Month: August 2020

Painting a world in which women, migrants have more power

I am the child of first-generation immigrants, and I grew up in Oakland, California, in the 1980s and ’90s, when Oakland was one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

Oakland was the home of the Black Panthers, and the powerful remnants of the Black power movement remained alive in my city even while my neighborhood was being ravaged by the war on drugs, mass incarceration and gangs. My parents taught me the importance of creating something out of nothing. I was always a creative child; art allowed me to create another world for myself in my imagination, where I could be seen in my full humanity.

Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez

My experiences also taught me that I could tap into the power of art and culture to bring about lasting social change.

I work on climate issues because I grew up in a polluted community. I experienced sexism my

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In defense of 2000s horror, an age of torture, tank tops, and Wikipedia

In defense of 2000s horror, an age of torture, tank tops, and Wikipedia
In defense of 2000s horror, an age of torture, tank tops, and Wikipedia

Welcome to 2000s Week! We’re exploring the pop culture that shaped us at the turn of the millennium, and examining what the films, shows, and games from the era say about us then and now. It’s a little #tbt to the days before #tbt was a thing.

We are living in an obscenely good time for horror.

Over the past decade, scary movies have not only , but have also evolved into some of the smartest and most culturally significant films of our times. In 2020, we’ve already seen projects such as and speaking to themes of isolation and existential dread — presciently playing on the pandemic those movies’ creators never could have anticipated.

In recent years, we’ve also seen titles including Get Out (2017), A Quiet Place (2018), Midsommar (2019), and more make impressive progress towards

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Five years after ‘Emotion,’ Carly Rae Jepsen has learned to love pop music… and L.A.

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Even Carly Rae Jepsen was tired of hearing herself on the radio in 2012.

Oh, but she wasn’t just on the radio. Her runaway hit “Call Me Maybe” blasted in supermarkets, cafes, the neighborhood barbecue, the LGBTQ pride parade, your cousin’s wedding reception and all over talk shows and YouTube, where its video is now creeping up on 1.3 billion views. This writer once even used the song’s chorus as a pick-up line on a prospective boyfriend. (It worked.)

A fizzy ode to love at first sight, “Call Me Maybe” was the kind of juggernaut earworm that could have doomed some new artists to one-hit-wonder status. Except Jepsen wasn’t quite an ingénue. She was 26 at the time, a Canadian singer-songwriter who had been a finalist on “Canadian Idol” and

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Google AR app update allows users to see dinosaurs, ancient sea creatures and artists’ masterpiece in their home

Credit: Google
Credit: Google

Google’s Arts and Culture application now lets you view prehistoric creatures and great artworks in augmented reality.

The new additions to the app are divided into four subsections: animals, space, history, and art. The app is available on both iPhones and Android phones.

In a blog post, the search giant promoted a number of ancient beings including the cambropachycope, a ancient crustacean whose head was covered in eyes.

Other animals include the duck-billed Amurosaurus dinosaur and the opabinia, a shrimp-like creature that lived 500 million years ago and had five eyes.

For space fans, Google has rendered the command module from Apollo 11 as well as Neil Armstrong’s A-7L spacesuit.

There is also a great array of artworks from famous artists including Da Vinci, Monet, and Japanese artist Hokusai.

As well as specific objects, Google has also rendered certain areas in augmented reality, such as

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