Happy Thursday, everyone!
Here are the five stories you’ll want to know today:
- Goodbye to Hugh: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has passed away at the age of 91. Known by friends and fans as ‘Hef,’ the robe-wearing innovator died only a year since famously selling his Playboy mansion. After ushering in the era of men’s magazines, nudity, and naked celebrity interviews, Playboy was on the decline in recent years. Hef leaves behind his children, and the hundreds (thousands?) of young women he bedded over the years. Learn more about his legacy here.
- Teacher’s Creepers: Wait, what? During a test, a teacher left the room. The students began sharing answers in her absence, but the teacher knew all along. Was it a mole? Was the room mic’d? Even worse. When the teacher left the room, she actually went up to the ceiling. As one student was sharing answers, he looked up, only to see his teacher staring at him from a ceiling tile. Yikes! See the photo here.
- LMM for Prez: Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for creating the Broadway smash Hamilton, has penned an essay about the devastation and you need to read it. In the essay, he shares what his own family members in Puerto Rico are experiencing and urges other celebrities to speak on behalf of Puerto Ricans. He also gives ways we can all help the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans in need right now. Read his essay and choose a way to help here.
- Middle-Class Mess: Trump unveiled his administration’s tax plan on Wednesday, dubbing it the new “Middle-Class Miracle.” However, people in both parties disagree with Trump about just how beneficial this will be for the middle class. Democrats are criticizing the plan for its major tax cuts which will benefit the very wealthy (like Trump) more than anyone else. Trump insists the tax plan will help the middle class, but there are just too many gaps in the proposal for people to actually predict how it will affect average families and taxpayers. Trump also has yet to explain how we will fund this tax plan and how it will help the $20 trillion national debt. I guess we’ll just keep waiting…? More details on the plan here.
- Inclusivity is Hot: As if we couldn’t love him anymore. Fashion designer Christian Siriano (who, fun fact: got his start on Project Runway) is criticizing designers who will not work with women of a certain size. Siriano is known for his inclusivity of most sizes in his fashion line, and fashion shows, making him a favorite in the body positive movement. This week, Siriano published a guest-article on TeenVogue about why he believes in body diversity and why other designers should follow suit. Swoon. Read his article here.
And, don’t forget your personal daily 5 checklist:
- Write down 3 things you’re: grateful for/accomplishing today.
- Drink 8 glasses of water for optimal energy, glowing skin, and easy digestion.
- Practice one mindfulness exercise. Here are six options. Choose what feels good!
- Do something kind for someone else- even a compliment counts! Here’s a list for inspiration.
- Stay woke by keeping up with the news. Our favorite news sources:
- Social Media: