When looking at art, it’s hard to fully understand what the intention behind a piece of artwork is, without looking at the artist. When women during the Baroque period began painting women filled with rage and disdain, how much of that was for the simple demand for art, and how much of that was a projection of themselves? Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh pondered this in her book “Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power.” She asked the Rumpus, “What would it look like to explore my identity within my artwork based not on what people have done to me based on those identities, but based instead on what I love and I celebrate within those identities?” The main focus of Fazlalizadeh’s book is sexual harassment against women, the project beginning in Brooklyn, where she is based. 

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One of the most common things I’ve heard people miss most from pre-quarantine is concerts. Who doesn’t love the rush of seeing your favorite artist performing? How can a concert happen in the middle of a pandemic that spreads by people being too close to each other for too long? From October 23-25th, Atlanta is hosting one of few real concert events since the pandemic began. 

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Restaurants take months, even years, to go from idea to reality. But, no one ever really plans for a pandemic during the planning of a business. More than 72,800 restaurants have permanently shut down between June and early July since COVID-19 began earlier this year, according to a Yelp economic impact report. So, what do you do as a business that opens dining experiences based more on atmosphere than food? Chef Ian Winslade and Jonathan Akly came up with a pandemic-central idea: a to-go only eatery. 

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Everyone has seen the movie Blade Runner. No “Must Watch,” movielist is complete without the infamous director’s cut. And, even more than the plot, one of the most striking parts of the movie is the fashion. The sleek, futuristic style shown has such a unique feeling, and I can’t imagine anyone who walked away from seeing it without at least thinking, “I kind of wish I had some of those fits.” But, despite being a year past the setting of the movie, very rarely does anything even in the ballpark of the iconic wardrobes ever come close to runway fashion—let alone actual purchasable things.

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Stan Lee, Marvel comic co-creator, once said, “Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being and will go out of his or her way to help them – even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.” 

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When it comes to LBGT, most people tend to forget what the T stands for. This is beyond apparent in the Hollywood sphere. While the list of gay actors is by no means saturated, there are even fewer transgender actors, and even fewer among those that get credited roles. More and more often, a celebrity will come out as gender nonconforming, like Sam Smith and Jonathan Van Ness coming out as nonbinary or Ruby Rose coming out as genderfluid, but very few have the chance to enter the light already out of the pink or blue closet. Laverne Cox, Elliot Fletcher, and up and coming Angelica Ross are some of the few notable transgender actors. 

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