The world lost a truly iconic celebrity and personality this week, as musician Prince died Thursday at age 57. More than just a musical legend, Prince is remembered for challenging standards of beauty and gender and championing a generation with his freedom of expression.
Although there were reported hints of failing health, the cause of death has not yet been determined. A devastated public world-wide mourns the loss and pays homage to an extraordinary artist and career (all the more tragic is that we may never get to read his memoir) Snapchat even added a “purple rain” filter for our miserable selfies (and did much better with this than with their rather questionable Bob Marley filter).
Has Coachella reached the point of no return from ridiculousness? Some may call it “the twilight zone of fashion week” and ridicule the trendy rabbit masks and overt commercialization of a festival for the young, wild, and free. Well, before you say that Coachella has past its prime, check out these hot moms who spend their year preparing for a fashionable debut at the festival. One 33-year-old Californian divorcee just spent $20,000 preparing herself for Coachella - plastic surgery, personal trainer and all. “Everything’s about Coachella,” she states. Who says music festivals are just for teens? Who says they’ve been overly commercialized? Who says that flower crowns are going out of style? Seriously, who keeps saying this? Have they been? Coachella’s a blast!
An earthquake of 7.8-magnitude shook the coast of Ecuadorthis past Saturday evening, leaving at least 77 dead and causing major structural damage. Hitting about 100 Miles from the country’s capital, the earthquake’s tremor had a depth of almost 12 miles. Emergency recovery actions are being taken as best they can, as a national emergency has been called. Perhaps lesser in comparison, Houston is currently experiencing a record-breaking rainstorm. With over 16 inches of rain in 12 hours, residents are struggling to deal with a deluge that has yet to reach a stopping point. Communities are coming together to take precautionary measures and save horses and pets from the the rising waters.
Happy Earth Day! With record breaking numbers, 155 nations have committed to signing the Paris climate agreement today. Including major players like the U.S. and China, we hope that these nations will follow through on the agreement and promises to fight global warming. On a smaller scale, here are some apps to help improve your environmental awareness and lessen your carbon footprint. On a larger scale, check out our dear, Oscar (FINALLY!) winning friend Leo speaking in front of the UN on behalf of the Paris Agreement.
After months of debate, votes and speculation, The U.S. Treasury department recently announced that the face of Harriet Tubman will replace the controversial image of Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Meanwhile, Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the $10 bill for the time being (perhaps in part to his namesake EPIC musical currently destroying Broadway) but be joined by five women involved in the suffrage movement (Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul) on the back of the bill, alongside the Treasury building. Although this is certainly a step in the right direction for the depiction of women in American history, there is work yet to be done.