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  Yesterday, protesters in various cities joined the Ukrainian feminist group Femen for an international "topless jihad" to combat oppressive sexism in Muslim communities. The protest was inspired by Amina, the young Tunisian woman who was condemned by her country for posting topless photos of herself on the internet."Our boobs will be stronger than their stones" says a protester. Participants have posted photos from Paris, Milan, San Francisco, Montreal, and more.  Check out the Femen blog for updates on the movement. via news.com.au, Femen.org   image via The Guardian ...
“Feminist amnesia.”  This is the term Kamala Lopez uses to describe society’s current state of mind concerning women’s issues.  After watching Jennifer Lee’s documentary film, Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation, which chronicles the women’s rights movement from 1963 to 1970, Lopez was struck with the question: “What good is history when nobody knows it?  When it’s generally forgotten despite taking place less than 50 years ago?”  When so much female organization, debate, and action took place in our past – how can we not remember...
Recently someone on the internet described Jessie Ware as "the missing link between Adele and Sade," which is one of those "LOL WUT" statements only a music writer could invent. But after her live show this Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, it all makes sense. It doesn't quite come through on her recordings, but yes, she does have Adele-level pipes, and yes, she can get as funky as Sade. Who knew? Russell Crowe, apparently.  Compared to the pyrotechnic extravaganzas put on by most pop songstresses,...
  I'll admit - I have albums upon albums of memorable face-warpy photos taken in Apple Photo Booth that I couldn't be more proud of. But I have never experienced so much giddiness and self-discovery as this girl is having in this amazing two-minute video:   The original video, uploaded in June 2009 by duckswithhooves, currently has over 3 million hits and it is still being obsessively duplicated throughout YouTube. If you're curious to see what her real face looks like, here is...
  It wasn’t so long ago that Charles Bradley was a struggling James Brown impersonator, but after Daptone Records—Brooklyn’s answer to Motown—discovered him, the 64-year-old soul singer’s career finally achieved liftoff. On Victim of Love, the follow-up to his dazzling 2011 debut No Time for Dreaming, the R&B crooner sounds undeniably confident, trading his heartache for love and channeling Al Green more than the Godfather of Soul. Backed by the Menahan Street Band’s excellent horn section, the LP shifts effortlessly from straightforward R&B and brassy shuffles...