“Natural Hair & Words That Hurt: When Colorism Strikes Our Kids” (MyBrownBaby)

March 5, 2014

“Witness some of the hateful comments readers littered the comments with: ‘The is not very pretty to keep it honest. The hair is to [sic] nappy and the style not that flattering… I hope that she gets a perm it would improve the texture of her hair,’ one wrote. ‘Really? Cute? Not so much! Put a pretty little light skin [sic] child on the site showing her hair.'”

Read more of this story by Jeanine DeHoney at MyBrownBaby here.

“Jail Refused to Let Mother Pump Breast Milk for Her Newborn” (Jezebel)

March 4, 2014

“A mother in Wisconsin says she was not allowed to provide breast milk for her infant during a recent stint in jail.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette officials at the Brown County Jail denied inmate Britney Weber’s requests to pump her breast milk to provide for her baby. Weber was serving time stemming from contempt of court charges related to a traffic case.”

Read more of this story by Rebecca Rose at Jezebel here.

“While We Were Watching Ukraine, North Korea Fired Two Ballistic Missiles” (PolicyMic)

March 4, 2014

“While the world was watching Ukraine, Venezuela or engaging in pre-Oscars gossip, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles, the latest in a series of six missiles fired.

According to South Korea’s semi-official news agency, Yonhap News, the missiles landed in the sea, about 300 miles away from South Korea. The missiles were shot from North Korea’s eastern coast.

Kim Jong-un is once again flexing North Korea’s military strength, and is making sure South Korea and the U.S. hear his message loud and clear: ‘Watch out.'”

Read more of this story by Marguerite Ward at PolicyMic here.

“7 Ridiculous Lady Products That Body-Shame Women” (PolicyMic)

March 4, 2014

“Women spend more than $426 billion per year on these products, many of which reinforce the notion that their normal, natural body parts and functions are something to be embarrassed and ashamed of.

Here are the seven most outrageous items that promise to make women’s disgusting, smelly, misshapen bodies more socially acceptable.”

Read more of this article by Michelle Juergen at PolicyMic here.

“Apple’s Chief Financial Officer to Retire” (The New York Times)

March 4, 2014

“Mr. Oppenheimer, who joined Apple in 1996, has been its chief financial officer for the last 10 years. Mr. Oppenheimer was awarded a $68.6 million compensation package in fiscal year 2012 and was the highest-paid of his financial officer peers that year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.

In a statement, Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, credited Mr. Oppenheimer with overseeing the company’s finances during a period of significant international expansion and revenue growth. Under his watch, revenues increased more than 2000 percent to more than $170 billion, from $8 billion.”

Read more of this story by Rebecca R. Ruiz at The New York Times here.

“The Rate of Home Births Continues to Rise” (Jezebel)

March 4, 2014

“According to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of births outside of a hospital went from 1.26 percent in 2011 to 1.36 percent in 2012, so it’s still pretty rare, relatively speaking. Perhaps what’s weirder is that ‘two-thirds of those births are happening at home.’ So where’s the other third of births happening? On the streets?

Read more of this story by Tracie Egan Morrissey for Jezebel here.

“Facebook’s Next Big Potential Acquisition Is Not Your Average Tech Startup” (PolicyMic)

March 4, 2014

“According to TechCrunch, the tech giant is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based start-up that manufactures near-orbital, solar-powered drones that can fly without landing for five years. The estimated price tag is a cool $60 million, although that is chump change in Facebook’s vast pocket.

But why would a social media company want to buy drones? The answer: Internet connectivity. For years, Facebook has been on a $1 billion mission to bring the Internet to the 5 billion people on Earth who cannot access it. Last year, it partnered with companies such as Samsung and Nokia to launch Internet.org, which will build cheap but high-qualitysmartphones to increase Internet access around the world.”

Read more of this story by Eileen Shim at PolicyMic here.

“8 Stunning Reasons to Love Androgynous Model Erika Linder’s New Gender-Fluid Campaign” (PolicyMic)

March 4, 2014

“The model’s latest spread was commissioned by Swedish label Crocker by JC Jeans Company. In a series of black and white photos, Linder wears the label’s traditionally male and female clothing, at one point modeling opposite herself in the same frame.

‘By starring Erika as the model for both male and female styles, we want this collection to inspire creativity and confidence as we set out to break new boundaries within the fashion industry,’ the company states on its website.”

Read more of this story by Meredith Bennett-Smith at PolicyMic here.

“WATCH: Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Perform ‘Let it Go'” (OUT Magazine)

March 4, 2014

“Following her somewhat debatable Oscar performance, Menzel redeems herself with a stellar classroom version of the award-winning song, “Let it Go.” On The Tonight Show, the performer is relaxed, collected and having fun –something we wish we got to see during the Academy Awards on Sunday. But no matter, we have this rendition here and it’s truly special…”

See the video at OUT Magazine here.