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A black woman is (finally) wearing the Green Lantern ring. Meet Sojourner Mullein, the newest human Green Lantern and protagonist of a new 12-issue comic series, Far Sector.  Lantern Mullein is the first black woman to wield the Lantern ring. She's brought to life by Hugo Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin, with artwork by Jamal Campbell, who also did the art for the comic Naomi.  It is noteworthy to point out that the diversity behind the page is just as important as the diversity on the page – both Jemisin...
If there’s one thing author Claribel Ortega knows, it’s how to remain booked and busy—even in the midst of an international crisis. Like so many debut authors this year, 2020 was meant to be a time of celebration as she ushered her first book into the world. For Ortega, the new reality is just one more way she’s managed to push through and make her presence known. Ortega is one half of the Write or Die hosting duo, a weekly podcast that gives authors an...
Who would have thought absurdist, feminist retellings of historical events would be the new hit thing in 2020? Not me. But boy, am I here for it. From the writers of the Oscar-winning movie, The Favorite, comes a brand new Hulu TV series starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult about none other than Catherine the Great. With Beckettian speech patterns that call back to the TV show’s cinematic predecessor and imagery reminiscent of BBC’s Masterpiece Theater, it’s basically every nerdy history buff's dream. If you zoned...

March is coming to an end, and good riddance—as we move into April and stay inside, here are some new books, albums, and more to get you through the next week. We’re in this together. MOVIES/TV How to Get Away With Murder   After a mid-season hiatus, Shonda Rhimes’ acclaimed legal thriller is returning to ABC for a final stretch. New episodes will begin airing April 2.  MUSIC/PODCASTS  Saint Cloud by Waxahatchee   Waxahatchee’s fifth studio album sees Katie Crutchfield pick up right where she left off with 2018’s mellow, folksier EP, Great Thunder. Out March...
These three new books, all reviewed in our Spring 2020 print issue, address feminism in all its forms. Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That A Movement ForgotBy Mikki Kendall(Viking)      Continuing in the style of her no-nonsense Twitter persona, Mikki Kendall (aka @Karynthia) carries that same energy into her third book, Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That A Movement Forgot. Much like her viral hashtags, #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen (for racism in feminism), #FastTailedGirls (for the hypersexualization of Black girls), and #FoodGentrification (for criticisms of marginalization within the...
Jen Gotch wants you to feel better.  That’s the title of a chapter in Gotch’s new memoir, The Upside of Being Down (Gallery Books, out now) – actually, the complete chapter title is "Jen Gotch Wants You To Feel Better (Just Like She Does!)." And beyond that, Jen Gotch wants you to know that you’re not alone. Years before Gotch founded the beloved lifestyle brand ban.do, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As she writes in her book, the diagnosis wasn’t scary: everything leading up to it was. Having...
When things become overwhelming, sometimes it’s just nice to crack open a book and get lost in the worlds that skilled authors manage to weave together out of nothing. If you’re like me and YA novels are your heart and soul, or you’re merely looking for quality books to help you through these quarantine days, check out this list of 11 YA fantasy and supernatural books by badass women that will let you escape for a spell. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Official synopsis:...
There’s a new comrade in town, and it's Britney, bitch. Yes, the late '90s pop star, headline dominator, and Instagram anomaly (does anyone really get her feed?), has indirectly announced her views surrounding distributing wealth that align with Marxism. Spears, who once sang the lyrics “You better work bitch” appears to have changed her mind regarding unfair pay during the COVID-19 pandemic, after seeing the way many minimum-wage and vulnerable people have been affected. The original message was posted by writer Mimi Zhu, and reads: “During this...
Taking up a new hobby while stuck inside for an indefinite amount of time seems like a great idea, until you realize that maybe you while you totally have the capacity to teach yourself guitar, you don't actually own a guitar. Lucky for you, we've come up with some ideas about hobbies you can get into — no new purchases necessary. Even better, you probably already have the tools to get started on any of these. So if you're dying of quarantine boredom, read on.  1....
Margaret Atwood, the queen of science fiction and a feminist icon, may have prepared us for dystopia, but not this one. Thankfully, our hero is locked away safely in her home somewhere, social distancing just like the rest of us. And in our time of need, she is here to give us recommendations for the following: plague books, comforting books, and poetry books to read while in quarantine as well as stupid, weird, and mundane things she has done to pass the time. OK Twitterpals, as...