March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday. Since today is the last day of this awesome month, we’ll be going out with a bank, spotlight FIVE women who rock.
GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917-2000)
There are several influential African Americans — women especially — who sometimes fall through the cracks of history. Gwendolyn Brooks is one of them. Where women are concerned, there are few socially and politically influential people who can be called amazing. But a quick peek into the life and accomplishments of Gwendolyn Brooks is sufficient to comprehend the impact that she has had on today’s African American culture.
Born in 1917, Gwendolyn Brooks came from a typical loving family with parents who celebrated education. Her mother left a teaching career to focus on family life. And because the costs of medical school were too high, her father pushed aside the idea of becoming a doctor, settling for janitorial work instead. Years later, Gwendolyn Brooks herself would experience the sting of “settling,” taking on typing jobs and domestic work despite having submitted over 75 poems to The Chicago Defender.
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If you’re in or around Oakdale, CA, today and enjoy eating rocky mountain oysters, make sure to stop by the Rotary’s Testicle Festival. Approximately 400 lbs. of “cowboy caviar,” aka bull testicles, will be marinated in red wine, garlic, olive oil, and herbs overnight, breaded, and then deep fried. The event is a little pricey — $50 in advance or $65 at the door — but it’s all for a good cause. The proceeds will benefit the Oakland Cowboy Museum. All of a sudden, I’m not so hungry for dinner. Keep reading to watch bull testicles being prepared for a past festival. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. Keep reading »
Besides “Sunshine Cleaning” and “I Love You, Man,” one of the movies I am dying to see right now is “Guest Of Cindy Sherman,” a documentary directed by artist-turned-TV host, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker, aka Paul H-O. The movie is about the unlikely love affair he had with Sherman, a feminist artist/photographer famous for transforming herself into different characters which she shot as self-portraits. The film seems especially interesting because it’s directed from the perspective of a hanger-on who becomes personally involved with one of the most revered figures of the art world he follows so closely. In a way, it’s a fitting film to see now, with the recession resulting in so many lost jobs, particularly among men, making women the breadwinners for many families. Sherman and H-O hardly had the prototypical relationship, but her incredible fame hid him in the shadows. At least until now. Check out the trailer above, and click after the jump to see a few of Sherman’s photographs. Keep reading »
You may have noticed that The Frisky has been having some troubles today — in fact, if you can see this message, I am super stoked! Even though we’ve been relatively unavailable for a good portion of the afternoon — thanks server database! — we hope you’ll still read everything we did manage to post today once we’re completely up and running. Keep reading »
Finally, TV producers realize there’s more to love than just appearance. Fox and Mike Fleiss, producer of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” are developing a dating competition show that casts “average-looking” people, including overweight competitors. The series, titled “More to Love,” will provide an alternative to the other dating competition shows that feature size-two women and handsome, buff bachelors. “For six years it’s been skinny-minis and good-looking bachelors, and that’s not what the dating world looks like,” said Mike Darnell, Fox president of alternative entertainment. “Why don’t real women — the women who watch these shows, for the most part — have a chance to find love too?” The popularity of NBC’s “Big Love” has proven that audiences will watch people who represent the makeup of society, but aren’t considered highly attractive. The show will follow the format of “The Bachelor,” but unlike “Beauty and the Geek” and “Average Joe,” the less-than-handsome guy won’t be paired with model-esque women. Producers describe the bachelor as a “Kevin James-type.” “More to Love” is casting, but no air date has been set, yet. Would you tune in every week to watch people who are as good-looking as you? [Reuters] Keep reading »
In our science classes growing up, we learned about cell reproduction, animal reproduction and, of course, human reproduction. We wish Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno” had been around back when we were in seventh grade so we could have learned the birds and the bees while having a laugh, rather than squirming in our seat every time our teacher said the word “sperm.”
“Green Porno” is a series of short films, all two minutes or shorter in length, that show Rossellini dressed up as various creatures (including a whale with a six-foot dick) and explaining in her beautiful Italian accent the various details about how they procreate.
Rossellini has always been interested in animal behavior, ever since she was a little girl, and she decided to focus on the sex lives of animals in her short film series because, well, sex sells. “Not many people are interested in animal behavior, but everyone is interested in sex,” she tells us. So, she decided to make the series about how animals have sex, because it would be “varied, and scandalous, and different.” The short films aren’t meant to illuminate us on our own sex lives — after all, a barnacle probably doesn’t share the same sexual problems as you — but Rossellini does want you to learn something. “It’s supposed to be funny,” she says. “I would like the first reaction to be a laugh, and the second reaction to be, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that about animals!’”
The second season of “Green Porno” starts April 1, but if you haven’t seen the first season, catch up on it now at SundanceChannel.com/GreenPorno. Seriously, you should watch it. Sex hasn’t been this comical since your first time. Keep reading »
We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say, you bitches crack us up! So in honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week we’ll award you an awesome internet chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week five winners will receive a copy of Become Your Own Matchmaker: Eight Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate. So, without further adieu, here are the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab… Keep reading »