April 1st, 2010
08:35 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Christopher Bridges: The Grammy Award-winning rapper and actor known as Ludacris is helping the 2010 census to reach people who are usually harder to count, including single women with children, the poor and underprivileged, and young, single males.

The Web site SOHH.com reports that Ludacris has already made visits to communities in Dallas, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, and is scheduled for personal appearances this month in New York, Washington, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Thursday is National Census Day, the date by which all Americans are supposed to return their census forms to the federal government.

2010 Census Web site

SOHH.com: Ludacris promotes Census 2010 awareness with road tour

Gary Cass:  The president and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission is upset over how some news media, including CNN, have described the Hutaree militia.

"Many mainstream media outlets, like ABC and CNN, are irresponsibly reporting that those arrested in Michigan in the alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers are 'Christians,'" Cass writes.

The ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church, on the commission Web site, continued, "Even if they identify themselves as Christians, what they were allegedly planning is absolutely contrary to Christianity. They may have illicitly co-opted the Christian faith to justify their murderous intentions, but it is defamatory for media to keep referring to them as Christians. They are simply terrorists."

Carr specifically mentions a CNN.com headline using the phrase "Christian warrior."

Christian Anti-Defamation Commission: Christians defamed by media

Jamie Grant: The director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Policy Institute realized that the census counts couples as gay, but not single people. So she came up with the idea that census respondents should add a bright pink sticker to the big envelope and check a box that declares "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight ally."

Grant told the New York Daily News she knows the Census Bureau won't tally results from the stickers, but she hopes things will change for the next count in 2020.

N.Y. Daily News: Group aims to get single gays counted as such on census

Queer the Census Web site

Jodee Blanco: The activist and author of the best-selling memoir "Please Stop Laughing At Me" writes in a new CNN.com opinion essay that it was not difficult for her to empathize with 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after what has been alleged as constant bullying.

In her essay, Blanco writes, "I was threatened, beaten, dragged across parking lots, burned with lit cigarettes, teased, taunted and spat upon at lunch, mocked in gym, snickered at in class, ambushed at sleepovers and spit-balled on the school bus. My adolescence was a living hell."

Blanco describes how classmates tormented her between 5th grade and her senior year in high school "simply for being 'different'"— and how being such an "outcast" propelled her into a lifelong mission against school bullying. She now speaks at schools throughout the country.

CNN: School bullying activist: I know the terror Phoebe felt

Tara Lynn: The 27-year-old model is featured on the cover of the April issue of Elle France. It's a big deal because the magazine is known for glamorous photographs of wafer-thin women, and Lynn is what the industry calls "plus-sized."

The Jezebel Web site reports that Lynn, who has been modeling for two years, earned an M.A. in linguistics, and co-owns a restaurant in Seattle with her boyfriend. She told Elle that she worked for two years in France as an au pair.

She said, "One night when I was living in Chantilly, Mathilde, the little girl I looked after, came home from school and said, very innocently: 'Tara, the other kids at school, they say you're fat. But I love you anyway.' I told her that I loved her too, and I tried not to cry. The very next day, I started jogging an hour and a half daily. I lost 30 kg in two years, but my diet was insane. I was always hungry. ... So I let myself go and regained 10 kg, and I felt happy again, so I went to the agency Ford NYC to try modeling. I feel good about myself today, but not just because of my job. I think it's more because I took back the control over my own health, and I accepted the fact that my silhouette will never match up with the image of beauty with which we are constantly bombarded."

Elle France: Pulp Fashion

Jezebel: French Elle's first 'curvy' issue introduces us to Tara Lynn

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Memo to Gary Cass......some of the absolutely worst people I have ever met, were "Christians". Kind of reminds me of Islamic terrorists. They use religion as a weapon, against others. Being religious, is no claim to being a decent person.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Guest

    WOW! Funny how when its Christians put on blast for being terrorist we must insist that the religion be left out. Yet when Muslims commit acts of violence the word terrorist then becomes synonomous with Islam...Both used religion perversely yet when the majority is offended it becomes a problem...

    April 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |