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Shanesha Taylor To Be Prosecuted For Child Abuse

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  • Shanesha Taylor, a homeless and jobless mom who left her kids in a car while she was on a job interview, will be prosecuted for felony child abuse, attorneys for the state of Arizona have announced. Taylor said she left her six-month-old and her two-year-old in the car for 45 minutes because she said she couldn’t find any childcare. [For Harriet, AZ Central]
  • Charles Cooper, a lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage to the Supreme Court, has a lesbian daughter who got engaged to a woman. The hypocrisy, it burrrrrns. [Washington Post]
  • Here’s how a Tennessee law criminalizing pregnant women who expose their fetuses to drugs will hit Black women the hardest. The bill is currently awaiting the governor’s signature. [RH Reality Check]
  • A high school in Queens, New York, told a trans male student that he probably shouldn’t bring his girlfriend to prom. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Phyllis Schlafly Says Women Should Be Paid Less So We Find Husbands

It’s about time human mothball Phyllis Schlafly got tucked away in the attic of history. But somehow, someway, the anti-feminist and founder of the uber-conservative Eagle Forum is still sharing dumb, archaic ideas that were rejected by society over half a century ago. Her latest batch of craziness is an op-ed in the Christian Post about how the “pay gap” is a bunch of bunk. Women just don’t want to work as hard as men, you see! Men work at harder jobs! Oh, and also, what do ladies need money for anyway? Don’t we know paying our own bills ourselves scares away the menfolk? Keep reading »

“Tuition,” A Cover Of Beyoncé’s Song “Partition” About Student Loans, Is Beyond Real

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Sallie Mae, Pay Off My Tuition Please

Beyoncé may have already sung about someone “callin’ like a collector” but she’s probably never wondered “if I owe Sallie Mae or I owe the mob.” That’s what Chanel Carroll sings in her completely on point parody cover of “Partition” called (duh) “Tuition” about the loan giant Sallie Mae. Pay all my loans please, I just wanna live the debt-free life …  Oh man, as a fellow NYU grad who also used a buttload of loans to pay for school, I so relate to that one. Those student loan collection people are persistent and will hunt you down!  Maybe Bey will see this spoof and offer to foot the bill? [YouTube]

Beauty Test Drive: LORAC Touch-Up To Go Concealer/Foundation Pen

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As a lady with more than a little redness on her face, concealer is one of my must-have beauty products. Concealers come in many forms, like sticks, tubes, and pots, but my particular favorite is a pen or wand. With a foundation wand, you can apply it directly onto your skin and pat it down with the applicator yourself — that way, you never have to touch your face with your dirty fingers. (Do I really need to remind you that touching your face is BAD for your skin?) Plus, it’s super easy to carry in your purse for touchups throughout your day. LORAC clearly had this in mind with their new Touch-Up To Go Concealer/Foundation Pen, which I’m happy to report is part of my daily beauty routine now. Keep reading »

Columbus Short (AKA Harrison On “Scandal”) Accused By Wife Of Threatening Murder/Suicide

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Columbus Short, what are you doing?

The wife of the “Scandal” star — who plays Olivia Pope’s right-hand man Harrison — filed for divorce on Tuesday and accused him of threatening a murder/suicide. Keep reading »

Will Arnett Files For Divorce From Amy Poehler

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  • HEARTS. BROKEN. Will Arnett has finally filed for divorce from Amy Poehler over a year after the couple separated. Will and Amy are the parents of Abel and Archie Arnett, the two cutest kiddos in Hollywood. [US Weekly]
  • Rapper Andre Johnson, who goes by the name Christ Bearer, cut off his penis yesterday morning and jumped off the balcony of his second floor. Yikes. I hope this guy is getting some help. [TMZ]
  • A “Mrs. Doubtfire” sequel is in the works. But Mara Wilson, who played the youngest daughter, has “no interest” in being a part of it. “Sequels generally suck,” she tweeted. “I think Doubtfire ended where it needed to end.” [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday in St. Louis because of a bad reaction to medication for a sinus infection. She reportedly took an antibiotic called Keflex and her throat swelled up so badly she couldn’t speak. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Wait, Johnny Weir And Victor Voronov May Be Divorcing After All

  • Despite an elaborate/ridiculous post-nup agreement forbidding sexting and mutual masturbation with others, the divorce between figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband of two years Victor Voronov is “100 percent still happening,” Voronov told US Weekly. He blamed Weir’s “meddling mother” as the source of the breakdown. Mother-in-laws, they get you every time. [US Weekly]
  • Jenny McCarthy is engaged to New Kids On The Block boy bander Donnie Wahlberg. Mazel tov! [US Weekly]
  • There’s a misdemeanor battery arrest warrant out for Porsha Williams from “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” following a fight with Kenya Moore. [TMZ]
  • Lindsay Lohan’s reality show won’t be renewed by Oprah. Ouch. [Page Six] Keep reading »

Tennessee May Soon Criminalize Drug-Addicted Pregnant Moms

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  • Tennessee’s state legislature has approved a bill that would make it possible to charge pregnant women for assault if they use narcotics during their pregnancy. Critics of the bill rightfully point out that it’s a sneaky way to give more rights to fetuses, thus easing the way to criminalizing abortion. Women’s rights groups and the ACLU are asking Governor Bill Haslam to veto the bill. [TennesseanCosmopolitan]
  • Dreamworks’ next computer-animated film, “Home,” will feature a young Black girl — voiced by Rihanna — at its center. [IndieWire, The Root]
  • Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law, which is used to police consensual sex between same-sex adults, is staying put for now. Sometimes I really do think the South is another country. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

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"A Body Positive Documentary"

Fat people can’t win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss (“The Biggest Loser,” “Heavy, “I Used To Be Fat”), they’re headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they’re the butt of some hack’s lame joke. Fortunately, one new documentary currently raising funds on Kickstarter is looking to add something more thoughtful into the cultural discussion about size. “Fattitude,” an independent documentary by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, will explore the warped sizeism within our culture, from TV shows and movies to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. It will also address misunderstandings around health and BMI (body-mass index) and misinformation surrounding the “obesity epidemic.” Watching the trailer for “Fattitude,” it occurred to me that even being someone who is generally aware at how society privileges thinner bodies, there is still so much prejudice against larger people that I don’t even notice.  If this project sounds as important to you as it does to me, consider giving it your support. [Kickstarter]

Report: Beyoncé & Jay Z Teaming Up For A Tour

  • Beyoncé and Jay Z are teaming up for a 20-city tour this summer beginning in late June, Page Six is reporting. Jayonce will be the must-have tickets of the summer for sure! Amelia is all the way in California, but I can hear her screaming “YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS” from here. [Page Six]

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