Sylvan Esso’s song “Play It Right” speaks of two sounds and two souls coming together. This, in a sense, is how Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso came to be a band. After sharing the bill in a small club, Meath asked Sanborn to remix the song she had written and the rest is history. The pair met up in Durham, North Carolina to start work on their self-titled debut album, a swirl of electro-pop beats and Meath’s cool and soothing ... Read More
Yesterday, TIME published an interesting opinion piece written by Steve Friess, which basically documented his “connection,” as a white gay man, to black women. “Dear Black Women: White Gays Are Your Allies, So Don’t Push Us Away” is riddled with racialized misogyny. But before I start response to the piece, I want to start out by saying that I am not a black woman; but, as a Latina, I have had my fair share of white gay men ... Read More
Both of my parents are florists, so I'm no stranger to the flower crown trend. However, I've gotten a little sick of the silk roses on a thin piece of elastic style of crown that I see a lot at Urban Outfitters (not to mention the $30 price tag). So when my friend Rebekah posted a crown made with felt on her blog, I was suddenly totally inspired to make my own felt flowers and put together a flower crown.  For this project you'll need a few sheets of felt, ... Read More
  At just before 7 PM on Saturday evening, a friend and I arrived at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café.  We were left in no doubt that we’d reached the right place: a huge mural of a man’s face before a microphone stretches across the façade. We bought tickets at the door and hurried into the café, wanting to get seats before the lights dimmed and “Call Me Crazy: Diary of a Mad Social Worker,” the one woman play ... Read More
The Fire Department of New York’s annual calendar is known for its manly babes flexing their six-packs, which could only come from the hours of work they do saving the lives of New Yorkers while risking their own. While admiring the eye candy has been great, no women have ever been featured in the magazine. Danae Mines wanted to change that; from her 11 years of experience as a New York fire fighter, she stated that she “wanted [her] picture in ... Read More
“Just because they don’t hit you doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting you.” This is what my best friend said to me when I hit rock bottom. My partner of almost 10 months had been living with me in my apartment and was on the brink of suicide, and I was beginning to lose it.  That’s when I started to realize that I was being manipulated by my partner. But in order for my story to help other people in my situation, I should ... Read More
Through all of the coverage surrounding the Wonder Woman reboot, Marvel has been lying in wait with some seriously great news. Their new take on Thor isn’t going to be a rehash of the brawny, blonde-headed man with a hammer story.  Instead, Thor will be a girl.   Marvel editor Wil Moss said of the update that “the inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of ... Read More
I opened Hulu out of boredom (I obviously live a very productive life) and was unexpectedly greeted by a screen of some of my favorite lady comedy actresses and the premise that they would all be spoofing one of my favorite guilty pleasures: the Real Housewives. Holy moly! The comedy series, The Hot Wives of Orlando, was dropped on Hulu Orange is The New Black style, meaning Hulu released all six episodes and a “reunion special” at once. Right away I ... Read More
Yay Summer!!! It’s mid July, the sun is in the sky and it’s mad hot yo. I don’t know about you, but I’m super sick of that plain one-piece I've owned for decades and all the bedazzled swimwear in Victoria’s Secret. No offense to all the Victoria’s-Secret-philes out there, but though their suits are often super cute, sometimes I feel a bit over exposed and flashy for my own comfort, and I don’t think I’m ... Read More
Ah, womanhood. It’s glorious, confusing and very, very messy. Thankfully, Christie Young has created the perfect illustrated guide to navigating the treacherous ocean that is the adult world. Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies is overflowing with doodles, noodles and oodles of handy tips that cover how to survive everything from hangovers and holidays, to breakups and boob snax (“when you’re straight snacking at your desk and some ... Read More
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