1. San Francisco City Supervisor David Campos brought members of the LGBT community to Facebook Headquarters last month to discuss a controversial policy that required users to use their birth names on their accounts.

    Mr. Campos, who’s openly gay, was able to get the two groups in the same room to hear each others concerns.

    Today, Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox apologized and said a “technical fix” would be coming.

    Video by Jorge Rivas, National Affairs Correspondent at Fusion.

     
     
  2. Heels aren’t just shoes. They can make women feel powerful, sexy, tall, intimidating, or a whole host of things a shoe shouldn’t really be able to provide. 

    And to the curators at the Brooklyn Museum, high heels are art. 

    Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe combines intense thigh-high erotic boots with glass slippers and a heel hat, in addition to shoes from prolific designers and historical periods. 

    Heels are a part of history, exhibit curator Lisa Small said in a question-and-question, so the exhibit is actually “a form of material culture that can reveal quite a bit about the personal, social, and cultural concerns of the era it comes from.”

    The exhibit, which runs through February 15, hosts shoes from Christian Louboutin, Zaha Hadid X United Nude and Alexander McQueen, among others. 

    The collection also brought to the forefront just how much high heels mean to women’s lives.

    A wall at the end of the exhibit is filled with Polaroids of women in heels, accompanied by words like “ouch,” “control,” “sneakers > heels” and “sexy.”

    Essay and photos by Abby Rogers.

     

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    Fusion and JAY Z’s Life+Times today announced that Fusion has acquired a series of half-hour “JAY Z’s Life+Times Presents” specials. JAY Z’s Life+Times, launched by RocNation and IconicTV, delivers content curated by Shawn…

     

  4. ComputerCop is advertised as an easy-to-install tool for parents to monitor what their kids do online. 

    Because it’s handed out by law enforcement, it has an official seal of approval and could help calm nervous parents. 

    But ComputerCop is actually a form of spyware. It could transmit information your kids type to an unencrypted third party server that anyone can see.

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  5. Did you work out today? This woman did. She lifted weights like an boss and she’s 9 months pregnant. 

     
  6. I grew up on Sesame Street — almost literally. The set of the show is designed to look like the streets of New York (there’s a reason one lovable muppet is a grouch who lives in garbage). The original Sesame Street offices were located across the street from Lincoln Center, explains Sesame Workshop archivist Susan Tofte, and the show was originally filmed on the Upper West Side before Sesame studios moved to Queens. I grew up in the West 80s, so the set — giant bird aside — looked familiar.

    In honor of the iconic show entering its 45th season, Sesame Workshop and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts put together an exhibit showcasing the materials that make Sesame Street so special: original drawings of muppets, sheet music for original Sesame songs, and at least one photo of a board meeting with Telly Monster in attendance. Plus, the muppets themselves, and information on the people who bring them to life.

    The exhibit (at Lincoln Center) allows adult and child fans an opportunity to peek behind the curtain. When asked if that might ruin the magic for puppet-believers, Tofte, who curated the exhibit, said the effect was the opposite. Even on the show, she says, kids who see a human operating a muppet pay attention to the latter. “The magic,” she says “is that kids talk directly to the puppet.”

    Sesame Street’s has always shed light on areas usually kept in the dark for kids. When the actor playing Mr. Hooper died, the humans on the show talked to Big Bird about death. Now, one muppet child’s dad is in jail, so that kids watching at home with an incarcerated parent don’t feel alone. This, plus some spot-on musical parodies, has kept Sesame Street magical for all these years.

    “Somebody Come and Play”: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder Opened on September 18, 2014 and will be at on display in The Library for the Performing Arts’ Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery through January 31, 2015.

    Essay and photographs by Danielle Wiener-Bronner.

     

  7. Fusion’s Jorge Ramos to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at CPJ’s 2014 International Press Freedom Awards

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    The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced that Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will be honored at the 2014 International Press Freedom Awards. He will be recognized with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom. Ramos currently anchors “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” in English on Fusion as well as Univision’s evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” and Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto” in Spanish.

    The other 2014 awardees include Burmese journalist Aung Zaw, founder and editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, which was branded an “enemy of the state” by the former military regime and still comes under pressure from the current Burmese government; Siamak Ghaderi, Iranian freelance journalist and former editor and reporter for the Islamic Republic’s official news agency IRNA, who was released in July after spending four years in prison; Mikhail Zygar, editor-in-chief for the Russian independent TV channel Dozhd, which provides a rare alternative to Kremlin-controlled federal stations; and Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press in South Africa, who has faced fierce criticism and threats of violence against herself and her staff for critical stories published under her leadership.

    All of the winners will be honored at CPJ’s annual award and benefit dinner in New York City on November 25, 2014. Christiane Amanpour, anchor and chief international correspondent for CNN and a CPJ board member, will host the event. Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation, is the dinner chairman.

    Full release from CPJ here.

    Jorge Ramos is one of the most highly respected journalists in the United States and Latin American. He has covered five wars and has reported many of the most important news stories of the last two decades, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. He has also covered numerous international summits, guerrilla movements in Chiapas and Central America, elections throughout Central and South America, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and many other highly relevant events. Ramos has interviewed some of the world’s most influential political leaders and writers of the 21st century.

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  8. Major League Baseball’s batting average hit its lowest point in over four decades this season.

    Right now, the l
    eague-wide batting average is .251, according to the stat-tracking website FanGraphs. That’s the lowest average since 1972, one year before the American League introduced the designated hitter.

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