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Country music darling, Taylor Swift, sometimes referred to as Tswift or Tswizzle (O.K. that one was all me..), unveiled her own learning center in Nashville, this past Saturday morning. The building aptly named, Taylor Swift Education Center is now located at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It will be home to classes, workshops, and an instrument room. With all the negative press surrounding pop stars today, it is nice to see one star doing something positive for her community. The...
I was a little apprehensive to see Sandra Bullock’s Gravity when it hit theaters two weekends ago. Since I’m prone to panic attacks, I didn’t think it was suitable for me to watch a movie where a woman is stuck in space, but despite my feelings, I was completely blown away by Bullock’s performance. As a scared doctor, who didn’t fully know how to handle her space shuttle’s equipment, Bullock’s character was completely autonomous and totally kicked ass. She went through hell...
Camera Obscura, the coolest Scottish band ever, (tied with Belle and Sebastian, whose lead singer Stuart Murdoch produced Camera Obscura’s first album) recently released a marvelous music video for “Troublemaker,” a track on the band’s new album Desire Lines. The video is a wonderfully ~vintage~ (sorry) tribute to 80s Sci-Fi and includes everything from old school (and highly fashionable) jumpsuits to laser beams shooting out of band members’ eyes. Directed by long-time collaborator Blair Young, “Troublemaker” traces the band and other locals as they explore...
Now we can officially stop talking about Miley-gate. No matter how tired we are of rehashing the VMA performance and “Wrecking Ball” video, Cyrus’ work does offer insight into how women are encouraged to express themselves and how young women are viewed by the public. Are Cyrus’ performances feminist and sex-positive as some claim? I personally think not; after all, she has a team of men who aren’t exactly known for respecting women and their bodies (ahem, Terry Richardson) behind much of the work. But...
  Tatyana McFadden spent much of her childhood in a St. Petersburg orphanage where she did not receive adequate medical attention for her spina bifida, a condition which paralyzed her from the waist downwards. Without access to a wheelchair, she learned to walk on her hands, an experience which she now tells The New York Times taught her “as much about finding mental strength as physical strength [and] may have helped my arms and shoulders [and] it also taught me that I was always going to...