Virginia takes another step toward elusive Final Four

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Balmain Marches Toward Democratization With New App

PARIS — Balmain is continuing to ramp up its digital credentials with the launch of an app that will allow consumers access to insider content from the house. The app, available on iTunes from today, is part of creative director Olivier Rousteing’s drive to democratize access to high fashion and make it more inclusive.
“For too many years, the legendary ateliers, boutiques and runways of Paris have only been open to a very lucky select few,” stated Rousteing. “We’d like to try to begin to change that, by inviting as many members of our Balmain Army as possible into our Balmain universe.”
The app features augmented reality content that can be accessed, for example, by scanning posters that have been fly-posted around Paris since last night. The label’s men’s show this evening will be uploaded online from Saturday, while its couture show on Jan. 23 — its first in 16 years — will be live-streamed through the app. A further option will offer an immersive tour of Balmain’s Saint Honoré flagship, due to open mid-February, and new content will be added regularly.
“We always said that Balmain will define a new communication strategy based on entertainment, based on inclusivity, based on authenticity, but

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Janet Jackson Headed Toward First #1 Album In 7 Years

(AllHipHop News) Janet Jackson is proving her fans still have a lot of love for the music icon. According to HitsDailyDouble, Jackson’s latest album Unbreakable is set to land in the top spot on the album chart.

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At the moment the independent LP is predicted to move 90,000-105,000 albums and 93,000-108,000 SPS units. This week’s only other big debut, Tamar Braxton’s Calling All Lovers, is expected to fall in the 38,000-43,000 sales and 42,000-47,000 SPS range.

Unbreakable is Jackson’s first studio album since 2008’s Discipline. It is also her first release since parting ways with Island Records. The set features appearances by J. Cole and Missy Elliott. If Unbreakable holds at #1, it will be the singer’s 7th album to become the top-selling LP in the country.

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Why Millennials Have Such A Different Attitude Toward Sexual Identity

Bisexual, pansexualdemiromantic, aromantic – the sexual identities with which people label themselves continue to become more diverse and more mainstream. But think back to the days long, long ago, when conversations about sexuality were typically limited to gay or straight and maybe, once in a while, bisexual. (Yawn, am I right?)

So what is it about millennials, who are both open to sexual fluidity and willing to reject labels altogether? To break it down, HuffPost Live spoke with Noah Michaelson, editorial director of Voices at The Huffington Post; Ellyn Ruthstrom, board member for the Bisexual Resource Center; freelance columnist Eliel Cruz and YouGov U.S. assistant editor Peter Moore. Check it out in the video above. 

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HELENA, MT—Promising unspoiled nature and a relaxing escape from the hectic rigors of city life, a new Montana tourism advertising campaign that debuted this week is reportedly marketed toward urban bison. “We want Montana to be the only destination a bison thinks of when they need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city,” Montana Office of Tourism head Brian Kinnard said of the $ 5 million campaign, which consists of billboards and advertisements placed in subways and bus stops in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. in order to reach city-dwelling bison. “Montana offers expansive views, fresh local food, and gorgeous national parks where bison can reconnect with nature and spend quality time with family or friends.” Kinnard told reporters that most bison visiting Montana would probably never want to go back to the city after getting out into the open and realizing they …

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Barnard College Works Toward New Policy On Transgender Admissions

NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, chatting animatedly with current students.

There were, of course, young women from a variety of backgrounds, but at least one category wasn’t included: transgender women. Barnard, like other women’s colleges, has traditionally admitted only students born female. But that might be changing.

Next week, Barnard’s trustees are expected to vote on an issue that has arrived loudly and emphatically on the front burner for women’s colleges across the nation: transgender admissions. One by one, schools have announced policies in the past year that address, as never before, the fluidity of gender.

Why the sudden action? “I think certain issues just hit the zeitgeist at a certain point in time,” says Debora Spar, Barnard’s president, who’s led a monthslong effort to explore the issue with her community, including five town halls and a survey that yielded some 900 responses – all of which she says she’s personally read. “History is moving very quickly on this issue.”

Popular culture, too. “Transgender issues have been accelerating in the culture,” says Jennifer Finney Boylan, an English professor at Barnard and herself a trans woman. She points to several recent influential events: Actress Laverne Cox appearing on a Time magazine cover touting “The Transgender Tipping Point.” The Golden Globe-winning TV show “Transparent,” about a trans woman. And, more recently, Bruce Jenner’s transition. “These issues are changing the game,” says Boylan. “It might seem like it’s all happening at once, but why didn’t it happen sooner? I’m delighted that all of these colleges are trying to figure it out.”

But figuring it out is a complex process, and colleges have arrived at differing (and often lengthy) policies. The most recent: Smith College, which decided in early May to admit transgender women but not transgender men (assigned female at birth but identifying as male). Mount Holyoke, on the other hand, has decided to admit both. “We acknowledge that gender identity is not reducible to the body,” said the school’s president, Lynn Pasquerella, in September.

Barnard, now, will have to determine where to draw the line.

“There’s no one right answer,” says Dru Levasseur, director of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project. “It’s a complex issue, and it reflects the complexity of gender.” To those who might argue that the issue affects only a tiny group of people, Levasseur replies that it’s hugely symbolic.

“It really gets to the heart of who qualifies as a woman, and who qualifies as a man,” Levasseur says. “Which makes it so relevant right now.”

Ahead of the decision, The Associated Press sampled some views across the community.


Spar, the Barnard president, says the issue is hardly brand new; she’s been thinking about transgender admissions since she took her position in 2008. After listening to various views, she feels it boils down to “a split in how people defined what a women’s college is.”

“For part of the community, that mission is defined as educating women,” Spar says. “For another part, it’s about providing a space for gender-oppressed minorities. And when you come down to it, that divide affects how you see the issue of transgender admissions.”

“We really want to do the right thing,” Spar says. “We just have to figure out what the right thing is.”


Caleb LoSchiavo, 22, a graduating senior, was born female but, upon arrival at Barnard, began a gradual transition. An Italian and psychology major, LoSchiavo changed names legally last year.

“I arrived here and realized that I wasn’t female,” LoSchiavo says. “I didn’t fit into this idea of womanhood.”

LoSchiavo, who identifies as neither male nor female but “gender fluid,” has been active in transgender issues on campus, and senses that Barnard is ready to admit transgender students: “It would look really regressive and behind the times to say `no.’ We don’t want to be on the wrong side of history.”

But how to define the policy? LoSchiavo thinks Barnard should admit anyone except those who identify as male. That would exclude trans men.

“If you KNOW you’re a man, then a women’s college is not your place,” LoSchiavo says. “Men have male privilege, that’s a fact. If people see you as a man, you’re going to be treated with more respect. Men don’t need to be at a women’s college to see themselves reflected in leadership. They can look at the entire history of our nation.”


If Barnard’s decision goes that way, it would effectively exclude someone like Mark King, a music major who’s just completed junior year and is a trans man.

King, 21, began identifying as a male at 16 or 17. But he didn’t come out publicly until he’d arrived at Barnard. “In high school, there are just so many people who know you, so many people to get past,” he says. “It was excellent to come to Barnard and introduce myself as I am.”

King always gets the same question: “Why would a trans man want to come to Barnard?” His answer is that Barnard is not MORE rigid because it’s a women’s college; it’s less.

“Barnard appealed to me as a trans person because I knew that the environment here was much more accepting, and that people were completely open and happy to learn about other people’s experiences,” he says.

King, who among other initiatives has worked with the college to establish gender-inclusive bathrooms in every Barnard building, agrees with many that the first priority is to get trans women accepted.

“But,” he says, “I think Barnard should admit all students for whom womanhood is or HAS BEEN part of their identity.”

To bolster his case, King points to Barnard’s very mission statement, which says that the school “embraces its responsibility to address issues of gender in all of their complexity and urgency, and to help students achieve the personal strength that will enable them to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives.”


Ava Kingsley, a rising junior and economics major, attended a town hall and suddenly found herself becoming a spokesman for “the other side.”

“The first two people spoke and they were very pro-opening up admissions. It was very unilateral, one-dimensional, and so I raised my hand,” she says.

Kingsley notes that Barnard is unique; it’s a women’s college but also part of Columbia. Any Columbia student can take class, eat in dining halls or hang out at Barnard; they just can’t be officially a Barnard student.

“The co-ed aspect is important to me,” says Kingsley, who adds that she understands all sides, and also welcomes transgender students in any aspect of campus life. “Yet also, I feel strongly about having the all-women’s environment in the sense of the principle of the school and its mission. For me, as soon as you have students who have a penis apply to an all-women’s college, that takes away our unique identity as one. With three of four Columbia colleges able to enroll transgender students, I feel Barnard doesn’t have any obligation to take our exclusivity away, something we fought so hard to maintain.”


Boylan, the professor and transgender activist, favors the most inclusive policy possible. But she understands why views differ. The “least vexing” question for most people, she says, is whether transgender women have a place at Barnard.

As for those who question why a person identifying as male should be at Barnard, she answers: “You come to a place like this because gender is at the center of your life. Because the questions you need to answer to become yourself are questions that are best going to be answered at a college in which gender is at the center of the academic enterprise. The more you think about it, the more sense it makes.”

And why is the issue important, despite the small numbers involved? (It’s hard to know how many college applicants will be affected; the entire transgender population in the US has been estimated at about 700,000.)

“Our humanity is measured by the way we treat the most vulnerable in our society,” Boylan says. “Even if – I would say especially if – their numbers are small.”

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Salma Hayek On The Simple First Step Toward Ending Hollywood’s Woman Problem

Salma Hayek has some awesome ideas about how to break down Hollywood sexism.

In a May 17 interview for The Hollywood Reporter’s Women In Motion talks, Salma Hayek and co-speaker Matthias Schoenaerts discussed sexism in Hollywood, and the many different ways women are chipping away at it.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Janice Minn kicked off the discussion by asking how Hollywood can get men involved in creating more spaces for women in the film industry.

Hayek had one suggestion: “There’s a very simple answer and really a very simple solution,” she said. “You get [men] involved the same way that you get men involved in anything and the only way you can inspire them: money.”

The 48-year-old actress told the story of when she was trying to get “Ugly Betty” on air and everyone rejected her pitch. As the executive producer of the TV show, Hayek realized the only way to get the show on-air was to “try to prove our power as a consumer.”

“I was trying to do a telenovela where the leading role was a girl that was not pretty… that had a new visual proposition,” Hayek said. Knowing the networks were underestimating the value of a one-hour comedy about a Latina woman, Hayek pointed advertisers and producers to statistics on how large the Latino population is in the U.S. — and their proportion of television audiences. “Ugly Betty” was on the air in no time.

“Every time you try to bring something new, they run for their lives,” Hayek said. “But once they saw the money, we got on the air immediately!”

The actress also described how demonstrating the power of female consumers can be an effective approach to promoting equality, telling Minn, “We look at the statistics as victims… We have to come in a position of power. It’s not like, ‘Oh you haven’t noticed us!’ No, it’s like, ‘You don’t know what you’re missing.’ And when they know that what they’re missing is money, they’ll jump in that boat at speed light.”

“They are forgetting that there is this X generation of smart women that have a huge power of economical power,” she said. “We are successful, we work, we make our own money and we are a very strong consumer.”

Hayek pointed out another sexist dilemma many women have to deal with on set: that leading actors often have a say in who gets cast in the leading female role. “Already they don’t pay us the same!” she said. “It should be the director’s choice, not the actor’s choice. The fact that he has a say who he gets to kiss or not — I find that very sexist.” Preach.

Schoenaerts weighed in later, telling Minn that stories about women have great potential to inspire and also — to make money. “Within the industry we don’t seem to see [the value of women] and we don’t seem to translate it onto the stories we tell, he said. “And there’s an enormous beauty and depth to what the female represents and what she embodies in all her dimensions. I think there’s an enormous potential for beautiful stories that eventually might make money.”

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