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Mallika Rao
Mallika Rao is a staff writer at HuffPost, focused on the intersection of race and art.

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Geeking Out With Misty Copeland's First Ballet Teacher On The Bigness Of Today

(7) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:37 PM

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"I realized that I could put her body into positions and she could hold them and all of the positions were beautiful."

Tuesday morning, the American Ballet Theatre stopped delaying the inevitable and finally appointed Misty Copeland a principal ballerina. The...

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Designer Paolo Cappello Is Making Wallpaper Cool Again

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Not so long ago wallpaper was considered a classic suburban feature, rarely associated with high art or ingenuity. But as the medium has staged a return in the past few years, stars like Lena Dunham are making certain wallpaper designers hip. Meanwhile, the designs themselves are...

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Sufi Music For The Spotify Generation

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 8:33 AM

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Lahore-born, Brooklyn-based artist Arooj Aftab is redefining Sufi music for the modern world.

Arooj Aftab is attracting attention, despite her best efforts. The New York-based artist -- “one of the biggest stars” of Pakistan’s underground scene, according to the...

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On One Of Japan's Most Magical Streets, An Architect Brings Beauty To A Chicken Shop

(8) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 8:49 AM

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Harmonica Yokocho is a special street, beyond even its wondrous name. The narrow alleyway in the stylish Tokyo suburb of Kichijoji is a time warp, still suffused with "the atmosphere of black-market stalls during the post-World War II period," writes the architect Kengo...

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Live, From Brooklyn

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 6:57 AM


Illustration by Priscilla Frank

Value typically parallels price. High-quality food tends to be expensive. Ditto for clothes, airline seats -- even medical treatment.

The rule does not hold for live comedy. In New York City, global mecca for stand-up, discerning comedy nerds...

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Here's Why The Biggest Slum In India Is Honoring A Fictional Rape Victim

(33) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:44 PM

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Ram Devineni has been thinking a lot lately about shakti -- a word that translates loosely from the Sanskrit to "female power." It's a transformative concept in a country like India, where the highest profile criminal cases tend...

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'Wet' Origami Artist Turns Damp Paper Into Gorgeous Sculptures

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 8:56 AM

Hoang Tien Quyet has been folding paper since he was a little kid. The 27-year-old origami artist from Vietnam uses a lesser-known technique called wet folding to create sculptural animals, mythical creatures and flowers.

Pioneered by the late origami master Akira Yoshizawa, wet folding utilizes...

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A entrevista com a artista que tirou uma foto 'daqueles dias' e quebrou a internet

(22) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:05 PM

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Uma das fotos da série sobre menstruação de Rupi Kaur, a universitária canadense que desafiou o Instagram, foi banida e venceu.

Na segunda-feira, 23 de março, a poetisa Rupi Kaur postou uma foto no Instagram. O retrato é...

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売春宿に売られ、学校から消えたインドの少女たち アメリカ人教師がドキュメンタリーで告発

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 1:11 AM


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About That Period Photo That Broke The Internet

(359) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 10:01 AM

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One in a series of menstruation-themed photographs by Rupi Kaur, the Canadian university student who challenged an Instagram ban and won.

On Monday, March 23, the poet Rupi Kaur posted a photograph on Instagram. The portrait is of...

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Photographs Of Dancers In Motion Show The Beauty Of Ballet In Urban Settings

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Omar Z. Robles has earned nearly 45,000 Instagram followers by patiently waiting for the perfect interplay of limb in air.

For months, the 34-year-old photographer has documented dancers performing in gritty urban environments, where the contrast between an elegantly outstretched leg and a graffiti-smothered wall makes for...

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Inside The Grueling And Poetic World Of Saké Brewing

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:25 AM

Next time you sit down for an uncivilized bout of saké bombs, consider yet another reason you should be ashamed of yourself. As the trailer for Kickstarter-project-turned-arthouse-darling "The Birth of Saké" explains, making the ubiquitous Japanese rice wine is a high art, a 2,000-year-old process that...

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Photographer Turns Beirut Into A Minimalist Candyland

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:48 AM

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Matt Crump is an expert at erasing history. Using Photoshop, the Texas-based photographer edits the world around him into neon planes that are among Instagram's most popular images. His latest work testifies to the appeal of the edited...

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These Saudi Women Are Turning Feminism Into Art

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:17 PM

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Filwa Nazar, Micro Chat. 2014.

A Saudi Arabian woman is like a flightless bird. So wrote the famed Saudi activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider in 2010, while looking out on the Gulf of Mexico...

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Meet On Kawara, An Artist Who Obsessively Documented His Life For 48 Years

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 8:53 AM


Title, 1965, Acrylic on canvas, triptych, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Patrons’ Permanent Fund

For the late artist On Kawara, time is everything. His titles state as much. "One Million Years" chronicles every year from 998,031 B.C. to A.D....

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Freida Pinto On The 'Extreme Ecstasy' Of Her Politically-Charged Dance Film

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 6:23 PM

Some life stories seem fated for Hollywood.

"Desert Dancer" tells the extraordinary tale of Iran's most famous living dancer, Afshin Ghaffarian, who fled his country during the Arab Spring to freely practice his art in Europe. The semi-biographical movie stars Reece Ritchie as Ghaffarian, and opens in...

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The Kids Are ALL-CAPS

(38) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:15 AM

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For decades, artists like the projectionist Jenny Holzer have found political power in all-caps writing. So why is the Caps Lock key so reviled?

Good Internet citizens are supposed to hate all-caps writing. It's shouty, it's misused....

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Pakistan's First Animated Feature Gives Young Fans What They've Never Had -- Pakistani Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 9:31 AM

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Pakistani kids will finally meet homegrown heroes this May: Amna, Saadi and Kamil, the three spunky protagonists of "3 Bahadur" ("3 Brave," in Urdu). The David-and-Goliath plot -- our trio rises up to fight mysterious forces plaguing their hometown -- is the...

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Inside Alserkal Avenue, The Middle East's Hippest Art Enclave

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 8:39 AM

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An aerial shot of Alserkal Avenue.

Grit and galleries go together, at least until the latter cancels out the former. From Shoreditch in London to Chelsea in New York City, gallerists have a habit of colonizing industrial...

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