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Nujabes was a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ. The name “Nujabes” is the reverse spelling of the DJ’s birth name, Jun Seba. Aside from owning Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founding Hydeout Production, Nujabes is most known for his blend of jazz with hip hop music.
Some of his more notable works include the “Luv(sic)’ hexalogy as well as his work in the anime Samurai Champloo.
In 2010, Nujabes died in a traffic accident leaving his many fans to grieve over the 36-year-old.
Of course, much of his work remains popular today. Recently, some students in Korea have been reaching viral popularity due to their impressive cover of Nujabes’ “Aquarian Dance.” The best part about all this? The students are 2nd graders.
Check out the talented students of an elementary school in Daegu, South Korea. For your reference, you can hear the original Nujabes version below.
Among the number of privileges we often take for granted is a skill you’re using this very moment: literacy.
For those of us who are lucky enough to have an education, we often overlook how much we utilize reading and writing on a daily basis. To us, it is simply basic knowledge that one naturally picks up way back in elementary school. We foolishly forget that there is an overwhelming amount of women who dream of having the opportunity just to learn how to read and write.
The truth is, for many women, education is not something that is attainable. In certain areas of the world, girls grow up to believe that because they are a girl, they don’t deserve an education. They don’t serve a purpose outside of procreation and taking care of their husbands. These girls grow up believing that being born a girl is worthless.
This is exactly what Chuna Devi grew up believing. As a child in Nepal, she was not sent to school because her parents saw no need in a female having an education. Instead, she was left to look after the animals and was married off by the age of 16.
As a result, when her mother needed medical attention, Chuna Devi could not find the necessary doctor because she could not read the words and numbers on the hospital signs.
This is not uncommon for many women in South Asia. According to Le Globaliste, “of the world’s 493 million illiterate women, half live in South Asia. The region will see 130 million young girls married as children by 2030, and almost four in 10 South Asian women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes. As girls are forced to abandon their education, they become increasingly isolated.”
Now, at the age of 47 and with daughters of her own, what does Chuna Devi decide to do? Change her life.
As a mother of three raising her kids in Nepal, Chuna finally learned how to read at a READ center. With this knowledge, Chuna educates her own daughters and aims to spread the message that it is never too late to learn.
The official website for READ Global describes their centers and organization:
READ Centers offer educational trainings and resources in literacy, livelihood skills, health, leadership, women’s rights, the environment, and more. READ Global is nonprofit organization working in rural South Asia to build community library and resource centers (READ Centers) that offer training programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women’s empowerment. With each Center we seed a small business called a ‘sustaining enterprise’ that generates revenue to maintain the Center in the long run. Our Centers are owned and operated by our local partner communities.
Slowly, but surely, READ informs more and more women that being born as a girl is priceless. Watch the inspiring story below.
They say that age is just a number, but apparently people still have their preferences. For many of us, there has been a long-standing belief that older men prefer younger women and younger women prefer older men.
Recently, this trend seems to have shifted.The rise of terms such as “cougar” and “MILF” have increased in popularity. This has become so evolved in mainstream media that even “Hot Mom” photo competitions exist. The idea of “the attractive older woman” has been embraced.
In the past, if you were a woman who dated a younger man, you were laughed at, called a “cradle-robber” and even called desperate. Women were led to believe in finding an older man to ensure that they were nurtured and cared for. Times have changes and more and more women are leaning away from this path.
Sandra L. Caron, a professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, told The New York Times, “For a long time we’ve been fed this idea that women should look for a man to take care of her, a man that is more educated, has a better job and makes more money. That might be fine and dandy if you’re in high school and have this fairy tale Prince Charming. But when you look at adult women, most are self-sufficient and they don’t have to look for that.”
When NBC News looked into this trend, they noted that women may be more interested in younger men because,
-Older women are looking better every day, thanks to creative medical advances and a gym on every corner.
-Women are more likely to come back on the dating market because of divorce and a longer expected life span.
-Not as many women are looking for the picket fence and two cars. Now companionship, travel, and fun are coming to the forefront.
-Women may also want a man with a less-developed career who could follow her or take care of children, if that is a factor.
-For their part, younger men often find older women more interesting, experimental, fun to talk to, financially settled, and more adept sexually.
While the U.S. has begun embracing the idea of older women with younger men, Japan has kept true to their traditional views on relationships.
Earlier this month, a Japanese dating app called Match Alarm asked nearly 3,000 singles if they preferred dating someone the same age, younger, or older. The response was unanimous for women- 81.3% responded that they would prefer an older lover. This percentage is not as large for men, but a majority (46.9%) still prefer dating younger women.
Despite this preference towards traditional ways, Japan was still surprised that one in three men want an older lover. In fact, once the numbers were separated by age group, more than 50% of men between the ages of 20 and 24 preferred older women.
Japanese women generally seemed to agree on older men. Even the oldest age group, 35-39 most preferred dating older men. Check out the results below.
So tell us- do you prefer an older or a younger lover?
Many women have experienced the uncomfortable leer of a male stranger. Many of us have had to endure as a stranger inspects our body from top to bottom and we force ourselves not to think about what he’s imagining. We’ve scowled, we’ve yelled, we’ve rolled our eyes, we’ve ignored, we’ve been sarcastic, and we’ve been scared and yet the leering continues. The worst part about all this is just how common this is.
It is no secret that the mistreatment of women is a large and serious issue faced by India. A little over a year ago, the infamous New Delhi Gang Rape horrified the world. A 23-year-old woman was on a private bus when six men, including the driver, beat and raped her. The woman suffered serious injuries to her abdomen, intestines and genitals due to the assault.
According to Huffington Post, a doctor at Safdarjung Hospital where the woman was being treated claimed, “It appears to be that a rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines… That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines.”
Though she survived the attack, the woman died thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment. The horrifying case shook the country and widespread protests ensued.
Now, a year later, this ad is released as a reminder the world to not forget that these acts still happen. The video’s description says,
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT” is the need of the hour. On 16th December 2012, the horrific incident of Nirbhaya’s Rape Case not only shattered Nirbhaya’s family but every single Indian. This incident did trigger a sense of solidarity to stand up, fight against and do our best to eradicate such atrocities & gender inequality. At Cinema100, 2013, a WWI Initiative to commemorate the completion of 100 years of Indian Cinema, we commissioned our Alumni Ketan Rana to make an ad on Woman Empowerment. Watch the video & Spread the awareness to Think, Reflect & Act!
According to Jezebel, the lyrics of the song say, “Look how you look when you’re looking at me,” in Hindi. The video shows men getting a taste of their own medicine. Sure enough, they are all equally uncomfortable with being leering at. They are physically forced to look at themselves and reflect on their actions. Watch the powerful ad below.
So you have to buy a Christmas gift for someone who loves make up, but you don’t know a thing about a make up. This can get a bit tricky. What brand do you choose? What will look good on her skin? What does that cream even do?
Well have no fear! Here at Audrey, we shared our absolute favorite make up items. If we love these so much, we hope she will too. Check out Ask Audrey Staff | Whats In Our Make Up Bag below to get some Christmas gift ideas for the make up lover in your life.
“Dry lips annoy me and I usually have to choose something that tastes yummy. For the most part, EOS has a pretty decent selection of delicious flavors (not saying that I eat my lips…)”
“On the days when I have a million meetings to attend and then a function at night, this eyeliner makes touching up my eyes pretty easy- especially when I want to do a dramatic tail. ”
“It hides all my blemishes and evens out my skin tone.”
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner (Black)
“So I don’t look like I’m sleeping. Its (Revlon ColorStay) the only one that stays”
“This has made it onto my list of HG (Holy Grail) products for me. I’ve sworn by this eyeliner since I’ve started wearing makeup. Glides on smoothly – and yes, it really does stay put. ”
“My daily must-have. Really easy to apply and it doesn’t take much effort to get a lot of color out of it. As everyone else has said, it definitely stays on.”
“It’s way beyond a lip balm. It totally makes me feel like I have sumptuous Angelina lips.”
“The chicest, most minimal lipstick tube ever. It makes me feel stylish just pulling it out of my bag.”
“I could swirl this on with IT Cosmetics super plush powder brush all day long. Adds the perfect hint of sheen and flush to my wan winter pallor and reflects away from my many sunspots!”
“I was introduced to this over the summer and it gives me the most flawless (and very natural) coverage, without feeling heavy. It’s cool to grind the makeup!”
“Enough to last me the entire work day. The red is the perfect shade for me to wear on regular days – just enough color, without going too bold. The formula also feels great on my lips! ”
“When my brother gave me this for my birthday, he said all the workers in the shop wouldn’t stop talking about how perfect this gift would be. As expected, I fell in love. It has enough variety for a chill day in the office to a crazy night out.”
This past weekend, the oh-so-popular Lady Gaga was in Tokyo promoting her latest album Art Pop. Although Japanese netizens can say they’re accustomed to the eccentric, Lady Gaga still turned heads with her giant hair ears and and confusing outfit (typical of the pop diva).
During one of the press conferences, Lady Gaga held on to a Hello Kitty doll that was clearly inspired by her own look. The doll was created specifically for her by Sanrio designer Yuko Yamaguchi. As you can see in the image below, The Lady Gaga-inspired Hello Kitty doll wears a blond wig, a white pantsuit outfit with a shell bra and huge platform shoes.
After engaging in a kiss with the doll, Lady Gaga revealed that she would be auctioning the signed doll and the proceeds would go to Tomodachi, a non-profit organization. The proceeds for this particular auction would go to the Tomodachi Stella Adler Performing Arts Fellowship.
So what’s so special about this Hello Kitty doll? When we say its limited edition, we really mean limited edition. Only two of these Lady Gaga-inspired Hello Kitty dolls exist and the owner of the other one happens to be Lady Gaga herself.
The auction will continue until December 23rd and 10pm. The bid is already around $24,000. Check it out here.
In return, Lada Gaga was presented with four life-size dolls resembling herself. The dolls had such realistic detail and skin that it was hard to tell the singer apart from her dolls. The silicone “Gagadolls” were created by Orient Industry in Tokyo which specializes in synthetic “love dolls.”
All of the Gagadolls dolls were dressed up to replicate a specific outfit and look of Lady Gaga. The pop-star tweeted a photo of herself next to the dolls saying, “Who needs barbies when you can own your own life size pop star that sings to you #gagadollz.” Hey, Santa? Is it too late to add this to my Christmas list?”
Check out the video of the making of the Gagadolls below.
Back in October, excitement was in the air when it was announced that Cole Horibe was chosen to play the legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee, in the world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s new play Kung Fu. The play, directed by Leigh Silverman, will premier in February of the upcoming year.
So who exactly is this Cole Horibe you ask? He was a contestant on the ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance in the category of martial arts fusion. During Hwang’s search for the perfect Bruce Lee, Cole Horibe made quite the impression.
“Cole’s electrifying martial arts and dance performances immediately riveted me,” explains Hwang. “He shared Bruce’s charisma and even resembled him physically. Later, in his auditions for Kung Fu, he brought the same raw talent to his acting that he’d shown so brilliantly in his dance. We feel incredibly blessed to have found in Cole a star who can bring a legend to life.”
All of Horibe’s talent is perfect for the play which combines dance, martial arts, Chinese opera and drama to tell the tale of the martial arts icon.
Much to our excitement, some first look photos of (a shirtless) Horibe channeling his inner Bruce Lee have been released. Clearly, he deserves to be today’s Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy).
Check out some of the photos below as well as some swoon-worthy behind-the-scenes footage of the photoshoot.
It’s no secret that the pressure to be thin is one faced by many woman. A simple flip through your average Vogue is enough to get the point across: society tells us skinny is pretty and fat is not.
Even worse, any woman in Japan will tell you that their pressure is far greater. Apparently a chubby figure (much smaller than what we consider obese here in the U.S.) is not acceptable.
As a result, some in Japan have tried to counter this perception of chubby girls. A magazine called La Farfa was created and features only plus-sized women. It is an effort to show Japan and the world that plus-sized girls are beautiful as well.
Recently, the magazine called one of its models, Goto Seina, a “marshmallow girl.” The magazine has since been advocating for the term and claims that it hopes the nickname will change the general perspective on chubby girls.
The aim of the new nickname is to associate chubbiness with cuteness instead of the negative connotations of a nickname like “fatty.”
While the new term inches its way towards viral popularity, netizens seem torn on the issue. Some claim that the term is much more user-friendly and “you’re a marshmallow girl” creates a much cuter image than harsh terms like “you’re a fatty” or “you’re a pig.”
Others claim that its association to food is problematic. One commented on JapanCrush.com, “How about just calling them “pizza girls”?”
Some netizens want nothing to do with the confusing issue and refuse to recognize the issue at all. They simply say women should just lose weight and that’s that.
Let us know what you think. Will “marshmallow girls” be a productive method of combating fat-shaming?
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are artists who have been working together in Beijing since the late 90′s. The duo is known for using extreme and sometimes controversial mediums. For instance, the two have used live animals, human fat tissue and baby cadavers within their installations. These works of art often deal with the theme of death. As expected, the two have come up with some of China’s most controversial pieces of art.
This year, the duo put together a very personal piece inspired by the passion of Peng Yu’s mother.
According to RocketNews24, Peng Yu conducted an interview with her mother before she died to discuss the end of her life and her thoughts on afterlife. Peng Yu’s mother went into detail about rebirth and reincarnation.
“If I die, I don’t want to come back as some creature that lives on land,” she explained. “I want to fly, soaring above the earth in the company of red-crowned cranes. How free it would be, live where I want, land where ever I wish.
Inspired by her words, the artists decided to honor her life with a piece called “If I Died.” The installment portrays what his mother hoped for in her afterlife. The piece shows Peng Yu’s mother soaring with the bird and see creatures. Precisely as she had wished, she seems at peace.
The birds are stuffed specimens while Peng Yu’s mother and the sea creatures are made from fiberglass and silica gel. Check them out below.