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January 1, 2015

New Year, New Feather

Hello, 2015!

If you've been to the Feather Magazine website today, you probably noticed some changes in our sections. About a month ago, I had the idea to reinvent some things about who we are.

As we go through classes in journalism school, it can be easy to learn so much about what our professors think of as acceptable journalistic standards that we forget how much fun writing can be. For our readers, a story like the ones we've written on being single during the holidays or having a unique name can brighten their day and make them feel understood.

The point is: we're going to make more of an effort to be ourselves. Feather Magazine is supposed to be a community where twenty-something women can find information from women who have the same struggles, triumphs, worries and life goals. These n3ew changes will put us on the road to making that more of a reality.

How have we changed?

There are new section names. You'll probably notice the word "your" before a lot of our sections now. We hope this will help us continue to create a community feeling on the website. This is our space where we share our life experiences and interests, after all.

If you've noticed the absence of the fashion and beauty sections, don't worry! You'll find them under the "Style" tab in the Life section now.

There's a completely new section.

We've added the "Your News" section to broaden our range of content. We work on a monthly schedule, but we still want to stay current with the latest trends. More than news, you'll also start finding personal stories from contributors in this section, starting in February.

We want you to submit your personal stories.

What's a community if we're not inviting more discourse. So many of you all have been through trials or had tremendous life triumphs that would help our other readers to figure out how to live their best life. If you have a first-person story on an event in your life, tell us about it! We genuinely want to read your accounts on life, whether it's something as small as learning to navigate the grocery store or as large as overcoming an illness.

Thanks in advance for your support as we move forward with these changes. I'm so excited for this next phase and I know it's going to be great.

Editor-in-Chief/Founder of Feather Magazine

August 8, 2014

What Men Are Really Saying When They Catcall You

If you're a woman and you've ever walked down a street, you've probably been catcalled. My experiences with it started when I used to walk to the bus stop at the age of 13, and men would shout things to me and my friend as they drove by. So, if I wasn't insecure enough about how men viewed my changing adolescent body, they made sure to leave a lasting mark.

Buzzfeed recently created a video that seeks to show what men are really saying when they catcall you, which is not only rude but can make you feel unsafe. I suggest you share this with all the men you know, so they can see how dumb they really look when they do this to us.

We do deserve the right to walk down the block without being the object of your sexual frustration, women issues or just as a way to show your buddies that you're cool.

Watch the video and tell us about your catcalling experiences in the comments!

August 4, 2014

Culture Cram: Beyoncé & Nicki Minaj Snatch Everyone's Wigs with a 'Flawless' Remix

As if the original version of ***Flawless didn't make you feel like the fiercest woman in your vicinity, the remix (minus the asterisks) will make you feel like the fiercest woman in the planet. Nicki Minaj comes in on this track, which also features new lyrics by Beyoncé, and adds surprising perspective about how these two women's success if almost unmatched. The first time I heard this, I immediately wanted to start doing something more with my life and get on their level. Seriously, if I hear this a few more times, Feather will be a multi-million dollar company by 2016.

She comes for Drake, who posted a photo of him next to Blue Ivy a while ago, insinuating that she could be his baby. Yoncé says: "You wish I was your pound cake / You wish I was yo baby mama." Translation: Bye, Felicia.

What you'll probably most love is that Beyoncé addresses the controversy about the elevator incident between her husband and sister at the Met Gala. Her response: "Of course sometimes shit goes down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator."

Basically, you can't relate to her problems, so stop running your mouth. Anyone else love the IDGAF Yoncé?

Tara Reid Turns Business Shark With New Perfume Launch

Tara Reid is using the success of her latest films,  cult-favorites Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One, to launch a new celebrity perfume inspired by the hit movies.  "Shark By Tara" was launched today on Reid's new website, which also promotes the Syfy channel hits themselves.

The fragrance, as described by Reid's website, is a "complex scent" which "incporporates a plethora of 'lavender' colored flowers." With "nodes" (the website's curious spelling twist on fragrance notes) of iced mint, jasmine, amber, and musk, this perfume is assured to be a perfectly light every day scent.  Even better? The "r" in Tara on the bottle label is a shark fin.

The only thing that could make this new fragrance a bigger hit?  If the scent itself warded off sharks. We'll just have to wait for the first real sharknado, and bottles will be flying off the shelves.

The perfume, which retails for $24.99, is available for purchase at tarareid.com

August 1, 2014

Misty Copeland's New Commercial Will Make You Believe In Yourself More

If you don't know who Misty Copeland is, prepare to be introduced to her latest girl crush. The 31-year-old is the first African American soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, one of the leading dance companies in the United States. Basically, she is MAJOR!

In a different world, Misty may not have been the bombshell ballerina she is today. It turns out, she was rejected from several dance schools growing up, which she uses in this Under Armour ad in contrast with her amazing talent. 

The young girl narrating reads an amalgam of reasons Misty was given over the years for her rejections, including that she was too old, she didn't have the right feet and that her body was wrong for ballet. Her response: an insanely successful career and so much grace that she could possibly be a mythical creature. 

I hope all those ballet recruiters are torn up over the fact that they can't take any credit for this.

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