Finally, proof that Sister Act is a biracial lesbian rom-com

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“I thought, being away from your convent, that even someone like you could get lonely,” purrs Sister Mary Robert, batting her eyelashes at Deloris. Disguised as a nun, Deloris smiles shyly, feeling safe and at ease for the first time since hiding in the convent.

The 1992 comedy Sister Act was ahead of its time; it challenged the church, tradition and intersectional feminism. But many people don’t know that it also tackled star-crossed, biracial lesbian love affairs in the…

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An exclusive first look at Kanye West’s new Calabasas zine

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A shiny yellow Chevrolet; phone lines reaching into a blue sky above a dusty yellow hillside; signs advising on the price of the fuel that keeps the traffic surging around the sprawling arteries of Los Angeles. Shot in Calabasas, Jackie Nickerson’s latest photography zine for Kanye West’s Yeezy feels like a postmodern ode to the myths and symbols of California.

The zine is being sent out to everyone who…

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Teyana Taylor’s new chain literally says ‘Fuck Donald Trump’

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Fashion is often used as a way for people to communicate their identity, without having to say anything. It could be via slogan tees like Maria Grazia Chiuri’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ at Dior, or like girls you might have known who wear their names in swirly fonts on gold chains around their necks – you know in case you (or they) forgot who they were.

Teyana Taylor has put…

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How the female experience dominated London Film Festival

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Last month the BFI launched the BFI Filmography – the inaugural living record of UK cinema. The filmography features films dating back to 1911 through to the present day, with data from over 10,000 films and the 250,000 cast and crew members. Perhaps unsurprisingly – the data reveals the yawning gender imbalance prevalent in UK film. This gap is surely felt at this year’s…

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Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is a coming-of-age triumph

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Early on in Lady Bird, the solo director-writer debut from Greta Gerwig, the 17-year-old title character, played by Saoirse Ronan, delivers a dramatic statement to her mother and leaps from a moving car. It’s funny, sad and impulsive. Moreover, it establishes the tone of the poignant movie that follows.

First, let’s cut to the chase: if you love Frances Ha, then…

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Yayoi Kusama implements 30-second selfie rule at exhibition

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Yayou Kusama is probably the most Intagrammed artist out there. If your selfie of you standing inside the Infinity Rooms doesn’t get posted then were you even there? Earlier this year, one of Kusama’s pumpkin sculptures was damaged by an exhibition attendee desperate for that perfect pic, an incident that probably led to Kusama banning photography in the room showing ‘All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016), which features more than 60 pumpkins lit by LED and displayed on a black…

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Phoebe English reflects on six years of design at V&A show

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With the current speed of fashion, sometimes years will pass in the blink of an eye. That is the case for designer Phoebe English, who last week celebrated six years since she started her eponymous label. What better way to contemplate how far she has come in that time, than by throwing a retrospective show at the V&A for its Fashion in Motion series.…

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How to know if you’re stuck in a Michael Haneke film

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December sees the release of Happy End, the latest offering from Austrian auteur Michael Haneke, a director for whom collecting the Palme d’Or has become something of a habit. In typically ‘Hanekian’ fashion, Happy End is not all that happy and sees the filmmaker on fine form, dissecting human nature, class and racial tension in his typically provocative style. In celebration of the film’s impending release, here’s a handy guide on if things start getting weird and you…

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