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More than 30,000 people have signed an online petition on Change.org stating they don't support toy manufacturer LEGO's newest campaign, a line of toys called Friends made just for girls (an already gag-inducing phrase when it comes to marketing). Critics are calling it sexist because the line makes a break from LEGO's usual build-it-yourself aesthetic. Friends features pre-assembled sets that follow gender norms like a hair salon, fashion design studio, and cupcake bakery.

Whether it's scribbled, scratched or sprayed, graffiti is a fascinating public art form. Martha Cooper, the fabulous photographer, has teamed up with Here Comes The Neighborhood, a short-form docuseries that explores the revitalizing power of public art. Her work is featured in "HCTN Episode 7: Martha Cooper".  Cooper is best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene in the '70s and '80s. She continues today in places like Wynwood, Miami (NW 20th Street to NW 36th Street and from North Miami Ave. to NW Sixth Ave.).

It's no secret that kids say and do the darndest things. The absolute darndest. So it should come as no surprise that hilarious, precocious, and delightfully obnoxious kids have become the subjects for countless YouTube favorites. I’ve picked some cherished, pee-your-pants videos--I hope you enjoy. Anna Graceman, the talented 11-year-old from this season of America’s Got Talent, isn't the only member of the Graceman family who's starting her celebrity young.

A video has been making the rounds this week that features a rather hateful Girl Scout calling for a boycott on cookie sales. With an unnerving amount of poise, the girl, who identifies herself as Taylor, goes on an eight-minute diatribe against the Girl Scouts of America protesting the inclusion of a 7-year-old transgender child in a Colorado troop. Taylor's video (which has now been made private) was posted and circulated by a Houston-based group called Honest Girl Scouts.

When I first saw this collection by Paul & Joe Beauté, all that came out of my mouth were embarrassingly giddy exclamations of cuteness. I was instantly smitten and I guarantee you will be too. While cat lipsticks have popped up before, we now have an entire collection of cute, kitty-inspired beauty products in honor of the French label's 10th anniversary! There are lipsticks, eye shadows, and nail polishes, each with a design cuter than the next.

Into the Gloss interviewed the always stylish Iris Apfel to get the dish on aging gracefully and thoughts behind her new MAC cosmetics line now in stores. She talks about everything from staying busy at 90-years old to makeup tips for "advanced" ladies such as herself. One of the best parts of her interview has to be when she addresses her perceived awesomeness: "My God, these girls will say, I’m ‘cool’ or I’m ‘hot’ or whatever the expression is," she says, "And I’m not doing anything differently than what I did a long time ago.

A small but dedicated group of young female boxers in Afghanistan are learning vital self-defense skills and dreaming of Olympic stardom, according to a story from Al-Arabiya News. Training in a space formerly used by the Taliban for public punishments, the athletes still face serious threats from conservatives who believe that females shouldn’t learn how to fight: “Two years ago someone called my father...and threatened that he would either kidnap or kill us if he let us train,” 19-year-old Shabnam said.

While reading the Huffington Post this morning, an article titled “Is Occupy Good for Women?” grabbed my attention. The movement that started in New York City in September gathered strength across the country and coined the slogan “We are the 99 percent.” The article's author, Christine Bork, reveals where women fall in the richest 1% of Americans (those that control 40% of U.S. wealth). Bork found that the top 1% is made up of fields dominated by white males, such as medical fields, financial professions, and law.

What do Jay Z and I have in common? We're both making a public vow to stop using the b-word.   In light of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter's birth, Shawn Carter (better known as Jay Z) announced in an open letter that he was going to stop using the word in his songs and life.  Fatherhood has made him realize the hateful implications of this particular word--one he has capitalized on throughout his career with hit songs such as "99 Problems" and "B----- and Sisters". I think this is another step in the right direction for Carter.

Last week we broke the news that there may be a Bridesmaids sequel without Kristen Wiig. We're still trying to make sense of this--it's like some hellish nightmare where somebody's eaten all the marshmallows out of your super-adult breakfast cereal. But do not fret! Friends with Kids, due out this spring, rounds up a lot of faces from the star-studded cast and promises to deliver laughs and/or raised eyebrows.
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