Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/24/2014

The Russian Broadway Community Responds to Russian Anti-Gay Propoganda Law

Anybody who has been paying even a modicum of attention to the 2014 Winter Olympics knows about the outrage caused by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to sign into law an act prohibiting the promotion of nontraditional sexual relationships to minors. The law isn’t only disappointing from a basic human rights perspective, but specifically worrisome for gay Olympians, who fear they may face discrimination or even arrest while participating in the games. Activists all over the world have made their feelings about this situation known — from American LGBTQ groups to Sweden to, now, even the Broadway community. Stars like Michael Urie, Andrew Rannells, Laura Benanti and Jonathan Groff (and many others) recently came together to, in true Broadway fashion, turn their outrage into an elaborate parody featuring …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/19/2014

Support Women Artists Sunday: Betty Who

Australian-born pop singer Betty Who makes vivacious yet bittersweet music that calls to mind divas such as Whitney Houston, Robyn, and Katy Perry. Born Jessica Anne Newham in Sydney, she began playing cello, piano, and guitar as a child, and moved to America with her parents when she was a teenager to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts performing arts school. She then went to the Berklee College of Music for more training as a cellist, but really wanted to focus on being a singer/songwriter (she began performing her own songs at age 16). While at Berklee, she met producer Peter Thomas, and the pair began writing and recording material together. Drawing inspiration from the songwriting skills of Joni Mitchell and Carole King and the epic synth pop of

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/18/2014

Saturday Vids: Sally Kohn On Emotional Correctness

In her TED talk, Sally Kohn makes the brilliant case for “emotional correctness” as a way for us to transcend our political differences and actually listen to each other.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Anya J on 01/15/2014

Why Girls Want American Girl to Commit To Diversity

When I was younger, I owned an American Girl doll, like many girls my age. I wasn’t as big a fan as some girls, but I really loved the books that went with each doll. I read all the stories that were in my elementary school’s library, and I still remember the different cultures and periods in history that I was introduced to by these stories of original creative, brave, and dynamic girls.

That’s why I was surprised when my friend Avery Tyson, who is twelve years old and a huge fan of the American Girl series, approached me to ask for support writing a petition to ask American Girl to include more diverse dolls. I remembered American Girl as being one of the only companies that made a …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/12/2014

Support Women Artists Sunday: Lizzo

Melissa Jefferson, better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip hop groups The Chalice, Grrrl Prty, and The Clerb. Her debut album, Lizzobangers, was released in 2013. Contents 1 History, 2 Discography 2.1 Albums, 2.2 Singles, 2.3 Guest appearances, , 3 References, 4 External links, History: In 2011, Lizzo moved from Houston, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she performed with indie groups including the electro soul-pop duo, Lizzo & the Larva Ink. During this time she helped form three-piece all female rap/R&B group, The Chalice. In 2012, The Chalice released their first album, We Are the Chalice, which was locally successful.Lizzobangers, Lizzo’s debut album produced by Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson, was released

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/11/2014

Saturday Vids: Celebrating the Heroic Women of 2013

Is this a corporate video produced by Microsoft as a way to promote their products? Yes. Did it still make me happy to see clips of inspiring women who made 2013 great set to an over-played pop song? Yes, again. Happy (belated) new year, everybody.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/5/2014

Support Women Artists Sunday: Beatrice Eli

Beatrice was born in 1987 and received much of her musical upbringing via MTV and the American soul / R & B / hip-hop videos that channel served. Alongside the influential music channel she grew up with Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder, two artists that are constantly played on the stereo at home. She characterizes the music she plays as the soul she loved as a kid meets hip hop. At this year’s Way Out West, she performed at one of Gothenburg’s clubs and her dream is to go around the world and sing for a large and enthusiastic audiences.

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Violent Silence

The Conqueror

Beatrice Eli on iTunes.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 01/4/2014

Saturday Vids: Support Obvious Child

Gillian Robespierre, Writer/Director: “I first made the ‘Obvious Child’ short film in the Winter of 2009 with my friends Anna Bean and Karen Maine. We were frustrated by the limited representations of young women’s experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up. We were waiting to see a more honest film, or at least, a story that was closer to many of the stories we knew. We weren’t sure how long that wait was going to be, so we decided to tell the story ourselves. The short starred Jenny Slate and had a pretty nice festival run. When we shared it on the Internet it was really exciting to see that people were actually watching it. But what was even cooler were the conversations the movie ignited. That truly encouraged …

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