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We can all relate to experience of falling into a style rut about halfway through December. It’s around this time that we often find ourselves wearing the same warm sweaters on repeat every week, and getting sick of our entire wardrobe in the process.
When all we want to wear is something that keeps our ankles from freezing, our bodies from shivering, and our legs from getting frostbite, there’s usually only one uniform that checks all of those boxes: the classic combination of jeans, a chunky sweater and pair of boots. Sometimes it’s too cold to even think about wearing anything other than a giant sweater, a pair of leggings and fuzzy socks, but when that happens, we end up feeling like we’re wearing the same exact outfit every day. Which we kind of are.
But what if there was a way to wear a basic sweater that’s more interesting than just pairing it with jeans, so that our winter sartorial options could expand far beyond the foolproof look of jeans and a sweater? That’s why we rounded up some of the best winter outfit inspo that, of course, includes cozy sweaters, but doesn’t skimp on the style. Without forgoing fashion for warmth or comfort, these styling ideas will keep you bundled up while pulling you out of that inevitable mid-winter outfit slump.
1. Pair it with a long skirt
You might be thinking, “Why would I wear a shirt when it’s cold?” But, the keyword here is long. Your legs are completely covered, and if you wear it with the right shoes, some warm socks and maybe some tights, you’ll be toasty from when you leave for class in the morning until you come back at night.
Pairing your favorite knit sweater with a long skirt, no matter if it’s pleated, polka dotted, striped or plain, is one of the best ways to elevate your simple sweater like an expert.
2. Throw on winter-white pants
We know it’s after Labor Day, but that historic rule of not wearing white after the holiday is outdated. Winter whites are a thing ladies, and you’re not committing a fashion sin by joining in on the trend.
Whether they’re white denim, a pair of corduroy flares or pleated trousers, any type of white pant will instantly take your most well-loved winter wardrobe staple to something any Instagram influencer would be happy to wear. And you’ll be matching the snow!
Just make sure not to spill any hot chocolate on them.
3. Add a denim jacket
Oversized denim is a staple for spring and summer. It’s the perfect weight to wear over a dress or tee shirt on a cool summer night or crisp early spring day. But when the bitter cold hits, it can sometimes feel too light to keep us warm—or so we thought.
Throwing your roomiest jacket on over your coziest sweater adds an extra layer (literally) of visual interest to your outfit. With light and dark washes, rips, embroidery and printing found on denim jackets everywhere, there’s no limit to what you can do with them. Wear them with a pair of fleece-lined leggings for extra warmth, or even break up a denim-on-denim Canadian tuxedo with a brightly colored sweater.
4. Go monochrome
You don’t necessarily have to execute this look with an extreme yellow shade, but wearing all one tone transformes your ensemble from an outfit to a look (and that goes for all seasons, not just winter). Try a white sweater and white pants, a blue pullover with denim, or a black cardigan with black trousers and you’ll surely be turning heads wherever you go.
Bonus points if you do try this in a bright, unexpected color.
5. Double up
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Two sweaters at once means double the warmth, so you’d be crazy not to try it.
Layer your favorite ribbed sweater with an oversized cardigan, a cozy turtleneck under an open-knit pullover, or (our personal favorite) a fuzzy, hooded open cardigan with another fuzzy sweater underneath. You can’t get any more comfortable than that!
6. Tuck it into patterned trousers
Patterns are the easiest way to take the boring out an outfit. It can even be argued that jeans feel boring simply because they’re only one color—no matter what shade, hue or wash they may be.
But, no matter the pattern, a graphic pair of pants will, without fail, add visual interest to a boring sweater. Florals are always a great choice, but try plaid in neutral tones or deep reds and oranges to really get into the cozy fall/winter spirit. Or, do the complete opposite and go for a bright, colorful floral or stripe to keep the winter blues at bay.
7. Make a blazer more casual
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Worn by everyone from influencers to celebrities, blazers were a huge trend this fall. They’re no longer relegated to the confines of the business power suit, worn only by those who work in corporate settings. Now they’re acceptable with leggings, sneakers, and of course, sweaters, and can be worn anywhere from class to brunch.
But if you still feel a bit of imposter syndrome every time you wear a blazer, or try to wear one, you can tone it down from “business” to “casual” but wearing it over your coziest sweater. (Gucci belt not necessary).
So, if you’re stick in a winter outfit rut, there are ways to make your wardrobe feel entirely new. These styling tips don’t sacrifice warmth for style, you can still wear your favorite sweaters—you’ll just be much more excited to wear them.
The Supreme Court Monday rejected appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to block funding from Planned Parenthood.
The two states were appealing rulings from two lower courts that said states violate federal law when they terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood affiliates and withhold that money which is used for health services for low-income women, CNN reports.
In order for the Supreme Court to hear a case, four justices must agree to hear the issue, but the vote fell short. Only three justices — Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch — voted to hear the issue. New Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, however, appeared to side with the court’s liberals by not taking up the case, thus avoiding a high-profile case.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 10, 2018
With the court’s conservative justices splitting, Thomas chastised his colleagues for appearing to be ducking out of the case because of political concerns.
“What explains the Court's refusal to do its job here?” Thomas wrote in a dissent for the three justices that voted to hear the case. “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named Planned Parenthood.”
“But these cases are not about abortion rights,” he said. “They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act. Resolving the question presented here would not even affect Planned Parenthood's ability to challenge the states’ decisions; it concerns only the rights of individual Medicaid patients to bring their own suits.”
The issue at hand is about who has the right to challenge a state’s Medicaid funding decision, according to The Huffington Post. States had argued that since the Medicaid program is a collaboration between the federal and state governments to provide health care to low-income Americans, it’s evident that only the Secretary of Health and Human Services can intervene by withholding money from the state.
But these lower federal courts have found that private individuals can challenge these Medicaid funding decisions in court.
“States may not terminate providers from their Medicaid program for any reason they see fit, especially when that reason is unrelated to the provider's competence and the quality of the health care it provides,” a panel of judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last February.
According to CNN, Kansas and Louisiana had moved to terminate Medicaid contracts with those affiliates after an edited video from an anti-abortion group in 2014 showed officials from Planned Parenthood Federation of America appeared to be discussing the price of fetal tissue.
Lawyers for Kansas said in their court brief that the lower court ruling permitted “millions of Medicaid beneficiaries the ability to go directly to federal court to challenge a state's determination that their provider is not ‘qualified’ — bypassing layers of state administrative review.”
Planned Parenthood had argued that the state terminated Medicaid agreements with two affiliates “without cause.”
Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, praised the Supreme Court for deciding to leave the lower court rulings in place, HuffPosts reports.
“As a doctor, I have seen what’s at stake when people cannot access the care they need, and when politics gets in the way of people making their own health care choices. We won’t stop fighting for every patient who relies on Planned Parenthood for life-saving, life-changing care,” Wen said.
In an honest and incredibly brave profile published in Self magazine, “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland reveals the private struggles from her frustrating health journey, opening up about her recent second kidney transplant after her body rejected her first transplant.
The 28-year-old actress was born with kidney dysplasia, a condition that develops in utero when one or both of the kidneys do not develop correctly and results in painful cysts, The Huffington Post reports. Hyland said her condition forced her to have a life where she was “always having to be looked after, having to be cared for.”
Here is what you may already know: Sarah Hyland (@sarahhyland) was born with kidney dysplasia. She went into kidney failure, and needed a kidney transplant. In 2012, when she was 21, her dad gave her one of his. This much is public knowledge. What Hyland hasn’t been ready to share until now is that in 2016, her body began to reject the donated kidney. So began a very intense and emotional two years, which involved dialysis, multiple surgeries, and a second transplant—this time with a kidney from her brother. “I was very depressed,” Hyland says. “When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it's your fault. It's not—but it does.” Head to the link in our bio to read more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographed by @catherineservel Wardrobe styling by @marpeidro Makeup by @allanface at Starworks Hair by @marktownsend1 at Starworks Manicure by @whitneygnails at Tomlinson Prop styling by @bigtimebowen On Sarah: Top by @marineserre_official, dress by @redvalentino, leggings by @nike, necklace by @fadetoblack
Because of her condition, Hyland’s kidneys eventually went into failure and her father donated a kidney to her, but her body began to reject the kidney.
Hyland revealed the struggles following her first transplant, saying she began to experience fatigue, fevers and infections four years after the transplant, as her body began to attack the organ.
“We did all of these tests and all of these treatments to try and save the kidney,” she told Self. ”Christmas break, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, my birthday, all of that spent in the hospital.”
The next year included regular dialysis treatments, as well as another transplant, this time from her younger brother Ian, ABC News reports.
But the failing kidney left Hyland feeling “very depressed.”
“I was very depressed. When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it’s your fault. It’s not,” she told the magazine. “For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad.”
“I had gone through (my whole life) of always being a burden, of always having to be looked after, having to be cared for,” she continued.
Hyland said that after sharing her suicidal thoughts with a loved one, she decided to move forward with the second transplant.
The actress said she wants other to know that it’s OK to ask for help.
“For anybody that wants to reach out to somebody but doesn’t really know how because they’re too proud or they think that they’ll be looked upon as weak, it’s not a shameful thing to say. It’s not a shameful thing to share,” she said.
According to HuffPost, Hyland received her second transplant in September 2017, and she and her brother are doing well.
Hyland, however, was diagnosed with endometriosis after her second transplant and discovered that an undiagnosed hernia was the cause of severe abdominal pain. She had laparoscopic surgery for her endometriosis, as well as an operation to repair the hernia, all together making a total of 16 surgeries for the actress.
While Hyland says that there will certainly be more surgeries, she is coping with it the best she can and remains optimistic about the future.
“That is a goal, to not just listen to my body more, but listen and do something about it because I tend to push myself,” she said. “I’m stable. I'm thriving. I'm super happy with life ... I have the greatest family one could ask for. I'm on a show that is absolutely unbelievable and surreal.”
At some point in your academic or even professional career, you will likely come across the dreaded career aptitude test. The test, similar to ones you may have taken online to assess your personality type, is designed to determine the best career path for you based on your skills and interests. They can be as simple as this one developed by The Princeton Review, which briefly assesses your professional interests and work style, or incredibly in-depth. So, the pressure is definitely on. Honestly, who knew something so fleeting could mean so much?
It’s not uncommon to take this test in your junior or senior year of high school, as part of a career-advising plan at college or even during the interview process for a new job. Like personality tests, career aptitude tests are often right about a lot of things, but you shouldn’t freak out if your results are completely off-base. Here are three reasons you might consider taking a career aptitude test and two reasons to be wary of them.
Go for it!
1. You have no idea what you want to do with your life
Career aptitude tests can be excellent idea generators for students and young professionals who aren’t exactly sure what they should pursue. Danielle Radin, author of “Become A Networking Ninja: How To Network Out-of-the-Box and Into Employment,” says, “Many times, students don't know what field of work they will like, especially if they majored in a more general topic like English, communication or even biology. Taking an aptitude test can help you determine what your best skills are. You can then match that up with your passions and hobbies to find the perfect career.” Radin adds that many women in her professional network found their dream careers after career aptitude tests helped them learn more about themselves.
Whether you’re open to exploring new possibilities or you’re feeling unmotivated professionally, your test results could reveal a field of work you find thrilling but just haven’t considered before.
2. You want a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses
A common misconception about career aptitude tests is that you must know everything about yourself going into the test and that the testing algorithm will simply manipulate the data. The truth is that the test is designed to help you get a better understanding of yourself. It asks a series of questions that are meant to reveal more about your personality as you go along. This includes your strengths and weaknesses, both professionally and socially.
Dr. Olatokunbo Famakinwa, a board-certified internal medicine physician, says that career aptitude tests can be useful even if you already know what you want to do professionally. “As a physician, I have had to take several of these and similar tests, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test and, most recently, a medical specialty aptitude test. While the tests were not completely accurate, these assessments were helpful in allowing me to look at medical specialties that I had not considered previously and learn more about my work style,” she says. She explains that, often, these tests will reveal what’s most important to you in a career and in which environments you’re likely to thrive. For example, a career aptitude test can determine whether you value independence in your workday or you prefer working as a part of a team. This information is crucial to your professional development.
3. You have doubts about your abilities and/or interests
Career aptitude tests, if designed effectively, will often reaffirm things you already know or suspect about yourself. If you are on the fence about taking your career in a different direction, a career aptitude test can relieve some of that hesitation by confirming that your new venture is actually perfect for you.
Dr. Jude Miller Burke, workplace psychologist, executive coach and author of “The Millionaire Mystique: How Working Women Become Wealthy and How You Can Too,” recommends using these tests in conjunction with in-person sessions led by a certified clinician. “Often, the test can confirm what has been said verbally and the interpretation of the results can be enjoyable for the client.” She explains that the printed reports generated by such tests are visually appealing and easy to read, giving a career coaching session more breadth and interest. You can actually learn a lot more than you set out to.
But be careful...
Although taking a career aptitude test can help you in the long run, it’s important to realize that not all of these tests or experiences are created equally. Tim Bennet, co-host of workplace podcast The Focus Group, says wisely, "one measurement does not a successful career make."
The truth is that career aptitude tests can create a lot of the same problems as standardized tests like the SATs do. For example, Dr. Burke explains that those who are very emotional or distressed might react poorly to graphs and scales. Instead, she notes, “They would benefit more from an open dialogue since the emotionality of it all might keep them from absorbing the results.” Here are two things to consider before taking a career aptitude test.
Know what your test focuses on and how it formulates its results
Career aptitude tests can be wrong, but there’s an explanation: they don’t all assess the same variables. Dr. Burke explains that there are career aptitude tests that evaluate personality traits, leadership sills, work-group strengths, professional interests, intelligence and psychopathology. It is important to know which test is right for you and how to interpret your results.
Pauline Delaney, a career coach at Resumegenius.com, says that some tests show disconnect between personality traits and interests. “Just because you may have a personality that is considered suitable for a certain profession doesn’t necessarily mean it aligns with your interests,” she explains. According to Delaney, personality-based tests are often more useful in giving someone a general idea of which professional direction they might turn to.
But, she adds, “It’s up to you to look at the specific job descriptions in that field and ask yourself if it sounds like something you would enjoy.” Her preference is interest-based testing like the O*Net’s Interest Profiler, which creates an interest profile for you based on your interest in actual job descriptions.
Different tests are appropriate for different people and different situations. If possible, talk to a career coach before deciding on which test is right for you.
Don’t take them too seriously
Although useful to an extent, career aptitude tests should be considered more of an auxiliary tool rather than a rigid prescription for the course of your professional life. Peter Yang, co-founder of ResumeGo and former HR manager, warns that no test is perfectly designed to consider all the variables that determine someone’s ability to do any one job. Instead, what they ultimately provide is a simplistic overview of someone’s character and a preliminary range of careers they should consider. Yang, like many other professionals, does not recommend you take these tests too seriously.
If you’re looking for some magical insight into your professional future, a career aptitude test probably won’t help. But, if you’re interested in learning a bit more about yourself, it’s worth exploring. Lauren McAdams, a career advisor at ResumeCompanion.com, sums it up perfectly: “The best career assessments often tell you what you already want to do and the best way to find out what you want to do is to observe what you love doing. You don’t need a career assessment to tell you what your passion is.” You can do this!
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.)
James Comey Says Democrats “Have to Win” the White House in 2020
Former FBI agent James Comey responded to recent criticisms from President Donald Trump, who claimed that Comey lied to Congress during his testimony on Friday, saying that Democrats “have to win” the presidency in 2020.
Comey pointed to Trump’s targeting of private citizens and political opponents, including himself.
“We have to remind ourselves that the president of the United States of America is publicly announcing that people are committing crimes, they should be in jail — private citizens — that’s not OK,” Comey told an audience at 92Y in New York City. “And if we become numb to it, we risk surrendering the norm.”
Former FBI Director James Comey called Trump's administration an "attack on our values," and said voters should oust him through the polls in 2020 — as opposed to having Congress pursue impeachment https://t.co/toFPswo0yOpic.twitter.com/IwpBnq5q7E
— POLITICO (@politico) December 10, 2018
Trump posted several tweets over the weekend, accusing “leakin” Comey of lying to Congress after he had testified before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Friday in a closed session. The former FBI director was fired by the president in 2017 over his handling into the Hillary Clinton email investigation, ABC News reports.
Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2018
Comey, however, said he shrugged off Trump’s comments, but still said they were “disturbing.”
“I’m not prepared to judge it,” Comey told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace at the event. “I’m a witness, potentially. I don't know how the special counsel thinks about it, but if I were a prosecutor and a public figure started attacking the credibility of one of my witnesses in a pending investigation that's something I would look at very closely.”
However, Comey said he would advise impeaching the president. Even though he considered Trump to be unsuitable for office, Comey said impeaching the president would be “would let the country off the hook,” Politico reports.
Calling Trump a “threat” to the country’s values, Comey said Democrats need to put aside their ideological debates and just focus on one important goal: winning the 2020 election.
“I can tell you that all of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lying stops on January 20, 2021,” he said. “I understand the Democrats have important debates now over who their candidate should be ... but they have to win. They have to win.”
“Nazi-Themed” Posters Found At SUNY Purchase Campus
Nazi-themed posters were found on various locations at State University of New York’s Purchase College on Sunday, according to the school’s statement Monday.
Betsy Aldredge, SUNY Purchase media relations specialist, told ABC News that the posters contained images of Adolf Hitler and swastikas.
According to CNN, university police have identified a suspect, and are currently working with the Westchester District Attorney’s Office on an investigation.
“That this hateful act took place on the last night of Hanukkah when our Jewish community members were celebrating the survival of their religion, makes it even more reprehensible,” Dennis Craig, officer-in-charge for the New York State University Police at Purchase College, said in a statement. “Please know that these posters, and any message of anti-Semitism and intolerance, go against our core values of diversity, acceptance, and understanding. At Purchase, we are committed to ensuring that all members of the community are accepted and welcome, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, background, or identity.”
“Messages of hate, while becoming more and more prevalent in our country, have no place on our campus and will be treated with the utmost severity,” Craig added.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also issued a statement, saying he was “disgusted by the discovery of neo-Nazi fliers at SUNY Purchase.” He has directed the State Police Hate Crimes Unit to also assist in the investigation, CNN reports.
I am disgusted by the discovery of neo-Nazi fliers at SUNY Purchase today, and I have directed the State Police Hate Crimes Unit to assist in the investigation. Those behind this noxious act should know that these fliers only harden our resolve to combat hate in all its forms. pic.twitter.com/qvVe82TOHV
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 10, 2018
“Those behind this noxious act should know that these fliers, far from inciting fear, will only harden our resolve to combat hate in all its forms. We will not cower in the face of hate. While they spread fear, we will spread love,” the governor said.
Activists Demand New Green Deal During Demonstration at Democratic Leaders’ Offices
Hundreds of pro-environment activists lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday as part of an effort to pressure Democrats to make a Green New Deal a priority for the party’s agenda in the next Congress.
Protesters staged sit-ins outside of the Washington D.C. offices of Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim McGovern, calling on Democrats to leverage their power in the next Congress, where they will have a majority in the House of Representatives, to enact green legislative proposals to transition to renewable energy, The Huffington Post reports.
Sunrise co-founder Varshini Prakash, referring to a grave report from October report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that said that humans have roughly 12 years before the damage to earth is irreversible, said, “The U.N. says we have 12 years to transform our economy and avert catastrophe. The Democrats need a plan to make it happen. And if the Democrats want the youth vote in 2020, they need to get to work on a Green New Deal in 2019.”
Protesters at @NancyPelosi’s office demanding Democrats address climate change and a green new deal as part of taking the Majority next year - an effort @ocasio2018 pushing for. pic.twitter.com/M2ZajA9D2Q
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) December 10, 2018
“This is not about Republican. This is not about Democrat. This is about humanity!” Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., the president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, cried. “Climate change is a civil rights issue. We have a right to clean air, we have a right to clean water and we will fight not for ourselves but for the next generation.”
The Green New Deal, proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is a federal plan to invest in infrastructure and labor reforms aimed at combating climate change, HuffPost reports.
“The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan,” Ocasio-Cortez told HuffPostback in June. “It will require the investment of trillions of dollars and the creation of millions of high-wage jobs. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy, but this time green energy.”
Pelosi, who is currently building her support to become Speaker of the House again, has already announced that she plans to reconvene a select committee on climate change in the next Congress, ABC News reports.
Following the demonstrations Monday, Pelosi’s spokesperson, Taylor Griffin, said that “addressing climate change remains a top priority” for the Congresswoman.
“She has proposed reinstating a select committee on climate and looks forward to caucus-wide discussions with the committees of jurisdiction to determine the appropriate path forward,” Griffin stated.
Hoyer, taking to Twitter, said he welcomed members of Sunrise, expressing that he “appreciate[d] their passion” and promising that the new Democratic majority would act on climate change.
I welcome visitors from @sunrisemvmt to my office today, and I'm happy to hear from them about one of the most pressing issues of our time. Speaking out is exactly what our democracy is all about, and I appreciate their passion. The new Dem Majority will #ActonClimate.
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) December 10, 2018
As protesters were gathered in the House office buildings, U.S. Capitol Police warned protesters to leave or face arrest, and ultimately reported 138 arrests due to crimes related to unlawfully demonstrating in the Cannon and Longworth House Office Buildings, ABC News reports.
What to look out for...
This master’s graduate wrote his Communication and Media Studies thesis on Kim Kardashian, and she wants a copy. Honestly, we really want to read the “Kim Thesis,” too.
I don't know about you, but my entire childhood consisted of me in front of the TV enamored by three badass kindergartners—the one and only Powerpuff Girls. I was obsessed with the show, even role playing with my friends (naturally, I was Blossom).
The idea that three girls could still be in touch with their emotions and femininity while kicking ass was so empowering to me as a preschooler, so you can imagine my excitement when Cartoon Network announced that they are looking for interactive interns for their EMPOWERPUFF Internship Program to celebrate 20 years of The Powerpuff Girls.
Calling social content creators! Cartoon Network is proud to introduce the #EMPOWERPUFF Internship Program
— Cartoon Network (@cartoonnetwork) November 13, 2018
According to the Turner application website, they are looking for applicants with talents in content creation: writers, illustrators, designers, videographers, etc. Candidates should be 18 years or older and be able to work 6-10 hours a week for this 12-month program.
The chosen interns will work with marketing and creative professionals within Cartoon Network headquarters—and with each other—to bring The Powerpuff Girls brand strategies to life through innovative and engaging content.
The application requires you to create a 3-5 minute video highlighting the most positively powerful aspects of yourself, answering these questions: What are your passions? Who and what makes you feel empowered? How do you help empower others?
Fortunately, you can be situated anywhere within the United States to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The website doesn't specify a due date, but I suggest applying as soon as possible—because if you don't jump on this internship, you know I will.
You know how the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree—and that's certainly true for these nine offspring. From Willow and Jaden Smith to Brooklyn Beckham, these stars have all followed in the superstardom footsteps of their celebrity parents.
1. Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford
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Seventeen-year-old Kaia Gerber might as well be an exact replica of her mother, supermodel Cindy Crawford. Like Cindy, Kaia brings a recognizable face to the runways of Chanel and Burberry and even smizes like her mom in fashion magazines. Before Kaia, however, Cindy was at the top of her game as one of the most sought-out and famous models in the industry. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, she dominated magazine covers and power-walked down the runway. Cindy possesses an amazing and enviable modeling career that inspires many of today’s current models, including Kaia. Even though Kaia is still young, there is no doubt that she is on track to creating her own supermodel legacy!
2. Miley and Noah Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
Even though Miley and Noah’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, gained his own fame in 1992 from his hit single “Achy Breaky Heart," Miley decided to take the chance to audition for Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana to produce her own path to stardom, while Noah dabbled in acting and then later on found a love for music. While Billy Ray made a name for himself in country music, Miley gained the love and attention of teens everywhere in the late '00s as Disney’s teen queen, playing both Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana, as well as releasing her own albums. Noah’s first major movie role was voicing Ponyo in the movie Ponyo, and has continually released her own music during the past two years, after being signed to RECORDS. In fact, Miley and Noah aren’t the only ones in the Cyrus family with talent—siblings Brandi, Trace and Braison have all immersed themselves in the entertainment industry.
3. Jaden and Willow Smith and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
The Jump was quick, but putting it all together took almost 6 months! Everybody here played a huge part in making sure I didn’t Die :-) and I’m grateful for all of your time, energy & commitment... Thank You @YesTheory, @mattdajer, @ammar, @thomasbrag, @therealalfonsoribeiro, @YouTube, my teams at @Westbrook & Overbrook, @flyonthewallent, @tminusproductions, Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, @omazeworld, @glblctzn, @Jumpman23, @officialfawn, @dralastanford and her medical team, AMV, CAA, Judy Schuda and All Direct Travel, The Navajo Nation, @dbdvegas, @fftk_catering, Creations in Cuisine Catering, and Envision Apparel. 📷: @alansilfen
There is absolutely no doubt that the Smith family is one of the most talented power families in Hollywood. Each member—Will, Jada, Jaden and Willow—has had their own respective careers in entertainment. Will is best known for his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as his accompanying rap career, and Jada got her start on a sitcom called True Colors that ran from 1990-1992. Jada also starred in The Nutty Professor and Madagascar. Will and Jada have been praised for letting their children experiment with what they want to do in life and have always supported their endeavors. Jaden started his acting career off young when he starred alongside his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness. He later went on to star in a remake of The Karate Kid, and released an album called Syre. Willow gained attention after the release of her catchy single “Whip My Hair” in 2010 and is still concentrating on music, having already put out her second album by the time she turned 17. Needless to say, the Smith family is still taking Hollywood by storm after 20+ years.
4. Brooklyn Beckham and David and Victoria Beckham
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Honestly, I wish I could be a Beckham. With his father being one of the best and celebrated soccer players of all-time and his mother being a former Spice Girl and fashion icon, Brooklyn Beckham has it made. Brooklyn decided to take a slightly different path, steering away from entertainment and fulfilling his passion of photography by enrolling at Parsons School of Design. His Instagram is covered in aesthetically pleasing pictures that he’s taken, including some of his parents and his brothers and sister. Even though we won’t see Brooklyn taking the field or designing clothes anytime soon, he sure is making his own mark through his stunning visuals.
5. Emma Roberts and Eric Roberts
The American Horror Story actress caught the acting bug at a young age from her father, actor Eric Roberts, and her super-famous aunt, Julia Roberts (Eric’s sister), after spending a lot of time on movie sets with them both. While Eric has an incredible 40-year acting career to boast about and Julia has starred in some of our favorites, such as Pretty Woman and Eat Pray Love, Emma has played memorable roles in Unfabulous, Scream Queens and American Horror Story. Her characters, Madison Montgomery (American Horror Story) and Chanel Oberlin (Scream Queens) have been iconic in today’s generation—so, like her father and aunt, the 27-year-old is seriously displaying acting chops that everyone seems to love.
6. Lily-Rose Depp and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
As the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French singer, model and actress, Vanessa Paradis, 19-year-old Lily-Rose Depp was blessed with beautiful genes, a knack for acting and a perfect runway walk. Some of the star’s acting credits include The Dancer, where she played Isadora Duncan, and The King, starring alongside Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson. Lily-Rose is also renowned for her cool-girl style and was appointed as a Chanel ambassador in 2015. We’re sure her parents are so proud of her as her fame continues to skyrocket in Hollywood.
7. Paris Jackson and Michael Jackson
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The ultra-famous actress, singer and model has been in the spotlight from the second she was born. Paris Jackson has the title of being the King of Pop’s daughter, but with it has come a lot of being watched and scrutinized for who her father was. She was fiercely kept out of the spotlight until the death of her father in 2009. However, the 20-year-old has made it her mission to make her own name for herself in the world by signing with IMG Models and dabbling in acting, starring in 2018’s Gringo. She also sings and performs with her musical group, The Soundflowers.
Good morning, Upper East Siders (or anyone, anywhere reading this)—it looks like we have quite the story for you. It might be years since the show came to an end, but Gossip Girl is still a hit among Netflix users (I mean, I still binge it every year) and a recent discovery on its show description is pretty note-worthy.
On Twitter, Lane Moore, a comedian, noticed a change in Gossip Girl's show description that's so honest and simple, it's hard to tell if it was written by someone who absolutely hates the show, or adores it enough to see it for what it truly is. The description reads as follows: "Rich, unreasonably attractive private school students do horrible, scandalous things to each other. Repeatedly."
Well, they aren't wrong.
Moore tweeted a photo with the caption,"Netflix: 'let’s get someone who fuckin hates Gossip Girl to write the description of Gossip Girl.'" LOL, I mean... she could be right.
Netflix: “let’s get someone who fuckin hates Gossip Girl to write the description of Gossip Girl” pic.twitter.com/BewiyilXmK
— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) December 11, 2018
If anyone truly doesn't know what the show is about, it's honestly so accurate, people will get the memo. Though this is hilarious on its own, the reactions from Twitter users are just as good.
omg. They also understand the show in such a profound way it's almost poetry.
— Ben Philippe (@gohomeben) December 11, 2018
gossip girl is my favorite tv show and i still wholeheartedly support this description https://t.co/fnUIN0W6bn
— ʰᵃˡᶠ⁻ᵈᵒᵒᵐᵉᵈ (@kaieous) December 11, 2018
— Cayceatthemovies (@Cayceatthemovie) December 11, 2018
i hope the netflix employee that wrote this gossip girl summary got a raise pic.twitter.com/7gQVhbKDju
— merry sara (@thisbemesara) December 11, 2018
I wonder if it will stay this way, or if we will see another description pop up sometime down the road. If Gossip Girl taught us anything, it's to keep our eyes peeled, because you never know what will happen. XOXO
LBR: networking events, as valuable as they can be for jump-starting your career and meeting people in your field, aren't necessarily my favorite social event to attend. They can feel a little awkward, and TBH, pretty anxiety-inducing.
My first thought when that invitation comes across my screen is usually, "well, there's no way I'm suffering through this alone," and I plan to grab whoever is available and is remotely interested in the event. But as tempting as it may be to bring your wing woman along to that next networking event, you may have more to gain when you go alone. Here are a couple of reasons why you might not want to bring that friend to your next network event and try it out solo.
Having a friend or colleague there distracts from the business networking reasons you are there
You end up clinging to that person and letting them make all of the decisions. Let’s say you ask if they want to walk around and if they say no, you’re probably going to concede because you don’t want to leave their side and they probably don’t want to leave your side. From then, you will stay put in one area chitchatting about stuff that is completely irrelevant instead of circling the room.
Overshadowing is real, and really annoying
Let's say you do bring someone who is super extroverted and you will have no problem meeting others with them by your side. That sounds way too good to be true, all glory but no work? No. There is a good chance that friend will overshadow you. This is especially frustrating if you are both in the same field. Hello?! You brought them to this event and they walk out with all of the business connects. Ugh, rough.
The perfect opportunity for building your confidence
Don't let negative self-talk make you think that you can't attend this event on your own. Fears like not knowing what to say if someone talks to you or what to do if no one talks to you are valid, but can and should be challenged! Grow your own confidence and push yourself out of your comfort zone at these networking events. Plus, the more practice you have networking, the easier it will get.
TBH, I've realized that I use wing people as a scapegoat to not talk to anybody which completely defeats the purpose of networking. By going alone, I'm most definitely getting better at this whole uncomfortable networking concept, so don't be afraid to try it!
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Arguments are tricky business, especially in relationships. When you argue with a SO, it can sometimes be easily resolved and you can feel good about what you two gained from the argument. However, some arguments make you question the person you’re with and how they reacted to you or a situation. This is when you might start to consider if this was just another argument or if this is indicative of a larger problem, a problem that is inevitably a deal-breaker. Luckily, we’ve consulted with a couple collegiettes and Kim Olver, a licensed professional counselor, board certified coach, and author of the book Secrets of Happy Couples and upcoming book Choosing Me Now, on how to tell whether it’s a normal argument or something to be more concerned about.
“In every relationship, you always have at least three choices – you can change it, accept it or leave it,” Olver says. “When you are in a committed relationship, I recommend saving leaving for your last resort unless you are experiencing physical abuse, in which case your safety is of paramount importance. If not, try changing and accepting first.” With that in mind, here are some ways to tell if it’s just an argument or if it’s the end of your relationship.
It’s just an argument if…
1. You guys are making little things into big things
Check yourself and your SO to make sure you guys aren’t making something out of nothing.
“If it's an argument about little things that can be fixed or aren't really a big issue, then I think maybe fix the argument and try changing the little annoying things first before calling it quits,” Gabriella Catano-Salinas, a senior at Florida International University, says.
2. You’re SO’s intentions aren’t to hurt you
Between talking to Olver and some collegiettes, it seems that there is a shared sentiment that an argument shouldn’t end your relationship, unless it’s absolutely necessary. One of the keys to figuring out if it’s really just an argument is determining your SO’s intention.
3. You’re trying to change your SO
“When you are in a relationship, it is important to remember that your partner is doing whatever he (or she) is doing to get his (or her) needs met,” Olver says. “It isn't likely (your partner’s) end goal is to hurt you or piss you off. If you can accept that everyone, including you, is supposed to meet their own needs, then you can be more accepting of what people choose to do to meet yours.”
Sometimes we end up in arguments with our SO because there is something that bothers us about them that we want to change, but Olver recommends trying to change yourself before trying to change your partner.
“With changing it, often our go-to behavior is trying to change the other person to match the picture of what we really want or what we know this person is capable of becoming, Olver says. “The problem with that approach is that you are holding someone responsible to meeting your expectations instead of accepting who they actually are… Adjusting yourself is not easy but it's infinitely easier than trying to change your partner. This works well as long as you are not compromising your values and principles.”
So then, how do you know if an argument spells the end for you and your SO?
It could be the end of your relationship if…
1. You’ve had this argument before
Few things are as frustrating as having the same argument with someone over and over. And. Over. Especially when that someone is your SO, it’s easy to feel dismissed or like they don’t hear you. If you find yourself in this predicament, it might be time to consider moving on.
“I think if it is an argument that has repeatedly happened and no change has been made, then it may be the end of the relationship,” Gabriella says. “There are only so many chances one can give.” When you and your SO are having the same argument over and over, Olver says that what you’re actually doing is trying to change them, which is an unhealthy habit to be in.
“Ask yourself if your partner never changes, would you still want to be in relationship with him or her,” Olver says. “If the answer is yes, then let it go, stop arguing and accept your partner for who they are. If the answer is no, I agree, it’s time for a breakup.”
2. You’re seeing qualities in your SO that are deal-breakers
An argument can tell you a lot about your SO. It can reveal qualities in that person that you hadn’t seen before or now realize you don’t like.
“To me, an argument is only the end of your relationship if you allow it to be, or if the argument is solved but it reveals qualities in your partner that you can't deal with anymore,” Morgan Mullings, a sophomore at St. John’s University, says. “If it does reveal things in your SO, like qualities that are a deal-breaker for you, it's honestly okay to break up. And then you can be thankful that you had that argument, or you would've never known!” If you genuinely are concerned about how you were treated during the argument or the way your SO acted while you were arguing, that in and of itself can be a deal-breaker. It might be time to call it quits then.
3. You’re changing for your SO in an unhealthy way
Change can be a good thing. But if you’re changing because your partner wants you to, you need to reevaluate.
“If the only reason she is trying to change is to please her partner, this is a mistake and she should either stop or walk away,” Olver says. So if you like you, but your partner is insistent that you change for some reason that you don’t agree with, this is a red flag.
At the end of the day, you’ll know when you need to move on. So trust yourself and your instinct that you know what’s best for you both in and out of your relationship. And if you’ve had an argument with your SO that you feel uneasy about, talk to them first. Olver says if you’re in a healthy, serious relationship, leaving should be your last option. But if your SO wants you to change in a way you are uncomfortable with, you see qualities in them you can’t get past or you guys keep having the same argument, then it is probably time to consider going your separate ways.
It’s time to talk about the most iconic makeup look of all time: red lips. Whether you prefer a berry tone or true classic red, we know there are a lot of red shades out there – but the boldest, fullest color comes out if the lipstick contains blue undertones. Blue undertones create a deeper look to your lips, and they make your teeth brighter because blue and yellow are opposite to each other on a color wheel. Pretty cool, right?
If you’re confused about how to tell whether a lipstick has blue undertones, you can always swatch the colors on your hand or wrist to be sure. Blue-toned lipsticks aren't orangey when applied, and they'll look full and thick instead of light. To help you out on your search for the most stunning red, these are the most-loved lipsticks friendly for all complexions.
1. Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo (MAC, $18.50)
When makeup-obsessives talk about red lipstick, they're usually talking about Ruby Woo. This long-lasting, matte lipstick is highkey magic because it looks good on everyone, and it's even a favorite of celebrities like Taylor Swift and Rihanna. This is a highly-pigmented shade, so anytime you wear it, people take notice. Ruby Woo is your opportunity to flaunt it.
2. Matte Liquid Lipstick in Mary Jo K (Kylie Cosmetics, starting at $17)
This is ultimate secret weapon shade to pull out when you've got a holiday party or you're just feeling extra. It's not patchy, and it's long-wearing, which makes this one of Kylie's best sellers since its initial release. Mary Jo K hovers just barely in the blue-toned lipstick family, but the deep pigment is enough to offset any yellow tones you're trying to hide.
3. All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso (Stila, $22)
This is the truest blue red you'll find, and it's such a universal color that the specific pigments blend with any complexion. While this is a matte, it's a bit creamier because of the Vitamin E and avocado oil in Stila's formula, so it keeps your lips soft instead of looking dry.
The excitement of a new relationship usually has us glued to our phones, constantly awaiting that next text back or a flirty Snap. However, even if we feel excited about pursuing a new love interest, they might not always feel the same. Suddenly, texts are going unanswered for hours at a time, or just never answered at all. Snapchats go unopened, Instagram likes unreciprocated, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to nail down a time to see them next. It’s happening—you might be getting ghosted.
Getting ghosted is a frustratingly new avenue of ending a relationship. Though social media has allowed people to connect on many different platforms, it also allows people to ignore others on manydifferent platforms. And it's incredibly common, inspiring cultural phenomenons from Halloween costumes to a relationship exit survey. In a 2016 survey done by Plenty of Fish, 78 percent of millennials between 18 and 30 said they had been ghosted. Though people may view ghosting as an easy way to end a short relationship, it's hard to go through the end of a budding relationship when you haven't seen the warning signs. If you think you're getting ghosted, all you want is to hear back from the person you're seeing—even if that means getting rejected, because at least that would be closure.
Follow these tips if you want to get to the bottom of whether you’re being ghosted or not, and how to cope if you think you're being ignored in your new relationship.
1. Put down the phone for a minute.
If you think you're getting ghosted, it might be time to live life off your phone for a few days. Though scrolling through social media can be a great way to keep up with friends and share your own life, it can simultaneously be a toxic presence in our lives, especially when you first start seeing someone. We attach so much meaning to whether or not we can get a text back, that it’s easy to become engrossed in it in a bad way. Getting a text or a DM should not be the ultimate validation of your new relationship, and the lack thereof should not be the automatic deal breaker. So take a technology break, focus on hanging out with your friends, and force yourself to go out and experience the world on your own.
2. Be transparent with them about how you’re feeling.
After taking a technology break, you may want to understand why your crush suddenly went MIA. Try to figure out how you feel about the relationship first. If you feel positive about the relationship but think there is a lack of communication, you can attempt to approach them in a straightforward manner about feeling ignored. Whether you've been on only a few dates or have been seeing each other for a few weeks, being ignored is obviously not ideal. You totally have the right to tell them that you do not have the time to be treated like this.
But how do you approach such a sensitive subject? If you've just started seeing this person, it can be hard to confront them when you barely know them. If you don't know how to completely express your feelings, you can start by shooting them a quick text briefly describing how you've been feeling recently, and ask them if they'd be willing to meet up to discuss your thoughts more. We don't recommend having the whole conversation over text, as ghosting is a complicated topic. Texts and feelings can easily be misconstrued, and it might leave one or both parties feeling offended.
If you have just started seeing this person and you don't necessarily know that this lack of communication is out of character for them, you don't have to broach your insecurities about the growing relationship in your first text. You can simply ask to meet up and hang out as usual, and go from there. If you're a bit farther along in your new relationship and this brake check is new for you, feel free to be more direct in your first text and mention they've been distant.
If you text your new S.O. and they don't end up reciprocating the same willingness to communicate, it might be a sign they are trying to ghost you. If they don't seem enthusiastic about trying to fix the situation, there might be an outside situation going on that is affecting their inability to be in a relationship. If they're dodging your texts to meet up, and if you feel comfortable enough, you can eventually send them a text asking them if they would like to end the relationship. In that sense, you would be getting closure rather than radio silence.
3. Encourage them to share their perspective.
If they do agree to meet IRL or they’re being chatty over text, ask them to share how they’re feeling about the relationship, and allow them the proper time to explain their side too. Maybe they’ve been caught up in a personal issue they didn’t feel comfortable sharing with you, or they have been super busy with their work or school life. Whatever the explanation is, exercise the patience for them to tell their side – and then evaluate. It may seem like you're getting ghosted, but there could be a variety of explanations why your potential love interest isn't replying to all of your texts.
If you believe they are telling the truth, you should make clear what the exact expectations for communication are in your relationship and try to move forward. If you have different views on the appropriate rules for communication in a new relationship, find a happy medium. Your crush may not be a good texter or active on social media, but that shouldn't stop you from pursuing a relationship. As long as you both compromise on a set of ground rules, you will feel clear on where your relationship is going.
One thing to keep in mind as you're trying to decide whether or not your crush is giving you another chance: There’s a chance they’re ghosting you because they might legitimately not be interested in pursuing a relationship with you anymore. If that’s the case, you have to accept that. While ghosting is not the best way to end a new relationship, pursuing them constantly for an explanation won't help you feel better. If you're feeling ignored and upset, know that it isn't your fault that the relationship ended the way it did. If the person you're seeing decides to ghost you, that says more about them than it does about you.
4. Call them out on their BS (if absolutely necessary).
Unless you have an extremely high tolerance for this kind of rejection, if you are truly getting ghosted, you will probably be pissed off. It may feel good to give your crush a piece of mind, but use this tactic sparingly. Do not call someone out if you have not even given them the chance to share their side of the story yet. Do give them the respect to attempt to explain away their miscommunication, but if their explanations are lazy and they clearly do not care about you or your new relationship, you can definitely let them know how that made you feel. You shouldn't be rude, but you can be upfront in saying that their actions were disrespectful of your time and your heart. Honestly, just saying the words, "Your actions hurt my feelings and they were unacceptable," can really make you feel better and also help the person understand the weight of their actions.
If you try to confront them and they are giving you lackluster responses or one-word answers, do not get too worked up. It's easy to give way to hurling insults when someone seems to not care, but at that point, you need to walk away from the situation to take care of yourself. If they're not giving you the time you need, you don't need to give them extra time.
5. Give yourself time to recover.
Whether the relationship was two weeks or two months, getting ghosted sucks no matter what phase of the relationship you were at. Give yourself some extra TLC and remember that absolutely nothing is wrong with you. It’s easy to think that you must have done something to drive your crush away. The truth is, ghosting is an immature way to end a relationship, and it reflects much more on them and how they choose to deal with conflict than it reflects on you.
If you feel like you're alone in getting ghosted, you're not. As described by college junior Mirit, being ghosted is never satisfying. “Being ghosted is really disheartening because you have imagined that your relationship is heading somewhere that clearly isn’t reciprocated. At first, I was confused. I tried to figure out what it was I did or said that would have made him not answer me. I was direct and reached out just to prove that there wasn’t a lapse in communication on my part," she explains. "After a little while, when it became really obvious that he wasn’t going to answer, it was easy to move on. It was simple knowing that I had made an effort and he was the one who was too immature to at least answer my message."
If you think your new crush is attempting to phase you out through unanswered texts and missed calls, don’t feel as if you have to refrain from being direct with them! Be firm and respectful when you tell them how you are feeling, but also allow them to share their side of the story. If it's simply a miscommunication, you can work on strengthening the burgeoning relationship. But if they're simply not showing their interest anymore, leave the relationship in the past—you’ll only move on to bigger and better things.
Gone are the days that vending machines simply sold things like candy and chips. Thanks to the innovation at Ohio State University, there's now such a thing as a bacon vending machine.
Students can choose between a box of 12 strips or a pouch of bacon bits, both of which are pre-cooked and only cost $1. The machine — which the Ohio Pork Council installed in the Animal Sciences Building at the university's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences — works as expected, where you simply insert money and receive ready-to-eat bacon. The bacon was donated by Smithfield Foods, Hormel and Sugardale Foods. All proceeds will benefit Ohio State's meat science department, and the program's students are responsible for maintaining the machine.
So far, that seems to be demanding job. The Chicago Tribune reported that the machine has to be restocked four or five times a day. It is finals season, after all!
"The bacon vending machine is a unique and fun way for the Ohio Pork Council to support Ohio State students and promote the pork industry at the same time," said Dave Shoup, president-elect of the Ohio Pork Council, according to Today.
Unfortunately, the machine is temporary. It will only be on campus until December 13 — unless it makes a miraculous return at some point. The Ohio Pork Council told Gizmodo, "The future of this bacon vending machine is still unknown — we may see it again, or maybe not. Time will tell!"
Long live the bacon vending machine!
What was supposed to be a brief, civil photo opportunity quickly devolved into a shouting match between President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday during . a public meeting. The subject of their disagreement? Trump's proposed border wall.
The president became so heated that, at one point, he threatened to shut down the U.S. government unless he gets the funding needed for a border wall. "If we don't get what we want ... I will shut down the government," Trump said on camera. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country."
He also told Schumer and Pelosi that he "will take the mantle" and he'll "be the one to shut it down.
"I won't blame you for it," Trump said.
President Trump engages in an Oval Office clash with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi over border security as the shutdown deadline looms
Pelosi: "I don't think we should have a debate in front of the press on this"pic.twitter.com/gopvtJKpXO
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 11, 2018
According to POLITICO, Senate Democrats had already reached a deal that $1.6 billion in funding be dedicated to fencing along some parts of the border. Trump, however, wants $5 billion.
But a bipartisan agreement seems to be a stretch, especially with Republicans in control of the Senate and Democrats in control of the House.
On the way out of Tuesday's meeting, Pelosi condemned Trump's threat.
"The Trump shutdown is something that can be avoided and that the American people do not need at this time of economic uncertainty, and people losing jobs and the market in a mood and the rest," Pelosi told reporters. "It is a luxury — the Trump shutdown is a luxury that the American people cannot afford."
But that's not all she said. The Washington Post also reported that the California Democrat also said Trump's insistence on building a wall is a "manhood thing."
“It’s like a manhood thing with him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing," Pelosi allegedly said at a Democratic caucus committee meeting later on Tuesday.
She added that she was "trying to be the mom in the room" while Trump and Schumer went back and forth about funding for the wall.
As of Tuesday evening, Trump has not publicly acknowledged Pelosi's reported remarks.
Ariana Grande truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Fresh off the release of the "thank u, next," single and music video— and the announcement of her next album by the same name — she revealed on Tuesday that she's already dropping another song this week.
The track, titled "Imagine," will be released Thursday night. Ariana announced the news with a simple tweet, though she also posted a countdown on her Instagram story that showed the exact time the single would drop: midnight EST/9 p.m. PST.
'imagine' thursday night
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 11, 2018
The song will be the second released off of her fifth full length album. Ariana's previously teased the title of the track in the music video for "Breathin," and once tweeted that "Imagine" is about "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable."
If the description is any indication of the song's tone, it might be time to break out the tissues. Ariana has already said that the new album is "not particularly uplifting."
"A lot of it sounds really upbeat, but it’s actually a super sad chapter," she told Billboard.
Meanwhile, "thank u, next" just returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. According to ABC News, the music video has broken "all kinds of viewing records," including one previously held by Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made me Do,"— the biggest weekly total ever for a track by a female artist. The song is also the longest-running Hot 100 No. 1 by a woman without any guest artists.
Did I mention that in the past few weeks, Ariana has also released the Dangerous Woman Diaries docuseries and been named Billboard's Woman of the Year? Clearly, being single is working for her.
Unfortunately, people are still asking Sophia Bush about her relationship with her former One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray — a subject she's made clear she doesn't like discussing. The most recent conversation took place on Monday's episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, when he asked her about falling in love with Murray.
"Are we really going to discuss this one?" Bush responded. "The reason why I don’t talk about it, A. is because everyone’s been 21 and stupid, but if you’re in our job, for some reason, people want talk to you about, like, when you’re fully fledged adults who’ve done really amazing s—t with your lives, they want to talk to you about the dumb thing you did in college, basically. Which doesn’t make sense to me, ’cause in any other realm, if a CEO is having a meeting, no one’s gonna ask about the time they went to a kegger in college."
Bush added that there "was no space to self-reflect" after the two broke up. To make matters worse, OTH producers were apparently "really deeply inappropriate" to the both of them.
"They ran, like, TV ads about it, it was really ugly," Bush said. "They made practice of taking advantage of people’s personal lives, and not just for me and for my ex, for other actors on the show who would share as you do when you get close to people. Deeply personal things that were happening in their lives and they would wind up in storylines. It wasn’t OK."
She continued, "It was opportunistic and ugly. When you run a show, you’re like a parent, you’re supposed to protect your flock, and it was the opposite of that. And I imagine that was hard for him as well, you know? It was a very ugly situation on their part. I think they kind of lived for the drama."
Though Bush rarely discusses her relationship with Murray, earlier this year, she told Andy Cohen that getting married was not something she "actually really wanted to do" and that she didn't want to "let everybody down."
On Monday's podcast with Shepard, Bush also discussed her time — and why she left — NBC's Chicago P.D., where she played Detective Erin Lindsay.
"I quit because, what I’ve learned is I’ve been so programmed to be a good girl and to be a workhorse and be a tugboat that I have always prioritized tugging the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, ahead of my own health," Bush said. "The reality was that my body was, like, falling apart, because I was really, really unhappy."
She added that she "inhabited that role of 'pull the tugboat'" to the point where she prioritized protecting everyone's jobs over her own happiness and health.
"... just because I’m unhappy or being mistreated or I’m being abused at work, I’m not gonna f—k this job up for all these people. And what about the camera guy whose two daughters I love and this is how he pays their rent? It becomes such a big thing," Bush explained.
Apparently, her bosses even told her that if she were to "raise a ruckus," she'd cost "everyone their job."
But eventually, she had enough. When it came time for the fourth season, Bush said she told her bosses "Okay, you can put me in the position of going quietly of my own accord or you can put me in the position of suing the network to get me out of my deal and I’ll write an op-ed for the New York Times and tell them why."
Props to her!
Be the change you want to see in the world. We hear this refrain on a daily basis, and we personalize it. We identify our passions—whether it’s something we find wonderful about the world, such as anti-body shaming campaigns, or issues we find despicable, such as sexual harassment in educational settings—which is certainly no easy task (finding your passion is one of the 5 key decisions you’ll make while in high school). The next step is becoming an activist.
Rebecca Scurlock, the Director of Youth Powerhouse, believes that activism is a deeply personal action. “At its core, activism means standing up for the changes you believe need to be made in society,” she says. “These beliefs often stem from one’s personal experience with or connection to societal wrongs, combined with core values such as equity, justice and respect.”
It’s not as overwhelming as it sounds. Linn Davis, Operations and Technology Manager at Healthy Democracy, believes that activism can be defined quite broadly. “It’s any activity that seeks to have a higher societal purpose than its own existence, perpetuation and profit for its creator, such as artwork, journalism and scientific inquiry,” she says. “‘Activism’ ought to be redefined as simply ‘public purpose’ or ‘for the good of society.’”
But there are barriers in your way: maybe you don’t know what activism translates to in your community or high school. Maybe people are telling you that you’re too young to be an activist or that you can’t do anything to support your issue until you’re older. Here’s how can you can prove them wrong.
1. Start a club
If you want to raise awareness about an issue you're passionate about, and a club doesn't currently exist in your school, starting a club is a great way to bring together like-minded activists at your school while gaining leadership and teamwork experience.
Nadya Okamoto, a Her Campus 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women honoree, co-founded PERIOD, a global NGO, as a 16-year-old high school sophomore.
The first step, according to Nadya, is figuring out the process: how can you register a club in your school? Do you need an advisor? Do you need to write a constitution?
“The next step is building your team,” she says. “How many collaborators do you want? What other roles do you need to complement your skill sets? It’s important to identify your strengths and your weaknesses.”
That’s not to say that starting a club is easy. “When you start an organization as a young person, you have to work three times as hard to prove that you’re credible to do it,” Nadya says.
But if you have a team of support and a confident vision in your mind, anything is possible.
2. Join a club
There’s a chance that a club already exists about an issue you care about. You can find out more about your school’s clubs on your school’s website or at a student activities fair at the beginning of the year.
“Joining an activist organization or school club can be an effective way to find a community of committed, experienced and like-minded peers to collaborate with,” Scurlock says.
Joining a club can be just as meaningful and amazing as starting one. Hannah Harshe, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, was her high school's delegate for Girls State. A week during the summer after her junior year, she joined students from across the country in a week-long mock government.
“We simulated absolutely everything--elections, debates and more,” she says. “Girls State taught me so much about how the real-world government works, and I'm a much more effective political activist now! I feel much more qualified to take a personal political stance and I can hold my own in an argumentative conversation with relatives, peers and professors.” This is definitely one of the skills you should master before college.
Activism isn’t limited to politics, however. Kayleen Parra-Padron, a senior at Florida International University, was in an environment club in high school. "While we didn't do much, it taught me the importance of taking care of the planet we live in," she says. "Since then, I've been mindful of recycling and I pick up litter if I ever see trash on campus."
Regardless of what your interest are, find an organization and check out the first meeting or event to see if you’re interested. You’ll never know if you don’t give it a chance!
3. Educate yourself and others
In an age of fake news, it’s incredibly important that you are an informed activist. If someone's asking you questions about your cause, it strengthens your and your cause’s legitimacy if you’re able to answer their questions.
This isn’t as difficult as it sounds, however. According to Nadya, it’s as easy as just looking up your issue on Google. “If you’re passionate about an issue, look up the current state of affairs, determine how you’re trying to be involved and move from there,” she says.
Education itself can be a form of activism, believe it or not. “Some things—like educating young people, reporting events in a fair and factual way or exploring our world or our mind for the betterment of humankind—are far more important than any particular political activism as we so narrowly define it today,” Davis says.
Don’t forget to be careful. Advocacy websites can often be biased towards the organization’s goals; it's important to seek out in-depth news and information sources as well.
4. Donate money or supplies
Do your research before you donate, but don't be afraid to give a helping hand to organizations such as UNICEF and One America Appeal. Even if you can only donate a few dollars, it can still go a long way in helping people across the world.
“Every movement always needs resources. With public service, any amount of money, as someone who leads a global organization, resources are always needed,” Nadya says. “High schoolers can easily take action by hosting a drive or hosting a fundraiser of some sorts to collect resources to give to an organization that they really believe in.”
Many charities and organizations depend entirely on donations to continue their work and improve the lives of people across the world. If you’re unable to donate money, consider donating supplies—such as old clothes, school supplies and more!
5. Engage in digital activism
As technology advances in platforms from Google to Snapchat, it’s important to take advantage of it in pursuing your goals.
“[The power of social media and digital communication] is one of the powerful things that we have in our arsenal as activists,” Nadya says. “We can mobilize and connect with people we don’t know face to face purely through digital communication. Being able to create movements and engage new people in that setting is very needed and very possible.”
One powerful way to mobilize and connect with people is through writing. Op-eds, which merge your opinions with reason and evidence, are timely and persuasive pieces that express your personal voice and opinions.
Digital activism extends beyond writing to also including social media campaigns. Social media and technology have played huge roles in transforming movements and globalizing them. From change.org to iPetitions, use your tools and your Twitter accounts for good. #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo and #RefugeesWelcome are only a few examples of powerful social media campaigns.
Videos are also tremendously powerful. In an increasingly busy world, videos can inspire and inform people in just a few minutes about issues and problems. Greenpeace’s campaign against Nestle for using palm oil from companies destroying rainforests—and thus orangutans—was a success. Nestle promised to give rainforests and their inhabitants a break.
“A great place to start is by signing up for organizations’ email lists or following activist groups on social media,” Scurlock suggests.
As you can see, there’s a huge numbers of way that you can use digital activism to make an impact. All you have to do is choose one method to start with that you believe will be most impactful on your audience and specific goals.
6. Talk to other activists and leaders
Teamwork truly makes the dream work. "Students face barriers of time, and resource, and institutional barriers," Ben Phillips of Citizen University says. "And I think some students don’t know how to begin, or feel isolated or like they are the only ones who care about an issue. They way to fix this, is to get together with others; that’s the first step in making change."
Another benefit of working together with people is the diversity that collaborations can bring. After all, the nature of activism is to be democratic and to represent all voices against interest groups that otherwise dominate the political and policymaking arenas.
Jake Haigis, a UNICEF USA clubs fellow, suggests one way to advocate for UNICEF’s causes, such as protecting the rights of children, is through reaching out to your legislators. “You can advocate on behalf of UNICEF through writing letters and speaking with your State Representatives,” Haigis said. “If you are interested in learning more on how to speak with your Representatives, join a Congressional Action Team (CAT).”
There are people beyond legislators who also make a difference in a cause, such as your fellow activists. It’s important to know who the leaders of the movement are to learn from their paths in forging your own. Identify the people or group of people who have the ability to do something about your cause and find the most effective way to contact them, whether it’s over the phone or in-person.
“The next generation of activists must embrace activism as a lifestyle,” Sara Schmidt, the Youth and Student Program Manager at Amnesty International USA says. “They must think critically while remaining open to learning from those who came before and those who are outside of their own networks and communities. Intersectional activism – which embraces connectivity between different identities and challenges – is critical to our collective victory.”
Don’t be afraid to talk to everyone and anyone about a cause that you believe in. Everyone has a perspective you can learn from and a story to share.
“High school students are just people—with more and less wisdom than people who are older and younger,” Davis says. “While high schoolers are bound by some restrictions that adults are not, they also possess some attributes that adults seem to lose: the ability to think further outside the box, to not be bound by convention; the ability to try things out without too many pesky societal judgments and responsibilities; and the ability to turn impress adults into action.”
Civic engagement has a dramatic variance between younger and older generations. Thus, activism isn’t enough as it currently stands. It must be extended and understood in the larger context that is the American political arena as well as the global one. It’s not only limited to eye-catching rallies and protests but to conducting polls and developing policies with administration. It can influence cultural, environmental, legal, social and political change and any other issue that you’re passionate about.
“What you choose to do with your voice - whether it’s joining a movement an organization or volunteering or writing or doing something through art or public service - it’s up to you,” Nadya said. Conduct leafleting or post fliers around your school, canvas for a candidate you support, write articles or report for student newspapers: just get involved. Just do it.
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.)
Jury Recommends Life in Prison Plus 419 Years for Man Who Killed Heather Heyer
On Tuesday, a Virginia jury recommended a life sentence plus 419 years for James A. Fields, the neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer when he drove his car into counterprotesters at last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. His final punishment, however, will be determined by Judge Richard Moore on March 29 at Fields' sentencing. According to the Associated Press, should Moore change the sentencing, he can only impose a shorter sentence — not a longer one.
Fields was just convicted of first-degree murder and other charges last week. It only took the jury about four hours of deliberations over two days to reach their recommendation. The AP reported that their decision came after listening to "emotional statements" from Heyer's mom and people who were injured while counterprotesting the "Unite the right" rally.
Heyer's mom, Susan Bro, said on Tuesday that she's "content" with the jury's recommendation. "The bottom line is justice has him where he needs to be," Bro said. "My daughter is still not here and the other survivors still have their wounds to deal with, so we've all been damaged permanently, but we do survive. We do move forward. We don't stay in that dark place."
Judge Orders Stormy Daniels to Pay Trump's Legal Fees
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who sued President Trump for defamation in April, now has to pay him nearly $300,000 for legal fees. Trump's lawyer, Charles Hader, initially requested nearly $390,000 in fees, but Judge S. James Otero reduced the final amount — $293,000 and an additional $1,000 in sanctions — by 25 percent.
Daniels' defamation case was dismissed in October. After alleging that she was paid $130,000 just days before the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about an apparent 2006 affair with Trump, he called her accusations a "total con job." Trump also dismissed Daniels' claims that she was being threatened not to speak up. As a result, she sued him.
Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, tweeted on Tuesday that Trump had actually asked for $800,000 in attorneys' fees, cost, and sanctions. But according to him, the court chose a lesser amount, "recognizing that the request was gross and excessive."
Despite saying that Avenatti filed the suit without her approval back in November, Daniels thanked him in a tweet after the decision.
Multiple People Dead in Shootings in Brazil & Paris
A lone gunman shot and killed at least three people, while also wounding 12, near a famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday night. The man reportedly opened fire before escaping police officers. However, his identity is already known, according to The New York Times. Authorities flagged him as a potential threat after raiding his home Tuesdsay morning in relation to a different investigation. Now, he's being looked at for possible terrorism, though French prosecutors have not speculated about his motive.
Another man opened fire inside a Catholic cathedral in the Brazilian city of Campinas on Tuesday. Reuters reported that the gunman fatally shot four people praying in the pews before killing himself. He also injured four others. The man reportedly had no criminal record and used two handguns. Police have not yet established his motive.
What to look for...
A new song from Ariana Grande, coming tomorrow night.
It goes without saying that on-screen representation matters—a lot. Accurate portrayals of the lives of women and people of color are crucial to creating a more culturally-aware and accepting society. And it just so happens to also have huge financial benefits, as proven by a recent study.
Relying on box office data collected by Gracenote, Creative Artists Agency and shift7 reviewed 350 films with varying production budgets. Of those 350, 105 were female-led and 245 were led by men. They found that the top movies from 2014 to 2017 with female leads made, on average, more money at the box office than movies with male leads at every single budget level. In addition, the CAA and shift7 found that every film that has made more than $1 billion in revenues since 2014 has passed the Bechdel test.
For those of you who don’t know, the Bechdel test was created by the amazing cartoonist, Alison Bechdel, and measures representation of women in fiction. In order to pass the test, a film, show, or book has to have two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a guy.
According to the study, the last film to have failed the Bechdel test but still make over $1 billion was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The study also showed that films that pass the test make more in revenue at the box office at every budget level than films that failed the test.
This study is part of the larger battle in Hollywood for the inclusion of women and people of color both on-screen and off. It shows that movement for inclusivity has made progress, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
Even though you and the people you’re shopping for might not really need anything this December, you’re probably still exchanging gifts this holiday season. This is a habit ingrained into our minds by a consumerist society and we’re all at least a little guilty of it. But what if just for one year, we try to gift smarter?
You don’t have to be a minimalist to opt for minimal gifts this holiday season. You can be someone who wants to make a difference in the environment, someone who wants to give gifts people will love, or even just someone who’s gifted so many candles that they want to mix it up a little. Giving minimal gifts doesn’t mean you’re cheap or you don’t care, it means you’re thinking deeper about your holiday shopping and the people you’re shopping for. Here are a few of the best minimalist gifts that are sure to warm the hearts of your BFFs, S/O or family members.
Whether you get them tickets to a play, a plane or bus ticket for a trip they want to go on, or any other experience that they might not want to spend the money on otherwise, this gift can really go a long way. You’ll be giving them memories that will last a lifetime, rather than an object that will make them happy for a few hours. You can really do a lot with this gift, from concert tickets to skydiving, so get creative!
Think Spotify, Netflix, Audible, Hulu, Amazon Prime, a gym membership, or anything else that you can gift a few months of membership for. A lot of people would love to have these subscriptions but don’t want to pay the monthly fee for them, so this gift will really get a lot of use without taking up any extra space.
If there’s a nice restaurant near you that someone on your list wants to try, this is the perfect opportunity to take them out to dinner! They’ll get a nice meal on you, and you’ll both get the gift of spending quality time together. If going out to dinner isn’t your style, you could always bake them cookies, stock them up on their favorite snacks, or cook them their favorite meal at home. The best part of this gift is that everyone loves food, so you can’t go wrong.
4. A letter
Writing letters is really a lost art, which makes it that much more special when you take the time out of your life to give one as a gift. You can write about anything you want, but just reading your words on the page will be a gift your loved one can cherish for a lifetime. Try handwriting it rather than typing, because that little bit of extra effort makes the gift that much more valuable.
5. Your time
The final (and most important) gift idea on this list is simply your time. Life can get pretty busy, and people tend to forget to make time for each other. Dedicate a whole day to spending time together, and try to stay away from your phone or any other distractions the whole time. You’ll be surprised by how much fun you can have when you slow down and fully experience the moment you’re in. Nothing is more valuable than quality time together.
I hope this list can help you shop mindfully this Christmas. No matter how you celebrate this festive month, remember that the best gift of all is love. Spread kindness this holiday season, and you might even end up having more fun!
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