Category Archives: Special Women Around Us

It’s not only a man’s world!

Special Women Around Us: Aung San Suu Kyi and Yoko Ono voicing their support for Pussy Riot.

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Pussy Riot another photo shoot by Vanya Berezkin (2012)

I just found out today that the Burmese democracy voice Aung San Suu Kyi, on her recent  landmark visit to the United States, spoke out for the release of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. And that Yoko Ono and Amnesty International awarded them this year’s LennonOno Grant For Peace 2012 in September.

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Special women around us: Meshell Ndegeocello KCRW broadcast of LIVE in studio performance on ‘MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC’

Text by Kim Smith

Just couldn’t help myself – had to send this performance from Jan 5, 2012 through to you. So inspiring. Just a glimpse of what Meshell has been getting into + a nice way to go through her latest gift to us, the album, WEATHER. Hope you enjoy as much as I did. – Love, Kim

Recommended post: Special women around us: Meditations on Meshell Ndegeocello by Dawoud Kringle

Special women around us: Meditations on Meshell Ndegeocello

Text by by Dawoud Kringle

Last night (as if this writing, on November 17th, 2011), I attended a performance by Meshell Ndegeocello at Highline Ballroom in New York City. If memory serves me, this is the fifth time I have heard her live. The group played mostly music from her newest release Weather. Meshell almost never plays her old catalog. The night’s exception was when she offered a ballad – like reworking of her classic “Shooting Up and Getting High.”


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Film – 10 Women Directors You Should Know!

Text by Flavorpill/Judy Berman
Kathryn Bigelow may have been the first female filmmaker to win a Best Director Oscar for 2009′s The Hurt Locker. But did you happen to notice that for the most recent Academy Awards, the nominees in the same category were all men — in a year when two movies directed by women, Winter’s Bone and The Kids Are All Right, were up for Best Picture? Gender inequalities exist throughout the arts, but they’re especially pronounced in the rarefied world of film directing. We all know a few big-name women filmmakers: Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Susan Seidelman, Catherine Hardwicke, Nora Ephron, Julie Taymor. In honor of International Women’s Day, we present ten great, contemporary female directors who you may not know but should definitely check out.

Nicole Holofcener


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