The cover of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive album features a photo of the rapper sitting on the roof of his childhood home, the single-family dwelling that he and his family moved into after years spent living in a trailer park. At some point, his mom, a single mother, lost the house because of financial hardship, but years later as an adult with his own money, Cole bought the house back. But buying the house wasn’t just about using it as a symbol on his album cover, nor did Cole or any of his family actually move into the house on Forest Hills Drive. Instead, Cole announced his plans to turn the home into a rent-free haven for women like his mother, raising multiple kids on their own. Keep reading »
Plus-size model Tess Holliday (also known as Tess Munster) signed with MiLK Model Management last week, making her the first model of her height and size to be signed to a major agency. While it’s frustrating to live in a world in which it’s this rare for a beautiful woman to be hired as a model despite not sharing a body type with Kate Moss, this is a kickass milestone. Holliday gets us one step closer to a society where agency moves like this are just the norm. In 2013, Holliday launched the body positive #effyourbeautystandards social media movement, which catapulted her to online fame and encouraged thousands of women to recognize the beauty in their own bodies. Keep reading »
Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd was totally psyched when a federal judge overturned her state’s outdated ban on gay marriage. She was less impressed, however, by the way some officials reacted to it.
Specifically, House Speaker Mike Hubbard said that it was “outrageous when a single unelected and unaccountable federal judge can overturn the will of millions of Alabamians who stand in firm support of the Sanctity of Marriage Act. “The Legislature will encourage a vigorous appeals process, and we will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live.” The state Attorney General/Comic Book Supervillain Luther Strange filed a motion over the weekend to stay the judges ruling, hoping to at least enjoy a few more weeks of having more rights than gay people, I guess. Keep reading »
Update on the whole Cadbury Egg situation: No British chocolate will be imported into the United States anymore, after Hershey’s made a deal with the group Let’s Buy British Imports to cease the import of any British candies that have packaging that looks like Hershey’s packaging. Considering how many Hershey’s candies exist, that pretty much means that there will be no more British candies in America, period. Oh, and that Cadbury thing? Forget what anyone told you in the immediate aftermath of the news about it not affecting the United States. Hershey’s has a license to manufacture Cadbury Eggs with the licensed Cadbury name, but a new and inferior chocolate recipe. Keep reading »
When Cynthia Anderson of Edgewater, Florida tried to board a plane at a Nebraska airport last week with three uncaged puppies and two older dogs, she was denied boarding. Not only were the two-week-old puppies too young to fly (dogs must be eight weeks old), they were not properly kenneled. The following day, the 56-year-old attempted to board again, this time with just the two older dogs and one puppy she’d tried to hide in a carry-on bag. Anderson’s parents were in Nebraska and had taken in the other two puppies — it’s unclear why the parents weren’t given all three, which could have saved the carry-on puppy from his or her awful fate. When Anderson was denied boarding yet again (presumably because the hidden dog was discovered), she was seen entering an airport bathroom where she proceeded to drown the tiny Doberman. Yes, you read that correctly, she DROWNED HER TWO-WEEK-OLD PUPPY! Keep reading »