7 items from 2014
Literally the first shot of this video sets you into a state of confusion: are those doctors jackets or blazers? And where are their pants? The first phrases emblazoned across the screen is "Think Like A Boss... Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do... Find Yourself And Be That." These are in two different fonts: the first phrase is in Impact and the other font and words make me want to buy organic bath stuffs. So far, the outfits are quite literally binary: white or black. Each seems to lay claim to different choreography schemes with white denoting unity and black meaning individuality. Each require complex arm movements denoting bossness. Boss means strutting on a catwalk and extreme arm movement. If I didn't know that the most-used phrase in this song was "Michelle Obama," I wouldn't be doing the dog-headtilt thing here. Holding up signs that look like enlarged Scrabble letters, »
Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate have teamed up for the launch of national charity TrueSpark to help provide support for the nonprofit that uses inspirational movies to expose, immerse and engage youth on issues of character.
With the launch of TrueSpark, at-risk youths between the ages of 11-18 will be able to view mainstream movies with positive messages and participate in interactive educational lessons, discussions and activities that build character and foster ethical behavior.
The program uses 50 inspirational films such as “Rocky,” “Rudy,” “The Blind Side” and “Freedom Writers” to deliver compelling lessons about character traits including, perseverance, courage, purpose, integrity, respect, humility and optimism.
- Nikara Johns
“She’s everything; a renaissance woman, champion of multiple causes, she has founded a foundation, she’s an entrepreneur,” says Cathy Schulman, head of Wif, of Longoria, who will accept the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from multi-hyphenate Lake Bell on June 11.
“I grew up with a special-needs sister, an older sister, so I was kind of born into her world and knew what the world ‘volunteer’ meant at a very, very early age,” Longoria says.
Inspired by the needs of her sister, Lisa, Longoria says, “We were always volunteering somewhere,” citing the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club as some of the orgs her family supported.
The actress has since created the Eva Longoria Foundation, which aims to empower young Latinas by encouraging »
- Andrea Seikaly
Lewis Katz, co-owner of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com died on Saturday in a plane crash that also killed six others on board.
Lewis Katz Dies In Plane Crash
Katz, 72, was getting ready to take off on a private jet in a Massachusetts airfield when something caused the jet to go off course and crash into a gully where it burst into flames. The jet never got off the ground, and there were no survivors.
Katz, an entrepreneur, was traveling with Marcella M Dalsey, 59, director of the Drew A. Katz Foundation, Susan K. Asbell, 68, another philanthropist involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Anne B Leeds, 74, a longtime friend. Also on the jet were two crewmembers and one flight attendant – their names have not yet been released.
“That guy did a lot with his heart. I’ll never forget that as long as I live, »
Washington, Apr 9: Although a greater proportion of teenage boys than girls watch and fantasise about sex they have seen in pornography, there are no differences between the sexes when it comes to what types of sex they fantasise about, a new study suggests.
Using questionnaires, Magdalena Mattebo, researcher at the Department of Women's and Children's Health at Uppsala University, investigated the sexual experiences and pornography consumption of more than 800 Swedish upper-secondary school students, 16 years old.
The study also shows that there are no differences in the proportion of girls and boys who think that their sexual behaviour is influenced by pornography to a great extent.
Boys and girls who watch pornography. »
- Anita Agarwal
Welcome to the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at none other than the splashiest venue, Madison Square Garden. What an amazing night of shiny pups, showy handlers, and some stellar announcing. I should state upfront that my only knowledge of dog shows comes from Best In Show, the Christopher Guest mock-umentary that now seems like much less of a mocku and more of a docu.
For some background, America’s Dog Show extended its standing as the second-longest continuously held sporting event in this country, a streak that began in 1877. This year’s event drew an entry of 2,845 dogs. »
- JoJo Marshall
Richard McKerrow is at the centre of a storm. His television company, Love Productions, is responsible for Channel 4's documentary series Benefits Street, its biggest rating programme for more than a year (4.3 million viewers overnight, with a consolidated figure of nearly 7 million) and – only a few days in – already likely to be the most controversial of 2014.
A lightning rod for attitudes toward state welfare, the first programme polarised opinion between critics who said it demonised the poor and unemployed, and those who said it highlighted a social security system in urgent need of reform. Residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, which features in the programme and which the broadcaster claims has one of the highest proportions of people on benefits in Britain, bore the brunt, subject »
- John Plunkett
7 items from 2014