Bad omens around the eyes
I’ll take your crown, I’ll make it mine 

I’ll be the king, you’ll be the filth I wash away

I am the light I am the truth I am the way
Nothing personal

[Costume by Lady Shepard @ facebook

Belt by Rattleandburn

Photos by CS Muncy for the Village Voice

Please see pictures for captions/explanation]

I think that a huge problem is people who read comics and don’t understand the point of superheroes, which is to be the best version of yourself. You love Captain America? Well, you know what Captain America would never do? Go online anonymously and shit on a girl for having an opinion.
—  Brian Michael Bendis, quoted by Alan Scherstuhl in The Village Voice 

Obie Awards host and Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria will be answering your questions TOMORROW Thursday, May 19th at 6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT. The 61st annual Obie Awards presented by the Village Voice and the American Theatre Wing celebrates the best of what downtown theatre has to offer in the party of the year at Webster Hall. Want to know more about the Big-Boo-playing, David-Bowie-loving, off-Broadway-performing, stand-up-extraordinaire LEA DELARIA? Drop us a line at or check out Lea’s answers at

“It’s not often that an art show comes with its own witheringly on-the-button neologism, but this is the case with William Powhida’s jaggedly serrated, caustically hilarious, darkly informative exhibition at Postmasters Gallery in Tribeca.” - The Village Voice reviews “Overculture,” 20x200 artist William Powhida’s current exhibition in NYC.

Check out his editions here.

30 Day Naruto Challenge
Day 6: Scenes that made you cry (2/?)

Itachi’s final moment with his parents -

“Itachi, just promise me this. Take care of Sasuke. Do not fear. This is the path that you have chosen. Compared to you,  our pain will be over in an instant. Even if our philosophies differ, I am proud of you. You are truly a kind child.”


June 28, 2011: For immediate release

The current three-year contract between Village Voice Media and UAW Local 2110, representing the workers of The Village Voice, expires midnight June 30. The membership has unanimously passed a strike authorization vote.

Over the past three years, the Voice staff has been cut by an estimated 60%, and average annual salaries have markedly diminished. Management has so far played hardball with the union, refusing to make an offer, while demanding extensive concessions from the newspaper’s staff, including a substantial, ever-increasing contribution to an inferior health plan, as well as the elimination of management’s own contribution to employees’ retirement accounts. The union membership sees the quality of their medical coverage as the critical issue. “That’s why I came to work here,” said one staff writer. “The health insurance is the one thing that made low wages bearable.”

In the event of a work stoppage, writers, bloggers, photographers, editors, designers, and sales staff—as well as former Voice staff members and other supporters—will be publishing an alternate website,, where readers will find the same high-quality writing there that they currently enjoy in the paper and on Voice blogs.

A strike benefit will be held on Wednesday, June 29, beginning at 8 p.m. at Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-384-4586), featuring the bands Fort Lean, K-Holes, and Alan Watts. The suggested $10 donation will go to the Village Voice Strike Fund. Voice alumni, including many distinguished writers and editors, are expected to attend.

The Village Voice is the nation’s oldest and largest alternative newsweekly and the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including three Pulitzers. It was founded in 1955 by Ed Fancher, Dan Wolf, and Norman Mailer. The Voice, along with the rest of its six-newspaper chain, was acquired in 2006 by Phoenix-based New Times Media, since renamed Village Voice Media. The shop includes workers from all parts of the paper, including Production, Editorial, and Sales.

For further information, please contact:

Maida Rosenstein, president, UAW Local 2110


Graham Rayman, staff writer, Village Voice

Lorraine Hansberry's Letters Reveal the Playwright's Private Struggle

Lorraine Hansberry’s radicalism has been suppressed (erased? passed over?) quite deliberately since her death. This is a big deal.

Though she concealed her sexuality, as the times demanded, Hansberry was essentially thrice militant, addressing the “homosexual question” in an undated, handwritten essay on three pieces of yellow legal paper. The second paragraph of this treatise stuns with its radical dismantling of the unsophisticated argument — still promulgated in today’s pro-LGBT pop anthems and Grammy winners — that gays are “born this way”: “Since it does not follow that all which proceeds from nature is in any way automatically desirable for human good, it is silly and baseless to posit the rights of homosexuality on the remote (+ in some sense irrelevant) possibility of its possible congenital character.”

My father and I stop and park outside an abandoned dirt lot as we hit the guitar strumming of “Flower,” fragile and sweet. Zayn’s voice, transformed into a mellifluous Urdu melody, redirects my pulse entirely. Jab tak ish mohabbat kha phool na Khile (“Until the flower of this love has blossomed”)/Jab tak ish dil ko sukhoon na mile (“Until this heart has been satisfied”)/Dil diye mujhe (“Just keep on giving your heart”). Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the renowned grandfather of the 600-year-old qawwali tradition (a form of devotion practiced by Sufi Muslims), rings softly in my ear like a musical ghost. There is something strongly spiritual in Zayn’s music, and both Zayn and Nusrat are Pakistani sons.
—  My review of Zayn’s new album Mind of Mine for The Village Voice, read the rest here