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Priscilla Frank is the Arts & Culture Editor of the Huffington Post. She studied Rhetoric at Berkeley and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Follow her @badgirlpripri.

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Photographer Captures First Two Years Of Motherhood In Unflinching Detail

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 1:12 PM

Warning: This article contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work environments. 

For nearly 15 years, photographer Anna Ogier-Bloomer viewed her mother as her muse, and motherhood as her subject of inspiration. So when Ogier-Bloomer became a mother herself, it only made sense to turn the lens...

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Warning: If You Put Your Glasses Down In A Museum, People Will Think It's Art

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 11:21 AM

Let it be known that on May 23, 2016, 17-year-old TJ Khayatan pulled a funny, placing his glasses on the floor of the newly remodeled San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

It wasn't long before the spectacles garnered some foot traffic, as passersby mistook the ordinary lenses...

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Inside The Bizarre 'Venus' Figures Once Used As Anatomical Models

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 3:13 PM

She's called the "Anatomical Venus" and rests in peace, beneath a Venetian glass and rosewood case, in a medical museum called La Specola, which opened in Florence, Italy, in 1775. 

She is beautiful, endowed with supple flesh, touchable curls that create a pillow around her head,...

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Master Lego Builder Recreates Iconic Scenes From Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 11:57 AM

If you've spent countless hours glued to your screen watching Beyoncé's stunner of a visual album "Lemonade" on repeat, you're likely left with some burning questions. Did Jay Z dare cheat on her majesty the Queen? Was the cinematic masterpiece a more universal ode to black women's experiences? Does Beyoncé ever sleep?

For Lego master builder Veronica Watson, one question reigned supreme: can Bey slay in Lego form as well as in the flesh? Well, thanks to Watson's detailed Lego recreations of the most memorable "Lemonade" moments, the answer is undoubtably yes. Yes, she can. 

Watson, whose official title is Legoland Discovery Center Westchester’s Master Model Builder, recreated the most iconic moments from "Lemonade" in painstaking detail, breaking down Beyoncé's jaw-dropping looks and epic moves into tiny, multicolored blocks. 

"I loved the challenge of recreating scenes from Beyoncé's 'Lemonade,'" Watson wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "The album was so visually captivating and I thought Lego bricks could be a really great way to interpret some of her now iconic imagery."

Watson, who is only 24 years old, graduated from the Urban Design and Architecture Studies program at New York University. In her position as master model builder at Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers, she fixes and conserves lego creations, as well as builds her own. Some of her most imaginative creations to date include Lego replicas of Picasso's "Guernica" and Yoko Ono's "War Is Over, If You Want It."

In an interview with The New York Times, Watson elaborated on the challenge at the core of working with Lego as an artistic medium. "With Lego, you have a limited palette, so to make something you have to analyze it to its simplest form," she said. "You ask, ‘What is the most important thing?’ So when someone looks at it, they recognize it and fill in the blank."

See some of Watson's most magical Lego transformations...

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The Incredible Beauty Of Cattle Deemed Sacred Around The World

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 6:20 PM

"Our mother, when she dies, means expenses of burial or cremation," Mahatma Gandhi taught. "Mother cow is as useful dead as when she is alive. We can make use of every part of her body -- her flesh, her bones, her intestines, her horns, and her...

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Muslim Hip-Hop Dancers Break Down Stereotypes While Breaking It Down In Niqab

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 4:08 PM

The hip-hop group "We're Muslim, Don't Panic" was conceived of by dancer Amirah Sackett in 2011, a moment Sackett referred to as "a really tumultuous time in history as far as Islam is concerned." Just seven years earlier, France banned students from wearing hijab to school, the headscarves that in Islamic tradition represent modesty and morality.

Although much of the Western rhetoric surrounding the hijab, niqab and burka focuses on the importance of freedom and empowerment, Sackett noticed that by forbidding women to wear certain clothing, France wasn't liberating women, but controlling them. 

Determined to shift the terms of the conversation, she teamed up with dancers Iman and Khadijah to create WMDC, a three-woman performance group that executes flawless hip-hop numbers in niqab and high-tops.

"I wanted to flip the script," Sackett told Bust Magazine. "I wanted to educate others and reflect the beauty that I know and love in Muslim women. Yes, there are oppressed women in the Muslim world. Women are oppressed the world over. These are our mutual struggles."

WMDC dancer Khadijah explained her personal relationship to the hijab as a 13-year-old woman. "I wear hijab because I like wearing hijab," she said. "I feel as much beautiful as when I don't wear it. When I didn't wear hijab I felt like boys were more attracted to me and I didn't like the way they treated me. Now that I do wear hijab I feel like they respect me more and they look at me as a regular person."

In 2011, Islamophobia was rampant not only in France, but in countries around the world. Unfortunately, five years later, some things have not changed. As of April, The Huffington Post documented 124 anti-Muslim acts in the United States, just in the first few months of the year 2016.

One of the most recent offenses involved presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump telling, for the second time, a false story about U.S. Gen. John Joseph Pershing shooting Muslims in the Philippine-American War with bullets dipped in pig's blood.

At a time when hate and intolerance have become a common theme of political discourse, Sackett's work is as important as ever. The women of "We're Muslim, Don't Panic" reject stereotypes and preconceptions regarding what a hijab or niqab is and who is wearing them. After watching just a few seconds of the dancers' hypnotic motions, it becomes perfectly clear that the formulaic image of the defenseless, oppressed woman beneath the hijab is, in many cases, pure fallacy.

Rather, they're wildly talented artists and activists who are out to change the world. And dance. Watch the routine in full below:

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'Sex In The Museum': How A Woman Championed New York's Most Provocative Museum

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 2:31 PM

Most traditional art museums are teeming with nude images, many of which, in one way or another, illuminate particular moments in the history of sexuality.

There are Greek vase paintings and their myriad sexual positions, the reclining painted nudes immortalized by Titian and Manet, the mythological tales...

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Realismo mágico, história da África e ficção científica: Conheça o Afrofuturismo

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 9:18 PM


“O tempo é esta coisa realmente fluida. O agora é agora, mas o passado é agora e futuro também.”

Assim é como a curadora e antropóloga Niama Safia Sandy descreve a ideia do Afrofuturismo, uma estética cultural que combina elementos de ficção científica, realismo mágico e...

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Ces photos d'hommes nus font taire tous les préjugés de la manière la plus sexy possible

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 7:13 AM

Les rencontres en ligne ne montrent pas forcément la meilleure facette des gens. La plupart du temps, par manque de temps, on ne cherche pas à aller plus loin que l'apparence physique des profils.

Attention ces photos de nus ne sont pas adaptées à l'environnement de travail ni à...

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An Artist Nano-Printed A Poem That Can Live Inside Your Body

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 4:39 PM

If you could have a poem embedded in your very flesh, what would it say? This was the question on poet and artist Jen Bervin's mind, and it wasn't just hypothetical. 

Through her research, Bervin has learned that silk, aside from its ridiculously touchable softness, is...

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The Long, Complex And Very NSFW Relationship Between Photography And Sex Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 2:28 PM

Warning: This article contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work environments. 

A photographer by the name of E.J. Bellocq was born in New Orleans in August 1873 to an aristocratic family. He was born with a condition similar to artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, which left Bellocq with a stunted,...

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Modern African Women Don Their Ancestors' Clothing, Because The Past Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:27 PM

"Resilience is the ability to return to the original form after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity," photographer Joana Choumali told The Huffington Post."The ability to recover readily from adversity."

This idea of strength in plasticity is at the core of Choumali's photography series "Resilients."...

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Women Artists Of Color Are Creating A Space To Talk About Change

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:57 PM

Mami Wata, literally translated as "Mother Water," is a spirit revered in West, Central, and Southern Africa, as well as within the African diaspora. She is often depicted as half woman, half aquatic creature, with a snake coiling around her undressed midsection. Pearls, gold, combs, mirrors and...

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Haunting Photos Tell The Story Of 'A Girl Who Tried To Disappear'

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:48 AM

Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work.

If you go to photographer Viktória Kollerová’s blog, the tagline reads "A Girl Who Tried to Disappear." Yet, in an email to The Huffington Post, Kollerová clarified that she changes the title every now and again, depending on her...

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Lucia Love Brings 'Ren & Stimpy' Levels Of Weird To The Art World

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 4:59 PM

Lucia Love describes her characters as "mixtures of flesh and pudding." Indeed, the New York-based multidisciplinary artist has a penchant for creations of questionable consistency, whose eyelids droop like jellyfish and ears erode into infinite chasms. 

Love's work was recently on view with...

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Photo Series Explores How Nude Models Feel In The Skin They're In

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 11:40 AM

Warning: This article contains serious nudity and may not be appropriate for work environments.

For many of us, showing up to work without clothes on means we're in the middle of a nightmare, and a rather cliche one at that. For a select few models, artists and performers, however, nudity...

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Illustrator Imagines 'The Baby-Sitters Club' All Grown Up, And Not Giving Any F**ks

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 2:41 PM

If you are a child of the '90s, you no doubt grew up with the wholesome misadventures of Kristy, Mary Anne and Claudia as they babysat the hell out of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Yes, we're talking about "The Baby-Sitters Club," the iconic YA series written by Ann M. Martin. Whether you...

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Feminist Photographer Wants Women To Love Their Bodies, Hair And All

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 1:10 PM

Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work. 

Most women have, at some point in their lives, looked in the mirror, isolated a specific "troublesome" body part, and prayed for divine intervention. Loving your body doesn't come easily, especially in a culture that conditions young women...

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