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“Uprise/Angry Women” is set to run during the inauguration

Since the election, a lot of women have been either considering or already making plans to travel to Washington for the Women’s March taking place on January 21. A reaction to the results of November, the event is meant to unite women threatened by Donald Trump’s swearing in as our 45th president. It’s meant to be a protest that rejects the views and policies of the new administration and the aggressively misogynistic leader at its helm. For those heading to our nation’s capital this weekend, the Women’s March is just one of many outlets that women are using to express their frustrations; others are doing it through art. 

Toni Morrison once said that in times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent. And over the past couple of months, we’ve started seeing just how beautiful that noise can be. One such example is the upcoming NYC exhibit "Uprise/Angry Women." The show features work from 80 different contemporary painters, photographers, and printmakers, who have come together to respond to the current political climate of the country. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the ERA Coalition & Fund for Women’s Equality.

Curator Indira Cesarine touched on the importance of the exhibit, stating:

Right now it is [an] important time for women to demonstrate solidarity in face of the threats upon us in regards to women's rights. The 2016 presidential election has brought to the surface extremes of sexism, racism, and discrimination. Many women are deeply disturbed not only by the negative stereotyping and sexist attitudes toward women that have surfaced but also the threats to roll back women's rights. The exhibit gives female artists a means to express themselves in regards to the social and political climate in America, and empower others with their visual imagery… Right now, more than ever, women need to unify and work together to ensure that our rights, which were fought for with blood and tears for many decades, are not only assured, but continue to progress.

Despite what some people think, we’re always stronger together. Even if you can’t make it out to our nation’s capital this weekend, consider visiting "Uprise/Angry Women," or even organizing your own gathering. We’re allowed to be angry. It’s what you do with that anger that’s most important. 

"Uprise/Angry Women" opens today at 6pm and runs through January 28. It will be showing at the Untitled Space Gallery in New York City. You can check out a preview of some of the work below.

Alyson Provax, "I Thought It Would Be Different By Now"

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.

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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.

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