Act MTV Act Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:13:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blake Lively Launches PRESERVE + 5 Other Things to Know About Today Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:13:32 +0000 + Blake Lively Launches PRESERVE BlakeLively

Blake Lively launched her much-talked-about website today. PRESERVE is, according to the actress, part “magazine, part e-commerce hub,” and it will function as a creative space that honors “tradition and innovation.” Blake isn’t just out to make a buck, however. The site also has a “Greater Good” section where Lively details her philanthropic goal: giving “5,000 children a meal, 2,000 children a blanket, and 2,700 children a warm hoodies.” Want to know more? Read Lively’s Letter from the Editor.

+ Natalie Portman supports PETA


Just because you’re hitting the gym doesn’t mean you can’t support your favorite nonprofits. Just ask Natalie Portman. While passing some time doing Pilates this weekend, the actress also sported a shirt promoting a cause close to her heart: PETA. If you’re not familiar with the organization, PETA believes that animals are “not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”

+ Rachel McAdams Talks LiLo


In a new interview in “Allure” magazine, Rachel McAdams reflects on her “Mean Girls” days and what it was like working with Lindsay Lohan. The actress deflects a rumor that LiLo was intimidated by her saying that, if anything, she was the one in awe of Lohan! McAdams remembers being “in awe of her talent,” saying the actress had “great comedic timing” that was “so natural.”

+ Airlines Cancel Flights to Israel


In the wake of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, several major airlines have cancelled flights to Israel. Just after Delta, United Airlines, and US Airways announced they were cancelling flights, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it was prohibiting airlines from flying “to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.”

+ Ikea Wants You to Adopt Shelter Dogs


Need one more reason to go to Ikea? Two stores in Singapore worked with Save Our Street Dogs and Animal Lovers League to publicize the playful pooches up for adoption. Ad agency DDB Singapore worked with the shelter agencies to create life-size cutouts of the animals looking for forever homes and displayed them in the Ikea stores so customers could imagine what the dogs would look like in their homes.

+ Kanye’s Proves He’s the Ultimate Family Man


Kanye has said some outrageous things in the past, but some part of his recent GQ interview warmed our Yeezus-lovin’ hearts. In the interview, West had the following to say about family life:

Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.

You can read the full Kanye West interview here.

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Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” Video is UNICEF-Approved Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:16 +0000 Read more »]]>

She might be best known for her crazy costumes and a song about locking lips with another girl, but if that’s all you know about Katy Perry, you need to keep reading. The pop star is also a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, which means the singer is using her star power to help make the world a better place.

In her newest video, Perry partnered with UNICEF to shine the spotlight on HIV+ and – youth. The star took to Facebook to explain the partnership and to dedicate the video to:

“I worked with UNICEF on this new “Unconditionally” video in support of the 35 million people living with HIV, especially the young people who often suffer in silence. On Thursday, we lost many people who dedicated their lives to fighting HIV on the Malaysia Airlines flight. They were traveling to the International AIDS Conference, where we were planning on launching this video. Now, I would also like to dedicate this video to them, to honor them, and to all the victims of MH17.”

+ Watch Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ Video

At the end of the video, the hashtags #ShowYourLove and #ZeroDiscrimination appear.  According to Popdust, the #ShowYourLove campaign is dedicated to fighting stigma against getting tested for HIV.

Want to join Perry in her work with UNICEF? Join in on the campaign and #ShowYourLove.

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So, Uh, About That Girl Scout Barbie… Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:42 +0000
Thanks to a new partnership with Mattel, Barbie might be able to hook you up with some Thin Mints. The most recent doll – released this week – is, of course, Girl Scout Barbie.

Although Barbie has had lots of jobs over the past 50 or so years, the most recent one is stirring up quite a controversy. Some believe the Girl Scouts of America sold out by partnering with Mattel. After all, as any girl scout knows, you have to work for your badges. Girls who buy the Barbie, however, will get a patch just for making that purchase, making it the first patch ever to have a corporate sponsor.

The Good Morning America team got the scoop from moms, girl scouts, and insiders at GSA. In the video, some women proclaim that Barbie isn’t a good enough role model to for young girl scouts.

+ Find Out More About Girl Scout Barbie

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Even though some are crying foul, Girl Scout Barbie isn’t going anywhere soon given that Mattel and GSA made a 3-year deal.

Photo: (Mattel)

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New Photo Series Asks Women To Name Their Favorite Positions Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:46 +0000

Say what you will about reality TV stars, but no one can deny Lauren Conrad won us all over when she was asked about her favorite position on a radio show. Deflecting what could have been an awkward moment, Conrad cleverly answered, “CEO.” Inspired by the former “The Hills” star’s answer, Mic talked to 23 women and asked them the same question.

But let’s backtrack for a minute. You might be wondering what the big deal is – why would we applaud Conrad for her answer in the first place? You see, when a woman goes on a radio show to promote her business and is asked a sexually charged question, it’s inappropriate. When you consider that 1 in 3 women are reportedly experienced “some form of sex discrimination at work,” then it’s something that needs to be addressed.

To turn the tables, Mic posed the same question to career women. Instead of responding with their favorite sexual positions, the women got the chance to show off what they loved being called at work. Editor Anna Holmes, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, and Founder and CEO Susan McPherson joined 20 other women who participated in the photo series.

Want to join in and help disrupt the cycle of sexual harassment and discrimination women face at work? Share what your favorite position is using the hashtag #MyFavoritePositionIs.

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Woman Confronts Street Harasser + Films His Response, And Becomes Instant Hero Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:47 +0000

Tired of facing street harassment while, you know, trying to live her life, Lindsey brought a camera along to film a normal day in Minneapolis. When a man catcalls her, she confronts him and secretly records his response.

As Jezebel reports, it’s “pretty evident that catcallers don’t really understand the psychology of their need to loudly comment on women’s physical appearances, either.” When Lindsay confronts the man for making her uncomfortable, he tells her that he was surprised she was offended. In fact, he thought that women got dressed up just so men would look at them.

Lindsay isn’t just some awesome 28-year-old who turns the tables on street harassers – she’s also the founder of Cards Against Harassment. The site allows users to print cards that explain why harassment isn’t a compliment. Bonus: It also includes a pretty detailed FAQ section that you can send to the people in your life who wonder why you can’t “take a compliment” when someone catcalls you.

Not comfortable taking Lindsey’s cue and confronting your catcaller? That’s totally fine! Do what you need to do to feel safe in the situation. But if you think it might be worth it to carry some of the cards around in your bag, you can find them here.

Want to make your own cards? According to the site, you can:

Any of the card designs can be customized upon request: for instance, many prefer that all their cards read “Keep it to yourself” or a simple, “It’s not a compliment, and I don’t like it,” rather than “Next time, just say hello.”

Guys, if you’re reading this, take a look at CAH’s FAQ page or head over to Stop Street Harassment. It’s not a compliment. We’re not walking around just so you can look at us. We have lives, and we’re trying to live them. We don’t need your commentary.

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Former NASA Employee Launches New Diversity-Filled Emoji App Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:55:02 +0000

What do you do when you become frustrated with Apple’s lack of diversity within their emojis? Well, Katrina Parrott, a former NASA employee, took it upon herself to create her own app filled with a variety of over 900 diverse emoticons.

According to Katrina, after her daughter noticed the lack of diversity within the system she knew it was time to take it into her own hands to do her best in launching her own system. This is when the birth of iDiversicons happened.

+ READ: Apple Responds to the Lack of Diversity in Emojis

Katrina stated, “We wanted all people to be able to find an emoticon that looked like them.” Since Apple doesn’t seem to be in a major rush to implement the ethnicity update, we respect those who have taken it upon themselves to do their part in raising the bar to equality.

It’s not JUST an emoji, but has evolved into a big part of our societies culture used by many of us from coast to coast. When I reached out to Apple previously they told me, “Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.”

So then why are we still seeing the same emojis with no race update? We hear the rumor of the middle finger coming, or even a thermometer (WTF) emoji, but no diverse emojis! Come on, Apple, listen to the people and update this already!

Support Katrina’s mission by heading on over to iDiversicons to learn how to get started!

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Unfortunately Not All #Selfies Are Created Equal — Here Are A Bunch That Stand Out Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:26:16 +0000

By H. Alan Scott

The word “selfie” (if you can call it a word), has brought about a mixed bag of opinions over the years. On one hand, it’s a shameless, self-involved expression of your vanity (or that of a bunch of celebs). On the other hand, it’s a snapshot of one moment in time, capturing the place you are in and the person you are at that given time. In a small way it’s like you’re adding a virtual piece of memorabilia to the scrapbook that is the Internet.

And, yes, there are epic failure selfies. The most recent “failure” comes from this girl at the Holocaust concentration camp, Auschwitz.

+ READ This Girl Posts a Smiling Auschwitz Selfie, Then Responds to Backlash With ‘I’m Famous Yall’

Before you get crazy (like the rest of the Internet), you should know that there’s much more to this photo than meets the eye. The girl was at Auschwitz honoring the memory of her father, the Washington post reported, who passed away a year prior to the taking of the picture. Why Auschwitz? Because they both shared a love for history and had researched the Holocaust.

Because the Internet is all about impulse responses, this girl, a high school student, has received thousands of messages of hate. Makes ya feel a little bad now, doesn’t it?

This is a great lesson for not letting one bad apple (the massive amount of truly epic selfie failures, especially this one of Nicolas Cage), ruin the bunch. You can use  selfie to make a difference! Here’s how:

+ The Power #Selfie


+ The Zen #Selfie


+ The Dissenter #Selfie


+ The Russian Invasion #Selfie


When Russia invaded Crimea, these Ukrainians took to the #selfie to voice their dissent.

+ The Hunter S. Thompson #Selfie


+ The “Who Are You Calling Disabled?” #Selfie


+  The Holocaust Survivor #Selfie


Just Grandpa at a gym? Nope. This cool dude has a story.

+ The Accidental Grandma #Selfie That Will Always Make You Smile


+ The Space #Selfie


+ The First #Selfie


The first reported #selfie was taken by amateur chemist and photography enthusiast, Robert Cornelius, of Philadelphia in 1839.

All of these are examples of the power of a #selfie. The high schooler who snapped a shot of herself at Auschwitz, now that you know the story behind the photo, maybe you’ll look at it and see it for what it is: a young girl moving into womanhood without a father, but honoring him and the memories they shared. That’s the power of a #selfie.

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Beyonce Rocks This Classic Feminist Pose Like No Other Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:26:54 +0000


Is Beyoncé a feminist? No need to debate that shiz any longer. Currently on a tour stop in New Orleans, Queen Bey took some time to visit the National World War II Museum and snapped this picture. The “We Can Do It” photo (more formally known as “Rosie the Riveter”) is an iconic symbol of women’s support for the war efforts, as well as changing gender norms during the 1940s and ’50s. It became super-popular in the 1980s, as more women entered the workforce than ever before.

But if there is any woman who can put a modern spin on this old-school meme, it is Beyoncé. After all, who run the world?

Photo: (Instagram/Beyonce)

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Katy Perry Sings To End HIV Stigma + 4 Other Things To Know About Today Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:33 +0000 + Katy Perry Sings to End HIV Stigma

+ Watch #ShowYourLove Katy Perry Video

Even with the strides we’re making, there can still sometimes be a stigma against people with HIV. As part of its #ShowYourLove campaign, UNICEF has released a video calling for unconditional love and acceptance for people with HIV, and, of course, it has music from UNICEF ambassador Katy Perry. Too perfect!

+ President Obama Fights LGBTQ Work Discrimination

Obama Hosts A White House Reception In Honor Of LGBT Month

President Obama has signed a new executive order to help end LGBTQ discrimination in the workforce. The Huffington Post explained, “[The executive order] makes it illegal to fire or harass employees of federal contractors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and it explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The part targeting federal contractors affects 24,000 companies employing roughly 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the nation’s workforce.”

+ That Was One Hot June Worldwide

Temperatures Soar To Highest Of The Year

Were you feeling hot last month? A lot of people were: Worldwide, this was the hottest June in the record books, and that’s not a good thing. The oceans also got hotter than we’ve ever known them to get.  “This is what global warming looks like,” said Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist at the University of Arizona. “Not record hot everywhere all the time, but certainly a reflection that the odds of record hot are going up everywhere around the planet.”

+ Ne-Yo Sings for Cancer Patients & Family

Nick Hissom Birthday Celebration At Encore Beach Club At Night, Wynn Las Vegas

Later this month Ne-Yo is gonna be performing at Fenway Park in Boston to help a cancer campaign brought to us by HealthBridge and CareOne Management. The campaign wants to help people with cancer and their fams. “What makes us a community is when we come together, when we see someone is suffering, and we take on their struggle together,” Ne-Yo said.

+ Hobby Lobby and the Civil Rights Act

Interest Groups React To Supreme Court Nominee

Is it possible for the Hobby Lobby decision, which lets bosses decide what health care their female employees get, to be overturned through the Civil Rights Act? An article at BloombergView argues, “Employers who single out contraceptives as undeserving of coverage don’t only violate ethical expectations of gender equality. They also violate federal anti-discrimination law. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex, including enacting policies that, while gender-neutral on their face, disproportionately hurt either men or women.”

Photo: (Getty)

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Best Celebrity Tweets Honoring Nelson Mandela Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:04:04 +0000

We hope you had a great Nelson Mandela Day and found it a fun and excellent opportunity to give back to your community and the world. (And it must have been extra awesome if you were able to attend in Times Square!)

Twitter was alive with tweets about Nelson Mandela Day, so we pulled a few of our faves from celebrity Twitter.

Ellen DeGeneres gave a very powerful and thought-provoking tweet on the matter:

Pharrell pulled an important and inspiring quote from Nelson Mandela to share:

Victoria Beckham gave an absolutely awesome throwback photo of the Spice Girls meeting with Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela. Nostalgic much?

Kerry Washington shared a pic and another great quote:

I don’t think it’s possible to run out of great Mandela quotes that inspire you and make you want to go out and do something. Here’s another great quote via a Kellan Lutz tweet:

And Josh Groban’s tweet pretty much nailed the situation:

So how was your Mandela Day? Even though it’s a specific day when we celebrate Nelson Mandela, there’s a call to act like him every day. Acting like him every day doesn’t have to mean working to become president (though if that’s what you want, power to you and go for it!). It can be about making the world a better place through things like tolerance, charity and community service. We can all learn from Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

Photo: (Getty)

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