REVIEW: 'WHITE GIRL', A TALE OF COCAINE, SEX AND PRIVLEGE

“White Girl” poses a troubling but unspoken question: To what degree has hard partying with sex and drugs become entrenched as a hazardous rite of passage for bored millennials? Leah (Morgan Saylor), the doll-faced blond protagonist of this movie, written and directed by Elizabeth Wood, is an ebullient New York City college student with an appetite for marijuana, cocaine and casual sex.

When she and her equally wild best friend Katie (India Salvor Menuez) move to a seedy apartment in Queens, she thinks nothing of running downstairs and asking the boys hanging out in front of the building where she can find some pot. They follow her upstairs, and it isn’t long before Leah is having sex against a wall with Blue (Brian Marc, also a rapper known as Sene), a Puerto Rican drug dealer and the best-looking member of the group.

The movie, which observes the world from Leah’s entitled perspective, is the latest in a continuing line of shockers (including “Kids” and “Spring Breakers”), whose depictions of greedy drug-taking and promiscuity are inescapably titillating. Had “White Girl” been directed by a man, it would probably be accused of misogyny. But Ms. Wood has said that it is semi-autobiographical. When shown last winter at the Sundance Film Festival, “White Girl” received some obligatory tut-tutting from nervous male critics.

The movie has what seems to be a heart, although you can’t be sure. Leah entertains no expectations of a serious relationship with Blue. Yet when he is arrested for drug dealing, she goes to considerable lengths to help him try to avoid prison. She consults a sleazy, high-powered lawyer (Chris Noth), and in a state of semiconsciousness endures what appears to be a rape.

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FASHION WEEK PHOTO DIARY BY MODEL KAYLA HOLL

Wilhelmina model and photographer Kaya Holl gives us some real sweet morsels from London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week. In these photos, Holl covers it all: a few shows in all their center (and backstage) glory, the steamy cute club scene, that bondage gear boy at the afterparty that you wish you talked to. Needless to say we’re left hungry with some real FOMO. 
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photo by Kayla Holl for MADE

photo by Kayla Holl for MADE

PHOTOGRAPHER ANDREW BOYLE EXTRACTS BEAUTY FROM RESISTANCE

Trump’s America has been one of conflicting emotions across a polarizing spectrum, one that’s left us more divided as a country than united. As a nation with a history of resilience, the inherent beauty in our natural resistance is both inevitable and full of hope.

Photographer Andrew Boyle, a longtime friend of Milk.xyz, captured a string of defining moments at this past weekend’s demonstration at JFK held by hundreds of Muslim Americans, immigrants, and allies. Click through his images above and read on below for his thoughts on the experience.

“There have been countless protests since Inauguration Day all over the world, and as a photographer, you feel compelled to document what you can in times of upheaval. Where the women’s marches were gargantuan in scale, I found the aftermath of the executive order signed to bar immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations most telling in the faces of the people the order seeks to affect.”

“At the invitation of a friend who is helping oversee the makeshift camp of voluntary immigration attorneys within JFK’s Terminal 4, I ventured out on a bitterly cold Fridaymorning to photograph a large demonstration that was more subdued but equally powerful in its representation of those demonized by current hateful rhetoric. Dozens of Muslim Americans joined together to hear speakers (including an elderly Jewish woman who survived the holocaust of WW2) talk of messages of peace, and partake in a large Islamic prayer service in the parking lot outside the arrival hall of New York’s busiest airport. The sounds of prayer echoed through the space often occupied by honking cars, but most apparent was the unity of multiple faiths and backgrounds standing alongside the many Muslim American immigrants that turned out to take part. Words of leaders echoed with determination and intelligence imploring all Americans to stand together in a time when powerful men seek to divide and make scape goats of millions with a broad stroke of a pen.”

“While the victory of this weekend’s lift of the ban by way of a Federal Court decision is indeed relief for many, the ruling is naturally fragile and vigilance is needed especially if you know individuals currently traveling that may be affected.”

Photography by Andrew Boyle

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YOKO ONO IS MAKING A MOVIE ABOUT HER RELATIONSHIP WITH JOHN LENNON

Decades after his death in 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono still resonate as one of the most iconic and influential couples of our time. Their relationship was woven into their art, activism, and music; and 26 years after his tragic assassination, Lennon is still a muse to the modern art icon.

Deadline has reported that Ono is developing a movie about their relationship with The Theory Of Everything producer Michael De Luca. In a statement, De Luca said the film "will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage, and activism in the US, with the intention of inspiring today's youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want."

The film, which is currently untitled, will track the two from their first meeting in 1966 — while Ono was preparing her London exhibition Unfinished Paintings and Objects — through their 11-year marriage, musical collaborations, and enduring commitment to peace.

Beyond being a beautiful story about two inspiring people, the project also comes at a vital time as a new generation is realizing the power they possess to change the world through community engagement and protest — causes the two championed.

Lennon's early life has previously been detailed in the 2009 film Nowhere Boy, in which Aaron Taylor-Johnson played him as a young man. For the record, Ono was a big fan. But we're glad their relationship will be explored and celebrated, after years of being shadowed by the demise of the Beatles. After all, as any fan of the pair knows, they only made each other better.

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Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović became embroiled in a Satanic Panic, after a leaked email about a dinner party with “spirit cooking” forwarded to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief was said to reference occult sex rituals.

The email between the artist and Tony Podesta, which were forwarded to his brother John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairperson, read: “I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining?” The invitation from Abramović was extended to Tony Podesta, who is a collector of her work, and his brother, as part of a dinner party for big donors to her campaign. via Dazed
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Lessons in Life, Style and Selfhood From Joni Mitchell

Although she is often thought of as being the queen of the laid-back, bohemian 1970s, Joni Mitchell is in actual fact the original and ultimate punk. Her life is a near-untraceable journey of nonconformity and rebellion, punctuated with the creation of some of the world’s rawest music and artwork made consistently throughout her life, not for a pastime, but out of true necessity. The strength of her spirit and the unique, personal level at which humans of this world cherish her creative outpourings makes her one of the most beloved, cross-generational stars on this earth. Here are some things we can learn from a woman who has led a truly extraordinary and utterly uncompromising life. via Another

WELCOME TO THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS

Who better to recreate the iconic aura of Valley of the Dolls, than a pair of eerily similar, scary beautiful young models like Meredith Mickelson and Chase Carter? "They reminded me of each other and when I asked if Meredith knew Chase she squealed with delight," says stylist Solange Franklin about the shoot. Turns out the pair are real life friends who are moving in together. In this shoot they perfectly channelled the original 1967 film's pastel-tinged dreamworld of femininity and beauty, with a lurking darkness just beneath the surface. via Paper
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Photos of Paris and London’s reckless and boisterous boys

“I like to shoot people who are more reckless, careless, boisterous, edgy or extreme than I am… this keeps me on my toes,” muses 23-year-old New York-based photographer Grace Ahlbom when I ask her about her canon of worldwide muses. From Jack Kilmer to Lukas Ionesco and Julian Klincewicz, all have gazed down her lens, as well as become her friend. When pressed further, she tells me her subject choices often revolve around her seeing something of herself in them, or even bearing a similar experience to her had she not been born a girl. “When I hang out and document these boys, I feel like I’m looking back at what could’ve been,” she explains. “I feel like I’m living vicariously through their adolescence in a way that shows me what could have been mine if I grew up as a boy.” via Dazed
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