Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke Encourages Other Virgins to Stay Strong

Ally Brooke says it’s tough being a virgin, especially when you think you’re the only one — something she wants other late bloomers to know is a complete and total misconception. We spoke to the Fifth Harmony singer about the recent revelation…

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Christian Siriano Encourages Fashion Designers to Pitch in Designing Masks for Hospital Workers

GET TO WORK: Christian Siriano is calling on other fashion designers to join his efforts to sew masks for hospital workers in the fight against the coronavirus.
After tweeting to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday asking how he could get masks to New York City hospitals, Cuomo’s team responded immediately to help coordinate and to determine which hospital needs the masks first, Siriano said.
Now working from his home in Connecticut, Siriano said he and his team aim to make 1,000 masks for New York City hospitals in a couple of days.
Siriano also hopes that any other designer who has the production capacity to help will do so. “I really think that if anybody still has team members who are sewing or who can sew, especially in New York, we could make a few hundred a day. There are only so many people who work in a hospital. Fashion could really change everything in a week. Look, we have nothing else to do right now. Nobody is buying clothes so what can we do? I hope that everybody can pitch in.”
Siriano said, “I know that Monique Lhuillier has a full working atelier in L.A. Maybe she can help. Hopefully, everybody

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Eldorado Encourages Retailers to Celebrate International Fetish Day

Eldorado Trading Company is urging retailers who serve the BDSM and fetish community to celebrate International Fetish Day on Jan. 18 with a store display promoting popular fetish and BDSM products.
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J. Cole Shows Solidarity With Protesters, Encourages NFL Boycott In Twitter Return

J. Cole is usually too busy making albums that go platinum and touring to be on Twitter all time of the day and night. But today (Sept. 24), the Dreamville rapper made a return to the social media app to express his solidarity with NFL protesters, including his mans (sic) Colin Kaepernick, while encouraging fans to boycott. 

After admitting to his lack of a Twitter presence, and bigging up Cardi B, Cole went in.

“God bless every player that finds courage to kneel today. But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch,” tweeted Cole. “Your eyes translate to advertising money for the League and it’s [sic] owners.”

It seems like Cole isn’t falling for the jig.

He continued, “Same ones who speak out against Trump today, are the same ones that denied a qualified man a job because he took a stand against injustice. You and me have the power to deny them our attention ($ $ to them) until they make a wrong situation right.”

Basically, Cole is riding for Kaep. And that means boycotting the NFL.

“How do they make it right? I know there are people smarter than me with better answers. But here’s one. Hire 3rd party investigator approved by NFLPA to determine if kap was denied a job unfairly as punishment for his stance. (I know, I know) Bare with me I’m just a rapper.. now look. Every day they stay quiet on this they’re saying that they condone what’s happening to Kap and the message it sends.

Well, you have a choice on how you respond to that. You can choose to not watch. if a boycott doesn’t force them to action, don’t even trip. This is where the real flex happens. Black people spend a lot of money with NFL corporate sponsors. White people who don’t fuck with white supremacy spend a lot of money too.

So, next you turn your attention to these sponsors. Pick one of the biggest ones and say, ‘do you agree with black balling players when they speak out against oppression?’ ‘If not, why are you spending all this money with a League that clearly condones that? …”You know what, I don’t think I can spend my money with you no more until you fix this.” Repeat this with another company, and another.

Thats when the magic happens. And sadly, in this capitalistic world we live in, that’s when your voice is heard. When you hurt the pockets. I respect whatever you decide to do. Watch or don’t watch, whatever’s in your heart. But I’m not watching til it feel right.”

Cole essentially laid out the blueprint to how successful boycotts work. He may not have said anything new (if you were paying attention during the Civil Rights portion of History class), but his influence certainly will open the eyes of many who have been unaware of the power they do possess.

Respect.

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Don’t Read Lena Dunham: It Only Encourages Her

Lena Dunham’s “Shouts and Murmers” piece,”Dog Or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz” in the March 30, 2015 issue of the New Yorker, is a poke in my eye. I don’t like to be poked in the eye.

The column starts by asking: “Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend?”

It then goes on to list 35 attributes, relating to food issues, generosity/cheapness, medical conditions, interpersonal foibles and more. The magazine accepted Dunham’s piece and published it. It is, at this writing, flying around the Interwebs like a fart in a revolving door.

I am Jewish. I am male. I am not religious. I have been on the receiving end of anti-semitism, but do not consider myself overly sensitive. My insult meter is fairly well regulated.

And yet, I felt like spitting blood upon reading Dunham’s piece. Is the magazine business so fragile that it requires the New Yorker to publish this kind of click bait?

Couldn’t the editors have been mindful of the fact that comparing Jews and dogs, in any context, might be considered — oh, just maybe — insulting?

I already sense the tsk tsking out there, based on comments online. “That’s Dunham being Dunham,” blah, blah, blah.

Well, NO!

Reverse the genders and religions. The story is now written by a Jewish TV humorist/actor about his gentile girlfriend, comparing her to a dog. Still hilarious enough to publish in the New Yorker?

Reverse the ethnicities. The story is now written by Dunham, about her boyfriend, a man of color. Does that scenario pass muster for the pages of the New Yorker?

Maybe the true column has yet to be written: “Dog or Lena Dunham? A Quiz” — anyone out there up to the task of tackling that one, and pitching the New Yorker?

Perhaps in this instance the words of my Vilna-born, Jewish grandma would be appropriate: “Don’t pay attention; it only encourages her.”

If only.
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Activist Michaela Angela Davis Encourages Us To Embrace The Complexity Of Black Beauty

Eurocentric beauty standards have dominated mainstream media narratives for years. While African American women deal with everything from controversial skin-lightening creams to prodding about black hair that is constantly hurled their way, a panel of black women joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to remind us that black is still beautiful.

“Here’s what’s dope about being black to me. [Black women have] this ability to flip the script whenever you want,” BET editorial manager and image activist Michaela Angela Davis told host Nancy Redd. “This ability to have what looks like contradicting ideas and be cool with it. Like I’m ratchet and refined, right?”

She then pivoted to hair and discussed how its versatility can be used to express a personality or mood.

“If you say, ‘Today, I’m feeling very Cameron Diaz,’ and you blow your hair out and put on whatever, and then tomorrow you’re Missy Elliot, that is the breadth of beauty that we can be, this bouquet of beauty,” she said.

As she explained, black beauty is all about “complexity,” in everything from hairstyles to skin color, and being able to “authentically” embrace all aspects of that diversity.

“Look at all of our different shades and our sizes and our curves and our curls and our complexions,” she added. “Our complexity is also really beautiful.”

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