Have you ever met a MALE feminist?

url -1When was the last time that an artist put out music for women?

I’m talking about songs with lyrics that are in no way degrading to or focused on sexualizing a woman, but a series of songs that touches on issues that affect women today.

New York City’s revolutionary rockers, OUTERNATIONAL, created a buzz in 2009 with their anti-war anthem ‘Sir, No Sir,’ a protest to Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan.  In 2012, they gained acclaim for ‘Todos Somos Ilegales: We Are All Illegals‘, the bilingual concept album set on the US-Mexico border (with collaborators: Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Residente of Puerto Rican super group, Calle 13).

Valentine’s Day 2013 and they’re taking it a step further.

They are releasing an EP in conjunction with One Billion Rising..

The V-Day event’s goal is to end violence against women and girls around the world, and the cause is backed a multitude of artists.

“We are releasing the Here is The Rose EP right now, in time for One Billion Rising and International Women’s Day, because right now millions of people, and millions of women in particular are speaking and acting out against their daily oppression – patriarchy, rape culture, sexual objectification and dehumanization,” said Outernational guitarist Leo Mintek.

Listen to the first single of the EP, “Here is the Rose,” at Paste. And download it. It’s free in honor of One Billion Rising!

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Another immigration success story #WaHI #Dominican

wander2aWander Cedeño is first generation Dominican American and Washington Heights-native whose family came to the United States 30 years ago. Now he’s bound for a position with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C., where he will be an economist covering energy and chemicals.

The 25-year-old Fordham University double alumnus spent most of the past year as a New York City Urban Fellow in the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, where, among other things, he helped assess and catalog the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in Manhattan parks.

Read more here.