Brett Young Reveals He Will ‘100 Percent’ Cry at His Upcoming Wedding to Taylor Mills

Brett Young can’t wait for his November wedding to fiancée Taylor Mills.

“She’s the must-have,” the country star, 37, tells PEOPLE Now when asked about what requests he’s made for his upcoming black tie Southern California nuptials.

“We wanted the location to be somewhere where both of our families could make it. When your grandparents get older, you want to make sure that they can be there. We wanted somewhere warm and have our whole family there,” adds Young, who proposed to Mills, 31, in February with a custom ring he designed featuring their initials.

As for the moment that will make him break into tears, the “Mercy” singer reveals he gets emotional whenever he imagines his partner of 10 years walking down the aisle.

“One hundred percent — I cry when I think about it,” Young says. “You’ve heard my music; I’m a mess!”

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While the wedding is just weeks away, the couple has been thinking about kids in their future. “The older I get the number gets smaller,” Young tells PEOPLE, admitting he originally wanted four kids. “I think two or three though, God willing.”

Ahead of his wedding, the crooner has been touring with Thomas Rhett on the Life Changes Tour.

“They’re cool and awesome as people and a family as social media projects,” Young says of the musician and his wife Lauren Akins. “He’s been great to learn from not only on stage but off stage — the person that he is and how he runs his camp and the way that trickles down and affects an opener, in my case. He’s a good dude — what you see is what you get.”

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RELATED: Brett Young Says a Tim McGraw Song Inspired Him to Get Into Country: ‘I Kinda Fell in Love with the Story’

Along with traveling on the road and learning from Thomas Rhett, Young reveals another country icon who inspired his love for music.

“I started listening to country in the early ’90s. I heard Tim McGraw‘s ‘Don’t Take the Girl’ and I fell in love with the story,” he recalls. “Then the more I listened to country, the more I learned country music is all about the story. I’ve been a nerdy country music fan ever since.”

Young’s sophomore album, Ticket to L.A., is scheduled for a Dec. 7 release.


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J. Cole, SZA, Big Sean, Young Thug, and More Will Perform at Dreamville Festival

The inaugural Dreamville Festival will take place on Sept. 15 in Raleigh, N.C. J. Cole, Bas, Cozz and the rest of the label are set to perform at the one-day event and they will not be alone. Joining them will be SZA, Big Sean, Young Thug, Nelly, Teyana Taylor and more. You can sign-up for pre-sale tickets over at the festival’s official website. More news about the festival will be released in the coming weeks.

Most recently, Bas dropped Milky Way, his fantastic third studio LP that contains 14 tracks featuring Cole, A$ AP Ferg, Ari Lennox, LION BABE, Correy C and more. Earlier this month, Cole teased that he’s dropping a new project titled The Off Season sometime this year.

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Stop Holding Out for a Hero Because it’s This Theatrical Young Soccer Fan Everyone Loves

Another weekend, another legend born.

A hammy young soccer fan has made the absolute most of his fifteen minutes of fame as Marseille’s football team played against Rennes at the Orange Vélodrome stadium in southeastern France on Sunday.

The young Marseille fan was just supposed to do the ceremonial kickoff, according to ESPN. But he decided to run the length of the pitch and bury the ball in the net. And that’s before he really milked the moment.

Cameras captured the young boy’s hammy victory lap as the confident kid pulled numerous moves usually reserved for actual players in the game.

There he was tearing off his jersey, knee sliding on the turf, stretching out his arms, and beaming a million-watt smile directly at the camera.

The surprising moment made the crowd go absolutely wild, and it played well online too.

From the video of the adorable moment, it is obvious that the show was officially stolen and in possession of this up and coming soccer star.

He is also clearly a three-sport athlete who went above and beyond the French Ligue 1 ceremonial kickoff tradition. Specifically, he shows a lot of potential in the three athletic feats of goal scoring, jersey removal, and knee sliding.

See him show off below.

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Rapper Young Thug Booked On Weapons Charge In Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car.

Officer Drake Madison says Friday the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge. He was being held on $ 35,000 bail.

Madison says several hundred people had gathered outside a Dave & Buster’s sports bar in the Hollywood area, where the rapper was hosting an event for a new album.

He says officers detained several in the crowd, including Williams, and officers found a firearm inside his car.

Williams was arrested in September 2017 on drug and gun charges after a traffic stop near Atlanta.

Brian Steel, an attorney who represented him in that case, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Friday.

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From Assistant to CEO of Record Label Putting Out Positive Music by Young Talent

Lena Jenkins-Smith, CEO of Young Millennium Records, knows more than a thing or two about paying dues. Starting her career as an executive assistant to the stars, her path to becoming the founder of her own record label that emphasizes positive music, has been one filled with roller-coaster-like career transitions. Jenkins-Smith worked closely with celebrities including Teddy Riley, Paula Abdul, and Katt Williams by the age of 30, and served as a tour manager and wardrobe stylist. She even left the entertainment industry behind to pursue higher education and become a teacher.

Despite taking a break, her love of the entertainment business and making an impact continued to grow, bringing her back to realize her dream of providing audiences with what she describes as “good, clean” music, all while empowering up-and-comers—including her three children—to be groomed and developed for success in an industry that can be dog-eat-dog. In just two years, artists have already been creating a buzz including Jenkins-Smith’s 17-year-old son, Cyrus, who has worked with heavy-hitting producers (“some of the same producers the Migos, Gucci, and T.I. use,” she added proudly)—and opened for Cardi B late last year.

Black Enterprise talked with Jenkins-Smith on how being an assistant prepared her to fill CEO shoes, how millennials play a major role in keeping her on top of her game, and how she rode the waves of professional change toward entrepreneurship.

You have a pretty diverse career journey. How were you able to successfully transition between the roles you’ve played in entertainment and business?

Organizational skills would be No. 1. You would not be able to transition between everything I have without being organized. Because I’m so creative when it comes to the things I do—I’ve done set design and things like that as well—so having a creative mind and having to step out of that role, it’s hard sometimes. Staying organized helps.

Also, [developing] a thick skin [is important]. You’re trying things, not sure if they’re going to work, and you also have everyday things that you have to do. Being in entertainment [can involve] high [levels of] stress, and because I wore a lot of hats, I’d be responsible for a lot of things. [Self-accountability] is also key.

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How did being an executive assistant prep you for the CEO role?

Having [the assistant] role allowed me to learn the business side more. You have to know scheduling, marketing, promotion, accounting-—you learn [about] all of that being in that role. It’s your job to connect all of those [elements] and make sure things are done correctly.

You also begin to learn the likes and dislikes of [who you’re assisting], and they become like family. That prepares you for when you become the boss because then you’re dealing with people who become emotionally attached to you. [You begin to think] about what you’re [doing] for them so that they can successfully give you what you need.

You also learn a lot of what not to do [from observing] and you get to know an executive. You get to see [business functions]—what works and what doesn’t. You have to be able to make decisions and judgments based on knowing the executive because you won’t always be able to go to them for every little thing.

Your label’s name is telling. What’s the role of young talent and millennials at the label, and how have they impacted your life as a leader who has continued to grow and pivot in your career?

Keith Sweat serves as president and his son, Justin, is on the label. There’s only youth [talent]—no one over 22 and the youngest is 15. We’re really focused on giving them a platform. A lot of our music is clean and [we’re] looking to put out a positive image. Our young boys are getting killed and caught up in drugs—all kind of things [are happening] that are not a positive image for our young men. I wanted to provide a place where they can grow.

My son’s music is about kids having fun and doing cool things… [There’s] no cursing, and it’s not derogatory to women and other young men. We’re trying to bring that [positivity] to music. Also, it’s an opportunity to bring back real A&R. With the world of social media and the way the industry right now just wants you to come packaged, we’re trying to train the kids, make sure they go to school, learn etiquette, and know how to sit down at a table and have a business meeting—how to dress appropriately and speak appropriately.

It is very important to keep the youth around and on top. It’s not only [about] teaching them, but they also teach us. They’re cutting-edge and the risk-takers. … If there’s a disconnect, you’re not going to find out what you need to know. They’re hungry, and today it’s all about the youth.

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Revising my bucket list after realizing that not all queer people die young

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My bucket list is pretty normal for a wanderlust 20-something. Learn Italian, see Machu Picchu, road trip with friends, kiss a pretty girl, live to 30. It’s called “Get It Done,” and I made it while sitting through a very long lecture in college. I tried to fit in any goal that I thought I could accomplish in the next ten years if I tried hard enough (and never saved any money). As of last fall, I finished most of it (and have no savings), so I added some new items to the list.

“Live to 30” is a specific goal still on my bucket list, as I have not turned 30 yet. It’s not any more specific than “eat haggis in Scotland” and “see a Broadway play,” but it tends to give people pause when I talk about it. I put it on there, near the top, as sort of a larger, more ambitious goal than all the others. I put it on there because I didn’t actually think I’d make it, but I wanted to try anyway. Then I made it to my 28th birthday, and realized I might hit my 40th, 50th, even 80th birthdays. So I revised my list—I needed more goals.

So why did I assume I wouldn’t make it to my 30s?

I knew I was bisexual at age 12 and that I was transgender in my 20s. Most of the people like me on TV, in movies, and in books didn’t make it that far. There is even a name for this TV trope: “Bury your gays,” or the habit of killing off a show’s queer characters.

I think back to my freshman year health class. We were a progressive school for 2004, so our curriculum actually mentioned the LGBTQ population. By that, I mean we watched Philadelphia—the Tom Hanks film about a homosexual lawyer living with HIV/AIDS. I learned about the virus and I filled out a worksheet about condoms.

I thought to myself, I don’t know many gay people because I’m 14 and I live in a rural town of 1,000 people, so this must be what happens to gay people in the rest of the world. Maybe if I try harder to not be gay, I won’t die young from AIDS.

I managed to see Brokeback Mountain in 2005 when it was released in theaters, a movie about gay romance that also ends in a young tragedy. For years, I watched Law and Order and other crime shows, where the only transgender characters are dead bodies seen in an episode’s first few minutes. Artistic, high-budget documentaries about the AIDS crisis taught me, again, that people like me were young and precious for a while—then they died shortly before turning 30.

Even LGBTQ media—made ostensibly for my people and not for straight audiences—can have this problem.

In a memorable episode of Queer as Folk, Brian Kinney, the so-emotionally-distant-it’s-hot bad boy with a heart of gold, turns 30 and panics over it. He starts engaging in risky behavior and contemplating suicide because “everything is over now.” With the help of his friend group, he eventually copes with his anxiety, but it’s a scene that stuck with me.

Sometimes, just learning about the history of the LGBTQ community can imbue one with the impression that we never grow old.

In one of my favorite recent books, The Lonely City by Olivia Laing, she writes about great artists of the ‘80s and their relationship with art and mortality, including the famous artist and activist David Wojnarowicz, who died from AIDS at 37. The book is actually an investigation into the lonely lives of creative people, but I was struck by how young Wojnarowicz was at the time of his death.

I look back and think about how my school band teachers were all enthusiastic, nerdy lesbians of a certain age. One of my first bosses moved to my hometown with his husband after having lived in the West Village for decades. Two of my current coworkers are queer women over 35. I wasn’t lacking for personal older role models in the LGBTQ community, but media’s incessant messaging has a way of convincing you that what is represented is reality. Stories are infectious.

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There is a “forever young” story still told in the LGBTQ community. Some of that is a result of the 1980s AIDs crisis, since many in our community did die young, forever stopped in their 20s. Demographically, I live in a state populated by many older people, but you wouldn’t know that if you attended our largest Pride festival. It was shining and resplendent with youths dressed in beautiful rainbow tutus, but I did not find many older queer people. We do have services for older members of my community, but they are not very visible. This all causes me to admittedly buy into the “forever young” undertone of my community at times.

But this Peter Pan-type of thinking isn’t helpful when I start thinking of life as something more than a series of experiences to have before perishing early.

I went from empathizing with Alexander Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical—“I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory”—to daydreaming about the decade of my life in which I will take up quilting. I’ve started wondering if maybe I’ll even have a family of my own.

I have a trendy publishing job that lets me bounce around the globe, scratching off bucket list items that others would kill for. Now, I can look to the career in medicine I had set aside when I realized how many years it would take me to achieve it. I can see farther than tomorrow’s horizon. So instead of focusing on a full life, I can now plan for a long, fulfilling one, too. Some more items for the list.

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Young Voters Want to See Younger Leaders, Poll Finds

Young people are disappointed in the current political system, and they want to see change. According to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, individuals between the age of 15 and 34 are pessimistic about American politics, and think younger politicians can do a better job.

About 7 in 10 young people say American politics are dysfunctional, and more than three fourths think leaders from their own generation would do a better job than current politicians, according to this study.

“These older Congress people, they don’t understand the internet and they don’t know what they’re talking about,” Greg Davis, a 29-year-old from Grandview, Ohio, told PBS NewsHour. He says he was frustrated watching the senate ask soft questions of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at his privacy policy hearing last spring. “The questions that he was getting asked about security and privacy were asinine. We need leadership that actually understands tech.”

With this disappointment comes action, however. The poll found that 62% of young people believe their generation is motivated to make positive changes in the U.S., and 63% say that voting in the midterm elections will allow their generation to create real change in the government. That being said, less than a quarter say they feel they have enough information to make an informed decision in the 2018 midterms.

Still, they know they want to vote for someone different. Less than 1 in 5 express excitement about voting for any candidate who is a lifelong politician, white, older, or a celebrity. Instead, the younger generation is more focused on issues. Two-thirds express excitement about a candidate who cares about the issues that affect them.

“When it comes to the issues that young people care about, they cite health care, immigration, and the economy as the most important,” said Trevor Tompson, vice president for public affairs research at NORC, in a statement. “It remains to be seen how this excitement translates to voter turnout, but most young people believe that their generation is motivated to make positive change.”

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Overcoming Melanoma as a Young Adult

In 2008, Brooke Romero had just graduated high school. While enjoying a pleasant summer before beginning the next, exciting phase of her life attending college, she received some startling news.

Soon after visiting her dermatologist to check a suspicious-looking mole on her upper body, Romero underwent surgery to remove the growth that turned out to be melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer.

“It was scary,” said Romero, now age 28 and an attorney living in Long Beach. “Thankfully, the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes.”

While the average age for melanoma diagnosis is 63, an escalating number of people under 30 years old are developing the potentially life-threatening disease. Researchers attribute the upsurge to excessive tanning, increased use of tanning salons, and other factors.

Growing up in warm, sunny climates in Southern California and Arizona, Romero led an active, outdoor lifestyle. Although she remembers using sunscreen consistently, she also experienced sunburns almost every summer. Like many youths, she also felt peer pressure to tan her fair skin and frequented the local tanning salon.

“It was a social thing to do — to tan together with your friends,” said Romero.

After Romero’s initial melanoma diagnosis, she immediately changed her daily sun exposure and skin care habits. She also began seeing the dermatologist every three months for skin checks. Over the next five years, Romero had new precancerous skin growths removed from various parts of her body. She also required another surgery to eliminate melanoma on her leg in 2013.

“All of that just shows the depth of the damage that had been done to my skin,” said Romero.

Fortunately, the rate of new, potentially dangerous skin growths for Romero has slowed significantly over the past several years. Today, she continues limiting her time under the sun and getting regular skin checks with Paola Rodriguez, MD, dermatologist, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. However, when Romero does participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, she wears long pants, long-sleeved shirts, UV-blocking sunglasses, a hat — and plenty of nonchemical-based sunscreen — to protect her skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

“You only get one skin for a lifetime — it’s best to do all you can to take care of it,” said Romero.

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Young Thug Hops on T-Shyne’s New Song “Side Steppin’”

Young Thug has jumped on YSL signee T-Shyne‘s new song, “Side Steppin’.” The track finds the two rappers trading witty bars over an instrumental produced by Jon Castelli and Shy Girls. The track will appear on T-Shyne’s forthcoming album The Immaculate, which will feature Max B, Slim Jxmmi, Juicy J and more.

“I was in L.A. and went to meet Jon Castelli, who made the beat and mixed my whole project,” Shyne says about the track. “I heard the beat and did it that same night. It just had a different vibe to it, like this weird sound. It was the first record me and Thug did together. I played him ’bout four songs and that was the last one I played — once he heard it, automatically he was like ‘load that one up.’ It’s dope to finally release it and let y’all hear it.”

Listen to the song below. In other related news, Young Thug teased an upcoming Slime Language track featuring Chance The Rapper.

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Former Young & the Restless Actor Convicted on Serious Criminal Charges

Absolutely appalling news about a former Young & the Restless actor was reported out of Florida on Friday. Us Weekly, crediting the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News, reported that actor Corey Sligh has been convicted on one of two counts of child molestation in Georgia and is facing prosecution in Florida.

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Sligh was found guilty on one count of molesting a child under the age of 10 in Cherokee County, Georgia. According to district attorney Shannon Wallace, who spoke to the Tribune & Ledger-News, Sligh faces five to 20 years in prison on the felony conviction. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Us Weekly also noted that Bill Bishop, chief assistant state attorney for Okaloosa County, Florida, said that “one count of lewd and lascivious molestation regarding the same girl — which he still faces in Florida — carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if he is charged.”

About half of parents use cell phones while driving with young children in the car

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An artificial ovary — the female sex organ that produces eggs — may soon be achievable, say Danish researchers who have engineered a “scaffold” on which early-stage cells can develop into functional ovarian follicles, the small fluid-filled sacs that contain a woman’s eggs.


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Tips for a fun — and safe — 4th of July with young children

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Michelle Stein

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What’s not to love about Independence Day: cookouts, fireworks, parades, family and friends. Fun and games aside, without the proper precautions, these new experiences and unfamiliar environments can pose safety risks to young children.

Here are a few tips to ensure your Fourth of July celebrations are fun — and safe — for the little ones.

Fireworks

The safest bet, according to the AAP, is for families to attend community fireworks displays run by professionals. For those planning on setting off fireworks at home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following safety guidelines:

• Don’t allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. (Even sparklers come with risks. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sparklers can burn at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and account for 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries.)

• Always have an adult supervise fireworks.

• Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This typically means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.

• Make sure everyone watches fireworks displays from a safe distance.

• Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks.

It’s important to keep in mind, too, that while many kids love fireworks displays, some babies and younger children may become scared or upset by the loud booms. (It’s not particularly great for their hearing, either, depending on how close you are to the fireworks.) So be prepared for the possibility of changing plans if the whole “first fireworks experience” ends up being a dud.

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Large crowds

Community fireworks displays and festivals tend to draw crowds, making it easy for a small child to slip away from caregivers. We all hope it never happens to us. But it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Here are some measures to consider:

• Have your child memorize your phone number in case she gets lost. For younger children, consider writing your name and phone number on their hand and then coating it with a liquid bandage so the ink doesn’t smear.

• Take a photo of your child in the morning so you have an up-to-date image of him in case he gets separated. You’ll easily be able to give a description of his clothing and hair this way, too.

• Talk to your children about what they should do if they get lost. How do they identify workers/helpers? Where should you plan on meeting up?

• They may be controversial, but backpack harnesses for spirited toddlers can provide an added layer of safety in large crowds.

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Grill safety

Unfortunately, instances of food poisoning peak during the summer months because of the warmer temperatures that allow food-borne illnesses to thrive. So it’s always a good idea to brush up on food and grilling safety if you’re planning on having guests over for a cookout. Here are some pointers from the CDC:

• Separate: While out shopping, grab meat, poultry and seafood last and be sure to separate them from other food in your cart to avoid cross-contamination.

• Keep it chilled: Make sure to keep meat refrigerated until it’s time for cooking. When transporting, keep the temperature below 40 degrees in an insulated cooler.

• Clean: Wash your hands before and after handing raw meat. Don’t forget to do the same with surfaces, utensils, and the grill.

• Cooking: Use a food thermometer to ensure you’re cooking meat hot enough to kill harmful germs. (See this chart for details.)

Last but not least, make sure children know that playing near the grill itself is strictly off-limits. Keep those little fingers safe!

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What safety tips do you have to offer? What are your plans for this Fourth of July?

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This post was originally published in July, 2017.

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Omari Hardwick Turns the Tables Spotlighting Young Black Man During Award Acceptance Speech

There was no lack of events this past weekend during BET Experience. Icon Talks held up its side of the bargain by honoring black men who are making major moves in the entertainment industry. The organization partnered with the Motion Picture Association of America to host its annual celebration and this year’s event was filled with heartfelt speeches and awards presented to Harry Belafonte, Robert Townsend, Omari Hardwick, Quincy Brown, Kevin Forston, and Roc Nation’s Lenny Santiago.

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Omari Hardwick and guests, Icon Talks (Image: file)

 

When accepting his award, Omari Hardwick decided to turn the spotlight from himself to someone else. A young man approached him on the red carpet right before the show, hugged him, and said, “Man, you saved me, you saved me. I was like a broke kid in Maryland. Sunday nights just watching your character, I could see your character in that character.”

Hardwick was so moved by the man that he brought him on stage to revisit the interaction. “I thought man, all I ever wanted to do was tell stories,” said Hardwick, as the man stood next to him with tears streaming from his eyes. “It’s amazing to be able to tell stories and make money doing it, but you tell stories and…you affect so many people. My father used to say, you never know who’s looking at you.”

The awards ceremony took place at the SLS Beverly Hills and it is clear that the mission of this organization is working. “Icon Talks will continue to pay homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said John Burns, co-founder of Icon Talks. “This past year has been an exceptional push for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of our honorees, it is fitting that we celebrated the future of entertainment and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Icon Talks was generously sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America, AT&T, Planned Parenthood, Ciroc, and Porsche Cars North America.

About Icon Talks

Icon Talks is an avant-garde platform offering intimate discussions, insights, and performances with icons from various walks of life—from music moguls to professional athletes, CEOs, actors and activists. These performances and conversations explore paths to success and provide a platform to engage, entertain, and inspire.

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10 Things We Learned From Young Buck on The Breakfast Club

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Throughout his tenure in the rap game, G-Unit’s Young Buck’s had one hell of a journey over the decades. Starting out as a young independent rapper who found his way onto Juvenile’s tour but before ultimately ended up a G-Unit soldier, Young Buck’s paid his dues and reaped the rewards before falling on hard time.

Today the Ca$ hville Ten-A-Key rapper stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk about his journey that’s led up to today and spoke about why he never signed with Juvenile, where things went sour with 50 Cent, and how that fight at the Vibe Awards had long lasting consequences on his life.

Here are the 10 things we learned from Young Buck on The Breakfast Club.

 

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1. Ca$ h Money

Youngbuck was never actually signed to Ca$ h Money Millionaires but was affiliated with them through Juvenile before he eventually joined G-Unit. He remembers he was given a contract to sign with UTP but he simply put it under his bed on the bus and kept on with his life.

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How Young Leaders Can Gain Respect and Influence at Work

The look of leadership, especially in the corporate world, is still based on the assumption of a certain age (e.g., 35+ years old), which in some cases can lead to differences in communication styles, priorities, and work ethic—especially between younger and older generations. So to get insight into how young leaders can gain respect and influence in the workplace we caught up with Curtis Odom, Ed.D., a career coach and management consultant to Fortune 100 companies, and author of From Campus to Corner Office: How Co-Ops and Internships Will Help You Win In The Workplace.

As more college graduates are being hired and more Americans (e.g., 65 years old and older) are delaying retirement, a generation gap exists in the workplace. What’s your advice for young leaders dealing with older employees?

As a young boss, you need to gain an understanding of your employees’ goals and pressures, their strengths, and weaknesses, regardless of their generation. You will also benefit from understanding how the individual goals align with the organizational and personal objectives, pressures from their own boss, their style of working, how their boss likes to get information (e.g., memos, email, phone calls, text messages, one-on-one meetings), how they deal with conflict, etc. Without this information, you are flying blind, and problems are inevitable.

What are some ways a young leader (under 30 years old) can gain respect in the workplace?

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring ourselves from within.

My advice is to first examine the relationship you have with those who are centers of influence or COIs in your organization. A healthy, positive relationship with them makes your work life much easier. It is also good for your career and your job satisfaction. I’ve often thought that the best way to think about these relationships is as a partnership with the COI being a culture coach and historian. And as a result of these relationships, you build advocates through relationships and that opens the door to getting results.

What are some ways to build influence in the workplace?

Credibility is first built through actions, such as thinking beyond oneself and working toward building a larger mutually beneficial goal. Add a sense of integrity through possessing a set of core values that guide what you do, combined with an ability to project core values through actions. Also, consider the following:

  • Seek to understand those whom you want to influence. Focus primarily on characteristics of those who are recognized as influential without authority because they are able to effectively use those attributes in a variety of contexts in order to either be heard or influence others. You can raise questions without seeming to push an agenda, especially when you are new, or seen as junior in the organization.
  • Lead through relationships. Those who are successful, lead and inspire because of who they are and how they interact with others. By focusing on results, an influential leader maintains a wide perspective and acts with an independent initiative. They use the ends to define the means, which can mean working outside of strict processes to achieve results. They aim for the end they are supposed to produce and feel responsible and accountable for achieving it. How? By remaining client purposed. This is different than client service—it’s an awareness of how an action in a specific job affects the client. It’s a big-picture focus and having a deep understanding of the value promised.

Tell us why you believe it’s important to focus more on the power of influence versus authority in today’s ever-changing workplace.

Leadership is not telling others what to do. Leadership is inspiring others to do what needs to be done. A title alone does not make you a leader. Genuine leaders take a stand and motivate others to join them for a noble purpose. Influence is subtle, yet incredibly powerful. You can order someone to do a task, but you cannot order them to do their best. It simply does not work and usually has the opposite effect. You can influence people to do their best by providing a strong, motivating example in addition to positive reinforcement. Leadership addresses tasks, while influence addresses attitudes and awareness. It is in that way that influence is the soul/spirit of leadership.

 

 

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How Nice! Young M.A. Hosts a Mother’s Day Celebration for Families Who Lost Loved Ones to Street Violence

Young M.A. organized a pre-Mother’s Day brunch for residents who lost loved ones to street violence in the East New York neighborhood where she grew up.

The event is the first for her KWEENZ foundation.

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The hip-hop star lost her 20-year-old brother Kenneth in 2009, when he was fatally stabbed in the back by a friend. Her mom, Latasha Blackmon, recalled the dark times that followed his slaying.

“My whole world changed,” she told the audience of about 50 people. “I had PTSD, I had depression, anxiety. It hasn’t been easy, every day is a struggle for us. But we have had many blessings along the way.” 

Young M.A., whose real name is Katorah Kasanova Marrero, said events like this allow people to share their pain with others who faced the same crushing anguish.

“This is our way of keeping him alive,” the 26-year-old rapper said of her brother. “Reaching back to families who are going through the same situation … and letting them know that they’re not alone.

“When you’re going through it, it feels like you’re the only one.”

Helium-filled balloons marked “Happy Mother’s Day” floated above the tables where the families assembled inside the 3 Black Cats Cafe in Brooklyn.

In addition to mimosas, the guests sipped sangria while enjoying a spread of sugar-dusted waffles, shrimp and chicken.

Hip-hop music played in the background as the guests bonded by sharing their stories.

Young M.A. was joined by her mom and her grandmom to hear attendees like Dominique Harrell, 17, share the story of a friend killed by gang violence in the summer of 2016.

Harell made a lifelong pal in Nashaun Plummer when the pair met in a middle school bereavement class. Dominique lost her mom and Nashaun lost his older brother in a shooting.

Several years later, at the age of 15, Nashuan was gunned down about three blocks from the site of his brother’s gang murder.

“He was funny, outgoing,” recalled Harrell, a student at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville. “Whenever he smiled, you smiled.”

Halchervene Bobbit, 42, recalled the shooting death of her cousin on a Brooklyn rooftop back in April 2004.

“I don’t know if I’m entirely over it,” said Bobbit, who spent the last 14 years avoiding the building where the gun violence occurred.

“I haven’t been back (there) since,” she said.

The foundation’s name combines the royal titles of king and queen. The rapper hopes her group can not only help heal the bereaved, but offer assistance to low-income families and single mothers.

“Having my platform, I just really wanted to reach out to my community and do something right,” she said.

On a personal note, she hoped the event would introduce her mother to other moms dealing with the same issues.

“This is something for her to get into and give her a little relief, and meet other mothers who have been in this situation so they’re not alone,” said Young M.A.

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5 Pieces of Money Advice for Young Adults About to Face the Real World

Spring is in sight, and right about now, you’ll see that anxious look on the faces of college seniors and other young adults about to face the real world for the first time. Even if they’re fortunate enough to have a job lined up, they are far from secure financially, and often have no idea how to handle their finances.

If this is you or someone you know, adopting these financial habits now will take the stress out of newly independent adulthood and pay off big in the long run.

 

5 Pieces of Money Advice for Young Adults

 

1. Create a Spending Plan: A.K.A. Your Budget

 

It doesn’t have to be complicated–it’s just about listing and keeping track of all your expenses and income on a weekly or monthly basis. It may not be pretty, but it’s better than the stress of not knowing your financial status. Also, there are plenty of great budgeting tools that are easy to learn and use. A budget is key to gaining control of your spending, and a sense of control as you face the real world on your own for the first time will really reduce your anxiety.

 

2. Follow the First Rule of Personal Finance: Pay Yourself First

 

Begin building up your emergency savings right away, even if it’s only 20 or 30 dollars a month. Save at least 10% of every dollar you get from any source. This money should go into a fund for emergencies–i.e. job loss–only, and should be separate from all other savings and other accounts you have. Click here for dos and don’ts of creating and maintaining your emergency fund.

The earlier you get into the habit of paying yourself first, the easier it becomes, and the more secure you’ll be in the long run. Build these savings into your budget. It’s only smart to face the real world with a financial cushion, should you have to deal with an unexpected setback.

 3. Attack Your Student Loans–or, at Least, Don’t Ignore Them

 

If you have student loans, explore your repayment options, and exercise them, if you have to buy yourself time or reduce your payments. Whatever you do, don’t just ignore them. Not only are they not going to go away, they will just become bigger, thanks to interest and penalties, and even more intimidating over time. Besides, ignore them for too long, and your lenders may just take action and garnish payments from your paycheck, anyway.

Staying on top of your student loans is also important for another reason: protecting your credit, which can impact everything from employment consideration, to renting an apartment. It is much tougher to face the real world with poor credit.

 

4. Pay Your Bills–and Don’t Abuse Credit

 

Yes, paying your bills when they are due matters, as much as it matters to you that you actually get paid on pay day. In addition to avoiding late fees and other penalties you can’t really afford, 35% of your credit score is based on your payment history. (Click here to learn the other components of your credit score.)

Also, don’t abuse credit by using it to pay for things you don’t have the cash for. Keep credit card balances to no more than about 30% of the credit you have access to. That means if you have a credit card limit of $ 1,000, do your best to limit your balance owed to under $ 350.

 

5. Don’t Pass Up Job Benefits

 

If and when you get a job, don’t skip the employee benefits, including health insurance and making contributions toward a retirement savings account. Sure, your take home pay will be smaller, but the benefits are more valuable over time–especially if you get sick or injured.

 

The Bottom Line on Money Advice for Young Adults

 

The longer you put these off, the more costly it will be to you over time, and the more you will regret it. Bite the bullet and adopt good money habits early. You’ll get used to doing it sooner, and they’ll pay off in the long run. Best of all, you’ll be able to face the real world with optimism, not fear.

Editor’s Note: This article originally published February, 2017

 

 

 

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‘We’ve suffered long enough’ Ireland’s abortion battle and the young women fighting for choice

As voters face a referendum to reform Ireland’s abortion laws, Tracy Ramsden speaks to the women fighting for their future

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‘We cannot continue to export our problems and import our solutions with a situation where women in crisis are risking their lives through the use of unregulated medicines,’ said Ireland’s taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on announcing the Irish abortion referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment that currently outlaws abortion and carries a 14-year prison sentence for women who seek treatment. His words offered hope to a new generation of women fighting the abortion ban and their right to what they see as basic healthcare.

Varadkar was referring to the 11 women every day who, as a result of the abortion ban, are forced to make the journey from Ireland to mainland UK for safe, legal treatment. ‘This marks a shift in public opinion,’ says Hannah Little, 28, one of the founders of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign. ‘It feels like now is the time to right a wrong that has forced women to be exiled for too long.’

‘Nobody wants an abortion, it’s about needing it,’ says Michelle Linton, 34, from Kildare, who had a termination at 18 weeks pregnant when her son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Zellweger syndrome, that meant his life expectancy was zero to six months. ‘At 16, I walked by a pro-life demo, read the leaflet in my lunch hour and decided I’d never have an abortion. Then, in 2012, I found myself in Liverpool Women’s Hospital, having made the decision to have a termination. It was the same month the news broke of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, who had died in Galway after being denied an emergency abortion. It was a reminder of all the hidden women who had made this journey before me, and the tragic ones who couldn’t.’

‘It was a reminder of all the hidden women who had made this journey before me, and the tragic ones who couldn’t.’

Michelle had given birth twice before her abortion – once to her healthy, now seven-year-old son Calum, and before that, to her first-born, Evan, who was diagnosed with Zellweger syndrome and died aged 11 weeks. ‘We cuddled him and he took a big breath, but he never took another one. After Evan died, I hit rock bottom. So four years later, when I fell pregnant and got the same diagnosis, I knew I couldn’t survive going through with the pregnancy.’ Like many of her friends, Michelle will be voting to repeal the Eighth Amendment in the referendum in May to lift the abortion ban, but there is a generational divide, explains Michelle. ‘Some long-held religious views may never change.’

The feeling on the ground, especially in Dublin, is that the country is on the precipice of significant progress with marches and canvassing by local MPs – spearheaded predominantly by those under 35. But with the rise of right-wing populism around the world and the unexpected results of the US election and Brexit, there’s no room for complacency.

‘It is about having these awkward conversations in small towns and villages in rural Ireland, presenting the medical facts and being mindful that it’s still a sensitive issue,’ adds Little. ‘We’re also calling on the 40,000 Irish people who live overseas, but are eligible to return home to vote. If this doesn’t go our way, it’s heartbreaking to think it could be another 50 years before we get another say on this. Our time has to be now.’

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‘Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant’ Recap: Jade Feels Like a Single Mom

Sean told Jade to “go to hell” for not letting him play video games during the Monday, March 26, episode of Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. While that relationship appeared to be in jeopardy, Stephan and Kayla seem like they might get back together even though he’s cheated on her multiple times. Check out the 5 biggest moments from the episode below.

Jade and Sean Are On The Rocks

Jade is feeling so alone. She goes to all her doctors appointments by herself and never spends time with her boyfriend because he’s always working or playing video games. “I’m really not happy right now with our relationship,” Jade told her friends. “I don’t feel like [I‘m] acknowledged.”

When both she and Sean did have a weekend off, she tried to spend some quality time with him before the baby comes, but all he wanted to do was spend all day in front of the TV. “Why would I want to be with someone who doesn’t want to do f—king anything?” Jade asked, and Sean wasn’t even up for that conversation, telling her to deal with it and to “go to hell.” So, she left.

Kyler Makes Lexi Feel Reassured — For About A Minute

Lexi is just trying to graduate and get her life together before the baby is born. She has fallen victim to her peers and adults in her community gossiping about her pregnancy online, and it’s really taking a toll on her. She was going to go to homecoming with Kyler, but when she went dress shopping, the store employees wouldn’t let her try on the dresses she wanted to wear because of her pregnant belly.

“It seemed like they didn’t want a pregnant person buying their merchandise,” Lexi said. She decided to the dance, and Kyler took her on a fancy date instead. They were both being really flirty, until she asked him again about where they were in their relationship. He said he wanted to be friends because it was “the same thing either way” if they were dating.

“Do friends have babies together?” Lexi fired back.

Ashley’s Boyfriend Finally Takes Her Side

After last week’s disastrous baby shower, Ashley and Bar decided the best thing for them is to work together as a family, but couldn’t come up with a concrete solution as to how to deal with Bar’s mom.

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Ashley on Young & Pregnant

 

“This is tearing our family apart,” Ashley said. “How much longer can our relationship take this kind of strain?” Bar did stand up for his girlfriend against his mom when she wanted to talk about the baby shower. “You walked in there with your guns cocked and your little cocky ass petty attitude,” Bar said.

Bar and Ashley seem to be at a good place in their relationship after the baby shower drama subsided. Bar even told her that he won’t let his mom be present at the birth, but Ashley won’t believe it until she sees it. He said something similar before the shower and look how that turned out.

Kayla Might Take Back Her Cheating Ex

Last week, Kayla claimed she never wanted to speak to Stephan again after finding out he cheated on her again. However, she cooled down and even hung out with him during Monday’s episode to try to remain civil.

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Kayla and Stephen on Young & Pregnant

“It’s hard for me to keep those boundaries with Stephan because we’ve been together for so long,” Kayla said. She told him she wanted them to have a good friendship so their son would grow up with memories of both his parents. She did try to put boundaries on their relationship — no cuddling allowed — but Stephan wasn’t having it.

“I can’t walk away from you, period,” he said. “Not only because you are the mother of my child, but because I love you.”

Danae Is Worried About Bonding with the Baby

Danae and Brianna’s mom are still constantly arguing, making Brianna feel caught in the middle. Her mother criticized the couple’s financial plans, or lack there of, and still won’t let Danae officially move in the house.

When Danae confided to a friend about his problems, he really let it all air out that his living situation wasn’t the only cause of his stress.

“I am really nervous that this kid will not love me,” he said. “I just feel like I’m already in love with this baby and I just want him to feel the attachment I feel.”

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Are E-Cigarettes Leading Young People to Take Up Smoking? A New Study Says Yes

Electronic cigarettes have long been touted not only as a safer alternative to cigarettes but as a potential avenue by which existing smokers might quit. The industry, now worth $ 11.4 billion, hasn’t been hurt by this one-two pitch of safety and good public policy.

New research shows, however, that e-cigarettes are hurting a lot more than they help.

Researchers at Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center said vaping has led more people to start a real smoking habit, rather than avoid tobacco or quit in favor of e-cigarettes, according to a study published Wednesday.

Using 2014 census data, published literature and surveys on e-cigarette usage to build a model, the scientists were able to estimate that about 2,070 cigarette-smoking adults in America quit in 2015 with the help of the electronic devices. However — and perhaps more alarming — the model estimated that, at the same time, an additional 168,000 adolescents and young adults who had never smoked cigarettes began smoking and eventually became daily cigarette smokers after first using e-cigarettes.

The model estimates that e-cigarette use in 2014 would eventually lead to about 1,510,000 years of life lost — a figure based on an optimistic 95% relative harm reduction of using e-cigarettes compared to traditional cigarettes.

Samir Soneji, an associate professor of health policy at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the paper’s lead author, said that advertising e-cigarettes as a means to quit or reduce smoking has done damage, mostly to young people. E-cigarettes use cartridges of chemicals, including nicotine, that are transformed into vapor. Despite a federal requirement that purchasers be at least 18 years of age, use of the product in popular culture, combined with its fruity flavors, have proved a strong draw to younger, would-be vapers. These characteristics have been at the core of keeping youths interested in the devices, Soneji said, and should be the focus of restriction efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“The harms of e-cigarette use among adolescents and young adults are serious,” he said. “Kids who vape are more likely to start smoking cigarettes — notably kids who were otherwise not at a high risk of starting to smoke.” Currently, Soneji said, the risk of initiating cigarette smoking is three times as high for adolescents who vape than for those who do not.

In 2015, 68 percent of Americans who smoked wanted to quit, with about 55.4 percent of them doing so successfully for at least one day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, 45.5 percent of high school-aged cigarette smokers said they had tried to stop smoking over the previous 12 months. After first regulating the devices in 2016, the FDA embraced vaping as a way for smokers to quit.

Last July, a study published in the British Medical Journal found that e-cigarette users were indeed more likely than non-users to attempt to quit smoking — and be more successful at doing so. However, at around the same time the survey was conducted, e-cigarette use among high school students was jumping from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2015, making the products the most commonly used tobacco product by young people in the U.S.

“E-cigarettes could, indeed, provide more population benefit if they were more effective as a cessation tool.”

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Current research already points toward e-cigarettes being a public health risk because of the chemicals they use, making the new research even more problematic for the industry. However, the Dartmouth researchers point out that a future in which e-cigarettes do help people quit isn’t impossible — as long as they’re kept out of the hands of young people.

“E-cigarettes could indeed provide more population benefit if they were more effective as a cessation tool,” Soneji said. “For example, if smokers who used e-cigarettes to help quit were twice as likely to actually quit compared to smokers who used nicotine-replacement therapy, then the benefits of e-cigarette use would approximately balance the harms of e-cigarette use.”

 

Representatives from Reynolds American Inc., which owns market-leading e-cigarette Vuse, and competitor Altria Group Inc., maker of MarkTen and APEX, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Alex Clark, executive director of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, an e-cigarette industry lobby group, called the study’s results “surprising,” given government studies showing an overall decline in smoking. (A recent CDC study shows that while smoking has declined, vaping has increased.) Clark said his organization prefers that e-cigarette makers be truthful in advertisements by marketing products as “less risky alternatives” to smoking that have the ability to help smokers quit.

The government has made some effort to dissuade young adopters, with a new requirement for product warnings set to take effect this summer. In October, the FDA addressed youth use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS) through its “The Real Cost” campaign. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that vaping devices are by far the most common source of experimentation with tobacco products among children.

“While we continue to encourage innovation of potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery for currently addicted adult smokers, we can all agree no child should be using any nicotine-containing product,” he said.

Michael Bloomberg, the majority owner of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News, provides philanthropic support to anti-smoking campaigns and other health initiatives.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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At What Age Should Kids Pay Rent? One Mom Says 5 Years Old Is Not Too Young

At just 5 years old, one little girl is learning more than the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic. She’s being taught how to manage her finances, save, and budget from her mother, who makes her pay rent each month. According to her mom, Essence Evans, it’s never too early to teach a child real life skills and a lesson in financial responsibility.

Last week, Evans received international attention after she revealed on Facebook that she gives her daughter a $ 7 allowance each week, but requires her to pay $ 5 toward the family’s rent, food, and living expenses. Her daughter gets to keep $ 2 for herself or put the money away for saving. The Georgia mom said she’s doing this to teach her child about “the real world.”

 

“I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves,” Evans wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral. “So, I make her give me $ 5 back. $ 1 for rent, $ 1 for water, $ 1 for electricity, $ 1 for cable, and $ 1 for food.”

The money that Evans is charging for rent is not just being used to teach her about money management. She’s actually saving the money for her daughter’s future.

“Now, what she doesn’t know is the $ 5 is actually going away in her savings account, which I will give back to her when she turns 18,” she wrote. “So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $ 3,380 to start off. This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world. But when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount.”

The post sparked an internet debate over whether Evans is exhibiting good parenting skills or being too hard on her daughter.

“I think this is absolutely amazing! It is a great way to teach her how the real world works and to get her a little savings account of her own so she has a good start when she moves out or goes to college or whatever she chooses to do,” Jennifer Barfield wrote in response to the post.

One social media user shared a story of how his father used a similar tactic on him as a child. “My father did that with me. I never complained. But when he died, he left me close to $ 28,000. I was shocked,” wrote Jim Koloski, according to WSB-TV.

Others, however, criticized Evans for being too harsh. “Poor kid stressing already. Can just telling your child and showing them the way not do the same justice without elimating [sic] the joyful carefree days of childhood,” wrote Kezi Chinekezi.

“Although I agree with the lesson, I think 5 is too young. Let’s let kids be kids,” added Scott Kays. “Teach life lessons by example. I just think a 5 year old should get to live in a magical world where lessons are taught through amazing adventures and creativity! It would be a good way of introducing economic responsibility at a later time! Good idea though.”

 

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Tyler Perry Donates $100,000 To Support At-Risk Young Men

Tyler Perry was the keynote speaker at the 25th annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence scholarship program, an organization that provides mentorship and support to at-risk young men.

“But I looked at your faces coming down the aisle and I got emotional,” he told the crowd of hundreds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day scholarship breakfast, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center. “When I saw your faces I thought, I gotta get in on this.”

Perry was so inspired by the event that he was moved to write a $ 100,000 check from his seat on stage. He was encouraged to speak at the event by South Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who founded the program in 1993. The two hit it off after Tyler sent flowers to her office following her high-profile argument with Donald Trump after the death of Miami Gardens Sgt. La David Johnson.

Johnson was a graduate of the 5000 Role Models program and a family friend of Wilson’s.

As reported by the Miami Herald, earlier this month, the 5000 Role Models group awarded Johnson’s pregnant wife and two children a scholarship trust with $ 800,000 they had crowdfunded to pay for the children’s education.

“Every time I see a young black man I think of my son,” Perry said. “He’s 3. He’s the love of my life.”

Perry also shared a father and son moment he had with his toddler during a recent walk on the beach together. When his son was running and jumping to “catch up with his father” he announced that he was “following in his dad’s footsteps.” The movie mogul told his baby boy that instead of jumping to meet his father’s stride, he should hold his hand and walk beside him. At the end of their walk, Perry turned, pointed and said, “Look at your footprints, you left your own path.”

That was Tyler’s message to this year’s class of 58 Wilson scholars.

Perry also became an honorary member of the group during the event and was dressed in the customary red tie by fellow mentors of the program.

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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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Young Geneticist Gets ‘Shark Tank’ Mogul to Invest in His DNA Startup

DNA Simple CEO Olivier Noel Pitches on ABC's Shark Tank

Olivier Noel pitched DNA Simple, a new way to support cutting-edge medical research, on a recent episode of ABC’s Shark Tank. After the show, Brandon Andrews sat down with Noel for an interview about the show and his business.

 

SHARK TANK - "Episode 912" - A U.S. Air Force fighter-jet machine-gun mechanic from Columbus, Ohio, introduces a high-performance problem-solver; an entrepreneur from Queens, New York, hopes the Sharks bite into a DNA test that aims to aid and optimize medical research; a Dallas, Texas, entrepreneur duo hopes to lure the Sharks with their high-tech solution for a common household chore; robots and drones are all the rage with boys, but one Bethesda, Maryland, entrepreneur is hoping to encourage more girls to get into coding and technology, on "Shark Tank," SUNDAY, NOV. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless) DAYMOND JOHN, RICHARD BRANSON, MARK CUBAN, LORI GREINER, ROBERT HERJAVEC, OLIVIER NOEL (DNA SIMPLE) (DNA Simple CEO Olivier Noel pitches on Shark Tank. Image: ABC/Michael Desmond)

 

Brandon Andrews: DNA Simple matches DNA donors with research studies looking for DNA that matches their background. Where did you get the idea?

  

Olivier Noel: Back when I started my Ph.D., I realized how difficult it was to get specific samples from patients for scientific research regardless of how great the infrastructure, lab equipment, and even the amount of grant money we had. The geographic barrier between us scientists and patients is a difficult one to bypass. While attending a genetics conference in Philadelphia, I realized that this was a problem affecting scientists across the country and not just my research team at Penn State and came up with the idea for DNA Simple, an online database connecting patients and scientists independent of location.

 

Why is providing a reliable source of DNA for research studies so important?  

Over the past 10 years or so, scientists have realized that a lot of conditions that were not previously thought to have a genetic basis are actually linked to our genes and genome. In fact, we’re finding out that even the genetic conditions themselves can be broken down into subtypes that are directly related to our DNA. This explains why it is so important for researchers to have a reliable source of DNA for research studies, to be able to study DNA of patients of different backgrounds. Once we can understand the disease process and genetics behind a condition, then we can bring about personalized care for such condition.

 

How does DNA Simple work for donors and researchers? Walk us through the process.   

Donors simply register on our site DNAsimple.org and enter basic clinical and demographic information about themselves. Researchers also register on our site and set up a study. They can let us know, for example, that they are looking for 5,000 donors with a particular condition and background. We make the match and find them the donors who fit into their study from our database. Once a match is made, we send the donor a saliva collection kit to their house with a prepaid stamp, they send the sample back to us and we ultimately send the de-identified sample to the researcher. Finally we send a $ 50 check to the donor as compensation for their participation to the study. This process repeats itself every time a donor matches a research study.

DNA Simple Logo (DNA Simple logo. Image: dnasimple.com)

 

How are you keeping sensitive research and personal information safe?

When a donor signs up on DNA Simple, his or her account is automatically de-identified and assigned a DNA Simple unique ID. This insures that we never work with or reveal a donor’s information at any point in our process. This is extremely important to us. Ultimately, a researcher receiving a sample will know that it has come from someone with the clinical characteristics sought after (e.g., a 37-year-old black female with breast cancer) but not that it has come from “Jane Smith from NYC.” In addition, we do have donors send us the samples back first as opposed to sending them directly to the researchers in order to mask their address and keep the process anonymous.

 

What does scale mean for DNA Simple? How many donors would you like to have in your database? What does scaling DNA Simple mean for medical research?

In our “perfect world,” everyone in the country (and the world) would be registered on DNA Simple and make themselves available to participating in research studies and provide samples. This is to say that we’d like to have as many people as possible and are targeting 1 million people as our next milestone. Scaling in such fashion will allow us to work with many more researchers and teams working to understand genetic conditions and looking to bring about cures to diseases. This can only be good news for the medical research field in general.

 

You went from Queens, New York, to pitching DNA Simple on Shark Tank and striking a deal with Mark Cuban. Tell us about your experience on the show.   

The experience on the show was pretty special. It’s not every day that you get to walk into a room with Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, and the rest of the star-studded line up that Shark Tank has. So for me to grow up in Haiti and to make it to Queens and then to Shark Tank was pretty special and one of the coolest experiences in my life for sure.

 

Give us an update. What have you been working on since the show?

Since the pitch, we’ve grown quite a bit from a just a few thousands of donors in our database to now over 60,000 and growing. We’ve also added the option to donate urine and stool samples to researchers who would like to have such samples for their studies. As an additional option, we also offer ancestry and genetic testing for about 70 traits to folks who’d like to get such a service.

 Olivier Noel Pitches DNA Simple on ABC's Shark Tank

(DNA Simple CEO Olivier Noel pitches on Shark Tank. Image: ABC/Michael Desmond)

 

Are there medical benefits to having more DNA donors from the African diaspora?  

Absolutely! Having diversity in research studies is incredibly important. To date, less than 5% of all clinical trials have included non-whites, and less than 2% of clinical cancer research studies focus on non-white ethnic or racial groups, which is a mind-boggling number.

As I mentioned earlier, it is critical to understand one’s genetic background to ultimately bring about personalized therapy. It also applies to different ethnic backgrounds. While African Americans and other members of the diaspora are not a different race– scientifically speaking–there are clear, unique, genetic footprints and markers that need to be studied and understood in order to serve and deliver appropriate and personalized therapy to that patient population. Medicine is no longer a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and that certainly applies to the different ethnic backgrounds.

 

 

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On Friday, a video of a young student getting emotional about feeling inferior due to her darker complexion has gone viral, and celebs are reaching out to make sure that the young Queen knows her true worth.

 

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Baltimore City School teacher Valencia D. Clay (who is known for helping inner city youth reach their fullest potential)  posted the video a few months back, but it’s just now getting the #respeck it deserves. Celebs like SZA and Ryan Destiny commented on the touching video to show their support of the young queen, but actress Danielle Brooks and singer Luke James took it one step further.

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This Young Entrepreneur’s Startup Focuses on the New Father Experience

Father Figure CEO Andrew Bentley pitches Father Figure on Shark Tank

Black Enterprise contributor Brandon Andrews sat down with Andrew Bentley for an interview about Bentley’s startup, Father Figure—a lifestyle brand that makes products for new dads. Bentley also spoke about his recent appearance on Shark Tank.

 

SHARK TANK - "Episode 902" - A graphic designer and a patent attorney from Olympia, Washington, have a high-tech way to make children's story time more magical, but the Sharks are skeptical of their business model; a father from Madison, Wisconsin, has a brand of functional paternity clothing for new dads; parents from Salem, Utah, bring in their five daughters to showcase a solution to hairy drain problems in the shower and bathtub; and a former pro football player and his business partner pitch a better version of a workout device, on "Shark Tank," airing SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless) MARK CUBAN, SARA BLAKELY, KEVIN O'LEARY, LORI GREINER, DAYMOND JOHN, ANDREW BENTLEY (FATHER FIGURE) (Father Figure CEO Andrew Bentley on ABC’s Shark Tank. Image: ABC/Michael Desmond)

 

Brandon Andrews: Father Figure is a lifestyle brand for dads. What motivated you to serve dads?    

Andrew Bentley: I’ve wanted to be a dad as long as I can remember. When I became a dad a little over two years ago I wanted to spend as much time with my son as possible. Thankfully, I had paternity leave that I used when my wife went back to work. Since my son was colicky, he was crying and spitting up a lot. I found I was losing burp rags at all the wrong times. I bought a glue gun and put a loop on a shirt to store burp rags. That’s when the Luca T-shirt was born!

As I became a stay-at-home dad I realized that most parenting brands and products were designed for the mother experience. After talking with a lot of my dad friends and conducting some research I saw clearly that there was a big need for a lifestyle brand focused on dads.

Some may see being an entrepreneur with a young child as a sacrifice. I see it as a privilege. It motivates me. It makes me a better entrepreneur. My goal is to always prioritize my family and to have at least one day a week that I’m spending time with my children.

 

What do dads in 2017 want/need that dads in the past did not?  

 The amount of time today’s dads spend with their children has tripled from 50 years ago. And that additional time involves loving, nurturing activities. This is the result of a lot of things. One of my friends and leaders in the responsible fatherhood movement, Haji Shearer, explains it well.

He says it started with the growth of feminism. As the role of women in the workplace and home began to shift, men’s roles also shifted. In being more supportive to women and families, men naturally started being more attentive fathers. When that happened, it opened the eyes of dads to the power of loving, caring parenting.

Given that context, there’s a remarkable lack of companies and parenting products that focus on the needs of new dads. I felt it acutely as a new dad, in love with my tiny baby. I felt that none of the items around me spoke to me as a father. To figure out if I was correct, I did research. I found that 84% of new dads wish parenting companies better understood their needs. And the same amount of dads were interested in apparel or gear that catered to the dad experience. I don’t think dad-focused parenting products are the only answer to supporting new dads but I hope it helps generate confidence and community.

 

Father Figure has a range of products. Many entrepreneurs struggle with figuring out which products to take to market. Walk us through how the process worked for you.   

 Yeah, product creation and development isn’t easy. It’s especially not easy in a completely new segment, like paternity clothing and accessories. I started with what I needed as a new dad. I went from never holding a baby before to being the primary caretaker of a colicky, underweight baby that spit up like it was his college major. Solving the problem of losing burb rags led to the creation of our first product.

For the other products, like the Bandana Print Burp Rag Set, I started with things I liked and then asked a lot of dads. I was lucky to be a part of a close stay-at-home-dad community in Brooklyn, New York. When I had questions about products, I’d just ask them.

 

Father Figure Luca Tshirt (Father Figure’s Luca T-shirt. Image: Father Figure)

 

Father Figure is a public benefit corporation. What does that mean? What advice do you have for entrepreneurs looking to use their business to make a positive social impact?

A public benefit corporation is a specific type of corporation that includes a social mission with its profit-maximizing goals in its charter. Father Figure is a PBC because it’s important to me and also, great business. I was fortunate to have paternity leave and great prenatal health services and it transformed my life and becoming a father was the greatest experience of my life. I want others to have the same opportunity.

Our mission is to “Strengthen the loving bond among fathers and their children.” I have a background in social impact work at Google and also with a nonprofit I co-founded. I think it’s important for the private sector to create positive change.

And becoming a public benefit corporation is good for business. Eighty-seven percent of millennial moms, one of the highest rates in the U.S., consider the social impact of a company when deciding to buy. My customers expect their brands to work on social impact causes and will pay more for products from those brands.

There are a lot of myths about fathers; especially black fathers. What role do you see yourself and Father Figure playing in changing the narrative about fathers?

The misconceptions of fathers, and black fathers, in particular, were big reasons why I wanted to start this company. I grew up without a great relationship with my mother yet was close with my father. And in my world, I see black men being some of the best dads on earth. The data supports this as well. The CDC released a study a few years ago showing that black dads spend more time with their kids than any other racial group.

Also, in the black community, I see fathering take on a different definition than in other communities. Often father figures, whether it’s from a school, a church or a neighbor take on a lot of responsibilities a dad would have. There are multiple paternal influences, instead of a singular father figure.

Yet, because of perceptions related to the marriage rate or the black community in general, there’s a stigma associated with black dads. The world sees us as absent at best or violent at worst. It’s hurtful.

I want the world to see me kiss my son just because, snuggle him when he’s sick and read with him before bed. I hope I can be an influence to men who want a loving relationship with their kids.

I’m also very focused on the images associated with my brand. It’s powerful to see men of color being nurturing figures. I have men of different backgrounds in my product photos. Also, on Sunday you’ll see I brought out my friends of color and their babies with me into the Shark Tank. Just that image of these men of color loving their children on primetime television is a big deal to me. I’m proud of that.

My nonprofit partner, Fathers Incorporated does an amazing job addressing all of the issues I brought up. They not only support parenting training for dads, they work on building positive content related to men of color; like books and films.

What did you learn from pitching your business on Shark Tank? What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs pitching their business?

Preparation is vital to giving the best pitch you can. Whatever the audience for your pitch, know who they are and what they care about. Everyone who has seen the show knows you have to know your stuff too. Don’t get caught off guard with a simple business question. Prepare nonstop!

On second thought, don’t prepare nonstop. I made the mistake of working a bit too much through the three weeks I had to prepare. I had to readjust and make sure I was spending time exercising, eating well, seeing loved ones and sleeping well—I got a new comfy pillow.

Be yourself. An investment is more than just money. You are linking yourself to someone or a group of people that you’ll be working with for the long-haul. Your personality mix is just as important as the business interests.

 

 

 

  

 

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Young Feminists from Los Angeles to Kathikhera are Fighting for Global Menstrual Equity

The battle for menstrual equity is in full swing in Kathikhera. The village in India is at the center of The Pad Project, a new documentary following the lives of girls and women coming together to make affordable pads—and smash period stigma in the process. (We previously spoke to the film’s director.)

The installation and operation of a pad machine in Kathikhera will allow local women and girls to sustainably produce vital menstrual products—and employ them in the process. In parts of India where many women do not even know what menstruation is, let alone have access to safe and hygienic period products, this machine will also help activists raise awareness about menstrual health and educate entire communities, shifting culture in the process.

Women and girls in Kathikhera aren’t waging this fight alone. The Oakwood School chapter of Girls Learn International, a Feminist Majority Foundation program for middle- and high-school students, has partnered with Action India to help bring this project to help fund the installation and operations of a pad machine there. These young women, ranging in age from 13 to 19, represent the power of rising generations to make a difference. With a clear vision and determination to affect real, sustainable change that will empower girls and women for generations to come, the members of GLI Oakwood can teach us all some valuable lessons in what it truly means to be a global citizen.

Ms. spoke with five members of GLI Oakwood to discuss their involvement with The Pad Project as the film sharing its name heads into a final round of crowdfunding. Emily, 19, attends George Washington University. Claire, 18, attends the University of Pennsylvania. Sophie and Charlotte, 17, and Maggie, 13, go to Oakwood.

What inspired you to become involved in this type of advocacy work? When was the moment you knew you had to do something to help?

Emily: I was inspired to get involved in this type of advocacy work when I realized that so many issues that women and girls face globally go unrecognized by the public. I think that a project like this—one that sheds light on a subject that often gets overlooked—is exactly the type of project that needs to be made. A girl’s education should not come at the cost of her period and the lack of sanitary feminine products that she is able to obtain. This is an issue that can no longer go unrecognized because too many girls are suffering consequences that they do not deserve. We cannot continue to allow girls around the world to be deprived of their human right to an adequate education.

What is one of the most important things you would like people to learn about The Pad Project—or about life for women and girls in India—that you think is often overlooked or not commonly known?

Sophie: I think that because of the scope of the project and the immediate effect it is having on the women in India, we sometimes forget that having access to affordable menstrual products is a problem girls and women face everywhere, including here in LA. Low income families oftentimes face difficulties providing pads and tampons for their daughters and this ends up impacting the girls’ attendance at school or participation in everyday life. This is also a huge issue for homeless women. There is a taboo around menstruation everywhere, and I hope that The Pad Project can help break down the barriers surrounding these slightly more “awkward” conversations.

Do you think the progress you guys have made in all of your efforts would have been possible under the guidance of just any teacher? How do you think having Melissa Berton as your faculty advisor for GLI has influenced all of the work that you have been able to accomplish?

Charlotte: We have all had the daily experience of running into Melissa while she is speed walking to her next class and simultaneously trying to give us information or ask for our opinion on a topic in feminism. Her dedication to and excitement about feminism and social justice is proven daily by her passionate conversations with students, and is one of the main reasons I was so inspired to join GLI.

The progress we’ve made with The Pad Project is due to her passion, and would have been frankly impossible had we been working with someone less determined and excited about the subject. Showing up to every meeting with a bright smile, Melissa allowed us all to interact with her daily as a mentor, a friend, and an inspiration, which are all necessary relationships to have in a team. Melissa is one of my biggest heroes, and I truly believe that our large successes ended up coming together because of her encouragement and efforts!

How has becoming involved in The Pad Project changed your outlook or perspective, or even you life? Has it perhaps influenced what you would like to do as you get older?

Maggie: When I became a part of GLI a year ago I was surrounded by people who inspired me and really impacted the way that I think of the world. Becoming involved in The Pad Project has not only changed my view on inequality, but it has changed my view of the world and the injustice that girls and women are forced to deal with. The most inspiring thing of all was seeing the impact that The Pad Project has had already and the impact that it will continue to make in the lives of girls and women everywhere.

5. What has been the most rewarding aspect of the project for you so far? Why?

Claire: For over five years The Pad Project was an idea that our GLI chapter would throw around at meetings, so to me, the tangibility of the project today is almost impossible to comprehend. Being able to see actual footage of the women in the village operating the pad machine is incredible because it signifies that this project is actually beginning to stimulate change. The most rewarding part of The Pad Project is knowing that the countless hours spent meeting and planning during school lunches, over the weekends, and throughout holiday breaks were worth it. The women working on the machine have expressed excitement about the project because they are encouraged to be ambitious. This grants them the opportunity to take a machine and transform it into both a prospering business and a deeply necessary resource.

The installation of the machine is also sparking the normalization of conversations about menstruation both in India and here in our own community. Many of my peers used to express discomfort whenever I would talk about this project, but recently I have noticed my friends and family opening up to the subject matter and leaning into their discomfort. At first, the majority of the women in India didn’t even know what menstruation was, so the fact that the pad machine is also promoting education and conversation about women’s health is astonishing. This all just goes to show that the purpose of this project is being fulfilled at the highest level.

How do you plan for all of the work you have done to be passed down to younger generations? What do you think is the best way to keep people involved and aware of these issues?

Emily: Even though it can sometimes seem like a daunting project and issue to take on, once you become involved, you don’t want to stop. I am going into my sophomore year of college and have not left this project behind. After becoming aware of a problem this serioussomething that so many girls and women have to struggle with frequently—you have to do anything that you can to help.

Click here to support The Pad Project and help tell this story on the big screen. All donations are tax-deductible.

Ciarra Davison is an Editorial Intern at Ms. and an undergrad at UCLA, where she studies English and writes for the Politics section of FEM Newsmagazine. She dedicates her time to standing in solidarity with all oppressed groups and individuals and fighting for equal rights. She also enjoys traveling and dancing while cooking.

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A Young Mom Falls 100 Feet to Her Death: Was It an Accident — or Did Her Boyfriend Get Away with Murder?

When Rhonda Casto set out on March 16, 2009, for a hike with her boyfriend, her family had no idea the day would transform into a nightmare — one that ended with Casto’s lifeless body at the bottom of a steep ravine.

The plan was for Casto, a 23-year-old aspiring model, to walk the popular Eagle Creek Trail along Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge accompanied by her boyfriend, Steve Nichols.

Casto handed their 9-month-old, Ava, to her mother that morning and she and Nichols headed off.

“She was so happy,” Nichols tells PEOPLE. “It was a nice day starting out.”

By nightfall, Casto was dead.

Though Nichols says he doesn’t remember much about what happened, he does recall Casto running along the narrow trail with a towel over her shoulders, like “Superwoman,” and he says he witnessed her fall. He tried to help her, he says — sliding down the ravine and trying to swim across a freezing creek to get to her.

However, by the time he reached her body, he says, he collapsed on top of her from exhaustion and hypothermia.

“I fell asleep on her chest and I don’t know how long I was asleep for, but I woke up and I realized I was shaking uncontrollably because I was so cold,” he says. “I had hypothermia. I made my way back to the car and called 911.”

Nichols says he believes prescription drugs played a part in Casto’s death, which he called an accident, and he claims he later discovered she was using marijuana and also taking medication to lose weight and for depression.

But Casto’s mother, Julia Simmons, doesn’t buy Nichols’ story and believes her daughter would never put herself at risk.

“She would never skip down a trail that narrow,” she says. “She had a baby at home that needed her.”

Within days of Casto’s death, investigators, too, began to question Nichols’ account of her fatal fall.

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In February 2015, nearly six years later, Nichols was arrested and charged with killing Casto — accused of pushing her off a 100-foot cliff so he could collect a $ 1-million life insurance policy.

Authorities also pointed to an alleged inappropriate relationship with Casto’s underage sister and a previous incident where Nichols was accused of attempting to push his then-wife off a balcony in China in 2003. Nichols has denied all of these claims.

And then in May, in a move that angered Casto’s family, prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Nichols. In return, he pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and coercion.

The case, already years in the making at the time of Nichols’ arrest in 2015, had encountered multiple legal obstacles as his prosecution proceeded.

According to his plea, Nichols received three years’ of probation, with credit for 19 months of jail time.

“It is like a slap in the face for me and a slap on the hand for him,” Simmons says. (The Hood River County, Oregon, District Attorney’s Office, which brought the charges against Nichols, declined to comment.)

Casto’s family says they aren’t sure her death was accidental, as Nichols has maintained. Her friends described her relationship with Nichols as volatile, and her mother says she was considering ending things with him before she died.

‘The Relationship Wasn’t a Good One’

Casto was a 20-year-old Texas transplant when, in 2005, she met Nichols through her mother, who was renting a room in his three-bedroom condo.

Nichols, then a 30-year-old day trader in Portland, Oregon, soon began tutoring Casto, who was taking college courses, and their relationship escalated.

“She told me he spoiled her,” says Casto’s friend Jen Sconce. “Money-wise he treated her like a princess.”

But, Sconce says, the relationship was “tumultuous.”

“I think she knew the relationship wasn’t a good one,” Sconce says.

In the months before Casto’s death, Simmons — who pleaded guilty in July to embezzling Social Security survivor benefits intended for her granddaughter — says she was thinking of leaving Nichols.

“She would complain how he treated her and how they weren’t getting along,” Simmons says. “She was going to move out, but she was trying to get up the courage to do it. She was worried about not having enough money to support Ava.”

Nichols denies he was having any relationship problems with Casto. “We hardly ever fought,” he says. “I am not a fighter. I don’t really get angry.”

In November 2014, Nichols, who was teaching in China and living with Ava, was charged with Casto’s murder by secret indictment. He was arrested in February 2015 at the San Francisco International Airport, when he returned to the country.

However, in February of this year, the prosecution’s case against Nichols suffered a major setback.

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled a three-hour police interview with him after his arrest was inadmissible. Adding to the prosecution’s problems was the fact that the former lead detective, who had retired in 2012, destroyed evidence on his computer, including crime scene and autopsy photos and trail-head fee envelopes from potential witnesses.

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For his part, Nichols, now 42, continues to say he had nothing to do with Casto’s death.

He says she was high on drugs and slipped off the edge of the cliff: “When we started hiking up the trail, I knew something was wrong with her.”

For Simmons, the years since Casto’s death have been difficult — and moving on has been even harder. She says she has leaned on her faith that one day she will be reunited with her daughter, who she says is watching over her and Ava.

“She is in a good place and not hurting or unhappy,” Simmons says of Casto. “I want to one day see her again. I look forward to that day.”


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