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Jennifer Lawrence just made it abundantly clear she hasn't been too happy with E! Network lately.

Chatting with Howard Stern about her new film, "Red Sparrow," and the Academy Awards coming up March 4, Lawrence dug into the entertainment network's handling of pay inequity and the negative effects of one of its most notable shows, "Fashion Police."

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Last year, former E! News co-host Catt Sadler discovered her male counterpart, Jason Kennedy, was earning nearly double her pay, even though they had similar levels of experience and on-air responsibilities. After the network refused to raise her salary to an even remotely comparable figure, Sadler quit.

"I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the very same year as my close friend and colleague that I adore," Sadler said in a statement. "But how can I operate with integrity and stay on at E! if they’re not willing to pay me the same as him?"

More than two months after the incident, Lawrence still hasn't forgotten about Sadler's treatment.

"They aren’t bringing another co-star up,” she told Stern, noticing E!'s hesitancy to embrace another female host.

She continued, “They keep cycling these women and I am going, 'Is that so you don’t have to pay another woman equally to Jason [Kennedy]? Is this just a way to still maintain that you are not paying women equally?'"

Lawrence let slip in February that she's executive producing a docuseries about the #MeToo movement alongside Sadler.

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Lawrence laid in to her aversion to E! after noting she may turn down an Oscars red carpet interview with the network's Ryan Seacrest, who's fending off allegations that he sexually assaulted a former E! stylist. She isn't too fond of the network's "Fashion Police," either, claiming "There was a time [the show's panelists] were just mean about people’s bodies."

“There is a lot to think about with E!" Lawrence mulled over.

The Oscar-winning actress has been an outspoken critic of Hollywood's gender pay gap for years.

She first made waves on the issue in 2015, penning an essay in Lenny newsletter, "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?"

"I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled,'" Lawrence wrote of deciding against negotiating higher pay for her work on "American Hustle." Society expected her to prioritize her own likability — something that doesn't happen as much with men — the essay suggested. "At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled.'"

"I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable!" Lawrence concluded in her piece. "Fuck that."

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Artist uses AI to create ultra realistic portraits of celebrities who left us too soon

What would certain icons look like if nothing had happened to them?

Mercury would be 76 today.

Some icons have truly left this world too early. It’s a tragedy when anyone doesn’t make it to see old age, but when it happens to a well-known public figure, it’s like a bit of their art and legacy dies with them. What might Freddie Mercury have created if he were granted the gift of long life? Bruce Lee? Princess Diana?

Their futures might be mere musings of our imagination, but thanks to a lot of creativity (and a little tech) we can now get a glimpse into what these celebrities might have looked like when they were older.

Alper Yesiltas, an Istanbul-based lawyer and photographer, created a photography series titled “As If Nothing Happened,” which features eerily realistic portraits of long gone celebrities in their golden years. To make the images as real looking as possible, Yesiltas incorporated various photo editing programs such as Adobe Lightroom and VSCO, as well as the AI photo-enhancing software Remini.

“The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me,” Yesiltas wrote about his passion project. “The moment I like the most is when I think the image in front of me looks as if it was taken by a photographer.”

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It begins with more inclusive conversations at a patient level

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

melanoma,  melanoma for dark skin Avery Smith (left) and Adamson (sidenote)

This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

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The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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This article originally appeared on 02.09.21


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