First up, you have certainly heard about the arrest and subsequent death of Sandra Bland, a Chicago woman on her way to a new job in Texas, pulled over for improperly changing lanes and three days later found dead in a Waller County jail cell. Federal investigators are now in Texas determining whether police claims that she committed suicide are true. We read all of the details about the case that we could, but we also watched Sandra Bland record her commitment to racial equality for Black Lives Matter.
by Kelly McCartney, No Depression
Ashley Monroe discusses the mechanics of a successful country music career, while trying to hold onto your soul.
by Briallan Hopper, Los Angeles Review of Books
Hopper takes Kate Bolick to task in a literary history of spinsterhood.
by Ilana Kaplan, Interview Magazine
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by Mairead Small Staid, Jezebel
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by Zach Zill, Jacobin
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The Frontwomen Performing at Ladypalooza Talk About Playing in Bands that Are Otherwise All Male
by Jordan Lawrence, Free-Times
Just watch this.
by Katie Presley, NPR Music
by Miles P. Grier, Avidly
Grier talks presidential politics, racism, and the persistence of pop culture in the Beyhive.
by CJ Lotz, Garden & Gun
Lotz sits down with Emily Bingham, author of Irrepressible: The Jazz Life of Henrietta Bingham