This XIGGA playlist is an afrofuturistic journey through time, space, and energy. It embraces the XIGGA afrophilocosmology that affirms the funky fresh and courageous ways that people navigate being both on the margins and at the center. Deep inside us lives a spirit that is bold and capable of afroastral flight. When we tap into the origins of our people, the truth of our spirits and the bass-beats of our hearts, we are capable of magic. It is true, our people could fly, and we do.
It's been over a week since 19-year-old Renisha McBride was shot and killed.
For those of you who missed the news, Renisha McBride was a recent high school graduate whose car broke down in Dearborn Heights, a predominantly white suburb of Detroit. McBride knocked on the door of a house to ask for help. The man who answered the door shot her in the face.
Before their set on the second night of a residency at Minneapolis music venue Icehouse rap trio GRRRL PRTY invited nearly a dozen female friends, each in matching GRRRL snapbacks, to dance and take over the stage. This was after a long night of sets from Chicago's Psalm One and Fluff Nasty, and Minneapolis rappers The Lioness and BdotCroc. The night was front-to-back female artists, a rarity for any show but a rarity for a hip-hop show especially.
You may have never heard Kay Cannon's name, but you've definitely laughed at her jokes. An alum of Chicago comedy group The Second City, Cannon landed a job as a writer and co-producer on 30 Rock. Tina Fey wrote of Cannon in Bossypants: “Her success at the show is a testament to why all parents should make their daughters pursue team sports instead of pageants.”
These days, Cannon she is currently a writer and co-executive producer on the television series New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel and is the writer of hit 2012 comedy Pitch Perfect and its just-announced sequel.
• Texas Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia are refusing to process benefits for gay couples even after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given marriage benefits. [The New York Times]
By the time it won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the French film Blue is the Warmest Color was well on its way to being one of the most highly praised—and most controversial—films of the year.
Despite the fact that 99 percent of U.S. women will use birth control in their lifetime, contraception is still somehow controversial to many politicians. Just look at the Republicans throwing a fit to defend the right to deny women access to getting birth control through their employer’s health insurance.
• Keep this on your radar: A horror film anthology project, titled XX is in the works. It's a series of shorts directed by women with female leads. Folks on board include Jennifer Lynch, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Mary Harron. [Hollywood Reporter]