The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever

The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever


The Julia Child Foundation is giving a major award to female chefs — for the first time ever

In “news we’re ecstatic to report,’ the Julia Child Foundation has announced that it will grant the next Julia Child Award to their first female chefs ever. The organization, founded in 1995, aims to provide grants for culinary research and scholarships for those hoping to work in the food industry, and this specific award is for chefs “who have made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats, and drinks,” according to the foundation’s website.

The New York Times reported yesterday, July 17th, that the award’s first female recipients will be chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the duo behind the Border Grill in Los Angeles.

“It’s an obvious time to recognize women,” Eric Spivey, the chairman of the foundation, told the Times. “Susan and Mary Sue have empowered women during their careers.”

Milliken and Feniger have worked together for 35 years, according to the Julia Child Award’s website. The two met when Milliken was serving as the first female chef at Le Perroquet in Chicago, and they went on to found the Border Grill. Today, their restaurant has three locations throughout L.A. and one at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to being the first female recipients, Feniger and Milliken are the first team to win the award.

Milliken told the Los Angeles Times that she had always admired Julia Child, saying “I remember feeling like she was such a professional and somebody I would love to emulate.” She added that she was “blown away” that she and Feniger are the first female recipients.

“Maybe we’ve reached a time where people are actually being a little more cognizant of how embedded the whole boys club is in the culinary world and how it needs to get shaken up,” she told the Times. 

Feniger and Milliken will be honored on November 1st during the Food History Gala at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In addition to receiving an award with their names engraved on it, the honorees will be able to choose a food-related charity to which the foundation will donate $ 50,000.

We’re stoked to see female chefs getting the recognition they deserve. Hopefully this is a sign that the “boys club” of the culinary world is coming to an end. Congratulations to Milliken and Feniger!

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The numbers are always striking.

Honest Co. agreed to pay out more than $ 7 million after a dispute over ingredients.

Another $ 11.2 million is coming from adultery website Ashley Madison after a massively embarrassing security breach revealed customer data.

And a judge ordered that Dish Network pay a whopping $ 61 million for telemarketing calls a contractor made on behalf of the company to people on the National Do Not Call Registry.

If you qualify for even one of these class-action lawsuits, seeing settlement agreements in the millions can make you feel like you’ve won the lottery, at least in the beginning. But if you’ve ever received a payout, you know that in most cases, by the time your check arrives in the mail, your cut of the pie can feel pretty insignificant.

To understand why, you need to understand a bit more about the life cycle of a class-action lawsuit, and the difference between how we use some terms colloquially and what they really mean to legal professionals.

First, let’s start with the phrase “class-action lawsuit.”

A lawsuit is classified as a class action when a group of people sue the same company, accusing it of the same wrongdoing. In a traditional lawsuit, a single person or company sues another person or company.

The phrase “class-action lawsuit” is often used in newspapers, on TV and even by us at The Penny Hoarder from the moment a lawsuit is filed against a company. But the lawsuit isn’t technically a class action that early in the process, according to corporate attorney Jeff Lieser.

“You’re basically just putting the defendants on notice that you will be seeking to have a class certified,” he said. “Just because I decide I want to file a class-action lawsuit and I entitle the complaint a class-action complaint against John Doe for ripping off consumers, that does not make it a class action. It’s up to the judge.”

(Disclosure: Lieser works for the Lieser Skaff Alexander law firm, which handles legal issues for The Penny Hoarder.)

When Is a Class Action Really a Class Action?

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In some cases, class certification comes in the early months of a lawsuit. In other cases, that can take years, if it comes at all.

In the Ashley Madison case, class certification happened during the settlement process.

According to Lieser, pretty much every one of those scenarios can be considered normal. When it happens is less important, but the class certification is necessary if anyone other than the person or group handling the legal battle is going to get paid.

And getting a judge to certify a class can be tough.

The prerequisites for a class action in federal court are laid out in Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Most states have rules modeled after Rule 23 to govern class-action lawsuits filed in state courts.

Here’s what Rule 23(a) says must be in place before a lawsuit can be certified as class action:

  1. There have to be enough members in the class for it to be impractical for each to file individual lawsuits.
  2. The law has to apply in the same way to each member of the class.
  3. The claims of individuals in the class must be similar, and the company’s defense against each class member must be similar as well.
  4. The class representative — this is the person whose name is usually on the lawsuit as the plaintiff — and their attorney have to be willing to protect the interests of the class.

If all four prerequisites are met, the court moves on to Rule 23(b).

Here, only one of three items must exist for the lawsuit to move forward as a class action. The most common is the final item, Lieser said: The class members’ similarities should be greater than their difference to show that what happened to each person is a common practice of the company being sued.

Of course, if you are considering being the class representative for a class-action lawsuit, you’d have a lawyer to make sure these requirements are met. For most of us, though, we’d be among the unnamed participants waiting to see if it ends in a win at trial or an out-of-court settlement followed by a check.

Why Do Companies Settle and Say They Did Nothing Wrong?

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If you’ve ever read even one article about a lawsuit that’s been settled, you have probably read that despite a multimillion-dollar settlement and the promise to change business practices, the company still “denies all wrongdoing.”

If you think this seems contradictory, you’re not alone. But Lieser said the laws governing class-action lawsuits make it so companies can right wrongs without admitting guilt.

“If you’re changing your business practices, people are going to assume that they need to be changed because they were screwed up before or you did something wrong,” Lieser said.

But legally, agreeing to settle and change practices without conceding guilt is allowed.

“That is because courts want to be an agent of change, and they don’t want there to be a disincentive to remedying those things that are out there that can cause harm,” Lieser said. “They don’t want something used against you… The courts want companies to do the right thing.”

That’s why the apparent inconsistency is allowed: The courts don’t want a change in practice or a large settlement to eventually lead to more lawsuits against a company that has just admitted guilt.

OK, There Was a Settlement. When Do You Get Paid?

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Like just about every other question we had about class-action lawsuits, the answer is: “It depends.”

“It’s always going to be years,” Lieser said. “It’s just a matter of how many years. It’s a safe bet that it’s going to be anywhere from two years to 10 years or more in some cases.”

Then, when a case is finally over, the large cash settlements cover much more than consumer payouts.

The money must also cover attorney’s fees, which Lieser said normally hovers around one-third of the settlement, and the cost of informing members of the class that they’re owed money.

That means the bare-bones websites that go up so people can file electronic claims; any ad space purchased in newspapers, online or on TV; the pay for people on hand to answer questions from those trying to see if they qualify for a payout. All of that could come out of the settlement.

“Class actions often get a bad rap for this,” Lieser added.

And depending on the size of the class and the settlement, it could mean just a few dollars, like the Red Bull settlement a few years back, or more than $ 1,000, like the Dish Network case.

The deadline to file a claim is usually stated in the settlement agreement, but in some cases, that can be extended. In the Wells Fargo fake account settlement, for example, the deadline to file was extended to July 7 after the bank failed to properly notify consumers about the settlement.

No matter how long it takes, if you’ve been promised a settlement and you can prove that you qualify, you’ll likely get paid eventually — even if it’s just a few bucks.

Desiree Stennett (@desi_stennett) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She writes about how government and court actions impact your wallet.

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Dyson’s cordless vacuums outperform everything else on the market and they pretty much last forever, which makes their high price tags much more tolerable than one might expect. Of course, you’d still have to be crazy not to take advantage of an opportunity to save some cash, and the first ever opportunity just came up for Dyson’s newest model. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner just went on sale for the first time since its release, with Amazon having shaved $ 51 off the price of this awesome new model. Definitely grab one while you can.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • The most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum. Tested to ASTM F558, against cord-free stick market.
  • Up to 60 minutes’ run time when using a non-motorized tool.
  • Lightweight and versatile, to clean right through the home. Instant-release trigger means battery power is only used while it’s cleaning. Requires charging for 3.5 hours minimum before first use.
  • Direct drive cleaner head – our most powerful yet. Up to 20 minutes of fade-free power (in Suction mode II). Drives stiff nylon bristles into carpets to capture deep-down dirt.
  • The fully-sealed filtration system traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns – expelling cleaner air.
  • Powered by the Dyson digital motor V10 and engineered to pick up ground-in dirt and fine dust from hard floors and carpets.
  • Quickly transforms to a handheld vacuum, to clean all around your home and car.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner: $ 449.00

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Your complete guide to the Duchess’ fave affordable brands

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Kate Middleton is know for mixing high street brands with designer items, thus nailing that hi-low fashion most of us can only dream of (note the £40 Zara dress she wore to the polo, and the elegant Royal wedding McQueen dress that she definitely didn’t recycle).

But while we’ve already brought to you the complete guide of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite fashion brands, it was more about the pricier end of her wardrobe, which includes the likes of Jenny Packham and Erdem.

So we thought it was about time we did a little rundown of Kate’s best high street looks, and where to buy the exact same item, or near enough.

Kate Middleton wearing Zara

The Duchess is a huge fan of the Spanish high street chain, having recently worn not one, but two £40 dresses at Royal events. She’s previously worn statement jewellery and jackets from Zara too

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Kate Middleton wears Roland Mouret to the 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' premiere

Kate Middleton wears a Zara necklace with a Roland Mouret dress to the ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ premiere

Kate Middleton wearing L.K.Bennett

Kate has single-handedly boosted nude court sales everywhere, thanks to her love for the style by L.K.Bennett, which she has worn at countless events. She’ll often turn to the brand for smart day dresses and tailored coats too.

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Kate Middleton wearing an L.K.Bennett coat in Dec 2017 (Photo: Rex)

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Kate Middleton wearing L.K.Bennett nude pumps in 2011 (photo: Rex)

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Kate Middleton wearing Hobbs

During her pregnancy with Prince Louis, Kate wore a smart navy coat by Hobbs, which serves up other timeless classics like the green skirt suit the Duchess wore the year before.

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Kate Middleton wearing Boden

Kate made headlines back in January 2018, when she wore the most vibrant red coat, courtesy of British brand Boden. It’s actually still available in a couple of sizes, and has been reduced in the sale.

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Kate Middleton wearing GAP

When she’s in need of something a little more casual, like a parka jacket or trousers, the Duchess likes to shop at GAP. She wore these printed skinny trousers in 2016, and here’s the brand’s version for this season.

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Kate Middleton wearing Reiss

Reiss is known for paired-back, tailored dresses, and so is an obvious choice for Kate when it comes to official functions that don’t quite require the traditional ballgown. She famously wore this nude dress to meet the Obamas after coming back from her honeymoon.

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Kate Middleton wearing Topshop

Kate first publicly wore Topshop during her first pregnancy in 2013, a black and white polka dot dress which sold out instantly. The same thing happened when she wore a boho dress while on tour in India in 2016. Luckily, polka dots are back in season, and you can buy this similar style from Topshop.

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Kate Middleton wearing Goat

Kate absolutely loves a smart Goat coat, and actually owns a similar style in every colour, including cream, black, navy and red (and that’s the ones we’ve spotted). Clearly an investment piece.

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Kate Middleton wearing Superga

For those rare times Kate Middleton does require a trainer, she’s often spotted wearing her trusty Superga shoes, which were actually a favourite of Diana’s too.

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Head straight to our fashion section for your complete guide to Prince Charlotte and Prince George’s best clothes, as well as Meghan Markle’s favourite fashion brands too.

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Michael Wolff is still smug as ever

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Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson Gave the Best, Worst Interview Ever on The Today Show

When a live TV appearance goes off the rails, it can often be painful to watch. But in the case of Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson’s Tuesday morning Today Show interview, it was anything but.

While ostensibly promoting their new movie Ocean’s 8, Blanchett and Paulson just couldn’t seem to stop hilariously deviating from the topic at hand—so much so that host Hoda Kotb ended up in tears of laughter.

The pair—who previously starred in the Oscar-nominted Carol together—spent nearly the entirety of the interview riffing off each other, cracking jokes about everything from Paulson’s style to Blanchett’s Academy Awards.

“[Sandra Bullock] and I—we all wrote letters saying please give her something,” Blanchett ribbed Paulson. “Because when it comes around to publicizing the movie, it will say ‘Oscar-winner.’”

Eventually, Kotb was forced to call co-host Savannah Guthrie over to help out, which somehow prompted Blanchett to begin sitting on Paulson’s lap.

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How to make the best summer mojito you’ve ever tasted

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Lindsay Weiss

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In my near decade of writing here, I don’t think I’ve ever posted an alcoholic drink. It seems a little out of place on a site dedicated to…well, babies, but after tasting this I knew I’d make an exception. Moms and dads can have a cocktail once in a while, and dadgummit, it should totally be this one.

I made a pitcher of these for our Memorial Day party and it was GUZZLED. Seconds and thirds…can you make another batchwhat is the recipe…this goes down WAY too easily!

The difference between this recipe and others I’ve tried is that you infuse the simple syrup with blackberries. Tons of blackberries. It makes a huge difference in the flavor. I had some simple syrup leftover from this batch, so I froze it for next time.

Blackberry Mojitos
You can use frozen blackberries (cheaper) for the simple syrup. In the actual glass, use fresh. Store any unused simple syrup in the fridge or freezer for later.

BLACKBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP
4 cups frozen/fresh blackberries
2 cups sugar
2 cups water (1 1/2 cups if using frozen blackberries)

SINGLE BLACKBERRY MOJITO
5 blackberries
3 mint leaves
2 oz rum
1 oz blackberry simple syrup
2-3 slices lime
Club soda to the top
lime wedges and mint for garnish

TO MAKE A SMALL PITCHER (double for large)
10 oz white rum
4 or 5 sprigs of mint with leaves
5 oz blackberry simple syrup
1 to 2 limes
1 cup of blackberries
club soda to the top
lime wedges and mint for garnish

Simple syrup
Put blackberries, sugar and water into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium and simmer for at least an hour or until the mixture reduces and starts to thicken up just a little. Set aside to cool.

Mojito
To make a single mojito, add the blackberries, rum, lime and mint to a glass and muddle (smoosh with a spoon) well. Next add the blackberry syrup and give it a little stir. Fill the glass with ice and then to the top with club soda. Stir well, garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint and serve.

To make a small pitcher of mojitos, add the blackberries, lime, rum, and mint to a pitcher and muddle it well. Add the blackberry syrup and give it a good stir. When you are ready to have a cocktail, fill a glass with ice, pour 4 oz of the mixture into the glass, top with club soda, garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint and serve.

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Diddy’s $21.1 Million Art Buy Is Believed to Be the Highest Ever for a Living African-American Artist’s Work

Sean Combs, the producer, rapper, and impresario better known by stage names including Diddy and Puff Daddy, has been revealed as the buyer of painter Kerry James Marshall’s painting “Past Times” (1997) at Sotheby’s on Wednesday. The $ 21.1 million dollar price tag is widely believed to be the highest ever for the work of a living African-American artist.

“Past Times” depicts a black family enjoying an afternoon at a lakefront park. Like much of Marshall’s work, the image balances anxiety and celebration, depicting a positive image of blackness that can’t avoid tension with America’s racial reality. The piece is 13 feet wide, one of many wall-sized paintings Marshall has produced since the 1990s. The record sale follows a landmark winter 2016 retrospective of Marshall’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times,” 1997.Sotheby’s

The record sale is part of a broad and ongoing art market acceleration that has produced many all-time high prices for individual artists and categories. The art market usually rises with the broader economy, but contributing factors in this cycle have also included increased interest from Chinese collectors. African-American artists in particular are enjoying a spotlight moment, as seen in the enthusiasm that recently greeted Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of President Barack Obama.

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Combs’ greatest achievement in hip-hop may have been shepherding the career of Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G., considered by many to remain the greatest rapper to ever live. Combs’ art collection, too, features all-time greats, reportedly including works by Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol. According to the New York Times, Combs was introduced to Marshall’s work by the hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, also an art collector.

Marshall, born in 1955, is just a few years too old to be part of the hip-hop generation that Combs represents. But his work shares a lot with the musical genre, including a focus on the black experience and the frequent use of visual sampling, deconstruction, and remixing. One example is found in another of Marshall’s most famous works. “School of Beauty, School of Culture” (2012) contains a wry reference to the 14th-century English painting “The Ambassadors,” which hides an anamorphic skull representing the inevitability of death. In Kerry’s re-envisioning, the head of a blonde white woman is concealed in the image of a black beauty shop–perhaps representing its own kind of looming threat.

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The Queen and Anna Wintour Star in Fashion’s Best Ever Front Row

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Quite what the queen and Anna Wintour spoke about on the front row at London Fashion Week (LFW) is unknown.

Quite what the queen thought, at her first visit to LFW, of designer Richard Quinn’s models stalking past her, occasionally with their faces obscured by motorcycle helmets in black and lime green, is unknown. (Fashion newsflash: the motorcycle helmet has clearly taken over from the fascinator as the new headwear of choice if you’re wearing florals and chiffon.)

In various pictures the queen looks happy, excited, and as poker-faced as Wintour and other fashion editors are inclined to be at such occasions. Black leather coats, polka dot tights, more crazy helmets, or heads obscured by bright scarves sprouting out of dresses: the queen saw it all, including a strapless dress with, yes, another motorcycle helmet topping it off.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Why Isn’t Jay Gatsby Ever Called the ‘Crazy Ex-Boyfriend’?

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Recent events have revealed that a surprising number of powerful men are, to put it gently, deranged. Until now, these men were routinely forgiven for their obsessive and extreme behavior because boys will be boys, or because geniuses have eccentricities, or because there are all sorts of completely normal reasons why someone might install a remote-control lock on his office door. As we ask ourselves how we could have been so stupid, one answer might lie deep below the surface, in the stories we tell ourselves about what counts as normal “romantic” pursuit. So here’s a thought experiment for our times: Which of the following people is crazy?

Case 1: You’re a young man with a promising future, until an old flame of yours reappears and turns your life upside down. Under the guise of a friendship with your old flame’s husband, you begin spending every evening in her home, joining her family for dinner and then hanging around until the wee hours, to the point where you have no life beyond these moments in her presence. Over the years, you pocket small items belonging to her—lipsticks, keys, jewelry—which you regard as sacred. You eventually build a private museum devoted to her, enshrining everything she ever touched.

Case 2: You’re a young man with a promising future, until an old flame of yours reappears and turns your life upside down. Under the guise of eccentricity for which the wealthy are forgiven, you purchase a mansion overlooking her home, and then rent out a neighboring property to an unwitting relative of hers, whom you quickly befriend—for the sole purpose of having a spy on the inside tracking her every move. Befriending her husband and throwing lavish open-door parties out of the hope that she’ll attend, you devote every action in your life to being in her presence.

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2018 WSL Big Wave Awards Celebrate World Record for Biggest Wave Ever Surfed

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SANTA MONICA, Calif./USA (Saturday, April 28, 2018) –  The world’s best big wave surfers gathered in Santa Monica tonight for the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Awards. The show at the Red Bull Headquarters awarded the best rides of the past year, including a new World Record from Brazil’s Rodrigo Koxa.
Rodrigo Koxa is now the official World Record holder for the biggest wave ever surfed in history after being awarded the Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave award tonight. The judging panel for the Big Wave Awards concluded that the record-breaking wave surfed by Koxa at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017 was 80 feet (24.38 meters) overtaking Garrett McNamara’s record, whose wave was marked at 78 feet (23.77 meters) in 2011. The Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award goes to the surfer who, by any means available, catches the biggest wave of the year. Not only did Koxa win this year’s honor, but he now holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed.

“I try to surf big waves all my life and I had a huge experience in 2014 where I almost died at Nazaré,” Koxa said. “Four months later, I had bad dreams, I didn’t travel, I got scared, and my wife helped me psychologically. Now, I’m just so happy and this is the best day of my life. Thank you to WSL, it’s a dream come true.”

The Ride of the Year showcases the most remarkable big-wave imagery of surfers racing down giant waves, and Ian Walsh’s incredible barrel ride at the 2018 Pe’ahi Challenge earned him this year’s award. Walsh also earned the Tube of the Year Award for the same wave.

“For this wave, I feel like in a lot of ways more than catching this wave, this wave caught me,” Walsh said. “It’s a great snapshot of the comradery of our sport and I feel like we all rode this wave together as a unit. Congratulations to all the other outstanding nominees who are helping progress this sport, and the water safety that’s progressed with us to allow us to do that. I thank all the surfers before us, all the surfers right now, and all the kids that will surely take this sport to unprecedented heights. Let’s all do our part to keep the oceans clean and the beaches better than we found them.”

Paige Alms earned the Hydro Flask Women’s Best Performance of the Year Award for the third time in her career. In addition to celebrating the back-to-back win, Alms was also honored for defending her Big Wave Tour Crown after winning the Pe’ahi Challenge again this season. The first women’s WSL Big Wave competition was held in 2017, and Alms has dominated the big wave surfing scene since. Next season, Alms will battle to defend her Big Wave Title for an unprecedented third-straight win as the tour sees competitions at Pe’ahi in Hawaii and Mavericks in California.

“I just want to say thank you to all the nominees, this is a really fun platform to show our sport,” said Alms. “Congratulations to all the female nominees tonight, I feel like you all push me to be a better surfer and a better person. I really like being able to call all of you my friends. You’re all so inspiring. I’d also like to thank all the photographers and videographers who are putting this spotlight on us out of the pure joy they have for the sport.”

Up-and-comer Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca earned the Men’s Best Overall Performance Award after showcasing incredible surfing this season, including his win at the Nazaré Challenge earlier this year. The 22-year-old will undoubtedly be one to watch in the upcoming season as he joins the Big Wave Tour full-time.

2016 Paddle Award winner Aaron Gold dominated the Paddle category again this year for his wave at Pe’ahi on January 14, 2018. Gold still holds the record for the biggest paddle-in wave ever surfed at 63 feet (19.2 meters) from 2016. This year’s award-winning wave was measured at 55 feet (16.76 meters).

Andrew Cotton, the standout big wave surfer representing the United Kingdom, took home one of the night’s most anticipated awards, the Wipeout of the Year Award. Unfortunately, Cotton’s gut-wrenching fall at Nazaré led to a broken l2 vertebrae and sidelined the big wave charger for six months. Cotton has been recovering since the accident and is working to return to the water to earn the Ride of the Year and Biggest Wave awards next season.

“I’d like to thank the Nazaré crew, the Mayor, and the community there,” said Cotton. “They’ve become like a family to me. Can’t thank my own family enough for putting up with all the last minute travels and schedule they deal with, it’s incredible. Since that day of the injury, I’ve progressed more each day and now I’m just looking to get back out there on the waves I love to surf. This is the dream of any big wave surfer is to be in the XXL Awards and to get on tour, but for me, it’s always been about Biggest Wave or Ride of the Year. It’s amazing to be up there in front of your heroes after being out for over six months and my goal is to be back out there in the summer or by October to really start charging again.”

2018 WSL Big Wave Award Winners:

TUBE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Ian Walsh  (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.
(Photo by Richard Hallman.)

WIPEOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Andrew Cotton (Braunton, Devon, United Kingdom) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017.
(Video by Pedro Miranda.)

BIGGEST PADDLE AWARD WINNER
Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018.
(Photo by Brent Broza.)

QUIKSILVER XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD WINNER
Rodrigo Koxa (Guarujá, SP, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017.
(Photo by Pedro Cruz.)

RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Ian Walsh
 (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.
(Video by Dan Norkunas.)

HYDRO FLASK WOMEN’S BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNERS
1 – Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
2 – Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
3 – Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
4 – Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
5 – Bianca Valenti (Mill Valley, California, USA)

MEN’S BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES
1 – Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
2 – Kai Lenny (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
3 – Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa)– 2018/2019 BWT Qualifier 
4 – Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
5 – Ian Walsh (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
6 – Nathan Florence (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) – 2018/2019 BWT Qualifier 
7 – Jojo Roper (San Diego, California, USA) – 2018/2019 BWT Qualifier 
8 – Jamie Mitchell (Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia)
9 – Russell Bierke (Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia) – 2018/2019 BWT Qualifier 
10 – Ryan Hipwood (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) – 2018/2019 BWT First Alternate

To view the award-winning rides from the 2018 WSL Big Wave Awards, check out WorldSurfLeague.com/BigWaveAwards.

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Ninja Warrior’s first ever blind contestant is also London 2012 Paralympian Dan Powell

A LONDON 2012 Paralympian has become the first ever blind contestant to appear on ITV’s Ninja Warrior.

Dan Powell, 26, from Liverpool, will appear on the show tomorrow tackling the challenging assault course despite only have three per cent vision.

London 2012 Paralympian Dan Powell, here with his guide dog and presenter Rochelle Humes, has become the first ever blind contestant to appear on ITV’s Ninja Warrior
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And the judo competitor turned runner says the show was “a hundred times scarier” than competing at the London games six years ago.

In an exclusive interview with the Sun’s Bizarre TV column, Dan said: “Ninja Warrior was a hundred times scarier than competing in London 2012. In London 2012 I knew what I was there to do, I knew what I was going into, I had practised loads.

“The crowd at Ninja Warrior was amazing though, it was just like the Paralympics. It made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.”

Dan used his sense of touch and the briefing of crew members to help him navigate tough obstacles.

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He added: “I’ve got no central sight basically and they were basically saying ‘can we make the lighting better? Can we do anything to help you? Can we talk you through it?’

“They gave me a very good description of the obstacles. There’s only so much describing you can do though before you physically get on there but at the same time it actually gave me a bit of a fighting chance to give it a go.”

But Dan admits that one of the sections left him with bruising on his ribs for three days after filming.

He said: “There was one of the obstacles where you jump off a ledge and you just hit this pendulum and for me it was about jumping out and waiting for my chest to hit it and cling onto it.

“I managed to stay on that and my ribs were hurting for about three days afterwards.”

A view of the Ninja Warrior for those with perfect vision
The course through Dan’s eyes

The athlete made it to the Tick Tock obstacle, almost at the end of the course, before falling in the water.

He hopes taking part in the prime time show will inspire other disabled people to apply.

Dan said: “I hope it comes across that with my disability the adaptions can be made. I went on there first and foremost to inspire a couple of people. Show the ability side.

 


“It wasn’t a big focus on the fact I’ve got this disability. I didn’t get to the end but the crowd were just incredible.”

One-legged amputee Martin Herald, 26, was hailed an “inspiration” by viewers after competing on the show two weeks ago.

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TIME Magazine released its annual “100 Most Influential People” list for 2018 on Thursday morning, and it features a record-breaking number of young people and women.

Of the 100 honorees, 45 are women, and 45 are under the age of 40. This year’s list also features the youngest designee ever: 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown.

The young actress shows that influence knows no age.

Not only has the Stranger Things star earned her spot due to her outstanding portrayal of “Eleven on her Netflix show, but she has participated in her fair share of activism. While accepting her 2018 Kids’ Choice Award, Brown honored the March for Our Lives organizers and Parkland victims through her speech and outfit. She wore a shirt that listed the names of all 17 victims on the back.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul wrote her tribute in TIME, saying that the young actress is wise beyond her years. He raves about what it was like to meet Brown for the first time, taking her to an ice cream shop because he thought it was the most age-appropriate location. Once he met her, however, he realized that she was more than the child she looked like on the outside.

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“She may have been 12 in years (when I met her), but her spirit and mind were timeless,” he writes. “It was like speaking to a future mentor with a perspective and groundedness that I could only have dreamed of at that age.”

He believes that her acting chops come from her intense empathetic connection to others. “She somehow understands the human experience as if she has lived it for a thousand years. I’m proud to know her,” says Paul, 38.

Brown has a long influential career ahead of her, and it seems the young star is just getting started.


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Of all the deals we’ve covered this week, one in particular has really managed to stir up some buzz. It’s Amazon’s current sale on the Roav VIVA by Anker, a tiny gadget that looks like a regular old car charger adapter. It’s so much more, however; it’s basically an Echo Dot for your car. This nifty device links to your smartphone for connectivity and puts all of Alexa’s power at your fingertips while you drive. Ask Alexa questions, order stuff on Amazon or add things to your wish list, or stream some music while you drive. It’s an awesome device, and it’s currently on sale at its lowest price ever — but only for a couple more days, so grab one while you can.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • Alexa Inside: Amazon’s voice service gives you complete voice control in your car. Just say the word to get directions, hear the latest news, shop online, play music, and more over Bluetooth, Carplay or Android Auto. What You Get: Roav VIVA, Manual, Quick Guide, Happy Card, Skills Cards, 12-month warranty and our friendly customer service.
  • Voice Isolation: 2 integrated microphones provide noise cancellation and accurate voice identification.
  • High-Speed Charging: Dual charging ports equipped with Anker’s exclusive PowerIQ technology deliver blazing charging speeds to both driver and passenger.
  • Tap To Mute: Just hit the button to effortlessly mute and unmute the microphones, so Alexa is only listening when you want her to be.
  • Note: Please check your car’s outlet before purchasing. If your VIVA cannot be plugged in or has connection issues with your car, return it for a full refund in 30 days. Please check the list of unsuitable car models below. If you have other issues, contact us via Live Chat in the app. May have compatibility issues playing media via Bluetooth with Doge Caravan. Try connecting your phone to your car via CarPlay or Android Auto.

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Another Harry Potter Landmark: At $68 Million, the Most Expensive Broadway Nonmusical Play Ever

In a sign of high expectations for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the producers and theater owners spent lavishly, even paying Cirque du Soleil to clear out of the space.
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Exclusive Interview: Joaquin Phoenix Is Definitely Still Here, and He’s Busier Than Ever

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Kevin Smith: My heart attack was the best thing that ever happened to me

OHMYGOSSIP — Kevin Smith has dubbed his recent heart attack as the “best thing” that has ever happened to his health.
The 47-year-old director – who previously lost 90lbs in seven years – required emergency surgery when he was hospitalised last month after suffering a “widow-maker” heart attack.
After coming out the other side of his health scare, he is now determined to lose weight and become more healthy, and so now believes the ordeal was a good thing in terms of motivating him to get fit.
On Twitter on Friday (30.03.18), Kevin wrote: “Down 26 pounds today! Started March 8th and now 4 weeks later, I’ve lost a small child worth of weight! Doc told me to lose 50 pounds and I’m now over halfway to that goal! Ironically, this heart attack was the best thing that ever happened to my health! (sic)”
Kevin’s weight loss is largely thanks to Penn Jillette’s book ‘Presto!’, which chronicled his 100lb weight loss, and advice from dietary nutrition researcher Ray Cronise.
The ‘Clerks’ helmer tweeted recently: “I’m officially down 20 pounds as of this morning! 20 pounds in 13 days & my blood pressure is amazing. How did this happen? @pennjillette & his book “Presto” turned me on to @RayCronise and his program at http://justsides.com My Doc said lose 50 pounds. 20 down, 30 more to go! (sic)”
The ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ helmer was forced to cancel a show in California because of his terrifying ordeal, and later explained on Twitter that if he hadn’t rushed himself to the hospital, he wouldn’t have survived.
He wrote at the time: “After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”).
“If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground! (sic)”

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These $35 elastic-waist jeans are my favorite thing ever

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I did not receive anything for this endorsement and I bought these jeans myself. I just love them enough to share!

Perhaps a nod to my pregnancy days, but these elastic waist jeans are the freakin’ bomb. They could not be more comfortable for a gal running around after three children, but they do not look like mom jeans. Thanks to the perfectly ripped knees, these actually look cool and they’re soft enough to feel like pajamas vs. denim.

Ripped jeans are sort of the thing now, but they’ve become such a thing that it’s hard to find a pair that isn’t ripped all the way up the thigh. These are slightly more modestly ripped, stopping just above the knee.

I don’t let the elastic waist show on these; I typically wear longer shirts anyway so it’s not an issue. They fit like a glove but aren’t constricting in any way. The elastic waist does hold you in, but is very comfortable.

I would wear these every day if I could and wish they made them in more washes and colors. Shout out to one of my favorite bloggers, Living In Yellow, for showing me these jeans!

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Rockefeller’s Picasso could be part of biggest art collection ever sold

PARIS (Reuters) – A rare Picasso once owned by Gertrude Stein is part of an art trove belonging to the Rockefeller dynasty that could raise half a billion dollars this year, in what auctioneer Christie’s says could be the most valuable sale ever of a private collection.


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How Huawei forced Trump to block the Broadcom deal ever by doing nothing

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Broadcom’s hostile Qualcomm takeover plans hit a massive wall on Monday: Trump. The president issued an order to block the $ 117 billion Qualcomm buyout, effectively killing what could have been among the biggest tech deals in history.

It all happened over national security issues, and it all has to do with Huawei, a giant Chinese corporation whose ties to Beijing are a cause of concern among intelligence agencies. The best part about it is that Huawei did nothing to block the Qualcomm deal. Well, other than advancing 5G technology development at a rapid pace.

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O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? Is the First Time He’s Ever Publicly Talked About That Terrifying 1994 Night

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Why you should never, ever, swing a child by the arms

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My family learned the hard way just how easy it is for a little kid’s arm to pop out of place and end up with nursemaid’s elbow.

Also known as radial head dislocation or a pulled elbow, nursemaid’s elbow happens when the radius slips out of its normal place at the elbow joint. This typically affects children younger than 4, and it happens when the child is pulled up too hard by the wrist or hand — like swinging him by the arms or lifting him by the hand to help him up a big step. It’s common. And it’s painful.

We were at my nephew’s birthday party last year when it happened. Our then 2-old-daughter was facing my husband and holding his hands while shifting her entire body weight backward. My husband kept pulling her back up to a standing position, sometimes lifting her feet gently off the ground in the process. She thought it was great. Until it wasn’t.

We had no idea what had happened when she started crying. Hard.

It was past nap time, so we figured she was overly tired — or just mad it was time to stop using Daddy as a jungle gym. I held her in my arms until she eventually calmed down and fell asleep. (I guess she just needed a nap, right? Or maybe she was coming down with something?) But then she woke up, still whining. It wasn’t until after we drove home from the party that we noticed she wasn’t using her one arm normally. And she started crying again when I asked her to try to bend it. That’s when I remembered the arm swinging — and nagging my husband to be careful at the time — and knew something was seriously wrong.

Since it was Sunday evening, we ended up taking H to the emergency room. The ER doctor suspected she had a pulled elbow right away. She put one hand in the crease of her elbow and then did some weird maneuver to pop it back into place. H immediately stopped whimpering and had full use of her arm again. I’m so glad we took her in because as it turns out, trying to pop the arm back into place on your own could cause further harm.

My husband felt so bad for unintentionally causing our daughter pain. She hasn’t had any issues since this incident, but still. Lesson learned. Don’t make our mistake!

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Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to control a drone with your eyes or voice? Samsung, apparently, is considering the creation of such flying devices, which would be able to interpret your gestures, but also eye movements, and voice commands.

It may be a while until we see such devices in stores if that ever happens. A more grim possibility for the technology is advertising, the kind of ad experiences that follows you around in stores or on the street. What’s certain is that Samsung is studying pairing displays with drone technology.

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The Spring Trends Sarah Hyland Won’t Ever Wear

To pinpoint one singular thing Sarah Hyland does would be impossible. She holds many titles these days, from actress to singer to creative director, though the latter is a step outside her typical repertoire as an entertainer. Last year, Candie’s for Kohl’s brought Hyland on board as creative director for the brand, and if you’re wondering whether clothing lines normally offer that kind of role to someone outside the fashion industry, the answer is no.

In working with Candie’s, Hyland follows in the footsteps of celebrities from Destiney’s Child to Britney Spears to Fergie, but she’s the first to hold the creative director title. While the standard for celebrity brand involvement is to be the “face” of a line and featured in many of its campaigns, Candie’s took the idea one step further, involving the Hyland in everything from inspirations to design and, of course, brand campaigns.

We caught up with her recently to talk about designing for the brand and which trends she’s excited to bring to life this spring.

What can we expect from Candie’s this spring?

This spring we have a lot of florals in the collection. We’re going pure spring with it this year. We have upgraded our leather motorcycle jacket to a denim version with floral embroidery, so it’s a little bit lighter and versatile for day to night. That’s actually my favorite piece from the collection.

How would you wear that floral denim moto jacket?

I would probably pair with one of our regular tops. One of my favorite tops we have is this sheer top. So it has that sheer sexiness of a floral pattern that you can see through, but then you have a regular solid tank attached to it that goes underneath.

Which 2018 trends are you most excited about?

Mesh is everywhere, and I’m obsessed with it, but I’d never wear a completely sheer top with only a bra or only lingerie underneath. I’d always layer it on top of a solid piece like a tank. I do love the look of an allover mesh dress, like what Dior is doing. It still has an air of mystery and looks especially good over high-waisted pants. I come from a dance background, so I love pieces like that, which remind me of a dance costume.

In terms of footwear, I’m looking forward to mules; I’m a huge fan of the shoes. This is the first year I got to go into our Candie’s footwear design studio and work with the team. We have a lot of pearl details and floral embroidery on all of our shoes, which I’m very excited about.

Where do you source inspiration for the collection?

For footwear, I am more of a minimalist. I love a good mule with a tiny bit of embroidery on it. You always want each collection to be different from the last, but you always want it to be cohesive. So the idea is that with each collection, you’re going to slowly elevate it.

What has been the process as creative director?

My favorite parts are going to NYC and meeting with everyone on the team, the design, production teams, the footwear team—the actual process of it. I like learning how things come to life. Because I’ll go to them and show them a top that I love, and they’re like “no.” So everything is a learning process, and especially in the design fashion world, I’ve learned so much in this process. And they’ve been so open to my ideas, too. While I don’t have any formal design knowledge, I was always that kid who would cut my Barbie’s hair and cut up my old T-shirts, so I feel that it’s always been a part of me.

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Twitter is *finally* profitable for the first time ever

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Twitter reported its first-ever profitable quarter Thursday after more than four years of trading on the public market. The company announced $ 91 million in profit for the fourth quarter of 2017. Profitability was the #goal, CEO Jack Dorsey told investors in February 2017, and Twitter nailed it. The stock was up by more than 14 percent in after-hours trading.

Monthly user growth remained flat. Twitter announced 300 million monthly active users, the same as last quarter. But it did achieve a 12 percent year over year growth in daily active users. Read more…

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Were Quentin Tarantino’s Movies Ever Actually Feminist?

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Quentin Tarantino probably feels like his beleaguered Bride from Kill Bill this week, with the combination of Uma Thurman’s New York Times interview about the accident she was forced to endure on one of his film sets and the resurfacing of his Howard Stern interview where he defended Roman Polanski’s rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. It makes you wonder: as more about Tarantino’s past, his cavalier attitude toward statutory rape, and his behavior toward the actresses in his films comes to light, should we re-examine the films of his that have been dubbed feminist?

Tarantino has expressed regret for his comments about Geimer from 2003. Of the rape, Tarantino said, “He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape. That’s not quite the same thing. … He had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word ‘rape,’ you’re talking about violent, throwing them down; it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. Throwing the word ‘rape’ around is like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor.”

He continued to insist that the sex was consensual and that Geimer was a “party girl” who “wanted it.” Geimer has since refuted the claim.

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Here’s Why Black Panther Is the Richest Superhero Ever

It’s pretty amazing to be a superhero. Apart from the awesome fighting powers, the men and women who grace our comic book covers and headline blockbuster action movies also get spiffy outfits, cool names, dashing good looks, and, in many cases, a huge fortune to help fund their crime-fighting adventures.

Black Panther Is the Wealthiest Superhero


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The wealthiest superhero has a net worth of $ 90.7 trillion. And he is neither Tony Stark nor Bruce Wayne. In fact, it’s T’Challa, the Black Panther.

Being the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books, Black Panther tops the list of the most realistically rich superhero (or supervillain) in either DC or Marvel. This Wakandan king isn’t just the richest superhero. He is almost undoubtedly the wealthiest fictional character of all time.

How Is Black Panther So Rich?



How is it even possible for one person to have this much wealth? T’Challa is the king of Wakanda, a fictional African country with nearly all of the world’s reserves of Vibranium. Vibranium is the most precious and strongest metal in the Marvel Universe. It’s stronger than indestructible metal Adamantium, the substance bonded to Wolverine’s skeleton and claws. On top of that, Vibranium is the metal used to make Captain America’s shield. Obviously, it doesn’t come cheap.

In the distant past, a massive meteorite made up of the sound-absorbing mineral Vibranium crashed in Wakanda. It is unearthed a generation before the events of the present day. Knowing others would attempt to manipulate and dominate Wakanda for this rare and valuable resource, T’Chaka, father of T’Challa, concealed his country from the outside world. He sells off minute amounts of the valuable Vibranium while surreptitiously sending the country’s best scholars to study abroad. Consequently, Wakanda turns into one of the world’s most technologically advanced nations.

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According to the comics, the material costs $ 10,000 per gram, and Wakanda’s Vibranium vaults have 10,000 tons of the stuff. That means that the amount of Vibranium would cost more than the GDP of the entire world. From the perspective of natural resources, supply vs. demand, even if he just sells a tiny bit of it, T’Challa, is still arguably the richest superhero in comics.

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The Dutch’s ‘fashion police’ initiative is the stupidest idea ever

–This week, Rotterdam police announced a pilot program that will allow cops to seize luxury clothes and flashy jewelry from young people from, as the Dutch News puts it, “potential youth criminals.” So, if you’re a kid sporting some kind of flashy logo or bling — say, the Rolex watch your dad gave you for graduation…
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Engagement Rings: Have You Ever Upgraded, Downgraded, or Swapped It Out?

engagement ring upgradeSo here’s something that I know people do but never really hear people talk about: upgrading engagement rings. If you’re married, engaged, or just fond of thinking about rings: when, if ever, can one “upgrade” an engagement or wedding ring to get a larger diamond, adding more stones like baguettes or upgrading the setting to something like a Halo? When, if ever, can one replace a wedding ring for fashion/style reasons? (Obviously, the easy answer is “whenever the heck you want,” but there’s an etiquette issue here with your partner, as well as budgetary issues, fashion/lifestyle issues, and more.) We’ve talked about whether you have to take a diamond ring off to interview — but we’ve never talked about an engagement ring upgrade or anything else from this angle.upgrading an engagement ring etiquette

A few questions, to focus discussion: is buying “too much of a ring” ever a problem? For example, if your partner were to propose with an engagement ring — but still be in the midst of paying it off when you get hitched — how do you feel about that? Would you prefer zero debt in your union and a smaller ring — or did you have a mindset of “hey, you only get one engagement ring so let’s make it huuuuge!”, but then be OK with a monthly loan payment to which you contribute (or where your partner pays for it alone but then has less resources to contribute to family discretionary spending)? (After all, there are lots of different married money management methods!) Irrespective of engagement ring size, I know of several women who found that ultimately they preferred to just wear their wedding bands, and leave their engagement rings in the drawer (or safe, as the case may be)…

But, while buying too much can be a problem, buying too little can be another — so at what point is it acceptable to upgrade? (“I buy my own diamonds…” … riiight?) Has anyone had that conversation with your partner — and regardless of “whose money” paid for the new ring, how did that conversation go? (Did you have it right when he or she proposed? Wait until an anniversary?)

Still other women wear multiple engagement/wedding rings.  There are two ways I’ve seen this play out. One girlfriend of mine inherited both her mother’s and grandmother’s rings, so in addition to her own wedding rings she wore six rings on a regular basis. (It was extra in the best way!) The OTHER way I’ve seen it (well, read about it) is featured in this old post from You Look Fab where Angie describes swapping out her wedding rings like fashion accessories. (On a much smaller level, I suppose I’ve also seen this with women who have “traveling” rings, usually a very simple band they wear in place of their $ $ $ diamonds when they travel, particularly to foreign countries.) When I first read the You Look Fab post years ago, it really appealed to me — and I could see myself doing it, if I found the right rings — but I’ve been married for almost nine years now and a) I never take my rings off, and b) I never shop for diamond rings because, well, why would I? Still, it’s an intriguing idea to me.

So let’s dish, ladies — is your ring your partner proposed with your “forever” ring? If it wasn’t, have you upgraded or downgraded it? Did you ever felt like you “outgrew” your diamond ring in terms of fashion/style, lifestyle, or with physical changes (e.g., arthritis, weight change, etc?) Would you ever consider swapping out an engagement ring for fashion reasons? 

Psst: We’ve also talked about how to deal when your boss makes rude comments about your engagement ring, wearing engagement rings at work (and how much jewelry to wear to work), and fine jewelry vs. fashion jewelry at the office.

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An engagement ring upgrade: would you do it? We're asking our readers about the many different ways this can look, from upgrading your ring immediately or upgrading it as part of an anniversary—as well as upgrading PART of your ring (like adding stones or otherwise changing the setting) or wearing multiple wedding rings for style/lifestyle purposes.

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It’s no secret we’re big fans of J.Crew’s flats selection (specifically ballet flats). As we’ve pointed out before, the brand’s affordable ballet flats are perfect for work and play, and the styles always come with loads of positive customer reviews. To add to the brand’s list of incredible flats, let us introduce you to J.Crew’s latest ballet style, the Evies, which are, according to the product description, “lightweight and softer than ever,” making them extremely comfortable and easy to pack when you’re traveling. Plus, the Evies come in a variety of colors and materials, like a deep navy, the below patent leather option, shiny metallics, and a textured leopard print. Ready to add J.Crew’s Evie ballet flats to your shoe collection before all your friends do? See and shop them below.

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Jamie Chung’s Most Stylish Outfits Ever

With her impeccable taste and sense of current trends, Jamie Chung has managed to catapult herself from reality television star (she initially made a name for herself on The Real World: San Diego) to bona fide fashion star. She never misses a beat on a red carpet and manages to look consistently flawless even in her day-to-day life. Her approach to style ranges from flirty and elegant to casual and boho to classic and timeless—and her outfits always look perfect no matter what the occasion. In particular, she has a knack for dressing up even the simplest outfits by pairing them with carefully selected accessories. While she has no shortage of inspiring looks, today we’ve rounded up the best of the best. Ready to see which outfits made our list? Keep reading to see Jamie Chung’s best looks and learn a few of her key styling tricks.

Wear a color like silver to make a daytime silhouette work for the evening. On Jamie Chung: Smythe blazer; Dannijo necklace; Alandra Dress ($ 202); Jimmy Choo Candy Clutch ($ 1195) and sandals.
Keep things feminine and sweet with tassel-tie sandals. On Jamie Chung: Suno White Cotton Bell Sleeved Tunic ($ 395); Apparel Dena Skirt ($ 151); Capwell On the Rocks Point Necklace ($ 39) Keryn Y Necklace ($ 25); Céline bag; Raye Bennie Heels ($ 180).
Put a sportswear spin on a dress by pairing it with sneakers. On Jamie Chung: Diesel jacket; Twenty Viscose Stretch Midi Dress ($ 188); New Balance 96 Mashup Casual Sneakers ($ 110).
You can’t go wrong lining your closet with classic pieces like a cashmere sweater and leather Oxford shoes.
Though pink and red have a reputation for clashing, they’re actually one of the season’s most popular color pairings. On Jamie Chung: Banana Republic dress.
Accessories really can make your outfit. Adding an interesting belt, hat, and ankle boots to a simple dress completely changes the look. On Jamie Chung: Rag & Bone hat; American Apparel dress; Tezenis bra; Chloé Small Hudson Bag ($ 2150); Grey City boots.

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Video: Possibly the sweetest moment ever captured on a baby monitor

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Brianna Jonsson knew her 2-year-old son, Carter, was a loving big brother to 4-month-old Caden. But the extent to which he cares for his baby brother was unknown until she captured an adorable moment on her baby monitor.

In the clip, which has gone viral on Jonsson’s Instagram page, Carter gets out of bed to check on Caden. He crosses their shared room and pulls himself up on the side of his baby brother’s crib. He gently pats Caden before returning to his bed.

Jonsson and her husband, Cameron, watched the moment unfold live on their baby monitor. “We’ve seen Carter check on Caden before, but this is the first time we got the whole clip,” she told BabyCenter. “We know he’s a loving big brother, but to see it when you’re not supposed to be watching just melted us.”

The brothers have been sharing a room for a month now. And while the parents were initially worried it may not work, Carter has embraced his protective role. Jonsson shared that he will even come to his parents to tell them that “Caden needs booboo milk” when he’s crying.

The boys’ relationship has been a happy surprise for Jonsson. “Carter was only 22 months old when Caden was born, still a baby himself,” she explained. “It’s taken some time for him to understand that he isn’t going anywhere.”

As evidenced by this video it seems he’s adjusting just fine. Good job, Carter.

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Move Over Oprah and Jay-Z! The Roots of Black Wealth Run Deeper Than We Ever Dreamed

Quick: Name three black millionaires of the early 20th century.

John Johnson? Good guess, but wrong time. The founder of Chicago’s Ebony-centered empire began amassing his fortune mid-century.

Madame C.J. Walker, of eponymous haircare fame, is a hearty yes, but is that all you’ve got? If so, there’s a good reason for that, according to Shomari Wills, author of the upcoming book, Black Fortunes (Amistad). Walker wasn’t the first black person—or even the first woman of color—to amass a significant fortune. She was the first black millionaire who was bold enough to showcase it. Walker’s lavish lifestyle garnered a level of attention and notoriety that most of her rich predecessors and peers feared, and for good reason. Wealthy blacks were instant targets for violent, racist haters; con artists; and thieves.

If you’re struggling to imagine a class of black millionaires existed at a time when the last generation of those born into slavery was just reaching maturity, you’re not alone. But that’s precisely why Wills chose to excavate this long buried bit of black history.

 

Mapping the History of Black Wealth

Black Fortunes is relevant today because it is a story about the quest for and realization of the economic power of African Americans,” says the journalist. “I wanted to push back against the stereotype that African Americans aren’t enterprising or capable of cultivating and wielding financial power.” The book will dramatically expand not only readers’ perception of the post-slavery era but of the very history of black wealth in America.

Wills’s ode to the nation’s first-known, post-slavery titans, a few of whom reside in his own family tree, concentrates on six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires. In the telling, Wills illuminates several other stories of of incredible fortitude, business savvy, and good luck that led to degrees of wealth that would rival the fortunes of today’s most outsized African American successes including Oprah, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

 

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“The figures I ended up writing about were not just pioneers but some of the most remarkable business people I’ve ever studied,” Wills said in an email answering questions about his upcoming book. “They built their business empires during a time when African Americans faced bondage, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. They didn’t just rise past slavery and servitude but to the highest realms of wealth and influence in society in 19th and early 20th century.”

The history mined in Black Fortunes will come as a revelation to many who will be shocked to learn that there was a black wealth class immediately after slavery. However, Wills grew up with a keen awareness of this piece of history, which most historians have at best ignored.

“I always knew of my great-great-great uncle John Drew (a millionaire entrepreneur) and his brother Simon Drew (my great-great-grandfather, who was also a wealthy entrepreneur) through stories passed down from my mother,” says Wills. “I was amazed by their stories and wanted to try and share them.”

 

The Earliest Black Sports Team Owner?

Yet even Wills didn’t learn the details of how his own ancestors accumulated their wealth until he started researching the book. “It turns out their father, a farmer, was one of the first black men in Virginia to own property,” Wills explains. “He let his sons sell his land when he grew tired of farming. John and Simon Drew then used the money to open businesses around the turn of the century.

“John Drew used his portion to start a bus line in Philadelphia around 1910 and invest in securities. He did well in the bull market of the late 1920s and pulled his money out of the stock market right before the crash in 1929. John walked away with close to a million dollars at the time and, after his windfall, retired and bought a Negro League baseball team.”

Sadly, John Drew ended up losing a good deal of his wealth when the Negro League folded after MLB integrated. “The integration of the major leagues was a great triumph, but also a bit of a tragedy for the Negro League and its black coaches, owners, and executives.”

 

A Cautionary Tale

Black Fortunes is a classic story of black resilience and the determination to upend a racist social order in the most meaningful, quantifiable way, but it’s also a cautionary tale about the unique challenges African Americans face in trying to build and sustain wealth, especially when it comes to passing it from one generation to the next.

Some of the Drew brothers’ remaining money and real estate were inherited by Wills’s mother and aunt, but, the author laments, “it was nothing close to what they had at their peak.”  Noting that since Reconstruction, African Americans have invested more of their net worth in real estate more than any other group, the 2008 financial crisis dealt a critical blow to that tradition and today, black home ownership is at 43%, an all-time low.

 

 

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When you’re looking at places in Europe to visit, there is something for everyone. You might want golden beaches and marble hotels. Or, you might prefer to enjoy some stunning hills, valleys, mountains, castles, snow, and the ocean. If this sounds up your street, then Scotland is definitely the sort of place you need to visit. Now, you might not know this, but there’s a special place in Scotland called the Hebrides.

Ever heard the name? No? Well, in actual fact, there are two – the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides. This Scottish archipelago is one of the most stunning places in the world, and certainly the most majestic place you’ve never heard of. It’s incredibly remote, lying off the west coast of mainland Scotland, and is accessible only by land or sea. Let’s find out a little more about the Hebrides, shall we?

History

The Hebrides have a long and fascinating history, dating back to Mesolithic times! There is also a big Norse and Celtic link here too, and these cultures have had a big impact on the people of the Hebrides. It has led to a great deal of diversity throughout both the Inner and Outer Hebrides, which is reflected in the naming of some of the islands and towns, not to mention the languages spoken. There is also a big source of Scottish Gaelic literature and music to be found in the Hebrides, making it an important part of Scotland’s culture.

There’s some great archaeology

As we mentioned before, the Hebrides has a rich and intriguing history, and archaeology plays a big role in this as well. This has led to there being a whole host of archaeological wonders here to appeal to people of all ages. Perhaps the most famous are the world-renowned Callanish Stones – think of them like the Hebridean equivalent of Stonehenge. These are definitely a must-see if you get the chance to visit. There is also the Clachan Bridge, known as the Bridge Over the Atlantic because it bridges the Clachan Sound, and connects the mainland of Scotland to islands.

It’s stunning

One of the biggest draws of the Hebrides is the fact that it is just simply stunning. The geography and climate contribute to what makes this the perfect place to visit. If you want to enjoy breathtaking natural beauty, a trip to the Hebrides will give you exactly what you crave. There are amazing caves, stunning ocean views, lush fields, majestic cliffs, and archaeological wonders. The scenery and surroundings here are simply breathtaking, and it’s a much more laid-back pace of life. In fact, this might even be the kind of place you decide you want to move to and live some day.

So, this is the last time you’re going to be able to say you haven’t heard of the Hebrides. Now you’re familiar with this collection of islands off the coast of Scotland, you’ll understand its cultural and historical heritage and significance. The next time you’re planning a trip to Scotland, make sure you take some time out to go visit the Hebrides.

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Taylor Swift Is the ‘Happiest I’ve Ever Seen Her,’ Says Pal Todrick Hall

Living her best life! Taylor Swift’s longtime pal Todrick Hall opened up about the 28-year-old Grammy winner’s state of mind after releasing her new album, Reputation, in November.

“I think she’s the happiest I’ve ever seen her,” Hall, 32, said during his visit to The Kid Kraddick Morning Show on Thursday, December 14.

The American Idol alum also recalled a time where Swift was unhappy with a former flame and shared that she’s now in a much better place. “There was a time last year — I don’t know if I’m supposed to say anything — she was dating someone. I’d actually never met this person, but I could I could just tell every time I would talk to her, she would hunch over,” he revealed. “I sent her this picture of her as Quasimodo that I edited. Because I was like, ‘You cannot turn into Quasimodo for this guy. Every time you say his name, you hunch over.’”

Hall added: “Now, she’s so happy. Standing up completely straight and so tall and so confident. I just love it. I’m so, so happy for her and I cannot wait to see this tour.”

As previously reported, Swift is gearing up for her highly anticipated Reputation world tour and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, will join her for a few stops on the road. “[Taylor’s] gonna be on tour soon and Joe will be there and she realized there’s no point in not living her life,” a source previously told Us Weekly of the couple. “All her friends know about their relationship anyway. She feels confident in their relationship and Joe really loves her. She really thinks he might be the one.”

Hall also spoke candidly about how the “End Game” songstress responds to criticism. “She’s very sensitive. We were talking about this the other day and I was like, ‘It blows my mind that you’re so humble and so sensitive.’ We were hanging out at her house and Tiffany Haddish was there and she was saying something about some comment a kid said, and you could tell that it made Taylor’s entire energy shift because she just loves people so much and she wants everybody to understand where she’s coming from. But I think it’s that passion and that humble quality about her that makes her so great at writing songs that people identify with because she wears her heart on her sleeve. When things happen, it really, really gets to her.”

The choreographer also complimented the “Delicate” crooner for caring so deeply about others and being the best hostess: “She’s just so thoughtful.”

The Reputation tour kicks off at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on May 2, 2018. For more dates, click here.

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Love it or hate it, Diana’s wedding dress was unforgettable

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The bride arrives! Resplendent in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

With the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018, naturally everyone is wondering who the actress will choose as her wedding dress designer, and what sort of style she will pick. Looking back at previous Royal wedding dresses, brides have usually opted for traditional styles, especially as they have all been married in cathedrals or churches.

Princess Diana’s wedding dress

The most famous of all obviously being Princess Diana’s dress, created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for her wedding to Prince Charles on 29th July 1981. The ballgown was literally fit for a princess, with its layers upon layers of silk taffeta, puffy sleeves and 25-foot-train. Sure, it wasn’t to everyone’s taste, and it does scream 80s, but the fact we are still talking about it today makes it rather iconic, non?

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Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

You could say no dress has ever been as hotly anticipated as Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Estimated at a whopping £250k, it was designed (in secret obvs) by Alexander McQueen creative fashion director Sarah Burton. The 50s style dress was made with satin gazar, lace and organza, was nipped in at the waist and featured a full skirt designed to mimic an opening flower. It had a relatively short train and was the perfect fit for the elegant decor of Westminster Abbey. Its something old was the 19th Century lace style on the bodice, and for her something blue, Kate had a bit of blue ribbon sewn inside the dress.

It went down a treat with viewers and fashion critics alike and as a result was copied by too many fashion brands to count.

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Grace Kelly’s wedding dress

We can’t mention Harry and Meghan without the obvious reference to Grace Kelly, who was also an American actress who married a Prince, specifically Prince Rainer III of Monaco. Her dress is still lauded as one of the most beautiful of all time, and it’s even thought Kate was inspired by the classic design for hers. Fun fact for you: instead of picking a well-known designer (we’re sure the likes of Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent were falling over themselves to do the job), Grace chose her MGM costume designer Helen Rose to do it, as the pair had worked closely in Hollywood.

Grace Kelly's wedding to Prince Ranier

It was made with taffeta and embellished with 125-year-old lace and pearls and was just beautiful.

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Here’s the role Prince George had in his first ever school nativity play

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Having started school in September, Prince George has spent the last few months enjoying life as a full-time primary school pupil. And while he may not always want to go to school in the morning, it sounds like he’s settled in just fine.

Prince William has now revealed the role Prince George had in his first ever school nativity, as well as how he got on onstage – and, spoilers, it’ll make your heart hurt a little bit.

During a visit to Media City in Salford earlier today with Kate Middleton, who is expecting their third child in April, William shared the story of George’s newfound career in acting. ‘I went to my boy’s nativity play. It was funny,’ the soon to be dad-of-three told school children.

So which role did the third-in-line to the throne play during St Thomas’s Battersea’s annual nativity?

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‘He was a sheep,’ his proud dad told the children.

Awwww. We bet the young royal looked adorable in his nativity costume! Although, you’d think the role of one of the three kings would be more fitting…

George recently wrote a letter to Father Christmas, which was hand delivered to the big guy in red in Finland by his dad. But when it comes to the Christmas gifts he’s asking for, there’s only one thing on his wish list this year – a toy police car.

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Who knows, maybe Prince George will pursue a career in the theatre when he grows up before taking to the throne?

Then again, maybe not…

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Lubaina Himid awarded Britain’s Turner Prize, oldest artist ever to win

LONDON (Reuters) – Lubaina Himid, a 63-year-old artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats, became the oldest person ever to win Britain’s most prestigious art award – the Turner Prize – on Thursday.


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Andy Paley has co-written the most popular song in the history of SpongeBob SquarePants. That distinction might sound dubious, but to the franchise's legions of fans, "The Best Day Ever" – originally heard during the closing credits of the 2004 SpongeBob movie –  is a bona fide anthem.

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Dakota Fanning talks child stardom, sparring with sister Elle and the wildest thing she’s ever done

From Hollywood child star to modern ingenue, Dakota Fanning’s rise to success has been seamless and without scandal. She tells Martha Hayes where it all went right.

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Dakota Fanning has an eye roll is so spectacular, it deserves its own meme.

Becoming famous at the age of seven, followed by 16 years of being asked the same questions repeatedly, has given her ample practice.

The worst offenders allude to how much she’s ‘grown up’ since making her Hollywood debut in I Am Sam (2001) (becoming the youngest actress in history 
to be nominated, at eight, for a Screen Actors Guild Award); what it was like ‘working with Tom Cruise’ 
in War Of The Worlds (2005) 12 years ago; and finally, isn’t it a miracle that she didn’t ‘go off the rails’ like so many other child stars. Ugh.

And so it becomes my mission when meeting the now 23-year-old in London for our cover shoot to not give 
her any opportunity to roll her eyes.

Settled on a big 
sofa in the middle of a bustling studio on a balmy Sunday afternoon, I tell her I’m assuming she probably has gone off the rails in secret and ask her what’s the wildest thing she’s ever done. ‘It would absolutely not be printable,’ she says laughing, clapping her hands. Definitely no eye roll here.

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Dakota Fanning

‘It always cracks me up when people talk about how I haven’t gone off the rails − which I have not, by any means − but you know, I’m a normal person. I love a party and I love having people over for any occasion since I’ve had my own apartment in New York. I’m always like, “You can stay with me!” I don’t cook, but I make cocktails. I make a good margarita.’

Comfily dressed in a navy ribbed sweater and slouchy navy sweatpants, Dakota Fanning has just flown in from Budapest, where’s she’s spent the last six months filming psychological period drama series The Alienist. Described by Netflix as ‘a headstrong secretary determined to become the first female police detective [in 1870s New York],’ Sarah Howard sounds like a dream of a role for Fanning’s first foray into the golden era of television.

Her commitment and attachment not only to the part but to the cast (including Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl) and crew, makes me warm to her quickly. Not just because, on a superficial level, she sounds really fun (‘On one of the first nights they threw an event and
 I stole all the actors and took them back to my apartment. That was my first party…’) but because she talks with an honesty and sincerity when she could so easily be more jaded.

She is a stickler for routine, and while signing up for a six-month TV show could be daunting, she admits she found it comforting. ‘I like knowing where I’m going to be and making myself at home. [I] work so hard to get comfortable and get to know people. I love the life I’ve had in Budapest.’

As a result, she found reaching the end of the project quite emotional. ‘When you wrap your scenes, the producer or director might say a little something about you. And when they did, I just burst into tears and sat there crying in front of the entire cast and crew.’

Dakota Fanning on growing up as a child star

Dakota Fanning

Always the ingénue and constantly defined by her childhood roles, which also include Charlotte’s Web (2006), or her teen roles in Twilight (2009, 2010, 2012) or The Runaways (2010), I tell Fanning it was refreshing to see her in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral last year playing a political terrorist (and with a convincing stutter to boot). ‘But you know what would crack me up? People would say that was my “grown-up” role. I was playing
a 16-year-old. That was my grown-up role!’

Around the time of making American Pastoral, Fanning pushed herself out of her comfort zone further by playing a mute wife and mother in western thriller Brimstone alongside Guy Pearce and Kit Harington. She is keen to direct, and will produce as well as play the protagonist in the much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, directed by her friend Kirsten Dunst.

‘I am definitely ambitious,’ explains Fanning, who is also enrolled on a women’s studies course at NYU, with a focus on the portrayal of women in film and culture. ‘I’ve never been the kind of person who has been  
like, “I want to do this, this and this, and then I’ll be happy.” Professionally, I am very ambitious but those ambitions reveal themselves, subconsciously, as the challenges come along.’

She’s aware that she is lucky her love of the profession has ‘never wavered’ when a lot of her friends are still figuring their lives out. But in an Insta generation where most actors have a fashion line or a lifestyle platform, does she feel a pressure to do something on the side?

‘I do have moments where 
I feel like nowadays being just an actor isn’t enough. I was listening to Anna Faris Is Unqualified, which I love, and I was like, [in a paranoid whisper] “She’s 
an actor. Now she has a podcast… am I supposed 
to get a podcast?!”

‘It used to be that if you were an actor and you did certain things, it was cheesy, but things are changing so much. I like that the lines are blurred and you’re allowed to do those things. I just don’t know if I have anything 
I would feel authentic doing yet, because we can tell when it’s not real, right? When somebody doesn’t actually believe in what they’re doing?’

Dakota Fanning on the simple life lesson her mother taught her

For someone so accustomed to Hollywood, Fanning lacks any sense of entitlement and is unfailingly polite. Everything I’d read before meeting her suggested this was going to be the case, but while that’s preferable to a monster ego, I worried it could make her a bit robotic or sedate. I’ve come to the conclusion she’s just incredibly well adjusted and at ease with herself.

She arrives at the cover shoot on her own (which is unusual) and talks to everybody – from the photographer to the stylist’s assistant – in the same, chatty tone. Her body language during the interview 
also speaks volumes; bare feet up on the sofa, leaning forward when she laughs.

It’s no surprise, then, when she tells me the biggest lesson her mother instilled in her growing up was treating other people well. ‘There are so many things that are out of your control in life and what you can control is how you treat other people,’ she explains. ‘My mom is very selfless. She’s done everything for me and my sister 
and thought about us a thousand times before she has ever thought about something for herself. I hope to be that way,’ she adds with a giggle. ‘I try.’

Originally from a town east of Atlanta, in Georgia, on the surface it could be assumed her mother – a retired tennis player – and salesman father were pushy stage parents for uprooting the family to La La Land, but it was only ever intended to be temporary.

An enthusiastic performer from the age of five, Fanning was encouraged by a drama teacher to sign up with a local agent and maybe do a couple of commercials. When her mother took her to visit her aunt in LA that summer, she attended some auditions – and kept getting work. Eventually Fanning’s father, sister and grandmother moved out to join them. And she credits that strong female household for keeping her grounded.

‘Seeing my mom be a stay-at-home mom, I saw the 
strength in that; in choosing to dedicate her life to being the best mom,’ she recalls. ‘I remember promoting The Runaways, [about the first all-girl rock band, co-staring Kristen Stewart] and being asked, “Have you ever been told you couldn’t do something because you were a girl?” And I was like, “No,
I haven’t”, and I realised that in growing up with very strong women, I [always had] the feeling there was nothing I couldn’t do.’

They are a close-knit, sporty family. ‘I would be disowned if I said I didn’t like sport. My mom would 
be like, “How could you say something like that?!” It’s true, I do like it, I just can’t play because I don’t have the drive or passion to be a professional athlete. Or the talent… let’s be honest.’

Dakota Fanning’s relationship with her sister Elle Fanning

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Does that make Elle, her younger sister also in the industry, her sparring partner? They certainly know how to wind each other up. ‘She thinks I’m turning into our mom, which I guess is inevitable for everybody, I don’t know. She’s like [puts on moany voice], “You and Mom – you’re like two moms!” Our mom is a constant reminder of “don’t forget to do this, and don’t forget to do that” and I am turning into a reminder. I can’t help it.’

Jokes aside, despite being in the same competitive industry, Fanning and her famous sister have a great relationship, largely because of how organically both their careers developed. ‘All of a sudden, it kind of happened and we kept going because we enjoyed it,’ she says. ‘But we don’t talk about it that much. We have our own separate relationship with what we do. We’ve never felt the need to get into it.’

The four-year age gap hasn’t always been easy. ‘There are a few years where you’re both experiencing such different things; age nine and 13 – nothing in common; 12 and 16 – we didn’t know what to do with each other. Now as she’s getting older and I’m getting older we’re getting closer… and that’s really lovely.’

As separate as they view their careers, isn’t it likely they’ll both go up for the same role one day? ‘We’ve had scenarios where we’ve gone to meet the same person and it’s totally fine. To us, we’re so different.’

In the time I’ve spent with Fanning, I’ve discovered she is fun-loving, loyal, ambitious and passionate about 
New York, where she’s lived since she was 18 – not bad going considering she once said, ‘If I can achieve it, I don’t want anyone to know anything about me.’

‘I know, I don’t really say anything!’ She’s reluctant to talk about relationships, money or politics. ‘I do still feel that way. I think there’s something cool about being a little mysterious, which is hard to do nowadays.’

Dakota Fanning

She initially resisted joining Instagram (she now has 1.8m followers), ‘but I would get frustrated with people talking about my “grown-up” roles’ and she wanted the right to reply. ‘I thought, I’m not making that big of an effort to show people who I actually am.’

Hers is an unselfconscious and casually curated feed of ‘little flashes of my sense of humour or things I care about.’ I couldn’t help noticing her love of Whispering Angel rosé wine. ‘Oh my god, it’s the best,’ she cries. 
I had been tempted to bring her a bottle as a gift, 
but I didn’t want her to take it the wrong way. ‘I would have welcomed it with open arms,’ she reassures me. ‘And we would be drinking it right now!’

The January issue of Marie Claire hits shelves on Thursday 7th December 

Photographs by David Roemer, styling by Tiffany Fraser Steele

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Dana White Unsure if Conor McGregor Will Ever Fight Again

It's been about a year since Conor McGregor last fought in the UFC, and UFC president Dana White isn't sure when he will return. While talking to members of the media this week, White said they were working on an fight for McGregor at the end of the year – he was a possibility for UFC 219 on December 30th 

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Why ‘The Room’ Is the Best Worst Movie Ever

Virtually nothing about The Room makes sense, including the fact that, despite its title, its action doesn’t only take place in a single indoor setting. Thus, it’s only fitting that this most inexplicable of “bad movies”—an indie whose astounding awfulness has helped it attain cult status—is now receiving a dramatized origin story courtesy of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.

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Jesse Williams Just Released the Blackest App Game You’ve Ever Played

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Jesse Williams is known for his social activism in the community and making headlining news for speeches like the one at the 2016 BET Awards during his acceptance of the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Right in line with his brand, Williams just released Blebrity, the blackest trivia app game you’ve ever played.

The game has several different categories including Music, Make ‘Em Say Ugghhh, Dance Moves, Soul Train Line, and Actin’ a Fool, I Can’t Take You Nowhere.

Black Enterprise caught up with Williams during the AfroTech conference this past weekend, where he made the official announcement.

You have been in the tech industry for a while now and people are just starting to hear about it, so tell me how you got involved. 

A few ways. It’s a new frontier right, and a lot of times new frontiers don’t make a lot of room for black and poor folks to have a real entry point and we have a real learning curve, a lot of catching up to do. When you enter something late, actually it reminds me of our history. If you’re lucky enough to go to college, maybe you’ll take an African American studies course once but, you’re already 19 years old whereas, everybody else, the majority of the population has been learning their history since birth, so you’re behind.

Ebroji

 

The tech world is like that or like the cannabis industry now, so we have to figure out ways to kind of overcompensate and be really good at each one teach one and lifting each other up, so I’ve just been trying to be a student. That started with diving into a cultural language extension tool called Ebroji. That was this GIF keyboard.

We saw that black folks on social media were driving culture, we drive the way everybody talks, dances, the trends, the way we speak, what trends on social media, seven of the top 10 trending topics. We don’t own anything, it’s not for us, it’s not by us, we don’t have any stock in it, they don’t employ us, so why do we have this middleman and why do we wait for corporate, kind of white pop-culture to validate us for us to exist, we already exist, so we decided to build something that included us.

Included our faces and bodies and we can use GIFs that have black/brown trends, gay/queer human beings expressing themselves. Expressing love, joy, passion, frustration, and it doesn’t have to be overtly political. It’s still political because we exist.

Scholly

 

I dove into a product called Scholly that connects students to over $ 80 million in scholarships. Education is a big passion of mine. I struggled to stay in school, every semester to come up with an extra six grand, four grand to stay in school. There are a lot of ways to push us out of education and money is a big part of that and we don’t have the generational wealth that many others do so, Chris Gray created this incredible product and I just threw my entire weight behind him backing the product. We do great work. We connect students and help keep them in school.

Blebrity

 

Most recently, I’m most excited right now about Blebrity, something simple, a game. We all love game night, we all love watching people have fun, we all love getting together. Nobody gets together and figures out a way to be an alchemist and make something out of nothing like black folks, but these games ain’t built for us and that’s fine. We’re not waiting around, waiting for you. “Can you please include me? Can you please maybe make us, can you please throw us a crumb?” We’re not with that. We’ll just build it ourselves.

Jesse Williams plays Blebrity with Tech Editor, Sequoia Blodgett (Image: Kadura Bellamy) Jesse Williams plays Blebrity with Tech Editor Sequoia Blodgett (Image: Kadura Bellamy)

 

Check out the hilarity of Blebrity live in action below and download it now in the app store.

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Have you ever noticed these babies at the end of a film?

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Some parents mark the birth of a child with an announcement in the local newspaper, a post on Facebook, or an adorable Instagram story.

Then there are the Disney and Pixar parents, who make a real production of it — because they have Production Babies.

If you’re an eagle-eyed movie fan, you’re probably already familiar with Production Babies. They are the children born to anyone involved with the making of a film. You’ll see their first names run as part of the credits, usually listed as Production Babies.

However some movies add a spin to it, like the 2011 version of Winnie the Pooh, which boasted “Pooh Babies” in the credits.

I love this trend with my whole heart. It only makes sense that an enormous milestone, like the birth of a child, would be shared among colleagues while birthing a large creative project, like an animated film. This speaks to the deep affection between the people who make these movies happen — they celebrate each other’s families with a “mazel tov!” for all the world to see.

The director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, told the San Francisco Gate in 2010: “If you ask any of us which movie we were making when one of our kids was born, we’ll be able to tell you instantly. It’s like our family lives are permanently woven into the movies.”

That’s just like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first child, Sebastian, who will always be immortalized in the Production Babies list for Moana. (Aside: No, I don’t know why Cooper’s name has a star next to it. Pixar did not respond to my requests for more information.)

The babies born during the production of Moana

 

For those of us who aren’t in the movie business, Production Babies are a fun way to gauge how the business is booming.

“As the studio keeps growing, so does the number of infants in the credits,” the San Francisco Gate story noted.

A Bug’s Life, which was released in 1998, had 34 production babies, while 2015’s Inside Out had a whopping 104. Also 23 babies were born during the original Toy Story, but Toy Story 3 brought 69 babies into production!

The Production Babies lists are also terrific because they offer a look at the beautiful and sometimes non-traditional baby names chosen by these inventive, creative parents.

Zootopia, for instance, included such gems as Opal, Ilaria, and Marley, while Finding Dory celebrated Leona, Brenhin, Pelayo, Runa, and Miramar. One of my very favorites, Toy Story 3, brought a host of lovely baby names into the world, like Emi, Neala, Reihan, Avedis, Linnea, Devavrat — along with a truly spectacular film.

Have you ever noticed production babies in the film credits before?

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It’s that time of year again to get the family together and eat all you can while reminiscing over things you’re grateful for.

 

 

In honor of Turkey Day being just days away, check out our list of Thanksgiving episodes that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.


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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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Is Kim Kardashian’s baby shower the most extravagant ever?

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The ‘Tea for Three’ theme for Kim Kardashian West’s baby shower may have sounded quaint and simple, but the event was anything but. On Saturday, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star hosted a show-stopping party to celebrate her third child, and it took place in a magical indoor cherry blossom forest.

Kardashian and hubby Kanye West are expecting their third child via surrogate, a