Happy Friday!

It’s a cold, rainy, yuck day here in glorious Orlando and Kent should be walking through the door any minute now. On my radar this week are these articles:

1. 10 U.S. Foods Banned in Other Countries:

Did you know that Russia has a ban on meat imports from the United States? The same country where bathrooms have four toilets and manholes are uncovered (#sochi) refuses to import our meats unless they’re certified Ractopamine free.

“Present in about 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of cattle and an unknown percentage of turkeys are plumped with the asthma drug ractopamine before slaughter. Up to 20 percent of ractopamine is still there when you buy it.”

It currently isn’t tested for in the United States but is shown to cause cardiovascular issues, hyperactivity and behavioral changes in humans.

AND THAT’S JUST #3. You owe it to yourself to read this!

2. There’s Something Absolutely Wrong With What We Do To Boys Before They Grow Into Men

Last night I participated in research for a graduate student’s thesis. I was shown portions of someone’s face and asked to identify whether the person’s sex or their ethnicity. That part wasn’t too difficult – it was the explaining. Why did I think this person was a female? Because the eyebrows were shaped? The shape of the jawline?

Our culture pushes a lot of things on us at a young age, a large one being the idea of masculinity on young boys. This short video gives a look into the psychological damage it does to boys when we push them to be “manly.”

3. HONY Facebook Video

Y’all know I love Humans of New York. Not a week goes by that I don’t start tearing up in public over a post that I see on Instagram. Facebook put together this video about HONY and it gives a little glimpse into the photographer himself and the way he interviews on the streets. Needless to say, I loved it.

4. How this awkward kid became an overnight YouTube star

Let me just say I am such a sucker for these kinds of videos. Sir Fedora literally made me laugh out loud when he says, “I’m so excited I forgot to sit on my stool.” This adorable little guy just wants one like y’all, and you can’t help but wanna give it to him.



Happy weekend :*