“Work,” a mashup from DJ Janina. In addition to being a singer and actor, Janina Gavankar (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries) is also a DJ. This week she introduced her “Work” remix on Lance Bass’s Sirius XM Show Dirty Pop. The mash up includes the songs of Dolly Parton, Missy Elliot, Britney Spears, Kanye West and others. [Pop2It, Twitter]
Giving Birth to a Dialogue on Fertility. “The topic of fertility is so rarely discussed in the South Asian community,” writes new mother Deepika Sandhu in her “Journey to Baby” series of posts at MasalaMommas and on her personal site, The New Indian Mom. Sandhu got married in her early 30s and starting trying to have a baby in her mid-30s. What she thought would be a quick and easy path to motherhood proved to be a “long, arduous journey” and she shared her personal story to encourage discussion of the challenges faced by women dealing with fertility issues. [MasalaMommas, Twitter]
Between the Door and the Street. Kirthana Ramisetti writes in The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis about Saturday’s public project by artist Suzanne Lacy. Lacy, who is known for large-scale “socially engaged art,” collaborated with Brooklyn Museum and Creative Time for her first major NY work, Between the Door and the Street.
It brought together nearly 400 women and a few men from activist and social organizations. They turned up wearing yellow scarves, on the stoops and courtyards of a block in Prospect heights, Brooklyn, to discuss the gender-related aspects of issues like poverty, violence and immigration. Saakhi for South Asian Women shared that its stoop featured five women for their work and commitment to championing human rights and gender based violence — digital strategist and founder of Feministing.com Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Shabana Sharif, organizer at Jahajee Sisters: Empowering Indo-Caribbean Women; student activist and Sakhi volunteer Shahana Hanif, researcher and social justice activits Soniya Munshi, and writer and global advocate Mandy Van Deven. [WSJ, Facebook]
The World’s Biggest Garage Sale. The Washington Post reports that the United States is leaving behind $7 billion worth of supplies because returning it to the U.S. would be prohibitively expensive. But there’s one frustrating catch for Afghans: “The equipment is being destroyed before it’s offered to the Afghan people — to ensure that treadmills, air-conditioning units and other rudimentary appliances aren’t used to make roadside bombs.” Throughout Afghanistan, the number adds up to 50 million pounds of scrap waste each month from 11 sites across the country. [Washington Post]