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Happy 86th Birthday, Maya Angelou!

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Lookin' Good At 86

Today is the 86th birthday of one of the most beloved writers of our generation, Maya Angelou!  The Wake Forest University professor is perhaps most famous for her 1969 memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, as well as reading a poem at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, winning the Pulitzer Prize for one of her poetry collections, and a nomination for an Emmy for her work on the TV series “Roots.” Oh, and let’s not forget the Presidential Medal Of Freedom! Angelou is a lifelong civil rights activist, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and was the first-ever Black female cable car conductor in San Francisco. She was friends with Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King and James Baldwin and these days is friends with none other than Oprah Winfrey. In memory of her birthday, I poked around YouTube looking for a good video of Angelou reading one of her poems, but I settled on this snippet from “Oprah’s Master Class.” It’s a short, lovely meditation on being human and a reminder why Maya Angelou is a national treasure. [Biography.com, YouTube]

Johnny Depp Explains His Man-gagement Ring On “Letterman”

Johnny Depp Explains His Man-gagement Ring On "Letterman"
"Why is a grown man wearing a woman's engagement ring?"

I’m still a little bummed that Johnny Depp broke up with Vanessa Paradis and is now engaged to 27-year-old Amber Heard, but I do think it’s pretty rad that he’s rocking a blingin’ man-gagement ring. Johnny stopped by “The Late Show With David Letterman” and explained that the reason why he’s rocking a “woman’s engagement ring” because it was too big for Heard. Instead of getting it sized down, Johnny did what bohemian movie stars can do and bought Amber another ring (with a bigger rock) and kept this one for himself. I would expect nothing less from a man who likes to wear five scarves at once. [via Refinery 29]

Honey Maid Shuts Down Homophobes With Amazing “Love” Ad

Honeymaid Love Ad
Love Conquers Hate.

Last month, Honey Maid, the maker of graham crackers and Teddy Grahams, debuted a new ad campaign called “This Is Wholesome.” The commercial featured loving images of gay and interracial families. The sweet 30 seconds of TV time predictably outraged homophobic groups like One Million Moms (which, it should be noted, only has 64,000 followers on Facebook). Angry letters were sent. Boycott threats were made. And then Honey Maid did something awesome: instead of bowing down to the homophobes, they actually stood behind their message of tolerance and inclusion in a really beautiful way, hiring two artists to transform the hateful response into an inspiring message of love. The result is this video, a powerful reminder that the tides are turning, and hate is losing. I’ve watched it three times, cried three times, and now I really want some chocolate chip Teddy Grahams. Honey Maid: mission accomplished! [Jezebel]

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Ami Angelowicz

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Ami Angelowicz
It's Not Goodbye, It's Until Next Time

Incredibly tragic news out of Frisky HQ: today is our beloved Ami Angelowicz’s last day at The Frisky. After nearly five years and 4,923 posts, Ami is headed on to her next grand adventure, running Investigation Discovery’s blog CrimeFeed.com. (Don’t worry, I’ve already started to concoct ways to make her absence as unnoticeable as possible. She’ll still be writing for us on occasion and I will totally look the other way if she just wants to keep working from her desk.) We’re all so sad to see her go, but extremely excited for her as well and wanted to send her off with some delicious Voga Italia cocktails (and Sauza tequila for Jess!), a poem and a few parting gifts. Check out some video we took at yesterday’s little goodbye party above, check out the full text of our epic “Ode to Ami,” and offer your own well wishes in the comments! We love you, Ami! Keep reading »

25-Year-Old Jon Hamm Promises A Foot Fetishist A “Fabulous Foot Massage” On Cancelled Dating Show

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Forgive The Hair, It Was 1996

You know that thing where you feel really, really embarrassed for someone you don’t even know? Where you cringe watching what’s happening to them? Where you squirm instead and think Oh my God I feel so bad for you that this exists? That’s how I feel about this 1996 clip of Jon Hamm on a dating show called “The Big Date.” Self-professed “foot fetishist” Mary needs a “sexy, hot man” who knows how to give a good foot massage.  ”Jon” doesn’t just give a good foot massage, he gives a fabulous foot massage. “The Big Date” has been canceled. But clips of Jon Hamm promising an evening of “fabulosity” live on the Internet forever. [YouTube via BuzzFeed]

Funny Girl Sex Guide: Bad Sex Etiquette

Funny Girl Sex Guide: Sex Etiquette
Would You Want A Finger Shoved Up Your Butt Without Warning?

Perfectly good sex can be ruined by really bad manners. There is an unwritten code of sex conduct, follow it, and your partner will likely be a repeat customer, break it, and you may screw the likelihood of boning again. In this episode of Funny Girl Sex Guide, I’ll review just a few examples of bad manners in the bedroom that could get you kicked to the curb.

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FGSG: Sex Compliments!
Funny Girl Sex Guide: The Importance Of Sex Compliments
For the love of god, COMPLIMENT HER VAGINA. Read More »
The Cum Rag Hierarchy
Infographic: The Cum Rag Hierarchy
Put down the generic toilet paper and bring me a warm, wet washcloth. Read More »
FGSG: Fuck Buddies!
Six rules for successful fuck buddy relationship... Read More »

Here’s How To Read Your Cat’s Mind

Cats Have Feelings Too!

Ever wonder what your cat is thinking? She’s trying to tell you — through her body language! Graphic designer, illustrator and cat lover Cindy Suen created this adorable video as a guide to the ways cats communicate with us. Watch it for a whole new perspective on your kitty’s feelings. [Laughing Squid]

Beauty Test Drive: LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre

So Shiny!

Want to up your eye shadow game? This safe-for-contact-wearers glittery topcoat promises to boost your natural-looking eye makeup and take you from the office to da clurb in no time. Keep reading »

Cindy Crawford Was Judged By Her Calculus Professor Because Of Her Looks

What A Frustrating Lesson!

OK, so it’s a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you’re a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don’t have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesson about judgment on her first day of college calculus. The supermodel received a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, but all her professor seemed to see when he looked at her was a pretty face. Watch this clip from “Oprah’s Master Class” as Cindy tells her sobering (and infuriating) story — and think twice before you assume someone is dumb just because she or he is attractive. [Huffington Post]

An Honest Trailer For “Game Of Thrones”

An Honest Trailer For "Game Of Thrones"
Westeros: Where Everything Is The Thing Of Nouns
"Game Of Thrones" Lingo
"Make water," "smallclothes," and other words and phrases from the series. Read More »

Not sure whether you want to binge-watch HBO’s “Game of Thrones” before Sunday’s fourth season premiere? Check out this honest trailer (there’s a spoiler-free version as well) for the series, so you have a better sense of what you’ll be in for with this dungeon master guide/porno set in a place where everything is the thing of nouns and incest and beheadings are rampant. [YouTube]

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