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Even though she made over 50 films and was widely recognized as the first Chinese-American movie star, many cinephiles knew nothing about Anna May Wong before Ryan Murphy celebrated her accomplishments in his series Hollywood. Wanna learn more about Anna May’s heyday? Then take the quiz! Born on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, CA, Anna May’s given name was____. a. Chen Chong          b. Wong Liu Tsong c. Ming-Na Wen         d. Lisa Lu Yan Anna May got her start in silent films at age __ and quickly...
I first encountered Alfred Hitchcock’s original Rebecca in an undergraduate class that revolved around his films. Much of this class was particularly concerned with the women in Hitchcock’s films: his preoccupation with blondes, his use of homoerotic tension, and his treatment of his leading ladies came up in our discussions and readings often. Hitchcock’s treatment of actress Jean Fontaine, the leading lady of Rebecca, emerged to me as particularly noteworthy.  During their time filming, Hitchcock reportedly bullied Fontaine into believing that the cast and crew despised...
There’s a lot to learn from entrepreneur, writer, and podcast host Meredith Fineman. She recently released her first book, Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion (Penguin Random House), a bestselling guide to self-advocacy. Aside from this book, Fineman founded and is the CEO of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company that elevates individuals, from young professionals to CEOs, by helping women utilize and understand public relation tactics. Over a Zoom call, Fineman and I talked about the art of self-promotion, book touring during a pandemic, and...
There is a lot on the line during all elections, but the combination of a pandemic, a president who takes away human rights, and continued civil unrest makes this one particularly stressful. The internet and its inhabitants cope with this stress through humor: Gen Z makes TikToks about what outfit they’re going to wear to the “Civil War” and Twitter millennials rag on TV pundits. Here are a few of these funny and insightful moments:    My mom lives in Florida & has been working the phones...
The Resistance Revival Chorus’ debut album could not have come at a better moment. This Joy, out today via Righteous Babe Records, provides exactly what we all need at such a pivotal and uncertain time—hope. A collective of over 70 women and non-binary activists, the Resistance Revival Chorus was founded in the wake of the 2017 Women’s March. Their aim has always been to uplift the voices of women and non-binary people, especially people of color, through protest songs. Since their formation, they’ve backed Kesha at...
CRICKETS is a politically charged dance-punk project led by Le Tigre’s JD Samson along with Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum and MEN’s Michael O’Neill. Consisting of only vocals, a guitar, a synthesizer, and a drum machine, the album is an exercise in minimalism that is heavily influenced by post-punk and electropop. At its best, CRICKETS is high-energy and danceable rock ‘n’ roll—see album standouts like the emotional banger “Never” and “Bike lane,” an ode to queer music. Though some of the slower tracks could use...
Election Defenders, a nonpartisan group of volunteers fighting voter suppression, has teamed up with the musical movement, Joy to the Polls, to ease voter anxiety through curated playlists. The campaign started in Philadelphia this October, gathering artists to perform outside various voting sites across the country.          View this post on Instagram                   Voting should be a celebration! Thank you to @sunraarkestraofficial for bringing #JoyToThePolls in Philly!! . Photos: @kishabari A post shared by #JoyToThePolls (@joytothepolls) on Nov 3, 2020 at...
Lauren Paige Richeson is a chef based in France who started her career at Project Parlor in Bed-Stuy, but her newest project is all about one of the most talked-about foods of the 2010s: the mighty avocado! Hailed as the ultimate millennial fuel and the reason young people can’t afford to buy houses, Richeson’s Avocado Obsession is filled with creative and easy recipes that go beyond your typical avo toast. Richeson got her start by recreating recipes from restaurants that she wanted to try but...
Martha Haversham will forever change how you see street trash—the U.K. artist designs high-fashion outfit collages using litter. With the help of scissors, paper, glue, and staples, a cupcake wrapper becomes a pleated skirt, sugar packets are made into cropped pants, and a wilted strawberry top is transformed into a delightful fascinator. She works on the floor while listening to music, then captures her work as a still-life photograph. “The found object always dictates the outfit,” Haversham explains of her series called “Smallditch” (also her...
Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself Within the Great UnknownBy Marlee Grace(William Morrow & Company) Marlee Grace first danced into our social media feeds (and straight into our hearts) back in 2015 on her Instagram account @personalpractice, a daily documentation of Grace dancing in different environments. The simple yet inspiring project stood out as a gem in the emotional minefield that is social media by creating a space for vulnerability and openness. Grace uses this same approach on her personal account, @marleegrace, where she shares personal anecdotes...