Data Sheet—The Thinking Behind Broadcom’s CA Technologies Acquisition

Some people like buying houses in lots of different places. Larry Ellison comes to mind. Some companies like to buy businesses that have nothing to do with their own. Coca-Cola once owned Columbia Pictures, presumably on the assumption that marketing sugar water ought not be that different from marketing movies. General Electric owned an investment house, Kidder Peabody. Jack Welch famously hated the compensation plans for star bankers, a different bunch than salute-and-follow-orders GE managers.

Broadcom, the semiconductor company formerly known as Avago, likes to buy things too. Given its Chinese ties, though, buying chipmakers has become more difficult (though in April it officially re-domiciled to the United States from Singapore). So the acquisitive company, acting more like a buyout firm than a manufacturer, has turned to software. It announced a $ 19-billion deal to purchase CA Technologies, the once-scandal-plagued mainframe-computer software maker formerly known as Computer Associates–and a serial acquirer itself back in the day.

Chip investors are puzzled by the move. “We guess we are going to be giving ourselves a crash course in mainframe and enterprise computing,” Ambrish Srivastava, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets, wrote to clients. Software analysts, meantime, smell opportunity. “We think the acquisition is supportive of unloved, value-oriented software stocks and highlights the durability of such businesses,” opined Brad Zelnick, who follows software stocks for Credit Suisse. “The deal also suggests a much larger universe of strategic buyers than most investors appreciate.”

The other day I wrote that Vista Equity Partners founder Robert Smith believes enterprise software companies share so many characteristics that best practices can be applied to operating many of them. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan is matching Smith’s thesis and raising him an industry: All enterprise technologies look alike to Broadcom.

It’s worth noting that Coke isn’t in the film business anymore. As for GE, which dumped Kidder a long time ago, well, it’s not in many businesses at all anymore.

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NEWSWORTHY

Merlin’s beard. Cord cutters who were relying on Google’s YouTube TV to watch the World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on Wednesday got an unhappy surprise. The service crashed in the middle of the game and was offline for about an hour. The Googleplex had happier news for two of its X projects. Balloon-delivered Internet service Loon and drone delivery effort Wing graduated to become standalone companies.

Chamber of secrets. A major revamp could be on the way for fans of Apple’s Mac line of desktop and laptop computers. Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, now at TF International Securities, on Wednesday said to expect significant boosts to the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and even the lowly Mac mini, which hasn’t been upgraded in years. On Thursday morning, Apple partially delivered, unveiling new MacBook Pro laptops with 8th-generation Intel CPUs.

Evanesco. If you noticed a sudden drop in the number of your Twitter followers over the next few days, don’t fret. The company is taking steps to cleanse itself of bad actors, including no longer counting locked accounts as followers. “Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop,” Twitter’s legal, policy and trust and safety lead Vijaya Gadde wrote.

Mischief managed. There was a bit of a kerfuffle (and a lot of headlines) on Wednesday over a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission to change the way it handles informal complaints from consumers about issues like robocalls or improper billing. Some read a proposed change as meaning the commission would no longer investigate free, informal complaints, forcing consumers with real problems to file formal complaints and pay the associated $ 225 fee. But the Washington Post noted that the proposal barely altered the existing rule. And then, due to the controversy, the agency dropped a plan to vote on it today.

The Mirror of Erised. We’ve been waiting for literally years to see the amazing virtual and/or augmented reality gear from secretive startup Magic Leap. Now the hour draws near. The company on Wednesday announced an “exclusive” wireless distribution agreement with AT&T and said its first goggles product, the Creator Edition, would go to developers this summer. But many were less-than-impressed with a video demo Magic Leap showed.

Blast-Ended Skrewt. The Trump administration’s top antitrust enforcer doesn’t sound like he wants to mess with the tech giants much. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim tells the Financial Times that there are many benefits when big tech companies acquire smaller ones (like, say, Facebook buying Instagram). “I think there’s great efficiencies that could occur from a lot of these,” Delrahim said. “You can’t, you know, in retrospect try to second guess that.”

Wingardium Leviosa. It got an awful lot of hype when first announced in May, but now HTC appears to be scaling back expectations for its so-called blockchain phone, the HTC Exodus. The phone, coming by year end, won’t be able to mine for digital currencies but will have an offline “cold storage” wallet to hold cryptocurrency, the company told the Verge this week. There will also be some kind of partnership with CryptoKitties. Oh boy.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The growing menace of distracted driving due to smartphones seems inexorably linked with the rise in accidents and vehicular fatalities. Some states are trying to legislate their way out of the problem. A Georgia law that took effect on July 1 may be the nation’s strictest, prohibiting a driver from even touching their phone unless their car is legally parked. No checking Waze. No reading email at a red light. Nada. In a piece for The Atlantic, Ian Bogost explores how the law is working.

None of the ordinary citizens I talked to had any idea that the Georgia law went to such extremes. Most understood that they couldn’t hold their phones anymore and resolved to deploy some kind of dashboard mount. But they still assumed they’d be able to touch their phones upon those mounts. That’s how California handled the situation when it adopted a similar law in 2016: California Assembly Bill 1785 allows drivers to execute a “single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger” in order to “activate or deactivate a feature or function” of the device. The Georgia law is somewhat unclear on the matter, as is guidance for drivers provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia. The law might say a lot less than the clarifications, commentary, and coverage about it. Daniel J. Grossman, an Atlanta lawyer, says “It is the commentary that has created confusion, not the statute itself.”

One reason the law might perplex drivers is that operating a car has become a lot more like operating a smartphone. A 2009-model-year car I own features knobs to control the climate and buttons to operate the radio. My 2017 minivan, by contrast, just has a giant touch screen, on which different submenus must be selected to alter the cabin temperature, view navigation, or change radio channels. I asked the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety about the difference, from a safety perspective, between operating a manufacturer-provided dashboard touch screen and a dash-mounted smartphone. Robert Hydrick, the organization’s communications manager, wouldn’t speculate on the rationale behind the legislation but did affirm that “there is no law to my knowledge that prohibits drivers from touching or using any of their accessories provided by the manufacturer of their vehicle.”

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Speaking of Harry Potter spells–I mean literally speaking them–Virginia product developer Ben Markowitz had a wacky idea. He’s using Apple’s new Siri shortcuts feature to train his iPhone to react to spell trigger phrases from J.K. Rowling’s series. Utter “lumos maxima” at Markowitz’s iPhone and you’ll get the flashlight turned on, full blast. Cute.

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The Money Behind LeBron James’ Lakers Move

After years of fumbling around with the rebuilding of a franchise in Northeast Ohio, it is now official. LeBron James will be heading to Los Angeles this summer in a four year, $ 154 million-contract, declining to exercise his $ 35.6 million player option with the Clevland Cavaliers.

There were indeed legitimate championship contending teams interested in James’ signature. The Philadelphia 76ers needed a superstar who has been there, done that. The Houston Rockets would have immediately become favorites had James joined forces with Chris Paul and James Harden. There were even talks that he could land in Toronto. But the four-time MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist, at 33 years old, wasn’t going to make this decision lightly. Unlike “The Decision,” it was never going to be purely on a team’s basketball acumen or history.

WHERE THE KING GOES, THE MONEY FOLLOWS

Everywhere he goes, James, along with his billion-dollar body, carries an economic windfall that is parallel to no other athlete. Shortly after James announced his return to Cleveland in 2014, Cavaliers’ ticket sales spiked by more than 100 times, jumping from $ 25 to a staggering $ 386. Season tickets sold out within hours, and according to a Cleveland.com report, his return to Ohio resulted in a nine-figure economic boost for downtown Cleveland.

In the wake of his announcement, Lakers season tickets, which were selling for $ 3,499 each, skyrocketed to $ 5,800 just 20 minutes after the announcement. One person, according to ESPN W paid $ 188,781, including fees for four season tickets on StubHub. The seats, which are 16 rows up, one section off the center, are for regular-season games and do not include the playoffs. The Lakers preseason tickets, now on sale, have doubled in price to $ 550 plus fees.

LEBRON JAMES’ BIG ECONOMIC IMPACT:

A 2017 study published by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) quantified the effects that the 33-year-old forward had in Cleveland with the Cavaliers and his brief stint in Miami when he played for the Heat from 2011 to 2014.

By playing in both cities, the data showed that James’ presence had a huge impact on their local economies by boosting restaurant revenues, ticket sales, and job creation. The number of eateries and bars within the mile of the stadium where he played at the time increased by 13%, with employment within those establishments increasing by 23.5%. While, on the other hand, those numbers dropped when James was not on either team.

Earlier in the year, BLACK ENTERPRISE took a look at the cities that would benefit the most if King James joined their NBA team through a study conducted by FormSwift. Had James joined the Knicks, he would have an estimated $ 1.7 billion economic impact on the city, bringing the state $ 1.2 million in tax revenue and over 12,000 new jobs over a five-year period. In comparison, if the NBA star signed with the Brooklyn Nets, the state’s economy would receive about $ 441 million, 3,334 jobs, and $ 32 million in state tax revenue. Had he moved to Washington, D.C., he would bring the nation’s capital over $ 66 million in state tax revenue, 3,200 jobs, and more than $ 444 million in total local economic impact in five years.

According to the report, his presence in Los Angeles will have a $ 396 million economic impact on the city. In addition, the city will gain about 3,000 jobs and $ 29 million in state tax revenue.

BUILDING A BILLION-DOLLAR BRAND

James could have stayed home and signed an even bigger deal worth around $ 205 million with the Cavaliers but his move to Los Angeles opens up business opportunities that “could propel him to even bigger global superstar status if he can return the purple-and-gold to NBA title contention.”

“It’s my biggest milestone. Obviously. I want to maximize my business,” said James. “And if I happen to get it, if I happen to be a billion-dollar athlete, ho. Hip hip hooray! Oh, my God, I’m gonna be excited,” James said in a GQ cover story four years ago. His new deal with the Lakers, according to Forbes, brings him closer to becoming a billion-dollar athlete.

As of two years ago, James’ net worth, according to Forbes, was $ 275 million, but “James has banked another $ 170 million, including endorsements, since then, and the stock market continues to move higher.” In total, he has made an estimated $ 765 million, including off-court earnings, since he entered the NBA in 2003. At 33, his endorsements are the best in the NBA at more than $ 50 million annually through deals with Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats, Kia, Intel, and Blaze Pizza per Forbes. He is also an investor and franchisee in Blaze. Stephen Curry is the only hoops star within $ 20 million of James off the court, and James’ total earnings are likely to approach $ 400 million during his four years in L.A., according to the article.

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The Executive Producer Behind the Empowerment Experience at Essence Festival

Meet Gina Charbonnet, the founder of GeChar Inc. and executive producer behind an empowerment experience at the Essence Festival. Over the last 19 years, she’s made a business out of women’s empowerment. And believe it or not, when it comes to producing an exceptional event she learned her best business lessons from working at her family’s funeral home.

Considering your family owns the famed Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion Funeral Home, you come from a history of entrepreneurship. What are some of the best lessons you learned about entrepreneurship from your family?

Growing up watching my grandfather and dad invest meticulously in the funeral home business, which served the community, gave me a bigger understanding of the importance of branding, especially in a service-oriented business. The funeral home was competing with five other funeral homes in the same area for clients.

Best lessons I learned was that relationships and networking are very important to maintaining and sustaining your business. I also learned that having a presence in and supporting the community you serve is important as well.

Being in the funeral home every day, playing and pretending to be a receptionist that greeted clients or the funeral director that took care of the family arrangements, I learned life is production, and planning a funeral was planning a person’s last rite of passage, their last act—it inspired me to go into the entertainment and production business. It taught me to develop and work on projects that would organize and bring together all the elements creatively and logistically to tell stories.

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From Sunday brunches to full-day conferences, women’s empowerment has become a multibillion-dollar business. What was the “aha moment” that inspired you to turn empowerment into your business: GeChar Entertainment and Production?   

I made a choice early on that I wanted to work on projects that educate, create equity, have a social justice focus, and shift the way people think about our interconnectivity. I created GeChar’s mantra, Consciously Moving the Crowd, because I wanted everyone to know that the work we create contributes to building awareness and making people conscious.

So for me, my aha moment was when I first started working on the ESSENCE Festival’s Empowerment Experience with Susan Taylor the former editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine. Realizing I was working alongside the icon that graced the pages of ESSENCE Magazine and who encouraged women to embrace their spirituality and love themselves, it was a turning point in how I saw myself and my potential. I realized I was working on conversations and messaging that was actually touching people’s lives and changing the way they thought about themselves and their communities.

It’s not just about working on projects that empower the masses, it’s about embracing the ideas we live, breathe, and develop and experiences that we create. It shifts your life, your vision, and the lives you touch when you realize that the work you are doing is empowering people. So, I would have to say my aha moment was the realization that the work we were doing and creating through our programming was actually changing people’s lives.

What is the biggest change you’d like to see in the industry and how are you working toward making that change happen? 

I think creating content and experiences all age groups can embrace. In the next 5-10 years, millennials will be the new audience. We have to figure out the formula for making programming more inter-generational so we can learn from each other and create dynamic and engaging programming that is marketable via social media.

In addition to Essence, you have worked on the New Orleans Jazz Festival, with Black Girls Rock, and more.  What’s the most underestimated or overlooked tip for creating a great event? 

So many times people overlook the audience. You can spend months with a client that has amazing ideas for events and projects, but you have to really do your marketing research to figure out if your idea is viable enough to attract an audience and sponsors.

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The True Story Behind Woman Walks Ahead

The movie Woman Walks Ahead — opening Friday, starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes and Sam Rockwell — centers on what might seem like a minor moment in history: the 19th century efforts of Catherine Weldon, a white woman from Brooklyn, to paint a portrait of Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull. But the story of the painting, which plays a much smaller role in the real history of Sitting Bull and Weldon than it does in the movie, is actually a window into a pivotal moment in American history.

Here’s what to know about the real people and historical events that inspired the movie.

Who Was Sitting Bull?

One of history’s most famous Native American leaders, he’s most well known today for defeating General George Custer’s army at The Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in what was then Montana Territory. The confrontation was sparked by Custer’s troops discovering gold in the Sioux-controlled Black Hills, now in South Dakota, in 1874. The Sioux emerged victorious, and about 260 U.S. soldiers are thought to have died in what’s sometimes called Custer’s Last Stand.

Sitting Bull became famous after the battle through his role in Buffalo Bill Cody’s variety show Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Though such shows were founded on the exploitation of stereotypical ideas, they were also a chance for Native Americans to make money and meet people who may be sympathetic to their cause, according to the National Museum of the American Indian.

Who Was Catherine Weldon?

She had several different identities. As explained by the book that inspired the movie, Eileen Pollack’s Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull, she was born Susanna Faesch in Switzerland in 1838 and immigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y. when she was 33. She first married a Swiss doctor, Claude Schlatter, and after they divorced married Richard Weldon in 1878. They had a son, but that marriage didn’t last either. After the divorce, she made her living selling her embroidery. (She was not a widow, as the movie suggests.)

Though her personal life could be chaotic, she found her purpose in advocating for Native American rights as a member of the National Indian Defense Association.

Why Did She Visit Sitting Bull?

What exactly prompted Weldon to travel to see Sitting Bull is unknown, but her biography provides several clues. Native American culture was a subject of fascination in Switzerland during the time of her youth, and Pollack says that after she came to the U.S. she might have been inspired to action by the newspaper coverage of the Indians losing their land during westward expansion.

The Dawes Act of 1887 confined the Sioux to smaller reservations, and the reduced land led to food scarcity and rationing. The buffalo were gone. The policy was “the white man’s effort to remake Indians as white men in all but color,” says Robert M. Utley, author of Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot and former National Park Service historian. By forcing Native Americans to live on designated farm plots, Utley explains, Washington moved toward the dual dubious goals of “civilizing” Indians and also opening up what had been their land to white settlement.

Sitting Bull traveled to Washington, D.C., for negotiations about fair prices for the land in October 1888, and Weldon began corresponding with him shortly after. According to Pollack, their letters — which don’t survive today but were mentioned in other Weldon papers — contained details of these talks, fair prices for Dakota land and maps of the government’s plans to reduce the size of the tribes’ reservations.

Pollack tells TIME that Weldon, 52 years old at this point, went to Standing Rock (in June 1889 and again in May 1890) first and foremost to be Sitting Bull’s “advocate and translator.” The scene in the movie in which Weldon, who was not very wealthy, gives her money and possessions to feed the hungry people is fairly accurate. The people she helped rewarded her with a name: “Woman Walking Ahead.” But the four portraits of Sitting Bull she painted during that time were not the main reason she went out there, contrary to the impression some might get from watching the film.

“[To Sitting Bull], that differentiated her from other whites — her generosity,” Pollack says. “She didn’t save anybody but she helped.”

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Were Sitting Bull and Catherine Weldon Romantically Involved?

It’s an understandable question watching the Sitting Bull character de-robe in front of Weldon in a tent in the film.

“There was some romantic tension,” Pollack says. “There’s evidence that he proposed marriage.”

But, Pollack says, the record shows that Weldon wasn’t interested in marrying Sitting Bull (who had two wives) and maintained their relationship as his friend, lobbyist and helper.

What Was the Ghost Dance?

Though it plays a relatively minor role in the movie — Weldon and Sitting Bull emerge from the tent and see tribe members dancing in a circle around a fire pit, looking up at the sky with their arms outstretched in the air — the Ghost Dance is an important part of the Sitting Bull story. The Ghost Dance was a religious movement that emerged in some Native American communities amid the upheaval in the late 1800s. The practice involved participants donning outfits thought to give them power against bullets and dancing, as historian Mark Hirsch wrote for American Indian magazine, to “hasten the coming of the new world” — a world that was like the way things were before white settlers came. “Lakotas were ready for a message of hope,” Hirsch explained.

Woman Walks Ahead Director Susanna White consulted Native American choreographers and elders to make sure the “ghost dance” was as accurate as possible, and worked off music that had been passed down through generation.

Sitting Bull actually had mixed feelings about the ritual; Utley says that he was skeptical about its ideas but willing to go along on the idea that participants might be onto something. Weldon, on the other hand, worried about how the U.S. government would perceive the movement. And she was right; the white officials watching the Native Americans dancing were scared by it and responded with extreme force.

His resistance to being removed from the reservation for his part in the Ghost Dance led to the attempt to arrest him,” says Utley, “which in turn led to his death.”

Sitting Bull was shot to death by police on Dec. 15, 1890.

Is This the Same Standing Rock?

Yes. The place where Weldon visits Sitting Bull is the same place that made news recently as the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies gathered there to oppose the construction of the Dakota access pipeline for fears that it would contaminate their water supply.

“The Dawes Act ultimately deprived the Sioux of much of their treaty-guaranteed land and confined them to small separate reservations,” Utley writes. “[Sitting Bull] would have applauded their opposition to the Dakota Pipeline. The white man worked at their destruction because of hunger for Indian land and an idealistic concept that Indians should be transformed into imitation white men. The contest lasted for half a century and continues in muted form to this day.”


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Meet the Black Woman Behind the Video That Led to the Trump Clemency of Alice Johnson

You may not know the name Topeka Sam as well as you know Kim Kardashian, but you should. Sam, a prison reform activist, facilitated the viral Mic video that moved Kardashian to take a meeting with President Donald Trump to plead the case of Alice Johnson, a black woman who was granted clemency June 6 after serving 21 years for a nonviolent, drug-related crime. Though Kardashian helped put a worldwide spotlight on Johnson’s case, Sam was a major leader in a community of activists, legal professionals, and entrepreneurs who worked on her behalf for years before the day she was finally freed.

Sam, a formerly incarcerated woman herself, has advocated for female inmates’ rights, prison reform, and empowerment for women through spiritual renewal, education, and entrepreneurship since her own 2015 release. “My parents were franchise business owners for the first 20 years of my life,” Sam says. “They owned a Carvel franchise in Brooklyn, N.Y., and after that, they ran their own restaurant in Harlem until they retired. I’ve always been exposed to what [owning a business looked like]. I think it was just in my DNA, that I was going to be a business owner at some point.”

The founder of The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House NYC, was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug in her youth, and she has since promoted the freedom and power of entrepreneurship as a viable and sustainable option for formerly incarcerated individuals.

“Prior to going to prison, I’d launched several small businesses, [from] a concierge service to throwing parties. I started a customized mobile-phone case boutique for brands with a friend of mine, who’s still an entrepreneur,” Sam recalls. “When I was inside, God gave me the name The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House. I had a business plan and everything. …I wrote out what my ideas were, like the Bible says, ‘Write it down and make it clear, and at the appointed time, it will come to pass and will not tarry.’  That’s exactly what I did.”

In launching Hope House NYC, Sam has combined entrepreneurial knowledge with her personal experience of prison life for women, and she also uses knowledge she’s gained while serving as a Columbia University Beyond the Bars fellow, a Justice in Education Scholar, and director of dignity for the Van Jones-helmed Cut50 initiative to keep the Bronx-based facility going. At the home, women and girls affected by incarceration can get educational, vocational, spiritual, and entrepreneurial resources and housing, and find a safe space of support from other women.

“It’s everyday work, not only because you’re a social entrepreneur or systems entrepreneur, [but because] you have people’s lives in your hands,” Sam says. “You have to make sure the bills are paid so that women can remain safe [at Hope House NYC] and they can thrive in their lives. I have to make sure the resources we are providing are viable.”

She takes pride in the impact she can make through starting something she is in charge of, and knows how entrepreneurship or launching your own platform can have a positive effect on lives beyond that of the business owner.

“With entrepreneurship, it allows you to hire people who have been impacted by incarceration and give opportunities to people so that when they come home, they don’t have to worry about applying for a job and being told they’re being terminated because of a prison conviction,” Sam says. “When you think about entrepreneurship, it doesn’t mean you have to build an organization. Speaking about your experience, you get paid to speak, that’s a business. …I speak across the country. … Whatever you’re good at, you can make a business out of it. Every time a woman comes through my organization, the question I ask them is, ‘what do you want to be [moving forward]?”

Building a foundation of business smarts and tenacity helped Sam balance her process of transitioning into life after prison, sharing her story through panels and speaking engagements and fulfilling a vision to help others. She knew she had to strengthen herself through research and education in order to accomplish the freedom of running her own show.

“I think because I had the understanding of what it took to start a business, because of my past, I knew [I had to do my due diligence]. … We’re creating an entrepreneurial course and partnering with a large corporation to do it. I believe education is extremely important for people to change their lives. …Skills education leads to business, and business leads to entrepreneurship. [Through entrepreneurship], I have the freedom to do this as I want to, and I don’t have to worry about people putting [limitations] on me [as a formerly incarcerated woman.]”

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Netflix‘s newest docuseries, The Staircase, dives into the twisty case of Michael Peterson, a novelist who was convicted in 2003 of murdering his wife, Kathleen Peterson, after she was found unconscious at the bottom of a staircase in their home.

The series has consumed director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s life for the last 15 years. De Lestrade first debuted the series in 2004, with eight episodes that closely followed Peterson, his family and defense team as they prepared for and went through the murder trial (an abbreviated version aired on ABC’s Primetime that year). He followed up with two more episodes in 2013, after Peterson was released from prison pending a retrial.

Now, de Lestrade is closing out The Staircase series on Netflix with the addition of three new episodes that document Peterson’s last trial and where he is today.

And after all that time, de Lestrade tells TIME he’s not sure whether Peterson is innocent or guilty.

“Michael Peterson himself is a very strange, very complex character,” de Lestrade said. “Of course, the man I spent many days, weeks, months and years with — the man I know, it’s like it’s not possible that he’s capable of killing someone in that way. But human beings are so strange and you never know.”

De Lestrade initially thought he’d tell Peterson’s story as a two-hour movie for HBO, as a followup of sorts to his Oscar-winning documentary Murder on a Sunday Morning, which covered the case of a poor black teenager who was wrongfully accused of killing a woman. He sought out Peterson — a wealthy, white man highly regarded in the public eye — to show how the justice system can upend anyone’s life, and soon had enough information to make a multi-part series instead.

De Lestrade landed on Peterson’s case after reviewing about 400 criminal cases. There was just something about Peterson that piqued his interest, de Lestrade said.

“When he was talking about Kathleen, I really felt that he was very sincere about their relationship, about the love they shared,” he said. “But at the same time, I kind of formed an intuition that there was something else. I’m not saying he was guilty, but I had a feeling there was something else.”

Peterson’s nearly two-decade long battle with the justice system started in 2001, when he placed a frantic 911 call, during which Peterson said he found his wife unconscious at the bottom of a staircase at their North Carolina home. He has maintained that Kathleen Peterson slipped on the stairs and fell to her death after drinking wine and taking valium earlier in the evening. Authorities, however, found the amount of blood spilled on the stairs suspicious. Focus quickly shifted to Peterson, who was the only one at home at the time of her death.

Further probing into Peterson brought up two pieces of information that prosecutors used against him during his trial. The first, it emerged that Peterson was bisexual and had carried on relationships with men outside of his marriage. While he claimed that Kathleen knew about and accepted his other relationships, prosecutors said during the trial that she had discovered it recently and confronted him on the night of her death.

The way de Lestrade sees it, had Peterson’s sexuality not come up, the prosecution may not have gone after him at all.

“For them, it was clear that was the motive of the killing,” he said. “They have always thought that Kathleen discovered that night the emails on his desk, that they had an argument about that, that he lost his temper and hit her.”

The second piece of information that investigation uncovered was that a close family friend Elizabeth Ratliff, whose daughters were later raised by the Petersons, had been found dead at the bottom of a staircase years before Kathleen Peterson died. During Peterson’s trial, her body was exhumed and a new autopsy determined her death was a homicide as well.

Peterson was convicted in 2003 of beating his wife to death and sentenced to life in prison. Eight years later, he was released on house arrest after a judge found that the blood analyst who had provided essential evidence in the case against Peterson had given misleading and false testimony about the bloodstain evidence. The final three episodes of The Staircase catch up with Peterson in his life outside of prison before he entered an Alford plea in 2017. Under the plea, Peterson is free as as a convicted felon after pleading guilty to murdering his wife.

Taken as a whole, with all 13 episodes available together on Netflix for the first time ever, the series paints a grim portrait of the criminal justice system. De Lestrade’s interest was never in the questioning Peterson’s guilt — his intent was to paint a broad picture of how Peterson would be treated inside the system until his final plea deal.

While he’s not convinced of Peterson’s innocence, de Lestrade said the process of making the series made it clear to him that Peterson did not receive a fair trial. Peterson was the only suspect they were interested in, he said. No matter how much money a person has, it’s tough to fight a whole system.

Even when you have thousands of dollars to defend yourself and you have a smart lawyer, you have to get very lucky to get out,” he said. “And it took 15 years.”


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Scientists hunt down genes behind humankind’s big brain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have pinpointed three genes that may have played a pivotal role in an important milestone in human evolution: the striking increase in brain size that facilitated cognitive advances that helped define what it means to be human.


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“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opened in third place in China behind holdovers “How Long Will I Love U,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The misfire meant one of the quietest weekends of the year for the Chinese box office. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” managed just $ 9.62 million, according to local data service Ent Group. […]

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Millennial Moves: Meet the Marketer Behind Those 40oz Bounce Tours

Devin Cobbs understands the value of creating space for genuine human connection. Cobbs is the marketing force behind the 40oz Bounce tour, and most recently the 4 Lovers Only R&B party.

Originally from South Carolina, Cobbs moved to New York with dreams of being a journalist but ended up homeless. “Nobody knew I was homeless. I would keep [my] haircut and take showers at Planet Fitness. Sometimes I’d sleep there, or on the Long Island Ferry. I always thought to myself, this is just going to make the story that much greater. I remember putting change together to buy dollar pizzas and M&M’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It taught me that everything will always be OK.” Eventually, Cobbs found an opportunity as a marketing intern.

Around the same time, 40oz Van—whose real name is Joel Fuller—was heating up the summer with his infamous 40oz Bounce parties. Fuller is an entrepreneur and an event creator who produces and promotes parties via social media. New York was the mecca for those experiences. An after effect of moving into the marketing department, Cobbs ended up connecting with 40oz Van.

“In any situation, I like to look at what I can provide. For Van, I saw that he was only doing events in NY. I figured I could help him take his events to different markets. I told him I could take him on a tour before I had ever even gotten on a plane.”

Cobbs told 40oz Van that he could take 40oz Bounce on a national tour, although he had no connections in any of markets outside of NYC at the time. The national 40oz Bounce tour resulted in 50 tour stops, bringing in about 30,000 attendees over the course of two years.

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The success of the 40oz Bounce tour helped Cobbs transition from fitting in to standing out. He wasn’t just a creative trying to find his place in the industry; he was an accomplished event planner and curator. However, the true mark of a forward thinker is the ability to fill in gaps that folks of the same profession have yet to fill. While there were countless events being thrown especially in New York, Cobbs trained his eyes on providing the experiences people weren’t getting yet. Thus, the idea for 4 Lovers Only was born.

“I think less about the live event and more about connecting with people. I want to know everybody. I want to have a connection with everyone who comes through the door. I think connecting with people is a lost art. Once things become a money grab, you see the creativity dwindle. When you do anything with love and creativity first, it works.”

After noticing that he hadn’t seen an event specific to 90s R&B, he dove into plans to occupy that vacancy in the culture. More importantly, he looked for ways to give attendees a feeling of genuine service. It couldn’t be about ticket sales or revenue from the bar. More importantly, it couldn’t be some exclusive industry party filled with the same people who see each other at every private event and only interact for professional gain or a chance at a “candid” photo for social media clout.

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“I hadn’t seen an event that was specific to 90s R&B. How can we take it up a notch? We’ll get the right sponsors and partnerships so that people don’t have to buy anything. For the consumer, you’re not being sold anything besides a good time. We make it cool to do a sponsored event. It’s not industry people only. Everyone can pull up, from a record exec to some guy who saw the flyer on social media and wanted to come.”

“I know for sure that what drives me now is knowing that I want to be remembered for all of this. People think I have my entire life planned out. I don’t. I wake up every day and plan for that day. I don’t worry about where I’ll be by 30. I want to know what we can do to make people remember this sh*t. I don’t care if I’m working at McDonalds 10 years from now. If I have a kid and can tell them I was out here doing this and people can validate it, that’s the most important thing.”

Once you’re able to recognize and tap into what fuels you, it’s time to look at how you can use your gifts to solve problems bigger than yourself. The fact is, black people in America navigate through more overt systemic oppression and daily micro-aggressions than we care to count. All while balancing the stress and anxiety of just wanting to make it in this world as successful adults. We’re constantly on our toes and carrying that much stress without any release is dangerous. Cobbs isn’t just throwing events. He’s creating safe spaces to decompress.

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“For me, it’s not just a party, it’s therapy. We do all this work for four hours, but for some people, it’s the best four hours to just be. We deal with all these societal ailments plus wanting to be successful. I want to be the person that creates space where everyone can let their hair down, and I don’t want to take any money out your pockets. I’m going to charge the corporations for that. That’s why I don’t like to be called a promoter; I’m giving you a party. I’m giving you therapy. The best feeling is having people telling me they had a good time.”

 

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The Real History Behind Book Burning and Fahrenheit 451

When the HBO adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 premieres on Saturday, the movie will introduce a contemporary twist to the centuries-long history of burning books — one in which Bradbury’s story plays a significant role.

References to book burning date back far into history: The Chinese Emperor Shih Huang Ti “thought that if he burned all the documents in his kingdom, history would begin with him” in 213 BCE, TIME previously noted. And when “the Mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258, the waters of the Tigris were said to have run black with ink from all the destroyed books.” But, experts say, book burning as we know it today is a relatively recent development.

“In the modern sense, it’s very much a mid-20th century idea, very much a propaganda thing that happens during World War II,” says Matthew Fishburn, author of Burning Books.

The defining moment for that modern history came in 1933, with one of history’s most infamous book-burnings — the one that prompted TIME to coin the word “bibliocaust.” It was that year, in Berlin and elsewhere, that Nazi forces led the burning of tens of thousands of books, from the works of Sigmund Freud to those of Jack London. Along with the Nazi ideology that there existed a superior race of people came the idea that there was one true cultural and ideological canon; that which didn’t fit was consigned to the fire.

“The old goes up in flames, the new shall be fashioned from the flame in our hearts,” Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels told the crowd then, as TIME reported.

As the scholar Rebecca Knuth explained to Smithsonian.com last year, the path to that moment in 1933 in some ways starts with the printing press and the subsequent spread of mass media. Whereas hand-written manuscripts that predated movable type were more valuable for their scarcity, relatively few people had access to them and not everyone understood just how much the distribution of knowledge could change world events. Although books had always been (and still are) incidentally destroyed or stolen in times of conflict, it was only later that their destruction gained greater symbolism, even as they became easier to replace. (What TIME called a “bibliocaust” Knuth has called “libricide,” which she uses to describe the 20th-century phenomenon of “large-scale, regime-sanctioned destruction of books and libraries” within “a framework of genocide and ethnocide.”)

As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum points out in its record of that moment in 1933, Germany’s history of burning books didn’t start with the Nazis. In 1817, for the 300th anniversary of Martin Luther’s launching of Protestantism, students held a major burning of “Un-German” books. According to Fishburn, by the time of the Nazi book-burning, in some ways the practice would have seemed “weirdly anachronistic,” a holdover from an earlier time when burning a book could have actually made a difference in what people knew.

“Books were in such multiples, thanks to industrial book production,” Fishburn explains, “the idea that you could get rid of the books you didn’t like seemed impossible.”

That is perhaps, he says, why it took a little while for the wider world to understand what the Nazis were up to. Some authors initially felt pride to have been included in such a bonfire, and Fishburn says that some book lovers in English-speaking countries expressed a certain wistfulness that in Germany books were thought to hold such power. But the Nazi authorities really were out to close off society to certain ideas, and they were unfortunately far more successful at it than many expected.

When that truth became clear, the modern power of book-burning was reinforced — as was the idea that to be the one burning the books was a sure sign of villainy.

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In 1945, after the Allies defeated the Nazis, Berlin saw another round of what was described as a “literary cleanup” — this time an anti-Nazi one — that TIME noted was “not quite like Goebbels’ book-burning; but yet it was quite like it.” In general, though the U.S. government participated in this effort, it did so with a consciousness that it was better to quietly pulp the undesirable books than to burn them publicly.

“It becomes very bad to be labeled a book burner, but it’s not necessarily considered bad to just clear out whole shelves of books from a public institution,” Fishburn says.

The taboo against book-burning was highlighted when, not long after, the United States experienced its own period of fear about books that didn’t fit in. In the 1940s and ’50s, as the Cold War took seed, the country saw its share of book-burnings. In 1940, members of the Binghamton, N.Y., Board of Education, for example, proposed a public burning of textbooks thought to be subversive. (In a crucial distinction from the Nazi book-burning, most American incidents took place on the local level; the federal government was well aware of the backlash that would come with publicly burning books, says Fishburn.)

In 1953, at the height of the American book-burning debate, the American Library Association and American Book Publishers Council issued a statement defending “the freedom to read.” It was that same year that President Eisenhower delivered a commencement address at Dartmouth imploring students, “Don’t join the book burners.” As Fishburn notes in his book, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 came out in 1953, having been written in the context of this national conversation. Fishburn posits that “the iconic role of book burning in the popular imagination took hold, and an orthodox position on book burning was forged” in this period between 1933 and 1953.

Book-burning by then had become a sort of shorthand: if you are on the side of book-burners, you’ve already lost the argument.

The release of Fahrenheit 451 in many ways marks the end, or at least the culmination, of the modern era of book-burning. The Nazis had reintroduced the idea to society and the U.S. had learned the hard way that, due in large part to that association, the practice was taboo. By the time Bradbury wrote his book, the symbolism of the idea would have been clear to all of his readers — and it still holds today.

As Knuth notes in Burning Books and Leveling Libraries, the 20th-century phenomenon of mass regime-sponsored destruction of books has been accompanied, especially more recently, by more scattershot small-scale destruction, such as a Koran-burning planned by a small Florida church in 2010. This works on the same theory as mass book burning does: books represent ideas, and destroying them is also a surefire way to get attention, even if it doesn’t entirely accomplish what the book-burners wanted.

And large-scale book burning does continue: In 2013, al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in Mali burned the library in Timbuktu and in 2015 ISIS burned books from Mosul’s library, as a show of both ideological and territorial conquest.

So, though the prime era of book-burning has passed, and with it the atmosphere that created Fahrenheit 451, the symbolism is baked into the world’s memory, and words on fire are still a tragically powerful image. As TIME’s Lance Morrow wrote in 1988, after a fire at the main library of the Soviet National Academy of Sciences in Leningrad, “whenever books burn, one is haunted by a sense of mourning.”


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Tokyo’s Coolest Boutique Is Hidden Behind a Love Hotel

TOKYO — Shinjuku red light district Kabukicho has not historically been at the crossroads of high fashion.
That reputation is now being tested. Located behind a love hotel is select shop The Four Eyed, which has set Charles Jeffrey, Y/Project and Martine Rose upon an area regarded for its swarm of hostess clubs and Yakuza enclaves.
Former Fruits magazine photographer Keisuke Fujita opened the boutique in 2016 with the aim to energize Tokyo’s fashion scene. Fujita and shop creative director Maiko Shibukawa hope to push the city’s aesthetic needle past its “stale” cutesy reputation and toward a new, thoughtful era.
“There are no places like this in the area — it’s kind of a weird location, but that’s what is good about it,” Shibukawa said. “We are really anti-kawaii [cute] style, we didn’t want to become one of the Harajuku stores. It’s one of our challenges — to change Tokyo’s mainstream fashion. It has always been about kawaii for the last 20 years of Tokyo fashion.”
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CANNES, France—Both praised and panned by critics, Danish director Lars von Trier’s new film The House That Jack Built premiered out of competition on Monday at Cannes—“vomitive” and “pathetic” are some of the adjectives being used by filmgoers to describe it. In a surprising turnabout, von Trier was welcomed back to Cannes after being proclaimed “persona non grata” for a joke in poor taste, mistakenly interpreted as pro-Nazi by the festival in 2011.

How did von Trier go from being one of the most respected art house directors of the early 21st century to a near-pariah in the film community? 

The answer is complex, but has a considerable amount to do with how von Trier’s reputation was formulated in the first place. By the time the now-aging enfant terrible won the Grand Prix at Cannes for Breaking the Waves in 1996, he had already been making films for many years. Still, for younger film buffs, many of whom were growing tired of aging art house heroes such as Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini, von Trier seemed like the perfect director for a cynical postmodern era.

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Inside the Twisted Mind of Lars von Trier: The Man Behind the Serial-Killer Film That Shocked Cannes

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CANNES, France—Both praised and panned by critics, Danish director Lars von Trier’s new film The House That Jack Built premiered out of competition on Monday at Cannes—“vomitive” and “pathetic” are some of the adjectives being used by filmgoers to describe it. In a surprising turnabout, von Trier was welcomed back to Cannes after being proclaimed “persona non grata” for a joke in poor taste, mistakenly interpreted as pro-Nazi by the festival in 2011.

How did von Trier go from being one of the most respected art house directors of the early 21st century to a near-pariah in the film community? 

The answer is complex, but has a considerable amount to do with how von Trier’s reputation was formulated in the first place. By the time the now-aging enfant terrible won the Grand Prix at Cannes for Breaking the Waves in 1996, he had already been making films for many years. Still, for younger film buffs, many of whom were growing tired of aging art house heroes such as Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini, von Trier seemed like the perfect director for a cynical postmodern era.

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One Florida man was behind 96 million of the worst kind of robocalls, FCC says

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Have you ever gotten a phone call from a number that looked very similar to your own, only to pick up and realize it’s a robocall trying to sell you something?

If you have, you’re not alone. This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) slapped its largest fines ever on a Florida man it says is responsible for more than 96 million of those dreaded robocalls.

Adrian Abramovich, the Miami man behind the scheme, was ordered to pay a $ 120 million fine this week as punishment for scamming millions of people with more than 96 million robocalls over a three-month period in 2016.  Read more…

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The Cottages at Osoyoos – A Look Behind the Scenes

When we talk about The Cottages at Osoyoos, you’ve probably heard us say many times over that one of the most amazing things about The Cottages is the homeowners and the sense of community! Here are some of our favorite stories from homeowners at The Cottages!

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Frank & Donna

Frank and Donna first came to The Cottages on a recommendation from Donna’s sister. They were looking for a spot with mild winters and a rural atmosphere that was both kid and pet-friendly. The plan was to use this as a vacation home and rent out the space during the year when not in use. The couple fell in love with The Cottages and it became their permanent home after Frank was able to find a good job nearby! Donna love the theatre, music and arts events available to the community. The couple also loves the outdoors, spending time swimming, hiking, engaging in water sports and enjoying the sunshine. They also enjoy access to locally grown organic meats and produce, wineries and bakeries. And last but not least, they love the villages closeness within this private, gated community. “We have had potluck dinners, a summer parade, beach side bonfires and a Thanksgiving feast,” Donna remarks!

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Linda & Charlie

Linda and Charlie lived just 20 kms north of Osoyoos Lake but they were looking to downsize into a smaller home with a simpler lifestyle. The Cottages at Osoyoos was the perfect answer; maintenance free living in a brand new home means they no longer have to worry about yard work or home renovations! The couple also enjoys access to the fitness room, pools/hot tub and 1,800 sq. ft of waterfront. Being close to both Osoyoos and Oliver allows them to remain active and enjoy local clubs and classes. In between, they often entertain as family and friends love the resort atmosphere that The Cottages offers.

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Jeff & Cindy

A busy professional couple, Jeff and Cindy were living in North Vancouver and owned a condo in Osoyoos when development in the area caused them to lose their “water view” and they went looking for an alternative. There were many things that the couple loved about The Cottages. Their lot is close to both the beach and the clubhouse with unobstructed views and they were able to customize their chosen home plan to take advantage of the views! The Cottages at Osoyoos offers an all-around community style of living with lots of permanent residents so it is not a “weekend summer party resort”. “Our neighbors are lovely. Everyone is respectful of each other’s privacy,” says Cindy.

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We’ve received a lot of comments and requests from viewers and readers who want to see my wardrobe. Now, I’m a clothes horse, I’m a suit lover, I’m really into accessories, and as such, it’s impractical to do one video that covers it all. Because of that, we decided to break it down and today, we start with my cufflink collection.

My collection is ever-changing and if I find something better, I get rid of something in the rotation and then sometimes, I even sell them.

  • The first pair of cufflinks is quite cool and different in the sense that it’s made out of an aquamarine and a ruby, as well as 18 karat gold. Honestly, these little links are sometimes a pain to put on but when they’re on your cuff, they look stunning. The backstory on those is that in 2006, I came to the US for the first time and I did an internship with a lawyer, Edward Hayes. We have an article of this gentleman who’s a very flamboyantly dressing lawyer and when I was at his house, he just gave these cufflinks to me because he knew I was a poor student and I loved to dress up and I could have never afforded those cufflinks at the time. Now, I definitely kept those cufflinks, it’s kind of funny at the time, I had this phase where I only thought gold cufflinks would be really the only thing I should be wearing and so that’s what I would invest in. By 2009, when I moved to the US permanently, I needed money and so I sold my entire cufflink collection except for this pair because of the history and they were very unique and I thought it is just something I should keep.

  • Another pair of cufflinks which I got from Edward Hayes are the ones you can see here, they are made out of 835 silver with gold coverings. It’s kind of a Victorian pattern and I like them because the reflections are different depending on the light, it has yellow gold and rose gold in it, and it makes them quite unique. I guess I could polish them again, I don’t wear them a whole lot but the problem sometimes with silver cufflinks is that if they’re not polished all the time, they rub off on your especially white dress shirts and it looks just dirty on the cuff.
  • The third pair of cufflinks that is also Victorian, as you can see, it’s double-sided with a chain. I think it’s just brass because, over time, I’ve come to realize it really doesn’t matter what kind of precious metal your cufflinks are made out of, it all depends on what they look like and how they look on your shirt cuff, and whether you enjoy wearing them or not. So these are little brass decorations, I bought them in Berlin in 2015, and at the same time, I bought those green ones which are basically the same style yet they are very different looking from afar. Personally, I’m a big fan of double-sided cufflinks because I think having a decorative element on both sides is simply much preferable to having those t bars where you just have everything on one side and nothing on the other. As you can see, the swirly glass is not perfectly round but it’s a hallmark of handmade glass.

  • The next pair of cufflinks is British. It’s a cloisonne enamel chain cufflinks on sterling silver. Now when it comes to enamel, there are different kinds. There’s the regular enamel that is just very plain looking and then there’s the translucent cloisonne enamel which is fired and it’s actually glass in different colors but the metal surface underneath is etched and because of that, you get that nice three-dimensional effect when you rotate the cufflinks. So these ones here have kind of a z pattern and I just like the strong green color with the white band. it’s just beautiful. You can see the cufflinks actually look gold and it’s because they’re gold plated.

  • Now these pair cufflinks are from Montblanc, they’re plain and simple, and black ,and they are no precious metal at all but they’re in fact the very first pair of cufflinks I ever owned because as you might know, I started out collecting fountain pens, I would also sell them and in one lot, there was also this pair of cufflinks and when I got them, I thought “wow! now how do I wear them?” and so I did some research and I came across French cuff shirts and that’s what kick-started my passion for classic men’s clothing. So without this pair of clothing, the Gentleman’s Gazette and Fort Belvedere probably would never exist today.

  • Next pair of cufflinks is unique in the sense that it’s intricately detailed and you can find kind of dark blue lapis blue enamel with some golden elements and the back part, they’re double-sided. The back part has a bar and of course, it has chains. I really love those cufflinks and I think I bought them in probably 2010 or 2011 at a cufflink convention in Chicago quite inexpensive and just cost me about $ 30.00

  • The next pair of cufflinks is kind of unassuming. It doesn’t have a chain but a connection that’s similar to a chain and it has bloodstones that it’s set in sterling silver, it’s kind of a round cushion shape and because of that, I like wearing them. It’s not something you usually see a lot and personally, I like unique items. I think about these as part of a vintage cufflink lot and it didn’t cost me a lot of money.

  • The next cufflinks are sterling silver, they have two different colors on both sides. So one is yellow, the other is purple, and I got them as part of a lot. Some people may think of them as the Vikings colors, I’m not a football fan at all and would never wear them like that. To me, they’re just a fun statement piece and sometimes I’ll wear them with the purple side out on one side and the yellow on the other one so it’s just a fun little pair of cufflinks that is not too large because most cufflinks today are rather large which I don’t like quite so much so having something smaller it’s quite elegant.

  • Next up is the first pair of Fort Belvedere cufflinks that I designed. I always wanted a pair of monkey fist knot cufflinks which is this particular knot which is a sailor’s knot and I wanted cufflinks made out of it. So in this first pair here, the middle part was supposed to be a twisted rope but as you can see, it didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted to and it just looked overbearing so in the final iteration, we ended up with a cufflink that was slightly smaller especially on the slimmer end so it would actually fit through your cuff and the bar was much more elegant by just twisting it without that rope structure. It’s a very timeless pair of cufflinks and if I just had to invest in one pair of cufflinks, it probably would be this one, maybe in gold, because I have more gold accessories but most people would actually be better off with silver because most men today have more silver accessories.

 

 

  • Next up is a nice pair of cloisonne enamel cufflinks. Again, it’s an oval shape and as you can see, it has this nice deep rich blue cloisonne pattern. As you move them with the light, because of the etching underneath, you get that beautiful lighting effect and which is one of the reasons I’ve always fallen in love with cloisonne enamel cufflinks and again, they’re sterling silver, gold plated with a chain in the back. Traditionally, double-sided cufflinks always came with chains, while they’re beautiful, I actually find a fixed bar to be superior to the chain but it’s very hard to find those.

  • The next pair of cufflinks is quite heavy. it’s made out of a solid 18 carat gold in yellow and white gold and it has a t-bar closure. It’s a cufflink that I bought several years ago and I don’t quite like it as much anymore. It’s simple in a way but I think it would work better with maybe 50s or 60s outfits and I’m not that kind of guy. I still have them, keep them, I may have to sell them or trade them in sometimes because they’re quite heavy and the gold price right now is quite high.

  • The next pair of cufflinks I bought at a vintage shop in Hamburg for just a few bucks and it’s actually made of sterling silver and it has that kind of chain-like connection with moonstones. I like them because it’s like very milky, they have an effect in a way that mother-of-pearl has but it’s slightly different and it changes with the light so it’s just a beautiful pair and it is small, not oversized, so something I definitely like.

  • I think at the very same shop, I bought these cufflinks here which are a little more unique. They’re actually hand carved lapis and as you can see, there’s a face carved into them so they’re just slightly different and I sometimes like to wear them when I’m in the mood for them if I could contrast on light blue shirts as well as white shirts and it’s a good nice unique pair of cufflinks.

  • Next up is a very classic pair of cufflinks in that color scheme. It’s red and gold. I think it’s not a precious or semi-precious stone, it’s glass, but it’s mounted on 14-karat gold I think, it’s made in Italy, it is slightly oval not as oval as the ones who saw from England, but also not round and so again, different than other things I have in my collection and because of that I like.

  • The next pair here is a lapis pair which is beautiful but it has those t-bar connections which as I mentioned I’m not a huge fan of. I’ve got those nevertheless because I like that domed malachite and so we created the other malachite ones because the effect was so beautiful in our Eagle Claw cufflinks.

  • Next up is a 14 karat or 585 pair of cufflinks in malachite from Germany. As you can see, it has a t-bar and it’s kind of interesting the way it is set and the finished edge is kind of scratched which makes the bit look like the late 60s or 70s kind of mid-century modern. Not something I’m too fond of today but it was the first pair of malachite cufflinks so I still have it. I wear it on occasion but I like our Fort Belvedere cufflinks a lot better now which is why I wear them more often.

  • These octagonal cufflinks are really cool because you don’t find that shape very often. Also, it has very intricate cloisonne enamel which has waves in yellow and a blue rim so I like to combine it with outfits where I have those colors so I can pick them up either in the socks or the tie or the shirt and so they’re just fun to wear. Again, they’re sterling silver made in England.

  • Next up we have some amber cufflinks, German, I think it’s like sterling silver and they actually have a date engraved on it March 25th of 56. So yeah, it was probably a gift in the 50s to someone. They are amber and it’s not quite clear so it’s like a natural material, it has some scratches and I bought them at a flea market in Berlin and I think in 2015 for like 20 bucks, to be honest, I haven’t worn them very often. I just got them because I didn’t have an Amber pair of cufflinks in my collection. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have bought them because even though they were not so expensive, I hardly wear them at all.

  • Next up is a pair of 333, I think that’s an 8 karat gold, made in Germany, yellow gold, it’s kind of a knot, it’s a classic symbol in menswear but again it had this t-bar and so those inspired me to create our monkey fist knot cufflinks in gold but I just wanted a real knot and I wanted the double-sided ones. So I used to wear these a lot but again since the monkey fist cufflinks are there, I don’t wear them a lot anymore.

  • Next up are two pairs of green cufflinks which green in menswear is not that strong. I think it’s a great color but for cufflinks, they’re hard to find so whenever I come across them, I buy them. So this first one with those concentric circles here I bought actually at a flea market in Budapest probably in 2006. Before I came to the US, I did an internship there and they were about three or five bucks they have some damage which when it comes to cloisonne enamel means for collectors they’re completely uninteresting but for me, as someone who just enjoys cufflinks and wants to wear them, it not a big deal.

  • The other ones are more of a Granny Smith green. They’re English, I bought them as part of a lot, they have a white rim and I haven’t worn them as often because the color is quite bright and it pops so maybe with a darker unassuming outfit in a green tie maybe a knit tie it would be a good combination.

  • Next up is a pair of cloisonne enamel striped oval cufflinks. They’re actually branded as Ralph Lauren but they were made in England for Ralph Lauren and they are sterling silver, they’re quite bold, and because of that, I actually wear them quite infrequently or hardly ever, to be honest, I just like the design, I liked that they were different, but at the end of the day, when it comes to picking out a pair, I usually go with more muted ones.

  • Here’s a fine pair of 14-karat cufflinks. They have kind of an S shape but it’s not very bold so my last name is Schneider, someone gave them to me, I don’t wear them very often because I like my other cufflinks more.

  • Next up is a set of cufflinks, shirt studs, and it even has I think waistcoat buttons. It’s an abalone stone, I think in the back it’s a 14 karat gold, and on top it’s platinum. I wore those with my black tie ensemble which is quite nice. It’s just something that traditionally, men will wear with black tie. You’d have like dark stones and you have the cufflinks and then you’d have the shirt studs as well as the waistcoat buttons which were exchangeable. Now I only have two of those and most waistcoats have like at least three for single breasted one or four for double breasted ones so I can’t wear them for the waistcoat but it was just a set that I found vintage.

  • Next up are some blue cloisonne enamel cufflinks and you can see it’s always this same shape. It’s a very popular shape in England because it’s not too small but it still fits through the buttonhole on your shirt-cuff. It’s light blue and darker blue with little edgings underneath in sterling silver pretty much like the next one.
  • This set of cufflinks, I keep in the same compartment simply because they’re purple and purple in menswear is not a very strong color. I sometimes wear them when I have a purple bowtie or a purple tie, you could also wear them with a purple or lavender shirt. This one here is round, has black enamel cloisonne, and the other one has kind of an unusual shape, a mix between round and square.

  • Here’s a pair of cufflinks that I like. I think it’s glass with black and white. it’s something I would wear with a Stresemann outfit, for example, it’s 14-karat gold, they’re quite heavy, it is a t-bar so maybe I’ll sell them in the future because I haven’t worn them in quite a while, to be frank.

  • Now, next up is an evening dress set for white tie. I think it is 14 karat gold in the back with platinum and then it has a mother-of-pearl insert so here I have the full set of 4 waistcoat buttons so I can wear double-breasted and single-breasted waistcoats with white tie and these are the matching cufflinks in the same size. for the shirt, I either wear matching shirt studs as you can see here or I go with these pearls that are set in gold and I think I like the pearls more because it’s the more traditional way and I don’t wear white tie that often so if I do, I usually stick with the traditional classics. It’s actually quite hard to find full dress sets like these in the original box so when I came across this one from Berks I think on eBay I was very happy that I got it.

  • My next pair of cufflinks is a little more unusual and I like it because it’s tiger’s eye as a stick, set in silver with some chains. They’re not easy to get on the cuff but once you do they’re quite nice and different looking which is why I like them, of course, I have all the Fort Belvedere cufflinks and since I just designed them I still really like them I wear them a lot and part of my general rotation today. I’m wearing the green ones, we have the tiger’s eye in gold, it’s very nice in the way it rotates with a light and it works with any kind of brown in your outfit. The carnelian one is a stone, it’s like red but it’s not too bright. Lapis is beautiful it’s just a deep rich blue color and we use a lapis with very few inclusions. we even have it in yellow gold and in silver. so you have a choice of what you want and this one here is a black one so if you wear a lot of charcoal suits they would even work for tuxedo outfits, for example, we’ll see maybe we can make some matching studs and waistcoat buttons so you can wear it as a full dress set I think that would be quite nice.

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Despite being notorious for attracting the most reprehensibly privileged, culture-appropriating people on the planet, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival rakes in big bucks each year. Every April, thousands of music lovers convene in Indio, California, for the two-weekend concert that features an array of artists, from superstars like The Weekend to up-and-coming indie artists.

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This year, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter became the first African American woman to headline the mega-fest. On Saturday, Queen Bey delivered a dynamic, unapologetically black performance that paid tribute to HBCUs, Malcolm X, Nina Simone, and African queen Nefertiti. It was marked by a live marching band, an army of 100 dancers, costume changes, and cameos from Destiny Child, Jay-Z, and Solange. It was epic and it likely cost hundreds of thousands of dollars—if not a million—to produce.

Following the performance, which has been dubbed “Beychella,” the Grammy Award-winner announced that she will donate $ 100,000 to four different HBCUs. As part of her BeyGOOD initiative, one student Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University will receive $ 25,000 each for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Just days before hitting the stage at Coachella, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar revealed that she will earn $ 70,000 for each of her two performances. However, because she planned on spending around $ 300,000 of her own money on her stage set, she’ll actually take a financial hit. She explained during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation that the festival was booked in 2017 when she wasn’t quite as popular, which, therefore may have compromised her star power to negotiate higher pay.

“We booked Coachella like six or seven months ago,” she said on April 10. “So, I’m getting paid for Coachella like 70 [thousand] a day. I’ve been booked for this. Then it’s like, I have to invest so much money on my stage set—my own money that I have to go to Wells Fargo and write a check. It’s crazy. Almost $ 300,000.”



 

This left us wondering if Cardi B received $ 140,000 then how much did Beyoncé earn minus the overhead for her over-the-top production costs?  According to Quora, the amount that artists are paid to perform at music festivals depends on their popularity, the festival’s budget, and how many slots are open in the lineup.

The price for an artist or a band also fluctuates depending on how successful they were the year before. “You can imagine that a band that releases an album right before a festival lineup is arranged will probably earn more than if they didn’t put out an album for a whole year,” writes Quora. It continues:

“Another simple way to evaluate how much bands might be getting paid at a festival is by looking at the lineup post. The bigger the font the bigger the cash! Bands at the bottom of the lineup in the tiniest font sometimes might not even get paid much if they get paid at all because the organizers of the festivals are really doing these bands a favor. Not only are they getting a ton of exposure by being on a lineup with other high profile names, they’re also going to get a huge audience at the festival.”

Last year, it was reported that Beyoncé received $ 1 million just for initially signing on to perform at Coachella in 2017 even without performing thanks to an insurance policy that is commonly signed by entertainers. Because she was pregnant with twins, she ended up canceling. According to a policy obtained by TMZ, the insurance covers an artist’s fee for “incapacity,” which typically includes complications from a high-risk pregnancy.

The Business of Coachella

The festival is run by billionaire Republican donor Philip Anschutz, the founder of the festival’s parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). AEG and AEG Live operate Goldenvoice, the company that launched Coachella in 1999. Despite the controversy surrounding Anschutz and his conservative views, the festival’s popularity and profit have soared over the last decade, making it the most profitable festival in the U.S. Back in 2007 it generated $ 16 million when it was still a one-weekend show. Five years later, the festival earned $ 47.3 million in 2012 after moving the celebration to two weekends.

In 2015, Coachella made just over $ 84 million in ticket sales and became the highest-grossing music festival in the world that year. That does not include the revenue it generated from merchandise and food and beverage sales. It topped $ 100 million in earnings in 2016 and then again in 2017 when it profited a record-breaking $ 114 million.

The festival will likely earn big bucks once again this year since its pricey tickets—which ranged from $ 429 for general admission to nearly $ 1,000 for VIP passes—sold out within a few hours after they went on sale on Jan. 5, 2018.

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What the Numbers Behind the #MeToo Movement Show Us

 

When the #MeToo stories began pouring out a few months ago, I thought about data.

There is limited data to track the full scope of sexual harassment and assault across all locations. In fact, much of the existing research on these topics has been segmented by location—like research on street harassment or research specific to schools. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) focuses heavily on physical forms of violence, and, among other limitations, does not distinguish respondents’ experiences by locations.

I appreciate the power of numbers as well as personal stories, and I knew that it was long past time to procure the national data we are lacking on this issue. That’s why, in partnership with GfK, Raliance and the UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health, and with the help of a dozen advisory committee members, my organization Stop Street Harassment spearheaded a 2,000-person, nationally representative study on sexual harassment and assault. 

The survey was administered in January 2018. The report was released today.


According to our findings, 81 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime, and over one-quarter of women (27 percent) and one in 14 men (7 percent) reported that they have survived sexual assault.

Over three-quarters of women (77 percent) and one-third of men (34 percent) reported experiencing verbal sexual harassment. Over half of women (51 percent) and one of six men (17 percent) said they had been sexually touched in an unwelcome way. More than one-third of women (34 percent) and one in 10 men (12 percent) had been physically followed by someone else, and close to the same share of women (30 percent) and the same share of men (12 percent) had faced unwanted genital flashing. Around four in 10 women (41 percent) and one-quarter of men (22 percent) told us that they had experienced cyber sexual harassment.

88 percent of women and 86 percent of men who reported experiencing sexual harassment or assault said it had occurred in more than one place; most people indicated it had occurred in at least four to five places. While our respondents reported that sexual harassment takes place across a range of locations, the most frequently cited being a public space, they also reported that sexual assault most frequently occurred in a private residence. Women most frequently reported sexual harassment in a public space (66 percent), at their workplace (38 percent) and at their residence (35 percent). Men’s most frequently reported locations were a public space (19 percent), their school (14 percent) and, for 13 percent of men, their workplace, own residence and by phone/text, each respectively. For sexual assault, women listed someone else’s residence (15 percent) and their own residence (11 percent) as the top locations. Men listed someone else’s residence (2 percent) and a public space (2 percent).

Regardless of the survivor’s gender, our survey found that sexual harassment and assault are most frequently perpetrated by men. When asked about the perceived gender of the perpetrator/s in their most recent incident, 85 percent of women and 44 percent of men reported either one male or two or more males. In contrast, 30 percent of men and 3 percent of women reported one female or two or more females. Our data also showed that sexual harassment and assault begin at a young age; 57 percent of women and 42 percent of men who reported experiencing harassment or assault said it had happened by age 17, and 30 percent of women and 22 percent of men had experienced it by age 13.

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I was five years old the first time I experienced sexual harassment. As I walked a few blocks to school in Iowa City, older boys taunted me, pinched my cheeks and tried to lure me to their home. The father of one of my friends saw me standing frozen, surrounded by them, crying, and he intervened. That night, my parents talked to me about my rights and how boys shouldn’t touch girls without permission.

Nearly 30 years later, perhaps because too many parents/guardians of boys did not have talks with them about not harassing others, I’ve experienced hundreds more instances of sexual harassment. Most often, it is men I do not know who harass me in public spaces, and usually their behavior entails whistling and relatively mild verbal harassment. Some men, however, have uttered upsetting sexually explicit comments or called me sexist slurs. One man groped me, and three different men followed or chased me, scaring me badly. When was 18, working at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum gift shop, the manager—a man who was at least 35 years older than me—asked me out to dinner three times in a manner I found creepy and predatory. I always said no, and I dreaded the days when our shifts coincided.

From talking to friends and family, volunteering for domestic violence shelters and rape crisis lines and working on issues like sexual harassment in schools, rape in the military and street harassment, I knew the types of experiences I’d had were sadly the norm for most women and some men. Our study reinforced that the #MeToo movement was long overdue—and shows that experiences like mine are still far too common.

If you are upset by these findings and want to do something, you can visit organizations like National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), PreventConnect, RAINN, 1 in 6, Feminist Campus and the CDC to find resources and ideas. Notably, NSVRC released a bystander intervention tips and strategies factsheet today to coincide with the report release.

Holly Kearl is the founder of Stop Street Harassment and the author of multiple books, reports and articles about sexual harassment. She works as a community manager for the Aspen Institute.

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In this week’s episode let us all say Solla Sollew because three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin swings by Shetler Studios to look back on a varied career that includes the Broadway productions of My Favorite Year, Seussical, Dirty Blonde, The Addams Family, Triumph of Love, Disaster, and the hit Disney television show Jessie.
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The Money Behind Winning a Grammy

Many have wondered if artists get paid for performing at the Grammy’s or if they take home extra cash after winning an award. Black Enterprise did a little digging  to find the answers.

Turns out that the Beyonces and Rihannas of the world who cash in millions for their world tours don’t get paid a cent when they grace the esteemed ceremony. They don’t get a check for winning either; but we’re sure those golden trophies could auction off for a hefty dollar amount should they ever need the funds.

The live event is far from a loss though. Forbes reports that performers and producers see a “‘Grammy Bounce’ of at least 55% in concert ticket sales and producer fees during the year following a Grammy win.” David Banner told the source that his producer fee jumped from $ 50,000 to $ 100,000 after his work on Lil Wayne’s single “Lollipop.”

Co-producer Jim Jonsin, who also worked with Beyonce, told DailyFinance.com that the rewards were “life-changing.” “If I really wanted to, I could charge a good 20% to 30% more. I didn’t raise my prices, though,” he said of his Grammy win. Before winning a Grammy, producers on average charge $ 30,000 to $ 50,000 per track. If you’re fortunate enough to snag an award, though, Jonsin says that the starting figure is in the $ 75,000 area and super-producers like Timbaland and Pharrell can demand twice that.

Thanks to the high-profile night, stars benefit in mainstream visibility and in their pockets too. After winning his first Grammy, “Bruno Mars’ average nightly gross swelled from $ 130,000 to $ 202,000 (+55%).” Esperanza Spalding went from $ 20,000 to $ 32,000 (+60%) and Taylor Swift jumped from $ 125,000 to $ 600,000 (+380%).

And because it would be so tasteless for Hollywood to send its multi-millionaire guests home empty handed, celebrities leave the occasion with a gift bag worth more than some people’s salaries. TorontoSun.com reports, “Gifts include Tiffany cat collars, Gibson guitars, trips to deserted islands, cashmere sweaters, teeth whitening products, jewelry, sunglasses and designer leather bags.” The very generous goodies in 2010 reportedly came to about $ 50,000 in value.

So, no, music’s superstars don’t walk away with a physical check in tow. The association to the Grammy’s, however, does fatten their wallets long after the special airs.

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Three Things to Know About Kehinde Wiley, the Artist Behind Barack Obama’s New Portrait

If you didn’t know artist Kehinde Wiley before, you will now: He’s the painter behind former President Barack Obama’s stunning official portrait, which was unveiled on Monday at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Not only did Obama become the first African-American president to have a portrait hang in the National Portrait Gallery, but Wiley became the first African-American artist to paint an official presidential portrait.

“It’s a huge responsibility,” Wiley told The Guardian in 2017. And though it may have been a humbling duty to paint former President Obama, the painting fits within Wiley’s cannon: bold and often colorful depictions of men (and recently) women of color in the style of Classical European portraiture—a style that has made him both celebrated and successful.

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Who is Kehinde Wiley?

Wiley was born South Central, Los Angeles in 1977, where he was raised by a single mother and was one of six siblings. His mother was a linguist, and he grew up surrounded by books. Wiley took his first art lesson at age 11, and at age 12, in 1989, Wiley was one of 50 American children who went to live in Russia at the Center for U.S./U.S.S.R. Initiatives. There, he studied art and Russian language. He eventually attended the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied art in graduate school at Yale.

He is based in New York, but has studios around the world in Beijing and West Africa, where his father is from.

Celebrities associated with Wiley—from Obama to Beyoncé.

Kehinde Wiley’s mainstay is “street casting.” He began painting young men and women from the streets of Harlem and painting them in their street clothing in the styles of old-world paintings; Wiley continues that practice around the world in places like the Congo, Morocco, Haiti and India.

Wiley has, however, painted famous faces prior to working with Obama. In 2009, Michael Jackson commissioned a portrait, which wasn’t painted until after the king of pop passed. He has also painted rappers LL Cool J and Ice-T, along with soccer royalty around the world.

And while he has not done a portrait of Beyoncé, some have mused that his work was an influence on her pregnancy photoshoot.

Where can you see Kehinde Wiley’s work?

Beyond the National Portrait Gallery, you can view Wiley’s art on display at museums around the country. He has paintings in the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. You can also scroll through his work on his Instagram.

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by Amy Sherald, an African-American artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. Michelle Obama’s portrait was also revealed to the public on Monday, and it will hang in the first floor of the National Portrait Gallery until November.


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The True Story Behind the Movie The 15:17 to Paris

On August 21, 2015, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, three childhood friends from Sacramento performed an extraordinary feat of heroism aboard a passenger train in France. In directing The 15:17 to Paris, the challenge for Clint Eastwood was to turn this relatively brief encounter into a compelling 90-minute narrative. To do so, he recruited those same three men, none of whom had any formal acting training, to play themselves on film.

Those heroes-turned-actors are Spencer Stone, a former U.S. Air Force Airman, Alek Skarlatos, a former Oregon National Guardsman, and Anthony Sadler, a senior at California State University at the time of the incident. On that August day, the trio was riding on a Thalys train headed towards the French capital when a man armed with an assault rifle and pistol opened fire, wounding a passenger. A struggle to restrain the gunman ensued, with Stone and Skarlatos instinctively deciding to charge at the assailant, and Sadler not far behind.

Despite several injuries, including a slashed neck and thumb for Stone, the three friends managed to overpower the gunman with the assistance of a British passenger. The four were hailed as international heroes and received various honors for their valor. The movie, the screenplay for which was adapted from the three men’s co-authored memoir of the same name, largely stays faithful to the story. Here’s where it sticks to the truth and the few facts with which it takes liberties.

Fact: The three men met as boys at a private Christian school.

Stone and Skarlatos both had some troublemaking tendencies growing up and could often be found shooting authentic-looking replica guns around their neighborhood for a paintball-like game called Airsoft. The boys’ mothers, also close friends, opted to enroll them in a Christian middle school, where they met Sadler and all became companions.

Fact: Stone didn’t qualify for the Air Force’s Pararescue troop because he lacked depth perception in his vision.

Not only did Stone fail to get into his dream unit after months of dedicated training, but he had to watch pararescuemen conduct their battlefield training in one of the base’s buildings next to his training facility. As the memoir puts it, “He was constantly confronted with his failure.”

Fact: In the days preceding the attack, Stone wondered whether the men might be destined for something significant.

In the film, Stone asks Sadler, “Do you ever feel like life is pushing us toward something, some greater purpose?” It may feel like fabricated dialogue, tailored for dramatic effect, but Stone really did express the sentiment aloud to his friend while they were perched on a roof in Italy.

Fiction: Lisa, who Stone and Sadler met in Venice, was from Los Angeles.

The filmmakers changed the hometown of the friend Stone and Sadler met while on a gondola in Venice. That decision was likely made to set up a conversation in which Sadler riffs on how uncanny it was that three Californians would meet on a boat in Italy — creating a more compelling reason for Lisa (played by Alisa Allapach) to travel alone with two strangers. But as Stone and Sadler describe in their book, “Lisa told them she was from New York, and that she’d been in Venice for a few days.”

Fact: The three friends considered not going to Paris.

Lisa really did attempt to put the men off from going to Paris. And she wasn’t the only one. Multiple people they encountered during their travels in Europe cautioned them that the City of Lights was overrated, including a woman they met in a Berlin hostel who said that “Paris is just really expensive” and that its residents were “actually kind of rude.” Based on these conversations, Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler were uncertain about visiting the French capital. They struggled to find a reason to leave Amsterdam — the city they most enjoyed during the trip. But ultimately, the trio opted to give Paris a shot, and the rest is history.

Fact: The Thalys train shooter changed in the bathroom prior to initiating his attack.

The assailant, 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, did not enter the train car wielding weapons while shirtless. He was in the restroom preparing for the attack and stepped out to find a 28-year-old French banker, who first engaged the gunman. Another passenger, the 51-year-old French-American Mark Magoolian, then succeeded in wrestling El Khazzani’s assault rifle from him, before, as shown in the movie, El Khazzani used a concealed pistol to shoot Magoolian in the back.

Fiction: Stone charged down the train car at the gunman before he knew the rifle was jammed.

In the movie, Stone decides to run down the narrow train aisle directly towards El Khazzani, who has just retrieved his Kalashnikov assault rifle. It’s a scene in which Stone, while hustling as fast as he can, basically looks like he expects to get shot. But according to Stone’s own description of the event to reporters days after the incident, it went down in a slightly different way.

“It looked like it was jammed or it wasn’t working, and he was trying to charge the weapon,” he told press gathered at the U.S. embassy in Paris. “Alek just hit me on the shoulder and said, ‘Let’s go.’”

Fact: The three friends’ hometown, Sacramento, threw them a parade to celebrate their heroism.

Although they had already received France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, as well as recognition on late-night talk shows and national media, the three childhood friends were given a heroes’ welcome upon their return to Sacramento. Approximately 10,000 people gathered, according to the mayor.

“I just want to say how overwhelming this all is,” Sadler said to a crowd at the time. “We’ve been all around the world these past couple weeks. But I just want you all to know, all the thanks we’ve received everywhere, it doesn’t feel anything in comparison to being in front of our home crowd like this.”


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It’s that time of year: the greatest “cat-letes” in the game are ready to go head-to-head on the field for Kitten Bowl V. Many of this year’s furry contenders for the National Championship of Feline Football trophy have been rescued from hurricane and flood ravaged lands and, like always, will be available for adoption through the North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. Kitten Bowl V will air on Feb. 4, 2018 on the Hallmark Channel.
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Here’s what’s behind the disputed four-page document and its potential fallout

The buildup is over, and the memo is out. So what does the newly released four-page document from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and his committee staff mean for the Russia investigation, key figures at the Justice Department and President Donald Trump?


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