On Tuesday, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps under mysterious circumstances, killing all 150 people on board. Two days later, French prosecutors announced that the plane had been "intentionally destroyed" by its co-pilot. Audio from the cockpit captured the sounds of passengers' screams just before the moment of impact, suggesting, perhaps, that they were unaware of their imminent collision until the final seconds.
Mikaila Ulmer, a 10-year-old girl from Texas, is the face of a thriving lemonade business. No, it's not just a well-trafficked stand in her parents front yard, but a full-fledged company—BeeSweet Lemonade—that just got a $60K investment on Shark Tank.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act has a pretty self-evident mission, and yet, somehow, there are still people who manage to be against it. PREA, first passed in 2003 and finalized in 2012, establishes basic standards to keep American prisoners from being assaulted by other inmates or (more commonly) guards. Yet a handful of Republican governors are openly refusing to comply.
Christine Del Castillo comes from a long line of fabulous Filipina women. With jasmine in her hair and ylang ylang tucked in her cleavage, her great-great grandmother Nitang (pictured above) left a trail of men in her wake. Soledad, Christine's mother, owned a clothing boutique in the Philippines and was a style icon in her own right. Though some subjects were off-limits (body hair, in particular), when it comes to beauty, the matriarchs in Christine's family led by example. She tells us what lessons she brought with her to America.
Musicians often have a muse, whether it's a person, place, thing or idea—and for Jimi Hendrix, it was Lithofayne Pridgon. She was the woman he could never quite date exclusively, because she was too free spirited to be tied to one man; Hendrix's frustration at loving her alongside singers Sam Cooke and Little Willie John inspired "Foxy Lady."
PULL UP TO THE BUMPER, BAY-BEEEEH: Grace Jones is getting a documentary! Grace Jones—The Musical Of My Life will be produced by the BBC and has been described as "a cinematic journey into the private and public worlds of Grace Jones, mixing intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences." Yes, please!
What the fuck is wrong with you? Yes, you.
Your queen Taylor Swift is No. 6 on Fortune's second annual list of the World's Greatest Leaders. Swift is featured alongside equally powerful international figures, like Apple CEO Tim Cook, human rights activist Beatrice Tetwa, and of course, Pope Francis.
During last summer's trip to Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to the Game of Thrones set. But, much to the dismay of fans of Royals Doing Things photography, she declined to sit on the Iron Throne of Westeros for a quick pic . Turns out she wasn't just toying with our emotions—it's all about protocol.
Rihanna's new single has finally dropped, and it's great. (Rihanna would never make us wait this long for something that wasn't.) "Bitch Better Have My money" is probably going to be your new summer jam/drunken club turnup anthem.
Another reason we all feel that deep and inexorable pull towards our #1 lady: she had a potty mouth when she was younger. FLOTUS reveals the fact in a biography slated for release on April 7.
In an attempt to learn more about the ever-changing social landscape of Shanghai, NPR's Frank Langfitt has been driving driving citizens around their city and learning their stories. In his most recent installment of the series, he took a break from the usual routine to drive a couple 500 miles to their home village for their wedding.
Run the Jewels just released a chilling political allegory of a video for their standout track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)," which features Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha on the hook and the last verse. Shot in black and white, the video is black versus white: a cop and a kid, fighting and mourning and giving up and then fighting again—almost amnesiacs in a bloody personal conflict they seem to have born into, fully formed, and which will take them to the grave. The larger parallels are obvious, and they're also beautifully, shakily, heartbreakingly and almost quietly drawn here—like in the moment when the kid breaks into a house and pours milk all over his eyes, startlingly white against his skin.
If there is one thing I can tell you of usefulness in your life as a woman on this planet: You need to get yourself some older lady friends. You need to sit with them, and you need to let them tell you about the world. And you need to take it all in, and you need to be very, very grateful for it.
Welcome to the new New York: the Italian American Museum, located in what's left of Little Italy, is evicting an 85-year-old Italian-American grandmother surviving on food stamps and Social Security who lives in a building they own. Adele Sarno has lived in her two-bedroom apartment since the 1960s and would like to be allowed to die there; the museum would like a tenant who can pay $3,500 in rent.
McDonald's is having a great week. After giving absolutely zero fucks about Taco Bell's smear campaign (Ronald should really consider "at least we don't give you the squirts" as a comeback slogan), the restaurant has launched a lifestyle line which will allow fans of the Big Mac to show off their love for the burger in style, class and, most importantly, comfort.
Dating has always been an odd experience. There are rules, but nobody knows them. There are special codes, but nobody has a cipher. Yet, somehow, unless you're in your 20s, things are weirder than they've ever been.
Just when you thought you'd turned on the TV for the last time: a brand new comedy series. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Nasim Pedrad signed a deal with Fox to create, star in and executive produce her very own show.
Brace yourselves for a spit take: North West's father Kanye hired a personal photographer to take thousands of photos a day for their own vanity. It's true.