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    In its third season, "Orange Is The New Black" has become a feminist utopia on our television, tablet, and laptop screens. It's critically acclaimed, created by a woman, written by a mixed-gender staff, and features a predominantly female, diverse cast. It's a blueprint for how to do women on television the right way, and while it is by no means perfect, its focus on complex, humanizing stories about women from all walks of life has been a breath of fresh air.

    Could "Orange Is The New Black" have existed 10 years ago? Or even five? It's doubtful. The show is emblematic of an exciting moment on television -- a moment when it seems as though there are more quality, female-focused shows than ever before.



    In the 15 years before we entered this feminist "Golden Age," the television landscape was dominated by morally ambiguous, male antiheroes -- "difficult men" as writer Brett Martin described them. "The Sopranos," with its ethically grey protagonist Tony Soprano, ushered in a new way of thinking about storytelling, contradicting TV formulas of the early 2000s with its dark and cinematic sensibilities and in-depth plots. In the wake of "The Sopranos" came a long succession of male-protagonist-centric series: Walter White of "Breaking Bad," Nucky Thompson of "Boardwalk Empire," Jimmy McNulty of "The Wire," and, of course, Don Draper of "Mad Men." In his book on the subject, Martin argued that the audience rooted for these men not because they were good or bad, but because they were complicated.

    The influx of these complicated men overshadowed whatever compelling female characters there were during the era. "Sex and the City" preceded "The Sopranos" and vitally introduced, as Emily Nussbaum pointed out in the New Yorker, "the unacknowledged first female antihero on television, Carrie Bradshaw." Bradshaw and her friends were important in that they were smart, independent, but also deeply flawed women characters in a male-dominated cultural landscape. But by the end of the series, their nuances were ignored and the show was largely dismissed as a mere guilty pleasure -- a frivolous rom-com about rich white women who gossiped and wore expensive clothes.



    For over a decade, the difficult man became the go-to template for networks trying to cash in on ratings and industry accolades. Get a male antihero with questionable morals and motivations. Place in him in a series of spiritual dilemmas. Make it visually stunning, with dense or fast-paced dialogue. Add lots of blood or sex or foul language. If there are any female characters, make them secondary to the main plot, and have their ultimate purpose be to drive the male protagonist's story forward. Voilà: you have a hit, critically-acclaimed show. The template was repeated to varying degrees of success until, barring a few seminal female-centric shows like "Weeds" and "Homeland," all television that was considered "good" television was very male, and very white.

    In May, "Mad Men" concluded its seven-year run as the reigning king of the era, but the transition from the all-male, all-white period of quality TV was a gradual one. It began in 2012, with the premiere of "Girls." Lena Dunham's show built upon the "Sex and the City" model -- not so much the fashion and excess, but the female friendships that anchored the lighter externalities. This time, though, the vulnerabilities of the four lead characters were laid bare rather than buried beneath witty one-liners and Jimmy Choos.

    Hannah Horvath and her friends were unapologetically written, self-obsessed, unlikable, and yet still relatable to many women. The first season of "Girls" was the season that launched a thousand think pieces, shining a light on topics like body politics, slut-shaming, and race that had never been so hotly-debated.

    In the same year, Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" debuted on Fox, "Scandal" debuted on ABC, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were dominating primetime comedy with "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation." It was a good time for women on television.

    So what's changed in the last three years? What makes the TV landscape any more feminist now than it was then? Quantity and quality.

    When "Girls," and "Scandal" debuted three years ago, they were each weighed down with the responsibility of being the sole representatives of larger ideas. "Girls" was seen as trying to represent the definitive 20-something female experience, while Kerry Washington was the first black female lead on primetime in 40 years. With the burden of representation on their shoulders, these shows were not afforded the same freedoms to make mistakes in the way their male-dominated counterparts were. But today, there has been an explosion of series with complex female leads, adding variety and diversity to a TV landscape in which it previously seemed there could be only one of any "type."



    According to The Atlantic, female characters including Annalise Keating on "How to Get Away With Murder," Emily Thorne on "Revenge" and Jessica Day on "New Girl" made up about 50 percent of all strong leads on network and cable in 2014. And Olivia Pope is no longer the only black female character leading a primetime show -- "Being Mary Jane," "Sleepy Hollow," "Blackish," "Empire," and "How to Get Away With Murder" offer equally complex characters played by black women. Meanwhile, "Broad City" and "Inside Amy Schumer" offer alternatives to "Girls" and the Fey/Poehler brand of comedy, while Netflix's "Grace and Frankie" breaks barriers by focusing on two older characters played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The brilliance is that these characters aren't written to mimic the disgruntled male leads of yore -- they're complicated and morally ambiguous without aping the "difficult man" model.

    In the past year, there have been TV moments that might have seemed impossible to imagine just a few years ago. Viola Davis's powerfully vulnerable scene on "How To Get Away With Murder" was perhaps the first time we'd seen a black woman perform the ritual of removing her makeup and wig on screen. As Davis said in a recent roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, "There was absolutely no precedent for ['How to Get Away With Murder']. I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film."



    It's conversations around shows like "How to Get Away With Murder" that represent the new feminist bent in mainstream discourse on women on television. As mainstream culture opens up more to feminism, viewers are becoming more sensitive to how women are represented on their favorite shows.

    In recent months, the rape and objectification of women on popular TV shows has been openly criticized, with audiences challenging writers who lean on sexist tropes to move plots along. In May, feminist site The Mary Sue announced it would no longer be covering "Game of Thrones" in protest of the show's constant use of sensational rape storylines that never focused on the victims. Several of today's most talked about woman-centric TV shows are explicitly, unabashedly pro-women, engaging directly with feminist ideas. See Amy Schumer's weekly skewering of rape culture and gender politics for a prime example of this.

    There's an overall sense of possibility for women in television today. As interest in racial diversity has increased, stories about women have also become increasingly intersectional. "Orange Is The New Black" easily could have been the Piper Chapman show. Instead, the series has explored the stories of women who might normally have been regulated permanently to the background. In season three, we got a glimpse into the backstory and inner life of Chang, saw Sophia and Gloria both grapple with motherhood from behind bars, and watched Pennsatucky deal with the aftermath of sexual assault. The stories were varied, comprehensive, and perfectly imperfect.

    And yet, while there may be a growing number of diverse women represented on our TV screens, behind the scenes, the numbers are less impressive. According to the Center for Study of Women in Television and Film, as of 2014, women make up 42 percent of all characters on TV, but only 27 percent of behind-the-scenes players. There are far fewer female producers, writers, directors and showrunners in television than men, and in her piece on HBO's diversity problem, Maureen Ryan revealed that only 12 out of 97 one-hour dramas on the five biggest prestige networks (HBO, Showtime, FX, AMC, Netflix) were created by women. Clearly, we still have work to do.

    Things may not be perfect but the conditions are just right a feminist TV takeover. Female showrunners like Jenji Kohan, Shonda Rhimes, Jill Soloway ("Transparent"), Jennie Urman ("Jane the Virgin"), and Mara Brock Akil ("Being Mary Jane") are paving the way for even greater numbers of racially and narratively diverse storytellers.

    And when those stories are made, the viewers will be there. Women make up the majority of the key 18-49 demographic, deciding whether shows live or die. It's no surprise that Shonda Rhimes has taken over ABC's entire Thursday night primetime block.

    It's that kind of power that has kept shows like "Scandal" and "Girls" around, and it's that kind of power that will continue to define a new age where complicated female characters rule the small screen -- both in front of and behind the camera. Remind us: who run the world?



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    Plenty of celebrities have added their two cents to this whole Rachel Dolezal situation, but Kelly Osbourne's response takes things to a whole new level.

    The 30-year-old daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne posted a photo to her Instagram page on Thursday, in which she's dressed to look like the former NAACP chapter president. She captioned the photo, "#CallMeRachel #MyCasualLook."





    In the photo, the former "Fashion Police" co-host is clearly emulating Dolezal; she's dressed in a dark blazer and is wearing a curly brunette wig. All we're thinking is, why?

    Osbourne's choice to post the pic seems a little off considering all the drama that went down after her former co-host Giuliana Rancic said Zendaya's dreadlocks looked as if they smelled like "patchouli oil" or "weed."

    Following the controversy, Osbourne left the show, and just this past Wednesday, Melissa Rivers announced she'd be joining as co-host.

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  • 06/18/15--15:38: Hot Dogs


  • Cesar at the original DPC many summers ago


    By Cesar Millan


    As I work with people to teach them about dogs, one of the phrases I hear most frequently is, “I had no idea.” For example, one thing a lot of people don’t know (before I tell them) is that you should never give a dog affection or comfort when it isn’t in a calm, relaxed state.


    This just tells your dog, “I want you to be the way you are right now.” Tell a nervous dog, “It’s okay,” and you’ll create a permanently timid dog. This happens because, in our modern world, humans have become disconnected from Nature, and so things that just make sense when you’ve observed a lot of dogs for a lot of years are not obvious to most people.


    Another example: there's something that you’ve probably done for your dog in hot weather to cool them down that can actually be very bad for them.


    What do humans do to cool down when it’s hot? We like to get wet, whether it’s a dip in the pool, running through the sprinklers or just splashing cold water on our faces. And where do we like to get wet? From the top down.


    The reason that water cools down human skin is because we don’t have a lot of hair. Even really hairy humans are barely covered compared to dogs. And, while hair and fur are actually the same thing (fur is just the word for animal hair), they act in entirely different ways on humans and dogs.


    With hair, the water can get down to the skin and evaporate back out, which is what cools us off. Fur, though, actually helps keep the water away from the skin and keep it from evaporating. It’s like throwing a blanket on top of your dog so that, instead of cooling them down, you’re cooking them.


    To cool a dog with water, you have to do it from the bottom -- on their paws, chest and stomach. The only place that dogs sweat is through their foot-pads, so water works there to cool them down. The water will run off their chests and, for most dogs, their fur is sparsest on their stomachs.


    Here are five other things you can do for your dogs in hot weather:



    1. Hydrate

      Make sure that your dogs have plenty of water to drink.




    2. Be Aware

      Watch for signs that your dog is over-heated. The faster the breathing, the hotter your dog is. The tell-tale signal is that everything gets bigger: the mouth is open wider, the tongue is farther out and the chest expands and contracts more.




    3. Treadmill

      In hot weather, this can be an indoor alternative to the walk strictly for exercise, but it’s not a replacement. You should still have at least one walk early enough in the morning or late enough at night when it’s cool enough to be safe.




    4. Protect Their Paws

      The pads on a dog’s paws are very sensitive, and a lot of surfaces, like concrete and asphalt, can quickly burn your dog’s feet. Try to keep them on grass in hot weather, or invest in dog boots if you have to walk on a lot of artificial surfaces.




    5. Provide Shade

      On their own, the first way that dogs will avoid the heat is to seek shade and lie down in it -- under a tree or under a porch. But it’s important that it’s shade with airflow. A doghouse isn’t necessarily ideal, because they often don’t let air in. If your dogs have to be outside in the hot weather, make sure they have a shady but open place to take refuge.


    Summer is here! So, let’s make sure that we do everything we can to help our dogs cope with the hot weather.


    Stay calm, and keep cool!

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    "To all the young women thinking about doing porn; I didn’t find Jesus. I don’t hate porn. I didn’t have any bad experiences. But trust me when I tell you not to do it."

    That's how former porn star Bree Olson begins her open letter to young women about why they should stay away from the porn industry. Instead of lamenting the stereotypical assumption that female porn stars are sluts, Olson had a very different reason why young women should choose another career path.

    Olson doesn't just highlight the issues a woman might face within the porn industry, but the discrimination she'll most likely experience when she tries to leave it.

    On June 17, Olson tweeted a screen shot of a letter to her 900,000 followers, writing: “When you do porn you automatically become a segregated part of society that is held to prejudice without the support of activists for your human rights.” Read the rest of her letter below:





    Many adult performers of all genders have shown support for Olson by retweeting her message, including Madison May and Simon Roberts.

    Olson spoke with The Daily Dot about why she posted the message. She said that while her experience working in the industry was very positive, it was the discrimination she faced after leaving porn that was so difficult.

    She told the outlet she was recently turned down to model for a company that had previously sponsored one of her projects. “They don't like that I did porn. That's it. I can give you so many examples. Almost daily. But it happens all the time," Olson said.

    “I made a choice. I chose the sex industry. I honestly feel like there’s not enough of me for there to be a group that [requires] legal protection," she said. “I know how to capitalize from my name and will always be able to work for myself in some form so I'm not concerned, but that doesn't mean I think it's okay. It's not okay, [and] women that have done porn are not lesser than.”

    As Olson noted in her tweet, once a woman leaves the porn industry, she is likely to be treated very differently than her male counterparts. Men get a pat on the back for being sexual, while women are repeatedly shamed for it (a.k.a., slut-shaming). With this stigma surrounding women's sexuality and sex work, former porn stars like Olson, who are open about their past or whose past may be discovered, can face limited career options once they leave the industry.

    Even more troubling is the fact that shunning adult performers is a logical result of how society views female sexuality. "Sluts" aren't tolerated in "respectable" society, and porn stars -- who unapologetically make money for having sex -- are the ultimate sluts.

    We're calling bullsh*t on that one.

    Keep doing you, Bree.

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    When Iggy Azalea walks down the aisle next year, Demi Lovato will be by her side.

    Azalea dished on her wedding plans to James Corden while doing some carpool karaoke for "The Late Late Show." She told him fiance Nick Young wants R. Kelly to perform at their wedding; she agreed to let Corden officiate the nuptials if he gets ordained to be a minister; and she is going to have four bridesmaids.

    "Literally, everyone I'm friends with," the Australia native said. "Demi Lovato's gonna be one of my bridesmaids and she better sing at my wedding."

    Azalea and Young got engaged on June 1 while celebrating the basketball star's 30th birthday. Lovato was there for the big moment and shared a sweet Instagram post celebrating the couple.


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    Cara Delevingne may be one of the most public young stars in Hollywood right now -- not only is she photographed all the time, she's also appearing in the much anticipated "Suicide Squad" and "Paper Towns" films -- and despite the heavy tabloid speculations about her love life, she's never provided any confirmation.

    In a recent interview with Vogue magazine, the model-turned-actress decided to open up. In the profile, which is featured inside the July 2015 issue, the 22-year-old cover star (who was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier) discusses everything from growing up with depression and anxiety to being in love with musician St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark. At the time of the interview, the Brit was seriously involved with the singer.

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    "I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days," she explained. "And for those words to come out of my mouth is actually a miracle."

    Delevingne admitted to the magazine that she "felt confused by her sexuality as a child" and the fact that she might be gay scared her.

    "It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it,” she explains. “But I have erotic dreams only about men."

    She did admit she's terrified by relationships, with men or women.

    "Women are what completely inspire me, and they have also been my downfall. I have only been hurt by women, my mother first of all." she said. "The thing is, if I ever found a guy I could fall in love with, I’d want to marry him and have his children. And that scares me to death because I think I’m a whole bunch of crazy, and I always worry that a guy will walk away once he really, truly knows me."

    Read more of Cara's interview with Vogue online, or pick up a copy when it hits newsstands on June 23.

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    Not a bad early Father's Day gift!

    Dylan, 14, and Carys, 12, joined parents Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones on the red carpet for the Genesis Prize ceremony in Jerusalem to support their dad as he received the philanthropic honor. It was a rare public appearance for the young teens, who were perfectly poised as they smiled for family photos at Thursday's event.

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    The two actors say they prioritize time with Dylan and Carys over their demanding careers. "We try for as much as much as we can for the summer to be with the kids," Douglas told Extra in May.

    After separating in 2013, Zeta-Jones and Douglas have since reconciled. "We're back stronger than ever," the 70-year-old actor said in an April "Ellen" appearance.

    According to the organization's website, "The Genesis Prize honors individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and who inspire others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and/or the State of Israel." Douglas accepted the honor and its $1 million prize (this year doubled by a donor to a whopping $2 million) on behalf of his work toward greater "inclusiveness and tolerance" within the Jewish community, Variety reported. The "Ant-Man" actor plans to donate his award money to Jewish charities that work to further that mission.

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    Tyler, The Creator, really admires Elon Musk.

    In an appearance this week on WQHT Hot97, the rapper gushed fawningly over the Tesla Motors CEO’s decision last year to free up the electric automaker’s patents.

    “Instead of holding that patent, he’s sharing it with everyone so car companies can get on that,” the rapper, whose real name is Tyler Okonma, said during a 30-minute interview on the New York radio station. “That is so cool because some people would be selfish and keep that to continue to make money.”

    Skip ahead to 4:20 for the discussion of Elon Musk.


    That isn’t to say Tesla’s move wasn’t a shrewd business decision. By releasing its patents -- vowing not to sue anyone who copied them -- Tesla encouraged other companies to use its platform. In time this could result in a whole segment of the car industry being compatible with Tesla's chargers. Not to mention that, as electric vehicles are more widely adopted, Tesla’s customer base grows.

    Moreover, other automakers could build battery-powered cars at a cheaper price than Tesla. Tesla’s Model S sedan starts at about $70,000. A release date for the planned Model 3 line of more affordable vehicles -- Musk says the company is hoping for a $35,000 price tag -- has yet to be announced.

    “What about people who can’t afford the Tesla?” Tyler said during the radio interview. “They’ll get the Ford one that’s not f-----g up the earth. It’s all relative. It’s sick that he did that.”

    The rapper said he had yet to meet Musk. They planned to cross paths in April at the Coachella music festival, but their schedules didn’t align.

    The billionaire entrepreneur, who serves as CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and as chairman of SolarCity, came up in conversation after Tyler listed him as someone who has achieved an impressive level of success.

    “If you look at Jay, P. Diddy, Elon Musk, I’m nothing,” he said.

    But, as much as musicians may like him, Musk still doesn't enjoy the same name recognition as Jay Z or Diddy.

    “Elon Musk?” the interviewer, Ebro Darden, asked. “Is that a cologne or something?”

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    Perhaps Kylie Jenner was inspired by her older sister Kourtney Kardashian when she shared a makeup-free selfie while on a plane to Miami on Friday.

    Like many teens, Jenner loves to experiment with makeup, but it's clear from this photo that her skin is already glowing without it.

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    A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on





    Jenner has said she's an all or nothing kind of girl when it comes to getting glam, but she just may not need to get glam as often as she thinks.

    "I never really wear makeup unless I need to, because when I do my makeup I like to really do my makeup," she told Teen Vogue in April. "So I'm never going to spend just 20 minutes, you know? A good night out is, like, two and a half hours for full makeup, curling hair, whatever. I love false lashes -- individuals, strips, extensions."

    Jenner is sure to be rocking a very different look tonight for her appearance at the opening of the Sugar Factory in Miami.

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    Earlier this year, a woman named Tandra Barnfield posted a picture of herself and her wife kissing outside of the Duggar house -- setting of the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting -- as a protest against the family’s position on homosexuality. The picture went viral, prompting a reporter to contact Barnfield, who has family in the Duggars’ hometown of Springdale, Arkansas. Barnfield simply reiterated the rumors that had been swirling around Springdale — and internet forums like Free Jinger — for years: Josh Duggar had been involved in some sort of sexual abuse, abuse that had been covered up by the family and TLC.

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    In case you haven't heard, "Magic Mike XXL" hits theaters in one week and women everywhere, including Diane Keaton, are losing it.

    The actress expressed her excitement for the new film via Twitter on Thursday morning, saying, "OK girls and guys, we're one week away from HEAVEN."




    The "Annie Hall" actress, who revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that Channing Tatum is her dream husband, is clearly just showing support for the "MMXXL" star.

    Diane Keaton is all of us.

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    "I’m not gonna be a very good movie star," Amy Schumer sighed last night to a sold-out and adoring hometown crowd at New York City's Beacon Theater — a crowd that seemed to disagree very strongly with the statement.

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    On November 7, 2002, The Hollywood Reporter ran a story revealing that William Monahan had been hired to write a fourth Jurassic Park movie based on a story by Steven Spielberg.

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    Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott stopped by the "The View" on Friday to promote their new movie, "The Overnight," but Whoopi Goldberg had a better idea.

    After chatting about the movie, Goldberg suddenly adopted a valley-girl accent and turned the conversation over to Schwartzman, who regularly has appeared in director Wes Anderson's movies (though it should be noted "The Overnight" is not a Wes Anderson film).

    "I want to do this right, because I love all the Wes Anderson movies that you starred in -- like, almost all of them, from Grand Budapest Hotel and Rushmore and all of those," she told the actor. "So, I noticed there's not a lot of folks of color and I thought I would like to give you my résumé to give to Wes Anderson just to let him know I'm available. As you see, I've interned on 'The Late Show.'"

    Goldberg, who is one of the few people in the world to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy (aka an EGOT) then proceeded to actually give Schwartzman her resume. Schwartzman said he would give Goldberg's resume to the director that day, before going on to say how much he admired her work.

    Of course, Goldberg isn't the first person to criticize Anderson for his casting choices, which tend to include the same actors over and over again, with little diversity amongst time (though GQ noted in 2013, his most recent film, "'The Grand Budapest Hotel' does feature Anderson's first nonwhite protagonist -- though he plays a hotel concierge").

    Request for comment made by The Huffington Post to Anderson's reps has yet to be returned at this time.

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    Jon Stewart had almost no jokes for his audience Thursday night in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Instead, Stewart chose to focus the bulk of his show on the night’s guest, Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work advocating for children’s rights and education.

    “Our guest tonight is an incredible person who suffered unspeakable violence by extremists and her perseverance and determination through that to continue on is an incredible inspiration,” Stewart said. “And to be quite honest with you, I don’t think there’s anyone else in the world that I would rather talk to tonight.”

    She was on the show discussing girls’ education and Davis Guggenheim's upcoming documentary, “He Named Me Malala,” which is described as an "intimate portrait" of Yousafzai's extraordinary life.

    The teen told Stewart it’s important for regular people to speak up about injustice.

    “Sometimes we wait for others, and think that Martin Luther should rise among us, and Nelson Mandela should rise among us and speak up for us,” she said. “But we never realize that there are normal humans like us, and if we step forward, we can also bring change just like them.”

    Yousafzai’s life exemplifies that philosophy. She began to gain international attention in 2009, when she wrote a blog for the BBC about living under the influence of the Taliban. She subsequently became an international advocate for girls’ education.

    The teen was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 while riding a bus home from school. A group of men boarded the bus, asked for Yousafzai specifically and shot her in the head. After her recovery, she founded the Malala Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to helping girls worldwide attend school. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

    Stewart joked that, with the teen looking forward to college applications in the next couple of years, she “might want to work on her resume.”


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    Just two days after giving birth to her son Rafael, Hilaria Baldwin shared an underwear selfie on Instagram, and she looks amazing.

    In the shot, Alec Baldwin's wife is seen posing in front of a mirror while wearing a lacy bra and a pair of black briefs. The brunette beauty also included the following heartfelt caption with her photo:

    "Update on us... Rafael is doing wonderfully! He is two days old now. Such a sweet little boy. I'm feeling well, been up with him every hour to two hours. I have been planning on doing post belly photos but didn't know if I was gonna have the guts to actually follow through. I hope you understand my intention here: I believe it is important to accept and love our form after going through a bit of a battle bringing life into this world. Deep breath, here we go...all the way from my glamorous hospital bathroom. #ShrinkingBaldwinBabyBump #NoShame #LoveYourBody"


    The mother of two's photo was met with plenty of support from her followers, who left comments calling her "brave" for "being honest about post-baby bodies," and thanking her for sharing a positive message.




    Hilaria gave birth to her second child with Alec on June 17. The pair are also parents to daughter Carmen, and Hilaria is stepmother to Alec's 19-year-old daughter Ireland, from his marriage to Kim Basinger.

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    The Internet might've made a fuss over Chris Carrabba's surprise serenade for Taylor Swift's best friend Abigail Anderson on her birthday, but the Dashboard Confessional frontman doesn't think it's any big thing.

    "To me, it's like, it's not newsworthy when your friend asks you to come to a birthday party for one of her other friends and sing," Carrabba told HuffPost Live in a Friday conversation.

    "It wasn't newsworthy to me," he continued, "Until she just decided, like -- she [Swift] didn't have to post it. It could've just been a private moment, but that's not who she is."

    Though, the singer insists he didn't mind the video of him singing "Hands Down" alongside Swift, Anderson and Paramore's Haley Williams making its way onto the Internet.

    "Post everything, Taylor!" he laughed. "She's incredible."

    Carrabba's praise for the "Bad Blood" songstress didn't end there.

    "She's incredibly deserved of her success based on the quality of her truly incredible songwriting, but also the fact that she's just really a great person," he said. "That's hard -- to stay a great person when you're the biggest artist in the world."

    Watch more from Chris Carrabba's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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    Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne and Samira Wiley know exactly how to answer some very boring and very sexist interview questions.

    The three "Orange Is The New Black" stars sat down with Brazilian comedian Rafael Cortez on June 15 at Netflix junket and reacted to his sexist questions like the champs that they are. From Aduba's face to Lyonne's fierce response to a seriously sexist question -- it's clear these ladies don't take sh*t from anyone.

    Telling by their faces, the women were a bit taken aback at first:



    Cortez begins the interview by asking Aduba if she thinks the series needs "a guy inside the jail with [her] doing things that just one guy can be able to do." When Aduba quickly points out that there are indeed men in the show, Cortez replies: "No I mean guys, men, roar! Do you see my muscles? Would you like to see?" To which she says, "No."

    He continues on his weird, sexist, ambiguously satirical interview when he asked Lyonne and Wiley if their beauty gets in the way of their work. Lyonne was definitely having some trouble answering the question -- or for that matter, believing it was even real. “I feel like [the question] is accidentally maybe a little bit misogynistic,” she told Cortez.

    “Despite great beauty on the show, everybody is professional and talented and very capable," Lyonne went on. "So I don't think that really anybody is really thinking about something as meaningless as their beauty when they’re at work or certainly not this show.”

    Shut. Down.

    H/T Cosmopolitan

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    When you think of Steve Irwin, it's easy to remember his wild antics: picking up poisonous snakes, jumping in the water with crocodiles and often throwing in his signature catchphrase.

    Crikey! Those were the good ol' days.

    But, while antics are great, the heart of "The Crocodile Hunter" has always been a message about conservation and a contagious love for animals. Now, nearly 10 years after the world lost Steve Irwin in a tragic wildlife accident in 2006, his daughter Bindi Irwin and her family are working everyday to keep that spirit alive.

    "Well, for us as a family, it’s a team effort. I think we have tried so hard to make sure everything he lived and died for carries on. My dad always used to say, 'I don’t care if anyone remembers me. I just want people to remember my message,' so we’ve tried to make sure that his heart and soul continue to live on through our work," Irwin told The Huffington Post. "We hope to make sure that he’s proud and carry on his legacy."

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    The Irwin family celebrating Bindi's 16th birthday. (Image: Getty)


    In the years following the tragedy, Irwin has done way more than just keep her dad's legacy alive. She has helped his influence grow bigger than any utterance of "crikey" could ever describe. Irwin says the family's conservation organization, Wildlife Warriors, has now helped rescue and rehabilitate more then 58,000 animals at its Australia Zoo hospital alone. Irwin also uses her career in entertainment as a way to spread the word.

    "For me and my family," she said, "I think our heart really lies in conservation, and I personally want to make sure that everything my dad worked so hard for continues on forever. Through television work and movie work, I'm able to use that platform to spread my message of wildlife and conservation to a greater audience."

    One project in particular, "Bindi's Bootcamp," recently became available on Netflix. On the show, kids compete in challenges and learn about new animals in the hopes of becoming a Wildlife Warrior at the end. Irwin says the show "has so much excitement" and hopes it inspires others "to take the steps in their own world and accidentally learn something along the way."






    In addition to a message of conservation, the young Crocodile Huntress also communicates positivity through social media, recently posting an Instagram about the importance of loving yourself that went viral. She says she was "amazed" that so many people started getting involved. "The meaning of life is unconditional love, and so if you're able to surround yourself with that core of friends and family, you’ll be able to do great things," she said.

    As for what's next, Irwin says she's excited to "see where life takes" her, but, contrary to reports, you probably shouldn't expect her to be "stepping away from khaki" too soon. She "loves being a girl and dressing up every now and again," she said, but if she had a catchphrase like her dad, it would be: "Khaki: It’s not just a color. It’s an attitude."

    Dad would probably be pretty proud about that answer, too.

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    Kate Winslet in a smart ponytail and slinky black skimmer posed for selfies with fans as I approached MoMA this week for the New York premiere screening of her new film, A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman.

    Finally prying herself loose from the crowd, she joined the audience for this period piece in which she portrays Sabine De Barra, a self-possessed woman with a career as a landscape designer --from -- most improbably -- the 17th century, the time of Louis XIV (Rickman is both imperious and human in this role as king). A Little Chaos describes her mode of design which impresses Andre de Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to hire her for the work at Versailles, and from there, the rest is history, as they say, or more to this film, historical fiction. There is much to say about Ellen Kuras' stunning cinematography. The film was shot in the castles near London, exteriors in gardens, and interiors in bedrooms where the emerging love affair is swoon-worthy.

    A party ensued at The Monkey Bar, one of the warmest in a season of summer movies: Everyone seemed to be Alan Rickman's friend from some part of his long and stellar career. And Winslet fell into embrace with Belinda Sinclair, a wild-haired "magicienne" who had worked on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Winslet back in the day. Kuras shot that film too, and they all remained friends, since 2004. When I asked Kuras what was the hardest part of the shoot, she said, there was a lot of mud. Indeed, in one scene, Winslet's Sabine is so determined not to fail, when her lover's jealous wife floods her work, she plunges into rushing waters to rescue the garden. Kuras said, "That was no double. Kate dove right in."

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