Here’s our roundup of the best that ladyblogland had to offer.
Rihanna channeled Josephine Baker at the CFDA fashion awards (her dress was gorgeous). Sesali Bowen at Feministing has a great read about Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, and Rihanna.
Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay will direct two Doctor Who episodes next season. Bitch Magazine has an interview.
The ladyblogosphere had some great remembrances of Yuri Kochiyama. Racialicious reminds us that Kochiyama was ahead of her time.
Rookie Magazine tells us how to look like Lupita Nyong’o.
Carrie Fisher would rather have played Han Solo. The Daily Dot
A must read: N.K. Jemisin’s speech to WisCon on racism in science fiction and fantasy:
Reconciliation is a part of the healing process, but how can there be healing when the wounds are still being inflicted? How can we begin to talk about healing when all the perpetrators have to do is toss out dogwhistles and disclaimers of evil intent to pretend they’ve done no harm?
This could be really, really cool: HBO has greenlit a miniseries of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam and tapped Darren Aronofsky to direct. Jezebel
This awesome quote from Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba made the Tumblr rounds last week, via Improper:
My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means “The road is good.” Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future. So anyway, in grade school, because my last name started with an A, I was the first in roll call, and nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. So I went home and asked my mother if I could be called Zoe. I remember she was cooking, and in her Nigerian accent she said, “Why?” I said, “Nobody can pronounce it.” Without missing a beat, she said, “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.”
Writers at Slate’s XX Factor hung out on college message boards for two years. The results will depress you.
On the campus we studied from 2011-2013, students of both sexes not only accepted but embraced extreme and alarming sexist language that objectifies and hypersexualizes women. We spoke with 44 students directly in focus groups, as well as 379 others who responded to an anonymous survey, and the vast majority of them found the ranking of women by appearance and sexual prowess commonplace and of little concern.
Can Orange is the New Black change the way Congress thinks about prisons? Bitch Magazine
Meet dance icon Carmen De Lavallade. Clutch
The BBC has a fascinating story about the female reporters who covered WWII.
Saya Taha writes about the hijab and feminism:
Secular and Muslim women all over Iran are posting photos of themselves without the mandated headscarf, in secluded places where there are no Basij (religious police) to punish them for violating the country’s dress code. The movement is led by women who are removing their headscarves and posting photos of themselves of their own free will.
And finally, Orange is the New Black, told by kittens.