Lena Waithe Says Cutting Her Hair Allowed Her to Let Go of a ‘Piece of Femininity’

After shaving off her signature locs in July, Lena Waithe has revealed how she arrived at the decision to cut her hair.

While speaking to Variety on the red carpet of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet on Thursday, The Chi creator explained that she had been wanting a change for a while, but felt apprehensive over how others would react. However, she was eventually able to overcome her doubts and go through with the haircut.

“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” Waithe said. “I think I thought for a long time, ‘Oh, if I cut my hair, I’ll be a stud, I’ll be—in the gay world, there’s a lot of categories—I’ll be a stud or I’ll be a butch,’ and I’ve always thought, ‘Well, no, I’m not that, I’m still soft.’ And I said, ‘Oh, I gotta put that down ’cause that’s something that’s outside of me.’”

Fellow celebrities like Mindy Kaling and Laverne Cox were quick to praise Waithe’s honesty. “Good morning, , you always have the best answers,” Kaling tweeted.


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Lena Dunham, Joshua Jackson & Sia Among Stars Protesting Migrant Crisis in Texas: ‘Together We Rise’

While attending a protest in Tornillo, Texas — a city along the U.S.-Mexico border — a group of celebrities came together to voice their outrage over the thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border illegally.

“We came to Tornillo, Texas, to show our solidarity with the families who have been separated, the children who are alone and the parents who are grieving and the undocumented Americans who are losing more than I can fathom,” Lena Dunham wrote alongside a group shot of many famous faces, including Amber Heard, Bella Thorne, Mira Sorvino and Sia.

In the group photo, many of the celebrities are carrying signs protesting the crisis. “This is about humanity,” read one of the signs, while another proclaimed “no one is illegal.”

“Thank you, Tornillo, for showing us a warm border welcome and reminding us that together we rise,” Dunham added.

RELATED: Will Migrant Children Be Reunited with Their Parents? An Immigration Attorney Explains

Sharing his own photo from the protest, actor Joshua Jackson wrote, “This was 10:00 am in Tornillo, Texas. We were standing outside the detention facility where hundreds of children are being held in tents. It was already near 100 F out there.”

“These are not summer camps. These are not acceptable conditions for children. This is a humanitarian crisis of our own making,” he continued, adding the hashtags “ #stopseparatingfamilies#endfamilydetention.”

Imploring her fans to donate to Voto Latino, a civic organization that helped facilitate the peaceful protest, Sia also announced that she would be matching all donations up to $ 100,000.

RELATED: Does She or Doesn’t She? Melania Trump Speaks Out After ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket Scandal

Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood also participated in a separate event, the Break Bread Not Families rally, which was held in McAllen, Texas, in front of a detention center.

Since May, Trump’s “zero tolerance policy” has resulted in 2,342 children being removed from their parents who crossed the Southern border and face prosecution for illegal entry.

Amid a massive backlash, Trump signed an executive order reversing the position on Wednesday.

On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security said the U.S. government had reunited 522 migrant children who were separated from adults, saying in a statement outlining the reunification process that the government “knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families.” 

While waiting for the parents to complete their deportation hearings, children will continue to be held in custody. The families will then either be reunited before getting deported, or after the parent is released from detention and applies to be the child’s sponsor.

While Trump’s executive order said the government would maintain a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry into the country, a senior U.S. official told The Washington Post on Thursday that Border Patrol agents have been told to stop referring parents with children for prosecution.


PEOPLE.com

Fashion Deals Update:

Lena Dunham Reveals Painful Journey to Hysterectomy at Age 31 – Why Do Young Women Choose Hysterectomy?

Lena Dunham has everyone talking again, not about one of her nude scenes or a controversial statement she made in the press, but with the news that she underwent a hysterectomy at the age of 31.

Hysterectomy – which is the surgical removal of the uterus – effectively ends a woman’s fertility. So when a young woman has one, it can make the news.

Why do women choose hysterectomy?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure (after cesarean section) for U.S. women of reproductive age. From 1980-1993, approximately 600,000 hysterectomies were performed annually in the U.S., and about 20 million U.S. women had one. Since then, the figures have increased.

“Hysterectomy is never the procedure that is used as a primary treatment modality,” says Dr. Falcone. “A woman’s decision to undergo hysterectomy is a difficult one but should be respected.”

Hysterectomies used to be performed for sterilization purposes. Now a multitude of health conditions can lead to this treatment. The most well known, especially in light of Dunham’s article in Vogue, is endometriosis. But this is only the third most common cause for hysterectomy, says Dr. Tommaso Falcone, M.D., FRCSC, FACOG, lead author of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Practice Bulletin, and chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He cites 2010 statistics, which estimate that 83,000 hysterectomies are done annually for endometriosis.

Hysterectomy can be effective in treating the endometriosis-associated pain if the endometriosis is excised with the removal of the uterus, says Dr. Falcone. “It is very important that the disease should be removed at the time of hysterectomy in order to achieve the best results at the time of surgery.” He says the treatment outcome depends on whether the endometriosis was removed and whether the ovaries were removed. The success rate is very high – over 90 percent – if this is performed. “However we do not recommend removing normal ovaries in young women,” says Dr. Falcone. “We recommend removal of all endometriosis and a simple hysterectomy.”

Uterine fibroids are the most common reason for hysterectomy. Other conditions, as listed by ACOG, include:

  • Pelvic support problems (such as uterine prolapse)
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancer

Young women and the last resort

In addition to the loss of fertility and onset of menopause (if both ovaries are removed), other risks are associated with having a hysterectomy at a young age. The National Women’s Health Network says that removal of the uterus and ovaries at a young age may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Urinary problems have also been linked to hysterectomy (though leaving the cervix is thought to help with this), along with hormone deficiencies, depression or psychological stress. As Dr. Falcone says, “There is also regret in some women that they had to have such a radical procedure to achieve a quality of life that allows them to function.”

He also says the short-term consequences are similar in young and older women if the ovaries aren’t removed. An increased risk of prolapse is possible.

But hysterectomy is usually the last resort, after all other medical and surgical options have been exhausted. “Hysterectomy is never the procedure that is used as a primary treatment modality,” says Dr. Falcone. “A woman’s decision to undergo hysterectomy is a difficult one but should be respected.” ACOG has a guideline for endometriosis, for example, that clearly states the options for treatment before hysterectomy.

There are now several different types of hysterectomies; it’s no longer grandma’s hysterectomy with a weeks-long hospital stay. The method used depends on the condition, and the risks and recovery times vary accordingly. There’s vaginal, laparoscopic, or abdominal, for example.

Real women. Real stories.

One factor that has likely contributed to the rise in hysterectomies is the ability to test for the BRCA mutation. Rachel (last name withheld upon request) has the BRCA1 mutation, putting her at high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. Her lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer (prior to surgery) was up to 54 percent. Because there’s no good screening for this kind of cancer, it was strongly suggested that she remove her ovaries once she was 35 and done having kids.

“I really viewed the hysterectomy as a necessary surgery, not a preventative one, and I think most of my family/friends shared this view,” Rachel says. “I remember clearly the nurse in the operating room reviewing the surgery and calling it elective, and I corrected her!”

Rachel waited to have the surgery until her youngest was walking, but once she made the decision, she scheduled it right away. She chose to have a full hysterectomy because she would be in menopause regardless, and she wanted to be as thorough in her risk reduction as possible. “I really viewed the hysterectomy as a necessary surgery, not a preventative one, and I think most of my family/friends shared this view,” Rachel says. “I remember clearly the nurse in the operating room reviewing the surgery and calling it elective, and I corrected her!”

As soon as the surgery was completed, she went on hormone replacement (estrogen patch) due to her young age, and has yet to feel any symptoms of menopause.

In contrast, Kathy McKernie had a severe case of endometriosis from the age of 13 on. Her doctor only wanted to take “half my stuff out,” she recalls, but she told him he should take out all of it. She had already tried having kids unsuccessfully, even with in-vitro. Her womb was called a hostile environment; nothing was going to grow in there. She has no regrets, and hasn’t experienced menopausal symptoms. Her advice is to get the procedure while young and healthy.

Nicole DeFranco had multiple large fibroid tumors and her period every day for a year. When she was 35, she was told hysterectomy was her only alternative if she wanted to live. She didn’t want one and was very upset. She only had one child and wanted more. She waited a long time because she hoped her condition would improve, but her tumors were too large to do anything else.

Unfortunately, DeFranco experienced complications with her surgery and needed a hysterectomy repair. She was able to keep her ovaries, but no longer has a cervix. “Emotionally, I was upset to never have any more kids,” she says, “but [I’m] happy I never had my period again.” The only thing she would have done differently was not wait so long, because it was inevitable.

Like anything else, it’s important to weigh the positives and negatives, Rachel says. Although she hasn’t felt the symptoms of menopause, she has bone density issues related to the surgery and the resulting hormonal changes, and feels it’s important to look at your overall health. “For me, it was the right decision, but I think it is different for each person,” she says.

 

The post Lena Dunham Reveals Painful Journey to Hysterectomy at Age 31 – Why Do Young Women Choose Hysterectomy? appeared first on Women's Health.

Women’s Health

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Lena Dunham Reveals Painful Journey to Hysterectomy at Age 31 – Why Do Young Women Choose Hysterectomy?

Lena Dunham Reveals Painful Journey to Hysterectomy at Age 31 – Why Do Young Women Choose Hysterectomy?

Lena Dunham has everyone talking again, not about one of her nude scenes or a controversial statement she made in the press, but with the news that she underwent a hysterectomy at the age of 31. Hysterectomy – which is the surgical removal of the uterus – effectively ends a woman’s fertility. So when a young woman has one, it can make the news. Why do women choose hysterectomy? According to the…

View On WordPress

WomensHealth.com

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Morrissey Is the Lena Dunham of Music

Disturbing accusations of sexual abuse, harassment and rape have shaken the entertainment industry for the past two months. The tidal wave of allegations streaming out of Hollywood feels like a watershed moment in popular culture; a throwing back of a veil that had kept the sordid details largely away from the public. But it’s also exposed how far some will go to justify the actions of the powerful and acclaimed. And in the case of Morrissey, it’s exposed just how off-base the former Smiths frontman’s values are.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

The Daily Beast – Entertainment

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

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.


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Watch Lena Waithe, Common’s New Trailer for ‘The Chi’

Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe returns to her hometown for new series The Chi, which she

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Lena Waithe, Common’s New Trailer for ‘The Chi’

Rolling Stone Latest TV and Sports and Music and Movies and Politics and Culture and RS Country and glixel and Glixel News

ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE:

Lena Waithe Celebrates Coming Out In A Black Family In ‘Master Of None’

Arguably the best episode of Netflix’s “Master of None” isn’t about the main character, Dev, played by Aziz Ansari, but about his best friend Denise.

Denise, who is played by Lena Waithe, is Dev’s stylish, laid-back black friend who identifies as a lesbian. Throughout the series, viewers see a confident Denise who is comfortable with her sexuality. But the “Thanksgiving” episode of the second season showed a more vulnerable side of her. Creators take a look into the past to follow Denise’s character as she realizes she’s attracted to women and comes out to her mom, Catherine, played by Angela Bassett.

Waithe, who co-wrote the episode along with Ansari, revealed that it was based on her personal story of growing up and coming out to her family. 

The producer/actor told USA Today that the episode came to fruition after co-creator Alan Yang asked Waithe about her coming out story while in the writers’ room.   

“I started to tell the story about what it was like to grow up in a house with all black women, never even hearing the word ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian,’ but not being super Christian. [It was] just all about appearances and how people perceive you,” she said.

Waithe said that she hadn’t intended on bringing elements of her personal experiences to the show, but Ansari called her shortly after she left to ask if they could tell her story ― with her guidance, of course.

The episode follows Denise through a series of Thanksgiving dinners with her mom, aunt (played by Kym Whitley), grandmother and Dev. It starts with Denise as a child and progresses into her teenage and adult years, exploring the nuances of what happens when blackness intersects with gender and sexuality.

One year, Denise spends the holiday with her mom at a diner, where she decides to tell her mom that she’s gay. Catherine’s response is mostly worry over her black daughter having to deal with another part of her identity that may make life even more difficult.

“I don’t want life to be hard for you,” her mom said through tears. “It is hard enough being a black woman in this world, now you wanna add something else to that.” 

Waithe, who actually did come out to her mom in a diner about 10 years ago, said that those words were actually said to her.  

“It’s very difficult being a gay kid coming out to a parent. I can speak to that from personal experience,” she told TV Guide. “But I think what I learned in making the episode is that it’s also difficult being a parent, having to have your kid come out to you.”

“In writing the episode, I got a chance to step into my mother’s shoes a little bit and try to understand where she was coming from,” she continued. “I realized that was a very difficult thing for her to go through. Not because she doesn’t like gay people and not because she’s homophobic, but because she got a kid with an added element that she didn’t quite bargain for. And it’s also an element that no one ever taught her how to deal with.”

She told USA Today that retelling her mom’s initially resistant reaction wasn’t to villainize her, but to celebrate “what it means to come out and be brave.” She added, “We were also celebrating my mom and all moms who have been come out to, who try and say the right thing and want to know the best way to love their kid.”

Waithe said that Bassett really elevated that narrative.

Bassett told HuffPost that she accepted the role because she felt it was an important story that needed to be told. The mother of two said it’s a parent’s duty to love and support their children no matter what, and Waithe’s story does a good job of showing that. 

“It just meant so much to me because I know that it emanated out of the life of this beautiful, talented, gorgeous, amazing young woman and how important it is for her and for those [whose stories are] like hers, akin to hers,” she said. “I was very proud to be asked to be a part of it.”

Waithe, who’s currently in a relationship with a black woman, told TV Guide that she hopes the episode has a positive impact on the perception of the black LGBTQ community.

“I feel very honored and proud that I get to tell this story from my point of view,” she said. “I hope that we’re changing the way mothers, daughters, families, view what it means to be gay and black in America now.”

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Entertainment – The Huffington Post
Entertainment News-Visit Adults Playland today for the hottest adult entertainment online!

Lena Dunham Just Made A Super Important Point About Mental Health

Lena Dunham has an important reminder about your psychological well-being and this time it’s about burnout.

The actress recently spoke to Glamour magazine about the intense pressure she put on herself when her show “Girls” began.

“Making my deal with HBO as a 23-year-old woman, I felt that I had so much to prove,” she said. “I felt like I had to be the person who answered emails the fastest, stayed up the latest, worked the hardest.”

Dunham revealed that she often gave up rest and moments to recharge in an effort to make it seem like she was deserving of her opportunity.

“As much as I loved my job, I really, like, injured myself in some ways. If I had felt like, ‘You’re worthy of eight hours of sleep, not four; you’re worthy of turning your phone off on a Saturday,’ I don’t think it would have changed the outcome of the show,” she said. “But I could have worked with a sense of joy and excitement, rather than guilt and anxiety of being ‘found out.’”

I could have worked with a sense of joy and excitement, rather than guilt and anxiety of being ‘found out.’

Falling into this trap isn’t unique to Dunham. Research shows that excessive stress can put individuals at an increased risk for chronic disease and stroke. Burnout is a real issue, regardless of your career. A demanding schedule, 24/7 access to email and working multiple jobs to make ends meet can all be contributing factors.

This is particularly true for women, who are more likely to deal with the imposter syndrome Dunham describes (for good reason: women are assumed to be less competent and held to higher standards, according to research). Women also often deal with the cultural expectation that they must manage the home in addition to their work responsibilities and studies show that this (misguided) norm can take a toll on a woman’s psychological well-being. For example, women are more likely than male counterparts to bend their careers to fit in family life, which can increase stress and burnout.

Dunham offered this advice for women who constantly feel a need to run themselves into the ground in order to prove their worth: Your wellness should always come first.

“There will be nothing if you don’t look out for you,” she said. “And I can’t wait, on my next project, to go into it with the strength that comes from, like, valuing your own body and your own mental health.”

That’s a life goal anyone can get behind.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Entertainment – The Huffington Post
Entertainment News-Visit Adults Playland today for the hottest adult entertainment online!

Lena Dunham’s Latest Bridesmaid Look Is One We’d Gladly Wear Again

Now this is a bridesmaid look that’s actually wearable IRL.

Lena Dunham and her fellow ‘maids donned customized, sparkly J.Crew skirts for BFF Audrey Gelman’s wedding in Detroit on April 30. According to the bride, the looks were hand-stitched by Jenna Lyons and team. 

The devil is in the details #bridesmaids #gomezandmorticia

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on

This isn’t the first time Dunham has stood by a bestie’s side as a bridesmaid. She wore this grey number by Reformation at pal Isabel Bramlette Halley’s wedding in June 2014.

Sisters of the cloth

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on

Don't look back

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on

And who could forget the convertible blush bridesmaid dress from Marnie’s hot-mess-of-a-wedding on “Girls“? 

Here comes the bride! Because the girls are women now… Sort of. @girlshbo is back Feb 21!

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on

Lena Dunham: Bridesmaid extraordinaire.

H/T PopSugar

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Weddings – The Huffington Post
FASHION NEWS-Visit Shoe Deals Online-Fashion News today for the hottest deals online!

Zac Posen Used To Style Lena Dunham’s Hair On Their Commute To School

Before Zac Posen was outfitting Lena Dunham in a canary yellow gown for the 2014 Golden Globes, he was holding her hand on New York City public transportation as her babysitter.

“Oh Boy. I must’ve been like 17 or 18 and it was my high school job to take her on the train to school we went to. She was younger than I was and we’d take the subway,” the fashion designer recalled in a Thursday conversation with HuffPost Live.

But the fun hardly stopped there. Posen continued:

I’d pick her up and I’d re-do her hair. That’s what I’d do. I’d re-do her hair to go on the train. I was dressing quite outrageously at the time. I was trying to dress to understand how people react to [clothes]… I’d wear ivy in my hair, platform sneakers. We had fun.

The two would converse about “popular events,” as well, he recounted.

“We’d make up stories on the subway. I’m sure there was like, funny dances on the poles of the subway. We had a blast.”

Watch more from Zac Posen’s conversation with HuffPost Live here.

Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live’s morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before!

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Style – The Huffington Post
FASHION NEWS UPDATE-Visit Shoe Deals Online today for the hottest deals online for shoes!

Dog or Lena Dunham? A Short Quiz

2015-03-28-1427559962-2784705-LenaDunhamlenadunham32926979620478.jpg

Do the following describe Lena Dunham or my West Highland White Terrier?

1) Over-praised and over-paid.

2) Has a frisky gait.

3) Tiresome and unfunny.

4) Is charming company.

5) Pisses people off on a regular basis.

6) Sometimes smells a bit, but talcum powder takes care of that.

7) Well past 15 minutes of fame.

8) Looks good in white.

9) Amazingly loyal.

10) Has great eyes.

2015-03-28-1427561551-8008129-DSC00737.JPG

Lev Raphael’s 25th book is the novel of suspense about out-of-control cops Assault With a Deadly Lie.You can explore his other books on Amazon here.
Comedy – The Huffington Post
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS-Visit Mobile Playboy today for the hottest adult entertainment online!

Lena Dunham Gives Taylor Swift the Best Birthday Present Ever

As we obsess over our holiday shopping lists, Lena Dunham has become our gift-giving inspiration. What to get the girl who has it all? Well, the Girls star pretty much nailed it when she gifted her BFF Taylor Swift with a personalized pendant for her birthday. The necklace features Swift’s highly Instagrammed cat, Meredith Grey […]
InStyle
MillionaireMatch.com - the best dating site for sexy, successful singles!
MillionaireMatch.com – the best dating site for sexy, successful singles!