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Shantell Martin Wants To Give Women Artists A Support System

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We chat with with the artist about her United Airlines partnership

You've probably seen the work of Shantell Martin. Best known for her graphic black-and-white designs, which she's emblazoned on everything from walls to clothes to sunglasses, it seems there's nothing too big or too small for Martin to etch with her signature playful style. Now, she's getting serious with a collaboration with United Airlines.

Martin is working to make space for women in the art world—which is no small task. Only 13 percent of art on display in museums was made by women, indicating the pervasive lack of female representation. That's why United Airlines, with Martin as a mentor, has launched the Her Art Here competition. Women artists of all backgrounds are being invited to submit their work to the contest, with judges (including Martin) picking a winner who will be given the opportunity to showcase their work in two big ways. Not only will they be able to curate their own gallery show, but they will also be given the opportunity to have their work seen from the sky, with a United Airlines plane provided to use as a canvas.

Mentorship can be seen as Martin's baseline practice, as it has woven itself into the way she makes her work. Her creative process involves shedding light on her own practices and the ways in which she creates her art: "I'm not giving the magic away, but I'm creating the work in a visible and accessible way, which facilitates more of a connection than an experience between myself and the audience."

As to why she chose to be a part of this campaign, Martin thinks the best partnerships come when artists align themselves with a project "that means something to us." Her work with United, she says, partners well with a message that she is already very passionate about: recognition of women in the art world. "The message of this campaign, uplifting and creating a space for women in the creative world, reflects something I did on my own social media," she says. "I posted work from other female-identifying artists and wrote #SaturdayShowcase as a sort of conversation-starter in the arts community."

She will also be mentoring the winner of the contest, helping them to pull off what will likely be their largest installation yet. As an already seasoned artist, Martin will definitely have some words of wisdom for the winner. "It's important to show them new ways of working, and to show them that they can work across all types of platforms involving mediums, industries, and brands," says Martin. "I look forward to helping whoever I can and giving as much advice as possible."

Martin's identity is impossible to separate from her work, which comes out in big ways when she creates work live, sometimes in front of an audience. "Your style of identity or fingerprint is naturally there, and for me, drawing live is a great way of refining and cultivating that fact," she says. "It puts me in a position where I don't have time to be anybody else but myself."

She also notes that she wishes that mentors for artists were more readily available. Though she says that she's not particularly weighted down by the industry—"I'm doing my own thing and seeing where it takes me," she says—she does wish that she had had someone to help her learn the ropes of an already exclusive art world. "Starting out, it would have been helpful to have had solid mentors in my earlier life, which is something I'm still looking for now," she says. "I wish people and schooling showed me how to do taxes, read contracts, negotiate, and protect myself as an artist." She's not interested in simply helping the winner break into the art industry, but to actually help them shake the industry up. "It's not necessarily about introducing them into this system that in some ways is already broken, but more so about creating inclusive new worlds."

Overall, it's not just the art world that needs to be more receptive to women and their ideas, though. Says Martin, "In general, it's important to get into the habit of supporting women, so let's support women." Martin is simply laying the groundwork.

For a chance to win, you can enter the Her Art Here contest here. You have until March 24, so get to creating!

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.

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