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In her usual funny but pointed way, Ellen has called out the Boy Scouts on their rather un-scout-ly policy of banning gay men from their organization. In a clip from a recent episode, Ellen puts in her two cents about the Boy Scouts' decision to postpone their vote on whether to allow the participation of openly gay members and leaders in the future.

Amy Sedaris, one of our favorite comedians, makes a hilarious appearance in the latest episode of F to 7th, a "homoneurotic web series" from the mind of Ingrid Jungermann. Sedaris plays Kate, Ingrid's wildly inappropriate aunt. The episode, "Family" is full of cringe-worthy one-liners that Sedaris delivers with unapologetic gusto. Watching it, you want to crawl under the table on Jungermann's behalf, but feel compelled to keep your eyes glued to the train wreck of a lunch date.

A new report out of Ireland last week has shed some light on the grim history of the Magdalene Laundries, the all-female workhouses that imprisoned over 10,000 women and girls throughout the 20th century. Though the Irish government has insisted for years that its involvement with the institutions was minimal, new information suggests otherwise. According to the report, a quarter of the women sent to the laundries were referred by the government.

  Lisa Germano’s albums always remind me of a car accident—her lyrical stories contain elements that both attract and repel, like she can’t stop picking at certain wounds, even if it hurts a little. Her newest album No Elephants is rife with similar dualities. Germano’s breathless voice is simultaneously ecstatic and on the verge of a meltdown, especially when she sings lyrics like, “All is not well outside.” A multi-instrumentalist, she accompanies herself on piano on many songs, and demonstrates her skillful violin work on “Diamonds.

Long Island native Laura Stevenson was a keyboardist for ska punk act Bomb the Music Industry! before going solo in 2006. Ever since, she’s been spinning out indie-folk jams and showing off her impressive vocal range on numerous splits and full-length albums. Last week, we shared a stream of her latest EP, Runner, and that night we went to her EP release show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, where her recorded material truly came to life.

Nicole and Natalie Albino are twin sisters who make up the hip-hop duo Nina Sky. The Queens, NY natives have been making dope beats and spitting sick raps since 2004. You might remember their chart-topping reggaeton single “Move Ya Body” from way back when, but they’ve changed things up a bit since then. Their latest album Nicole & Natalie still holds strong to their R&B roots but sounds a bit more like Euro-dance-pop. This past Thursday, the ladies brought the party to 285 Kent, where fans rolled out to hear the hits, old and new.

Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old Papua New Guinean woman, was accused of witchcraft and burned alive on Wednesday. Relatives of a recently deceased 6-year-old boy alleged that Leniata’s sorcery was responsible for his death. For this crime, Leniata was stripped naked, tortured with an iron rod, doused in gasoline and set on fire. Pictures of this horrific event ran on the front page of both of Papua New Guinea’s daily newspapers. According to the Time report, “Local police and firefighters claim they were unable to help the women due to the large crowds that gathered to watch.

Last month brought us this hilarious Craigslist ad, which appeared to be casting a brand new reality TV show based on HBO’s hit Girls. The ad called for applications from any young woman “seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential.” Now The Cut reports that the first girl has been cast, and she’s no stranger to fame (well, of the Lifetime variety). It’s Hailey Glassman, Jon Gosselin’s ex-girlfriend and star of CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama and a Lifetime special, My Life is a Lifetime Movie.

As we’re bombarded with tacky, red, pink, and white everything right now, it seems you’ve gotta dig for the really good gifts. We found a bunch of cool treats, threads, and trinkets for your best friend, your mom, whoever you’re currently boning, or anyone else you’re gifting this year. Handmade, colorful, and perfectly sized, this clutch is a great addition to a classic look. Or maybe you’re going out and are too lazy to carry a purse with a bunch of crap in it. This one-of-a-kind accessory would make heads turn on any day of the year.

Traditionally a conservative and Catholic country, Poland is making small but noticeable steps in becoming more open-minded. At the forefront of this transition is Anna Grodzka, the first transgender lawmaker to be elected into the Polish parliament. She is now up for deputy speaker, a role that will give her a stronger voice in proposing laws and an elevated position in the Polish embassy. After her surgery in 2010, Grodzka was elected into parliament in 2011.
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