The groundswell of support that Angela Davis received after her
wrongful imprisonment in 1970 (based on trumped up murder charges in connection
with the Black Panthers' attempt to free three black prisoners from a
correctional facility in Soledad, California) was enough to get her
acquitted 18 months later by an all-white jury. The involvement of her
close friend Bettina Aptheker in particular is an awesome story of
sisterhood and solidarity, and is the focus of this week's Adventures
On Monday night, Kanye West will be the featured performer on VH1's Storytellers, the show that gets songwriters to perform in an intimate setting, in the hopes that they will open up to the audience and explain a bit about their creative process, or whatever else might be on their mind. For anyone acquainted with Kanye (who happens to write the most prolific celebrity blog on the web), you know you don't need much to get him talking. The results are always uncensored and frequently entertaining. But what you won't see on the show are a few choice comments that ended up on the cutting room floor, one or two in particular that should give any feminist pause. Read more after the jump.
One of my tasks here at Bitch headquarters is to open the mail
and keep an inventory of the books and CDs that are coming in for
possible review. Today I arrived at the office, tired and doped up on
DayQuil, needing a basket in which to place all of my angsty eggs and I
found that basket in this week's *Most Ridiculous Book To Be Shipped To Bitch For Possible Review In Our Magazine*.
I'll admit, I had a minor freak out over what music to post for my BitchTapes. But I was reminded of the impact that Bratmobile had had on my 15-years-old self and decided to go with an all ladies all the time mix (each band featured has at least one female member). So listen and read away!
The Bitch Living Fossil Hall of Fame: Rules for submitting your very own celebrity/public figure to the record for a chance to read on the next BitchRadio Podcast!
Goal To induct celebrities and public figures in the Bitch Living Fossil Hall of Fame. A celebrity is placed in a category in relation to their evolutionary progress or arrested development. The person nominated need not be living! Keep a light heart in the process.
The Girls of Hedsor Hall isn't that different from other
behavioral competitions in reality TV land. It features good-looking
people with impulse control issues trying to behave, but mostly acting
crazy. And yes, they are competing for a cash prize. We've seen it
before: 12 so-called bad girls enter, one reformed good girl leaves
(with $100,000). The difference lies in the setting.The difference lies in the setting. Rather than being instructed by celebrity psychologists or plain-old celebrities, these girls are attending one of the most famous finishing schools in England.
The girls are supposed to learn to be "ladies," a role that's very clearly defined in traditional English etiquette. It's weirdly fascinating to see a feminine ideal so unabashedly embraced as something for young women to aspire to. And at the same time, Hedsor Hall's definition of "lady-like" behavior is much more inclusive than one might expect.
this point it is clear that Chris Brown is a douchebag so there is no
reason for me to go off about his status as such. However, in the
aftermath of his heinous behavior, he is still somehow garnering
support from dedicated fans who have littered the internets with their
support for him and their disdain for Rihanna.
Morgan Dews' Must Read After My Death is a startling, deeply intimate look into the domestic life of the filmmaker's grandmother, Allis. Made up entirely of home movies and recordings that Allis documented (privately, in therapy sessions, or trans-Atlantic with her husband Charley), the film is at times heartwarming, but more so horrifying, as Allis struggles against the stifling systemic and familial abuse as a 1960s housewife. The personal documentation and voiceovers make the experience of watching a family unravel all the more affecting.
The film is already receiving film festival prizes and rave reviews (the Village Voice said it "makes Revolutionary Road look like a tea party") from around the world. Morgan took the time to answer some of my questions about the movie and filmmaking process. Read on for the interview as well as your chance to watch the movie online for free!