Weekly Culture Roundup: Nudes, Women Rock, and Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Weekly Culture Roundup: Nudes, Women Rock, and Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Hey there!  I'm on a beach vacay with my family this week.  

Can't stop staring at these beach pics (from Melanin Illustrated) promoting more nude options in beauty and fashion, featuring the members of Florida A & M University's 2007 Delta Sigma Theta pledge class.  

 A pic from  Melanin Illustrated,  bringing attention to a lack of Black skin tones in "nude" beauty and fashion.

A pic from Melanin Illustrated, bringing attention to a lack of Black skin tones in "nude" beauty and fashion.

 Angelica Dass, Humanae project.  It's started many a great conversation about race with my art students.  

Angelica Dass, Humanae project.  It's started many a great conversation about race with my art students.  

Speaking of nudes, apparently, they are back "in" in home decor.  Wanna liven up your walls?  Be bold, like mom artist Lucy Hilmer, and enlarge a nude selfie (hee hee)! Or buy one of these from an artist on Etsy.

 "So out, they're in" says the WSJ of nudes in interiors

"So out, they're in" says the WSJ of nudes in interiors

 Super badass Mom.  She wrote "Little Green" on Blue about the child she gave up for adoption.  

Super badass Mom.  She wrote "Little Green" on Blue about the child she gave up for adoption.  

1. Joni Mitchell, Blue... a little about why...

Blue, is simple, but so radical. With the counterculture collapsing under the weight of its machismo-driven mythologies, women pushed forward with calls to imagine genuine equality in real life — in the private places where love and art is made.
— NPR, Turning The Tables, 150 Greatest Albums...

and ahahah! Jezebel reacted with the 150 Worst Albums by Men.

What do you think of these rankings, mom?  Agree?  Disagree? What's missing?  

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The Chicago Reader reminded me about Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the beautiful essay/personal ad/love letter she wrote about/for/to her husband for the NYTimes "Modern Love" this past March, three weeks before she passed away.  (you can hear a podcast version ready by Debra Winger here)

 Amy Krouse Rosenthal- late artist behind AKR: A Beauty Salon

Amy Krouse Rosenthal- late artist behind AKR: A Beauty Salon

A local gallery is hosting an exhibit called "AKR: A Beauty Salon,"  which is one of Rosenthal's last works, and meant to be "a space where people feel they can come and be inspired and be working and making things"  Also, August 9th is officially Amy Krouse Rosenthal Day in Chicago.  There's a whole celebration, including parade, and me and you and everybody(!) are supposed to come!  

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Women Rule:  Shydeia Caldwell, Black Girl Magik

Women Rule: Shydeia Caldwell, Black Girl Magik

Fashion Friday: Gettin' Weird with Summer Footwear

Fashion Friday: Gettin' Weird with Summer Footwear