In the trailer for the upcoming indie film Tiny Furniture, Leah Dunham, as 22-year old Aura, slouches home to her mother’s lux NYC loft apartment, dazed from four years of undergrad in Ohio (probably Oberlin.) Like a girl version of The Graduate, the newly adult Aura can’t quite figure out what to do with herself, though she does find time to fight with her mother and sister, take a hostess job, and put up fellow upper-upper-middle-class-liberal-arts ... Read More
Responding to street harassment can be tough. "Common wisdom" often dictates to simply ignore, and many people do - after all, you may feel threatened, exhausted, or simply unable to formulate an appropriate comeback. Personally, I do my best to counter with something - whether it's a Jerri Blank-esque face, an obscene hand gesture, or a disgusted eye roll- but sometimes I long for a more reliable and solid go-to response. Hollaback, an international movement to ... Read More
Black women have long been part of rock music’s cultural landscape, from Lauryn Hill to Betty Davis to Tina Turner to Missy Elliot. But mention people who rock, and black girls will rarely show up at the top of a list most likely populated by aging white dudes with expensive guitars. Black Girls Rock Inc., a New York based non-profit whose mission it is to empower young women of color through mentorship, arts education, cultural exploration and public service ... Read More
Missing Unicorn posters have gone up all over Manhattan and beyond, while a billboard promises a reward on 104th and Broadway. According to the signs, the mythical animal was last seen entering Central Park at West 72nd street, and the public is encouraged to call the sightings hot-line with any leads. Mimicking those photocopied fliers publicizing a lost pet, the posters are the brainchild of artist Camomile Hixon, who has invited the entire city to join the ... Read More
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