Posts by Deana Morton

Afropunk Festival

The Afropunk Festival Sparks a Global Movement

The Afropunk Festival began with a punk music documentary and progressed into a worldwide celebration of Black culture and activism. The Afropunk Festival is more than a two-day festival; it’s a global movement. It’s a celebration of Black culture and a safe space for self-expression and activism through skate, music, film and art. The manifesto is “No sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no fatphobia, no transphobia, no hatefulness.” Cofounder Matthew Morgan’s        …read more

Amanda Lepore

Amanda Lepore Is More Than a Diva with 'The Most Expensive Body on Earth'

Amanda Lepore’s memoir, ‘Doll Parts,’ chronicles her tumultuous beginnings to becoming an LGBTQ+ icon. Amanda Lepore’s childhood was far from the glitz and glamour that surrounds her today. Growing up, Amanda was bullied for being different from all her peers because although she was born a boy, her internal identity was female. In her teens, Amanda started taking hormone therapy and underwent gender reassignment surgery that was paid for by her boyfriend’s father. She fled        …read more

Emma Sulkowicz

Inside the Work of 'Carry That Weight' Artist Emma Sulkowicz

One of the most intriguing artists of our time, Emma Sulkowicz opens up about events leading to the viral performance piece and continuing work. Three years before the #MeToo movement went viral, New York–based performance artist Emma Sulkowicz became famous for the 2015 performance piece Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), in which Sulkowicz carried a 50-pound dorm mattress around Columbia University’s campus for nine months to protest the university’s lack of action against an alleged        …read more

McQueen

Long Live McQueen

The new documentary ‘McQueen’ focuses on the brilliant and destructive mind of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. With the recent passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade and the important surrounding conversations about mental health and suicide prevention, there’s no time more relevant for a documentary about fashion designer Alexander McQueen. While most fashion documentaries understandably cater to fashion insiders, McQueen appeals to anyone who wants to see the emotional elements and hard work put into        …read more

La Luz

Dive into the Dreamy Surf-Noir Soundscape of La Luz

La Luz’s ’60s girl-pop-surf-rock style will make you dream of sunny beach days, wherever you may be. La Luz is new to Los Angeles but not to the indie music scene. Formed in 2012 in Seattle, Washington, the band — made up of lead singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marion Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl and bassist Lena Simon — is popular among music critics. Their third full-length album, Floating Features, solidifies their place among the best        …read more

Eighth Grade

Take a Trip Back to Middle School with the Film 'Eighth Grade'

Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ seamlessly captures the stress, awkwardness and vulnerability of being a teenager. Eighth grade is a point in life where you’re no longer a child but not yet a teenager. That period is driven by insecurity, self-discovery and awkward behavior. I find myself aghast at the sight of my eighth grade school photo. My greasy, wavy, untamed hair was parted down the middle, my overgrown eyebrows were begging to be tweezed, and        …read more