Delving into family history for the sake of entertainment is no easy task, especially when your family has as many skeletons in its closet as Latvian animator Signe Baumane’s.
Criticizing the Miss America pageant feels almost old school. Does anyone even take Miss America seriously anymore?
Here's what we're reading today:
• Some conservatives are shocked that the newly crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, interned for Planned Parenthood, but the pageant actually has a pro-choice history. [Salon]
Marissa Alexander was sentenced to prison after firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive husband. Photo courtesy Free Marissa.
Last week, domestic violence was front-page news in America as the video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice beating his partner circulated online. Sunday morning news shows interviewed domestic violence survivors, social workers at domestic violence agencies, and even police chiefs about their departments' policies around domestic violence calls.
But in all this discussion about the realities of domestic violence, one perspective was clearly left out: the people who are imprisoned for defending themselves against abusers.
Here's what's on our radar!
• Bim Adewunmi reports on the LAPD cuffing actress Danièle Watts because she was kissing her white boyfriend, explaining why black women’s sexuality has always been overpoliced. [Guardian]
It’s hard for television writers to hit just the right notes that make teenagers on television seem realistic.
The Anna Nicole Story. Liz & Dick. This is the kind of “ripped from the headlines” celebutainment feature that stalwart cable channel “for women” Lifetime has brought to the masses—accuracy and subtlety be damned.
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