News Recap (2/26-3/12)

It’s somehow already mid-March and the world isn’t slowing down on news. From the news everyone's heard, the news no one knows, feminist undertones, and everything in between— then just keep reading!

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Feminist by Choice

International Women’s Day

March 8th, International Women’s Day was the home for complete female empowerment and awareness internationally. With protests in the form of marches and ‘Three Billboards’ inspired protests in Australia against domestic violence, every woman was fighting. This is only the beginning for women.

 

NYC schools and chosen pronouns

New York is making a big step for the LGBT community, especially the 'T'. NYC now requires schools to use transgender students’s preferred pronouns in order to promote a supportive and inclusive environment.

 

Miss International Queen

In Thailand, the Miss International Queen 2018, an incredibly popular transgender pageant, crowned their newest winner, 27-year-old Nguyen Houng Giang. This experience was an opportunity for transgender women to showcase their talents, stories, public awareness, and so on.

 

Hijab removal NYC

Back in 2012, three women were forced to remove their hijabs for their mugshots, which spurred on a battle for basic rights. In 2015, a policy was changed for refusal of removing a headscarf would be accompanied by a female officer. The three women filed a lawsuit and earned a settlement of 60K each— totaling to 180K.

 

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Badass Women of the Week

Jewel Ifeguni

A student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jewel Ifeguni, is slowly, but surely changing the world through technology. She is the Founder, CEO of YouMatter Studios, which uses virtual reality to show the relation with minorities and police through the eyes of a teen, mother, and cop.

 

Frances McDormand

Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand won her second Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. With her acceptance speech, she told all the other nominated woman in every category to stand up and applaud for one another— like a true darn badass feminist.

 

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Pop Culture Now

Spotify new hub on social issues

On International Women’s Day 2018, big corporations are taking their part in social activism in many ways, some you typically wouldn’t expect. Spotify is launching this app, Amplify, that shows various communities that focus on topics like LGB rights, mental health, feminism, immigration and so on. They will showcase podcast, playlists and other subjects that show viewpoints.

 

Goodbye Warped Tour

If you haven’t already known, this year is the last Warped Tour ever. With its final run, beloved bands like 3OH!3, All Time Low, Simple Plan, and We the Kings are a few of many to appear for the final run. Tickets were on sale March 8th and show with start June 21st. So, will you be going to their last hurrah?

(Fun fact: In 2019, there will allegedly be a 25th anniversary show? We’re all ears on this.)

 

Infinity war updates

Probably the most anticipated film to date, Avengers: Infinity War, is giving their fans more and more hints closer to the premiere. The biggest being: we will say farewell to a few beloved characters. Who do you think will perish in the new film? You'll find out on April 27, 2018.

 

Riverdale is back

The long-awaited arrival for everyone’s favorite drama is finally back to the silver screen. After weeks of waiting, we finally get to see what our favorite Riverdale teens are up to every week. What are you most excited to find out about- Chic’s past, the Lodge’s plan, if the Black Hood is returning, the love triangles, our favorite ship- Choni, or what's going on in Betty’s head? Check it out on Wednesday’s at 8/7c on the CW.

 

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Beauty, Fashion, and everything in between

Bella Thorne New Makeup Line?

A few days ago, actress and singer Bella Thorne hinted on her Instagram that a new makeup line may be in the works. After posting a selfie, a fan asked her, "What lipstick color are you wearing? It looks gorgeous on you!!!" To which she responded, "My upcoming makeup line!" Safe to say, no one expected this news anytime soon. While she’s been the center of controversy, even with her makeup, we’re all ears on what’s in for this new line. Stay tuned for more details!

 

Brow trends will never end

It seems that every day there’s a new eyebrow trend. It used to be wiggle brows, fishtail, and just when you thought you couldn’t have anymore: four more hit the surface.

There’s the infamous halo brows:


 

Right angle brows:

 

Jeweled brows:


 

Dipped brows:


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Now, what do you think? Do you think people need to take it down a notch or just let everyone do their brows as they please?

 

Rihanna Lingerie Line Rumors

Just when you thought Rihanna couldn’t be any more of the girl boss we needed, she’s reportedly launching yet another line. On March 6th, reports spurred in that Rihanna signed a deal with TechStyle Fashion Group, to design guess what? A new lingerie line. Prepare your wallets ladies, we always need more Rihanna in our lives.

 

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No one is talking about this

Under the Plastic Sea in Bali

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Diver, Rich Horner, posted a video of himself swimming through a dive site, the Manta Point on March 3rd, and was greeted with fish of all kinds and a sea of plastic. According to the Guardian and ROLE Foundation, Indonesia produces around 130,000 tons of plastic and waste EVERY DAY, with only half reaching landfills. This is a critical time for our environment, and pollution in the ocean has been going on for too long.

 

Virginity Test abuse in Indonesia

First off, virginity tests are a gender-based practice through ‘two-finger’ testing. This has been proven to not only be a huge gender violation and human rights violation, but also a violation of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women goals from 2017. Many protests and backlash have taken place, but the Indonesian government is continuing to allow the practice against women, by claiming ‘morality reasons.’ “The Indonesian government’s continuing tolerance for abusive ‘virginity tests’ by the security forces reflects an appalling lack of political will to protect the rights of Indonesian women,” said Nisha Varia, women’s rights advocacy director. “These tests are degrading and discriminatory, and they harm women’s equal access to important job opportunities.”

 

Abusive conditions in US holding cells

There is a deep problem with the United States Immigration holding cells. Often referred to as ‘hieleras’ (‘freezers’), these cells only give the immigrants a mylar blanket to protect them from the brisk conditions of the cells. Women and children primarily are told to take off sweaters or other layers for ‘security reasons’ before entering the cell for one to three days— most not allowed to shower, receive toiletries/menstrual hygiene, and basic human needs. We shouldn’t let these cruel conditions go unheard, no one deserves that treatment.

 

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Trend Alert

Yellow Eyeshadow

Suns out, buns out— yellow eyeshadow out. We’ve all been praying for the sun to come back, we might as well greet it with an eye look just as bright.

Singles:

Palettes with yellow in them:

Denim

They always said the 90’s would come back, but in 2018— the infamous denim trend is creeping back up on us:

 

Being a boss woman means knowing what’s going on in the world and making gold out of it. React to this and fight the good fight. Stay lovely and stay aware!