A publication about the women who
do amazing things – right in our own backyards.

Got a Girl Crush: Melissa-Anne, the Hula-Hoop Harlot

This video is blowing my miiiiind.

Melissa-Anne is a two-time world record holding hula hoop performance artist based in New York City who specializes in traditional circus style hooping (and known to use up to 60 hoops in her acts). Girl makes this look so easy I feel ashamed I can’t even pat my head and rub my tummy!

Film was shot in 2014 by Dena Rosenberg of Atropa Studios. 

Got a Girl Crush On: The women behind Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn,and their new bi-annual publication, TAC!

Textile Arts Center is made up of a dedicated team of entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and textile enthusiasts. It is a community space dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults—and they’ve only been around since 2009!

In the spirit of promoting and supporting independent press, we invite you to check out their latest and more far-reaching effort: TAC Magazine!

TAC is a biannual publication that gives voice to the modern textile movement, and fits naturally into the mission of Textile Arts Center. Rooted in an educational and community-centric approach, TAC will deliver curated content that informs and inspires. Through 96 pages of ahead-of-the-curve tutorials, designer and artist studio visits, current textile news, fashion editorial spreads, and travel guides, TAC will bind a community hungry for knowledge and inspiration, and provide a missing link in connecting the international textile community, while attracting new enthusiasts.

Video filmed by Isabelle Selby, music composed and performed by David Linaburg.

Got a Girl Crush On: Roller Derby regent, Danielle Flowers (aka OMG WTF)

A life-long athlete with a love for the DIY and punk ethos, Flowers found a mix of all these things she loves within Derby. As a coach, an organizer, and a skater, she is a driving force, shaping what the sport is and what it will become.

Read more about Danielle in our next issue….But we Need Your Help! Since the beginning, we wanted Got a Girl Crush Magazine to be an advertising-free publication, which is why we’ve created a Kickstarter to help bring it to print

What’s in Issue #3? We’re working on this issue as we speak and hope to launch it in April 2014. We’ve got some great interviews, essays & articles lined up. 

Here’s who you’ll find in Issue #3:

Spread the word and chip in what you canevery bit helps and we’ve got some awesome rewards too! The campaign runs through March 21st, and as with all Kickstarter campaigns—it’s all or nothing, baby! There are a ton of cool rewards at every level and you can essentially pre-order Issue #3 (with some bonus goodies!) starting at $25! We hope you’re as excited as we are to bring the magazine to print and thank you for all your support! Every little bit helps and we thank everyone who’s already helped bring us closer to our goal!

(photos by Jen Dessinger)

Got a Girl Crush On: Cycling advocate, Helen Ho

Helen Shirley Ho dove head-first into the non-profit sector after she fell in love with urban biking. In addition to her role as as Development Director of Recycle-a-Bike, a non-profit which refurbishes bikes, she’s been a prolific community organizer, working on projects ranging from the art world to youth outreach to political campaigns and landmarking (she’s even co-founded a secret society for the latter).

Read more about Helen in our next issue….But we Need Your Help! Since the beginning, we wanted Got a Girl Crush Magazine to be an advertising-free publication, which is why we’ve created a Kickstarter to help bring it to print

What’s in Issue #3? We’re working on this issue as we speak and hope to launch it in April 2014. We’ve got some great interviews, essays & articles lined up. 

Here’s who you’ll find in Issue #3:

Spread the word and chip in what you canevery bit helps and we’ve got some awesome rewards too!

(photos by Amanda Stosz)

Got a Girl Crush On: MessQueen NYC

MessQueen is more than just a candy store of unisex spandex wear by pint-sized designer, Courtney Gamble—it’s also a force to be reckoned with as depicted in this fictionally fun video of some of NY’s favorite lady cyclists.

Check out www.messqueen.com!

(Video DP’d by Sara Kinney • photos by Meg Wachter)

Got a Girl Crush On: Adren Wray’s photos of creatives project, Boots & Pine

"I am inspired by those who use dress as a vehicle for creative expression and for serious fun. Boots & Pine started with my love of people watching and of style, and is growing into something bigger and better than I could’ve imagined. I’ve loved getting to meet and befriend so many wonderful people, and I hope to continue growing this project into the future."

Peep her gorgeous portraits over on Boots & Pine (and check out the rest of her photography, too!)

Got a Girl Crush On: Giving zero f*cks

We tend to rag on rude subway riders, but the truth is that underneath every stylish, well-heeled New York woman is this lady, who frankly sees no reason to wait until she gets home to start enjoying some shoeless quality time with a cold one.
There’s a lot to admire about this woman—her “don’t give a fuck” attitude and the impressive pile-up of filth blanketing her feet. The lanyard around her neck and dead-eyed gaze indicate that she probably just got off of work, and who doesn’t need a tall can of Becks after doing that for 8 or 9 or possibly 10 hours per day, amirite?
Don’t let haters get you down, girl. You’re a beer-guzzling, dirty-footed inspiration to all of us.

Got a Girl Crush On: Giving zero f*cks

We tend to rag on rude subway riders, but the truth is that underneath every stylish, well-heeled New York woman is this lady, who frankly sees no reason to wait until she gets home to start enjoying some shoeless quality time with a cold one.

There’s a lot to admire about this woman—her “don’t give a fuck” attitude and the impressive pile-up of filth blanketing her feet. The lanyard around her neck and dead-eyed gaze indicate that she probably just got off of work, and who doesn’t need a tall can of Becks after doing that for 8 or 9 or possibly 10 hours per day, amirite?

Don’t let haters get you down, girl. You’re a beer-guzzling, dirty-footed inspiration to all of us.

Got a Girl Crush On: Bronx Hip-Hop Collective to launch a ‘Radical’ library for youth

MOTT HAVEN (South Bronx) — Rappers feed off great beats, but they’re nourished by great books.
That’s one message the hip-hop-centric Rebel Diaz Arts Collective hopes to convey to local youth with a community library they will soon run out of their headquarters in a former candy factory by the Bruckner Expressway.
“I tell them, ‘The more you read, the iller you’ll be as an emcee,’” said Rodrigo Venegas, aka Rodstarz, one-third of the rap crew, Rebel Diaz, and a founding member of the cultural collective with an activist bent.
The roughly 20-member collective has partnered with Bluestockings, the independent Lower East Side bookstore, to amass about 300 mostly donated books on radical politics, Hispanic and black history and hip hop.
Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130205/mott-haven/bronx-hip-hop-collective-launch-radical-library-for-youth#ixzz2KG03anOL

Awesome project!
(via capitalnewyork: hiphopeducation)

Got a Girl Crush On: Bronx Hip-Hop Collective to launch a ‘Radical’ library for youth

MOTT HAVEN (South Bronx) — Rappers feed off great beats, but they’re nourished by great books.

That’s one message the hip-hop-centric Rebel Diaz Arts Collective hopes to convey to local youth with a community library they will soon run out of their headquarters in a former candy factory by the Bruckner Expressway.

“I tell them, ‘The more you read, the iller you’ll be as an emcee,’” said Rodrigo Venegas, aka Rodstarz, one-third of the rap crew, Rebel Diaz, and a founding member of the cultural collective with an activist bent.

The roughly 20-member collective has partnered with Bluestockings, the independent Lower East Side bookstore, to amass about 300 mostly donated books on radical politics, Hispanic and black history and hip hop.


Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130205/mott-haven/bronx-hip-hop-collective-launch-radical-library-for-youth#ixzz2KG03anOL

Awesome project!

(via capitalnewyorkhiphopeducation)

Got a Girl Crush ON: Cat Power’s gorgeous video for “Manhattan”

Loving her hair, too!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: MARTHA COOPER

Got a Girl Crush On: Martha Cooper

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Martha Cooper is an American photojournalist born in the 1940s in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked as a staff photographer for the New York Post during the 1970s and she is most importantly known for documenting the New York graffiti hip-hop scene in the 1970s and ’80s. Her most known work began while working at the New York Post. On a  return home from work she began taking photos of children in her New York city neighborhood. As the story goes, One day she met a young kid who helped expose her to some of the graffiti around the neighborhood. He then helped to explain to Martha that Graffiti is an art form and that each artist was actually writing his/her nickname and then proceeded to tell her about a local “Graffiti King” and asked if she would like to meet him. pretty much after meeting DONDI the “graffiti king” everything else fell into motion, fast forward years later and Martha Cooper has become one the Graffiti cultures most important and respected Icons and Photographers

PHOTO CREDIT: MARTHA COOPER, HYPEBEAST


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