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Joanne Tombrakos

What I Learned Binge-Watching Season 5 of 'Girls'

Joanne Tombrakos | May 4, 2016 | Women
Lena Dunham reminded me that good writing transcends generations. If we keep our minds and hearts open, each generation has something to learn from the other. Even if at first glance what they write looks to be pitiful characters.
Ellen Wallwork

Don't Make 'Not Becky' A Fashion Statement

Ellen Wallwork | May 4, 2016 | UK Style
Rita Ora wore a pin emblazoned with the words 'Not Becky' to a Met Gala afterparty. Katy Perry also donned a 'Not Becky' pin - perhaps as a sign of support for Ora who has been the victim of intense trolling. I fear it is now only a matter of time before the first 'Not Becky' slogan tees pop up on the high street and this is not a good thing.
Mattea Kramer

Has Justin Bieber Beaten The Child Star Curse?

Mattea Kramer | May 4, 2016 | Entertainment
To the surprise of many, the pop star is still standing and riding a streak of three straight #1 hits.
Brogan Driscoll

Put It Away, Madonna: We Like Our Older Women Invisible And Devoid Of Sexuality

Brogan Driscoll | May 4, 2016 | UK Lifestyle
In the 80s and 90s, Madonna established herself as an unapologetically strong, female role model. She pushed the boundaries of sexuality and femininity to become the ultimate sex symbol and global superstar. Now, she's expected to revoke all that, because society can't handle it when women age. We like our older women invisible and devoid of sexuality.
Valerie Alexander

2 Feet From Stardom

Valerie Alexander | May 3, 2016 | Business
Only rarely have I seen a fan ask the star anything about the star's life, or even about their work, and if they do, it is often just a pretext to then start talking about what the fan really wants to talk about -- themselves.
Emma Kelly

In Defence of the Kardashians

Emma Kelly | May 1, 2016 | UK Entertainment
No, Kylie Jenner taking a selfie is not endangering the future of humanity. Neither is her big sister Kim taking a naked picture, or posing with a champagne glass balanced on her backside. I reckon politicians banning 3,000 refugee children from the country, or taking away free healthcare, is more likely to endanger humanity, but that's just me... Get off your high horses, and stop blaming teens and celeb culture for the way the world is. Just because someone is taking a pouty selfie filtered to the gods, doesn't mean they're not smart and can't make a difference.
Jameela Jamil

Hell Hath No Fury Like Beyonce Scorned

Jameela Jamil | April 28, 2016 | UK Entertainment
Posting a picture of Jaz Z bending over fully naked is the only way he could possibly be more exposed in this album. We learn of his weaknesses, pitfalls and insecurities. She alludes to his fear of love, his feeling of being undeserving of a woman like him.
Emma Thompson

Welcome to the Frack Free Bake Off!

Emma Thompson | April 27, 2016 | UK
I can say with certainty that these are words I've never uttered before: This morning I'm in a field in Lancashire, helping set up a makeshift kitchen and getting ready to take part in a baking-themed protest over plans to frack for gas under the ground I'm stood on. It's an unusual way of protesting. So why, dear reader, would I do such a thing? For almost five years, Lancashire has been in the midst of a battle to stop the shale gas industry. And despite huge local opposition, fracking firm Cuadrilla is determined to set up its rigs and drill.
Daniel Welsh

Did Rita Ora Zzzzzzz With Jay? Probably Not, No, But Why Let That Stand In Your Way?

Daniel Welsh | April 27, 2016 | UK Entertainment
This all stems, unfortunately, from the aforementioned online outlets, who yesterday ran the story in what I can only assume was a mad rush to ride the Beyoncé wave for as long as possible, even if it meant their traffic came at Rita's expense.

Dear Piers Morgan...

Jamelia | April 26, 2016 | UK Entertainment
Let me break this down for you. Beyoncé's album is not an attack on anyone. It is a celebration of the strength, endurance and potential within black womanhood. The fact that you are mad/uncomfortable/agitated about it is evidence enough of how blind you are to the realities of being one.
Zachary Zane

It Doesn't Sound Like You're "a Little Gay," James Franco

Zachary Zane | April 25, 2016 | Queer Voices
I'm concerned that you're perpetuating the idea that bisexuals don't exist, and if we do, we're X percent straight and X percent gay.
Paloma Faith

Prince - Fly With the Doves As We Cry

Paloma Faith | April 23, 2016 | UK Entertainment
I met Prince when I was asked to open for him at his festival in Copenhagen. I was always such a fan and excited about the prospect of seeing him live again. I never for one second suspected that I was about to endeavour upon the most career changing and inspiring 48 hours of my life. That evening I was invited to his hotel room with a friend. He opened the door smiling and wearing red pyjamas and offered me some tea and lemon drizzle cake. He told me he had recorded my performance and asked if I wanted to watch it back. He said he always watched every one of his own shows back in order to learn from his mistakes. He was a real perfectionist.
Stephen Mountain

A Piece of Minnesota Has Died

Stephen Mountain | April 21, 2016 | Entertainment
I am  --  and have always been and always will be  --  a Minnesotan. I may move elsewhere, but I will always carry my identity as a Minnesotan close to me. A piece of Minnesota died today. A big piece. And a piece of everybody who loves this state died along with it.
Stephen Mountain

A Piece of Minnesota Has Died

Stephen Mountain | April 21, 2016 | Entertainment
I am  --  and have always been and always will be  --  a Minnesotan. I may move elsewhere, but I will always carry my identity as a Minnesotan close to me. A piece of Minnesota died today. A big piece. And a piece of everybody who loves this state died along with it.
Betsy Hodges

Prince Was One of Us

Betsy Hodges | April 21, 2016 | Entertainment
For the residents of Minneapolis, the loss of Prince is too large to describe. His music brought untold joy to people all over the world. But in Minneapolis, it is different. It is harder here.
Quinton Skinner

Twin Cities Mourn the Loss of a Minnesotan Prince

Quinton Skinner | April 21, 2016 | Entertainment
His creative restlessness, his pioneering cross-gender vision, his otherworldly musical genius -- these were things that marked him as unique, almost an emissary from another plane. But it was the big generic compound in Chanhassen that marked him as our genius.
Mona Haydar

Prince Was a Demigod Who Uplifted the Masses Through Music

Mona Haydar | April 21, 2016 | Entertainment
Let us celebrate the beautiful, the wild, the lovely. Let us remember him as he would have wanted to be remembered: an open heart, a maker of electric and gorgeous music, a free spirit and a lover of beauty.
Ellen Wallwork

Makeup Free Kylie Minogue and Chrissy Teigen: The Headlines That Undermine a Woman's Right to Choose

Ellen Wallwork | April 21, 2016 | UK Style
These are three women going about their daily lives. Three women who happen to own faces. Faces on which they sometimes choose to wear makeup and sometimes, - shock, horror - they choose not to. There is an implicit suggestion here that a woman leaving the house without makeup is doing something so subversive it's newsworthy and she's asking to be papped.

Tempted To Follow That Celebrity Health Trend? Check With This Guy First

STAT | April 20, 2016 | Science
By Usha Lee McFarling LOS ANGELES -- Canadian lawyer Tim Caulfield has made it his mission to expose fraudulent health advice -- particularly when it comes from Hollywood stars. He's a relentless debunker on Twitter. And his book "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?" marshals...
Mandy Patinkin

Let All Who Are Hungry for Change, Come and Act

Mandy Patinkin | April 20, 2016 | Religion
Several months ago, I felt the power of the thousands-year-old Passover story as palpably as I ever have, when I travelled to Cambodia. My sense of what it means for a people to go from slavery to freedom deepened when I spent time listening to the modern-day narratives of Cambodians who live in the shadow of a genocide that claimed 2 million lives.
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