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  The annual Athena Film Festival is coming to New York for its third year!  From February 7th to 10th, Barnard College will host festivities celebrating the leading ladies that make the world go ‘round (on and off screen).  The festival is in conjunction with Women and Hollywood, a site that examines the “it’s complicated” relationships between women and pop culture.    The festival will feature workshops for filmmakers, interactive conversations with women in the industry, and screenings of films showcasing female leadership.

Supportive moms have gathered to send a holiday message to all LGBTQ children, teens, and young adults who are without family support and who would like a “stand-in Holiday Mom.” "Your Holiday Mom,” a nonprofit blog, aims to spread a message of love and acceptance to these young people, and let them know that “Your holiday mom loves you as you are." The project, which will run during the 40 days between Thanksgiving and New Years, features 40 moms (dads too!) with 40 messages and stories of love and acceptance.

The vast majority of women, and some men, experience street harassment — according to Hollaback, 80 to 99% of women experience street harassment at some point in their lives. Street harassment takes the form of vulgar gestures, sexually explicit comments, whistling, following, kissing noises, groping, masturbation….the list goes on. I’ve had most of these happen to me — from the man who followed me out of the subway while masturbating, to the whistling and kissing noises that sometimes follow me when I’m out at night.

Coconut, raspberry, cucumber, blueberry, pomegranate…this isn’t a menu for some fabulous hangover-cure shake, these are just some of the organic, “wild-crafted” ingredients for the multi-tasking face balm produced by Lee-Lai Natural Skincare.     Lee-Lai Natural Skincare was created in Brooklyn by Cyan Bonacci, a self proclaimed “lover of herbs, botanicals, and all things organic.”  She uses quality (and pronounce-able) ingredients in her skincare line.  The line caters to the city gal who needs her shelf space.

  Mallory Owens   Mallory Owens, a 23-year-old Alabama woman, has been released from the hospital after being brutally beaten by her girlfriend’s 18-year-old brother, Travis Hawkins, during Thanksgiving dinner at the Hawkins’ home. Owens suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones, and had to have facial reconstruction surgery with metal plates put in her cheekbones due to the severity of her injuries. Owens’s family has said that the beating was a hate crime, and that Hawkins beat Mallory because Mallory is a lesbian.

If you’re upset about the recent news that Hostess Brands is closing (meaning no more Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Donettes, or Hostess Cupcakes, EVER), don’t fear: we’ve got your back. Lara Ferroni’s cookbook, Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All The Junk, has preservative-free recipes of all your favorite junk food, including Twinkies.

Austin-based duo and BUST favorite Agent Ribbons is back with a video for "Jamaica and the Wishing Shrine," a melancholy cut from their awesome EP Let Them Talk (released earlier this fall on Antenna Farm). Directed and shot by Jason Hood, the clip finds the band exploring an abandoned Coney Island, chasing seagulls through the streets, and writing messages in the sand. With its sun-streaked beach and carefree vibes, "Jamaica" is a dreamy, vintage-tinged cure for the winter blues.

  If you’re in need of some spiritual guidance via your belly, Half Moon House has you covered.  Hald Moon Kitchen offers the Bone Kitchen, a line of delicious homemade jams, jellies, marmalades and magick.   Like their website says, “There’s no more direct way to apply magick to someone than internally. Just eat it!” But this company is no ordinary Smucker's.  Along with the Bone Kitchen, Half Moon House also offers Tarot card readings and spiritual counseling.

  Last Monday, with the help of the iHeartRadio stations, the Empire State Building rocked out to some Alicia Keys, specifically, “Girl on Fire,” and “Empire State of Mind.” It was the first synchronized light show of its kind to hit the façade of the Empire State Building.  Click here to see the breathtaking light show in its entirety. Look how the lights move to the beat!   I can’t think of a more appropriate artist to serenade this city.

For adorable, vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories with a twist, look no further than With Care. Created by Rhode Islander Elizabeth Novak, With Care is an Etsy shop that includes items like place-themed souvenir rings and lockets, nautical necklaces, Victorian-inspired perfume pins, and more.      Many of With Care’s pieces are vintage-inspired, with an edge — the collar bar will take you back to the Mad Men era but the Virgin Mary charm attached to it? You’d never see Don Draper wearing one of those.
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