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  The Susan Sontag documentary we've all been anticipating will be available on HBO, HBOGO, and HBO ON DEMAND starting Monday December 8. Regarding Susan Sontag, directed by Nancy Kates, follows the feminist icon's personal life and career as she emerges as one of the most influential political critics, outspoken advocates for human rights, and all around badass women of the 20th century. Read More
At the end of our first decade without her piercing and original insight, Susan Sontag is being profiled in a new documentary that debuts on HBO December 8. In Regarding Susan Sontag director Nancy Kates, who reintroduced activist Bayard Rustin to US history in her previous doc, Brother Outsider, tracks the evolution of an outspoken and provocative political, literary, and social critic. Read More
HBO’s documentary on the life and accomplishments of Ann Richards is a wonderful tribute to the political maven. Through a series of interviews with Ann’s loved ones and colleagues—including her daughter Cecile Richards (who has been president of Planned Parenthood since 2006), former President Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, Nancy Pelosi, and members of her administration and campaign teams—producers Keith Patterson and Philip Schopper capture the spirit of the woman who became Treasurer and then Governor of Texas. Read More
HBO will be debuting an incendiary documentary on the life and achievements of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 73 from esophageal cancer. Richards, a Democrat in a state long held by conservative Republicans, rose from an impoverished childhood in Lakeview, Texas, and moved through Dallas and eventually to Austin, where she realized her political aspirations. Her career was colored by her impeccable wit and hard hitting humor, and her unending confidence as she utilized mistakes of male colleagues to prove herself worthy of her position. Read More
Former Miss Iowa Abbey Curran will be the first to admit: “beauty pageants invite judgement.” But for contestants of Abbey’s annual Miss You Can Do It pageant, judgement isn’t new. A documentary airing tonight on HBO explores the lives of the pageant’s contestants – young girls with disabilities and challenges. Instead of being scored on what they can do or how they look, the pageant’s focus is on “how bright their heart light shines,” and everyone goes home a winner. Read More

Film Review: About Face

BY Intern Ariana in TV

Newsflash: America loves youth, money, and beauty. Every single one of us is affected, whether it’s through mean comments from our peers or the millions of commercials we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Although journalists and academics both cover the fashion industry’s influence on societal norms, we rarely hear from the models themselves. It’s a taboo in the fashion world to really get to the heart of the matter, since eating disorders and drug use almost always come up. That’s where About Face: Supermodels Then and Now comes in. Read More
Here in America (and if you’re an international reader, I imagine this is probably true where you live too), we have a basic expectation that our spouse or romantic partner will treat us with respect. That means that we have a right to expect both our physical bodies and our emotional and mental attributes to be given the consideration they deserve. More than that, we believe that everyone in the world—male or female, regardless of their outward and inward qualities—has the same value. Read More
In the summer of 2009 Diane Schuler drove for two miles on the wrong side of the Taconic State Parkway, and crashed into an oncoming SUV, killing herself and seven others, including one of her children and three of her nieces. At the time of the accident, Diane was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .19% , more than double the legal limit, and a high level of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The only survivor is Schuler’s five-year-old son, who is left with oculomotor nerve palsy after the accident. When asked about what happened, he says, “Mommy’s head hurt. Read More