If you haven't heard by now, United Kingdom Singer, Adele, won damages over her son's published photos. Actually, her son is the winner here. The five figure sum of damages will be placed in a trust for her son later. According to attorneys, the photos were "milestone moments." In a statement read out at the High Court, Adele and her son's lawyer Jenny Afia said that Adele ‘accepts and even embraces her public profile’ and acknowledges how the public and press helped make her an international star. ‘But she is emphatic that her two-year-old son Angelo is not, and must never be, 'public property',’ said Afia. Yes!! I agree! It is way passed time OUT for paparazzi and their shenanigans, particularly when it comes to kids!! Every person (celebrity or not) deserves the right to have intimate moments with their children in PRIVACY. You may recall a bill urged by two American celebrities and mothers, Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry, that was signed into law over a year ago. SB606 was an anti-paparazzi bill protecting children from overly aggressive paparazzi. In a statement released by her publicist, Halle Berry said, "On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress." Way to go MUMS! Read more about the bill and it's passage on: USA TODAY.
Some days ago I shared with you the encouragement and inspiration I felt about my nomination for Hope for Women Magazine's Women Who Inspire 2014. I was overcome at once with several emotions as I reflected and took it all in... it is still exciting that I was chosen among such amazing women. I recognize that each one of our voices and services are important for the greater good of this world. I was named "social justice ambassador." They highlighted the topics discussed on the blog, my activism on my social media spaces as well as my work with focused ladies of Worth, Excellence, Resilience and Strength! Be sure to check out the entire article! I am humbled and continue to honor God. I thank Him for protection and guidance. I sincerely thank JoAnna Leflore for the write up, Angelia White, the CEO and Publisher, and every staff member. I send encouragement in the direction of each woman who made the list. May your strength be renewed in your service. To those who continue to support me, I truly thank you for riding along this journey with me. With so much further to go, we've indeed come this far by faith! Read here on Hope for Women Magazine.
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for abandoning her Islamic faith, has been freed from jail, her lawyer has told the BBC. The death penalty was overturned by an appeal court, the official Suna news agency reported. She is married to a Christian man and was sentenced under Sharia law to hang for apostasy in May after refusing to renounce Christianity. Her husband, Daniel Wani, said he was looking forward to seeing her.
He wanted his family to leave Sudan as soon possible, Mr Wani told BBC Focus on Africa. This is GREAT news and I pray they are able to leave Sudan without further problems.
I have been trying to make sense of these laws (about to read a controversial book about it.) So glad to hear about this breaking news! I have been following this story since I originally read and posted about it here and here.
Read more by clicking the pink: BBC News!
"The outcry generated by Meriam Ibrahim's case was difficult for the authorities to ignore.The government in Khartoum is already dealing with an economic crisis, and conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. It simply does not need further ill-feeling - and it is worth pointing out that many of the most vocal opponents of the conviction were Sudanese, not foreigners. In fact, Mrs Ibrahim's case looks like part of a recurring theme."
Congratulations are in order for Katie Couric who shared the above photo on Twitter tweeting, "So excited to make my debut as Mrs. John Molner!" I am excited for her as well! I recall the sympathy I felt for her in 1998 when she lost her last husband to colon cancer while an anchor on the Today's Show. Admirably, I watched her while working my first office job daily.
Today, at 57 years old, her beautiful smile shines even brighter and I couldn't be happier for her!
These are a few details shared that I love about the wedding and preparation:
1) They kept it low key.
2) Reportedly, there was a laid back and intimate setting (this was both their second time around.)
3) Since the beautiful bride-to-become had been busy with her new position as global anchor at Yahoo! News to make several of the plans (including her final wedding gown choice), the groom-to-become happily stepped to the plate!
Love it! Read more by clicking: People Magazine!
NPR speaks with a 10th Grader who was homeless last year this time. For five months, Desiree Wieczorek lived in the woods near a rural town in New York where very few options are available for the homeless.
Rural areas of the country often lack the shelters and services like affordable housing and public transportation you find in cities. Instead, people pack into substandard houses, live in cars, double up with other families or bounce around from place to place. Or they live in camps outdoors, like Desiree did.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there were more than 30,000 homeless children in rural America last year, but advocates believe the actual number is much higher. To listen and read more about Desiree and her family, click: NPR.
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