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Ingird Sischy Once Sent Me A Letter (1952 - 2015)

You've heard the term kingmaker? Well, that designation is true in the case of Ingrid Sischy. ...

The Atticus We Don’t Want To Know

The literary world rejoiced when news disclosed that reclusive author Harper Lee was soon to release her second book "Go Set A Watchman", after 55 years since the 1960 publication of "To Kill A Moc ...

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

For some time now, my spouse and I have been bickering over where we should live in our retirement years. ...

Obama Used The N-word Appropriately

When news broke that President Obama used the n-word during the podcast interview “WFT with Marc Maron” about America’s racial history, it caused shock waves. ...

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro”

In trying to make sense of Rachel Dolezal, the self-identified “black” woman of two white parents, and the thought -provoking queries now raised about transracialsim and transethnicity Boston Glob ...

Watch Fun Home's Sydney Lucas Performing at Tony Awards

The Adorable 11-year-old star of "Fun Home", Sydney Lucas performs live at the Tony's. The song, "Ring of Keys", in which the young Alison Bechdel recognizes her inner butch.   ...

Is Caitlyn Jenner The Rght Poster Girl For Trans Equality?

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has once again captured the world’s attention.  And this time not as America’s beloved 1976 Olympic gold medal decathlete or patriarch in the&nb ...

Astraea honoring Boston’s sheroes

The evening of May 12th at the South End’s wildly popular Bohemian hip spot “The Beehive” was a night to remember.  ...

Coming Home, Portraits of the Formerly Incarcerated

Megan Ghiroli's compelling portrait photography is what originally brought her to the attention of Velvetpark. ...

A Shrine For Girls, Installation by Patricia Cronin

New York artist Patricia Cronin, known for her bold social statements and use of traditional media in the form of cast bronze, marble, water color and oils, has a conceptionaly driven installation ...

Marriage Equality hangs in the balance with Supreme Court

With thirty-seven states now legal proponents of marriage equality along with our nation’s capitol LGBTQ Americans and our allies knew it would be just a matter of time before the issue would be ...

Woman unknowingly kills possible serial killer
CNN.com
July 28, 2015

A West Virginia escort killed a man who was trying to rape her, police said. The man, Neal Falls, may have been a serial killer, police said.

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Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection
New York Times
July 28, 2015

Despite her cheery countenance and assiduous completion of assignments, Ms. DeWitt had already bought razor blades and written a stack of goodbye letters to loved ones.

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35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby
The Cut
July 27, 2015

“He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby

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Kim, Caitlyn, and the People We Want to See
The New Yorker
July 27, 2015

Kim Kardashian, Caitlyn Jenner, civil rights for trans people, and the meaning of womanhood, beauty, and self-display.

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Man Who Co-Owns Nails Salons Thinks They're Just Great, So
jezebel
July 27, 2015

The New York Review of Books ran a rebuttal this weekend to the much-talked about New York Times series “Unvarnished,” Sarah Maslin Nir’s yearlong investigation into the horrendous labor practices at many New York nail salons. The rebuttal, written by former reporter and current nail salon owner ...

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Satanic Statue Unveiled in Detroit
gawker
July 27, 2015

The Satanic Temple has unveiled its controversial bronze Baphomet statue in Detroit, Reuters reports. The statue was originally going to be installed in Oklahoma, next to a monument to the 10 Commandments. It didn’t work out.

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35 Bill Cosby accusers posed for one defiant, powerful magazine cover
Vox
July 27, 2015

Incredible.

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Cops Release New Details in Bizarre Jailhouse Death of Sandra Bland 
gawker
July 21, 2015

Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago woman, was found dead in a Texas jail cell last week. Cops say her death was a suicide; her family says it was murder. Now, authorities are releasing new details about her mysterious death...

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Conservative Politician Demands Removal of Sexual Mandala, Gallery Refuses
hyperallergic.com
July 21, 2015

At first glance, French Canadian artist Rosalie Maheux's artwork displayed in the lobby of a government office building in Toronto resembles a kaleidoscopic mandala composed of harmless, symmetric shapes. A closer look at the nearly three foot by three foot picture, however, reveals that

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Do Cheaters Deserve to Have Their Lives Ruined?
The Cut
July 21, 2015

Think hard about your own mistakes before you answer.

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When Collectors Buy Two Artworks Just To Get One
artnet News
July 17, 2015

Learn about the tough back-room negotiations where high-powered dealers and well-connected buyers each bring their leverage to bear to get the best deal.

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Resilience Is Futile: How Well-Meaning Nonprofits Perpetuate Poverty
jezebel.com
July 17, 2015

My cubicle was in the heart of The Children’s Bureau. What they said I was doing—what the foundations were paying us to do, what I thought I was doing—was working to prevent of child abuse and neglect. But the work was not what it seemed.

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A Sign the Smithsonian Is Getting Nervous About Cosby Exhibition
hyperallergic.com
July 16, 2015

Over the past few months, critics have been debating over what the National Museum of African Art should do with its 50th anniversary exhibit Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue, which includes dozens of artworks from Bill and Camille Cosby's personal collection

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Michelle Obama to Native American Youth: The Country Needs You
newsweek
July 10, 2015

More than 1,000 Native American children gathered Thursday for the first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama called them precious and sacred members of society.

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OITNB Is the Only TV Show That Understands Rape
Vulture
July 10, 2015

Grab a notebook, Game of Thrones.

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A Radical Vatican?
The New Yorker
July 10, 2015

Naomi Klein on Pope Francis’s recently published climate-change encyclical.

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A Teen Trespassed On The Abandoned “OITNB” Set And Got A Funny Response From The Show
buzzfeed.com
July 8, 2015

... and shot some awesome photos ...

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Bill Cosby Shows Once Again, We Listen to the Wrong People When It Comes to Sexual Assault
Mic
July 8, 2015

Who do we believe?

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Meet Caitlyn Jenner’s Super-Squad
the Cut
July 8, 2015

Jenner has surrounded herself with influential LGBT activists and allies.

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