December 12, 2018

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Death Grips Is the Soundtrack of the Resistance

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Activism and art have almost always been intertwined. Look at any major political movement or protest over the past few centuries and there has been a soundtrack to accompany it. From iconic protest songs like Edwin Starr's "War" and John Lennon's "Imagine" to the more recent legacies of artists like Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and M.I.A., music has consistently been a part of that landscape. And while historians may be inclined to debate what songs and artists are emblematic of the struggles of today, the answer may actually have been under our nose the entire time. In a statement given to GQ, Austin Clay, the man who absolutely obliterated Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in July, delved into some of the reasons behind the destructive act and offered insight into what he chose to listen to for motivation. "I was listening to Death Grips, which is some high-energy, ridiculous music," Clay reveals. "It gave me the energy I needed to tear through the star."...
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Damon Davis 'Darker God's Imagines a New Black Mythology

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Multi-media artist, musician and filmmaker Damon Davis of St. Louis, Missouri is known for his ability to explore complex topics through multiple mediums, to wide recognition. His 2014 public installation "All Hands on Deck" has been collected in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Whose Streets?, an award-winning documentary Davis co-directed following the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson premiered at Sundance in 2017. Davis' new work, Darker Gods of the Low Hanging Heavens, is a truly multi-disciplinary project that reimagines stereotypes and tropes both projected onto and borne of Black culture as new mythologies. Using film, illustration, sound, photography and the written word to construct a new world of interconnected supernatural beings and deities, Davis creates a new environment that both highlights western fears and obsessions with Blackness and offers a new lens through which to reclaim identity....
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Most Misunderstood: Teddy Sinclair Is Finally Free

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Teddy Sinclair has a few things she'd like to clear up.We plan to meet at Cafe Select, a cool and casual spot for New York City's creative downtown scene. The musician's running a tad late, but arrives bathed in a beautiful French perfume and brightly printed Gucci, heading from the hostess to the growing dinner crowd, who turn and take notice. She tucks her five-foot frame into a booth and waits patiently for the waitress to come over. "I don't like to be the one who beckons, because everyone's so friendly," Sinclair says, noting the difference in manners between American and British service workers, though she's now fully acclimated in the States. Sinclair has lived in New York for the past 10 years....
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Kendall Jenner's Mysterious Admirer Has Been Revealed

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Kendall Jenner, notoriously private about her personal life, shocked us all yesterday when she appeared to share an intimate letter from an anonymous lover on Instagram. Some speculated it was from Harry Styles, others Anwar Hadid. Or maybe her rumored basketball beau, Ben Simmons?Sadly, the truth turned out to be way more boring. The extremely passionate note, Jenner eventually revealed, was written by fashion photographers Mert & Marcus, with whom she's had a long collaboration. (They shot her for Vogue.)"Nice try my secret admirer's actually @mertalas & @macpiggott," Jenner wrote, immediately dismantling some incredibly detailed stan conspiracy theories about her and Mr. Styles.Cute stunt, although it doesn't even make that much sense! The letter implies distance ("We may be miles apart but my love for you grows stronger & stronger by the minute"), but Jenner hung out with Mert & Marcus all weekend in London, leading up to the British Fashion Awards. They were all photographed together and everything....
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Ladyfag's Holy Mountain Is Returning to Save New York Nightlife

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If you listen closely to the streets of New York, beneath the wailing sirens and screeching subways, you'll hear whispers of the legendary parties that used to be. Ladyfag, the Toronto-born, New York-based party queen who's been instrumental in shaping the city's current nightlife scene, has helmed so many of these ephemeral evenings that have transcended the churn to embed themselves in rave history. Who can forget the SHADE warehouse rave during Pride 2015, when giant inflatable dicks shot laser beams over an ecstatic sea of shirtless gays? Or that Harajuku-themed Fashion Week afterparty where Rihanna and Nicki Minaj partied in a South Street Seaport mall? Then there was Holy Mountain, lovingly shortened to HoMo by its crowd of queer freaks. One of the crown jewels in Ladyfag's nightlife dynasty, the monthly night was held in a kooky, labyrinth-like club called Slake in Manhattan on 30th Street — a culturally dead zone lined by parking garages and listless condos. Holy Mountain was the one of the only parties that could entice Brooklyn's most fabulous ravers to cross the bridge into douche finance bro-infected Manhattan after dark. It was a classic New York melting pot: leather daddies sniffed poppers next to Vogue models, drag queens rubbed shoulders with Chelsea muscle gays, and club kids in giant costumes prowled the dancefloors, next to stern techno heads in head-to-toe black. It didn't matter if you were the next Alexander Wang or a shy kid who'd just moved to the city from Oklahoma — as long as you were down to dance, you could hang....
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Ariana Grande's Next Break Up Anthem Drops Tomorrow Night

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Ariana Grande's new single is out midnight on Thursday, and true to form the singer is dropping hints on social media about what we can expect. Like "Thank U, Next," "Imagine" is a break up song. But it won't be positive and empowering so much as a little teary-eyed.Responding to fans on Twitter, Ari said that her new track (which will appear alongside "Thank U, Next" on an upcoming album also called Thank U, Next) is about "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable." She didn't go so far as to say she's talking about Mac Miller, but the internet connected the dots — especially as Miller had a prominent arm tattoo of the word "Imagine."Answering a question from another fan, Grande added that if "Thank U, Next" was a break up song about acceptance, "Imagine" is a break up song about denial and "pretending [a relationship] never ended."...
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You Googled Demi Lovato More Than Anyone in 2018

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With the release of its annual search trends, Google has once again shone an unnecessarily bright light into the dark depths of this nation's Internet browsing habits. 2018's most googled actor was Logan Paul, closely followed by Bill Cosby. 2018's most googled TV show was Roseanne. 2018's most googled food was something called "unicorn cake." It has been a difficult year.The person we all googled the most these past 12 months was Demi Lovato, who came in above Meghan Markle, Brett Kavanaugh, Logan Paul, and Khloe (?) Kardashian. Lovato is also the year's most googled musician (followed by Eminem, Ariana Grande, Rick Ross, and Cardi B). She's had a headline-making year, after suffering a near-fatal overdose and spending several months in rehab....
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Break the Internet: Death Became Them

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(On Stella) Dress: Moschino, Gloves: Wing & Weft Gloves, Shoes: Roger Vivier, Earrings: Laruicci (On Sean) Suit and Shirt: Louis Vuitton, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Glasses: Ray-Ban, Bowtie: Prada (On Sara) Jacket and Skirt: Brandon Maxwell, Jewelry: Kenneth Jay Lane, Gloves: Wing & Weft Glove, Tights: Wolford, Shoes: Manolo BlahnikPhotography: Morelli Brothers Styling: Juliana Grimenez Hair: Stefano Greco Makeup: Makeup by Mario Nails: Mary Sol Models: Sean O'Pry, Stella Maxwell, Sara Sampaio Fashion Direction: Mia Solkin Art Direction: Chad McCabe...
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This Seems Like a Very Chill Divorce Situation

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Divorces are historically not the most amicable situations. They can be extremely expensive and typically happen after you can’t stand to be around your spouse anymore. But not for Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, who got divorced in 1993. They’re post-marriage life is extremely chill.Nothing says this more clearly than the relationship that Bonet’s current husband has with her ex-husband. On Saturday, Momoa hosted Saturday Night Live, and Kravitz came out to support his friend. Kravitz posted a photo to Instagram outside of his SNL dressing room, writing that Momoa “is doing his thing right now.”Then, not to outdone, Momoa presented Kravitz with a gift for his support: custom wooden carved skull rings. “I’m a huge fan of the artists I meet on instagram love spreading the aloha,” Momoa wrote in the comments. “Mahalo lenny for coming to support me.”...
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Study Shows Movies Starring Women Make More Money at the Box Office

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Huh, who would have thought? People like seeing movies with women in them. A new study released by the Creative Artists Agency and tech company Shift7 shows that films with female leads outperformed films with male leads in the box office between 2014 and 2017. Additionally, all the movies which grossed more than $1 billion during that period just happened to pass the Bechdel Test. In a world where women make up 50 percent of the population and enjoy seeing movies just as much as men, these truly are shocking statistics, no?The study, which takes into account 350 of Hollywood's biggest global box office successes over four years, defines a female-led movie as one where the lead actor (listed first in the credits) is a woman. Of the movies surveyed, 105 were led by women, and 245 by men. The Bechdel Test requires that a movie have at least two women characters, who speak to each other over the course of the movie about something other than a male character. 60 percent of the movies successfully jumped over those three hurdles. ...
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Trans Boxer Patricio Manuel On His Historic Debut Win

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Over the weekend, Patricio "Pat" Manuel made history. As the first-ever American transgender male boxer to fight professionally, he debuted with a big win, defeating Mexican super-featherweight Hugo Aguilar in just 12 minutes.Related | How the Gender Revolution Is Upending SportsThe match, which took place at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, was also an important personal victory for 33-year-old Manuel, who overcame a shoulder injury that caused him to withdraw from the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012. When that happened, he began his transitioning process from female to male. Then, the International Olympic Committee issued a ruling that female-to-male trans athletes could register to compete ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016, given they passed certain measures of sex testing to ensure "fair competition." ...
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Here’s Why Everyone Is Talking About Nancy Pelosi’s Coat

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A photo of Nancy Pelosi strutting out of the White House on Tuesday after an extremely tense meeting with President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and Senator Schumer, went viral, in part because of the stunning MaxMara coat she’s wearing, which can only be described as a lewk.Director Barry Jenkins crafted an entire ode to the structured, knee-length, crisp, red coat via Twitter thread on Wednesday. “From the asymmetrical front to the high collar, strong yet unstrained shoulder and, of course, that COLOR — a deeply serene yet emphatic & ravishing color,” Jenkins wrote. “This look kicks soooo much ass.”Jenkins wasn’t the only one to pour down the praises though. Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times wrote that “the coat whispered ‘burn’ with a wink and a swish. It also helped to transform her from a seemingly tired symbol of the establishment to one of well-dressed revolt.”...
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Mason Ramsey Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger

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First the Internet gave us "'David After Dentist.'" Then it gave us Doge Dog. And now we have Mason Ramsey. But this time, the social media sensation might be here to stay. Dubbed the "Walmart Yodeling Boy" after a video of Ramsey singing Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" inside a Harrisburg, Illinois location of the big box store went viral in March, the young musician has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Within a month of its posting, the video racked up millions of views, landing Ramsey an appearance on Ellen, a performance at the Grand Ole Opry and a $15,000 scholarship from the mega-store chain where he was first caught crooning. Soon after, he signed a dual record deal with Nashville-based Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records, the music industry mainstay that represents big names like Cardi B, Coldplay and Janelle Monáe....
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meet the women rallying for reproductive rights in el salvador

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Last year, 20-year-old Imelda Cortez, from the rural town of Jiquilisco in El Salvador, gave birth to a healthy daughter—one she did not know she was carrying—in the stool of a public latrine. Cortez started to bleed immediately after the delivery, shouted to her mother for help and fainted from the pain. She was then transferred to a hospital, where the doctor on duty notified the police who proceeded to arrest and imprison her for attempted aggravated homicide under Article 1 of the country’s Constitution: all for an abortion she didn’t even have. The pregnancy itself was the result of repeated rape, which Cortez had endured from the age of 12 at the hands of her 70-year-old stepfather Pablo Hernandez. Yet under El Salvador’s draconian abortion laws, Cortez, a victim of sexual abuse, could be the one who faces up to 20 years in prison for an out-of-hospital birth while her rapist walks free. And sadly, she’s not the only one. There are currently at least 28 women in prison, criminalized for births like Cortez’s or obstetric emergencies such as miscarriages and stillbirths—a result of the skepticism placed on any woman whose child is born outside a hospital or whose pregnancy fails to end with a living baby. ...
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Gift of the Day: Machine-Washable Cashmere Pajamas

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The Cut’s Advent Calendar Gift Guide: Counting down to Christmas with one guaranteed-to-please gift idea every day.Cashmere pajamas may sound indulgent, but that’s why they make such a great gift. Sleeping in soft, fluffy cashmere will make you (or your giftee) feel like you’re being hugged all night long. This pair from size-inclusive brand MM.LaFleur offers the best of both worlds, since it’s made of a blend of cotton and cashmere. With the breathable, adaptable fabric, you won’t be dripping buckets of sweat once you bundle up at night, but you also won’t freeze if your heating situation is less than stellar. The oversize silhouette is effortlessly chic, the elastic waist is comfortable, and best of all, despite being cashmere, they’re machine-washable on the delicate cycle....
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All I Want for Christmas Is Something Price Upon Request

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A week dedicated to holiday excess. I was at a very exclusive consignment store in Tokyo recently where the good stuff — and I mean the really good stuff, the stuff you never even knew existed — was kept in a temperature-controlled room three floors down from street level. When I looked at the price tag for a shirt, it was priced as “Please ask.” How. God. Damn. Chic.Now, I know that I have already used this space to ask for silver Chanel doll shoes and a Max Mara teddy coat. But as we are spending the week discussing holiday excess, it would be nothing short of shoddy work not to mention jewelry so outrageously fancy that its price cannot be written down.Without further ado, please meet my “Price Upon Request” item of choice, the Serpenti Misteriosi Secret Watch from Bulgari. At first glance, it looks like a statement bracelet with its 18-karat white-gold snakehead topped with marquise-shaped diamonds and pear-shaped emeralds, plus emerald eyes (because why not). But when you open the serpent’s mouth — BAM, there’s the time, because it’s secretly a watch....

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