Mana releases NEW video!

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All-girl vinyl DJ group, Chulita Vinyl Club, empowers women through music

Claudia Saenz is the proud founder of Chulita Vinyl Club in Austin, TX. It is an all-girl vinyl-spinning DJ collect that puts on shows across the state of Texas and in California.
Photo Credit: Mariana Gonzalez | Daily Texan Staff


In Spanish, “chulita” means beautiful or sweet. But when girls refer to themselves as “chulitas,” the word becomes empowering and confident — like Beyoncé calling herself “flawless.”
The Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-girl, vinyl-spinning DJ collective, is full of confident women. The Austin-based group has 12 members who play shows in San Antonio, Austin, the Rio Grande Valley and California. Claudia Saenz, who founded the group in 2013, said their mission is to empower women through music, an art form typically dominated by men.

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Zaha Hadid: 5 Traits that Made her So Badass

Zaha Hadid: 5 Traits that Made her So Badass

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Dame Zaha Hadid, the Baghdad-born British designer has sadly passed away at the premature age of 65. The first female Pritzker Prize-winner architect was commissioned around the world to create masterpieces including the London Olympic aquatic centre, and Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Being a woman and Muslim she didn’t have it easy but it was her strength and lack of fucks to give that made her a true legend. We remember Hadid’s five traits that turned her into a star architect for all the right reasons.

In early projects the designer presented her ideas to clients through beautiful abstract paintings, this gained her notoriety, however, it left her with a reputation for astonishing but unbuildable designs. Her creative process lead people to closely associate her skills with that of a fashion designer. “I’m into fashion because it contains the mood of the day, of the moment – like music, literature, and art,” she once said. Hadid frequently collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld which amounted in the Mobile Art Pavilion designed for Chanel, launched in 2011 in Paris.


Hadid adapted technology to realise the buildings she did by hand. Her avant garde work and use of innovative technologies developed into a style of its own. Deservingly, Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize as well the first woman to be honoured the British RIBA Gold Medal, in 2016. In part of her acceptance speech she commented on the struggles women experience in the business world specifically within architecture: “We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense.”

“Education, housing and hospitals are the most important things for society,” Hadid said. She believed in having a back bone for society to build upon, a reputable quality she was widely admired for. Hadid strived to change our perceptions of space, not only in physically but socially and culturally as well.



“People don’t talk to you properly. It’s the way they talk to you; they dismiss you,” Hadid said. “I think it’s a combination of me being a woman and a foreigner.” Although she faced discrimination for being a woman, a Muslim, and an Arab, Zaha never ceased to keep going strong. “Yes, I’m a feminist, because I see all women as smart, gifted and tough.”

“You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices.” Zaha Hadid was known for consistently pushing the boundaries in her personal life, humanity and designs. “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” she famously asked.

Source: Sleek Mag

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Resurrecting Queenz Self Destruction Remix 2015

Watch 23 females come together in honor of their communities.
Shout out to Kenilworth Katrina for putting this project together!

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New Anthology Celebrates The Foremothers Of The Women’s Spirituality Movement

The book aims to “inspire the next generation of women,” says editor Miriam Robbins Dexter.

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Antonia Blumberg Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post
Posted: 11/10/2015 07:31 AM EST

From meditation circles to sacred retreats, women today have endless opportunities to congregate with one another and develop their spiritual lives.

This was not always the case.

In 1970s America, a generation of women raised primarily on male-dominated religious traditions began waking up to a different kind of spirituality centered on the divine feminine, or Goddess. They helped formulate a burgeoning theology – or thealogy, as some write — of women’s spirituality. Their efforts are celebrated in the new anthology Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries, which was released Monday and features essays from dozens of pioneers of the field.


“One of my goals with this book is to inspire the next generation of women who are active in women’s spirituality to bring that vision of the divine into the world,” said Miriam Robbins Dexter, a research scholar at UCLA who co-edited the anthology with author and scholar Vicki Noble.

At the time Dexter began studying Indo-European goddesses in college in the ’70s, she thought the interest in women’s spirituality might be “a passing fad.” But that didn’t particularly matter to her.

“What I did know was that I was on my life path,” she said.

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White House to Host Summit Focusing on Women and Girls of Color

By: Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan 3:46 PM ET

After taking heat for not addressing issues affecting women and girls of color, the White House will host a summit Friday on expanding opportunity for them.

Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and the White House Council on Women and Girls will host women who are experts on a range of subjects such as violence, workers rights, hip hop and health as it releases an update to the 2014 report “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunities.”

Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Valerie Jarrett onstage at Grounded in History, Soaring into the Future: Rev. Joseph E. Lowery’s 94th Birthday Celebration at Delta flight Museum on October 6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The summit will focus on a range of issues including economic development, healthcare, criminal justice, vulnerability to violence, hip-hop, and images of women in media. Participants include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Tina Tchen of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Cecilia Muñoz of the White House Domestic Policy Council, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and Teresa Younger of the Ms. Foundation.

The Administration has found itself in an interesting position in President Obama’s second term. Though Obama was praised for taking steps to address problems facing boys and young men of color through his My Brother’s Keeper Program, the gendered focus made many girls and women’s advocates wondering about their issues.

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What It’s Like To Work On A Team Full of Women (And Why It’s Different From What You Think)

The other day, I took several of my employees to a networking event at a trendy co-working office in Santa Monica. When we walked in, the guys in the shared office spun around in their Aeron chairs, looked up from their Macbooks, and stared at us like they had just seen a ghost.

We don’t look like your typical tech company – we are all women. Yes, of our 30 employees, 28 are women. We are all women of different backgrounds, but when we’re at tech events, we always stand out.


Three Day Rule is a matchmaking company that fuses traditional, in-person matchmaking with the technology of modern online dating. Even though matchmakers are often historically female, the modern dating industry is still dominated by men. Most CEOs of dating sites and apps are male, and although a few female-run sites, like Bumble and The League, have emerged, most employees are still men. At our company, women do just about everything.

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Watch “Bailout” web series directed by Iranian American Sara Zia Ebrahimi

With a unique perspective of the second generation children raised in American culture, Sara Zia Ebrahimi Does an incredible job of capturing the experience of a young woman trying to get her life together.

Bailout is set in 2009 and follows the story of Shalah or “Shay”, an Iranian American woman whose credit card debt presents a series of emotional and logistical challenges with her immigrant family. This is the 2nd episode of her web series which features the song “Azadi” by Mana, a Iranian American singer. For the whole series go to

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I told a dude how much I made. It changed my life

Imagine making 40% less than your male colleagues. They’re doing the same job as you, with the same or lesser qualifications.

For Saadia Muzaffar, that was a reality. It was also a catalyst for her to pursue change.

Muzaffar, a force in Canada’s tech scene who kicked off our 15 Questions series, said it was “crystallizing” when she found out that her male colleagues were making so much more than she was.

“It literally changed my life,” said Muzaffar, who was born and raised in Pakistan.

It drove her belief that pay transparency is essential to solving the pay gap.

Women earn about 78 cents to a man’s dollar, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There’s a lot of nuance tucked inside that fact, but even when you drill down into individual professions, the gap persists. And it’s even more pronounced for black women (64 cents) and Latinas (56 cents).

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Lipstick Revolt: Women Empowerment Recap


It is safe to say that Lipstick Revolt: Women Empowerment 2015 was a total success. From start to finish the room was filled with love, unity, and creativity.

The panel & discussion segment of the nights was one of the most powerful discussions I have heard in a very long time where the panelists tackled taboo issues in concern with women. Every sentence held so much power and passion like when Molly Rulland made it clear that ”Until men hold other men accountable for their actions nothing will change.” As they opened questions to the audience, the gentlemen who were out in support made sure they were a part of the conversation and voiced their questions/thoughts.

Lipstick Revolt is excited about the future and is looking forward to planning the next Women Empowerment event.