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  Meet Vanessa VanDyke, a twelve-year-old academic superstar at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, FL. Vanessa is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and she also enjoys wearing her hair naturally. She explains that her hairstyle “says that [she’s] unique. It’s puffy and [she likes] it that way.”    Unfortunately, much of modern society still insists upon conforming to Western beauty ideals, and natural ... Read More
  Have you ever spent thirty-five years tirelessly trying to do something extraordinary? Swimmer and motivational speaker Diana Nyad has. For over three decades, she has braved treacherous waters, swollen lips, and painful jellyfish stings with one goal in mind: to swim from Cuba to Florida. And yesterday, on her fifth and final try, SHE DID IT.   Nyad is now the first person ever to complete this journey without a shark cage. This is, of course, a ... Read More
Ha ha, here’s something horrible from the state of Florida, ha. Salon a while back posted about a Florida man, Lazaro Sopena, who attempted to change his last name to his wife’s, in a neat-o reversal of gender norms. Cool! Sweet! Awesome! His wife, Hanh Dinh, is of Vietnamese heritage, and Sopena decided to honor her culture rather than keep his own last name, to which he has “no particular emotional ties,” he told Reuters. But wait. After ... Read More
Kaitlyn “Kate” Hunt, a Florida teenager and senior at Sebastian River High School, has been expelled from school and is facing two felony charges of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child of 12-16 years of age” for engaging in a relationship with a fellow female student. Kate was 17 when the teens began dating, and is now 18. The other student, who reports claim is Kate’s girlfriend (and was 14 years-old when the relationship started ... Read More
Kiera Wilmot, sixteen-year-old student in Bartow, Florida has been expelled and is currently facing felony charges for what many are calling “scientific curiosity.”  Ten days ago, at 7 a.m. on the grounds of Bartow High School and before classes began, Wilmot conducted what she called “a science fair experiment,” where she mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a plastic water bottle.  This chemical reaction, which has ... Read More
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