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Investigation launched into wellbeing of Myka and James Stauffer's adopted son

An investigation has been launched into the wellbeing of Myka and James Stauffer’s adopted son Huxley after the couple announced they had found him a new home. Last week, the couple, from Columbus, Ohio, explained in a YouTube video titled: “An update on our family,” that Huxley, who has autism, had a “lot more special needs that we weren't aware of” and that he had been → Read More

Check your privilege: What is the trend going viral on TikTok?

A viral TikTok challenge is asking people to acknowledge their privileges and how they pertain to race amid continued protests over racism and police brutality in America. The challenge, which follows the format of the “put a finger down” game popular on TikTok, was first started two weeks ago by Kenya, a woman from Virginia who goes by the name @boss_bigmamma on TikTok. → Read More

Nordstrom closes all its stores after looting amid protests: 'Windows and merchandise can be replaced'

Nordstrom has announced it will be temporarily closing all of its stores to keep customers and employees safe amid continued protests over the killing of George Floyd. → Read More

Romanian shoemaker makes size 75 shoes for social distancing

A cobbler has created size 75 leather shoes as a way for wearers to practise social distancing, after noticing that people were not following the safety guidance amid the coronavirus pandemic. Grigore Lup, from the Transylvanian city of Cluj in Romania, has been making leather shoes for 39 years. → Read More

Woman shares kitchen hack for keeping vegetables fresh for up to a month

An Australian woman has shared a hack for keeping vegetables fresh for up to a month in the fridge, using just water and a jar. According to Kate Freebairn, who shares kitchen hacks under the name The Pantry Mama, storing vegetables such as celery and carrots in water allows them to last much longer than storing them in a regular container. → Read More

Grindr says it will finally remove ethnicity filter from app

Grindr has announced it will be removing its controversial ethnicity filter while announcing its commitment to fighting racism. On Monday, the dating app released a statement in which it expressed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as “the hundreds of thousands of queer people of colour who log in to our app every day”. → Read More

High school students graduate on jet skis amid coronavirus pandemic

A high school that handed out diplomas to students on jet skis is being praised for its unique graduation amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the country continues to grapple with the virus, schools around the US have remained closed - with many graduations cancelled or replaced with Zoom calls. → Read More

Black father explains why he won't walk alone in his neighbourhood: 'If you're surprised by this, don't be'

A father has opened up about his fears of walking alone as a black man, and why he always walks with his daughters, even in his own neighbourhood. Last week, Shola Richards, an author and keynote speaker from Los Angeles, California, described his reality as a black man living in America on Facebook. In the post, which has since gone viral, Richards explained that he walks → Read More

Ariana Grande joins peaceful protest for George Floyd’s death: ‘We were loud, we were loving’

Ariana Grande was among the celebrities who joined in the Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend to raise awareness about police brutality following the murder of George Floyd by a white policeman. On Saturday, numerous people shared photos and videos of the singer, carrying a “Black lives matter” sign, marching in the crowd in Los Angeles. → Read More

Kylie Jenner stripped of 'billionaire' status and accused of lying about net worth

Forbes has claimed that Kylie Jenner is not a billionaire in a new report, in which the outlet also accuses the makeup mogul of “inflating the size and success of her business”. → Read More

Pretty Little Thing sparks backlash with 'inappropriate' illustration of 'jet black hand'

Fashion retailer Pretty Little Thing is facing backlash after sharing an illustration that shows a white hand holding a black hand in a shade unrealistic to skin tones. On Friday, the company tweeted the picture, which reads: “Stand together” alongside the caption: “We understand we have a duty of care to talk about topics other than just fashion and lifestyle news.” → Read More

Meghan McCain to keep details of pregnancy private due to social media trolls

Meghan McCain has opened up about her reasons for keeping details about her pregnancy private. On Thursday, The View host, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Ben Domenech, revealed that she has decided not to share updates on social media because she does not want her baby exposed to hateful comments. → Read More

Seven-year-old boy throws prom for his babysitter after hers is cancelled due to coronavirus

A seven-year-old boy is being praised after taking it upon himself to host a prom for his babysitter after hers was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Curtis Rogers, from Raleigh, North Carolina, hadn’t seen his nanny, Rachel Chapman, a senior at Sanderson High School, in two months, when he learned that her senior prom had been cancelled. → Read More

Man who grew up with no father creates 'Dad, how do I?' YouTube channel to teach others

A father-of-two who shares “dad” how-to lessons on his YouTube channel has gone viral for his wholesome content. In April, Rob Kenney, 55, started his YouTube channel “Dad, how do I?” where he began sharing videos of himself explaining how to perform life skills such as unclogging the drain, ironing a shirt, and checking your car’s oil. → Read More

Japanese amusement parks ask guests not to scream under new coronavirus guidelines

Japanese theme parks have requested visitors refrain from screaming while on rides as the parks move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

YouTuber Myka Stauffer reveals adopted son with autism has been placed in a new home: 'He needed more'

YouTuber Myka Stauffer and her husband James have announced their adopted son Huxley has been placed in a new home nearly three years after he was adopted from China. In a new YouTube video titled: “An update on our family” the couple, from Columbus, Ohio, explained that Huxley, who has autism, had a “lot more special needs that we weren't aware of”. → Read More

SpaceX Nasa launch: Video shows astronauts saying goodbye to their families before mission postponed

Nasa astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley said touching goodbyes to their families ahead of what was supposed to be the day of their historic space launch. On Wednesday, Behnken and Hurley emerged from quarantine in their SpaceX spacesuits, pausing briefly for the cameras before making their way over to their families. → Read More

Justin and Hailey Bieber threaten plastic surgeon with legal action over TikTok video

Justin and Hailey Bieber have threatened to take legal action against a plastic surgeon over a TikTok video that suggests the model has had cosmetic surgery. This week, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr Daniel Barrett shared a video to TikTok showing two side-by-side pictures of Hailey, before claiming the 23-year-old has undergone a rhinoplasty, genioplasty, and gotten lip → Read More

Amazon delivery driver captured on doorbell camera praying for family's high-risk baby

An Amazon delivery driver is being praised for her compassion after a doorbell camera captured her praying for a baby that has a pre-existing health condition. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Raquel and Derek Pearson, from Nampa, Idaho, have been taking extra precautions to keep their eight-month-old son Lucas safe, as he lives with a heart condition that puts him at a → Read More

Jennifer Lopez says she's 'heartbroken' over having to postpone wedding to Alex Rodriguez

Jennifer Lopez has expressed the disappointment she feels at having to postpone her wedding to Alex Rodriguez because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More