Variety broke the news yesterday that Rooney Mara had been cast in the role of Tiger Lily in an upcoming "Peter Pan" revamp titled "Pan," the backlash was swift and fierce. “Great to see Hollywood so thoughtfully responding to criticism that it woefully under- and misrepresents indigenous people!” snarled Jezebel. Referring to the controversial "Lone Ranger," Entertainment Weekly wrote that in the wake of Johnny Depp’s Tonto, “With Mara’s casting, it feels like a giant step backwards. Both could have been great opportunities to cast working Native American actors.”
Twitter also lit up with angry and disappointed tweets like:
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Sat, Mar 15, 2014 2:31 AM PHT
Variety broke the news yesterday that Rooney Mara had been cast in the role of Tiger Lily in an upcoming "Peter Pan" revamp titled "Pan," the backlash was swift and fierce. “Great to see Hollywood so thoughtfully responding to criticism that it woefully under- and misrepresents indigenous people!” snarled Jezebel. Referring to the controversial "Lone Ranger," Entertainment Weekly wrote that in the wake of Johnny Depp’s Tonto, “With Mara’s casting, it feels like a giant step backwards. Both could have been great opportunities to cast working Native American actors.”When Read More »from Rooney Mara Cast as Tiger Lily: Another Case of Hollywood Whitewashing?
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Sat, Mar 8, 2014 3:52 AM PHTTime to
Last Saturday night, I scurried around the house turning all my clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time and warning my husband and kids that they would be losing an hour of sleep. We dutifully pulled our covers up under our chins by 10:30 (now 11:30!-or so we thought-go to bed!). The next morning, March 3, when I rousted everyone to get up for their Sunday activities and then discovered that Daylight Savings occurs, in fact, this coming this weekend, on March 9, I was not a popular mom. "The good news is you are starting your morning bright and early," I said sheepishly. Groans all around.
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Who out there likes Daylight Savings Time? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Not the citizens of of Arizona or Hawaii who never adopted the practice. Nor the citizens of the Twitterverse, who have been griping about it since at least last weekend when I checked out the hash tag, AbolishDayLightSavings (#DownWithDST is also a popular callRead More »from March 9 is Daylight Savings Time (Cue Music from 'Jaws')
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Sat, Mar 8, 2014 2:30 AM PHT
Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which took place in Boston. But perhaps the biggest story was that, for the second time in history, a baby born with HIV has been declared free of the virus after early, aggressive treatment.There was exciting news this week in the battle against HIV/AIDS, much of it coming out of the annual Read More »from What the New HIV Breakthroughs Mean for the Future of the Disease
While “baby cured of HIV” is, for sure, a thrilling headline, scientists are more cautiously hopeful than some media outlets would suggest. “That case is definitely intriguing,” Reilly O’Neal, editor of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s blog BETA, who attended the conference, tells Yahoo Shine. “The baby was tested with incredibly sensitive tests. The case supports the idea that very early treatment has the potential to dramatically reduce HIV reservoirs [the genetic code of the virus that 'hides' in the body], which are a major obstacle in curing HIV.”
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 4:18 AM PHTMisty Copeland's
Biography is not destiny. Misty Copeland's inspiring new memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, chronicles her improbable path to becoming one of the world's elite dancers and the first African American in twenty years to be a soloist with the world renowned American Ballet Theater. Now 31, she describes in the book how when she was two, her mother, Sylvia DelaCerna, left her father, hustling her and her two older brothers and sister onto a Greyhound bus. She writes,"0ur family began a pattern that would define my siblings' and my childhood: packing, scrambling, leaving-often barely surviving." Her mother had a series of boyfriends and husbands-some drank or were abusive-and two more babies arrived adding to the financial struggles.
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The family eventually settled in San Pedro, California, and Copeland and became a driven, anxious student and the captain of her school's drill team. She was also naturallyRead More »from Why Ballerina Misty Copeland is Our Hero (and Should Be Yours)
- Get ready for beach season! (photo: Getty) Yes, its still snowing and the bitter weather isn't showing any signs of letting up, but beach season is fast approaching-at least measured in "how many days to I have to get in shape?" time. It's hard to believe, but soon we'll be trading mom jeans and bulky sweaters for bikinis and bathing trunks, and now is the perfect time to embrace healthy eating and exercise and drop a few pounds a long the way.
Best-selling author Ian K. Smith, M.D, is an expert at helping people lose weight and get in shape fast, without compromising their health. His most recent book, Super Shred: The Big Results Diet, which is currently on the New York Times bestseller list, outlines what he calls, "a destination diet for the goal-oriented person who wants faster, more dramatic results right away." He adds that the plan is geared for those, "who have a specific target they need to reach by a certainRead More »from 8 Ways to Jumpstart Your Diet Before Beach Season
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Sat, Feb 22, 2014 3:24 AM PHT(photo by: Getty)
Yellow is associated with smiley faces and sunshine, but consumers might want to be wary of certain products made in this happy-looking color. Polychlorinated biphenyls, a group of chemicals commonly known as PCBs, have been banned in the United States since 1979. However, new research shows that a form called PCB 11 which is found in yellow pigments, commonly used in printing clothing and paper and in paint, is leaching into the air, water, and people's blood streams. "People thought that PCB issues were solved and they could forget about it," lead author of the study Lisa Rodenburg, an associate professor of environmental chemistry at Rutgers, tells Yahoo Shine. "But now we are finding new sources in the environment." The work has undergone peer review and she hopes the team's findings will be published later this year.
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While PCBs are one of the most widely studied chemical toxins, some forms, including PCB-11, have been consideredRead More »from PCBs Banned for Decades but Still Lurking in Yellow Consumer Goods
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:38 AM PHT
The magic of photography is how a split second frozen in time can reveal an epic story layered in history and emotion. The Sony World Photography Awards announced its shortlist of student finalists this week, spotlighting young photographers who capture the world around them in a manner that's both courageous and tender. The candidates, ages 21-28, each submitted a single image on the theme "Tomorrow's World." The semi-finalists, who represent six continents, were chosen from hundreds of students enrolled in photography programs at more than 230 institutions around the globe. They have now been challenged to present a series of self-portraits to the judges. The winner will be announced on April 30 in London and receive $48 thousand-worth of photographic equipment. The annual contest is one of the largest of its kind and features both professional and amateur photographers. Here are eight of the most compelling works, to see more of the student finalist's photographs, click here.Read More »from Award-Winning Student Photos Capture History in the Making
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As consumers, we often assume that the products we buy are safe and healthy for our families, but unfortunately that's not always the case. On Thursday afternoon, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a federal lawsuit against the EPA related to two hazardous pesticides that are banned for use in most household products because of their danger to children but are still used in flea collars for dogs and cats. Propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) are known neurotoxins that can have a similar impact on kid's brains as exposure to lead. They can also cause cancer. "We've been putting pressure on EPA for almost a decade on this," Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, a senior public health scientist at NRDC tells Yahoo Shine. Children are particularly susceptible to household toxins such as these pesticides. "Pound for pound, they eat more, drink more, and breathe in more air than adults," Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a pediatrician and expert in environmental medicine explains to Yahoo Shine. HeRead More »from Harmful Household Chemicals to Ditch Today
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Sat, Feb 1, 2014 3:30 AM PHTMichael Mosley with his new friend (courtesy BBC)
It's the dieter's ultimate fantasy: eat all you want and still lose weight. Since the Victorian era, some have believed that there was such a magic bullet, you just had to have the guts to swallow a capsule containing live tapeworm. Michael Mosley, a British journalist and physician who is famous for subjecting himself to physical stunts in the name of science, decided to find out whether the tapeworm diet actually works. His revolting experiment was documented as part of an upcoming program called Infested! Living With Parasites that will air on the BBC in February.
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Tapeworms are parasites that you ingest by eating undercooked, infected beef or pork. They can grow to be 50 feet long and live for 20 years inside their host. Mosley said his wife, also a medical doctor, wasn't thrilled with him becoming a human guinea pig. "[She] wasn't too keen on the idea," he told the BBC, "but I told her not to worry- thisRead More »from Would You Eat a Tapeworm to Lose Weight? This Guy Did
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 29, 2014 3:06 AM PHT(photo: courtesy BBC)
If you follow diet trends closely, you could get whiplash. One year fat is the enemy; the next, sugar is poison. Recently, twin brothers, Chris and Alexander "Xand" van Tulleken set out on a month-long radical experiment to put the debate to rest over which is worse.
Chris adopted a super low fat diet, consuming only the 2% he would need to maintain his health. Xand opted for a high protein diet that ditched all forms of sugar (i.e. carbohydrates), from table sugar to flour to fruit. The brothers both work as physicians so lead similar lifestyles and they stuck to the same fitness regime. Furthermore, because they share identical DNA, any changes they experienced would be attributable to diet, not genetics. A film crew followed their nutritional journey, and it's airing as a documentary on BBC2 on Wednesday.
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Xand was motivated because he was at his highest weight ever-245 pounds. He told the Daily Mail heRead More »from Twin Brothers Act as Guinea Pigs in Sugar V. Fat Experiment
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