After this morning's news on a Republican-backed gay marriage proposition, it's nice to know conservative government can surprise us. (Congratulations on being decent human beings, guys, even if you're probably just trying to avoid the Chik-Fil-A backlash because you're intimidated by the LBGTQ movement! Here's a cookie!) Unfortunately, there are still about a million shady bills floating around Washington, and one of them is trying to repeal the Violence Against ... Read More
A woman on a bike is no big deal, right? The average female cyclist doesn't raise many hairs these days, but as we pointed out in last fall's Oct/Nov story "Riding High," this hasn't always been the case. In Victorian America, it was actually pretty taboo for women to ride, and the ensuing restrictions helped to spark the activism of the twentieth century women's rights movement. Over a century later, history is repeating itself in Afghanistan, where women are ... Read More
Turns out Sarah Silverman's not the only one in her family who likes to make waves-- her sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman, got arrested in Jerusalem for a protest on religious rights on Monday. In a demonstration for civil rights group Women of the Wall, Silverman and nine other women prayed in traditional men's clothes in the women's section of the Western Wall. As the last remaining section of King Solomon's Temple, the Western Wall is incredibly holy land ... Read More
If you don't know about House of Ladosha, you should. This NYC-based group of artists is definitely the next big thing, with an A-list fanbase including Rihanna and Azealia Banks. This subversive collective covers a ton of bases, including art, fashion, and music, so their show at LES gallery Superchief is sure to please fair-weather art fans as well as experts. House of Ladosha is at the center of a really exciting local scene that's spreading like wildfire, so ... Read More
Though Beyoncé started her career at a young age, it seems like she assumed an elder statesman role very early on. In a culture that is constantly finding new faces and flushing out one-hit wonders, she made damn sure she would not be going anywhere. And she hasn't had to worry about being knocked off her throne in the ten years since her solo debut, reigning over pop music beside her similarly iconic husband Jay-Z. She's become an undeniable fact of ... Read More