Put every collaborating musician from super producer Emile Haynie’s We Fall into one room, and it would be music’s version of 2015’s “SNL 40” special. At first glance, the list of guest appearances in the Saturday Night Live special seemed ridiculous, hyperbolic. However, while there were some brief moments of brilliance, the immense pool of talent was ultimately diluted into a flavorless mess. Much like “SNL 40,” We Fall features too many ... Read More
A 19-year-old male college student cited "Fifty Shades of Grey" when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student. Mohammad Hossain, a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, appeared dumbfounded when a judge set his bail at $500,000 and sent him back into lockup. Hossain is otherwise known as a star student, involved in several UIC leadership programs, student ambassador to the alumni association, and on the triathlon team. ... Read More
Unfortunately, this is no joke: a Vermont pediatrician decided not to treat a 6-day-old child because her parents were lesbians. Krista and Jami Contreras were married in Vermont in 2012 and welcomed their daughter, Bay, in 2014. “As far as we know, Bay doesn’t have a sexual orientation yet so I’m not really sure [why] that matters,” Jami said. “We’re not your patient, she’s your patient. And the fact is ... Read More
A Dutch nonprofit called the Mars One Project announced in 2013 that they were accepting applications for a one-way ticket to—wait for it—Mars. Over 200,000 people jumped at the opportunity, putting together their audition tapes and answering questions. Many of them were surely under the impression they wouldn’t make it through the first couple of rounds. Now there is a small pool of just one hundred applicants, and Sonia Van Meter is one of ... Read More
With heavy hearts, tomorrow we say goodbye to one of our all-time favorite television series. Parks and Recreation ends, and we’ll greet our favorite Pawneeans armed with waffles, Snake Juice, NutriYum bars, and the cheapest red wine we can find because we can’t tell the difference...And, of course, plenty of tissues. The show’s real magnum opus, of course, was the creation of character Leslie Knope, one of the funniest and most feminist ... Read More
While many of us were celebrating Valentine’s Day with roses, chocolates, and glasses of wine, there was a different kind of celebration going on—one that focused on self-love and what it means to be a survivor. The hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter took hold on Tumblr that day and is a powerful representation of those who have survived sexual violence. Launched by the co-founder of the sex education company imMEDIAte Justice, Tani Ikeda, this platform ... Read More
There’s a crisis on our hands, folks, and our bros are the ones bound to suffer. In an effort to get swoll, chiseled, and lean, bros across the nation are subjecting themselves to harmful chemicals and GMOs whenever they take a swig from their standard protein shakes. Organic Valley, the Wisconsin based organic co-op, is looking out for them with their new digital ad, “Save The Bros.” It is a vital attempt to protect and save the “bro ... Read More
While the internet is loving and hating Patricia Arquette on the grounds of her Oscar acceptance speech, the truth is that the actress said nothing especially remarkable. Until, that is, she arrived backstage and unintentionally maligned queer and people of color by insinuating that their moment in the struggle spotlight is over—and it was time they focus their energies on helping women achieve equality. Old news: Marginalized communities are used to ... Read More
Last week, a fan site released un-retouched photos of Beyoncé that committed the heinous crime of letting us know she’s human. It’s unfortunate enough that as a musician her appearance warrants to much scrutiny (we don’t remember au naturale pictures of Jay-Z ever unleashing so much controversy), but what’s sadder is the weird, beauty-normative ways viewers responded: Many fans claimed the photos weren’t real and that blemishes ... Read More
The Academy Awards pulled out a surprise move this year wherein everyone relinquished their winnings in the name of art, because they realized that art is subjective and awards are stupid. Kidding. There were a few good moments, though. We’re mostly thinking of Patricia Arquette, who brought the house down when she turned her acceptance speech—for her Best Supporting Actress in the film Boyhood—into a final call for wage equality (and ... Read More
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