WEEKEND REWIND is LadyClever’s round-up of important events and stories that happened around the world over the weekend. Catch up on what you might have missed while you were sleeping in. Because a clever lady always stays informed, even when she’s relaxing.
Gone Girls: Over the weekend, heavily armed Boko Haram gunmen stormed the Nigerian village of Mafa and kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls. CNN reported that the abductions “appear to be the latest in a string of recent kidnappings by Boko Haram that dims hope for the anticipated release of 219 schoolgirls held by the group since April following a controversial ceasefire declared by Nigerian authorities.”
Money Boo Boo: TLC is finally putting its cash cow of redneck reality TV out to pasture. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch Mama June and her family, including 9 year-old Honey Boo Boo herself Alana, have spent some casual hang-out time with convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel, Jezebel and other outlets announced Friday. Though she’s disputed that the man isn’t her boyfriend, TMZ released photos, supposedly taken just last month, of the the family posed on a staircase along with McDaniel, who is said to have forced oral sex on another one of June’s children, who was 8 years old at the time. In other words, it couldn’t possibly matter if they’re dating or not, but the proximity does matter. Her family’s eldest daughter Anna Shannon Cardwell was rumored to have been the victim and released a statement saying, “I believe she is seeing him and hanging around him,” she said. “I think me and Mama’s relationship may well be over.”
Yes, Please: Actress and producer Amy Poehler can now add author to her extensive resume; on Tuesday her project Yes Please finally hits the shelves, or more likely hits some mobile device. “In her new book, the 43-year-old actress covers everything from her history of drug use to her divorce, her body and her boyfriend Nick Kroll,” according to E! Online this weekend, who also shared a few snippets of what to expect. “I don’t consider myself beautiful or famous, but my vagina certainly is,” she quips in the book. “Everyone knows this. I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas.” Does that mean it’s a model vajay like Billy Bob Thorton-era Angelina in Gia, or is it seemingly evil but actually misunderstood like Maleficent Angie, with Brad Pitt and a brood of kids by its side? Is it a U.N. ambassador? Or is it Wanted? This presents a lot of questions we’re pretty sure will be answered in the rest of the book.
Nobel Surprise: When unsure if a woman is pregnant or not, common sense says don’t congratulate her. Who wants that kind of awkwardness? It would go without saying then, that one might also want to avoid rushing up to any young, brown-skinned girl at a V.I.P. party after The New Yorker Festival and gushing over her Nobel Prize win without being certain it’s really her. Especially when it isn’t. It’s not just awkward, but also racist. Enter Mindy Kaling. “Congratulations on your Nobel Prize,” a man applauded the actress, mistaking her for Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani activist for female education and youngest winner of the prestigious Peace Prize. The gracious comedian took it in stride and, after the drunken dude was out of earshot, laughed, “That’s the best thing that’s happened all night.” Read the full story at The New York Times.