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 It seems like a given that a victim of sexual assault should never, ever have to pay for the tests and treatments that attempt to lessen the horror of her experience. Apparently, that is not the case in several states around the country, most noticeably in Louisiana. Recent victims who entered hospitals, like Interim LSU which recently became part of the private entity Louisiana Children's Medical Center, have received bills upwards of $2,000, sometimes ... Read More
The History of Apple Pie offers their refreshing take on grunge-inspired pop-rock on their new album Feel Something, and it's a welcome throwback. The British band helmed by singer Stephanie Min and guitarist Jerome Watson invites comparisons to '90s staples like The Breeders and Luscious Jackson, but without the feel of a retread. Like the titular dessert, this music is perfect for sweater weather. Feel Something is The History of Apple Pie's second ... Read More
Lena Dunham, about whom you might think you already know everything, has written a book that tells you even more. It’s called Not That Kind of Girl; it features charming illustrations by Dunham’s friend Joana Avillez, and it’s out now via Random House. For anyone curious about what lies between the covers of this much-anticipated release, here are the answers to some burning questions: HOW LENA DUNHAM-Y IS IT? It is incredibly Lena Dunham-y. It is so ... Read More
The New Republic ran an interview yesterday with the Notorious R.B.G—a nickname Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself approves, as reporter Jeffrey Rosen found out during an exchange about her, ehem, notoriety in popular culture.  Of course, Ginsburg is one of the most powerful people in the country, a fact which is not lost as she answers questions about her modus operandi as a justice, or which Supreme Court decision she would over rule. ... Read More
You too can wax your ears with greatness, as tickets are now on sale for BAM’s evening of conversation with Miranda July and Lena Dunham. The event will take place Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn. Tickets start at $35. For those of you in southern California, a similar event is coming up in Pasadena on Oct. 15. July is a writer, artist, and filmmaker whose novel The First Bad Man comes out in January 2015. She recently ... Read More
You might not be recording Lifetime’s new reality makeover show, Girlfriend Intervention. And that’s okay. What you should watch, though, is the hilarious parody below. The tagline for the original show is pretty self-explanatory: “Inside every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out.” So, four experts assist with the usual lifestyle improvement that has been the norm since Stacy and Clinton were telling you What Not to Wear: ... Read More
Iowa City's Pieta Brown doesn't just play rooms. She fills each space with stories and makes it her own. The singer-songwriter and musician proved her ability to take over a studio in a short period of time and turn out extraordinary music in her Daytrotter session in 2008, a remarkable collection of songs. Brown's new record, Paradise Outlaw, similarly showcases her skill as a performer, and it's exciting to hear such quiet mastery of a genre. Recorded over ... Read More
    On Saturday, Sept. 20, The Theater at The Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles held an art gala with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood. Radiating a poetic elegance from every angle, the venue reiterated the contextual nature of the beast, the SEXY BEAST, that is; an antiquity built with a solid foundation—restored in the name of modern progression. Oh, the metaphors! SEXY BEAST was organized by Davida Nemeroff and Mieke Marple of the ... Read More
Get ready, as AOL MAKERS' Fall Documentary Series premieres tomorrow, Sept. 30, on PBS! MAKERS.com, if you haven't already heard of them, is the largest collections of videos that share women’s stories. You can hear Oprah, Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Zooey Deschanel, Hillary Clinton, and other women from countless industries inspire and free you from the weird self-conscious gifts (ugh) given by society. While their website already has a very large ... Read More
This summer, Stevie Nicks announced that she would be releasing a solo LP ‘24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault’ and boy were we excited. The LP is composed of songs that Nicks’ wrote between 1969 and 1987, and was inspired after finding original bootlegs on YouTube.  “Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," Nicks said. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the ... Read More
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