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Tales Of An Abortion Doula

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  • This fascinating essay about a woman’s experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com]
  • Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com]
  • Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with Ray Rice for beating his wife. At the end of last week, activists were beginning to put pressure on Cover Girl for advertising with a company that appears to care little about violence against women. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

30 Reasons To Love Prince Harry On His 30th Birthday

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The life of Prince Harry has many a twist and turn. The dubious parentage! The mother’s tragic early death! The Nazi costume! The endless parade of high society blonde girlfriends! The butt-naked Vegas photos! It would be easy to write Harry off as a spoiled, rich idiot — and, well, that would probably be fair. But in my opinion, he’s the most relatable member of the royal family: unlike his dullard brother and dad, Harry is known for having fun, making very public mistakes, and all around seeming like a real human.

He’s always struck me as someone who genuinely seems to enjoy his philanthropic endeavors with orphaned children, disabled veterans, and people suffering from AIDS. More importantly, people seem to like him.

In honor of his 30th birthday today, here are 30 good reasons to love Prince Harry:

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The Full “Mockingjay: Part One” Trailer Is Here

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In Theaters November 21

The full trailer for “Mockingjay: Part One” is here and it looks a lot like Mockingjay the book: really, really, really not as good as the first two book in the Hunger Games series. (Sorry, Hollywood, I know you don’t want to hear this.) In “Part One” — “Mockingjay” has been split into two films — Katniss Everdeen is living in District 13 and fighting to save Peeta, who has been taken hostage and tortured by Panem. But if you’ve seen “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire,” I suppose you’ll see this trilogy (er, quad-logy?) through to the end. Personally, it’s got too many guns and fighter jets for my taste. What do you think?

Anne Rice’s BDSM Erotica Trilogy Sleeping Beauty Heads To TV!

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Your TiVo queue just got unbelievably hotter: a BDSM erotica trilogy by Anne Rice, under the pen name A.N. Roquelaur, is headed to TV. The popular books, The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release, will be adapted into a TV series for the channel Televisa USA. Your mom bought these compulsively readable books back in the ’80s when Rice first penned them, but they are still on the fiction shelves in bookstores today, especially after the renewed interest in BDSM due to the popularity of Fifty Shades Of Grey. But unlike the writing in Fifty Shades, which was terrible, the Sleeping Beauty books are gripping and the spanking scenes — oh, so many spanking scenes — are hotter. Should be fun for TV.  Rice is executive producing the show alongside Rachel Winter, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.” Yay ladies! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev Crowned Miss America

  • Miss New York Kira Kazantsev took home the crown at last night’s Miss America pageant. This means we all get a day off work, right? Right?! [AOL]
  • Meanwhile, Miss Nebraska Megan Swanson accidentally flashed the camera on live TV when she didn’t keep her legs crossed. Whoopsies.  [New York Daily News]
  • Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey on “Orange Is The New Black,” is dating Lauren Morelli, a writer for the show. Morelli and her husband have filed for divorce.   [People]
  • Marriage to Jennifer Lopez was “very tough,” says her ex-husband, choreographer Chris Judd, who was married to her for nine months. I don’t doubt it. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Vancouver Fails To Appreciate Naked, Erect Satan Sculpture

The good people of Vancouver were none too pleased at a new piece of artwork that appeared in view of the city’s SkyTrain commuters: a nine-foot-tall, bright red, naked, erect Satan statue, who saluted viewers with one hand while (you might say devilishly) reaching for his penis with the other. The Lord Of Darkness appeared courtesy of a guerilla artist whose identity is still unknown. The city removed Satan from the Grandview-Woodlands neighborhood with a terse statement: “The statue was not a piece of City commissioned artwork and consequently it has been removed.” [New York Daily News; Van City Buzz]

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