Dancing With the Stars Week Four Recap: “Most Memorable Year”

Dancing With the Stars

This week on Dancing With the Stars the stars were dancing to songs representing their most memorable years.

This was a very memorable week for the stars and the emotion was evident for everyone watching. Laughing and crying, it was an incredibly moving night.

Riker’s dance had me cheering as he talked about his and R5’s rise to fame after so many years of hard work; Suzanne Somer’s dance was giving me flashbacks as she and Tony danced to the Three’s Company theme song on a recreated Three’s Company set. Meanwhile, Noah’s dance about his time in Iraq had me both smiling and in tears at home emotional it was.

The Scores for Week Four:

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Variations on Dark Eyes” – Lara St. John
Score: 36
Status: Safe
Nastia’s Memorable Year: 2008, Representing the United States in the Olympics

Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Not My Father’s Son” – Kinky Boots
Score: 30
Status: Jeopardy
Michael’s Memorable Year: The year he came out which, unfortunately, resulted in him losing his relationship with his father
*Eliminated*

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker
Dance: Tango
Song: “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon
Score: 34
Status: Jeopardy
Riker’s Memorable Year: 2014, When his band, R5, took off

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson
Dance: Waltz
Song: “The Last Waltz” – Engelbert Humperdinck
Score: 34
Status: Safe
Robert’s Memorable Year: 2006, The year his mother passed away

Chris Soules and Whitney Carson
Dance: Rumba
Song: “The Book of Love” – Gavin James
Score: 27
Status: Safe
Chris’s Memorable Year: The year he participated in The Bachelor and met his fiancé Whitney

Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Dan Swit Me” – Patti LaBelle
Score: 30
Status: Safe
Patti’s Memorable Year: 1973, the year her son was born

Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkobskiy
Dance: Waltz
Song: “Turning Tables” – Adele
Score: 35
Status: Safe
Rumer’s Memorable Year: 2014, The year she started to accept herself after years and years of bullying

Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Three’s Company Too” – Ray Charles and Julia Rinker
Score: 28
Status: Safe
Suzanne’s Memorable Year: 1977, The year she found got the part as Chrissy on Three’s Company. Dedicated the dance to John Ritter

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Atlas” – Coldplay
Score: 39
Status: Jeopardy
Willow’s Memorable Year: 2011, The Year she got the part in The Hunger Games
*Highest Score of the Night*

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “American Soldier” – Toby Keith
Score: 32
Status: Safe
Noah’s Memorable Year: 2005, His second deployment to Iraq when he lost his left arm and leg

Of course, someone has to go home. Riker and Allison, Michael and Peta, and Willow and Mark were the three couples in jeopardy this week. Unfortunately, despite their amazing comeback this week, Michael and Peta were eliminated.

Michael and Peta

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87th Academy Awards

oscars-2015The Academy Awards aired last night and once again they were hosted by the amazing Neil Patrick Harris. With so many awards and amazing performances, and even more stand-out moments from the amazing nominees and award winners that are sure to make it a night people will remember.

Reese Witherspoon took to the red carpet and talked about the #AskHerMore campaign in which actresses call out the gender inequality. In an interview, Witherspoon said, “This is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses. There are 44 nominees this year that are women and we are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we’ve done. It’s hard being a woman in Hollywood, or any industry.” Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, and many others took to Twitter to show their support.

Inside the building, Neil Patrick Harris took to the stage and called out the lack of racial diversity among the nominees.

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Patricia Arquette, who won for her role in Boyhood, ended her acceptance speech with a call for women to receive equal pay and equal rights: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation: we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights.  It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Truly a stand-out moment that rings so true in our time.

Another moment that rings true comes from John Legend and Common’s speech after their amazing performance of “Glory” from the film, Selma.

“Selma is now. Because the struggle for justice is right now…we know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real…there are more black men under incarceration today then there were slaves.” The truth behind these words is harsh and something that needed to be said. Looking at all that has been happening, the significance of these words cannot go unheard or be ignored.

Neil Patrick Harris showed how “difficult” it is to correct one’s self when you mispronounce someone’s name. The actor mispronounced Chiwetel Ejiofor name and then you know what he did? He took a moment and corrected himself. I know, the scandal! It’s that easy people. Stop mispronouncing actors and actresses names just because you can’t be bothered to learn how to pronounce it.

Lady Gaga gave a stunning Sound of Music performance that ended with Julie Andrews coming out on the stage.

It was truly amazing and seeing Julie Andrews there was wonderful. That hug at the end between the Queen of Pop and the Queen of Genovia was something that many people excited and absolutely loving it.

And finally, though there were so many more moments I could talk about, Graham Moore’s acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay of The Imitation Game, Moore spoke about how hard he had it growing up and ended by saying to “stay weird and stay different.” Like the speech givers before him, these were words that so many people watching needed to hear.

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards were truly a marvel. Despite the lack of racial diversity, those who did win and stood on that stage made sure no one was forgotten.

Here are the winners of the 87th Academy Awards:

Best Film Editing: Whiplash – Tom Cross
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Best Cinematography: Birdman or (THe Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma – John Legend and Common
Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Best Animated Short Film: Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best Documentary – Feature: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutsky
Best Documentary – Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams, and ROy COnli
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida (Poland) in Polish – Pawel Pawlikoweski
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman or (The Unexpectedn Virtue of Ignorance)Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turning: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
Best Directing: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking
Best Actress: Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole

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#FreeTheNipple

Free the NippleDid you know, “in the USA it is effectively illegal for a woman to be topless, breastfeeding included, in 35 states” (According to the Free The Nipple website). Other places such as Canada, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden toplessness is allowed while places like France, Iceland, India, New Zealand, and Taiwan have no laws against breastfeeding in public (many actually laws protecting breastfeeding mothers).

Despite all this though, there is still such a stigma about women’s nipples.

But why? Why are women’s nipples something we have to hide when they’re the exact same as men’s? The only difference is tissue which is enlarged on women due to higher levels of estrogen. So why are women forced to cover up? Why are mothers shamed for breastfeeding in public?

Free The Nipple is a film and campaign that stands against the oppression of women all around the globe. Seeking to empower women, create equality amongst the sexes, and give women everywhere the right to breastfeed if they so choose.

Many celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Liv Tyler, and Scout Willis have taken part in the #FreetheNipple campaign and their actions sparked a widespread debate about equality and oppression.

The fact that women’s nipples are such a taboo thing is absurd to me. They’re censored on tv and in films and if a woman walks down the street without a top on she can be arrested. But for men it’s the complete opposite which is just as absurd. As I said above, the only difference between men’s nipples and women’s is tissue. But women’s are seen as being sexual when men’s aren’t.

The purpose of women’s breasts is to feed a baby. Personally, I don’t see breastfeeding as being all that sexual. Yet women are constantly told it’s disgusting and to cover up when they do it in public. Women should be able to breastfeed their children wherever and whenever they want to or need to.

I stand by the Free the Nipple campaign. This sort of censorship is unnecessary and completely out of date. It’s 2015 people, time to wake up and smell the roses. Women have nipples! I highly doubt this is a surprise to anyone (I mean, even babies know they’re there). So, I say we free the nipple and change these ancient laws to ones that are positive and allow people of any sex the freedom they deserve.

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50 Shades of Nope

Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody!

50ShadesofGreyCoverArtI hope you’re having a fun and safe holiday. A very infamous film came out yesterday and I thought today would be a good day to talk about it.

If you haven’t guessed from the title, I’m talking about 50 Shades of Grey. Now, at first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to talk about this film. I really don’t want to give it any more attention than it already has. But I also feel it’s important to talk about things that are going in the world, whether they’re good or bad.

In this case, 50 Shades falls under the category of ‘bad’. Written by E.L. James and originally posted online as Twilight fanfiction, 50 Shades of Grey quickly became the fastest selling paperback ever. It beat the record once help by Harry Potter so I don’t think it was really much of a surprise to anyone when they announced it would be turned into a film.

This should have great news. Despite it being Twilight fanfiction, this story had a chance to be great. A look in to the world of BDSM without making a joke about. Except, I don’t think E.L. James ever bothered to look up the description of BDSM.

These two came from Urban Dictionary:

” An overlapping abbreviation of Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM).”

” A physical, psychological and usually sexual power-role-play with consensual participants.”

Instead of showing a healthy BDSM relationship, 50 Shades depicts a poorly written story about manipulation and abuse.

‘”We’re going,” he says to me.
“Now?”
“Yes. Now.”
Oh shit, he is not to be argued with.’

‘Holy fuck what has he done to me… I look like I’ve been in some sort of accident… I’m too mad. How dare he mark me like this.’

‘”No, please. I can’t do this. Not now. I need some time. Please.”
“Oh Ana, don’t over think this.”‘

Those are actual quotes from the book. Credit for finding them goes to The Sixth Siren of Pandora. Do any of these quotes sound like a healthy relationship? No. They don’t. However, they do sound like someone in a manipulative and abuse relationship who has been hurt and is too scared to fight back.

It’s perfectly find and healthy to explore BDSM. However, make sure you know what it really is before trying it.

  • BDSM is not one person guilting the other into submission.
  • BDSM is not ignoring safe words.
  • BDSM is not deliberately scaring and hurting the other person.
  • BDSM is not done without both partner’s consent.

If you read or see 50 Shades of Grey, please remember it is not an accurate depiction of a healthy BDSM relationship. Like I said before, it’s perfectly find to try new things and spice things up a bit, but make sure it’s done in a safe and healthy way that makes all people involved happy.

You can read more about BDSM here

If you feel you’re in a manipulative and abuse relationship, please call a friend or a family member or someone to help. You don’t have to stay there.

Blind Woman Sees Her Son

Seeing your newborn baby for the first time can be a magical experience. But for one woman in Guelph, Ontario it was so much more.

Kathy Beitz, 29, has been legally blind since age 11 due to a degenerative disease that has caused large blind spots in her vision. But thanks to eSight, glasses developed by a company based in Ottawa, Beitz was able to see her newborn son, Askel, the day he was born.

The compterized glasses “uses a sophisticated high-speed camera, patented video processing software, a computer processor and the highest quality video OLED screens to project a real-time image that allow the legally blind to actually see” and currently cost $15,000.

Beitz, who was able to borrow the pair from her sister Yvonne (also legally blind) was able to see her newborn son’s tiny features and said she “got to fall in love with him.”

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to use these glasses than for times like this.

 

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John Jolie-Pitt

John Jolie-PittI debated a lot about what I wanted to say in this post. What I wanted it to be about and how I was going to say it. Today, I’m going to talk about John Jolie-Pitt. Now, I’d just like to say that everything I’ve heard about Angelina and brad’s son comes from news stories, magazines, and the internet.

It was reported a few weeks ago that one of Brad and Angelina’s children no longer identified as female and requested to be called John, something it is said that Angelina and Brad support. Since the news broke, it is said that Brad and Angelina have been attacked by Anti-LGBT organizations for their decision to support their child.

The news that he now identifies as John received a lot of backlash. Some people said this identity had been forced on him. They said that years of being put in “boys clothes” had confused him. That growing up with older brothers would make him want to explore being a boy.

There are a few things that need to be addressed here. First, John is not confused. Whether this is a phase or not, this is who he is now and it is no one’s business except his. Only John knows who he really is. He is not confused nor is he too young to know who he is. If Brad and Angelina’s daughter, Zahara, had stepped forward and said she was a girl, she would be told she’s right. It’s been shown in various studies that children begin to explore and understand their bodies and the differences between ‘male’ and ‘female’ by the time they’re three or four.

Second, the fact that Brad and Angelina support their child is something people should be happy about. Attacking them for supporting their child is basically attacking them for being loving parents. John is very lucky to have supporting parents and Angelina and Brad are a great example of how things should be.

Third, trying to blame John’s identity on the fact that he wears “boys clothes” is, simply put, ridiculous. Why? They’re not “boys clothes”, they’re clothes. You don’t put a pair of pants and a shirt that came out of the “boys section” and automatically turn into a male. You wear clothes you like, it has nothing to do with gender, sex, sexuality, or anything.

Whatever happens in the future, I’m glad John has the support of his family and so many others now. that support will go a long way with the hate this boy will unfortunately face.

What do you think of the media attacking this family?

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