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Brad Pitt Is Now Under Investigation for Child Abuse New York Magazine

TMZ reported early Thursday morning that Brad Pitt “is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children.” The alleged incident happened Wednesday Sept. 14 on the family’s private plane. It's this incident that propelled Angelina Jolie to file for divorce, says TMZ, describing the alleged incident this way.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina, and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids. We’re told the plane landed at an airport around 8 p.m., and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.

If You Feel Sorry for Brad Pitt, It's Because the Rules Have Changed New York Magazine

What’s interesting is that, against the backdrop of the modern, supportive egalitarian partnership, cheating is no longer seen as a scandalous but exciting crime so much as a pathetic grab for personal power. Even if you don’t buy the idealistic spin that seems to be offered up by Jolie’s team, the one that casts Pitt as the wrecking ball (but please note, while assiduously avoiding making Jolie look like The Other Woman done in by Yet Another Other Woman), it’s still hard to shake off the picture of a strong woman who doesn’t want to waste her energy on anything that doesn’t bring her life joy and meaning, being trailed around by a guy who’s a little depressed and confused and not sure what’s worth living for, beyond the temporary fixes of drugs and booze and lady companions.
If celebrities are a blank canvas upon which we project our own aspirations, desires, and fears, then it’s interesting that the portrait we’re painting as a culture has shifted so drastically. Instead of seeing a man who has more adventurous, exciting things to do than savor the company of his army of offspring, we see Brad Pitt as a kind of fallen hero, once dashing and devil-may-care, who has slowly lost his grip on happiness. We don’t see a guy like Sinatra, one who’s too busy, confident, and callous to slow down for his lady. (As Sinatra famously boasted to a crowd, upon marrying Mia Farrow, “I finally found a broad I can cheat on.”) We see a man who seems haunted by his partner’s clear vision of how her life should look, and who couldn’t stand to have all of his weaknesses and insecurities shoved in his face by the mature, empowered woman by his side (or, you know, off saving Syrian refugees while he putzes around with her semi-estranged, similarly lost dad, Jon Voight).

Dance Activism

Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, Wearing Paint as They Tell a Tale New York Times

Dancer, creative and brilliant talent Lil Buck joins forces with Jon Boogz in a new movement that takes dance very seriously. In this new video 'Color of Reality', the two talents sit on a sofa watching news of police shootings and the Orlando massacre, before venturing outside where they are first shunned and ignored but then shot -- all against the lush, visual backdrop that intoxicates my eyes. 

Lil Buck and Jon Boogz are joined by artist Alexa Meade, whose specialty is body painting in a style that renders three-dimensional people as two-dimensional art canvases. 

Besides the exquisite beauty and deadly message of the video, the art has a civic dimension. Its trailer is being shown at the top of each hour on a StandardVision screen at LA's JW Marriott at 901 West Olympic Boulevard. This is the first video that launches Movement Art Is, "a nonprofit organization in which dance will be used to inspire positive change and empower dancers to stretch themselves artistically. 

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25 Famous Women on Being Alone New York Magazine

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Angelina's Divorce Shows How 'Failed Marriages' Are Failing Us New York Magazine

Kate Moss Is Launching Her Own Talent Agency: 'I Don't Really Want Pretty People' TIME

I Used to Be a Human Being New York Magazine

Out-of-Control Goddess Martha Stewart Has No Time for Donald Trump The Cut

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France Is the First Country to Ban Plastic Cups, Plates, and Cutlery Global Citizen

Starting in 2020, most plastic cups, plates and cutlery will be totally banned in France.

The new policy outlaws disposable utensils in an attempt to build a more sustainable economy. The only exception will be for disposable items made from minimum 50% biodegradable materials, rising to 60% by 2025. This decision follows a total ban on plastic bags last year. 

Plastic thrown in our oceans, causing enormous problems for fish who swallow it or become entangled in it, is such a problem that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. 

Once-In-A-Lifetime Photo captures a Caiman Wearing a Crown of Butterflies in the Amazon Modern Met

Photographer Mark Cowan captured the photo of a lifetime in his research work in herpetology for the U of Michigan. Biologically, butterflies need salt to survive. Here, the water collected in the caiman's skin provides life-sustaining nutrients in a process called commensalism. Note also that the three species of butterflies also congregate together. 

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Natural Wonders in a Renewed Congo WSJ Magazine

After years of civil war that ravaged Eastern Congo, Virugna National Park's team of restorers is bringing peace and a sense of security to the area -- along with hope for its gorilla population. 

Related: International nonprofit Last Chance for Animals (LCA) will honor Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Anthony Caere, Head of Virunga's Air Wing. The two men will both receive the prestigious "Albert Schweitzer Award" at its annual gala on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. 

This year, LCA's fundraising gala will be centered on the plight of Africa's Virunga National Park and its critically endangered mountain gorilla population.

Emmanuel de Merode, who is married to Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey, the granddaughter of  Louis Leakey, was shot by gunmen near Goma in April 2014.

Louise Leakey is the head of the Koobi Fora Research Project in Kenya's Turkana basin and is an assistant professor of anthropology at Long Island's Stony Brook University. 

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Miss Michigan, Pamela Anne Eldred, and Miss Ohio , Kathy Lynn Baumann, September 7, 1969

Miss Michigan, Pamela Anne Eldred, and Miss Ohio , Kathy Lynn Baumann, September 7, 1969

That Time Feminists Descended on the Miss America Pageant Vogue.com

Forty-eight years ago this week, a few hundred women arrived on the Atlantic City boardwalk and staged the infamous bra-burning protest. (Men were allowed to drive them to the event, but not to participate: “Male chauvinist-reactionaries on this issue had best stay away, nor are male liberals welcome in the demonstrations. But sympathetic men can donate money as well as cars and drivers,” the organizers instructed.)
As it turns out, no underwear was actually burned. A giant trash can was erected on the boardwalk into which were tossed mops, pots, copies of women’s magazines andPlayboy, false eyelashes, high heels, hair rollers, cosmetics, and, of course, girdles, and bras, and there were erroneous reports in the press that this ignominious heap, this hot mess, was set ablaze. But fire or no fire, this group of activists—some with nerves of steel managed to get inside the hall and unfurl a bedsheet from the balcony that read Women’s Liberation before getting thrown out—brought the issue of women’s rights to riveting attention across the country.