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Body positivity is slowly gaining momentum as we all grow tired of seeing the same body types in the media. Amy Herrmann, an Australian photographer, has decided to contribute to the movement by creating an amazing book, Underneath I am Women, that will showcase 100 women of all different shapes and details their personal backgrounds and relationships with their bodies.
I'm sure you have heard the sad news that the amazing, admirable, legendary Gene Wilder passed away at 83 years old. His nephew said he died from complications of Alzheimer's disease.  The comedic genius was famous for roles in films such as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Stir Crazy, The Producers, and of course, one of my favorite movies of all time, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Wilder's Willy Wonka character had a few notable songs that have been covered by some amazing artists through the past few decades.
For over a year now, I have had the good fortune of calling Thelsuice Gonzalez a friend. In early 2015, Thel reached out to my university in search of a writer to help her with a memoir she had started. We got connected, and so began our friendship and collaboration. Since we started working on her memoir together, I have been blown away by the depth of this woman’s experiences. It’s hard to believe that one person could go through so much hardship and come out on the other side—smiling and strong.
Illustrated Police News, October 9, 1880. On September 24, 1880, the Manchester City Police received information that a fancy dress ball scheduled to be held that night at the Temperance Hall in York Street, Hulme, was going to be of an improper character. According to the September 27, 1880 edition of the London Evening Standard, the hall had been engaged a few days prior by the Association of Pawnbrokers’ Assistants.
So, by now you’re also obsessed with the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things. Stranger Things is wildly popular with Gen X & Y due to its heavy dose of '80s movie nostalgia. It’s Goonies, ET, Stand by Me, and IT all wrapped into one glorious eight-episode series.  A key element of joy in Stranger Things is the delightful awkwardness of its child actors. Nancy is adorably delicate. Dustin boasts endearing cleidocranial dysplasia. Props to the Duffer bros for hiring non-supermodel-y, real kids.
Students at the South African high school Pretoria High School for Girls are bravely protesting for the right to wear their natural hair to school. Girls as young as 13 have rallied and defied discriminatory practices at their school that ban natural Afros, according to Quartz. Pretoria High School for Girls is a formerly all-white school (desegregated in 1994) and mandates that cornrows, dreadlocks, and braids cannot be larger than 10mm in diameter (1/3 of an inch).
Björk opened the London part of her Björk Digital exhibition in a spectacular way. The Icelander came to the London press conference as a live avatar that used motion-capturing technology to mirror her movements. Human Björk was really 1,200 miles away in Reykjavík, Iceland. A computer graphics and media team in Iceland captured her voice and movements, which were then streamed into London. She accompanied Director of the Somerset House Trust Jonathan Reekie for a Q&A discussion.
ATTENTION all Stranger Things fans: This morning, Netflix announced that the show has officially been renewed for season 2 — not exactly surprising, but very exciting nonetheless!!! EVEN BETTER — there’s already a trailer:   We have no idea what most of these flashwords mean, but it sounds like there’s already a plot plotted out. We just need to be reassured that Eleven will be returning, Eggos in hand.   According to Variety, season two will be released sometime in 2017 and will consist of nine episodes — one more than season one.
Do you have plans for Thursday night? We’ve got some for you! FEA, an amazing feminist Chicana punk band you should listen to right now if you’re not already, is performing at St. Vitus in Brooklyn with Agent Orange on Thursday, September 1st at 8pm, and we are giving away a prize package that includes: Two tickets to the performance A vinyl LP (including download card and digital zine) and CD of FEA’s self-titled record A Blackheart Records tote bag   To enter, simply RT this link on Twitter or leave your name and email in a comment below.
Smooth Operator WE’VE GOT HEART-EYE EMOJIS FOR THIS HAIR MASK I have seriously  long-ass hair and if I’m not careful, it can basically turn into a gigantic, dreaded rat’s nest thanks to some natural frizz and my aversion to hairbrushes. That’s why I’ve fallen so hard for this “nourishing mask” from Amika ($28, loveamika.com). I put it on in the shower for a couple of minutes once a week and it takes my mane from witch to mermaid. Apparently, I can thank its main active ingredient, sea buckthorn berries, for that—they’re chockfull of omegas and vitamins.
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