“Whether they’re in America or in Africa, people want to work. They want to have purpose. They want to provide for themselves and their families. They don’t want handouts. They don’t want to be completely dependent on their governments — even though there’s usually no opportunity for that anyway. But they want to be self-sufficient and have a sustainable lifestyle.”
–Scarlett Johansson, speaking on global poverty during a recent Oxfam trip to Kenya, to raise awareness about drought and famine in the region. There are currently around 3.7 million people in Somalia and the surrounding areas that are suffering from acute starvation, while an additiona 6 million are suffering from hunger. Johansson has worked with Oxfam–an international anti-poverty coalition–since 2004. [Huffington Post]
I remember when gossip columns devoted space to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Now we’ve got Amber Portwood, the young woman on “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” who Star magazine says is pregnant with her second baby. Amber is already the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Leah, with ex-fiance Gary Shirley. Star says she’s dating a cage fighter named Clinton Yunker and “is hoping that the child is Shirley’s nonetheless.”
There’s no escaping the “Teen Mom” girls now. Just admit it: it’s dirt cheap for paparazzi to photograph them, so they are claiming tabloid domination. And while Catelynn and Tyler (who gave their kid up for adoption) are the couple who tug our heart strings, you couldn’t avoid Amber if you tried.
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This picture is from Where Children Sleep, a remarkable new book by James Mollison, which chronicles the vast differences in the spaces and places that children inhabit. The above photo documents the bedroom of 4-year-old Kaya of Tokyo, Japan. Kaya owns more than 30 pairs of shoes and several dozen dresses, and lives in extreme contrast to several other children profiled in the book. More children’s bedrooms after the jump. [Telegraph] Keep reading »