Archives for February 2013

Film Review: Beyoncé’s Life is But a Dream

I tuned in to HBO on the night of February 15, 2013 for the premiere of Beyoncé’s documentary Life is But a Dream. One scene in particular stood out to me in which Beyoncé gives us a backstage pass and replay of her performance of “Run the World (Girls)” at the Billboard Music Awards in […]

Register Now for Barnard’s Scholar & Feminist Conference

Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women will hold its annual Scholar & Feminist Conference beginning March 1st. The two day event filled with lectures, discussions, and screenings will center around the conference’s theme of ‘utopia’  as the feminist envisioning of space and change.  The varied presentations are curated around the idea of  “confronting our […]

Artist Q&A: Charlotte Mia Rose and A Nude a Day Project

Today’s artist Q&A comes from Giovannah Phillipeaux, a writer, editor, artisan, and entrepreneur. She received her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and is currently working as a freelancer.  To learn more about Giovannah and her work, visit Gigi’s Little Shop. In celebration of the authentic female form in all of its curve and glory, Charlotte Mia Rose has […]

Writing Prompt: A Voyage Beyond Reality

Would it be shallow for me to say that my favorite thing about Life of Pi, the film based on Yann Martel’s novel of the same title and nominated for eleven Academy Awards this year, was the pictures? Natural ocean scenes, like storms and sunsets, take on wildly exaggerated forms in the film. Black waves the […]

Art Review: Nancy Spero’s Liberating Imagery

Political art offers up distinctive rewards, chief among them the opportunity to be outraged. Through art, we can viscerally connect to injustice, often in ways we otherwise can not. To contemplate artist and feminist Nancy Spero’s handprinted collages is to experience such a rupture: no matter what we have learned about women’s suffering and marginalization, […]

Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison!

I’m perhaps the most under-read English major in these parts of Brooklyn, but even I have an appreciation for the body of work Toni Morrison has contributed to the literary canon. Today, we celebrate Morrison’s 82nd birthday — and gratefully so. In that alternate, Toni-less universe how else might we  have been touched by the […]

Writing Prompt: The Better Angels of Our Nature

This has undoubtedly been a big year for Honest Abe. Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of the beloved American icon in this year’s best picture nominee Lincoln certainly reinserted our wondrous 14th president back into the national dialogue. And with Canada eliminating their use of the penny — sparking talks of America needing to do the same — […]

Children of Paradise: The pantomine will resume after the revolution

In New York City, as in all cities, movement set to music is often the only escape route. Richmond Shepard’s Children of Paradise, a play with mime that will be performed this week at the Theatre for the New City, offers vital respite. It is calm, and it is beautiful. As I watched, I felt […]

Friday 5: Till Death Did Them Part … 5 Couples Dangerously in Love

Contrary to Hallmark’s projection, the meaning of Valentine’s Day is not all chocolate covered strawberries, overpriced flowers and prefix menus to remind the ones who stick with us through thick and thin that we care for them. While the details of St. Valentine’s identity and the good deeds that earned him his sainthood are rather […]

Five More Loves to Celebrate Today

Today’s post comes from Jessica Cohen, a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she double-majors in political science and Spanish. Jessica is an avid writer, and her poetry and essays focus on examinations of the human condition, the intricacies of life, and the fulfillment of human happiness. Through her writing, hopes to evoke […]