Alicia Keys #MakeUpFree at the VMAs

Unlike most of the stars who graced the 2016 MTV Video Music Award stage, Alicia Keys didn’t wear a hint of makeup, proving she’s keeping true to her #NoMakeup pledge.

After promising to go makeup free in an essay she wrote for Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, the 35-year-old singer/songwriter took to the VMAs stage looking bared-faced and beautiful.

“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys recalled in her essay.

On the red carpet, the newest “The Voice” judge wore a red and black printed long-sleeve maxi dress, while her hair was up in braids.

Source: Huffington Post

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Erykah Badu Donating Concert Proceeds to Clear Detroit Rape-Kit Backlog


Erykah Badu is donating the proceeds from her upcoming Detroit concert to a nonprofit that tests the city’s backlog of rape kits, the Detroit Free Press reports. Five dollars from each ticket sold for Badu’s August 12 performance at the Chene Park Amphitheater will go to the African-American 490 Challenge, which raises money to test the 11,000 abandoned rape kits found in a Detroit police warehouse in 2009. (Each test costs $490.) Badu will also donate the proceeds from the concert’s $100 “pre-show reception” and $1,000 “VIP reception” to the campaign, in what Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy calls a “phenomenal assist” to the cause. There are tens of thousands of untested rape kits across the United States.

Source: Vulture

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Lipstick Revolt Mixtape is here! Female rappers from around the country on one mixtape! #WOMENEMPOWERMENT

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From Brooklyn, NY to Orlando, Florida and back to the Nationals Capitol, Washington, D.C. Lipstick Revolt is proud to presents its Volume 2 mixtape of talented rappers. Art work by Zsudayka Nzinga, shows different elements of hip hop and a proud woman holding its spirit. That image is basically the energy of what you will hear from the beginning to the end of this mixtape. You hear female rappers speaking on their perspective of love, life, and mainly Hip Hop. People keep asking where are the female rappers are and this mixtape is the response. Just the tip of the iceberg, we hope this mixtape opens peoples eyes to the talent that exists in the music world and starts to use this platform as a way to support.

-Love,
Mana

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Female rappers around the country unite on one mixtape! “The Lipstick Revolt mixtape volume 2″ releasing August 1st, 2016

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August 1st will be the release of the Lipstick Revolt mixtape volume 2! Art by: Zsudayka Nzinga, representing Hip Hop and all its elements! There are 15 tracks from some of the best female rappers around the country. Stay Tuned lipstickrevolt.com

Check out lipstickrevolt.bandcamp.com for volume 1

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LA Film Festival Unveils 2016 Lineup with 43% Women Directors

The LA Film Festival has revealed the lineup for its 2016 edition. Women directors are very well represented in the 22nd annual fest— take note, Cannes.

“Paint it Black”: LA Film Festival

The lineup features a slate of 56 feature films, 58 short films, and 13 short episodic works representing 28 countries and will feature 42 world premieres. Across the five feature competition categories, 43 percent of the films are directed by women, a three percent increase from last year’s already stellar 40 percent.

Actress Amber Tamblyn (“Two and a Half Men”) will be making her directorial debut with “Paint it Black,” which follows a young woman coping with the tragic death of her boyfriend. Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,” and her distribution company Array Releasing will receive the Spirit of Independence Award.

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Ghostbusters – All female cast with the funniest comedian Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones makes me laugh so hard. She is beyond funny and an incredible actress. So excited to see her play more cinematic roles. The whole cast of Ghostbusters is hilarious: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon but Leslie Jones takes the cake.

Glad to see Hollywood shifting towards female comedians. Make sure you watch the movie!

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The Atlas of Beauty- showing beautiful women from around the world

Women from PeruIn contrast to the constant barrage of women’s fashion magazines declaring what is attractive, photographer Mihaela Noroc set off on a journey around the world.
The Romanian traveled to 37 different countries, where she often met women simply walking the street and took their portraits, highlighting what is considered desirable in different cultures.
From the freezing, chaffing Tibetan Plateau near the Himalayas to the sultry tropics of South America, Noroc, 29, entitled her startling and revealing project, ‘The Atlas of Beauty.’Photographer Mihaela Noroc
At times spending only 30 seconds with each subject and traveling only with her camera and a backpack, Noroc tried to take pictures of young women all in their twenties.
She explained in a statement to Daily Mail Online ‘I’m a [29-year-old] female photographer from Romania that quit her boring job and started a new life. Two years ago I took my backpack, my camera and begun to travel around the globe, with savings made in years of working.
‘In this journey I photographed hundreds of natural women surrounded by their culture. My project is called ‘The Atlas Of Beauty’ and is about our planet’s diversity shown through portraits of women.’

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Pakistani Women’s right activist wins Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award

Women’s right activist, Nighat Dad, has become the second Pakistani ever to receive the prestigious Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for 2016.

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A Pakistani lawyer and internet activist, Nighat Dad is also the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. In a ceremony at the Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland, on Friday, she was honored with the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for her efforts and dedication towards digital rights and ensuring a safer and more accessible Pakistan for women. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations that defend and advance the cause of freedom around the world.

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We’re Muslim Don’t Panic using Hip Hop to bring Faiths together

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Jennifer Lewis, Brandy, & Roz Ryan singing motivation

We love this video and its empowering energy! Shout out to Jennifer Lewis, Brandy, and Roz Ryan for being so gorgeously hilarious! They are true role models for strong women in the industry who are both talented and funny. Hoping for a movie to come soon with all three of them. That would be something we all would watch!

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