Michelle Williams has checked herself into a mental health facility for depression and shared a moving post on social media about the importance of seeking mental healthcare when you need it, writing, "Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need." As a mental health advocate, she has previously spoken out about her struggle with depression, including during the time when she was in one of the most popular girl groups, Destiny’s Child. Former Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson and rapper Missy Elliot shared messages to support Michelle. But she’s a survivor and she’s not gonna give up. Read more at the Independent.
Over 1,300 Migrant Women Say They’ve Been Sexually Assaulted by ICE
According to the New York Times, between 2013 and 2017 there have been 1,300 claims of sexual abuse perpetrated by ICE. Two women spoke out recently, sharing their stories with the New York Times. Watchdog organizations estimate that the reported number is significantly lower than the actual number of detainees being sexually abused. Read their stories at The New York Times.
Spain To Introduce “Yes Means Yes” Explicit Consent Laws
In the beginning of June, Spain swore in their first female-dominated cabinet, and they are hard at work reforming rape culture with the introduction of a law that would define rape as sex without consent; Spanish law currently requires rape to involve violence and intimidation to be called rape. “Yes means yes” laws go further than “no means no” laws, and the new law means that unless there is an explicit “yes,” it will count as rape. Similar legislation was introduced in Sweden in the beginning of July. Check out more from The Guardian.
Study On “Abortion Pill Reversal” Withdrawn For Ethical Reasoning
George Delgado did a study involving 754 patients between 2012 and 2016 who called a hotline after taking Mifepristone, the first pill in the two-step medical abortion. The women were then given progesterone, and 257 of 500 went on to have live births. However, this does not prove much, because they hadn’t completed the abortion pill’s second stop. It is also unclear if the women knew that they receiving an experimental treatment. Read more from Jezebel.
Four Years Later, The NYPD Still Has Not Disciplined Cop Who Shot Eric Garner
It has been four years since Eric Garner was strangled to death by the police on a New York sidewalk. The officer who murdered Garner, Daniel Panteleo, had 18 allegations of abuse and misconduct in 14 separate incidents prior to what happened with Garner. He is still an employed police officer earning a six-figure salary, but justice might finally be on its way because the case is being handed over to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Read more at The Root.
Ida B. Wells Monument Hopefully Coming To Chicago
Organizers have raised $300,00 to build a memorial for journalist, civil rights advocate, and suffragist Ida B. Wells. The memorial would sit half a mile from Well’s home in Bronzeville, which was an important hub for Chicago’s black community during the Great Migration. Well’s great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster, is behind the movement and wants to add more positive stories to the narrative of black women. Find out more at The Root.
Wall Street Bull Adorned In Naked Putin And Rainbow Dildos
Jeff Jetton has taken credit for the controversial “art” display on the Wall Street Charging Bull. This display involved a naked man wearing a Putin mask riding the bull, and 130 rainbow dildos. Jetton is leaving it up to the audience to determine his message, but many believe it is commentary on how Putin seems to be running the U.S. See the Charging Bull covered in dildos at the Huffington Post.
Marvel Launching Shuri—A Black Panther Spinoff
Marvel Entertainment is creating a spinoff comic book centered around T’Challa’s sister, Shuri. Shuri’s character is a hyper-intelligent, ambitious, young black woman. The new series will be written by Nnedi Okorafor, who also wrote the digital comic series Black Panther: Long Live the King for Marvel. Can’t wait to read it! See more from the Hollywood Reporter.
Cher And Meryl Streep Kiss On The Red Carpet For Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Fans are going crazy after the Cher-Streep friendship was sealed with a kiss. The two both have a long history of being matriarchs for the film industry, and are now co-stars of the sequel to Mamma Mia!. See the kiss in TIME.
Harry Styles Helped A Fan Come Out To Her Mom During Concert
Harry Styles spotted a fan's sign saying “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you!!!” He stopped the show to ask what her mom’s name is and shouted, “Tina, she’s gay!” Her mom was currently waiting at their hotel and when Tina showed her mom the video, she replied, “yes I do love you and you can be whoever you want.” See the video at Seventeen.
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Zoë Naseef is a fiercely sassy photojournalist, feminist, comedian, and co-host on the leftist feminist podcast Season of the Bitch. She is from Philadelphia but currently living in Brooklyn. To see her photography go to zotography.com, and for unwaveringly brash content follow her @zonaseef on Twitter and Instagram.