Frida Kahlo’s Family Keeps “Frida Barbie” Off Mexico’s Shelves
A Mexican court ruled last Friday that the family of deceased artist Frida Kahlo owned the sole rights to Frida’s image, and that they could prohibit the sale of Mattel’s Frida Barbie in Mexico. The family had previously expressed their anger at the way Mattel had rendered Kahlo's image, criticizing the doll’s light skin, thin body, and the absence of Frida’s famous unibrow. They now hope to bring their suit to the United States. Read the full story at the BBC.
Shania Twain Regrets Saying She Would’ve Voted For Trump
In an interview with The Guardian on Sunday, the Canadian country singer stated, "I would have voted for [Trump] because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest." After facing a (totally unsurprising) backlash, the singer took to Twitter to deliver a four part apology, taking care to note that she and Trump do not “hold any common moral beliefs.” Read more at CNN.
Thandie Newton: “I Wasn’t Hot Enough” For Hollywood’s #TimesUp Movement
Actress Thandie Newton, currently starring as Westworld’s resident badass Maeve Millay, recently told News Corp that she was ostracized from Hollywood’s #TimesUp movement because she wasn’t a big enough name—despite the fact that she had spoken publicly about her own experience of sexual abuse by a casting director. Read the full story at Vulture.
The First Trailer For Crazy Rich Asians Is Here, And It’s Wonderful
Warner Bros. just dropped the first trailer for Crazy Rich Asians, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name. The story follows a woman named Rachel (played by Constance Wu), as she accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore and discovers that he’s considered one of the country’s richest, most eligible bachelors—and that his mother is not on board with their relationship. Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter, and get ready for the film’s premiere on August 17th.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Asks Hillary Clinton: Why Does Your Twitter Bio Start With “Wife”?
When interviewing Clinton at a PEN World voices lecture, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked the former Secretary of State about something that had been bothering her: Why does her Twitter bio begin with the word "wife"? “I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset,” Adichie said. “And then I went and I looked at your husband’s Twitter account, and the first word was not ‘husband.’”
“When you put it like that, I’m going to change it,” Clinton said, before explaining that she wanted to achieve a balance between relationships and personal power—a balance that was recently epitomized by Sen. Tammy Duckworth casting a Senate vote with her newborn baby strapped to her chest. Adichie suggested a new bio idea for Clinton, which we very much agree with: “Should have been a damn good president.” Read more at Jezebel.
Protests Continue After A Black Woman Is Violently Arrested By White Police Officers in Alabama
This Sunday, a 25-year-old black woman named Chikesia Clemons was violently arrested at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama, after she complained that a cashier overcharged her and asked for the phone number of the District Manager. The video of her arrest, which has sparked nationwide protest against police brutality, shows officers pulling Clemons down off a chair, threatening to break her arm, and exposing her breasts. Read the full story at Alabama Today.
Laura Ingraham’s Ex-Assistant Is Suing For Pregnancy Discrimination
Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham—who recently mocked Parkland survivor David Hogg for his college rejections—is now being sued by her former assistant Karolina Wilson, who is alleging that Ingraham fired her unlawfully after Wilson announced that she was pregnant. Read the full story at The Washington Post.
Neo-Nazis Burned Swastikas After A White Supremacist Rally In Georgia--Here Are The Photos
Disturbing photos capture a recent neo-Nazi rally in Newnan, Georgia, held by the white supremacist group The National Socialist Movement. After the rally, the group burned swastikas and other symbols of the Third Reich. See the pictures, and learn more, at Time.
This article was posted on April 23, 2018.
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Victoria Albert is a Boston-born graduate journalism student. She covers reproductive justice, health policy, and feminism, and has written for In These Times and Alternet. She tweets at @victoria_alb3.