waited in line to get her student ID during the first week of classes last month. When she reached the front of the line, the receptionist asked her to step aside. “She said I couldn't get my photo taken because I was wearing my head scarf,” Clarke told Yahoo Shine.
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In fact, the only way Clarke could be photographed was if she removed the scarf or provided proof that she was a Muslim. “My reaction was, ‘Are you serious?’” said Clarke. “It was ridiculous, especially because Hampton is a multicultural university. It’s hard enough to walk out of my house every day to face prejudice.”
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 2:54 PM EDT
waited in line to get her student ID during the first week of classes last month. When she reached the front of the line, the receptionist asked her to step aside. “She said I couldn't get my photo taken because I was wearing my head scarf,” Clarke told Yahoo Shine.One Hampton University student says she was surprised when an ordinary school task turned into an "embarrassing" nightmare. Melonna Clarke, 26, a senior dressed in a hijab, a headscarf that many Muslim women wear, Read More »from Muslim Student Asked to 'Prove' Her Religion Before Taking School Photo
Forget fillers and lotions — the newest anti-aging weapon for your face is a bra. Read More »from A Bra for Your Face: The New Anti-Aging Miracle?
A store in Tokyo called Japan Trend Shop is selling the Hourei Lift Bra, a.k.a., the "face bra,” a $40 apparatus that, per the website, fights the smile lines that “sadly” grow more prominent with age. The concept is simple: Slide the adjustable silicone band over the back of the head (the frame should fit neatly on your nose) and the “wire” design places gentle pressure on your cheeks. Then, go about your daily business, casually grabbing a latte, hitting spin class, or strolling through the farmer’s market — no judgments — and for extra measure, execute the suggested mouth exercises.
If the face bra doesn't seem like quite the right fit for you, try the “Facewaver Exercise Mask,” a $60 voluminous pink ski mask-like contraption that stretches and tightens the face, eliminating sag and lines, resulting in a more "youthful and energetic appearance." Since the mask is meant to be worn only five minutes per
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 2:37 PM EDT
Don’t want to date an overweight person? If you use the dating service OkCupid, you don’t have to. The website became the focus of controversy this week after unveiling a "filtering" system that allows premium users to specify (or ignore) people with particular body types.Read More »from OkCupid Lets Users Choose a Thin or Overweight Mate. Is That a Bad Thing?
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Here’s how it works: The dating site, which offers its basic service free of charge, gives users the option to pay a monthly “filtering fee” of $4.95 to $10 to help them find dates who best match their desired body type. It also allows users to “hide” members with body types they’re not interested in. Descriptors (entered by members themselves into their profiles) include thin, overweight, skinny, average, fit, athletic, jacked, a little extra, curvy, full-figured, and the tongue-and-cheek “used up” (that one's open to interpretation).
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The feature has stirred debate on social media with reactions ranging from
- How’s this for a terrifying thought? Receiving an email from a friend that reads, “You’re Internet famous!” when you weren't intending to be.
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For writer Caitlin Seida, 24, it was the wake-up call that forced her to rethink her social media habits. In an essay called “My Embarrassing Picture Went Viral” posted on Salon on Wednesday, Seida recounted how she confronted the online bullies who mocked her when her Facebook photo inadvertently spread online.
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Seida learned the photo went viral in January, racking up thousands of comments and shares, but is just speaking out publicly about it now. The picture the friend alerted her to was taken back in 2011, the year Seida wore a Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Halloween costume. "I couldn't recall whether I had set my image to private, but now it was circulating the Internet, and someoneRead More »from Awesome Woman Fights Back Against Online Bullies
Britney Spears's PR team is doing damage control over remarks the singer made Thursday about her new music video for the song, "Work Bitch," a sparkly techno-beat explosion of fishnets, fierceness, and F-me heels.Read More »from Is Britney Spears Too Sexy for Her Kids?
On Thursday, Spears called into Boston radio station AMP 103.3 and revealed reservations about her sexy performance in the video. "Oh my god, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video than what is actually there," she said. "Like, I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it's just hard to play sexy mom while you're being a pop star as well." And when asked whether her team was pushing her to be more sexual, Spears laughed and said, "Yes."
Her manager Larry Rudolph and father Jamie Spears were quick to issue a correction, telling E! News in a statement, "Britney is never pressured into anything. She reviews all creative and for her 'Work Bitch' video she discussed toning down some parts in finding a balance of
Today in awesome parenting news: A father, who learned that his daughter disowned his grandson because he was gay, responded in the most amazing way. Read More »from Father Disowns Homophobic Daughter in Epic Letter
I’m disappointed in you as a daughter. You’re correct that we have a “shame in the family”, but mistaken about what it is. Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real “abomination” here. A parent disowning her child is what goes “against nature.” The only intelligent thing I heard you saying in all this was that “you didn’t raise your son to be gay." Of course you didn’t. He was born this way and didn’t choose it any more than he being left-handed. You however, have made a choice of being hurtful, narrow-minded and backward. So, while we are in the business of disowning our children, I think I’ll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the gays put it) grandson to raise, and I don’t have time for heart-less B-word of a daughter. If you find your heart, give us
Having tackled the obesity crisis and sugar drink consumption, Mayor Bloomberg has imposed a new ban during his final days in the New York City mayor’s office: on low self-esteem. Read More »from Does NYC's Self-Esteem Project Miss the Mark?
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The NYC Girls Project is a $330,000 initiative that aims to boost the confidence of girls ages 7 through 12. The four-week campaign launched Monday and features girls of various races and body types (none are professional models) touting their personality traits (“I’m clever, adventurous, outgoing, unique, smart, and strong”) and bears the tagline, “I’m a Girl.” The images will be shown on buses, subway stations, and phone kiosks, along with a 30-second video ad in taxis. The campaign also includes 75 eight-week after-school programs throughout New York City that focus on anti-bullying, nutrition, and media literacy, plus the Twitter hashtag #ImAGirl.
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 1, 2013 5:43 PM EDT
72 percent of Americans oppose a shutdown, we're in the thick of it. Here are seven things we simply can't do until lawmakers sort this out.Planning a vacation? Launching a business? Want to row a boat? Too bad, because the first government shutdown in 17 years might very well interfere with those plans. On Tuesday, after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on how to fund the government for the fiscal year (The issue: Republicans want new spending bills to delay or defund Obamacare; Dems don't), the federal government shut down. And despite a national poll released Tuesday showing that Read More »from 7 Things We Can't Do During the Government Shutdown
Go sightseeing: All national parks (like Yosemite, Shenandoah, and the Grand Canyon) have closed and those camped out at the time of the shutdown were given two days to evacuate. That’s bad enough if you simply had wanderlust, but those with pre-paid park passes or who traveled a long way to get to a park, like Valerie Bland, of Zimbabwe, are simply out of luck. “That was my plan. I started my
- A couple speeding down the highway at 100 mph because the wife was in labor didn’t reach the hospital in time. So the father had no choice but to deliver the baby on his own.
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On Thursday, Linda Morris, 36, began to feel hard contractions. The stay-at-home mom from Greenfield, Missouri, had experienced false labor the day before, so she wasn’t too concerned. However, that night, while she and her husband, Heith, were lying in bed, the cramping got worse. “We didn’t want to leave for the hospital until her water broke, so we were just watching and waiting,” Heith Morris, 35, tells Yahoo Shine.
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Linda’s water broke at 1:30 a.m. After calling Heith’s mother to watch their three children, ages 15, 11, and 2, the couple grabbed their prepacked overnight bag and headed to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. They raced down James River Freeway, and when they Read More »from Dad Delivers Baby With the Help of an MP3 Player
Anti-aging is a billion dollar industry, but one New Yorker may have one-upped the experts with a regular dinner of swordfish and white wine.
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According to a story published recently in the New York Times, 103-year-old Harry Rosen credits his long life with a love of fine dining. Every evening, he visits one of his favorite Manhattan restaurants. “The food and the ambiance, it’s my therapy — it gives me energy,” he told the paper. Rosen also gets chatty with people sitting at nearby tables and remarkably lies about his age. “They always ask my age, and I often lie and tell them I’m 90,” he said. “If I tell them my real age, it becomes the whole subject of conversation and makes it look like I’m looking for attention, which I’m not.”Read More »from Quirky Secrets to Living Past 100
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Rosen isn't the only centenarian who attributes his longevity to diet. In July, the Guinness Book of World Records welcomed the oldest living man into