Banksy’s Backyard: The Upfest Graffiti Festival

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An all-seeing eye on the Bristol Beer Factory gazes out over the festivities. Source: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

After years of international media coverage, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Europe’s largest, free, graffiti and street art festival would take place in Bedminster and Southville, Bristol–also known as renown street artist Banksy’s hometown.

Over the course of three days, more than 250 artists from 25 countries head to Bristol to paint the façades of 28 buildings offered up to the festival by local businesses.

The event, known asUpfest, recently concluded another successful year. Approximately 25,000 visitors were treated to art workshops, live music, and affordable art sales – in addition to the opportunity to take in the spectacle of the massive murals adorning local buildings.

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“Suffragette” And The State Of Modern Feminism

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Carey Mulligan stars in this fall’s Suffragette. Source: Celluloid Junkie

Debates have already sizzled this summer on sexism and feminist themes in blockbusters like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spy and even Jurassic World. But this fall, a new kind of feminism makes its way to the silver screen in Suffragette, a film based on true events that took place in the British Suffragette movement.

The drama tells the story of an ordinary, genteel-class of British women who risked their jobs, homes, children, and lives in the fight for voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. These radically-charged women employed violence in their protests, asserting that peaceful demonstrations wouldn’t yield the results they wanted.

Films of this kind only come around every so often. They’re encouraging in that they provide perspective on where we’ve come from as women, and allow us to appreciate the dangerous groundwork that feminists have laid in order to grant future generations more agency than they had. These women–whose spirits live on in Suffragette–have provided women with countless opportunities denied to earlier generations, including the right to vote, Title IX, and reproductive rights.

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Your World This Week, Volume VII

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Barack Obama at a solar power kiosk at the Power Africa Innovation Fair in Nairobi, Kenya last week. Source: Getty Images

President Obama Issues Strongest Clean Power Plan Ever By An American President

Healthcare? Check. Marriage Equality? Check. Cutting carbon pollution? Check. Now that the end is in sight, it seems that President Obama is finally becoming the man that so many voted for in 2008. Just this week, Barack Obama is announcing his clean power plan, which proposes a 32% cut in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030 on 2005 levels and which White House adviser Brian Deese deemed “the biggest step that any single president has made to curb the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change.”

While obviously criticized by a number of fossil-fuel dependent towns, states and politicians, Obama’s plan has a number of high-profiled backers, including Unilever, L’Oreal, Levi Strauss, L’Oreal, Staples, renewable energy company SunEdison and Trillium Asset Management, which which manages $2.2bn in assets, according to reports. Learn more about the deal and its implications at The Guardian.

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What Childhood Looks Like In Eastern Congo

“This is my fucking crew,” begins Manu Bahiti “Patient” Jean Christophe, a little boy-turned-gangster growing up in the Eastern Congo.

Decades of conflict have exposed Congolese children to violence and hardship from a very young age, and their ensuing pastimes and means of association–such as smoking, drinking and forming street gangs–are bound to differ dramatically from the childhood memories of most.

Theo Anthony follows the lives of three street kids–“Patient,” Guillain and David–through one of the world’s most troubled regions in this award winning–and challenging–documentary, “Chop My Money.”

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