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Hats off to filmmaker Cassie Jaye for exposing the truth about abstinence-only programs, the stories of teenagers who buy into it, and its consequences, in her documentary, Daddy I Do. The film provides a range of personal accounts, from unwed young mothers to the founder of The Silver Ring Thing (faith-based abstinence), private interviews, and alarming statistics. We learn that The Purity Ball, for example, a Cinderella-like ball where young girls pledge ... Read More
Because my current sublet has both a big-screen TV and digital cable, I have taken it upon myself to watch as much television as humanly possible- might as well get it while the goin's good, right? Anyway, last woman standing Danielle Keene won the challenge that will bring her into the finale last night on Top Chef: Just Desserts, and I must say, I couldn't be happier. Danielle won my heart after she chose Andy Richter and Conan O'Brian when prompted to do a ... Read More
Last night's episode of Glee spotlighted high-school bullying, in the form of Kurt, McKinley High's only openly gay student, who is physically and verbally abused for his sexuality, and Shannon Beiste, the new football coach who threatens Sue's budget exploitation, being made fun of behind her back for her lack of sexual appeal to teenage boys. As I watched the episode, it was impossible not to be reminded of the recent gay teen suicides, and I felt it was a ... Read More
My week has been rather stressful: the election results were distressing, I'm churning out my thesis, and I'm cramming for my GRE next week. This presents a range of emotions that I haven't been able to articulate. Enter Don Draper. I love Mad Men, and had noticed his effective use of "what?" to express a multitude of feelings: astonishment, confusion, disappointment. This video, a compilation of the best Don Draper "what?"s both spoke to me and made me laugh out ... Read More
Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service ... Read More
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