Daisy Rockwell is an American painter based in northern New England.
The portraits – all done by Rockwell – were based on actual photographs of her subjects.
Since that interview she has continued painting – two paintings of Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes, a collection based on publicly available mug shots of women, and a Bollywood series.
But she’s also known for her writing and her new book “Hats with Doctors,” a selection of short stories by Hindi writer Upendranath Ashk and translated by Rockwell, is now available.
OutFront recently had the opportunity to ask Rockwell about the reaction to her previous interview, her latest projects and her thoughts on sexual assaults in India. FULL POST
Documentarian Robert Greenwald's flashy films have been described as "liberal pieces of agit-prop," but in his latest film "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State," both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations are in his crosshairs for their lack of transparency and their willingness to make examples out of whistleblowers in a post 9/11 world. And there's a big pond to fish from: nearly a million people have top-secret clearance, according to the film.
Greenwald has previously made documentaries about Fox News, Wal-Mart and the Koch Brothers under his advocacy organization Brave New Foundation, but he insists everybody and everything is fair game, so long, he says, as he's exposing weaknesses in the system. I spoke with him earlier this week about the "War on Whistleblowers."
CNN: What was the catalyst for this project?
Greenwald: We became aware of the crackdown on whistleblowers. It was troubling but it didn’t seem at first blush like there was enough for a film. Then through research and reading, we began to realize that the crackdown on the national security whistleblowers was directly related to the power, influence and expansion of the national security state. One of most important elements was every single whistleblower that we interviewed told a version of the same story, which is they’d seen something, they’d heard something, they realized they could not in good conscience remain silent, they tried to reach out, they tried to report, going through channels where they worked and they came up against a stone wall. And what each one of them did was they turned to the press. FULL POST
It's fitting that last week's 4th annual Women in the World summit featured women running it. Oprah. Angelina. Hillary.
They were at Manhattan's Lincoln Center to honor women working in the trenches - from those fighting for basic rights in their countries, like choosing to enter the workforce over being forced to stay at home, to women who see themselves as their country's first female president, whether they say it out loud or not (we're talking to you, Hillary).
It was a collision of people from all walks of life and an explosion of ideas that made us all in the audience want to do something too to change the world's inequities. But with so many creative juices flowing, actress America Ferrera jokes that it's so easy to vow you'll to be a driver of change, you forget days later what it was you had in mind.
Amidst it all, you realize that we all have something in common. At some point in our lives - whether you're Oprah or Hillary - we all started out with a blank slate and it's up to us to fill it. Here's how some women in the world are filling theirs.