Trigger warning: this post features a video that stages sexual violence.  Posted for only a week, Eléonore Pourriat's 2010 short film Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée) has reached over 3.3 million views for its English-subtitled version on YouTube. Oppressed Majority is a detailed and poignant look at sexual harassment and violence that Pourriat achieves by turning the tables: "On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is ... Read More
Folksinger, activist, and wonderful old dude, Pete Seeger passed away Monday at age 94. There's a lot to say about Seeger--his legacy combines poetry and politics, and his music has influenced countless artists and activists over the years. With his work for labor, civil rights, and anti-war movements, he always seemed to be there to support progress and humanity, Tom Joad-ing his way through the last century.Dorian Lynskey puts it well in his piece for The ... Read More
I know we all live in a perpetual state of watching/talking about/admiring Beyoncé, Beyoncé, and the cult of Beyoncé, but what's St. Bey up to herself? Turns out she's watching covers of her own songs, and she took to Facebook to post a pretty fantastic one by sister duo Chloe and Halle. Chloe and Halle cover "Pretty Hurts" from Ms. B's new album, and augment it with gorgeous harmonies and simple piano. It's a very grown-up song for sisters ... Read More
 If you're a Google reactionary and choose to use Bing or Yahoo! as your search engine of choice (give up: The Google owns us all), you might not have seen today's Google Doodle honoring novelist Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd birthday.  Hurston was more than a great 20th-century American writer--she was an anthropologist and activist, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and the first black student at Barnard College. Even though she's best known ... Read More
 In case you forgot (which I'm SURE you didn't), BUST is having a party at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Friday, December 20th, and YOU ARE ALL INVITED. We're bringing together fantastic lady-artists SISU, Lizzo, U.S. Girls, and our very own DJ Sheila B. for a free show! Doors open at 6pm at 165 Banker Street at Brooklyn Night Bazaar's new Greenpoint location with free admission to good food, good drank, good mini-golf, and GREAT music. I'll just leave you with ... Read More
One of our favorite rockers is back with a new album and really awesome hair: St. Vincent's fourth and upcoming self-titled album is set to be released in the US on February 25th. Just yesterday, "Birth in Reverse," the first single from the album, descended upon the world like a magnificent rain of metallic sequins and sardonic rawness with driving percussion and a catchy hook. Annie Clark, the woman behind the music, explained her thought process for the ... Read More
In a campaign to stop violence against women, a new PSA is placing the onus on men to step up and step in when they see lines being crossed by their peers. Titled "Be That Guy," the 30-second animation was first played at a NASCAR race in mid-November. It shows a race, one of our great American pastimes, where a lot of people are crammed together in a loud public arena to cheer as slightly larger Hot Wheels careen around in circles (growing up in the land of ... Read More
Imagine leaving your home and family at age 13 to move by yourself to a country where you don't speak the language or know anyone. "I was devastated," Pimprae Hiranprueck told Slate magazine's David Rosenberg of when her parents sent her from Thailand to attend school in the States. But a few years later when she went to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Hiranprueck was able to turn her feelings into a beautifully self-reflexive project.Her senior ... Read More
Image via PolicyMicSome awesome reproductive rights organizations are joining forces with musicians, poets, and celebrities on November 18th to raise funds in support of women's right to choose in the conflicted state of Texas. Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can Choose will benefit four Texas organizations: The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Whole Women's TX Action Fund, The Texas Equal Access Fund, and Fund Texas Women. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can ... Read More
  The lacktivism debate has been raging for years with advocates promoting health benefits of breast milk. Even the fact that the naturally produced breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert of human babies is being bought and sold in an ulterior Internet economy is nothing new, but a study released October 21st has health officials worried about the sanitation risks. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study examined 101 samples of breast milk bought online ... Read More
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