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Growing up in Boston, Laura Poitras planned to become a chef, spending years as a cook at L’Espalier, a French restaurant. After high school, however, she moved to San Francisco and became interested in experimental filmmaking. After studying at both San Francisco Art Institute and The New School, she decided to pursue a life of filmmaking. But like everyone else, she didn’t know how much September 11, 2001, would change her life. Poitras said, living in New York at that time, there was a sense that people could have done anything.
LGBT teens often don't see themselves in the coming-of-age books that are taught in schools. Here are 15 YA novels that fix that: 1. When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid For Jude, life is one big movie set. Using his mother’s heels and make-up, he’s ready for his part. He’s got the love interest, the best friend, and the antagonist all in place. All that’s left is to watch the drama unfold. Jude is a feel-good character set in an authentically gritty world.
Gloria Steinem joined Instagram in April of this year, and as time has gone by, her Instagram account has become one of my favorites. Gloria, 82, is an iconic feminist organizer, writer, activist, founder of Ms. magazine, cofounder of the Women’s Media Center...and now, social media star. Gloria’s Instagram feed has a perfect breakdown of behind-the-scenes looks at her work, graphics and links urging people to act to end injustice, and photos with fellow brilliant women like Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham and Meryl Streep. Plus, her #tbt photos are AMAZING.
I’d had enough. Another guy — this one I met on Bumble, I think — had just ghosted. After messaging on the app, we’d moved to texting, with both of us bookmarking topics we were excited to soon discuss IRL. When he didn’t return a text after four days, I checked in. He apologized, claiming his intended text hadn’t made it through the mobile-waves, evidently, and I gamely started bantering again. Hours later, and nothing. Days later, still nothing. He was gone. No drama, no games, no explanation. Just absence. I didn’t lose any sleep over him, but I admit to disappointment.
  In light of last week's consecutive shootings that left two innocent black men dead, Alicia Keys teamed up with Mic and the We Are Here Movement to bring together 23 celebrities such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, Pharrell, Kevin Hart, Tracee Ellis Ross and ASAP Rocky to list 23 ordinary acts that have cost black people their lives due to systemic racism.
Ellen Page, the 29-year-old actor, known for her role in the hilarious comedy-drama, Juno came out back in 2014 at an event for the Human Rights Campaign. Recently, she spoke about how she felt, in her work and in relation to her success, before she came out. She opened up about her depression and the guilt that was formed around that depression, saying that the toxicity of the closet led her to be uninspired and affected her work.
Billie Holiday is known to be one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. The pioneering vocalist was known for her vivaciousness, soulfulness, and her ability to improvise. Holiday was outspoken about racism and made history with her famous rendition of “Strange Fruit.” Despite her struggles with addiction and her lack of formal musical training, Holiday’s voice remained powerful until untimely death at age 44. Her beautiful and melancholy songs continue to have influence and power today. Here are 24 quotes and photos to honor the legacy of the legendary Lady Day.
On Sunday, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed that the Black Lives Matter movement is "inherently racist" and "anti-American." He went on to say it unfairly focuses on the murders of black Americans by police and ignores the crimes in black neighborhoods. Clearly, Giuliani is uninformed and doesn't understand racism AT ALL, and here to tell him are the women on The View.  The women addressed Giuliani's comments, pointing out that Giuliani has a misguided understanding of the motives and goals of Black Lives Matter.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was a dynamic First Lady, a respected Senator, and a formidable Secretary of State. But does she have what it takes to smash the ultimate glass ceiling and make it all the way to the Oval Office? Take this quiz and bone up on the woman who might be Madam President. 1. Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947, in ________.a. New York, New Yorkb. Hope, Arkansasc. Honolulu, Hawaiid. Chicago, Illinois2. While studying political science at Wellesley College, she became head of the local chapter of the Young _______.a. Republicansb. Anarchistsc.
Melissa Broder is God, Melissa Broder is the Internet, she is pop culture, the iCloud, and all your fave sad girl memes rolled up into one perfect human being. Like, if Melissa Broder were an actual fruit roll up, her flavor would be, “sweet feminist oracle of truth and divine wisdom." She is a radical response to the myth that feminists can love themselves totally and fully and always. She speaks to the anxieties, pleasures, secrets, imperfections, and paradoxes that we all contain.
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