‘I go to sleep to gunshots, it doesnt stop me’: the art collective backing young black artists

Its long past time to give credit to young black and brown artists says Amanda King, whose art collective Shooting Without Bullets is breaking down barriers A black-and-white photograph shows two young men in the door frame of an abandoned storefront. PRIVATE CLUB is written on the boarded-up door. NO Weapons, Drugs, Purses it says. The photograph, taken by Lai Lai Bonner, 19, spread quickly. It was featured in the local paper, The Plain Dealer, sold at a gallery in the Cleveland Print Room, a local art studio, and currently sits in an exhibition at the Grasselli Library at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. The exhibit is close to East Cleveland where the photo was taken, but it …

Making my own clothes transformed my body image and my life

As a teenager, the styles I liked never came in my size. So discovering that I could sew my own was profoundly freeing and led me to help curvy women all over the world If you had told me when I was 29 that in 10 years time I would have made my entire wardrobe, run a sewing pattern company and finally found peace with my body, I would have said that was impossible. But learning to sew a simple pillow started a journey that blossomed into a total life transformation. Ever since I was a toddler in ballet class being told off for having a sticky-out tummy, I have been on the bigger side. No matter how many diets …

15 Most Inhumane Ways That Cities Try To Fight Homeless People From Sleeping In Public Places

Not only are homeless folks discriminated against directly and culturally, but also structurally too. These exclusionary designs, denying people even the right to find a place to rest, are a stark illustration of our society’s collective disregard for basic humanity. Surely we can do better than this? #13 When You Wanna Look Inclusive But Hate Homeless People #14 More Anti Homeless Spikes….so Much For Community Spirit #15 There Are A Few Different Varieties But They All Serve The Same Purpose

Jennifer Gunter: Women are being told lies about their bodies

Dr Jennifer Gunter is the worlds most famous and outspoken gynaecologist. And shes on a mission to empower women with medical facts, taking on wellness gurus, old wives tales, the patriarchy and jade eggs along the way Dear Ms Paltrow, began Dr Jen Gunters Goop. Paltrow claimed that inserting one into the vagina would improve a womans life, in at least four ways. It is the biggest load of garbage I have read on your site since vaginal steaming. Its even worse than claiming bras cause cancer. But hey, you arent one to let facts get in the way of profiting from snake oil. And so it began. It was a war on wellness an industry now worth more than …

Edna OBrien: I want to go out as someone who spoke the truth

The Irish novelist on her searing new novel, scandal, regrets, religion and… football In May 2017, I watched Richard Ford attests, a work of profound empathy and grace, its narrative leavened by deftly wrought moments of maternal intimacy that possess a quiet but almost luminous intensity. OBrien is 88. Girl is her 19th novel and she has intimated that it may be her last. It may yet prove to be her most powerful. The idea for the novel came from a newspaper report about a girl who was found wandering in Sambisa Forest in Nigeria. Every day the newspapers are full of novels waiting to be written, but this small item resonated in my inner mind, she recalls. The girl …

Tattoos, tans and techno: the photographers capturing the unseen Beirut

Ravers, semi-naked sun-worshippers, booming queer culture we meet the photographers chronicling a new generation of Lebanese shaking off the trauma of civil war Parties are a privileged place, a space for exploration, a time for fusion, says photographer Cest Beyrouth (This Is Beirut), at the Hezbollah) into their skin. The men told Ammar that tattoos provided a way to express their solidarity with Hezbollah without carrying out extremist behaviour. Of the typical tattooed subject, Ammar says: Hes not a fighter, he doesnt hold guns or go to war, but his message is, Im not afraid. Ammar also points out, however, that they dont go to pray. Some are partying every night and dating Their life is the opposite from that …