without an ounce of condescension, he addressed to difficult topic with grace and compassion. It’s too rare that we’re reminded that as children and as ... Read More
Ok, so this is pretty much gold.  "Royals" gets an overhaul by three women of color actresses--Tess Paras, Haneefah Wood and Ayana Hampton--who use the song to comment on typecasting and representation in Hollywood.  "I'm gonna play the white girl's nerdy friend[Of course][Obviously]I'm gonna play the white girl's other friendWho is sassy[Omigod, you nailed that]"  In a funny but disturbingly true rendition, we are all reminded that gender and race ... Read More