Minaj reveals donations to Indian village

Nicki Minaj isn’t just the queen of rap; she’s apparently the queen of charitable donations.

According to The Cut, the rapper recently took to Instagram to reveal photos and videos of a village in India she has “been donating money to for the past few years through her pastor Lydia Sloley.”

Minaj shared in her posts that her generosity has helped to provide the village with “a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS,” says The Cut, writing that she’s telling of her charitable missions in case her fans would like to join in her efforts.

These Instagram posts follow her recent Twitter donation spree, in which she helped students with their tuition and student loans and is leading to the creation of a charity specifically for students.

We can’t wait to see what Minaj does next!

NWHL protects transgender players

A brand new policy adopted by the National Women’s Hockey League allows players to express their gender identities freely — and with protection.

According to The Cut, the NWHL became the first professional sports league with an openly transgender player back in October; after playing one season as Hailey Browne for the Buffalo Beats, the player came out as a transgender man named Harrison Browne. Following Browne’s announcement, The Cut reports that NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan personally tracked the revisions made on the NWHL’s website to Browne’s player profile and pronouns.

Now, the NWHL is ensuring that all players have a level playing field — or rink — no matter their gender identities. The Cut says the NWHL enacted a policy that emphasizes the league’s support for their players:

“The NWHL ‘recognizes all forms of gender expression,’ and ‘therefore supports athletes choosing to express their gender beyond the binary of female and male.’ There are now guidelines in the NWHL that indicate which players are eligible to participate, the first being ‘people designated female at birth, regardless of their gender identity.’ In addition, a person transitioning from male to female is eligible to play in the league if she has declared that her gender identity is female, a declaration that ‘cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.’

Furthermore, the league presented stipulations blocking testosterone hormone therapy, says The Cut, specifically in transgender men while “transgender women athletes will be required to demonstrate testosterone levels equal to those of cis-female athletes.”

With these policies in place to create a playing environment open to all, The Cut reports Rylan told the New York Times that is is much more than just an important step forward in the world of sports.

“It’s a unique opportunity to continue to move the conversation forward and accelerate that social progress and to be that benchmark, and to remain approachable and available for these discussions.”


Oprah’s publishing imprint launches in January 2017

If you’ve been longing for some interesting books, there may soon be a host of titles coming your way.

According to The Cut, everyone’s favorite former-talk-show-host-turned-network-executive Oprah Winfrey will be launching her very own publishing imprint in January 2017. Winfrey’s “Oprah Books” will debut in the new year, says The Cut, and it already has some interesting reads waiting to be released.

“An Oprah Book’s first release will be Winfrey’s very own cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, on January 3,” reports The Cut, “with Maria Smilios’s The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis to follow in 2018.”

Oprah’s memoir, The Life You Want, was supposed to make its debut in the coming year under Flatiron Books (a division of Macmillan), according to The Cut, however, no release date has been announced.


All She Does is Win

There’s a first for everything, and the San Antonio Spurs’ Becky Hammon achieved two firsts in her career — according to New York Magazine’s The Cut, Hammon is not only the first full-time female assistant coach in the history of all four major sports leagues, she is also the first female head coach of an NBA summer league team.

Hammon, a former point guard for the WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars, recently added another item to her glowing resumé: she led the Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns, clinching the summer league title in Las Vegas on July 20.

The Cut reports that summer league MVP and guard Jonathan Simmons spoke highly of his coach, saying “She did what she was supposed to do. … It’s always good to be a part of history. This day will go down in the books for years to come. … I love her. I barely know her and I love her already.”

Hammon was hired by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich last August, and since then, The Cut says Popovich has repeatedly said “that he didn’t hire Hammon because she’s a woman; he hired her because she’s good.” Popovich told the Associated Press in the midst of regular season play, “I don’t know if her perspective is unique. It’s women instead of men, but it’s the same game.”

It is, indeed, the same game, and Hammon proved that true talent transcends gender barriers.

Congratulations, Becky!