CULTURE

ROMANTIC NEW YORK CITY SPOTS TO BRING YOUR VALENTINE’S DATE

A date is only as good as its location—the perfect ambiance and scenery are always crucial (and flattering light never hurts!). With Valentine's Day fast approaching, we've rounded up the most romantic New York City spots to take your special someone. LUCIEN 14 First Avenue Lucien, a Lower East Side establishment, will transport you to…

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DEMOCRATS WEAR BLACK TO SUPPORT TIME’S UP AT TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION

On the evening of January 30th, 2018, Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address at the United States Capitol. His speech, which emphasized an "America First" mindset and attempted to unite Democrats and Republicans with this rhetoric, was met with boisterous applause from the right and silence from the left. The starkest…

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ROSE MCGOWAN’S MEMOIR ‘BRAVE’ CONFRONTS ABUSE OF POWER IN HOLLYWOOD

Released this morning, Rose McGowan's memoir "Brave" is a deeply personal, no-holds-barred look at the rampant abuse of power by men in Hollywood. The book delves into McGowan's allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including an incident in 1997 that McGowan had not previously gone into detail about. The actress writes that at Sundance Film Festival that…

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WOMEN’S MARCH 2018: HUGE TURNOUT FOR SECOND YEAR OF PROTESTS

One year after the first Women's March stormed Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York City, thousands of protestors continued to support equal rights at the second annual wave of rallies and marches in major cities across the United States last weekend. Mayor Bill DeBlasio reported a turnout of 200,000 in New York City, and…

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LARRY NASSAR, FORMER OLYMPIC DOCTOR, SENTENCED TO 40-175 YEARS

Larry Nassar, former doctor for the American gymnastics team, has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in federal prison for sexually abusing scores of patients, among them Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. The sentence comes after a seven-day trial in which over 150 young women testified about the abuse…

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HAS ENDED, BUT CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS MAY REMAIN AFFECTED

Donald Trump's government shutdown began at midnight on January 20th, 2018 after Congress failed to agree on legislation to appropriate funding to government operations and agencies. The last shutdown occurred in October 2013 during the Obama administration and lasted 16 days. After a three-day standoff, Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to pass a spending bill…

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY

In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules that regulate internet providers and prohibit them from blocking and charging premiums for certain content. The repeal won’t go into effect until later in the year and at the moment, its consequences remain unclear. However, we've rounded up a few major ways…

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2ND ANNUAL WOMEN’S MARCH TO TAKE PLACE JANUARY 20-21ST, 2018

With the one-year anniversary of the Women's March on Washington fast approaching, the Women's March Alliance has announced a weekend full of events, scheduled for January 20th to 21st, 2018, to continue the fight for equal rights. Marches will take place in cities around the world (you can find a full list HERE), but we've highlighted…

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THE LATEST ON MICHAEL WOLFF’S TRUMP EXPOSÉ ‘FIRE AND FURY’

On January 5th, Henry Holt and Company released "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," a book by journalist Michael Wolff chronicling Donald Trump's 2016 campaign as well as the President's behavior. The exposé uses interviews and conversations, held over the course of 18 months with White House senior staff members as well as…

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SOLIDARITY, POWERFUL SPEECHES & BLACK GOWNS: GOLDEN GLOBES 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

Last night in California, stars gathered for the Golden Globe Awards, this year's ceremony was hotly anticipated following the unveiling of Time's Up, an initiative founded by powerful Hollywood women (including Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria) to fight sexual misconduct in all industries and reach gender parity in various facets of…

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WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD CALL ‘TIME’S UP’ ON WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Following the nationwide deluge of conversation surrounding sexual misconduct in the workplace and beyond, sparked by Ronan Farrow's exposé of of Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual harassment and assault, a group of powerful women in Hollywood have joined to unveil Time's Up, an initiative against systemic harassment in the workplace. Celebrities including actresses…

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ONE YEAR OF TRUMP: HIS DESTRUCTIVE POLICIES THUS FAR

With the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration fast approaching, we've taken stock of the destructive, discriminatory stances America's current administration has taken—and how Trump's legislation affects everyday citizens. TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN In June 2016, Obama annulled the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security’s ban that barred openly transgender individuals from…

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5 BREAKOUT ACTRESSES MAKING WAVES IN TV & FILM

Chanté Adams Chanté Adams never thought she'd land a role with her first-ever audition only weeks after graduating Carnegie Mellon. But the up-and-comer managed to snag a starring part as legendary MC Roxanne Shanté in "Roxanne Roxanne," the Pharrell and Forest Whitaker-produced biopic co-starring Mahershala Ali. Adams's performance was so impressive, she was awarded the 2017 Sundance…

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THE ULTIMATE 2017 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Drawing a blank on what to shop this holiday season? Check out our roundup of stylish presents for fashion aficionados, art lovers (don't miss our gift guide of art under $1000) and bon vivants alike. We guarantee your loved ones will thank you. Comme des Garçons Polka Dot Wallet For those always misplacing their wallet,…

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ‘SILENCE BREAKERS’ NAMED TIME MAGAZINE’S 2017 PERSON OF THE YEAR

Time Magazine announced a group of women and men—including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and actors Rose McGowan and Terry Crews—who have spoken out about sexual harassment and assault, dubbed "The Silence Breakers," as its Person Of The Year 2017. The cover image features Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd and Susan Fowler, public figures who have contributed to…

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FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER BRUCE WEBER SUED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Last Friday, The New York Post reported on a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber by former male model Jason Boyce. Boyce alleges that in 2014 during a shoot at Weber's Manhattan studio, the photographer pressured Boyce to take off his clothes, put his fingers in Boyce's mouth and forced Boyce…

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THE LATEST ON THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST BRETT RATNER & RUSSELL SIMMONS

In the beginning of November, six women came forward to the Los Angeles Times alleging that director Brett Ratner sexually harassed and/or assaulted them. The women include actresses Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn, Jaime Ray Newman, Katharine Towne and Jorina King and model Eri Sasaki. Their allegations range from unwanted touching to sexually explicit comments to unsolicited indecent exposure. After…

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20 UNDER 25: POWERFUL YOUNG CREATIVES IN ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Cardi B From stripping to starring on season 6 of "Love & Hip Hop" to rapping for sold-out crowds, Cardi B has paved her own unique path to success. In September, the 25-year-old Bronx native became the first female rapper in 19 years to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with a solo track—and today,…

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SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY UNDER SCRUTINY BY MODEL ALLIANCE & EDIE CAMPBELL

In response to the ongoing conversation surrounding sexual abuse in the fashion industry, the Model Alliance held a conference last week to discuss ways in which fashion workers, from garment producers to model agents, can take steps to end sexual violence in the global fashion industry. Former model Sara Ziff was inspired to found the…

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ALL THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST KEVIN SPACEY, HOLLYWOOD’S LATEST PREDATOR

On October 29th, Buzzfeed published sexual assault allegations made by actor Anthony Rapp against "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey. Rapp, now 46, alleges that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances towards him in 1986 when Spacey was 26 and Rapp only 14. Rapp was watching television in Spacey's bedroom during a party when, "at the…

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