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George Romero’s horror classic Night of the Living Dead is where the modern concept of the zombie as we understand it today really started. The film didn’t just essentially launch the zombie sub-genre, but it remains to this day eminently re-watchable — truly one of the giants of horror cinema.

And indeed, as the film hits its 50th anniversary this year, it continues to inspire new fans, new works, and new critical evaluation. The new book Journey of the Living Dead: A Tribute to Fifty Years of Flesh Eaters, by Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, celebrates 100 years of cinematic zombies with an analysis of how Night of the Living Dead permanently impacted the media landscape. Blumberg, who is an occasional contributor to IGN, has provided us with an exclusive excerpt from the book which delves into the curious case of NOTLD’s copyright, of lack thereof, and how it helped to contribute to the film’s massive success. Read on for the full excerpt…

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Daniel Frazese Reveals How Playing Damian in Mean Girls Helped Him Come Out as Gay

Daniel Franzese played one of the most memorable queer characters in teen comedy history — and the role actually helped him embrace his own sexuality.

In 2004’s Mean Girls, Frazese played Damian, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and Janis’s (Lizzy Caplan) gay best friend who was responsible for some of the film’s most beloved quotes, from “You go, Glen Coco!” to “I want my pink shirt back!”

But while he portrayed an out and proud gay man, Franzese didn’t come out publicly for 10 years after the movie came out. And his role in the movie played a part in his coming out.

“I think part of the reason it took me so long to feel comfortable with who I was, was I didn’t have the same referential point,” Franzese, now 40, tells PEOPLE. “What Damian did for a lot of queer people and people of size — which I found out later on — it gave them an identity in pop culture where they weren’t made fun of. He’s never made fun of for being big or for being gay.”

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Over the years, Franzese learned how many people the movie helped own their sexuality.

“In 2014, I got this fan letter — it said, ‘I don’t know if you’re gay or not; it doesn’t matter.’ It totally matters. We were dealing with Prop 8. We were dealing with marriage equality. All these other issues. And I was on the frontline of all those issues. I had not shied away from being out. I just never really said it professionally,” the actor recalls.

“Then I got this letter, and the guy was like: ‘I’m a grown man now, but I was beat up for being a sissy, I was beat up for being chubby in 8th grade, then you’re movie came out. And in 9th grade, on the first day, the popular senior girls came up to me and said, ‘You’re like Damian. Come sit with us.’ He was like, ‘I know you drastically changed my high school career,’” Frazese says.

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That fan letter encouraged the actor to acknowledge his sexuality publicly.

“It just moved me beyond words,” he says. “It was very complex human emotions to feel. And I know that I affected a lot of people’s lives in that movie. I think that that’s such an honor and something that I don’t take lightly.”

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After coming out, Franzese took on another complex gay role, playing an HIV-positive man in HBO’s Looking. And these days, Franzese has ventured into standup comedy. He’s currently on the road for his “Yass! You’re Amazing!” comedy tour and is set to headline the Burbank Comedy Festival this weekend.

“Once I came out in 2014, I had the itch,” Franzese says. “I’ve always wanted to do standup my whole life. I attempted to do it early on in my career, but I felt inauthentic — I always trying to change my voice so I wouldn’t sound gay or not say a gay thing. It was so stupid. Now that I feel so comfortable in who I am, I’m able to talk about anything I want freely.”


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Céline Dion Says Fashion Helped Her Heal After the Loss of Her Husband: ‘It’s Amazing How a Little Bit of Fantasy Can Alter Our Moods’

Fashion means more to Céline Dion than beautiful ball gowns, sexy stilettos and a hot handbag (of which she just launched a new line, available now).

For the French Canadian singer, 49, her array of glamorous looks — including high-fashion designs from Zuhair Murad, Atelier Versace, Balmain, Dior, Alexander McQueen and more — are pure source of joy and a much-needed one at that since she lost her beloved husband and longtime manager, René Angélil, to cancer at 73 in 2016, and the loss of her brother just days later.

“It’s amazing how a little bit of fantasy can alter our moods,” the mother of three tells PEOPLE during an interview about her new handbag line featured in the newest issue, on newsstands now. “I’ve always loved fashion, from as far back as I can remember. But as everyone knows, I’ve gone through some extremely difficult times in recent years, and I suppose that I’m spreading my wings a little bit more these days and doing so with the help of beautiful clothing and accessories.”

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She’s also doing so with the help of a new stylist, Law Roach, who she started working with last summer. When Roach teamed with Dion, he told PEOPLE that he could see how much fun she had with fashion, and how much it lifted her spirits. “Fashion can really take you to another place,” he told PEOPLE at the time. “If you feel beautiful and pretty, you can’t be sad and miserable. It’s just impossible.”

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These days, Dion agrees: “Law is 100 percent correct,” she says. “Fashion can have a huge influence on how we feel from day-to-day. We can be feeling a little bit down when we wake up to face the day, but things start to brighten up a little when we put on that fancy outfit, with the vibrant colors and a spectacular pair of heels.”

So, how does she describe her style? “I don’t think I have a style as such,” she says. “For me, anything goes! As I’ve said I love fashion, and I love experimenting. I feel great in a pair of faded jeans and T-shirt—I guess that’s my rock ’n’ roll style. But as you’ve probably witnessed, I just love to wear a beautiful couture gown, that makes me feel like a princess or a diva.” 

Ultimately, if she’s taught us anything from her style renaissance-meets-reinvention, it’s to indulge in fashion fantasies. “Fashion is fun. Fashion is fantasy,” adds Dion. “It can often provide the escape that we need to take our minds of our daily problems, even if only for a short but necessary time.” 

For more of new interview with Celine Dion, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, September 8. 


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Mom Explains How Giving Birth Helped Her Learn To Love Her Body

A California mom’s side-by-side photos show how much she’s changed in 10 years ― and how much she’s learned to love her body.

Lindsay Wolf, an actress and writer, shared two side-by-side photos on Instagram on June 5. The first photo shows her at 23 years old, and in the caption, Wolf wrote that she was self-conscious then and “critical of her physical shape.” The second photo shows her at 33. Wolf wrote that the pic captures a “woman who is learning to love her body without pressuring it to be anything other than what it is.”

“And in the process, she is healing a lifelong struggle of never fully seeing herself for the extraordinary human being she is,” she wrote.

Wolf, who has an 11-year-old stepdaughter and a 19-month-old daughter, told HuffPost she felt motivated to share the post because her journey to completely loving her body has been “20 years in the making.” After she gave birth, she wasn’t actively attempting to make herself smaller for the first time in her life, which marked an incredible turning point for the way she viewed her body. 

“It took becoming pregnant and watching my body support a baby, along with a weight gain of almost 50 pounds over the course of 20 years, to realize that my body is just right exactly as it is,” she told HuffPost.

Wolf said a photo her husband took immediately after she gave birth reflects the pride and appreciation she had learned to have for her body.

“I’m grinning from ear to ear at him in the photo, because while my body looks vastly different than it ever has before, I was basking in the immediate pride of my body doing something truly magical,” she said. “This body of mine held and grew and pushed out my incredible daughter.”

Through her post, Wolf hopes other women learn to embrace their bodies, especially moms after they’ve given birth. She pointed out how many moms are encouraged to erase their pregnancies from their bodies as soon as they welcome their babies.

“It’s funny ― women are cherished while in their pregnant bodies. We are constantly told things like, ‘You’re glowing!’ and how beautiful we are in the state of pregnancy,” she told HuffPost. “But it seems like as soon as we’ve transitioned into full motherhood mode, the appreciation for what our bodies continue to be capable of ― and how they look ― goes completely away.”

Though she’s focusing on moving forward, Wolf said if she could go back and tell her 23-year-old self anything, she’d tell her she is “so much more than her physical body.” She’d also tell her that one day she would learn to love herself unconditionally despite the harmful things she heard and damaging pressures she faced growing up. 

“Most importantly, I’d tell her that she couldn’t control how others viewed and commented on her body growing up and that those destructive words slung at her body had nothing to do with her and everything to do with how little we are taught to love ourselves,” she said. “But it is now her responsibility to love herself as fiercely as she can.”

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Lady Gaga delivered a poignant and passionate monologue during her “RuPaul’s Drag Race” appearance this week about her relationship with the LGBTQ community and the significant role gay men have played in her life.

The moment happened during the first “Untucked” of this ninth season of “Drag Race,” the weekly behind-the-scenes web series that airs the day after the show’s Friday night episodes. Just after the 15:00 mark, Los Angeles-based contestant Valentina thanked Gaga for what she’s done “for the gay community” over the years. 

The singer responded by talking about not only her own identity and how it relates to the LGBTQ community, but also the ways gay people have impacted her throughout her career.

I’m not a gay woman, you know? And [it’s] that touchy sort of subject where ― can you stand up for people that you are not necessarily fully part of that community in a way that you can understand what you all go through? But I have always been surrounded by incredibly intelligent, powerful gay men who have lifted me up through lots of changes in my life. Becoming famous was very strange and it’s the gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman. And I don’t know that a lot of people would understand that but it’s because of what you’ve through ― you survived so much that you inspire me to continue surviving.

While Gaga has identified as bisexual in the past, she also uses the word “ally” to describe her relationship with LGBTQ people.

Thanks for continuing to be an amazing advocate, Gaga!

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How Dolly Parton’s Nails Helped Lily Tomlin Predict Their Comedy 9 to 5 Would Be a Success

Lily Tomlin can still remember the moment she knew her comedy 9 to 5 with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton would be a success.

“I remember Dolly came out on set and played the 9 to 5 song for us on her fingernails. I just thought this movie is going to make it because that song will make it,” Tomlin tells PEOPLE.

The 1980 hit comedy followed three working women living out their fantasies of getting even with their sexist boss.

Tomlin, who currently stars opposite Fonda in her Emmy-nominated role on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, often keeps in touch with her 9 to 5 costars and says the friendship they formed while making the film is one of her fondest memories.

The three women will be reunited at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, where Fonda and Parton will present Tomlin with the 53rd SAG Life Achievement Award.

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“These two girls are still buddies,” Tomlin tells PEOPLE. “Dolly is whatever you see is what you get. She is a darling person, fun and lively. Jane is so innocent and sweet and kind. I just laugh when I am around her.”

Tomlin says it was Fonda who brought the three of them together in 9 to 5 and adds that she changed the tone of film after she saw Tomlin perform at the Ahmanson theater in Los Angeles one night.

“It was going to be a serious movie, but when she saw me she said, ‘It’s got to be a comedy and I have to have Lily in it.’ On the way home, she heard Dolly’s song on the radio and the rest is history.”

The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.


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Do you feel like you’re stumbling to the finish line of 2016? Someone wondered via Twitter whether Quentin Tarantino was the director of this year. Yup, that about sums it up. The countdown to 2017 has started early for many who are ready to put the year to rest. Good riddance, 2016!

We’ve been clobbered with bad news at every turn. The “if it bleeds, it leads” mantra of mainstream media doesn’t do us any favors. The approach is reminiscent of my Nana’s “guess who just died” phone calls.

Day and night, our anxieties are ramped up by headlines of doom and gloom.

We wonder why we’re such a sleep deprived, numbed out, over stimulated collective.

Like many people across time and space, there’s been a lot to contend with. There are massive problems wreaking havoc. The polarized election and aftermath, shaky economies, refugee crises, terror attacks, Brexit, nuclear threats, natural disasters, and even the sleuth of celebrity deaths have hit plenty of nerves.

The grave problems cannot be solved in five simple steps, and aren’t likely to disappear when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, either.

It will take a lot of will to learn how to take better care of ourselves, and one another in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead of us.

Luckily, in the midst of all the chaos, 2016 delivered a powerful dose of sisterly wisdom to help us with this. One telling us to “wake up”, the other: “get to sleep”.

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You’d think the messages are contradictory, but really they are complementary. Agapi Stassinopoulos and her sister Arianna Huffington’s are modern Greek Goddesses amongst us–they’ve both overcome odds and spent their lives tirelessly working to change damaging paradigms. Most recently, their Thrive Global initiative delivers workshops to help address the significant burnout and stress crises threatening our wellbeing and sustainability.

This year, they’ve each delivered books emphasizing self-care at a time when we really need it. To help save the day (and night), their sage advice help us finesse the light and dark with greater ease.

Agapi’s new book, Wake Up to the Joy of You, debuted just two days after Christmas. It’s daily dose of meditation practices can rein in even the most unruly, distracted brains. She teaches how to awaken to greater presence, self-compassion and renew a sense of purposeful, zestful living. When you read it, it’s like she’s sitting with you, coaching you to abandon worry, and make health a priority. She’s the ultimate storyteller and guide.

Arianna’s The Sleep Revolution was released in April, urging more sane and scientifically grounded sleep practices. After her own dangerous bout of stress-induced burnout, she has become known as a “sleep evangelist”. She’s so deeply convinced of the need for change, she left her role as editor-in-chief at the Huffington Post to put all hands on deck towards Thrive.

Agapi and Arianna’s leadership have sparked conversations across the world, helping people rethink archaic work habits and policies that leave us sleep and emotionally deprived, and at greater risk for physical and mental health problems.

2016 is infamous for good reason. Our challenges won’t disappear when the ball drops. But, the wisdom from these generous thought leader sisters help us learn to simultaneously awaken and rest, so that we can meet 2017 with new resolve.

Thank you, Agapi and Arianna.

Happy new year, all.

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These 4 Precious Pups Helped Their Parents Tie The Knot

Shandess Griffin is a devoted mom to four precious fur babies: Zero, Holden, Navi and Arbor.

When she tied the knot with Jason Griffin on Sept. 19 in Tofino, British Columbia, there was no doubt that the whole gang would be right by their side.

“There wouldn’t have been a wedding without them,” Shandess told The Huffington Post. “It was a spectacular feeling to have all my loved ones there and it just wouldn’t be complete without my daily companions!”

Zero, an 8-year-old Samoyed, is the oldest of the bunch. Next up is Holden, a 6-year-old Bernese mountain dog, followed by Navi — a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. The baby of the group is Arbor, a 2-year-old Bernese mountain dog. 

The boys sported dapper bow ties for the occasion, and Zero even had his fur styled. 

At the reception, Zero and Holden joined the newlyweds for their first dance.

 

Zero and Holden, pictured above, have been a part of the couple’s love story since day one. Jason and Shandess first met online after he sent her a message, asking if he could accompany her and her dogs on a walk. 

“He struck the right chord when he talked about the dogs right away,” Shandess told HuffPost. “Dogs are my world, especially my own and it was very important that he was a dog lover. My dogs loved him immediately and that spoke volumes!”

Since the couple got together five years ago, they have added Navi and Arbor to their brood. When Jason popped the question in June 2014, all four dogs played a part in the proposal. 

In December, the newlyweds will be adding yet another pup to their growing family — an Australian Shepherd named Harvest.

For more adorable photos of the furry fam, visit the @shandandherdogs Instagram account.

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Couple Who Helped Win Marriage Equality Finally Ties The Knot

Two women who played an integral role in the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide have finally tied the knot, and Now This News has compiled a beautiful video documenting the occasion.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, a Michigan couple who became plaintiffs in the recent historic legal battle for same-sex marriage rights, married one another in front of approximately 300 friends and family members last week, according to Detroit Free Press.

The pair, who have four kids, initially only pursued a legal case about adoption rights, since Michigan’s adoption code doesn’t allow for joint or second-parent adoption. However, Rowse and DeBoer became one of the couples to join other plaintiffs from Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky in a combined marriage equality case known as Obergefell v. Hodges, wherein the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay couples, thereby guaranteeing marriage equality across the nation.

“Little did I know that you would bring me four beautiful kids… and drag me into the Supreme Court,” DeBoer told Rowse during her vows. “I am honored to soon be your legal wife… You are my best friend. I promise to love you forever. I can’t imagine my life without you and without our kids. I promise to stand by you forever.”

Congrats, Jayne and April!

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This Remarkably Cool Bride Helped A Friend Propose At Her Own Wedding

There aren’t many brides out there who would genuinely be okay with a guest popping the question at her wedding. But bride Chelsea Pulse is one of those rare souls.

Not only was she supportive of her friend Brett Davidson proposing to her cousin Megan Creal at the reception, it was actually her idea in the first place. This is how it went down: At the April 2015 nuptials in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Chelsea pretended like she was going to toss the bouquet. At the last minute, she handed it off to Megan instead and prompted her to turn around, where Brett was waiting.

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“When we told [Brett and Megan] the date we had set for the wedding, they mentioned that it was the same day as their anniversary,” Chelsea told The Huffington Post. “I couldn’t resist having something special for them on our day. After a couple months of pondering, the idea came to me that he should propose at our wedding! I messaged him about it and he, of course, did not want to steal our thunder. But my husband and I both assured him that would not be the case and that we would be honored to have him do it on our day.”

Wedding videographer Gold Hairpin Films captured the sweet moment and uploaded it to Vimeo earlier this month.

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“She was completely speechless!” Chelsea told HuffPost of Megan’s reaction. “She had no idea and was noticeably confused as Brett dropped to one knee. It really caught her off-guard and her reaction was priceless.”

The bride also said that she didn’t realize how unusual it was for her to be on-board with a mid-wedding proposal until the video started going viral.

“That was a complete afterthought to us,” she said. “Not one ounce of us wanted to hold back from allowing this occasion to happen!”

Watch the sweet moment unfold in the video above.

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14 Precious Pups Who Helped Their Owners Pop The Question

Many fur parents treat their dogs just like any other member of the family — with lots and lots of love.

So when something as exciting as a marriage proposal is about to go down, couples know that it just wouldn’t be the same if their pup wasn’t there. Below are 14 adorable dogs who helped their owners get engaged. Who could say “no” to these faces?

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When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II

When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II


When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescueThe Great Gatsbyfrom obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author ofA Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon.When Books Went to Waris an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.
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Dick Cavett Explains How David Letterman’s ‘Mask Of Innocence’ Helped Him Get Away With Anything

Late-night TV legend Dick Cavett joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to look back on the legacy of David Letterman and say goodbye to the subversive comedy icon, who officially begins his retirement after his final “Late Show” episode airs tonight.

Cavett, a longtime fan of and former guest on Letterman’s show, told host Josh Zepps that the key to Letterman’s incredible interview style was his ability to hilariously insult his guests even as they sat right next to him, creating a unique “sense of danger” on his show. Cavett said Letterman was able to sneak by his biting barbs thanks to “that hayseed, rustic, Midwestern, innocent, clownish face.”

In order to do “those things that he was criticized for and the dummies didn’t get,” Cavett explained Letterman often hid his cutting wit “behind a wonderful mask of innocence, and I think that’s what made it effective for those who dug it, among whom I was one.”

Cavett added that often guests had no idea they’d been hilariously ripped apart by Letterman until after the interview was over.

“David’s attitude — it wasn’t so much ever what he said — but his attitude and his looks were priceless, and I’m sure some of [the guests] were stunned when they got home, saw themselves with David and saw what he had done to them,” Cavett said.

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Rape Survivor: Working On A Sexual Assault Documentary Helped Me Heal

Ari Mostov says she was bitter that she felt pushed out of her “dream school” in 2013, after campus officials didn’t take her report of rape seriously.

Now, the 22-year-old is channeling her energy into “It Happened Here,” a documentary about campus rape — work she said makes her feel like she is making an impact and has also helped her heal.

Mostov filed a complaint in May 2013 against the University of Southern California that resulted in an ongoing federal investigation of the school. In the complaint, Mostov detailed that the university’s Department of Public Safety had told her she had not been raped because her assailant stopped and did not orgasm.

Records later obtained by The Huffington Post showed that the DPS had also labeled Mostov’s report as an “injury response” rather than rape, which she believes shows how the school kept sexual assault statistics low.

The increased scrutiny on USC began to subside in 2014. Some of the complainants graduated, while others said they became too stressed to continue speaking about their cases in public. Mostov was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression. She had found university employees’ responses to her report of an assault to exacerbate her mental anguish, so she left USC behind.

“I knew returning to school, it was going to be absolute hell again,” Mostov said, so she took time off to address the aftermath of her assault on her own terms.

Mostov was a film and screenwriting major at USC, and was able to find some short-term production work after leaving school. Then she was introduced to Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen in November 2014, who agreed to hire Mostov to help work on the “It Happened Here” release and subsequent campaign and promotions. The film debuted on the cable channel Pivot earlier this year and began being screened on college campuses in conjunction with the White House’s “It’s On Us” anti-sexual violence campaign. It will be released on iTunes and Google Play on May 12.

Working on the film, Mostov said, has been “one of the most amazing experiences” of her life.

“For the longest time I wasn’t able to think about what happened, I wasn’t able to grieve,” Mostov said. “Not being able to return to the school of my dreams and all of this hurt and pain I was putting off — I was finally able to put it to work.”

Nielsen said the survivors she has worked with and interviewed came forward for various reasons — that their assailant attacked someone else, that they felt their school’s atmosphere was getting worse, that they were tired of hearing stories similar to theirs — but what has kept them involved is a desire for “not letting the momentum die.”

“None of them pursued civil suits against their attackers,” she said. “They took up activism because they wanted it to change things.”

Neilsen said the social activism component is critical because to actually eliminate sexual violence, awareness isn’t enough — advocates need to address actual solutions.

At each screening, Neilsen said she explains campaigns some colleges have hosted on their campuses to inspire copy-cat demonstrations, and asks students in attendance to take the White House’s “It’s On Us” pledge.

The “It Happened Here” team has had more than 130 screening requests for the film, including some from organizations in France, Canada and Bangladesh. It’s stretching beyond college campuses, getting screened at several California high schools. On March 30, Mostov and Neilsen spoke about sexual assault at a TEDxYouth event in San Diego. Over the summer, the team will plan for more screenings at schools in the fall. They said they are particularly hoping to get more high school students to see the film, so they can start engaging young people before they arrive at college.

“This affects everyone, and really, in order to stop the cycle, we need to get ahead of these behaviors,” Mostov said. She envisions a day when asking for consent is as routine as asking for a condom.

“We’re really hoping to help to teach people, especially the younger generation, that they have a right to advocate for themselves,” she added. “It’s personally something I really struggled with because I didn’t know.”

Mostov wants to send the message that “I am brave.”

“I am doing this, this happened to me and I’m not going to be silent about it,” she explained. “My story matters too. This is what happened. I don’t care if you don’t believe me, I don’t care. This is what happened to me.”

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The Woman Who Helped Raise Billions in the Battle Against Breast Cancer – The Oprah Winfrey Show

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Eventually, Susie lost her battle with the disease; however, her memory lives on thanks to her sister, Nancy. In 1982, Nancy founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. To this day, the organization has invested more than $ 2.5 billion in breast cancer research. Watch as Nancy shares how her life’s work has affected hundreds of thousands of women.

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When Oprah decided to end The Oprah Winfrey Show after 20 years, she received a letter from a 12-year-old boy urging her to reconsider. The boy was Mattie Stepanek, a young poet with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. While countless people tried to get the daytime talk show legend to keep her show on the air, it was Oprah’s good friend Mattie who finally helped persuade her to do so. Watch as Mattie’s mom, Jeni, explains why Mattie and Oprah had a deep connection even before they met.

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Lea Michele Reveals Kate Hudson Helped Her Heal After Cory Monteith’s Death

Lea Michele is opening up about her boyfriend Cory Monteith’s death in the new issue of Elle magazine.

The “Glee” star, 27, covers the December issue and reveals that her co-star Kate Hudson took her in and helped her cope with Monteith’s death. Michele admits that Hudson was one of the first people she called upon hearing the tragic news, explaining, “I called her and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing.”

And Hudson didn’t just open her doors to Michele.

“She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favorite juices,” Michele tells Elle. “I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”

Monteith died in July at the age of 31 from a “mixed drug toxicity” consisting of heroin and alcohol and Michele has been slowly adjusting to a life without him ever since.

“It’s very hard,” she admits, continuing, “You have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”

In the interview, Michele also admits that she and Monteith began dating during the first season of “Glee,” but that “no one really caught on.” In early 2012, they made it official: “‘You wanna do this?'” Michele recalled them asking themselves. “We knew.”

“I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people,” Michele adds, “I don’t know if I will. I don’t know how.”

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