From to Ebony Gray, who has died of cancer aged 49, played the loving but uncompromising Cassie Charlton on Channel 4's Brookside. The part changed her life. She recalled that, before, when she went in Liverpool shops, the reason why the security guards had followed her around was because she was was black.
Hundreds of porn stars and sex workers had their Instagram accounts deleted this year, and many say that they're being held to a different standard than mainstream celebrities. Ms Evans' group has collected a list of more than 1, performers who claim that their accounts have been deleted by Instagram's content moderators for violations of the site's community standards, despite not showing any nudity or sex. The campaigning led to a meeting with Instagram representatives in June, followed by the establishment of a new appeal system for removed accounts. During the summer, however, the talks halted and accounts belonging to adult performers have continued to be deleted. Ms Evans was particularly upset when the account of porn star Jessica Jaymes was removed after her death in September. It was the last straw," she says. In late , adult performers say, an individual or a number of individuals started a co-ordinated campaign to report accounts to social media platforms, with the clear intent of having them removed. This was often followed by harassment and intimidation, in the form of abusive messages. An anonymous individual - known in the industry as "Omid" - frequently boasted of being personally responsible for hundreds of deletions.
In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it's traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a "hyena" once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual "cleansing". However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing - a way of spreading disease.
The Woods Institute will host a panel discussion of the film on April Elizabeth Hadly Image credit: L. The film highlights the threats to the diversity of plants and animals on the planet. Scientists estimate that one million plant and animal species are facing extinction, and the documentary points to humans as a major driver. This not only has dire consequences for the planet but also our own wellbeing, Hadly said, including threatening food and water security and making us more susceptible to pandemic diseases. I felt honored to be invited to take part in this film. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will be hosting a panel event on April 14 to discuss the film and the topics it covers, including biodiversity loss, zoonotic disease such as COVID , habitat destruction and other related topics. That event is open to the public and anyone interested in attending can RSVP here. Hadly was interviewed for the documentary in response to a landmark report on the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES.