Blog Posts by Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

  • News Anchor Removes Wig for Postchemo Natural-Hair Reveal

    Pam McKelvy, still bewigged. Photo: WMC-TVA brave Tennessee news anchor who recently beat cancer decided to confront another big demon last week — vanity — by whipping off her wig for a live and emotional on-air reveal.

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    “I’m going natural. No more relaxers to straighten my hair,” announced Pam McKelvy of WMC-TV during a broadcast (see video below) on Wednesday, still wearing her smooth-haired wig and introducing a preproduced segment about women and their “crowns of glory,” in which she discusses how recent chemotherapy treatments caused her to go bald. After the segment, her wig was off, revealing her recently grown-in head of short, lovely curls. “All right, this is it. This is my new hair,” said the former beauty queen and 15-year TV news vet, tearing up as she thanked co-workers for being so supportive during her breast-cancer ordeal. (At the end of the broadcast, the spirited co-anchor seated next to her showed everyone

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  • Bus Driver Fired for Helping Hungry Student Fights Back With Lawsuit

    Johnny Cook, in a tribute photo for a public Facebook page. Photo: FacebookA school-bus driver in rural Georgia who was fired after sticking up for a hungry student last spring has joined forces with the American Civil Liberties Union to file a lawsuit against the school district on Thursday for “violating [his] free speech rights.” 

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    The bumpy ride for the driver, Johnny Cook of Tallapoosa, began last May, when he posted a Facebook message expressing concern for a middle-school student who told him he was hungry after being denied a school lunch for not having the necessary 40 cents on his account. “This child is already on reduced lunch and we can't let him eat. Are you kidding me?” he had written in part, quickly galvanizing concern about school-lunch policies in the district, where 62 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced meals. He also angered Haralson County superintendent Brett Stanton, who, according to the suit, gave Cook a choice two days later: recant and apologize, or

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  • The Ethics of Having Children Today

    Photo: Getty ImagesThe concept of baby-making as something inherently simple — get pregnant, wait, hope for the best — is long outdated. But this week the act is feeling downright futuristic, thanks to news of two advances in reproductive technology: the FDA’s examination of a fertility procedure that combines the genes of three people to create a defect-free baby, and a study on existing prenatal DNA testing that has the method poised to replace other less-reliable ones, bringing prospective parents more information about their child-to-be than they’d ever imagined possible. The bits of news are just part of an expanding prenatal landscape — which now regularly includes everything from in vitro fertilization to gestational surrogacy — that’s changing our approach to having kids.

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    “Even 10 years ago, this would have seemed very science fiction,” Dr. Steve Joffe, a bioethicist with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, tells Yahoo

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  • Breastfeeding Just Might Be Overrated, Study Finds

    Bottle feeding: is it really so bad? Photo: Paul Bradbury/Getty ImagesThough breastfeeding has been declared the gold standard by everyone from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the World Health Organization, a new study has suggested that its benefits might actually not be all that. The research, out of Ohio State University, found that when siblings raised in the same family were fed differently—one breastfed, the other not—the long-term health results were virtually the same.

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    “I do think a lot of the effects of breastfeeding have been overstated,” lead researcher Cynthia Colen, assistant professor of sociology, tells Yahoo Shine. Because it’s been well-established, including by the Centers for Disease Control, that the rate of breastfeeding differs substantially by demographic—with non-white, poorer women among the least likely to nurse—Colen was curious about how other factors played into negative health benefits usually blamed on formula feeding.

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  • The Girl Who Fought Her School's Antigay Actions (And Won)


    (Photo via Facebook)When Skye Wyatt, 21, was a high school student in Kilgore, Texas, she had a secret: She was a lesbian, and she had a girlfriend. Only 16, she hadn’t come out to her mom. So it was all the more painful when her softball coaches, who found out about the relationship (and were disdainful of it), took care of that for her. But in a surprise twist, their breach of trust led Wyatt’s mother, Barbara Wyatt, to sue the school for violating the girl’s right to privacy — and on Monday, six years later, the school settled for $77,000. National experts in LGBT rights are calling it a rare and encouraging outcome, with lawyer Jennifer Doan deeming it a “positive story” at the end of what was, for her client, “a horrific experience.”

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    “It sends a really important message,” Texas Civil Rights Project legal director Wayne Krause Yang, who also worked on the case, tells Yahoo Shine. “In this day and age, we have athletes

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  • Death to the Faux-Lesbian Pop-Star Kiss

    Memo to Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and the music industry at large: That planned fake-lesbian pop-star kiss thing? Totally over. Like, OVER. At least it needs to be. Because not only is it really not shocking anymore, it’s just a cheap and tired ol’ publicity stunt — one that empowers no one, while exploiting many.

    It wasn’t always this way, of course.

    More than a decade before Cyrus and Perry locked lips at the edge of the stage during Cyrus’s concert Saturday, Madonna, as everyone on Earth knows, famously made out with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the 2003 Video Music Awards. And that make-out session? It was fierce and radical and totally hot — and it actually meant something. As Ann Powers so perfectly summed up for NPR: “The trio couldn't have devised a more blatant metaphor for the transmission of an inheritance: here was the madam of pop's brothel going in lips first, to show

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  • 335 Hours a Year Primping? Here's How to Speed Up Your Morning Ritual

    Photo: Trunk ArchiveHere’s a wakeup call for you: Women spend an average of 55 minutes getting ready every morning — frittering away the equivalent of 6.4 hours a week, or 335 hours a year, on looks alone, a new survey finds. Men, by comparison, spend 4.5 hours a week working on their appearance, while teenage girls, the worst offenders, use up 7.7 hours a week on the task. And much of that time, note experts, is spent battling the negative voices in our heads.

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    “Beauty isn’t about being perfect,” says Ann Kearney-Cooke, a Cincinnati-based psychologist and eating disorder expert who helped develop the Today/AOL Ideal to Real Body Image Survey, the results of which were released on Monday. What it’s about, she tells Yahoo Shine, is “doing the best with what you have and focusing on your signature strengths.”

    The survey of 2,059 adults and 200 teens also found that 60 percent of women have negative thoughts about themselves weekly;

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  • Girl Scouts vs. the World: Who Knew They Were Such a Radical Force to Reckon With?

    Girl Scout Danielle Lei outside of the Green Cross dispensary. Photo: FacebookLittle did I know, as a buck-toothed 9-year-old singing “Make new friends but keep the old…” in my knee socks and polyester green Girl Scout uniform in a stuffy New Jersey classroom, that I was part of an organization on its way to radical-political greatness. I admit I didn’t really get it back then, even though the Girl Scouts' roots — the organization was first launched in 1912 as a way to get urban girls into the great outdoors — are cool enough. But fast forward to 2014, and the Girl Scouts have become a lightning rod for feminist-hating conservatives. And whipping that crowd into a frenzy (without even trying!) is something I can totally get with. And so, for those who haven’t been following along, here are the subjects of five recent controversies surrounding the Girl Scouts, many of which, naturally, involve Thin Mints.

    1. Marijuana. In San Francisco this week, the Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary posted some welcome news on its Facebook page: A savvy Girl Scout had set

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  • How a Boy and His Legos Gave Rise to a Cult Beauty Product

    Jack building the prototype with his Legos. Photo: Marcy McKennaFor all the flak Lego has gotten lately, it’s getting plenty of love this week. That’s thanks to entrepreneur Marcy McKenna, who credits her son and his trusty plastic building blocks with turning one of her beauty-product ideas into a successful reality — one that’s made their family a million bucks. 

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    “He loved Legos. Every Lego thing you can imagine, he’s built,” McKenna, the product inventor behind Simply Solved and a QVC guest host based in California, tells Yahoo Shine about her then-7-year-old son, Jack, who’s now 12. It’s how she wound up turning to him for help in nailing down the design for what’s become one of her most successful products to date — the Style & Go hair-care valet, which mounts on the wall and keeps hair dryers, curling irons, and other products both plugged in and stored.

    “It started as a joke, and as just trying to involve Jack, so it was a crude prototype,” McKenna, 44, recalls. “But I

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  • 10 Quotes Proving Why Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski Deserve a Gold Medal in Olympic Banter

    It’s no secret that retired pro figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are the most intriguing Olympic pair since Tonya and Nancy — though this duo's drama has nothing to do with rivalry. The chatty BFFs, who have been wowing as NBC commentators this month, don’t hold back about their passions, whether they’re spewing witticisms about their outfits, their overpacking issues, or, oh yeah, the skills of the skaters. Maybe it’s because they’ve got that magic gay-guy–straight-girl couple formula down perfectly (mutual adoration balanced with fierce judgment of others), or maybe it’s because they’re just so damn cute. Either way, Weir, Lipinski, and their clever comments are shaping up to be the most entertaining part of Sochi. Here are 10 of their best quotes yet:

    On being a team:
    “Tara and I take our work seriously,” Weir, 29, told the New York Times. “She’s my work wife. And she’s a slave driver, so we sit up and study until she’s satisfied. We not only plan how we look, but we’re up

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