BY Brittany Allen in Sexy on Feb 21, 2014 |
Nigerian-American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a lot of intelligent things to say about the troubling new "anti-gay" legislation up for debate in her home country. As all democratic civilizations bend towards our generation's central civil rights debate, it's refreshing to hear a writer speak out with such conviction. Here's an excerpt from her speech:
The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in Movies on Feb 21, 2014 |
Oh, the Supporting Actress -- country of the comic relief, the villainess, the quirky-girl-with-the-great-personality. It is her grand, historic duty to prop up the neuroses of the Ingenue/Main Homme, or attempt to thwart his or her designs. The supporting actress can have anywhere between eight minutes' screen-time (as did Dame Judi Dench, in her award-winning portrayal of the Queen in 1998's Shakespeare and Love) to several hours' worth of helpful nods. ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in Style File on Feb 21, 2014 |
Qozop, an Asia-based photographer who describes himself as "nothing special...just an artist who has caught a picture-making sickness," rocked the fashion world this week when he styled a photo series concerning the intersection of age and fashion. His collection, aptly called "Spring - Autumn," first showcases hipster (grand)children standing besides their (grand)parents — then, in a sequential image, the artist has his subjects exchange clothes. ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in Boob Tube on Feb 21, 2014 |
You've heard the intelligentsia, blabbing away at their dinner parties about the erosion of the American language. You've skimmed a comment board, at some point in your life. Heck, you're probably guilty of the occasional 'LITERALLY' or 'THEIR/THEY'RE/THERE' muddle yourself, despite AutoCorrect, a college degree, and the best intentions.
It's easy to chalk up the modern world's escalating tolerance of spelling and grammar mistakes to the newfangled ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in Feminizzle on Feb 20, 2014 |
We already know the results of this ever-Sisyphean exercise: no. Surprise, everyone! Neither Martin Scorcese, Scott Rudin (and I wanna say technically) Spike Jonze managed to make films this year in which two even vaguely compelling female characters talk to one another about something that isn't a boy. On the other hand, two other Best Picture nominated films that this snarky viewer considered problematic-re-their-female-portrayals-at-best (Dallas Buyers Club and ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in Artsy on Feb 20, 2014 |
Are you a writer? Are you a lady? Have you ever had cause to wave a banner in the name of civil rights/social justice? Who among you, fine readership, doesn't have a secret trove of spiral notebooks, packed to the brim with angsty teenage lyrics, rants, and...as ya do...unflinching feminist poetry?
If you answered yes to most of these questions (and the last one is a trick), you're invited to put your righteous anger and English degree to ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in General on Feb 14, 2014 |
Yaya Alafia, veteran of America’s Next Top Model (S3) turned actress (catch her in Lee Daniels’ The Butler) recently lent her intelligent voice to an NPR segment celebrating Black History Month. In this short interview, Alafia expertly side-skirts that ever-infuriating-for-a-natural-haired-woman-question ("Is that your real hair?"...her answer is priceless), and discusses her vantage as a woman growing up bi-racial and bi-national; she has both ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in Boob Tube on Feb 14, 2014 |
Okay, okay, it doesn't "tell us why we're single" — the comedy stylings of Paul Gale merely expose a truth. Sometimes we can all be a bit shallow, and it never hurts to laugh at yourself.
And may I remind those flying solo this Hallmarkian holiday of the many reasons why being single is the bees-knees. Namely, remote-control ownership, autonomy, every-night-is-ladies'-night, not-having-sucky-relationships, self-confidence, unplanned adventures, and ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in General on Feb 14, 2014 |
In our increasingly image-driven world, it's comforting to know that photojournalism continues to be a significant and powerful conduit for all the stories it's easy to neglect. In this round-up of winning and running-up submissions to the annual World Press Photo Contest, award-winning photographers have captured the heartbreaking, the stunning and the sometimes lovely. Pictures span a spectrum from the politically suggestive ("Contemporary Issues" category) to ... Read More
BY Brittany Allen in Sexy on Feb 14, 2014 |
...he’s offered his services to the superhero movie machine, slyly claiming in a recent Vanity Fair shoot that he’d make a good Superman. One question remains: where can I sign this petition???
Elba also shows some roasting chops in the interview clip below, when he calls out fellow heartthrob George Clooney for his "probable" inability to beatbox. Elba then proceeds to...oh, I won't spoil it. Watch him continue to be adorable in this video. You're ... Read More