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Here are 12 examples of white people twerking on Vine

Maybe because Miley twerked at the VMAs and drew the ire of every true twerker out there, or perhaps just because it is Friday and we ran out of real things to write about sometime on Wednesday, here is a compilation of 12 Vines featuring white folks trying to get ratchet and failing pretty miserably in most cases.

1. Dorm room twerk team.

That girl isn’t even in heels. Someone get a drag queen in there to show them how to do a wall mount ASAP.

 

2. Barn yard twerk team.

Square dances sure have changed since our days in the 4H club.

3. Outside, barefoot, at night twerk team

The crickets in the backyard are laying down a sick beat, better twerk it.

4.Princess bedroom twerk team

“Move the stuffed animals over, let’s practice twerking!”

5. Maroon 5 solo twerk

While I’m not sure what constitutes appropriate music for twerking, I’m pretty sure Maroon 5 is not it.

6. Twerkin’ Grandma

Where ‘being hip’ and ‘needing a hip replacement’ intersect.

7. Twerking white boy

He’s actually not doing so bad. Not bad at all. Keep twerkin’ white boy.

8. White boy twerk team.

Damn, the white boys on Vine have this down. Twerking in basketball shorts works for my eyes.

9. School yard mega twerk team (twerkquake)

Rememeber when kids played hopscotch?

10. Gas pedal twerk duo

If this gym class has a unit on twerking I at least hope it comes after the sex ed unit.

11. Twerk trio drop

No! You’re gonna leave footprints on the wall! Your father *just* refinished this basement!

12. Basement twerk gang featuring Urkel

Once more the boys outshone the girls, but outshining the boys was Urkel, and outshining Urkel was the giant shining floodlight in this serial killer cellar.

 

 

 

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Women of the week: Diana Dickson

For Diana Dickson the itch to keep looking onwards and upwards may have been planted early on. Born to European parents in Toronto her childhood was rife with trips abroad, making Dickson a self-described Europhile from the start. Perhaps her bold career viewpoints are stemmed from her exposure to the world at such a young age — or perhaps Dickson’s natural ambition, intelligence, and attitude comprise the lynchpin to her success.

The owner of the staging, design, and decorating firm Diana Dickson Design in Toronto, Ontario. “My knowledge base in visual arts, art direction, and design combined with a practical, innovative working style offers a proven method for transforming problem properties into highly desirable ones.”

Art, design, innovation — three key ingredients in this recipe for success. And, of course, one other: Dickson herself.

“I am artsy, intuitive and gutsy,” says Dickson when asked what three words could describe herself and her career. “I often venture where angels fear to tread because basically I’m adventurous and trust myself.”

With her heart drawn to art and music from an early age and a passion that has never waned it is little wonder that she has been married to a professional photographer for 24 years. The couple has two children, a son who is 23 and a daughter who is 21.

For Dickson, like many women, starting a family and raising her children didn’t come without its own share of career choices. “I think women are still faced with the struggle of juggling family life and their career aspirations. I left a great job in advertising to raise my kids because at that point in my life my kids were the most important thing to me and I really wanted to focus on them. I was adopted myself, and an only child, so it was very important for me to do the family thing above all else.”

The decision to take time to start a family didn’t come without a price, however. “I knew I would have to change gears and forge a new career for myself that could combine my talents with my need to be flexible and available for my kids,” she says, a move which has made Dickson dynamic and focused.

“That wasn’t easy,” she explains. “But it started with freelance work as a garden designer and eventually came to include the whole domestic sphere, indoors and out.”

Her womanhood — and motherhood — may have made influenced her career path, but at the same time her perspective as a woman in business has given her a more unique outlook. “I do think that my perspective as a woman has guided me in my career,” she explains. “I believe in the importance of the softer side of life and of beauty and order in one’s surroundings.” Softness, beauty, and order have long been in the female sphere of influence, says Dickson, who draws from these concepts regularly in her design and home setting work.

“There’s also a nurturing quality to what I do. I listen to what people need and want, and I try to deliver because I want to see them happy. I love transforming things for the better. But I really take the time to understand my clients.”

“The yin-yang thing really works for me,” says Dickson, but don’t think she’s afraid of shouting out in the name of girl power. “I’m not afraid of pumping up the feminine energy because the world really needs it.”

Her nurturing quality also seems to extend to her chosen projects. “At the moment, I’m focusing on projects that turn dysfunctional spaces into ones that work,” says Dickson. “Simplifying complexity.”

But for a woman as involved as Dickson there is always something to do. Currently working on a series of paintings centered around bromeliad flowers in her free time, she also serves as Chair on the board of the non-profit Gallery 1313 art gallery in Toronto’s west end that focuses on new and emerging art. “I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting work!”

For Diana Dickson though, the art is always behind everything she does. “I’m moving more towards the concept of art and how it can transform one’s surroundings.”

In the painting of Diana’s life there are still many more brushstrokes to come.

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Newsflash: April 21, 2014

Gay student to have his case heard, Air Canada drops suit cases and it is heard, and the case against a senator will have to wait until he’s out of rehab to be heard.

 

Ontario student and young gay rights activist Christopher Karas will be having his case heard in front of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal after his complaints that his Mississauga French Catholic school interfered with his plans to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance and that he experienced homophobia through the school’s teachings and the lessons he was made to experience. We’ve interviewed Karas before and we will be keeping a close eye on this story as it develops.

After a video of baggage handlers throwing and dropping luggage from great heights went viral on YouTube with over a million hits it’s looking like the two fellas in question might be losing their jobs. Air Canada has apologized for the uncomfortable situation, but has yet to announce plans to fix any of the million other ways that flying is incredibly uncomfortable.

Troubled (and suspended) Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau is now heading to rehab. See, sometimes all it takes is being arrested a few times, being caught with drugs, and a good solid decade of allegations of sexual inappropriateness — also known as hitting rock bottom and dragging along it for the better part of your political career — to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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Terry Richardson denies new allegations that he offered to trade Vogue spot to a model for sex

Photographer Terry Richardson is coming under fire after new allegations surfaced over the weekend that he had attempted to give a model a Vogue photoshoot in exchange for sex over Facebook messages.

The model, Emma J. Appleton, tweeted a screengrab of the offending message from her now defunct Twitter account with the caption “Um what” underneath it.

Richardson is notable for having photographed many celebrities and directing Miley Cyrus’ video for Wrecking Ball

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About any future Vogue shoots? “We have no plans to work with him in the future,” says U.S. Vogue communications director Hildy Kuryk, although Richardson has shot for French Vogue as recently as February of this year.

Richardson’s people immediately contacted BuzzFeed to denounce the image as a “fake” in keeping with Richardson’s vague denials of other inappropriate behavior.

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Appleton later deleted her Twitter account after assuring BuzzFeed that her account of the events was true.

 

What do you think about Terry Richardson’s alleged sexually inappropriate behaviour with models?

Women of the Week: Sarah Jean Aguinaldo

Sarah Jean Aguinaldo, also known as Serena Jean, is the founder of Lifeward Choices Empowerment Centre. With over 15 years of experience, she is skilled at helping people uncover their life focus areas and guiding them to empowerment.

Her interest in this field (as she defines it, a “humanitarian interest”) started very early in her life, and she retained it throughout her schooling.In fact, as a teenager, she received the University of Women Award for her volunteer work.

“I was very passionate about helping others grow and experience quality living,” she says.

When it came time to pursue higher education, her path was easy to choose.

“I wanted to help people experience improved living/great quality living, help people take care of planet…wanted to be a part of finding solutions to making this happen,” she says. So, through a double major in Environment and Resource Management and Urban, Economic and Social Geography, Aguinaldo was able to explore the many important global issues humanity is currently facing.

After completing her BA, Aguinaldo went after a B.Ed, before starting work as a teacher. It was here, she says, that she fully realized her desire to work in the life coaching field.

“There is nothing more important in life than personal betterment and helping others grow – the two go hand-in-hand and such care is needed to help our planet become healthier and more wonderful. These things are all interconnected.”

Thus, in March of 2013 she launched the website for the Lifeward Choices Empowerment Centre. The Centre, she says, “sees life coaching as a two-way and collaborative process; learning and development occurs for both parties involved.” Through each interaction, both the coaches and the clients are given the opportunity “to learn from one another/from other’s experiences and constantly adjust our self-views and worldviews.”

As well as offering access to skilled life coaches, the Centre reaches out to clients in unique ways through its conventions and mentorship programs.

The conferences, Aguinaldo says, “build rapport and genuine community,” which in turn creates “long-term clients who are satisfied clients, and they further recommend the business.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the mentorship program (which Aguinaldo calls “extremely fun”) sees coaches reach out to adolescent girls through social outings designed to increase their self worth.

“It is wonderful to witness their transformation into strong aspiring ladies who love themselves and their lives,” she says.

Furthering her reach, Aguinaldo is currently working with YourDailyMentor.com “to provide online mentoring and coaching to reach the deaf community through subtitles and sign language” and is planning to launch a line of coaching videos, translated into multiple languages, in October of this year.

As a life coach, Aguinaldo has found her niche. Not surprisingly, when asked what her most important piece of advice is, Aguinaldo quickly responds,  “Ensure you are genuinely going after your personal passion, what naturally calls to you, and not simply what societal norms is directing you to follow; thus, success is already yours from the outset.”

Wise words indeed.

CNN mocks indigenous New Zealand group in segment on royal visit

Sure, thousands of years of culture might have been snuffed out with colonialist expansion, but aboriginal groups around the globe have spent decades trying to reclaim what they can of a history that has been fractured and lost — in New Zealand one such indigenous group even took the time to meet with members of the UK and Commonwealth royal family upon a recent visit. But, alas, the story of a conquered people’s long road toward actualization in the modern world and peaceful meeting with modern representatives of their acquisition isn’t the story.

Nope, there was a butt.

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To truly understand the scope of the racism and flippancy around this meeting you have to watch the video by CNN where the commentator fixates on a part of a man’s body before going on to make fun of various world leaders who have taken the time and innitiative to connect with other groups on their terms. Hilarious.

Of course there is always room for cheeky news and a side-eyed view of current events — most telling is the Maori’s total disregard for what might be considered proper for Princes and Dutchesses, it is possible they’re getting a good laugh out of the coverage — but to have your culture mocked simply because you don’t adhere to Victorian shamefulness around showing your bum can also be quite hurtful.

What stings the most is the shocking omission of the story that could have been told here.

The story could have been one of redemption for the royals, one of forgiveness from the New Zealand tribesmen, one of the meeting of old and new, north and south in the 21st century.

But no, there was a butt.

 

Tell us what you think, was the CNN segment racist or are we overreacting?

Should women be charged with assault for taking drugs while pregnant? Tennessee thinks so.

Tennessee is poised to become the first state in the United States to charge pregnant women with assault if they consume drugs while pregnant. The controversial bill passed through both chambers of the state government and is set to come to life at the beginning of July.

The bill states that, should children be born “addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug … as a result of her illegal use of a narcotic drug taken while pregnant” the mother could be investigated and prosecuted for assault — harm in this case including deformities related to drug use — and if a child is stillborn or a mother miscarries as a result of illegal drug use she could be investigated and prosecuted for criminal homicide.

The bill has raised some important questions:

What does this mean for the legal definition of when life (and motherhood, in this case abuse) begins?

What does this mean in terms a setting a president for prosecution the transmission of genetic disorders or lifelong conditions like HIV?

What does this mean for women who consume substances before knowing that they are pregnant?

Alternatively, why should the law protect women (or anyone) who knowingly abuses their child, whether that is post-natal or in utero?

Let us know what you think, should women be charged with assault if their drug use during pregnancy results in ddeformity or addiction in their child when they are born?

 

India’s supreme court officially recognizes transgender people as third gender

In a landmark ruling out of India’s supreme court transgendered people have officially been granted status as a third gender in the country. With the granting of rights to those who don’t identify as either male or female the courts said “it is the right of every human being to choose their gender.”

Indian trans people, often called hijra, are an ostracized group that often has trouble finding work because of their gender identity. This new ruling means that hijra/trans people will be included in government quotas for employment along with other recognized minority groups.

BBC estimates there are up to two million transgender people in India, a country with a population of over one billion people.

Read more about the ruling in BBC’s coverage.