BY Gwen Berumen in Music Stuff on May 29, 2014 |
Nicki Minaj’s brand new single, “Pills N Potions,” dropped recently, and it appears that the hip-hop goddess is doing better than ever. The song's off her upcoming album, The Pink Print, and signals what might be a rather drastic transformation for an artist who has been known to rock more hair colors than you'd find in a box of Crayola crayons. She's definitely heading in a different direction, musically and personal-style-wise, than what ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Artsy on Apr 28, 2014 |
Spoken word is an incredible art, combining poetic verse and performance in a gutsy display of intelligence and emotion. It takes a true artist to stand behind a microphone and move an entire room with imaginative word choice and a punch-you-in-the-gut-powerful delivery.
From the article "Spoken Word Poetry: Hold Onto that History" from the Black Youth Project website:
"Visceral, in your face, in your ears, in your snapping fingers, and tapping feet, ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Feminizzle on Mar 24, 2014 |
Poetry and feminism go hand in hand, as illustrated by the feminist poet warriors of the past and present, including Adrienne Rich, Ann Sexton, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to name a few. In her famous essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," Audre Lorde expertly expresses the linkage of feminism and poetic verse:
"For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Feminizzle on Feb 25, 2014 |
It’s no surprise I clicked the link to the Salon article titled “What Americans Don’t Understand about Weight Loss.” Partly because I am a feminist, and I thought the piece would pick apart the idea that we need to count calories to be worthy, and partly because I myself have always struggled with poor body image and a perpetual weight-loss pursuit. The picture accompanying the story (see below) suggests that we're bound by our obsession ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Feminizzle on Feb 24, 2014 |
Last week we published a post about TED's ban on abortion as a topic at TED events, including TEDWomen, where Jessica Valenti's article from The Nation was referenced and discussed. Since her article was full of goodies to really think about, we're taking a deeper look at the piece in this post.
TED Talks were first introduced to me by a college professor, and they have since provided some of my most well-spent viewing time on the internet. Spanning a ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Feminizzle on Feb 04, 2014 |
In case you missed it, this past November The New School in New York City hosted a public dialogue between the historic Black feminist theorist bell hooks and the brilliant author, professor, and TV show host Melissa Harris-Perry as they took on topics of race, gender, politics, activism, and self-love. Needless to say, it was a phenomenal opportunity to see a glimpse of the conversations that must litter both of their intellectually-rich lives, both women ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Music Stuff on Dec 30, 2013 |
Warning: This post may contain high velocity bitterness.
The Righteous Retreat, hosted by the legendary songwriter and feminist activist Ani DiFranco, was billed as a four-night workshop in which attendees would attend workshops to develop creativity and performance skills. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days outside of New Orleans surrounded by so much talent?
But there was an issue with the retreat’s location: Righteous Retreat was being held at ... Read More