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.”
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.
“A painting of a small red square. It is about 5 by 5 inches. It is one color, with several shades of red and is so glossy that it looks wet. It is made by using drops of the artists’ blood mixed with paint. It might look like zombie dining evidence when the medium and its history is described, but it also looks like a gazing mirror because it is so shiny and reflective.” Reading this, you may think that I’ve managed to get my hands on a leaked future David Lynch screenplay. But, actually, you have just read a painting. This piece is called Red Square by the Praxis Art Museum, and it is featured in the Museum of Non-Physical Art. This piece is figuratively located in between a Baptist Church and Gospel Assembly in New York, and it is one of many purely conceptual, non-objective works of art.
Fashion is an artistic business that’s hard to be objective about. It is virtually impossible to not form an opinion on, and it comes with more than its fair share of skeletons in the closet. Fashion requires models to adhere to rigorous body regimens, limited diets, and maintain a short shelf life; previous fashion model Stella Duval told the New York Times, “I see models who are 13, 14, 15. I’ve had someone tell me that she hadn’t eaten for two days because she didn’t know where to go to eat. I saw girls doing lingerie at 14.”
In the last few years, American society has been obsessively nostalgic for the 1960s and ’70s. Every other movie with a theatrical release is set during the Woodstock era, bootcut flare jeans and jumpsuits have re-integrated themselves into popular fashion, and we can’t seem to let go of the glam makeup. But, one part of pop culture that is severely lacking in that free-love vibe is music. But, it isn’t completely barren. Houston born band Khruangbin uses sounds inspired by Indian and Thai funk music to resurrect the original lofi sound, a production style that utilizes elements usually regarded as imperfections are included to create a more authentic and unique execution.
Before art movements like Dada, which sought out to completely destroy traditional art values, and Fauvism, which used scientific color theory to emphasize emotional responses over-literal interpreted scenes; art was a tool to understand and simplify the world at large. Eventually, art was put aside and considered its own study, completely removed from academia. Istanbul artist Ozlem Thompson remarried the fields with her organic, contemporary paintings.