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THE Love Island villa is the setting of 2018’s hottest show.

But where exactly is the luxury holiday home? Can you stay there and who many people does it sleep?

This year’s villa looks better than ever
This year the villa looks better than ever. It is located in Majorca
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Where is the Love Island 2018 villa?

The Love Island villa is located on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca (Mallorca), in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the East of the Island.

The villa is the same luxury location that last year’s contestants stayed in, but it’s been given an overhaul.

The famous hideaway has been given a makeover, meaning the stars will be tempted to spend more time in there away from the prying eyes of their co-stars.

The bedroom is decorated with bright blue and pink blankets and cushions, with giant, holiday-themed images on the walls.

Outside seating and day beds have been set up around the pool area, with sun loungers and an al-fresco bar set up for late-night drinks.

The villa also boasts an enormous pool, gym area and jacuzzi.

The round seating area complete with a fancy fire pit is still in place, along with the enormous open-plan kitchen and living room.

Staff have been busy for weeks setting up the hidden cameras and linking up the microphones to make sure every cough and spit is captured on screen.

The villa features an expansive infinity pool which looks out on the lush countryside
The villa features an expansive infinity pool which looks out on the lush countryside
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Majorca is the “sister” island to Ibiza and Menorca and flying time from the UK is about two and a half hours.

The island’s capital is Palma, known for it’s Gothic Santa Maria cathedral and beautiful bay.

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The luxury villa boasts a super-sized hot tub, infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and terrace.


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Jessica Knoll talks the explosion of #MeToo, the dangers of performed girl power, and her page-turning new book The Favorite Sister


Jessica Knoll talks the explosion of #MeToo, the dangers of performed girl power, and her page-turning new book <em>The Favorite Sister</em>

It would be tempting to call The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll a beach read. After all, it’s about a group of five women — Brett, Stephanie, Kelly, Lauren, and Jen — who are the stars of Goal Diggers, a reality TV show about young female entrepreneurs. It certainly has all the makings of a great beach read; the book opens with a murder and alternates between the past and the present, switching narrators as you slowly gather information and put the pieces together of what really happened. There are juicy secrets, dramatic catfights, and unexpected twists galore.

But while The Favorite Sister IS an A+ book to read on the beach, it provides so much more than just a few hours of entertainment. It’s a necessary commentary on the ways women can be emotionally abusive to each other. It will make you think twice about those people who rush to claim they support women in public, but act so differently in private. And that’s not to mention how it’ll make you rethink everything you thought you knew about reality TV.

In under 400 pages, Knoll tackles everything from money and ambition to race and sexuality. It’s a tall order, but she’s written an addicting novel about what happens when we want to celebrate women for being go-getters, yet punish them when they actually try to go and get.

I spoke with Knoll about The Favorite Sister and what it was like telling this story during the height of the #MeToo era. Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers ahead!

HelloGiggles: I’m sure you get this question a lot, but I have to ask: What’s your relationship with reality TV? Love it? Hate it? Fascinated by it? Somewhere in between?

Jessia Knoll: It’s a strong relationship. I’m not one of those people who thinks that reality TV is the death of intellectual culture, high art, or anything like that. [laughs] I think that we need to balance the light with the dark, and I don’t think anyone, particularly women, should ever feel guilty about consuming something that is maybe not the most thought-provoking material out there. I think we should feel free to enjoy what we enjoy and not feel like we have to apologize for that or make excuses for ourselves.

I’m a big fan of [reality TV], and I have been for some time. When I started working on my second book, I felt really tapped out in terms of material, because I had used so much of my own life in my first book. They were rerunning the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City, and I was watching it, and I was like, This is so rife with drama and tension. It occurred to me that this would be a great setting for my next novel, and that I know these women so well, and I know their relationships so well, that I could borrow a little bit from them.

HG: Reality TV is such a different viewing experience.

JK: I think it’s very interesting that it’s so manipulated, and yet we still call it reality TV. That turned out to be a very prescient medium given where we find ourselves today with the first reality TV president; the way people are simply able to say, That’s not true, it’s fake news. Like if you say it, it just becomes true. Facts don’t matter. To me, that is very much playing off the reality TV culture.

HG: It’s a culture where every little thing, whether us viewers realize it or not, comes from a place of manipulation.

JK: Right. Yes. These are people’s real reactions to being put in these very highly-orchestrated and manipulated scenarios.

HG: The five Goal Diggers each see the world very differently. They have such different approaches to business and ambition and success and being a strong woman. Can you talk a little bit about forming their world views, and how you balanced such distinct opinions?

JK: The whole trick of it was, the show itself is purporting to be this new model of reality TV that’s the new guard of millennial women. It’s going to portray strong women, empowered women, women who support each other and build each other up. And it’s supposed to be the fresh take on reality TV that we’ve never seen before. Because mostly we’re seeing women who maybe have fabulous lives, but the only reason they have those fabulous lives is because they’re funded by men, and they’re conniving and backstabbing and all of these things. So Goal Diggers is like, We are gonna set the new tone for reality TV. The intentions are pure, and it turns out that people don’t want to consume that kind of content; it’s not interesting to the viewer. So they — when I say “they,” I mean Jesse the creator, the producers, the editors, everybody involved — start to go against the ideals they espouse at the beginning of the show.

For me, Brett represented the show in what it is on the surface, and Stephanie represented what was actually going on behind the scenes. Brett was the one who was drinking the Kool-aid, who was buying what Jesse was selling. So at first, you’re like, Okay, I’m on Brett’s side, this is great, she’s supportive of other women, she’s cool, she’s body positive. Stephanie is the one who is problematic here. I liked the idea that your perspective on each of them would shift midway through the book, and that you would start to see that Brett and the model of the show are really just a facade, and that Stephanie is the one who is the truth cannon and really shining a light on what’s going on, which is the complete opposite of what the show is espousing.

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HG: Do you think America actually wants to see women succeed and support each other?

JK: I don’t know. You know, we’ve never done it. [laughs] It could be like an experiment. Let’s air a show about women who really like each other and support each other! I mean, listen: Conflict is interesting. No matter who is behind the conflict, conflict is interesting on screen. You need it on scripted shows; you need it on unscripted shows. It provides that drama that you need. I don’t know. [Goal Diggers] is my response to seeing people that I know and that I’ve worked with in the past really glom onto the explosion of #MeToo. And knowing that behind the scenes, how they are in their private lives does not align with this public persona that they’re putting out there as someone who is supportive of women. That hypocrisy drives me crazy. The show is kind of like my invention that gets into that disconnect between the way people present themselves in their public lives vs. what’s really going on in their private lives.

HG: At the end of the book, Kelly makes a comment about how she’s pushing a narrative that serves her and the show better than the truth does. Do you think people are stuck in this area between what we present vs. what life is really like?

JK: Yeah, I do. I think that’s true in not just the performance of feminism. I think that’s a very timely disease of the social media generation. We’re all guilty of presenting this image of ourselves on Instagram or Twitter. And often times, what’s really going on that we’re not captioning, that we’re not taking pictures of, is less glamorous, less funny, less exciting. Everybody has these boring and excruciating Tuesdays where you just can’t bring yourself to do the work that you need to do to get through the day. You’re dragging, you got in a fight with your significant other — you’re not going to put any of that stuff on social media. I think we know the dangers of fully buying into the hype that people put out there, because then it makes you feel worse about your own life. That’s all well-documented.

I do think that something that has emerged over the last year that I noticed, that I respond to in this book that seems like a subculture of that — I was blown away by some of the women I saw posting these inspirational memes about sisterhood and feminism, knowing how they treat other women. It really blew me away. I’m like, Do they know they’re being hypocritical? Or do they not realize that they mistreat other women? I don’t know. Obviously, in the book, Jesse is somewhat aware of the fact that she’s mistreating these women and underpaying them and letting them hang out to dry when they reach their expiration date. But I do think on some level, she buys into her own hype. And I do think that’s what’s going on with some of the real life examples I can think of. I think people do start to buy into their own hype.

HG: Your dedication at the very beginning of the book is intriguing: “For women who know that feeling.” Who are those women?

JK: That is a nod to the section where Stephanie’s talking about why she even signed up for this reality show, and how Jesse seduced her into it. She was sucked in and didn’t know how to get out of it alive. She didn’t know how to get out of it without really hurting her brand, really hurting the identity she created on the show. She starts talking about how when Jesse is unhappy with you, or when Jesse makes up her mind about someone and she’s not shining her light on you anymore, it’s this awful feeling.

That was born from a conversation I was having with someone about the book and being like, I’m writing a book about the way women can be really emotionally abusive to other women, and I’m scared to publish it in this era. We started sharing war stories about our respective female bosses. She was describing a scenario where she was left out of a really key social gathering that happened after work, and she was like, You know that feeling, when a woman has turned her back on you? And I was like, Yes, it is the worst. Your stomach just drops. And the way she said it, I was like, Women know this feeling. So that’s where the dedication came from.

HG: Ugh. Yes. I know that feeling.

JK: I’ve known the feeling for a long time. I’ve known it since middle school. You know, when girls decide they’re going to ostracize you. I think it’s a more painful feeling than being broken up with, than a guy breaking your heart. There’s something so specific about feeling betrayed by another woman that just cuts me to the core.

HG: You mentioned you were nervous about publishing The Favorite Sister in this era. What has the reaction been like?

JK: I was worried about it, and then I started thinking about it more. I started thinking about how I was gonna position the book when it came out. Something that occurred to me, that I think has occurred to other people as well, is the culture that breeds these men who violate women in all of these abhorrent ways also breeds this mistrust and competition and posturing among women. I don’t think that is something we are born with, I don’t think it’s a question of nature. I think we are nurtured to be like that. I think men pit women against each other. I think the culture pits women against each other.

After I made that connection, I started seeing it everywhere. I started seeing it on my TV, I started seeing it in conversations I had with other men. And I realized this is something that if we want to change, we have to recognize it. Because now, when I recognize it, whenever that starts happening, I’m like, Oh, hell no, and I change the channel. If it’s happening in a conversation with a guy, I refuse to rise to it, or I call it out. So I’m glad I did a little soul searching about that and worked that out for myself. I always want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

HG: How can we own being ambitious women?

JK: During one of the awards shows this past winter, there was an actress who got up and gave a speech about the #TimesUp movement, saying all of these necessary and really raw truths. And I got a text message from a guy friend, commenting negatively on her appearance. In the past, even though it would have made me uncomfortable, I wouldn’t want to have made this guy feel uncomfortable, so I would have engaged with it. And I looked at [the text], and I’m like, She’s up here talking about all the fucking women in this room who have been sexually assaulted and harassed and belittled and undermined and underpaid by these rich white dudes, and all you have to say is that she doesn’t look good?

That is so fucked up! No! So I didn’t say anything. And 24 hours later, he followed up and was like, I guess you didn’t like that. And I was like, Well, actually, I don’t like talking about women’s appearances when they’re saying something important and thoughtful. The focus shouldn’t be on their appearance, good or bad. I hate that so much. Writing this book made me more aware of how much of a focus there is on women’s appearances and how it does play into ambition. It really is a distraction to think about all the energy we waste worrying about how we look, what we eat. Men don’t feel like they have to look a certain way in order to get everything they want out of life. I just want the same for women.

Now, the new pressure — Stephanie obviously takes issue with this — is to look like you’re not wearing makeup. To look like you haven’t had your hair done. To look like you haven’t put any effort into your outfit. And it’s so exhausting, because all of that takes so much work, so much money, so much time. Or, if you’re not born with those genes, if you want to try and achieve that effect, it does require all of those things. Again, it’s a distraction. It’s like, Why do I want to waste my brain power and my energy on my appearance, when it could be on something that’s so much bigger and more meaningful?

HG: You write bravely about sensitive topics in both The Favorite Sister and your first novel, Luckiest Girl Alive. How do you find the courage to write so openly?

JK: There’s so much solitude involved in the act of writing. It’s a long, drawn-out process. So when you’re working on it, there’s a part of you that intellectually and logically knows that people are actually going to read this. [laughs] People who know you, and people who might suspect you’re writing about them — all of that is present in the back of your mind. But when you’re by yourself for hours and hours on end, day in and day out, the focus is not on that. You’re alone with yourself, you’re able to be honest with yourself.

It’s only after you’ve written it where I feel like the bravery comes in. To be like, Okay, I’m actually going to allow this to be published. Okay, I’m actually going to allow this to go out. When you’re actually doing it, you don’t really need to be brave. You need to give yourself permission to just write. Because otherwise, you’ll never get it done. It’s so hard to do anyway, and if you’re putting extra shackles on yourself, forget it. It’s just impossible. But the fear of exposure and feeling very vulnerable and having to go through with it anyway, that comes in later. That comes in when you’re closer to the actual publish date.

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HG: What are you reading right now? And what’s your favorite book that you’ve read this year?

JK: Right now I’m reading The Outsider by Stephen King. But my favorite book I’ve read this year is Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I just loved that. It was the first time in a while that I had read something about a horrific crime, but there was still so much compassion in how she wrote. I found that to be such a refreshing combination. It really made me think, as a writer, about the kind of writer that I want to be. I love books that simultaneously entertain me and inspire me to be better.

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Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign


Here’s what book to read this summer based on your zodiac sign

Now that we’ve officially kicked off summer solstice, it’s time to get back to our fave summer activities, like reading just for the pure bliss of it. One of the very best parts of summer is finding that perfect summer read to bring with you to the beach or on vacation to while away the lazy hazy hours.

Of course, with so many amazing titles out there, the hardest part is choosing which book is best for you. This is why you might want to turn to the stars and let your zodiac sign nudge you to the right section of the bookstore.

The suggestions below are a beautiful mix of fiction and non-fiction that will undoubtedly speak to the soul of both your inner bookworm and your zodiac sign. And with Cancer season starting this week, this is the perfect time to emulate the homebody crab and curl up with a good book.

Here’s the best summer book for you, according to your zodiac sign.

CANCER

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William Morrow Paperbacks

Being the sensitive and romantic soul you are, Cancer, you don’t mind a good cry. And though you’re an innate homebody, you do long for a grand adventure in someplace new. You’ll love Julia Whelan’s My Oxford Year, a romantic novel set in Oxford, England about an American student named Ella who must choose between her career aspirations and a new love. (Or does she?) Swoon.

LEO

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Hogarth Press

As the lioness of the zodiac, you’re bold, different, and you’re not afraid of a little eroticism. You’ll want to pick up The Pisces by Melissa Broder, which embodies all that you crave. While it might not be titled “The Leo,” you’ll still love this story about romantic obsession between an academic and a…merman. Yes, really.

VIRGO

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Dial Books

What most people don’t realize about you is how deep you can get, Virgo. You love exploring philosophical thoughts and getting in tune with the spiritual side of life. A good place to start with your spiritual quest would be This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga by Mariam Gates. Plus, you’ll love the illustrations by Lilly VanderPloeg.

LIBRA

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G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Nobody loves a good old fashioned romance like you, Libra. And if it involves beautiful backdrops and exquisite fashion? Well, then you’re pretty much already infatuated. Which is why you’ll fall head over heels for Melissa de la Cruz’s Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story, the sequel the bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story about the romance between a young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.

SCORPIO

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Bloomsbury USA

For the moody and erotic Scorpio, a thrilling love story with elements of intrigue and mystery is right up your alley. You’ll gravitate toward Adrienne Celt’s Invitation to a Bonfire about a young Russian working-class orphan who gets caught up in a love triangle with her American professor and his brilliant wife.

SAGITTARIUS

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Knopf

You love a good adventure, Sag, especially those which take you to unexplored places where you can tap into new parts of yourself. You’ll fall in love with Kamin Mohammadi’s Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way, her memoir on moving to Florence and finding love (and self-love) in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

CAPRICORN

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Atria Books

As the practical and ambitious sign of the zodiac, Capricorns appreciate what it means to get ahead in this world. Seriously loyal and just and fair, you’re also not afraid to fight for what’s right. Enter Frederik Backman’s Us Against You, the sequel to his best-selling Beartown, about the lengths a community will go to preserve their reputations.

AQUARIUS

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Workman Publishing Company

Ultra-intellectual and always seeking the uniqueness in life, Aquarians love to be creatively challenged and stimulated as much as possible. No doubt you’ll want to pick up Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst’s 50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life: Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper, a step-by-step instruction guide on the art of drawing.

PISCES

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Pamela Dorman Books

You’re a deep feeling soul, Pisces, who actually likes to feel feelings and get lost in the dramas of other peoples’ lives for a change. No shame. You’ll fall hard for Catherine Isaac’s You Me Everything, which depicts one family’s life-changing summer in the French countryside that’s filled with joy, love, and, yes, feels.

ARIES

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Touchstone

The leader of the zodiac, Aries, you like to stand up and speak up for what you believe in. Which is why you’ll feel inspired and empowered by Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards. Get ready to unleash your #girlboss prowess like never before.

TAURUS

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Doubleday

You’re filled with desire, Taurus, and you’re a true sensualist in every sense of the word with a penchant for the luxe life. Which is why you’ll get sucked into Tara Isabella Burton’s debut thriller Social Creature, a seductive tale splashed amidst the glitz and glam of NYC.

GEMINI

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Little, Brown and Company

Known for your quick wit and intelligence, Geminis love a good non-fiction yarn that informs, entertains, and makes sense of their world. This pretty much sums up And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready, Meghan O’Connell’s funny-yet-relatable account on becoming a mother for the first time. P.S. You don’t need to be a mom to enjoy it!

There you have it, bbs. Grab your fave book and have yourself a good read. You deserve it!

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Bill Gates Loves This Book So Much That He’s Giving It Away to 2018 Grads


The world probably isn’t as bad as you think it is — and that’s exactly what Bill Gates wants you to understand.

That’s why Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft, is giving away a copy of Hans Rosling’s book, “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think,” for free to every spring 2018 college graduate.

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Gates has talked about his love of reading on multiple occasions. In fact, he even has a section devoted to his favorite reads on his blog.

A few months ago while answering questions on an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit, Gates explained that while he loves to read, he doesn’t always have as much time to devote to the hobby as he’d like. However, when asked about the best book he’s read in 2018, Gates did have a couple of favorites to note.

“There are two amazing books,” Gates wrote in his reply. “They are both very readable and explain that the world is getting better.”

One of the books was “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress” by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker. The other was Rosling’s “Factfulness.”

Factfulness

The book wasn’t scheduled to be released until April 3, but Gates got ahold of an early copy.

Rosling, a Swedish statistician and doctor who was known for his TED Talks died last year of pancreatic cancer. In January of 2017, he described “Factfulness” as “my last battle in my lifelong mission to fight devastating ignorance.”

According to Gapminder, Rosling’s foundation, “Factfulness” is the “stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.” The book offers an explanation for why our society is so insistent on presenting incorrect “facts” as truth and looks at the 10 instincts that distort our perspective on the world — including how we view progress, the way we consume media and our tendency to view the world with an “us vs. them” mentality.

On his blog, Gates posted a quote from the book, adding that he hopes students take Rosling’s advice to heart and earn to think and act “factfully.”

Then, he offered 2018 grads a gift.

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“If you’re getting a degree from a U.S. college this spring, I have a present for you,” Gates wrote on June 5.

(Spoiler alert: It’s a book.)

The book, Gates says, is “packed with advice about how to see the world clearly.”

“Although I think everyone should read it,” he continues, “it has especially useful insights for anyone who’s making the leap out of college and into the next phase of life.”

And that’s why, he explains, he’s gifting a copy to every person who’s receiving (or has received) a degree from a U.S. college or university in spring 2018.

If you are a spring 2018 recipient of an associate’s, bachelor’s or post-graduate degree, you can head to Gates’ site to download your free copy of the e-book.

(Because of international publishing rights, however, only students in the U.S. can receive the free e-book download.)

To get your copy, you’ll have to create a “Gates Notes” account using your Twitter, Facebook or email address. Then, you’ll put in your school’s name and hit the download e-book button.

Once your status as a 2018 graduate is confirmed, you’ll receive a downloadable copy of the e-book.

Then you can get to reading and start seeing the good in the world again. We promise, it’s not as scary out here as it seems.

Congrats, grad!

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Oprah’s Latest Book Club Pick Is a Prison Memoir Written by a Wrongfully Convicted Man

(NEW YORK) — Anthony Ray Hinton, wrongly imprisoned for nearly 30 years, can hardly believe how his luck has changed.

Hinton’s memoir, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” is Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick, a dream for virtually any writer and beyond the imagination for a man who was once confined to a 5-by-7-foot cell. Tuesday’s announcement comes three years after Hinton’s release from Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, Alabama. He had been convicted for two 1985 murders in Birmingham, where he still lives.

Hinton, during a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press, called Winfrey’s endorsement “the second biggest surprise” of his life.

“The biggest surprise was being charged with a crime I didn’t commit.”

Published in March, Hinton’s book tells of his conviction for killing two fast-food restaurant workers during separate robberies, and his decades spent on death row. His efforts to overturn the conviction reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2014 unanimously ruled he had been denied a fair trial. Hinton was freed after new ballistics tests contradicted the only evidence — an analysis of crime-scene bullets — that connected Hinton to the slayings. When he finally got out, the words he spoke to loved ones greeting him — “The sun does shine” — became his memoir’s title.

Hinton, 61, likened himself to Job as a man who lost everything, but eventually saw his life restored. Speaking of his time in jail, he said, “Every day was hell, every night was hell, every waking moment was hell.” But upon leaving, “The sun was shining brighter than I could ever remember it shining.”

Hinton’s legal case was taken on by the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative and its director, Bryan Stevenson, whose 2014 book “Just Mercy” is considered essential reading about the criminal justice system. Stevenson provided the foreword to “The Sun Does Shine,” which Hinton wrote with Lara Love Hardin. Her other credits include co-writing “The Book of Forgiving” with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.

In a promotional video released Tuesday, Winfrey noted that most of her picks over the past 20 years have been works of fiction. But she said “The Sun Does Shine” was a worthy exception.

“This story reads like an epic novel and it is all true,” Winfrey said. “You will, throughout the book, try to imagine yourself — falsely accused, and in a 5-by-7 cell for 30 years. He is a remarkable storyteller and when you read it you’ll be swept away.”

Winfrey’s interview with Hinton will air Sunday on her OWN network. Her “O” magazine will highlight “The Sun Does Shine” in its July issue. Winfrey has turned dozens of books into best-sellers, whether older works such as John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” or contemporary novels such as Jane Hamilton’s “A Map of the World.”

In February, Winfrey chose a novel that also focuses on a man jailed for a crime he didn’t commit, Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage.”


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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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No matter how intent your kids are on staying outdoors this summer, there are going to be rainy days.

And now that I’m thinking about it, in today’s screen-mediated world, maybe it’s a challenge to get your kids to go outside in the first place.

Either way, there will be summer days when kids populate your couch. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a book in their hands instead of your phone?

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The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is back for the 22nd year in a row. That means children in grades one through six will once again have the chance to earn free books.

All your kids have to do is read any eight books this summer and record them in this Summer Reading Journal.

Then, help them bring it to your local Barnes & Noble, where they’ll choose from a selection of free books, divided by grade level.

This is not a ploy to get subpar books off the shelves — these are titles you and your kids actually want in your collection. I mean, Judy Moody!

The program runs from May 15 to Sept. 3. Be sure to check with your neighborhood location to make sure it’s participating.

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ROLLING DOWN ROUTE 66: Louis Vuitton celebrated the launch of “Route 66” in Chicago last Thursday, one of four new titles within its Travel Book series that features the artwork of Thomas Ott.
The 152-page hardcover book traces the graphic artist’s journey along the historic route through a series of black-and-white illustrations, created using a knife and coated scratchboard. Ott is now taking the book on the road again, literally, making a stop in Santa Fe and concluding his book tour at the Louis Vuitton store in Santa Monica on Thursday.
The Zurich-based artist chose Route 66 as the focus for the book. “At first they wanted to send me to Shanghai or Beijing, but I figured out that too much architecture doesn’t inspire me,” Ott said. “I am very happy they agreed about Route 66, even though they said it’s not our main destination.”
In June 2015, Ott and a friend began the journey in a new Dodge Charger. It wasn’t the vintage Ford Mustang convertible he envisioned, but this one proved more comfortable in the end, as it had AC.
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Book publishing—like many commercial industries—is inherently a gamble. You can pick your favorite spec manuscripts, think the author behind it is brilliant, spend gobs of money on marketing, and still your latest offering can bomb.

Unknown debuts can turn into unexpected blockbusters overnight, and seasoned hitmakers can produce a surprising dud mid-career. Every green-lit project has an air of risk, expectation, and mystery surrounding it.

Take Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Now considered one of the greatest novels ever written, the book initially received mixed reviews only to fall into obscurity by the end of Melville’s life.

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Amazon isn’t letting Donald Trump trolls mire former FBI director James Comey’s new book in negative one-star reviews.

The online retailer has placed limits on customer reviews of Comey’s tell-all, Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. In order to share your thoughts you’ll need to be a “verified buyer,” i.e. someone who has actually purchased the book.

The limitation was first spotted by Deadline, but it’s an easy enough thing for anyone to confirm. 

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Interest in James Comey’s upcoming book is through the roof, and President Donald Trump’s blistering Twitter attacks against his former FBI directly this past week likely are only stoking anticipation for the memoir.

Comey’s A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, which will be released on Tuesday, is already due to be one of the biggest political books of the year.

Macmillan, the book’s publisher, has ordered 850,000 copies to meet the expected demand. To compare, Michael Wolff’s sleeper hit Fire and Fury‘s first print run was only 150,000 copies. Macmillan president Don Weisberg told CNNMoney that A Higher Loyalty is the largest first printing the publishing house has done so far this year.

And if the success of Fire and Fury–and the preorder numbers for A Higher Loyalty–are any indication, Comey’s book will be a bestseller. Since its first print, more than two million copies of Fire and Fury have been sold. For its part, A Higher Loyalty has already pre-sold close to 200,000 copies and is at the top of Amazon’s best sellers list.

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Is Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ as Sexist and Godawful as the Book?

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Late last year, I surmised that Ready Player One might be the most difficult project of Steven Spielberg’s career—not because the director wasn’t capable of crafting high-flying popcorn extravaganzas, but because his source material, Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel, was subpar. Okay, I went a bit further than that, calling it “a terribly written piece of adolescent fantasy that, at heart, exemplifies everything wrong and repellent about modern nerd culture.”

I stand by that assessment of both the book and the task laid before Spielberg. And having now seen the film, I can say that—with all due respect to my esteemed editor—the illustrious director has failed to meet that challenge, scarcely improving upon the many fundamental shortcomings of Cline’s work.

To be sure, Spielberg remains a master of staging coherent and thrilling action set pieces, and his empathy for underdog outsiders is as strong and genuine as always. Yet despite removing some of his story’s most off-putting elements, his adaptation stands as a one-note celebration of pop-culture nostalgia, concerned only with commending its audience for their love of Batman, Child’s Play, The Iron Giant and countless other cartoons, video games and movies. It’s all blind, superficial adoration devoid of the very sort of adult perspective it so desperately requires.

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The Outnet.com and Ground Floor Project Unveil Posturing Book

FASHION BOOK: The Outnet and Ground Floor Project — an initiative that hosts exhibitions and commissions artwork and books — plan to launch a book that delves into the relationship between clothing and the body.
“Posturing” is a 192-page hardcover published by Self Publish, Be Happy, a company that helps young photographers and self-publishers. It features images from a London exhibition curated by Holly Hay and Shonagh Marshall of Ground Floor Project and will be released on April 5. Priced at 25 pounds, it will be sold on Theoutnet.com.
There are interviews conducted by Marshall, Emma Wyman, Joyce Ng, Marton Perlaki, Brianna Capozzi, Charlie Engman and Georgina Pragnell exploring their mind-set and ideals in terms of clothing and the body.
“Posturing defines a new movement within fashion photography where there is a new approach to posing the body,” Marshall said. “The layout, order and positioning of the photographs within the first half of the book highlights funny and extreme positions the body is placed in as a product of a collaborative conversation between photographer, stylist, commissioner, set designer and the magazine. These voices are captured in the second half of the book, which includes 10 interviews with the most important voices from this movement,

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John Oliver Opens Up About His Gay Bunny Book Outselling ‘Homophobe’ Mike Pence’s

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When John Oliver announced the release of his own parody version of a new children’s book about the Pence family’s pet bunny, Marlon Bundo, even he didn’t think it would reach the top of Amazon’s best-seller list in the first 24 hours. And yet there it sits, ahead of not just Charlotte Pence’s book but also James Comey’s new memoir.

“I have no beef with his bunny,” Oliver told Seth Meyers on a victory lap of sorts Tuesday night. “The beef comes in regarding Michael Pence, who has a history of, let’s say, homophobic views.” He then added, “I just sounded like I was talking around it, but I was actually just saying the word of the thing that he emphatically is: a homophobe.”

When Meyers brought up the overwhelming success of the book, the proceeds of which are going to charities that benefit LGBTQ youth and AIDS research, Oliver revealed that just before the Late Night taping, he had received the latest sales numbers. “I’m sure HBO would find it absolutely hilarious they’re getting no money out of this,” he said.

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Charlotte Pence Is Surprisingly Cool With John Oliver Trolling Her Bunny Book

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As of Tuesday morning, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is still out-selling Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President by Charlotte Pence on Amazon’s best-seller list. And the vice president’s daughter seems totally chill about it.

Charlotte and her mother Karen Pence were on Fox Business Network with Maria Bartiromo to promote their new book when the host casually brought up the fact that Oliver’s parody book about a gay bunny—revealed on his HBO show Sunday night—had just knocked James Comey’s upcoming memoir off of Amazon’s top spot.

“I mean, I think you know, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way,” Charlotte said. “But also, in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind. We have two books giving to charities that are about bunnies so I’m all for it really.”

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Black Panther’s Dora Milaje are Getting Comic Book Spin-Off

The Dora Milaje the female warriors who serve and protect the Wakanda kingdom and T’Challa are finally getting a comic book spinoff. Marvel editor Wil Moss announced on Friday that the elite force would appear in a collection of one-shot comics Wakanda Forever.

Nnedi Okorafor will write the comics. In an interview with Vogue Okorafor said of the female protectors, “Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him. Now you’re going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”

Alberto Alburquerque will do the art. The comics will follow Okoye, Ayo, Aneka and the Dora Milaje as their stories move through Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men. The first issue will see the ladies head to New York with Peter Parker to “investigate a threat to national security.”

In a moment Okorafor said was “coming for a long time,” the first issue arrives in June, followed by X-Men: Wakanda Forever in July and Avengers: Wakanda Forever in August.

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Gabrielle Union Says Writing Book Was Therapeutic

 

Gabrielle Union says opening up about her sexual assault and divorce in her recent memoir has been healing.

The actress got candid about her failed marriage to former NFL player Chris Howard and recounted being raped  in her book We’re Going to Need More Wine, which was released in October.

 

“Writing my book, was therapeutic…whether I was talking about sexual assault, failed marriages or finding joy in being my authentic self,” she told Good Housekeeping magazine. “Acknowledging you’re in pain is the first step, and then seeking help. The online community is full of people going through the exact same thing you are.”

The actress, who has been open about being attacked and raped at the age of 19, has become part of the Time’s Up movement, which aims to combat sexual harassment, gender inequality and discrimination.

 

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“I feel a responsibility to be a decent human being to everyone and accountable for my actions,” she said, explaining her involvement in various women’s charities. “I want to leave every room I enter brighter than how I found it.”

In addition to her activism and acting roles, she also has her own hair care brand Flawless and a clothing line with New York & Company, which was influenced by style she sees on the street and on Instagram.

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The 1 Book You Should Read About Money, According to NFL Star and Entrepreneur Richard Sherman

Over the last several years, NFL star Richard Sherman has been rather forward-thinking about his finances. He became an early adopter of cryptocurrency when he started accepting Bitcoin on his website for merchandise, and he recently told MONEY that he saves 60% of every paycheck he gets.

So where did this inspiration come from? Sherman says the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki changed his outlook on money.

“It was the book that opened my eyes to the way money really works,” he told MONEY. “It blew me away.”

Sherman says he first read the book about 10 years ago, when he was a student at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he played football on a scholarship. He grew up in Compton, California, and says getting to Stanford was a bit of a culture shock; he didn’t have the financial resources many other students had.

“As a kid, it was so ridiculous how I saw money, how my parents saw money, how my family saw money,” he says. “My parents were $ 40,000 in debt their entire lives. They went bankrupt twice. It was crazy. They’d get their taxes back and spend it all on gifts, things they wanted, trying to pay the cars off. Getting into more debt. But [the book] changed my perspective.”

Released in 1997, Rich Dad Poor Dad was a massive bestseller, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide in the last two decades. One of its main arguments is that the public school system does nothing to teach kids about money and finances, and instead, street smarts is more of an asset for wealth building. Some, like Sherman, praise it. Some are critical of its premise and the advice within, arguing that Kiyosaki is just another salesman trying to make a quick buck.

Regardless, it seems to have worked for Sherman, who is the highest paid cornerback in the NFL — his most recent contract has him earning a guaranteed $ 40 million over 4 years.

“When I was growing up, nobody gave me the book on how to invest in stocks, how to invest in real estate,” he says. “I was naive to everything. I think nowadays, players are more informed because it’s so much more accessible.”

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Remember When We Were Sidekicks? – BLACK PANTHER and COMIC BOOK POLITICS

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This isn’t so much a review as a reflection. It’s well documented how I feel about Black Panther. I pushed for Black Panther’s inclusion in the Avengers years ago. In April 2013, I wrote “It’s Time For Black Panther On The Big Screen.” If you’re just tuning in, you can look back through my archives for my previous Panther posts. Here’s Cary Darling’s Houston Chronicle article I was featured in “Houston fans are pumped for ‘Black Panther’ superhero movie with virtually all-African-American cast

Well, I saw it.

Black Panther was one of the best movie experiences of my life.

First, this film isn’t “homework.” Typically, movies featuring a black cast feel as if they need to instruct audiences about the ills of society past and present. Black creatives know we may never have the media mic again, so we don’t waste any moments. In my humble opinion, you’re grown, and it’s unrealistic to burden a mainstream movie with responsibility to make you a better person. That cake is baked. The only hope for a better tomorrow lies within the children. Which is why the stories they see and hear about heroic people that look like them, and don’t, are vital. Blissfully, there are no sermons in Black Panther. White colonizers never even knew the technocratic marvel of Wakanda existed, so Wakandan society flourished atop a mountain of the most precious metal on earth, unmolested.

But, to director Ryan Coogler’s and Marvel Studios’ credit, Black Panther doesn’t shy away one iota from speaking truth to power about the broader consequences of isolationism, classism or societal injustice. Thematically, the tone of the film is a tasty gumbo of an Aesop fable and James Bond political pot-boiler with a side of Game of Thrones court intrigue and a dash of hot sauce. The strongest nations throughout history learn the greatest threats are not from without but within; Wakanda is no different. No one can escape the consequences of the choices they’ve made, whomever you are, from a lowly orphan to a mighty King, to a nation of millions, as Malcom X said famously, “Your chickens will always come home to roost.”

There has been some buzz by angry white fanboys with absurd notions regarding Black Panther. They’ve declared comic book characters or stories must somehow be “apolitical”. And that the political agenda surrounding this film makes them “uncomfortable.”  (Aw, pobrecito!)

However, black folks continue to celebrate the creative, cultural and financial success of the only big budget comic book movie featuring a black cast and crew undeterred.

The tone-deaf reaction of some can be expected. Wonder Woman debuted to similar trolling about sexism (against men) and uproars about Alamo Drafthouse Theaters’ woman-only screeings. Racism, sexism and pop culture fandom aren’t mutually exclusive, in fact, any female, non-gender specific person, Bleek, cosplayer, collector, or actor of color can relay incidences of racism, sexisim or homophobia they’ve encountered. This harassment both online; like John Boyega for the crime of being a black stormtrooper in “The Force Awakens” or at cons where “Cosplay is not Consent” has to be repeatedly drummed into grabby Comic Con attendees.

I’ve been trolled by white men I don’t know from Adam with the caucasity to tell me I had “no right to speak about Black Panther because I’m not a real comic book fan.”  Now, not liking or even hating Black Panther doesn’t make you a racist. Telling me I can’t love it does. And using the fig leaf of “political agendas have no place in Comic Book Movies” to hide your bigotry only exposes your own political agenda.

As hard as it may be for you to believe, Jimothy, this movie isn’t about you…

White Supremacy is a Hell of a Drug

In his Forbes’ article chronicling Black Panther’s unprecedented success, Scott Mendelson (a white guy so you can trust him, Jimothy) titled “Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Crushes Conventional Wisdom With Record $ 218M Debut” had this to say regarding Black Panther:

This isn’t just a blow to conventional wisdom about minority-led blockbusters, it’s a blow to conventional wisdom concerning the MCU. One of their more outside-the-box offerings, one of their most director-driven films and one of their most overtly political pictures yet, one that plays more like a drama than an action spectacular, is now on pace to be one of their very biggest movies. Like Pixar, I hope the MCU is realizing that its (stereotypically) riskiest bets turn out to be their biggest wins. Playing it safe is no longer the safe choice.”

Let’s talk a little about “politics in comics” before we move forward. Because this will come up more often as women, blacks, Asians, non-binary folks and others underserved in the pop media landscape take the lead on both sides of the camera and all phases of production in Hollywood. Let’s look at an example of how political thought not only has always been a part of comics, it grounds the greatest heroes and drives the best stories.

Captain America was created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, his first appearance was Captain America Comics #1 published in 1941 by Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics. Captain America was designed as a patriotic supersoldier who fought the Axis powers of World War II and was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the wartime period. Steve Rogers, “the skinny kid from Brooklyn” that became America’s enduring champion and the “First Avenger” in Marvels MCU, was 4F but wanted desperately to serve his country like his only childhood friend Sgt. Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. Steve endured bullying with courage and tenacity, he knew what it meant to be powerless, which is why Dr. Erskine, the lead scientist of the super soldier program, believed Rogers was the ideal candidate.

Dr. Abraham Erskine: The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So, good becomes great. Bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.
Steve Rogers: Thanks. I think.
Dr. Abraham Erskine: [he pours two drinks] Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.”

Rogers, now a super soldier, dressed in red white & blue named Captain America quit touring with the USO selling war bonds, went to the front lines and punched Nazis in the face on a daily basis.

That’s a political statement.

It’s endemic to who he is. Rogers believes in, if not America as it is, the aspirational ideal of what America SHOULD be for all her people. He’s such a patriot, once he leaned the truth about what the American government was doing in our name? He helped take down SHIELD, fought Iron Man, and became a fugitive from justice. Can you separate Captain America’s political views or core beliefs about freedom and justice from his character?

Of course not. Nor should you. That’s WHY we love Captain America. It’s what makes him a hero.

-Amnestic fanboys must have forgotten political stances made in The Avengers and all three Captain America Movies. SHIELD/HYDRA. Steve Rogers RAFT breakout after Civil War. The Sakovia Accords; UN oversight of “enhanced” individuals that split the Avengers. The political asylum granted by Wakanda. The entire X-Men comic run since Mutants were allegories of blacks during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960’s. MUTANT REGISTRATION ACT. TRASK Sentinel Program. The Legacy Virus that decimated fictional mutants concurrently during President Reagan’s silence on the spread of HIV in the 90’s that cost millions of real people their lives. Or, the second episode of Superfriends that spoke out against man-made climate change and promoted ocean conservation in the 1970’s.

I could go on.

Decades of the politics of the day driving comic book stories that no one cared about, that is, when blacks were sidekicks. This changed last Thursday.

Black Panther is a movie about the heir to the throne of a fictional African nation who wears the hereditary mantle of both monarch and protector of his realm “The Black Panther.” Is it possible to ignore or separate his blackness and his unique Afrocentric culture or world view from this character? Should every narrative he’s a part of ignore the plight of black people that do not enjoy the privilege of Wakandan citizenship?

Of course not.

One of the most powerful Black Panther comic book stories was the Jungle Action series of the seventies featuring Black Panther vs. The Ku Klux Klan. How do you de-politicize a black king taking on the the Klan? Why should we even want to? Like Cap’s political stance and core beliefs, Black Panther’s ethnicity & culture are central to his narrative and endemic to the character.

Black Panther is a powerful, resonant, self-reflective exercise that pays homage to both the source material and the African diaspora. It represents with unconditional love, deep respect, unique style, and an effortless flourish, yet still remembers to be a hell of a good time at the movies!

Black Panther was more than I could possibly ask for and one of the best examples of what a comic book movie can be. Period.

#wakandaforever

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from a longer piece. Read the article in its entirety at The Good Men Project 

 

 

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JAY-Z’s 4:44 Inspires Personal Finance Book to Build Black Wealth

In addition to revealing raw emotion and intimate revelations about his family, Jay-Z packed his critically acclaimed 13th studio album, 4:44, with inspirational gems about economic empowerment. Ash Exantus, a financial expert and author popularly known as “Ash Cash,” has transformed the lessons in financial literacy from the album into a new book titled The Wake Up Call: Financial Inspiration Learned from 4:44 + A Step by Step Guide on How to Implement Each Financial Principle.

In the book, Exantus decodes the messages and offers readers a blueprint on credit management, entrepreneurship, collective economics, and smart investments. The overall purpose of the book is to empower the African American community to manage money more effectively and build generational wealth.

In the following excerpt, Exantus explains the correlation between financial freedom as a means to fight systemic racism and build political capital and power.

When Jay says Financial Freedom is our only hope he is not exaggerating. Even before #45 took office we began to see a resurgence of racism. Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Kalief Browder and the countless other injustices are examples of what happens when our collective power is not respected. When there is no real consequence for injustice then we are simply begging for mercy, and no one respects a beggar! The truth of the matter is that money is power! Those who control the money, control everything else… Politics, Schools, Business, Police, Community and everything else in between.

 

Just to be clear racism isn’t what the dictionary and the media want you to believe it is; which is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. The true definition of racism (as stated by Dr. Claude Anderson in his powerful book #Powernomics) is when one group holds a disproportionate share of wealth and power over another group then uses those resources to marginalize, exploit, exclude and subordinate the weaker group. That’s why when you turn on the television it seems like African-Americans are losing every-day! Because of systemic and institutionalized racism!

 

Without getting too deep into the history of black economics, we must realize that most Blacks have only been able to create ‘real’ wealth and financial freedom for the last 50 years – slavery lasted 223 years from 1640-1863, then reconstruction and Jim Crow laws lasted 102 years from 1863-1965. It wasn’t until the post-civil rights era that we began to see the tides change. And to be clear most of this was LEGAL and sanctioned by the government. For a more in depth look at the government’s involvement in wealth disparities and inequities please read “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein.

 

I can go on and on about how we got here but 4:44 is the first step in making things right. A recent report titled “The Road to Zero Wealth,” looks at the past 30 years of wealth accumulation across racial lines, as well as what the future will bring if current trends continue; it comes to the conclusion that by 2053, just 10 years after the country is projected to become majority non-white, black median families will own zero wealth and twenty years later, Latino median families will follow suit. White median families will continue to own six figures. The key words here are “If current trends continue!” That’s why it’s imperative that we get our collective economic lives together!

 

The following lessons in this book will give you a step by step guide on how to begin to create financial freedom for you, your family, and community. This is probably not the first or last time we will have this conversation and I can assure you that we have a steep mountain to climb, but if we all get on the same page then we can tip the scale and reach the mountain top faster.

 

You will learn about credit; what it is, how it works and how you can use it to build wealth. There is a step by step guide on how to buy real estate and the power it holds in the wealth creation process. We discuss appreciation and depreciation and how to spend your money wisely. We discuss starting a business, and creating multiple streams of income. We tackle spirituality and discuss how “This Spiritual S#@t Really Works” especially when it comes to your finances. You will learn about the importance of cooperative economics, how to pass down wealth to the next generation, and how to protect your ASSets through insurance, wills and trusts. This guide will give you the jump start needed to right the wrongs of economic inequality.

Check out Ash Cash’s personal finance book here.

 

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When it launched late last year, Microsoft’s flagship Surface Book 2 started at $ 1,499. That might not raise any eyebrows among people who have bought a MacBook before, but Windows laptops don’t normally command that kind of premium, magical hybrid design or not.

So it’s probably not a great sign that Microsoft is introducing a lower-priced version of the Surface Book 2 with less storage. The new entry-level Surface Book costs $ 1,199 and comes with 128GB of storage, compared to the 256GB in the $ 1,499 version.

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Full SPOILERS follow for Black Lightning: “LaWanda: The Book of Burial.”

Black Lightning is not functioning like a normal CW superhero show. Instead of placing the majority of the attention on characters with the fancy suits and impressive abilities, the writers have made a conscious effort to spotlight the everyday citizens of Freeland, like LaWanda and Reverend Jeremiah Holt.

Black Lightning might even consider changing its name to “The Heroes of Freeland” — it’s not as catchy from a marketing standpoint, but it’s an accurate assessment of the series. The central theme of this episode (and the season so far) is what do you do in the face of adversity when your heroes have gone? It’s a compelling narrative due to the way the writers have developed their secondary characters.

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THROUGH A LENS: Guests including Stella Tennant, Mariacarla Boscono, Peter Lindbergh and Julie d’Ys were among the industry figures who dropped in at Paris bookstore Galignani to pick up an advance copy of Paolo Roversi’s new book of photographs of outfits by the house of Christian Dior.
Since the early Nineties, the Italian photographer had shot creations by successive Dior creative directors Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri for publications including Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris and W magazine.
For “Paolo Roversi: Dior Images,” due to be published by Rizzoli on Feb. 20, he teamed with stylist Grace Coddington to shoot designs from the Dior Heritage archives. Coddington styled creations by founder Christian Dior on models Lineisy Montero, Tami Williams and Noémie Abigail, imbuing them with a modern attitude.
“They are not modern; they are completely timeless,” Roversi said at the signing, held on Wednesday night to coincide with Paris Couture Week. “They are so beautiful, these clothes, it’s not a question of time. They cross time, and you put them on contemporary beautiful girls and it works. I was surprised myself how well they work.”
He also got to shoot outfits by Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Bohan in sessions

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Lupita Nyong’o To Publish Children’s Book Celebrating Color

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is writing a children’s book that’s slated to drop in 2019.

The New York Times reports the 12 Years A Slave actress will title the book Sulwe which means star. The word comes from her native language Luo.  The book will be catered to kids between the ages of 5 and 7.

The book will tell the story of 5-year-old Sulwe growing up in Kenya . Sulwe has the darkest skin out of everyone in her family, which causes her to find a way to lighten her skin so she doesn’t stand out.

Throughout the book Sulwe goes on an adventure that helps her along with advice from her mother discover the beauty she’s always had.

This book deals with the harsh but ever present issue that faces so many kids today. This story is near to Nyong’o’s heart because she experienced the same thing as a child. She struggled with accepting herself as she was.

She remembers becoming more aware of her differences while in school when others would make remarks. It really hit home when she heard the language of “brown and pretty” used to describe and compliment her sister with a lighter complexion.

With this book, Nyong’o hopes to help kids see both their inner and outer beauty and to love themselves for who they are.

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‘The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds’

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Lullaby by Leila Slimani

You’d be hard-pressed to find a darker subject matter for a novel than that of Lullaby by Leila Slimani. Following the story of a murderous nanny, the novel has already kicked up a storm of controversy and debate in France under its original name Chanson Douce, selling over 100,000 copies in its first week alone.

Now a fierce bidding war for the rights has brought the translation of the book out in the UK and 19 other countries around the world.

So what’s all the fuss about? The book sets out to shock from the very first sentence, opening with a scene that taps into every parent’s worst nightmare, when a mother comes home from work to find her two young children have been murdered by their nanny.

After this gruesome first chapter, Lullaby by Leila Slimani jumps back to the year before, when middle class Parisian couple Myriam (a lawyer) and husband Paul (a music producer) employ Louise to look after their two young children. The experienced 40-year-old nanny comes with impeccable credentials and glowing references, the children instantly take to her and after a week Paul and Myriam are boasting to their friends that they’ve found the ‘perfect’ childminder.

But of course things are not what they seem, though we’ll leave you to find out exactly why.

The book is tightly written, but besides the nightmarish premise, in its 200 pages Slimani also cleverly drills down into the parent-nanny dynamic, one so often loaded with judgement and guilt, particularly for women.

Before Louise’s arrival we see the book’s heroine Myriam oscillate between intense love for her children and frustration at the loss of identity motherhood often entails, a feeling many readers with children (Slimani herself has a five-year-old son) will identify with. ‘Maybe we can only really be happy’ Myriam thinks, ‘when we don’t need one another. When we have a life that belongs to us.’

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Leila Slimani, the author of Lullaby: ‘I’m getting stuck into two huge taboos, child murder and the place of the mother today, so I expected a reaction’

There are also points later in the book when the couple seem to take advantage of Louise’s seemingly boundless work ethic, like taking her on holiday to Greece with them ostensibly as a ‘treat’, only to leave her minding the children all day.

‘The subject came from the fact that I myself had nannies growing up in Morocco,’ said French-Moroccan Slimani at a press conference after winning the prestigious Prix Goncord award for the novel (the French equivalent of the Booker) ‘at 7 or 8, I was already very sensitive to the very strange position they had in the house; they were both women we loved as mothers, and strangers. I was always touched by their difficult position, sometimes by the humiliations they might go through.’

Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Lullaby by Leila Slimani will be published by Faber in January 2018

The devastating opening scene of the book is strikingly similar to the case of Manhattan nanny Yoselyn Ortega, who murdered two children under her watch – Lucia and Leo Krim – before attempting suicide by stabbing herself in the neck, though Slimani told The Telegraph the plot of Lullaby is entirely fictional.

She also said she was prepared for a potential backlash. ‘In terms of any controversy, I’m getting stuck into two huge taboos: child murder and the place of the mother today, so I expected a reaction,’ says Slimani. ‘Because the mother I write about is a woman who doesn’t want to be stuck at home, wants to work and sees the nanny as someone who can free her from her role as a mother. And that is something so many women feel but won’t admit. Because there’s still this idea that women are ‘abandoning’ their children when they go off to work. And yet nobody thinks that of men.’

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Kenneth Ning Produces Film, Look Book Instead of Show

Add Kenneth Ning to the list of designers who have eschewed runway shows this season.
The New York-based designer, who launched his collection in 2015, has partnered with multimedia artist Patrick Welde and art director Anthony Stephinson to showcase his fall collection.
Ning handed over his completed line to the two men, and they returned “The Twisted System,” a look book and short film that was shot over several days in Paris.
“It was time for me to take a new presentation direction with my collection,” said Ning. “The influencer has grown to huge importance with retailers and consumers. Patrick has a great eye and the past client experience I am looking for in shaping my brand to a more international retailer and consumer.”
Ning’s fall collection blends streetwear and tailoring with pieces that provide what he described as “a twisted dream state,” consisting of  unusual proportions and fabrics that range from flannel tartans to plaids.
Welde is part of the growing Parisian avant-garde scene and has worked with brands and publications including Balenciaga and Antidote Magazine.

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Bombay Bustle open their book of family recipes to create the cities most loved dishes

Who doesn’t love anything home cooked? Bombay Bustle’s art deco dining room is the perfect setting to enjoy Mumbai’s culinary favourites

Bombay Bustle

For some inexplicable reason I haven’t been to an Indian restaurant for about 18 months, there really isn’t a good reason, only sheer stupidity.  This was a very welcome invitation from Bombay Bustle, I’ve missed fragrantly spiced dishes and equally tempered cocktails, how great the Indian twist on drinks, taken in a more decadent direction – Italicus (Italian liqueur made with bergamot), mango, Darljeeling and Prosecco (£9.95)

On approach to the glass fronted restaurant, you can see diners sitting in the recreated luxury colonial train carriage, designed by Fabled Studio, all beautifully art deco with a pretty pallet of mint green at the front and a rich brick red in the second half of the room. We were shown to our booth at the side of the restaurant near the bar, perfect vantage point for people, plate and cocktail watching.

Bombay Bustle

Co-Founder Samyukta says ‘Mumbai is a city built on traditions, filled by an endless influx of dreamers, working professionals, and those seeking their fame and fortune; A true melting pot. In one moment you can be in old world Bombay and the turn of a street corner will thrust you into an urban amalgamation. In this complex, bustling metropolis, the Dabbawalas are a constant, bridging the distance between work and home, between different cultures and diverse regional cuisines, with their near-clockwork precision, and we hope to bring the same ethos to London’. Executive Chef Rohit Ghai adds ‘Bombay Bustle will capture the essence of Mumbai, our love of home comforts alongside our rapid pace of life, both existing side by side. The restaurant will be a place just as well suited to a leisurely dinner with friends as a quick lunch for one, always inspired by Mumbai’s diverse flavours, and home style cooking,’

Bombay Bustle

After talking to Samyukya, feeling her passion we took to the small plates menu which is packed full of temptation, you could happily dine tapas style with just these dishes. We went for the Masala Akuri, Truffle Naan – Indian spiced scrambed eggs (£7), it’s all about getting the eggs right, here they were creamy and light, perfect with the naughty truffle bread, we also choose Samosa Papdi Chaat – Punjabi vegetable Samosa, wheat crisp, sev and mint chutney (£6) again airy not greasy, dipped into the chutney it gave a light crunch, flavours bursting into the yoghurt, last of our starters was the Amritsari Fish – beer battered fish, masala green peas and Gurkha chutney (£10), the batter so crispy I half longed for the salt and Sarons but in reality the spiced peas and chutney turned this simple British dish into a potential Mumbai street food classic.

Bombay Bustle

A short pause to choose a bottle of wine, Arpeggio Settesoli, Italy (£19.50 for a bottle) and time to chat about the food, drinks and ladies bathrooms (lovely) we got into the main course.  We choose one from the Tandoor menu – Murgh Malai Kali Mirch, black pepper, cheese, mace green cardamom (£12) and the other from the Biryanis & Pulao menu – Chicken Tikka Tawa Pulao, Suffolk chargrilled chicken, basmati rice and fresh coriander (£16). Portion sizes great for us maybe larger appetites might want a couple of side orders, the flavours full, seasoned well, not too much heat in the chilli but you could go for the Madras Chicken Curry if feeling a little spicy.  To sum up Bombay Bustle is a gorgeous room, friendly knowledgeable service and a good mix of traditional and new dishes to try. It suits well heeled Mayfair, a wonderful lunchtime or dinner escape from the craziness of the West End.

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Why to book a flight for early morning

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Booking the right kind of flight is essential for getting your vacation off to a good start. You don’t want to have to deal with stress, panic, and all the other issues that generally come with taking a flight. That’s why you’ve got to be sure you do what you can to choose the best flight to suit your circumstances. Being stuck in an airport, or having a canceled flight can make the holidays a really miserable time of year.

So, the thing to do is to come up with excellent ways of ensuring the flying experience goes off as well as possible. And, one of the oldest tricks in the book is to make sure you book and catch a flight for the early morning. Sure, you’ll have to get up earlier, but the advantages to doing this far outweigh the disadvantages and will help make your vacation experience much better. These are some of the awesome benefits of booking an early morning flight.

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The major positive for booking an early morning flight these days is that there is a much smaller chance of cancellation. In fact, studies have shown us that early morning flights are also less likely to experience delays than afternoon and evening flights. The best time to fly is before 8am, whereas the risk of delays only grows every hour before reaching its peak at around 6pm. This is widely regarded to be a result of uncrowded airspace, and less of a backlog of planes waiting to take off.

More time at your destination

One of the things we love the most about catching an early flight is that it leaves more time at your destination venue. Think about it, when you get to your location on an evening flight, you only get the first night and the rest of the trip. And that first night you could well be jet-lagged, worn out, and not feeling very sociable. It’s often a write-off. However, if you arrive there in the late morning or early afternoon you will get at least half a day extra, and this can make all the difference when it comes to the length and enjoyment of your stay.

It will be a smoother flight

It should come as no surprise that early morning flights are significantly smoother and more appealing than those later in the day as well. There is less turbulence in the sky earlier in the morning, and the chance of thunderstorms is much less. You also have to factor in that there are going to be fewer people in the airport, which means it will be less busy, and you’re not going to have to deal with the chaos of having too many people. If you can’t stand crowds, this is definitely the best time of the day to fly – and, as if that wasn’t enough, you also have the benefit of paying less for flights because they are earlier.

Booking a flight for the right time is imperative for helping you get the most out of your vacation. There are so many things that can go wrong when you are going to fly to your chosen destination, but, by booking a flight as early as possible, you will be able to avoid this. There are so many plus points to early travel, and you have to ensure you are catching the earliest flight you can.

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Trump blasts Bannon over book, says ex-aide ‘lost his mind’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on former top adviser Steve Bannon on Wednesday, responding to a new book that portrays Trump as an undisciplined man-child who didn’t actually want to win the White House and quotes Bannon as calling his son’s contact with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”
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Bannon calls Trump Jr. meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’: book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has called a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s top campaign officials “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to excerpts of a new book seen by Reuters on Wednesday.


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NFL’s Marshawn Lynch Proves Comic Book Superheroes Exist IRL

You may be a fan of superheroes in comics but did you know superheroes exist in real life? Just look to the NFL and Marshawn Lynch for proof.

Former Seattle Seahawks and current Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been known to Hulk out during games and is known for his “Beast Mode” runs, most famously seen in the 2011 Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints. It’s a perfect example of how humans can pull off crazy, superhuman feats.

Describing the run won’t do it justice, so check out the “hulked out” version in the video above and see how it compares to the real deal here.

The NFL playoffs begin this Saturday, January 6th.

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Comic Book Reviews for December 20, 2017

2017 may be winding down, but the comic book industry sure isn’t. This week saw the release of another stellar issue of Batman, the latest chapter of Dark Nights: Metal, and the debuts of Marvel Two-In-One, X-Men: Grand Design, Backways and the relaunched Quantum & Woody.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.

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Did Tiffany Haddish Lie About Domestic Violence In Her Book?

This has been the year of Tiffany Haddish. From Girls Trip to her book The Last Black Unicorn, the comedian is everybody’s fav. In the book, which is memoir, Tiffany claims she was physically abused by her ex-husband William Stewart. In one section, Tiffany wrote, “He grabbed me by the collar, he was like, ‘It’s time to go to the room now,’ in front of everybody. Just snatched me by my shirt, and pulled me to the elevator and threw me in it…once we got to our hotel room, he was so quick. He snatched me by the neck and slammed me into the wall.” Tiffany also alleged that the abuse resulted in her ex-husband being arrested and she suffered a miscarriage. William Stewart is denying all of the claims of domestic abuse.

In a radio interview, Stewart said, “I married Tiffany, her issues, and not the Hollywood lifestyle. I have never beat or hit or called a woman a ‘MF or B’ while having a disagreement, ever in my life. I never caused a miscarriage, I have documents to prove this.”

In an Instagram video over the weekend, Tiffany revealed, “I ain’t gonna lie. Some stuff in the book is a little bit… I was like, ‘What?’ I don’t know if when they edit, maybe they tweak things a little. So, then, in the audio-book, I’m like, ‘No, this is what it is.’” William commented on the video, writing, “I ont [sic] want to respond to my character and my family matters in the book. At this time I will not through [sic] dirt at Tiffany or release things that I know will harm her. I actually don’t think this was all Tiffany’s doings [sic]… I think people were telling her they need to add stuff to fluff it up. I have NEVER HIT or beat a woman in my life. I’m hurting and thanks.”

See the exchange below:

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Accusations of domestic abuse is extremely serious. If William never hit her then it appears there was an extreme lie from her editors or Tiffany Haddish. As much as everyone loves Tiffany, if he never hit her or caused a miscarriage, she needs to make this right — beyond a video on Instagram.

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Meghan Markle’s Hatin’ Half-Sister Is Writing a Tell-All Book

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Black Twitter could not be controlled last Monday when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement.

While we were fruitlessly attempting to contain our excitement at the prospect of a Black duchess, the half-sister of the soon-to-be member of the Royal family, Samantha Grant, was concocting material for memoir Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.

The 57-year-old, who is a former actress and model, began doing press for the book in October. During an interview with Good Morning Britain, she clarified that the memoir, which already appears worthy of claims of libel from the title alone, would not be a defamatory “tell-all:”

“First of all, it’s only a tell-all in that I go through and recant some of the beautiful nuances of our lives, our family home. But more importantly, it has to do with the inter-racial evolution of this country through the lens of my life and my family since the Civil Rights Act until present, and how that intersects with this recent event with my sister, you know, my feelings about it, my family’s feelings about it, and how sad it was going through it all. But it’s more of a beautiful, warm, witty story of our lives and my life.”

But given the timing of the book and earlier claims by Grant that her sister was a “shallow social climber,” her intentions appear to hover between 15 seconds of fame and decrying her sister’s reputation. She’s also alleged Markle mistreated her family. Additionally, Metro U.K. reports the twice-divorced Grant is bankrupt.

“The royal family would be appalled by what she’s done to her own family,” Grant said according to the publication. “The truth would kill her relationship with Prince Harry.”

Grant’s mother told the Daily Mail in April that her daughter has been jealous of Markle for years.

“I am very serious when I say she has dogged on Meghan forever,” she said according to the article published in April. “She has never liked Meghan and she’s always been jealous of her.”

Welp. Nothing to see here folks. This looks like a clear case of hatin’ gone wild.

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‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ Book II Update is Proof Mobile Will Be King for Nintendo

Fire Emblem Heroes is likely not the most well-known game from Nintendo to hit mobile devices. After proclaiming their entry into the mobile gaming market, the company launched Super Mario Run — featuring everyone’s favorite adventuring ex-plumber — launched last December to much fanfare. But the hype soon died down and people stopped talking about it. It was, after all, just another endless runner clone with a Mario skin.

However, in February of this year, Nintendo launched its second mobile game. And this one, it would seem, would have the kind of longevity that the company aspired to have. Fire Emblem Heroes — available now as free-to-play with purchases on iOS and Android — uses the Fire Emblem franchise. The IP that had faded into obscurity but was revived in 2013 with Nintendo 3DS title Fire Emblem: Awakening. The release of Fire Emblem Fates in 2016 catapulted the series back into the spotlight, and its explosion in popularity likely encouraged Nintendo to use it for their next mobile project.


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A Concept That Just Works

Fire Emblem’s core gameplay tenants are a perfect fit for mobile. Moving your units around the battle requires just a swipe or tap, and Fire Emblem Heroes can be played in short bursts or long sprints. Nintendo has released free updates monthly for the entirety of its 11-month lifetime. The only things you can buy with real-world money are Orbs to summon new heroes and upgrade your castle, and items that allow you to keep playing without a cooldown time — all items that can also be earned at a decent rate through gameplay.

Earlier this week, Nintendo pushed a significant update to Fire Emblem Heroes, including the ability to add new boosts to weapons. But the meat of the update is Book II, a narrative expansion that promises to be just as huge as the 13-chapter story already available in Fire Emblem Heroes. Book II so far only has two chapters to fight through, but with an entirely new set of characters to learn about and new Fire Emblem characters to collect, it’s clear this expansion will be significant.


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New enemies threaten the balance in the war between Askr and the Emblians.

The story of Book II picks up from the cliffhanger at the end of Book I. The player character, Alfonse, Sharena, and Anna find themselves on a new battlefield. They rescue Fjorm, a princess from a kingdom under siege by the team’s common enemy, Princess Veronica of the Emblian empire. Fjorm reveals that a new foe has arisen to help Veronica destroy the kingdom of Askr and capture its heroes. But obviously, you and your team are having none of it.

A Long Road Ahead

Learning more about Fjorm’s kingdom and past, as well as why other villains are teaming up with Veronica, seem to be the core of this unraveling story. Fjorm is an interesting character; unlike the boisterous Anna, tough Shareena and courageous Alfonse, Fjorm is strong and yet very quiet. It will be interesting to see how these personalities clash or get along.

Fire Emblem Heroes has added new bonus maps every week since its launch, but these maps were always one-off affairs with a chance to score a rare in-game good or character. However, the introduction of Book II is proof that Nintendo is committed to delivering one of the high-quality console experiences the company is known for on a mobile device. Super Mario Run was a light appetizer. Fire Emblem Heroes is the main course. With a side of the recently-released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, of course.

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RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That’s Now More Important Than Ever

Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant.

Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described

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Celebs turn out for Tina Brown’s book launch

It was a star-studded night at Michael’s to celebrate the launch of Tina Brown’s latest book, “The Vanity Fair Diaries” — and they were partying like it was 1989. “It was a great moment when Alec Baldwin, Anna Wintour and Tom Wolfe all arrived at once, like an old issue of VF in its ’80s…
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Lindsey Buckingham’s abuse of Stevie Nicks detailed in new book

Stevie Nicks was nervous. It was 1973, and the then-25-year-old singer and her guitarist boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham were posing for the cover of their first album, “Buckingham Nicks.” Their record label had asked the duo to look “sexy,” and the bookish Nicks was already feeling self-conscious when the photographer told her to remove her diaphanous…
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‘I Can’t Breathe’: An Excerpt From Matt Taibbi’s New Book on the Eric Garner Killing

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At about 2:45 p.m. on April 2, 2014, on a drizzly afternoon in Staten Island, New York, an aspiring music producer in his late thirties named Ibrahim Annan was sitting in his car when a noise outside startled him.

"Open the fucking window!"

Tall and slender, with a slim mustache, Annan, known as Brian or B or Bizzy B to his friends, was the son of

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Tim Minchin’s MATILDA-Based Children’s Book Will Get March 2018 Release

Scholastic recently announced plans for a new magical picture book inspired by Tim Minchin’s hit song ‘When I Grow Up’ from the acclaimed award-winning show MATILDA THE MUSICAL. The book will be illustrated by internationally published award-winning author and illustrator Steve Antony. The project will imagine life from a child’s viewpoint, with all the humor and poignancy of the song. Now Minchin has revealed that the book will hit shelves next year
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