Barnes and Noble in hot water over “racist and misguided” book covers

Barnes & Noble is under fire for attempting to celebrate Black History Month with what many are saying was a racist and misguided attempt.

Announced at the start of February, the move involved “Diverse Editions” of 12 classic novels, which included “Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenstein,” and “Moby Dick.”

Each edition was remade with “new covers promoting diversity,” according to Publisher’s Weekly that feature multiple mixed-race couples in several “Romeo & Juliet” versions along with a Black Frankenstein as the cover art.

But artwork quickly made many upset with comments like:

“This is corporate liberalism. The conservative ideal would be for them to promote books written by black authors.”

“Good job you managed to make diversity look racist, a real talent of white America!”

“Imagine doing this with, say, movies. Imagine putting out a movie poster and trailer with an all-black cast but *actually* when you sit down to watch the movie, it’s an all-white cast. And with some racist content thrown in. How many people green-lit this idea?”

“They can make a lot from free public domain books by long-dead authors that they can just publish without paying anyone, which is what all of these are.”

But on Wednesday afternoon, the bookseller released a public statement to Twitter that explained how it would cancel the “Diverse Editions” after reading through the “expressed concerns” of readers.

“The covers are not a substitute for black voices or writers of color, whose work and voices deserve to be heard,” the statement said. “The booksellers who championed this initiative did so convinced it would help drive engagement with these classic titles.”

Demi Lovato reveals how she came out to her parents and how she wants a family soon

Demi Lovato recently opened up about coming out to her parents as sexually fluid and the 27-year-old shared how it couldn’t have gone better despite just telling her parents in 2017.

“I’m still figuring it out,” she revealed to Andy Cohen in regards to her sexuality on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy. “I didn’t officially tell my parents that I saw myself ending up possibly with a woman too until 2017.” 

She went on to share how the conversation was “emotional but really beautiful,” adding how “After everything was done I was shaking and crying and I just felt overwhelmed. I have such incredible parents, they are so supportive.”

While Lovato’s biological father, Patrick, passed away in 2013, she has publicly stated how she considers her stepfather, Eddie, along with her mom, Dianna, to be her parents.

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“My dad was like, ‘Yeah, obviously.’ I was like, ‘OK, Dad.’ He said, ‘Hello, ‘Cool for the Summer’!’ And I was like, ‘OK, I get it,'” she responded. “My mom was the one I was super nervous about but she was like, ‘I just want you be happy,’ and that was so beautiful and amazing and, like I said, so grateful.”

In regards to who she will end up with, Lovato is not sure.

“I don’t know what my future looks like. I don’t know if I’m going to have kids this year or in 10 years,” she revealed to Cohen. “I don’t know if I’m going to do it with a partner or without. Women, we don’t need partners to [have kids]. Amen.”

Authorities find smuggling tunnel spanning 14 football fields on Southwest border

Authorities discovered the longest smuggling tunnel ever on the Southwest border which spans over three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area.

The tunnel boasted an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance as well as drainage system.

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There were no arrests or drugs found at the site or confirmed exit point in the U.S. — it was the length that baffled authorities.

“This one blows past (the second-longest),” said Border Patrol operations supervisor, Lance LeNoir.

“We never really thought they had the moxie to go that far. They continue to surprise me.”

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Two lawmakers in Sweden have nominated Greta Thunberg for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Members of Sweden’s Left Party, Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, said Monday how Thunberg “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” as well as “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace.”

Thunberg, 17, has motivated students around the world to skip school and protest to demand faster action on climate change, founding the Fridays for Future movement which has inspired similar actions by youth around the globe.

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Woman who claims Trump raped her decades ago demands DNA test

Lawyers for a woman who accuses President Trump for raping her in the 1990s are requesting a DNA sample to determine if his genetic material is on a dress she wore during the encounter.

E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers served notice to a Trump attorney this past Thursday for Trump to submit a sample on March 2 in Washington for “analysis and comparison against unidentified male DNA present on the dress.”

After the president denied her allegation, Carroll filed a defamation suit against Trump in November. Roberta Kaplan, her lawyer, then had the black wool coat-style dress tested.

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A lab report with the legal notice reports DNA found on the sleeves was a mix of at least four people, at least one of the male. Multiple other people were tested and eliminated as possible contributors to the mix; their names are redacted.

Last summer, Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Manhattan luxury department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

The very next month, Carroll revealed in a New York magazine peice how she met Trump by chance and headed to the lingerie department for Trump to pick out a gift for a woman.

She allegedly joked about trying on a bodysuit in a dressing room which led Trump to reach under her black wool dress, pull down her tights and raped her as she tried to fight him off, eventually escaping.

Woman goes viral in rescue video, addresses trolls who body-shame: “I had to hang on to stay alive”

After footage of her falling through the ice on a lake in Michigan — the woman decided to speak out addressing comments about her weight after going viral.

In a video to Facebook, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office shared the rescue where it has since garnered over 91,000 views.

Korisa Miller was fishing with her friend on the docks at Lake St. Clair, Michigan on Jan. 27 when she slipped and fell into the lake’s freezing waters.

Her friend attempted to pull her out but was not able to do so. Two nearby fishermen heard Miller screams but had trouble rescuing her too.

Officials report that Miller was in the water for 15 minutes and was drifting in and out of consciousness by the time help arrived.

After the footage went viral, Miller identified herself in the comments of the Facebook post when viewers asked how she ended up in the water and why she was dressed without a coat in the winter.

“It took only a few seconds for the ice to give in because as all of you have been saying I am a thick woman. The spot where I fell in the water was 12 feet deep and I had to hang on to stay alive.”

Miller further explained how she had been wearing a coat and a sweater while fishing but the fishermen had to “rip off” her top layers as it was making it difficult for her to breathe.

“When they tried pulling me up, my hoodie and coat was choking me so they had to rip it off of me. I did not go fishing in a tank top,” she commented.

Later, Miller shared with the Detroit Free Press how despite the traumatizing experience, she was unsure why people decided to focus on her weight.

 “After going through such a traumatic experience and I almost died, this is what people have to say. I just think these people have no conscience anymore,” she said. “People have no idea that I used to be 400 pounds and now I am the way I am. I want to raise awareness on how dangerous ice fishing can be. I am glad I am alive and share my story,” Miller added. 

Teen gets harmonica stuck in mouth, goes viral for making music every time she breathes out

A teenager is going viral after posting a clip of her with a harmonica stuck in her mouth.

A high schooler from Ontario, Canada, Mollie O’Brien posted the now viral TikTok video on Jan. 28 — and for your viewing pleasure, you can watch below!

Her video caption reveals how she was able to get the instrument stuck in her mouth:

“I regret the thing I did … And you’re wondering what it is … Well … I shoved an entire harmonica in my mouth and it’s stuck now,”

The high schooler revealed to BuzzFeed that she stuck the instrument in her mouth in order to entertain her younger cousin — but she quickly realized it would not come out.

O’Brien’s video (which is only her third time posting on the platform) has since received over 7 million views along with lots of questions on how exactly the harmonica got stuck.

“After 30 minutes it hurt, but then it was kinda numb,” she revealed to BuzzFeed. “Every time I breathed heavily out of panic, it made a noise.”

And when she informed her mom of what happened — surprisingly, she was not upset but rather “shocked she raised such a weird kid.”

Thankfully, when O’Brien arrived at the hospital, the doctors recommended a dentist who was able to pull the harmonica out with a special tool.

“Let’s not do this again, OK dear?” the dentist allegedly said.

***Blows long and loud note***

Coronavirus causes workforce to halt at standstill; many attempt to work from home

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, working from home is not just an added perk but necessary for survival.

Factories along with shops, hotels as well as restaurants have been emptied out as most stay home in their apartments — attempting to sort out how to work while taking steps to protect their health.

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“It’s a good opportunity for us to test working from home at scale,” said managing director of Reprise Digital, Alvin Foo, a Shanghai ad agency with 400 people. “Obviously, not easy for a creative ad agency that brainstorms a lot in person.” he said.

The working-from-home population is about evolve into a massive number. And while most people in China are still on vacation for the Lunar New Year, Chinese companies will soon be restarting operations — which commences the biggest work-from-home experiment to date.

China rushes into clinical human trials to find cure for Coronavirus

China has recently decided to a quick clinical trial for a drug in hopes to cure the coronavirus infection while the nation attempts protect those who have yet to come in contact with the nasty virus.

A new antiviral drug by Gilead Sciences Inc., Remdesivir, will be tested by a medical team from Beijing-based China-Japan Friendship Hospital in hopes for treating the deadly new strain of coronavirus.

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The trial for the drug will be conducted in the city of Wuhan, the central Chinese city of the viral outbreak.

So far, the virus has killed over 360 people, sickened over 17,000 in China and has since spread to at least a dozen nations.

According to the Chinese news outlet, The Paper, as many as 270 patients with mild and moderate pneumonia caused by the virus will be recruited in a randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled study.

China calls U.S. unreasonable for fueling fear and panic over coronavirus

Today, China’s Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of setting a poor example when it comes to spreading information about the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a ministry spokesperson, they stated how unreasonable it is for countries around the world to attempt to prevent people from crossing the borders.

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In addition, the ministry called out the U.S. specifically, saying how instead of offering assistance to stop the coronavirus outbreak, it instead is just spreading panic.

“The U.S. government hasn’t provided any substantive assistance to us,” ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

“What it has done could only create and spread fear, which is a very bad example.”

Ellen invites black teen barred from attending school due to dreadlocks, gifts him $20,000 scholarship

A black Texas high school student was informed he would not be able to return to school or attend his graduation ceremony unless he cuts his dreadlocks — so Ellen invited him on the show and gave him $20,000.

DeAndre Arnold who is a senior at Barbers Hill High School, shared with Ellen how he was suspended over the length of his dreadlocks and informed by his principal how he needed to cut his hair to return to school.

“You get good grades,” DeGeneres said. “You’ve never been in trouble, ever. This is the first time anything has come up. And now, you haven’t been in school for weeks because of this situation.”

Arnold then revealed how he has worn dreadlocks for years and has always followed the dress code as he kept his hair off his shoulders, above his earlobes and out of his eyes, by tying up his dreadlocks. He then told DeGeneres he was told he was in violation of the dress code after Christmas break.

“Every day I would go to school, I would be in dress code,” he revealed to DeGeneres. “But the thing with them is, if it was let down, I would be out of dress code.”

Ellen then responded with a hefty check of $20,000 to go towards his college fund along with a message for his school’s staff. Watch below!

Cuddling pigs for their forever homes sound like your dream job? Start packing your bags!

If you are a pig lover, this information is for you and be warned: you may squeal with delight from what you find.

A South Carolina rescue farm is seeking volunteers to socialize about 100 rescue pigs to get them ready for adoption, according to an ad posted to Facebook.

So what exactly entails socialization of piglets?

Belly scratches, feeding them cookies (yes, cookies) and talking to them.

If this sounds like you, click above for more info!

If you love Star Wars, then this $26.5 million mansion is for you

A mansion that has 5,000 square feet of Star Wars themed space is on the market for a mere $26.5 million.

The “Star Wars” portion of the house is located in the full basement — just in case the missus is embarrassed of, well this room:

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There are several elaborate rooms dedicated to memorabilia from the series, including the cantina, a gaming room and a museum-like hall full of action figures.

There is also a catina, a gaming room, a museum-like hall, and a home theater.

The theater has 18 seats with star-like lights overhead that are out of this world.

But don’t worry, in addition to the Star Wars theme, there are also (normal) features like a fruit tree orchard, a tennis court and an observatory along with indoor and outdoor pools.

James Bond producer states 007 will never be female

Barbara Broccoli, the woman spearheading the James Bond film franchise, says the lead character “can be of any color,” but will never be female.

Broccoli, who has produced the movie series since the mid-90s shared in a wide-spanning interview with Variety on Jan. 15 that 007 continue to be a man.

But that doesn’t mean Broccoli isn’t speaking up on behalf of women.

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“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli revealed to Variety. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

The announcement has surfaced amid speculation as to who will be replacing Daniel Craig who has played the spy since 2006’s Casino Royale.

Craig has confirmed he will in fact be stepping down from the upcoming film, “No Time To Die.”

You won’t believe how grown up Octomom’s eight babies are today

Natalie Suleman, who became known as “Octomom” in the tabloids after her pregnancy with 8 babies, is celebrating her children’s 11th birthday.

Suleman, who previously went by Nadya, shares snippets of her life with 14 kids on Instagram, she does not usually post photos of them all together.

Last year, she revealed to the New York Times how she has to split her children up into groups for various activities in order to spend time with each of them – -even eating in shifts.

And while Suleman faced criticism for her large family, they lead a quiet, normal life. All of the kids are vegan, they do well in school and love to read.

The celebratory post read:

“Happy birthday to my beautiful angels. You are some of the kindest, most compassionate, caring human beings I’ve ever known. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mother. You all have blessed my life immensely and I thank God daily for trusting me to care for, shape the lives of, and influence all of you. Recent tragic events of loved ones lost are a powerful reminder of how fragile, precarious, yet precious life is, as tomorrow is never promised. We need to hug our loved ones a little longer and a little tighter while they are here. You are my miracles, my angels, and I will love you with all my heart, forever. Happy 11th birthday Noah, Maliyah, Nariyah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Josiah, and Makai.”

Australian book store bans group of dating coaches from entering building

One book store is taking to social media to shun a group of people from ever coming in and it may surprise you: dating coaches.

Kinokuniya Sydney, a Japan-based bookseller in a Australian recently flocked to Facebook on Jan. 23 to ban the coaches as well as their clients from its store.

The bookstore alleges it became a practice ground for “pick-up” techniques.


“It has come to our attention that a dating coaching company has been using our store to give their clients practical experience, much to our dismay,” Kinokuniya Sydney wrote.

“We apologize to any of our customers who have been approached in the store or had the negative experience of someone trying ‘pick-up’ techniques with them.”

Woman uses Tinder after being stranded on mountain, matches with man who has bulldozer and saves her life

One woman decided to use Tinder in a new way that saved her life.

After extreme weather caused her camper to get stuck on the side of a mountain in Northern Norway, Lonia Häger and her friend decided to use a few unconventional methods.

Häger was traveling to Lofoten after visiting the North Cape, which is the most northern point of Europe. But according to her Instagram account, she recapped how while she and her friend, Phil, traveled down the mountainside, “it started raining…the street iced up that we even couldn’t stay on one point!”

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Both created a Tinder account for Häger and in just five minutes she matched with Stian Lauluten, who not only lived nearby but also had a bulldozer.

Lauluten “shaped lines in the ice” for the camper to travel through and then took them to a nearby parking lot.”

But that wasn’t all. Lauluten also helped them fix their tires with spikes the next day to prevent future similar incidents. Häger calls him a hero.

Let’s hope the two were able to share a meal over the ordeal. Lauluten earned it!

Neighbors decide to sue man over psychedelic paint job on $500,000 home

A man in Florida is currently facing a lawsuit after he decided to alter his $500,000 home in a colorful way but his neighbors found it be “unsightly and obnoxious.

Located in an upscale community in Naples, the house has been redecorated with multi-colored paint across the exterior, including the mailbox, garage, driveway and front lawn.

Neighbors report how the owner, Jeffrey Leibman, spent about a week making the alterations that rocked the community to their core.

“Obviously has a drug issue or something going on because I have just never seen anything like this in my life,” said fellow neighbor Alan Klawans, to WZVN-TV. 

Or maybe Alan, just maybe the guy is trying to just live his life in a colorful way. Maybe the whole “omar” thing is a riddle? Maybe Jeffery just like rainbows?

Parents sue school after faculty expelled teen for believing she may be gay due to rainbow-themed birthday

A family from Kentucky, who alleges their daughter was expelled over the design of her birthday cake, is now suing her former school.

Filed last Thursday, the lawsuit states how 15-year-old Kayla Kenney was kicked out of her Christian high school “as they believed she was gay.”

Originally, Kayla’s parents claimed that the school, Whitfield Academy, had made their choice after obtaining a photo of the teen celebrating her birthday with a rainbow-colored cake while wearing a similarly colorful sweater.

And while the rainbow has been a symbol of LGBTQIA+ pride, Kayla’s mom, Kimberley Alford, said her daughter is not gay and the cake was chosen as it looked nice.