Donald Glover is releasing a new TV series that taps into the mind of a celebrity-obsessed woman who pushes the limits between fandom and insanity. Swarm is being referred to as a “sister series” to Glover’s hit show Atlanta which recently aired its series finale last November. Swarm follows its main character Dre, played by Dominique Fishback, as she obsesses over a celebrity who closely resembles Beyoncé. Airing soon on Amazon Prime the show will also be starring Chloe Bailey and Damson Idris. Not to mention Malia… Read more
As of now, eighteen states have some kind of abortion ban in place, with thirteen of them having full bans. For many women in their childbearing ages, this is the most at-risk we’ve seen reproductive rights be in our lifetime. Now, more than ever, community-based efforts to make things like emergency contraception accessible and affordable are crucial to maintaining some semblance of control over our own bodies–and can quite literally help save lives. That’s why students like Neharika Rao at George Washington… Read more
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland, Ohio, has announced their 2023 induction nominees, and while we’d still love to see more gender equality on the lineup, some truly badass women did receive nominations this year. Last year’s ceremony made waves with Dolly Parton receiving, then declining, then still receiving a nomination for a coveted spot in the Rock Hall, and Alanis Morissette making a public commentary on the status of women in rock after people questioned her absence at the ceremony. This year’s… Read more
After the unfortunate overturning of Roe V. Wade in June of 2022, 13 states have been enacting bans on abortion services, leaving many women without access to basic healthcare services. In response to this, The Satanic Temple is launching a reproductive health clinic that will offer free religious services and abortion care in New Mexico via telehealth. The Satanic Temple does not literally worship Satan but rather uses the metaphor to confront injustice frequently imposed by other religions. They have previously… Read more
What could be more fitting than the Queen of Bounce opening an all-encompassing party spot in the Big Easy? The rapper’s exciting new venture, aptly named Hotel Freedia, was first announced in April of last year and is expected to open just in time for Mardi Gras in the spring of 2024, according to Eater, though Big Freedia promised to “keep [us] posted on the official opening date.” This dream of mine has been in the works for a long time, I’ll be one of the first black hotel owners in New Orleans 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 will… Read more
Everyday, close to 3 million people begin their day in the exact same way: by playing the New York Times game, Wordle. And hundreds of thousands of them share their scores via social media such as Twitter. What is Wordle? Wordle has been an extremely popular game since its creation by Josh Wardle in 2021, and has remained popular (and free) since it was acquired by the New York Times in June, 2022. In fact, Wordle was Google’s most searched word of the year in 2022. The game challenges users to guess a 5-letter word in… Read more
Folks, we have an update! Minx has been officially picked up by Starz. The news was announced earlier this month in an Instagram post by one of the starring actors, Jake Johnson. “Excited to announce that @starz picked up Minx! More details about when season one and season two will be streaming to come! We’re all fired up for everyone to see S2 & beyond.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by jake johnson (@mrjakejohnson) The first season of the show ran on HBO, to mixed reviews. The second season was already in… Read more

5 Killer Punk Bands to Add to Your “Feminist Rage” Playlist

By Emmaly Anderson  In Music  On Jan 31, 2023

BRAT As we navigate a patriarchal world that leaves us infuriated every day, sometimes we need a soundtrack that matches our emotions. Few things are more cathartic than blasting intense music when your emotions are overwhelming, and few genres of music scratch that itch quite like punk. Feminist punk bands have been challenging the patriarchy with fast guitars and angry screams for decades – like Crass in the ‘70s and ‘80s and the “Riot Grrl” movement of the ‘90s giving birth to bands like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney,… Read more

6 True Crime Podcasts Hosted by Women to Add to Your Queue Right Now

By Zoë Lourey-Christianson  In Entertainment  On Jan 31, 2023

True crime is having a bit of a *moment* right now. From record-breaking Netflix shows to case-cracking podcast series’ to riveting documentaries, true-crime seems to grip our collective attention. Women, specifically, make up the majority of true crime “fans,” forming a kind of morbidly cathartic community where all of our daily worst fears are validated. After all, the victims featured in a lot of true crime stories are women, and they’re almost always murdered or attacked by male perpetrators. Every single day,… Read more
Natasha Lyonne was a recent guest on The Drew Barrymore Show and it’s already the best thing that’s happened this week! Lyonne was there to promote her brand new show Poker Face, streaming Thursdays on Peacock. She is both executive producer and the star of the mystery-of-the-week thriller, written and created by Glass Onion’s Rian Johnson. Maya Rudolph serves as co-executive producer, and Barrymore asked Lyonne about her longtime friendship with the comedian and actress. Lyonne shared it had sparked twenty years… Read more
On Friday, January 27th, 2023, Pussy Riot unveiled their newest piece, a short film titled “Putin’s Ashes,” in the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles. As you enter the gallery, “Putin’s Ashes” is projected across the gallery’s four massive white walls. The short film is both cinematically gorgeous and moving, and you can watch it now on Pussy Riot’s YouTube channel. The film follows Pussy Riot, dressed in black slips and their iconic balaclavas, (this time all red) marching while carrying a giant button labeled… Read more

Original Wednesday Actress, Lisa Loring, Dead at 64

By Emmaly Anderson  In TV  On Jan 30, 2023

Lisa Loring, most well-known for being the first actress to play Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family TV series, died at the age of 64 on Saturday. According to a statement given to CNN by agent Chris Carbaugh, she passed away surrounded by family. Loring’s good friend Laurie Jacobson announced her death on Facebook, stating that she suffered a “massive stroke brought on by smoking and high blood pressure” and had been on life support for 3 days. Jacobson wrote that Lisa Loring is “embedded in the tapestry that is pop… Read more
This year brings us the 65th annual Grammy awards, and even though it’s a landmark year for the Recording Academy, the nominations, announced November 15th 2022, have left people feeling both excited and angry—as they always do. While some artists have finally received the recognition they deserve, there have also been some major snubs. But one take-away from this year’s nominations is that loads of women—from Diana Ross to Björk— are getting their well-deserved flowers. The Top Four Women topped the four most highly… Read more
HAYLEY ALDRIDGE IS STILL HERE By Elissa R. Sloan (William Morrow Paperbacks) It’s hard not to think of Britney Spears while reading Elissa R. Sloan’s sophomore novel, Hayley Aldridge Is Still Here, or Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, and all of the other early ’00s child stars turned Hollywood “it” girls, whose already difficult transition to adulthood was turned into an even bigger nightmare thanks to ruthless paparazzi and the consumers who ate it all up. Hayley Aldridge did not have a regular childhood. Normality was… Read more

5 Creators Fighting Diet Culture That Go Beyond Body Positivity

By Emmaly Anderson  In Living  On Jan 27, 2023

Media is overloaded with advertisements and other content that pushes harmful beauty and “wellness” standards, but this is increasingly being juxtaposed by content creators trying to drown it out with more empowering ideas that challenge diet culture. “Diet culture” – which tells women how we must look to be considered valuable, and what food and exercise we must buy, shun, or subscribe to in order to achieve that look – is an amalgamation of social and cultural biases that oppress us, including, but not limited to,… Read more

Women-Led Films Recognized, But Women Directors Ignored, at Latest Oscar Noms

By Zoë Lourey-Christianson  In Movies  On Jan 27, 2023

The nominees for the 95th Academy Awards have been announced, and there’s a lot to discuss! The Oscars Ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 12th and honor the past year’s greatest film performers, artists, and writers. Let’s unpack some of the biggest award categories, deserving nominations, and surprising snubs of this year’s Academy Awards: One of the most notable awards of the night is going to be the coveted Best Picture, of which the following films are nominated: All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way… Read more
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones originally wrote The 1619 Project for the New York Times and had it published back in 2019. Later it became a podcast, and a book, and in 2020, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for the project. Now the work has been turned into a docuseries, The 1619 Project, which launched on Hulu on January 26, 2023. The series “seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national… Read more
Fans have been waiting six long years for Rihanna—the woman, the myth, and, of course, the legend— to return to the music industry, and now she’ll be back with a performance that could shake a football field. In February, the biggest sporting event of the year is coming to Phoenix, Arizona: the NFL Super Bowl LVII. There will be tailgating, food, face paint, some dudes running around with a football, and of course, the real reason anyone will be tuning in: a half-time performance by Rihanna. For years, fans have been… Read more
Adi Oasis, the French-Caribbean singer based in Brooklyn, released her newest single "Multiply" along with the accompanying music video. The single is Oasis’ fourth song she has released off of her upcoming album Lotus Glow, which features several iconic collaborators such as Rihanna and Ariana Grande songwriter KIRBY, recent Beyoncé collaborator Leven Kali, (who co-wrote and co-produced several tracks on Renaissance), and R&B poet & musical powerhouse Jamila Woods. Lotus Glow is set to be Oasis’ most political album… Read more
Three more excellent offerings from the Sundance Film Festival. JUDY BLUME FOREVER Judy Blume Forever is a touching and comprehensive look into the life of the beloved author known for her relatable and honest portrayal of teenage life. The film lays out Blume's incredible journey from suburban housewife to world-famous author. At 83 years old, a spry and charming Blume revisits her history with a series of revealing interviews. In 1975, Blume published Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, a novel that deals with the… Read more

Gillian Jacobs Shines In 'The Seven Faces of Jane'

By Michael Atkinson  In Movies  On Jan 25, 2023

Jane is an enigma. She is a complex woman who wears many masks. Every day she chooses which face to put on, determined by the situation and her mood. Her seven faces represent different sides of her personality and how she chooses to present herself to the world. From her determined business face to her goofy, carefree face, she is always able to be exactly who she wants to be. Her seven faces have allowed Jane to explore different aspects of her personality and live life to the fullest. With her chameleon-like ability… Read more
Last week, comedian Leslie Jones commanded The Daily Show desk, receiving rave reviews and giving us iconic lines such as "Men! Why are you so mad? You need to calm your ass the fuck down!" So far, comedian Wanda Sykes has proven to be a worthy successor, with her first two shows airing on January 23rd and January 24th. Sykes began her first show by reminding us of her signature wit and charm, stating "My wife asked me to unload the dishwasher and I needed an out, so I’m so happy to be here." She went on to provide us… Read more
Sustainable beauty is more than a trendy buzzword. Self-care is a priority for many, but so is caring how the things we use and consume might adversely affect the world. Thankfully, makeup and skincare brands are taking note, turning to locally sourced ingredients and recyclable and refillable packaging to reduce their carbon footprint. The cosmetics industry produces 120 billion units of packaging each year, so buying from brands that consciously design and use recyclable and refillable containers can still have a… Read more
“The mystery genre has been done,” “The detective trope is tired,” “We’ve seen every twist a million times before.” If you listen to any TV critics lately, they're likely to spout opinions like this. But for Rian Johnson and Natasha Lyonne, that's just bullshit. And they're here to prove it. The creative mind behind smash hit films Knives Out and Glass Onion is making his TV debut with Poker Face, starring and executive produced by Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll, Orange is the New Black). Johnson has already proven his… Read more
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week shows the world’s top fashion houses competing with one another as they put their most attention-grabbing and rule-breaking designs on display, and the star-studded front row of each show generally includes the same. Expensive, innovative, and over-the-top aesthetic choices characterize celebrity Fashion Week appearances, but Doja Cat truly went above and beyond. Covered literally from head to toe in red crystals, the “Woman” singer commanded everyone’s attention when she arrived at… Read more
On Wednesday, January 18th, 2023, the day that fans of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus had been waiting for since 2018 finally arrived. boygenius has officially returned. Fans had been speculating about a possible reunion of the trio since around November, when Baker, Bridgers, and Dacus were spotted taking photos together in brightly colored clothing at a seemingly random corner in Los Angeles. Rumors about new music from the group also started spreading when they were announced as a performer at this… Read more
Aram Han Sifuentes [far right] sewing at her Protest Banner Lending Library installation at the Chicago Cultural Center Aram Han Sifuentes’ Protest Banner Lending Library began in 2016 out of a desire to have a voice when she felt like she had none. After Donald Trump was elected, Sifuentes recalls feeling devastated. Especially since—as someone whose family immigrated from Korea to California when she was a child—she wasn’t a citizen and couldn’t vote. “So much of [Trump’s platform] was about demonizing the immigrant… Read more

Breaking Boundaries and Winning Ringside: Teresa Tapia's Story

By Staff Reports  In Living  On Jan 24, 2023

Teresa Tapia is an inspirational figure in the world of boxing management. She has dedicated her life and career to working alongside fighters and creating a path for them to reach their goals. Her passion for boxing began in her youth, and she has since gone on to become an esteemed manager and promoter in the sport. Tapia's experience ranges from working with amateurs to professional boxers, allowing her to provide invaluable guidance to her clients. Her commitment to the industry and her work ethic have earned her… Read more

SUNDANCE DISPATCH— #3 Orgasms, Periods and Jeremy Allen White

By Michael Lavine  In Movies  On Jan 23, 2023

Here’s another batch of stand out movies from the Sundance Film Festival, hoping these all get picked up and play in a theater near you this year. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SHERE HITE This amazing documentary is an evocative portrait of the life and career of the flamboyant feminist icon Shere Hite. Using a wealth of exclusive archival interview footage, her personal journals (voiced by Dakota Johnson) and original survey responses, the film delves into Hite's long and storied life: from struggling to make a living as a… Read more

How to Make the Year of the Rabbit Your Best Year Yet

By Meera Becker  In Living  On Jan 23, 2023

The Lunar New Year took place on January 22, 2023, and with it commenced the Year of the Rabbit. The celebrations of the Lunar New Year can last up to 16 days but the public holiday is observed within the first 7 known as the golden week. The Year of the Rabbit is thought to bring peace and prosperity in comparison to the previous year, the Year of the Tiger, which is said to be a much more tumultuous and action-packed year. The Lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations among Asian communities around the world.… Read more
January 22nd, 2023 was supposed to be the 50th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade. Thanks to the Supreme Court, which currently includes an alleged attempted rapist and an accused sexual predator, it was not. Roe was overturned in June of 2022. Since then, thirteen states have instituted full abortion bans and five states have partial-bans depending on the length of pregnancy. It is a grim period for reproductive justice, and the stripping of rights that many generations hoped would be permanent is deeply upsetting and, in… Read more

Protecting Displaced Wildlife In A Changing World

By Michael Snyder  In General  On Jan 23, 2023

Animals are being displaced from their natural habitats at an alarming rate due to a number of factors, including human activity, climate change, and natural disasters. This has a devastating effect on the animals' ability to survive and thrive, and it can have far-reaching consequences for ecosystems and human communities. From disappearing habitats to the introduction of invasive species, the impact of displacement on animals and their environment is becoming increasingly evident. There are a number of ways in which… Read more
POLITE SOCIETY Set in London, “Polite Society” is a campy and raoucous coming of age story following two British-Pakistani sisters, high schooler Ria, (a star turn for Priya Kansara) and college-age Lena (Ritu Arya) on a badass, girl-powered action-comedy that packs a ferocious punch against the patriarchy. Ria is determined to become a professional stunt-woman and Lena, is a frustrated artist who has recently dropped out of art school. When Lena gets involved in an arranged marriage with a handsome wealthy doctor, Ria… Read more
We’re here to give you the scoop on the new crop of films playing at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Offering over 110 feature films, there is quality cinema in every corner of Park City. Sundance sets the tone for the year on independent cinema, they are the gatekeepers, star-makers and our guiding light. This is important because Independent Cinema provides valuable representation of women and other marginalized groups in front of and behind the camera. Sundance specializes in diverse and underrepresented… Read more

Chelsea Handler Slayed at the Critic's Choice Awards; Announces Upcoming tour

By Zoë Lourey-Christianson  In TV  On Jan 20, 2023

Chelsea Handler is kind of on a roll right now. She just hosted the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards, released a Netflix special called Revolution last month, is set to guest host upcoming episodes of The Daily Show (with rumors of her becoming the full time host) and announced a new tour this week! The comedian’s first time hosting the Critics Choice Awards went swimmingly. She started the show off with a bang in a fiery-hued dress and a sharpened pen to match, then eased into her monologue with the topic of abortion… Read more
Trevor Noah, the former host of The Daily Show, held his last show on December 8th, 2022. In his absence, the show has recruited some of our favorite celebs to guest host until a permanent host is found. On Tuesday, that guest host was none other than former SNL cast member and comedy legend, Leslie Jones. Jones hosted three nights of the show, January 17th, 18th, and 19th. In her debut episode, Jones was brilliant and fit perfectly into The Daily Show’s mold of being funny, sharp, and politically aware. Jones started… Read more
This past December, Netflix canceled production for a third season of one of its popular shows Warrior Nun. Created by Simon Barry, this fantasy drama stars the character Ava Silva, played by Alba Baptista, and follows her journey after she wakes up from a coma and discovers she has supernatural powers. To those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, you might be wondering why it’s so disappointing Netflix discontinued this series. I’m sure we’ve all had shows before we wished lasted for a couple more seasons, but… Read more
Oh, not another epidemic! Monkeypox (MPX)—a relative of smallpox—causes painful, raised, reddened lesions with pus inside and can also affect the body in other ways. This disease has been causing outbreaks in Africa for several decades, but it seems to have found its way to Europe and, the Americas, and here we are. In Europe and the U.S. it has so far primarily affected men who have sex with men, but it is beginning to slip out of that community as well. It is now obvious that MPX is sexually transmittable—but it can… Read more

TikTokker Faces Backlash After Using Black Hair Care Products

By Sabrina Walls  In Style  On Jan 19, 2023

In recent weeks a famous TikTok content creator, Danielle Athena, has been facing backlash for a video of her going through her hair-care routine that was taken down after it went viral in early December. In the video, she uses Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil, on her untextured hair, when the product was intended for people with texturized hair. The brand Mielle Organics has been a female-black-owned business since 2014, selling hundreds of products catering to people with different… Read more
When Roe v. Wade was struck down in June, many immediately took to social media, offering to assist people who’d been impacted to get the care they needed. Unfortunately, those posts may have hurt more than they helped. Instead, becoming an “abortion doula” is a far more effective way to be of service. Here, we explain what the job entails, and how to get involved: The social media posts suddenly popped up everywhere. It was June and the Supreme Court had just handed down its landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson,… Read more
Joan Brown was an American figurative painter whose work stood out among the abstract expressionists of the mid-20th century. Her bright colors, bold brushstrokes, and whimsical subject matter made her a beloved artist in San Francisco, where she lived and worked for most of her life. Brown's painting style was heavily influenced by the Expressionists, yet she also incorporated aspects of surrealism and Pop Art. Her work is often characterized by her use of bright colors, her dynamic compositions, and her exploration… Read more
At the tender age of 80, Betsey Johnson has lived a life many of us can only dream of. She’s built a legendary career out of kitsch, eschewing the minimalist motifs favored by some of her fashion industry colleagues for funky prints, an unabashed celebration of extreme girlishness, and the tendency to close her runway shows with her signature cartwheel and splits. Still, one has to wonder if Johnson was ever tempted to submit to the status quo. “I never feel pressure to conform,” Johnson says. “I am proud of who I am,… Read more
Perhaps one of the most interesting and creative styles to come out of the internet-era is “Y’allternative”, which as the name implies, combines dark, alternative fashion inspired by Goth and punk with Old Western sensibilities. Envision an otherwise Wednesday Addams-esque outfit accessorized with a cowboy hat and boots, a bolo tie, and the sort of belt typically worn with a pair of classic Wranglers. Other common themes in outfits considered “Y’allternative” include dark colors, fringe, flashy belt buckles, and cowboy… Read more
Academy award-winning actress and everyone’s favorite ABBA-singing hotel owner, Meryl Streep, is joining the star-studded cast of Hulu's Only Murders in the Building season 3! On Tuesday the star of the cast, Selena Gomez, posted a reel on Instagram featuring herself along with co-stars Steve Martin and Martin Short. The video shows the now beloved trio sitting together on a couch in the midst of filming. The video also, included some new surprise cast announcements. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Selena… Read more

5 Most Stylish Luggage Sets For Your Next Trip

By callie watts  In Style  On Jan 16, 2023

Whether you’re road tripping to see family or leavin’ on a jet plane for vacay, packing your stuff and then lugging it around can be stressful. But having the right luggage changes everything. Here are our picks for the most stylish luggage sets to help you travel like a pro. Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board This is the lightest carry-on in the world, legit—it weighs only 3.9 pounds! Even loaded up with 360-degree spinner wheels and a TSA-approved lock, it’s the definition of “traveling light.” Carry-On Light,… Read more
Let’s just get one thing clear: Velma is not the same old Scooby-Doo we know and love from our childhoods. With Mindy Kaling starring as the voice actor for Velma, this show is directed toward the now-adult audience who grew up watching Scooby-Doo. The show was written by Charlie Grandy, and despite starring a lot of great actors like Glenn Howerton, Sam Richardson, and Constance Wu, the show seems to fall far short of expectations. Velma is set to tell the character’s origin story and the events that led to the… Read more
We finally have a trailer for Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and it’s giving us the nostalgic warm-and-fuzzies. Hot off the release of the first looks at the film adaptation for the iconic coming-of-age novel, Lionsgate has put out an official trailer for the movie. It teases a truly delightful depiction of the different stages of womanhood through the stories of Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson), her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), and her grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates). We see Margaret trying to navigate… Read more
The feminist protest group Pussy Riot will be at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery in Los Angeles on January 27th to unveil their new piece, Putin’s Ashes. The short film, created, produced, and directed by the founding member of the group Nadya Tolokonnikova, will be on display at the gallery until February 3rd. Tolokonnikova was sentenced to 2 years in a Russian prison in 2012 following an anti-Putin performance. She then went through a hunger strike protesting devastating prison conditions and ended up being sent to a… Read more
Ada Limón was just named the 24th U.S. Poet Laureate in July. Here, writer/actor Amber Tamblyn speaks with her about this huge honor and how poetry can change the world: Mexican-American poet Ada Limón has long been the not-so-secret weapon of the poetry world—a powerhouse writer who belongs to the people. For two decades, Limón’s work has spoken directly to the hearts of our humanity, making us feel like we belong to her poems, and that, somehow, her poems also belong to us. Through her six poetry collections—one of… Read more

Margo Price Faces Tough Topics on New Album, "Strays"

By Eliza C. Thompson  In Music  On Jan 12, 2023

Margo Price toyed with classic rock sounds on her last album, 2020’s That’s How Rumors Get Started, but on Strays, she channels the psychedelia of the 1960s and ’70s, with a dash of outlaw country. The album kicks off with the blistering “Been to the Mountain,” where Price tells critics—and the world—to “take your best shot” over a stomping beat threaded with trippy guitar and synth licks. Price has never shied away from tough topics in her lyrics, and Strays is no exception. On “Lydia,” she steps into the shoes of a… Read more