John Legend’s ‘You & I (Nobody In The World)’ Celebrates Women

first_imgWhat do you see when you look in the mirror?This question was posed to 63 women on the set of John Legend‘s most recent music video “You & I (Nobody In The World).” Networked Feminism has become extremely prominent in today’s media, with music video’s like Colbie Cailat‘s “Try” and commercial campaigns like Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty generating conversations about beauty and societies beauty standards across all social media platforms.This music video, however, stands apart, featuring transgender Emmy Nominee Laverne Cox in an especially vulnerable moment, taking off her makeup at a vanity. She appears alongside a group of diverse individuals championing their own unique brand of beauty. They are not selling products to viewers, but their own stories, their own struggles, their own ideals. These woman reveal themselves in a documentary entitled “When I Look In The Mirror”–“a behind the scenes exploration of each woman’s thoughts and insights as they take a deep look into the mirror and reflect on themselves and their experiences.” Filmmakers and collaborators stated, “we conducted dozens of interviews over the course of twelve days to cultivate this collection of voices. From cancer survivors to a middle schooler facing bullying, each woman’s answer is indicative of her unique life experiences. Through interview, vérité filming, and staged recreations, this short documentary will deeply explore female self-image, self-judgment, and ultimately, self-love.”Of course, this video has stimulated some controversy among viewers, but the overall support for Legend’s inclusive and inspiring video and project is overwhelming. Above all things, this music video was created to inspire viewers to support #OperationGirl, “a fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls.” John Legend has utilized his celebrity status in an amazing way, as a platform to adovocate his philanthropic endeavors. Legend’s video is a body positive message to women of every ethnicity, race, age, size and color, which emphasizes what our moms have been telling us all along, we are beautiful.[Via The Independent]-Taylor Rae Almonte (@tayloralmonte)last_img read more

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Wrestlers ready for tough challenge

first_imgWrestlers ready for tough challengeThe Gophers will take on Oklahoma State, a top-10 opponent, at home. Danny ChenNovember 26, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers defeated Oklahoma State last year by one point on the road.They’ll have a chance to replicate that performance on Saturday at home.Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said the Gophers will be facing a very good program when they take on the No. 8 team in the nation.“We expect a hard-fought battle this Saturday,” Eggum said. “They are a bigger team, and there is no question that our guys are excited about the opportunity to wrestle [Oklahoma State]. There [will] be some good matchups … and some fun battles to watch.”The 165-pound weight class will be especially notable.Redshirt freshman Nick Wanzek, who is ranked No. 15 in the nation, will be facing No. 1 Alex Dieringer.Wanzek said he is ready to take the mat and battle Dieringer.“I can’t be more excited,” Wanzek said. “[To] get Oklahoma State at home this year as a redshirt freshman … and to be competing against the No. 1 guy in the nation, it does not get better than that.”Dieringer won the NCAA championships last year in the 157-pound weight class against the Gophers’ Dylan Ness. Eggum said this upcoming match will be unlike any other Wanzek has competed in.“Dieringer is a great opponent, so it will be an exciting match for sure,” Eggum said. “[But] just like any meet, Nick knows that he has to be ready for battle and be ready to go.”Another notable matchup in the meet is No. 3 Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State against redshirt freshman Jake Short.Eggum said Short didn’t compete against Michigan State last week because of an injury he suffered in practice. But Short will likely participate Saturday.The 149-pound Kindig is a three-time NCAA qualifier. He made it to the NCAA finals before losing in a sudden victory.“I am going to let my wrestling do the talking,” Short said. “Whether he is ranked No. 1 or not ranked at all, I am going to take this match as serious as I take all my matches. I have been extremely pumped up and excited for this [matchup]. I know that I will be ready when the time comes.”Eggum said his team knows how to prepare for opponents like Oklahoma State, even without a reminder.“The big duals are the ones that they get excited for,” Eggum said. ‘You really don’t even have to talk about it much. When good teams come in, we know that our team is ready. It’s still November, but it is a good opportunity to see where we are so far [in the season].”last_img read more

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News Scan for Jul 25, 2016

first_imgWHO: Recent MERS cases linked to camels, healthcare settingsThe Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two deaths from MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) yesterday and today. The fatalities bring Saudi Arabia’s total number of deaths from MERS-CoV since 2012 to 608.Yesterday the MOH reported that a 27-year-old man from Buraydah had died, and today the MOH said a 44 year-old man from Najran died. Both men were expatriates and had primary exposure to the virus, meaning they did not contract MERS from another patient. Neither patient had any connection to the current outbreak at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh.In other MERS news, today the World Health Organization (WHO) described nine cases of Saudi MERS diagnosed between Jul 2 and 14, including two deaths. Four of the cases involved indirect or direct exposure to camels, including consuming raw camel milk. Three of the cases were from Najran, and two were from Riyadh. Eight of the nine patients described had comorbidities at the time of infection, including both patients who died.The organization said contact with camels, including drinking raw camel milk, remains a risk factor for contracting MERS. Camels can pass the virus to humans, but the exact route of transmission is still unknown.Jul 25 MOH report Jul 24 MOH report Jul 25 WHO report Merck’s Ebola vaccine advances; evidence on virus shedding notedMerck’s vaccine against Ebola Zaire, V920, received a green light from both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the company announced today.The FDA awarded the vaccine Breakthrough Therapy Designation, while the EMA labeled it a PRIME (PRIority MEdicines) medicine. Both awards are meant to speed the approval process for vaccines and medicines that target life-threatening diseases or unmet medical needs.”The granting of Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA and PRIME status by the EMA will enable us to continue to accelerate development of V920, and we greatly appreciate the collaboration of these agencies in moving this vaccine candidate forward in potentially meeting this public health need,” said Paula Annunziato, MD, Merck’s vice president for clinical research.Jul 25 Merck press releaseIn other Ebola news, a study published last week in the Journal of Infectious Diseases described viral shedding and transmission levels of the disease in the wake of the 2014 outbreak, noting that, despite viral RNA presence in nearly all bodily fluids, some routes of transmission are more likely than others.Swiss, US, and UK researchers conducted a comprehensive literature review and found that Ebola has been isolated and cultured from blood, saliva, urine, aqueous humor, semen, stool, and breast milk in infected patients. Viral RNA was found in breast milk 16 months after disease onset and in semen 18 months after initial diagnosis. Saliva and tears, however, contained Ebola RNA for only 22 and 28 days, respectively.The authors concluded that transmission via the respiratory tract was unlikely, while transmission through sex, caregiving, and handling of cadavers was more likely to be the cause of infection.Since late 2013, there have been more than 11,000 deaths and 28,500 cases of Ebola, almost all in West Africa.Jul 20 J Infect Dis study PAHO records 17,000 new chikungunya cases, mostly in BrazilThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) late last week reported 17,061 new suspected or confirmed chikungunya cases, bringing the total in the Americas this year to 212,839.The previous two weekly PAHO updates noted just 903 and 1,479 cases, respectively.The vast majority of new cases in the Jul 22 report were in Brazil, which reported 2 weeks’ worth of data. The country notched 15,046 new cases, bringing its 2016 total to 137,808, which is by far the most of any country. Bolivia, the second hardest-hit nation, logged the second most cases last week. It had 1,190 new cases and 19,588 for the year.PAHO reported 1 new chikungunya-related death last week, bringing the total for the year to 28, 17 of which have been in Brazil.The chikungunya outbreak began in December 2013 on St. Martin in the Caribbean with the first recorded cases of the disease in the Americas.Jul 22 PAHO updatelast_img read more

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Hanjin Pioneer moves RMQCs to Jakarta

first_imgThe company has previously (HLPFI June 3, 2011) utilised the Hanjin Pioneer (pictured below) to transport significant ship assemblies from China to India.Hanjin Transportation used the barge, designed for the handling of super heavy cargo such as evaporators for desalination plants, mega ship blocks and RMQCs, to move two mega ship blocks on its maiden voyage.As well as acquiring the barge, Hanjin Transportation has also acquired 60-axles of SPMT capacity, bringing to 128-axles its capacity for land-based transport.last_img

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