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We’ve all done it — made sure our first Instagram (or Snapchat or Facebook, depending on your age and social media platform of choice) photo post-breakup shows you looking flawless and happy. And maybe wearing your best swimsuit. Well, President Barack Obama has just done exactly that. As you may know, the Obama family is currently enjoying a well-deserved vacation. In fact, they’ve been spending time on Virgin founder and gazillionaire, Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean. And now Branson has posted photos and a video...
    In the early ’80s, a tough-as-nails, all-female skateboard gang calling themselves “the Hags” became legendary on the streets of West L.A.By Emily Savage // Photo by Molly Cranna By the time she was in her late teens, Sevie Bates had already been living away from her mother’s Santa Monica home for years. Her life revolved around three things: partying, punk music, and skateboarding. She’d roll up on her board to rock clubs in L.A. sporting bleached-white hair, ripped shirts, a red petticoat over men’s boxers, hand-airbrushed...
  Practice the art of snail mail with your very own pen pal Remember the good ol’ days when letters were handwritten, friendships were forged through the postal service, and opening the mailbox was a total thrill? Well, the art of letter writing is making a comeback, thanks, ironically, to help from the Internet, where mail enthusiasts across the globe are connecting to share their love of postcards, care packages, and everything in between. Joining the snail mail community is super easy and fun—here’s how to be a...
Yesterday, from 12 to 8pm, Yemeni-American operated bodegas across New York City closed in solidarity against Trump’s 90-day travel ban, proposed last Friday. According to the New York Times, Trump’s executive order, entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” seeks to suspend the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits for Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian, and Yemeni nationals. Additionally, Trump’s executive order seeks to implement uniform screening standards across all immigration programs and realign the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program...
Special Delivery A new wave of luxury tampon brands brings period products right to your door   The menstrual renaissance is upon us! Tampon delivery services like Kali, Cora, and Lola make dealing with your cycle convenient and customizable, without the harsh chemicals and synthetic fibers of drug store brands. Here, we put these new tamps to the test. – Meghan Sara Cora sports a no-frills design in the best possible way—no side of pink flowers and butterflies here. The tamps are organic cotton with plastic applicators (BPA-free, but...
February 14th is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the holiday 19th-century style, I’ve collected a few Valentine’s Day news items from Regency England, Victorian England, and even 1890s Texas. Some remind me a bit of modern day “lost connections” or “lonely hearts” adverts, while others are simply humorous historical Valentine’s Day messages or, predictably, not so humorous Victorian Valentine’s Day news. The first item is from an 1819 edition of Saunder’s News-Letter and was posted by an anonymous gentleman — a self-described “man of the strictest honour”...
The New York Times alert on my phone has recently increased in frequency, and its content typically consist of a new Trump attack on the tenants of democracy and human decency. But last night, in between memos about Sally Yates’ firing and Jeff Sessions’ hiring, there was a good post. The Boy Scouts Of America, the country’s “largest and most prominent values-based youth development organization," a century-old institution whose aims are “providing programs for young people that build character, train[ing] them in the responsibility of...
  Even rain can’t put a damper on this bustling British metropolis World-renowned for its music (the Smiths, Joy Division, and Oasis all hail from “Manny”), sport (we’re football, aka soccer, obsessed), and radical (including feminist) politics, Manchester’s also got a reputation for rain (approximately 140 days per year). But there’s no raining on this British city’s parade: Manchester is busy and eclectic, with skyscrapers towering over what remains of its industrial heritage. So grab your Wellies and get ready for an adventure. ART, CULTURE, & SPORTThe Whitworth...
  Following through on his hateful campaign threat to introduce “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," on Friday, Trump issued one of 17 executive orders, entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The order places a hold on the U.S. refugee program and restricts travel from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. It also states that if refugees are being let into the country, Christians will be prioritized over Muslims.Not only is this a...
  The International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union Sewed Seeds of Change Ask anyone who watched TV in the mid-’70s to early ’80s what the words “look for the union label” mean to them, and don’t be surprised if they burst out singing the following lyrics to a tune highly reminiscent of Jerome Kern’s classic “Look for the Silver Lining”: Look for the union labelWhen you are buying a coat, dress, or blouse,Remember somewhere our union’s sewing,Our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,We work hard,...
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