Palestinian artists transcend boundaries. Beautiful art is put in production each day. Each work honors Palestine, and brings culture and beauty to life. Palestinian artistry features intricate patterns, landscapes, and a wide breadth of experiences. Let’s support talent in marginalized communities by checking out their work. Here is a list of wonderful artists with small businesses that showcase amazing talent !
These beautiful, detailed designs will make you feel the warmth of Palestine (and coffee). The details on the coffee cup create a lively design, and the coffee pot’s intimate design will make you feel cozy.
The CRAFTMANSHIP. The design of the woman in a thobe on this comb is so beautiful, so lively. You can see Palestine in the eyes of the woman drawn in this. Palestine will stay with us even when we’re getting ready in the morning.
Pride is a beautiful time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. And to support queer friends and family in all their endeavors (which we should do year-round). So much beauty and creativity flow through the rainbow, and it’s a shame they are lost in the current of huge corporations doing rainbow washing Pride campaigns. Today I want to tell you about some of my favorite make-up products from small, queer-owned businesses that I think you should know about. Let’s get started!
Queer individuals should be celebrated on every holiday, including Mother’s Day. It can be hard to find personalized gifts, books or jewelry that center gay relationships, but LGBTQIA+ family members deserve to feel special on important occasions. I did some digging and found the perfect purchases tailored for queer folks.
If you’re looking to show your queer mother, grandma, aunt or any maternal figure in your life you feel pride they’re in your life – this list is for you.
Do you know any queer couples interested in adopting or fostering? This book features many heartwarming stories related to taking care of a child. It’s the perfect Mother’s Day Gift for those interested in navigating queer parenting.
Although it’s been over a year since we heard the words “she’s mah queen“, “dracarys” or “bend the knee”, and we’re no longer counting down the days to the next season, now that winter is here, many of us are still very much obsessed with the world and characters of Westeros created by George R.R. Martin (yes, despite that last season).
You might not be that person, but we all have at least one friend who just can’t let go. Because the holidays and times of gift-exchanging are approaching, we decided to compile a list of 15 presents that every Game of Thrones fan would love in 2020.
As it is famously known that The North Remembers, we must remember the North as well this Holiday season. Decorate your tree with this House Stark Tree Ornament and remember the words the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.
Allowing you to pick the symbol of the House you identify most strongly with, these reusable cloth masks are protective, environmentally-friendly and a great way to keep the Game of Thrones spirit alive.
Extending from the sands of Dorne to the lands Beyond the Wall and the coast of the narrow sea to the Land of Always Winter, Westeros holds most of its mystery in its lands. For a reminder of the walk down King’s Road or the sail to the Iron Islands, this map of Westeros is an amazing gift for a Game of Thrones fan.
For when the night is dark and full of terrors, and even for when the night is full of relaxation and the holiday spirit, this Targaryen-inspired candle holder is an amazing way to transform the vibe of a room and remind us of the battle between Ice and Fire.
This wooden music box that holds a delicate version of the Game of Thrones theme song is the best reminder of the story of Westeros. With just a simple rewind of the music box, you could relive that moment any time you miss the unique feeling of Game of Thrones suspense.
This Winter is Coming Stark-themed sweatshirt is a cosy Game of Thrones gift perfect for the winter. While it does not give the same warmth as the Nights Watch armour at the Wall, it offers a more comfy alternative.
This Christmas is Coming card is the perfect holiday-themed card to send to a fellow Game of Thrones fan. Including sketches of all our favorite characters and the most enchanting Night King himself, this card is the cutest way to send Westeros-themed holiday cheer.
This House Stark Tote Bag is a multiple-use and eco-friendly way to remember Westeros. As a tote bag goes with anything for any occasion, this gift is a great way to remember the Seven Kingdoms all year round.
This broach symbolizes the evolution of the story as it began and ended with the actions of the King or Queen’s hand. As the symbol of loyalty and betrayal – it holds all our favorite themes of the story.
Nothing can heal the wound left by the show better than to read the books. And this edition is honestly too pretty not to buy.
Get it on Amazon for $89.99 or the regular box for $82.80 on our Bookshop supporting local bookstores.
While we all left the world of White Walkers and wildlings with mixed feelings, we can’t bring it back from the dead like Jon Snow and see the story close the way we wanted. But, as we wait forHouse of the Dragon, the Ironborn remind us that what is dead may never die, so we can keep Westeros alive this gift-giving season!
Now I know this year has been a drag. From the pandemic, tragedies, massacres and frankly just everything. Sometimes we all need an escape every once in a while. But, we need to remember how privileged we are to even escape. Not everybody has this luxury of escaping into a book like some of us do. Those protesting in Nigeria and Thailand certainly do not.
Now that this has been acknowledged, I want to share the most anticipated reads for November 2020.
1. Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault
Calling all Disney fans! I am pretty sure we are all aware of the story of Beauty and the Beast, right? In this novel, we go back in time to France in the 18th century, where they are on the brink of revolution. Finally, Belle has broken the curse and now her Beast has reverted back to humanity and he is now her prince. But remember, they are on the brink of revolution and if you know about the French Revolution, it was off with the heads of the aristocracy. Belle must consider if being a Queen is truly worth it or simply just a title.
In this novel, we follow Chloe being nervous to introduce her boyfriend to her parents. But, plot twist – she doesn’t even know who her boyfriend is! To appease her parents, Chloe hires her boyfriend, Drew, from ‘Rents’, a company that trains boyfriends to impress traditional Asian parents. This is such an interesting concept and makes me think, are we commodifying humanity, for the fact Chloe is ‘renting’ a boyfriend. But, Chloe rents Drew to convince them he is worthy of their approval so they don’t marry her off to Hongbo, a total womanizer within their community. But, what if Chloe and Drew’s relationship is not as fake as they anticipated?
Imagining a Chinese retelling of Romeo and Juliet, coupled with gang rivalry – Chloe Gong’s The Violent Delights is based in 20th century Shanghai where gang rivalry is prevalent, leaving the people of Shanghai distressed and helpless. How chaotic.
We then have Juliette Cai who is 18 and believes she is above the law and is leading the Scarlet Gang. And their rivals? White Flowers. And of course, these gangs have been fighting for generations. But, what’s most interesting is that the heir to White Flowers is her first love and betrayal. Do with that what you will. If you love Shakespearean retelling and gang rivalry – this is for you.
A Portuguese historical fantasy – A Curse of Roses follows the story of Princess Yzabel who is cursed from eating. Here me out. With one touch of bread, it turns into roses. She attempts to bite cheese, the cheese now turns into lilies. This magic leaves her starving because any food she attempts to eat just turns into a bouquet. With a famine plaguing Portugal, she needs to decide what is the best solution for her to save her people?
Meet Prudence Daniel – an overachiever with a disgusting attitude. Far too quick to cast judgement on her rude and lazy residents in her coastal town. But, something strange happens, one day she wakes up with the ability to cast instant karma on anybody. What a power to have. And of course, she abuses that power and wreaks havoc on anyone who irritates her. Except for this one person where he powers constantly backfire – Quint Erickson, who happens to be her enemy.
For fans of the Devil Wears Prada, this is for you. The book is about an assistant to a stinking rich wife and a philanthropist, Bambi von Bizmarck. Aside from being an assistant, Anna is also an artist. But, she is met with a dilemma. Painting and all things art is her passion, her true calling. But it’s not paying the bills, at all. Whereas her position as an assistant enables her to be more successful. Follow Anna to delve into the life of the 1%. Must be nice.
Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother – they are practically glued to the hip, moving from one city to the other. If you like the cliches – bad boy trope, friends to lovers, I can 100% confirm this is for you. Until one time, her and her mother move back to their historic New England town to run her family bookstore but this time it’s different. It’s only a matter of time until her grandmother returns and they move again. Until Lucky Karras re-enters her life.
Yet again, another historical fiction. But, something makes it different – it’s a historical crime fiction set in colonial India. Think Indian Sherlock Holmes. Both of the women who died belonged to the same family, now this is where it gets interesting. The deaths are suspicious, but no one is talking. We meet Adi Framji, who is the husband of one of the women and ends up hiring Jim Agnihotrii, a captain in the army to help privately investigate the case. (Trigger warning: suicide.)
Prime Day is soon upon us, which means deals galore! Now is the best time to invest in buying a new phone, upgrading your console, or treating yourself to some wireless earbuds or that new laptop you’ve had your eye on. Keep scrolling to check out some great deals on electronics this Prime Day.
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The Echo Auto is the way to connect Alexa from your phone to your car. You can now do anything you desire, hands-free. It’s built to hear you over noise from the AC, traffic, and music, so feel free to ask away. From playing your unique playlists (who needs the radio anymore?) to catching up on the news, answering calls, and checking off to-do lists, the Echo Auto is a safe way to stay connected while driving.
The new child-friendly Echo dot is perfect for families, as it combines everything an Echo Dot can do, along with kid-friendly content, games, quizzes, and more. The best part is, it’s possible to set time limits and review activities with your kids, while encouraging children to ask questions and learn about the world around them.
The Echo Show 5 is a compact, 5.5’’ smart display that can do so much more. Thanks to its screen, you can ask Alexa for anything from movie trailers to YouTube tutorials. Use the Echo Show 5 to update to-do lists and calendars, and have your entire day sorted out on screen. Best part? Video calls are so much easier.
The Kindle Essential bundle includes an all-new Kindle, a cover, and a power adapter. The Kindle’s adjustable front light makes it easy to read in any setting – either out on the beach or under the covers. The built-in dictionary makes it easy to look up words while reading, while you highlight relevant passages.
The new Insignia NS 43-inch Smart TV is here, complete with Fire TV to bring your streaming content to the big screen. This screen offers a stunning viewing experience, with 4k Ultra HD picture quality so you can experience your favorite characters in high definition. The Smart TV is intuitive and simple to use, and can be updated so you can enjoy the latest software.
This certified refurbished Ring Elite – a video doorbell! – is tested and certified to work like a new piece. The Ring works with Alexa and sends announcements through the Echo when motion is detected or when someone presses the doorbell. The Ring also monitors your home with infrared night vision, and lets you check in on your property anytime. The best part? It comes with Lifetime Theft Protection: if it gets stolen, Amazon will replace it for free.
This Certified Refurbished Echo Plus is tested to work like new, and comes equipped with premium Dolby play speakers, and a Zigbee hub to make setup that much easier. With seven microphones and noise cancellation, the Echo plus can hear you from any direction, even when music is playing. The Echo plus also comes with a built-in temperature sensor, and is a wonderful addition to the smart home.
Homeowners, tenants, and college kids moving into dorms will all appreciate the Kyvol Cybovac E20 Robot Vacuum cleaner. This small machine is suitable for hardwood floors and carpets, is thin enough to reach every corner, and is self-charging. The robot can run for 150 minutes, and when the battery is low, will automatically return to its base. The best part? It can be directed and scheduled to clean at specific times using the Kyvol App, and is compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa.
This JBL Flip 5 has wireless Bluetooth streaming, a 12-hour battery life, and is water-proof. Since it’s battery-powered, it’s a great addition to any party – pool or otherwise. The speaker can be paired with other speakers to create the perfect atmosphere.
Looking for wireless earbuds? The Aukey earbuds offer incredible sound quality, extra-long battery life, and an easy-to-use touch control for audio and calls. The Bluetooth ensures an efficient, stable connection. The earbuds alone have 5 hours of charge, with the case providing an additional 6 charges, giving 35 hours of playtime.
The Pheanoo Soundbar comes complete with a wireless Bluetooth connection with a range of over 30 feet, making it accessible via phone or laptop from anywhere in the room. The soundbar also offers a surging bass, thanks to its 5.25 inch driver with a 60W stable frequency of 45 Hz, providing that high-quality home-theater experience. The remote can be used to adjust treble and bass settings, and the soundbar is easy to install anywhere in your home.
The Sony XB950B1 headphones come with a whopping bass, powerful Bluetooth, and high-quality wireless audio. With 18 hours of battery life and a system to take calls with a built-in mic, these headphones are sure to heighten your musical experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also comes with an S Pen, making it easier to take notes and edit photos and videos. The pen has a magnetic attachment to the tablet, making it easy to add on. The battery lasts for around 13 hours, and comes with a built-in 64 or 128GB of internal memory, with a microSD card slot for external memory cards.
Apple fans can check out the newest Apple iPad Mini 5, a slim tablet with 10 hours of battery life, a 7.9-inch retina display, and stereo speakers. The iPad comes with an 8MP back camera, and a 7MP front camera with FaceTime HD.
Enthusiastic about the new Macbook Air? The laptop has a stunning display with True Tone technology, a backlit Magic Keyboard, and comes with a Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor. The laptop has up to 11 hours of battery life, and the screen is 13.3 inches. This is your chance to get the new laptop you needed and were saving up for!
Apple users can pick up an Apple Watch Series 3 on Prime Day as well. This series comes with an optical heart sensor, an altimeter, an accelerometer, and gyroscope. The watch has up to 18 hours of battery life, and comes with a space-grey band.
Not a fan of Apple computers? We’ve got you! The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is minimal, compact, and sturdy. It comes with a 4k AMOLED screen, keeping colors intact. The laptop comes with a built-in Galaxy Chromebook pen, making it the perfect laptop for notes, edits, and drawings. Complete with the Google Assistant, the Chromebook is fast, slim, and built to last.
Gamers can check out the new OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop, designed for speed and efficiency. With an incredibly fast processor, higher bandwidth memory, and better gaming connectivity, this laptop is the perfect device for intense gamers. The battery life lasts up to 6 hours, and the laptop is equipped with HP fast charging.
The TCL 10L Android smartphone is powered by NXTVISION, and has a clear 6.53’’ screen with an FHD + LCD display to create a stunning visual experience. The phone is equipped with four rear cameras (!!!) and a 16MP front-facing camera.
This year, Amazon introduced a great initiative for small businesses in the days leading up to the sale. For every $10 you spend with small businesses, you can claim $10 for Prime Day sales! Customers can choose what kind of stores to support, based on location, owners, and products. Whether you want to shop based on a particular category, or want to support women or family-owned businesses, Amazon lets you make that choice to give back to the community. Isn’t it great?
Check out more details about this amazing initiative here!
Representation for marginalized communities is vital in raising awareness about injustice.
It is also an important way of documenting every fragment of a community’s history. Literature, theatre, television, music are all proof of living breathing, culture. Here are a few novels that are actually doing it right:
The Silence Between Us allows you to hear the aspirations, hopes, and dreams of a young deaf girl who is forced to transfer to a hearing school because of her mother’s job relocation. Alison Gervais provides powerful insight into the deaf culture and teenage romance. This book is a must-read for those looking for diversity in young adult novels and romance.
Favorite quote: “Just because my world looks a little different than yours suddenly means it’s not as important?”
The enchanting aspect ofA Curse So Dark and Lonely is that it does not boil identity down to one thing. It focuses on a young woman with cerebral palsy who gets pulled into a magical world when she tries helping a stranger. Her cerebral palsy is just one facet of her identity. This book is a unique, daring rendition of Beauty and the Beast.
Favorite Quote: “I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”
The Running Dreamis a fast-paced novel about a young track member who loses her legs in a car accident and believes she can never run again. However, she perseveres, begins believing in herself again and starts to understand that her world didn’t end because she lost her legs. It is a beautifully written, poignant novel.
How We Roll walks you through the friendship between a girl who develops alopecia and a boy who loses his legs in a sudden accident. This compelling novel demonstrates how society encourages people with disabilities to be self-conscious.
Favorite Quote: “That’s what you had to do for Julius. You had to spell it out for him. And then you had to spell it out for everyone else, so they would understand why you were spelling it out for Julius.”
You’re Welcome, Universeby Whitney Gardner is about a young, deaf Indian woman who is betrayed by her best friend and forced to go to a hearing school, where she gets involved in a street art war. There is no romance in this novel! It features a bold, witty unapologetic heroine and focuses on her personal development.
Favorite quote: “Six stencils and it’s gone. Okay, the tag vanished by Stencil Number Two, but I have a point to prove. I’m not covering up your scribbled slur with just anything. I’m making art here. I’m creating. I’m on fire.”
Not If I See You First is about a blind girl who refuses to be treated differently. So she creates a list of rules.
Additionally, the boy who hurt her in eighth-grade re-enters her life, all while she’s struggling through the death of her father. She is unapologetic, a bit of a mess, and imperfect. That’s what makes her character authentic.
Favorite quote: “He still looks at you like he used to, even before you got together like you’re the most important thing in the world.”
The Last Leaves Falling grapples with life’s big questions, questions like: is there life after death? A young teen develops ASL. His condition is rapidly becoming worse and he cannot attend school. He logs into a chat forum in an attempt to deal with the alienation and creates beautiful bonds. It is a piercing story about dealing with life’s trials.
Favorite quote: “And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this…”
She Is Not Invisible is about a blind girl who goes searching for her father after he goes missing while conducting research for his new book. This book is cleverly written, intriguing, and will leave you wanting more.
Favorite quote:”… and you don’t have to understand everything about something to love it, do you? In fact, sometimes that can make you love something more.”
The One Memory of Flora Banks is about a 17-year-old girl who suffered a brain injury. Her memory resets multiple times a day and she has not been able to retain any new memories. She does not remember anything or anyone – except for her mother, father, brother, and best friend.
All until she kisses her best friend’s boyfriend, a memory that prompts her to set off to find him. This book will remain entrenched in your memories and you will grow to love Flora as she navigates her illness.
Favorite quote: “Whether someone is useful only matters if you value people by their use.”
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis is a novel about an autistic, biracial, part-Dutch part-Surinamese Black girl. It is a brilliantly written, YA sci-fi about how Denise tries to get her gamily safely off-planet after a a massive comet strikes Earth and obliterates everything.
Love really knows no limitations in Love and First Sight. It is a story is about a young teenager who falls in love with a girl who is not deemed beautiful by society’s standards. And he can’t see. It is a deeply touching story about how love is more than skin deep.
Favorite quote: “Yeah, independence and self-reliance sound nice in theory, but in reality, they are just synonyms for loneliness. And before I met Cecily I was so tired, without even realizing it, so tired of being lonely.”
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lilyis about a girl with ADHD and a boy with autism and how their differences connect them. This book is a powerful love story that will leave your mind racing.
Favorite quote:“I’d spent my entire life as a teacup with a jagged crack running down the side, an imperfect vessel threatening to spill my contents onto the table at any random moment. Tolerated but not adored. It didn’t seem like it would be even possible to love me. Probabilistically unlikely at best. But for Abelard, the jagged crack was the interesting thing about me.”
Say What You Will is about a girl with cerebral palsy who decides to hire a student aide to help her in her final year of high school. The student aide happens to have OCD. It is another classic story about two people dubbed misfits by society, who help each other feel less lonely. This is an evocative read that you will obsess over.
Favorite quote: “Let’s don’t wait forever for our lives to start.”
The Orange Houses is a novel about a girl with a hearing disability. She lives her life closed off and alone until she meets two people: a teenage refugee who sells newspapers and a homeless vet. This is a wonderful novel about friendship and love that will open your heart.
Favorite quote: “The money’s yours for whatever. I know you’ll do something beautiful with it.”
This book is about a half-Japanese girl with cerebral palsy who is often her mother’s inspiration for sculptures. She dreams of becoming a manga artist and meeting her father. She realizes there is more to life than being her mother’s muse. This is a fun, quirky book about taking control of your own life.
Favorite quote: “Yeah, I could tell them how I hated physical therapy as a child, how I once flailed so badly while trying to get away that I broke my therapist’s glasses. Or how I always got picked last for the teams and how my classmates called me names and made fun of my walking. But who wants to hear all these sad stories? Isn’t it way more fun to read about fire-breathing dragons and magic elixirs? Boomerang bottle openers and wind-powered whisks? I’d rather stick to Gadget Girl.”
Rain Reignis about a young girl with autism who loses her dog during the storm. Her dog is special to her because they are often alone. Her dad goes out to bars during the evenings and doesn’t have much patience for her. So, she sets out on a journey to find her dog. This a powerful story about unconditional love, bravery, and determination.
Favorite quote: “Everyone calls me brave. Is this what bravery feels like?”
Silent Days, Silent Dreamsis an autobiographical picture book (perfect for all ages!) about the renowned artist: James Charles. James Charles was born deaf, mute, and autistic and his work hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This book challenges ableist views.
Favorite quote: “He is known for his technical skill and varied style.”
What would you do if you found out you were dying? 17 Marigold Lane is about a girl who truly starts living when she finds out she has cancer. She befriends a boy with autism on her journey and they embark on wild adventures. It is an exciting read.
Favorite quote: “My name is Prudence Penderhaus. I’ve never done anything remarkable. Never even bothered to look up. Until the day I found out I was dying.”
Imagine you couldn’t meet your best friend. That is the precise dilemmaBecause You’ll Never Meet Me tackles: two friends who can’t meet due to their debilitating illnesses. It is a heartfelt story about the true meaning of friendship and perseverance.
Favorite quote: “Wait, how do most people make friends? I’ve only done it once. There has to be an easier way of going about it than getting thrown around and bleeding all over the place.”
Anything But Typical is about a young boy with autism. He searches for acceptance online and becomes nervous and excited because he could form his first real friendship. This is an adorable story about friendship and self-acceptance.
Favorite quote: “All we are, all we can be, are the stories we tell,” he says, and he is talking as if he is talking only to me. “Long after we are gone, our words will be all that is left, and who is to say what really happened or even what reality is? Our stories, our fiction, our words will be as close to the truth as can be. And no one can take that away from you.”
Counting to D is about a young girl with dyslexia who is often bullied in school- she’s the smartest kid in her school but she’s also illiterate. Eventually, her mom gets a job in a different city and Sam thinks it’s the perfect time to start over- she hides her dyslexia. This is a witty novel about learning to love yourself.
Favorite quote: “Every advancement in human history, every scientific discovery, every artistic masterpiece, every new idea has come from an individual looking at the world in a new way. Thinking outside the box. So tell me, Samantha, why are you trying so hard to put yourself inside the box?”