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International Day of Awesomeness!

News of the Day:

+ If you were one of the fans tweeting #JusticeForBarb after you binged on the first season of Stranger Things, then you'll be happy to know that you can catch more Shannon Purser on a new show. It's just been announced that she'll be part of NBC’s new show Drama HighThe show is based on the bestselling book by Michael Sokolove, where Purser will play the character Annabelle alongside Auli’i Cravalho from Disney's Moana

+ International Women's Day may have passed, but that doesn't mean we should stop honoring the badass females who inspire us. Amazon has shared the most streamed female artists on Amazon Music over the last year and created a number of playlists based off of it. To no surprise, Adele is the queen of Amazon Music, topping playlists like "Most Streamed Female Artists," "Most Listened To Female Artists on Echo," and "Most Streamed Songs by Female Artists." Other singers on the lists include Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Sia, and Katy Perry. Check out some of the most Powerful Women of Pop, below.

+ Chance The Rapper will be the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Bud Bilikin Parade in Chicago, the second largest parade in the country, and he took to Instagram to share his excitement. The parade is produced by the Chicago Defender Charities, which serves to provide underprivileged youth the chance to be in the spotlight. The parade begins at 10am on August 12, so mark your calendars now.

+ Yesterday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt said he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. His statement doesn't exactly match up with the public stance of Pruitt's agency or the opinions of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, though. According to the EPA's webpage on climate change, "Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change." Seems pretty cut and dry to us. 

+ The Jesus and Mary Chain are back after 20 years with a new album, Damage and Joy, dropping March 24. The biggest surprise of all? It will feature vocals from the talented Sky Ferreira, which the artist confirmed on Instagram

Deal of the Day:

Popular luggage brand Away has partnered up with Pop+Suki for some of the cutest baggage ever, just in time for spring break. Instead of panicking that every black suitcase on the conveyor belt is yours, you can stand apart with the new (you guessed it) millennial pink luggage. It comes in four different sizes and is sure to make you feel more like a chic jet-setter than someone on a business trip. Shop the new travel gear, here.

Advice of the Day:

"Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It's you who can change the world." —Malala Yousafzai

GIF of the Day:

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."