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  LaJune Grant is the first female to have seven straight wins on BET’s “Freestyle Friday Competition,” retiring to the Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame in 2003, and making it into the hearts of everyone who has ever experienced her talent. Grant regularly performed when she first moved to New York (at The Apollo Theater, Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancy, and so much more) to pursue a music career, and she finally stepping up to the mic again at Joe’s Pub on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with...
“Free The Nipple” is a film with a mission to empower women across the world. It is an equality movement that stands up against female oppression and censorship prevalent around the world. The film, inspired by true events, follows a group of young women in New York City who protest the archaic censorship laws. It is illegal for a woman to be topless (including breastfeeding) in 35 states. The director of the film, Lina Esco told Variety, “This is about equality,” Esco says. “You can show beheadings...
  In 2012, educator Al Vernacchio gave a TED talk about everyone’s favorite things: pizza and sex. He was concerned with the fact that sex has too often been associated with baseball. Personally, I love this new pizza metaphor for sex. Whenever I heard the baseball/sex metaphor it was usually a man talking and I mean come on! It’s such a sexist way to describe sex. Plus I never liked baseball, so I’m a little biased.  Vernacchio shares my dislike of the metaphor prevalent in our culture....
“Stand Up to Clean Up,” is a new illustrated guide, put out by The Worker’s Justice Project, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, to empower female day-laborers who are often exploited and taken advantage without much recourse due to language barriers.  Gothamist reported on the guide earlier this week, and interviewed Carmen Fajardo, an Ecuadorian house cleaner, who described the safety hazards and risks she took for work.  "I remember that the cleaning products were very toxic and I didn’t have any protective equipment like gloves, or...
When it comes to fashion, my top priority is comfort. Sure, I’ll occasionally whip out those vintage stacked heel boots for a night out, but for day to day, I’m strictly a flats type of gal. That’s not to say I don’t care about footwear- oh I do. Sanuk's Secret Santa from California may have figured this out about my fashion sensibilities and sent me a sweet pair of their Spring 2015 Katlash, the most stylish little canvas flat I’ve ever tried. They have a slight...