Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.
We’re sorry “Stonewall” Jackson, Outkast is for real.
In the wake of the horrific Charleston shootings and last week’s call by the NAACP to sandblast the faces of three Confederate leaders off Stone Mountain, a Georgia-based artist has a new idea. Why not add the faces of Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi, the fathers of southern hip-hop, onto the mountain? Artist Mack Williams addressed the idea to Georgia’s state house, senate, and Governor Nathan Deal in a MoveOn.org petition, stating: “By no means do we wish to erase or destroy the current carving, which, regardless of its context, is an impressive and historic work of art. We simply wish to add new carvings, of Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast, to the mountainside. There’s plenty of room.”
Behind the headline-making talks, subtler forms of diplomacy are laying the real groundwork for Iran’s international future.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Paris earlier this year.
Since negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries (America, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom) commenced on June 26th, there have been missed deadlines and a spate of nervous nail biting as uncertainty reigned regarding the outcome of the talks. But early Tuesday morning, negotiators in Vienna, Austria finally produced a viable nuclear deal. The massive document, still being parsed for details, basically constitutes a promise by Iran to curb any nuclear activities that could contribute to weaponization for at least 15 years. Tehran will allow regular non-proliferation compliance inspections and unprecedented access to state facilities in perpetuity, with heightened monitoring by watchdogs for the next couple of decades. In exchange for this (and a host of other little guarantees), some of the world’s harshest sanctions, ratcheted up on Iran especially over the past decade, will slowly roll back towards normalization.
The only thing those “letters” spelled was a pretty good time.
When CNN International’s Lucy Pawle spotted a black and white flag being flown at a gay pride parade in London, she was a little quick to jump to conclusions. Pawle went on air to discuss the incident and seemed absolutely sure this was a poorly made rendition of the ISIS flag. However, upon further examination it was revealed that the flag depicted something quite different. What Pawle mistook for Arabic lettering was actually a collection of silhouetted sex toys. CNN, who immediately ran the headline “ISIS Flag Spotted At Gay Pride Parade,” might be a little embarrassed about this one. You can check out their original segment in the video below.