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Lily-Rose Depp Announces Her “Sexual Fluidity” in Instagram Post

Some might think celebrity children have it easy. But famous or not, being a teenager is tough. What with studying for exams, identity crisis, relationships, and choosing which college to apply to, being a teenager in the twenty-first century has proven to be challenging. Gone are the idealistic images of 1950’s, where every situation could be solved with an ice-cream cone or an episode of Leave It To Beaver. When you factor in struggling with your sexuality, the complications of being teenager only escalate. Especially when you have to fight that battle within the public eye. But one individual, whose parents are no strangers to the public eye, is joining the ongoing battle to banish sexuality labels. I speak of course, of Lily-Rose Depp. Daughter of Johnny Depp? Captain Sparrow? Ringing any bells here? Anyways, the incredibly wise, and brave, 16-year-old, took to Instagram on Monday afternoon, and posted a heartfelt picture for photographer iO Tillett Wright‘s Self Evident Project. For those who aren’t as familiar with the site, it “exists to spread awareness and understanding about a broader spectrum of human sexuality.” …

My Decision Not To Attend College

$1 trillion: it’s a hell of a lot of money. It is also the number of unpaid student debt within the U.S. Makes a person question whether or not they truly want to enroll, huh? Plain and simple; I didn’t go to college. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for broadening your education. In fact, there was a time when I truly wanted to attend. I had obtained a hefty file, filled with a colorful collective of college applications. Every application from NYU to Harvard adorned the interior of a unicorn embellished folder, which remained tucked away in my desk. But somewhere between adolescence and womanhood, that protruding urge to continue my education somehow evaporated. The insufficient teacher’s salary my mother earned wasn’t going to be much of assistance with my college education and the small amount of money I earned through babysitting wasn’t going to help either. My grades were sufficient but they weren’t enough to earn me the title of genius and although I enjoyed being on the track …

Taylor Swift Channels Old School Glamour on Vanity Fair’s September Cover

I’m a fan of many things. However, there aren’t many which can cause me to hyperventilate with excitement. I save those particular fancies for a very special list. I like to refer to this list as “My Hyperventilation List”. Clever right? Among this list are retro bicycles, strawberry cupcakes, structured handbags, and Taylor Swift. So it’s only appropriate that  literally lost my nerve with adoration when I glimpsed at Taylor’s cover for the September issue of Vanity Fair. Tay Tay-as I like to refer to her-has become one to watch in the fashion industry. What with her vintage-meets-modern ensembles. She kills it on every red carpet she walks and provokes envy from her stellar street style. For her cover shoot with Vanity Fair, shot by legendary photographer Mario Testino, Swift channeled a lightly different look. Donning elegant gowns along with chunks of gold jewelry, Swift appeared like something out of a chic 70’s flick. The image of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface comes to mind. But perhaps that’s one of Swift’s major gifts. Hah, it rhymes! She has the …

What Does the Future Hold For Planned Parenthood?

Being the creator of a lifestyle blog catered to women, I like to consider myself an advocate for woman and the rights which involve them. Not only because I’m a woman myself, but because equality in general is a topic which seems to be ignored quite frequently. When it was announced that there was a bill in the works to defund Planned Parenthood, you could only imagine my extreme irritability, not to mention confusion. For those of you who aren’t aware, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is one of the largest organizations which provide reproductive, maternal and child health services, with a large majority being women. The idea that someone would want to discontinue such a valued service is something of a mystery to me. So you could imagine my relief when the bill was not passed. It would seem that the Republican voters needed at least 60 votes in order to proceed, but only obtained 53. The bill, which was sponsored by Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, was expected to be dud from the beginning. It was then …

Why Cara Delevingne’s Behavior on Good Day Sacramento Needs No Explanation

If you follow pop culture-or have moderate working wifi in your home- you would have already witnessed model/actress Cara Delevingne‘s cringe-worthy interview on Good Day Sacramento. Since the interview, many of have gone on to belittle Cara, referring to her as “rude” and “snobbish”. However, one only needs to view the interview below, to understand why Delevingne behaved the way she did. Now, I am not a supporter of bad behavior nor do I condone it for any reason whatsoever. I was brought up with an array of manners at my disposal and was continuously taught to be polite to every individual I encounter. Mind you, I am only human and there are times when I simply do not feel like being the poster child for politeness. So sue me. I can only imagine actors and actresses feel somewhat similarly. Especially when they’re forced to sit through countless of interviews, answering the exact same questions. Not mention, when the person conducting the interview can’t remember your correct name and continues to behave condescendingly. Mix all of those components together and you’re …

Fifth Black Female Prisoner to Be Found Dead in Jail Cell

It’s never easy to unveil saddening news, let alone write about it. Perhaps that is why this particular post is somewhat difficult for me to construct. If you’ve been following the story pertaining to the deaths of the four African American female prisoners, then you would be informed regarding the details. Unfortunately it would seem that there has been a fifth victim of late; Ryanette Turner. Turner, a 42-year-old wife and mother of eight, was reportedly found dead in her jail cell in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Tuner is just the fifth victim to have been found dead in her cell this month, producing an array of unanswered questions. Turner, who was arrested on Saturday due to shoplifting charges. She had been placed in a holding cell to await arraignment. According to the New York Times, Turner was taken to the hospital on Sunday, due to reports that she was not feeling well. She had been brought back shortly after, only to have been found in her cell unconscious on Monday afternoon. The cause of death is still unknown …

Rejoice 90’s Teens! Dazed and Confused Welcomes a “Somber” Sequel.

Officially, I was a child during the 90’s. I didn’t actually reach my teens until the mid 2000’s. However, that did not mean I was banned from viewing films which were created during that period. Especially ones pertaining to teenage angst. Much to the protestation of my mother, I usually watched them with along with my older brother, who was a teenager during the 90’s. I was probably around nine when I first witnessed Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused: the beloved coming-of-age film revolving around a group of high school graduates during the late 70’s. To date, Richard Linklater is by far one of my favorite directors, and the film is one of my all time favorites,  Seriously, who can forget Matthew McConaughey‘s infamous creepy stash or Parker Posey’s insane hazing rituals? Ah yes, I can practically smell the cherry chapstick aroma of my spent childhood. Memories! So you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered there would be much more angst to come from the director. Although the plot is still a mystery, Linklater’s next film, Everybody …