Winfrey interviews Ross, Rhimes on ‘Time’s Up’

With the Time’s Up movement quickly gaining momentum, a recent interview brought it back to where it all began to shed light on the campaign’s inception — and it’s future.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey interviewed some of the movement’s founders — including Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera and Tracee Ellis Ross — on CBS Sunday Morning this past week, discussing “the impact their campaign has had on the public, their devotion to raising awareness of sexual harassment and what they hope for the post-Weinstein culture.”

In the interview, Winfrey asked the group how our society can “have a mature, nuanced conversation about how men and women should be relating to each other,” says THR, as recent sexual misconduct allegations have disturbed a variety of industries. Natalie Portman was first to respond, reports THR, offering that the conversation that needs to take place hinges on accepting that we are all human.

“We’re humans. We’re all humans. And I think it’s treating people as fellow humans and — and it’s not because you have a daughter that you respect a woman, it’s not because you have a wife or a sister, it’s because we’re human beings, whether we’re related to a man or not. We deserve the same respect.”

Beyond this assertion, THR says Witherspoon offered that having a fruitful conversation about sexual assault and harassment may not always be possible for women (and men) in other industries; however, with their platform as public figures, they are hoping to break down those barriers to make productive conversation possible.

“You know, we have public voices. We have resources,” Witherspoon said. “But women who are workers in this country have nothing to gain in certain times by coming forward. But we want to help. It gives me strength to hopefully help other women.”

Watch the interview from this past Sunday right here.

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Ryder makes comeback with L’Oreal

After returning to television with a spot on the hit series, “Stranger Things,” Winona Ryder already has a new role to prepare for.

According to W magazine, the actor recently sealed the deal to serve as a brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. Specifically working on their “Elvive Hair Care” campaign, W reports that the ad series “celebrates the fact that hair can make a comeback from damage.”

With the campaign aligning with Ryder’s ‘comeback kid’ storyline, Senior Vice President of Marketing at L’Oréal Paris Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle told WWD that dry, color-treated hair deserves the same second chance.

“Everyone does love a comeback, and we will be communicating that damaged hair deserves one, too,” she said. “For Winona, we know that from TV sets to the red carpet, her hair has gone through many transformations—her hair is dry and damaged.”

Ryder made her [second] comeback in an ad spot that debuted during the recent telecast of the Golden Globes, says W, starring alongside singer Camila Cabello and actor Aja Naomi King.

‘Time’s Up’ campaign makes powerful statement

As the clock was approaching midnight on Dec. 31, 2017, it wasn’t only counting down the final moments of the year. It was running out the clock on tolerating sexual harassment and misconduct in our society.

According to Mic, on the first day of 2018, “three hundred well-known actresses and women talent agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives” unveiled their “Time’s Up” campaign, an initiative to not only combat rampant sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry but in workplaces society at large and for those across the socioeconomic spectrum.

An open letter announcing the movement described it this way:

“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”

The movement is not fronted by one specific leader, reports Mic, but instead is “being led by a broad coalition of famous Hollywood women,” such as actors America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Kerry Washington, as well as showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway, and will feature “a series of working groups led by women to combat harassment in different areas.”

As for the specifics of the initiative, Mic cites a few of their plans as reported by The New York Times, which includes the following action items:

• A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.

• Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.

• A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.

 

Goldberg gives golden advice to Haddish before SNL debut

Whoopi Goldberg is known for her one-of-a-kind humor, genius wit and unmatched snark, so when she was contacted by fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish for advice prior to her “Saturday Night Live” debut, Goldberg didn’t disappoint in delivering some golden advice.

According to HuffPost, when Haddish sat down with the New York Times to discuss her successful year, which included her role in the hit film “Girls Trip,” her stint hosting SNL — and being the first black female comic to do so — came up. In prepping for the show, HuffPost says Haddish found that Goldberg had appeared on the show, so she decided to give the veteran comic a call for some pre-show advice.

“I said, ‘Have you ever done ‘SNL’?’ Haddish asked Goldberg. “She said, ‘Only a sketch.’ I said, ‘You never hosted?’ And she said, ‘You the first, bitch, you better do a good job.'”

And a good job she did!

Iceland makes pay inequity illegal

2018 started off with a major change in Iceland.

According to ELLE, Iceland made it illegal to pay women less than men as of Jan. 1, 2018, becoming the first country in the world to “make equal pay the law.” As for the specifics of the law, ELLE reports that it mandates “companies that employ more than 25 people are obliged to obtain a government certificate showing their pay equality policies,” and if they don’t, they will be hit with a fine.

The move to create a more level playing field in the country follows their 2017 announcement of the legislation on International Women’s Day, says ELLE, following through on the year-old promise and asserting their position as a worldwide leader in gender equality.

But their efforts to create a more gender-equal society don’t end there: ELLE says the law is part of an effort to close the gender pay gap completely by 2022.

Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson perhaps put it best at the Global Leaders’ Meeting in 2015 when he said, “Men cannot sit idly by when issues such as gender-based violence and the gender pay gap are being discussed. These are not only women’s issues. These are issues of general human rights.”

DuVernay and Jay-Z team up for empowering music video

Eight minutes was all it took for Jay-Z and director Ava DuVernay to make a huge statement.

In the rapper’s brand-new music video for his song “Family Feud,” Bustle says the creative duo “managed to bring together some of Hollywood’s most impressive women to represent the Founding Mothers” — an all-female version of America’s political decision makers — “and rewrite the Constitution.”

Set in the year 2050, Bustle says a portion of the video imagines a diverse group of women — portrayed by the likes of Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Janet Mock, Niecy Nash, Rosario Dawson, Constance Wu and Brie Larson (among others) — who are holding the reigns of power on deciding issues like gun control and the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery). Serving as the president: a grown-up Blue Ivy, says Bustle, who is played by This is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson. Bustle sums up the power of the Founding Mothers in this way:

“It’s an empowering moment of feminism backed by a genius narrative, as the discussion goes on to summarize some of the ideologies which have been instilled in Blue Ivy as a young child. The segment features Watson explaining to the council that ‘America is a family and the whole family should be free.'”

Overall, the moment creates a powerful statement of female empowerment, women in leadership roles and the ethic of women in general.

Here’s hoping life imitates art and women hold more leadership position in real life, not just in a cool music video.

Bite Beauty brings new universally-flattering multisticks

Makeup products that are easy to use are great, but what’s even better are those that are easy to use AND are flattering to all skin tones.

Just take Bite Beauty’s new “Prismatic Pearl” multisticks, for example: according to PopSugar, the new multifunctional stick is “packaged like a pen” and allows you to add all kinds of shimmery goodness to your eyes, lips and even cheeks. Multisticks are available in six universally-flattering shades, says PopSugar, which means there is a good chance that everyone can get in on the sparkly fun.

The new product follows up on a previous Bite Beauty item — the Crème Lip Gloss — that was available in a hue also called “Prismatic Pearl,” says PopSugar, but these multisticks aren’t just for your lips like the gloss of the past.

So how much will this beauty set you back? Your makeup bag’s new utility player will only snag you for $24.

Fenty Beauty drops mini collection

As if we all didn’t love Fenty Beauty enough, the cosmetics company is giving us a little extra to appreciate — literally.

According to PopSugar, the Rihanna brainchild recently released their Gloss Bomb and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in miniature form along with the launch of their  Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick. And not only are the Gloss Bomb and the highlighter available in minis, PopSugar says the come in a set, making it even more of a dream come true.

The  Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set features the universally-flattering lip shine alongside the beloved peachy highlighter, all for $23, according to PopSugar, which pales in comparison the lip product’s normal $18 and the highlighter’s $34 price tag.

Ready to get the look? Click here to shop now.

Next season of ‘Black Mirror’ to feature female leads

One dystopian show is getting a set of lead actors that may seem a bit utopian to some.

According to Glamour, the fourth season of the hit British series Black Mirror is hitting Netflix with an all-female set of lead actors. With Glamour reporting that only 18 of the top 50 television shows in the U.K. have female leads, the move comes as a bit of a plot twist, going against the grain of TV in not only the U.K., but in all of television.

While the decision to cast females in lead roles is something to celebrate, it wasn’t actually a conscious decision. Glamour says co-executive producer Annabel Jones told The Hollywood Reporter that having all-female protagonists just happened, as Jones and fellow co-exective producer Charlie Booker “don’t tend to think about the stories that way.”

But, she praises the result nonetheless.

“But it’s great — great! — that they’re all strong female protagonists,” she said. “I think what’s lovely about the show is that it’s not a strident statement. It’s more: Why not? We don’t even think about it from a gender perspective and I hope that’s progress. It’s more that we explore the best story and the best way to tell it.”

New ‘American Girl’ doll an aspiring astronaut

Science, smarts and outerspace — that’s what the newest American Girl doll is bringing to girls around the world.

According to Good Housekeeping, American Girl has just unveiled its newest doll for 2018: 11-year-old Luciana Vega, a girl who dreams of being the first person to travel to Mars.

To craft the doll, GH says the company teamed up with NASA employees such as NASA Astronaut Dr. Megan McArthur Behnken, former NASA chief scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan, CEO of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Dr. Deborah Barnhart and the manager of strategic alliances at NASA Maureen O’Brien to accurately design “STEM-inspired outfits and accessories, including a flight and space suit fully equipped for intergalactic travel.”

Not only does the doll come ready for any space missions that may arise, GH reports that Luciana will also receive her own three-book series courtesy of Scholastic, which will detail her experiences as she receives a scholarship to go to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

Katy Dickinson, president of American Girl, praised the newest addition to their collection as a “role model for today’s girls,” as she is “empowering them to defy stereotypes, embrace risks and failures, and chart their own course in life — whatever the goal.”

Luciana and all of her accessories became available on Jan. 1. You can shop the new doll here.