Soledad O’Brien Tells The Media To Stop Calling Protestors “Thugs”


Bless Soledad O’Brien for having the guts to say to her colleagues in media that their insistence on using the word “thug(s)” to describe protestors (even so-called “violent” ones) is both lazy and problematic. O’Brien, a former CNN anchor, argued the word isn’t particularly descriptive and is racially coded to boot. [For Harriet]


As if everything surrounding Boko Haram’s kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls and women wasn’t horrifying enough, the International Business Times is reporting that of the 234 women recently rescued, 214 are pregnant, having been raped and forced into sexual slavery by their captors. [International Business Times]


You know what most hotels are missing? Rooms just for crying. I saying “most hotels” because there’s one that figured out just how necessary this is — Japan’s Mitsui Garden Yotsuya offers 12 rooms specifically for crying. And to get the waterworks going, the rooms come with tearjerker movies, plenty of tissues and makeup remover, so you don’t want out looking like a total hot mess. I hope there’s at least one big mirror, though, as when I’m in a particularly hysterical mood, I like to watch myself cry. Makes me feel alive. [Jezebel]


Yesterday, Sheryl Sandberg posted a beautiful Facebook tribute to her late husband, Dave Goldberg, who passed away suddenly this weekend while on vacation in Mexico:

I want to thank all of our friends and family for the outpouring of love over the past few days. It has been…

Posted by Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday, May 5, 2015