Blog Posts by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine

  • Epicurious apologizes for insensitive marathon tweets

    In an attempt to limit the backlash after a social media misfire, the food enthusiasts at Epicurious have apologized for insensitive tweets sent out in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Also on Shine: Acts of Kindness in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings

    “The tweets should never have been sent," a spokesperson for Epicurious told Yahoo! Shine on Wednesday. “It was a mistake and we are extremely sorry.”

    On Monday, the recipe giant reacted to news of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with a heartfelt message.

    But what followed after that left many readers confused and offended.

    Followers were confused by Epicurious' Boston Marathon recipe Tweets. (Photo: @fsutoby via Twitter)

    The company sent out three more tweets on Monday, promoting recipes for a "Meatless Monday" dinner, "Best Friends Forever Brownies," and a

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  • Could Your Lunch Meat Be Dangerous?

    Are your cold cuts and smoked meats really safe? (Photo: Getty Images)Nearly half a million pounds of meat were recalled by the Manda Packing Company in Baker, Louisiana, recently after a random test found listeria monocytogenes bacteria on a slice of cooked roast beef.

    The company packages roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef, and pastrami; the 468,000 pounds of product were packed on February 27 and shipped to stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, the USDA announced in a press release. Neither to U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service nor the Manda Packing Company have received any reports of illness due to the recalled meats. The contaminated slice cropped up in Tennessee, but officially expanded the recall after listeria turned up on other samples in other states.

    "We are committed to work with USDA in reviewing and enhancing our food safety system so we can continue to ensure that our

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  • Acts of Kindness in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings

    Former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi carries a woman from the scene after two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Photo: Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

    Joe Andruzzi is no stranger to the idea of random acts of kindness. So, when explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, showering onlookers with shrapnel and shattered glass, the former offensive lineman for the New England Patriots turned toward the blasts and started helping the injured, carrying people to safety.

    Also on Shine: First Reactions from the Finish Line at the Boston Marathon

    “Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today’s bombings irrevocably changed that,” Andruzzi said in a statement.

    Also on Shine: How You Can Help and Stay Informed Right Now

    Andruzzi's three brothers are New York City firefighters who were on duty during the 9/11 attacks, and on Monday Andruzzi was quick to deflect praise, asking people instead to focus on those whom he called "the true heroes."

    “While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today’s horrific events, the spotlight should

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  • First Reactions from the Finish Line at the Boston Marathon

    A runner reacts near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)Families were having fun at a party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, enjoying the VIP view and watching kids run around. Then the bombs went off.

    "The bomb went off directly in front of us," one parent, whose kids were watching at the window at the time, said on Facebook. "It is absolutely positively terrible. We are fine, but this is an ultimate tragedy."

    Also on Shine: Boston Marathon Explosions: How You Can Help and Stay Informed

    Two explosions at 2:50 p.m. near the finish line of the Boston Marathon left at least two dead (including an 8-year-old child) and more than 100 people injured along Boylston Street in Boston on Monday, shattering windows and leading police to shut down much of the Copley Square area. Finish line volunteers were told to run, and later told reporters that their fear felt "like 9/11 or the tsunami." Many of the people taken to local hospitals ended up losing limbs. Some runners used their lanyards as tourniquets.

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  • Little Red Riding Hood and AR-15s? New Ads Contrast School Bans and Gun Regulations

    The banned item? Little Red Riding Hood, for showing a bottle of wine in her basket. The ad, created for pro gun-regulation group Moms Demand Action, is the first of three procative PSAs. (Photo: Grey Group for Moms Demand Action)
    It's a startling, uncomfortable image: Two little girls are sitting in a school library. One is holding a copy of "Little Red Riding Hood." The other cradles an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that's nearly as big as she is.

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    "One child is holding something that's been banned in America to protect them," the ad reads. "Guess which one."

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    The ad, released on Monday, is the first in a series created by Grey Group for pro gun-regulation organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which was founded in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last year.

    "We chose these images to point out the absurdity in America's gun laws right now," the Moms Demand Action's founder, Shannon Watts, told Yahoo! Shine on Monday. "We say that we are very in favor of child welfare and yet, even after the mass shooting of 20 innocent

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  • The Latest Oprah Controversy: Protesters Upset Over Skin Cream Endorsement

    Oprah Winfrey attends Beyonce's movie in New York on February 12, 2013. (Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)Activists in Canada are protesting Oprah because of the talk show queen's decade-old endorsement of a pricey skin cream made with cells that came from discarded foreskins.

    Yes, you read that correctly.

    TNS Recovery Complex by SkinMedica boasts the "highest levels of patented growth factor blend" (read: human foreskin cells) and promises to remove wrinkles and enhance skin tone. It costs about $165 for 0.63 of an ounce. Oprah once called it her "fountain of youth."

    Yes, you read that correctly, too.

    Pro-foreskin activists (they're a thing) are outraged. “How would Oprah respond if a skin cream for men hit the market that was made using cells from the genitalia of little girls? I think she would be absolutely disgusted and appalled, and rightly so. So it’s crazy that she’s doing the opposite,” said Glen Callender, founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project. “We think it’s extremely hypocritical and distasteful that Oprah Winfrey — who is herself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse

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  • Glee Takes On School Shootings: Too Soon?

    Jake (Jacob Artist, left) helps Ryder (Blake Jenner, right) during Thursday night's intense episode of Glee. (Photo: Fox.com)The hit TV show "Glee" is facing criticism for their latest episode, "Shooting Star," which aired Thursday night and depicted a shooting at the fictional McKinley High School.

    For about 10 minutes, the students and two teachers were shown trapped in a classroom, texting their loved ones after gunshots and screams echoed in the hallways, and recording good-bye videos on their phones in case they didn't survive. The episode aired less than four months after the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and just one week before the 14th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

    Though the producers aired a short warning at the beginning of the show (“This episode of ‘Glee’ addresses the topic of school violence. Viewer discretion is advised”) it wasn't enough to prepare some viewers for what they saw. Many were offended by the way a tragedy was turned into entertainment, especially given Glee's young fan base; parents who lived through the Sandy

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  • Men Don't Really Like Brazilian Bikini Waxes, Survey Says.

    Survey says: You can stop getting a Brazilian wax now. (Photo: Getty Images)If you're wincing at the thought of your next Brazilian bikini wax, we have some good news for you: A recent poll of 1,000 men found that guys don't really want us to go completely bare down there.

    The survey, sponsored by Australian gel-waxing brand Nads (really), showed that 43 percent of men preferred a more natural, but "trimmed and tidy," look.

    "Pubic hair styles are fast becoming just as important as the hair on your head," Nads CEO Sue Ismiel told the Daily Mail. "But make sure you know what you’re doing as once styling begins there is no turning back."

    Nearly half the men surveyed said that they preferred it when their significant other sported a "Bermuda Triangle" -- that is, trimmed hair and waxed edges with nothing showing over the edge of a bikini bottom. Seventeen percent said that they liked seeing a little landing strip, while 15 percent would opt for a heart-shaped design. About 12 percent wanted their girlfriends or wives to look like the women they've seen in those

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  • Barbies of the World: Realistic or Racist?

    There are more than 200 Barbies in Mattel's Dolls of the World collection, all dressed in costumes that pay homage to different countries. The collection debuted in 1980 with Parisian, British, and Italian dolls, but the more-modern versions are causing controversy now: The 2013 Mexico Barbie, in particular, has been called out by critics for being offensive rather than educational. "Our goal with the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, as well as the entire Dolls of the World Collection, is to celebrate cultural differences and tradition, introducing girls to the world through play," a Mattel spokesperson told Yahoo! Shine. Take a look at some of their newest offerings and decide for yourself: Are these ethnic Barbie dolls stunning, or simply stereotypical? -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine.


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  • Target Sandals Mistakenly Named After Urine

    Dear Target: Orina does not mean what you think it means. (Photo: Target.com)
    Last week, Target came under fire for describing the color of one maxi dress as "dark heather gray" while calling the plus-size version "manatee gray." This week, they're caught with another product-naming problem: Their Mossimo brand "Orina" sandals.

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    While the store initially believed the word "Orina" to mean "peace" or "peaceful" in Russian, about a week ago they found out that it actually means "urine" in Spanish. The company is now in the process of relabeling all of the $19-$22.99 shoes that are still on their shelves. (The sandals had been available at Target stores and at Target.com since February, though they're no longer online. Perhaps they should consider themselves lucky that the name refers to the style and not the color!)

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    While the name isn't that offensive in and of itself, it does point to a certain amount of cultural ignorance on the

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