For the Voice , Greenwich Village was never just a place. It was a state of mind and a way of looking at the world. Photography by Fred W. More: s s s s s s from the archives New York City. McDarrah, who served as a picture editor and photographer for the Village Voice from to , told the East Hampton Star in of his friendship with Beat writer Kerouac.
T he two Asian women painted on the facade of the Irish pub outside the US military base in Okinawa, Japan, wore kimono. They lounged on a white-sand beach. Their black hair was coiled atop their heads, and their garments were falling open to reveal bare legs and cleavage. Instead of kimono and up-dos they sported colored contacts, blonde hair extensions, fake tans and jeans. Never mind that kimono are ankle-length and high-necked, covered-up. In the western imagination, Asian women have long been sexualized, and an emblem of the Asian woman is the iconic Japanese gown. When American troops invaded Okinawa in April , the specter of the sexualized Asian woman already existed.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan , more commonly known simply as Borat , is a satirical mockumentary film co-written and produced by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen who also plays the title character, Borat Sagdiyev , a fictitious Kazakh journalist travelling through the United States recording real-life interactions with Americans. The film was directed by Larry Charles and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Much of the film features unscripted vignettes of Borat interviewing and interacting with Americans, who believe he is a foreigner with little or no understanding of American customs. Controversy surrounded the film from two years prior to its release, and after the film's release, some cast members spoke against, and even sued, its creators. It was banned in almost all Arab countries, and the governments of Russia and Kazakhstan discouraged cinemas from showing it.
The history of what it has meant to be black and female in the United States is not easily summed up—a point that the upcoming Smithsonian photo book African American Women makes plain. As Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, points out in an introductory essay, the images in the book "[illuminate] a narrative that reflects large and small moments in U. Famous faces like Lena Horne are presented alongside those whose personal stories are far less well known. Leona Dean, for example, lived a relatively prosperous life in the Midwest in the early 20th century—a place and time that has been largely eclipsed in the national memory.