Huffington Post – These Hand-Drawn Princesses Redefine Fictional Royalty

Step aside, Disney. Some new princesses are in town, and they’re not looking for their Prince Charming.

As part of the #RealPrincess campaign from, teens created complex characters that go beyond the traditional princesses we see today.

According to the campaign, only 30.8 percent of the speaking characters in the top 500 movies from 2007 to 2012 were women.

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CBS News – Apple adds diversity to the face of texting

You’ll soon be able to say more in text messages, without words. Apple is the first phone maker to add diversity to emojis, amid criticism over a lack of races represented, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.

They’re easy to understand, come in all shapes and sizes and are often used to convey an attitude or feeling.

Reacting to a backlash from consumers, Apple has created 300 new emojis, some of which highlight different races and professions.

Youth organization, which started an online petition and Twitter campaign encouraging Apple to make the change, applauded the move.

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Ad Age – Why Brands Are Tapping DoSomething’s In-House Agency

After marketers began noticing that had a knack for connecting with young people, the organization created an in-house agency in the hopes of sharing its talents with them and making some extra cash. Nearly two years in, the resulting small shop is growing and attracting clients across a broad spectrum of industries aimed at millennials.

Called TMI, the agency has drawn on the legacy and lessons of its nonprofit parent to help clients like theAARP Foundation reach young people, as well as clients like the Foot Locker Foundation that are already immersed in youth culture.

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US Weekly – Taylor Swift, Laverne Cox, Beyonce Top List of Most Charitable Celebs for 2014

This is one title Taylor Swift should be happy not to shake off. For the third year in a row, the “Blank Space” singer has been named‘s most charitable celeb, topping a list of stars including Laverne CoxBeyonce, and Emma Watson.

Swift, 25, has had a banner year, thanks to the release of her smash pop album 1989, which sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week. As part of her promotion for the record, she released the single “Welcome to New York” and then donated all proceeds from the song to New York City Public Schools.

In part because of that, users of voted her the year’s top celebrity do-gooder, an honor she’s held since 2012. Coming in at No. 2 is Cox, who became a voice for the LGBT community after starring on Netflix’s acclaimed series Orange Is the New Black.
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Billboard – Taylor Swift Tops’s ‘Celebs Gone Good’ List for Third Year in a Row

For the third year in a row, Taylor Swift has topped‘s “Celebs Gone Good” list, which recognizes celebrities for putting their star power to philanthropic use.

The seventh annual list by the non-profit for young people and social change also put Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus in the top 5. One DirectionJohn LegendZendaya,Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber round out the list of 20.

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People – Taylor Swift Tops’s ‘Celebs Gone Good’ List for 3rd Year in a Row

Santa’s not the only one with a list!, a non-profit for young people and social change, has come out with its seventh annual “Celebs Gone Good” list, where the group recognizes the year’s top celebrities who use their star power to help others. The 2014 list’s top five spots feature this year’s biggest feminists.

Taylor Swift holds the number one spot for the third year in a row. The 1989singer donated all proceeds from the sale of her single “Welcome to New York” to New York City Public Schools. Laverne Cox came in second place for her work with the transgender movement. The feminist icon made history as the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy.

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tc-logo – Tumblr Now Has ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons From Etsy, Kickstarter, Artsy + Do Something

Tumblr — the site that has apparently overtaken Instagram as the fastest-growing social media property — has today announced a test of a new feature that will give it more interactivity, and more of a social commerce spin. Users that post links from a selection of sites — EtsyArtsyKickstarter and Do Something — will now automatically see action buttons appear in the top right corner of the posts for people to “buy”, “browse”, “pledge”, or “do something”.

For now, the actions are limited to these four sites. Down the road, if Tumblr decides to integrate the buttons into links from a wider range of properties — taking in e-commerce behemoths like Amazon and eBay, for example — it could feasibly become much more of a competitor against the likes of Pinterest, Facebook and others, positioning Tumblr not just as a place to consume content but to transact, too.


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Huffington Post – Why Seniors Need the Internet More Than Anyone

Baddie Winkle isn’t wearing any pants. But she does have on a giant T-shirt tessellated with images of Queen Bey.

“I nominate Beyoncé for the ice bucket challenge!” the 86-year-old proclaims, dumping a cauldron of frigid water over her head.

Since tweeting this Vine video Aug. 31, it’s been retweeted over 1,300 times. No big deal for the badass grandma, who regularly posts hilarious, irreverent, and pop culture-driven material to her 254,000 Twitter followers and nearly 410,000 followers on Instagram.

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nancy – I Am Not a Charity. I Run One.

Nancy Lublin explains the difference

The problem with funding not-for-profits? Board members make assumptions about the people running them and don’t hold them to tough enough standards. Nancy Lublin, who runs, tells funders, “So many of you are smart business people and you turn to mush when you talk to people like me or join my boards. Read the materials if you’re on the board. Review the CEO. When you complain about not-for-profit CEOs sucking, it’s because some board tolerates that.”

Watch the video here: TIME

faces – Coding Diversity Into Keyboards One Emoji At A Time

Every time you type on your cellphone’s keyboard, you’re punching in tiny bits of Unicode, a universal standard for creating text, numbers and emoji. Emoji, taken from the Japanese words  “e” (picture)  “mo” (writing)  “ji” (character), are pictorial symbols used to communicate simple ideas with even simpler images.

Apple’s default emoji keyboard features only two people of color: an Asian man wearing a Gua Pi Mao hat and a man wearing a nondescript turban.

This past summer, the Unicode Consortium introduced about 250 new standard emoji, including a spider web, sunglasses and a hand giving the middle finger. Conspicuously missing from the emoji catalog, however, was a wider selection of nonwhite human faces.

Read more: NPR