First lady Michelle Obama stands during a soundcheck on Monday, Sept. 3, in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) As she prepares to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, First Lady Michelle Obama says that her goals for the 2012 election campaign are much the same as they were in 2008.
"Four years ago, millions of people across this country came together and elected the leader they knew would stand up for them in office," she told Yahoo! Shine in an interview hours before her speech. "I want people to know that Barack is still that leader. He is still driven by the core values and principles that made him want to do the incredibly tough job in the first place."
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Since becoming the first lady, Mrs. Obama has honed her speaking skills and sharpened her focus. Though people still criticize her for comments made in the last election cycle (particularly the one about finally feeling proud of her country), she has largely avoided controversy, focused on family
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Sep 4, 2012 4:34 PM EDT
First lady Michelle Obama stands during a soundcheck on Monday, Sept. 3, in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) As she prepares to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, First Lady Michelle Obama says that her goals for the 2012 election campaign are much the same as they were in 2008.Read More »from Michelle Obama: "We Have so Much More in Common in This Country"
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, Aug 30, 2012 9:42 AM EDT
The dads try to deal while the moms are away in Lifetime TV's reality show, The Week the Women Went.Last summer, BBC television producers sent all of the women in Yemassee, South Carolina, away for a vacation along the Florida Coast. While the 100 or so wives and mothers relaxed at a resort, completely cut off from their families, the men and children stayed home to fend for themselves -- with a film crew capturing their efforts for a reality TV show, "The Week the Women Went."Read More »from "The Week the Women Went": Who is to Blame If the Men Can't Cope?
"I knew it was going to be a nightmare," Darnell Wilson, 35, told the Los Angeles Times. "I didn't fool myself for one minute."
Why a small town in the American south? The producers were looking for a place where traditional gender roles are the norm, executive producer Jon Kroll explained.
"It's fish out of water, it's gender politics, it's seeing how the other half lives," Kroll told the Los Angeles Times. "It's a conceit with so much potential."
The show, which airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on the Lifetime channel, is based on a BBC program that ran in Canada in 2007 and 2008. It bills itself as part
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, Aug 29, 2012 12:16 PM EDT
Little kids love music, but these identical twin sisters really know how to rock out to a good song.
"Daddy's going to play them a little song while they're eating their peas," their mom says in the video, which was posted earlier this month. As the first notes fill the room, the 11-month-olds give each other a delighted grin and then start rocking and bopping in their high chairs, babbling along with the music and smiling at each other from time to time.
Daddy sure has one appreciative -- and adorable -- audience!
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Tue, Aug 28, 2012 3:14 PM EDTposing for the camera, wearing a bright red blouse and black-and-white patterned capri pants. She smiles and laughs, tossing her brown hair in the wind-machine generated breeze. As one of the stars of "Push Girls," the Sundance Channel reality show, she's at ease in front of the camera. She's also in a wheelchair, unable to move most of her body.Angela Rockwood is
"In reality, I shouldn't even be here," she told The Huffington Post in June. "So the fact that I still have my body… I may not be able to move it in the way that I want to, but the fact that I'm still in this vessel, still living and still here, talking to you, communicating and sharing all of my experiences and living this moment… I'm just very grateful for that."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 27, 2012 9:16 PM EDT
Sandra Fluke testifies before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in February. She talked to Yahoo! Shine about why women's issues are everyone's issues. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Both major political parties are determined to win over women voters, but as the Republican National Convention participants deal with hurricane conditions in Tampa this week, the Democrats are starting a storm of their own, launching a new program highlighting the ways they say the GOP has fallen short with women.Read More »from Sandra Fluke: "Women's Issues" Not Just About Reproductive Rights
Dubbed "Romney/Ryan: Wrong for Women," the week-long series of events sports a roster of high-profile female politicians, a former Bain Capital employee, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, and women's health activist Sandra Fluke, who was branded a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh after she was barred from testifying before a congressional committee about birth control access earlier this year.
The Democratic push is about more than just reproductive health issues, Fluke told Yahoo! Shine in an exclusive interview on Monday.
"I think it's much more than reproductive health issues," Fluke says. "That is very critical for women, and we've heard a lot about that.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Aug 24, 2012 1:56 PM EDT
A Grand Prairie, Texas, Burger King is being sued for religious discrimination after a Christian teen wasn't allowed to wear a skirt instead of pants to work. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)A Texas teenager is suing Burger King for religious discrimination, saying that the fast food giant fired her, a conservative Christian, for wearing a long skirt, rather than uniform pants, to work.Read More »from Christian Woman Fired from Burger King for Wearing Skirt Instead of Pants
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Ashanti McShan was a 17-year-old high school senior when she applied for a job as a cashier at the Grand Prairie Burger King in August 2010, according to the lawsuit filed on her behalf this week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. During her interview McShan, who is a Pentacostal Christian, said that her religious beliefs forbid women to wear men's clothing, so she would need to be able to wear a long back skirt rather than the standard-issue uniform pants. The Burger King employee interviewing her "assured her that she could wear a skirt to work," the lawsuit says.
But when she arrived for orientation, another store management told her that she could not wear a skirt "and that she had to leave the store,"
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Aug 23, 2012 4:43 PM EDT
A new 9/11 coloring book features terrorist trading cards.A year after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a coloring book company has published a new book for kids about terrorism. It's called "We Shall never Forget 9/11, Volume II: The True Faces of Evil-Terror" and, among the black-and-white outlines of memorials and military men, it features collectible trading cards with photos and information about terrorists around the world.Read More »from New 9/11 Coloring Book Features Terrorist Trading Cards
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"This is not the type of book that you would give to a pre-Kindergarten child, to put in his backpack and send him off to school," Wayne Bell, the publisher of St. Louis-based Big Coloring Books Inc., told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. (He is quick to point out that it's more of a "graphic coloring novel.") "This is a teaching and learning tool that's rated PG-13."
"A lot of people seem to think that there's a disconnect with the public in general when it comes to teaching children about terrorism and terrorist activity," Bells adds. "A lot of people want to
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Financially Fit – Thu, Aug 23, 2012 12:56 PM EDT
A new study says that kids get about $65 a month in allowance. Is that too much?When it comes to allowances, American kids are pulling in more than a little pocket change. A new survey says that they're getting an average of $65 a month to spend as they like, above and beyond the things their parents buy for them -- and just 1 percent of parents say their kids put any of it into savings.Read More »from Survey: Kids Get $65 a Month in Allowance. Too High, or Just Right?
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"These findings make clear that it can pay to be a kid," said Jordan Amin, chair of the American Institute of CPAs' Financial Literacy Commission.
According to a national survey for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris Interactive, 61 percent of parents surveyed said that they give their kids an allowance, and 54 percent of parents said that they started doing so when their kids were 8 years old. Eighty-nine percent of parents surveyed said that they require their kids to earn their allowance by doing chores -- at least an hour of them a week, though most kids did about 6 hours a week worth of work for their money.
Sixty-five dollars a
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Financially Fit – Wed, Aug 22, 2012 3:17 PM EDT
Our preference for a huge selection of perfect-looking produce means that much of it ends up getting thrown away. (Photo: Thinkstock)Food prices are on the rise, and 18 percent of families in the United States say that they can't afford to buy the food they need. Yet the average American family of four throws away 40 percent of the food they purchase -- as much as 20 pounds of food per person per month, a new report says -- and spends $2,275 a year on food they never end up eating.Read More »from Report: Americans Waste $2,275 Per Year by Throwing Out 40 Percent of the Food They Buy
It adds up to a staggering $165 billion worth of wasted food each year, the Natural Resources Defense Council says in their new report, "Wasted, How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill." Just reducing that amount by 15 percent would feed more than 25 million Americans.
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"We spend so much energy looking at sustainable agriculture," Dana Gunders, a project scientist in the food and agriculture program at the National Resources Defense Council and the report's lead author, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview on Wednesday. "To think that almost
25 years later, Dirty Dancing is still a favorite.It's been 25 years since "Dirty Dancing" first set the silver screen on fire, a teenage fantasy with an innocent girl, a scorching-hot guy, a risque sub-plot, and an unbeatable soundtrack. It's one of the most-popular movies ever made -- we still get a little thrill over "No one puts Baby in a corner" -- but the fact is that the iconic coming-of-age movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze almost didn't get made at all.Read More »from 10 Things You Didn't Know About "Dirty Dancing"
Writer and producer Eleanor Bergstein spent 10 years trying to sell the script in Hollywood, going so far as to demonstrate some of the raunchiest dance moves herself. "You do what you have to do and I would get up on tables and dirty dance because people couldn't envision the dancing," she told "The Age" in 2005. "They loved the soundtrack but they hated the script. Everybody told me how bad it was."
A tiny production house, Vestron, gave them a couple of months and a $5 million budget. Acne-medication makers Clearasil refused to sponsor the film after finding