Catalina Girard’s lingerie line Naja was founded on the idea that feeling empowered is the new sexy, and nothing is more empowering than knowing your money is going towards helping other women. Girard has set herself apart from the rest by bringing socially conscious manufacturing to the world of undergarments.
With a recently published retrospective book of his work, a piece commissioned for the Cannes Film Festival, and several of his portraits hanging from light posts in Chicago, out pop artist and painter Tennessee Loveless hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Keith Haring.
In part one of the Los Angeles Blade’s Shopping Favorites, we focus on a mix of our favorite LGBT-owned or friendly merchants (both online and storefront), from charitable chic to the purely indulgent.
‘STORIES: The AIDS Monument’
In just a scant couple of years, West Hollywood will finally have an AIDS monument.
Titled “STORIES: The AIDS Monument,” it is meant to embody the bittersweet history of a city originally created to protect the LGBTQ community, and one also profoundly impacted by the viral epidemic that brought it to its knees.
In a world of high tech phones and cars that drive themselves, quietly in Nashville, Tennessee another generation of a Latino family is continuing an impressive tradition. Only this time, it’s a girl who is learning to become a luthier, or one who makes string instruments.
When Eric Spalding and Cole Evans returned from their Naval military service as Explosive Ordinance Device specialists in 2010, the two say they had no idea where they’d go next. Sitting around in Cole’s apartment one day, the two say their inspiration came when a decommissioned bullet fell out of Cole’s bullet-proof vest, and onto the coffee table. Evans took a photo, posted it to Facebook—and the rest is history.
On the night Azim Khamisa learned that his son Tariq had been murdered, he had what he calls an out-of-body experience — a moment that led him to an almost spiritual partnership and a practically otherworldly example of forgiveness.
Want to immerse yourself in the fascinating worlds of Latin American and Latino art? Then you definitely want to pay a visit to Southern California.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA has been drawing enthusiastic crowds since it started in September; it's one of the largest artistic initiatives to focus on Latino and Latin American art in the United States.
Artists like renowned muralist Barbara Carrasco are like prophets, said Maria Elena Chavez, the daughter of Chicano civil rights activist and American labor leader, Dolores Huerta: They're visionaries whose work often appears at the exact moment in history when they most need to be heard and seen.
"This star is for every Latina out there who has ever had a dream," said actress Eva Longoria, who grew up in Selena's hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, in a moving speech. "Growing up there was no reflection of me - not in TV, not in movies, and not in music, it was as if someone like me didn't exist in mainstream America. That all changed when a bright young singer named Selena changed the music landscape."
Amber Rose doesn’t suffer fools. Whether she's criticized for seeming to brag about her looks, gets trolled on social media for showing her pubic hair, stands up for women who pose nude in Playboy, or jokes about running for president, she unabashedly owns it all.
There’s a scene in “Grace and Frankie” in which Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda are sitting in Adirondack chairs, the surf nearly lapping at their feet as the Pacific Ocean crashes loudly then recedes Zen-like.