Got a Girl Crush On: Rollerskating mama, Michelle Steilen, hitting iconic skateboard spots in LA
Can’t. Stop. Re-watching! Michelle KILLS it!
Michelle Steilen, also known in the roller derby world as Estro Jen is the owner of Moxi Roller Skates and Moxi Shop. She is a star in the Long Beach roller derby scene and she does a lot to push and promote anything and everything roller skating related.
Got a Girl Crush On: Education activist, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai
She demanded to reinstate education for women in Pakistan and was in turn shot by the Taliban. She is the youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. This girl speaks of fighting violence with peace—speaking beyond her years. She is beyond an inspiration at only 16-years-old.
Born in 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sadie Benning is a lesbian videomaker who began making videos when she was 15-years old, using a Fisher Price Pixelvision toy camera. Benning’s early works were made in the privacy of her childhood bedroom, using scrawled and handwritten text from diary entries to record thoughts and images that reveal the longings and complexities of a developing identity. Evoking in turn playful seduction and painful honesty, Benning’s floating, close-up camera functions as a witness to her intimate revelations, and as an accomplice in defining her evocative experimental form. Her work emerges from a place half-innocent and half-adult—with all the honesty, humor, and desperation of a personality just coming into self-awareness, trapped and uneasy. Her more recent work moves beyond the Pixelvision camera and into animation, film and installation. [video databank]
In addition to her personal work, she has made work for Le Tigre and Julie Ruin.
Got a mad crush on the Toronto-based art+fashion collective/bike gang, The Deadly Nightshades! They make rad stuff together, support each other’s individual endeavors, and ride bikes together! Makes me feel like a slacker on trying to get my own lady-bike-gang together this summer (for, alas, summer is over). Super inspiring group o gals!
Such a subject as living in a US women’s prison has never been tackled on television as it has in this new Netflix original series (which is touting something of a reputation as a incubator for groundbreaking work) based on the autobiography by Piper Kermon. Executed by a phenomenal cast (including Taylor Schlling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Daschsa Polanco, and many others—and not to mention guest directed by Jodie freaking Foster). Love, sex, life, death, gender-transitioning…