If you’re like me, you get many of your daily Facebook feels from the Humans of New York page. Recently, another photo from the page went viral, partly because Facebook deleted the picture at first. The image was later put back up and everyone is sharing and commenting on this beautiful photo with a one-sentence caption. A young, gay boy afraid of how the world would react to him, now has the support of Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and many, many others. Click inside for more! More »
Yesterday was an unforgettable day in pop culture history. I’m not ashamed to say that Lebron James’ situation had a lot to do with that. But the Rachel Dolezal story dominated my heart, mind and soul. I woke up to the first story breaking on Twitter and literally fell asleep laughing at the onslaught of #AskRachel tweets. But today, looking back on all of the different reactions I saw, I have to also admit that some of my fun was ruined–ruined– by a lot of ignorant stuff I saw. First of all friends, Caitlyn Jenner and every other member of the trans community has nothing to do with this white foolishness so leave them out of it. If you don’t know the difference between gender identity and blackface or cultural appropriation (or plain ol’ insanity), you have like 8 books to read + this post. Click inside for more! More »
There is a very strange news story making the rounds today that at first I took as a joke but has gotten stranger and stranger as more information comes to light. As I understand it, Rachel Dolezal — the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP — has been filing complaints with local police regarding racial harassment for some time now. Dolezal‘s family caught wind of her allegations and have come forward to reveal that she is a woman of “Czech, Swedish German and a touch of Native American” heritage. As president of her chapter of the NAACP, Rachel Dolezal has “presented” herself as Black. I mean, what? Dolezal was confronted on camera with questions about her ethnicity and now, well, her odd story has become a viral sensation. Click below to see photos of Dolezal that highlight the confusion over her ethnicity, read a bit about her strange story and watch video of the interview that sparked this viral controversy. More »
When you become a parent, everything doesn’t change immediately, or over night. One thing I’ve noticed is that, while the big adjustments might take time, there are some little things that seem to change almost immediately. For me, one seemingly small thing was that I couldn’t stomache certain news stories anymore. Most of the time I have to change the channel when a baby’s body is found somewhere, or when I hear about young children being abused. It’s like my body just cannot handle that reality, whereas before I would feel shocked or angry, but it wouldn’t sit with me like it does now. So it’s hard for me to write about this, but I’ve gone from wanting to ignore this story, to reading more and more about, to being disgusted and now just plain pissed off. So fine. Let’s do it. Let’s talk about the fucking Duggars.
This morning I watched one of the funniest videos I’ve seen since I fell in love with Amy Schumer’s Football Town Nights. As a big, huge fan of Key & Peele, I almost died watching one of their most beloved sketches come to life. Luther, Obama‘s anger translator played by comedian Keegan-Michael Key showed up alongside the President of the United States and just slayed everything in sight. I could not believe it happened, but I’ve had that feeling many times about Obama, and his unique status as a pop culture President. And now that he’s on his way out of office, I thought it would be fun to look back and talk about this space he occupied—and to discuss this hilarious video. Click inside for more!
Every once in a while, a viral story comes along and touches your heart, or shocks you to the core of your very being. The cunt-punt sorority girl letter is one that will stay with me until the end of time. And this new e-mail, from the world’s douchiest parents, is 100% proof of the reason I dread receiving birthday invitations from the kids at my sons’ schools. It’s part of the reason I’ve never thrown a huge birthday bashment for my own kids—I’m afraid of turning into an unrecognizable monster, with a wish list for my little one that I force upon unsuspecting, undeserving parents. Please, click inside and experience the horror of the worst, most terrifyingly douchy children’s birthday party invite (which is actually a pre-invite, which actually makes it worse).
I’m not sure if this is the image you want to start your Monday morning with, but here it is. This year Drake is headlining Coachella, but his entire performance/life just got upstaged by the one and only Madonna. I have no clue what’s happening in this video. There are people saying that it’s a hot kiss, and others are saying that Drake CLEARLY wasn’t into it. I personally think the look on his face afterwards is simply in reaction to the fact MADONNA JUST KISSED HIM. Anyway, click inside, witness the unforgettable moment in pop culture history, and click inside for more!
A few days ago I was lit’rally in tears whilst reading this amazing article on The New Yorker. I mean, honestly. There is nothing more wonderful to me than this, “An Open Letter from Your Horrible Facebook Friends.” I think the best part about articles like this is when you see yourself in them. So when I got to the part that mentioned “The girl who appears to have stayed perpetually pregnant since graduation,” I died laughing and devoured the rest of the piece immediately. I then found the writer on Twitter and stalked him and his friends for a good 30-45 minutes. It was a great time. But you wouldn’t believe the Facebook comments I got from friends who said they LOVED the piece, but were bummed that they couldn’t share it because they had Facebook friends that might take it personally, or might not get it. OMG that made me SO unnecessarily sad! I need to get to the bottom of this, so click inside for more!
Hey guys! Iris here, and I have some news (and a review) about a new web series, titled I Love Lucy and Bekka. The last time I absolutely stanned over an online show was Issa Rae’s brilliant creation, Awkward Black Girl, so I’m happy to find a new comedy to love. I might be slightly obsessed with Gina Rodriguez (as some of you may have noticed on the PITNB Facebook page, heh), so I caught wind of this new project she stars in from her official Twitter account. Created by Rachael Holder, the show consists of 12 episodes that are two-minutes long. You have to start watching with us, so click inside for more!
Late last week, my dear friends Tamar Levine and Nicole Alvarez launched a project on social media called We Are All Uncool that attempts to bring a bit of genuine, realistic and honest conversation to social media. As you are well aware, we all tend to use our social media presence to showcase a side of ourselves that may appear perfect, unblemished, flawless, etc. But this is not reality. The We Are All Uncool project aims to remind people that we are all flawed individuals that not only unites us in our imperfection but makes us stand out as unfiltered individuals. Since the project launched last week, thousands of people have joined the We Are All UncoolInstagram account to share photos and information about themselves that they may not share on social media because it’s not “cool” enough. I was happy to participate in this project on launch day and I have really enjoyed watching it take off. The gallery here collects photo submissions from some of our friends … but you can visit the Instagram profile HERE or the Tumblr page HERE to see more photos. Follow the hashtag #wearealluncool to see all of the photos that continue to be shared each day. You can click below to see what I shared with my photo submission and I hope you will be inspired to participate as well. In truth, we are all pretty uncool … isn’t it time we apprecaite the things that make us unique rather than always strive for unattainable perfection? More »