Shailene Woodley Sentenced to A Year of Probation for DAPL Arrest

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Shailene Woodley, currently blowing our minds as Jane on Big Little Lies, was arrested last year for refusing to cease protesting the constuction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock reservation. She was charged with one count misdemeanor criminal trespass and one count misdemeanor engaging in a riot. Her lawyer has not pled guilty to a count of disorderly conduct and Woodley has been sentenced to a year of “unsupervised probation,” Dazed reports.

In December, President Obama halted construction on the Pipeline, which would cut through sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and potentially contaminate water sources for the Native Americans. Trump subsequently reversed his predecessor’s freeze on construction, which prompted Standing Rock’s Chairman to say:

“President Trump is legally required to honour our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process. Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream.”

In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Woodley said, “the front lines don’t necessarily have to be in North Dakota. The front lines can be wherever you are. You can create a protest in New York City, because protests are about awareness and about people coming together.”

Take a look at her interview below:

Oil is planned to run through the Pipeline for the first time this week. A broken pipe cause 530,000 gallons to spill in North Dakota last week.

NYC’s Café Altro Paradiso Does Bake Sale for Planned Parenthood

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Under the current administration, reproductive rights have come under significant and worrying threat. Indeed, President Trump has already signed an executive order to defund Planned Parenthood, on essentially false pretenses.

So calls to action have become ever more exigent; and it’s a cliche, yes – but every little bit counts.

To wit, our fave new Soho Italian restaurant, the cool and stylish Café Altro Paradiso, is holding a…bake sale – to raise money for the essential women’s health care organization. From 11:30am – 2;30pm on April 2, they’ll be joined by Gramercy Tavern, Le Bernardin, Morgenstern’s, Momofuku Milk Bar, Le Coucou, Del Posto and Reynard, all offering up their signature sweets and baked goods. A similar sale will take place at Estela and at Flora Bar.

Never has doing the right thing tasted so good!



Justin Trudeau and Ivanka Trump Attend Broadway Show About Taking in Foreigners

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a delegation of 600 to Broadway’s “Come From Away” Wednesday, including 125 ambassadors of the United Nations, and, notably, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

The pair sat next to each other at the show, written by a Canadian couple, which is about a town in Newfoundland, Canada that harbored stranded passengers of diverted flights following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. Trump’s presence was rather surprising as her family’s stance on immigration has been clearly laid out by the President’s attempts to instate a travel ban on six major Muslim countries and his desire to rework the North America Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration’s policies are sharply at odds with Trudeau’s.

The Canadian PM has made clear that Canada’s borders are open to foreigners and refugees – standing onstage before “Come From Away” began, Trudeau addressed the crowd.

“The world gets to see what it is to lean on each other and be there for each other through the darkest times,” he said of the show, The New York Times reports. He also US – Canada relations: “There is no relationship quite like the friendship between Canada and the United States. This story, this amazing show, is very much about that, and it’s about friendship as well.”

Interestingly enough, Canada’s immigration site crashed for hours due to overwhelming traffic after Trump’s election in November.

Designer Azede Jean-Pierre to Make Uniforms for Students in Haiti

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Rising fashion designer Azede Jean-Pierre is collaborating with local Haitian business owners to design free uniforms for the country’s schools, the Cut reports. Jean-Pierre returned to Haiti, her home country, and met with several groups, including Artists for Peace and Justice, to organize the project.

Jean-Pierre will work with Haitian artists to produce the garments, which will arrive in 12 different schools in time for the 2017-2018 school year beginning this fall. “I am excited about the project. All education in Haiti is private, and I know firsthand how difficult it is for families to afford the tuition, let alone the additional necessities like books, transportation, and the uniforms,” she said to New York Magazine. “This project gives parents much-needed support, and it’s my hope that it will increase the efficiency of the traditional attire, as well as boost student self-esteem.”

Jean-Pierre is known for her structural designs, which have been worn by fashion icons like Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles in the past. See below:


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St. Vincent, John Legend, and Zach Galifianakis Are Collabing for Planned Parenthood

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Celebrities all around the world are stepping up to help organizations like Planned Parenthood in light of Trump’s frightening and indecent presidency. The latest to take action? John Legend, St. Vincent, and Zach Galifianakis, it seems.

Brandon Stosuy, Editor-in-Chief of the Creative Independent, Tweeted this image of the trio, along with the caption “I’m working on something for Planned Parenthood on behalf of @TheCreativeIndp. These are some of the people involved. More soon:”

And that’s not the only exciting news. In a recent interview with the LA Times, Kristen Stewart said that, she, too, had some plans to help out PP: she said she’s working on a “musically orientated piece” with CHVRCHES, and that the project contains a “pretty simple but definitive narrative arc that highlights the cause in a sweet but quiet and confronting way.”

Hooray for working together to bring down tyranny!

Today is #MyFreedomDay: Fighting Modern Day Slavery

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It seems almost unthinkable – but approximately 5.5 million children around the world are victims of some form of modern day slavery. And so in hopes of recruiting a whole new generation of activists to take up the fight against this horrific reality, CNN asked young people around the world to come together on this day, March 14, for the inaugural #MyFreedomDay.

The kids did indeed rise to the occasion, with students all over the globe (from Tokyo to Rio, Mumbai to Jakarta to Hong Kong and beyond) having organized events to bring awareness to the nightmare of human trafficking – especially as it relates to children.

CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout proclaimed that, “This is the beginning of a movement that starts today.”

All those participating are encouraged to Tweet their stories using #MyFreedomDay, for the purposes of spreading consciousness and strengthening the sense of international solidarity on this exceedingly imperative issue.


Remembering George Michael at the MTV RE:DEFINE Launch Party

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On Thursday night, MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, with the support of Dallas Contemporary and the Goss-Michael Foundation, (founded by the tragically recently deceased George Michael, along with Kenny Goss) hosted a launch party and auction preview for MTV RE:DEFINE, an annual benefit that raises awareness for HIV & AIDS prevention.

It was a night to be somebody, and not just the somebody the BFA photographer is to stalk for the night; but the person, who in conversation with, proves that the crammed uberPOOL you took to Great Jones Street was at least getting you somewhere in life.

In this case, it was the chance to gather and mingle amongst artists Richard Phillips, Blair Thurman, Jay Miriam, Enoc Perez and Wendy White. Their work was on display for the evening’s private auction, which included more than sixty additional pieces available through an online auction by Paddle8. Guests included art luminaries Casey Spooner, Rachel Libeskind, Maggie Lee, Chloe Wise and Maxine Trowbridge.

This year’s benefit will be held in Dallas on March 24th, and will pay tribute to RE:DEFINE founding partner Michael, who passed away in December from natural causes at just 53.

Send Away the Clowns: The Circus Makes a Final Pass Through Brooklyn

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Strobe lights pulse to the beat of a live band as white helmeted astronauts blast off into space. Massive bubbles dangle from the ceiling, filled with flexible, tumbling women swinging their ponytails.

No, this isn’t a BangOn! warehouse party in Bushwick – it’s the final season of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus. With ticket sales down and the elephants no longer in the show, well, they just can’t keep up with the changing times.

The circus is indeed closing. Just another of those things you thought would always be there – and then suddenly it’s not.



A radically shifting culture has made it so. To wit, there’s a great running gag in Modern Family, where gay character Cameron is always insisting his clown act is perfect for children’s parties – with the little ones ultimately concluding that he’s totally lame. Yeah, there’s a “gay prejudice” metaphor in there – but it’s mostly about the kids thinking that the circus is kind of icky old people stuff.

And with the rise of cosplay, the selfie generation can dress up all year round and be photographed, rather than paying to see someone else do it. Ringling Bros was up against a changing zeitgeist.

As for the disappearance of the elephants? Pressure from animal rights groups.




Some things never changed, though: the smell of buttered popcorn still fills the air. Hawkers sell swords with flashing lights and bags of cotton candy larger than your head. The sounds of children crying and laughing can be heard in equal measure.

And yet, this is the Barclays Center, where you can purchase a kosher pastrami sandwich or a locally sourced burrito. The beer selection is sublime and local with a range of New York State brews.

Nevertheless, the final show is anime brought to life. The ringmaster’s jacket glitters with crystals as he introduces an intergalactic showdown with a go-cart riding Tatiana who threatens to take over the circus. Lions and tigers roar and roll over each other at their trainers’ command. The clowns have a snowball fight…on ice skates! A nearby boy, swinging a glowing light saber is asked about his favorite part of the circus. His reply? “Everything!”

The Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus is a right of passage that will be lost to all future generations. Still, for some of us, the $12 elephant cup filled with shaved ice may be overpriced – but the memories certainly aren’t.

(Ringling Bros Circus will be at the New Coliseum in Uniondale, NY from May 12 – May 21)



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Chanel’s ‘The Fifth Sense’ Celebrates Empowerment With Surrealist Short ‘JellyWolf’

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CHANEL is synonymous with femininity. That’s why the iconic brand has partnered with i-D to celebrate women across the arts with a new platform, The Fifth Sense. A multimedia experience that showcases original content from today’s leading voices, it evaluates the relationship between creativity and fragrance. As part of its mission, the site will spotlight six women from different creative fields, as they analyze the role scent plays in the artistic process.

For their fourth project, Israeli-American filmmaker Alma Har’el delivers a hypnotic short that analyzes the relationship between scent and vision, fantasy and the real world. Inspired by CHANEL Nº5 L’Eau, JellyWolf presents a synaesthetic experience through the lens of a coming-of-age story, using surrealist imagery to explore the different realms of female identity. Starring Kiersey Clemons and Lisa Bonet, the film captures the spiritual nature of scent while also serving as a visual feminist manifesto that embodies the ethos of empowerment. Through i-D’s relationship with CHANEL, The Fifth Sense offers creative women the opportunity for self-acceptance and expression.

“This film is a trippy little love letter to women,” says Har’el. “I wanted to capture a sense of wonder that scent holds and a liberated feminine identity that develops from getting connected to what scares you.”

Learn more about The Fifth Sense, and watch JellyWolf, below: