Looking to add a new instrument to your musical repertoire? If you live in NYC, this weekend you can learn to play the mbira, a traditional instrument of the Shona people from Zimbabwe. Patience Chaitezvi and Erica Azim will be leading an intensive mbira workshop on Saturday and Sunday. Or if you're a little less musically inclined, head on over to the Calvin-Morris Gallery and catch their performance. Erica and Patience are part of MBIRA, a ... Read More

Amazon Glory

BY intern Amber in General

In the Ukraine, power has always rested in the hands of men. Women have been victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation. Misogyny has been a part of the Soviet culture for centuries causing many feminist movements to rise and fight their oppressors. The 'Asgarda,' a new tribe of empowered women, is developing in the Carpathian Mountains. Thirty-year-old Katerina Tamouska leads the tribe of 150 women, varying in ages. Using the tribal traditions of the ... Read More
Clare Manchon lives in Brooklyn and fills her days with modern trappings just like the rest of us, but it doesn't take much of an investigation to uproot her desire to live in a 1950s black-and-white detective film come to life. As the main songwriter behind the band Clare and the Reasons, she admits that when not composing material for her own songs, she does enjoy a ditty or two from bands such as Grizzly Bear and friendly neighbor (he really does live nearby) ... Read More
I've never been a big fan of musicals, but this is one I can get behind. On Tuesday, Variety broke the news that plans for Bring It On: The Musical are under way! And surprisingly, there are some legitimately talented people behind it. Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer of recent hit In the Heights, will co-write the music, and Jeff Whitty, Tony winner for Avenue Q, will write the book. And it gets better still -- two other In the Heights alums will take on ... Read More

Mama Yes!

BY intern Amber in General

Urban World Film Festival is happening in New York City this week. I am sure there will be lots of gems to see but the most exciting premiere has to be Say My Name, a documentary by debut director Nirit Peled. Say My Name is a production of Mamamess, an urban audio-visual organization founded by Peled and Dave Hemmingway. This documentary introduces women's personal stories of balancing professional dreams with the limitations posed by urban ... Read More
If you were unable to make your way to Barnes and Noble last night to see Isabella Rossellini, well, you missed a treat. Ms. Rossellini is AMAZING. This woman is spunky, hilarious as all hell, incredibly beautiful and her laughter is contagious. When she was discussing Green Porno and how it took her until her mid-50s to return to something she fell in love with as a child (animals!), you could tell her heart is completely in this. For Rossellini, she wanted to ... Read More
Seems like a girl can't turn around these days without hearing/seeing/drooling over new Where the Wild Things Are projects. More than the film itself, Wild Things promotions are encouraging and defining their own trendy style universe: very woolly-vintagey-hipster-twee. If it's not apparent in the trailers, take a look-see at the film's new L.A. pop-up shop. There are adorable dolls, copies of the book, and over-abundance of plaid things, but the feature I can't ... Read More
Remember Victoria Woodhull from your U.S. History classes? I vaguely recall my textbook briefly mentioning her in some catch-all section about other female rabble rousers of the 19th century. Well, in case you missed the one completely inadequate sentence about her, now there's a whole movie dedicated to her life, achievements, and general badassery. Did you know she was the first woman to run for president? In 1872, no less? Yeah, that's right, before women could ... Read More
In yet another sexist survey, researchers ''found'' that the average woman has slept with eight men, and has been under the influence when partnering up with at least five.  A slew of articles have already begun popping up on news websites, most claiming that women need alcohol to feel confident during sex.  Okay, sure, alcohol does smooth things over a bit, but come on now: surely women aren't wetting their whistles alone.  It takes two, ... Read More
Pictured above is Hayley Morley, a UK size 12 model who spurred controversy when she brought some realism to the runway.  Hayley and two other ''curvy'' women appeared alongside stick-figure thin models in Mark Fast's London Fashion Week show last Saturday.  The biggest shocker is that their inclusion prompted Fast's stylist and creative designer to walk out over ''creative differences.'' Luckily, two freelancers stepped in to help with the ... Read More