Homeless and Having Your Period in New York

 

Here’s what’s happening Today in the 914, according to Westchester Woman: Homeless and Having Your Period in New York; Wedding Hair and Makeup Trends; MORE.

1.) The hardest thing for some homeless women in New York isn’t sleeping on the streets, it’s being a woman. Being homeless and living in survival mode is one thing in itself, but impoverished women living on the street have a whole different set of inequity to deal with each month when they get their period.

According to Bustle, there are more than 50,000 homeless women in the U.S. and every single month they are forced to figure out a way to stay as clean as they can during their periods.

Having sanitary products can mean that they’ll have to forgo a meal since a box of pads or tampons can cost around $5 to $10. When that’s not an option, some women will resort to using socks, paper towels, plastic bags or pieces of clothing.

Sometimes they just have to bleed on themselves.

“Not only is it terrible, but it’s also embarrassing,” admitted Kailah Willcuts, 27, who said she had been homeless for more than eight years. “Not to mention that now you have this stain on your pants. I only have the clothes that I’m wearing, so I’m standing there half-naked, bloodied, you know, washing my clothes out.”

Willcuts was among the women in Bustle’s recent mini-documentary series NSFWomen titled, “How Do Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods.” You can watch it below:

While New York City was the first city in the country to require all public schools, jails and homeless shelters to provide free sanitary products, most homeless women say that the shelters are far too dangerous for them and that being on the streets is actually safer.

Read more below in Bustle:

 

This Is How Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods

Every month, many homeless people are placed in desperate situations. If you’re a woman (or a trans man, or anyone who menstruates) living on the streets, getting your period is more than just a hassle – it’s a matter of comfort, cleanliness, and dig

2.) If you’re looking for hair and makeup ideas and want to be trendy on your wedding day, here are some ideas from Westchester Magazine:

2017’s Hottest Hair and Makeup Trends

Photos courtesy of Magnolia & Pearl Planning your wedding can be a dizzying process, but after the date is set, the caterer is booked, and the dress is ordered, you can finally sit down and be primped like a princess. That’s right, it’s time to focus on your hair and makeup!

 

3.) Today’s headlines:

New York Television Festival to screen ‘Angry Black Women’ – Rolling Out

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands. Last year, of over 3000 submissions received for consideration in the NYTVF Independent Pilot Competition and stand-alone sponsored development initiatives, only 103 projects were chosen as official selections.

 

Police get funds to record suspect interviews

More than $500,000 is being shared by 20 New York state law enforcement agencies – including Clarkstown, Mount Vernon, White Plains and Carmel – for equipment to video tape questioning suspects Four police departments in the Lower Hudson Valley are receiving funds to buy or upgrade equipment that will enable them to record on video the interviews they conduct with suspects in crimes.

 

NY Woman Suing KFC For $20 Million Over $20 Chicken Bucket Ad

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Kentucky Fried Chicken ad has ruffled one Dutchess County woman’s feathers. Anna Wurtzburger, 64, of Dutchess County, filed a $20 million lawsuit against the fast food chain, claiming KFC is fooling hungry families with their $20 bucket of chicken ad that depicts a bucket overflowing with food.

Suffern ‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Grace VanderWaal Hits the Studio

PHOTO: TRAE PATTON/NBC The sound that landed 12-year-old ukulele-wielding phenom Grace VanderWaal the winning title on season 11 of America’s Got Talent ( plus a key to Rockland County and perhaps all our hearts) is being put to good use, as she’s officially in the studio recording her debut album.

Grilled Cheese Guru Wheels in Latest Westchester Food Truck

Photos By Liz Giegerich “Cheese is one of man kind’s greatest achievements,” says Lyle Puente about the inspiration for Put Some Meat On Your Bones, his popular grilled cheese and panini food truck, which opened in Yorktown Heights earlier this year.