Topic: United Kingdom

Is Kate Middleton One Of The Most Powerful Women In The World?

Is Kate Middleton One Of The Most Powerful Women In The World?

I recently went out with somebody who, upon my discussion of writing about Kate Middleton‘s pregnancy, asked, “Who is Kate Middleton?”

My head snapped towards him and gave him a look. “Who? Who is Kate Middleton? Meaning you have no idea?”

How is that possible?, I wondered, until I realized that it was kind of crazy how pervasive Middleton feels in my and anybody else’s mind who follows the media whatsoever. But does that mean she’s powerful? More »

‘Stand Tall, Get Snapped’: Photographer Edo Zollo Seeks To Destigmatize People Living With HIV

'Stand Tall, Get Snapped': Photographer Edo Zollo Seeks To Destigmatize People Living With HIV

Living with HIV is a frightening prospect, but millions of people do so every day. For some, the stigma accompanying their status is even more terrifying: people can be cruel, demeaning and afraid of those with HIV, treating them as though they are less than human or that they are to blame for the condition. Photographer Edo Zollo seeks to change these misconceptions through his series, “Stand Tall, Get Snapped.” More »

‘X Factor’ Contestant Faces Deportation

'X Factor' Contestant Faces Deportation

X Factor is a wildly popular British singing-competition reality show similar to American Idol. Unlike Idol, the show features contestants getting one-on-one mentoring and even house visits from the judges, who have more of a say in who makes it to the next round than Idol judges do. One of this year’s most popular contestants was an 18-year-old woman named Gamu Nhengu. Now living in Scotland, Nhengu’s family originally hailed from Zimbabwe.

In what must be a contender for ‘worst week ever,’ Nhengu was eliminated from the show and was then told that she and her family needed to leave the country or face deportation. Judge Cheryl Cole was reportedly told not to select Nhengu for a slot in the finals because her citizenship status was unclear. More »