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25-year-old graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani is one of the handful of Afghan “art activists” who have been taking to the streets of Kabul to paint political pieces around the war-torn city. Her motivation is to bring art to Afghanistan and get people thinking. Before graffiti, the self-taught artist served as an associate professor of sculpture at Kabul University. Shamsia has traded traditional art for spray cans and stencils because she has realized that traditional art is a luxury that cuts out all but the educated. "If you have an...
I have been immersed in the Steubenville story since I wrote on the court verdict earlier this week. We've read about the death threats to the victim, we've watched the media coverage, and we're deeply saddened by the reactions. It's all unfortunate proof that when it comes to rape, this country is still ass-backwards. So enter Henry Rollins, punk pioneer, outspoken activist, and the most commanding presence I've ever had the privilege of seeing on stage. This focused ball of red-hot rage has a few things to say and...
“Feminism has fizzled,” or so says this week's issue of New York Magazine. Wow, okay then-- tell me more, eh? The cover features a photo of a hip modern mom with a retro-chic frilly apron, an old-school feather duster, and the headline, “The Feminist Housewife.” The author, Lisa Miller, pushes the two labels against each other in head-to-head combat and attempts to uncover why choosing to become a stay-at-home mom can be a brave act of feminism. The tagline for the piece is, “Feminists who say...
Despite the sunny, but still freezing weather, the Vernal Equinox is here, and many New Yorkers are about to be on Spring Break! While we may not be ready to party Panama City style, there are a few ways to imbibe, hang with your homies, and maybe even spend some of that hard-earned cash on new Spring goodies. Grab your iPod, throw on the new JT, and check out this week's NYC events. First stop - Accessorize. In honor of the impending warmth,...
Networks have this really unfortunate habit of making it difficult to love television. So many of the best shows have a tendency to hang out on the chopping block for several seasons, and while some survive, others are taken off the air far too soon. 2013 has seen the cancellation of some really great comedies including Ben & Kate, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and now HBO's Enlightened. All three of these shows attracted cult followings, yet acclaim still isn't enough to keep good...