My first attempt at this weekly roundup of things that have happened, are happening, and might happen that you might want to comment on was just eleven links about the life, times, and music of Prince. But other things have happened (are happening and might happen) and sometimes, the best remedy for tragedy is focusing on something else that hurts less (doesn’t the same go for hiccups and headaches and motion sickness?), plus Amber found a roundup of thirteen articles about Prince, so there’s the best of both worlds for you. Here are eleven stories to look at, hold on to, or talk about in whatever way you want.
Donald Trump confused the events of 9/11 with the convenience store 7-11, disappointing everyone but his voter base. [Celebitchy]
Here are thirteen of the most beautiful essays written about Prince throughout the years. [Buzzfeed]
Ben Carson, Fox News, and others don’t think Harriet Tubman should be on the $20 bill. [Salon]
James Franco says he is “gay in his art and straight in his life.” [Celebitchy]
According to new data from the CDC, suicide rates are on the rise for women. [CNN]
Oklahoma has passed a bill that essentially makes abortions illegal. [Jezebel]
MIA made some comments about the Black Lives Matter movement and upset everyone. [The Guardian]
Brace yourself for intense nostalgia — The Disney Channel is airing a marathon of all the movies you loved in the early aughts. [InStyle]
Surprising no one, Ted Cruz has released an ad supporting discriminatory bathroom laws. [The Slot]
Check out these ten myths about sleep to get better sleep (including how to power nap like a pro). [LifeHacker]
President Obama will not be sending ground troops to Syria. [BBC]
What do you think about the state of the world today? What do you think about these eleven stories? Talk amongst yourself like the clever worldly readers you are for as long as you like.