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In “What Century is this Again?” news, a TIME.com article said today that Hong Kong tycoon has offered nearly $65 million to any man willing to marry his daughter. This is no simple (though outdated) case of a father offering a dowry for his daughter. Cecil Chao Sze-tsung’s daughter Gigi is already married...to her longtime girlfriend, Sean Yeung.   Hong Kong does not recognize same-sex unions, so Gigi married Yeung in Paris in April. Her father still hasn’t acknowledged her marriage to Yeung and...
  In case you haven’t heard (after the uproar stirred by the Post this past week), a handful of New York City public schools have been testing out a program that dispenses oral and, more recently, injectable contraceptives, as well as the morning after pill or Plan B, to female students in need. Dubbed “CATCH” or Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare, the pilot program launched in January of 2011 and managed to fly under the radar. Since then, CATCH has been quietly at work in 14...
Sometimes artist statements are so damn vague, that they could literally apply to half the exhibitions in a single block of galleries in Downtown Manhattan. However, David James Ross, an expert in social media and business start-ups, has recently begun a new project called Artybollocks, satirizing these very clichés of the art world. The site works as follows: by clicking a button, Artybollocks will spit out a an “artist statement,” which, as the site’s name points out, is legitimate to your interpretation. But the site’s real purpose...
  This past summer, Alanis Morissette made a surprise visit to DLDwomen, a conference that takes place in Munich annually, and brings together over 50 international speakers. The conversation got very real very quickly as Alanis dove right into issues such as her role to humanity as an artist, the alpha woman, and the new role of men. Her honesty was not surprising considering that this is the same woman who wrote  “You Oughta Know.” (Is it possible to write about Alanis without bringing up that...
When Rupa Marya isn’t healing the sick as a doctor at her day job, she leads the world-music quintet Rupa and the April Fishes. Their newest album, BUILD, is produced by Todd Sickafoose — best known for collaborating with folk songstress Ani DiFranco — and promises the gritty, bass-heavy folk realness that is Sickafoose's trademark. Based in sunny San Francisco, the band's members come from all over the world to fuse R&B with many multicultural influences, including Latin, African, Yelamu Indian, and Islander music. Though their previous two...
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