Alright, this is old news now, but can we talk about Remy’s diss track puh-leaze?! I hate to see women dissing each other—I really do, but TBH, hearing Remy’s rhymes getting attention has given me life. I mean she is one of the most important woman MCs in hip hop.


The thing is though, she and many other OG female rappers have been out of the spotlight for some time now. Where did they go?! (Honestly, they probably got sick and tired of a gross industry that decided to appropriate their culture and claim that only sex sells — but hey, that’s a whole ‘nother issue we can discuss later). Let’s instead take a moment to celebrate the badass women of hip hop who spoke to all of us and for so many!




Yes, before she was Living Single and prepping for her Last Holiday, she was a pioneer in hip hop. Queen Latifah released her first album, All Hail the Queen, when she was just nineteen years old. Her songs resonated because she was rapping about issues like domestic violence, relationship problems, and harassment. At nineteen she was a voice for black women of all ages, so let’s take a sec to ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!


Before Remy was slaying Nicki, she was killing it as the sole woman in the group Terror Squad. Before her days in Terror Squad, Remy was raising her younger siblings and writing poetry in the Bronx to cope with her surroundings. After serving six years in prison, Remy has used her voice to openly criticize the criminal justice system and mass incarceration. Whether you’re #TeamNicki or #TeamRemy, this rapper deserves respect.



Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot is one of hip hop’s most significant figures. She started out in the all-female R&B group, Sista. She then became a member of the Swing Mob Collective, and went on to collaborate with Timbaland to produce for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and so many more! Forget about a triple threat, Missy literally does it all! She has also been vocal about her childhood hardships dealing with domestic abuse, and has attributed her own strength to her brave mother.


Okay, can anyone get through The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill without crying? If you can —kudos, you have no soul. Seriously though, this album won so many awards and broke so many records, you can’t talk women in hip hop without praising Ms. Hill. Lauryn started out singing at a young age, and learned to rap and got a lot of her flow from listening to rappers like Ice Cube. She started out in The Fugees and dropped her painfully honest solo record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998.



Like Ms. Hill, Eve, born and raised in Philly, also started out singing. When the manager of her all-girl singing group suggested she rap, she killed it and started working on her solo career right away! Her 1999 debut was a major success and made her the third female rapper to top the Billboard 200! Not only was every single song on the album written by Eve, but much like the bad B’s before her, she spoke up about real issues that affect women.



Vinas, don’t get all distracted with diss tracks and beefs. Hip hop is a male-dominated industry so whenever there are badass women to support, let’s do it! Now if only Remy and Nicki could do the same… Sigh.


It’s no secret that the everyday vina enjoys a good television show binge, and every expert binger knows the agony of a #showhole – that sinking feeling when you’ve finished a great show and have nothing new to watch. Have no fear! VINA has you covered with this list of women-led, boss babe T.V shows to fulfill your binge-ing needs.



This show has every thing a good binge needs: drama, drive, and great leads. Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez stars in the CW’s hit show, and if you know anything about the actress, it’s that she’s a girl power icon! Not to mention her lovable character Jane is one with relatable faults and mistakes.

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“Unbreakable! They alive, dammit! It’s a miracle. These females are strong as hell.”

Yes, yes they are. Even from the catchy theme song, “Unbreakable” is about staying tough and defeating the odds. Produced by hilarious #bosslady Tina Fey, the show is filled with laughs and is an easy watch – perfect for a distraction.


What can we say? You’ve gotta love Mindy Kaling.

Her show “The Mindy Project,” follows the life of hilarious, if somewhat self-centered, Mindy Lahiri. The show gets better as it goes on, and soon enough you’ll find yourself invested in Mindy, rooting for her to become a better person and for her dreams to succeed.


Welcome to the twisting, turning, plot-shock world of Shonda Rhimes and Peter Nowalk, vinas. This show is a good binge for the suspense and oh-my-gosh-that-didn’t-just-happen loving gals.

The women on this show are powerful, tough, and know how to get what they want. Suspend your disbelief and go on a three season binge.

What are your favorite #girlpower T.V. shows? Share in the comments below!

(Feature image via Hulu)


I have been SO OVER The Bachelor for a while (hence my lack of re-caps these past few weeks). But now that the season is finally over we can all reflect and move on. If you didn’t see last night’s Final Rose, there are spoilers ahead, obviously:

In last night’s 3-hour finale we found out that Nick is terrible about making life decisions (duh) and that he and Vanessa are almost definitely NOT in love. We need a body language expert to analyze last night’s interview STAT because I’m pretty sure they just straight-up hate each other.

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The proof is in the pudding. And the body language.

It’s not like any of us actually believe true love (whatever that means) could really be found on a show like The Bachelor, it’s just disappointing that these two people are so obviously miserable together. Can’t we at least have a fake fairytale ending to tie us over until the The Bachelorette?

Speaking of the The Bachelorette, probably the only redeeming thing that happened during that waste of three hours was the much-anticipated, promised “dramatic event” we had been waiting for all night. They brought out America’s sweetheart Rachel Lindsay and a few of her eventual suitors. The attempt at distraction was noted, and I mean, I guess I’m still sort of excited to watch her search for love. Rachel’s the type of girl I just can’t help but root for! Even if I’d really like to remain indifferent, who am I kidding? We all know I’ll be watching, wine and popcorn in hand, when her season begins.

Anyone else still kinda over it? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

(Feature image via US Weekly)





The Great Escape

Branded as ‘the festival for new music’, this year Rag’n’Bone man is headlining at this festival held in Brighton, UK from May 18th through the 20th. This festival will expose you to tons of new and different music- you might just find your new favorite artist.

Green Man Festival 

A mystical festival with a family friendly feel, past headliners have included Belle & Sebastian, Laura Marling, First Aid Kit and Van Morrison. Catch this year’s line up in Brecon Beacons, Wales from August 17th to the 20th.


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The ethos of the festival is ‘people having a great time, makes a great festival’ past headliners have included Madness, Catfish & The Battlement, and Dizzee Rascal. Stay on the lookout for this year’s line up playing at Pikehall in Derbyshire, UK from July 27th through the 30th.

 Sziget Festival

What are you doing from August 9th to the 16th? If your calendar is empty, consider a vina trip to Budapest, Hungary! One of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, this years line up includes Two door Cinema Club, Mac DeMarco and Oh Wonder.  


Tomorrowland is a festival that respects future generations and is centred around respect, nature, innovation, responsibility and health. This year, artists such as Martin Garrix and Steve Aioki are taking the stage in Boom, Belgium from July 21st- 30th.



Always wanted an excuse to take a gal trip down south? Here’s your chance! Bonaroo is a  music and arts festival on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.  The line up this year includes, U2, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Lorde. Get tickets now for the four day festival from June 8th to the 11th.

Electric Forest

If you and your vinas love to dance with thousands of fellow music fans, Electric Forest is the festival for you. Held in Rothbury, Michigan, this festival focuses on electronic and jam band genres. Headliners include Flume, DJ Snake and Odesza. This festival takes place over back to back weekends, so you are destined to find a time that aligns with all of your vinas’ schedules. The first weekend is June 22nd  to the 25th, and the second is June 29th through July 2nd. Call up your vinas now and get planning!


Governor’s Ball

Described as ‘a festival with a New York heart’, this concert series should be on everyone’s bucket list. This year’s line up includes Lorde, Phoenix and grammy winner Chance The Rapper.Get tickets now for the shows from June 2nd through the 4th at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. 

FYF Fest

Taking place in Los Angeles, California, this festival specializes in indie music. Although the lineup won’t be posted until mid march, past headliners have included Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar and AIR. Sign up to get the email for when the tickets and line up are released, and mark your calendar for July 22nd to the 23rd.  


Splendour in the Grass

If you and your vinas love new adventures and camping, check out this festival taking place in North Byron Parklands from July 21st to the 23rd.  You will be able to enjoy music, art, and great food! Past headliners have included The Cure, Flume, and Sigur Rós.


Lost Paradise

This festival that promises an adventure, as well as celebrates the beauty of nature. Past headliners have included Eats Everything, Heidi, and Gang Of Youths. Sign up on their website to receive early bird updates- the line up and dates of the festival are a surprise! But you can count on the show taking place in Glenworth Valley.

Strawberry Fields

If you and your vinas have a busy summer already planned, never fear- you can still make it to a music festival together. Taking place from November 16th to the 19th in Tocumwal, NSW, this festival gives you some more time to plan (since the summer tends to sneak up on us). Though the line up hasn’t been released yet, you can head to the website to check out the “after movie” to get a feel for the vibes at this festival.  

Start planning now so that you can be sure to get tickets, especially for festivals in May- September, as they’ll sell out pretty quickly. Also, planning early means you can be sure all of your vinas are on board, and helps you know when you need to take time off and sort out the rest of your summer plans. Start shopping now for clothes and other camping/ festival essentials. It’s especially important if you and your vinas live far away from each other as it means that those who live further away from the site have time to make cheap travel arrangements. Get planning and give yourself something to look forward to this summer! 


There is something magnetic about watching a woman take the stage. Among my favorite and iconic women like Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Allison Kraus, and Stevie Nicks, there are many fresh faces that are taking the country and world by storm on big tours, small tours, solo tours this spring. My best advice for you is to find which venues near you regularly host touring musicians- and not just the big ones. Stop by local coffee shops and see if they’re planning any small sets, sit in on open mic night, and show up for some unexpected and often times much needed new music in your life. Listen to the folk anthems below, and try to see some live if you get the chance!


She’s touring in the US this year- sounds like Gillian Welch and takes up the whole room with a voice so lovely it just might bring you to tears while you dance until the sun comes up.


This beauty has a new album, My Piece of Land, out now and is taking to the road with it, in the US,  Sweden, the UK, and back through Canada all before summertime. Catch her while you can.


There’s nothing more bewitching than watching this LA based maven  on stage. She’s got all the charisma of Stevie Nicks with a voice that will put you in a heavenly trance. Fall in love with her folky surf rock and eclectic style.


That’s right- the queen herself is on tour early this year all over the US through April before she goes over seas. As far as bucket list concerts go, this is at the top of my list.


Yes, another legend. My mom used to always play Bonnie Raitt tapes in the living room when I was growing up- there are few things that bring me more joy than the sound of her voice. Get tickets before they’re gone.


Looking to jam out while you chill out? Angel Olsen is great- with a classic undertone mixed with modern messages and beautiful imagery, you are sure to spend an afternoon submerged in your feelings. Give her a listen, and try to make it to a show! But beware- tickets sell out fast!

Round up your vinas and hit the road to see these living lady legends live! Know of other talented women taking the stage this year? Let us know in the comments! 

(Feature image via NPR)


I know no one needs to be told this, but Beyoncé is freakin incredible. Ngl, I was totally a hater until last year, convincing myself and my friends I was just more of a Solange girl than a Queen B girl. But no more! First, I refuse to compare and pit two amazing women against each other, and second, Beyoncé truly deserves all the credit she gets. (As does Solange…but that’s for another blog post).

So let’s talk about Wednesday. She did what Beyoncé does best: Simultaneously making our jaws drop and our brains do an extra little bit of work. She makes us think.

The styling of the photos, the inclusion of beautiful poems by Warsan Shire (who previously collaborated with Bey on Lemonade), and the timing of the whole thing are particularly powerful. On the first day of Black History Month, a strong, black woman celebrates her blackness, her family, and her fellow woman artists. The inclusion of Shire’s poetry is especially poignant if you consider her background.

Overall, we’re once again impressed and humbled by Bey’s show of empowerment. May she be an inspiration to us all! Especially now.

(All photos via Beyoncé, duh)


The Bentonville Film Festival is a diversity-focused yearly event founded by fem hero Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment executive Trevor Drinkwater.  In a surprising turn the festival is sponsored by Walmart in the small town of Bentonville, Arkansas. Geena Davis has long been a supporter of a fair and balanced showing of women in media, having found the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media after she starred in the must-see Thelma and Louise. Um, we LOVE women advocating for women!!

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 3.33.07 PM.pngThe festival has had Advisory Board members that include Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Bruce Dern, and Natalie Portman just to name a few. Each member of the board and the juries are vocal supporters of taking film beyond the realm of middle age white men. Plus, check this: ALL films that win the Audience, Jury, and Best Family Film awards receive guaranteed theatrical distribution (!!). Yup, you can see festival winners in  AMC Theatres, on Lifetime, or on a DVD or video-on-demand-released by Walmart. In 2015, 87% of the films shown were distributed – which is great because it means people like you and me can see tons of diverse films super easily! In a market where women and diverse voices are still struggling to be seen and paid equally, this is an industry changing movement. There is also the added perk that you can watch film festival worthy movies-maybe with your favorite vinas-from the comfort of you own living room.

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 3.32.48 PM.pngIf all of these things don’t get you super excited about the Bentonville Film Festival, just know that they celebrated the launch with an A League of Their Own softball game. Come on – that is absolutely amazing and I get behind anything that brings my most loved feminist movie back to life.

Head over to the BFF website (we’re a fan of this unofficial abbreviation) to see past winners, submission requirements, and other news. Feminists, film lovers, and anyone who thought Geena Davis was the real star of Beetlejuice should all get behind this movement to make the movie industry more reflective of our modern world.

(All photos courtesy of the BFF website)


Okay vinas, it’s that time of the year again!  It’s time that we get in tune with the music of 2017 and find our anthem for the new year.  While 2016 was one for the books in music, this year will blow it out of the water.  Here are five to die for albums to be obsessed with in 2017.


The title of this album says it all.  Her sweet voice, sexy tones, and savage lyrics are going to make this one of the hottest albums of the year.  Originally from America’s Got Talent, this tattooed vina released her single “Gangsta” on the Suicide Squad soundtrack and gave us a dose of what she’ll be dishing out this upcoming year.  The song “CRZY” from her new album kicks off with the line, “Everything I do, I do it with a passion,” and we couldn’t agree more.  Kehlani is starting the new year off with a bang and an album that has an infectious confidence for vinas everywhere.


While this album was released in late 2016, Phantogram is just getting started on rocking our new year.  Front woman Sarah Barthel constantly blows us out of the water with her killer style and unique music with a dream pop flare.  Not only does Sarah create hits, but she’s a known Miley Cyrus bestie that works one on one with The Happy Hippie foundation all while currently touring.  Talk about one dedicated vina!  Phantogram is not new to the music game but this album is definitely putting them on the map of artists to watch out for this upcoming year.  I see big things happening for this electro rock band.


Did somebody say party!?  Next we are dying to hear Charli XCX with her currently untitled album releasing mid 2017.  This 24-year-old British pop singer has been living it up all while shedding some serious girl power realness.  This vina is all about having a good time and so is her powerful pop music. Her 2014 album “Sucker” was at the top of my party playlist and gave off some good time vibes.  While Charli has been keeping this album under wraps we’re sure she is “doing it right” by the release of the first album single “The Afterparty” with rapper Lil Yachty.


When you’re winding down from Charli’s album you can pop in The XX’s album “I See You” coming out this January.  While this band is not solely female based, it is female fronted and gives us some major indie vibes.  Guitarist and singer, Romy Croft has a strong yet soothing voice that makes The XX like no other band you’ve heard.  Whether you’re working on a new project, hanging out with other vinas or enjoying some wine and relaxing, this album will be an awesome go to addition to any playlist.


Last on our list is the one and only, Solange.  When Beyonce is your sister and you drop an album that shines as much as “A Seat At The Table” does: Major #ladybrag!  This vina is showing us what an empowered, independent woman is all about.  “A Seat At The Table” is just the beginning of what Solange will be bringing to 2017.  This album is just getting started with powerful lyrics full of  honesty and emotion making this an absolute must for Vinas everywhere. Solange will be joining a world tour while releasing new content throughout 2017 and we absolutely can not wait to see what this album will bring!

Records (1).jpgWhile artists like Drake, Bruno Mars, and The Chainsmokers had us swooning over 2016 it’s time for fresh music and a new start to the year with some women artists to obsess over.  Here’s to making 2017 the year of the vina! Cheers!

What albums are you looking forward to blasting this year? Tell us below!


It’s come that time in The Bachelor season where I’m just kind of…fed up. There’s only so much obviously scripted, heavily-edited “reality” your girl can take before my brain starts to tune everything out and all I can focus on is the black crusty bottoms of Nick’s disgusting bare feet.

So instead of wasting my time analyzing yesterday’s episode, here is a plain old list of all of the things that bothered me (and will now bother you, you’re welcome!):

  • Could they not make Nick wash his gross feet before talking to the Vanessa on the front step?
  • Corinne saying, “I’m not privileged in any way, shape or form,” and, “Girls are haters.” Ummm…can we not?
  • Amber, Nick’s ex they just happened to run into even though she was already conveniently wearing a mic.
  • I would like to personally send each and every girl their very own winter coat and make them wear it at all times. I was shivering just watching them at the cocktail party last night.

I will say there were three redeeming things that happened last night: ezgif-com-c77bdfdbc8

  • They showed the girls eating. It’s just nice to know they’re getting fed.
  • I love Nick’s trendy (and tall!) mama.
  • Alexis continues not to disappoint. I think secretly she is the alien and she’s trying to divert our attention. I’m onto you, girl.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Comment below! Tune in next week with your vinas and then come back here for (hopefully) some better thoughts. Missed last week’s re-cap? Read them all here!

P.S. I’m trying not to give any more breath (or…typing energy) to Corinne except for this one point – Saying she is, “not privileged in any way, shape, or form,” whether in the context of the show or life in general is both laughable and offensive. That’s all.


When a holiday is right around the corner that means all the holiday TV specials start to air, both new and old. Thanksgiving, a national US holiday is celebrated not only with family, but with friends as well. A get-together of sorts that tends to revolve around various activities, such as cooking, baking, football playing, parade watching, alcohol consuming, the occasional trash talking, and of course the most fun activity of all: eating. These 8 shows celebrate Thanksgiving in their own way, but each sending a powerful message.


The gang is recruited and invited to the Wolowitz’s home for Thanksgiving dinner because Howard needed his friend’s support and company to not be left alone with his father-in-law, who he feels hates him. As Bernadette, Raj, and Amy help with the cooking and setting up of the table, they are all highly invested in the drama revolving Penny’s legal Vegas wedding to her ex-boyfriend Zack, who she ends up inviting to the dinner, angering Leonard. Whereas, Howard trying to bond with his father-in-law goes nowhere as Mike ends up bonding more with Sheldon over their knowledge of football.

The well-written jokes, uncomfortable time spent with the in-law, and the drama that unfolds and resolves in this episode is what makes it fun to watch.


This show definitely hit all the feels with the life lessons from Mr. Feeny, the bromance between Cory and Shawn, and the loving relationship between Cory and Topanga that we all hope to have in life. This Thanksgiving episode was deep and definitely showed kids/teens a real world problem in society.

Cory and Shawn’s families are both from different social classes and while they both, and the rest of the kids, don’t let how one another lives affect how they treat one another, the adults find it harder to deal with. The parents are struggling to find common ground or act normal around one another because they feel different or misunderstood being on different levels.

This episode shows viewers how each class is different by their limitations, but are also the same with how they go about the situations they are dealt with. The kids all join together to eat their meal and the parents end up seeing the kids congregating together peacefully without letting the issue of social class get in the way. The social difference doesn’t affect Cory or Shawn’s friendship whatsoever. If anything it only made their friendship stronger.


A true classic that is shown every year where viewers get to watch Charlie Brown and the Peanut gang celebrate Thanksgiving. Snoopy and Woodstock end up in charge of helping Charlie Brown prepare a Thanksgiving meal for his friends and ends up not to Peppermint Patty’s standards for what a “traditional” Thanksgiving ought to be. She gets upset with at Charlie Brown for the so-called dinner when Marcie points out that they were never invited in the first place. Peppermint Patty invited herself and others to Charlie Brown’s home and forced him to make them dinner.


In the end, Peppermint Patty realizes the error of her ways, but asks Marcie to apologize to Charlie Brown on her behalf. They’re all invited to Grandma Brown’s condominium for Thanksgiving, and Snoopy and Woodstock have their own Thanksgiving meal in the “traditional” way. This shows that not everyone has to celebrate the same way and to not invite yourself over to other people’s home. Wait for an invitation or ask politely if you could be included in their festivities and thank them by bringing over a dish.


The episode opens with sibling rivalry between Jessica and her sister Connie. Connie, who is usually chosen every year by their mother to host Thanksgiving dinner has this time been overlooked and the privilege of hosting Thanksgiving dinner goes to Jessica and the Huang family. Jessica is set on making the dinner perfect and better than Connie’s so that she could host every year, but of course with every competition, things don’t always go as planned.

Sibling rivalry is common and tends to always rear its head during the holidays. But in the end of the day even, we’re all family and only want the best for one another. We accept and love one another, because deep down we care, or just really want to be the best.


The first Thanksgiving episode of many in this series never gets old to watch. We learn in the beginning that Monica and Ross plan to spend Thanksgiving together as their parents abandoned them for a trip to Puerto Rico. They invite Phoebe so she wouldn’t be alone and the rest of the gang had plans of their own. Yep, had. For their plans don’t go as expected, except for Chandler as he boycotts Thanksgiving. They end up spending Thanksgiving together, but aren’t appreciative of Monica trying to please each person with their preference of potatoes. In the end, they resolve their fight due to the mutual curiosity of Monica and Rachel’s neighbor across the way, “Ugly Naked Guy” having Thanksgiving dinner with a date. In turn they look at one another thankful for each other, and have dinner filled with tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.


Okay, I couldn’t help it. I had to include another Friends’ Thanksgiving episode.

Monica and Chandler are now living together, unbeknownst to her parents. Monica avoided telling them because she knows how much they dislike him and to try and mend that fact, Chandler tries to make himself more likable, only to fail awkwardly. But the true shining moment wasn’t only the truth bombs or the parent’s acceptance of their relationship, but of everyone working together to pretend to like Rachel’s failed dessert, well except Joey who genuinely loved the English trifle/Shepherd’s Pie concoction.

Hope everyone has a fun filled Thanksgiving and no matter how you celebrate, remember to focus and appreciate all the little things we have in life, and give thanks to your family and your vinas!

(Feature image via @lalalovelythings)