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Netflix’ new Hit Series isn’t about Tompkins Square Park—it’s About Getting Sober There’s a saying in AA—and used in every other 12-step program as well—that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Obviously, that’s not really the definition of insanity, but what it means to someone trying to get sober is that as long as you keep drinking (or drugging, or binging and purging, or whatever), your life isn’t going to get any better. You can...

Valentine's Day is coming, but our feminist-friendly pop culture picks for the week are more laugh-out-loud funny than lovey-dovey. Highlights this week include Taraji P. Henson starring in a gender-swapped remake of What Women Want; 2 Dope Queens returning to HBO for a second season of standup specials; and the premiere of a buzzy new comedy called PEN15. On the more serious side, Toni Morrison releases a new nonfiction book and Jamila Woods' new single celebrates Zora Neale Hurston. Enjoy! MOVIES What Men Want Based on the 2000...
JESSICA PRATTQuiet Signs(Mexican Summer) Jessica Pratt spins a mood—hushed, hazy, and beautifully off-center. In fact, the entire world of Quiet Signs seems to live in a single, smoky room, mottled with late-day sunlight. Despite its neofolk quietude—many tracks are pared down to only guitar, flute, and a few room sounds—this follow-up to Pratt’s 2015 release On Your Own Love Again feels absolutely enormous. From the small hypnosis of “As the World Turns” to the rolling trills of “Poly Blue,” each moment throws Pratt’s enigmatic soprano into...
“Times evolve or change,” Julia Wolfe, composer of the recently premiered oratorio Fire in my mouth, inspired by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, says. “The piece changes, as with all forms of art; we bring not only the history, but where we are now. That’s part of the dynamic: how do these things resonate back and forth?” Considering the perils many immigrant woman are facing in America today, her piece could not have come at a better time. Wolfe seems to be attuned to the zeitgeist,...
  “If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul, and I love…I love….I love you.”— Pride and Prejudice, 2005 If you are a serious, literary-minded Jane Austen fan, it may raise your blood pressure a bit to learn that there are many people who believe the above quote was actually said by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Similarly, there are those who are convinced that the famous scene where Darcy leaps into the lake at Pemberley...
A little bit of good news to brighten your social media feed—the new Bollywood movie Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw that Girl) is now “the first mainstream, star-studded blockbuster about a family coming to terms with their daughter loving another woman" in India, reports The Guardian.  The film was released in cinemas this past Friday. It stars father-daughter duo (in their first onscreen appearance together) Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Anil Kapoor plays the father of Sonam Kapoor’s character,...
2 Dope Queens the podcast may be over, but 2 Dope Queens the standup special series is back, with four new episodes premiering on HBO on February 8. Hosts Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson return for four themed episodes—"Fashion," "Nostalgia," "Music," and "Hair." In each episode, the 2 Dope Queens interview celebrity guests—including Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Radcliffe, Janet Mock, Lizzo, and Keegan-Michael Key—and learn a few things from them, like braiding from Lupita Nyong'o, wand-waving from Daniel Radcliffe, and flute-playing from Lizzo. Each episode also...
If you’re like us, you were less than thrilled when it was announced that Maroon 5 was going to be the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl. The announcement came as somewhat of a surprise, with many viewing it as a diss to Atlanta’s musical history. However, reports soon emerged that many artists, like Rihanna and Pink, were originally asked to perform instead, but said no in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the treatment he has received from the NFL. The show itself was disappointing (and...
During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, actress Ellen Page made a passionate statement regarding the hatred and suffering perpetuated by the Trump/Pence Administration. Colbert congratulated her on the one year anniversary of her marriage to dancer/choreographer Emma Portner, which lead to a discussion on the slow progress of LGBTQ issues in Hollywood. Page grew emotional as she recalled the homophobia and misogyny she experienced throughout her career and emphasized the power of combatting isolation by finding community. The two went on to...
  In late 2015, news broke over Twitter that James Deen, a porn star who had staked his fame on his “feminist sweetheart” persona in countless adult films, was accused of rape by his ex-girlfriend and frequent costar, Stoya. Stoya’s accusation came out via a tweet, and was followed by two other women who came forward with sexual and physical assault claims against Deen. Eventually, nine women came forward to say that Deen had harassed, abused, assaulted, or raped them. Despite his denial of all accusations, Deen...