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I have been staring at an open Word document since late Friday evening after I sat in a sold-out theater and watched my New Favorite Film unfold before me, trying to put into words what about Maleficent made me exclaim (much to the dismay of the audience members around me) “THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL” right after (major spoilers ahead) Maleficent kisses Aurora on the forehead, awakening her from the curse with true love’s first kiss. Until now, all I had was a list...
We can all see how technology is changing our lives (for better or for worse—I’m looking at you, trolls), but for some reason the music world has been slow on the uptake; songs addressing technology are few and far between.  Erika M. Anderson, better known by her stage name EMA, is changing that with her new album The Future’s Void.  Clash Music (clashmusic.com) has described her work as both “genre-busting” and “gnomic” (not sure what they meant with that one.  But apparently her work is “of,...
There’s a brand-new building going up in my neighborhood, about a block from my subway stop. I’m not even going to bother explaining what that means. If you're a woman, you know the deal. As I approach, I feel my shoulders rounding forward, my gait shortening and shuffling. My eyes are Super-Glued to the sidewalk. I want to hide, but I can’t get to the subway unless I go down this particular block, and here they are, and here comes the low whistle and: “Why you walking...
Hello Kitty is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. First drawn by artist Yuko Shimizu, Hello Kitty has become a quintessential part of Japanese-Kawaii culture. We’ve seen this little white bobcat everywhere, from middle schoolers’ pencil cases to 42ndStreet, blown up extra large as a balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The real Hello Kitty magic however, is contained on their website, sanrio.com, where they have a list of almost 100 different products ranging from vaguely normal such as hair clips and bento...
Rihanna is a sneaky little evil genius - assuming it’s still evil for a woman to expose her nipples on her own terms. Instagram certainly thinks so; the popular social media app has come under fire recently for disabling the accounts of people, namely women, that post pictures exposing the female nipple. These penalizations extend even to celebrity users like Rihanna, Scout Willis, and Grace Coddington who are not taking it quietly. Yet the CFDA’s brought perhaps Rihanna’s sneakiest rebellion against the photo sharing app, if...