This week, Antonia Opiah, the founder and editor of the black hair site Un-Ruly.com, launched a temporary exhibit on black hair texture. Noting that non-black people have long held a fascination with black hair, and that she’d frequently been asked by total strangers if they could touch her head, she created “Yes, You Can Touch My Hair.” For two days, she invited anyone and everyone to come to Manhattan’s Union Square for the opportunity to — with permission — touch a variety of black hair. As Antonia explained in an op-ed for Huffington Post, the “Yes, You Can Touch My Hair” exhibit was an effort to “‘take one for the team’ and further explore the tactile fascination with black hair.”
But are projects like this helping or hurting black women, whose hair has traditionally been the object of so much fascination by whites? Is it another way for our culture to objectify and fetishize black women, or is it a step in the right direction? I spoke with Deena Campbell and Nicole McGloster – the Digital Editor and Editor in Chief, respectively, of VIBE Vixen (one of our fave sites!) — to get their thoughts on the campaign and what it means for black hair and black women.
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I’m vegan, but even I can appreciate a man who appreciates seafood. A guy like Dave Subil, who spirited away with more than $60,000 in seafood supplies. Subil pretended to be in charge of acquiring a bunch of the fishy stuff from a wholesale vendor, and purchased the shrimp and fish with counterfeit checks. The Florida man (of course) now faces six counts of wire fraud and two counts of organized schemes to defraud. Schemes! Keep reading »
Good news, online daters! Your next relationship is more likely to last than that of your non-Internet-y peers. A new study from eHarmony (and independently verified) found that more people than ever are finding their mates online. A survey of 19,000 married people found that a third of them met their significant other via an online dating site. And those who met online reported higher levels of satisfaction in their marriages. Couples who met online were also less likely to break up or get divorced.
But just because two people met online doesn’t necessarily mean they were using an online dating site. While 45 percent of the people surveyed were on some matchmaking site, 20 percent met their mate via social networks, and another 10 percent through online chat rooms.
Why might meeting online work so well? Keep reading »
Adidas slides have been the purview of college bros for decades now, the choice footwear for pairing with over-sized basketball shorts and visor caps. But of late, they’ve been making insidious inroads in the fashion world. Witness the style shoot above, for the brand Aitken Jolly: the knee-high athletics socks were bad enough, but the slides? You are taking it to a Next Level Awful place.
And Aitken Jolly aren’t the only ones: Fashionista spoke to Nonoo designer Misha Nonoo, who said, “I just thought the Adidas shower sandals really spoke to something that’s kind of l’air du temps.” Uh, what?
Fashion “experts” say that the renewed interest in Adidas slides goes back to high-end designer Phoebe Philo and her collections for Celine. “The clean lines and shape of the Adidas sandal are very much on point with where fashion accessories are going right now–the first example that comes to mind on a designer level is the Celine sandals in regards to shape and style,” said stylist Danielle Nachmani.
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Black is timeless, classy and easy to wear, which is why you see it on the red carpet all the time. Here we have (from left to right) Miranda Cosgrove, Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham and Jessica Chastain all in black, some wearing the neutral more successfully than others. So, who’s got your favorite look? Vote below!
Out and hilarious lesbian vlogger Hart was asked by some followers why she dresses so masculine. “If you don’t like men, then why do you dress like them?” was a common refrain. To shut down the haterz who just aren’t getting it, Hart made this video, in which she explains that just because you like something doesn’t mean you have to dress like it. By that logic, dudes would be dressing like ladies, and I would be dressing like sandwiches, which, hey, doesn’t sound like the worst idea. [YouTube]
Yo guys, get ready for some dark times. Like something out of a Todd Solondz movie, self-help radio show hosts Lynne Rosen, 46, and her boyfriend John Littig, 48, committed suicide together Wednesday night, by suffocating themselves with plastic bags. The pair hosted a show called “The Pursuit of Happiness” on WBAI Pacifica radio, and regularly spoke about how to overcome depression and lead more fulfilling lives. Rosen, a trained psychotherapist, was the main host of the show, and Littig––a motivational speaker and life coach by trade and a musician on the side – often appeared with her. Together, Littig and Rosen founded the company Why Not Now, a life coaching program designed to “foster your inner strengths, identify hidden and untapped resources, and put you confidently on the path to designing the life you’ve always wanted to live.” Keep reading »
If you’re a lady or gent of a certain age, then you remember Atari, makers of the first video games (along with Coleco). When my parents first got an Atari, they played for hours — I was too young to try my hand, but I remember how exciting it seemed to have this new home technology. Some games were great (hello, Pong, first game ever), but others, not so much. And those often ended up in a landfill outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico, near where the Atari company was based. The games were allegedly dumped in the landfill illegally, under cover of night.
Video games developer Fuel Industries believe that many of the company’s worst-selling games ended up in the landfill — including their “E.T.” game, which has now become a cult favorite — and have received permission from the local government to excavate. The company has six months to dig around in the landfill, which is locally known as an Atari Graveyard. Fuel is hoping to revive some of Atari’s “worst games” and cult favorites. [Alamogordo News]
Model Andrej Pejic appears in the June issue of Vogue Brazil, nude, wearing only silver nail polish. The famously androgynous Andre has walked the runway in both men’s and women’s clothing, and regularly appears in fashion editorials decked out in high fashion women’s clothes.
Of his look, Andrej has said, “The way I need to look, it’s a very personal thing. When I started experimenting, it was to make myself feel happy, to look in the mirror and be satisfied. I never did drag or anything like that. It was always that I wanted to be pretty, to look beautiful, as a girl would want to … In this society, if a man is called a woman, that’s the biggest insult he could get. Is that because women are considered something less?”
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On Tuesday night, while her “Girls” costar Jemima Kirke was recovering from stepping out in her skivvies at the CFDA Awards, Zosia Mamet was standing by on the red carpet for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Zosia’s already kind of on my bad side, on account of that stupid Kickstarter campaign she’s started to fund a music video with her sister (for a song they admittedly spent three minutes writing). It’s weird, I am not a fan of rich people trying to get regular people to pay for their pet projects, isn’t that crazy? In any case, this is what Z-dawg wore to the Glamour festivities: not the worst dress ever, but certainly not the most flattering neckline. Plus, something about the color combo and the pattern and its sparkliness reminds me of a ’70s Christmas tree. But maybe that’s just me. What do you think of Zosia’s look?