A Red Girl’s Reasoning —
After the justice system fails the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault, she becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on the attackers of other women who’ve suffered the same fate. Starring Jessica Matten, Christian Sloan, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Writer/ Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Producer: Rose Stiffarm
Executive Producers: Erik Paulsson & Diana Wilson
Director of Photography: Harvey Larocque
Editor: Jeanne Slater
Girls Get Busy Review: Album | M.I.A - Matangi
- Written by Sarah
M.I.A has never been an artist who worries about her public image. But unlike other “controversial” contemporary female artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus - whose meat dresses, girl-kissing and sexualized racism are merely attention-seeking stunts aimed to further a limelight persona - M.I.A lands in the spotlight because her sense of self and her sensibility are so adverse to traditional American media narratives, and she has always refused to play nice or compromise her beliefs to please such audiences.
She confronts this head-on in Matangi, her fourth full-length studio album, which came out at the beginning of November. No apologies here, as Maya takes on the reaction to her 2012 SuperBowl performance (“Let you into SuperBowl/you tried to steal Madonna’s crown” she says in Boom Skit) where she flipped the bird on live tv and was subsequently sued for $1.5 million by the NFL. At one point, M.I.A said that her middle finger was a symbol of devotion to Matangi, the Hindu goddess from whom this album takes its name. But M.I.A knows that what makes her unpalatable to many Americans is not her actions, but who they came from.
Next Saturday! This is happening in London and all proceeds go to Education For Choice, giving young people evidence-based information on pregnancy choices.
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EVENT: Christmas Skirt - 10pm, 7th December; Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9RF
Cost: £5 on the door.
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Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Wilson has spoken of a longing to make music that “talks straight to the stomach”. Marta Owczarek listens to her latest album and finds a sound that is decidedly more aggressive than her previous work
“Listen Up, Cover Up”
I know a lot of people, especially someone close to me, that was a victim of sexual harassment and where I come from, that is the norm. It’s a constant struggle for women to go about their daily lives, especially since we’re constantly being blamed for not “covering up” and “showing skin” even though it happens when we’re fully clothed. But that’s not an excuse. I expressed how I felt through this short spoken word piece. Thanks for watching.
EVENT: Birmingham Fems Meeting - 6.30pm, 18th December; Urban Coffee Company, 30 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NP
Fortnightly meeting of Birmingham Fems. Open to all self-defined women.
Never apologize for loving yourself. Self-love is power
Somewhere George RR Martin is snapping in Z formation.
Watch!: And when you started out, there were almost no Asian-Americans on TV. Now you’re Watson. The TV my Asian-American daughter grows up watching will be very different than what I grew up watching.
Lucy: It is significant, and I think we still have a long way to go. It is good that you’ll have to explain to her that when Daddy was a teenager, there wasn’t anybody like her on television. People say I’m a pioneer, but I don’t recognize it because I’m still living it. Maybe on my last breath if they name a street after me in the city, I’ll say, “Wow, I made a difference.” Right now, it doesn’t feel like it. [x]
Lucy Liu in the October 2013 edition of Watch! Magazine