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Virtual Model 'Shudu Gram' by Cameron-James Wilson: What Should Be The Limits Of Art In Society?

In a time when celebrities, comedians, and pretty much everyone but the government is held accountable for everything said and done, it is surprising that someone from the industry didn’t consider the implications of a virtual black model. Some have even said that Shudu is a way for the artist to indulge in his interest in black women without having to interact with them.

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How I Became An Art Curator For Transfiguration And What I Learned

As a first time curator, I had no clue where to start, but I knew I wanted the art show to be meaningful and representative of the fight I had undertaken as the founder at Openletr, shedding light onto women, creating equal representation, inclusion and diversity. So, I started looking for inspiration within my own space, and stumbled upon a poem I had shared on December 24th 2015.

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How I am Emotionally Dealing with My Short Nappy Hair

A few months ago, I spontaneously chopped my relaxed hair off, but prior the chop, I kept wishing I had enough guts to own my African roots. And I have to admit the emotional courage it takes to be vulnerable. For the first time, I realized how much pressure black women undergo in their quests to create equal representation even when the choice promotes a healthy lifestyle.

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Social Media Self-Care, Self-Compassion, Self-Affirmation, Self-Prepared Anxiety Emergency Kits, and Jameela Jamil’s ‘I Weigh’ Campaign

As with many of everyday life-happenings, the ‘self-care’ trope has been adopted by the world of social media. A hashtag or youtube search yields hundreds of pictures and videos of beautifully groomed young women narrating their self-care routines and providing techniques. Activities range from physical grooming, self-reflective, and mindfulness practices to tips to prepare for times of emotional stress. The commodification of this phenomenon is a clear trend.

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A Review of Defining Form, Art Show on Diversity Showing at The Untitled Space

Indira reviewed more than 600 pieces, but settled on a few dozen high quality works. More than 50 emerging artists in the show explore issues ranging across the spectrum of gender identity and progressive feminist narratives to activism. According to the Untitled Space FB page, "DEFINING FORM group show investigates progressive themes in sculpture, including contemporary feminism, gender identity and political art, as well as new technologies in digital sculpture, with an emphasis on originality and innovative usage of materials.”

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Beauty is Being Sexualized in Schools

News stories break daily about girls being sent home from school for breaking the dress code. Girls are forced to leave prom, leave class, or wear sweatshirts in hot weather, as school boards prioritize girls' portrayal to educating boys on how to treat their female counterpart. Not only is this a sexist behavior, but is misleading to young women.

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The Lovely Feminism of HBO’s Westworld

HBO has quite a history of building its prestige brand on excessive female nudity, catering almost entirely to the male gaze. Westworld’s nudity clause waiver, when reported on in 2015, was met with skepticism from feminists. Was Westworld going to be another Game of Thrones, created by straight white males, greenlighted and shepherded by straight white male cable executives, and will things ever change?

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Oceans 8 and Other Feminist Caper Films

“But if it’s discouraging that some people are so powerfully threatened by minor changes to minor movie franchises, and by four movie roles out of the thousands that are cast every year going to a quartet of very talented women, I’m even more dismayed by the idea that the uproar around ‘Ghostbusters’ has pushed feminists into championing Paul Feig’s remake, an intermittently funny movie that largely wastes a good cast and what ought to have been a much sharper set of concepts.”

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With the Rise of Ethiopia, where does Feminism Stand?

Ethiopia’s rise is not just an economic phenomenon and, to be sustained, it will need to involve a greater integration of men and women. The governments ruling coalition, Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is suggesting that they are open to multiparty elections, which is a good beginning to greater integration between the sexes and diverse governmental coalitions that are at present voiceless.

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