March 16, 2016News
How Michelle Obama and Lena Dunham Are Teaming Up for Girls Ed
- Michelle Obama has teamed up with Lena Dunham to highlight the growing gap in girl's education around the world. The statistics are overwhelming: 62 million girls worldwide aren't in school right now (more than half are adolescent), and the barriers they face to getting there range from poverty to risking assault and even kidnapping. The First Lady penned a personal column in today's Lenny Letter to bring awareness to her Let Girls Learn initiative that aims to "encourage and support community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education." Today Michelle Obama will sit down with Missy Elliott, Diane Warren, Sophia Bush, and moderator Queen Latifah, as the opening keynote speaker for SXSW Music 2016 to discuss the initiative. — Lenny Letter
- The new social-media only content site, Obsessee, has officially launched. Aimed at the Z generation, the "little sister" publication to Who What Wear, Byrdie and MyDomaine will exist solely on social media and will cover fashion, culture, music, beauty, food, shopping, and relationships for the 14- to 22-year-old set. "Obsessee is a content destination for cool young girls," says social media director MichellePlantan. "We're committed to kind, cool, and honest content that enriches and inspires our readers and followers... and we're doing it all on social media." Obsessee will feature a variety of dynamic formats including photo galleries, videos, social takeovers, live Q&As, interviews, news, and more based on the platform. You can check it out Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Snapchat.
- Sony will release their new virtual reality headset in October. The Playstation VR will include large black VR goggles that pair up with the Playstation 4 console and are already available for pre-order for $549. According to Money, the 5.7-inch OLED display screen has a 1920 x 1080 resolution with a design that "hangs over a user's eyes and blocks all outside light, completely immersing a player in a game." And for lovers of speed, the images on the Playstation VR are refreshed at a stunning 120 frames per second. — Money
- The UK is going to start charging a soda tax on sugary drinks to cut down childhood obesity rates. Any drinks that have a sugar content above 5 grams per 100 milliliters will be taxed, and drinks with more than 8 grams will be taxed at a higher rate. A 10% tax on sugary drinks in Mexico two years ago has been proven to help, with one study showing a 6% decrease in purchases. — Time
- The best country to be a stay-at-home dad is Sweden. The country allows new mothers and fathers to split 14 months of parental leave between them, with 80% of their salaries paid by the government. Part of the paid deal is that fathers must "spend two months at home with the baby on their own, or they forfeit the pay and the time off." — ABC News