Michelle Obama: Barack Was The Good Parent, Trump Is The…Other Parent
Our favorite FLOTUS is back, with a metaphorical burn for Donald Trump. During a discussion at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, Obama used a parenting metaphor to compare her husband’s style with Trump’s: “I always sort of felt like the eight years that Barack was president, it was sort of like having the good parent at home,” she said. “And now perhaps we have the other parent in the house.” Read her full statement at Time.
Junot Diaz Opens Up About His History Of Childhood Trauma
Junot Diaz, award-winning author of This Is How You Lose Her and The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, published a harrowing personal essay about the sexual abuse he faced as a child. Read his story at The New Yorker.
Heads Up Everyone, Abbi Jacobson Is Single
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Abbi Jacobson (who had been previously linked to actress Carrie Brownstein) confirmed that she’s looking for love — from men or women. “Who knows?” she said, “the world is my oyster.” Cheers, Abbi — we hope you find someone as badass as you are. Read the full story at Vulture.
Halsey Has Armpit Hair — And She Doesn’t Care What You Think About It
Last Friday, an internet troll tried to drag the pop star for posting a picture with armpit hair — and Halsey wasn’t having it. Check out her no-fucks-given response on Twitter.
Tony Robbins Has A Trash Take On #MeToo, And Tarana Burke Isn’t Having It
Self-help guru Tony Robbins has repeatedly criticized the culture of “victimhood” surrounding the #MeToo movement — and when a woman attending one of his talks called him out on it, he doubled down on his perspective. “What you’re seeing,” he said, “is people making themselves significant by making somebody else wrong.”
Tarana Burke quickly took to Twitter to respond.
Read the full story at The Huffington Post.
The Simpsons’ Gives A Weak Response To The Problem With Apu
In 2017, comedian Hari Kondabolu released the documentary The Problem With Apu, which criticized the stereotypical portrayal of the show’s only South Asian character. The Simpsons finally responded to the criticism in a recent episode — but many felt the apology was weak and offensive. Read the full controversy at Mashable.
Alaska Narrowly Rejects A Bathroom Bill
This Friday, Alaskans voted against Proposition 1, which would have repealed a bill that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice and prohibited employment and public service discrimination based on gender identity. But the vote was quite close — Friday’s unofficial results showed 52.7% of voters opposed the repeal while 47.3% supported it, according to CNN. We’re thrilled that Alaska stood up for what’s right — but the narrow margin of victory shows how far we still have to go. Read the full story at CNN.
1 Killed And 6 Injured In Trump Tower Fire
This Saturday, a 67-year old man was killed when a fire broke out in his Trump Tower apartment. In response, Trump tweeted: “Fire at Trump Tower is out. Very confined (well built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!” He neglected to mention the casualty, or the fact that none of his higher-floor residential apartments have sprinklers. Read more at AP News.
Ida B. Wells’ Granddaughter Wants To Honor Her Grandmother’s Legacy
As debates rage about removing confederate statues, Michelle Duster has a different mission: She wants to establish a statue of her grandmother, journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells. This would be one of the very few statues of women of color in the country. Read more about her fight at The Denver Channel.
Cardi B Announces Her Pregnancy On Her Own Terms — While Performing On SNL
Fans of Cardi B and Saturday Night Live were in for quite a surprise this Saturday, when the singer revealed her baby bump in the middle of her SNL performance. This is a big month for Cardi B — her first studio album dropped last Friday — and we couldn’t be happier for her. Read the full story at Vanity Fair, and check out her SNL performance here:
This article was published on April 9, 2018.
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Victoria Albert is a Boston-born graduate journalism student. She covers reproductive justice, health policy, and feminism, and has written for In These Times and Alternet. She tweets at @victoria_alb3.