Take That Gaga Body Shamers


Lady Gaga Fires Back at Super Bowl Body Shamers

Lady Gaga was widely praised for her halftime performance at this year’s Super Bowl, but a few critics on social media and other mediums decided to comment on her appearance, especially her body.

Gaga fired back overnight on Instagram, posting a picture from her performance and writing how “proud” she was of her body.

“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” she wrote.

She continued her inspirational post by adding sentiments to her fans and even non-fans.

“No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys,” she added, signing the post “Gaga.”

The message has been liked 850,000 times on Instagram. Fans have commented on it with “you are amazing” and “love you the way you are.”

Here’s more…
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/lady-gaga-fires-back-super-bowl-body-shamers/story?id=45346290

We don’t Need Permission To Tell Our Stories


Brown Girls’ Web Series Writer: ‘We Don’t Need Permission’ to Tell Our Stories
by SALEAH BLANCAFLOR

After a successful GoFundMe campaign last August, a new web series that aims to bring women of color and their stories will premiere this month on Open TV, a Chicago-based platform for diverse and independent artists.

“Brown Girls” written by Fatimah Asghar and directed by Sam Bailey, follows the lives of Leila and Patricia, two best friends living in the Southside of Chicago. Despite coming from completely different backgrounds, the series explores the protagonists’ friendship as they work, party, and navigate the struggles of daily life.

NBC News spoke with Asghar about how her and Bailey assembled the cast and crew, the inspiration behind the series, and how the digital age has help enable artists of color able to share their stories to represent themselves in a honest and realistic way. Read on….

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/brown-girls-web-series-writer-we-don-t-need-permission-n715111

Trump: Women Should Dress Like A Woman


Women respond after Trump says his staff should ‘dress like a woman’

CaseClosed speaks: What exactly does Trump mean by women should dress like women? What does that have to do with women performing their job? Women have jobs in all fields that they be required to wear pants such as firewomen, construction workers, electricians, the list goes on and on. So does wearing pants to work mean women are not feminine? Why does he care? There goes his attitude towards women again. As president does he still want to grab women by their private parts and he’d be better able to do that if they are wearing a dress? There goes Trump’s chauvinistic attitude towards women again.

Read what other women are saying..

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/03/women-respond-after-trump-says-his-staff-should-dress-like-a-woman-6425171/#ixzz4XjPCvTVE

Cute Kids Tell Idris Elba What To Do On A Date


Idris Elba may be the suavest man on the planet, but that doesn’t mean even he couldn’t use some dating advice.

The Dark Tower star is currently in the market for a Valentine’s Day date, in hopes of raising money for the non-profit organization W.E. Can Lead. While he’s still waiting to see what special lady will win a night with him, Elba has elicited a group of kids to give him some tips.

Read on…

Idris Elba gets dating advice from adorable kids

Trump Only Wanted The Vote


Middle-Eastern Family That Voted For Trump Deported Back To Syria

 

A Lehigh Valley family was denied a resolution that would bring them back to Allentown from Damascus, Syria, where they were ordered to return after briefly landing at the Philadelphia International Airport Saturday morning.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection rejected the resolution Monday, said Joseph Hohenstein, an attorney for the Assali family. Lawyers from the ACLU of Pennsylvania, HIAS Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will file a federal lawsuit Tuesday morning on behalf of the families.

Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Local-Family-Denied-Resolution-to-Return-From-Syria-412206853.html#ixzz4XSZ2fdFW
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SAG Got It Right


Moonlight Winner Mahershalalhashbaz “Mahershala” Ali (born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore; February 16, 1974) is an American actor. Ali began his career as a regular on series such as Crossing Jordan and Threat Matrix before his breakthrough role as Richard Tyler in the science-fiction series The 4400. His first major film release was in the 2008 David Fincher-directed romantic fantasy drama film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His other notable films include Predators, The Place Beyond the Pines, Free State of Jones and as Boggs in The Hunger Games series. Ali is also known for his television roles as Remy Danton in House of Cards and Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in Netflix’s TV series Luke Cage.

Transcript MOONLIGHT

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Barry.

I — I think what I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when we’re persecuted. They fold into themselves. And what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community, and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered, that he was okay, and accept him. And I hope that we do a better job.

You know, when we kind of get caught up in the minutia, the details that make us all different. I think there’s two ways of seeing that. There’s an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique. And then there’s an opportunity to going a war — to go to war about it, to say that that person is different from me. I don’t like you, so let’s battle.

My mother is an ordained minister. I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to the side, and I was able to — I’m able to see her. She’s able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown, and that stuff is minutia. It’s not that important.

So I want to — I want to thank Tarell Alvin McCraney for his courage. I want to thank Barry Jenkins. Just — just for your insight your brilliance and your direction and just the collaboration, that opportunity. I will always hold that close to me. I want to thank the — my fellow castmates who — any one of those young men could be up here holding this. I tell you. It’s beautiful work.

So Plan B, A24, thank you. Peace and blessings be upon you.

See more winners speeches and videos…
http://sagawards.org/awards/nominees-and-recipients/23rd-annual-screen-actors-guild-awards

What To Say When Someone Is Grieving


Grief is an uncomfortable emotion and not knowing what to say is very common, but there are at least 10 things that a grieving person wishes you would say. Grief can look different depending on the circumstances. The grieving person may be dealing with the major illness of a loved one who is still living, or the sudden loss of a child. How can we best be of help to our loved ones at a time like this?

10 THINGS TO SAY TO A GRIEVING PERSON
Depending on how much time has passed since the sad event that changed their life, it can be difficult to know what a grieving person wishes you would say. Rather than say something that feels awkward to us, we sometimes don’t say anything. That can be the worst thing you could possibly do for a grieving person.

1. I CANNOT POSSIBLY KNOW THE PAIN THAT YOU’RE EXPERIENCING
And you can’t, because each person grieves individually and in different ways. Their experience of the loss is different from your own. Don’t try to compare.

2. CRYING IS PERFECTLY NORMAL AND THIS IS A SAFE PLACE TO DO IT
Make your friend feel comfortable with tears. Often, people feel embarrassed about crying in front of other people so they are hide their tears or ask you to leave so they can cry privately. Let them know that you’re comfortable with tears and there is no judgment.

3. CRYING IS PERFECTLY HEALTHY AND THIS IS A SAFE PLACE TO DO IT
In his book, The Nature of Grief: The Evolution and Psychology of Reactions to Loss, author John Archer says crying is cathartic, and it may serve several healthy purposes for us as we heal. Crying is an emotional release of overwhelming sadness in the body. Crying is an emotional outburst, and it can be seen as a social tool, as in a cry for help from the bereaved. We are rarely processing thoughts as we cry, but are just allowing the emotion to flow out of us in waves like a river flowing to the ocean.

4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT YOUR EMOTIONS
The grieving person isn’t always willing or able to talk about the loss. A grieving person wishes you would let them know that you have no expectations for their willingness to talk about it with you. If they do, great, you’ll be there for them, and if not, you’re not going anywhere. Read on…

https://www.powerofpositivity.com/grieving-person-messages/

One By One They Died


When a utility worker in Key Largo, Fla., noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth.

Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage hole to rescue him. When he, too, stopped responding, a third worker entered the same hole.

All three men died, overcome by poisonous fumes underground, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A Key Largo firefighter who made a desperate attempt to save the men also became unconscious within seconds. The firefighter, Leonardo Moreno, an eight-year veteran of the department, was flown to a hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday.

Read on…
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/one-by-one-3-utility-workers-descended-into-a-manhole-one-by-one-they-died/ar-AAm0i0p?li=BBnb7Kz