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Watch Comedian Jessica Williams Discuss the McKinney Police

On The Daily Show last night, comedian Jessica Williams discussed the recent incident where a police officer in McKinney, Texas grabbed a 15-year-old Black girl at a pool party and slammed her into the pavement. 

I Love Maggie Nelson's "The Argonauts"

Poet, essayist, and genre-bender Maggie Nelson. Photo by Harry Dodge.

The Argonauts is a nuanced examination of gender, trans and nonbinary identities, queer sexualities, queer family-making, and how all of these play into each other. Its feminism is a given.

On Our Radar: Feminist News Round-Up

Here's what's on our radar! 

• Mariame Kaba writes on how summer brings increased police surveillance on Chicago's Black communities, and its historical precedence. [The New Inquiry] 

10 Black Women Composers to Discover

June is Black Music Month—also known as African American Music Appreciation Month—so I thought it would be a great idea to highlight Black women in music who don't get as much of the attention as they should. 

Song Debut: Daddy Issue's "Unicorns and Rainbows"

There are two main things I like about Nashville-based trio Daddy Issues. 

Sneak Peek of Petra Collins' New Photo Book "Babe"

"As a young female artist, I never saw a place for my work, didn't see images I felt reflected me anywhere," writes 21-year-old photgrapher Petra Collins in the introduction to new photo book Babe

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

• The women's soccer World Cup is now in full swing! [The Atlantic] 

BitchTapes: Vintage Blues

The blues are loved around the world because it inhabits a deep level of passion, sexiness, self expression (or self deprecation) and honesty that flows from the mouths of its singers and permeates any room with thick emotional truth. The blues is about human flaws, sadness and at times, finds the humor and irony of the rough spell of life.   More info and track list are below the cut!


About the Cover: The Blue Issue

Our current summer print magazine is the Blue issue. With any theme that has so many literal and immediate visual references, I try to dig a little bit deeper for inspiration to do justice to the complicated content. 

In "Spy," Melissa McCarthy Screws With Your Expectations—And Gets the Last Laugh

Spy movies playing on the James Bond trope have been boring for years. Even comedies like Archer, which satirizes the genre, are pretty played out at this point. That’s part of the reason why I had low expectations going into Spy, director Paul Feig’s summer spy spoof starring Melissa McCarthy.