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Person of the Day

Who are the top earners in Hollywood? (Hint, it’s not women)

Forbes Magazine has released both of their lists on the highest top paid actors and actresses in Hollywood, shining a light on major wage gaps in the entertainment industry.

Dwayne Johnson knocked out the competition coming in at first with a whopping $64.5 million a year.

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The Rock. (Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer/Flickr)

He tweeted out his excitement about the news.

The men who trailed behind the Rock were:

- Jackie Chan with $61 million who is continuing to make movies in China that are widely popular
- Matt Damon at $55 million because of the success of The Martian
- Tom Cruise just trailing at $53 million
- Johnny Depp at $48 million.

On the women's side, Jennifer Lawrence (no surprise there -- it seems like she was in every blockbuster including the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise) came out on top, earning $46 million. Behind Lawrence are Melissa McCarthy at $33 million, Scarlett Johansson at $25 million, and then Mila Kunis coming in at $11 million.

The lists, however, revealed the pay gap between men and women in the industry that Jennifer Lawrence herself acknowledged when she wrote an essay on the topic in 2015, writing:

"When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn't want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don't need."

JLaw's earnings, while exceeding those of her female counterparts, would only put her sixth on the list overall, earning 72% as much as Johnson.

The list shows that the top four women get over $20 million, but 18 of male actors get over $20 million. Hmm.

Quote of the Day

What people are saying about the controversial French burkini ban


A young woman wearing a burkini. (bellmon1/Flickr)

What is a burkini and why is it banned?

A burkini is a full-body swimsuit worn by many Muslim women who practice veiling as a part of their religion.

And France has banned the wearing of these full-body swimsuits -- burkinis -- when at the beach. Imposing this enforcement in 26 towns. The law states:

"Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of accepted customs and secularism [...] Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order"

Why have the "burkini bans" taken place?

The ban is because of concerns regarding religious extremism in the wake of Islamic terrorist attacks in the country.

France is a secular state that emphasizes the distinction between church and state -- the country had already banned the wearing of religious emblems in schools and colleges, and in 2010 banned full face veils.

To back up a bit, in Islam, the practice of veiling is done for many different reasons. Most typically, Muslim women wear the veil because it is believed to be instructed by Allah, or God, and wearing a headscarf or modest covering is intended to reflect one’s personal devotion. There are instances where this action is suppressive -- many women are required to cover themselves by law or by their husbands or parents. But more often than not, it is a choice made by the woman in her religious practice.

At first, the "burkini ban" ruling was celebrated because many saw the traditional full-body clothing that Muslim women took part in as a way of suppressing women's rights over their bodies and their lives. And it was thought by many officials, and supporters of this ban, that stopping this full body coverage would mean these women are no longer "oppressed."

But many are saying this law is hypocritical, especially when on Thursday images were revealed of armored French police demanding a woman take off the full body covering she chose to wear.

It is being compared to when in the US women's bathing suits were measured to ensure they were covering enough skin.

What are people saying about it?

There are many different, but also intensely heated, opinions about this ban.

There are of course many who are very upset and angry with the French government and find the ban oppressive.

And inspired many women to protest the laws.

Aheda Zanetti, an Australian who created the suit in 2004, said that she never intended for the piece of clothing to be a political statement.

And the ban seems to be backfiring a bit. Sales of the suit since it went into effect have skyrocketed 200%. Zanetti has this to say:

“[French officials] misunderstood the burkini swimsuit. Because the burkini swimsuit is freedom and happiness and lifestyle changes — you can’t take that away from a Muslim, or any other woman, that chooses to wear it.”

But there are others who believe the law has been completely blown out of proportion. Especially considering the highest possible fine is €38, which is about the same as 40 US dollars -- less than most parking tickets.

But, especially because the ban expires on August 31, 2016 which is less than a week away.

It does certainly seem, regardless of your opinion on the situation, to be creating serious tensions within France, where it has appeared to have split senior members of the French government, not to mention spectators around the world.

Image of the Day

#WomensEqualityDay and #NPS100 day in pictures

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Women picketing for the vote in front of the White House in 1917. (US Embassy the Hague/Flickr)

As you may or may not know, today is Women's Equality Day -- a national holiday that was created in 1971 to commemorate the 19th Amendment which grants women the right to vote. The holiday is also seen as the day to continue on the fight for equality, in the form of closing the pay gap, eliminating sexism in the workplace and society, and guaranteeing equal representation.

But it is ALSO #NPS100, the day the National Parks Service turns 100.

Here are a few #WomensEqualityDay pictures from today, as a reminder that it's okay to take a pause to celebrate some of the good.

Number of the Day

Who are the FARC, and what’s the deal with the peace agreement in Colombia?

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An anti-FARC demonstration in 2008. (xmascarol/Flickr)

After 52 long years of fighting -- and four more on top of that in negotiations -- the Colombian government and the infamous rebel group known as the FARC just reached a truce, ending one of the longest civil wars in history.

Who are the FARC?

The FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the acronym is for the Spanish initials), is a guerrilla militant group that has been fighting inequality in Colombia, inspired by Communist ideals. Violently.

The FARC was made up of fighters from poor, rural communities and included men, women, and even children. But the size of their army had been diminishing in the past few years. Top leaders were killed within the past decade, and the US government began investing in funding and training the Colombian security forces.

What was the agreement?

  • The FARC leaders will be protected both from imprisonment and assassination.
  • The guerrillas will be able to transform into a political party (if they are able to convince supporters, of course).
  • It will end the fighting and violence, which was important for both sides.
  • There will be special tribunals for the victims of the conflict (an estimated 260,000 people have been killed and millions displaced).
  • The drug trade will end. The FARC has managed to stay alive for so long by smuggling cocaine, mostly into the States. The militants agreed to wean farmers off of growing the illegal coca crop by working with the government.

Place of the Day

Here’s the deal with Turkey capturing that Syrian city that was controlled by ISIS

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It's complicated. (Kurdistan Photo/Flickr)

Turkey's military launched a major offensive campaign in Syria on Wednesday, sending in tanks, warplanes and special operations. And this seems to be pretty good news: They've taken over a town on the Turkish border that was being controlled and operated by ISIS.

This takeover comes at time with a myriad of complex situations hovering in the background.

The first being the coup that took place in Turkey just a month ago, when thousands of soldiers and officers attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The attempt failed, and Erdogan issued a state three-month of emergency.

The state of emergency suspends the European Convention on Human Rights. The numbers are still hazy, but Amnesty International states that more than 10,000 people have been detained by the Turkish government, most of them soldiers. There are also reports of detainees being tortured, executed, and raped, but independent groups like Amnesty International haven't been granted access because of that state of emergency.

Another issue that makes the takeover complicated is the terror attack on Saturday that took place in Turkey at a Kurdish wedding. 54 people died in that attack -- carried out by a child suicide bomber -- most of whom were children.

Erdogan blamed ISIS for the attack almost instantly, but it has not been confirmed at this point and there has been no official claim of responsibility by any organization.

The attack was the catalyst for Turkey to go into Syria.

Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Turkey today to meet with Turkish officials, hoping to mend the two countries' relationship. Meanwhile airstrikes and artillery fire are raining down on the border between Turkey and Syria aiming to clear the area from ISIS militants in a US-led coalition.

And, at least for now, a city in Syria named Jarabulus isn't being run by ISIS anymore.

Word of the Day

What’s a ‘Goldilocks planet’ and why are scientists so stoked they found one?

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ET? Is that you out there? (bmalarky/Flickr)

Researchers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile (yeah, that's its actual name) announced they found the closest Earth-like planet circling the sun that we know about.

The planet circles a small star called Proxima Centauri, right in the "Goldilocks zone." Meaning that, like Goldilocks' favorite porridge, it is not too hot and it is not too cold -- and, if it has an atmosphere that sustains water, it could have life. Possibly even intelligent life.


The planet is only is only 4.2 light years — you know, a mere 25 trillion miles — away, which is close in the context of the vast infinity of space.

Other planets in the Goldlilocks zone have been found, but they have been in other galaxies, making them much more difficult to study. This one shares the Milky Way galaxy with us.

Video of the Day

Here’s encouraging video out of the Italy quake — and how you can help

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The Italy quake is devastating. (Mater Dolorosa de Jerusalém/Flickr)

There is a lot of horror and sadness in Italy at the moment, as the country was hit with a massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake early Wednesday morning, with aftershocks clocking in at around 5 or even higher. The quakes, which were strongest in central Italy, have reportedly killed 247 people so far.

There has been an outpouring of global support for Italy and their people during their time of need.

And there's even some good news, like the rescue of this young girl under the rubble that was caught on video.

Many are continuing to work to help find other survivors and provide aid to those who have been hurt or who lost their homes.

How can I help?

To help those affected by the quake in Italy, you can donate in US dollars to the Red Cross here. Or if you are in Italy, donate directly to the Italian Red Cross here. Or you can even sign up to volunteer here.

Save the Children is also working to help children impacted in the area, and you can support them by clicking here.

Tweet of the Day

The Cincinnati Zoo is done with your s#*t about Harambe

If you have been on the internet at all between May and now, you have probably seen something about Harambe, the gorilla who was put down by the Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy accidentally got into the gorilla enclosure.

The upsetting nature of this story got the internet talking, and users jumped on to the campaign #JusticeforHarambe. Which quickly lost control.

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The Cincinnati Zoo has had it with #JusticeforHarambe. (W i l l a r d/Flickr)

Soon users started posting memes and jokes like these (it's v mild -- others are intense).

The Cincinnati Zoo first issued a statement asking Twitter and internet users to stop spreading Harambe jokes and memes because of how upsetting they were for their staff:

“Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.”

But of course, when you tell the internet to stop something it rarely works. It's like trying to put out a fire with lighter fluid.

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So the zoo deleted all of its social media accounts, stating that they did not want to be exposed to it any longer.

Now that the meme has been linked in an offensive old-school racism stereotype to actress and comedian Leslie Jones, there is now a definite question as to whether enough is enough.

But also, in true internet fashion, what is controversial and disliked will be spread.

Controversy of the Day

Is the Donald Trump campaign racist? Hillary Clinton says yes

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The Clinton camp is calling out Trump and his supporters on racism and divisive rhetoric. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Hillary Clinton campaign is going after Donald Trump, hard, on racist overtones and undertones in his campaign. They rolled out a whole slew of attacks on this front.

With this:

And this:


And this:

Did Trump respond? Of course he did.

How's Trump doing with African American voters?

In two crucial swing states, Pennsylvania and Ohio, he's polling at 0% with black voters. Zero. Percent. Overall, between 1% and 6% of black voters say they'll vote for Trump. About 10-15% of voters on Election Day will be African American, so, yeah, this is very bad for him.

Issue of the Day

Why the leaked nudes of Leslie Jones are a bigger deal than it seems

This morning "SNL" cast member and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones woke up to pictures of her own naked body on her website.

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We see you, racist trolls. (Giphy)

Hackers were able to gain access either to her iCloud or cell phone, as well as many of her passwords.

Then hackers posted a ton of private pictures, like her driver's license, passport -- and nude photographs, including ones that looked like she was in the middle of a sex act -- on her website. As well as a tribute to the Cincinnati Zoo's deceased gorilla Harambe. Connecting Jones, in a very racist way, to the primate.

The hacks have been taken down, and the FBI is now investigating. But, the story has been massively widespread and is spurring many debates about racism, privacy, online harassment and the sharing of nude pictures.

And the actress is also receiving tons of support online.

Jones, who is no stranger to online harassment, has been at the heart of the debate around hate speech online, especially on Twitter, this summer.

Earlier this summer Jones was repeatedly and viciously attacked online. Among other things, trolls called her a slew of racial slurs after Ghostbusters came out.

Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative writer with a massive online following, was the catalyst for many of these attacks when he criticized Jones and her role in the Ghostbusters' movie.

At the times Jones tweeted:

“Twitter, I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that. You can see on the…Profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It’s not enough to freeze Acct. They should be reported.”

In response, Twitter banned Yiannopoulos, although many are arguing that the writer himself wasn't harassing Jones and didn't summon his followers to do so either -- and that what he did do is protected by free speech and wasn't hate speech. But others argue that his pointed criticisms of the comedian spurred his followers to launch a vicious hate campaign that Twitter hoped to eliminate like a snake -- by cutting off the head.

Revenge porn lawyer Marc Randazza as well as many others believe that had Yiannopoulos not been blocked from Twitter, this hack probably would not have happened. He said:

"This guy’s got millions of fans, so just do the numbers, man. All you need is one out of 10 million to have the motivation to do this. Now, I’ll bet there was one in 100,000 that had the motivation to do this … maybe one in 200,000 had the motivation and the ability.”

What do you think? How should hate speech be tackled and monitored on the internet?

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Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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