From crazy contouring to Kylie Jenner’s lip plumping, the United States has developed its own standard of feminine beauty that has become the inspiration of beauty around the world. Globally, the beauty ideal is the European standard, which emphasizes skin tones and hair types that exclude many women of color. An example of this ‘European influence’ is a trend in Uganda known as skin bleaching. Has this standard of beauty made women of color so self- conscious that they believe in order to be beautiful, they must alter the color of their skin?
Skin bleaching has been commonly practiced in Uganda to achieve a fairer skin tone. Women are willing to apply carcinogens and harmful chemicals on their faces just to fit in the beauty stereotype. According to the Columbia Social Work review, black women are in risk of internalized self-hatred due to their skin color because of the media’s portrayal of women. German photographer Anne Ackerman lived in Uganda in 2013 and visited various parlors and salons to document the practice of this trend.
Disney Channel’s smash hit, High School Musical, turned ten years old on Jan. 20, 2016. The cast reunited on Disney Channel during a special telecast of the movie held on the anniversary. Superstars Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisldale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel and Monique Coleman took a part in the memorable reunion. Sadly, the lead star, Zac Efron, was not able to join fellow cast mates. However, he did appear in a pre-taped message for the fans. Before we get into more details on the reunion, let’s take a walk down memory lane to when High School Musical hit the small screen ten years ago.
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Kanye West has finally revealed an official release date for his long-awaited seventh studio album, and the hype around the announcement only solidifies the album, now called WAVES after a series of name changes, as one of the most hotly anticipated records in recent memory. West has released two new singles from the album, “Real Friends” and “No More Parties in L.A.,” that have only added to the buzz surrounding the album. The former is an introspective glimpse into his personal struggles, and the latter, featuring Kendrick Lamar, is an instantly catchy return to form that puts a laid-back Madlib beat to beautiful use. In addition to the masterful beat and an on-fire Kendrick Lamar, Kanye’s verse on the song serves as both a ridiculously quotable boast and an honest examination of his own psyche. It recalls his consistently hilarious and down-to-earth work on his first two LPs more than the messiah-complex lyrics of Yeezus.
From watching linebacker Terry Tate tackling businessmen to seeing a Budweiser Clydesdale finding its way back home, one of the public’s favorite features of the Super Bowl is the commercials, and this year is no exception. With a Super Bowl as big as Super Bowl 50, a corporate race has ensued to put out the most memorable commercials possible. According to Bradley Johnson of Advertising Age, “Ad spending for commercials during the game on Feb. 7's Super Bowl 50 broadcast on CBS will total a record $377 million, according to Ad Age Datacenter's estimate.” Johnson says that this year’s ad spending is more than what was spent on the Super Bowl during the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s combined, so expectations for this year’s ads are high.
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Assisted suicide and refusal of life support have always been heated topics. While some feel it is the patient’s choice to pass away in the comfort of their own home surrounded by friends and family, others believe everything should be done to save someone. But what if that patient has an incurable and terminal disease and is only five years old? Such is the case with Oregon resident Julianna Snow, a young girl who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT). This inheritable neurodegenerative disease affects sensory and motor nerves. Snow was only recently diagnosed, and while she is currently stable, just catching even a simple cold could cause her to die. If this happens, she has decided she wants to pass away at home and not go to the hospital.
The culmination of a thrilling season comes to a head on Feb. 7 when the Denver Broncos bring the league’s top defense to battle the Panthers of Carolina, who own one of the top offenses in the league. Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, holds the honor to host this year’s festivities. Storylines lie abound: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning attempts to ride off into the sunset after a historic career while MVP-frontrunner Cam Newton tries to lead his Panthers to an astounding 18-1 record on the year, something unprecedented before the season, especially after losing top wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in training camp. Nonetheless, these are the last two teams remaining, and it would be difficult to challenge they aren’t the best two teams this season.
“Honk if you love Pluto,” is one of the many signs displayed at the seventh annual “Dwarf Planet Pride Day” held in Seattle, Washington to protest the dismal of beloved Pluto. Although it does not seem likely that Pluto will be reinstated as a planet, there is still hope for many that believe that there are nine planets in our solar system with the recent discovery of “Planet Nine."
With cited significant improvements in the manatee’s population and habitat conditions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the removal of the marine mammal from the endangered species list. Instead it will be considered as a “threatened” species. A threatened species is considered one that is likely to become endangered in the future. The chubby creatures were among the first species added to the endangered species list in 1972. In 1991 there were only an estimated 1,267 manatees in Florida. Currently, there are more than 6,300 manatees in Florida.
According to the famous philosopher Aristotle, pre-Socratic philosophers Thales, Leucippus, and Democritus were the first to believe that Earth was flat. The flat Earth theory was first proven false by Pythagoras; Plato and Aristotle agreed that Earth is round.
This has obviously been unspoken for a long time, but rapper and free-thinker B.o.B believes otherwise. He released the song, “Flatline,” a rap about how Earth is definitely flat, and the government and world power elites are hiding it from us and censoring B.o.B on Twitter. Scientist Neil Tyson explains that Earth is not a sphere, but a spheroid, which is much different than a regular sphere. “So it’s not actually a sphere, it’s an… it’s oblate; it’s officially an oblate spheroid. That’s what we call it. But not only that, it’s slightly wider below the equator than above the equator,” says Tyson. Essentially, Tyson is saying Earth is the shape of a pear, not flat as B.o.B interpreted Tyson’s words to have said.
The 2016 playoffs have been very exciting for fans that have teams still in the running. The wild card round took place the weekend of Jan. 8. There were two games that were especially upsetting or exciting, depending on which fan base a person is a part of. The first was between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The score was 16-15 Bengals with a minute and thirty seconds left in the game when a big play by the Steelers took them back into Bengals territory. Two personal fouls later, the Steelers were in field goal range and won the game 18-16. The game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings was a similar story. The Seahawks were up 10-9 at the end of the fourth quarter, but Minnesota had the ball and was gearing up to kick a field goal. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh kicked it wide left, and the Seahawks moved on.