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Lucifer Lives! Netflix Reviving the Canceled Show

Lucifer has been saved!

No, the original fallen angel hasn’t reformed, but the TV series starring Tom Ellis, which was canceled by Fox last month, is getting another life at Netflix. The streaming site announced Friday that it had picked up Lucifer for its fourth season.

“Fans, your voices have been heard. Season 4 coming to Netflix!!! 😈” the show’s official Twitter declared.

The comic book drama follows in the footsteps of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, another series Fox canceled in May that was resurrected elsewhere (at NBC, in this instance).

In both cases, huge fan outcry about the cancelation helped keep the conversation going. #SaveLucifer was a top trend the day it was given the ax and continued to be an active conversation in the weeks that followed, especially because the season ended in a cliffhanger.

Ellis swiftly shared his excitement on Twitter. “WE DID IT !!!!!!!!!!!” he wrote. “Thank you to everyone for your continued support and love for #Lucifer I am so happy for all our fans I’m going to burst ✊😈❤

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Creator Joe Henderson also weighed in on Twitter: “Thank you thank you THANK YOU to all the #Lucifer fans. You brought us back. YOU did this. So relax, take a breath, put some ice on those fingers that have been hashtagging up a storm… and get ready for more deviltime 😈” He also shared this Game of Thrones GIF:

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On the show, Ellis plays the titular Lord of Hell who becomes a civilian consultant for the Los Angeles Police Department and runs a nightclub. Lauren German plays as his detective partner.

“BEYOND GRATEFUL to be part of a company like @netflix,” German wrote on Instagram. “Also a huge thank you to all #Lucifer fans who poured their hearts out, tweeted, screamed, cried & showed us they wanted it….and wanted it bad. Thank you #Netflix for snatching us up, we love you already ❤

The news comes just as the options on the cast’s contracts were about to expire. No episode count has been revealed yet.

On Fox, Lucifer‘s ratings weren’t exactly soaring, averaging only 4.1 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18–49 in its third season, including DVR playback. And Hulu held the SVOD rights.


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Emma Gonzalez Cries While Leading Powerful Moment of Silence During March for Our Lives Protest

After saying a few words at Saturday’s March for Our Lives protest in Washington D.C., Emma Gonzalez, one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre last month, began an unannounced moment of silence.

“Six minutes and about 20 seconds,” she began. “In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered.”

“Everyone who was there understands. Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands,” she added, before naming the victims of the school shooting.

Afterwards, Gonzalez stood silently in front of the microphone for several minutes with tears streaming down her face as the crowd was at turns silent and filled with scattered applause and calls of encouragement for the 18-year-old.

At one point, the crowd even began chanting, “Never again.”

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After Gonzalez had been onstage for 6 minutes and 20 seconds, a timer went off and she resumed speaking.

“Since the time that I came out here, it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting, and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job,” she remarked before concluding her speech.

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The March for Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. was planned by Gonzalez and fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Jaclyn Corin, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, and Alex Wind within days of the Feb. 14 mass shooting. The event went on to inspire hundreds of “sibling marches” worldwide.

In addition to the student speakers in D.C., a group of celebrities joined them, including George and Amal ClooneyMiley Cyrus, Common, Jennifer Hudson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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But the March for Our Lives was not about star power.

As Stoneman Douglas Student Ryan Deitsch said in his D.C. speech, “Movie stars in the crowd, we might have videos on these screens but this is not the Oscars. This is real life, this is reality, this is what’s happening in our country and around the world today.”

“We’re done hiding, we’re done being afraid,” he said. “Though I know we March today, this isn’t the end. This is the beginning. It’s time to fight for our lives.”


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Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the installation will also feature a live mural painting of the phrase “we demand change” by artist Manuel Oliver. The hotel will also have open a call to action center, their ‘ring your rep’ phone booths, where people can phone representatives of Congress regarding gun control.
“The Standard originally became involved when Dwayne Wade approached us while he was working on the Parkland 17 installation for the Wynwood Art Walk. He wanted the installation to commemorate the lives lost, but also offer a call to action, and instinctively recruited the help of our Ring Your Rep phone booth from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach,” said Landis Smithers, chief creative officer of Standard International. “With the March for Our Lives imminent, it felt only right to bring Parkland 17 to our space

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Beginning tonight, Roosevelt Island will be aglow in support of March for Our Lives, the gun control marches set for around the world tomorrow, March 24. Prabal Gurung is partnering with Skylight Studios to create the light installation, which will be illuminated from 6 to 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings. The project, which is done with support from Rolling Stone magazine, features the work of light artist Bentley Meeker.
“I’ve always believed in using my platform to advocate against the injustices so many face in our modern society, and it is becoming painstakingly apparent how imminent the threat of gun violence is in America,” Gurung said. “Our lives are at risk; on average, 96 Americans are killed with guns each day, and the risk is even higher for women, minorities and children. Gun violence is a major threat in our country, but so is the prominence of ignorance and apathy. We cannot stay quiet or still. Now more than ever, it is time for us to work together to create change, to give students a path to design a more beautiful tomorrow.”
The installation, called “Freedom From Fear,” will take over Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and will be visible from all five

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Mika Brzezinski Says ‘Trump’s Racism Is Costing Lives’ in Puerto Rico as He Responds to Widespread Backlash Over Response

On Saturday, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski criticized how Donald Trump’s actions were negatively affecting Puerto Rico just as the president went on a tweet storm in response to the backlash he has received for his perceived lackluster response to the crisis there.

“Hard to believe but this could be worse than Charlottesville… Trump’s racism is costing lives. #heisnotfit,” Brzezinski wrote, referencing the white nationalist march in Virginia in August and Trump’s widely criticized response where he failed to initially outright condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

So far Hurricane Maria — which ravaged the island on Sept. 20, leaving the entire island without electricity and destroying many homes — has claimed at least 16 lives in Puerto Rico so far, the Associated Press reports. Experts estimate that without electricity and supplies, that number could increase to thousands.

While Brzezinski didn’t elaborate on her claims about Trump being a “racist,” she is hardly the first person to speak out about his response to the storm. Dozens of officials and celebrities have criticized Trump for seemingly ignoring the crisis after the storm hit and, on Saturday morning, many more chimed in to condemn him after he slammed the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, for speaking out against him and begging for more aid.

On Saturday afternoon the president responded to the widespread backlash against his handling of the situation in Puerto Rico — insisting that he had been working with local officials to ensure that they were getting the help they needed.

“Despite the Fake News Media in conjunction with the Dems, an amazing job being done in Puerto Rico. Great people!” he wrote.

Trump also complimented Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello, who said that the federal government has been helping the commonwealth with their recovery effort — but that they still needed more aid.

“The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, is a great guy and leader who is really working hard. Thank you Ricky!” Trump said.

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“Just spoke to Governor Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. virgin Islands who stated that #FEMA and Military are doing a GREAT job! Thank you Governor!” Trump continued.

”To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews! #PRStrong” he continued. “We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this terrible disaster.”

Brzezinski, who has publicly clashed with the president in the past — and even becoming the target of some of his meaner tweets — responded to Trump’s defense saying it was “too late” and that “no one” believed him.

“Too late. No one believes you now,” she wrote. “But what else is new? #heisnotfit.”

Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 with ferocious 155-mph winds that ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and caused flooding that made many streets look like raging rivers. The most powerful storm of its kind to hit the island since 1932, it ravaged the island and left millions homeless.

Electricity has been knocked out completely, with residents in need of electricity having to rely on backup generators. Experts estimate it could take half a year to restore power to the 3.5 million people who live there. Cell phone service has also been completely shut down.


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Michelle And Barack Obama Are Living Their Best Lives As Tourists In Italy

Michelle Obama’s vacation style just keeps getting better and better. 

The former first lady looked effortlessly casual and cool while walking around Montalcino, Italy over the weekend. 

Obama chose a $ 397 one-shoulder pink-and-white striped top from Teija with frayed white jeans that cut off at the ankle and white sandals. She accessorized with hoop earrings, black sunglasses, bracelets and a white cross-body purse. 

She’s truly living her best life: 

Former president Barack Obama gave a talk on climate change earlier this month and it appears the Obamas made the work trip into a vacation. The two are reportedly staying at the incredible Borgo Finocchieto villa in the Tuscan countryside.

Barack Obama is clearly loving his time in Italy, as he’s transformed into a rock star and played a few rounds of golf:  

After Obama left office in January, the couple has traveled all around the globe. They’ve made stops in Palm Springs, the British Virgin Islands, an island in the South Pacific and even enjoyed a little yachting with their famous friends. 

While many people have lamented the Obamas’ absence during this turbulent time, Michelle promised the two would be back soon during a recent appearance in Washington, D.C. 

“We’re not gone, we’re just breathing, y’all. Let us breathe,” Obama said, per People magazine. “We’ve got to get our new lives set up.” 

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This Beautiful Magazine Is Elevating The Lives And Work Of Queer Creatives

One year ago, the second edition of Posture magazine, a publication that prides itself in the “creative exploration of identity” and elevating the work of some of the rising queer artists in navigating the modern art world, was released.

Now Posture’s third issue, “The Boss Issue,” focuses on creatives across the spectrum of queer identity who are committed to “making it” career-wise on their own terms. Posture founder Winter Mendelson told The Huffington Post:

“I wanted to create an issue dedicated to people who are working to ‘succeed’ — ie: create personal brands, build companies, become widely known artists, produce massive projects, etc — to show that there are a lot of women of color and queer/trans folks who do wish to ‘make it’ so to speak, on their own terms or within existing industries. On the one hand we have people who rebel against capitalism as much as they can, and some who want to infiltrate problematic systems in order to inspire change. Both goals are valid in my opinion, and The Boss Issue is about celebrating artists, designers, and activists seeking to make global impact.”

Check out some images from this issue of Posture below, as well as a more extensive interview with Mendelson.

The Huffington Post: How has Posture evolved since its inception?

Winter Mendelson: This issue definitely signifies our evolution in ideology, content, and quality. When Posture launched as a blog in 2013, it was actually a blog for “queer women,” whereas now we take a holistic and inclusive approach to identity. I started to realize the problematic nature with gendered language, but also I think a lot of Posture’s evolution was related to my personal identity. I grew to realize that I was genderqueer/nonbinary (versus lesbian and/or female-identified), and I continued to meet more and more people like me, so I wanted to work on a project that reflected reality as well as what I believe to be the future. Our tagline is “the creative exploration of identity,” and what that means is that we feature creative people whose work addresses what is means to survive, dismantle, and/or succeed in a society that is created for the hetero, cis white male patriarchy. Posture is purposefully inclusive and not focused on particular labels.

After putting out two print issues, our network widened a lot, and we were able to work with so many talented people for Issue 03 (The Boss Issue). I have a two-person core creative team comprised of Phil Gomez, our Fashion Art Director, and Asher Torres, our Photo Art Director, and having a talented and dedicated team has impacted the brand significantly. We’re still a small grassroots kind of magazine, but are able to make magic happen with minimal resources.  

We went from printing 200 copies to being nationally distributed, and I am beyond excited to put important stories and perspectives on bookshelves across the world. Up to this point the print has been the centerpiece of the brand, but we’ve got some big plans for digital as well coming up in 2017.

This issue is titled “The Boss Issue” ― what does this mean to you? Why did you choose this theme?

I felt like our second print issue, The Ornamentation Issue, was heavily focused on challenges certain communities face and emphasized a lot of negatives. This perspective is crucial and important, but I wanted to create an issue dedicated to people who are working to “succeed” — ie: create personal brands, build companies, become widely known artists, produce massive projects, etc — to show that there are a lot of women of color and queer/trans folks who do wish to “make it” so to speak, on their own terms or within existing industries. On the one hand we have people who rebel against capitalism as much as they can, and some who want to infiltrate problematic systems in order to inspire change. Both goals are valid in my opinion, and The Boss Issue is about celebrating artists, designers, and activists seeking to make global impact.

How did you chose the subjects you featured in this issue?

Each issue is an organic process when it comes to deciding who will be featured. I sit down with Asher and Phil and we reference our existing database of potential features, and also start adding people that come to mind that would be a perfect fit for our theme. It can take over a month to determine exactly who we want. A lot of the process comes from paying attention to what’s happening in the world and pinpointing exactly who we want to work with.

Why are publications like Posture so crucial during times of political and social turmoil like we’re in right now?

The first thing that comes to mind is the importance of power and ownership. The majority of global media companies are owned by white hetero cis men, even many sites dedicated to women’s fashion or issues. In my opinion it is extremely important to have companies owned and run by LGBTQIA+ and POC entrepreneurs because that affects everything at the core. Posture is a project of longevity, we don’t exist to be tokenized or to give outlets cool points. This is a matter of basic human rights. It’s about proclaiming to society that we’re not going anywhere and deserve to be recognized for the important and ongoing cultural contributions made throughout history by marginalized communities. Posture is crucial because we represent a demographic who are not only on the forefront of innovation and trend-setting, but are the pioneers of change and revolution. Our content has no filter. We publish important perspectives and projects made by communities who are the most targeted always, but especially during what we’re facing now in the Trump Era.

What do you want people to take away from this issue of Posture?

I want people to know that we exist to support the people who are not always seen or heard for the right reasons. We’re a community first and foremost and are always open for submissions or collaboration so please reach out to us with any ideas!

The Boss Issue of Posture is available for purchase in the publication’s online shop.

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Jay Z’s latest project takes on a serious, but important subject.

On Wednesday, the music mogul premiered his forthcoming Spike TV docu-series, “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” at the Sundance Film Festival. Browder, a former Bronx resident, was sent to Rikers Island prison in 2010 without a trial at age 16 following allegations over a stolen backpack. His experience at the prison complex was marred by abuse from guards and inmates, as well as countless days in solitary confinement. The case was eventually dismissed and Browder was released from prison in June 2013. He committed suicide in 2015.

At the six-part documentary’s premiere, Jay told independent news program Democracy Now! that he believes Browder’s story will “save a lot of lives.”

“What was done to him was a huge injustice, and I think people see his story and realize like, man, this is going on,” he said. “This is not like one case that happened. This is happening to a lot for people, you know, especially places where I come from ― inner boroughs and Marcy Projects and the Bronx and Brooklyn and all these places. So, it’s very important, his story.”

When asked if Rikers should close, Jay Z, who once met Browder at his office, responded: “If that happens to one kid… any place that that can happen to any kid should be closed.”

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” premieres on Spike TV on March 1st.

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Relationships That Have Roots are the Anchors in Our Lives

By Carolyn Massiah
UCF Forum columnist

The view in my backyard is a conservation area full of various types of trees. As the seasons pass, the trees lose their leaves and even some of their branches, but the trees remain in large part due to their sturdy roots.

To the side of my house is a concrete light pole. It doesn’t have any leaves and branches, obviously, but it is more susceptible to being blown down during a violent storm because it lacks the strong roots that mature trees have to anchor them through a storm.

When I compare and contrast the tree and the pole, I know I would much rather be a tree.

Both trees and light poles stand above the blanket of shrubs and bushes below. However, this is where the similarities end.

Many light poles are inorganic entities of concrete or metal, created through some form of human intervention. The shape and size in which these poles are created will forever be their shape and size as inorganic entities will not change during their existence unless there is additional intervention.

Trees, on the other hand, are organic. They are living organisms that continually change. They will lose and gain leaves and branches but they will also grow and mature throughout their existence. Continual growth and development is what I want for my own life. This is why I would rather be a tree than a light pole.

Unfortunately, positive growth sometimes must come from negative changes. Each year trees weather the change of seasons. With those changes in season, leaves come and they go and sometimes there may be seasons when the trees may not have any leaves at all on their branches.

The same can be said for our own lives. There are people that become attached to you as much as leaves are attached to branches. However, as the seasons change in our lives those people may disappear. Sometimes it seems several disappear at once and you are left bare much like trees in winter. For whatever reasons, those individuals were only meant to be in your life for a season. Yes, it hurts when those who you thought were going to stay forever leave your life before you are ready, but it is the nature of our organic lives.

Unfortunately, you never know how strong any branch will be until it is tested in the most violent of storms. Some branches appear thick and sturdy while they may actually be hollow or rotten to the core. If you step out on the branch for support because of its sturdy appearance, you might be disappointed and shocked when that branch does not support you but breaks and hurts you instead.

The same can be said for our own lives. There are people that we have relied upon and with whom we have built a long-term relationship. We have truly let them into our lives. However, as the weight of whatever burden you need bared by them increases, that friend gives under the load and breaks away from you in a permanent and irrevocable manner. Yes, it hurts but just as leaves come for a reason during a season, branches are there for those life-long lessons that we will take with us long after the branches have broken and been swept away. That is the nature of our organic lives.

So based on this, you might now be wondering why I would choose to be a tree instead of a pole. One word: roots!

Because trees are organic living creatures their roots continue to grow and strengthen as the tree grows and matures. When a storm comes, the roots anchor trees and allow trees to bend but not break in the storm.

Poles do not have that same anchor support. That is why we see more poles than trees down after severe hurricanes.

The same can be said for our own lives. Think about those individuals in your life that have been your anchor and support through the good and the bad. Often, much like a tree’s roots, those individuals do all of their work out of the view of others with no need of public acknowledgement. They are the blessings that we cannot overlook in our lives.

After comparing and contrasting the two, if I had to choose I would rather be a tree if it means that I will continue to have the blessings of roots just waiting to support me and feed me as I work to develop and mature throughout my existence.

Dr. Carolyn A. Massiah is an associate lecturer in the UCF College of Business. She can be reached at Carolyn.Massiah@ucf.edu.

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Bikini Babe: Ariel Winter Lives It Up in Cabo with Actor Levi Meaden

Despite her name, Ariel Winter seems to be a fan of the beach and warm weather.

The 18-year-old actress ditched the fall coolness in favor of the sun and sand in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with some pals, including actor Levi Meaden.

Winter’s Snapchat was filled with envy-inducing scenes of waves crashing on the rocks as well as tropical drinks and meals. The Modern Family actress also flaunted her bikini body, posting a video of her twerking backside and a video posing on a jetty on Instagram.

“Caboooo it’s lit,” she captioned the vacation shot.

Winter underwent breast reduction surgery last year, when she went from a size 32F cup to a 34D, after receiving unwanted attention for her body.

“It made me feel really uncomfortable, because as women in the industry, we are totally oversexualized and treated like objects,” she said in an interview with Glamour.com. “Every article that has to do with me on a red carpet had to do with ‘Ariel Winter’s Crazy Cleavage!’ or ‘Ariel Winter Shows Huge Boobs at an Event!’ That’s all people would recognize me by – not, ‘Oh, she does great work on Modern Family.’ ”

Since then, she’s been proudly embracing her body on social media and on the red carpet.

“Embrace all that you are,” she posted on Instagram in June. “Don’t let those outside voices become your inner voice #mychoice #loveyourcurves.”


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Bonnie Kaye, M.Ed. is an internationally acclaimed counseling expert and author in the field of straight/gay marriages. Her first Straight Wives: Shattered Lives book, released in 2006, received wonderful reviews from women around the world who felt connected to the 27 women from five different continents who told their stories about their marriages to a gay/bisexual husband. This new book explores the lives of 22 additional women who are part of Kaye’s support group from the United States, Canada, England, and Australia. Their heartbreaking stories tell about their marriages to gay/bisexual husbands and the debilitating effects that resulted when they learned the truth about why their marriages were failing. These stories tell how these women’s lives were shattered through unknowingly marrying a gay man and how they are finding the strength to make themselves whole again after this experience. About the Author: Bonnie Kaye is an internationally recognized relationship counselor/author in the field of straight/gay marriages. She has provided relationship counseling and advice for over 25 years to more than 70,000 women who have sexually dysfunctional husbands due to homosexuality, bisexuality, or sexual addictions. She is considered an authority in this field by other professionals and the media. Kaye has published seven books on straight/gay relationships, which have sold thousands of copies. Her website www. Gayhusbands.com has consistently remained in the number one position on Google, Yahoo, and other major search engines since its launching in 2000. When media contacts want an expert, they go to Bonnie Kaye who has more experience and expertise than any other person in the United States. Her official book website is located at www. BonnieKayeBooks.com. Kaye’s support network has over 7,000 women around the world who receive her free monthly newsletter. She also has online computer support chat twice a week as well as a weekly internet radio show on Sundays, Stra

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Shakespeare at 400, Jack London at 100: Genius Lives

In William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It, a traveler named Jaques waxes poetical in lines that have achieved literary immortality.

“All the world’s a stage,” he says. “And all the men and women merely players;/ They have their exits and their entrances,/And one man in his time plays many parts.”

Three hundred years later, Jack London, another melancholy traveler, might well have spoken nearly the same lines and meant them to be about himself. Indeed, he once observed that he had half-a-dozen different “selves” and proved it in a short, brilliant life that spanned the end of the nineteenth and the start of twentieth century.

A writer, vagabond, sailor, farmer, public speaker, playwright, playboy, war correspondent, and a Bernie Sanders-like socialist, Jack London was born John Griffith Chaney in San Francisco in 1876. He died in Glen Ellen, California in 1916 at the age of 40. (London ran for mayor of Oakland twice and twice lost.)

Around the world this year, theatergoers and thespians, are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare in 1616, his age unknown.

There’s another big literary anniversary afoot, as well. In 2016, fans of Jack London, one of the most popular American authors of his day, are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his death.

Both anniversaries are well worth celebrating.

Indeed, if Shakespeare’s plays illuminate the Elizabethan Age better than the plays of any other writer, Jack London’s novels, including “The Iron Heel,” illuminate the Gilded Age and its aftermath better than most of the novels of his contemporaries, including those of Henry James.

To many, it will sound like hyperbole, but to the faithful London was the Shakespeare of his day. Like the Bard, he wrote tragedies as well as comedies.

Like the Bard, he was exceedingly prolific; in 17 years be wrote more than 50 books. Like Shakespeare, he created immortal character: Buck, the dog who devolves into a wolf; White Fang, the wolf who evolves into a dog; Wolf Larsen, the brutal sea captain who reads Shakespeare and analyzes his most famous character, Hamlet.

There’s also Martin Eden, the sailor who becomes a famous writer. And perhaps London’s best character of all: himself. As the literary critic, Alfred Kazin famously observed, “the greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.”

For one hundred years, biographers have tried repeatedly to capture his elusive identity and to fix the nature of his nature as well as the nature of his art. Dozens and dozens of biographies have been written about him, including “The Mystery of Jack London” by his friend Georgia Loring Bamford.

Rose Wilder Lane beat Bamford to the typewriter. “Life and Jack London,” her fictionalized biography, in which she borrows from Jung and Freud, appeared in “Sunset Magazine” in eight installments in 1917 and 1918.

More biographies are on the way; conferences are forthcoming.

Biographers know more about London than they do about Shakespeare; thousands of London’s letters survive, along with voluminous documents, though as in the case of Shakespeare there’s no known birth certificate. With London as with Shakespeare mysteries abound.

Fans may never know all they would like to know about London’s biological father, William Henry Chaney, his mother, Flora, or what it meant to be a white boy raised as he was in the Bay Area’s African American community by an African American ex-slave named Virginia Prentice.

The evidence suggests that London felt like an orphan in the world and that he also had an abiding fear of falling into a kind of abyss, both physical and psychological, that derived in part from the poverty and emotional insecurity of his early years.

London himself embraced mystery and in his best work produced poetry worthy of Shakespeare. “Men, mere motes of light and sparkle,” he wrote in “The Sea-Wolf,” “ride their steeds of wood and steel through the heart of the mystery, groping their way blindly through the unseen.”

Like the archetypical man that Shakespeare’s Jaques describes in “As You Like it,” London was “Jealous in honor, /sudden and quick in quarrel,/ Seeking the bubble reputation.”

One hundred years after his death, the bubble hasn’t burst yet.

Jonah Raskin is the editor of “The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution.”

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Jeffrey Tambor’s Golden Globes Transparent Nomination: ”Lives Are at Stake”

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These Goats On A Trampoline Are Having The Time of Their Lives

Goats can do no wrong.

Especially when they decide to throw themselves a trampoline party and engage in a little horn-to-horn sparring.

These six bearded baaahdasses are living their truths. Keep on jumping, you guys! Never let the fun die. 

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This Couple Lives On 6% Of Their Income So They Can Give $100,000 A Year To Charity

Julia Wise is a social worker and her husband, Jeff Kaufman, is a software engineer. In 2013, their combined income was just under $ 245,000, putting them in the top 10% of US households. And yet, excluding taxes and savings, they lived on just $ 15,280, or 6.25% of their income.

 

What happened to the rest of their income, just under $ 100,000? They gave it to charity.

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Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, And the Power of Disruption

It was a good week for disruptive innovation. Three protestors affiliated with Black Lives Matter shut down Bernie Sanders yet again, this time at a Seattle rally Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump escalated his disruptive impact on the Republican presidential field, with a post-debate remark implying that Fox reporter Megyn Kelly was menstruating when she asked him provocative questions, fittingly, about his coarse put-downs of women.

The two forms of disruption invite comparison.

BLM is disrupting the most progressive candidate in the Democratic field. Why? Because in the year since the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the issue of systemic violence against blacks has still not broken through to become a first-tier issue, even among liberals.

Why Sanders? Because he is a soft target, with little if any security at his rallies and not inclined to call the cops on protestors. So he suffers disproportionately for the sins of the larger system. Is this fair? Not exactly. On the other hand it seems to be working.

Sanders has put out an excellent statement on criminal justice reform, which is far stronger than anything else out there from a mainstream candidate.

Even though these tactics are not pretty, we can expect the entire Democratic field to give more attention to issues of structural racism.

Black Lives Matter, rather like Occupy Wall Street and its spawn, is not a top-down movement. It is “horizontal,” in the jargon du jour, a kind of loose confederation of like minded activists, rather like (pardon the analogy) the Tea Parties.

On the other hand, it is probably the most important grass movement to come along in decades, certainly on the left. And it sure doesn’t have the Tea Parties wealthy donors helping to pull the string.

I think of the classic Malvina Reynolds protest song from the 1960s, “It Isn’t Nice”:

It isn’t nice to block the doorway,
It isn’t nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail.
It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

We have tried negotiations
And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn’t see us
And he might as well be blind.
Now our new ways aren’t nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

Disruptive protest isn’t nice — that’s the whole point. But sometimes it’s necessary.

My guess is that Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter will get the choreography right before too long. There will be meetings. He will put out statements of support, maybe offer BLM time at rallies, maybe make some high profile speeches at grass roots civil rights gatherings.

Black Lives Matter will continue actions that occasionally disrupt campaign events of Sanders and others Democrats. But compared to the disruptive effect of Donald Trump on the Republican field, BLM is a picnic for Democrats.

This is a loutish billionaire with a titanic ego, and he reminds the broad public of what the Republicans really stand for. Unlike BLM, which is all about citizen energy, all the Donald has to do is write a check and he is in it for the long haul. That’s the Republican way.

Trump is the Republican Party’s worst nightmare. He speaks for the disaffected, rageful white males who think just the way he does; the people who listen to talk radio and don’t let facts get in the way… the faithful viewers of Fox. But whoops,Trump and Fox are now in a dogfight. Over a Fox questioner, Megyn Kelly (gotta love that gyn) turned feminist. Does it get any better?

Sen. Lindsey Graham was quoted in the Washington Post:

“I think we’ve crossed that Rubicon where his behavior becomes about us, not just him,” Graham said in an interview.

“Donald Trump is an out-of-control car driving through a crowd of Republicans, and somebody needs to get him out of the car,” Graham said. “I just don’t see a pathway forward for us in 2016 to win the White House if we don’t decisively deal with this.”

Yes, indeed. At first, political analysts thought Trump was a flash in the pan — that when he questioned Sen. John McCain’s military record, or preposterously claimed that was responsible for making immigration a national issue, or couldn’t decide whether he was a supporter of single-payer insurance or letting-’em-die in the free market, or insulted women as menstrual harridans, he would be toast.

But it’s now clear that no matter what Trump says, his support is likely to stay north of 20 percent in the polls because it isn’t the words that matter; it’s the anger. An NBC poll had Trump winning the Fox Republican debate with 23 percent support and the next highest contender (Ted Cruz!) second at 13, and Jeb Bush in sixth place with just 7 percent. Does it get any better?

These reverberations are almost too good to be true — Fox in a fight with its own hard core audience and its own facts-don’t-matter style; Fox suddenly becoming feminist; Trump reminding the country of what the larger Republican Party has come to represent; Trump sucking out all the oxygen so that rival candidates can’t gain traction against a surprisingly weak Jeb Bush. And, very likely, Trump eventually running as an independent.

Trump is a caricature of things that more mannered Republicans have been getting away with for years. He smokes out what the Republicans really stand for. No wonder they are worried. “An out of control car driving through a crowd of Republicans.”

Trump isn’t nice. Neither is Black Lives Matter. The Democrats should be grateful for the form of creative disruption being visited upon them.

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8 Awkward Confessions From People Who Can’t Flirt To Save Their Lives

Sadly, we can’t all be as suave and debonair as dudes like Ryan Gosling. (If you’re like us, your flirting skills are better described as, “Michael Cera in pretty much every Michael Cera movie.”)

But hey, it helps to know you’re not alone. In the video above, BuzzFeed highlights some of the most awkward flirting confessions people have made on the secret-sharing app Whisper. 

 Our favorite: ”Met a really cute girl. She started to flirt with me and asked what my name was. My response? ‘I don’t know.'” 

 Yeah, that person definitely does not have Gosling-like game. 

 

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Empowering Series Gives Princesses Lives Beyond Happily Ever After

The usual fairy tale goes: Prince Charming sweeps a princess off her feet, they ride into the sunset and that’s where the story ends. But that’s not how it works in Amelia Case’s fairy tale universe. 

Case, mother to 12-year-old Isabella and 9-year-old Sophia, is the creator of “Princesses with a Twist,” a book series that gives readers a look at what life is like for princesses after their happy endings. She came up with this added layer of princess fiction to spread a message of female empowerment to her daughters and show that these classic characters can accomplish their goals — even after they find their prince.

“It’s a way to give the princesses some self-esteem, too,” Case told the Chicago Tribune. “They’ve been through some serious stuff. Why on earth would any story end there?”

So far, Case and her daughters have written 15 stories about beloved princess characters. In Cinderella’s post-pumpkin carriage life, the princess finds meaning in starting a business that creates — you guessed it — glass slippers. Snow White faces her fear of apples in Case’s fictional tale, and they end up becoming her favorite food. Other featured princesses include Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid.

From offering their imaginations to choosing an illustrator (and even sketching illustration ideas of their own), Isabella and Sophia have been there every step of the way. “Except for choosing the font and paying the bills, they have just about done it all,” Case said in an email to The Huffington Post.

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Case hopes to create the first three books with help from a Kickstarter campaign. According to a video featured on the page, the money raised will fund things like professional illustrations and legal fees. As of July 9, the campaign has raised more than $ 16,000 of the $ 30,000 goal.

With more than half of the money raised and two weeks left in the campaign, it seems like the “Princesses with a Twist” series is well on its way to proving that the life of a princess isn’t all ball gowns and cute animal sidekicks. Like the site suggests, “there is more to all of these lovely characters than just a pretty face and a handsome prince.”

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And The Kinsella Family’s Weird Pose Lives On

The family that poses weirdly together, stays together, right? That seems to be the case with the Kinsella siblings, a family that Huffington Post first visited with three years ago. For almost three decades, the Kinsellas have posed for photos in the same somewhat strange stance with the brothers on the outside and sisters with legs crossed in the air in the middle. It’s something they started doing in 1988 and they’ve struck “the pose” at weddings, multiple Major League Baseball games, their mother’s funeral, home gatherings, a tattoo shop and the penultimate photo for this baseball-loving family: the Field of Dreams site. The four siblings — three of whom live in Houston and one in Nebraska — even traveled back to their childhood home in Brick Township, N.J., to pose for a photo there.

After we wrote about the Kinsellas’ pose, they were contacted by The Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres and Good Morning America — all seeking to have the four adult siblings on the air. The Today Show flew the four to New York where they struck “the pose” for the world to see and “had a blast for three days,” said family spokesman Mike Kinsella.

Brothers Mike and Tim Kinsella and sisters Sharyn Bauer Kemper and Eileen McFarland all have identical “pose” tattoos. While no two of the siblings agree how “the pose” originated, Mike Kinsella notes, “Remember, we started taking them long before date-stamped photos.”

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How does Mike explain the connection the four have — and the world’s interest in their family photo tradition? Simple, he said. “We grew up loving each other and we remain very close,” said Mike. That comes across in “the pose.” “We just have fun. We get together and always laugh. You can see it in the pose.”

He said a family reunion is planned for later this summer and the Nebraska sister is thinking of moving to Texas once she retires. The times, of course, aren’t always good. Sister Eileen just completed a 30-day treatment course for skin cancer and brother Tim lost his job at a print shop. But “we will always be there for each other,” said Mike.

And yes, there will always be more photos of “the pose.”

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And The Kinsella Family’s Weird Pose Lives On

The family that poses weirdly together, stays together, right? That seems to be the case with the Kinsella siblings, a family that Huffington Post first visited with three years ago. For almost three decades, the Kinsellas have posed for photos in the same somewhat strange stance with the brothers on the outside and sisters with legs crossed in the air in the middle. It’s something they started doing in 1988 and they’ve struck “the pose” at weddings, multiple Major League Baseball games, their mother’s funeral, home gatherings, a tattoo shop and the penultimate photo for this baseball-loving family: the Field of Dreams site. The four siblings — three of whom live in Houston and one in Nebraska — even traveled back to their childhood home in Brick Township, N.J., to pose for a photo there.

After we wrote about the Kinsellas’ pose, they were contacted by The Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres and Good Morning America — all seeking to have the four adult siblings on the air. The Today Show flew the four to New York where they struck “the pose” for the world to see and “had a blast for three days,” said family spokesman Mike Kinsella.

Brothers Mike and Tim Kinsella and sisters Sharyn Bauer Kemper and Eileen McFarland all have identical “pose” tattoos. While no two of the siblings agree how “the pose” originated, Mike Kinsella notes, “Remember, we started taking them long before date-stamped photos.”

kinsella2

How does Mike explain the connection the four have — and the world’s interest in their family photo tradition? Simple, he said. “We grew up loving each other and we remain very close,” said Mike. That comes across in “the pose.” “We just have fun. We get together and always laugh. You can see it in the pose.”

He said a family reunion is planned for later this summer and the Nebraska sister is thinking of moving to Texas once she retires. The times, of course, aren’t always good. Sister Eileen just completed a 30-day treatment course for skin cancer and brother Tim lost his job at a print shop. But “we will always be there for each other,” said Mike.

And yes, there will always be more photos of “the pose.”

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Essence Festival Attracts Thousands To New Orleans To Celebrate, Empower Black Lives Everywhere

NEW ORLEANS — Thousands trekked to New Orleans this July Fourth weekend to celebrate the much-anticipated 21st annual Essence Festival.

This year’s celebration by Essence, one of the leading black women’s magazines, is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to a city still making progress to restore itself from the devastation Hurricane Katrina left behind 10 years ago. More than 500,000 people attended last year’s four-day festival, and this year’s event will recognize and discuss important issues that have plagued the black community both before and since Katrina hit.

“Essence Festival is an important gathering where we show who we are as a community, not defined by what others think of us but by how we see ourselves and how we live and love,” Essence’s Editor-In-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca said on Friday. “This weekend, we’ll be bringing the love.”

Nearly 120 thought leaders, politicians and celebrities — and their fans — flocked to the Ernest N. Morial Convention center on Friday to participate in a three-day experience that promises empowering discussions on issues affecting black men, black women and their families.

De Luca explained that Essence has always been a beacon for black women since it first launched 45 years ago, and the introduction of the festival in 1995 was a way to celebrate the richness of the black community as a whole. Over time, the Essence Festival has been recognized as one of the biggest and most elaborate curated festivals in the world — and this year is no different.

“Essence is more than a music festival, it’s an experience,” Marc Morial, the CEO of the National Urban League and the former mayor of New Orleans, told HuffPost. “And the serious conversations that take place are indispensable. They give people the opportunity to coalesce around important issues.”

This year, the festival is honoring a mission centered on “Peace, Purpose and Prayer,” with a series of events scheduled for Friday that aimed to bring peace through powerful dialogue, while Saturday’s events focused on purpose and Sunday on prayer. Because of this, the weekend’s lineup is filled with influential names and professional experts like Sybrina Fulton, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Steve Harvey and many more who will undoubtedly deliver on this mission.

While the Essence exhibition kicked off on Friday, the festival officially welcomed attendees on Thursday by facilitating a day of service in commemoration of this year’s 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers participated in events throughout the city that involved refurbishing and beautifying grounds, and donating books to local schools.

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“After Katrina, this area was in disarray, as was the Superdome; it was probably a site of one of the great failures in American history when we as a country gasped at the possibility that we can leave so many fellow citizens behind,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on Friday. “My brothers and sisters, all of us, on the streets and under water.”

While some progress has been made throughout the city, many areas remain demolished and unrecovered from the destruction Katrina left behind. Discussions on how to bring positive change through engaging the community and rebuilding heavily damaged schools and homes are encouraged throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, special emphasis will also be given to the Black Lives Matter movement and discussing events that have occurred in recent months that highlight racial injustice in America — and what we should do to help address it.

“Anytime we can gather in love, and in celebration, is a radical act because so often when we’re gathering, it’s a funeral or it’s an uprising, or an injustice,” director Ava DuVernay, who was among this year’s celebrity guests, told HuffPost.

“Most of the public gatherings you see are around anguish and chaos so I think the Essence Festival is really important because we’re holding hands and smiling and holding each other up and that’s crucial to show.”

Like DuVernay, many other celebrities flocked to New Orleans to support this year’s festival.

Entertainers including Erykah Badu, Common, Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar, Charlie Wilson, Kevin Hart and more will perform live nightly shows to celebrate their work and its power to unify.

“I love music, I love hearing about artists, and watching them perform is amazing,” Gisselle English, a 25-year-old IT specialist from Florida, told HuffPost. “I love everything that the Essence Festival has to offer here, from fashion to tips on success; it’s all extremely empowering.”

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Meet The People Ensuring Black Lives Matter Isn’t Just A Hashtag

WASHINGTON — Facilitating meaningful conversations about race isn’t an easy feat, but a local collaborative effort is up to the challenge.

Black Lives/White Light and TABLETRIBES, a D.C.-based tech startup, are coupling art and technology to create The Radius Project, which aims to take conversations surrounding Black Lives Matter beyond newsfeeds and comment sections.

The collaborative is setting up three panel discussions in the Washington, D.C., area in hopes of turning online interactions into more meaningful face-to-face conversations .

“A meaningful face-to-face conversation is a singular point of contact that has the power to activate a ripple effect in our communities,” Hosan Lee, the founder and CEO of TABLETRIBES, told The Huffington Post. “If we all work together, how far outwards can we extend the radius of progress?”

Pretty far, it seems. The Radius Project grew from a series of four discussion panels following Black Lives/White Light’s April exhibition showcasing the artwork of eight white artists. Sheldon Scott and Deirdre Darden, two D.C. artists who curated the exhibit, hoped the show would introduce an alternative perspective to the conversation surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.

“For me, Black Lives Matter — way before it became this social media movement, before it became a hashtag — it’s always been a part of my work,” Scott said. “We’ve been saying these things for years about … mistreatment and injustices.”

Black Lives Matter has achieved global reach, he added. This influence inspired Scott to seek out white artists who may not have been aware of racialized police brutality before seeing the hashtag and see how they would respond to the movement artistically.

It worked. Powerful, conflicting reactions to the April exhibit encouraged Scott and Darden to set up the panels to continue delving into how America confronts race and justice and its relationship with violence.

“We need to be able to have this conversation about race on many different levels simultaneously. We have to be able to talk to people who have a lower understanding of race at the same time we should be able to communicate to people who have a heightened [understanding],” Scott said.

The success of Black Lives/White Light provoked Lee to reach out to Scott and ask if he was interested in letting the conversation continue using TABLETRIBES, a digital platform that brings online conversations into the real world. Their goal is to globally scale empathy development by developing opportunities for users to exchange ideas and information in person.

The Radius Project hopes its efforts will get a better reception than Starbucks’f did. The coffee chain launched Race Together Initiative earlier this year to encourage customers to discuss racial matters, a move that was quickly written off as a marketing ploy and called off by the company.

“Starbucks’ intentions with [Race Together] around trying to start civic conversations felt like they were in the right place, but the execution wasn’t designed to facilitate deeper engagement in a way that was productive or appropriate. For us, it reaffirmed our approach and the need for what we’re building at TABLETRIBES,” Lee said.

TABLETRIBES is a social networking app that allows users interested in similar topics to connect with each other offline. People who RSVP for this month’s events will be helping the startup test the app, which is currently in beta. Lee said the app will help users find others in the room to discuss specific topics relevant to each evening’s civic-minded theme during the event itself.

“We’re gathering people because they want to talk these issues, but what we want to do with the app is allow these conversations to happen beyond the room itself,” she said.

Panels are scheduled for June 9, 16 and 23. Interested parties can RSVP here.

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Miley Cyrus – The Time Of Our Lives (Music CD)

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Miley’s Party has already taken the USA by storm, catapulting straight into the #2 spot in the Billboard charts in it’s first week. The track tied her for the highest debut of 2009 alongside Black Eyed Peas monster hit I Gotta Feeling and the track has held number one on iTunes for the seventh week, selling over 1.1 million downloads. Kicking & Screaming Party In The U.S.A When I Look At You Time Of Our Lives Talk Is Cheap Obsessed Before The Storm (Duet with Jonas Brothers) The Climb Release Date: Monday, 9 November 2009

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Confucius Lives Next Door

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Those who’ve heard T.R. Reid’s weekly commentary on National Public Radio or read his far-flung reporting in National Geographic or The Washington Post know him to be trenchant, funny, and cutting-edge, but also erudite and deeply grounded in whatever subject he’s discussing. In Confucius Lives Next Door he brings all these attributes to the fore as he examines why Japan, China, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries enjoy the low crime rates, stable families, excellent education, and civil harmony that remain so elusive in the West. Reid, who has spent twenty-five years studying Asia and was for five years The Washington Post’s Tokyo bureau chief, uses his family’s experience overseas-including mishaps and misapprehensions-to look at Asia’s “social miracle” and its origin in the ethical values outlined by the Chinese sage Confucius 2,500 years ago. When Reid, his wife, and their three children moved from America to Japan, the family quickly became accustomed to the surface differences between the two countries. In Japan, streets don’t have names, pizza comes with seaweed sprinkled on top, and businesswomen in designer suits and Ferragamo shoes go home to small concrete houses whose washing machines are outdoors because there’s no room inside. But over time Reid came to appreciate the deep cultural differences, helped largely by his courtly white-haired neighbor Mr. Matsuda, who personified ancient Confucian values that are still dominant in Japan. Respect, responsibility, hard work-these and other principles are evident in Reid’s witty, perfectly captured portraits, from that of the school his young daughters attend, in which the students maintain order and scrub the floors, to his depiction of the corporate ceremony that welcomes new employees and reinforces group unity. And Reid also examines the drawbacks of living in such a society, such as the ostracism of those who don’t fit in and the acceptance of routine political bribery. Much Wester

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Should We Bring Marriage Into Our Love Lives?

I once wrote an article about how love fits into marriage but after co-writing, The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels, with Vicki Larson, I realize that a better question to ask is how our outdated paradigm applies to the way people in love couple these days.

For the first time in literally thousands of years, marriage in our Western culture has viable, socially acceptable, competition and the pressures (and necessitation) of marriage have diminished greatly.

In the past 50 years, the marriage rate in the U.S. has fallen dramatically. In 2008, a mere 26 percent (one quarter) of people in their 20s were married as compared to 68 percent (two thirds) in 1960.

We have not stopped coupling in our culture (although staying single is a perfectly acceptable lifestyle choice for younger adults). Rather, increasing numbers of up-and-comers have rejected tradition not legalizing their unions; even when they go on to have children.

Having lived with two serious boyfriends at different points in my life, I understand this choice and in many ways, I think it makes sense. There are things you learn about togetherness in general and your partner in particular that you might not learn any other way. There is also a stronger sense of commitment (albeit unspoken in most cases) in a relationship when you live together.

What’s the advantage to shacking up over marriage? You can have a lovely relationship, be very committed in the moment, and yet, if or when you break up, you can simply go your separate ways back out into your single worlds. It’s certainly easier and cleaner to split when you don’t have all the legalities to contend with: Maybe just a few dishes, airline points or pieces of furniture to split, but nothing small claims court can’t handle.

But here’s the rub: Big problems emerge when couples make other kinds of long term commitments that do bind them legally — like buying property together or worse, having children together — without having protections in place. As outdated as marriage can be, one thing it does do is provide important protections to both parties if a breakup occurs.

No one knows that better than the one who got the raw end of a real estate deal (with no recourse) or the one who got booted out on the street with a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old. While there are laws that protect children in those situations, there are not the same protections for partners as there are for spouses.

As we watch the pendulum swing toward a less structured paradigm, I think we’ll start seeing and hearing more about this kind of fallout. And it won’t be pretty.

Why can’t we have more options than risking so much by coupling but avoiding marriage or opting for security by marrying someone we may not want to be with forever? It’s not as if it’s never been done before.

The Romans had three different levels of marriage: Confarreatio, the most formal option had more religious overtones; Coemptio, was a less formal and more business-like union; and Usus, was an informal marriage that occurred by default when a couple lived together for more than a year. (Confarreatio and Coemptio required ceremonies but Usus did not have a marriage ceremony).

Throughout history, people have married for all kinds of reasons that had nothing to do with love–primarily for business and monetary gain, for political gain and to procreate. Love was even seen as an impractical emotion in these relationships. The Greeks, seeing the insanity caused by those in love, coined the phrase “lovesick.” Indeed, some cultures even described love as dangerous when it came to setting up stable family structures.

Having spent the past two years (and more) researching the subject of marriage for my book, I can tell you that informal changes are actually happening to the institution behind closed doors.

Unbeknownst to family, friends, and clergy, young couples tying the knot are agreeing to themselves the conditions they want to see in place. Ryan and Lisa is one such example: These twenty-somethings are marrying with a purpose and an end date (rather than out of love “because it’s what you do.”). They agreed to have children together but they also agreed that their marriage would end when the kids are out of the house (the option to stay married was there, but not the expectation).

At the other end of the age spectrum, unapologetic third-time marriers (many of whom are Baby Boomers) are stating unequivocally that they want only the best parts of marriage. How are they doing this? Many are vehement about maintaining their autonomy. Some are choosing to live in separate houses, others are asking for open marriages, and still others are quite frank about needing practical things like someone to grow old with, someone with insurance benefits or someone who has financial security.

Far from breaking from traditional marriage, these seeming rebels are reverting back to ways of old. Yet, because they fear being judged, many of these couples keep these arrangements secret. But why? Are they really doing anything wrong? Are these couples harming themselves? Are they harming anyone else? Are they taking anything away from anyone?

If you think about it, marriages based on love often have the most fallout because love is fragile. Love can easily turn to dashed expectations (especially since expectations are so much higher for lovers than they are for friends), jealousy, betrayal and even hatred. These are the things that crimes of passion are borne out of.

Now, I’m not saying that love has absolutely no place in marriage, but perhaps love shouldn’t be in the number one spot. Perhaps we should rethink purpose-driven marriages rather than emotion-driven ones. Perhaps we should give individual couples the right to pick and choose aspects of relationship that they want rather than assuming that monogamy and forever are right for everyone. As things stand now, those who don’t play by the current rules are told they are doing something wrong, or they are looked at as odd, damaged or unlucky.

Whether you agree with this article or not, I hope this topic will get you talking with others about the shame-based all-or-nothing paradigm we have set up now.

We received a terrific compliment recently from a TV talk-show producer. He said that before he read the book, he was against the concept. He fully expected to disagree with us. But, when he read the book, he realized that what we said made good sense and he thanked us for writing it.

If you’d like to open your mind and read more about these ideas, pick up a copy of The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels. If you know someone who’s just about to get married or re-married, do them a favor and get them a copy of The New I Do. And, finally, if you or someone you know is considering ending their marriage, tell them to read this book first. There may be a creative solution to their problem in its pages.


A previous version of this article appeared in Susan’s Contemplating Divorce Column on PsychologyToday.com

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New ‘Broad City’ Trailer Makes This The Best Day Of Our Lives

It’s been far too long since the first season of “Broad City” ended (we know, it’s been tough), but Ilana and Abbi are back with lots of panache.

The first full trailer for Season 2 of the Comedy Central series is loaded with twerking, “white power suits” and “titty chips.” What else can we expect from our favorite female comedy duo? Besides the usual wake and bake, Abbi will get to teach a fitness class, Ilana will do some dressing room grooming, and together they’ll attempt to sell (what appears to be) art on the streets of New York City. Oh, and Seth Rogen and Kimiko Glenn, from “Orange Is the New Black,” will appear for cameos.

Watch the trailer, which will make you feel like Ilana at her grandmother’s shiva, and rejoice at the impending return of Ilana and Abbi!

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Jump Ropes, Jacks, and Endless Chores: Children’s Lives in the 1800s

Jump Ropes, Jacks, and Endless Chores: Children’s Lives in the 1800s


For most of the 1800s, children were considered “small, unruly adults” who needed to be strictly disciplined and put to useful work as soon as they were able. The very concept of childhood itself, as a carefree, innocent time, is a result of increasing economic stability and changing family roles in the 1800s. Before child welfare laws were enacted and compulsory education enforced, children made up an important part of the industrial and agricultural workforce in 1800s America. Toys and time for games and fun may have been a luxury, but kids will be kids, and the adults that loved them made sure their lives weren’t all work and no play. The establishment of public schools, more humane working conditions, and expanding economic opportunities helped improve the life of America’s children in the 1800s, but they worked hard and their pleasures were simple ones.

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Tiny Horse Lives Large With Labrador Pal

This pint-sized horse is a big celebrity.

Acer the miniature horse stands 22 inches tall and is said to be Britain’s smallest horse. That distinction comes with perks. According to a Barcroft TV segment, posted to YouTube on Oct. 2, Acer makes himself at home on Maureen O’Sullivan’s farm in Corringham, England, and at the local pub.

He corrals plenty of attention wherever he goes. But one place he’s forbidden is around the big horses on the farm, because he might get hurt, explains O’Sullivan, who believes both of Acer’s parents carried the dwarfism gene.

Demon, the black Labrador of the house, is around Acer’s size, and the two get along smashingly. In fact, O’Sullivan says, Acer “thinks he’s more of a dog than a horse.”

As cute as the little guy is, he apparently isn’t the world’s tiniest equine. According to Guinness World Records, that honor belongs to the 17.5-inch Thumbelina in St. Louis — at least as of July 2006.

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The Sex Lives Of Siamese Twins

The Sex Lives Of Siamese Twins


The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time, personal training regimes and real estate — – how we look and where we live — and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.      Lesbian passion, clinical obesity, murder, conjoined twins, and huge servings of food, sex and filthy language: it’s the brand-new Irvine Welsh….     When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the ''crazed gunman'', Sean McCandless, turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial paedophiles.      The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sørensen, thrilled by Lucy''’s heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrols as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy''s body than her own. Then, when one of the paedophiles she allowed to escape carries out a heinous sex attack, Lucy''s transition from hero to villain is complete. When Lucy imprisons Lena in her mother''s deserted real-estate blocks downtown, and can''t stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start.     In the aggressive, drill-sergeant trainer, Lucy Brennan, and the needy, manipulative Lena Sørensen, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folie à deux in contemporary fiction. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time, personal training regimes and real estate — how we look and where we live — and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.
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The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time, personal training regimes and real estate — – how we look and where we live — and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.      When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the ''crazed gunman'', Sean McCandless, turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial paedophiles.      The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sørensen, thrilled by Lucy’''s heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrols as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy''s body than her own. Then, when one of the paedophiles she allowed to escape carries out a heinous sex attack, Lucy''s transition from hero to villain is complete. When Lucy imprisons Lena in her mother''s deserted real-estate blocks downtown, and can''t stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start.     In the aggressive, drill-sergeant trainer, Lucy Brennan, and the needy, manipulative Lena Sørensen, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folie à deux in contemporary fiction. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time, personal training regimes and real estate — how we look and where we live — and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.
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Meet The Lady Who Lives In A Museum

There’s a fine line between collecting 5,000 pieces of art and hoarding them. For Betsy Alexander, it’s all about placement.

“When we buy a piece of art, our friends will say, ‘Where are you going to put it?’… But there’s always a place — it’s just shocking,” says Alexander, who’s been collecting since she was 9 years old.

Her Philadelphia home-cum-museum is the subject of videographer Cory Popp’s latest project (Popp brought us a colorful look at his hometown’s front doors last month), and is filled floor to ceiling with quirky pieces like ray guns and wind-up robots — items that Alexander says mean more to her than going on a vacation or purchasing a fancy fur coat.

Take a closer look at some of her most unique items in the photos below and tour her home in the video above.

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These Photos Offer A Glimpse Into The Lives Of The Belarus Women Who Served On The Front Lines Of WWII

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During World War II, many women in Belarus served on the front lines. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, most of these women were between 16 and 18 years old. For the next four years, they served as nurses, truck drivers, partisans and communications operators. At the end of the war, they were awarded medals and prizes and named “Heroes of the Nation.” As they approach the end of their lives, and despite the breakup of the former Soviet Union, their contributions are still remembered with invitations to attend parades and to visit schools to tell children about their experiences.

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Lida Pietrovna Bondar, nurse.

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Zinaida Konstantinovna, now of Grodno, Belarus, worked for Soviet Army Communications during the war.

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Elizaveta Ivanonvna Zienievich, partisan nurse.

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Anastasia Konstantinova Wishnievska, truck driver.

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Maria Antonovna Pospielova of Zaskovichi, Belarus. She served in the partisan resistance force against the Nazi occupation.

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Maria Antonovna Pospielova’s dress uniform with her military honors.

God gave me the courage to fight for the truth, and I have never been afraid to speak the truth. I think that if someone is righteous, God sees it and protects him. That’s how it was with me. When I was already in the partisan force, I was walking alone through the woods and I got surrounded by a pack of wolves. I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I had a pistol with only two bullets. I climbed onto the trunk of a felled pine tree, crossed myself, and they finally left” — Maria Antonovna Pospielova.

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Zinaida Nikolaieva Famienska, partisan.

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Valentina Pietrovna Baranova, army communications worker, head of the veterans’ union in Grodno.

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Galina Ivanova Pagarelava of Shchuchyn, Belarus, served as a nurse in the war..

“I was a nurse and I got into the front-bound ambulance train. I was at the front, I collected the wounded and drove them to the hospital. They were heavy — one had to carry them on one’s own arms and back. When we took the wounded away, we were often bombarded by the Germans. We had “death passports,” metal tags with our name and last name to identify us in case we were killed. This is how the four years of war went by. I was at the Leningrad front, the Baltic front and the Karelian front all the way beyond the Arctic Circle. It was daylight all the time at the Arctic front. We wrote letters on the train — at night. Belarus is my second homeland. I was born in the Ural, and I have lived in Shchuchyn since 1954. I have no regrets. My son turned out great. I had an interesting life” — Galina Ivanova Pagarelava.

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Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales

Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales


Personal, anecdotal, and highly engaging, Watching Giants opens a window on a world that seems quite like our own, yet is so different that understanding it pushes the very limits of our senses. Elin Kelsey’s colorful first-person account, drawing from her rich, often humorous, everyday experiences as a mother, a woman, and a scientist, takes us to the incredibly productive waters of the Gulf of California and beyond, to oceans around the world. Kelsey brings us along as she talks to leading cetacean researchers and marine ecologists about their intriguing discoveries. We encounter humpback whales that build nets from bubbles, gain a disturbing maternal perspective on the dolphin-tuna issue, uncover intimate details about whale sex, and contemplate the meaning of the complex social networks that exist in the seas. What emerges alongside these fascinating snapshots of whale culture is a dizzying sense of the tremendous speed with which we are changing the oceans’ ecosystems-through overfishing, noise pollution, even real estate development. Watching Giants introduces a world of immense interconnectivity and beauty-one that is now facing imminent peril.

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Beth Whaanga’s Powerful Breast Cancer Portraits Lost Her 100 Friends, But Could Save Many More Lives

Beth Whaanga posted images of herself after breast cancer surgery on Facebook, hoping to share her story and urge others to take preventative measures.

What she didn’t expect was the vitriolic responses from some of her Facebook “friends” — and the subsequent outpourings of support she received when the photographs went viral.

(Some images below are NSFW and may be considered graphic.)

Whaanga, a nurse and married mother-of-four from Brisbane, Australia, was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 32nd birthday. After finding out that she carried the BRCA2 gene, a genetic mutation that put her at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer, Whaanga underwent a double mastectomy last November, as well as a hysterectomy, lymphadenectomy and melanoma lumpectomies. Instead of hiding her scars, she chose to speak out in order to help others affected by cancer.

“Your scars are a physical or emotional representation of a trial you’ve been through,” Whaanga told The Huffington Post in an email. “They show that you came through the trial and survived.”

She teamed up with friend and photographer Nadia Masot to photograph her post-surgery body in a series of portraits called “Under The Red Dress.”

“I really felt during the shoot I wanted to portray [Whaanga’s] strength and resilience, but also have her vulnerability and pain come across,” Masot told The Huffington Post in an email. “She was unafraid of me pointing the camera at her exposed body, scarred as it is. She was confident in sharing it with me, and I think that came across.”

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Introducing the photographs on her Facebook page, Whaanga wrote:

WARNING: these images are confronting and contain topless material. They are not in anyway meant to be sexual. The aim of this project is to raise awareness for breast cancer. If you find these images offensive please hide them from your feed. Each day we walk past people. These individuals appear normal but under their clothing sometimes their bodies tell a different story. Nadia Masot and I aim to find others who are willing to participate in our project so that we might show others that cancer effects everyone. The old and the young, age does not matter, self examination is vital. It can happen to you.

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Despite Whaanga’s explanation, some people took issue with the images. Hours after the photographs had been posted, over 100 people had de-friended Whaanga on Facebook, and several reported the album to Facebook for violation of the site’s photo policy. (Facebook has contacted Whaanga to inform her that they will not be removing the images.)

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“The feedback that I’ve received was that people felt that the medium was not appropriate for these images,” Whaanga told HuffPost. “They were also concerned about the graphic and confronting content of the images.”

These objections, however, seem almost petty in light of the project’s goal: raising awareness about cancer and encouraging people to make their health a priority.

“These photos remind the viewer to be vigilant about checking their bodies and to be more aware that this could and and possibly will happen to you,” Whaanga told HuffPost.

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“If the ‘Under The Red Dress’ project helps one man, woman or family deal with their battle with cancer, or helps one person in their preventative journey, than I’m very happy,” Whaanga told HuffPost.

Learn more about the Under The Red Dress Project here.
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