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FLIP IT & REVERSE IT: Ladies in Hip-Hop

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Words by Lo, image of Shadia Mansour courtesy of blogs.worldbank.org.

There’s always a sliding scale for how hardcore of a fan you are. I would say that I am a casual-to-intermediate fan of hip-hop: sometimes I really get going and pursue new music and new artists for weeks on end, while other times, I fade out and only look at stuff that falls into my lap via recommendations from good friends. At no time can I actually talk to you about meter and rhythm and staying in the pocket—I’m not on that level. 

But I am on a level where I’m sick of hearing the same recycled “oh, it’s so refreshing to see a woman in hip-hop” sighs from extended relatives and even friends as they tune into whatever single has climbed into the stratospheric Top 40. I’m not begrudging those singles their success (er, except in the case of one or two… oops), but I’m definitely side-eyeing my peers. There have been women in hip-hop for a really long time, and I’m not talking about just the well-known giants. All across the world, women young and old have dedicated their lives to the art and craft of hip-hop, and you don’t have to go far by any means to find them now. 

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THE WEEKS IN LINKS

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Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.

After six decades of singing, acting, and general badassery, Detroit native Elaine Stritch passed away. Celebrate her professional and personal triumphs the way she’d prefer: in give-no-fucks style. Pick up some Stritch-inspired specs, treat yourself to a faux fur coat, and stream last year’s doc Elaine Stritch: Just Shoot Me on Netflix. 

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MUSIC

ART & ARCHITECTURE 

THEATER

WOMEN AT WORK 

"Pop U" is a socially mediated discussion space where anyone is welcome to chat about the meaning of pop music in our lives. Please enjoy this week’s webisode, in which we explore the Britney Spears classic "… Baby One More Time."

SwongBird is a little, loud lady who loves sour beer, dogs, pop music, and 75% cocoa chocolate. Give her a shout @SwongBird!

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GIRLS (RE)RUN THE WORLD: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Wherein Lenny writes about episodes of TV from a variety of shows with two things in common: one, they’re all female positive in some way; and two, they’re all damn good episodes of television.Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Words by Lenny, image by leavemethewhite.com.

It was inevitable that at some point in this column, I would be talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the one TV show that has had a bigger impact on me than any other. And it was easy for me to pick which episode I’d write about first. Sure, just about any episode features great moments from female characters, but only one is my favorite TV episode of all time. Favorite of all time? Yes!

Allow me to try and capture what it is about “Restless” that makes it so fucking great.

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Thor Girl Friday

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Words by Autumn, photo by Marvel. 

Thor is a woman now, and Marvel says she “isn’t a temporary female substitute.”

I have to get this out of the way first: that quote is probably a lie. I could write a separate article about how Marvel and DC drastically change things all the time to increase sales, pick up new readers, or force people to buy multiple book series because they’re doing another huge cross-over event that will “change everything.” There used to be a saying that “the only people who stay dead in comics are Bucky Barnes, Jason Todd, and Uncle Ben.” (Spoiler: no longer true.) DC has also tried to give Wonder Woman pants. Superman stayed dead back in 1993 for longer than Wonder Woman wore pants.

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1ST ANNUAL FOMMYS: Outstanding Series - Drama & Comedy

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Twice yearly, we’re reminded of two things: 1. flossing regularly really is important, and 2. award shows suck, particularly for women and POC behind the camera. In anticipated disappointment over this Thursday’s Emmy noms, we’ve compiled our own, with one caveat: ladies only. And not because they can’t stack up against the men in their field, but because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences probably won’t let them try. 

Read on for SaraLenny, and Hannah's picks for Outstanding Series Drama & Comedy!

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1ST ANNUAL FOMMYS: Oustanding Directing - Drama & Comedy, Outstanding Series - Drama & Comedy

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Twice yearly, we’re reminded of two things: 1. flossing regularly really is important, and 2. award shows suck, particularly for women and POC behind the camera. In anticipated disappointment over this Thursday’s Emmy noms, we’ve compiled our own, with one caveat: ladies only. And not because they can’t stack up against the men in their field, but because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences probably won’t let them try. 

Read on for SaraLenny, and Hannah's picks for Outstanding Directing - Drama & Comedy and Outstanding Series - Drama & Comedy

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1ST ANNUAL FOMMYS: Outstanding Writing - Drama & Comedy

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Twice yearly, we’re reminded of two things: 1. flossing regularly really is important, and 2. award shows suck, particularly for women and POC behind the camera. In anticipated disappointment over this Thursday’s Emmy noms, we’ve compiled our own, with one caveat: ladies only. And not because they can’t stack up against the men in their field, but because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences probably won’t let them try. 

Read on for SaraLenny, and Hannah's picks for Outstanding Writing - Drama and Comedy.

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1ST ANNUAL FOMMYS: Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama & Comedy

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Twice yearly, we’re reminded of two things: 1. flossing regularly really is important, and 2. award shows suck, particularly for women and POC behind the camera. In anticipated disappointment over this Thursday’s Emmy noms, we’ve compiled our own, with one caveat: ladies only. And not because they can’t stack up against the men in their field, but because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences probably won’t let them try. 

Read on for SaraLenny, and Hannah's picks for Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama and Comedy.

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1ST ANNUAL FOMMYS: Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama & Comedy

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Twice yearly, we’re reminded of two things: 1. flossing regularly really is important, and 2. award shows suck, particularly for women and POC behind the camera. In anticipated disappointment over this Thursday’s Emmy noms, we’ve compiled our own, with one caveat: ladies only. And not because they can’t stack up against the men in their field, but because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences probably won’t let them try. 

Read on for SaraLenny, and Hannah's picks for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama and Comedy.

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