Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, P!nk and More Honor Women Veterans with an Epic Soundtrack

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A new documentary, Served Like a Girl, offers a powerful look at what it’s like to serve in the U.S. armed forces as a woman, and the ongoing struggles involved in coming home, whether it be suffering from PTSD, falling into homelessness, or being denied certain veteran benefits. To honor the strong women who have served, some of the coolest women in music collaborated for the soundtrack.

Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, P!nk, Little Mix, Lizzo, Lykke Li, Pat Benatar, and Natasha Bedingfield are just some of those contributing new music to the album, which was co-written and produced by rock legend Linda Perry. The songs carry themes of strength, resilience, and female empowerment. Bedingfield’s opening track, “Hey Boy,” for example, challenges entitled men and even explicitly calls out Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein in the music video (which she filmed while pregnant).

The soundtrack officially releases tomorrow, November 3, but you can get an early listen right now. All proceeds from the soundtrack will benefit the charity Final Salute, which supports homeless female veterans.

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2018 iHeartRadio Nominees Have Been Announced!

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The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards is set to air live on Sunday, March 11th at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. For the fifth straight year, the ceremony will celebrate the most talked about artists and songs heard throughout the last year across radio stations and the iHeartRadio app. Throughout the year, these artists have released hits that have impacted radio stations across the nation.

For the first time, iHeartRadio will be including fans in this year’s show. Fans will be able to vote for “Best Fan Army”, “Best Cover Song”,  “Best Solo Breakout”, and even “Best Musician Pet”.  Voting for these categories are now open at the iHeartRadio awards page. Don’t forget to vote! In the mean time, Check out the ladies who are holding it down in the music industry.

1. Rihanna

Making her debut in 2003, Rihanna has not stopped pushing the barrier in her musical career. The singer has continuously challenged the media and has showcased the balance of being a humanitarian and one of the most notable pop icons of the decade. Her nomination for the 2018 iHearRadio female artist of the year and Best R&B Artist is no surprise, as her release of her 8th studio album, ANTI, brought on a new sound for the singer.

2. Camila Cabello

Cabello first made her debut in the all girl band, Fifth Harmony. Making her own spotlight in the band, she departed in 2016 to start her solo career. The  young star made waves with her Latin influenced Havana, a homage to her birth country, Cuba. Her unique voice and smooth Latin influence has landed her as a Best New Pop Artist Nominee.

3. Shakira

Her pop hit Whenever made Shakira a superstar. Her collaborations with Latin and American artists solidified her as a versatile musician, and being a guest judge on NBC’s The Voice made Shakira even more adored by American fans. Her nominations as Latin Artist of the Year. Her hips definitely don’t lie.

4. Cardi B

Debuting with her smash hit, Bodak Yellow and being featured on Migos’ ever popular Motor Sport, Cardi B continues to release strong hits such as Bartier Cardi. It comes as no surprise as to why this artist has been nominated as a Best New Hip-Hop Artist.

5. SZA

Although SZA has been in the music industry since 2013, it wasn’t until she dropped her 2017 album Ctrl, where she earned critical acclaim, that she received popular success. Recently, she has been featured on the Black Panther soundtrack with Kendrick Lamar.

6. Alessia Cara

After releasing hits like Scars to Your Beautiful and Stay, Cara collaborated with Logic and Khalid on 1-800-273-8255 and earned a Grammy on the way. Earning a nomination for Female Artist of the Year is just another stop on her way to pop stardom.

7. Halsey

Starting her career on YouTube, Halsey has emerged as a popstar to watch out for as she releases her second album. Her hit sing Bad at Love has been a fan with radio listeners and iHeartRadio takes note with a nomination for as Female Artist of the Year.

8. P!ink

Bursting onto the music scene in 1999, P!nk has not stopped creating hits or albums. With a recent collaboration with Kenny Chesney, P!nk has dazzeled audiences and critics with her pop R&B tunes. With her nomination as  Female Artist of the Year, P!nk does not plan on slowing down anytime soon.

9. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has been the pop princess for over 10 years. The world has seen her transition seamlessly from country star to a powerhouse pop star. With the success from her 1989 album, Swift has released numerous pop hits that continue to be played on radio stations across the nation. As Female Artist of the Year nominee, Swift continues to make pop hits and collaborate with fellow iHeartRadio nominees,  such as Ed Sheeran and Future.

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Chloe Kim: US teenager makes history at Winter Olympics

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Hers is a life changed.

From 17-year-old standout to Olympic champion.

Standing at 5ft 3in, it is not always easy to spot Chloe Kim in a crowd, but on a cloudless Tuesday in South Korea it was obvious where America’s new golden girl was.

Kim had already done enough to win the women’s halfpipe gold before she started her final attempt, only to knock it out of the park with a near-perfect score of 98.25.

At the bottom, she was engulfed in a crowd of reporters and photographers, all competing for her attention over the relentless clicking of camera shutters, with yells of “Chloe! Chloe! Chloe!,” the shuffling throng following her every move like ducklings.

Journalists from all around the world wanted to speak to the new Olympic champion. She ran the gauntlet of TV interviews and negotiated the maze of reporters with equanimity.

Fans wanted a piece of the action too, craning necks, standing on tip-toe, sticking their smartphones in the air. Any sort of picture would do.

Such was the madness, minutes before Kim — the youngest female Olympic gold medalist on snow — stood tearfully atop the podium, her mother Boran was pleading to be let through a security check point.

It was a circus. That is what happens when a teenage sensation fulfills her destiny.

Champion performance

The first female snowboarder in history to land back-to-back 1080 degree spins in competition aged just 15, the four-time X-Games gold medalist is not an unknown. She is used to being in the spotlight.

But on a day when the sun’s glare dazzled off the pristine snow, Kim’s star shone as brightly as any of sport’s biggest names. She has entered a whole new world.

The girl who would climb onto a trampoline each morning before elementary school to practice jumps and flips later admitted she felt like crying before embarking on her thrilling grand finale.

She performed three spins on the left side, becoming the first female to land consecutive 1080s in the halfpipe at the Olympics.

Members of Kim’s family whooped and hollered. Overcome with emotion, Kim’s sister could not speak. American flags were raised towards the azure sky. It was spellbinding.

Her final score of 98.25 was eight-and-a-half points clear of Chinese silver medalist Liu Jiayu.

An hour after her first Olympic gold had been won, the Californian cheerfully sauntered to the press conference, arm around her beaming father. Sharp elbows were needed to capture the moment.

“There’s not enough of her to go around,” said one journalist. “So aggressive,” muttered another, dismayed at her fellow reporters.

Red mist nearly descended as a wayward tripod brushed a member of Team USA. Some needed reminding that these were the “Peace” Games.

Mirai Nagasu first American woman to land triple axel at an Olympics

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Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics, accomplishing the rare feat in the women’s free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

The 24-year-old from Arcadia, California, skated first of the five women and led her routine with the triple axel 21 seconds in. The feat drew huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Nagasu completed a flawless routine, pumped both fists as she finished and got a standing ovation from the excited crowd.

Although Canada won team skate gold, Nagasu was the star of the night, and the Americans took bronze behind the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Not only did her teammates rise in applause, but so did skaters from other nations, and not simply because she landed the triple axel so few women even attempt.

Nagasu’s career hit several roadblocks since she finished fourth at the 2010 Olympics, including when she was bumped from the U.S. team for Sochi in favor of Ashley Wagner by a federation committee.

Like Nagasu, Adam Rippon was left off the U.S. roster in 2010. And like Nagasu, he turned in a stellar performance Monday, landing both triple axels in his program.

“I just remember four years ago, Mirai and I were in a dark place. Honestly, we were depressed that we weren’t at the [Olympics],” said Rippon, who choreographed Nagasu’s gala program at the 2014 nationals, which she performed hours after learning she hadn’t made the team. “I told her as we were going through that, Mirai, I’m so lucky to have you by my side. We’re going to get through this together.”

In the wake of that rejection, Nagasu turned to Colorado Springs-based coach Tom Zakrajsek, who challenged her to become an even better competitor. They set out in their first session together four years ago to learn the jump, which took Nagasu about two years to master. She practices it about 30 times a day, according to Zakrajsek.

Nagasu has struggled with inconsistency throughout her career, but Zakrajsek wasn’t worried about his student on Monday.

“Today was different,” he said. “Today I knew Mirai didn’t need a lot of help. I could tell she was in a good place backstage in the off-ice warm-up. She just seemed very present.”

“I don’t know if you could tell — it was more something I could feel — but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement,” Nagasu said. “And at that moment I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me, and to complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting.”

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Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real-Life Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96

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Naomi Parker Fraley, the inspiration for the iconic female World War II factory worker Rosie the Riveter, has died. She was 96.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native, who was born on August 26, 1921, died on Saturday in Longview, Washington, according to the New York Times. The California waitress-turned-factory worker began her job at the Naval Air Station in Alameda and was among the first women to be assigned to the machine shop after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941.

Then in 1942, 20-year-old Fraley posed for a photograph wearing her signature red-and-white-polka-dot bandana and working on a turret lathe, for a photographer touring the Naval Air Station, where she and younger sister Ada drilled and patched airplane wings as well as operated rivet machines.

The picture was quickly featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide before it caught the eye of artist J. Howard Miller, whose 1943 Rosie the Riveter poster bears a striking resemblance to Fraley’s photo, even down to the exact bandana.

However, Fraley was not identified as the muse for Rosie because another woman, named Geraldine Hoff Doyle, who worked in a factory in Michigan, was labeled “the real-life Rosie the Riveter” since she believed she saw herself in an uncaptioned reprint of Fraley’s photo in the 1980s.

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Google Celebrates Virginia Woolf’s 136th Birthday With Iconic Illustration

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Thursday’s Google Doodle celebrates British literary luminary Virginia Woolf, with a portrait to mark what would have been her 136th birthday.

The author of Mrs DallowayTo The Lighthouse and A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf’s life and work remains highly influential on the world of literature and beyond. Born on Jan. 25, 1882, Woolf’s early life was infused with creative connections, as both her parents were prominent figures in London’s literary and artistic circuits. Woolf, her husband Leonard and her sister, artist Vanessa Bell, would become core protagonists themselves in an intellectual circle known as the Bloomsbury Group; a collective of writers, artists, and thinkers who enjoyed their heyday during the first half of the 20th century.

Virginia Woolf is regarded as one of the greatest authors of her time due to her exploration of modernism and feminist narratives, inspiring authors such as Margaret Atwood and Gabriel García Márquez. While Woolf’s pioneering, stream-of-consciousness novels received critical acclaim during her lifetime, she was affected by recurring bouts of mental illness, and died by suicide in 1941. As TIME’s obituary of Woolf noted of her novels:

To some readers they didn’t always make sense, but they made her name and parts of them almost made music. Like a musician, she liked to strike the mood of her books with a borrowed lyric on which she improvised infinite variations.

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Gal Gadot Surprises College Student With First Wonder Woman Scholarship

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Gal Gadot stepped out of her Wonder Woman costume on Wednesday to surprise a young woman with a truly wonderful award: a college scholarship.

The actress appeared at the Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast to present that lucky individual with a four-year, full-ride Wonder Woman Scholarship to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The scholarship was donated by Warner Brothers, the company behind Gadot’s breakthrough film, “Wonder Woman.”

Gadot said she was proud to bestow the award.

“I’ve had the privilege of portraying a superhero onscreen, but the young women here today are the real superheroes,” Gadot said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “They’ve overcome so many challenges in their lives, and they’re driven to do more. They’re the true leaders of tomorrow.”

The woman who received the scholarship, whom the Hollywood Reporter identified only as Carla, started at the university a few weeks ago.

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81-year-old woman makes iPhone app after only starting to use computers at 60

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If you laugh at how older people use computers, this 81-year-old from Japan is going to set you straight.

Masako Wakamiya is making the news for an app she created to show people the correct way to place their traditional doll displays ahead of Hinamatsuri, or Girl’s Day, in Japan.

Wakamiya is a former banker who clocked 43 years of service at a major Japanese bank, and only learned how to use computers when she was 60.

In the app, named Hinadan — a combination of the words hina, a type of doll, and dan, meaning “tier” — the player must position 12 dolls in their correct positions on a display with four tiers.

After the player finishes the game, a congratulatory message pops up.

In an email to Mashable, Wakamiya said that she was taught by a “young person” living in Sendai, northeast of Tokyo, who taught her Apple’s Swift programming language via Skype and Facebook Messenger. The images in the app are made by her friend with the shapes on Microsoft Office, she added.

“The reason for making this applications is that many smartphone apps are for young people and [there] are almost no apps that the elderly can enjoy,” she said. “I [would] encourage [old people] to start having fun experiences using computers.”

Wakamiya’s blog features tutorials on how to make art with Excel, and publishes vlogs from her travels to the Mediterranean and New Zealand.

The vibrant lady also runs a club for other retirees on active ageing called the Mellow Club.

Here she is featured at a TEDx talk in Tokyo, where she talked about active ageing in the digital world.

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Gloria Estefan Becomes First Cuban-American To Win Prestigious Kennedy Center Honor Award

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Singer, songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan became the first Cuban-American artist to be honored with the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors award on Sunday.

Estefan was one of five 2017 recipients honored at the 40th annual event, as well as dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, hip-hop artist LL Cool J, television writer and producer Norman Lear, and musician Lionel Richie.

The honor is given to recipients in the performing arts who spend their lifetime contributing to American Culture.

In an Instagram post, Estefan posted that she felt “incredibly blessed to be in the same class” as the other four recipients. “Your talents & beautiful souls have touched the world and forever changed it for the better! Congratulations!,” Estefan wrote.

In a tweet posted by the Kennedy Center, Estefan said that her dad brought her to the U.S. to live in freedom and to live in a country that allows everyone to be who they want to be. “We all have to stand up for what this country is. And I know that every one of the Honorees in this room has done that in their own special way,” the post read.

Estefan’s daughter, Emily, did a solo performance in honor of her mother’s award, and later posted a black and white photo on Instagram of her mom as a child sitting on the hood of a car.

Emily wrote in part, “Congratulations to the little girl on the hood of that car, who worked like an animal to be able to for one night… sit back, relax, and truly feel the hue of what it means to be honored… and truly deserve it.”

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Actress Phylicia Rashad Will Be Face Of $25 Million Initiative To Diversify American History

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You may know Phylicia Rashad from The Cosby Show and from her most recent role as Diana DuBois on the Fox hit show Empire, but the acclaimed actress has added a new title to her remarkable resume. 

Rashad is now the ambassador of the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), a $25 million initiative aimed at preserving African American historical sites and teaching young black people about untold nuggets of black history.

The initiative is possible because of the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with the Ford Foundation, the JPB Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. For 70 years, the National Trust has led the way in preserving historic sites – like the Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia, and the Fort Huachuca Black Officers’ Club in Arizona – that are important to black history and in just the past five years the organization has received $10 million to do its work.

“There is an opportunity and an obligation for us to step forward boldly and ensure the preservation of places which tell the often-overlooked stories of African Americans and their many contributions to our nation,” Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in a news release. “We believe that this fund will be transformative for our country, and we are committed to crafting a narrative that expands our view of history and, ultimately, begins to reconstruct our national identity, while inspiring a new generation of activists to advocate for our diverse historic places.”

In addition to preservation, there will be The National Trust’s Hands-On Preservation Experience that teaches youth about black history, and there will be a research aspect to the initiative that will find links to preserving historic sites and the resolution of urban problems. Academic, arts, government and business leaders will also play a role in the fund by serving on its advisory council.

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Julia Landauer Treats NASCAR Racing Like Building A Business

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For Julia Landauer, a blossoming career in NASCAR has its roots in family quality time. For five years starting from when she was 10, Landauer’s parents took the family to a go-kart track two hours from their New York City home almost every weekend. Landauer says she started to win “right away” against her siblings, and she fell in love with racing. She made up her mind at 12 that she wanted to be a race car driver.

Two years later, Landauer became the first female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series.

But despite her early success, the 25-year-old says being a woman in a male-dominated sport presents a challenge both on the track and in business. “I think there are expectations that women might not be successful or there’s this assumption that she’s not going to be great,” the 2017 30 Under 30 list member explains. “Driver coaches have pointed out that the guys race me harder than they race other guys. Hearing my driving coach recognize that was really powerful and shows the importance of having allies — especially male allies.”

Winning is one way to erase preconceived notions about her racing ability, but racing is an expensive sport that requires more than just driving talent. To compete, Landauer needs funding. “I learned that I was going to have to make myself a brand and make myself attractive to potential partners and sponsors,” she says.

She admits that when people first meet her, they aren’t expecting a NASCAR driver. “It’s really cool to see someone’s reaction and maybe be a little judge-y or try to figure out where it all comes together,” Julia says.

At Stanford, where she earned a B.S. in an interdisciplinary major called science, technology and society, Landauer says she learned what’s under the hood of a brand, from illustrating her ROI for potential sponsors to how to behave in a boardroom. “Every racer is a startup and you have to think about the marketing, the funding, the brand development and the people you have around you,” she elaborates. She practices what she preaches: she says she spends a great deal of time drafting proposals to companies, following up on press and taking interviews.

Landauer placed fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship in 2016, the highest finish by a woman ever, and is a member of NASCAR’s Next Class, which honors the most promising racers around the world. She says that as a female driver, “any little success I have will be amplified.”

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