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When She Was In Middle School, They Called Her A 'Slut.' Here's How She Resolved It.

She started the UnSlut Project and found out people wanted to tell their story too.

Meet Emily Lindin. When Emily was in middle school, she got the reputation for being "the school slut."

She got the reputation not because she was promiscuous, but because some bullies decided to label her that way ... and it stuck.

She was just your average girl, trying to get through a phase in life many of us had a hard time with, too.


Emily graduated, grew up, and moved on with her life.

But in 2013, she was reminded of what happened to her after hearing about the suicides of some young women who had similar experiences.

She decided to publish her personal diary entries from ages 11 to 14.

She remembered feeling ashamed and not comfortable talking with her parents. She also remembered her own suicidal thoughts, so she wanted to comfort other people who also felt trapped. Emily's blog grew fast!

Girls, women, and men of many ages, backgrounds, and nationalities all wanted to share their stories too.

Even professional wrestler and feminist Mick Foley jumped on board. They all wanted to provide hope to young people who are suffering and demonstrate just how widespread the issues of sexual bullying and slut-shaming really are.

You can read Emily's blog at The UnSlut Project, and if you're interested, you can also contribute to her movie, "Slut: A Documentary Film."

Brandon Conway sounds remarkably like Michael Jackson when he sings.

When Michael Jackson died 13 years ago, the pop music world lost a legend. However markedly mysterious and controversial his personal life was, his contributions to music will go down in history as some of the most influential of all time.

Part of what made him such a beloved singer was the uniqueness of his voice. From the time he was a young child singing lead for The Jackson 5, his high-pitched vocals stood out. Hearing him sing live was impressive, his pitch-perfect performances always entertaining.

No one could ever really be compared to MJ, or so we thought. Out of the blue, a guy showed up on TikTok recently with a casual performance that sounds so much like the King of Pop it's blowing people away.

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Little girl sings Selena's ‘Como La Flor’ and wows the late singer's widower

'It's good to see someone like her, who will be the next Selena in so many ways.'

Little girl sings Selena's "Como La Flor."

Selena Quintanilla Pérez is so well-known that she's best recognized simply as "Selena," the same way people refer to Madonna.

Nearly 30 years after her untimely death, parents are passing the music of Selena onto their children and creating a new generation of fans. And in the age of social media, that means the new waves of fans are creating videos singing the icon's hits. In a video clip uploaded to Instagram and TikTok, 10-year-old Mariapaula Mazon gets up on stage to belt out "Como La Flor."

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Some cries for help can be hard to discern.

“I’m fine.”

How easily these two words slip from our mouths, often when nothing could be further from the truth. Sometimes, it feels safer to hide our true feelings, lest someone make a judgment or have a negative reaction. Other times, it’s a social rule instilled in childhood, perhaps even through punishment. Or maybe denying is the only way to combat overwhelm—if we ignore it all long enough, things will eventually get better anyway.

At the end of the day … it’s all about avoiding further pain, isn’t it?

But this denial can lead to even more suffering—not only emotionally, but physically as well. Everything from stiff muscles, to migraines, to digestive issues can stem from suppressing emotions.

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