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What’s up with the secrecy, B? According to Newsday, Beyonce dropped her new song “Bow Down/I Been On” without any pre-release press or even a friendly head’s up. Which actually seems to fit as this new release is anything but “friendly.” We’ve got hardcore mixing, lots of cursing, rap, and some crazy synth-sound manipulation, coupled with lyrics like, “I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world. Don’t forget it. Respect that. Bow down, bitches!” and “I took my time to...
{SPONSORED POST} March is Women’s History Month. That women have a month at all is somewhat disheartening—implying, as it does, that the other 12 belong to men. It can often feel as if (to paraphrase the great philosopher Paula Abdul) for every two steps forward, we take two steps back. But we’ve come a long way. One hundred years ago, women were fighting for suffrage. Today, we’re debating the intricacies of Sheryl Sandberg’s manifesto. Still, we’ve got a long way to go—for women in the US and for...
Sheryl Sandberg doesn’t want to be a role model; but as a woman who is naturally brilliant, self-confident, well-educated, perpetually organized, newly published, and seemingly always in the right place at the right time, Sheryl Sandberg just can’t avoid it.          You all might know her story, but it’s worth hearing again. After graduating from Harvard where she earned her first degree in economics, Sandberg did a stint at the World Bank. She then obtained her second Harvard diploma, this time a M.B.A.,...
After the discrimination we’ve been hearing about in Colorado, it’s refreshing to hear about a new bill in California that expands transgender students’ rights. AB1266 will allow students to join sports teams and use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Executive director of the Transgender Law Service Masen Davis stated that "Transgender boys are boys, and transgender girls are girls, and this bill ensures they are treated as such." Not only does excluding transgender students from certain sports activities decrease school...
Since 1993, artist Nina Katchadourian has been reworking books and their titles in her own ongoing visual and literary art project entitled Sorted Books.  Katchadourian combs through books, pulling particular titles and grouping books together to form short sequences of titles that can be read together.  She collects books from different places, ranging from private homes to public collections.  As Katchadourian states on her website, “Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies –...