Jennifer Lopez Wore a Backless LBD That’s Perfect for Summer

When it comes to life off the red carpet, Jennifer Lopez is shirking major trends in favor of classic summer staples.

On June 23, Lopez was spotted out in Los Angeles, California wearing a strappy black halter dress with an open back and a pair of matching heels. The Halftime star wore her hair back in a ponytail and topped off the look with minimal jewelry, though her green engagement ring stood out prominently on her left ring finger. 

Jennifer Lopez is seen on June 23, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.

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Jennifer Lopez is seen on June 23, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.

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While Jennifer Lopez has been known to embrace the latest trends—from sheer dresses to oversized blazers—on the red carpet and during press appearances, her day-to-day wardrobe tends to include workout-appropriate leisurewear and timeless staples. When it comes to summer dressing, the singer is all about breathable fabrics and espadrille sandals. 

Lopez was recently photographed making out with fiancé Ben Affleck on the set of his upcoming film wearing a pair of black platform espadrilles and a linen DKNY jumpsuit. A few days earlier, Lopez looked positively bridal in a white eyelet maxidress, another pair of espadrille wedges, and gold hoops. In a couple of the paparazzi shots, we see the singer with her hair up in a casual bun and wearing a long beige knit cardigan over the dress.

The Botticelli Bob Is About to Become the Hairstyle of the Summer

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Depending on the desired volume and your hair’s thickness, you can create the look with two or three braids (the more braids, the more waves, the more structure). If braids aren’t your forte, Cole suggests a two-strand version. “For a two-strand braid, hold two sections of hair in your hands and twist the strands and wrap them around each other,” he explains. In the morning, unravel the braids and gently finger comb through the strands. 

Cole recommends starting off your hair’s nighttime routine with products that help with damage repair, like the Sebastian Professional No. Breaker, as well as something like the Sebastian Professional Potion 9 for moisture. “When you apply products the night before and then braid the hair, your hair has the whole night to soak up the benefits,” Cole says. “This all helps retain the style the next day. Once you add the moisture in and lock it in, it will remain in your hair until you wash it again.”

And if you accidentally miss the nighttime prep and aren’t against heat styling, there’s a last-minute alternative to get the look: Simply complete the first steps, spray the braids with a thermal protectant, then heat them with a hair dryer or flat iron. Allow the braids to cool before separating.

There’s also no need to fret about summertime humidity ruining the durability of the ‘do. Surprisingly, Cole says the heat works in our favor. “It’s especially great for summer because the heat and moisture work with the style and enhance the look, so you are working with the weather instead of against it,” says Cole. 

Next-day hair isn’t a barrier for this style, either. If you’re looking to amplify the look throughout the week, Cole suggests adding more styling product like the Sebastian Professional Potion 9 and layering in a light mousse. “This layering technique will lock in moisture, give control, and add smoothness and elasticity,” he says. “Then, put the same braids back in before bed, and wake up to even more texture and body for the next day.”


45 Celebrities Who Have Had Abortions—And Spoken Out About Them

Abortion is a human right. Abortion is basic health care. Celebrities who have had abortions and spoken out about them are in good company among the one in four women who will get abortions in their lifetime. 

Abortion should be no more stigmatized than any other medical decision. But following the Supreme Court’s decision to roll back Roe v. Wade after nearly 50 years of legal abortions, the ongoing crisis of abortion access is becoming even more of an emergency. “Celebrities today regularly reveal the details of their drug addictions, sexual obsessions, marital infidelities—but no celebrity in recent memory has admitted to ending a pregnancy,” Susan Dominus wrote in Glamour in 2005. 

It means so much to so many people that this is no longer true. Celebrities have become increasingly bold in sharing their abortion stories. Celebrities speaking out about abortions helps to remind us that abortions are extremely common, that all kinds of people get them, and that abortions allow people to pursue the life they want on their own timeline. 

It’s also important to remember that no matter what the Supreme Court says, rich and connected people will always be able to get abortions. People who live in the South and the Midwest, poor people, people of color, immigrants, and refugees will be forced to carry pregnancies against their will. People don’t realize, Diana Greene Foster, the lead researcher of the landmark Turnaway Study told Glamour, “how much not having money slows you down from being able to get an abortion, find a clinic, pay for it, get to the clinic, stay overnight sometimes, buy childcare, get out of work.” 

Celebrity attention helps—it helps personalize these stories and publicize them. No one should feel obligated to share their deeply personal medical history with the public. But when they bravely do, it means a lot. 

Lizzo and Live Nation Donate $1 Million to Abortion Funds After SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade

Lizzo is taking action after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade.

On June 24, the “Grrls” rapper announced that she has partnered with Live Nation to donate a total of one million dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion funds in the wake of the court’s distressing attack on body autonomy and human rights. In a TikTok video announcing her pledge, Lizzo revealed that she will personally be donating $500,000 to various organizations while the entertainment company agreed to match that amount.

“I’m pledging $500K from my tour to Planned Parenthood and abortion funds,” she said in her video. “I just got off the phone with Live Nation and they agreed to match my pledge, therefore making it a million dollars for Planned Parenthood and abortion funds. If you want to help them take action go to LizzoLovesYou.com to find a way to sign the Bans Off Our Bodies petition and also find out ways to volunteer. This is just the beginning of the action that I hope to take to help people have safe planning for families and own their bodies.”

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As Lizzo said in her post, donating is just one way to take action. While the Supreme Court undoes 50 years of reproductive rights, mayors across the United States are speaking out against SCOTUS and offering their cities as safe-havens. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are flooding the streets to condemn the decision. 

Hours before Roe v. Wade was overturned, 20 Black congresswomen urged President Joe Biden to declare a national public health crisis regarding abortion rights and reproductive justice. In an open letter published in USA Today, the lawmakers asked Biden “to use any and all executive authorities to address the public health crisis our nation will face if Roe v. Wade is dismantled.”

Later in the day, Biden addressed the country and promised that his administration “will use all of its appropriate lawful powers” to protect Americans’ right to travel across state lines for access to legal abortions as well as work to protect access to contraception and FDA-approved medications like mifepristone, which can end a pregnancy before 10 weeks. However, Biden emphasized that it’s up to Congress to restore abortion rights as federal law. 

“This decision must not be the final word. My administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers, but Congress must act,” Biden said. “With your vote, you can act, you can have the final word. This is not over.”

For more information on Roe v. Wade and how to take action, click here.


How Can We Fix the Supreme Court?

It’s also not an entirely unfounded idea. As Warren noted, the Constitution (in Article III, Section 1) gives Congress the authority to change the size of the Supreme Court at any time. In fact, Congress has used that authority seven times throughout history. That said, Democrats attempted to add four seats to the bench in 2021, and it ultimately failed before launch.

“We absolutely must move to codify abortion rights into federal law, but without Court expansion, that progress will not be safe from this radical, anti-choice majority,” O’Connor adds. “Adding seats to the Supreme Court is the most direct path forward, and it’s the only response that recognizes the urgency of the threat this Court poses.”

Placing Term Limits on Judges

Demand Justice and many other organizations have called for term limits on Supreme Court justices.

“Supreme Court confirmations have gotten too political,” Demand Justice explains on its website. “Instead of having justices serve for life and politically time their retirements, we should create term limits that ensure justices serve a uniform number of years. Term limits would give each president the opportunity to appoint the same number of Supreme Court justices each term, reducing partisan gamesmanship around each individual confirmation and making the Court more democratically representative.”

Again, this is an idea with wide-ranging support but very little current action. In 2021, a bipartisan panel of legal scholars looked into various potential changes to the Supreme Court. It submitted its findings under the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States to President Biden, which stated that term limits were one of the few areas almost everyone could agree on for change.

“Among the proposals for reforming the Supreme Court, non-renewable limited terms—or ‘term limits’—for Supreme Court Justices have enjoyed considerable, bipartisan support. Advocacy groups, nonprofits, and membership organizations have expressed their support for term limits,” the findings state. As for how long those term limits should be, the panel found that an 18-year, non-renewable term “warrants serious consideration.” It’s an idea that’s also been endorsed by “major think tanks and their leaders,” as have “both liberal and conservative constitutional scholars.”

Additionally, the panel found, “When the National Constitution Center organized separate groups of ‘conservative’ scholars and ‘progressive’ scholars to draft their own proposals for improving the Constitution, both groups concluded that Supreme Court Justices should be limited to eighteen-year terms.”

So, what’s the issue? The panel found that both scholars and commentators question the idea of “altering the system of life tenure, which has been in place since the Constitution established the Supreme Court and the judicial power.”

Weakening the Supreme Court’s Power

The Supreme Court has an immense amount of power. Just nine people get to interpret the meaning of a document written more than 200 years ago. One way experts, including those on Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court, said the court could be improved is by limiting its power in the first place.

“The Court serves as an important counterweight to majoritarian impulses, safeguards the Constitution, and helps ensure the rule of law,” the panel wrote. “But others argue that the Supreme Court has exerted too much power in our system of constitutional governance by interfering with or taking control of matters that should be resolved by the elected branches and the political process. Under this view, the Court has emerged as an obstacle to the realization of important social goals and undermined the ability of Congress and other political actors to protect rights.”

President Joe Biden Responds to the Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

President Joe Biden has addressed the American people following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In Biden’s speech, delivered on June 24, the president described the court’s decision as a “sad day” for the country and the court. “Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that it already recognized,” he began. “They didn’t limit it, they simply took it away. That’s never been done to a right so important to so many Americans…It is a sad day for the court and for the country.”

He continued, “This landmark case protected a woman’s right to choose. A right to make intensely personal decisions with their doctor, free from the interference of politics. It reaffirmed basic principles of equality, that women have the power to control their own destiny, and it reinforced the fundamental right to privacy. The right of each of us to choose how to live our lives. Now with Roe gone, let’s be very clear: The health and life of women in this nation are now at risk.”

In his speech, the president promised that his administration “will use all of its appropriate lawful powers” to protect Americans’ right to body autonomy and privacy. Biden swore to uphold a patient’s “bedrock right” to travel across state lines for access to safe and legal abortions as well as work to protect access to contraception and FDA-approved medications like misoprostol, which can end a pregnancy before 10 weeks. However, Biden emphasized that it’s up to Congress to restore abortion rights as federal law.

“This decision must not be the final word. My administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers, but Congress must act,” Joe Biden continued. “With your vote, you can act, you can have the final word. This is not over.”

You can watch the full speech, here:

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Mayors Across the U.S. Are Mobilizing After the Fall of Roe v. Wade

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Lightfoot also called Friday a “dark day” for the country in her tweet. The Chicago mayor also promised that the city would remain a safe haven for reproductive care “regardless of what SCOTUS says.”

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Kentucky is one of the states where abortion has been immediately banned following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, meaning the Louisville mayor is limited in what direct actions he can take. However, he still tweeted his “disgust” over the decision, and called on Congress to legislate the right into law.

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin

Woodfin is also mayor of a city in a deep red state—Alabama—who tweeted his support of reproductive rights in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Roe Stood for 49 Years. It Revolutionized Life for Women

The Supreme Court today overturned the legal right to abortion in the United States, returning the ability to regulate the procedure to the states, more than half of which have promised to ban it. The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization explicitly overturns the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the right to abortion, prior to fetal viability, across the country.

“Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a majority. The decision was 6–3, with the court’s three liberal justices in dissent.

The decision—which will launch the advent of “trigger laws” in 13 states—had been anticipated since a draft version was leaked in May. As it takes effect, it promises to roll back 50 years of profound changes in the lives of women in the United States, and in the structures and well-being of families, created by Roe.

Since the early 1970s, American women’s rate of marriage has halved and their college degree attainment has quadrupled. The number of women who do not bear children has more than doubled, and the number of women who forgo jobs because they are raising children is half of what it was.

Put more simply: Over the past 50 years, because of access to legal, safe abortion, women have been able to make choices that reshaped their lives. Now that Roe is overturned, some of those choices, and some of those life paths, might not be available any more.

“The ability to determine the timing of your childbearing is a pillar of the modern family,” says Philip N. Cohen, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, who argued in The New Republic in May that abortion rights are a fundamental component of democracy. “Abortion rights are central to women’s progress, and are part of a package of self-determination and autonomy that are foundational to women’s lives.”

It’s important to state up front that the Roe decision in January 1973 doesn’t represent a single moment when all abortion access in the US changed, as though a switch had been flipped. Before Roe, the decision had been up to state legislatures, as it will be again. In the late 1960s, 11 states loosened what had been total bans on abortion to allow occasional exceptions, after scrutiny by some sort of medical committee, for rape or incest or to preserve women’s lives. More significantly, by 1970 Washington, DC, and five states—Alaska, California, Hawaii, New York, and Washington—legalized abortion, both for their own residents and for any women affluent enough to get there.

What happened in those states over the three years before the Roe decision provides economists and social scientists with a natural experiment in the effects of legal access to safe abortion. Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington state were self-evidently difficult to get to; for the most part, only their residents benefited from legalization there. But California, New York, and Washington, DC, were population centers served by many transportation routes. National data from the time is incomplete; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began counting abortions in 1969, but only about half the states participated. This state data shows that abortions rose after local legalization and fell after Roe legalized them nationwide. The natural conclusion is that women initially flocked to states where abortions were available, but no longer needed to do so after Roe.

Justice Clarence Thomas Wants to “Reconsider” Same-Sex Marriage and Contraception

The moment the country has been bracing for since the leaked draft opinion on the case that would overturn Roe v. Wade was published (and for which reproductive rights activists have been bracing for years) has arrived. As expected, the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Dobbs decision on Friday, June 24. This upends 50 years of precedent guaranteeing a Constitutional right to an abortion, and means that abortion will be illegal or severely restricted almost immediately in 22 states.

It also means that some other rights the Supreme Court decided could also be on the chopping block—which Justice Clarence Thomas made clear in his concurring opinion. 

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” he wrote. Reminder: These were the cases that protected the rights to contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage. So, to translate, Thomas is saying that because the court decided that the foundations for the original Roe and Casey rulings were faulty, rulings based on those same foundations (Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell), should also be “reconsidered.” Call me alarmist, but it sure sounds like Clarence Thomas is ready to take back contraception and gay marriage.

In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

In their joint dissent, Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer wrote, “With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent.”

For more information about the fall of Roe v. Wade, and what you can do right now, click here.

Read the Dissent From the Case That Overturned Roe v. Wade

Just like millions of other Americans following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan are outraged. The liberal block’s dissenting opinion, written collectively, stated that: “The majority has overruled Roe and Casey for one and only one reason: because it has always despised them, and now it has the votes to discard them.”

In May, a draft of the majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, leaked, showing that the Court had voted to overturn Roe and Casey. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” Alito wrote. 

In response, the liberal Justices’ dissent is nothing short of scathing, very clearly outlining their disapproval of the Court’s reversal of reproductive rights and the status of women as free and equal citizens in the United States. “As of today, this Court holds, a State can always force a woman to give birth, prohibiting even the earliest abortions. A State can thus transform what, when freely undertaken, is a wonder into what, when forced, may be a nightmare.”

The dissent opens with a recap of the rights that were once guaranteed to women and people who can become pregnant by landmark abortion rights cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. “Respecting a woman as an autonomous being, and granting her full equality, meant giving her substantial choice over this most personal and most consequential of all life decisions. Roe and Casey well understood the difficulty and divisiveness of the abortion issue,” the Justices wrote.

The liberal block also condemned the recent spate of laws passed by various conservative majority states: “States have enacted laws extending to all forms of abortion procedure, including taking medication in one’s own home. They have passed laws without any exceptions for when the woman is the victim of rape or incest. Under those laws, a woman will have to bear her rapist’s child or a young girl her father’s—no matter if doing so will destroy her life.”

The closing lines, disappointed in tone, go on to acknowledge the reverberating impacts of today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent.”

You can read the full Supreme Court dissent here.

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