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President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he would be willing to “shut down” the federal government if Democrats don’t agree to fund the border wall and if there isn’t immigration reform.
“I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
Congress has a deadline of September 30 to pass a budget for the next fiscal year, or risk a shutdown much like the one that occurred in January.
Trump’s tweet comes just days after he met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss a strategy to minimize the risk of a shutdown over the border wall, which Democrats still actively oppose, The Huffington Post reports.
According to Politico, Trump seemed “receptive” to delaying the fight for the border wall funding until after the election. However, Trump’s threats on Twitter doesn’t seem to be helping to ensure that a budget is passed to prevent a shutdown.
Shortly after the president’s tweets, Rep. Steve Stivers, Chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee told ABC News“This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz that the Republican-held Congress would work to keep the government open.
“I don’t think we’re going to shut down the government,” Stivers said. “You know, I think we’re going to make sure we keep the government open, but we’re going to get better policies on immigration.”
Stivers, however, criticized Democrats’ stance on immigration, saying the Democrats want “open borders.”
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján also appeared on “This Week,” and said the Democrats want immigration policies that are “fair” and “tough.”
“Democrats are standing strong when it comes to a comprehensive immigration reform conversation with the American people that is fair, that is tough and that will be good for America,” Luján said.
Raddatz asked Luján some Democrats’ call for the abolishment of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
“Is that a good message for the Democrats, abolishing ICE?” Raddatz said.
“Democrats want to work on a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform package to address all of our issues across the country,” Luján responded.
17 times moms were too good for us. [BuzzFeed]
Rigging McDonald's monopoly. [The Daily Beast]
This girl traveled to 55 countries in 5 years. [Elite Daily]
What happened when I gave up dairy. [Vogue]
Is banning straws the answer? [Mic]
These foods will improve your mood. [Spoon University]
Surviving cancer in prison. [The Marshall Project]
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are back in the spotlight. [The New York Times]
An expensive social-media shopping habit. [Cosmopolitan]
Getting over a fear of lipstick. [Glamour]
Fans were ecstatic when they found out that Cardi B would be joining Bruno Mars for the North American leg of his 24K Magic Tour starting September 7. But, according to Popsugar, the “Bodak Yellow” singer announced on social media that she made the decision to not tour with Bruno after all.
In a July 26th message posted to her Instagram, Cardi wrote, “As of today I’ve decided I won’t be joining Bruno on his tour this fall. I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically. […] I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing.”
Cardi continued by writing, “Not only am I just not ready physically, I'm not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it's not healthy for her to be on the road.”
Cardi added that she has to do “what's best for [herself] and [her] baby,” and thanked Bruno for being “so supportive and understanding.”
Cardi’s reason is 100 percent understandable. Having a baby is not easy, and we appreciate how honest and real she is about the difficulties of motherhood, especially when women are encouraged just to bounce back after pregnancy.
Shortly after Cardi posted her announcement, Bruno replied on social media, and was completely supportive of Cardi’s decision, HelloGiggles reports.
“Most important thing is you and your family's health. I know the fans will understand,” Bruno wrote, adding that she is “absolutely doing the right thing.”
Bruno also promised to play “Bodak Yellow” every night in her honor, and how sweet is that?
Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.
But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)
Rep. John Lewis, Champion of Civil Rights Movement, Hospitalized
U.S. Representative John Lewis, champion of the civil rights movement and congressman for 31 years, has been hospitalized after falling ill on a plane trip back to Atlanta, where he was to attend an event on Saturday night.
Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV reports that the 78-year-old Georgia congressman was “resting comfortably” in a hospital Saturday night for “routine observation.”
Lewis’ spokesperson, Brenda Jones, said the congressman was expected to be released on Sunday.
The congressman was a close friend with Martin Luther King Jr. and played a key role in the civil right movement. Lewis took part in many of the same iconic events as King, including walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965, where he was badly beaten by police, The Huffington Post reports.
Lewis’ activism did not end with the civil rights movement. The Democrat has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and his policies, including the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.
Northern California Wildfire Kills Two Children, Great-Grandmother
A 70-year-old woman and her two great-grandchildren were killed when the rapidly spreading northern California wildfire, trapping them inside of their home, as one of the victims, a five-year-old boy called 911 for help.
The Carr Fire, according to ABC News, jumped the Sacramento River to the town of Redding, California, leveling homes and prompting mass evacuations as the fire shifts direction swiftly and fiercely.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the wildfire has burned 89,194 acres and destroyed at least 536 structures, threatening nearly 5,000 others.
The great-grandmother, Melody Bledsoe, “did everything she could to save [the two children]”, Bledsoe's granddaughter, Amanda Woodley, wrote in a Facebook post. “She was hovered over them both with a wet blanket.”
“My nephew called, scared, for help, but they said they couldn't make it in time,” said Carla Bledsoe, the children’s aunt, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
With the deaths of Bledsoe and the two young children, the death toll of the Carr Fire climbed to five.
The Carr Fire is only five percent contained.
Disney Joins List of Major Companies to Ban Plastic Straws
The Walt Disney Co. has announced that it will stop using single-use plastic straws and stirrers at all of its locations, NBC News reports.
In a news release on Thursday, Disney officials said the ban will be implemented mid-2019, and is part of the company’s “long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” eliminating more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually.
Disney is the latest to join the list of major companies banning plastic straws. Early this month, Starbucks pledged to get rid of plastic straws in all of its stores worldwide by 2020.
Cities across the United States, such as Seattle and Santa Barbara, California have also implemented similar bans. San Francisco is currently in the process of enacting a ban on plastic straws and other plastic items.
Disney also announced that it would transition to refillable in-room amenities for its hotels and cruises over the next few years.
What to look out for…
Speaking of Disney, the company is developing a new live-action fairytale about an African princess named Sadé, and I’m so down for this.
Summer is the perfect time to pick up a chilling mystery or intense psychological thriller. Whether you are staying cool indoors or relaxing all day on the beach, summer days and nights provide the opportunity to catch up on all of the great books you may have missed. Here are 13 novels guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine on even the hottest summer days.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Death of Mrs. Westaway is Ruth Ware’s fourth mystery novel, and one of her best. In a case of mistaken identity, young tarot reader Hal is invited to the funeral of a long-lost family member. When she leaves home to attend the funeral (and perhaps make a better life for herself), she quickly becomes entangled in her own web of lies. Neither sinister nor gory, The Death of Mrs. Westaway is reminiscent of classic Agatha Christie, perfect for readers who aren’t quite ready for more intense thrillers.
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Sara Shepard is famous for her twisty, dramatic mysteries (hello, Pretty Little Liars) and The Heiresses is no exception. The novel is about the wealthy New York family, the Saybrooks. They seem to have everything, but when one of the five Saybrook daughters dies under questionable circumstances, all of the family’s secrets are threatened to be revealed. Basically, The Heiresses is a grown up Pretty Little Liars, which makes it the perfect suspenseful beach read.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
THRILLED to announce that my first novel, Sharp Objects, will be an HBO series—starring Amy Adams. Can't picture a more perfect Camille. Now: Thoughts on casting for Mother Adora and sweet little Amma? @hbo #amyadams #sharpobjects http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/01/gillian-flynn-sharp-objects-hbo-amy-adams
Gillian Flynn shot to literary stardom with the sensational Gone Girl, but her early works are just as impressive. Her debut novel, Sharp Objects, is one of her grittiest and most intense novels. Camille Preaker, a reporter, returns to her small hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls and reconnect with her family. In addition to the intensity of the murder mystery, Camille’s secret past adds another element of drama and suspense, keeping you turning pages until the shocking conclusion. If you love the novel, be sure to check out the mini-series, starring Amy Adams, currently airing on HBO.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
If you are a fan of classic cinema and suspense, this one is for you. Anna is a woman who is unable to leave her home and spends her days watching classic films. Because of this, she seeks connection by spying on her neighbors with her camera. When she thinks she has witnessed a crime, her life starts to spiral out of control, and shocking truths about Anna and her neighbors are revealed. A tightly woven story, when you pick this one up, make sure your schedule is clear—you won’t want to put it down.
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Not quite a mystery but a suspenseful, psychological thriller set in the heat of 1950s Morocco, Tangerine is a fantastic debut novel and a great summer read. Alice is living in Morocco with her husband when her old college pal Lucy shows up. The two women are linked by a secret that is shocking and when that secret is revealed, the consequences impact both Alice and Lucy. You won’t be able to guess what will happen next as you rush to finish this novel.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This is considered to be one of the OG suspense novels. A young woman arrives at her new husband’s home only to realize that something is not quite right. The inspiration for countless novels and films, this classic is at the top of my reading list this summer.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
A suspicious death puts a journalist on path to find a reclusive horror film director in this immersive read. Marisha Pessl has a unique voice that is both suspenseful and humorous, which makes Night Film all the more engaging and engrossing. Web pages, news articles and photos are featured throughout the novel, using multimedia to enhance the world of the story. This is a lengthy one, so the long days of summer make it the perfect time to tackle this fantastic novel.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Final Girls is a true horror novel. Quincy has survived a horrific crime and is working to move past the experience, but when the circumstances of the past come back to haunt her, things take a scary turn. This one is definitely dark, so you might want to avoid reading it before bed.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, is a fantastic addition to the world of mystery writers. P.I. Cormoran Strike is a veteran returning home to England. With his personal life in shambles, he and his assistant Robin, investigate the death of a young model. They are hoping to make enough money to pay next month’s rent but get so much more. Fans of Rowling’s writing style will love this literary thriller. And if you want more of Cormoran and Robin, don’t worry—The Cuckoo’s Calling is only the first novel in the series, and all three books have been turned into a TV series that is currently airing on Cinemax.
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
This novel is another that falls more under the umbrella of a psychological thriller than terrifying mystery. Set in 1920s New York City, Rose, a typist, becomes friends with a mysterious woman named Odalie. Odalie has secrets of her own and doesn’t hesitate to introduce Rose to her mysterious life. The combination of the glamorous setting and unreliable narrator make this one a not to be missed.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Widely considered to be a “modern classic,” The Secret History is a story about close knit college students at a small liberal arts college. Richard, a Californian, befriends a small group of students studying classics. After an accident one fateful night, Richard and his friends engage in a cover-up that creates even more problems for them. With references to philosophy and Ancient Greek culture, this is more of an intellectual read, but the last 100 pages will have you staying up late to find out what will happen!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
If you are in the mood for a quick, yet spooky read, this comic book is your perfect match. Written by one of the creators of Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a new take on the classic story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Set in the 1960s, the vintage setting adds to the spookiness of spells and zombies. Make sure to check this one out before the television adaptation, starring Kiernan Shipka and Ross Lynch hits Netflix.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
This YA mystery is an homage to Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and all sorts of classic detectives. Teen detective Stevie arrives at a special boarding school where she hopes to solve a decades old cold case—but when one of her fellow students is murdered, Stevie finds herself connected to all sorts of mysteries. Featuring mystery, romance and plenty of teen angst, Truly Devious is the perfect read for fans of YA or mysteries.
You can find these all of these novels at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or your local independent bookstore. You can also find them at your local library for a budget-friendly option!
Sure, it might seem redundant to watch a movie entitled Hot Summer Nights when we’re still
failing attempting to cope with the fact this summer is way too hot for any human being. However, Hot Summer Nights follows the story of an awkward teenager who spends the summer in Cape Cod and comes out of his proverbial shell thanks to a townie bad body, Hunter Strawberry (portrayed by Alex Roe). Don’t worry, it won’t bring back too many nostalgic-filled teenage memories, unless you dabbled in a drug-selling dynasty when you were fresh out of high school. (If so, you’ll still want to revisit regretful memories because this is the perfect inter-seasonal film.)
You might be familiar with Alex Roe from his portrayal of Evan Walker in The 5th Wave, or country singer Liam in Forever My Girl, or maybe you’re used to seeing Roe as Ben Pownall on Siren, which is a Freeform series about murderous mermaids (name a more iconic duo, we dare you). Aside from Roe’s experience in the entertainment industry, we had the chance to talk to the actor about his role in Hot Summer Nights, working with Maia Mitchell and coping with grief in a healthy manner.
Her Campus: At the beginning of Hot Summer Nights your character [Hunter Strawberry] is introduced as sort of Cape Cod's outsider version of Regina George—however, Hunter develops a sort of a friendship with Daniel in an unconventional way. Are there any ways that you've made a friend in an unusual setting or unconventional manner?
Alex Roe: I think that as actors, we’re always thrown into these unusual settings and we kind of like become family in the few months that we shoot this movie for. We all stayed in the house together in Atlanta, where we are shooting. So we are kind of eating dinner together, going out together, and we are running lines together. It's a strange setup to be in, but for this movie specifically, it made the chemistry on screen really pop.
HC: Definitely. And I think viewers can really see that because you spent so much time together and it really resonates in the film.
AR: Yeah, it's a strange thing because you are acting—you’re playing different characters—but getting to know each other just loosens you up when you’re on set together.
HC: Absolutely. And throughout the movie, Hunter has a great deal of character development, especially after he meets Amy. Have you found that you've learned anything about yourself from your time portraying Hunter?
AR: I think some of the lessons that I’ve hoped to have learned early on. I’ve got a twin sister that I’m very protective over, and I have to learn how to not be so protective of her, so I can definitely relate to that aspect of Hunter. I'm not quite as angry as Hunter, but I think Hunter is really affected by Amy's presence. She’s actually able to kind of calm him down. She sees something in him that no one else sees, he sees something in her that no one else sees, and I think I've definitely had relationships like that in my life.
HC: Speaking of Amy, what was it like playing love interests with Maia Mitchell?
AR: Well, for starters, she's incredibly beautiful so that made it really easy. But she's also really cool. Because we all stayed in this house together, we are able to build a rapport with each other. It was really easy and really comfortable, and we were able to talk about why Amy and Hunter worked together and why Amy turns his life around in some way or starts to turn his life around. I think, in doing that, you kind of develop a real bond with each other.
HC: Those kind of open-ended conversations probably helped drive a lot of the reactions on set.
AR: Definitely. We were both very much in character and very loose and free when we were on set, and I think that shows in this movie.
HC: Definitely, it does. The film sort of parallels both Hunter's and Daniel's respective grieving processes—however, they both develop their own unhealthy coping mechanisms. Do you have any advice for young people who might currently be navigating their own grief?
AR: Everyone deals with grief in their own way. The way Hunter deals with it, I think, is by putting lots and lots of walls up. I think he protects himself in that way. Some of the people that have the biggest fronts, or that you think are so super confident, are the people who are often pushing down the most insecurities sometimes. I think that trying to run away from it is probably not the best thing. I think temporarily it’s a good thing, but running into pain and knowing that it doesn’t last forever can be a good way to deal with [grief].
HC: Definitely. It’s more like a band-aid, the tough guy persona.
HC: In your acting career, you've mastered several different accents, from Liam's Southern accent in Forever My Girl to now Hunter's Eastern Massachusetts accent. Is there a particular accent that you personally find most difficult to portray?
AR: I think, for the English accent, we don’t say our Rs, contrary to a standard American accent. So Boston and Eastern Massachusetts is a little easier just because they don't say their Rs either. But I love doing accents, I think it's really interesting to delve into. I think you have to have a little bit of a need to live for it definitely, but people seem to keep buying it so I’m happy.
HC: I honestly couldn't tell that you were English just from watching that movie. I would have guessed that you were from Boston.
AR: Amazing. That's a really big compliment. I think that English people cheat a little bit because we have so much American TV, so we hear your accents on a regular basis. It’s like I’m an undercover American.
HC: You also delve into a lot of pre-production research in your work. For Hot Summer Nights particularly, you spent two weeks in Cape Cod learning the townie life. Do you have any advice for young actors who might just be breaking into the industry and they might not know where or how to start their research for a specific role?
AR: That’s interesting. I think part of the reason I went to Cape Cod was to understand the world of the movie—to understand the dynamics of these people. Like the people who live there all year round have to take all of the bad weather that Cape Cod has, and the second summer rolls by that’s when they make their money. They're going to work and they don't really get to enjoy it. Then the summer birds come in and take advantage of everything, and they've been kind of battling through it or whatever. So, I think the first place to start is to try to understand the world that the movie exists in. From there, I met someone who was a weed dealer in the '90s—and I met someone whose accent was what I thought would be Hunter’s. So I think, start in the world and see where that takes you.
HC: Just kind of immersing yourself into that perspective to understand it. Now, a bystander tells Hunter's story from sort of an outsider-looking-in point of view—if a bystander were to tell the story of your life, what do you think they would say (or what do you hope they would say) about you?
AR: I hope that they would say that I have morals that I stand by and that I am good to the people that I’m close to. That I am ambitious, that I take life by the balls in some way—and that I’m adventurous and take risks. I think that’s what I’d like for them to say. [But] what they’d really say is, ‘Watches Netflix too much and is a really good dog dad.’
Hot Summer Nights is now playing in select theaters across the country.
Instagram has been rolling out a lot of new features. In recent weeks, it seems like Insta has been updating its features and adding new Insta camera effects more than the app has been updating its algorithm (which is a relief, because we’re still trying to understand Instagram’s latest algorithm).
Like anything new, the Insta-realm has some mixed opinions about one of Insta’s latest features, the “ask me a question,” feature. So, we asked some millennial and gen-z women (who aren’t hyper-famous) what they thought about the new Insta question sticker feature and here’s what they had to say:
“I like how the feature opens up a dialogue between you and your followers without having to open up your DMs, but at times it can be a bit much. People ask wild or dumb questions and on the flip side, people will just go on and on about themselves. It’s not 100% a bad thing, but its more often than not annoying, so I usually skip stories with the questions feature. I have yet to use it myself even though I noticed the feature within the hour it was released. It can be embarrassing to not have anyone ask you questions. I also think it can be inauthentic to pick and choose which questions you want to answer just to make yourself look good.”
— Debbie, @thelastdebutante
Alright. We had our fun with the question feature on instagram...
But if you’re still doing it someone needs to tell you that you are not a famous youtuber or something, I’m am clicking straight through your Q&A so sorry
— Emory McClard (@ItsEmoryMcClard) July 23, 2018
“As a fashion blogger, I use the questions feature to interact with my readers and get a better sense of what they want to see for me. What worries me is this feature being used with younger demographic. I remember in middle school ‘ask.fm’ was popular and stirred up a lot of cyberbullying at the local level.”
– Caroline Voigt, @queencpv
“I think this trend ended almost as soon as it began. At first, it was novel and interesting. You can ask anyone *anything*, and they'll respond on their story! But soon Instagram became oversaturated with *everyone* asking for you to ask them something. Now, I don't see it posted on any of my friends' stories. In fact, I've seen people write Don't Ask me Anything as a way to jump on the this is annoying train before others. Now it almost seems too self-indulgent; you believe that you're so interesting
that people want to ask you questions.”
— Lauren Crain, Digital Marketer at Health Labs.
“I love that it's another chance for people to engage and share silly or fun questions with their friends and followers. On the flip side, it runs the risks of every new social media capability; some people use it for nefarious purposes like bullying or being inappropriate. I blog about fashion a lot, so I would love to use it to poll my followers on clothes or shoes I am buying or other fun content. I would love to see this feature used in our IG analytics - what is the engagement like? What question performed the highest, etc.? From an influencer standpoint, it's always nice to see what content people really
— Jess, Lifestyle Blogger, @aneutrallife
Let’s all just agree to stop posting “ask me a question” stories unless you are a celebrity or Instagram famous. If you have a question for someone... just text them or shoot your shot in those DMs boo boo.
— Blake Karlin (@Blake11Karlin) July 12, 2018
“My opinion is that it is a strange feature for anyone normal, it seems to be something tailored to more famous or popular Instagrammers. This is because normally, if a friend or someone you actually know has a question about you, they'll just ask you privately and you'll tell them, even via Instagram DM. However, the popular Instagrammers with followers who don't know them and who don't usually have access to them in this way, benefit from the feature by gaining more interaction with their followers.”
– Stacey Caprio, Online Marketing Consultant, WillImproveYourLife.com
“I love the, ask me a question feature on Instagram's new update! And before you jump to the thought that this question is opening the door to some crazy DM's! Let's face it, the unsolicited D*&% pics were sliding into our DM's without the prompt for an, Ask Me a Question before this was even a feature. The new feature enables you to build trust and a great relationship with the awesome followers you have. It enables my followers to ask me things I may not think to tell them or even discuss. It allows me to get as personal as I want with my answers. It also prompts content that is not on my page. It's a direct insight into what my followers want to know versus what I choose to share only. If you plan on making your page a business, this type of information is priceless. The best part is, for the bad apples asking the weird questions, you choose whether or not you even post or answer. It's that simple, there's always a positive.”
– Mary Casarreal, @mcasarreal
For everyday users, it's unclear whether the feature is a hit or a miss just yet — but if you can find a way to make it work for you and make it fun for you and your friends, what's the harm in a little Q&A?
The fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson has sparked outrage in the community of Oakland, California and across social media, launching conversations around racial justice and the ways we talk about violence against black women.
As told by KGO-TV, Nia and her older sister, Leitifah, were attacked by a stranger with a knife on Sunday, July 22 as they were transferring trains in MacArthur BART station. While Leitifah was reportedly hospitalized for stab wounds in her neck, Nia died at the scene. The suspect, 27 year-old John Lee Cowell, was arrested on Monday night and charged with first-degree murder, according to The New York Times.
While the motive for the crime remains unclear according to police, BART police chief, Carlos Rojas, told CNN that police “are investigating all angles.” However, many in the community of Oakland have come to the conclusion that the crime was racially motivated. As Writer and Organizer Ashley Yates told attendees of the vigil for Nia Wilson on July 23rd, per Teen Vogue: “An attack like this that is so clearly driven by racial hatred, right, but also just unexpected, and out of nowhere.”
The vigil quickly turned into a march demanding justice for Nia and calling for the community to come together in solidarity against racism and white supremacy. Meanwhile, social media has been flooded with the hashtags #NiaWilson, #JusticeForNiaWilson and #SayHerName. The latter referring to a campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum in 2015 to raise awareness about violence against black women in the United States (particularly at the hands of white men and how it's all framed in cultural media narratives.)
We are outraged at the brutal murder of #NiaWilson and stand in solidarity with all communities plagued by white supremacist violence and misogyny. We demand peace and justice for her family. We will #SayHerName& continue to fight for the world we all deserve. Rest in power Nia. pic.twitter.com/8QvDta2EWU
— Asian American Feminist Collective (@aafcollective) July 24, 2018
"As young black women, we shouldn't have to look behind our back. We should be living freely like everybody else.”
— Women's March (@womensmarch) July 23, 2018
Whether or not this crime will be proven to be racially motivated, as police are still investigating connections between white nationalist communities in the area, the death of Nia Wilson comes at a time of unrest in the U.S. and heightened awareness of violence against black men and women. It is tragedies like these that highlight a pressing need for social change as Wilson's family and friends begin the difficult, heartbreaking process of mourning.
Hold on to your butts, Panera-lovers — you're in for some amazing news. The beloved chain responsible for keeping me loaded with carbs and pretending that eating starchy baked potato soup out of a bread bowl is healthy are at it again, this time testing out a new double bread bowl at a few special Panera locations.
The double bread bowl is being marketed as a way to share food (ha, cute) with a pal like you're eating out of the same dog dish. But it should be noted that with a can-do attitude and a baggy pair of overalls you can achieve anything you set your mind to when it comes to solo bread consumption.
Naturally, such an amazing breakthrough in bread-centric eating is being tested first in Philadelphia, the city of freedom (or something. IDK. I know bread, not tourism slogans.)
we now live in an era where you can take a double panera bread bowl to the face, so if nothing else, at least there is that pic.twitter.com/mXRvblIdW0
— emma lord (@dilemmalord) July 30, 2018
This comes after Panera's launch of a new four cheese grilled cheese sandwich (AKA the LOML), their Modern Caprese Sandwich, Baja Mac & Cheese and Bacon Mac & Cheese, as Bustle notes, so clearly Panera is committed to forging a cheesey, doughy path into your hearts and wallets. (And, like, you can also get a salad too. I guess.)
These beautiful bread creations will be available at Philadelphia Paneras from Sunday, Aug. 5, to Friday, Aug. 31 and then there's potential for the rest of the U.S. to see them in the future. So I suppose it's time to start preparing yourselves physically and emotionally for that?
It’s no secret that the entertainment world has been infatuated with Chris Pratt since Guardians of the Galaxy was released back in 2014. The hilarious movie was an instant hit, full of some of Hollywood’s top stars like Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel. There was no stopping the franchise as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was an even bigger box office hit. But there’s been a little bump in the road for the megastars.
On June 20, it was announced that the movie series’ director James Gunn was fired after controversial tweet surfaced from his past in which he joked about offensive topics like pedophelia, rape, 9/11 and the Holocaust. After the tweets were brought to light this year, Disney decided to cut all ties with the well-liked director.
In a statement from Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios Chairman, said, "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.” At the time, Gunn was in the process of creating the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and although he has apologized for the tweets saying that he has “regretted” saying the things he did, he hasn’t been reinstated as the director (which Pratt and the rest of the cast are not happy with).
2. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
5. Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
Gunn played an integral role in making the Guardians movies such a success, and the films stars want him back.
Pratt released an open letter signed by the entire cast calling for the reinstatement of Gunn. On Instagram, Pratt posted the statement with the caption, “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.” and then encouraged his followers to read the full statement.
Although the cast disapproves of the things that Gunn has said in the past, they support him as their director and want to continue to work with him on the Guardians franchise. “We cannot let this moment pass with expressing our love, support and gratitude for James,” the statement read, “We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather share our experience having spent so many years on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2.”
They believe that the director’s sincere apology shows enough remorse for his past actions, but that the public has not given Gunn the due process he deserves. They hope to be able to continue to work with him, and believe that since he allowed each of their characters to find redemption in the Guardians movies that he should be able to find redemption as well.
There hasn’t been a comment from Disney yet as to whether or not Gunn will be reinstated, but with the support that Pratt and the other members of the cast have in their fan base, it may just happen.
It's no secret that college textbooks keep getting more expensive. It's the type of thing we keep waiting to get used to, but being expected to drop hundreds of dollars on books (along with everything else you need for back-to-school) is absurd. Who has $200 just sitting around for one book? Even if you use resources that help you save money on textbooks, it's likely that you'll spend upwards of several hundred dollars on books for a single semester, and in a few words, it fucking sucks.
College is just so damn expensive, and the worry that you're going to go broke in college is all too real. Tuition just keeps skyrocketing, housing costs are disturbing regardless of where you go to school, and more and more college students are finding themselves at risk of becoming homeless, if they're not already.
In the spirit of solidarity, we asked you guys how much you spend on textbooks, and our hearts (and wallets) hurt just thinking about it.
So how much are you guys spending on textbooks alone?
Too much lol - Vanessa
$700. 🙃 - Madi
Sometimes upwards of $150. I now don't even buy textbooks until I know I will use them! - Laura
At least $300. - Cassie
Easily over $200 depending on your major. - S
I'm in community college, with big scholarships. It'll still be $1,500-$2,000 for the whole year. - Izzy
actual footage of me watching my bank account empty out as I shop for textbooks for classes idgaf about pic.twitter.com/qgBGq0ugkq
— Her Campus (@HerCampus) July 30, 2018
$500+ - Jennifer
TOO DAMN MUCH. - Rhianna
$300 😒 - E
$1,000 because textbooks 😭 - Rachel
Less than $500 - Brooke
A LOT. I love back to school shopping! - Morgan
Including tuition, $30,000 CAD (law school). - Jess
Too much!!! - Sierra
I try to spend $200 or less for boks. I use a book comparison website & rent my books. - Maria
Way too much. - Sydney
*buys one textbook*
my wallet: pic.twitter.com/jADItfMdMS
— Her Campus (@HerCampus) July 30, 2018
College is already so damn expensive, and you obviously don't need us to tell you that textbooks represent a significant part of the burden. We're so relieved to live in a world where there are services for cheaper textbooks, but we also want to encourage you to remain critical and to not be afraid to fight back.
We deserve a college experience where we're not stressed about money 24/7 and can just learn, and we're going to keep pushing for positive change and more affordable tuition until we get there.
Dorm shopping for freshman year is arguably one of the most stressful experiences in the college process (you know, besides the whole application process). There are so many things you need to make a dorm room feel like home, and you can only take so many trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond before you start to go insane. Everyone knows that you need some comfy sheets and storage bins for under your bed, but there are also a million little things that won’t originally come to mind when you’re building your master shopping list. So we’ve put together a list of important items to have in your dorm that you may have originally forgotten about, because let's face it, we all want the transition into college to be as stress free as possible.
1. A robe and slippers
It’s so important that you feel comfortable while walking around your dorm, whether that is just in your own room or around the floor in general. Having a robe means that you don’t have to get dressed the second you get out of the shower, and it will definitely be less awkward in case you have some unexpected visitors in your room (it also makes the walk down the hall after a shower much less stressful). Having a cozy pair of slippers to throw on if you need to go down the hallway to the bathroom or another room will also be super convenient. You won’t be tracking dirt and germs into bed with you, and it also allows you to take off your shoes when you get back to the room without having to walk around barefoot or root around for some clean shoes.
It may seem a little obvious, but chances are you’ll get so caught up in buying the big, important dorm necessities that you’ll forget all about buying everyday items. “I’ve forgotten batteries every semester,” says Kerry Torpey, a junior at Providence College. “And I need them for everything: lights, TV remotes, etc…” Stock up on a jumbo pack of different kinds of batteries so that you’re prepared for whatever need arises. There’s nothing worse than setting up your beautiful new fairy lights just the way you want them and then realizing you need batteries to use them, leaving them useless.
Band-Aids are something you never think about needing until a really crucial moment. Whether you nicked yourself while shaving or tripped and scraped a knee, you’re going to feel so relieved to have some Band-Aids on hand. Sure, you could probably hunt them down from someone else on your hall, but save yourself the embarrassment of bleeding all over the dorm and explaining your injury and stock up with a box or two.
4. Cleaning supplies
When you’re sharing spaces with other people, it can start to feel real grimy real fast. Dust seems to accumulate at an alarmingly fast rate in a dorm room, and there are bound to be everyday spills and pieces of dirt that wind up everywhere. Invest in some Lysol wipes, a little dustpan and broom, some paper towels and cleaning spray so that you can keep your space clean and give you one less thing to stress about.
5. A portable speaker
Everything is a little less awkward with a killer playlist, and everyone is going to be dying to get access to your portable speaker. Having a little one that you can throw in your back during a chill study session or an impromptu pre-game will make sure you and your friends are always able to keep the mood light and fun. Most people are fine just playing from the speaker on a laptop, but a portable speaker will give you a little better quality and is generally a little less of a hassle than lugging your laptop everywhere.
6. A set of dishes
Chances are you’re going to be eating some rushed meals in your room, and trying to maneuver your microwaved meal on a paper towel with your hands is no way to live. Invest a set of plastic dishes that includes a bowl, a plate and a cup, as well as a cheap set of metal cutlery. The plate will give you something sturdy to eat off of, the bowl will allow you to measure out snacks from a bigger bag without making a mess, and the cup will come in handy more than you think it will. Metal cutlery is a lot more effective than trying to cut things with plastic knives and forks, and will also allow you to produce a little less waste.
7. A tool kit
For many people going away to college is the first time they are responsible for fixing all the little things that break and go wrong, and you need to make sure you have the tools to handle whatever goes wrong. “I got a tool kit (like with a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, all that kind of stuff) for a grad present and I was literally the most popular person on my floor because everyone had to borrow it all the time!” says Hannah, a junior at the University of Michigan. You never know when the random need for a screwdriver will pop up (it’s more often than you think), and like Hannah said, lots of people will likely come to you knowing you have one to lend out.
8. A printer
Most colleges offer some kind of printing service in their library or throughout campus. Whether you pay per page or pay a flat rate for unlimited printing, there’s nothing worse than finishing a paper late at night in your room and realizing you’ll have to wake up fifteen minutes earlier to go print it out. Simply put, having a printer in your room is just really convenient. It saves you an extra step when you’re trying to complete a worksheet or fill out a form, and if you prefer to do your homework in your room or in the local coffee shop it will save you a bonus trip to the library.
9. Nail polish and remover
This is one I personally found myself wishing for all year, even though I managed to forget it every time I went home. Painting your nails is a really simple self-care action that doesn’t take very long and can leave you feeling like a new person. Like a tool kit, if girls on your floor know that you have an abundance of nail polish and remover some of them are bound to trickle in and ask to borrow it. There’s not much you can do if you don’t have nail polish remover, so it’s a great emergency item to have tucked away for when you need it.
10. Duct tape
Duct tape is useful for literally everything. You can use it to tape down long extension cords, hold together a backpack that is falling apart, even to tape in your boobs in order to maneuver a tricky shirt. It’s also super useful when it comes time to pack up your things for breaks or at the end of the year. It’s not something you’ll use often, but when you need it you’ll be so grateful it’s there.
Of course, there are hundreds of different items you may decide you want for your dorm. Talk to your friends and see what they are bringing; they may have some great ideas about unique items that you never thought about. If you start to get overwhelmed, make a list of all the things you’ve used or looked for in the past couple of days. Don’t just think of the everyday necessities but also the things you pull out once a week or once a month. And most of all, remember that Amazon Prime pretty much ships everything and they have a student discount. Happy shopping!
Vogue Magazine's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour reportedly gave Beyoncé "unprecedented control" over the upcoming September issue, HuffPost reported on Monday. To anyone unfamiliar with the inner workings of Vogue, this might not seem like that big of a deal — but that couldn't be further from the truth.
For starters, Wintour famously controls every aspect of the magazine. "There is only one decider at Vogue and that has always been Anna Wintour,"said Yashar Ali, who broke the news. "She picks the clothes, the photographer, she approves everything."
Beyoncé, however, will have the final say on the cover, the photos of her inside the magazine, and their accompanying long-form captions. As a result, she's reportedly hired 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell — the first black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue's 126-year history.
5. From my story: "Wintour typically prefers to hire fashion photographers with more traditional experience and likely would not have selected Mitchell for a cover shoot, according to a source familiar with Vogue’s editorial process."https://t.co/vfZQAXKC2Z
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 30, 2018
"The reason a 23-year-old black photographer is photographing Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue is because Beyoncé used her power and influence to get him that assignment," a source told HuffPost.
There's also significance in the timing of this decision — namely that Beyoncé's doing all this for the September issue, the most profitable one of the year. There's no fashion magazine cover more coveted than the September issue of Vogue. What's more is that this year's could be Wintour's last. Rumors of the editor's departure have been circulating for awhile, but four sources familiar with Wintour's plans told HuffPost that Beyoncé's Vogue cover will mark Wintour's final September issue.
Vogue hasn't confirmed the news yet, but that didn't stop Twitter from celebrating.
Sick and tired of firsts, but this is one that I love. My friend @Tyler_Mitchell_ is the FIRST black photographer to shoot the cover of @voguemagazine, chosen by the queen herself: @Beyonce. Black art history. https://t.co/2DmLrMDxDd
— kimberly rose drew (@museummammy) July 30, 2018
Beyoncé was really given full creative control and hired the first black photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue. The LEGEND jumped out pic.twitter.com/R4XNYCU0W6
— Kevin (@wanttobeyonce) July 30, 2018
I love that Beyoncé believes in putting on other talented black creatives. Reminds me of the time Prince forced InStyle to find a BW to interview him bc they had none on staff. https://t.co/RqvqW9gmF5
— Bené (@beneviera) July 30, 2018
However, many were quick to rightfully point out that it shouldn't have taken Vogue more than a hundred years to hire a black photographer.
It’s amazing, and embarrassing for them, that Vogue has never before had a Black photographer work on their cover. And Beyonce changed that, not Vogue.
— Touré (@Toure) July 30, 2018
sad-gressive: /adj/ a moment of progressive social reform that is sad when you consider context.
sentence: it is sad-gressive that in 2018, vogue will have its first cover shot by a black photographer in its 126 year history https://t.co/bGnn5lvz1M
— Ziwe (@ziwe) July 30, 2018
Hopefully the move by Beyoncé will set a precedent for future issues.
Thomas Markle is making headlines again — this time because of a nine-hour interview with the Mail on Sunday about his estrangement from his daughter, Meghan Markle.
In the interview, Thomas makes a number of claims that appear to serve no other purpose than to draw the pity of strangers: Meghan cut him off, he doesn't know how to reach her, he can't even send her a birthday card, and she'd probably be better off if he died. Perhaps these complaints would be more sincere if in the same interview, he hadn't said things like, "What riles me is Meghan's sense of superiority. She'd be nothing without me. I made her the Duchess she is today. Everything that Meghan is, I made her."
Of course, Thomas' sincerity would be even more believable if he'd simply honor his daughter's wish that he and other members of her family not talk to the press. But since he was previously accused of staging paparazzi photos and accepting payments in exchange for interviews, it doesn't appear that's going to happen.
Lucky for Meghan, Kate Middleton has reportedly been helping her through the drama. According to Vanity Fair, the sister-in-law is acting as "a pillar of support" for the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, who is "at her wit's end" over the situation with her father.
"Kate’s well aware of what Meghan is going through," a source told VF. "Her family has been dragged through the tabloids and she knows it’s not nice. She’s made a big effort to be kind to Meghan and look out for her."
Of all people, Chrissy Teigen is doing the same. She tweeted a screenshot of Thomas' latest interview with the caption, "This guy... this guy sucks. What is wrong with him? Let your daughter be happy, please. This is embarrassing."
this guy...this guy sucks. what is wrong with him? let your daughter be happy, please. this is embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/FADsBT5sfX
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 28, 2018
Samantha Markle, Meghan's sister who is equally as messy as their father, responded by insulting Chrissy's looks.
"So this pudgy airhead @Christinetiegen who knows nobody in the family is opening her pie hole? 'This guy' is our father and desrves a lot of respect," Samantha tweeted from her private account, notably tagging an account that's not Chrissy's. "You are the one who sucks."
Thomas hasn't weighed in yet, but I'm sure it won't be long now.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't have plans to leave the Supreme Court any time soon. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, she said she hopes to stay on until she's 90.
"I'm now 85," Ginsburg said. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years."
According to CNN, Ginsburg has already hired law clerks for at least two more terms. She's currently in her 25th year of serving on the Supreme Court — just under a decade shy of William O. Douglas, who served for a record 36 years.
Also on Sunday, the justice spoke to a crowd in New York after a production of "The Originalist," a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
"If I had my choice of dissenters when I was writing for the court, it would be Justice Scalia," Ginsburg said, because debating helped her prepare and form her arguments. "Sometimes it was like a ping-pong game."
Ginsburg's intention to stay on the Supreme Court until she's 90 sparked a few different responses on social media — including offers of organs.
is there a way to change my organ donor status to “please give Ruth Bader Ginsburg dibs on these?”
— Kat Turk (@turkish_gothic) July 30, 2018
Ruth Bader Ginsburg can have one of my kidneys, I’m not using it
— Molly (@Molly_Kats) July 30, 2018
i will literally give ruth bader ginsburg years of my life
— marcel the shell™ (@itsmemarcel_) July 30, 2018
Others, however, thought that Ginsburg's attempts to stay on the Court until she's almost physically unable are why term limits should be set.
The law is so imbalanced in the highest court in the land when people are celebrating an octogenarian "holding on" for five more years when SCOTUS judges should have set term limits. #ruthbaderginsburg
— Not Your Woke Bae (@josephlboston) July 30, 2018
Ruth Bader Ginsburg may stay on the court until she is 90. I would say this about a conservative justice as much as a liberal justice: This isn't how a judicial system in a democracy should operate. https://t.co/msjp4n5y0E
— Alex Berezow (@AlexBerezow) July 30, 2018
Ginsburg weighed in on the idea on Sunday, ruling it out for the most part.
"You can't set term limits, because to do that you'd have to amend the Constitution," Ginsburg said. "Article 3 says ... we hold our offices during good behavior."
She followed up with a laugh, "And most judges are very well behaved."
Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.
But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)
Jeff Sessions Announced A New "Religious Liberty Task Force"
The Department of Justice has created a "religious liberty task force," which aims to better protect faith-based groups and implement policies that support them, the attorney general announced on Monday. ""The task force will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance by ensuring that all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt and how we conduct our operations," Sessions said at the DOJ's Religious Liberty Summit in Washington. "That includes making sure that our employees know their duties to accommodate people of faith."
According to Sessions, there's a "dangerous movement" trying to strip away the First Amendment right to freedom of religion, which is why the task force is needed. "We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives. We’ve seen U.S. senators ask Judicial and Executive Branch nominees about dogma—even though the Constitution explicitly forbids a religious test for public office," Sessions said.
Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy Beth Williams will co-chair the task force.
Rudy Giuliani Claims He "Doesn't Even Know" If Russian Collusion Is A Crime
President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani appeared on a number of news shows Monday morning. When CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's upcoming trial, Giuliani claimed he didn't know if collusion with Russia can be considered a crime. "Four months, they're not going to be colluding with Russia, which I don't even know if that's a crime, colluding about Russians," Giuliani said. "You start analyzing the crime — the hacking is the crime. ... The President didn't hack."
Giuliani: "I don't even know if that's a crime, colluding about Russians. You start analyzing the crime — the hacking is the crime. The president didn't hack” pic.twitter.com/GTnUxXBeTL
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 30, 2018
In an interview on Fox & Friends, Giuliani further defended Trump — this time in light of the possibility that Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, might have turned on him. Last week, Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis released a tape of Cohen and Trump talking about purchasing a story from a former Playboy model who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006. At one point, Trump can be heard saying "in cash," and Cohen responding "no, no, no." According to Giuliani, Trump is saying they shouldn't pay in cash, but rather, a check. "Everything that's been released so far shows the president is absolutely innocent," Giuliani said on Monday. "He didn't do anything wrong. The last two tapes are evidence in his favor."
Trump Is Now Open To Meeting With Iran
To the surprise of many, Trump said on Monday that he's willing to meet Iran's leaders "any time they want to" and without preconditions, POLITICO reported. Just a little over a week ago, Trump tweeted a harsh message at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: "NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE." Around the same time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo compared the Iranian regime to the mafia. "To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the Revolution," Pompeo said. "The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government."
However, Trump appeared much more optimistic about potentially meeting with Iran's leadership at Monday's joint news conference at the White House. The feeling might not be mutual, though. "With current America and these policies, there will definitely not be the possibility of dialogue and engagement, and the United States has shown that it is totally unreliable,"said Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi.
What to look for...
National Girlfriends Day! Celebrate accordingly.
If you’ve always wanted to audition for X Factor but were too scared to sing in front of a live audience, Facebook might have the perfect solution.
Social Media Today reported that the social network is tinkering with a new feature called “Talent Show,” in which users can post videos of them “auditioning” by singing popular songs. The first person to notice the new feature was coder Jane Manchun Wong, who remarked on Twitter that the feature “feels like a cross between Musical.ly and Fifteen Million Merits from Black Mirror.”
Facebook is working on Talent Show where users can pick a popular song and submit their singing audition for review.
Feels like a cross between Musically and Fifteen Million Merits from Black Mirror
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 28, 2018
TBH, I have to agree. It’s still unclear who the “judges” are in this talent show scenario, but Social Media Today envisioned a future where all users could upload these audition videos and compete against their friends, having their Facebook friends decide the winner. Having people depend on social media engagement to win anything, even bragging rights, is a little too futuristic-creepy for my tastes. I suppose, however, this is at least marginally more interesting than Musical.ly, which involves lip-syncing rather than, uh, actual talent.
Of course, like everything else on Facebook, the new feature is based off a business deal. Now that Facebook has a partnership with Universal Music Group, they have more of an interest in bringing music to the forefront of their platform. This isn’t the first musical feature Facebook has rolled out, either—they also have Lip Sync Live, which is kind of like their own version of Musical.ly.
Right now, Wong says that the feature isn’t available to everyone, at least just yet. I, for one, think that’s a good thing — I’d rather not have to scroll through 40 singing videos every time I open the app.
The previous semester of college I lived with five other menstruating people, and at one point I swore our periods lined up. We spent so much time together that it honestly didn’t shock me that eventually we began menstruating simultaneously. And it was honestly the perfect excuse to eat cartons of Ben & Jerry’s as we binge watched all three 'High School Musical' movies. It was hormonal chaos at times, but it was definitely a bonding experience.
You’ve either heard of this phenomena before or you’ve probably experienced it: Period syncing. Period or cycle syncing is essentially when people menstruate at the same time after being in a relationship with each other or living close together.
But why does this actually happen? It seems to be a pretty common thing that happens all the time with people you are close to like your mom, your besties, your roommates, or evening your siblings. According to a 1999 study, it’s officially called “menstrual synchrony”, and at the time, 70 percent of women said they’ve experienced and enjoyed it. Well apparently it’s all in our heads, because experts now say that this isn’t actually a thing.
The reason why so many believe in menstrual synchrony is due to a 1971 study published in the journal Nature by Harvard University psychologist Martha McClintock. She looked at the menstrual cycles of 135 female undergraduate students who lived in the same dorm between the ages of 17 and 22 years old. For one year she tracked each woman’s cycle and found that roommates or close friends had joint cycles. The study, dubbed the McClintock Effect, suggests that an “alpha uterus” possibly influences this cycle synching.
According to Obstetrician-gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic Lynn Simpson, there really is no scientific evidence to back this up though. “For healthy people living together, proximity doesn’t change cycle timing or frequency,” she said on the clinic’s blog. “Periods just don’t work that way.”
In 2017 the app Clue, which helps track your period, asked app users about their period synchrony to find out more about this phenomenon. Out of 1,500 responses, there were only 360 pairs with at least three cycles. Researchers then analyzed three consecutive menstrual cycles of those pairs, and 273 of those started to actually diverge from each other. They found that most women who thought their periods were syncing up were actually starting at different times.
Data scientist’s from Clue told Her Campus that just because there is no evidence for it doesn’t mean that it never happens. “It’s probably because our brain likes to look for patterns. If you have a friend and your friend tells you that they’ve got their period, if you don’t have your period at that particular point, that’ll be a piece of information that your brain won’t necessarily notice. But if you have your period when they mention that they do, your brain is more likely retain this information, and remember it, should the same scenario occur again,” said Data scientist Marija Vlajic.
She also says you’d only recall the times when you’re cycles overlap and not the times when they don’t.
All the times you’ve actually synced up with your friends really breaks down to math. There are 28 days within a cycle, and your period can last for a couple days to an entire week. When you have large group of friends, there are only so many times you could menstruate. At some point, the timing will eventually lineup or overlap.
period syncing with ur bff is painful but cute #justgirlythings
— gabriela🏜 (@groovyygab) July 27, 2018
“On a more human level, we’re may be naturally inclined to want to believe in the notion of our cycles syncing as it makes us feel more connected with those close to us,” Vlajic said.
Even if it’s not an actual thing, it’s great to know that your friends can literally feel your pain. During your time of the month, they can have your back and support your week long chocolate addiction.
Hailey Baldwin is no stranger to the spotlight—it’s just usually positive attention. Recently engaged to Justin Bieber and one of today’s most well-known models, Baldwin is on her way to becoming a household name. But all press isn’t always good press.
Baldwin is currently the target of immense backlash over some recently resurfaced tweets from her past. In private messages and Instagram comments, Baldwin used a racial slur repeatedly. The tweets were from as recently as 2016 (though they didn’t get a lot of attention then), so the excuse of her being too young to understand the implications of the term isn’t valid.
In the private messages, Baldwin calls her friends the racial slur, even referring to someone as an “ugly” N-word. In the messages, she claims to be joking and believes she’s allowed to use the term because she isn’t white. When called out for her behavior by one friend, she responds with, “I’m not white tho so that’s awk.” Even though Baldwin isn’t white (her mother is Brazilian) her use of the derogatory term is still not okay.
Hailey Baldwin has been starting to catch some backlash after old screenshots resurfaced of her openly using the n-word multiple times. pic.twitter.com/lkzQj6Gx6K
— The Pop Hub 👄 (@ThePopHub) July 29, 2018
Unfortunately, Baldwin seems to have a history of insensitive tweets. Back in 2014 she tweeted “leaving to Florida white but coming back to NY a different Race” along with an emoji of a man in a turban.
That tweet she posted in 2014 and quicky deleted and apologized cause she was getting dragged pic.twitter.com/U76EDbnNfe
— 𝕪𝕒𝕤. ♀ (@NoCauseYouSuxk) July 25, 2018
After the tweets and messages resurfaced, fans took to Twitter to call for an apology from Baldwin.
Imagine having Hailey Baldwin's impunity and being able to say the n word multiple times without being cancelled
— tina (@gomezsqueer) July 24, 2018
Hailey Baldwin also called someone a “ugly nigger” called jay z a monkey and thinks she can use the n word bc her mum was born in Brazil. bet y’all won’t drag her bc she’s not selena. pic.twitter.com/iJqKYT2X3S
— . (@Intoyoudeluxe) July 24, 2018
Some are even calling out the amount of attention her tweets aren’t getting, and believe that fans are excusing her offensive behavior. But, Baldwin did apologize for the tweet about “coming back a different race” when it originally happened in 2014. Many are even advocating for the same “calling out” of Baldwin and her insensitive comments that other celebrities have faced in the past. Recently, Kanye West faced backlash for his controversial comments on slavery, and Selena Gomez was called out for apparent hypocrisy over the Black Lives Matter movement.
Baldwin hasn’t yet responded to the tweets or the backlash she’s facing. Although it seems that there’s just a small group of fans (or just Twitter users) calling for an apology, even when the tweets were posted in 2016 the backlash was somewhat minimal. Hopefully, for the fans and others who were offended by Baldwin’s comments, we’ll be seeing an apology soon.
The dreams of avocado-lovers all over the country are coming true today. Chipotle is offering free guac for National Avocado Day (which is indeeda thing). Time to head over to the Mexican grill and get your burritos, tacos, salads (your body?) covered in the best topping to ever grace this earth.
As most good deals these days, this one also comes with a catch. According to Chipotle's website, to get your free guac, avo-lovers have to order an entree or a side of chips online (either on their website or mobile app) and then add guacamole. Enter the code AVOCADO at checkout and your guac will be free!
This comes as great news to all those that were jealous of Cardi B receiving a lifetime supply of chips, queso and guac as a baby gift from Chipotle for her new child, Kulture. And holy guacamole! Chipotle isn't the only chain to be offering freebies in honor of the avo.
Honeygrow and Minigrow are also offering free avo topping when you order a stir fry or salad on their app, according to USA Today. Just use this link to claim your free avocado. What a great way to prepare your body for all the ice cream sandwiches you'll be eating for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Thursday.