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The other day, my six-year-old cousin was telling me about how she's decided that her new favorite Disney princess is none other than Mulan. "Is it because she's brave and strong?" we asked. "Um, nooo. It's because she gets to be half-boy, half-girl." Some of the people in the room tried to explain that she's a woman who dressed up as a man, but my cousin shot back, "But then she could be a boy, right?" And my Judith Butler-loving heart swelled with pride. The six-year-old...
Sometimes I think Google knows me better than myself. Whether it’s from finding the address of my eye doctor (I always forget, don’t judge!) or looking up something delicious to eat, Google always has my back. #sorryBING I even take part in the interactive Google Doodle every now and then, but today’s Doodle really made me smile. Today, Celia Cruz, aka the “Queen of Salsa,” is featured on Google for what would have been her 88th birthday. The Doodle features gold Google lettering, and a smiling...
Disenfranchise: verb. to deprive of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially : to deprive of the right to vote.  The Texas GOP is putting that word to use in the sneakiest way possible: starting November 5th, a voter must show identification with his or her most current, legally recognized name. I say his or her...but when was the last time a "he" you know had a name different from as it reads on his birth certificate? Rather, this new law has...
In case Hand Job Academy’s awesome name didn’t already intrigue you, then the Brooklyn-based rap group’s new video, “Shark Week” is sure to do the job (ha ha ha GET IT?!?). In the video, the trio, made up of three friends—Lil T, a.k.a. Meg Skaff, a 23-year-old filmmaker and the director of “Shark Week”; Clara Bizna$$, a.k.a. Claire Beaudreault, a professional nail artist; and Ash Wednesday, whose real name remains anonymous, as she is a kindergarten teacher by day—combines the most insane rhymes and topics you...
We all know that Dolly Parton can do ANYTHING, but did you know that she loves to rap? In a newly released preview video for the singer’s upcoming appearance on The Queen Latifah Show today, Parton, donning a bedazzled, tight black dress, matching leggings, gold chains, and a ginormous white afro, shows off her skillz, busting out rhymes that are both frightening and amazing at the same time. Not only does Parton incorporate a banjo-accompanied “She’ll Be Comin' Round the Mountain” into her rap and refer to...