Although Mother’s Day has passed, we feel like everyday is appropriate to celebrate all the loving mother’s out there. Michael Luangrath certainly felt that he needed to show his mother how grateful he was for all her hard work. Raising the bar for all Mother’s Day surprises, Luangrath decided to give his mother what she always dreamed of: a house to call her own.
Documenting his Mother’s Day surprise, Luangrath’s video tells us the story of his mother’s battle with cancer. Although she beat that struggle, the family was left with an unbearable amount of medical bills and Mrs.Luangrath resorted to working seven days a week at her small business to try and support her family. It broke Luangrath’s heart to see his mother living in the tiny space she called her home, so he decided put all his efforts into giving her a house.
Prepare your tissues and watch Luangrath give his mother one of the most touching gifts we’ve ever seen:
There is no doubt that women still face challenges in the workspace. In some situations, we still have to fight for equal pay, equal opportunity, and even equal respect. Although I’d like to think we’ve come a long way, the struggle is clearly not over. It seems that we not only have to battle men’s negative perceptions of us, but also our perception of ourselves.
Recently, studies have shown that women will sell themselves short when working with men. A series of experiments was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin where men and women were asked to work with one another. When given positive feedback, the women would tend to give more credit to the male and took less credit for themselves. While we may be quick to defend the female and point out that she is merely being modest, studies show that women react differently when working with other women. When their teammate is female, the woman in question does not undervalue her contribution like she did with the male teammate.
Upon discovering this disparity, the woman responsible for these studies, Michelle Haynes , commented “It underscores how the expectations women hold of themselves, and those they work with, influence how they process group feedback. Furthermore, it reveals that gender continues to play a role in how individuals derive these performance expectations.”
In the midst of fighting for higher ranking positions, why do we view our own contributions less favorably than then contributions of our male co-workers? Haynes adds that this mentality is “likely to impact how women view their efficacy at work and the degree to which they are likely to vie for competitive projects and promotions.” While fighting for equality must we also face our own negativity? Tell us what you think.
Just when we thought he couldn’t get any cuter, Kai gives us his rendition of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man”. The four-year-old fedora wearing cutie made his first appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show in March and it seems like fans couldn’t get enough of him. Get ready to squeal your heart out with Kai’s passionate singing, cute pronunciation, and hand-holding.
To celebrate the theatrical release (opens today!) of Harry Shum Jr.’s new film White Frog , we’ve decided to make him our Daily S.H.A.G. (Smoking Hot Asian Guy). But make no mistake- this appreciation post is no ordinary one. This is Harry Shum Jr.’s Shirtless Megapost.
Click on for more pictures and be sure to check out our interview with Harry Shum Jr.!
Here at Audrey, we’ve come across quite a handful of racist videos. We’ve seen these videos come from fraternities, angry college students, and even people who simply want to share their dislike of a culture. Every single time, we wonder why they never stop and think that what they’re about to publish is controversial. Obviously, this thought doesn’t seem to stop them because racist videos continue to pop up on the web. Just as we had come to the conclusion that nothing would surprise us- something did. We definitely didn’t expect to see a racist video coming from the LA Department Of Public Works.
Using taxpayers money, the LA Department of Public Works put together a video showing a non-Asian man dressed as a geisha girl and sporting a mock Japanese accent. They claim that the video aimed to teach viewers about recycled water at the video’s location- the Japanese Garden at the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys. Though they claim that the short had good intentions, it was difficult to focus on anything they were trying to say. Instead, our attention was grabbed by the poorly done mockery of Japanese culture.
Greg Kimura, the head of the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles, voiced his anger towards the film. “It brings back all the worst stereotypes. The accents, the whiteface. I’m embarrassed for everybody who is involved in this. If there’s a remedy to this, it would be something like an apology and taking it down immediately.” says Kimura.
And that’s exactly what they did. The youtube video was removed and Cora Jackson-Fossett, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Public Works, released a public apology. “We apologize profusely that we missed the mark totally. We made a mistake. We’re extremely sorry. It was an attempt at humor that failed,” she said.
Watch the CBS News Report here.
Recently, Psy appeared on the music television network FUSE. The host brought up an insult towards the Korean artist made by Billie Joe Armstring -the lead vocalist and guitarist of American punk rock band, Green Day. Armstrong had tweeted a picture of Psy along with the caption “This dude is the herpes of music. Once you think it’s gone, it comes back. #herpes #flareup #pleasegoaway”
In his record breaking music video “Gentleman”, Psy is seen dancing in a vulgar manner, tripping women from their chairs, and essentially being the opposite of a gentleman. As it turns out, this is not how he handles his haters.
After the host explained to him that herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, Psy calmly thought it over. While many artists may have reacted in anger or given an insult back, Psy gave a classy response. He thanked Armstrong, said he thought it was pretty cool, and said he appreciated the comment.
Check it out below:
It goes without saying that we live in a society of bullying, peer-pressure, and overwhelmingly high expectations of appearance. Why? Well maybe its because of guys like Michael Jefferies, the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch. The popular American retailer has over 300 locations in the US so you may have stumbled into their store during your trips to the mall. What you don’t know is that unless you fit a certain mold, they never wanted you entering the store in the first place.
In a 2006 interview, Jefferies confirmed that his primary target is attractive and “cool” people. “That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that,” he said.
Jefferies admitted that certain people will never belong in their stores and their exclusivity is the very thing that makes their store exciting. To ensure that they are marketing to their targeted audience only, Abercrombie and Fitch does not carry XL and XXL sized clothing for women. Their reason? They believe overweight women will never be part of the “in” crowd and do not want their clothes on a “fat chick”. Even more appalling, Jefferies claims that he harbors absolutely no guilt from excluding his merchandise to plus-sized women. In fact, he believes this tactic will make his clothing more desirable to attractive and thin shoppers.
It is more than a little upsetting to witness a grown man acting in such a manner. A grown man who perpetuates stereotypes that larger women can never be considered cool or that one’s attractiveness some how measures a persons worth. Its understandable that companies need selling tactics, but it’s hard to see why they need one thats so insulting.
Let us know what you think.
Audrey Magazine: Can you tell us a bit about this film and then about your character specifically?
Harry Shum Jr : White Frog is about a suburban family who looks perfect on the outside, but isn’t perfect on the inside. They’re struck with this tragic death that rocks the whole family. Nick Young, who is played by BooBoo Stewart, suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and has to try and piece things together that will hopefully bring the family back together. I play Chaz Young- the older brother of Nick and he’s basically the glue of the family. He’s kinda the perfect, athletic, older brother that seems to have it all together, but really he’s hiding something from his family that changes their lives forever.
Its a film about family, love, and friendship and how we need that to hold it together and deal with everything in life.
Filipino-Mexican singer, Jessica Sanchez, claims she’s been a long-time Glee fan. Much to her excitement, the former American Idol contestant takes part in Glee as Frida Romero- a diva powerhouse from a rival school. The Glee cast is just as excited to have such a strong singer on board and has welcomed her with open arms.
Noticing her small stature, Darren Criss (a Glee regular) commented “We’re all in the audience being like ‘Is that voice coming out of that body?’ That’s amazing.”
Though Sanchez isn’t very similar to her “mean girl” character, she definitely seems to be having fun alongside such talented actors. Check out the video below to see GLEE welcome Jessica Sanchez into their family:
Kim Soo Hyun fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months. The South Korean actor, model, and singer has been gaining lots of support in Japan. His drama “Moon that Embraces the Sun” has been airing on Japan’s NHK channel and its been so well-received that he was chosen as the most popular Hallyu actor of the new generation in Japan.
With his film The Thieves premiering in Japan in June, Kim Soo Hyun will be having his first official fan meeting in Japan next month. The fan meeting is also to celebrate the anniversary of his official Japanese fan club.
As for his fans in Korea, Kim Soo Hyun’s film Secretly and Greatly will premier in Korea in early June. Til then, you can go ahead and enjoy his fashion photos for Ziozia May 2013. Click on to see them all!