Posts Tagged Popular Culture

Venus was her name

By now, you’ve all have seen these stunning images from the rare transit of Venus around the Sun on Tuesday and Wednesday. Again, we will never be privilege to see the lady planet up close ever again in our lifetime.

Science geek me loves this. Photographer me is grateful for the technology that allows to see the planet and star with such detail. Poet geek me, can’t help but see a poem here. Greek mythology tells that Venus (Aphrodite) is the goddess of love, sex, fertility, prosperity, and military victory. A news week flooded with confounding events (a failed recall campaign, a failed vote for pay equity, a drone strike, a presidential kill list target, vanquished, another black mother mourning ...

By now, you’ve all have seen these stunning images from the rare transit of Venus around the Sun on Tuesday and Wednesday. Again, we will never be privilege to see the lady planet up close ever ...

Why is everybody mad at Gwyneth Paltrow?

(Check out how many black friends I have!)

I’m not really a big fan of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.  I’m mostly ambivalent and neither like her nor hate her,  like a lot of other people.  She’s mainly insignificant to me unless her website Goop is recommending a cleanse that improves my health or she’s singing with Cee Lo on the top of a piano.  Gwyneth just doesn’t get me riled up.

Over the weekend though Gwyneth got herself in trouble when she attended Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne tour in Paris.  Unless you live under a rock you are aware that the hip hop superstars have a song on their album titled, “Ni**as in Paris” which is one ...

(Check out how many black friends I have!)

I’m not really a big fan of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.  I’m mostly ambivalent and neither like her nor hate her,  like a lot of other people.  She’s mainly insignificant ...

Gatsby. What Gatsby?

I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling this trailer. Baz Lurhmann’s signature penchant for assigning an anachronistic soundscape to re-imagined and vividly colorful fictional histories had me at beat drop from Jay and Ye’s No Church in The Wild.  That track is perfect for setting the tone for the uninitiated; a dark and sexy accompaniment to what —we who never lived through the decadent bacchanal— known as the Jazz Age.  More than anything, it made me want to re-read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. It was my summer reading from 2002, a quiet book about a society’s unraveling at the height of wealth and opulence, a post war America lumbering its way into modern age. I never had to read The Great Gatsby in ...

I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling this trailer. Baz Lurhmann’s signature penchant for assigning an anachronistic soundscape to re-imagined and vividly colorful fictional histories had me at beat drop from Jay and Ye’s No Church ...

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Mad Men Midweek Fix: Three Women

As always, this post contains a bunch of spoilers. 

Joan’s deal

I feel like all season I’ve been the one saying, “Oooh, poor Pete! I feel so sorry for him!” and “Oooh Roger, he’s so damn charming!” So, for the record, fuck them. I can’t believe what a weasel Pete was–although it probably shouldn’t have been surprising. And Roger’s reaction to the proposition was just so sad. (Roger, who is the father of Joan’s baby, for fuck’s sake!) And the fact that Joan asked specifically if Roger had participated in the discussion made it all the more sad.

I haven’t read all that many other reactions, but it seems like some viewers didn’t find it believable that Joan would do ...

As always, this post contains a bunch of spoilers. 

Joan’s deal

I feel like all season I’ve been the one saying, “Oooh, poor Pete! I feel so sorry for him!” and “Oooh Roger, he’s so damn ...

Quick Hit: Adorable moments in Presidential history

The president and first lady are a very likable couple with a number of cute public displays of affection to choose from.  But I have now discovered my favorite!  In a recent interview with People, Michelle Obama reveals that she and the president have a bedtime ritual.

We have a ritual where he tucks me in, because I’m usually in bed before anybody. He’ll come and turn the lights out and give me a kiss and we’ll talk. He’s like, “Ready to be tucked?” I’m like, “Yes I am.”

You already know that we here at Feministing love the first family and especially Michelle Obama, but President Obama gets mad props for being so adorable with his wife.  It seems ...

The president and first lady are a very likable couple with a number of cute public displays of affection to choose from.  But I have now discovered my favorite!  In a recent interview with People, Michelle Obama reveals ...

Conservative moms outraged – just outraged! – by gay comic book hero

Last week, DC Comics announced that one of their characters is going to be coming out soon. Over at The Advocate, they suspect it’ll be The Green Lantern.

Marvel has also announced that Northstar, its first openly gay superhero, is going to marry his boyfriend in an upcoming installment.

As you might imagine, the mothers of the American Family Association are not pleased. Their mothers’ group, One Million Moms, is urging their members to write to DC and Marvel and urge them to change their minds. OMM is for moms who are “fed up with the filth many segments of our society, especially the entertainment media, are throwing at our children.” And apparently, they consider positive messages about ...

Last week, DC Comics announced that one of their characters is going to be coming out soon. Over at The Advocate, they suspect it’ll be The Green Lantern.

Marvel has also announced that Northstar, its ...

Quick Hit: Can a lawsuit bring some racial diversity to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette?

Jennifer Pozner has an interesting piece up at the Daily Beast on the class-action racial discrimination suit against The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

That calculus has governed casting on The Bachelor since its 2002 debut on ABC. Ten years, one spinoff (The Bachelorette), and 24 seasons later, every star of TV’s oldest reality romance franchise has been white. So were 22 of the 25 hopefuls on The Bachelorette’s Season 8 premiere last week. With that history, it came as no surprise that we heard almost no dialogue from the lone black contestant, Lerone, or that Southern blonde Emily Maynard sent him packing at the end of the episode. (On Twitter, one viewer suggested a #MenOfColorCountdown to see how long the ...

Jennifer Pozner has an interesting piece up at the Daily Beast on the class-action racial discrimination suit against The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

That calculus has governed casting on The Bachelor since its 2002 debut on ABC. ...

Richelle Carey asks why professional athletes are treated differently in domestic violence cases

HLN Anchor Richelle Carey asks a very important question over on her new video series on The Frisky:

Why do professional athletes get special treatment in domestic violence cases?  

This past weekend was the big fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto on Pay Per View.  Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32 million dollars for the fight, in which he came out on top.  The problem is that there almost wasn’t a fight.

In January, Mayweather pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Mayweather assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2010, but he didn’t go to jail – he told a judge he couldn’t go, because he had to work.  Going to jail for charges of ...

HLN Anchor Richelle Carey asks a very important question over on her new video series on The Frisky:

Why do professional athletes get special treatment in domestic violence cases?  

This past weekend was the big fight ...

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