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22 Feb

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Did you hear? The House voted to bar Planned Parenthood from federal funding. They cut funding for HIV tests, cancer screenings, birth control, and more, putting millions of women and families at risk. We can’t let it go unanswered. It’s time for you and me to stand with Planned Parenthood. Sign the open letter to the reps who voted for this bill — and to the senators who still have a chance to stop it.

It’s 2011 and still leaders are afraid of women determining their own choices and accessing reproductive health care. This is INTIMATE, PRIVATE, and our HUMAN RIGHT.

For women, like myself, who are NOT covered by health insurance, Planned Parenthood provides a crucial service.



Esperanza Spalding’s Ponta de Areia

15 Feb

Bright new path forward for Best New Artist winner Ezperanza Spalding! Hexes on all the hormonally surplussed tweens hacking into her account to avenge the loser, J. Bieber.  This lady’s here to S-T-A-Y…

new horizons for miss spalding

Ponta de Areia, from the eponymous album, Ezperanza:

Brooklyn Bodega #1: Little Dragon Performance Review

29 Mar

Hi Bright Liners,

I’ve started writing articles for Brooklyn Bodega, a website devoted to exploring Hiphop, art, culture, politics, as well as curating the annual Brooklyn Hiphop Festival. There’s so many forces in the conversation.  I’d like to bring to the table the  influences different genres of indie music have on Hiphop, interviews with artists and thinkers and creators who can incite dialog and shifts in the status quo.

Whew. For now, here’s a start. Little Dragon performed at The Music Hall of Williamsburg and Mercury Lounge last week, and I wrote a performance review for Brooklyn Bodega:

And check out Little Dragon’s video for “Swimming” off their new album Machine Dreams. Yukimi Nagano’s father, Yusuke Nagano created the vid!

photo courtesy of Matthew Drazin,

Daily Rotation(s): "Tightrope" Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi

11 Mar

Robo-R&B art-roc-songstress Janelle Monae, all pompadour and soul, belts this shiny, self-assured ditty with poise ‘n attitude. Big Boi’s smooth foray against the funky bass line compliments the pure abandon that Ms. Monae delivers perfectly.

Throwback–Raya Uhuru

23 Feb

Dress line I started back before the recessionista days:

Haiti, the earthquake, and my family, by Edwidge Danticat

28 Jan

Beautiful words about her family, life and death, by writer Edwidge Danticat in the New Yorker.

via Haiti, the earthquake, and my family:

Daily Rotation: tUnE-YarDs' "Sunlight"

23 Jan

“I could be the sunlight in your eyes, couldn’t I?”

So asks Merrill Garbus’ (band name: tUnE YarDs) on her solo debut record, “Bird Brains.”  In this song, her husky, humming voice is laid over a staggering drum set, until she breaks into this melodic question.