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Peace, Positivity as Massive Women’s March Makes Voices Heard in D.C.

by PHIL MCCAUSLAND

Hundreds of thousands of men and women descended into the nation’s capital, meeting in the national mall on Saturday, to show their support for women’s rights a day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Some voiced their opposition to the new president. An estimated 500,000 people attended the massive march, D.C.’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice said, citing the event’s organizers.

Those who participated in the Women’s March on Washington said the event was much more peaceful and positive than the protests during Friday’s inauguration.

D.C. police said they had no reports of arrests as of 6 p.m. on Saturday, a stark contrast to Friday’s anti-Trump protest that saw 230 people arrested, the windows of businesses smashed and a limo torched. Witnesses said self-described anarchists were behind some of Friday’s violence.

“This is not about people doing stupid stuff and getting arrested,” said Robin Gilmore, a 56-year-old therapist who drove up from Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday. “Really, the police are cooperating. This couldn’t happen without police cooperation.”

Marchers reported that police were civil and participants were kind to one another, often looking after each other in the dense crowd. People were elbow-to-elbow and some said they couldn’t move for hours.

Steve La Croix traveled from Seattle to Michigan, where he met members of his family. They rented and drove a bus overnight to the Women’s March. He said that the atmosphere was collegial and participants were considerate.

“People were very polite,” La Croix said. “There was a lot of ‘Go ahead’ or ‘You first.’”

One criticism of the march has been that it seemed to have scattered ideas and took up too many issues, but those who were at the Women’s March said that is part of building a coalition.

Dana Gwinn, 36, traveled to the march from the Bay Area and said, though there were numerous ideas, she believed it important to discuss all of them.

“There were a lot of messages,” Gwinn said. “I felt today like I felt on election night. I want to be mad about 15 different things, and everyone says you need to choose what your battle is going to be and stick to that one thing.

“But I don’t know anyone willing to choose.”
Kristen Kramer, 29, a D.C. resident who lives close to where a limo was set on fire by protesters on Friday, said the march was very polite compared to the inauguration, which she described as a “surreal” environment. But Kramer didn’t think the civility was necessarily a good thing.

“It is really polite, and it kind of pisses me off to be honest,” she said. “Considering how the police yesterday became incredibly aggressive, it feels like this today is lip service to protest.”

She described protests on Friday as largely peaceful assemblies that suffered from a few violent individuals. Kramer thought the police treated protesters at the inauguration poorly and saw demonstrators suffering severely from pepper spray.

“I hope people don’t just forget yesterday,” she said. “I don’t know what will come of it legally, but for it just to disappear is not okay.”

The marches were not confined to Washington. An estimated 400,000 people marched in New York City, 250,000 marched in Chicago, over 100,000 marched in Los Angeles, more than 90,000 ink St. Paul, Minnesota, and 60,000 turned out in Atlanta among other cities around the world, authorities and organizers said.

Source: Nbc

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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.

Nighat Dad

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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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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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

BY ELIZABETH HLAVINKA

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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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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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 www.bailoutwebseries.com

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