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I did an illustration for yesterday’s Wall Street Journal for an article titied "Missing Alexandria" by Lucette Lagnado. The article is about Alexandria, Egypt, contrasting its present and the past depicted in Lawrence Durrell’s novel ‘Justine’.

This is definitely one of my favorite pieces that I have made so far. For it allows me to tap into current events while still be able to study vintage elements such as a multi-cultural Alexandria in the 1940s, which I have always been fascinated by—as well as having a strong female lead. 

Big thanks to Art Director Angela Morris for guiding me through the piece.

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France Langford during USO tour.

From 1941, Langford was a regular singer on Bob Hope’s radio show. During World War II, she joined Hope, Jerry Colonna, guitarist Tony Romano and other performers on U.S.O. tours through Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific, entertaining thousands of G.I.’s throughout the world. 

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In “Half the Sky Movement: The Game,” the game-player is forced to choose between ‘lying’ or ‘telling the truth’ to Radhika’s husband, who is represented as a heathen barrier to women’s empowerment. It’s a moment that exemplifies how the Half the Sky game erases the heterogeneous voices and complex struggles of “Third World” women, instead representing them singularly as victims in need of the Western game-player’s rescue. It’s a moment that typifies what Gayatri Spivak calls the colonial logic of “white men saving brown women from brown men.”

"Escape from the White-Savior Industrial Complex: The Game" is a spoof that attempts to complicate and stimulate dialogue about Half the Sky’s representations. 


Darn it, interwebs, I waited all day. Why are you making me do this myself?

For her radness, Senator Leticia R. San Miguel Van de Putte, and her parliamentary inquiry that slapped the president of the Texas senate & began the crowd’s cheers: “Mr. President, at what point does a female senator have to raise her voice or her hand to be heard over her male colleagues in the room?”

It was either “raise your hand and voice” or “hear me roar” & I figured “hear me roar” required a lionness.

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(94# India) Sudha Chandran: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a Bharatanatyam dancer, and film and television actress in India. 
  • She earned her B.A from Mithibai CollegeMumbai and subsequently an M.A in Economics.
  • In 1981, while traveling from Mumbai to the South during pilgrimage she had an accident which meant she had to have her right leg amputated as doctors missed a wound in her ankle and put plaster over it, leading to gangrene in the wound.
  • She found this time very rough, and subsequently overcame her disability with the help of a prosthetic Jaipur foot, dancing both with and without the Jaipur foot.
  • She became one of the most highly acclaimed dancers of the Indian subcontinent.
  • She received invitations from all over the world for performances. She was honored with various awards after she performed as far away from home as Europe, Canada and the Middle East. 
  • In 986 she received a Special Jury Award from the National Film Awards for her role in the movie Mayuri in which she played herself and was based on her life.

If you want to read about more kick ass women from our Women Of The World theme, click here.


Vilma Lucila Espín Guillois (April 7, 1930 – June 18, 2007) was a Cuban revolutionary, feminist and chemical engineer. She was one of the most important fighters in the struggle for Cuban women’s equality as well as fighting against the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship.

Vilma studied chemical engineering at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts before meeting revolutionary leader Frank País in Havana in the 1950s. The meeting led Espín to become a leader of the revolutionary movement in Oriente province. Espín acted as a messenger between the movement and Fidel Castro’s revolutionary underground 26th of July Movement, which had been relocated to Mexico in order to plan a future invasion. It was in Mexico that Espín met Raúl Castro. She then went on to assist the revolutionaries in the Sierra Maestra mountains after the 26th of July Movement’s return to Cuba on the Granma yacht. She and Raúl married in January 1959.

Vilma Espín headed the Cuban Delegation to the First Latin American Congress on Women and Children in Chile in September 1959. She also headed the Cuban delegations to the Conferences on Women held in Mexico, Copenhagen, Nairobi and Beijing.

Espín was President of the Federation of Cuban Women from its foundation in 1960 until her death. The organization is a recognized non-government organization which claims a membership of more than three and a half million women. Espín was also a member of the Council of State of Cuba, as well as a member of the Central Committee and the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1980 to 1991.

She died in La Habana at 4:14 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2007, following a long illness. 

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Speed Sisters, a documentary on  Palestinian female racing drivers and drifters.

This is terrific.


Homecourt Hand: Meet the Chandlers

Kimberly Chandler — recent New York Fashion Week front-row ubiquitor, mother of three, Hurricane Sandy relief effort organizer and owner of one of the chirpier personalities in the borough of Manhattan — learned something about her social resilience earlier this month when she attended The Costume Institute gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art by herself.

“I was so impressed with myself after it was over,” she says a few weeks later. “I feel like if you can walk that red carpet by yourself…I was like, ‘Oh, I’m good for anything else. I’m golden.’ I had a bit of a meltdown and then I pulled myself together.”

It’s a few weeks after she donned a Rodarte dress and strode that red carpet solo. Chandler is sitting in an oversize leather armchair in a faux living room at Canoe Studios on the west side of Manhattan on a humid, occasionally rainy May weekday. Today she wears a white collared Suno dress with black and blue geometric accents on its shoulder and skirt. Though her chair is several times too large, her posture is finishing-school straight. A few feet away, her husband, Tyson Chandler, the 7-foot, 1-inch starting center for the New York Knicks, has no trouble filling out his matching seat.  For More


Antonia (trailer)*

A bold Brazilian melodrama that moves to the rhythm of the streets, “Antonia” traces a year in the lives of four young women who form a rap group and fend off tragedy. Tired of singing backup to male rap stars, Preta (Negra Li), Lena (Cindy), Barbarah (Leilah Moreno) and Mayah (Quelynah) — all successful musicians in real life — rehearse their own music and acquire an agent. But when the group falls prey to brutal violence, internal jealousies and an unplanned pregnancy, the girls learn that escape from poverty will require more than fierce rhymes. The third feature in a trilogy by Tata Amaral, “Antonia” pulses with color and movement. Filmed in the São Paulo suburb of Vila Brasilândia, the movie has an earthy realism underscored by naturalistic performances and a restless camera. Maximizing her nonprofessional cast of Brazilian hip-hop performers, the director fills the soundtrack with a vibrant blend of R&B, soul and rap. When the group sings an a cappella version of “Killing Me Softly,” you may forget to breathe. via

*also on Netflix

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