Marlon Brando Was The Lust Of Rita Moreno's Life
Rita Moreno, EGOT winner and star of West Side Story, says that Marlon Brando was a superior sexual partner to Elvis Presley. “He was the king of movies … he was really one of the most sexual men on Earth. It was one of those very tempestuous love affairs. It lasted eight years, on and off, on and off, on and off,” she said on the Wendy Williams Show. Read more on Page Six.
Recognizing Implicit Bias Could Save Lives
Black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes nationwide; in New York City, they are 12 times more likely to die, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Black women like Serena Williams have been put in harm's way after birth because of the color of their skin. This staggering difference needs to be addressed. Researchers and doctors say that medical professionals need to be trained in implicit bias in an effort to stop this. Read more at NBC News.
Cate Blanchett Led a Women's March at Cannes
Over the Cannes Film Festival's 72 years, there have only been 82 female directors who have shown at the festival, compared to 1,688 male directors—and only two women directors have been awarded the Palme d'Or, compared to 71 male directors. In response, 82 women marched on Cannes. “As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress,” said Cate Blanchett, who led the march. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.
Transgender Prisoners Lose Protections
Last Friday, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons released revisions to its Transgender Offender Manual. The new guidelines now say that the Transgender Executive Council “will use biological sex as the initial determination,” meaning that transgender prisoners will be incarcerated based on sex except “in rare cases.” Read more at NPR.
Benedict Cumberbatch Demands Equal Pay For Women
Benedict Cumberbatch has declared that going forward he will only work on projects where his female co-stars are paid equally. Read more at Deadline.
The How Of Abusive Relationships
The New York Times has an in-depth article explaining how abusive relationships take root in the light of the newest accusation against Eric Schneiderman, the former New York attorney general. "You wind up in a situation where he’s telling you what to wear, what to eat, who you can see, how to behave," says Patricia Pape, a psychologist in New York.
Cookout As Protest
Two weeks ago, a white woman called the police on a black family having a barbecue at Lake Merritt Park in Oakland, California. This week, a larger cookout was thrown in the same spot has a protest. “This how we feel about mad ass Oakland gentrifiers,” Michael Swanson Jr. said, capturing the cookout and people dancing the electric slide during the cookout. We support you, Oakland! Read more at Newsweek.
published May 14, 2018
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Byshera Williams is an English Major at Drexel University. She is an associate editor at The Smart Set.