"Sesame Street," which specializes in helping kids deal with big life issues, has introduced a new character named Alex whose father is in jail.
One of the longest-running children's programs in the history of television, "Sesame Street" has been introducing characters with real issues for years. The characters are intended to help other children in similar situations cope with a difficult reality. The newest character to do this is Alex.
Alex's father has no time to play with him because he is in jail. The episode is part of a new initiative developed by Sesame Street called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration." more >>
Serena Williams Steubenville rape comments have caused controversy before the top-ranked tennis pro heads to England for Wimbledon next Monday. Williams said that the Steubenville rape victim, who was drunk and passed out at the time of her assault, "shouldn't have put herself in that position," which caused outrage on social media Tuesday.
Serena Williams' Steubenville rape comments came during an interview with Steven Rodick of Rolling Stone magazine. While together, the news came on with coverage of the trial; Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, the two teenage football players who violated the 16-year-old girl, were convicted and sentenced to a year in juvenile detention in March.
Williams found it unfair. more >>
The percentage of LGBT Americans who are religiously unaffiliated is over twice the percentage of the general population, according to a recently released study.
Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends released the findings Thursday, which stated that of those surveyed, 48 percent of LGBT Americans considered themselves without a religious affiliation; this compares to 20 percent of the general public.
"Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender adults are, on the whole, less religious than the general public," reads Pew press release in part. "LGBT adults who do have a religious affiliation generally attend worship services less frequently and attach less importance to religion in their lives than do religiously affiliated adults in the general public." more >>
The families of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, gathered in Washington D.C., six months after the tragedy to meet with White House officials, restarting the push for stricter gun control laws in America.
"We commend the families' courage and perseverance in continuing to press for commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday at a press briefing.
"And we want them to know that, as we approach the six-month anniversary of that terrible day, we will never forget and we will continue to fight alongside them." more >>
U.S. corporation Caterpillar Inc. has decided to stop funding the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for its policy banning gay adults from serving as scout leaders, though it insists the decision is not tied to the youth organization's vote on the policy in May.
"We have inclusive policies here at Caterpillar Inc., and the foundation abides by those," said spokeswoman Rachel Potts on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. "We just don't feel that our two organizations align."
"However, if there's a change in the Boy Scouts' policies, we would certainly consider a change in the future grants – if there was a change that aligned with what our non-discrimination policies are." more >>
Christian worship singer-songwriter Kari Jobe recently won "Female Vocalist of the Year" in the first annual K-LOVE fan awards and says she would strive leave a legacy "that impacts and touches lives" in her interview with The Christian Post.
The singer was overwhelmingly excited when speaking about the K-LOVE music awards and her time there.
"It was so exciting to share in a category with some of my beautiful friends and peers. It was a big honor," she said happily. "It was also exciting for all of my fans as well. I had fun with tweets playing little games and interacting with followers." more >>