Hip Hop Abroad: Afghan Rap Group Rallies for Women’s Rights

Hip hop just got a lot more diverse.

An Afghan woman rapping about gender inequality alongside her fiancé is far from the norm in Afghanistan. Yet, despite the inevitable backlash, one of the first female rappers in the country continues to perform under the stage name Paradise. In fact, the nation’s unstable political climate makes Paradise and her rap group, 143Band, all the more determined to expose violence and discrimination against women through music.

Amid many years of war and political instability in Afghanistan, women and civilians continue to face violence from armed opposition groups, according to Amnesty International’s 2013 report on human rights. The impending withdrawal of NATO coalition troops in 2014 will likely further challenge President Hamid Karzai’s government in providing security for civilians and improving the status of women.

YouTube and Facebook  have helped 143Band a lot more than the media in Afghanistan,” Paradise and Diverse wrote in an email to Mashable.

Paradise formed 143Band with her fiancé, who goes by the name Diverse, in 2008. Since 2010 the two have maintained an active Facebook fan page and YouTube channel.

Read the full article on Mashable.

Meet the New Mayor of New York and His Multicultural Family

Why the De Blasio Family Matters: Meet the ‘Boring White Guy’ of the Future

As New York’s final primary votes are counted and analysts examine the campaign that made Bill de Blasio the likely next mayor, it’s clear that race matters — just not in the way some might have expected. Earlier in the week, Mayor Bloomberg had characterized De Blasio as “racist” for “making an appeal using his family,” and his widely condemned comment pointed to an insidious prejudice: the assumption that interracial families, simply by existing in public, are somehow rubbing themselves in everyone’s faces.

A white man can hug his black wife without “using” her or “making an appeal,” of course. And yet the De Blasios also demonstrate how appealing that simple act can be. An increasingly multicultural America is hungry for public figures who reflect their ideals. The De Blasios understand that — which helps explain how De Blasio’s populist campaign “grabbed at least one-third of every major ethnic group’s vote.”

Read the entire article at NYmag.com


Syd the Kyd on How She Fooled the Fader for Odd Future’s Big Break

The phrase “Fake it ’til you make it” has proven to be a very successful strategy for music acts in the digital age. As the MMXLII crew recently found it, this adage was especially useful for one of the biggest breakout groups of the decade: Odd Future. Watch Syd the Kyd of The Internet and Odd Future explain how she fooled the Fader into giving Odd Future their first big break by setting up a fake marketing company.

Get the Internet’s new album “Feel Good” now on iTunes. And if you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, stop by OF’s OFWGKTA Carnival taking place this weekend.

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Why Oakley’s “Asian fit” sunglasses aren’t racist, just science

Let’s just say it: There are a lot of different kinds of noses out there in this beautiful world of ours.

And yet, it’s still somewhat surprising that Oakley churns out a line of wraparound sunglasses tailored to the contours of Asian consumers—marketed under the not-so-subtle moniker “Asian Fit.”
In fact, it’s common currency within the eyeglass industry that frames fit certain ethnic groups differently—and in particular, that they fit Asians differently from Europeans.

How differently? Well, it’s hard to get a precise sense. Descriptions of varying facial features among ethnic populations tend to be done somewhat delicately. Women’s Wear Daily wrote of such frames last year (paywall):

“Asian-fit style is built up slightly so the frame sits higher on the bridge of the nose, which is typically more shallow than on a Caucasian face.”

Read the rest of this interesting article at QZ.com

Hello Kitty and The Simpson’s Are Going 1/2 on a Baby

Iconic Japanese Hello Kitty fashion and accessory manufacturer, Sanrio has teamed up with American animated sitcom, The Simpsons for a limited edition product line. In celebration of both franchise’s landmark years in 2014, with Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary and The Simpson’s 25th season, the collaboration product line “will target collectors with limited-edition collectibles, offering something for all fans.”

“Hello Kitty and The Simpsons have impacted pop culture around the world,” says Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. “Our collaboration comes at a perfect time as we celebrate major milestones for both brands. The exclusive product offering will feature a fun and unexpected take on The Simpsons’ transformation within Hello Kitty’s supercute world.”

“Fusing Hello Kitty’s iconic design sensibility with each Simpsons character, this unique collaboration will delight fans of Hello Kitty, The Simpsons and everyone in between,” said Roz Nowicki, executive vice president of global sales and retail at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

The unique collaboration is expected to release during the ”back-to-school” season in 2014. Link

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20 British Words That Mean Something Totally Different In The U.S.

Language barriers can happen even within the same language. Stock photo company Bigstock put together this post that not only illustrates this face, but also cleverly illustrates their photo services.

Here in the United States, we speak the same language as our ye old predecessors in Great Britain, but we don’t always speak it the same way. So, we asked our oh-so British receptionist, Ryan Lovett, to give us a crash course in some of the more notable discrepancies.

Here are a few words (along with some accompanying Bigstock images) that have pretty different meanings in Great Britain than they do in the U.S.

6. Rubber


9. Chips

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