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Steve And Hector's Story From The RaiseAChild.US 'Let Love Define Family' Series

Raise A Child | JamesMichael Nichols | July 31, 2015 | Gay Voices
It took a health scare to begin to awaken one man. Contributing writer Beth Hallstrom shares the story of two men and their journey to fatherhood in this week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™” series installment. The story of Steve Robles and Hector Ramirez and...

Amy Lehman, Aid Worker, Warns Against 'Magic Bullet' Solutions Like Anti-Malaria Bed Nets

Joshua Ostroff | July 31, 2015 | Canada Impact
"The idea that it is super simple and the solutions are out there waiting to be plucked, that's simply not true."

D.A.R.E. Accidentally Publishes Pro-Marijuana Legalization Post

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | July 31, 2015 | Weird News
The controversial substance abuse prevention group D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) appeared to have made a surprisingly progressive change in its ideology Monday when it published a letter to the editor endorsing marijuana legalization. It turns out it was an accident. The post, titled “Purchasing...

Poet Calls Out Our Culture's Absurd Ideas About Body Hair

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | July 31, 2015 | Women
Desireé Dallagiacomo doesn't care if a woman's body hair makes you uncomfortable.  Earlier this month at the 2015 Women Of The World Poetry Slam, the 25-year-old poet performed her spoken word poem "Shave Me." The slam poem is a smart and hilarious take down of body hair beauty standards for women. “Watching ‘The Walking Dead’ it is clear that women are badass. They are brave, heroic, but most importantly they represent complete absolute dedication to shaving their armpits," Dallagiacomo begins, highlighting pop culture's hilarious insistence on representing armpit-hair free women.  "Somehow in post-apocalyptic America they find razors and shaving cream while scavenging for food and bludgeoning zombies," she continues. "These women don’t just survive -- they survive with no underarm stubble." With equal parts humor and anger, Dallagiacomo points out the absurd expectation that all women remove their body hair. "If I can’t shave it I’ll bleach it, if I can’t bleach it I’ll wax it, if I can’t wax it I’ll pay thousands of dollars to kill all of my hair follicles with a tiny razor beam and I’ll never grow body hair again," she says to the crowd. "Stupid evolutionary development! Who needs you? Not women!" Towards the end of her poem, Dallagiacomo makes a pointed (and perfectly sarcastic) joke: “Everyone would be so much more comfortable if I just suffered hairlessly instead of looking like a f**king human being.”  Mic drop, once again. Also on The Huffington...

UN Cuts Food Aid To Syrian Refugees In Jordan, Needs Donors To 'Step Up To The Plate'

AP | Eleanor Goldberg | July 31, 2015 | Impact
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The World Food Program announced new cuts Friday in food aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan, highlighting a growing funding crisis of international agencies helping millions displaced by Syria's conflict. A last-minute U.S. donation of $65 million had kept food aid going, but funding in Jordan...

Ray Rice Doesn’t Deserve A Second Chance In The NFL

The New Republic | Alanna Vagianos | July 31, 2015 | Women
Read More: Voices, Women News
Personal accountability for a public person like Ray Rice becomes something we demand most urgently when video becomes available. The footage of him punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the face inside an Atlantic City casino elevator, rendering her unconscious—then later, by her feet, dragging her limp body...

Activists Dangle From St. Johns Bridge In Oregon To Stop Shell Icebreaker Ship

AP/HuffPost | Andy Campbell | July 30, 2015 | Green
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities forced protesters in kayaks from a river Thursday in Portland, Oregon, where the demonstrators were trying to stop a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving dry dock and joining an Arctic oil drilling operation. The ship passed by the bridge after protesters...

Vancouver Pride Rainbow Sunglasses Help LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | July 30, 2015 | Canada British Columbia

Sisters Of Loretto Divest From Fossil Fuels, Cite Pope's Encyclical

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | July 30, 2015 | Religion
The Sisters of Loretto, a Kentucky-based Catholic community, are joining a growing movement of religious groups taking a stand for the environment. The sisters voted unanimously during their July assembly meeting to divest from fossil fuels, citing Pope Francis's landmark encyclical on the...

How Seeing Greta Garbo Naked Shifted Jane Fonda's View Of 'Perfection'

OWN | Lisa Capretto | July 31, 2015 | OWN
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What Special Olympians Taught Timothy Shriver About Real Fun

OWN | Lynn Okura | July 31, 2015 | OWN
(function(){var src_url="";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, placeholder);})(); As a young man, Timothy Shriver grew up watching his mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, change how society viewed...

Tanzania Reality Show Tackles Gender Inequality, Awards Women Farmers Cash And Farm Tools

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | July 30, 2015 | Impact
This reality show drama is actually worth watching. Preparing to film its fifth season, Oxfam Tanzania’s series about women farmers highlights the gender inequalities this demographic faces and demonstrates women’s value in the industry. "Mama Shujaa wa Chakula," or "Female Food Heroes," brings 18 women to live together for three weeks to engage in various farming competitions, and grants the show's winner an opportunity to expand her operation. Though women make up 75 percent of Tanzania's farmers, they often live in poverty and their contributions are often overlooked, Oxfam told Reuters.  Viewers vote for the winner who gets 20 million Tanzanian shillings (about $9,500) and farming and fishing tools. For Anna Oloshuro, one of the top three winners in 2011, it wasn’t just about the prizes she took home. It was the way her community shifted their perception of her after the competition.  Before the show, Oloshuro told Oxfam that men would tell their wives to stay away from her and that she was “cursed.”  But after she appeared on "Female Food Heroes," Oloshuro was regarded as a revered leader of the community. Now, men won’t even call a meeting without her, she said. The show comes at a time when women are playing ever-increasing roles in the farming industry, but their rights haven’t quite yet caught up with the progress. Now that more men is rural areas are working in cities, about half of all farmers are women who produce more than half the world's food, according to World Watch. Still, women farmers are often deprived of such basic rights as land ownership. Yet, if women were given equal access to resources, food output would increase to a point that it could pull 100 to 150 million people out of hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. concluded in a report released in 2011.  Tired of such inequities, the show’s winners often use their fame to help improve conditions for women farmers. Last season’s winner, Bahati Muriga, took home the grand prize after building a grass-thatched hut for raising chicken and then producing hand-hoes for sale, the Citizen reported. She vowed to use her winnings to expand her farm and support legislation to revolutionize the agricultural sector. “Small-scale farmers play a key role not only in their own families but also the nation at large,” Muriga told the...

Beautiful Photos Of Shelter Dogs Land Them Permanent, Loving Homes

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | July 31, 2015 | HuffPost Home
Every year, more than six million dogs and cats enter animal shelters as temporary housing.  The ones who hang around longer than the quickly adopted tend to be the underdogs: Mutts who don't have a fancy, clean pedigree, but have a lot of love to offer. In an effort...

The New David Foster Wallace Film Is Exactly The 'Grotesque Parody' He Feared

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | July 31, 2015 | Arts
“The End of the Tour” opened Friday with a well-deserved 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg have, by many accounts, given career-best performances in this “biographical road trip” of the five days Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky spent with literary heavyweight David...

Ijeoma Oluo Says Cecil The Lion's Life Matters, But Black Lives Don't, In Twitter Essay

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | July 30, 2015 | Canada Living
"It's just us you don't care about."

Amanda Seyfried Chops Off Her Long Hair

Carly Ledbetter | July 30, 2015 | Style
Amanda Seyfried has gone shorter for the summer, chopping her long hair into a lob. The 29-year-old actress posted an Instagram photo of her beloved pooch, Finn, with the the caption "Finn is wearing my #locksforlove."  

Low-Cost Schools Are Being Built Out Of Sand In Jordan Refugee Camps

Joseph Erbentraut | July 31, 2015 | Impact
A team of architects is working to bring low-cost, durable homes to refugee camps in Jordan and other parts of the world by relying heavily on readily available materials like sand and soil. The innovative Re:Build construction system is the product of a partnership between architects Cameron Sinclair and Pouya Khazaeli, nonprofits Save the Children and Relief International and Pilosio Building Peace, the nonprofit initiative connected to a scaffold company. The system uses natural materials in combination with scaffolding tubes to create easy-to-assemble and modular structures that can serve as homes, schools or clinics in a refugee camp or other emergency situation. How it works is that wall frames are filled with sand, gravel or stones, while the roof is topped off with soil to allow for insulation as well as the growth of micro crops to eat. The structures also have a container to channel and recover rainwater, are solar-powered and its floors are made of a durable plywood.  As reported by ArchDaily, the system has already been put to the test with the construction of two schools in Jordan: one at the Za’atari camp -- the Middle East's largest refugee camp which marked its third anniversary this week -- and a second at Queen Rania Park in Amman. Because children represent a high percentage of the displaced Syrian refugee population in the region and many have been out of school for years in some cases, learning facilities were a high priority for the Re:Build team.  The structures are unique not only because they are cost-effective and mobile -- similar to the Ikea Foundation shelters the U.N. is investing in -- but are also so easy to assemble so that individuals with no prior construction experience can, and do, help build them, and are paid to do so. According to Sinclair, parents of the students using the schools participated in their construction. "We victimize refugees by treating them as second-class citizens instead of understanding that they are some of the most resilient and hardworking people on the planet,” Sinclair explained to FastCompany of their decision to make the system so intuitive. “By engaging the refugees as paid laborers ensures that they once again feel in charge of their own destiny and leave with the skills to reassemble the school back in their home country." Though the structures come at a much lower cost when compared to traditional construction, the price tag is still notable: according to ArchDaily, the schools cost about $30,000 each. The concept development was supported by a Crowdrise campaign, while the construction was funded by Pilosio in partnership with local nonprofit...

Striking Photos Of The Life-Changing Special Olympics Clinic

Anna Almendrala | July 30, 2015 | Healthy Living
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball. This week, however, Special Olympics athletes from around the world also are taking part in what could be...

#BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Mourns 'Senseless Murder' Of Sam DuBose

Jared Greenhouse | July 30, 2015 | Black Voices
Warning: The video above contains graphic content.  A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on murder charges Wednesday after fatally shooting unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose during a routine traffic stop on July 19. Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, talked with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill on Wednesday after body-cam footage from the shooting surfaced.  "I think that it doesn't make sense. It actually doesn't make sense," Cullors said. "The way that senseless murder, the ways in which black life is literally devalued, I think that all I can say is -- and it's what I said at Netroots -- is we're in a state of emergency. And if we don't understand that, if people don't understand that, you cannot be human." Watch Cullors respond to the Sam DuBose murder in the video above, and click here for her full conversation on why #BlackLivesMatter. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before! Also on...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Answers The One Question She Loves Being Asked

Ashley Alman | July 30, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- When given the opportunity to ask Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg anything in the world, why not let her pick the question?  Ginsburg held a public talk with Duke Law professor Neil Siegel on Wednesday evening, taking questions from Duke alumni and Summer Law...
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