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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 16, 2019. 24 comments

How Obvious Does It Need to Be?

How Obvious Does It Need to Be?

“Racially charged” is how both CNN and the Wall Street Journal described a series of tweets sent by Donald Trump over the weekend targeting four Democratic women of color, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley , Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib . In the tweets, Trump wrote that the women should “go back” and “fix” what he described as the “totally broken and crime infested...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 15, 2019.

Ted Cruz To Ruin Easter By Airing Presidential Campaign Ads 

Ted Cruz To Ruin Easter By Airing Presidential Campaign Ads 

In an attempt to shore up his cred with Evangelicals, Texas senator Ted Cruz will be rolling out the first ads of his presidential campaign on Easter Sunday. Because, let’s be honest, nothing says “presidential campaign” quite like the resurrection of Christ.

Cruz’s ad will air during the Fox News broadcast of Killing Jesus, an adaption of Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book, and in “key...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 13, 2019.

Sarah Palin Just Wants Everyone to Speak 'American'

Sarah Palin Just Wants Everyone to Speak 'American'

In an interview this morning on CNN’s State of the Union, Sarah Palin longed for a country where everyone speaks the language universally known as “American.” Palin’s suggestion came during an attempt to criticize Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish.

“It’s a benefit of Bush to be able to be so fluent, because we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population building America, and that’s a great...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 11, 2019.

Northwestern Philosophy Professor Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation 

Northwestern Philosophy Professor Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation 

Peter Ludlow , the Northwestern University philosophy professor accused by two students of sexual harassment and assault, has resigned in the middle of his termination proceedings. Ludlow had been the center of two contentious Title IX investigations. The allegations filed by two students—one undergraduate and one graduate—attracted intense scrutiny of the university and its handling of Title...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 08, 2019.

Elegant White Gowns, Pastels, and Embellishment at the NAACP Image Awards

Elegant White Gowns, Pastels, and Embellishment at the NAACP Image Awards

Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Laverne Cox all, unsurprisingly, ruled the red carpet at Friday’s NAACP Vision Awards. White gowns, classic embellished black and pops of pastel were the fashion themes of the evening. The good, the bad, and everything else below.

In classic black is Teyonah Parris who looks so happy in all of her red carpet photos, Gabrielle Union is beautiful no matter what...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 08, 2019.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Are Getting Married 

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Are Getting Married 

Johnny Depp is getting married. A source (!) told People magazine that Depp will marry actress Amber Heard. The couple met during the filming of Rum Diaries in 2011 and, according to gossip, began dating after Depp and Vanessa Paradis split. Other information gleaned: the couple got engaged over the holidays, there were rumors that they broke up , but then they kissed in public! Maybe Depp...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 07, 2019.

Justin Bieber Tried To Duet with Ariana Grande, Didn't Know Lyrics

Justin Bieber Tried To Duet with Ariana Grande, Didn't Know Lyrics

Continuing with the Justin Bieber image rehabilitation tour, Bieber showed up at an Ariana Grande concert last night. He joined baby/human/cat, Grande on stage and attempted to sing three songs with her: As Long As You Love Me, All That Matters, and Love Me Harder. Bieber didn't actually know any of the lyrics to Grande's songs (perfectly legit), but soldiered on anyway.

Since he's a nice guy...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 06, 2019.

Amy Schumer: 'I'm Not Going to Look Like a Malnourished Bird'

Amy Schumer: 'I'm Not Going to Look Like a Malnourished Bird'

During a press conference for her new movie Trainwreck, Amy Schumer spoke about her reputation for being candid about sexism in Hollywood. “It’s very therapeutic for me to be like, ‘Yes, I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird,’ and I like speaking to that, as well as speaking to my work and what I’m doing,” Schumer said on Friday. She also spoke about gender representations in her new...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 05, 2019.

“Williams, who will be vying for the Wimbledon title against Garbiñe Muguruza on Saturday, has large

“Williams, who will be vying for the Wimbledon title against Garbiñe Muguruza on Saturday, has large

“Williams, who will be vying for the Wimbledon title against Garbiñe Muguruza on Saturday, has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to.” There’s a whole lot of “huh?” in this story.

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jul 02, 2019.

Gloria Steinem and Female Activists Cross Border Into North Korea

Gloria Steinem and Female Activists Cross Border Into North Korea

An international group of female peace activists crossed the heavily militarized border between North and South Korea earlier today. The group of about 30 members, called WomenCrossDMZ, included notable women like Gloria Steinem and Nobel Peace laureates, Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire.

“It was an enormous, enormous triumph,” Steinem told ABC “We feel very celebratory and positive that we...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jun 28, 2019.

“Every time I worked with a fetal liver, I imagined that somewhere in California a woman had made th

“Every time I worked with a fetal liver, I imagined that somewhere in California a woman had made th

“Every time I worked with a fetal liver, I imagined that somewhere in California a woman had made the agonizing, heartbreaking decision to end her pregnancy. Yet she had also donated her aborted fetus to medical research. I thought of this as I isolated the golden-tinged cells inside the vent hood. A promise had been made; these cells were not simply trash.” An interesting piece by a...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jun 23, 2019.

“There’s a long list of almost-weres in the history of Clueless casting. For the role of Cher...Rees

“There’s a long list of almost-weres in the history of Clueless casting. For the role of Cher...Rees

“There’s a long list of almost-weres in the history of Clueless casting. For the role of Cher...Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie and Sarah Michelle Gellar were considered—about Jolie, casting director Carrie Frasier says: ‘No, no, no, this is exactly the opposite of what I need for this.’” An Oral History of Clueless

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jun 21, 2019.

Who's Getting a Snail Facial This Weekend? 

Who's Getting a Snail Facial This Weekend? 

Apparently the latest thing in the "global beauty and wellness craze" is snail facials. And some intrepid reporter for the AP went to Thailand to find out whether or not having snails slime all over your face turned back the proverbial clock.

The snails are fine, French snails, raised by dashing Frenchmen for the sole purpose of creeping on your face. The snails are fed a fancy...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jun 17, 2019.

Jan Crouch, Lover of Purple Hair and Jesus Christ, Has Died 

Jan Crouch, Lover of Purple Hair and Jesus Christ, Has Died 

Jan Crouch, the co-founder of Trinity Broadcast Network and televangelist known equally for her effusive worship style and elaborate Southern hair, has died at 78.

CNN reports that Crouch’s son, Matt, shared the news of his mother’s death after a stroke on his website. “[We] have just watched the transition of our precious mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jun 13, 2019.

Kylie Jenner and Tyga Have No Regard For the Law or Environment

Kylie Jenner and Tyga Have No Regard For the Law or Environment

As you might have heard, California is in a kind of permanent drought and counties across the state are trying to reduce their water usage. Yet celebrities seem deeply uninterested in environmental maintenance or following the laws of common people, and more interested in maintaining their lush lawns. Among those law breakers? Kylie Jenner and Tyga. The Hollywood Reporter tracked down the...

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Jun 03, 2019.

“...Christy, I love that you wrote Karlie [Kloss] a college recommendation. Christy Turlington Burns

“...Christy, I love that you wrote Karlie [Kloss] a college recommendation. Christy Turlington Burns

“...Christy, I love that you wrote Karlie [Kloss] a college recommendation. Christy Turlington Burns: It was all about my crush on Karlie in 500 words. She is going to take this education and blow it up. She’s so eager and ready and thoughtful about her next steps.” An interview with Karlie Kloss and Christy Turlington Burns.

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards May 22, 2019. 19 comments

A Moment of Ben Carson Being Himself

A Moment of Ben Carson Being Himself
Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.  

Back where I started!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:Ben Carson had a classic Ben Carson moment when he thought Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) was asking him about Oreos (the cookie) instead of REOs. Oreos are pretty good; REOs are not. [Twitter]Carson later enjoyed...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards May 21, 2019. 4 comments

'It All Feels Pretty Marvelous and Strange': Karen Russell on Florida, the Surreal, and Orange World

'It All Feels Pretty Marvelous and Strange': Karen Russell on Florida, the Surreal, and Orange World

Two women survive a night at a haunted ski resort, mutant sisters navigate a post-apocalyptic Florida, a young woman is possessed by a Joshua tree, a bog girl is transformed into modern girlfriend, and a mother makes a deal with a devil—these are the women who inhabit the stories in Karen Russell’s new collection Orange World and Other Stories. For those already acquainted with Russell’s...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards May 11, 2019.

“...there were wasp stings all over my genitals. Honestly, all over them. Though my testicles looked

“...there were wasp stings all over my genitals. Honestly, all over them. Though my testicles looked

“...there were wasp stings all over my genitals. Honestly, all over them. Though my testicles looked satisfyingly large I was in a great deal of pain. I was for days. You might expect me to hate wasps after this experience in the woods but, against all the odds, I find that I am becoming their staunchest defender.” Wasps might have stung his genitals, but this dude still loves them.

Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Apr 30, 2019. 21 comments

Donald Trump Invokes the 'Murderous Mother' of Anti-Abortion Myths

Donald Trump Invokes the 'Murderous Mother' of Anti-Abortion Myths

During a Saturday evening speech in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Donald Trump invoked the increasingly familiar myth of murderous mothers, cruel doctors, and bloodthirsty Democrats: “The baby is born,” Trump told the crowd. “The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully. And then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the...

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