Author: Katherine Brooks

Public Art Project Is Giving Away 4,000 Free Copies Of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

THE HUFFINGTON POST Written in 1985, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has never been out of print. So to call renewed interested in the beloved dystopian story a “resurgence” might be disingenuous ― the book’s popularity was never in question.  Nonetheless, as President Donald Trump has ascended to the highest public office and policymakers have suggested revoking basic women’s rights, the story of Gilead ― a militant and theocratic future-version of the United States reliant on a group of sexually enslaved handmaids to repopulate its dwindling republic ― evokes a different kind of urgency. Perhaps that’s why the new Hulu...

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How Pussy Hats Are Making Their Way Into Museums Around The World

This January, history was made by a hat. Stitched together from a four-cornered pattern and a skein of pink yarn, the “pussy hat” emerged as the unquestionable emblem of the Women’s March on Washington. And that emblem, worn by thousands of protesters on the day after President Donald Trump ― whose idea of “locker room banter” became public knowledge after the leak of a hot mic recording in October 2016 ― was inaugurated, is heading to the halls of museums. Earlier this month, London’s Victoria and Albert museum announced that it had acquired a pussy hat worn at the Women’s March, knitted by Pussyhat Project co-founder Jayna Zweiman. Zweiman, along with Krista Suh, created the original pattern from which most pussy hats were born. Together, they posted the pattern online in a call to “craftivists” to turn January’s protest into a “sea of pink.” The hat is now on display in the V&A’s Rapid Response Collecting gallery, a space dedicated to items that shed light on current global events, political changes and pop cultural phenomena. “The Pussyhat is an important acquisition for the V&A in the context of the Museum’s Rapid Response Collecting project,” Corinna Gardner, acting keeper of the V&A’s Design Architecture and Digital department, explained in a statement to The Huffington Post. “The items we collect are evidence of social, political and economic change, and as a group they...

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Bernie Sanders’ New Book Takes Corporate Media To Task

During a rousing speech delivered to supporters in New York City Tuesday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had a few words for the media establishment. “Over 90 percent of media coverage [during the 2016 presidential race] was not about the issues that impact your lives,” he said, citing “a variety of studies.” Instead, he continued, the stories “were about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. They were about political gossip. They were about polls. They were about fundraising. They were about stupid things that people said 20 years ago. What we must demand of a media is that they start covering the issues that impact our lives. Not just the candidates’ lives.” Sanders was in town to promote his new book, Our Revolution, named for the political action group that grew out of the senator’s progressive platform. Speaking to a crowd of seated audience members in Manhattan’s Cooper Union, he took what he called “corporate media” to task for its failure to cover the 2016 presidential campaign season in “a serious way.” During the speech, Sanders echoed sentiments outlined in the last chapter of his book, a section titled “Corporate Media and the Threat to Our Democracy.” “If media does not accept its responsibility to talk about the reality facing the American people […] that is a real threat to the future of American democracy,” he told his supporters Tuesday night. In his book, published on...

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News Flash: Broadway Has Always Been Political

One of the chief complaints lodged against the cast of “Hamilton” after actor Brandon Dixon addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the stage goes a little something like this: The theater is not a place for politics. Pence was just trying to spend time with his family, “Hamilton” hecklers have suggested across social media, admonishing the musical team’s decision to speak directly to a politician in the audience after curtain call ― without giving him the opportunity to speak back, some added. Dixon had no right to “harass” him, our own president-elect chirped, taking issue with a statement that was at its most heated when Dixon said, “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016 One need only peruse the #BoycottHamilton hashtag to get a sense of this discontent. Let’s keep lectures where they belong, the angry beseech. Where do the lectures belong? Anywhere but the theater, apparently. But this belief ― that the theater is a place of political neutrality, that its halls are meant to be a “safe and special place” ― is a fallacy. News flash: Broadway has always...

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Hamilton ‘Star Brandon Victor Dixon Says Cast Has ‘Nothing To Apologize For’

”Hamilton,” an overwhelmingly popular musical about the political foundations of the United States, captured the attention of President-elect Donald Trump this weekend when castmate Brandon Victor Dixon read a message to a singled-out audience member after a performance  in New York City. That audience member was Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and the message read, in part: “We, sir, we are the diverse America, who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” Shortly after Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the hit theater production, delivered his impassioned words on Friday night, Trump took to Twitter to demand the “overrated” “Hamilton” cast apologize for “harassing” Pence. Early the following Monday morning, Dixon appeared on “CBS This Morning” to deliver a simple response: “There’s nothing to apologize for.” When asked by CBS why he and his castmates at Richard Rodgers Theatre decided to speak directly to Pence, Dixon explained that “Hamilton” is a politically-conscious production with a platform capable of reaching a global audience. “The producers, the creatives, and the cast ― we recognize that ‘Hamilton’ is an inherently American story told by a definition of the American community,”...

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