Why aren’t the Love Island girls allowed to be funny?

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Love Island 2018 is going from strength to strength, with this week’s six shock exits and two new additions shaking up the couples and friendship groups.

Drama has undoubtedly built, but strangely, we’re only really seeing it from the girls’ side, and on closer inspection that seems like a theme from the start.

While the boys’ air time has been taken up by a lot of Jack’s impressions and group Yorkshire accents, the footage of the girls has focused on cruel digs and catty arguments.

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Take this week for example when the girls were taken for a day trip to reconnect after Georgia-new-jack-kiss-gate.

The footage flitted between the boys and the girls, with the boys roleplaying as Yorkshire farmers in the sun, while the girls were crying and shouting at eachother.

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The easy answer? The boys get on better than the girls.

That might be the case, with this season’s boys seeming to have a particularly close bond, but why do the girls then have to endure all of the drama?

With Megan, Georgia, Ellie and Laura, there have been a lot of tears and arguing, and of course given the nature of the show, that has to be aired.

But why aren’t we seeing their funny side too? Let’s not pretend that they don’t have one.

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Take Grace for instance – we only saw her sense of humour when she made a dig after her exit, joking that keeping her Love Island water bottle was her highlight.

Why hadn’t we seen her dry sense of humour before? If we had, she might have been spared eviction – all we had seen previously was her cutting hair and saying she liked cashew nuts – It’s no wonder she was voted out.

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The boys keep citing ‘banter’ and ‘good chat’ as reasons for fancying the girls- but we’re yet to see it.

Why? Because it’s not getting airtime – and in this day and age that’s not OK, not to mention it puts them at a greater risk of getting voted off.

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It feels like we’re reinforcing the tired gender stereotype that women aren’t as funny as men, something that considering millions of people tune into Love Island, is actually pretty harmful.

So please Love Island, from a team of funny girls, stop doing us a disservice. You don’t have to lose the drama, but at least give the girls a break and let us see their funny side.

This is 2018 after all, and hopefully be now we all know that girls can do a hell of a lot more than cry and shout.

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Therapy for Black Girls: Meet the Woman on a Mission To Reduce Mental Health Stigma

After watching the first Black Girls Rock awards show Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. was inspired to create Therapy for Black Girls, a platform encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls. Over the years, Dr. Joy has expanded the platform from a blog to a podcast with listeners in 158 different countries, a Facebook group called the “Thrive Tribe” with over 13,000 women and a therapist directory which has grown to over 700 therapists in less than a year. “My work has always been heavily focused on black women and girls,” says Dr. Joy. I think too often we’re so busy taking care of other people that we aren’t always paying attention to what’s going on with us. I wanted a platform that helped sisters put the focus back on themselves.”

We caught up with Dr. Joy to get some insight on self-care, the stigma of mental health in the black community, and cliché phrases to avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one.

What are the stigmas that often hold people of color back from therapy and what services or programs do you offer to combat these stigmas?

I believe that many people of color have been socialized to believe that talking about private matters should only happen within the confines of the family (the whole idea of airing dirty laundry so to speak). Also, many people still don’t know how therapy works or believe that only “crazy” people need therapy. There are also many people who still view mental illness and needing to go to therapy as a sign of a weak faith relationship, which, of course, is not the case.

The Therapy for Black Girls podcast is helping to reduce that stigma. The podcast episodes are designed to help people get an idea of the millions of different reasons someone might benefit from therapy. Listeners are also exposed to a variety of therapists that are guests on the show. This format helps them to realize that we all have different personalities and work differently so there is likely a therapist out there that’s a great fit for everyone. I also do live video chats on both Instagram & Facebook at 12 noon ET every Thursday. I call it Three for Thursday and I share three tips about a topic and then open the floor for general questions. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to get accurate information about mental health and to dispel any myths they may have about how therapy works, etc.

To date, what are your top three episodes? 

  1. Self-Worth 
  2. Slaying Your Anxiety 
  3. This Isn’t What I Imagined 

When it comes to mental health, what is the one thing that you think women overlook in maintaining self-care?

Boundaries! I think far too many of us don’t say NO enough. No to that extra task at work, no to that friend who never shows up for us, no to that ex who keeps trying to come back into our lives, etc. I don’t think we always realize the cumulative impact that taking on other people’s stuff can have on our mental health.

What cliché phrases should we avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one?

  • Just pray about it.
  • Your life is so good, what do you have to be depressed about?
  • Life is hard for everyone, toughen up.

While people may be well-intentioned when trying to help a loved one, these sentiments typically only make people feel like you don’t understand them and that you’re not someone they can go to in the future. A nice alternative for this would be something like “I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling. Do you want to talk more about how you’re feeling?”

What do you believe people can do to reduce the stigma of depression and anxiety?

I think sharing more openly about our own struggles and experiences with therapy helps. I also think we have to be careful with our language. It’s important to remove stigmatizing language from our vocabulary, so saying things like “she’s so crazy” or “this gives me OCD” is something to avoid.

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Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner Have a Girls Night Out at MTV Movie & TV Awards as Kylie Bails

Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner had a girls night out at the MTV Movie & TV Awards this weekend while another member of the famous family was noticeably absent.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians Star, 37, and her mom, 62, posed for the photos together ahead of the awards show in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday night.

Kardashian West, with her hair braided into cornrows, paired a glittering silver sequined skirt with a white a crop top, while the family matriarch, 62, opted for the white double-breasted blazer and black pants.

Kylie Jenner was also expected to make an appearance, but the new mom was nowhere to be seen on the carpet ahead of the show. (Keeping Up with the Kardashians is nominated for best reality series/franchise.)

The outing comes just hours after Kardashian West documented her latest cuddle session with her 5-month-old daughter Chicago on social media.

She spent Friday in New York City celebrating daughter North West’s 5th birthday. She and Kanye West are also parents to 2½-year-old son Saint.

Earlier on Saturday, her interview with The Van Jones Show aired on CNN. She and Jones discussed Alice Johnson, who received a presidential pardon after spending 21 years in prison thanks to Kardashian West lobbying President Donald Trump for her release.

She was also asked whether she would ever consider running for president, saying, “I don’t really think that’s even on my mind.”

Meanwhile, Travis Scott, her sister’s boyfriend and father to her 4-month-old baby Stormi, posted an image to Instagram Stories featuring himself and their little girl Wednesday.

The 20-year-old reality star and cosmetics mogul recently deleted all photos showing Stormi’s face from social media.

In the comments section of a makeup-free selfie she posted featuring just a peek of her baby girl, users inquired as to why face-on photos of Stormi had been erased from Jenner’s Instagram account.

“Yeah I cut my baby out. I’m not sharing photos of my girl right now,” she replied, according to E! News.

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On Tuesday, a source divulged to PEOPLE that Jenner “couldn’t wait to show off Stormi to her fans,” but had a change of heart once she became privy to some negative online dialogue.

“She posted pictures, because she was so excited to be a mom. Unfortunately, social media is a crazy place,” said the insider, noting that “people have been making nasty comments” about Jenner’s baby girl.

“Kylie is shocked and doesn’t want her daughter’s pictures to be a part of something negative,” added the source. “She might reconsider in the future, but for now, she won’t post any more photos of Stormi’s face.”

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Cheryl Giovannoni on how to help girls achieve their potential at school

Marie Claire speak exclusively to CEO of the Girls’ Day School Trust Cheryl Giovannoni on how to encourage the next generation of female leaders

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Cheryl Giovannoni lives and breathes leadership. Before becoming CEO of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), her career with global communications powerhouse WPP culminated with her role as CEO of Ogilvy & Mather (where she landed contracts with huge companies such as Pizza Hut and Pimm’s). Her previous roles have included European President of the global brand consulting firm, Lander Associates, as well as CEO of Coley Porter Bell, a consumer design and branding business.

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On top of this, Giovannoni is also a keen proponent of mentoring, and offers her time and support for WACL (Women in Advertising and Communication London) and is a non-executive director of Fearless Futures, a charity that aims to encourage equality through its programmes for schools.

Now as the CEO of the GDST, Cheryl Giovannoni is responsible for the organisation that hopes to shape girls at 23 schools and two academies across England and Wales into strong and confident women. We spoke to Cheryl about the importance of STEM subjects, the effects of gender stereotyping and how to support girls in the age of Instagram.

When girls fulfil their potential at school, how does that affect their future prospects?

‘School is the launch-pad for the rest of your life. At the GDST, this means giving girls every possible opportunity to explore and grow their talents so they can step out into the world full of confidence and optimism for their future, as well as resilience to handle things when they don’t go according to plan. This means, always encouraging girls to be curious and resourceful, to be fearless and take risks. To try new things and get out of their comfort zone, in a place where they make friends for life and hopefully have fun.’

‘It is for us all to keep building girls up’

Nowadays, what is the biggest hurdle that girls face at school?

‘The most important thing we can do is to encourage a girl to have the confidence to find her own voice. Girls more than boys tend to hold themselves back and not speak up. In a girls-only environment, it is wonderfully inspiring to see girls take the lead in any role – they understand they can do anything they put their mind to and that there is nothing that they can’t achieve. It is for us all to keep building girls up – to encourage them to raise their hand, to speak out, that their voice matters.’

What is the biggest change you have seen in the challenges that girls face at school?

‘The exponential rise in social media has created a world that is so unlike the world most parents grew up in. Girls are bombarded every day with “perfect” images of life – ones that only include the best bits. It becomes very hard to maintain perspective of what life really is all about, with all its wonderful ups, downs and challenges. The pressure of that skewed perspective can be very challenging.

What can the wider world do to support girls at school? It’s for all of us out there to support girls as they start out on their chosen paths after their career. We’ve recently heard the pitiful excuses made for not having women in the boardroom. I see girls every single day full of vitality and determination and I know that this is the generation that will change the world. All leaders out there must change their mind-set and start to create opportunities for women – if they don’t, these leaders will certainly miss out.’

What are the main differences in the challenges that girl and boys face at school?

‘Boys and girls face a number of challenges at school. Even before they enrol in school, girls – and boys – are subject to gender stereotypes. They are spoken to and treated differently. It impacts on how we see ourselves, determines our future aspirations and how we value ourselves. It seems to me that boys too can be held back by gender stereotypes. If men are supposed to be strong and silent, and good at maths, where does this leave the boy who is passionate and creative?’

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‘In all-girls schools, nothing holds a girl back’

Research has shown that girls thrive in single sex schools – why do you think this is?

‘In all-girls schools, nothing holds a girl back. They receive an education that puts them front and centre, boosts their confidence and empowers them as they step-out into the world. They are taught to aim high and meet obstacles with resilience. They thrive because all roles are open to them.

In mixed schools, boys can often dominate in the classroom and assumptions of “girls’ subjects” and “boys’ subjects” kick-in, limiting their potential. All-girls schools do not bubble-wrap girls and shield them from the “real world”. Quite the contrary. They exist to inspire and enable young women to thrive in, as well as challenge and change, a society that is far from equal. At all-girls schools, girls step out into the world seeing themselves as nothing less than leaders or potential leaders. I truly believe it will be these girls who smash the glass ceiling, for the benefit of everyone.’

How would you encourage more girls into STEM subjects and careers?

‘Again, it goes back to instilling confidence in girls, that they can pursue any career they wish. One thing that is really important is to provide positive role models – to remind girls of the amazing women who have achieved incredible things. If she can see it she can be it. Seeing is believing and they realise there is no stopping them.’

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‘Twin Girls’ North West & Penelope Disick Wear Matching Outfits at Unicorn-Themed Birthday Bash

Party time!

Although North West won’t officially turn 5 until June 15 and Penelope Disick has to wait until July 8 to turn 6, the pair teamed up for a joint unicorn-themed birthday bash on Sunday.

“North and P! Twin girls, turn around!” Kim Kardashian West called out to the cute cousins in a video showing off the pair’s identical rainbow robes and matching bathing suits.

“Happy birthday ladies,” the proud mama continued.

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While documenting what she described as “North and Penelope’s unicorn birthday party,” the KKW Beauty mogul made sure to highlight all of party’s sweet treats, which included doughnuts, matching unicorn cakes and rice crispy pops with little unicorn horns and ears.

In one video, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star also confirmed North’s father Kanye West was in town from Wyoming to celebrate the happy occasion.

“Here, come with daddy,” she can be heard saying to her almost 5 year old.

Kardashian West also included videos of the too-cute party decorations, which included “real unicorns,” tables covered in festive balloon centerpieces and rainbow pool toys.

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Also present for the happy day was new mom Kylie Jenner, who brought along her 17-year-old daughter Stormi Webster.

Happy birthday North & P,” she captioned a photo of herself and her daughter, who was wearing a sweet white headband, shorts and what appeared to be a Gucci blanket.

North and Penelope’s joint birthday party is shaping up to be an annual Kardashian tradition. Last year the pair enjoyed a Moana-themed celebration, and in 2016 the two girls honored their big days with a mermaid-filled bash.

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While North still has over a week before her birthday rolls around, she’s already started receiving presents — specifically two luxury handbags from Alexander Wang!

Sharing a photo of one of her gifts, Kardashian West gushed, “Look at this Wang bag that North got.”

Enthusiastically, she added, “I’m stealing this !!!!!”


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Hearts on Fire Strikes Charitable Partnership With Girls Inc.

The diamond brand Hearts on Fire has pledged a new charitable partnership.
The Boston-based firm has struck a collaboration with Girls Inc. to empower a new generation of women.
Hearts on Fire has pledged a percentage of 2018 sales from its Lorelei and Lorelei Classics collections to the organization. In addition to financial support, it will offer marketing and volunteer assistance.
“We believe the brilliance of our diamonds is only matched by the brilliance inside every young woman,” said Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts on Fire. “This organization is truly inspiring.”
“Girls Inc. is proud to partner with Hearts on Fire for their commitment to inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. It is our privilege to be teaming up with a company that not only embraces the contributions of women across all levels of its organization, but also recognizes and celebrates that same potential in all women and girls,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. president and chief executive officer.

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Mother’s Deadly Day: She Blew Up Herself and Her Two Girls to Murder Christians

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While Mother’s Day was being celebrated in the United States, Canada and Australia, a gruesome “celebration” of another kind took place in Indonesia: three nearly simultaneous suicide attacks on three separate churches in Surabaya, all carried out by the members of the same family.

The wave of carnage aimed at killing morning service goers rocked the Indonesian city, killing at least 11 people, and injuring another 40, adn people around the world asked how a mother, Puji Kuswanti, could strap bombs on herself as well as on the bodies of her two daughters, Fadila Sari, 12, and Pamela Rizkita, nine, and take them to the  Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church to blow themselves and others up.

Meanwhile, the family’s sons, Yusuf, 18, and Alif, 16, rode motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church, and detonated explosives they were carrying. Their father, Dita Sopriyanto, drove his bomb-laden car into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church where he self-detonated.

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‘It’s like Mean Girls’: Inside the bullying epidemic sweeping senior centers

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The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems during their freshman year in high school, researchers found in a new study. And despite the gender stereotype that boys are more likely to be the problem children in school, the researchers found that girls constitute the majority of youths who struggled the most academically, socially and behaviorally.
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Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Line Is Supporting the Figure Skating Dreams of Young Girls

Fresh off her triumphant Coachella — or rather, Beychella — performance as the first black woman to headline the festival and her announcement that she would be giving $ 100,000 in scholarships to HBCUs, it appears that Beyoncé still wants to pay it forward — this time, by showing some love to girls of Figure Skating of Harlem, an organization that aims to empower young girls by focusing on academic achievement in tandem with figure skating as an artistic discipline.

Queen Bey not only donated workout clothes and accessories to the Harlem nonprofit organization, but also featured the young skaters as models for Ivy Park’s Spring 2018 collection.

In a video clip for the campaign, one of the skaters eloquently describes her time on the ice as such: “The ice is my canvas, my blades are my paintbrush, I am the artist.”

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Where My Girls At? 702 Announces a Reunion [Photo]

Kameelah Williams, Irish and LeMisha Grinstead must’ve been inspired by Xscape’s successful comeback run because the girls have announced that 702 is making a comeback.

Details of their reunion aren’t available just yet, but Kameelah took to Instagram to share that they plan to go on tour.

“It’s OFFICIAL 702 is back in business!! We are now PERFORMING TOGETHER & coming to a city near you! BOOKING INFO IN MY BIO! WHERE MY GIRLS AT! ” she captioned a photo of the ladies.

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Tiffany Haddish Wants To Cast Meryl Streep As Her Mother In ‘Girls Trip 2’

Tiffany Haddish has figured out how Meryl Streep could believably play her mother in the sequel to “Girls Trip.” The comic has been vocal about the dream casting ever since she hurdled a velvet rope on the Oscars red carpet just to meet the screen legend.“I told Meryl that I wanted her to play momma one day,” she said during her visit to “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Monday.

“I want her to be my mother in Girls Trip 2. I think it will be so cool if we find out that (my character) Dina has a white mom!” Haddish said she had to explain how the genetic possibility of the mother-daughter combo to her co-stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

“I was like, ‘She could have married my dad, see… Maybe my real momma passed and then she married my dad… but she’s turnt up like Dina, and then you find out why Dina is the way she is – because she gets it from her stepmomma, who happens to be Meryl Streep’,” she said. Tiffany believes Streep would add another Academy Award to her collection if she can convincingly play her hood mama.

“If you see Meryl Streep turnt up like me, you’ll be like, ‘She can do anything…!’ She’ll get an Oscar for that… I need to see her hood side,” Haddish said.

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Black Girls Run: They Lead The Way In Elections Nationwide

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

More than 500 African-American women across America are running for public offices in 2018, perhaps the largest number of Black women ever to compete for elected positions in one year.

Black women – Democrats and Republicans, incumbents and neophytes  – are vying for federal, state and local seats from coast to coast.

For years, African-American women have been underrepresented in politics and this unprecedented number of black female candidates is an inspirational addition to the 2018 political scene.

A new database, Black Women In Politics, lists 507 known black female candidates running for elected positions this year. https://blackwomeninpolitics.com

Here are just a few examples of the 2018 movement for black female political empowerment: Stacey Adams is running for Governor of Alabama and hoping to become the first African-American female governor in the country. Mina Davis is seeking a seat in the Nebraska state legislature.

Tamekia Fain-Lovett is running for a U.S. Congressional seat in Georgia. Coral Evans is trying to become Mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona. Monica Montgomery is hoping for a seat on the San Diego, California City Council. Gail Finney is running for a state legislature seat in Kansas. Veronika Fimbres is running for governor of California.

Many of these women could make political history. They are emulating the historic leadership of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman and African-American to run for president from a major political party.

Approaching the mid-term elections in November, these Black women could help shape the political landscape moving forward and help Democrats take the majority of seats in Congress.

“There are Black women running for political office all over the United States, and we need to know who they are,” according to the website. “It is abundantly clear that we need to start following the lead of Black women, because we show up and do what is important, even when we are being disenfranchised and sabotaged from doing the work. 2018 is especially important because midterm elections are coming up. We need all the information we can get.”

The website database was created by blogger Luvvie Ajayi, who said she decided to search for black female candidates after Democrat Doug Jones won his Senate seat in Alabama with 96 percent of the black female vote.

In addition to Ajayi’s website, a comprehensive report by the Higher Heights Leadership Fund, “Chisholm Effect: Black Women in America Politics 2018,” underscores the significance of black women getting involved in the political process.

“We should all be buoyed by the [Shirley] Chisholm effect, which spawned generations of Black women determined to and successful at breaking political glass ceilings,” U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) wrote in a forward to the report. “There’s an opportunity in the coming months for Black women to build on these gains by taking decisive action to increase our political representation and provide America with leadership that is powerful, connected and lasting.”

She added: “The data demonstrate that, even with the gains Black women saw at some levels of office in 2016, there is more work to do to ensure that Black women’s representation in elected office reflects their presence in American society.”

We are witnessing an extraordinary movement of black women in politics and we’ll realize the scope of their empowerment when voters head to the polls in November.

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Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds

New research finds that boys with a playful disposition in kindergarten are viewed as rebellious and disruptive by teachers, as opposed to playful girls who are not labeled this way. Teachers disregard for these ‘class clowns’ — and their active discouragement of expressions of playful behavior — is assimilated by the boys themselves as well as their peers, leading to more negative perceptions of the boys and decreasing their self-esteem.
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How the fierce — and fetch! — ‘Mean Girls’ fashion went from screen to stage

Forget shades of gray: Think pink! That’s what Gregg Barnes did. For the Tina Fey musical “Mean Girls,” the Tony-winning costume designer concocted a rainbow of shades for Queen Bee Regina George and her high-school posse, the Plastics. And while Barnes somehow missed Fey’s hit flick when it came out 14 years ago (“I bought…
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10 Out of 10 French Girls Own These 5 Shoe Styles

As our ongoing fascination with Carrie Bradshaw’s style proves, we Americans love a vast shoe collection. But in our ongoing fascination with French style, our research has shown French shoe collections are decidedly more pared down. Our research, in this case, consisted of doing a deep dive into our Instagram feeds to find out which shoe styles 10 out of 10 cool French women have in their closet. We looked to the feet of Parisian It girls like Sabina Socol, Jeanne Damas, Anne-Laure Mais, Camille Charrière, and many more and successfully narrowed it down to just five styles that are essential to a French look.

While current shoe trends include glitter, pastel colors, unique heel shapes, and Western-inspired styles, the five-piece French-girl shoe collection is ultra classic in comparison. And their shoes of choice all ultimately contribute to the effortlessly chic aesthetic the French are known for—that je ne sais quoi. So whether you’re looking to pare down your shoe collection to just the essentials or add a few pairs to give your look more of a Parisian feel, read on to find out what the five essential French shoes are and shop our picks for each!

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Are you surprised that the French have great taste when it comes to classic shoes? Yeah, we aren’t either. Happy shopping!

White sneakers are certainly a staple of fashion influencers all across the land, but here in the U.S., sneaker trends vary considerably. French style setters, on the other hand, love their clean white kicks.

You won’t typically catch the French teetering around in sky-high stilettos. Instead, when they want to wear heels, you’ll oftentimes find them in a pair of block-heel Mary Janes, which instantly make any outfit look chic.

The French wearing ballet flats: groundbreaking, right? While it may seem like stating the obvious, French It girls do love their ballet flats, which are often Repetto.

Just as espadrilles are the French go-to shoe style of summer, suede ankle boots with a block heel are the go-to shoe style of fall and winter. The suede boots add a bit of cool ruggedness to their otherwise polished looks.

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Good Girls’ Retta and Mae Whitman on Their Show’s Unexpected Timeliness and Becoming Fast Friends on Set

Good Girls, Retta, Mae Whitman, Christina HendricksGood Girls is finally here and its stars couldn’t be more relieved.
The NBC dramedy, which debuted two weeks ago in the plum post-The Voice timeslot on Mondays, has pulled in solid…

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Every shift, breastaurant manager Lisa (an outstanding Regina Hall) tries to stay perky. The title of Andrew Bujalski’s big-hearted comedy “Support the Girls” winks at the waitresses’ hoisted money-makers and the hardest part of Lisa’s job: tending to her busty, fragile employees. Whose smile is fading, whose kid is sick, who just put her abusive […]

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For girls who mature early, psychological problems last into adulthood

Tracking nearly 8,000 girls from adolescence through their late 20s – far longer than other studies have – a researcher says girls who get their periods earlier than peers are likely to experience depression and antisocial behavior well into adulthood.
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Good Girls Is the Perfect Show for This Moment

In the first scene of NBC’s Good Girls, three suburban moms charge into a grocery store, toy guns blazing, faces covered in ski masks that resemble the iconic Pussy Riot headwear. The women—played by television vets Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood)—need quick cash to pay for their cheating husband’s debt, child’s life-saving medication and custody case, respectively.

They’re broke, dismissed by the men in their lives, and want to take back their power. Everything goes smoothly until it doesn’t: The grocery store they rob turns out to be a front for a criminal organization, and some heavily armed men want their cash back. Chaos ensues.

But it turns out these women thrive in chaos. After years of baking last-minute cupcakes for bake sales and navigating unruly, misogynist customers at work, they have a knack for solving difficult problems—and long to break the rules.

For years, difficult men have dominated the small screen. In 2018, it’s refreshing to consider how difficult women could reinvigorate that tired trope. Inevitable parallels will be drawn between Good Girls and Breaking Bad, another show about a mild-mannered suburbanite who needs cash and eventually finds strength in criminality. But Walter White never had to worry that if a woman found out his secret identity she would try to blackmail him for sex or, failing that, rape him.

Despite a cutesy promotional campaign with the three women soaking their feet in a kiddie pool full of cash, Good Girls does not shy away from the realities of being a woman in the criminal underworld—or just a woman in the world in general. The characters have to rely on their wits to outsmart the firepower and social power of the men around them. To quote Margaret Atwood, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

The closer television parallel to Good Girls would actually be Weeds, a series about a widowed housewife who begins a small marijuana business. Just a few season in, she’s manipulating cartel bosses. Like Weeds’ Nancy Botwin, the women of Good Girls often find themselves in over their heads but always figure out a way to get out of a scrape. Unlike Nancy, they do not seduce their enemies to survive. That’s a happy development: Television writers long assumed that a woman’s sexuality was her best—and sometimes only—asset.

Since Weeds, few female anti-heroes have graced the small screen. Often evil women play supporting roles—the wives of murderous presidents or antagonists to would-be rulers of Westeros. Sometimes they get to be the main character, as with How to Get Away With Murder or Scandal. But they are lonely leads with male love interests by their sides and female friends at the periphery. Good Girls has three female protagonists, possibly a first on network television since Desperate Housewives. Shows where multiple women get top billing, like Broad City, Big Little Lies or Orange Is the New Black, tend to land on cable networks or streaming platforms.

The Time’s Up movement has promised more women’s stories, told by women, in film and television. We won’t see the fruits of that campaign for some time. But Good Girls is a first taste. And it’s sweet.


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Steph Houghton MBE: ‘It is our duty to inspire girls to play a sport’

We spoke to footballer Steph Houghton about the pressures of being the England Women’s captain and what it takes to dominate as a female athlete…

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Next in our #WomenWhoWin series is Steph Houghton MBE, captain of Manchester City Women’s Football Club and England’s top scorer at the 2012 Olympics.

It’s a big year for Steph, leading the Lionesses’ qualification campaign for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and all on top of juggling daily family life and coming back from a devastating injury.

But Steph has made it clear that nothing is going to hold her back, telling us ‘Ever since I’ve been able to walk, I’ve always had a ball at my feet’ – and that’s not about to change.

In the current climate of #MeToo and #TimesUp, Steph is determined to continue inspiring the next generation of women’s football stars, making sure that they don’t just have male role models to look up to.

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We spoke to Steph about the discrimination she has faced in her career path and how to get to the top in women’s sport…

What decision changed your life?
Making football my career. I’d always loved football, whether it was playing it or watching it, and I just kind of became besotted with it. I’m quite competitive anyway and I always want to win – trying to be better than the boys was a little bit of a factor as well. When I was about 19 or 20. I was in the England senior squad and they introduced central contracts and offered me one, which meant I would get paid to play in the team. I thought, ‘Right okay, I can actually be quite secure’ and I saw how the women’s game was really changing and how it was going to be part of my life for the next ten or fifteen years.

Have you been discriminated against?
The women’s game has grown, but when I was playing at Arsenal, I don’t think people realised how good we actually were. I think there’s just a perception that we just play football but we’re not very good, and it was a challenge for us to try and prove those type of people wrong. But in the last few tournaments with England, we’ve really proved how far the women’s game has come – not just in terms of being on TV but in terms of actual technical ability, fitness levels and the fact that we give up a lot to be the athletes that we are.

How do you keep yourself going?
Every day I turn up at Manchester City or when I’m away with England, it’s all about doing it for my family, repaying my mum and dad for when they took me to training when I was younger and sacrificed so much to come and watch me play football. I really, really owe them for all the stuff they did for me when I was younger. It’s also the love of the game: I love the sport and I’m lucky enough to call it my job.

Credit: Tom Flathers, Manchester City

What is the hardest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had two big injuries. When I was 19, I broke my leg just before I was going to the World Cup and then I got another injury in 2009, just before we were going to go to the Euro. I ended up rupturing my cruciate, and I was out for year with that. Obviously it was devastating, but I think that period kind of helped me be the player I am today and I’ll be always forever grateful for the people around me who helped me get back. I think I changed my mentality in that time, in terms of making sure that I do everything at a hundred per cent. You have to really make sure that you’re the best that you can be every single day.

What do you struggle with?
Probably balancing everything! I always knew I wanted an educational background and my mum and dad were quite big on that. They knew that I needed some qualifications, just in case something happened or I got injured. Sixth form was quite a challenging time because I was playing first team football as well as playing for the England U19s and the Seniors. I was away from college quite a bit because of it and I missed a lot of work – that really affected my education.

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When were you proudest?
Internationally, being made captain of England was a massive highlight, it was a dream come true and something that you never really think about when you’re younger. For the club, obviously winning the Treble with Man City because we tried so hard to make sure we won trophies and so it was such an unbelievable feeling to win it with that group of people. Scoring a winning goal at Wembley in front of 70,000 at the 2012 Olympics with Team GB was also an unbelievable night, and I will never ever forget that one. Definitely my MBE too – even if the letter did get lost in the post!

What should women always do?
I think women should inspire. It is our duty to inspire young girls to play a sport, whether it’s just for enjoyment and keeping fit, or to actually go on and try and make a career out of it.

Additional reporting by Victoria Fell

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For Bisexual Black Girls Who Didn’t Know Janelle Monáe Was Going to Create Their Anthem Today

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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Remember that date. It marks a historic moment in your beautifully intersectional identity as a bisexual Black woman.

Perhaps you didn’t know this day was going to be anything beyond the 53rd day of 2018–and another dreaded day under the 45th president. But on said day, you watched Janelle Monáe’s music video for Make Me Feel. It was the antithesis to everything that gives the White House and 46.1 percent of Americans a fright: queers, Blacks and queer Blacks.

Monáe simultaneously dropped the music video alongside the visuals for her other newly released single, Django Jane.

Once you were done watching the Django Jane video, you surely didn’t think it could get more enthralling than a rapping Monáe. You thought you’d walk away from Thursday having only gained a bomb Black female empowerment anthem. (Which is still spectacularly uplifting in its own right–but you simply didn’t expect your sexual preferences to also get a four-minute shout-out as well).

Make Me Feel is a love ballad that’s already inspired comparisons to pop legend Prince. While that’s immensely respectable and all, we don’t care to pay attention to that aspect. Not today. Because today we saw what is arguably the most feminized and sexualized Monáe you’d ever seen. And she’s seductively shimmying as she puts on for your ever-so-fluctuating sexuality.

Throughout the video, Monáe unapologetically embodies bisexuality. When she simultaneously teases her goodies to a random man and Tessa Thompson, she emboldens those of us who have found that our attractions weren’t dictated by anatomical make-up. For those who are or were once perplexed by the absence of an actual sexual preference, the video is affirming.

Make Me Feel draws from one of the most iconic episodes of Netflix’s Black Mirror series in which two women find eternal love upon meeting younger versions of themselves. It’s the series’ queerest episode, a unique love story and it makes the video all the more powerful. But aside from simply representing for bisexual Black girls, there’s another element about the artist that makes these visuals even more empowering: Monáe has never declared her sexuality, so it may be safe to say the reclusive 32-year-old isn’t using sexual preferences as a marketing ploy. She’s simply expressing herself. And that (plus equality) is all the LGBT community has ever wanted.

Watch the Make Me Feel video below:

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What the Coolest Girls Will Be Wearing for the Next Three Months

Even though we’re jumping at the chance to try out spring’s coolest trends, sometimes the chilly weather just won’t permit wearing flirty dresses and breezy tops. So what’s a fashion girl to do when there are so many fresh trends to start wearing already?

To help beat the remaining winter blues, we’re doubling up on bright, fresh springtime pastels. Though the outfits ahead could technically be worn in winter (especially if you live somewhere like LA), fashion girls are already swapping their dark neutrals for a seasonal color palette fit for the first day of spring.

Plaid pants get a stylish makeover in baby blue and yellow. This look is giving us major ’90s nostalgia due to the fuzzy sweater and chunky sneakers.
Stripes always seem to be a springtime classic along, with florals. (Groundbreaking, we know). But there’s something about graphic, abstract stripes that feel really modern and cool.
Not a pastel type of person? Test out bold primary colors like cobalt blue and canary yellow for a fresh look with a bit of edge.
Once again, a primary color palette is totally winning us over here. We love the combination of blue, yellow, and red grounded with classic black.
If you’re going to pick just one spring-inspired color to wear right now, may we suggest yellow? The bright shade is a bit unexpected which makes it that much cooler. Test it out in a fun pair of trousers and keep the rest of the look neutral.
Okay, this wouldn’t be a spring outfit roundup if we didn’t include the color lilac. There’s no doubt that this shade of muted purple is the It color of the season.
Like we’ve said before, yellow is one of the coolest colors to try for spring. Pick one piece to wear the color in and pair it with black for a bold, cool-girl look.
The suiting trend is reimagined when rendered in vibrant fuschia. This playful statement-making set couldn’t be further from the traditional stuffy suit.
Mark our words: Cargo pants are back. (Shocking, yes, but we’re into it.) When paired with tough combat boots and a graphic sweater, the loose-fitting pants make for a casual combo that Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber would approve of.
To make any look spring-ready, pick up a fun bag like this bright-yellow Gucci one that speaks for itself.
Ready to test out the season’s freshest colors? Dip your toes in by trying out a look similar to this one. Throw on a bright jacket over your otherwise toned-down outfit, or go into full-on spring mode by layering bright blues with yellows and reds.

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Blac Chyna Enjoys Girls’ Night with Amber Rose & Daughter Dream Kardashian After Leaked Sex Tape

Blac Chyna tried to put her worries behind her with a night of karaoke after a sex tape featuring her was leaked.

The former fiancée of Rob Kardashian enjoyed a girls’ night with close friend Amber Rose and 15-month-old daughter Dream Kardashian on Monday evening as seen on Rose’s Instagram Story.

Rose, 34, shared footage of Chyna dressed in an animal print onesie dancing to Fountains of Wayne’s 2003 single “Stacy’s Mom” playing in the background.

“Dreamy’s mom has got it going on,” Rose said and captioned the clip with the popular lyric, also showing Dream who was smiling and dancing in an all-white ensemble and color coordinated bows in her hair.

On Monday, footage of Chyna’s leaked sex tape was trending on social media. Video showing Chyna — born Angela Renée White — engaging in oral sex with an unidentified man was posted by an anonymous Twitter user. The man in the video is not seen, only heard, but Chyna’s face is visible.

Chyna’s rep, Walter Mosley, told PEOPLE exclusively that the video was “just another attack against a woman.”

“There’s not enough information right now to even know what happened,” he said. “An anonymous source posted a tape — could be from an ex-boyfriend, or stolen, someone texting it to someone else. It’s upsetting and troubling. After that Rob thing, she’s become a big target. It’s a sad time.”

Adding, “It’s tough, she’s upset. This is some sick man, I’m sure, who thought this would be funny or cool. It’s going to take a while to get to the bottom of it. She’s trying to be in good spirits. She’s focused on running the business. But we’re tired of it.”

Chyna’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, also addressed the leaked sex tape on Twitter Monday, though she did not mention her client’s name.

“Revenge porn — posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images — is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse,” Bloom tweeted. “It’s also a way to try to slut-shame women for being sexual. Girls have killed themselves over revenge porn. It’s not a joke.”

Last year, Chyna, who is also mom to 5-year-old son King Cairo, sued her ex Rob on the grounds of revenge porn after he posted numerous nude photos of her on social media in July.


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Rumors Abound, but Talk of a Spice Girls Reunion Tour Is ‘Premature’

For fans of the Spice Girls, speculation has been rampant about a possible reunion tour ever since it was revealed that the five original band members – Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm – had gathered over lunch at Horner’s home earlier this month. But those hoping to see Posh, Scary, Sporty, […]

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Don’t Expect Fashion Girls to Give Up These Shoes

Dressing for cold weather means different things for people in different cities. Still, no matter the temperature, residents find a way to master the trends and expertly style the pieces they love. This year, we’ve seen fashionable women figuring out how to wear mules in the winter in climates that range from temperate to freezing. While, in some places, forgoing socks works if the rest of the outfit offers warmth, in other locales, it’s all about keeping the toes cozy. Below, we’re rounding up 12 ensembles that prove you can wear mules when it’s chilly outside (great news, we know).

Style your mules with a cozy sweater and flowy dress for an evening look that feels just fancy enough.
Jeans make a dress and mules much more appropriate for chilly weather.
Try layering tights with jeans and mules to add an extra layer of warmth. 
Open-toe shoes may feel a bit daring for chilly days, but for days when the weather permits, style with a jacket and you’re good to go.
An option for those shoes that are too good to give up: Add socks.
Try sticking to layered neutrals (and relaxed jeans), then finish off with a pair of statement boots.
Classic mules can go with anything and everything.
Try color coordination from head to toe.
Mules instantly dress up casual denim.
Dare to try contrasting colors, like adding a bolt of bright pink with your shoes.
Heeled mules add a touch of dressiness to a casual sweatshirt.
Love the minimal look? Try styling simple mules with a tonal ensemble, finished with a shearling jacket.

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Victoria Beckham Gives an Update on the Rumored Spice Girls Reunion Tour

Update, February 10: Victoria Beckham may have just set the record straight about the Spice Girls Reunion Tour rumors that began circulating earlier this week. According to British Vogue, the designer declared “I’m not going on tour. The girls aren’t going on tour,” at a preview of her F/W 18 collection today. But while a tour isn’t in the works right now, Beckham didn’t dismiss the idea of something happening down the line. “You know, there’s so much bad stuff going on, and the Spice Girls were about fun and celebrating individuality,” she said. “I think there’s so much that the brand can do, and it’s such a positive message for young kids. What does that look like in the future? It’s not me in a cat-suit.”

Originally posted on February 7: Remember Victoria Beckham’s mysterious Spice Girls Instagram post last week? We’ve been crossing our fingers that the group had something exciting up their sleeves, and now it appears we know what it is. TMZ reports that a reunion tour is officially happening, with stops in both the UK and the U.S. planned. Because friendship lasts forever, right? 

Although the cult ’90s group has not confirmed the news, TMZ reports that they’re in talks with former manager Simon Fuller and are in the “rough planning” stage, intending to kick off the tour in late summer. Plus, we can reportedly expect new tour merch, but no new music. All we can say is: You can bet we’ll be booking tickets immediately. Can you imagine how good the stage costumes will be? If the news is true, we can’t wait to see what they’ll be wearing during the tour. See you there!

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Victoria Beckham: There won’t be a Spice Girls tour

OHMYGOSSIP — Victoria Beckham says there will be no Spice Girls tour.
The 43-year-old star recently reunited with her former bandmates – Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Mel B and Mel C – to plot plans for a reunion but Victoria insists there won’t be any tour in the near futuree.
She told Vogue magazine: “I’m not going on tour. The girls aren’t going on tour. It was so great to see the girls. We had such a fun lunch. It was really, really, really lovely. I still speak to them all individually, but for us all to get together was really lovely. There’s something so strong in the message of what the Spice Girls stood for. What is that in the future? What does that look like? We were just bouncing ideas around. Brainstorming. But this [fashion] is what I do.”
Meanwhile, her bandmate Geri previously confessed she had given up hope about the girl group reuniting.
Speaking about the possibility of the band reforming for the 20th anniversary of their debut single ‘Wannabe’, Geri said: “We all pushed for it, like, ‘Come on, let’s try and make it happen.’ It didn’t. You get to a point where you go, ‘Do you know what, just let it go.’ And I was having a baby. I’d really sort of let it go. It’s funny, they say let things go and I really had. That’s when I decided to go into television. A BBC executive said, ‘We think you should do primetime entertainment.’ She really encouraged me to do it.”

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Lindsay Lohan Reads Your Favorite Mean Girls Quotes Like It’s 2004

Can you believe it’s been 14 years since Mean Girls was released? It seems like just yesterday we were watching Cady and Regina duke it out—oh wait, it was just yesterday. What can we say? We watch Mean Girls a lot. The cult movie has definitely stood the test of time and is as enjoyable (and quotable) as ever.

In a new video released Monday, W magazine brilliantly tapped Lindsay Lohan herself to reenact her eight favorite quotes from the film, and all of our favorites made the list. From “the limit does not exist” to “on Wednesdays we wear pink,” Lohan reads all the best gems from the movie, and we’re pretty much obsessed. Scroll down to watch the video for yourself.

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19 Jumpsuit Outfits Fashion Girls Swear By

The beauty of a jumpsuit is that you don’t need a whole lot to make it an outfit. That said, it can get a little boring just throwing it on with the same sneakers every time you wear it. But some of the most stylish women on the planet are well versed in making wardrobe staples look fresh, and thanks to them, we found 20 cute jumpsuit outfits to add to your arsenal. Among these images, you’ll find outfit ideas for every season and office-appropriate, off-duty, and night-out looks. You’re probably going to want to buy a few new jumpsuits after perusing this.

Let your accessories make the biggest statement.
Choose a cool fuzzy coat.
Tie on a pretty scarf.
Layer it over a turtleneck during fall and winter.
Pair a black jumpsuit with strappy heels for a night out.
A ruffled blouse and wide-leg jumpsuit make for a chic combination.
Pair an office-appropriate tailored jumpsuit with nude pumps.
Unbutton (or unzip) a boilersuit and tie the sleeves around your waist.
For the sleekest look, wear your jumpsuit with all-black accessories.
Do something unexpected and wear your fanciest heels with a casual boilersuit.
White boots keep the look fresh.
Flatter your waist with a colorful belt.
Layer a white top under a denim jumpsuit.
Keep it simple and wear a black jumpsuit with white sneakers.
Pointed-toe ballet flats keep things chic.
Wear your boldest mini bag with an otherwise neutral palette.
Another valid example of the pros of turtleneck layering.
As you can see, white boots truly go with anything.
Top it all off with a puffer in the winter.

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Toni Braxton Says Fellow Lupus Sufferer Selena Gomez Is ‘One of the Bravest Girls I Know’

Toni Braxton will never let adversity get the best of her.

The singer-actress, 50, is portraying real-life hero Antoinette Tuff — a Georgia school employee who prevented a mass shooting in 2013 by talking to the gunman and encouraging him to calm down — in Lifetime’s new film Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story premiering Jan. 27 at 8pm ET.

The Grammy-award winning singer sat down with PEOPLE Now to reveal she’s also in the midst of overcoming her real-life obstacles, including her ongoing battle with lupus.

“I feel so blessed because the doctors told me I would never be able to perform, I would never be able to travel or anything, but, you know, whole different plan for me,” she says. “ is also stress induced, and my lupus loves my heart — meaning it affects my heart badly — and so I have heart disease along with it and I get blood clots. I have to be very, very careful, but I’m learning my body and I know how to pace it and how to make it relax.”

She adds: “Releasing stress and anything in life helps.”

Braxton first went public about her struggle with the auto-immune disease in 2010 during an interview with CBS News, after being diagnosed in 2008 when she suddenly collapsed while performing in Las Vegas. The “Un-Break My Heart” singer was also hospitalized in 2012 following a setback. In Braxton’s 2014 memoir Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir, she wrote at length about her lupus diagnosis, revealing her uncle had died from the disease.

And Braxton praises fellow lupus sufferer Selena Gomez making her story so public and opening up about her struggles, which, in turn, helps others battling the disease.

RELATED: Toni Braxton Reveals How ‘Brave’ Fellow Lupus Survivor Selena Gomez Has Inspired Her

“People look at you and go, ‘Can they work?’” she says, whispering with her hand over her mouth. “That’s the hardest part, and Selena Gomez a warrior.”

“I’m so proud of her,” she continues. “She’s one of the bravest girls I know, and she put it out there and said ‘I’m not gonna let you judge me and I’m not gonna be a victim and I’m a survivor.’ Just telling her story a pioneer.”

In September 2017, Gomez, 25, announced on Instagram that she underwent a kidney transplant due to her battle with lupus — with a kidney donated by her best friend, Francia Raisa. Just months after that, the “Wolves” singer was back on stage performing at the AMAs.

“She sings!” she says. “That’s the hardest thing!”

Braxton continues about how Gomez is an everyday inspiration to her: “It’s energy to sing!  I don’t know how she does it because some days, if I’m having a bad day and I still have to do a show it’s a lot of, ‘You sing’ to the audience.”


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‘These Girls Grew Up to Be Strong Women Who Destroyed His World.’ Gymnasts React to Larry Nassar Sentencing

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who has become an advocate for the sexual abuse victims of Larry Nassar, sentenced the osteopathic gymnastics doctor to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday. Immediately after, many of the 156 victims, who made statements at the sentencing, hearing expressed relief that their reports were finally heard.

Kaylee Lorincz

“It’s the right sentence. You go through so much and it feels like such a long time; I can’t believe how fast it went, and how much I went through in this 18-month process. But I want answers, I want accountability. These people need to step up. I will fight for the answers; I won’t stop until I get the answers that I want.”

Lorincz, a gymnast, said she was abused by Nassar when she was 13, but that she and her mother did not think anyone would believe she was abused because Nassar was so powerful in the gymnastics community

Kyle Stephens

“He’s going away for a really long time, he’s not practicing medicine any more, and he’s not fooling anyone any more. All of these girls grew up to be strong women who destroyed his world,” Stephens said.

Stephens was the first, initially anonymous, person to report sexual abuse by Nassar, who was a friend of the family. The abuse began, she said, when she was in kindergarten.

Lindsey Lemke

“One down, hope the rest of you are ready,” the gymnast posted on Twitter Wednesday.

Rachael Denhollander

“It’s absolutely the right sentence,” the former gymnast, and one of the first to go public with allegations, said right after Nassar’s sentencing. “But this is the biggest sexual assault scandal in history and we should want to know why it happened. If we don’t, things are not going to get better.”

 

 

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‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever.’ Sexual Abuse Victim Confronts Larry Nassar in Court

(LANSING, Mich.) — One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children — one with the warning that “little girls don’t stay little forever.”

Nearly 100 women and girls planned to speak or have their statements read during an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing. Many of them cried as they gave the initial testimonies Tuesday. Some requested that their identities not be made public. The judge consoled the victims and said they should not blame themselves.

“I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar,” one victim, Kyle Stephens, said to the 54-year-old Nassar who bowed his head with his eyes closed or looked away as she and others spoke. Stephens, the first to speak, said Nassar repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing. She said he rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, among other things. She said Nassar later denied it, and her parents believed him.

“Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don’t stay little forever,” Stephens said. “They grow into strong women that … destroy your world.”

Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

Another statement came from Donna Markham, who told of how her daughter Chelsey killed herself in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination.

“It all started with him,” she said, describing her daughter’s downward spiral into drug abuse.

Victims described experiencing “searing pain” during the assaults and having feelings of shame and embarrassment. They said it had changed their life trajectories — affecting relationships, causing them to be distrustful and leading to depression, suicidal thoughts and anger and anxiety on whether they should have spoken up sooner.

“He touched the most innocent places on my body,” said 17-year-old Jessica Thomashaw, recounting how she was sexually assaulted at ages 9 and 12. “I couldn’t be just a normal girl anymore, and I forever lost a big piece of my childhood due to his abuse.”

Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who is expected to order a sentence Friday, said the system had failed them.

“You shouldn’t be angry with yourself,” she told a 31-year-old victim, who said she was assaulted almost 20 years ago. “You went to him for pain and healing, and you didn’t know. No one faults you or any other victim for that. You were a child.”

The Michigan attorney general’s office is seeking 40 to 125 years in prison for the 54-year-old Nassar. The maximum represents a year for each of the 125 girls and women who filed reports of abuse with campus police. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles on Monday said she was among the athletes sexually abused by Nassar. Another gold medalist, Aly Raisman, tweeted Monday that she would not attend the sentencing “because it is too traumatic for me. My impact letter will be read in court in front of Nassar. I support the brave survivors. We are all in this together.”

Olympians McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas also have said they were among Nassar’s victims as teens.

In November, he admitted to digitally penetrating 10 girls, mostly under the guise of treatment, between 1998 and 2015. As part of plea deals in two adjacent Michigan counties, he said his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls’ consent.

Nassar is scheduled to be sentenced in Eaton County in two weeks.

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The 6 Destinations Where You’ll Find the Chicest It Girls This Winter

Will you be chained to your desk until spring? You’ve been warned: The following photos will spark more than a little bit of FOMO. While the rest of us are grinding away on the 9-to-5 schedule, It girls like Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert and Danielle Bernstein are enjoying trips to amazing destinations like Switzerland and the Bahamas.

Luckily, their stylish Instagram accounts are veritable travel guides, giving us plenty of vacation itinerary ideas. Thanks to these six ladies, we know the buzziest new museum in Morocco, the most picturesque pool in Utah, the ideal beach swing in Costa Rica, and more. Read on to see which spots made our bucket list.

Italian editor and stylist Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert knows the best place to stay in Switzerland: the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz. Whether it was staying cozy inside the hotel or hitting the slopes, leave it to her to look insanely stylish in freezing temperatures.

Feeling envious yet? Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What found the ultimate place to escape winter: The Cove Eleuthera in the Bahamas. She shared beautiful photos of her impeccable private villa and perfect beachside outfits, but we’re especially jealous of this hammock situation. Can we join next time, Danielle?

Australian model Bree Warren showed off her chic bikini at the exclusive Amangiri resort in Utah, which you may have also spotted on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Instagram. The remote resort is designed to blend in with the surrounding desert landscape and offer first-class hospitality, so it’s definitely on our list of dream destinations.

Chiara Ferragni took her baby bump to the most Instagrammable hotel in all of Morocco: La Mamounia. (Emily Ratajkowski is also a fan.) Between brunching and taking a dip in the hotel’s stunning pool, Ferragni checked out Marrakech’s new Yves Saint Laurent museum. Is that the perfect vacation itinerary or what?

Aerie model Nià lived the #puravida life at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo back in November. How cute are her Urban Outfitters top and Zara skirt? We’re officially dying to book a trip to Costa Rica.

Model Jada Sezer spent New Year’s Eve at the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. Fashion girls, listen up: The hotel has teamed up with Vestiaire Collective on the Voyage in Style package—among other perks, the package offers access to a dozen rare fashion items during your stay, including a 1970s Christian Dior minaudière and a limited-edition Hermès Kelly bag. Who could pass that up?

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This study shows *exactly* why we should pay more attention to teen girls’ mental health

This study shows *exactly* why we should pay more attention to teen girls’ mental health


This study shows *exactly* why we should pay more attention to teen girls’ mental health

It feels like study after study shows that teen girls are at a greater risk for depression than boys are. The latest suggests that girls who hit puberty earlier are more likely to have antisocial behaviors or be psychologically vulnerable, which is just another reason that we collectively need to pay more attention to teen girls’ mental health. Especially since these behaviors and psychological effects can last well into adulthood. It’s almost like we’re setting young women up for a lifetime of mental health struggles, simply because they might develop earlier than their peers.

According to Reuters, researchers studied data from 7,800 women who had their first period at an average age of 12. They interviewed the women four times between the ages of 16 and 28. They found that the younger a woman got her period — like say, at age 8 instead of age 10 — the more likely they were to become depressed and have more severe depressive symptoms well into their teens. They were also more likely to develop behavioral issues that led to lying, stealing, and even selling drugs.

But it’s not like just hormones are making young women break bad. It has a lot to do with how the world starts treating them.

The researchers wrote in Pediatrics that the feeling of not belonging, since their peers might be a behind them in development, can exacerbate these symptoms, which can lead to them maybe hanging out with older kids to feel more comfortable or trying things out before they’re ready.


Dr. Ellen Selkie, an adolescent medicine specialist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, told Reuters, “From a social standpoint, girls who develop early tend to be treated like they are older than they really are. But that also means they could be involved in things that they aren’t really mature enough for.”

She added, “That sense of not really belonging can lead to mood problems and acting out — which we know can set up a pattern of behavior that leads to adult problems as well.” Basically, puberty is hard on all adolescents, but it’s particularly rough if you’re the first one in your peer group to start physically maturing, whether it’s because someone’s teasing a girl about her new boobs or just that she doesn’t have anyone to talk to about what she’s feeling and experiencing. It can be super isolating.


This new research adds some insight to a study released last spring, which found that girls experience depression way before boys do. Medical professionals have long known that there’s a gender gap when it comes to depression, since it affects women more than men. But it turns out that girls and boys break from each other earlier than previously thought. The departure happens right around puberty, at age 11. By the time teens hit 17 years old, only 13.6 percent of boys exhibit symptoms of depression or have in the past. Meanwhile, 36.1 percent of girls report being or having been depressed by that age.

Although the rate of depression in teens is well documented, there’s not a whole lot being done to tackle them. Another 2017 study found that adolescents aren’t getting enough treatment for depression, likely because teachers and adults around them just assume that it’s growing pains or a passing phase. Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a co-author of the that study told CNN:

“Although a recent federal task force recommended screening for depression in young people 12 to 18 years of age, screening is far from universal. The new study highlights that most adolescents with depression do not receive treatment for their symptoms and underscores the need for increased attention to this condition.”

Another study in the U.K. found that one in four girls has depression before they hit 14 years old. “We know that teenage girls face a huge range of pressures, including stress at school, body image issues, bullying, and the pressure created by social media. Difficult experiences in childhood — including bereavement, domestic violence or neglect — can also have a serious impact, often several years down the line,” Marc Bush, the chief policy adviser at the charity Young Minds, told The Guardian. 

The bottom line is that adults should be paying way more attention to kids, especially young girls, when they’re exhibiting symptoms of depression, which aren’t always that hard to spot. Brushing off a young woman’s actions as “just a phase” or assuming that being emotional is just a “girl being a girl” can really affect the rest of their life. Although hormones most definitely play a role in mental health, the way we socialize young women can make going through through those changes almost traumatic.

If the depression and behaviors they develop during puberty lasts well into their 20s, it’s worth doing something about. Although we socialize boys in a way that can become toxic, too, the research shows that its time to focus on empowering young women and letting them know that they’re not doing this all on their own.

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Sean Fitzgerald spends his days analyzing consumer products for asbestos, ranging from crayons to toys. Even the most minute levels—just a single strand of an asbestos fiber—can be dangerous, and Fitzgerald’s worked on testing many products throughout his decades-long career.

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These Girls Are Proof: Investing in Young Feminists Pays Off

“Not enough girls in this world,” says Tina Lu, a high school junior, “know the power they have to make a difference.”

Lu is a member of HERLead, the growing mentorship initiative created by the NGO Vital Voices in partnership with ANN Inc. With an overarching belief that women leaders invest in their communities and that leadership can be cultivated at a young age, HERLead empowers teenage girls who want to improve their hometowns. Since 2011, 280 high school girls from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico have participated. They attend conferences, spend a year connecting with mentors from the business world, brainstorm with each other and then have the chance to apply for grants up to $ 2,000 to make the projects they dream up come to life.

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“Young girls are not burdened by decades of being told things or being taught a certain way,” says Uma Iyer, Vital Voices Director of Engagement. “These girls push boundaries in ways adults would never approach problem solving. It’s also good business – they are coming up with better solutions to problems. Young girls are more up to speed on innovation and thinking outside of the box.”


Roann, a high school senior in Greenville, South Carolina, felt the daily discomfort of her peers not understanding why she wore a hijab. She was also alarmed by the deaths of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill and saw her community grappling with the loss. After attending the HERLead summit, she decided to reach out to local churches, mosques and temples to propose a series of gatherings; once they agreed to co-host, she invited kids from her high school to stop by each center and participate in games and discussions about how each religion overlapped and how they were different.

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“We had a game where we answered very open questions about our religion,” Roann explained. “So, like there was no right or wrong answer, you’d just answer from your own perspective. We established the idea that even though we believe different things and answer the questions differently, that doesn’t mean we should disagree or harm one another. It just means we should accept those differences and move forward working together.”

After activities and a shared meal together (the HERLead funds paid for materials and food), students transitioned from the worship centers to volunteer projects. They pitched in side-by-side at homeless centers, soup kitchens, Habitat for Humanity and re-sell stores. The group liked that each faith valued service and wanted to end each gathering by working together to create positive change in the community. In the months that followed, they created “Youth Interfaith Education Day,” where their neighbors, parents and siblings could better familiarize themselves with different religions and set a tone of inclusion.

Between meetings and the interfaith fair, Roann’s programs drew 450 attendees. “A lot of people were surprised by what they learned,” Roann told Ms. “One boy, who didn’t know a lot about Muslim women, came up to me and said: ‘I can’t believe you guys actually believe that. I used to think you were oppressed and didn’t have rights.’ It was eye opening for him to learn not only that we have rights, but also that there was a Muslim woman leading an initiative that he really benefited from.”


17-year-old Amy Wang was concerned when she noticed her school debate team in New Jersey was discussing issues of race without students of color present. She carried that concern to the HERLead conference, where she learned how to prepare an elevator pitch with Ann Taylor reps, and went to straight to school administrators when she got home with a proposal to integrate debate into the existing civics curriculum.

“Debate is all about having different kinds of arguments,” Amy says. “When you’re missing an entire group, everyone else is missing out on those perspectives and opinions.” The administration saw Amy’s point and agreed to implement her idea. From there, she created a series of free debate camps at the Princeton Library and at Urban Promise school in Trenton as Vital Voices helped her establish a timeline, framework and budget for her clubs – including line items for materials, snacks and prizes.

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Should there be mandatory voting in federal elections? Should sports have more funding than performing arts? Amy was pleased with how quickly students took up arguments. She was also excited about the potential long-term impacts debate could have on their lives: public speaking skills, the ability to answer questions on a whim, persuasion, research and fact checking are all strengths students can utilize in the future.


When Tina noticed girls at her high school were less likely than boys to sign up for clubs in math and science, she decided she wanted to do something about it. At the HERLead conference, she originally proposed a STEM inspired board game to address women’s absence in the fields, but reconsidered when mentors suggested in-person approaches. That led her to launch Equalize It!, an after-school tutoring program for fourth- and fifth-grade girls to help foster confidence in math and science.

“Obviously people don’t tell girls they can’t be good at math or science,” Tina says. “It’s more of an implicit stereotype: when we picture somebody who’s good at math or with computers we automatically picture a boy most of the time. I think it’s important to show girls that they can be good at these subjects and building this confidence can help overcome this social stereotype.”

Tina set an example of delighting in math while leading games and lesson plans for the elementary school students in her program. The mentorship model was so well received that she agreed to teach an extra round of classes in the summer. She also created manuals for her peers interested in tutoring with lesson plans and tips.


HERLead fellows remain connected to the network once their first year is up; as they continue their projects and run into challenges, they email and text each other finding ways around each obstacle. That kind of support only gets better with bigger numbers, and luckily HERLead is a growing group, one that welcomes reoccurring grants and new members. The next application period opens January 2018.

Vital Voices President Alyse Nelson knows first-hand the difference programs like this can make. “I was just a bit older than the average HERLead fellow when I traveled to the UN’s Fourth World Conference in Beijing,” she said. “The issues that I learned about, the women that I met and the stories that they told me changed the course of my life. Our hope at Vital Voices is that this fellowship will be just as life-changing, just as much of a pivot point for these young women.”

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Building and maintaining confidence is fundamental to the Vital Voices model. The nonprofit, which primarily invests in mentorship of professional women around the world, notes that sustained levels of confidence is a big part of what helps keep female leaders going. While attending trainings, Vital Voices members are reminded that the best solutions to problems usually come from people within the communities affected. They are encouraged to dream up innovative partnerships and they are taught that best leaders explore their work with curiosity and sincerity. They’re also encouraged to take calculated risks.

For participants, the support of ANN Inc. throughout the program provides affirmation as well. HERLead attendees recognize that incredible gesture of having a big business in the mix, and they’re grateful for the support. “I live in a relatively small city and a small state,” says Roann, glowing from the success of her interfaith program. “It’s surreal that powerful adults in a powerful company would invest in my idea.” Girls like Roann hope more businesses will follow ANN Inc.’s lead and team up with NGOs and students.

“To other companies thinking of doing this, I would tell them do it,” Roann said. “Pull out all the extra money you have and do it because there’s a lot of youth out there who have ideas. If more companies can recognize youth have a lot of potential and we have really great ideas (like, we don’t just spend all day on social media) I think they’d be able to create a really big change. You can empower a lot of youth to grow up as leaders.”

Emily SernakerEmily Sernaker is a writer and activist. She holds a MSc in Equality Studies from University College Dublin and currently studies Creative Writing at Pacific University. She lives in New York. 

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5 Life Lessons I Learned From ‘Gilmore Girls’

For the past few years, I have been watching Gilmore Girls on loop. I start at the beginning—an innocent Rory, and her plucky mother, Lorelai—and watch all the way through. Once the infamous last four words of the Netflix special have been spoken, I start all over again. Sure the Gilmore Girls are full of quotable one-liners that ooze wit and guidance: “Only prostitutes have two glasses of wine at lunch.” But if you look closely (or repeatedly like I have) deeper, truer life lessons become apparent.

When Someone Tells You Who They Are, Believe Them


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There are many ways people let you know who they are. But actions are my favorite. A young Rory falls for the rebellious Jess and is then dismayed when he treats her poorly, unlike the ever dependable Dean. While we occasionally see Jess being somewhat sweet, he is also unreliable and volatile. It only makes sense that since this is the type of person he is, it’s also the type of boyfriend he would be.

Believe people when they show you who they are through their actions (for better or worse) and accept them the way they are. Trying to change someone is futile and will only leave you both frustrated, like what happened when Jess tried to get physical with Rory in Kyle’s bedroom before she was ready. Knowing what behavior you can accept is important too.

Know When to Compromise


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After Lorelai’s hasty nuptials to her baby daddy, Chris, Emily points out: “Marriage is not about always being happy, and often it’s about not being happy at all. It’s about compromise.” That statement is true of life in general. Yes, you could plant your feet and refuse to give in (like Lorelai does in many of her relationships). But sometimes it’s more important to find a resolution and move on than to be right.

Compromise is the best way forward in a conflict. That being said, knowing what your deal breakers are is just as crucial. In romance, as well as in your career, pick your battles carefully and know what behavior is non-negotiable. This means you also need to be able to walk away if and when those deal breakers come up.

Timing Is Everything


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Over the years, Lorelai struggles to keep her love life afloat. Her relationship with Chris suffers from chronic bad timing, as does the much-anticipated relationship with Luke. We watch as Luke pines for years. When he finally has his heart’s desire, his long-lost daughter appears throwing an otherwise intensely committed Luke for a loop. Timing is essential.

When you find that special someone it’s hard to resist going “all in” but keep the bigger picture in mind. Are you in an emotionally stable or healthy place? Are they? Weighing the answers before proceeding will save you from heartache. You might be better off waiting for the right time.

In Life, as in TV Scripts, Money Makes Everything Easier


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Wealth and its advantages are a definite theme in Gilmore Girls. However, the few times when Lorelai and Rory are up against real money constraints like paying for Chilton and Yale or saving the house from termites, grandparents Richard and Emily are there to save the day. Even though Lorelai is loath to ask for their help, they are a secure safety net.

In real life, most of us do not have extremely wealthy parents or grandparents to rely on. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take that concept and apply it. By putting money aside from each paycheck, you can be your own safety net. Savings can give you the freedom to explore a new career, move to a different city, and take risks. Savings can mean independence. I am a kayak, hear me roar!

Kindness Goes a Long Way


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This is the big one. On multiple occasions, Lorelai and Rory navigate difficult workplace moments. The linen delivery is late, Paris needs to be ousted as editor of the Yale Daily News, Tom the contractor hasn’t been paid, the newspaper is not ready to go to press, etc. These are crises that could easily result in a freak-out, but the Gilmore Girls keep their cool and firmly but gently handle each situation with aplomb.

Instead of laying blame or yelling, they are calm, kind and nice. This is the type of attitude that builds goodwill from co-workers, employees, and fellow students. When your default reaction is kindness, you create an atmosphere where people want to help and support you. So the next time something goes horribly wrong, channel your inner Gilmore Girl and respond with kindness.

While classics like “Oy with the poodles already” and “Copper boom” have endlessly entertained, the deeper themes and lessons of Gilmore Girls are what keep me coming back. So next time you find yourself dealing with life’s challenges look no further than Stars Hollow and its favorite daughters to truly be In Omnia Paratus.

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Calvin Harris May Have Agreed to Remix Spice Girls’ ‘2 Become 1’

Cashing in! Calvin Harris once reportedly made an interesting promise to a fan named Filip Odzak, who he met while touring in Australia. Now, five years later, the fan is reaching out to the Scottish DJ, 33, and urging him to make good on his word.

Odzak posted a screenshot on Twitter on Thursday, December 7, of a text message he sent to the Grammy winner reminding him of their encounter. “Hi Calvin, You may not remember me but my name is Filip with an F and we met during the 2012 stereosonic tour in Australia,” he wrote. “During your appliance at Marquee in Sydney, while hanging backstage in the library bar, we made a deal — sealed with a hand shake — that you would remix Spice Girls ‘2 Become 1’ when marriage equality was finally legalized in Australia. Well it just happened today.”

The Australian fashion commentator couldn’t mask his excitement as he urged Harris to fulfill his apparent promise: “For five years I’ve been waiting for this: I’m very excited to hear what you do with the iconic track to celebrate this momentous occasion. A deal is a deal! Sincerely, Flip.”

Odzak also attached a silly selfie of himself posing alongside the “Feels” DJ, who has yet to respond to the tweet.

Fans have taken to the social networking platform to express their support for Odzak’s objective.

“Is it too late to pitch for the Christmas #1 with a song that doesn’t exist yet?” one fan replied.

One supporter replied with a funny gif.

Added another: “This must happen.”

Australia legalized same-sex marriage on Thursday, December 7. “This belongs to us,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball said of the news. “This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect. For every one of us this is a great day.”

As for Harris? The “Slide” artist rarely covers other artists’ tracks, but perhaps he’d make an exception!

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#FridayReads: The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide Unlocks The Mystery of Car Care

What’s the biggest financial commitment made by most people? The answer: Other than buying a home, it’s buying a car. Yet, most of us have no idea how to protect that investment, specifically by knowing and practicing even the basics of car care. As a result, we pay a high price to fix problems that should have been prevented, are vulnerable to less-than-honest service providers, and put both our physical safety and financial stability at risk.

Well, I’ve got good news for you: Reading the Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide, and taking the car care advice of the author, “shechanic” and auto shop owner Patrice Banks, will save you literally thousands of dollars—yes, I said thousands—for a book that costs less than a half-tank of gas.

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Banks, a former engineer who changed careers to become a car mechanic and owner of an auto repair shop staffed by female mechanics, wrote the Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide in order to empower women to take better care of their cars. She covers everything from do-it-yourself car care basics such as adding oil to the engine, to what you need to know to confidently deal with auto mechanics without feeling intimidated or getting ripped off. While the book is targeted to women (who Banks enthusiastically recruits into her shecanic community), the information is on point and valuable to readers regardless of their gender—in fact, it’s a great book for couples to read together. (How romantic!)

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Smart in both language and design, the Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is an invaluable resource for getting the most out of your car while keeping the costs of owning and maintaining it from wiping out your budget. The book provides loads of fascinating car care information, full of pictures and instructions, helping you answer questions such as: How can I tell if I need brakes? What’s killing my car battery? How often am I supposed to change my air filter? What does that light on my dashboard mean? What should I do if my car overheats? Is this something I can fix myself? Or do I need to take it to an auto shop? Should I spend extra to get a 4-wheel-drive vehicle? And the most important car care questions of all: How much is this going to cost me? What will it cost if I don’t do it?

Your car is a major investment, especially if you rely on it to maintain employment and generate income, or as a primary means of transportation for your family. Reading the Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide and becoming a bona fide shecanic is a great way to protect that investment—and maybe bond with your significant other, too.

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Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty to Molesting Girls

(LANSING, Mich.) — A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, was charged with molesting seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. All but one of his accusers was a gymnast. He faces similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.

Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims.

Some of his accusers attended the hearing Wednesday in a packed Ingham County courtroom.

The plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but a judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. In Michigan, inmates are eligible for parole after serving a minimum sentence.

The girls have testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries.

“He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” Assistant Attorney General Angela Poviliatis told a judge last summer. “Why would they question him? Why would they question this gymnastics god?”

Separately, Nassar is charged with similar crimes in Eaton County, the location of an elite gymnastics club. He also is awaiting sentencing in federal court on child pornography charges.

The Michigan criminal cases against Nassar followed reports last year in the Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse, sometimes when their parents were in the exam room at Michigan State.


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Lena Dunham Apologizes After Defending ‘Girls’ Writer Accused of Sexual Assault

Lena Dunham apologized Saturday night for defending a writer and producer on Girls who was accused of sexual assault.

In a lengthy statement posted on her Twitter account on Saturday, Dunham said she never expected to defend someone accused of sexual assault, but she “naively” believed it was important to share her own perspective on her friend’s situation.

“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry. We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting the thumb on the scale and it was wrong,” Dunham wrote.

Dunham and Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner had questioned the allegations against Murray Miller, a writer and producer on Girls. Deadline reported on Friday that actor Aurora Perrineau had filed a report with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department alleging Miller had assaulted her in 2012, when she was 17. Murray denied the allegations through his attorney, according to Deadline.

Dunham and Konner stood by Murray in a statement to Deadline, categorizing the allegation as one that was misreported.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue,” they said in their statement.


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Lena Dunham Apologizes After Defending Girls Writer Accused of Sexual Assault

Lena Dunham has issued an apology after she came under intense scrutiny online after she publicly defended a former Girls writer who has been accused of sexual assault.

“As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up,” Dunham wrote on Twitter. “Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically supporting someone accused of sexual assault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months.

“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry,” she said. “We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber to our being.

“Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case,” Dunham wrote. “Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, ‘I believe you’ is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. We apologize to any woman who have been disappointed.”

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On Friday, actress Aurora Perrineau accused writer Murray Miller of allegedly sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was only 17. Later that day, Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner issued a statement voicing their support of Miller and insinuating that Perrineau “misreporteted” her alleged rape.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” the pair said at the time. “It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

Dunham was almost immediately criticized by feminists online for her response, which they saw as hypocritical given her outspoken feminist stance and support for victims of sexual assault.

Many called back to a tweet of hers in August when she made the claim that women don’t lie about rape. “‘Believe women, unless they say something about a friend of mine, in which case they are liars,’ ” one user wrote.

Never call yourself an advocate for women again because you’ve just proven that you are NOT,” another critic said.

Reps for Dunham, Miller and Perrineau did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment about the initial statement and accusations.

Perrineau, daughter of Lost star Harold Perrineau, filed a complaint Friday about the alleged attack with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, according to The Wrap, which first reported the news. The 23-year-old claimed that she was 17 when she met Miller at L.A.’s Standard Hotel with friends. Admitting she “consumed some alcoholic beverages,” she alleged Miller, then 35, asked them for a ride home, where they all went inside, reluctantly on her part, after arriving.

In her statement for a polygraph test taken in September, she claimed she awoke naked in his bed where he was “having sexual intercourse with me,” against her consent.

Miller’s attorney, Matthew Walerstein, told The Wrap he “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims,” adding that his legal team had “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims” and that Perrineau “sought substantial monetary damages” from Murray before going to police.

Perrineau’s mother Brittany Perrineau said that no one had asked Miller for money.

“At no time have we ever asked Murray Miller for one dollar. There was never a demand for money ever made from anyone on behalf of Aurora or our family,” she said.


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Securing Relief for Women and Girls in Dominica’s Devastation

I was born in Dominica, a small island of just over 71,000 people in the Caribbean that many people have never heard of. As a girl, I was lucky to grow up eating salted codfish and bakes, dancing to some of the best music in the Caribbean, and enjoying the island’s seemingly unending crystal seas and unspoiled nature trails. I knew the 750-square km island inside-and-out.

But on September 19, the night after we experienced the most powerful storm in our island’s history, I awoke to a strange country.

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It was nothing like I have ever seen before. Entire rooftops whipped and tumbled through the air, homes filled with water, and the usually-bustling streets of Rouseu were eerily quiet. Buildings became memories, as virtually none were left untouched, including government centers, hospitals and health centers like the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association’s main clinic in the capital city. The storm destroyed many bridges and roads, leaving some communities unreachable except by boat. As our honorable Prime Minister Skerrit told the UN General Assembly, “the desolation is beyond imagination.” More than two months after the storm hit, many remain missing and experts believe that the recovery process may take several years and billions of dollars given the sheer scope of the devastation.

Since the storm hit, I have been working on the front lines of relief efforts. I have traveled with officials to help rural communities and posted updates on social media to keep my friends, other Dominicans up-to-date on food and water donations, electricity availability, road closures and other relief efforts. These are visible, tangible needs that are easily brought to life by photojournalists, but they are not the only ones. As the United Nations and other agencies begin to mobilize much-needed funding for these recovery efforts, we cannot forget about the specific challenges that women and girls face in humanitarian crises.

Take the 2010 earthquake in Haiti for example. The hardships experienced by the general population following the earthquake are well-known and well-documented: people who lost their homes lived in informal tent cities and lacked adequate access to clean water, food, sanitation and privacy. Unemployment and the tremendous economic loss experienced by far too many Haitians led some to looting and violence in the camps as international agencies mobilized funds to meet the needs of those most affected.

Yet only a small percentage of those funds were earmarked to help women and girls who were at a heightened risk of violence, sexual assault, and death during childbirth following the quake. Access to basic reproductive healthcare like contraception remained out of reach for many, in addition to care and counseling for survivors of sexual violence. The rate of sexual assault rose by 20 percent, and pregnancy rates in displaced person camps were three times higher than in urban areas before the disaster in a country with a persistently high maternal mortality rate. At the same time, many women continued to shoulder the burden of being the primary caregivers for their families at a time when food and water were luxury items and uncertainty about the future ran deep.

In short, disasters tend to bring to light the multiple inequalities that women and girls face day-to-day. In times of disaster and in times of calm, we face street harassment, violence, judgement, and a maddening slowness to answer our demands for equality.  Harmful societal norms tell us what we can and cannot do and how we should behave. We face barriers to accessing contraceptives and other basic reproductive healthcare, barriers that I work to eliminate as a volunteer with the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association and as a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region’s Youth Network. And the bottom line is that we can do better—and we will if we pay attention to what women and girls need.

The full devastation we have experienced is burdensome and huge, but people on the frontlines like myself need to continue to include education on things like menstrual hygiene—topics that might not immediately come to mind when disasters hit—in our relief efforts. In the past few weeks, I have heard stories of women searching for maxi pads to no avail. One man who requested a pack for his daughter was turned away by those who were there to give. Soon, adolescent girls will be back in school, and the lack of sanitary pads could become a serious obstacle to school attendance and even, performance.

Equally important is work with local organizations and leaders that know the realities women and girls face. I visited the Dominica Planned Parenthood Clinic a few days after the disaster hit, and was happy to see patrons coming into purchase pills and other contraception. Many of the products were distributed free-of-charge as accessing bank accounts was impossible for many. We know sexual and reproductive healthcare is of key importance to women, and will continue to serve in that regard.

Rebuilding the country I call home will take time, patience and a commitment from all Dominicans. It will require ongoing support from other Caribbean nations who have already begun mobilizing and providing support, as well as support from international agencies and donor governments. Most of all, it will require us to take a nuanced approach to meeting the needs of those who have—and will continue—to suffer the most in the wake of this tragedy, particularly the women and girls who need our support and solidarity now more than ever.

Khadijah Moore is a volunteer with the Dominica Planned Parenthood Association and a member of the IPPF/WHR Youth Network.

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GOP U.S. Senate Nominee Roy Moore Accused Of Creepy Encounters With Underage Girls

Roy Moore, a former Alabama state judge and current GOP nominee to replace Jeff Sessions for the vacated U.S. Senate seat, was the centerpiece of an explosive Washington Post investigative story. The piece zeroed in on accusations that Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years of age, and carried on inappropriate relationships with a number of other teenage girls.

The Post writes:

Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with
her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

The Post also spoke with three other women who all said Moore was a romantic fixture in their lives but didn’t say he assaulted them. In a statement, Moore called the claims “completely false” and actually put blame on Democrats and the Post by framing the story as a smear campaign.

Adding to Moore’s predicament is Fox News host Sean Hannity defending Moore and quoting a bible verse essentially calling the charges false.

GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell and others from the party have called for Moore to step aside if the allegations hold true. Still, observers on Twitter has begun a #RoyMooreChildMolester” hashtag that has been trending since the Post‘s story went live Thursday (Nov. 9).

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This Is What Fashion Girls Wear to a Football Game

Cheer on in style.

Football season is here. For the next several weeks we’ll be cheering our favorite teams on to victory. For fashion girls cheering from the stands, what to wear to a football game becomes a question. You want something that shows off your spirit, keeps you warm from kick-off to the final touchdown, and doesn’t compromise your style. With just a handful of key items that channel both collegiate sensibilities and serve your cold-weather needs, you can create a variety of outfits that look great in the stadium stands. Here are five suggestions to start with: Ready to suit up in your game day gear? Head below to shop our favorite pieces to mix and match for a football game.

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Pharrell & ‘Girls Trip’ Writer To Produce Horror Film Together

Musician and fashion icon Pharrell Williams is joining forces with Tracy Oliver the writer of the hilarious Girls Trip are bringing an adaption of the YA book Survive The Night to the big screen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter,  Warner Bros. got on board with the film right away. Oliver will write the script and direct while Williams will produce the film alongside Mimi Valdes his partner at I Am Other Entertainment.

The two worked together on the sensational film Hidden Figures which told the story of three amazing Black women essential to the NASA in the 1960’s.

The films about a group of college girls who get trapped inside an underground warehouse festival on Halloween. They have to survive the night, pun intended, from an attacker who tries to hunt them down in the night.

Williams, Valdes, and Oliver are very familiar with each other as they worked together on the on the YouTube show Awkward Black Girl that starred Issa Rae.

Oliver is no stranger to directing as she totes a short film under her belt that featured R&B singer Jhene Aiko.

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The Vintage Trends Los Angeles Girls Swear By

Known for being eternally feminine and traveling among the fashion set, Jenny Cipoletti is stylish in a way that only women from past decades have mastered. So it is no surprise that her fashion inspiration stems from another era. When she recently stepped out on Fifth Avenue for New York Fashion Week, she wore a checked dress and Mary Jane heels that looked like they were plucked from the ’70s. And tucked under her arm, a Mark Cross bag inspired by a vintage binocular case. If there is any question about what inspired her outfit, just look to her Instagram caption: “Paris, 1977 #vintagevibes.”

As it happens, we’re seeing a move to vintage trends in Los Angeles—the city Cipoletti calls home. When you think of L.A. style, ripped jeans, band tees, and oversize sunglasses might come to mind, but it’s not all casual, beach-inspired outfits like you might imagine. They do exist, but more sophisticated looks and retro trends are also on the rise, and L.A. fashion girls like Jenny Cipoletti are putting them on the map.

Interested to find out more about the shift in the fashion scene, I turned to Cipoletti to hear what she had to say about the biggest vintage trends of the moment and how to make them feel fresh and modern.

Go on to find which vintage trends are on the rise this season, and then shop our favorite pieces to tap into the looks.

“Plaid is taking on a new form this season. We’re moving away from ’90s grunge and into larger, more bold prints that were a product of the ’70s. I’m currently building my collection of coats to pants and skirts in as many different colorways as I can.”
We love the contrasting textures on this dress. 
Wide-leg trousers are everywhere this season. 
Show off this ruffled piece by pairing with a simple tucked-in shirt. 
This dress is sure to turn heads. 
Pair with the matching blazer for a luxurious look. 
We love the pop of white trimming on this cool jacket. 
Go for a criss-cross strap to make your feet feel extra secure. 
Pair yours with leather boots.
Every fashion girl needs a leather hat for fall. 
Pair with a turtleneck for an elegant look. 
Show off this cap with a simple black dress and mules. 
So Parisian and chic. 
“Or as I like to call them, couch florals—your grandma would appreciate this one! Head-to-toe florals are ladylike yet fashion-forward this fall. Try mixing a large print on the top and a small print on bottom for an elevated approach.”
We love the various floral patterns and high neckline. 
Style a vintage-inspired top with jeans.
Romantic and sophisticated. 
Try a more office-appropriate coat dress. Next, find out how to master minimalism with six easy pieces.

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MCC Theater will soon present the second show of its 2017-18 season the World Premiere of School Girls or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman.
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Fashion Girls Swear By These Vintage Jean Brands

There’s one piece of clothing every fashion girl owns. It’s not a dress from an of-the-moment brand or a designer bag or even the season’s It shoes—it’s vintage denim. Yep, you’ll find at least one pair of vintage jeans in their closets. Vintage jeans are a classic standby, but they are definitely having a moment right now. Rigid denim with a high rise and straight legs are winning out over other styles like skinny jeans with stretch that have been popular over the last decade. But where is the best place to buy them?

To find out, we turned to fashion girls to see where they buy their favorite styles. Whether you’re interested in finding true jeans from the ’90s or vintage-inspired denim, we’re bringing you the very best places to buy them.

Go on to shop the best vintage jean brands and find out exactly where fashion girls find the styles they swear by.

“When it comes to shopping IRL for vintage denim, my go-to spots in L.A. are Scout, Lot Stock and Barrel, and Collection LA. I could spend hours trying on different denim fits, which is why I prefer to shop in person for vintage denim, but if I’m shopping online, I always check out Fair Season and Reformation’s vintage stock.” — Michelle Scanga, managing editor
“My go-to brand for affordable, vintage-inspired jeans is definitely Topshop (specifically, their “mom jeans” section). They have the perfect variety of colors (without feeling overwhelming), and I love that they come in different lengths so I can skip the tailor. Plus, with the exception of a few embroidered or limited-edition styles, they’re all under $ 100, so it doesn’t really get better than that.” — Nicole Akhtarzad, market editor 
“I have always loved OshKosh vintage jeans for their ’90s-girl feel. I wear them with a crop top and simple heeled sandals for a funky going-out look. Something else I’ve been dying to try is getting my jeans Basically, you send them your favorite pair of jeans, and they will !” — Lauren Eggersten, associate editor
“These aren’t technically vintage, but they have a well-worn look that I love. The straight-leg, high-waist silhouette is characteristic of vintage jeans, but you get the benefit of a modern fit.” — Erin Fitzpatrick, news editor
“I prefer vintage jeans that have been reworked to reflect today’s styles, but they can definitely get pricey. Somehow, has lots of cool options, and they’re pretty much always under $ 100. And it’s not just Levi’s—its also has Wranglers and Lees, in case you want something a little different.” — Allyson Payer, editor
“When it comes to vintage jeans, I have to actually try on a pair to make sure they fit exactly how I want them to. I’ve always had the best luck finding authentic 501’s and other great pairs at my local flea markets because the vendors travel all over in search of the best denim. Pro tip: I always go straight for the men’s section because the fit and quality of men’s cuts are usually better. If I do shop online, I really like what the brand B Sides is doing to make vintage-inspired jeans from super-authentic fabrics.” — Anna LaPlaca, assistant editor
“Vintage-inspired denim is pretty much all I wear. Anything with a high rise, straight leg, and medium wash is my standard. I especially love reworked vintage Levi’s from Re/Done. Their Crawford style is inspired by Cindy’s favorite pair from the ’90s.” — Kristen Nichols, associate editor
We love these jeans with a simple tee and sneakers.
Show off the vintage hem by wearing black mules.
Our favorite outfit is vintage jeans, a white tee, black boots, and a leather jacket.
These jeans are a necessity in every wardrobe.
Fashion girls wear this pair of denim with simple black heels.
This pair of light-wash denim definitely gives us vintage vibes.
To complete the vintage look, wear these jeans with a graphic tee.
Style this pair of vintage denim with ankle boots.
This pair will be your new go-to. 
Wear yours with kitten heels for a sophisticated look.
We love the raw hem on these jeans. 
Dress up your jeans with a stylish blouse and white heels.
Tuck a turtleneck into these jeans when the weather gets cold.

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Power (And Mentorship) For Girls!

“Rhonda, don’t settle for mediocrity.” Grandma Doris said this one Sunday night riding home from church in Chicago, having a conversation about life, education and womanhood. At 14, all I was interested in was hanging out with my friends, talking on the phone with boys and having fun.

I wondered what mediocrity really meant. I know now she was saying you should want more than just anything that is handed to you. You should strive to be your best self.

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At 16, I was a teen mom. Unsure of the future for me and my daughter, I dropped out of high school to care for her. I became pregnant with my second daughter so by the time I was 20 years old. I was single and between public assistance and part-time work in a gas station, animal hospital and call center, I supported my kids.

This was not the life I thought I would have. And certainly it was not what my grandmother lectured me that day in the car.

Studies from the Centers for Disease Control show that between 1980 to 2000, unmarried teen pregnancies in this country accounted for a median of 44.6 per 1,000 live births.  In the African American community, the number was a staggering 96 per 1,000 live births for young women between 15 and 19 years old. Luckily, the rates have been dropping for teen mothers. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the total birth rate for young women ages 15-19 was 22.3 per 1,000. It was an 8 percent drop from 2014. For African American teens, the birth rate was reported at 31.8 per 1,000. That compares to White teens with a rate of 16 births per 1,000. For Hispanic teens, the rate is double that at 34.9 per 1,000. 

I earned my graduate equivalency degreeGED—when I was 26 years old. After a few years, I enrolled in my first college course at Northeastern Illinois University and decided I wanted a degree. I finished my undergraduate studies in 2006 and moved into a Master’s program. My daughters were 24 and 21 years old.  I worked full time, went to school full time and was a mom full time. In 2010, I was enrolled in a doctoral program, earning my PhD in education in Organizational Leadership.

Many unmarried teen pregnancies are attributed to low social and economic opportunities in minority communities. More recent figures show that teen pregnancy rates have declined in the U.S., but this country is still one of the highest in the world. 

Many tout the rhetoric of “the American Dream,” saying that hard work does pay off. But having someone to guide you to the next level, holding a door open or even just making a phone call to get you a job, could lead to someone emerging from poverty. It could lead to becoming a leader, contributor to society, as well as increasing personal confidence and encouraging higher education.

International Day of The Girl—a global effort sponsored by the United Nations to enhance the power in girls and underscore the need for mentorship, encouragement and equity for girls and young women—is today. I believe in it now more than ever.

My first mentoring experience was with my grandmother. She helped me to find jobs to take care of my girls, encouraged me to go back to school and gave wise counsel about life. I was lucky enough to know that this is how I would succeed—as well as my girls. To pay it forward, I’ve coached and inspired five family members to attend college.  One of my nieces has received her Master’s degree and is an educator. My oldest daughter graduated college, law school and passed the New York bar exam on her first try. After working as an assistant district attorney, she has moved on to work as an attorney for human resources in a large city. My youngest daughter is finishing her degree with the hopes of a career in law enforcement.   

Mentoring programs such as The National Mentoring Partnership  and The Girls Empowerment Network and so many others offer skills and opportunities to succeed personally, academically and professionally. Recently tech giants Google and Snapchat reached out with a contest to mentor teens in tech, called #myfutureme to jumpstart girls’ imagining their own futures in a new way.

For me, after having many minimum wage jobs, I looked for ways and opportunities to carve out a professional career. I knew that since I started late, I was going to have to go up the ladder one step at a time. A job as secretary led to one as administrative assistant. Another opportunity led to a job as a coordinator and then a manager. Now, as the Director of Administrative Services in the College of Nursing at Rush University Medical Center, I oversee the administrative team and academic affairs team and work with women and men who want to know what it takes to move forward in their career. 

Grandma Doris is 87 and still gives sound advice and sings the best birthday song ever. I wrote my dedication page for my dissertation to her—because I did not settle. 

Dr. Rhonda L. Owens, EdD, is Director of Administrative Services in the College of Nursing at Rush Medical Center, Chicago and a Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.

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‘Girls Trip’ PR Exec Explains Why We Shouldn’t Look to Hollywood to Tell Our Stories

Ryan Ford talks diversity in Hollywood

As the executive vice president and chief creative officer of Cashmere Agency, Ryan Ford is behind public relations, social media, and experiential activations for Hollywood hit films like Girls Trip. But beyond Ford’s day-to-day position, he’s also committed to providing solutions for multicultural creators to get the spotlight they deserve.

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Below, Ford exclusively shares his insights on the one debate that has circled around Hollywood for quite some time.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the film industry and how are you working to make that change happen?

I’m constantly perplexed when movies like Girls Trip or Straight Outta Compton are deemed as surprise hits. Since the very first moment that films like that are announced, everyone that I know understands that they are going to be huge hits. I mean, like everyone. TV is the same thing. Whether it’s Netflix’s Luke Cage or Master of None or more traditional outlets like TNT’s Claws or FX’s Atlanta, shows that are offering viewers new and engaging yet wholly authentic looks at multicultural life shouldn’t be deemed as surprise hits.

Cashmere is a marketing agency that helps clients engage diverse communities through culturally authentic content. So, it’s our main focus to be able to anticipate hits before they happen. To achieve that? Just listen to the demos that you are trying to target. Or simply go to a barbershop or check in with Black Twitter.

What’s your solution for changing the diversity landscape in Hollywood?

The landscape has already changed. The entertainment industry is recognizing the value of diversity. On average, films with more diverse casts are outperforming their less inclusive competitors.

It’s clear what people want to see. It’s just that Hollywood is behind. Hollywood is good at doing something second. They don’t want to be first. It’s too risky for them. That’s why we shouldn’t even be looking to Hollywood to give us the kind of depictions that we are so hungry for. Social media is offering a new generation of content creators to thrive. And it’s not only the subject matter of the content; it’s the various forms that it’s coming to us in. Digital influencers are using Snapchat stories, or YouTube videos, or Facebook memes, or even Instagram carousel pictures to offer us visions of ourselves through new, always-on mediums.

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10 historical Halloween costumes for smart girls and boys

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You can’t go wrong with a Halloween costume based on history. Portraying a historical figure helps kids understand history in a new way — not as dusty old-timey events that existed only in the pages of a book, but real things that happened to real people.

Most historical figures are also easily recognizable — kids HATE people asking what they’re supposed to be — and lend even the smallest trick-or-treaters an air of dignity. So whether it’s Cleopatra or Alexander Hamilton who makes your kids’ eyes light up, here’s what you need, or can easily whip up at home.

1. Joan of Arc

She changed history in France — and was a badass with a really cool outfit. This version in particular has a great hood that’s made of mesh that looks a bit like chain mail, yet is still light and soft, and the dress is comfy and warm (though you may want to add a flesh-colored bodysuit underneath or a cloak on top). Though the costume is pictured with the sword, it doesn’t come with — pick up this good-looking California Costumes Crusader Sword & Shield Costume Accessory for $ 17.53 extra if your child wants the accessories. This version of the costume is only available for youth sizes 8-14; if you want the costume for a smaller child, look for “knight” or “warrior” costumes, particularly if they have “chain mail” head accessories and a fleur de lis on the front.

Buy it: sizes 8-16 $ 30.31-$ 36.95

2. Alexander Hamilton

Kids crazy over the musical will be eager to slide into colonial wear. We love this costume because it comes with the tricorn hat, which kids love playing with. It doesn’t come with the wig — a Hamilton costume may not need it, if your child does or if you want to turn your Hamilton costume into a George Washington, wigs can be had for $ 12.31 — or the shoes. You can fashion your own colonial look at home with white or black socks, and buckles made out of cardboard and tinfoil.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 23.25-$ 28.99

3. Lady Liberty

A costume with great pomp, circumstance, and dignity, Lady Liberty’s green robes have the added bonus of being super comfortable. Carrying a book and a torch adds to the realism — but kids tire quickly of carrying things, so add that fact into your consideration. This costume comes with the headpiece, but not a torch. You can fashion something torch-like with an empty paper towel roll and some tissue paper, or buy a pre-made beauty for an extra $ 10.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 10.06-$ 15.99

4. Blackbeard

No child can resist a pirate costume with its swagger, skulls, and crossbones. Why not allow your child to be the most notorious pirate of them all? Read up a little on pirates and what they did (and do!) — Blackbeard was a surprisingly gentlemanly pirate, despite his fearsome image, yet still a thief and a strongman. We like the fanciness of this particular pirate’s costume for toddlers through age 4, but if your child is older or doesn’t care for this costume, all a Blackbeard getup really requires is ragged pants, a white flouncy shirt, a vest, and a bandanna. This costume doesn’t come with a sword, which could be a good or bad thing for you.

Buy it: sizes 3-6 $ 18-$ 29.99

5. Cleopatra

The Egyptian ruler has an absolutely beautiful costume that can make even the silliest child glide along with royal dignity. You can make your own Cleopatra out of any tube of fabric (a pillowcase will do!) with a jeweled collar, and a headdress and a belt. But when a Halloween costume is this beautiful (and comfortable!) it’s hard to resist buying a ready-made costume.

Buy it: sizes 4-14 $ 19.75 to $ 24.17

6. Uncle Sam

Warning: Donning Uncle Sam’s trademark red-white-and-blue threads may lead to uncontrollable anthem-singing and razzle-dazzle. Teach your child a little about who Uncle Sam is — a drawing used for patriotic posters and graphics who’s supposed to be a little like the spirit of America personified — and you’ll be knee-deep in patriotism in no time. This costume for kids age 4-12 comes with the jacket, hat, pants, and bow-tie; you’ll have to supply your own white shirt, shoes, and goatee. You can buy a goatee for $ 12.60, but kids are notably non-fond of things they have to wear on their faces, so you may just want to leave it out altogether.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 10.99-$ 13.97

7. Amelia Earhart

Any child in an Amelia Earhart hat and goggles looks so cool and walks so tough. This costume has the added bonus of making kids feel brave and adventurous. With its jacket and hat, it’s warm for chilly Halloween nights, and comfortable, too. You can fashion your own Earhart duds with the aviator cap, goggles, a brown jacket (preferably a bomber), and light pants tucked into boots. But these costumes come with all the pieces except the boots.

Buy it: For toddlers age 2T-4T, $ 39.99; for sizes 4-10, $ 54.99; and for sizes 10-16, $ 28.81

8. Robin Hood

He wasn’t a real person — but his place in English folklore is so old and firmly established that he’s a real historical figure now. Read your child a few thrilling Robin Hood tales, or show them a movie — Men in Tights, perhaps? Or the Disney version? — and you’ll soon have a green-clad child leaping heroically around your living room. If you’re short on funds, fashion your own easy Robin Hood costume by cutting jagged sleeves and bottoms on a green shirt and pants. The hat and bow and arrow are a little harder to DIY. Both of these costumes come with the hat but not the bow and arrows. If you want to let your child have a bow and arrow, we like this toy version for $ 10.99 for very little kids, or this one for just $ 4.79. Warning: If you let your children have a bow and arrow, they might break it before Halloween night is over, and they will definitely try to hit you in the butt with the arrows.

Buy it: sizes 4-12, $ 9.38-$ 13.95; and for sizes 8-14, $ 23.56-$ 25.30

9. Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln is a classic because of that killer stovepipe hat. What kid can resist a Lincoln hat? Hey! That’s the guy on the penny! You can make your own Lincoln costume with any dark suit-like clothing plus the hat. We’ve seen stovepipe hats fashioned out of cardboard tubes, but they’re not comfy and will be quickly discarded. Better to buy a costume version, or better still, this costume that comes with the hat, jacket, a vest with a dickie so it looks like there’s a shirt under it, and the bow tie. It also doesn’t come with the facial hair. Fake beards are very uncomfortable — you can make comfy and serviceable-looking whiskers with any black/brown makeup, like mascara or Halloween paint.

Buy it: sizes 6-12, $ 12.52-$ 21.93

10. Rosie the Riveter

Her costume is iconic, cool, recognizable, comfortable, and warm — and she makes anyone who wears it feel like they can do it! Fashion your own with a chambray or denim shirt, jeans, a red-and-white bandanna, red lipstick, a strong bicep and a tough expression. Or buy this cool denim jumpsuit, which has a nametag and zips up the front like a real mechanic’s, and give your child something to fix, quick!

Buy it: sizes 3-14 $ 37.65-$ 56.25

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L.A. Clippers and Kaiser Permanente Host Total Health Camp for Boys & Girls Club Keiki

HONOLULU — More than 75 keiki sprinted, jumped, dribbled and shot hoops with Los Angeles Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans at the Kaiser Permanente Total Health Camp at Spalding Clubhouse recently. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, the free fitness event was held to teach children about the importance of total health — caring for the body, mind and spirit.

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii members ages 7 to 13 took turns rotating between different activity stations. Kaiser Permanente physical therapists taught students about injury prevention and warm-up exercises, health educators discussed the importance of healthy hydration and eating, and L.A. Clippers players guided participants in shooting and passing drills. Participants also received healthy snacks, mini basketballs and water bottles as a reminder to incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyle. photo of young boy dribbling a basketball

“Embracing a healthy lifestyle at a young age is critical to the physical, mental and emotional health and development of our keiki,” said Chris K. Hause vice president, Marketing, Sales and Business Development, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “We’re grateful for our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, and the support of the NBA and L.A. Clippers, for allowing us to promote total health in the community.”

“Participating in physical activities and learning about how fun fitness is important to our young members,” said Tim Motts, chief executive officer, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “By engaging with them and showing them how to stay active, we’re helping them develop healthy habits that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945 by Henry J. Kaiser, and in Hawaii since 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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