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It’s been five years since the release of Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants, and five years later it continues to be the most important piece of literature in my life. I read it for the first time on a beach vacation the summer before I went off to college, and it blew my world right open. In my opinion, this book belongs on the same shelf as The Second Sex, A Room of One’s Own, and The Feminine Mystique. Bossypants permanently changed the way I think...
I began powder coating in 2013.In 2012 I began my jewelry line, Funhouse Labs. I found myself wanting to use brightly colored metal components in my jewelry. Body heat and skin oils eroded through many of the paint and enamel formulations I was working with. Then I remembered something that I had heard before called powder coating.Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. This powder is made of plastic particles and the consistency is very similar to...
I’m out with my man and wonder if given the quality of this restaurant, I should duck out to the bathroom to take an injection. I conclude absolutely yes. When we’re at a regular pizza joint, it’s usually no problem to just shoot up real quick under the table. But at a top-hat-and-tails place like this, I have to keep my eye out. Waiters here stand and watch the patron’s every move to make sure they’re all being attended to. I don’t want to get...
When I was a kid, I was known to disappear inside my closet and burrow underneath my blankie with a book in hand. I just wanted to get lost in the worlds that books created. There was the time when, embarrassingly, I read cheesy Harlequin novels. And then I couldn’t get enough of the sexy, dangerous world of Jackie Collins’ Lucky Santangelo. But nothing compared to the most influential phase of reading black literature, which coincided with my own struggles with identity.To be a black...
Last month, Indiana passed HB 1337, an anti abortion bill so restrictive, even many pro-life Republicans are against it. Unlike other anti-abortion restrictions, Indiana’s is unique in that it’s not only extremely costly and requires an ultrasound with audio of the fetus’s heartbeat followed by an 18 hour waiting period before the procedure, it will also ban women from seeking an abortion based on fetal diagnosis, prohibits doctors from knowingly aborting fetuses based on physical abnormalities by making it a felony AND requires women to...