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Holiday Toys Revisited: The Women Behind My Little Pony

If the holidays can be counted on for one thing – regardless of region or cultural moment – it’s turning back the clock for a month or so, and offering up brightly-wrapped nostalgia. Nostalgia literally means the “pain from an old wound,” but today its connotations include both sentimentality and irreverence for the past.… read more.

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The Life and Legacy of Punk Icon Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer who blazed her own trail, bringing punk to high fashion, died on December 29th in South London at the age of 81. Her death was announced by her company, which did not specify the cause.
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Female Composer Amy Cheney Beach Broke Musical Bounds

Today, on the anniversary of her death, we’re celebrating Amy Cheney Beach, a groundbreaking female composer. 

Born in America in 1867, Amy Cheney Beach was a composer at a time when it was not only rare, but actually unheard of to be successful in that field as a woman. In fact, Amy’s first symphony (her “Gaelic Symphony”) was the first symphony to be composed and published by an American woman.read more.

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Kudos to Angela Wells – Multi-Talented Film/TV Makeup Artist

Two years ago today, Sylvie’s Love directed by Eugene Ashe – was released in theaters, so we’re celebrating its fabulous makeup artist, Angela Wells!

Angela is a talented Hollywood makeup artist, who has done makeup for the hit TV series Black-ish, for many films including Mudbound (2017) and Harriet (2019), and even for the Oscars presentations.read more.

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Holiday Toys Revisited: The Legacy of American Girl Dolls

If the holidays can be counted on for one thing – regardless of region or cultural moment – it’s turning back the clock for a month or so, and offering up brightly-wrapped nostalgia. Nostalgia literally means the “pain from an old wound,” but today its connotations include both sentimentality and irreverence for the past.… read more.

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Holiday Toys Revisited: The Power in Barbie’s Pink

If the holidays can be counted on for one thing – regardless of region or cultural moment – it’s turning back the clock for a month or so, and offering up brightly-wrapped nostalgia. Nostalgia literally means the “pain from an old wound,” but today its connotations include both sentimentality and irreverence for the past.read more.

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