Soooo, I just interviewed..or briefly spoke to a Bollywood actress. Her name is Nagris Fakhri. And she was really kind. And this was my first ever interview with someone ‘famous’ or from the Bollywood industry. I had to ask her about her experience after she met Rhino Sudan and her trip in general to Kenya. My questions were limited because I was so paranoid my phone would run out of memory (which is what I was using to video her). But I wanted to ask her so much more about woman empowerment…because that is my conversational forte? I don’t know! BUT, it was a good experience, I am feeling hopeful about myself aaaaaaaand today it’s Narghis, tomorrow it might be which famous celeb? Deepika? Kajol? Priyanka? Nandita Das? Taylor? UZO? Samira? (aka entire cast of Orange) WHOOOO! I am hopeful. If I managed to this, I can tackle much more great stuff. And I am kinda overwhelmed right now, but who isn’t after they’ve done something that they’ve only seen on T.V. and magazines. Gaaaaaah! 

I am back online momentarily to express my deep sadness over something that has occurred today. I am absolutely devastated to learn that a man who inspired me as a reporter has been killed by militants in Syria. Kenji Goto was a passionate journalist from Japan who always risked his own life to give people a voice, especially children. From AIDS and poverty to disasters and education, Kenji cared for others and his heart showed in the work he did. When he traveled to Syria to cover the violence plaguing the country, he thought he would be safe since Japan was not actively fighting ISIS, unfortunately he was taken hostage several months ago and held until today when talks over his release broke down and he was killed. Goto will be remembered for his bravery, his dedication, and his empathy. He will not be forgotten. My heart is with Kenji’s family including his wife and two children, as well as the people of Japan. このたびはご愁傷さまでございます


We love this musical Google Doodle celebrating Nellie Bly, a trailblazing journalist best known for going undercover in a New York mental institution and traveling around the world in a record-breaking 72 days. Throughout her life and career, Nellie Bly spoke up for women and impoverished families.

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The FCC fundamentally changes the business of ISPs. FugetAboutIt! Here’s a badly photographed blue dress!

Civil unrest on the streets of Ferguson that cut to the core of still lingering issues in daily American life? Naw, pour me a big ole bowl of nope, and pass the video of the “Single Dad Couldn’t Do Daughter’s Ponytail, So Went to Cosmetology School.”

As our Alexander Nazaryan write: “Though less explicitly geared to good news, Upworthy is nevertheless the master of the genre: “Economists Assume People Are Self-Interested. He Turned That Assumption Upside Down” and “If You Take a Puppy Video Break Today, Make Sure This Is the Dog Video You Watch.” Take that, ISIS beheading videos!“



On World Journalist Day, the Israeli occupation kills and oppresses Palestinian journalists in order to silence the truth
Names of the 17 journalists who were killed by Israeli attacks in Gaza last summer.
1. Hamid Abdullah Shehab - “Media 24” company.
2. Najla Mahmoud Haj - media activist.
3 Khalid Hamad - the “Kontnao” Media Production company.
4. Ziad Abdul Rahman Abu Hin - al-Ketab satellite channel.
5. Ezzat Duheir - Prisoners Radio.
6. Bahauddin Gharib - Palestine TV.
7 Ahed Zaqqout - veteran sports journalist.
8 Ryan Rami - Palestinian Media Network.
9 Sameh Al-Arian - Al-Aqsa TV.
10 Mohammed Daher - Editor in al-Resala paper.
11. Abdullah Vhjan - sports journalist.
12 journalist Khaled Hamada Mqat- Director of Saja news website.
13. freelance journalist Shadi Hamdi Ayyad.
14 photojournalist Mohammed Nur al-Din al-Dairi - works in the Palestinian Network.
15. journalist Ali Abu Afesh - Doha Center for Media.
16 Italian journalist Simone Camille - photographer in the Associated Press.
17. Abdullah fadel Murtaja.

Ethel Payne, a reporter at the Chicago Defender, began her Washington career as one of three accredited African Americans in the White House press corps. Known as the “First Lady of the Black Press”, she was a columnist, lecturer, and freelance writer. She combined advocacy with journalism as she reported on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. She became the first female African-American commentator employed by a national network when CBS hired her in 1972. In addition to her reporting of American domestic politics, she also covered international stories.