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Last week we published a post about TED's ban on abortion as a topic at TED events, including TEDWomen, where Jessica Valenti's article from The Nation was referenced and discussed. Since her article was full of goodies to really think about, we're taking a deeper look at the piece in this post.  TED Talks were first introduced to me by a college professor, and they have since provided some of my most well-spent viewing time on the internet. Spanning a wide variety of topics--including the power of...
While reminiscent of introspective UK shoegaze groups like My Bloody Valentine and Lush, Roanoke, Virginia trio, Eternal Summers’ sound on their brand new album, The Drop Beneath, shouldn't be so simply defined. Eternal Summers have been described as post punk and minimal pop, but the sound on The Drop Beneath includes a pretty edgy dream pop tone that is totally dark and deliberate. It just happens to be one of those (often rare) albums that is a breeze to listen to in its entirety. Since we're so darn...
Recently I sat down with the lovely and talented Mwende Katwiwa — a.k.a. FreeQuency, a spoken word artist, recent recipient of the Feminist You Should Know Award, and senior at Tulane University. Ms. Katwiwa is 22 and double majoring in Political Economy with International Perspectives, and African & African Diaspora studies. Originally from Kenya, she came to New Orleans after graduating high school to pursue service with the AmeriCorps program City Year, prior to enrolling at the University of Chicago. However, after immersing herself in the city, Katwiwa...
Nigerian-American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a lot of intelligent things to say about the troubling new "anti-gay" legislation up for debate in her home country. As all democratic civilizations bend towards our generation's central civil rights debate, it's refreshing to hear a writer speak out with such conviction. Here's an excerpt from her speech: The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of...
Oh, the Supporting Actress -- country of the comic relief, the villainess, the quirky-girl-with-the-great-personality. It is her grand, historic duty to prop up the neuroses of the Ingenue/Main Homme, or attempt to thwart his or her designs. The supporting actress can have anywhere between eight minutes' screen-time (as did Dame Judi Dench, in her award-winning portrayal of the Queen in 1998's Shakespeare and Love) to several hours' worth of helpful nods. She's weird. She's funny. She's much more like your friends than that fussy main character.  I've...
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