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  Never in my life have I been this excited to start the New Year. 2016 will bring in the start of my dream job, countless concerts, and the first time that nearly all of my friends will be living in New York City. But most importantly, 2016 marks the start of a new, healthy me. It marks the end of 2015: the end of cancer patient me.It was two weeks into January 2015 when I began to feel weak, and by the start of February I could barely walk up the four flights of stairs to my room.
Happy birthday, Zora Neale Hurston! The brilliant author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Dust Tracks On A Road and many other works would be 125 years old today. Born on January 7, 1891, Hurston died in 1960 at the age of 69.Hurston was one of the lead writers of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural explosion of black creativity centered in Harlem, New York in the 1920s and 30s. A prolific writer, Hurston published four novels, over 50 short stories as well as plays, essays and journalism.
In case you missed it over the holidays, Cookin’ With Salt-N-Pepa is now on the Cooking Channel as of December 17. In an interview with Huff Post LIVE, they plug their long-time-coming cooking show and celebrate their 30th anniversary as alter-ego duo, Salt-N-Pepa, which digresses into a poignant criticism of the hip-hop music industry and whether the “female MC baton” has been dropped.“Definitely dropped,” says Cheryl James, aka Salt, in response to a question from a long-time fan, who via webcam praises the duo’s influence on her life.
So you’ve already seen Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth and the Keira Knightley versions). And the Keira Knightley Anna Karenina. And Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowsa and Michael Fassbender. You’ve also watched at least one adaptation of every Jane Austen novel. Maybe you’ve even seen North and South. And of course you watch Downton Abbey faithfully. Now you’re searching for the next period drama to binge-watch.Allow me to be your guide through the world of costume drama. One of my hobbies is watching every single period drama in existence.
Want to make sure your baby pops out with good taste in music? Want to make sure she's born knowing all the words to "Hotline Bling"? Want to entertain her with episodes of Serial? Well, now you can. There's a new device on the market, called Babypod. Just pop it in  your vajajay, connect to your iPhone, and play away! (Hopefully, you won't get any phone calls during this time). It's true: playing music for your fetus is a thing now, and with some valid reasons.
During a speech yesterday, outlining his plans for increased gun control in a gun-obsessed nation, Obama began visibly tearing up while remembering the deaths of students, from college students right down to first graders. Tears for the sake of murdered first graders seem undeniably reasonable. Beyond reasonable.
Megyn Kelly is the cover story of February’s Vanity Fair, emblazoned with the depiction: “Fox New’s Brightest, Toughest Star.” She’s a champion of the underdog, a “breakout” star whose gender is “irrelevant” as she “transcends” politics to pulverize “windbags of both parties.
Amy Schumer has a new handsome furniture designer boyfriend. On Tuesday, she tweeted a picture of them from her visit to the White House for President Obama’s conference on gun control. Fam and man at the whitehizzy pic.twitter.com/L27nIZsgpb — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 5, 2016 People Magazine was quick to confirm his identity. His name is Ben Hanisch and he’s a 29-year-old furniture designer based out of Chicago. People also found a photo of the couple on his Instagram.
Yesterday the thirty nominees for the Grand Prix d’Angouleme, a French-Belgian equivalent of the Will Eisner Awards for talented modern cartoonists, were announced. Amongst the thirty nominees, not surprisingly, none of these were women.  Comic books have held a “boys club” stigma since their inception and the idea that “women don’t read comics anyway”, an archaic outlook of where women’s interests may lie, doesn’t hold true.
Dolce & Gabbana just released its first-ever line of hijbas and abayas, making the traditional garments available to Muslim women who are often excluded from the high fashion world. The clothing is made from lightweight fabrics in neutral colors featuring luxe details such as lace trims, playful polka dots, paisley patterns and floral prints. Many of the models accessorize with oversize sunglasses and purses — my favorite look is the daisy-print hijab paired with daisy-studded sunglasses at top.
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