Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, has forced 12-year-old Vanessa Van Dyke, a Black student who rocks a mane of natural hair, to either straighten her hair or cut it off — or be expelled.
The school claims her hairstyle is in violation of the school dress code, which says, “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction.” It gives examples of inappropriate hair such as rat tails, mohawks and shaved designs. The “distraction” is apparently Vanessa’s complaint to grownups at the school that she was been teased over her hair. Keep reading »
Sunday night, I had the privilege of seeing Kanye West in concert at Madison Square Garden. Creative and sonically amazing and fantastical … BUT YOU GUYS, IT WAS ALSO KIND OF BIZARRE.
There was someone dressed in a monster suit, and a volcano which exploded halfway through the show, and women with nylons pulled over their faces, and a guy dressed like Jesus, and a stage that tilted sideways up into the air during the show while Kanye dangled off the edge, and then this loooong rant that he went on about Lenny Kravitz and “The Hunger Games” and Adidas and Marc Jacobs and fashion. It was absolutely an incredible experience and I am glad to have had it. But I hadn’t been to a big stadium concert in a looong time and definitely not one involving Jesus and volcanoes. Damn, I’m only 29 but I felt old.
After the jump, here are nine things about going to the Kanye West concert that made me feel super-old — in GIFs!
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Chocolate, almonds, and cocoa powder sound like the makings of a decadent treat. And also a pedicure. Oh, yes: the hot chocolate pedicure is here. Maria Bonita Salon, located in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, is offering an indulgent hot chocolate pedi. First, you soak your tootsies in cocoa, almond oils, and Dead Sea salts. Next your dead skin is sloughed off with a chocolate and almond exfoliating scrub. Then your feet are massaged with a combination of chocolate, almond oil, and vitamin E, topped off with a hot chocolate paraffin infusion. Unlike the hot chocolate at your local coffee shop which shouldn’t cost more than $3, the hot chocolate pedicure will set you back a whopping $40. While it’s decadent to be sure, it sounds like a misuse of perfectly good hot cocoa to me. [Maria Bonita Salon] [Image of hot chocolate via Shutterstock]
”It seems young actresses are under pressure to look a particular way. They look the same, that’s the thing. And they’re all being photoshopped in adverts for all sorts of (products), so maybe that’s difficult as well — because you’ve got pictures of yourself looking perfect. They have to be this specific model size, and if they get on to the red carpet, they’re all having to walk like models and dress like models. I think the pressure is terrible. If you’re invited to re-invent yourself, in the language in which that conversation is couched, it’s difficult to resist: ‘You’ve got to be thinner.’ ‘You’ve got to be prettier. Because we need to sell you, and we won’t be able to sell you if you don’t look like this.’ It’s not about acting. They don’t care if you can act or not. I can only imagine what the pressures must be like. [If someone had tried to police my body in my 20s] I’d have told them where to shove it. I’ve always been a card-carrying feminist. But in those days, I was fierce, fierce, very angry. So I wouldn’t have put up with a single bloody minute of that.”
Damn straight Emma Thompson is a feminist! But wait — Emma, where do we get these official feminist cards? I need one for my wallet to whip out at appropriate moments. Please advise. [Telegraph UK] [Image via WENN]
Carrie Bradshaw and her “Carrie” necklace. Karl Lagerfeld and his black sunglasses. Mario Batali and his orange crocs. Some pairings are just go together like peanut better and jelly. Which is why when Crocs announced it would be discontinuing its orange shoes, Batali did the only rational thing and ordered 200 pairs of them. He admitted in Details that he got the last 200 pairs of orange Crocs ever via a special order. But for anyone dying to dress like Mario Batali next Halloween or just wear hideous shoes for the hell of it, a spokesperson confirmed to the blog Eater that there’s still a line of orange Crocs for Batali to wear when his bounty runs out. Crocs has made special Bistro Mario Batali and Bistro Mario Batali Vent Clogs in both orange and black, since 2007. The shoes are the same as the orange Crocs, only they feature the celebrity chef’s signature on them and promise to be especially comfortable for food industry folks who are on their feet all day. However, if you want normal orange Crocs and not the special orange ones, you’ll have to appeal to Mr. Batali himself. [Eater] [Photo: Getty]
One of the weirdest things that people say to each other about relationships is “When you know, you know.” It means that when you’ve found the other person to be your singular life partner, you’re practically struck by a bolt of lightening. You just know.
It’s a weird aphorism, because it’s so often untrue. Many of us know people who actually don’t know. They’re ambivalent about the person they’ve been dating, even for a long time, or they’re ambivalent about commitment, fidelity or the institution of marriage.
Then there are the other people who do know, who do find someone, and then they get proven wrong. They know someone is right for them, but life turns around and tells them, “Actually, you don’t know.” Keep reading »