Pop Culture

Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend “Brooklyn Renaissance,” a talk at the Brooklyn Museum about the role storytelling plays in the visual arts. The panel featured three of my favorite artists working today: portrait painter Kehinde Wiley, a superstar in the art world; Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a young multimedia artist whose name you might be unfamiliar with but whose work you have probably seen; and filmmaker Spike Lee, who really needs no further introduction. Now seeing as I am a total pop culture nerd, it took me until just yesterday to get over my starstruck-ness and really digest the points brought up during the event.

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Events

Speaking Truth to Power: Thanking Anita Hill

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It’s an unfortunate fact that as a woman, I’m entirely too familiar with being sexually harassed. Every day, I fear unwelcome advances as I walk to work, lingering and inappropriate grazes as I squeeze into a subway car, even catcalls as I open the door to my own home. But as a young woman who very recently entered the workforce, I can’t say that I’ve ever really feared sexual harassment in the workplace. I am fully aware that it can and does happen, but I don’t recall ever worrying about the matter like I worry about having to face some man’s sexist commentary as I pass him on the street. I know that as long as I am at work, there are laws to protect me, and if these laws fail to do so, I am certain that through the power of the internet and social media, I can find a support system that will help me find justice. I live in a world where most states highly recommend—some even require—sexual harassment training, and such cases are treated very seriously.

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