been forced to leave his track team simply because of his hair. Mike Barker, a 17-year-old junior at West Iron County High School, recently styled his hair into a bright pink Mohawk to support his mother, who is battling breast cancer. When authorities allegedly told him to choose between his hair, which violated school policy, and the team, Barker says, “I picked family."
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Barker shares his story at length in a YouTube video shot by Michigan blogger Jason Asselin. In it, he explains that he explains that he decided last week to fulfill his promise to his mom to dye his Mohawk — which he’s allegedly had for weeks without consequence — to honor not only his mom’s cancer struggle, but also the struggles of two aunts, one of whom died two years ago. The student says that when various school officials, including his track coach, told him on Thursday that he
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been forced to leave his track team simply because of his hair. Mike Barker, a 17-year-old junior at West Iron County High School, recently styled his hair into a bright pink Mohawk to support his mother, who is battling breast cancer. When authorities allegedly told him to choose between his hair, which violated school policy, and the team, Barker says, “I picked family."A Michigan high school student says he’s Read More »from The Battle Over a Teen's Pink Mohawk
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Fri, Mar 28, 2014 3:16 PM EDT
Selfies are tired (not to mention potentially unhealthy), so what better antidote than posting photos of infants in suits and ties? Sure, that might not have been everyone’s go-to solution, but for mommy blogger and advertising creative director Ilana Wiles—the creative force behind viral trends including Baby Mugging and Epic Baby Hair—it was an obvious hit of an idea. Wiles, a New York City mother of two, set out start the Instagram trend on Monday, and, lo and behold, her dedicated Instagram and Facebook fans, well, followed suit. And the results have been serious fun. See the full slideshow here.—Beth GreenfieldRead More »from #Babysuiting is the Best Thing to Come Out of Instagram Yet
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Fri, Mar 28, 2014 11:39 AM EDT
Swedish clothing retailer H&M has apologized for selling a shirt perceived to be anti-Semitic and is removing it from its racks after an outcry on social media.Read More »from H&M Pulls Offensive Star of David Shirt from Stores Worldwide
The tank top, which sold in stores around the globe for about $14, featured a graphic of a creepy skull on a red-and-black Jewish star. Eylon Aslan-Levy, a master of philosophy student at the University of Cambridge, first noticed the shirt and posted a photo of it to Twitter on Sunday, noting, “Why is H&M selling a vest with a skull emblazoned over a Star of David? Email Customerservice.UK@hm.com to complain.” That sparked an avalanche of outraged replies and, apparently, enough complaints to persuade H&M to capitulate.
“We are truly sorry if we have offended anyone with the print on this t-shirt, this was of course never our intention. We have unfortunately failed in our routines and have therefore decided to immediately remove the T-shirt from all stores,” a company spokesperson told Yahoo Shine Friday. In response to
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 27, 2014 5:03 PM EDT
Read More »from Lena Dunham Directs BF Jack Antonoff's New Music Video and, of Course, It Rocks
I love that Jack Antonoff is known as “Lena Dunham’s boyfriend.” Also cool: the fact that Dunham just directed the new music video for her BF’s first single with the band Bleachers (as opposed to fun.), called “I Wanna Get Better.” In it, Antonoff is cast as a psychotherapist who must head into the office to deal with a lineup of characters after being jilted by his girlfriend. The video, which runs just under 5 minutes, is an awesome marriage of the real-life couple’s skills — Antonoff’s poignant, uplifting pop sound and Dunham’s quirky-smart, playful vision. The whole scene, basically, is unmistakably hers. Here’s why:
•The feel-good font. It’s just so cute and friendly, so "Girls."
•The supporting characters’ weird-funny lines. “Roxy! Your ketchup toast is ready!” yells a neighbor to her daughter. The soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend says, to Antonoff’s character, “Jack, if you could even begin to examine yourself the way you examine everyone else, be that analytical — you know, judgmental,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 27, 2014 1:59 PM EDT
Read More »from Snickers Ad Angers Some, Confuses Others. Is It Really Sexist?
A new Snickers ad has put a seemingly refreshing twist on an old stereotype: catcalling construction workers, who in this case yell out empowering statements to startled female passersby, like, “You want to hear a dirty word? Gender bias!” But the campaign, released in Australia and viewable on YouTube, may actually be doing more harm than good, according to a rising tide of social media critics. That’s because the ad’s confusing premise — that the men simply aren’t themselves when they’re hungry — seems to cement the idea that, normally, male workers are offensive cretins.
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“The moral of the new Snickers ad is that we should keep men in a state of constant hunger,” one tweet suggests. And while some tout it for being “great” and “surprisingly funny,” more call it out for being “puzzling,” “confusing,” and “offensive,” with one man noting, “I don't really understand this Snickers ad… Eat Snickers and go back to being a
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 26, 2014 3:25 PM EDT
Molly Brown and Elizabeth Shutes and, of course, Kate Winslet’s fictional (though adored) onscreen character. Now comes one from French passenger Rose Amélie Icard, whose letter containing eyewitness details of the disaster has emerged on Reddit, causing a stir among history lovers.We’ve had compelling Titanic survivor accounts from the likes of Read More »from Titanic Survivor's Revealing Letter Sparks Interest on Reddit
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“I’ve always been fascinated by the Titanic, ever since my dad took me to an exhibit on it when I was 13 years old. It really struck a chord with me,” Mike Delgado, the owner of Icard’s letter, which is penned in French, tells Yahoo Shine. He posted images of the pages on Reddit on March 20 with the request, “I would love to have it translated so I could have them framed.” The post generated more than 44,000 views, hundreds of comments, and a page-by-page translation written out by multiple users.
Delgado, a 29-year-old U.S. Marine based in Florida who also owns Icard’s
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Mar 25, 2014 1:59 PM EDTA 9-year-old Colorado girl who shaved her head to show support for her best friend battling cancer, was barred from attending school because her baldness violates its dress code. But on Tuesday night, following an outcry about the situation on social media, the Caprock Academy charter school in Grand Junction plans to hold a special meeting to determine if an exception will be made for the empathetic third-grader, Kamryn Renfro. (Update: At that meeting, board members—who had already allowed Renfro to return to school for one day on Tuesday—voted 3 to 1 to approve a waiver allowing Renfro to return permanently, according to KJCT.)
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“Caprock Academy does have a detailed dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted,” the school noted in a community statement, released to parents Read More »from Girl Who Shaved Head to Support Pal With Cancer Is Allowed Back In School
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT
quest to shame the menaces, for one. He’s heading up an ongoing project that takes photos of the offenders in action (snapped only by passengers or pedestrians, of course), and posts them on Facebook and this blog. As of this month, he has been blowing them up and paying to have them slapped on billboards.Twits who are guilty of TWIT (texting while in traffic) can really make your blood boil. But what can you actually do about these drivers who are putting your life in danger? Join San Francisco artist Brian Singer’s Read More »from Will Publicly Shaming Drivers Who Text Save Lives?
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“It’s nothing against the people themselves. I think we’re all sort of guilty of texting and driving at some point,” Singer tells Yahoo Shine. His aim is to grow the project to the point where it could both raise awareness and “change behavior.”
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Singer’s other social commentary projects over the years have focused on
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 24, 2014 2:23 PM EDT
90.3 AMP Radio in Calgary, asked listeners to weigh in through social media on whether the stacks of bills should go to a lucky listener or be set on fire. Morning cohosts Katie Summers and Ryan Lindsay say they were left with no choice but to follow through when 54 percent responded with the hashtag “#BURN” via text.A popular radio station in Canada is under fire — pun intended — for reducing $5,000 in cash to a pile of ashes on Friday as part of a publicity stunt. The contest, “Bank It or Burn It,” run by Read More »from Radio Station Burns $5,000 Cash in Publicity Stunt
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“This city made a conscious decision, and we had to stick with what they said because that's what we said we were going to do,” Lindsay tells CTV News. On the air Monday morning, he scoffed at critics who say the money should have been donated to a charity, saying they wouldn’t have donated the cash anyway had they won it. “So many spend so much time b----ing and complaining, instead of voting,”