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


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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Latina Director Launches Production Company to Tell Stories About Queer Women of Color


Back in 2016, director Deborah S. Esquenazi’s documentary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four documented the case of four Latina lesbians put on trial for assaulting two young girls.The four were convicted and served time before their case was investigated as an example of prosecutorial prejudice and the well-known homophobia that was present in their town. It remains one of the best Latino movies you should seek out, and audiences who were fortunate to see the film then were eager to find out what the Cuban Esquenazi would do next.

The director, who holds both an Emmy nomination and a Peabody award, has announced today she is starting her own production company, Myth of Monsters. The company will “focus on utilizing media and multilingual projects to upend myths about women of color and queer-identified individuals.” The first project set to debut under the Myth of Monsters banner is a scripted adaptation of Esquenazi’s own Southwest of Salem. The TV adaptation has brought on Mad Men writer Jason Grote to work on the script alongside Esquenazi.

The company is also moving forward on a bilingual coming-of-age LGBTQ drama called Queen of Wands. The film will be set in 1989 and is a semi-autobiographical look at Esquenazi’s life growing up as a lesbian in a Cuban-Sephardic household. It is said to draw from the Bible, family stories, and “gay phantasmagoria.”

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Oprah Winfrey, Apple Sign Multi-Year Content Partnership


Apple and Oprah Winfrey have a signed a multi-year content partnership. Under the deal, Winfrey and Apple will create programs that will be released as part of Apple’s original content lineup.

The deal marks one of the first such agreements struck between Apple and a content creator. Previously, Apple set an overall deal with veteran showrunner Kerry Ehrin. Ehrin will also serve as the showrunner on Apple’s upcoming morning show drama series starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

This is also the latest addition to Winfrey’s media empire. The former hit talk show host formed her own cable network, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, in 2011 in partnership with Discovery Communications. The channel has become one of the fastest-growing cable networks among women and has produced hit shows like “Queen Sugar,” which boasts Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay as showrunner.

Winfrey recently extended her contract with Discovery through 2025. Sources tell Variety that Apple’s deal with Winfrey does not conflict with the Discovery agreement. Winfrey remains exclusive in an on-screen capacity to OWN with limited carve-outs, such as her role as a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes” and her recent acting work for HBO.

Via her Harpo Productions banner, Winfrey has also developed several long-running hit syndicated shows including “Dr. Phil,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Rachael Ray.” Through her Harpo Films, she has produced several Academy Award-winning features including “Selma,” which was directed by DuVernay. Winfrey also had a featured role in that film, and recently starred in other films like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Winfrey also runs O, The Oprah Magazine and published the New York Times best-selling cookbook “Food, Health and Happiness” last year. As a noted philanthropist, Winfrey has contributed more than $100 million to provide education to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017.

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In reviving a franchise, ‘Ocean’s 8’ brings diversity in representation to the classic heist series


Women made up 24 percent of protagonists in the 100 top domestic grossing films of 2017, according to one study.

When director Steven Soderbergh rebooted the classic heist film “Ocean’s 11,” the ensemble cast sought to capture the spirit of the 1960s Sinatra-led Rat Pack while paying homage to the original film: same name (with “11” becoming “Eleven”), same setting (Las Vegas), same recognizable — and male — names to bring the story to life on screen.

The 2001 “Ocean’s Eleven” was a box office success, and now 11 years after the last film in the franchise, a new pack is picking up where the “Ocean’s” trilogy left off: “Ocean’s 8” will tell a similar heist-themed plot with a slew of recognizable names — but this time, it’s the women who are front and center of the story.

“We’re celebrating eight distinct women from eight distinct backgrounds, and this is what the world looks like, not just what Hollywood has made the world look like,” director Gary Ross told reporters in May at a press conference to promote the film in New York City.

“Ocean’s 8” follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), who has been released from jail after 5 years and assembles a team of experts to rob the Met Gala in New York City. The concept, Ross said, came after he directed “The Hunger Games” and found himself wanting to explore more films starring powerful, female protagonists with complex upbringings.

According to a study by The Center of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, females comprised 24 percent of protagonists in the 100 top domestic grossing films of 2017, which represents a 5 percent decline (down from 29 percent) in 2016.

At the May press conference, “Ocean’s 8” co-star Mindy Kaling said she felt like the film “passes the Bechdel test with flying colors,” referring to the Wallace-Bechdel test, which originated from cartoonist Alison Bechdel and examines if a work of fiction features two female characters who are speaking about something other than a man.

“These women are orchestrating a crime as opposed to fighting over a man,” Kaling said.


The Bechdel test is often referenced in Hollywood when talking about female representation on screen, and it’s also inspired theaters in other countries as a grading tool in an effort to make audiences more mindful of what they’re watching. In 2013, four theaters in Sweden announced they would give a film an “A” rating on its movie poster if it passed the Bechdel test.

In 2013, according toIndieWire, only 30 percent of Swedish films passed the Bechdel test. The next year, it jumped to 60 percent; in 2015, 80 percent of films earned an “A.”

But using the Bechdel test as a measurement can also miss the point, according to Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

“A far better test would consider the centrality of female characters to the narrative, the agency of female characters and the dimensionality of female characters,” Lauzen said.

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The new Sally Ride stamp ensures astronaut will be a role model for generations

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by: Lynn Sherr

Sally Ride soared into history 35 years ago as the first American woman in space. This week, six years after her death made her eligible for recognition, the United States Postal Service is commemorating her extraordinary achievement with a postage stamp.

It’s an iconic honor, a time-hallowed tribute to a genuine hero who joins superstars from George Washington to John Lennon in the American stampbook.

True, an envelope bearing the image of Sally in space gear will take longer to get across town than it took her to orbit Earth.

But this bold young woman whose grin once lit up the skies — the jaunty astrophysicist who broke the ultimate glass ceiling and convinced millions that they, too, could do anything — remains a valuable role model for today’s emerging leaders. Her beaming face on a tiny rectangle of colored paper represents the perfect intersection between the daring achievements of the recent past and the lofty goals of the #MeToo revolution.

Ride was born in 1951, when outer space was science fiction and women’s rights were almost nonexistent. She fully appreciated that her selection as one of NASA’s first six female astronauts was due largely to the women’s movement, which had liberated more than one men’s club. In 1982, when she was chosen as the first woman to fly, she mused, publicly, “maybe it’s too bad that our society isn’t further along and that this is such a big deal.”

That she did not reveal she was a lesbian until her obituary was published, or rightfully felt she could not reveal it without risking her career, shows just how much further we had to travel.

I met Sally in 1981 when, as a reporter for ABC News, I interviewed her for a story on the upcoming space shuttle and its new breed of astronauts. Her unflappable manner and unreserved feminism were refreshing, and we quickly became friends. Just before the June 1983 launch, she confessed, candidly, that yes, she did feel under pressure:  “not to mess up.”

Sally never elaborated — she rarely did — but I knew what she meant.  She didn’t want to mess up for space exploration, because she cared about its goals; she didn’t want to mess up for NASA, because she deeply respected its mission; she didn’t want to mess up for her crew, because she was a team player; but mostly, she didn’t want to mess up for other women, because she knew she was their representative on that first, critical flight.

She understood that you can’t be one if you can’t see one.

Sally proved that you don’t need the right plumbing to have the right stuff. Throughout her life — another shuttle mission, several years managing and investigating NASA,  teaching physics, creating a company to entice youngsters to the sciences that so entranced her — she learned how to succeed in a world often set against her. With wry wit.

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Netflix Names Former Obama Adviser and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to Board


Netflix appointed Susan Rice, former U.S. national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, to its board of directors.

Rice currently is a distinguished visiting research fellow at American University’s School of International Service, as well as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”

Rice commented, “I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire.”

Rice, 53, is a controversial political figure. Conservatives have criticized her over her initial comments about the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, which she called “spontaneous.” Critics have accused her of lying and trying to downplay the premeditated nature of the attack. In addition, it emerged last year that as Obama’s national security adviser, Rice in 2016 had requested to “unmask” the identities of certain Americans identified in intelligence reports who had been intercepted speaking with foreign sources — and were linked to Donald Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team.

Rice’s appointment increases the number of Netflix’s board members to 11 — and she becomes the company’s fourth female board member. In January, Netflix named Rodolphe Belmer, former CEO of Canal Plus Group, to the board.

The other Netflix directors are: Reed Hastings; Anne Sweeney, former president of Disney-ABC Television Group; Richard Barton, executive chairman of Zillow Group and founder of Expedia; A. George (Skip) Battle, former executive chairman of Ask Jeeves and executive at Andersen Consulting; Timothy Haley, managing director at Redpoint Ventures; Jay Hoag, general partner at Technology Crossover Ventures; Leslie Kilgore, former Netflix chief marketing officer; Ann Mather, ex-CFO of Pixar and Village Roadshow Pictures, former Disney exec; and Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, Microsoft.

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Priyanka Chopra: Standing Up for Girls

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By Mackenna Cummings
Priyanka Chopra, the current star of the ABC series Quantico, has risen well beyond her title as the lead actress of a television series. Success is important to her, but so is changing the world, which why she is making great strides not only in the entertainment industry but also as a humanitarian.

When she was young, Chopra dreamed of being an aeronautical engineer, but it was her success in pageants that gave her confidence. She struggled with insecurities and bullying due to her darker skin and ethnicity, but much of that changed in 2000 when she was crowned Miss World. This title helped her career path as well as showed her how instrumental her voice and presence in entertainment could be. She quickly became an empowering figure to women of color, and she continues to use her success as an advocate for equality, diversity, and positive change.

Priyanka Chopra on “Good Morning America” with Robin Roberts. (ABC/Lou Rocco)

At 17 years old, Chopra found herself with multiple opportunities ahead, having just won Miss World. She turned to film and music. One of her earliest roles was in a commercial for a skin lightening product. It was shortly after this that she realized she had just become an advocate for something that caused her insecurities when she was young. Chopra knew she could use her voice and celebrity status for much more positive impacts around the world. She had a heart and drive to make a difference.

“I couldn’t change the world, but I could contribute toward change,” she says. “One person cannot eradicate poverty, but I realized that [with] the platform that I had, whatever I said would be spoken about, would be written about.” It was through this that she has found a multitude of ways to champion for others. As one person doing something she can inspire countless more to also change the world. Now, when girls and women approach her in appreciation for the representation she brings to television and the strength she gives them through her success, she says she feels that insecure girl she was quake inside.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra in Johannesburg Photo/Unicef/Karel Prinsloo

Chopra credits her parents for much of her success, saying she comes from a family of overachievers. Both of her parents were doctors in the army. While she was raised in a small town in India where most girls were not given the opportunity of an education in favor of marriage, her parents encouraged her to study and strive for success. This support was crucial for her drove her to start The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, which allows 70 children in India to have access to medical coverage and education. A personal experience inspired her to support such a cause. When it came to her attention that, due to expenses, the daughter of her family’s housekeeper was not being sent to school while the son was, she immediately paid for the young girl’s tuition. But Chopra did not stop there. She knew she could do more. “Education has always been very important to me. It means you don’t have to depend on anyone else,” she says. These children now have mobility and options because of her passion and awareness.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra comforts youth living with HIV. UNICEF/KAREL PRINSLOO

Her humanitarian efforts extend beyond her own foundation. In 2016, she was appointed UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador but had been involved with UNICEF for nearly ten years prior. “My wish for children is freedom. The freedom to think, the freedom to live,” she said when she was appointed. Chopra has spent many years working to help others, particularly girls who have not been given many opportunities. She says she has “experienced firsthand the transformative power of empowering young girls with opportunities that are rightfully theirs.”

With the knowledge that changing the world can be achieved through giving these young girls a voice and access to education, Chopra has met with children victims of abuse in Zimbabwe, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, and supported the programs in place to help the youth recover from trauma and be empowered. She even utilized social media for her recent UNICEF trip, and these posts ranked her number one for a period of time among other celebrities, guaranteeing that her hope to contribute to change by getting others to also contribute is working. She is raising awareness not only of problems for youth globally but also about the programs already in place to help, programs that can change the world with the support a voice like Chopra’s.

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Priyanka Chopra UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador-PHOTO: KAREL PRINSLOO

Chopra also serves as a Girl Up Champion for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign. She raises awareness and funds for UN programs that provide girls around the world with life-changing opportunities, like the chance to go to school, see a doctor, and stay safe from violence.

“As a Champion for Girl Up, I am lending my voice to a cause that is very close to me. I come from a country where girls are not treated fairly—many girls are kept out of school, get married at a young age, and don’t have access to health services,” she says.  “I joined Girl Up because I firmly believe in the campaign’s mission, that every girl, no matter where she is born, should grow up safe, healthy and empowered. Every girl should have the opportunity to reach her full potential.”

When she is not traveling to help children and young women, she continues to break barriers in her own field. Chopra is relentless, to her, “success is a journey, you have to be consistently successful to be called successful.”

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The Late Late Show with James Corden. TERENCE PATRICK/CBS ©2017 CBS BROADCASTING, INC.

Choosing the role of Alex Parrish in Quantico was a very particular choice for her in fighting for equal representation and diversity. “I did not want to be the stereotype of either Bollywood or what Indian actors are [usually offered]. The exotic, beautiful girl, or the academically inclined nerd. And I wanted to play a lead…. And I’m playing an FBI agent on Quantico. I didn’t settle for less,” she said of her starring role.

She hopes to make diversity normal as opposed to a novelty,knowing that once it is, then equality can truly gain traction. So long as it is a novelty, people of diverse backgrounds are limited by the stereotypes and associations of society rather than their skills. “Celebrating our differences doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to be different,” Chopra says. “Celebrating our differences is being proud of where you come from but engulfing other people who are different than you into your world.”

Chopra is an outspoken feminist and champion for diversity, with a goal to educate rather than be angry when someone is misinformed. Through everything Chopra does, these priorities are clear: As a humanitarian, she is giving opportunities of education and independence to many, and as a celebrity, she is using her voice to advocate and encourage others to do the same.

The Winners for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Are In!


It’s a wrap on the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards, and it was a big night for up and comer Cardi B. The rapper took home two awards in Best New Artist and Best New Hip-Hop Artist, while also performing a medley of her hits including, “Motor Sport” “Bartier Carti”, “Finesse”, “Bodak Yellow”, and “No Limit”.

With the ladies shining ever so brightly on the stage, Taylor Swift took home Female Artist of the Year and fresh face Alessia Cara won for Dance Song of the Year. The night continued with British Pop group, Little Mix taking home the award for Best Remix, a new socially voted category.

See the full list of winners below:

Song of the Year:

-“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

-“Shape Of You” – Ed Sheeran ** WINNER

-“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

-“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

-“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Female Artist of the Year: 

-Alessia Cara




-Taylor Swift ** WINNER

Male Artist of the Year:

-Bruno Mars

-Charlie Puth

-Ed Sheeran ** WINNER

-Shawn Mendes

-The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year:

-Imagine Dragons

-Maroon 5 ** WINNER


-Portugal. The Man

-The Chainsmokers

Best Collaboration:

-“Despacito” -Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

-“Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar

-“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay ** WINNER

-“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara

-“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Best New Pop Artist:

-Camila Cabello

-Julia Michaels

-Liam Payne


-Niall Horan ** WINNER

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

-“Believer” – Imagine Dragons

-“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man ** WINNER

-“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons

-“Walk On Water” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

-“Wish I Knew You” – The Revivalists

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

-Cage The Elephant

-Imagine Dragons ** WINNER

-Judah & The Lion

-Kings Of Leon

-Portugal. The Man

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

-Greta Van Fleet

-Judah & The Lion ** WINNER


-Rag’n’Bone Man

-The Revivalists

Rock Song of the Year:

-“Go To War” – Nothing More

-“Help” – Papa Roach

-“Run” – Foo Fighters ** WINNER

-“Rx (Medicate)” – Theory of a Deadman

-“Song #3” – Stone Sour

Rock Artist of the Year:

-Foo Fighters

-Highly Suspect

-Metallica ** WINNER

-Papa Roach

-Royal Blood

Country Song of the Year:

-“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt ** WINNER

-“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi

-“Hurricane” – Luke Combs

-“Small Town Boy” – Dustin Lynch

-“Unforgettable” – Thomas Rhett

Country Artist of the Year:

-Blake Shelton

-Jason Aldean

-Luke Bryan

-Sam Hunt

-Thomas Rhett ** WINNER

Best New Country Artist:

-Brett Young

-Jon Pardi

-Kane Brown

-Lauren Alaina

-Luke Combs ** WINNER

Dance Song of the Year:

-“It Ain’t Me” – Kygo and Selena Gomez

-“No Promises” – Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

-“Rockabye” – Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

-“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

-“Stay” – Zedd and Alessia Cara ** WINNER

Dance Artist of the Year: 

-Calvin Harris

-Cheat Codes


-The Chainsmokers ** WINNER


Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

-“Bad and Boujee” – Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

-“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B

-“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar

-“Rockstar” – Post Malone

-“Wild Thoughts” – DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller ** WINNER

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

-DJ Khaled



-Kendrick Lamar ** WINNER


Best New Hip-Hop Artist:

-21 Savage

-Cardi B ** WINNER


-Lil Uzi Vert

-Playboi Carti

R&B Song of the Year:

-“B.E.D.” – Jacquees

-“Location” – Khalid

-“Love Galore” – SZA featuring Travis Scott

-“Redbone” – Childish Gambino

-“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars ** WINNER

R&B Artist of the Year: 

-Bruno Mars ** WINNER

-Childish Gambino



-The Weeknd

Best New R&B Artist:



-Kevin Ross

-Khalid ** WINNER


Latin Song of the Year: 

-“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ** WINNER

-“El Amante” – Nicky Jam

-“Hey DJ” – CNCO

-“Mi Gente” – J Balvin featuring Willy William

-“Súbeme La Radio” –  Enrique Iglesias

Latin Artist of the Year:


-J Balvin

-Luis Fonsi ** WINNER

-Nicky Jam


Best New Latin Artist:

-Abraham Mateo

-Bad Bunny

-Danny Ocean

-Karol G

-Ozuna ** WINNER

Regional Mexican Song of the Year: 

-“Adios Amor” – Christian Nodal ** WINNER

-“Ella Es Mi Mujer” – Banda Carnaval

-“Las Ultras” – Calibre 50

-“Regresa Hermosa” – Gerardo Ortiz

-“Siempre Te Voy A Querer” – Calibre 50

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 

-Banda Carnaval

-Banda Los Recoditos

-Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga

-Calibre 50 ** WINNER

-Gerardo Ortiz

Best New Regional Mexican Artist:

-Christian Nodal ** WINNER

-Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey

-El Fantasma

-Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes

Producer of the Year:

-Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder

– Andrew Watt ** WINNER

-Benny Blanco

-Justin Tranter

-Steve Mac

Best Lyrics (Socially Voted Category):

-“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B

-“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

-“Holding Me Back” – Shawn Mendes

-“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift

-“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran

-“Slow Hands” – Niall Horan ** WINNER

Best Cover Song (Socially Voted Category):

-“All We Got” – Shawn Mendes

-“Bad Liar” – HAIM

-“Issues” – Niall Horan

-“Lost” – Khalid

-“Say You Won’t Let Go” – Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly

-“The Chain” – Harry Styles ** WINNER

 -“Touch” – Ed Sheeran

-“The Tribute Song” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell (Socially Voted Category):

-Arianators – Ariana Grande

-Beliebers – Justin Bieber


-Camilizers – Camila Cabello


-Harmonizers – Fifth Harmony

-Lovatics – Demi Lovato

-Mendes Army – Shawn Mendes

-Mixers – Little Mix

-Selenators – Selena Gomez

-Smilers – Miley Cyrus

– Swifties – Taylor Swift

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16 Girls Who Changed The World

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Women’s History Month is a great time to look back on the achievements of women who have made waves over the years.

Just in the last few weeks, we’ve witnessed impressive teen activism following the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida ― an important reminder that you’re never too young to make a difference.

Below is a list of women who changed the world when they were young girls and teens. From promoting girls’ education to raising money for meaningful causes to marching for civil rights, their accomplishments are impressive and inspiring.

1. Ruby Bridges

In 1960 at the age of 6, Ruby Bridges became the first black student to attend William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. The first-grader faced protests and riots and had to walk to school accompanied by federal marshals. She became an icon and inspiration in the Civil Rights Movement.

2. Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani human rights advocate known for her activism in promoting education for girls. In 2012, when she was just 15 years old, a Taliban gunman shot her in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her work. At the age of 17, she received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest Nobel laureate.

3. Anne Frank

A German-born Jewish girl who moved to the Netherlands during the Nazi regime, Anne Frank rose to fame following the publication of the diary she kept while hiding from the Gestapo. After her family was discovered and arrested, Frank died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15. Her father Otto — the only surviving family member — was moved reading her diary after the war and published it posthumously. It has been translated into more than 60 languages.

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Frida Kahlo And Other Historic Women Are Being Made Into Barbies


Mattel is also honoring a few living legends, including Olympian Chloe Kim, this International Women’s Day.

Kids around the world will soon be able to own a Barbie doll bearing the likeness of Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart or Katherine Johnson.

All three women made herstory in different industries: Earhart was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean; Mexican artist Kahlo was known for her unique painting style and feminist activism; and Johnson, who was highlighted in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” broke boundaries for black women in mathematics and calculated dozens of trajectories for NASA, including the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon.

The dolls, which are part of Mattel’s new series called “Inspiring Women,” will be mass produced and sold in stores. The toy company does not have an exact date for when they will hit shelves, but said each will come with educational information about the woman who inspired it.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day, because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Lisa McKnight, the senior vice president and general manager of Barbie, said Tuesday in a press release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

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Marvel Hired Gabby Rivera, A Queer Latina Writer, For Its Queer Latina Superhero


Gabby Rivera never thought superhero comics would become a part of her writing career, but when the call came, she answered with geeky enthusiasm.

Marvel Comics reached out to Rivera, perhaps best-known for her novel “Juliet Takes a Breath,” and asked whether she’d be interested in being the writing voice behind America Chavez, a Latina, queer, superpowered and super-popular character who made a name for herself in the pages of super-team titles “Young Avengers” and “The Ultimates.”

Rivera says the chance to write such a character is like the dream she never knew she had coming true.

“Superhero comics seemed so out of my league that I never even imagined it as something I could do. But the second the opportunity came my way, it felt so right,” Rivera told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “I’ve always dreamt up wild, powerful and carefree superheroes that look like me and my family: thick, brown, goofy, beautiful. And now I get to see them come to life. ‘America’ is going to be all those things and it’s [going to] be wild.”

Before beginning to write “America,” the new solo series (illustrated by Joe Quinones) that debuted in print and digitally last week, Rivera dived into stacks of comic books featuring the superstrong heroine who can fly and punch star-shaped dimension-hopping holes into the air. Rivera called it her “crash course” on all things America.

The biggest difference for Rivera between writing novels and superhero comic books? Time.

“I take my sweet old time writing my stuff. But working on ‘America’ has been like riding a jet or a Jet Ski or something fast and fun,” Rivera said. “I’m churning out 20-page scripts while working full time at a national LGBTQ nonprofit. It’s intense and challenging and I love it.”

Rivera says it is “dope as hell” to be the first queer Latina writing for Marvel Comics. She is aware that her presence at Marvel represents efforts by the publisher to make sure their diverse heroes have diverse creative talent on the production side as well. Especially in the current comic-book-reading era that includes social media, where diversity decisions are praised or critiqued.

“I mean, folks have been wanting intersectional representation in literature and the creative arts since forever,” Rivera said. “Social media just heightens the scrutiny and gives people a space to connect. [Online] groups like Black Girl Nerds, Latinx Geeks, and Geeks of Color are doing their thing.”

Just where exactly America descends from is something that hasn’t been publicized yet. Is she Puerto Rican? Dominican? Cuban? Mexican? None of the above?

Rivera, who grew up in the Bronx, infuses some of her Puerto Rican culture into the first issue of “America,” adding some “wepas” and having America study (in another dimension) at Sotomayor University (named after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor). But she won’t say where America descends from just yet.

The series “is definitely going to tackle America’s ancestry and ethnicity. But it won’t be as neat as some folks might want it to be. For me, being Latina is really damn complicated, especially when it comes to tracing my roots,” Rivera said. “America’s going to wonder where she really came from and who her people are. She’s going to explore what it means to be brown across the dimensions. And like many people who’ve had to leave home at a young age, she’s dealing with that feeling of disconnect, the you’re a foreigner here and out of place when you go ‘home’ type of feeling.”

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