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Not My President!

F*ck Donald Trump: Is Nuclear War Next?

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The threat of nuclear war has always been lingering in the air in the United States. Since we created the monstrous technology and used it against other nations we’ve been justifiably paranoid about the possibility of another country treating us how we’ve treated them. And now with ole Slippery Fingers Cheeto in the Oval Office, the possibility of nuclear war is perhaps closer. We witnessed how casually he dropped bombs on Syria and Afghanistan. So what makes North Korea different? Well first, Kim Jong Un, (as my people say) is not the one. The unruly dictator recently tested weapons of mass destruction at a large celebration for his grandfather, where a mock up video of bombs blowing up the Coast of the United States were met by applause. Scared yet?

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Michaela Coel
Chewing Gum on Netflix!

Micheala Coel is BAE

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Micheala Coel is BAE

I finished the second season of Chewing Gum in a night. I was sad that it ended honestly. And now I need another hit! Season 3 can’t come fast enough because there are so many questions left unanswered. Don’t worry- I won’t spoil it for you. Just know that characters grow and things are changing. The dynamism of the characters maybe my favorite element of this show. People get to be their full problematic selves. There are jokes about racism, colorism, bestiality and even incest. Very few things are off limits. And all these jokes are written by a girl, a black British Ghanaian one at that. Chewing Gum is like a balm in a world where very few shows are getting multicultural interactions very right. The British just do TV better anyway. It’s also featuring meta levels of humor. The song that closes the 3rd episode of season 2, “Chill Out” by Ray BLK samples Ashlee Simpsons “Pieces of Me”. Her infamous *one hit wonder that she got caught lip syncing on SNL thus killing her career. It was as cringe worthy as the really nausea inducing bits on Coel’s show. But it’s a good nausea, the kind that relieving cause you know you’ll throw up and be less drunk soon. The intricacy and commitment Micheala gives to her character Tracey’s quirks is hilarious. The timing, the references, its pulls from all the best parts of different cultures and makes something that actually works in a world where EVERYTHING is problematic. This season is full of jokes and bits that make you cringe and question yourself, but when Coal does it, for some reason it works.

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Aesthetic as Activism!

Aesthetic as Activism: Tylea Richard

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n the late 60’s, a widely used slogan in the feminist movement was, “the personal is political.” And this past year, we’ve seen an overall increase in political awareness around the world. Everyday our favorite brands are vocalizing their support for a certain cause. Our favorite fashion institutions are taking a stand against injustice. We here at All the Pretty Birds are getting in on what we hope is more than just a trend. For a long time, Aesthetic was seen as something frivolous or only necessary in the world of art. But as the study of identity politics gains more traction, we’re realizing, you actually ARE what you wear. I’ve decided to talk to some very powerful people in their own right. Activists who use their mediums of art to fight for their personal cause, and find out not only what’s in their closet, but why?

This month’s feature Tylea Richard a hilarious boss, whose fighting to save the world, (one vagina at a time) with her line of coochie friendly underwear. We caught up with this wonder woman and she gave us some insight into her thoughts about aesthetic and activism.

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