Millennials Drive Up Luxury Accessory Sell-Outs

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Edited, a retail analysis organization reviewed Millennial consumer behavior within the luxury sector. The research uncovered that despite the falling of overall full-price sell-outs in the segment, accessories, particularly bags benefited a rise in sales.
“With its low prices and swiftly developing trends, fast fashion has facilitated this demographic’s endless switching-up of garments. But that’s not to say the Millennial shopper isn’t attuned to the finer things in life, which is where luxury accessories play a key role,” said Katie Smith, senior retail analyst at Edited.
The research reviewed data collected from 30 U.S. luxury women’s wear retailers that included over 5,000 brands in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of this year. On the upside, the study found that luxury retail discounts decreased five percent year-over-year, suggesting that retailers are turning to updated alternatives for improved revenue gains.
According to the analysis, the top-performing brands in this year, in descending order, were Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana. The handbag category posted the highest boost. The research found that full-price sell-outs of the item were up 22 percent with an average price of $ 1,465.07.
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Ubisoft rolled into this week's Gamescom with a brand new CGI trailer which it unveiled during Microsoft's big press conference. The game is due out on Oct. 27, with an Xbox One X enhanced version hitting alongside the console.

There's a lot to check out in the trailer which delves into the game's journey into Ancient Egypt.

The game promises to show players the secrets behind the

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Watch what happens when a Tesla owner gets his 97 year old Grandfather into a Model S

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The news of an Obi-Wan spin-off film has Star Wars fans rabidly speculating about… well, pretty much everything they could possibly speculate about. One of the points of contention has been whether or not Ewan McGregor should return to the role. McGregor portrayed Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy and is often cited as one of the bright spots in those films.

Why McGregor Should Play Obi-Wan Again

As stated above, McGregor’s performance in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith is usually what fans go to when they want to highlight a good part of those widely derided films. McGregor clearly had fun in the role and he is a talented and well-established actor. He recently wowed audiences with a dual role in the last season of Fargo, so it’s not like he doesn’t have the chops for the job.

It might be nice for McGregor to shine in his own solo adventure. If the script and director are favorable, it could be a great way to bring this version of the character back into the mainstream. McGregor is certainly worthy of a good Star Wars film. Seeing him show up on the big screen is reason enough to champion his return.

Why McGregor Should Not Play Obi-Wan Again

There are those who feel that McGregor’s inclusion in the Obi-Wan film will only serve as a reminder of the prequel trilogy. Seeing McGregor as the classic character might further connect these new Star Wars films to the previous entries that are not held in high regard. Plus, having an Obi-Wan film means we might get more prequelizing (read: explaining things we didn’t need to have explained).

And while Ewan McGregor is still young, it’s questionable how many films he might be able to commit to at his age. If this Obi-Wan film is to be his last venture as the character, then that’s not so bad. But what if the film is a big success? Will Disney want to make a sequel? What then?

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The most beautiful churches in Europe

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Europe has a lot of beautiful sights to see, and that makes it a desirable destination for anyone going traveling. There are so many different countries to visit, all with their own unique culture and tourist attractions. One thing that almost every European city has in common, however, is a church. Now, churches are relatively beautiful buildings as it is, but some of the churches in Europe are absolutely breathtaking. Here are some of the most beautiful churches in Europe.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

One of the most famous churches in the world, let alone Europe, is the Sagrada Familia. One of the reasons it’s so famous is because it’s not even finished! There’s still not an end date in sight, and yet it’s already been around for a very long time! It currently stands at over 160 meters tall and has some gorgeous, brightly colored stained glass windows to admire. If you’re hoping to pay a visit, you better book well in advance, because the queues can last for a good couple of hours.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Of course, the church within the confined walls of the Vatican City was going to feature pretty high on our list! The artwork within the church is absolutely stunning, created by some of the most world-renowned painters that we know and love today. Each room of the church has a different design, so whether you’re in the main hall looking up at the depiction of heaven on the ceiling, or in St. Peter’s crypt looking at the carvings on the wall, you’re going to find yourself being blown away.

Borgund Stave Church, Norway

Norway is a very popular European country to visit, but one of their most famous tourist attractions is the Borgund Stave Church in (you guessed it!) Borgund. It looks like no other church you’ll ever see! Small and stout with a rounded tiled roof, the church dates all the way back to the 12th century and actually looks a bit like a Nordic hut – which is probably what it started out as. However, it’s cute in comparison with other churches that tower over you with their spires and columns. This church feels more like a home.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Located in Moscow’s famous Red Square, most people will recognize St. Basil’s Cathedral from the minute they lay eyes on it, due to its brightly colored walls and its unique and somewhat flamboyant domes. No other church in the world looks even similar to St. Basil’s Cathedral and this is part of its huge appeal to tourists from across the globe; everyone is desperate to catch a glimpse of this bizarre (yet beautiful) looking cathedral.

Pechersk Lavra, Kiev

If you want to visit a church that could very easily be mistaken for a palace, then Pechersk Lavra in Kiev should definitely be at the top of your list! White and gold in color, the exterior of the church is ornately designed with engravings, golden details and just looks absolutely dazzling when the sun shines down on it. And if you think outside is beautiful, well, just wait until you take a step through the doors of the church and catch a glimpse of the interior. It’s unlike anything else you’ll see.

If you’re planning a trip to any of these European cities then make sure you take in some of their beautiful churches. These should all make it onto your traveling bucket list.

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How old is Bonnie Tyler, what are the lyrics to Total Eclipse Of The Heart, what’s her net worth?

WHEN you think of music in the 80s you think of Bonnie Tyler – it’s that simple.

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Who is Bonnie Tyler? What are her biggest songs?

Bonnie Tyler was born Gaynor Hopkins on June 8, 1951.

She is a Welsh singer known for her distinctive husky voice.

Bonnie came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles Lost in France and More Than a Lover.

Her 1978 single It’s a Heartache reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In the 1980s, Bonnie ventured into rock music with songwriter and producer Jim Steinman.

He wrote Tyler’s biggest hit Total Eclipse of the Heart, the lead single from her 1983 UK chart topping album Faster Than the Speed of Night.

She is famed for hits like Total Eclipse of the Heart and Holding Out for a Hero
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He also wrote Tyler’s other major hit Holding Out for a Hero.

In the 90s she had success in Europe with Dieter Bohlen, who wrote and produced her hit Bitterblue.

In 2003, Tyler re-recorded Total Eclipse of the Heart with singer Kareen Antonn.

Their bilingual duet topped the French charts.

Her latest album Rocks and Honey was released in 2013 and features the single Believe in Me which she performed representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

Her songs It’s a Heartache and Total Eclipse of the Heart are among the best-selling singles of all time, with sales exceeding six million each.

What is Bonnie Tyler’s net worth?

Bonnie Tyler is said to be worth nearly £8million.

This is largely thanks to some of her 80s hits.

She also adds to her bank balance by continuing to perform.

Will Bonnie Tyler be singing Total Eclipse of the Heart during the next eclipse?

It’s been revealed that Bonnie is going to perform her 1983 hit Total Eclipse of the Heart during the next eclipse on August 21, 2017.

The eclipse lasts for about two minutes and 40 seconds, she will need to shorten her world famous song.

She will perform aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise which will be positioned in the path of the eclipse.

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What are the lyrics to Total Eclipse of the Heart?

Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit lonely

And you’re never coming round

Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit tired

Of listening to the sound of my tears

Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit nervous

That the best of all the years have gone by

Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit terrified

And then I see the look in your eyes

Turnaround bright eyes, but every now and then I fall apart

Turnaround bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart

 

And I need you now tonight

And I need you more than ever

And if you only hold me tight

We’ll be holding on forever

And we’ll only be making it right

‘Cause we’ll never be wrong together

We can take it to the end of the line

Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)

I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark

We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks

I really need you tonight

Forever’s gonna start tonight

Forever’s gonna start tonight

Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
And there’s nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there’s only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart
Turnaround bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart
Turnaround bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart
And I need you now tonight (and I need you now)
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight (and if you only)
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right (’cause we’ll never be wrong)
‘Cause we’ll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
And there’s nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart
A total eclipse of the heart
A total eclipse of the heart
Turn around bright eyes
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Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon Out

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President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, two White House officials confirmed to CNN Friday.

He was reportedly given the option to resign, but was forced out. While White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Bannon’s departure, but did not say whether he was fired or resigned.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.

President Trump was reportedly furious at Bannon after he was quoted in an interview with the American Prospect contradicting him on North Korea and assuring that he was able to make personnel changes at the State Department.

Bannon’s exit comes seven months into Trump’s presidency. Three weeks ago, retired Gen. John Kelly assumed the role of chief of staff. He is one of Trump’s most controversial staffers and was generally perceived as the driving force behind Trump’s “nationalist” ideology.

A White House official told the news outlet that Bannon was supposed to be fired two weeks ago, but the move was put off.

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Even on Amazon, Some Deals Are Too Good to Be True — Here’s How to Spot ’Em

Amazon has everything.

Seriously. No matter what you need to buy, your first stop is Amazon. Sometimes, you even find what you want for an amazing price.

It turns out that some of those too-good-to-be-true prices are just that: too good and not true.

Because we can never have a good thing without someone trying to screw it up, a wave of Amazon fake sellers has started to create problems for buyers, legit sellers and Amazon itself, according to BuzzFeed News. Forbes reported earlier this year about what seems to be a growing number of fraudulent sellers on Amazon.

A Scammer’s Gotta Scam

Amazon fake sellers are just what they sound like: people who set up an account and put items up for sale that they don’t actually have. Not only do they put items up for sale, they slap crazy-good prices on them.

Fifty percent off a laptop? Yes!

Then buyers click away and send their payments only to wait for that awesome delivery that never comes.

Luckily for buyers, Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee means buyers usually get their money back.

Unfortunately, that means Amazon refunds the buyer, while the fraudulent seller runs off with the money. Amazon loses.

Think Before You Click to Avoid Amazon Fake Sellers

As we get closer to the holiday season and you start looking for those sweet deals on gifts for your friends and family, avoid scammers by paying close attention.

The easiest way to ensure you’re using a legitimate Amazon seller is to look through their reviews. If a seller has a relatively long history of positive reviews, you should be fine. Be wary of any seller with reviews from consumers who claim they never received their items.

If a seller’s information says they “just launched,” it means they are new to Amazon. Now, there are plenty of legit sellers out there who may have just started out, and they could be great. However, if you find a price on an item from a new seller that is dramatically lower than you’d expect, consider it a red flag.

There’s no need to run away from Amazon. Just be a smart consumer, and don’t let scammers ruin your day.

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Gabrielle Union Launches Fashion Line With New York And Co.

Fresh from her fashion-filled tour of Europe this summer with NBA hubby Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union has just introduced her own fashion line, designed exclusively for New York & Co.

The Being Mary Jane star launched an affordable line of easy-to-style kimono jackets, flattering sweater dresses, off-shoulder jumpsuits and more, in colors such as Ming blue, mango salsa and rose, as well as neutral beige, black and white.

The collaboration will run through spring, and new deliveries will drop every couple of months, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sizes range from 0 to 20, and prices range from $ 46.95-$ 139.95.

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THR sat down with the designer in Los Angeles to get more details. View excerpts of the Q&A below:

How long has your line been in the works?

Almost a year. It goes by so fast … we’re already finalizing the next collection for October and designing February now. It’s wild that people are seeing it finally; now I feel like I’m tossing my baby into a crowd.

Have you had a passion for fashion since you were a little girl?

I had always looked at it as being for other people. I talk a lot about worthiness … it was always something where I felt, “She looks so cool,” and I wanted that but didn’t know how to put it all together. Desperately Seeking Susan and Pretty In Pink were big fashion inspirations when I was growing up, but it was for other people — on TV or in movies, not from a girl like me from Omaha. For me, it was whatever my parents could afford at the mall. Even in my thirties, I didn’t think it was for me. This was a good marriage that happened at the right time in the right mental space.

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Do you have memories of your brand from the mall when you were a kid?

My sister was a manager at Lerner, which was the forerunner to New York & Co.! I lived for her wardrobe. Every time she’d leave with those big padded shoulder blazers, she was to me the original boss bitch because she didn’t have to listen to our parents because she didn’t need their money. She rose up the ranks, still in high school, to become a manager. To me, that was power. And I didn’t know until recently that Lerner and New York & Co. are the same company, and it makes perfect sense. It’s full circle.

What was your favorite part of designing the collection?

Being able to explore all the parts of my closet. My character Mary Jane has left a lasting imprint on a lot of people’s lives and I wanted to service a lot that we put into Mary Jane’s wardrobe, but also wanted to show people what my own closet looks like, things I wear on my own time when I’m not Mary Jane or another character. And New York & Co. gave me the latitude to explore my tough casual side, my drop crotch joggers, which I pair with sneakers … my kimonos, my bold color trenches. This is things I actually wear, this is me, not just slapping my name on something.

Gabrielle Union Collection - New York & Co.

Gabrielle Union Collection – New York & Co.

Will you do a runway show for this collection?

Honey, every day is a fashion show! Check my social media!

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It’s a Girl for Derek and Hannah Jeter

Yankees player Derek Jeter and his wife, model Hannah Jeter, have had their first child, a baby girl named Bella Raine.

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Hannah gave birth on August 17, according to an announcement in The Players’ Tribune.

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The couple announced they were expecting back in February and said at the time that they already had a name picked out: “Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future,” Hannah wrote. “He already has a name in mind — he’s set on it. (We’ll see.) He’ll say when he calls me during the day: ‘So, how are you and so-and-so doing?’ ‘That’s not the name yet, sweetie.’ Whatever her name is, I know she’ll run circles around him.”

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Hannah added, “Derek and I will want our children to understand that the lives they’ve been given are so fortunate, in so many ways. We’ll want them to learn to help others, and to care for others, and to give back to the world. We’ll let them know that they are strong and smart and that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less. And if they want to play baseball, well, we’re gonna have a little talk first.”

The couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary in July and had dated for three years prior to marrying.

Derek recently retired from baseball and told Brian Williams ahead of his last game, in September 2014, that he wanted a family.

“I look forward to having a family. I just don’t think personally I would have been able to juggle family and my career at the same time… I have the utmost respect for these guys that are able to do it — you know, missing their kids’ birthdays and not being able to see them play tee ball or summer ball and missing a lot of time.”

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How Your Home’s Foundation Affects Heating and Cooling Costs

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When most of us talk energy efficiency, we’re thinking about the things inside the home: the washer and dryer that could stand to use a little less energy, or the heating unit that’s been hanging around since the 90s. And these projects certainly make a difference—for instance, a higher rated HVAC system can save homeowners over $ 115 a year on their annual heating and cooling costs.

But the truth is that your home’s structure plays a big part in your energy use, as well. Modern architects have grown wise to this fact, and many new developers use advanced building techniques like thermal envelopes, air sealing, and better insulation to help homeowners in these sites achieve a better energy profile. But what often goes unmentioned is how even a home’s foundation—part of the building envelope—can impact heating and cooling costs, particularly in older buildings with uninsulated foundations. And damaged foundation can cause major problems, not only compromising the structural integrity of your home, but also creating air leaks that can slowly inch up your heating and cooling bills.

Let’s take a look at how this all-important building feature affects the comfort of your home—and your utility expenses—particularly when it comes to your heating and cooling bills.

Damaged Foundation May Lead to Air Sealing Issues

As mentioned above, a home with a tight building envelope improves the efficiency of your AC and heating equipment. The opposite is also true: a home with a lot of gaps or cracks in the seals around doors and windows will be subject to drafts, as well as heating and cooling loss. This will also make a home downright uncomfortable in extreme temperatures. Homes with crumbling foundations often find themselves dealing with a lot more of these gaps and cracks. Specifically, here’s how damaged foundation can affect your home’s heating and cooling efficiency.

  • Sloping Floors May Increase Air Infiltration. Foundation problems come in many forms, and the effects aren’t always immediately apparent. One common concern, particularly in older homes, is a sloping or unleveled floor. While a sloping floor isn’t always proof positive of a foundation issue, it can result from crumbling or cracking foundations—especially in homes with stone or brick foundations. Sloping floors become a problem for your HVAC when they create gaps between the door jamb and the floor, allowing conditioned air to seep through. The shifting structure can also cause cracks to form around windows and doors, too. If you notice that your home’s floors are sloping—and see a steady increase in your utility bills—your best bet is to either inspect your foundation for signs of damage, or have a structural engineer visit to perform a professional inspection for you, Just a head’s up, though: it costs around $ 500 to $ 700 to have a professional foundation inspection performed.
  • Extreme Foundation Issues Can Even Throw Your HVAC System Off Balance. With severe foundation issues, ducts can eventually separate from one another, which causes balance and level issues within the HVAC system. Imbalances like these lead to a rapid decline in HVAC performance and overall decreased comfort throughout a home. Again, the best prescription is a full foundation inspection, especially if you see other signs of foundation issues, such as cracks in the walls, doors that will no longer stay shut, and cracks in floor coverings—particularly vinyl or ceramic tiles.

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Foundation, Insulation and Your HVAC System

Homes retain much more heating and cooling when foundation walls—and even the foundation itself—are insulated. Proper foundation insulation keeps below-ground rooms more comfortable all year long, and it saves energy if you have conditioned spaces in your basement, as well. The right type of insulation depends on your home, its construction, and your particular type of foundation. Newer homes are often built with insulation in the foundation itself, using materials like insulating concrete forms and concrete blocks. Older homes can be retrofitted by adding insulation to the exterior or interior basement walls and crawl spaces, or by adding rigid foam board around the perimeter of the home’s foundation underground.

Unfortunately, retrofitting your home in this way can get pretty expensive, depending on how your home is built and how deeply the construction crew must dig to install the foam board. However, it’s worth it in some cases, particularly if you have high heating and cooling costs or basement moisture problems, or if you’re thinking about finishing the basement into a conditioned living space. Since the foundation is such an integral part of your home’s structure, you should always consult with a professional structural engineer before electing to make such a change.

The key takeaway here is that every part of your home—from the windows and ducts, right down to the flooring and foundation—makes a difference in your home’s energy consumption and ultimately affects how much you spend each month on heating and cooling. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can improve your HVAC system’s performance, check out our archive of HVAC articles or visit our HVAC cost calculator to get a quote for a new unit today. After all, when it comes to your home’s energy consumption, knowing is half the battle!

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Exterior Design Tips

The exterior of your home holds a fair amount of clout in terms of curb appeal and regardless of whether or not you have plans to sell, the way your home looks from the outside tends to inadvertently influence the opinion of the home as a whole. Ensure your home is giving off reputable vibes with these four tips.  

 

The Importance of Symmetry 

Though it isn’t always apparent, the appeal of things that are aesthetically inclined are often closely tied to how symmetrical it is. This rings true for clothing, facial structure, and architecture. When it comes to home design, symmetry and visual balance are key, and these can be achieved by placement of windows, doors, landscaping, and color choice. 

 

Coordinated Colors 

Not sure where to start when it comes to exterior paint? A safe bet is to take a trip to your neighborhood hardware store and take a look at a bunch of neutral hue paint chips. Once you find a chip you like, select three hues that are a few shades apart. Use one as the dominant exterior paint, one for trim, and one for accenting features.   

 

An Enviable Entryway 

Depending on its placement, your front entryway provides a focal point to your home and should be decorated as so. Using paint, shrubbery, and unique hardware and lighting to emphasis your front entryway enforces this sense of a focal point and can vastly improve the aesthetic appeal of your entire home. Consider choosing a hue that contrasts with the rest of your exterior paint (and if you’re looking for something subtler, never underestimate the impact of stark white). 

 

The Magic is in the Lighting 

Choosing lighting nowadays is a feat on it’s own, given the diverse and customizable selection available to consumers. If you’re stuck on how to light the exterior of your home, a safe bet is to simply match or mimic the style of your home. If your home is traditional looking, consider decorative sconces in a weathered metal; if your home is contemporary and is comprised of clean lines and angles, ensured your lighting choices follow suit.

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An in-depth tour of Graceland on the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death

Many music fans have made the pilgrimage to Graceland, the home of rock-n-roll’s rightful ‘King,’ Elvis Presley. In fact, in 2016, the grounds welcomed its 20 millionth visitor. Presley invested large sums into the mansion, modifying it to fit his celebrity status; Graceland even became home to his parents, Vernon and Gladys, and then his stepmother, Dee Stanley, in addition to former wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie. Forty years after Presley’s death, let’s take a tour of Graceland.
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4 Things We Learned From the New Documentary About Whitney Houston

As one of the most successful pop artists of all time, Whitney Houston was — and continues to be — one of the world’s most beloved voices. But her musical legacy has also been clouded by her personal struggles and tragic death at the age of 48 in 2012, chapters of her story that are explored in the new documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.

Helmed by Rudi Dolezal and BAFTA winner Nick Broomfield — who delved into the untimely death of another iconic musician, Kurt Cobain, in the 1998 film Kurt & Courtney — the documentary is an in-depth look at the private life of a cultural icon. It crafts a heartbreaking narrative through found footage, including never-before-seen interviews, performances and clips that address everything from her intimate relationship with best friend Robyn Crawford to her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown.

As it opens in theaters on Aug. 18, and ahead of its Showtime debut on Aug. 25, here are the aspects of Houston’s story onto which Can I Be Me shines a light.

Houston’s commercial success came at a personal price.

The documentary’s title speaks to the struggle Houston fought her whole life between her public persona and her true self. She was groomed from an early age to be marketable to white mainstream consumers, an endeavor spearheaded by her mother Cissy Houston and the producer Clive Davis, who discovered Houston as a teenager and helped catapult her to meteoric pop stardom. But the musical choices and respectability politics that catapulted her to mainstream success also backfired by making her less palatable to black audiences. In the late 1980s, for exmple, she was booed during the Soul Train Awards, with some audience members calling her “Whitey” instead of Whitney.

The film also focuses on how Houston’s success supported the livelihoods of many of her friends and family, with the singer choosing to work even to the detriment to her own health and well-being, especially as she became heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol. Her longtime bodyguard David Roberts, who was somewhat of an inspiration for her film The Bodyguard, insinuates in the film that the personal interests of the friends and family that she employed sometimes took precedent over her own welfare and sobriety.

She had an incredibly intimate relationship with her friend Robyn Crawford — of which some of her inner circle disapproved.

Whitney’s childhood friend Robyn Crawford was one of the star’s closest confidantes. The film addresses longtime speculation about a romantic relationship between Crawford and Houston, with the latter’s stylist Ellin Lavar noting that she thought that the singer might have been bisexual. “Robyn provided a safe place for her. Robyn loved her,” Lavar says in the film. “In that, Whitney found safety and solace.” The two remained close friends until Houston started a relationship with her eventual husband Bobby Brown. Brown and Crawford did not like each other and often fought, sometimes leading to blows.

According to the singer’s former security guard Kevin Ammons, Brown was jealous of the intimate relationship Crawford and Houston shared. “[Robyn and Whitney] had a bond and Bobby Brown could never remove Robyn,” he says. “He wanted to be the man in the relationship.” While Crawford eventually parted ways with Houston after heightened tensions with Brown, Brown himself admitted that Houston had no close friends after Crawford left and that she “would probably still be alive” if Crawford had still been in her life. Brown wasn’t the only one who didn’t like Crawford; Houston’s mother Cissy disliked her as well and often advocated for her to be fired. Cissy told Oprah, in a 2013 interview, that she would have disapproved of her daughter being in a lesbian relationship.

Brown and Houston had an intense (and at times toxic) relationship.

In one of the most poignant scenes in the documentary, Brown and Houston are seen playacting scenes from What’s Love Got to Do With It in their hotel room. Although the pair are having fun impersonating Ike and Tina Turner, it’s an eerie parallel to the tumultuous nature of their own relationship. Houston’s fame and success made Brown jealous. The film paints him as emotionally abusive, trying to reduce her self-worth in order to make himself feel better.

The documentary also reveals that while Houston relied on drugs before she met Brown, Brown turned to alcohol. Once the pair got together, they began using both substances together. The film also emphasizes how much Houston tried to make their relationship work, despite their emotional duress and Brown’s womanizing, suggesting that her religious upbringing was a driving force in her wanting to make the marriage work.

Houston’s bodyguard was fired when he tried to intervene with her drug addiction.

Roberts reveals in the documentary that after the singer’s 1999 My Love Is Your Love tour, during which he witnessed the star overdose, he filed an extensive report on Houston’s drug abuse to her management — largely her family and friends— and was fired immediately. “There’s no doubt in my mind, had that report been taken seriously, Whitney and Bobbi Kristina would still be here,” he says in the movie. Roberts contends that Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina’s untimely death at the age of 22 in 2016 was a direct result of this approach to Houston’s drug abuse. “She never had a chance,” he says. “She came along when things were only getting worse.”


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Author K. Renee Ward Gets Real About the Most Overlooked Skill Entrepreneurs Need

If you’ve ever asked the question, “What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur?” you might be surprised by how many people agree that soft skills outweigh book smarts. In fact, K. Renee Ward, a marketing entrepreneur wrote Straight Out of Corporate as a guide to not only help people make money at being their own boss but to also help them master their mindset. “My book is the resource I wish I had when transitioning into entrepreneurship,” says Ward. It’s perfect for professionals who need a nudge in the direction of turning their passion and/or personal brand into a paycheck. Check out more of Ward’s ingredients for entrepreneurial success.

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Black Enterprise: When it comes to transitioning from employee to entrepreneur, what do you think is the most overlooked and undervalued skill in entrepreneurship?

K. Renee Ward: Believe it or not, resiliency. Sounds weird, but I have seen so many talented people quit because of difficulties. As an entrepreneur, it is important to recover often.

“We fall down, but we get up,” has to be the motto. Typically, seasoned entrepreneurs are willing to share victories more than they’d share failures. We need more stories, especially as black women. It is important to understand that triumph and adversity has a relationship on the path to entrepreneurship. Once you accept that, you can roll with the punches.

BE: What’s “the one thing” you wish you had known before starting your own business?

KRW: I wish I had known or recognized that money is not the only solution to all your problems as an entrepreneur. For example, sometimes, you can have money, but the wrong vendor. You could have money, but not enough time or the right team. It’s important to always look at the big picture.

BE: Everyone has a “secret sauce” that has defined his or her success. What
are your key ingredients for building a successful business?

KRW: My secret sauce has always been having an authentic personal brand. It has been said time and time again, “people buy you.” They resonate with stories and transparency, not with just products, that’s why marketing trends have moved to more storytelling.

Another component for me has been remaining consistent. Businesses that consistently produce quality content will continue to win the hearts and minds of customers in
the global marketplace.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

Gregory’s son, Christian, told The Associated Press his father died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection.

Gregory was one of the first black comedians to find mainstream success with white audiences in the early 1960s. He rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

He also ran for president in 1968 as the Peace and Freedom party candidate.

Check out a video from Mr. Gregory’s last visit to the Tom Joyner Morning Show studio in December 2016:

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