Joan Baez

Joan Baez has been inspiring change through her music since the 1960s. Her own experiences drew her to nonviolence and civil rights advocacy. In late 2013, she joined the Dalai Lama and others in the annual Forum 2000, a conference which promotes human rights. When asked if artists should feel compelled to speak out on social and political issues, she said: “All I can say is from my own experience – that it is the connectedness with the people, the prisoners, the people in the war; that I was able to speak where a lot of people couldn’t speak. But that’s what’s given my life the richness that it has.”

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.