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In Praise of J.K. Rowling’s Post ‘Harry Potter’ Career: Messy, Fun and Badass

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For years in between Harry Potter installments, J.K. Rowling kept so much under wraps. She exerted tight control over the biggest literary juggernaut of our time, managing it with fierce pride, down to the last nondisclosure agreement.

After that final book was released and the hype slowly died down, however, we’ve really gotten to know Jo Rowling, beyond the archetypal origin story of the single mom on government assistance. It turns out she is everything we could hope for in a  world famous author-cum-celebrity.
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Decoding Katy Perry’s Ill-Phrased Tweet about Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

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Katy Perry has weighed in on the debate sparked by Taylor Swift’s defensive, tone-deaf exchange with Nicki Minaj, who at the time was calling out pop music’s racial bias in light of yesterday’s VMA nominations. Unfortunately, Perry’s tweet is confusing to read, due to its lack of punctuation and awkward phrasing. Shade can only be as effective as its syntax, after all.
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An OED Update Reveals the Surprising Place Where Hundreds of New Words Originated

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The June quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, out this week, brings with it more than 500 new words. As with other lexicographical updates we’ve seen in 2015, the OED list includes new entries tethered to a rapidly evolving language of gender and identity (cisgender, intersectionality), as well as depressing, obligatory additions stemming from life under the technocratic regime of late capitalism (infopreneur). And, of course, there is no shortage of embarrassing gibberish (totes).
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Ariana Grande Quotes Gloria Steinem: This Is What Beyoncé Feminism™ Looks Like

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Yesterday, Ariana Grande posted an essay across her social media accounts, about the double standards she’s facing now that her relationship with Big Sean has ended. Culminating with a Gloria Steinem quote, the piece finds the 21-year-old pop star big-upping her feminist lineage and railing against the way women are so often defined in relation to the men they’re involved with. At her most poignant (the historically modest) Grande declares, “If a woman TALKS about sex openly … she is shamed! But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used ‘bitches’ / hoes’ … how lovely) he’s had … he is regaled.”
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The Black Filmmakers You Should Follow from Ava DuVernay’s #ARRAY Twitter Campaign Championing Diversity

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Earlier this week, award-winning Selma director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter for a 12-hour “Rebel-A-Thon,” campaigning for diversity in film. She helped unite over 40 black filmmakers in support of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, and ARRAY, the group’s multi-platform label. You can catch up with the wisdom sprinkled throughout the conversations under the hashtag #ARRAY. Join the AFFRM and ARRAY movement by visiting the project website, where artists and film advocates are gathering to support “varied voices and images in cinema.” We’ve organized a handy list of the filmmakers who participated in the eye-opening Rebel-A-Thon. Follow them on Twitter (by clicking their names or embedded feeds) to keep up with their ongoing projects. You can learn more about many of the filmmakers in our list of 50 essential African-American films.
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