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PLAYLIST: Rocking the 420 Freedom Beats

PLAYLIST: Rocking the 420 Freedom Beats

IMAGE: Smokedown Prohibition, Phildelphia 4/20/2013, Photo: Vanessa Waltz Welcome to the holiday weekend. It’s a celebration, and your love keeps lifting me higher, into the happy green gardens of funkytown. We freedom warriors have the eye of the tiger, and we are, undoubtedly, the champions. Groove is in the heart – all of our hearts – and this […]

Stay Strong Dylan Farrow

Stay Strong Dylan Farrow

IMAGE: Vincent Van Gogh, Girl in White in the Woods Trigger Warning: This article discusses childhood abuse & sexual abuse. Dear Dylan Farrow, I don’t know you, and all I know about your history is what I have been able to glean from your letter, your past interview, and the records of the court case between […]

Cannabis Activist Diane Fornbacher’s Journey

Cannabis Activist Diane Fornbacher’s Journey

PHOTO: Shutterboxx Photography/Toni Liu Trigger warning: This article discusses childhood abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, murder, & suicide. In a country where popular television programs receive more votes than national political elections, it seems like a miracle when anyone takes an interest in politics. How is it, then, that some people wind up caring so much […]

I Have One Breast: Life Without Reconstruction

I Have One Breast: Life Without Reconstruction

PHOTO: Abigail Toribio Once upon a time, I had two breasts. They were full, perky, nubile, all that. They aroused appreciative stares from men and envious glares from women. They were beautiful; they were perfect. And then, without warning, one of them went rogue and tried to kill me. Getting diagnosed with breast cancer at […]