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Black Women Deserve an Equitable Path to Motherhood. These Women Are Paving the Way

Black women in the United States are three to five times more likely to die from pregnancy or postpartum issues than white women—a maternal mortality crisis that cannot be ignored. In Glamour’s Black Maternal Health series, we’re sharing these stories—and solutions.

One week after my 32nd birthday the hot flashes began. In 2.5 seconds my body went from New York City in fall to a Thailand summer, whether it was in the middle of the night, middle of the morning, mid-day, mid-work break. The sweats were relentless.

Two weeks, one doctor’s appointment, and more than a hundred Google searches later, my doctor put a name to this sudden inferno: early perimenopause. A short time after that, the financial coordinator at NYU’s Fertility Clinic let me in on something. If I wanted to retrieve the good eggs I had left to increase my chances of having a baby down the line, it would cost me — cash up front — much more than I had to give.

My reproductive rights story doesn’t involve limited access to birth control or an abortion. It involves being told just two years after turning 30 that my path to motherhood could be forever thwarted, and I, a journalist with employer-sponsored insurance making just enough money at the time to cover my monthly expenses, could not afford to do anything about it.

The tears I cried over this realization are just a few in a sea of fallen tears from women. And Black women, like myself, understand that the current framework for reproductive justice must address the various ways in which systemic structures prevent women of color from achieving reproductive freedom.

“The harms that were created through white supremacy, the harms that were created through patriarchy — they came from The White House,” says Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC). “So we’re saying if you created those harms from The White House, you need to undo them from The White House.”

Crear-Perry is one of several Black women pushing for the creation of a White House Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing (OSRHW) to be considered under the Domestic Policy Council. 

As she said to me on a video call last week, the federal government has for hundreds of years, “operationalized eugenics, has operationalized believing that one race was more valuable than another.” And so her goal for this office is to ensure that women like myself have a path to motherhood and sexual wellbeing by disrupting the barriers that now exist due to race and class.

She’s not alone. More than 150 organizations have signed on to push for OSRHW. They include institutions whose core work centers on a range of issues from Black breastfeeding to abortion. Collaboratively, they are urging the Biden administration to guarantee that women, in short, have access. 

“The matter of reproductive justice is so important because what we’re talking about is wanting to create some parity where everyone gets what they need, not based on their capacity to pay, or if they’re lucky enough to work at an insurer,” says Monica R. McLemore, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco. “This is a bigger discussion that takes out the polarization and elevates it to a larger discussion about what people need and deserve across their reproductive life course that will allow them to optimize who they are.”

McLemore has been working side by side with Crear-Perry to highlight the importance of equity in the larger conversation of gender policy and reproductive rights. For these Black women, it is about centering the margins, being unafraid to speak about racial injustice, and saying full-throated that ending racism includes addressing the ways in which BIPOC women are restricted in their maternal pursuits.

Simone Biles Says Representing Abuse Survivors Is Part of Why She’s Returning to the Olympics

Simone Biles won’t only be representing America at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. She’ll also be representing survivors of sexual abuse, especially the many victims of disgraced Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar—a group that includes Biles.

With 100 days to go before the 2021 games begin, Biles spoke to Hoda Kotb of Today about what her return to the Olympic stage means. “I knew I had more to give to the sport for myself and I felt like I had a purpose…God called me,” the history-making, four-time gold medalist revealed. “I just feel like [with] everything that happened, I just had to come back to the sport, to be a voice, to have change happen.”

Biles said representing the gymnasts of the Nassar period is one of the factors motivating her to continue. “I feel like, if there weren’t a remaining survivor in the sport, they would have just brushed it to the side. But since I’m still here and I have quite a social media presence and platform, they have to do something,” she said. “So I feel like coming back, gymnastics just wasn’t the only purpose I was supposed to do.”

Kotb later added Biles had mentioned she was concerned that with Nassar in jail, people could think the scandal is “over.” But Biles relayed to her that she feels there are still many changes needed to be made in the sport

As for the pressures of being the female gymnast to watch, Simone Biles says it’s “stressful” having no peers at her level because she’s always “trying to beat [herself].” When asked whether she was beatable by anyone other than herself, Biles only smiled and replied, “You just never know.”

The Tokyo Olympic games kick off Friday, July 23, 2021 and will run through August 8, 2021.

The Wonder Woman Villain 1984 Considered Using Instead Of Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord

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During the events of Wonder Woman 1984, Diana Prince’s trouble stems from one object: the Dreamstone, an artifact that grants any wish made in its presence, but at a cost. Without the Dreamstone, Maxwell Lord doesn’t wreak havoc on the world and Barbara Minerva doesn’t turn into The Cheetah. But early into the Wonder Woman sequel’s development, there was talk about featuring the Dreamstone’s creator, the Duke of Deception, as the main antagonist.

The Internet Has Thoughts After Disney World, Land Announce Inclusive New Guidelines For Costumes And More

For decades the Walt Disney Company has recognized four “keys” which have guided everything that has been done in the Disney Parks like Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Those keys were Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency. Last year, it was announced that a fifth key, Inclusion, would be added to that list. We’ve already seen some elements of this new focus on inclusion, including significant redesigns for a couple of major attractions like Splash Mountain and the Jungle Cruise. But now we have more information on how Inclusion will manifest for the Cast Members working inside the park, has they now have a lot more flexibility when it comes to how they present themselves at work.

Enter For Your Chance To Win A Virtual Advanced Screening Of Netflix’s The Mitchells Vs. The Machines

Enter for your chance to win an at home advance screening of Netflix’s THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES! The movie tells the story of how a quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope.

The virtual screening will take place on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00 pm CST. Check in early starting at 5:15 as the Virtual Doors will be open 45 minutes prior to the screening start time. There will be trivia games and a DJ playing music so families can have some fun together before the screening begins.

25 people will win this fun and free screening! Simply fill out the form below for your chance to win.

Katy Perry and Miranda Kerr Just Opened Up About Their ‘Modern Family’

Honestly, we need a reality show (or sitcom?) based on this family. Miranda Kerr and Katy Perry, the respective ex-wife and current fiancée of Orlando Bloom, hopped on Instagram Live together on Tuesday, April 12, to discuss Kerr’s skin care line and how they each approach motherhood. 

Kerr and Bloom share a son, Flynn, from their relationship, and the model is now married to Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, with whom she has two young children. Perry, meanwhile, just welcomed her and Bloom’s daughter, Daisy less than a year ago. And the best part of having this big, interconnected brood? The swag, obviously.

“One of the great things about being close to Miranda is I get to try out all her products, especially when her son comes home with them in his backpack,” shared Perry. She said of Kerr, “In our modern family, she’s probably the most health conscious of everyone” and claims the model got her into drinking celery juice and using more natural products, especially after the birth of Daisy.

“I went into a huge transformation after having Daisy,…I started looking at all my products, my shampoo, conditioner, I went through a huge cleanout,” the American Idol judge said.  

Perry and Kerr agreed that motherhood was a huge blessing in their lives. “The kids are my number one love. It’s just the best thing in the world, being a mom,” said Kerr, to which Perry added, “It’s the best job. It’s the most fulfilling…There was no feeling like the feeling when I had my daughter.”

This isn’t the first time Katy Perry and Miranda Kerr have bonded over motherhood or praised each other publicly. Last November, Kerr said that she “adored” Perry and was “so happy” for her and Bloom. Then in February of this year, Perry spoke out about how much it helps her to hear motherhood stories from Kerr. Sounds like these two moms have a great support system in each other!

14 Cute Hiking Boots Begging for a Summer Adventure

With warmer temps officially here, we’re prepping our wardrobes for a shot girl summer—and cute hiking boots are at the top of our list for nature-filled getaways. Comfort is key if you plan on spending most of your free time outdoors the next few months—and few shoes offer the durability and hours-long support quite like a sturdy boot.  

Hiking shoes and boots are built with function in mind, and the right pair needs to check off a lot of boxes. Some things to consider: Can it withstand all the elements (a.k.a the rain, snow, or mud) you may run into on a multi-day camping trip? Does it offer foot and ankle support on rocky terrain? How much grip does the tread actually offer? Answering all these questions will no doubt help you find the most appropriate pair for your next outdoorsy escapade, but don’t be fooled into thinking these babies just belong in the mountains. Celebs like Zoë Kravitz, Katie Holmes, and Emily Ratajkowski have all incorporated lug sole shoes into their everyday wardrobe, proving their stylish versatility on and off the trails.

Whether you’re hiking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail á la Wild or “trekking” across town on the weekend, we rounded up practical pairs actually worth your money. Shop 14 cute hiking boots, below. 

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Will Dune’s Writer Eric Roth Return For The Sequel? Here’s His Honest Thoughts

Eric Roth, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Forrest Gump and was nominated for the most recent remake of A Star is Born, wrote the screenplay for Dune alongside Denis Villeneuve and Passengers scribe Jon Spaihts. The buzz surrounding the movie has been strong, which has only increased the odds that the story will be finished up and the second movie will get made. And while one might expect that everybody who worked on the first movie would be back for part two, Roth tells Collider that, despite writing a treatment for the second film, he thinks he’s done with the project. According to the writer himself,

Taylor Swift Reveals Inspiration Behind Fearless Track ‘Hey Stephen’

After 13 years, Taylor Swift is finally setting the record straight: No, her song “Hey Stephen” is not about Stephen Colbert. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (April 13) to finally break the news to the late-night comedian that he did not inspire the country track.

Or did he? As the two discussed who the real Stephen is, Swift revealed increasingly personal bits of information about Colbert — even unveiling a mood board she covered with pictures of his face — and he started to question the veracity of her claims. In the end, however, she revealed that the song was actually written about prolific horror author Stephen King.

“I’ve never revealed this before to anyone but ‘Hey Stephen’ is about Stephen King,” she said. “He’s amazing. The Dark Tower series changed my life, plus The Shining, The Stand, and don’t even get me started on his short stories. Absolutely luminescent.”

“Hey Stephen” is one of 26 tracks on Fearless (Taylor’s Version), a re-recorded version of her 2008 album, which was released on April 9. Swift is remastering her entire discography up to 2019’s Lover to gain complete ownership of her music after her master recordings were purchased and then sold by her former management. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is her first fully re-recorded album, but Swift had fans abuzz with theories that her album 1989 might be next in line after dropping multiple references to it during her interview with Colbert.

Speaking to People about the process of re-recording Fearless, Taylor said: “We really did go in and try to create a ‘the same but better’ version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did.”

Aquaman 2 Fan Art Sees Emilia Clarke Replace Amber Heard As Mera

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The DC Extended Universe is known for keeping the public on its toes, and that was certainly the case with the unprecedented release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Now that the Snyder Cut has been out for a month, the time has come to look forward to the various projects coming down the line. This includes the highly anticipated Aquaman sequel, which is expected to feature Amber Heard as Mera. But new fan art has recently arrived online, showing Game of Thrones icon Emilia Clarke in the role.