Why is inequality worse for young people? | CNBC Explains

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This Is Why Some People Get So Many Mosquito Bites

You aren’t imagining it. Here’s what really attracts the little biters—and how best to avoid becoming their next meal.
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Age-Old Health Care Debate Shifts From Insuring More People To Cutting Costs

In a new article in the BMJ journal, Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, examines the debate over the future of the U.S. health insurance system — a debate that has waxed and waned for the better part of a century. While political parties once argued over whether the government should make sure all residents have coverage, the discussion is changing. As the cost of medical services continues to grow faster than most Americans’ incomes, even people with private insurance coverage — which comes with ever-increasing expenses in the form of deductibles and copayments — are finding the cost of care becoming unaffordable. That’s true for Medicare as well. Read the article here.

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A California City Gave People $500 A Month, No Strings Attached. Here’s What Happened.

Stockton is making unconditional payments to 125 residents, and the first set of results is out.
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Prudential to charge higher insurance rates for people who vape — the same as smokers

Customers who vape will be classified as smokers instead of nonsmokers when applying for individual insurance policies, Prudential said in an emailed statement Wednesday.
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4 Killed, 5 Injured After Gunman Entered Kansas City Bar & Shot 9 People: Authorities | TIME

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Why People Are Protesting Hong Kong’s Controversial Extradition Bill

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Climbing 1000-Year-Old Redwoods: Easy As One, Two, ‘Tree’ | Extraordinary People | New York Post

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What Issue Makes People The Craziest?

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95% of people think they could develop dementia with age

A large scale global study from ADI and the London School of Economics and Political Science examines the attitudes of people toward dementia.
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People in Miyagi coastal areas continue to show higher levels of depressive tendencies

Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) has revealed that in 2014, three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, depressive symptoms continue to be higher…
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Why People Are Renting Bunk Beds For $1,000 Instead Of Getting An Apartment

In the midst of an affordable housing crunch, people are trading privacy for a place to live.
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Egyptian Forces Arrest 1,400 People After Anti-Sisi Protests

Egypt’s security forces have arrested some 1,300 people in recent days in one of the largest crackdowns on political opponents in years, rights groups said, amid protests calling for President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s removal.
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This Affordable Meditation App Is Designed For Busy People

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Feeding Your Pets These People Foods Can Be ‘Toxic’

Don’t cave, no matter how they cutely they beg.
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Alzheimer’s: Head device reduces memory loss in 7 out of 8 people

A clinical trial has found that an innovative electromagnetic therapy device significantly reduced memory loss in seven out of the eight participants.
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16 Warm Gift Ideas For People Who Are Perpetually Cold

Cold-weather gifts for him, her, your mom, your friends and more. ⛄️
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People are lining up outside Apple stores around the world as the iPhone 11 goes on sale

Apple will get a taste of whether upgraded features on the new iPhone 11 are enough to lure shoppers to retail stores around the world as the new smartphones officially hit shelves Friday.
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Billionaire Robert Smith says young people have to appreciate capitalism

Billionaire Robert Smith said young Americans need a better understanding and appreciation of capitalism, as wealth and success come under attack on the Democratic campaign trail.
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Mixed-Ish: “White” Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Technically People Of Color

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Did you know actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is Asian?

Well, somewhat.

The star, whose Mixed-ish premieres next week on September 24, and who could show up for the streaming Saved By the Bell reboot, is a quarter Indonesian. His mother was born in Bali and is both Dutch and Indonesian. And while that might not sound like much, Mark has spoken proudly of his background in the past.

“Zack Morris is half-Asian. That’s why the blonde hair was dyed for all those years,” he told Jimmy Fallon a few years ago. “People think, ‘That was your natural hair color.’ It was not. That was colored by Clairol. That is not natural, guys.”

We just learned about all of this and thought it was quite intriguing, so we did some additional digging to see which stars folks see only as white are also technically Asian or Latin. We actually found quite a few recognizable names.

 

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Bella Thorne

The former Disney Channel star who was raised in Miami is half Cuban thanks to her father. On her mother’s side, Bella is Italian. She told Glamour she actually grew up speaking Spanish before she learned English.

“I was raised in a very Latin family. My first language was Spanish, but I had to drop it when I started school because of my dyslexia,” she said in 2015. “I still understand it, though, especially since my mom uses Spanish to tell me to take out the trash or do the dishes!”

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Lizzo Got Real About ‘Self-Hate’ And People Are Here For It

The “Truth Hurts” singer told a fan on Twitter that she’s been working on loving herself for the 10 years: “Give your growth time.”
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23 Tweets That Sum Up The Difference Between Cat People And Dog People

These are more insightful than any personality test.
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The Best Places On The Internet For People Of Color To Talk About Therapy

Looking for a safe space? Try one of these therapy and mental health resources.
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‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis

Overwhelmed by desperate migrants and criticized for mistreating the people in their care, many agents have grown defensive, insular and bitter.
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People Can’t Believe That Prince Harry Would, Um, Close His Own Car Door

Many went wild over Meghan Markle doing the same thing last year.
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Black People Could Help Save The Economy If Brands Would Actually Pay Attention

The 2019 Nielsen report on Black consumerism shows that companies spent less on advertising to the African American community in 2018 than in 2017.
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2,500 People Are Reported Missing In The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

At least 50 people were killed by the storm, and the country’s prime minister said he expected that number to climb “significantly.”
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The Great Immigration Experiment: Can a Country Let People in Without Stirring Backlash?

One of the world’s most closed countries, Japan, is trying to attract workers for jobs ranging from apple picking to airport baggage handling. To do that, it is imposing strict rules in an effort to head off social and political turmoil seen around the world.
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People hated ESPN’s yellow down-and-distance graphic, so the network changed it

How many times in the first quarter of “Monday Night Football” were you fooled by the yellow down-and-distance graphic in the bottom right of ESPN's screen? Someone at ESPN didn't think this through. Since Fox first started putting the score on the screen all the time in 1994 (yes kids, old folks lived in a world in which you had to remember the score because it wasn't pinned on the bottom of our screens), networks have gotten in the habit of alerting us when there's a penalty flag on the play.

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What should people avoid inhaling during mysterious lung disease outbreak? Health officials disagree

It's too early to pinpoint what exactly is making people sick, federal health officials say. Meantime, the CDC and FDA are warning people to avoid different products.
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Kirk Cousins explains what happens when people call him ‘Kurt’ (and it happens A LOT) | 1 UP 1 DOWN

Consider this a public service announcement, people: It’s KIRK Cousins, not Kurt — no matter how often people get it mixed up. The Minnesota Vikings QB joins Shannon Spake for a round of 1 Up, 1 Down ahead of Minnesota’s Week 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons to talk about that and much more, like karaoke and the time he met Captain Kirk, Mr. William Shatner.

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Instagram Scammers Are Using The Fires In The Amazon To Rip People Off

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34 People Missing After Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire

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At least 34 people are missing after an inferno ripped through a 75-foot dive boat near Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Southern California early Monday, authorities told The Daily Beast.

The fire broke out on the wood-hulled Conception, owned by Truth Aquatics, around 3 a.m. PST, while it was anchored overnight, officials said.

“We did rescue five individuals who are being transported ashore now, one with moderate injury, and there are still 34 unaccounted for,” said Centura County Fire Capt. Brian McGrath. “There are fatalities but I can’t give you a number because the Coast Guard is still searching the water.”

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People are freaking out over this viral deepfake iPhone app that puts your face in a movie clip in 8 seconds

Zao Deepfake iPhone App

Deepfake apps that let you insert your face into videos or photos, are nothing new, but a Chinese developer created an application for iPhone that lets you superimpose your face in clips in as little as 8 seconds. Called Zao, the app became viral in China over the weekend, but not solely because it works so well. The face-swap app received near-instant criticism for its privacy policy that gives the developer ownership of all user-generated content.

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Timothée Chalamet on ‘The King’: ‘There Are Still People That Come Into Power by Lineage Today’

Timothée Chalamet plays a young prince who likes to party but is forced to contend with wielding power after the death of his tyrannical father in David Michôd “The King,” which premiered in Venice on Monday. And when Chalamet’s character, named Hal, reluctantly becomes king at first he navigates politics, chaos and the war his father left […]
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Multiple People Killed In Mass Shooting In Odessa and Midland, Texas

At least 5 people were killed during a mass shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas, the Texas Tribune reports. At least 20 more people were reportedly injured, according to CBS 7. One perpetrator was shot and killed by police, while another suspect was reportedly taken into custody at a Cinergy Cinemas in the area.
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Celebrating the people who power Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente has a long and productive history with organized labor. Today, we are proud to employ more than 160,000 union-represented employees — more than any other health care organization in the country.

Kaiser Permanente has 60 union contracts, and we remain committed to working together for those who rely on us to provide high-quality, affordable health care — and to keep our organization a great place to work. We offer highly competitive salaries and wages while also making health care more accessible and affordable. 

Much of Kaiser Permanente’s labor relations success is due to our Labor Management Partnership — a strategic model that includes managers, physicians, and union-represented employees working across our organization.

This partnership is the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive such partnership in the United States. Through it we have created a safer, healthier work environment and helped employees improve their skills and advance their careers. It has also produced improved patient outcomes, workplace innovations, process efficiencies, and measurable service and quality improvements.

On a day-to-day basis, more than 3,500 self-directed work teams — called unit-based teams, or UBTs, made up of front-line managers, employees, and physicians — collaborate to identify and solve problems; improve service, quality, and operations; save member dollars through greater efficiency; and give front-line employees a voice in their work.

Our efforts to involve our workforce in decision-making and create an environment of continuous learning and improvement over the past 70-plus years have set the bar for how labor and management can work together. Just last fall, we successfully negotiated a contract with the Alliance of Health Care Unions that established a strong partnership that improves our working environment and rewards our employees with highly competitive wages, benefits, and advancement programs.

We may have occasional disagreement, but we always work through these challenges to align on common goals that are in the best interest of our members, patients, employees, and the communities we serve.

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Lifestyle counselling and mobile application helped people change their lifestyle

Finnish StopDia study yielded promising preliminary results in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle guidance in a group and application that supports the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits helped participants to reduce their waist circumference and improve their dietary habits. For example, their fruit and vegetable consumption increased.
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People On Twitter Are Horny For The New Host Of ‘Blue’s Clues’

Joshua Dela Cruz is making waves on social media after fans found his Instagram page and decided the “Blue’s Clues & You” star is “so hot.”
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Matthew McConaughey Is Teaching At Texas, And People Are Suddenly Very Keen To Learn

The Oscar-winning actor will join the University of Texas at Austin this fall semester as a film professor.
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The Salad Habits of Highly Effective People

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Kevin O’Leary Of ‘Shark Tank’ Involved In Boat Crash That Killed 2 People

The businessman said his wife was operating their boat when it collided with another vessel that then fled.
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Meet The Teen Who Registered People To Vote While They Waited In Line At Popeyes

David Ledbetter wanted to meet the people where they are, and right now the people are in line for chicken sandwiches.
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Lyft May Be a Lot More Profitable Sooner Than People Think, Tigress CIO Feinseth Says

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Teen registers people to vote as they wait in line at Popeyes

A North Carolina teen has been putting the hype surrounding Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich to good use. Posting up outside a Charlotte location on Saturday, 17-year-old David Ledbetter handed out sample ballots and voter registration forms to people waiting in line for the viral menu item. He posted photos showing his efforts on Instagram. “Today…
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Lizzo Wants People To ‘Drop The Ageism Sh**t’ In 2020 Election

The singer didn’t endorse a candidate, but said she’s tired of hearing Bernie Sanders is “too old” to run for president.
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A New Running Club Is Taking Over The Streets Of Detroit—And Bringing People Together

We Run 313, a newly formed running club based in Michigan’s largest city, is growing quickly.
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‘What Do People Want Me to Do? Wear Black Every Day?’: How Child Star JoJo Siwa Built Her Sparkly Empire

Upstairs at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, little girls were bouncing in like grounders, but JoJo Siwa knew how to field them. She caught their smartphone cameras in her right hand, scooped in their tiny shoulders with her left. The girls cracked smiles. They squinted. They screamed. Siwa bared her own teeth, looked into the front-facing lens and took a photo. “Awesome!” she said, and moved on to the next. At this particular meet and greet, arranged for the children of Viacom executives, she’d average about eight selfies per minute.

Siwa, 16, has spaghetti blond hair and a voice like a wooden roller-coaster track–fun but rough, with unexpected undulations. She began her rise to fame around 2015 as a hammy preteen with a machinating mom on the Lifetime reality-TV series Dance Moms. Since then, a talent deal with Nickelodeon has crowned her America’s most famous children’s entertainer–a singular star with more spunk than Shirley Temple and the merchandizing power of both Olsen twins. Arguably, Siwa’s main career is as a singer, though what sets her apart from the earlier child stars is the relative equanimity of her pursuits and the way they’ve been stitched together to perpetuate one another, using her online presence as a thread. On YouTube, Siwa has 10 million subscribers, mostly grade-school kids and preteen girls who listen to her music, consume her lifestyle content and beg for the hundreds–thousands?–of products featured throughout both. When JoJo Siwa passes through your town–and she might on her JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. the Tour–sales of her signature hair-bow line at Claire’s could spike up to 60%. In an age when more than one-third of kids rank social-media stars as role models, according to market-research firm Mintel, she’s managed to be herself in a way that’s both earnest and lucrative.

The line at that day’s meet and greet showed JoJo Siwa T-shirts in endless permutations: a purple JoJo shirt with a large JoJo head, a gray JoJo shirt with a small JoJo head, a black JoJo shirt with four JoJos in a row.

“I like your dress,” Siwa said, posing with a girl in a rainbow JoJo outfit. That girl was replaced by one more, wearing yet another printed likeness of the star.

Siwa stooped to meet the smaller image of her face. “Awesome!” she said, and snapped a photo. Nearly every picture of Siwa with a fan was also a picture of Siwa with herself. While other child stars were not girl, not yet woman, Siwa made it clear: She was both girl and brand.

Joelle Joanie Siwa was born in Omaha in 2003, the year Mister Rogers died. Her father Tom was a chiropractor. Her mother Jessalynn, the granddaughter of ballroom owners, operated her own dance school. (Both have since retired and now work for JoJo in different capacities.) Practically speaking, JoJo danced out of the womb. “I just knew from about the time she was like 1/12; that she was really special because I’d seen a lot of kids,” Jessalynn says. “She just liked being onstage, and everyone liked to watch her. I just took it and ran.”

Home videos online show JoJo onstage beginning at age 2: pirouetting in a sequined flapper dress, modeling a swimsuit in a pageant, performing a cheesecake routine to Nat King Cole. Her grace is occluded by her preschool motor skills, but the talent for winning a crowd is evident. Jessalynn choreographed JoJo’s solo routines for local dance recitals. She took her to community theater auditions, believing in JoJo’s intrinsic specialness, even throughout a long string of rejections. Looking back, it’s hard to discern what might have underscored such blind faith in her daughter. A stage mom with a dream denied seems too easy. “I mean, everybody thinks their kid is going to be famous,” Jessalynn says. In this case, it just happened to work out.

In 2012, when JoJo was 9, Jessalynn submitted JoJo’s solo dance routine to Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, a short-lived Lifetime reality show in which children competed for $ 100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet. “I was like, ‘O.K., I’ll just send a tape in,’” Jessalynn says. Producers got in touch the same day, and JoJo joined the cast for Season 2, making a splash as a mouthy microdiva enlivened by the series’ manufactured showbiz drama. “There were ups and downs with doing that show,” Jessalynn says now. “When we were having hard times, I was like, ‘God, I didn’t even ask her really if she wanted to do this show.’ But she loved it so much.”

The show was not renewed for Season 3, but soon both mother and daughter were recruited for roles on the network’s flagship franchise, Dance Moms. A minor Siwa diaspora ensued: Tom stayed in Omaha with JoJo’s brother Jayden, while Jessalynn and JoJo transplanted to L.A. In Jessalynn’s eyes, this was the first big “level up.” They took the chance without hesitation. “I think we kind of made a conscious decision when we were doing Dance Moms. I was like, ‘Let’s just make it fun.’”

On Dance Moms, the Siwas carved out roles as tacky arrivistes with way too much ambition. Sure, the other dancers were capable onstage, but offstage, JoJo couldn’t seem to turn it off. The word obnoxious got thrown around a lot. Host Abby Lee Miller called her a “greedy little monster” but still gave her the show’s rotating participation honor–a place at the top of the Dance Moms pyramid. Jessalynn leaned into the stage-mom archetype, dressing her daughter in foofy handmade bows, partly to drum up some narrative tension. “Abby would say, ‘She can’t wear a bow tomorrow,’ and I’d be like, ‘Abby, you can’t tell us what to wear,’” she says. “Then I would come home, and I would be like, ‘JoJo, Abby doesn’t want you to wear a bow tomorrow,’ and she’d go, ‘That’s it. I’m wearing a bigger bow.’”

On Dance Moms, the Siwas were fun to hate, but also fun to root for. They lasted two seasons, departing on good terms to “pursue other opportunities.” The first was the self-released single “Boomerang”–a “Hey Mickey”–esque address to the haters, imbued with more raw attitude than vocal talent. “I don’t really care about what they say,” rapped 13-year-old JoJo. “I’mma come back like a boomerang.”

This post–Dance Moms JoJo was a victim, not a villain. She projected a new, unflappable ethos with an amped-up look: more glitter, more Lycra, more rainbows, more sequins and a side ponytail choked back so tight that her adolescent hairline seemed to grimace. She crowned each ensemble with her now signature bow–the kind of personal touch that branding types call “ownable.” She signed her first merchandising deal in 2016 with the tween retailer Claire’s. Since then, JoJo has sold more than 35 million hair bows, or just over three per YouTube subscriber.

After Claire’s came Nickelodeon, and the overall talent deal that launched JoJo from merely notable to famous. Her singular talent is hard to pin down. The Nick contract alone involves numerous vocations: She dances. She sings. She posts videos and photos. Her likeness appears, in animated form, on The JoJo & BowBow Show Show, a cartoon series. It also appears, in buyable form, on her JoJo’s Closet consumer products line, available at Walmart and Target. Amazon has more than six pages of official JoJo products.

The JoJo aesthetic is Midwestern Bob Mackie: rainbow sequin separates, machine-washable tulle, hearts and stars and unicorns. There are JoJo Siwa sneakers, JoJo Siwa pillows, JoJo Siwa fruit snacks and JoJo Siwa dolls. There are life-size JoJo Siwa wall decals and JoJo Siwa training bras. In Siwa’s California home–where the whole family now lives–there’s a JoJo Siwa “merch room” containing all these products. A tour of the trove can be easily found on the JoJo Siwa YouTube channel. Beyond this room, the rest of the house is also festooned with JoJo Siwa merchandise.

Considering the scope of her career, it is hard to find the line where children’s entertainer segues into intellectual property. The closest parallel might be Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose conglomerate Dualstar exceeded a billion dollars in retail sales in 2011. But as the Olsens graduated from Full House, their empire matured to include tween entertainment and, later, their understated adult fashion line the Row. At 16, JoJo is still rainbows and sparkles. Watching from afar, it’s hard to believe that the star will not soon outgrow her brand.

This crisis of maturity breeds hate more than concern, at least among those adults who even know who JoJo Siwa is. The comments on her YouTube channel are disabled according to the platform’s policy on minors, but elsewhere online, she receives a barrage of criticism. “Why does JoJo Siwa have the voice of an old white gym teacher?” wonders one Twitter user. Another scoffs that she acts “like a 5-year-old on acid.” “Can we pray for JoJo Siwa’s hairline?” asks a third. Last year, when JoJo debuted her Christmas present–a BMW 4 Series convertible, wrapped in a giant image of her face–25-year-old Justin Bieber commented on Instagram, “Burn it.” (He later apologized.)

Children’s entertainment is frequently inane, but JoJo rams a rod through a cultural nerve center. Her clothing is gauche. Her excitement is annoying. She’s aggressively confident. In a world overwhelmed by so much irony and pain, she comes across, at best, as a blithe anachronism. At worst, she is part of the problem itself: the crass co-optation of empowerment for cash, resulting in an endless stream of plastic toward the landfill.

Because JoJo’s image is so often reproduced–and reproduced with such pizzazz–it seems to recommend her as an object, not a person. In an industry prone to sexualizing teen girls, her childlike demeanor feels uncanny or coerced. (It comes across as doubly strange once you learn she’s 5 ft. 9 in.) While other female stars her age enjoy at least some uplift from third-wave pop feminism, JoJo remains the butt of the joke, the face in the meme, the reason to cringe. Underlying all this hate, there appears to persist a kind of lurid disbelief: Can someone really be this way? Can a girl with her face on a fruit snack ever grow?

JoJo performs in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 13, one of 89 stops on JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. the Tour.
Michael Tullberg—Getty ImagesJoJo performs in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 13, one of 89 stops on JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. the Tour.

The morning of her New York City performance on June 18, Siwa arrived at the theater in stage makeup–a silver glitter star over one eye, inscribed in her heart-shaped JoJo Siwa logo. She does her own makeup first thing when she wakes up, to leave more time to run around backstage. In just one month of being on the road, she’d already traveled to 14 states, visiting 21 venues. In total, her show will make 89 stops. “But this is the day that I’ve been most looking forward to,” she said. “This is the only venue that I cross Freddie Mercury.”

Queen is Siwa’s “favorite thing ever,” even more since seeing Bohemian Rhapsody last year. Off to the side, on the dressing-room floor, a shadow box from her manager showed Queen keepsakes and their JoJo analogs–the Queen Q crest and the JoJo Siwa heart, Mercury’s marque and her own.

The rest of the dressing room was arrayed with the temporary comforts of the road. A can of drugstore hair spray on the vanity stood tall. A box of Lucky Charms, relieved of its marshmallows, waited for an adult to come and refold its flaps.

In the corner, a redundant publicist scrutinized the conversation without speaking. Siwa has an innate media savvy that calls up questions of nature vs. nurture. She speaks with the kind of naive self-possession that comes with never having had to doubt yourself. “Be yourself” is the ethos of her brand. Self-acceptance, Siwa said, is part of what fuels her respect for Mercury.

“He was unapologetically himself … He looked different than everyone,” she said. “I’ve always been like that, and I’ve never really known someone who pretty much does what I do.” She sped through the thought, then doubled back again. “But obviously Queen is on a much different level.”

In person, Siwa is easy to like. What sounds onscreen like boilerplate comes across in life as a coherent value system. “Be yourself” may be a platitude for children, but the teen, unbelievably, remains a true believer. Siwa likes herself, likes being herself and wants people to know that she likes being herself. A small, but significant, part of her life involves asking people to take her at face value.

“The third time I met with Pam”–Kaufman, president of Viacom Nickelodeon global consumer products–“she said, ‘You know, you don’t have to come to these meetings all JoJo. You can just come normal.’ And I said, ‘Pam, we have to have a talk, because I need you to know that this is my normal. This is my life. There is no other secret. There is no other person. I literally am JoJo. I wear the bright clothes every day. I wear the sparkly hair bows. I wear the high-top shoes. I sing the fun music. I talk really loud. I talk fast, and I talk a lot. This is who I am.’”

The consumer-products line is an extension of this truth. “My hand is in everything, along with a lot of other people’s hands,” Siwa said. “It’s not like I design a hoodie and we release it online, but I have what is called a style guide.” Siwa has the last say on “every image, every picture, every graphic, every color, every font and every word.” For branded-content deals, she’s been known to rework scripts, tweaking the tone to better suit her demographic. Later that day, I’d watch her manage the sound check, delegating tasks, issuing praise and remembering the names of even minor staffers. She views this work as a hands-on education.

“There has never really been someone who has done what I’ve done,” she said. “I’m live-action. I’m the first real-life license–the first human, who is not playing a character, to be licensed as a brand.”

One only needs to look as far as Kim Kardashian to see this isn’t exactly true. But in the entertainment world, as in psychology, it’s hard to say for sure where being yourself gives way to projecting a public persona. In any case, the sentiment remains: Siwa takes pride in her image empire and loves to partake in the work that it entails. She can sound like a workaday Joe married to her job: “I have a [learner’s] permit in California. I could drive by myself if I had a free hour to go get my license.”

California child-entertainment law limits her work to six hours per day and caps the number of consecutive workdays at five during the school year. These laws don’t yet apply to social media, but even if they did, it would be hard to litigate which parts of being JoJo Siwa count as labor. Being a worldwide lifestyle brand is an anomalous take on the human experience. Siwa knows this, though she doesn’t really know what the conventional alternative might look like. To her, it feels normal to work with her mom and to have her best friends be her 30-something dancers. It feels normal to have her own products at big-box stores and to have a tête-à-tête with Elton John.

“This is all I’ve known since I was 9,” she admitted. “For about half my life now, it’s just been what it is.”

All childhoods have their own circular logic. It takes growing up to earn your own reality, and this can be hard for even ordinary people who don’t have a whole industry on their shoulders. Siwa maintains she could walk away tomorrow, though she knows the real question is what happens if she doesn’t. When she turned 16, the 5-year-olds turned 6. The 6-year-olds turned 7, and the 8-year-olds turned 9.

“There will be a time when I age up,” she said. “Everyone does grow up.”

But that day, she couldn’t yet predict what that might look like.

“I think I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it,” she said. “But I mean, what do people want me to do? Wear black every day?”

The world outside was falling apart, but inside the Beacon Theatre, no one knew it. Roughly 2,000 little girls reached new octaves as JoJo Siwa took the stage. She zoomed from the dark on pink custom Heelys and stopped on her mark with a broad, sporty stance. I tried to think of another teen star who moved about with such neutral wholesomeness. This was a girl outside space and time.

A vast sea of bows stretched across the room, tossing and turning with the tempo of the music. “Who loves candy?” Siwa asked. Where we were going, there was no need for irony. The little girls shrieked as she launched into a song–a cover of the Strangeloves’ “I Want Candy” or a cover of Aaron Carter’s cover of “I Want Candy.” They shrieked as a unicorn pranced across the stage. They shrieked when the screen showed a thousand JoJo faces, emerging from the mouth of a larger JoJo god.

With each next song, Siwa’s energy increased. She sang about drama, and dancing, and parties. She sang “Boomerang” and “Every Girl’s a Super Girl,” and I got chills against my better judgment. A mom sitting next to me received a text: “Wow, I feel so sorry for you.” At 8:30 p.m., the crowd started to flag. Younger kids started rubbing their eyes. A few parents dragged screaming children down the aisles.

“Tonight’s show is really special to me because as you all know I love Freddie Mercury,” Siwa said. Her voice, as she spoke, got faster and faster. Her baseline hype was hard to transcend, but soon she achieved the highest plane of emphasis. “So I just want to say thank you for coming tonight, because it’s a really special night for me, so it’s a really special night for you, and I’m just really happy to be here.”

This appears in the September 02, 2019 issue of TIME.
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While much of the focus about the future job landscape is negative—jobs being lost to automation and robotics—there is one industry that is projected to have astounding career opportunities: cybersecurity. One organization is focused on getting more black people working in the cybersecurity field.

The Thought Leadership and Innovation Foundation (TLI) has launched a new program targeting historically black colleges and universities, as well as minority-serving institutions—the Risk Management and Cybersecurity Training Program.

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We developed a training program to promote risk management education and economic empowerment for students of HBCUs and MSIs and to reduce financial losses at MSIs through rigorous risk management practices. In our ever-changing modern world, a vibrant risk management framework is a natural foundation of cybersecurity readiness and compliance.

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Cybersecurity jobs are expected to rise 28% by 2026. Currently, there is a critical lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals. Industry analysts say there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. There is so much attention placed on coding and software development, particularly for black computer science students, that cybersecurity options often fall to the wayside.

Yet, cybersecurity is a well-paying field. PayScale.com reports that the average cybersecurity salary is $ 75,850.

The shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals has even pushed politicians to sound the alarm. Back in 2016, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), while speaking at an event hosted by the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMP), said: “There is currently a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals in the United States, which is predicted to grow to 1.5 million by 2019. There exists an opportunity to address both the cybersecurity workforce shortage and the underrepresentation of minority groups in the technology industry.”

In 2015, the Obama administration announced a $ 25 million grant from the Department of Energy to select HBCUs to improve cybersecurity education.

To find out more about TLI’s Risk Management and Cybersecurity Training Program visit the organization’s website.

 

 

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I pride myself on being reliable. I keep a very detailed calendar. The minute a plan comes up, I put it in my calendar. I’ll pull my car over to jot something into my G-cal if I’m driving and someone calls me to discuss a plan. I send myself email reminders the day before and then the morning before an event. I set alarms. I often set multiple alarms. And when I say I’ll do something, there’s almost nothing stopping me from doing it besides my death or severe illness. So, when people are flaky I just…think there’s no excuse. I know how to stay on top of my appointments and obligations and I know that these other adults have access to all of the organizational tools I have. If you’re like me, then you know that these things flaky people do drive reliable people crazy.

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“My alarm didn’t go off” or “I fell asleep.” I’m sorry but, I don’t buy it. Maybe if this happens one time with a friend who is otherwise very reliable, I’ll buy it. But when someone who I know has a tendency to be flaky simply doesn’t show up for plans and later claims she took a nap and her alarm just didn’t go off, I don’t buy it. We all have smartphones these days. Those alarms go off.

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“We want to help empower people, not only to meditate but to show them that there’s something you can do about your suffering,” said Rivera in a statement. “We can help each other get free and be liberated.”

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Users can select time frames for their practices that range from five to 20 minutes. They are then asked to rate their experience through the platform. “We continuously see how touched people are,” said Rivera. “A few people have mentioned in their ratings that they cried during their meditation and were able to release pent up emotions. To me, that makes all the challenges and sacrifices that come with building a business worth it. I want folks of color all over the world to know that they are not alone.”

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The Challenges To Mental Health Help For Black People

There are a lot of programs  that are working locally and nationally to raise awareness about mental health problems in the Black community – but the question is why? Why are we any different from the rest?

Well, it is widely believed that anyone can be at risk of mental disorders and should heed effective and early interventions. Historically, however,  communities of color have experienced considerable and unique challenges when it comes to access to mental health services.

SOCIETAL/DEMOGRAPHIC ISSUES

You already know how the Black community has faced adversity historically, such as is in the case of race-based exclusion from economic, social, educational, and health resources not to mention post-traumatic slavery disorder. (Not a documented mental disorder, but more the legacy of the inherited stress and trauma of our ancestors.)

All of these disparities lead to socioeconomic problems and those lead to mental health issues. Naturally, people who have problems like substance abuse, domestic violence and  those who have been incarcerated, homeless or are impoverished have a higher risk of poor mental health.

Adults from the Black community are more likely to report serious psychological distress than whites. A recent study found that African-American teenagers weren’t more likely to die from suicide but would definitely attempt it more than white teenagers.

TREATMENT ISSUES

Another fact of the matter is that Black people tend to be over-represented in our prisons and jails. African-Americans make up for about 60% of the prison population and about 37% of total drug arrests. Another very troubling fact is that the American Psychological Association only consists of about 2% Black members. Because of this, mental health practitioners who are not people of color may not be prepared for the problems faced by the Black community.

What makes matters worse is that there are a considerable number of Black patients who have reported that they faced micro-aggressions or outright racism from their therapists. And he judgment and stigma remain in the Black community when it comes to people seeking treatment for their mental health problems.

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People are worried about Faceapp’s ‘old face filter’ and here’s why

FaceApp has made a very controversial revival

Over the past week you’ve probably seen countless people on Instagram using the FaceApp ‘old age’ filter. Celebs, influencers, your next door neighbour – everyone is giving it a go to see what they may look like in years to come.

FaceApp, which first appeared on the scene in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to change photos so that users look younger, older or a different gender.

Whether it’s a friend posting a picture of their wrinkled face in the group Whatsapp, or Instagram FaceApp challenges being posted by the likes of Drake and the Queer Eye gang, we’ve all witnessed someone testing out the latest face-altering trend

Although it may seem like a harmless source of amusement, serious security concerns have been raised about the app after a Twitter user pointed out its problematic terms and services.

One huge issue is that through using the app, you could be allowing it unequivocal use over the image of your face, which could later be shared on a public or commercial forum.

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The full terms of the app read: ‘You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you.’

The words ‘perpetual’, ‘irrevocable and ‘world-wide’ mean that even if you use the app just once, the company can use it for promotional purposes anywhere in the world, and you might not even realise.

The terms also state that FaceApp has license to use the content irrespective of ‘whether it includes an individuals name, likeness, voice or persona, sufficient to indicate the individual’s identity.’

The company has since addressed concerns by stating that the images are deleted soon after they’re uploaded.

For all we know, FaceApp could be perfectly safe, but in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we should also be wary that the security concerns being raised certainly aren’t beyond the realms of possibility.

Whether or not FaceApp poses a threat to our privacy, it has kick-started an important conversation that will hopefully force us to consider how our data is being used before sharing it with apps, new and old alike.

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Women’s World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe delivered a message to President Trump on Tuesday night, telling the commander-in-chief that his “Make America Great Again” slogan is exclusionary and a reminder of times when it wasn’t great for everyone to be an American.

Appearing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the Golden Ball winner was asked by anchor Anderson Cooper if she would go to the White House if invited, something Rapinoe and other team members have largely made clear in recent days.

“I would not go and every teammate I talked to would not go,” she told Cooper, adding that they had no interest in lending the White House their platform to be “co-opted and corrupted.”

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Women’s World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe delivered a message to President Trump on Tuesday night, telling the commander-in-chief that his “Make America Great Again” slogan is exclusionary and a reminder of times when it wasn’t great for everyone to be an American.

Appearing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the Golden Ball winner was asked by anchor Anderson Cooper if she would go to the White House if invited, something Rapinoe and other team members have largely made clear in recent days.

“I would not go and every teammate I talked to would not go,” she told Cooper, adding that they had no interest in lending the White House their platform to be “co-opted and corrupted.”

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10 Reasons Why White People Think Racism Is Over

“Are we now in a post-racial America?” This is perhaps the number two question asked since President Obama has taken office.Ever since Barack and Michelle Obama were sworn into office and moved into the White House, white America has banished the thought that “the racial deck is stacked.” With many white people believing that because Obama was president, any black man can, the belief is that racism as a whole is over.

One black American’s success isn’t proof that racial barriers no longer exist, but in the spirit of the argument, here 10 reasons as to why possible some white people think that racism is over.

Reasons Why White People Think Racism Is Over

White People Say They Understood ’12 Years A Slave’

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When Steve McQueen’s visually stunning film hit theaters, critics argued that their understanding of the history of slavery allowed for racism to be in the past for today’s life and times.

 

Eminem and Macklemore Became Blockbuster Hip-Hop Stars

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A collective reason why many white people believe racism is over stems from the multi-platinum and award winning success of Eminem and Macklemore. There is a host of next-gen rap fans who believe the culture stems from Eminem, which actually proves that racism is more entrenched than what is advertised.

 

Michael Jordan And Dr. Dre Are Billionaires

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In a study done by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, most white people believe that one black person’s success merits the end of racism. With celebrities such as Dr. Dre and Michael Jordan recently joining the Billionaire Boys Club, it’s apparent that white people believe that the playing field has been leveled for all of the black race.

 

Eve Married A Billionaire

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If Eve can marry that Gumball Rally 3000 guy then surely we are all created equal. Not to mention Serena.

 

Lupita Nyong’o Won An Oscar

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Hollywood is notorious for making people believe that all is right in the world after a big win. Such is the case for actress Lupita Nyong’o. One Huffington Post commenter even went so far that her 2014 Oscar win means that the playing field for powerful roles is leveled now.

Anybody Can Say The N-Word

Sure, Don Lemon may have had an awkward debate about the N-word, but that hasn’t stopped white people from saying the word however they want, (remember, Micheal Richards’ of “Seinfeld” TV fame, who went on an n-word rant back in 2012)?

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America Had A Black President

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Some white people suggest that if Barack Obama could become president, so could any black man. The thought that systemic racial discrimination no longer exists in America and that black men and women are sitting next to success sounds a bit far-fetched when you look at the news.

 

Hip-Hop Is Global Pop

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Like most black musical art forms, hip-hop is just the latest in becoming a global phenomenon. As the culture started by the black and brown communities is now personified by white, you can hear the chants of “Everything is Equal,” off in the distance.

Interracial Dating Is Accepted

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The faces of America’s future has gone multiracial as whites are merging their DNA with “the other” to create a new breed of offspring. If you remember what National Geographic concluded with its previous magazine cover, then you should know that most white Americans are more inviting to Jamal and Tamia becoming their in-laws.

 

Miley Cyrus And Justin Bieber Adopted Black Culture Successfully

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The twerker and the thug have indoctrinated themselves deep within black culture. While they are accepted amidst their respective controversies, the duo are still afforded the successes that come with their skin tone. If they are accepted by both white and black, isn’t that the dream Martin Luther fought for?


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“We are extremely proud that our members across the nation have recognized us as a health plan they can count on year after year,” said Arthur M. Southam, MD, executive vice president, Health Plan Operations, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. “Our distinctive care and coverage together model, and the dedication of our people in delivering an industry-leading consumer experience, are reasons why our members continue to choose Kaiser Permanente.”

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Best places to visit for people who love biking


One reason why so many people love biking is because it’s just them and the open road. All a cyclist needs to have a great time is their bike and time to ride it. If you’ve completely fallen in love with biking and want to take your hobby to the next level, then why not try a biking vacation? Check out these places which are perfect for bike lovers.

The Danube Bike Path, Austria

If you really want to get committed to riding every day, you could check out the Danube Bike Path that runs along the famous Austrian river. There are over 200 miles of pathway that takes you all along the Danube with plenty of pit stops to take in the culture.

There are a couple of big hotspots to take in along the route as you set off from Passau in Germany to Vienna, Austria. You won’t have to worry about going hungry because there are plenty of cafes and bars for you to stop off at, with a good selection of hotels on the water too.

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Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

If you’re going to go on a biking vacation, then why not head to the spiritual home of cycling, France. Villefranche-sur-Mer is perfect for a vacation without the bike, but cycling along the French Riviera is one of the most amazing experiences anyone can enjoy.

Nice and Monaco are just 20 km apart, but there are several routes you can take between them to take in as much of the scenery as possible. The coastal routes can be busy with car traffic, as to be expected, but inland you’re unlikely to come across another vehicle on the road.

Jackson Hole to Teton County, Wyoming

Want to see the best that North America has to offer? Riding from Jackson Hole to Teton County will bring you into the heart of Yellowstone National Park. There are plenty of paved pathways for cyclists to enjoy without having to take much of the route by foot.

That means you can take in some of the national park from the comfort of your saddle as you make your way through the mountain range. From Jackson Hole, you can also cycle to Teton Village which takes you alongside Snake River and the white waters, but it’s actually a pretty flat ride.

South Island, New Zealand

Not every biking trip has to be taken along hard ground, and one of the best off-road trips any cycling fan could plan is in New Zealand. The country is already widely regarded as one of the most beautiful but taking it in by bike brings a whole new perspective. In New Zealand, there are no really dangerous wild animals so you can freely cycle around the South Island without any fear of being ambushed.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you’re going to go to France, you should probably check out the Netherlands while you’re at it. Amsterdam is famed for the cycling community that lives there, and it’s estimated bicycles outnumber people in the city.

The Dutch landmark has everything you’d expect from a European city, including food, bars, cafes, and plenty of culture. Where Amsterdam differs from the rest is because it is so bike friendly it’s almost harder to get around without one.

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If you love biking it doesn’t really matter where you go, it’s all about spending some quality time on the saddle. You might be looking for a little bit of adventure from biking though, and these places are perfect vacation spots for passionate cyclists.

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Little People, Big World’s Tori Roloff Shares First Baby Bump Photo

There it is! Tori Roloff, who is pregnant with her second child with husband Zach Roloff, revealed her growing baby bump on Friday, May 31.

“Baby is starting to make her appearance,” the Little People, Big World star, 28, captioned a mirror selfie that showed her smiling as she cradled her bump while wearing a dark red dress.

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The TLC stars, who wed in 2015 and already share a 2-year-old son named Jackson, revealed their baby news exclusively to Us Weekly on May 13.

“We are so excited to announce that Jackson is going to be a big brother!” they told Us exclusively. “We cannot wait to meet our sweet baby girl!”

The couple posed with their son in a photo announcing the happy news, sharing a sonogram pic as Jackson wore a “Big Brother” tee.

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Zach, 29, and his wife spoke to Us exclusively in April about their plans to expand their family.

“We have plans,” Zach told Us. “We want a family. I would love four or five kids. I want a little pack. Right now, we’re just kind of [like], if it happens, it happens.”

“It’s just on God’s timing and just whenever,” Tori added. “We’re ready for it.”

The pair also spoke to Us earlier this month about their son, who like his dad is a little person.

“Thank the Lord, Jackson hasn’t really had any significant [health struggles],” Zach told Us last month. “He’s had a couple ear infections, which can be common with dwarfism. There’s a lot of potentials, but for now it’s too early to tell. We actually have the same pediatrician for him that was my pediatrician growing up, so that’s been really nice because he’s familiar with dwarfism and those things. In Portland, [it’s] a little harder to find a pediatrician that has that experience with dwarfism.”

Tori opened up about her son in an emotional post on Sunday, May 26, writing, “I often forget that my son is any different than yours.”

“I forget that he has shorter legs, because he can get around and run just like any other 2 year old,” she continued in the caption that showed Jackson holding his parents’ hands. “I forget he has short arms, because he can still reach everything around the house (even the stuff we don’t want him to). I forget that he’s different because he’s so capable and I see nothing other than my mister mister.”

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I often forget that my son is any different than yours. I forget that he has shorter legs, because he can get around and run just like any other 2 year old. I forget he has short arms, because he can still reach everything around the house (even the stuff we don’t want him to). I forget that he’s different because he’s so capable and I see nothing other than my mister mister. Today pointed out that he is different and that’s never going to change. He watched as kids (many younger than him) rode rides at a festival here in town and he wasn’t able to join. Jackson wanted so bad to ride the airplanes that went up and down but the height requirement wouldn’t allow him to (which I totally understand!). It was harder for me than it was for him for sure. It was really the first time I was hit in the face with the fact my child is different. Im so proud of my husband and his outlook on it all and even more proud of my son who brushes things off with ease and I pray they both continue to do this. In the words of @jeremyroloff : if a bad attitude would fix it- I would have one. This was also just a reminder of why I love @disneyland so much: the land of no height requirements! This kid is meant to bring light to this world this I know for sure. #babyjroloff

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“Today pointed out that he is different and that’s never going to change,” Tori explained. “He watched as kids (many younger than him) rode rides at a festival here in town and he wasn’t able to join. Jackson wanted so bad to ride the airplanes that went up and down but the height requirement wouldn’t allow him to (which I totally understand!). It was harder for me than it was for him for sure. It was really the first time I was hit in the face with the fact my child is different. Im so proud of my husband and his outlook on it all and even more proud of my son who brushes things off with ease and I pray they both continue to do this.”

Quoting her brother-in-law Jeremy Roloff, she concluded, “If a bad attitude would fix it- I would have one. This was also just a reminder of why I love @disneyland so much: the land of no height requirements! This kid is meant to bring light to this world this I know for sure.”

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Look, I grew up privileged. Okay? I’m ready for the figurative rocks to be thrown. I do fear that the word “privileged” has become interchangeable with “Snooty,” “Entitled,” or even “As*#ole.” But being snooty, behaving entitled, and being an as*&ole are things people choose to be. Being privileged is not something someone chooses to be. It is something someone just is. Just like one’s sexuality or skin color, someone cannot choose whether or not they’re privileged. And yet, sometimes it feels like society judges privileged individuals as if they did somehow make themselves privileged and as if they think they’re better than others for it. My parents had money, yes. But today, I live in a rent-controlled apartment and shop at thrift stores. My upbringing, of course, influenced who I am, but not in the ways people often assume. Here are things people assume about you, if you grew up privileged.

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I in no way think that I am better at all than those who grew up without the things I had as a kid. I know that there is a lot of different types of knowledge to be learned in this life, and it doesn’t all come from expensive tutors. I even know that my privilege my have unfortunately, unintentionally kept me from some knowledge and wisdom that those who grew up with less than I did do have. How could I think that something I didn’t do or choose makes me better than anyone?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An autistic man walks out of a store without paying for a toy he picked up. He’s followed by a storekeeper demanding he come back inside. The situation quickly escalates, and police are called.

Officers arrive, their patrol car’s lights flashing and sirens blaring, to find the man in the parking lot, yelling and not responding to their commands. They have a choice: confront the man and risk having the situation turn violent or regroup to figure out a different approach.

The scenario is part of a virtual reality simulation for police that’s being developed by Axon — the company known best for developing the Taser — so officers can learn how to interact with people who have autism and de-escalate situations that could quickly turn awry. The developmental disorder that can involve varying degrees of language and social impairments, often including repetitive behaviors. In 2018, the U.S. government estimated about 1 in 40 kids is diagnosed with autism.

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This week, the company announced a partnership with Chicago police to train officers by using virtual reality headsets. It will be making the program, developed with the help of mental health and autism experts, available to police departments across the U.S.

For now, they offer two training modules: one for autism and another for dealing with people who have schizophrenia.

“The ability to tell the difference between someone who’s acting in an unusual way that may be due to their autism versus someone who could be a risk to you can be a really fine line,” said David Kearon of the advocacy group Autism Speaks. “When you’re trying to make that judgment very quickly, that’s where we see mistakes made.”

The officers don headsets similar to those used for video games and are immediately immersed in a virtual reality training ground. With a small remote, they can pick the scenario and go through each training scenario in just about five minutes.

In the autism scenario, officers experience it first from the point-of-view of the autistic person, watching as the storekeeper approaches somewhat angrily and pulls the toy robot away, telling the man he needs to pay for it. Police are called and officers arrive and confront him.

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They can then play it from the perspective of the police officers, observing tell-tale signs that someone could be autistic.

A crackling call on the radio reports an aggressive male suspect shoplifting and fighting with an employee. The officers pull up to find the man in the parking lot, holding the toy and flailing his arms. They introduce themselves and ask the man what’s happening. He doesn’t respond.

“We need you to calm down!” an officer tells the man, who is hitting himself in the head and speaking incoherently.

The officers can then choose to either talk to their partner or close in and confront the man.

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Alabama’s ban of the Arthur gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion


Alabama’s ban of the <em>Arthur</em> gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Author Michael Arceneaux discusses Alabama Public Television’s decision to ban an episode of children’s program Arthur in which a gay wedding takes place. 

A month ago, after speaking at a panel during the National Antiracist Festival at American University, an elementary school teacher approached me and asked if I could recommend any LGBTQ children’s books featuring characters of color. She spoke of her struggles to not only implement LGBTQ-related material into her classwork, but to then find material that didn’t feature only white characters. I told her that, unfortunately, no books came to mind as such material remains difficult to find even for adults, but then I circled back to how challenging it must have been to get approval to discuss queerness and transness with children.

After she provided a few more specifics, my response was blunt. “See, they still look at it as perversion.”

Both of us recently recalled that exchange in light of reports that Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the children’s series Arthur because it featured a gay wedding. In the episode, which aired nationwide on May 13th, Arthur and his friends attend their teacher Mr. Ratburn’s ceremony to his partner. While others merely either shrugged their shoulders or told their timelines, “I knew that teacher was gay,” Mike McKenzie, the director of programming at APT, opted to throw a fit.

In an email to AL.com, McKenzie argued: “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly—although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards—parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”

It appears that show creator WGBH and broadcaster PBS alerted local stations in April about the episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” My trouble with them alerting them of the episode in advance is that it gives the indication that there is something wrong with two consenting adults who love each other deciding to have a ceremony for what is effectively a contract that is perfectly legal, given it is recognized by the state.

Some would say, “Think of the children!” I would say in response, “Kudos to you for confirming you are a bigoted fool.”

WGBH and PBS should not have opened the door for Mike McKenzie to present his prejudices as an act of virtue, as though it is some great consideration of the precious minds of children. If the station felt the episode was inappropriate, they wouldn’t have made it—much less opted to air it. If Arthur and the crew were tipping to a wedding featuring two people of opposite genders, McKenzie would not have batted an eye.

McKenzie’s position is a testament to anti-queer biases and the ignorance that informs them. To wit, in 2005, this same station pulled an episode of Arthur that featured a bunny character named Bunny who had two mothers. Considering most of the gay parents in this country are in the South and predominately lesbian, the episode spoke to an obvious reality for many—especially those living ‘round their way.

However, Alabama Public Television’s executive then-director Allan Pizzato told AL.com at the time, “Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Consider all of the romance and innuendo children see in animated works. Then think about the violence, which you would think is far worse than two men getting married and a bunny rabbit having two mommies. Not so to self-righteous homophobes who don’t clutch their Bibles so much as they do the patriarchy.

What Alabama Public Television said then and is saying now is that there is only one way to be, and if a character differs from that, they do not make for appropriate viewing. Moreover, when it comes to homosexuality in particular, APT has reminded us that, no matter how mildly you present it, some folks’ minds will rush to sexual acts.

This is honestly no different than some former Indiana lawmaker and homophobic preacher recently arguing that Pete Buttigieg must denounce fisting and rimming in order to become the next president of the United States. Yes, seriously. In a blog entitled “Pete, Since You Brought It Up, How ‘Gay’ Are You?” Don Boys basically says Buttigieg needs to promise the country he doesn’t have AIDS, and that yes, he is gay, but not, like, really into the butt stuff.

“I don’t hate Pete or his lover or any other homosexual, but I will not give them a pass when they or others suggest that ‘gayness’ is not perversion, that it is normal, maybe even admirable,” Boys writes.

Boys sounds like an utter idiot, but he speaks to the mindset held by the same men who have banned two Arthur episodes with any queer characters. To these people, we are incapable of romance or subtlety; we solely exist through sexual acts which, by the way, are really, really icky, unnatural, ungodly, and not appropriate for anyone—much less for God’s precious children who already watch women get depicted as conquests in far too many fairy tales.

Those people literally thought Arthur’s gay teacher and that guest character’s mamas were going to stage a Godless gay orgy on PBS just to soil the minds of their kids. It’s easy to mock and rightfully stokes anger, but it’s also quite depressing. It is a reminder that, for a lot of us, our basic existence is inappropriate. No matter how we present ourselves as “just like the straight people”—even in a kiddie-crafted tone—their minds will take us to the gutter.

In their minds, we are perverts. When they see us, they hope their children don’t view us as anything other than wrong. Because they don’t want their children to become us. And we are going to spend all of our lives trying to prove otherwise—sometimes to no avail.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of  I Can’t Date Jesus from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Essence, The Guardian, Mic, and more. Follow him on Twitter.

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People Are Convinced This 2011 Game of Thrones Poster Revealed Who Was Destined to Win the Throne

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.

In the end, it wasn’t Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen who won the throne in Game of Thrones‘ series finale, but come-from-behind underdog Bran Stark.

Of course, King Bran will never sit on the actual Iron Throne, as it was destroyed by Drogon after the dragon discovered that Jon had murdered Daenerys. But that hasn’t stopped fans from pointing out a clue from a poster for Thrones‘ very first season that may have hinted at who would ultimately reign over the Seven Kingdoms — or rather, six now that the North has seceded under Sansa’s rule.

Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark in the series finale of Game of Thrones.

Leading up to the Game of Thrones series premiere on April 17, 2011, HBO released a promotional poster featuring Ned Stark sitting on the Iron Throne holding House Stark’s ancestral Valyrian steel sword Ice. But the detail that has captured many fans’ attention since Sunday’s finale is the raven perched on the throne next to Ned.

Since Bran ended up filling the roles of both king and Three-Eyed Raven, some viewers are speculating that this poster was the key to the show’s endgame all along. “Anyone else just notice the raven on Ned’s right from the season one poster???” wrote one Twitter user. “Raven + Ned Stark on the Iron Throne = Bran Stark. It was in front of us THE WHOLE TIME.”

This theory also squares with the poster’s slogan of, “You win or you die.” While Ned Stark was the first major character to die playing the game of thrones, Bran was ultimately the one to win.

Looks like the Three-Eyed Raven may have really known all.


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