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Style Stealer: 6 Celeb-Inspired Coats To Shield You From The Winter Blues

We’re officially in mid-December, so if you haven’t bought a winter coat yet, you likely live in a really warm climate (damn you, Southern Californians!), already have a coat you love (RESPECT), or we have just been waiting for the winter blues to kick in so that you can make yourself feel better by indulging in a little shallow consumerism. What? It works. Regardless, here are six celeb-endorsed styles to get you started…

Frisky Eats: 9 Ways To Cook With Parsnips

I really, really enjoy cooking and am pretty much the anti-thesis of a picky eater. When I look at a menu, everything looks and sounds delicious. That said, when I go into a grocery store or peruse the local farmer’s market, I find myself strangely intimidated by certain vegetables. It took me awhile to finally get the courage to cook Brussels sprouts and kale, for example, but now I am obsessssssed with them both. So, it was with that same courage that I decide to cook parsnips as part of my Thanksgiving feast and, true to form, I fell in love. I’ve already roasted them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper — so good! — but I’m eager to use parsnips in a bunch of other ways. Here are nine recipes I’m jonesing to try…

My New Reason For Living: “Dear Sugar” Is Back — As A Podcast

Oh my godddddddd, my prayers have been answered! Dear Sugar, the advice column from the Rumpus penned (mostly) by my beloved Cheryl Strayed — the best of which was compiled for the book Tiny Beautiful Things – is COMING BACK in podcast form. I am seriously so excited. This is the best news I’ve heard in eons. Hosted by Cheryl and her Rumpus editor (and the original, albeit briefly, author of the column) Steve Almond, the debut episode will air on December 15. That’s next week!!! For now, they’ve posted an introduction, explaining why they give advice. Listen above. [Soundcloud]

Beyoncé Gets Deep In New Short Film, “Yours And Mine”

Beyoncé Gets Deep In New Short Film, "Yours And Mine"
"Happiness comes from you. ... You make you happy."

A year ago today (well, technically tonight/tomorrow at midnight), Beyoncé blew the Hive’s mind by dropping her super secret visual album, BEYONCÉ, without fanfare or promotion, probably because she knew it was the best thing ever. In celebration of the last year, which saw the pop star embark on both a solo tour in support of the album and a co-headlining tour with husband Jay Z, Beyonce released a 11+ minute short film on YouTube today, called “Yours and Mine.” In the film, Bey reflects on, what else, Beyoncé, and shares her thoughts on everything from feminism and motherhood to fame and marriage, all themes from her album. The film itself is full of visuals you’ll recognize from the videos that accompanied each of the tracks on BEYONCÉ, plus some never-before-seen footage, like Bey brushing her teeth. Keep reading »

Beverly Johnson: “This Is Bigger Than Bill Cosby”

Beverly Johnson: "This Is Bigger Than Bill Cosby"
"I took my power back."

“I want to stand with these women that have come out. I want to have a platform for one out of six women who are sexually assaulted. This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This is about women and violence on women. This is about women finding their voice. I feel that Cosby took my power that evening and that I took my power back.”

Beverly Johnson spoke to “The Today Show”about yesterday’s post for VanityFair.com in which the former supermodel came out as one of Bill Cosby’s (alleged, but come on) victims. In the interview, Johnson discussed how Cosby drugged her espresso drink when she was over at his apartment under the guise of auditioning for a part. While it’s safe to assume that Cosby’s intent was to sexually assault her, he became so enraged when Johnson called him out for what he had done, repeatedly calling him a motherfucker, that he threw her out of his apartment instead. Johnson said she kept quiet for years because she believed coming forward would ruin her, but made the decision to tell her story to stand in solidarity with his other victims. [via Jezebel]

12-Year-Old Tamir Rice’s Death Ruled A Homicide

12-Year-Old Tamir Rice's Death Ruled A Homicide

Last month, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer who was responding to a 911 call about Rice playing with a BB gun at a park. Surveillance video of the incident shows that Rice was shot mere seconds after Office Tim Loehmann and his partner arrived on the scene. Rice died the following day, yet another example of the police using excessive deadly force against a Black person. Today, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s report ruled Rice’s death a homicide. Keep reading »

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