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Jennifer Lopez Is Just Your Average Hamptons Vacationer

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | July 7, 2015 | Entertainment
Jennifer Lopez looked like a regular Hamptonite during an afternoon out in the New York beach locale on Monday.  Lopez donned a flowing summer dress, sunglasses and flip flops with her hair up in a tight bun while doing some shopping and strolling. The 45-year-old superstar looked totally unassuming (minus...

Watch Young Women Destroy Gender-Based Barriers #LikeAGirl In Under 3 Minutes

Alanna Vagianos | July 7, 2015 | Women
A powerful new ad is reminding young women that they can conquer their limitations -- like a girl. On July 7, Always released a video called "Unstoppable," featuring young girls talking about the ways society limits them because of their gender. The spot is a follow-up to Always'

Black College Student Charged With 'Fleeing' Police After Driving To Well-Lit Area To Pull Over

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | July 7, 2015 | Crime
When 24-year-old DaJuawn Wallace saw flashing blue police lights in his rearview mirror while driving along a dark road in Kochville Township, Michigan, early one morning in February, he says he chose to proceed with caution. "I live in Detroit, and I know some people who were robbed by fake...

Pope Francis Sends Blessing To Young Athlete Fighting Leukemia

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | July 6, 2015 | Religion
Even in the midst of a journey to Latin America, Pope Francis took a moment on Sunday to send a message of hope to a young Argentinian athlete who has leukemia. "I'm praying for you. May Jesus accompany you, give you strength and brings you back to health," the pope said, according to Rome Reports.  Lichu Zeno, the young man to whom Pope Francis addressed his message, is a 25-year-old rugby player and medical student. He is on the waiting list for a bone marrow transplant and has launched an awareness campaign through social media to encourage people to donate blood and bone marrow. Zeno is seen smiling in a Facebook profile photo, holding a sign that reads: "Donate marrow, it's in your blood." (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Posted by Lichu Zeno on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Also on...

Pope Francis Makes A Stop In Ecuador To Visit Old Jesuit Friend

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | July 6, 2015 | Religion
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) - A Spaniard by birth, the Rev. Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong weakness for cigars. Before Monday, it had been 30 years since he last saw Pope Francis, who...

This 1-Minute Ad Shows Just How Fierce The 'American Woman' Is

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | July 6, 2015 | Women
The American woman is competitive, diligent and never gives up -- basically, she's a straight-up badass. A new Nike commercial puts that badassery on full display, starring the women of the U.S. National Soccer Team who triumphed over Japan in the finals of the World Cup on...

Suspect In San Francisco Shooting Claims Gun Accidentally Went Off

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | July 6, 2015 | Crime
The suspect in a fatal San Francisco shooting that's added to the national debate over immigration policy claimed in a jailhouse interview that he killed the woman accidentally. Francisco Sanchez, accused of killing Kathryn Steinle, 32, on a popular downtown pier, told KGO-TV that he found a...

Miss Universe Paulina Vega Refuses To Give Up Her Crown

AP | Katie Sola | July 6, 2015 | Latino Voices
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe has refused to relinquish her crown despite a tide of condemnation following pageant owner Donald Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants. Paulina Vega on Monday said she would continue doing the organization's social work and dismissed Trump's accusation that she is a hypocrite...

20 Photos That Highlight The Beautiful Diversity Of Plus-Size Bodies

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | July 6, 2015 | Women
Corissa Enneking is here to remind everyone that there is a lot more diversity in the plus-size community than the few plus-size women we see in magazines and on the runway. In June, the fat-positive writer and fashion blogger created a body-positive campaign...

How To Be More Like Frida Kahlo, As Told By Frida Kahlo

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | July 6, 2015 | Arts
Let’s face it: We all wish we could be Frida Kahlo. She was a feminist before her time, incorporated indigenous and national Mexican symbols into her art with complete authenticity, and kept up a passionate -- if explosive -- romance with Diego Rivera. Her self-portraits are incomparable, as were her...

Mexican Laborer Demolishes Donald Trump's Bigotry In Just 1 Minute

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | July 6, 2015 | Latino Voices
  One minute; one seriously epic comeback.  A Mexican laborer had a few choice words for Donald Trump in a video uploaded to YouTube June 30 by Rafael Rivero, a co-founder of Occupy Democrats living in Philadelphia. The man was responding to derogatory comments Trump made about immigrants from Latin America during his announcement for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination last month.  "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump said. "They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." In the 57-second clip, the man, who was building a home in 107-degree heat, challenged Trump's bigoted misconceptions about Mexicans. "We work ourselves to death just to eat," he said, pointing to his fellow laborers "busting their butts in the sun." He added that $350 of his $1,100-per-week salary goes "to feed your lazy, unemployed drug addicts."  Occupy Democrats is an advocacy group founded in 2012 in response to the Tea Party to push for progressive reforms. Rivero was not immediately available for further comment. ...

Hundreds Of Thousands Attend Pope Francis Mass In South America

AP | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | July 6, 2015 | Religion
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families are the bedrock of society but need to be supported better and strengthened. In his...

Some White House Republican Hopefuls Want Curbs On Legal Immigration

Reuters | Reuters | July 6, 2015 | Politics
By Andy Sullivan DENVER, July 6 (Reuters) - Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans' job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them...

Voting Rights Group Pushes Automatic Registration As 2016 Issue

Samantha Lachman | July 6, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Automatic voter registration has become a zeitgeisty election reform for Democrats, since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed the state's first-in-the-nation measure into law and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advocated for the method. Now, a voting rights group is making the proposal the...

Huckabee Weighs In On Donald Trump's Controversial Immigrant Comments (CORRECTED)

Christina Wilkie | July 6, 2015 | Politics
An earlier version of this piece erroneously attributed remarks critical of Donald Trump made by Mitt Romney to Mike Huckabee. We apologize for the error. The initial article reported on an appearance Huckabee made Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union." During the show, Huckabee was asked...

The Inspiring Faith Journey Of Nicole Garcia, A Transgender Latina And Future Minister

Carol Kuruvilla | July 5, 2015 | Religion
(RNS) Nicole Garcia looks more like a well-heeled church lady than a radical — but her faith journey over the past 55 years reflects a radical shift in mainline Christian denominations’ acceptance of transgender people as leaders in the church. A self-professed church nerd, Garcia says she was “a good...

Suspect In San Francisco Shooting Had Been Deported 5 Times

Michael McLaughlin | July 6, 2015 | Crime
The suspect accused of a random shooting that killed a woman strolling a popular San Francisco pier had previously been deported five times. Francisco Sanchez, 45, was arrested soon after allegedly firing a single shot that killed Katheryn Steinle, 32, as she and her father walked on...

Panama Also Drops Out Of Donald Trump's Miss Universe Pageant

Charlotte Alfred | July 4, 2015 | World
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama is joining several other Latin American nations in dropping out of the Miss Universe pageant in protest over Donald Trump's comments about immigrants. The Miss Panama Organization and the Telemetro television channel say that this year they won't participate in or broadcast the Miss Universe...

Fidel Castro Visits Cheese-Makers In Rare Public Appearance

Charlotte Alfred | July 4, 2015 | World
HAVANA, July 4 (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Havana home, official media reported on Saturday. The photos showing the leader alive and well came out three days after his younger brother and...

Donald Trump Links Fatal Shooting To Immigration Reform

Michael McLaughlin | July 4, 2015 | Latino Voices
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - A random fatal shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by an immigrant, proves the United States must tighten its borders, according to a statement on Friday by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is facing heavy criticism for his comments about Mexicans....
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