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Black Venture Capitalist Explains What She Looks for When Choosing Who to Invest in

Arlan Hamilton is known as a relentless, “anything is possible” investor in the tech space when it comes to making moves. So far her firm, Backstage Capital, has invested more than $ 4 million in over 80 companies led by underrepresented founders and she recently closed a $ 36 million fund to invest in black female founders, but it hasn’t always been easy. Recently, Hamilton spoke to Quartz’s Leah Fessler as part of Quartz’s How We’ll Win, a yearlong exploration of the fight for gender equality.

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According to a recent release from Quartz, here are some key takeaways from Hamilton explaining what she looks for in a founder and how they can win with her company.

She looks for people who remind her of herself.

“Would they have done what I did to get here?” she asks, referring to the perseverance it took while cold-calling Silicon Valley investors, sleeping on the San Francisco airport floor at night, and ceaselessly justifying her worth in the face of racism, sexism, and homophobia. “I just refuse to believe there’s any room that any of us do not deserve to be in,” she says.

She prioritizes people who can embrace constructive criticism.

“Taking constructive criticism is really essential, and usually you can evaluate that skill really quickly in a meeting or on a phone call,” she says while admitting it’s something she herself sometimes struggles with. “If someone  can’t handle a 15-minute call without getting super defensive, they’re not going to be able to handle seven years of that, so that’s a big indicator.”

She places a high value on founders who can answer questions intelligently and efficiently.

“I tend to ask a lot of questions if I’m interested in something because I want to learn more and usually I’m learning something for the first time. So, I need founders who can answer many questions without defensiveness,” she says.

Equally important is founders’ disposition toward asking her and her team many questions.

Investing is a long-term partnership, so founders who want to take money without investigating how their relationship with Backstage will function are unlikely to be a good match, she says.

“It’s truly about the founders to me—their passion, drive, and reasoning.”

While it’s fascinating to watch founders interact with their teams, who is on the team is not the most important factor. Hamilton interrogates founders about their motivation for creating the product or service they’re pitching. “Usually you can tell if someone is working on something that’s their own personal pain point, or if they’re working on something that they think they’ll be able to flip in two or three years,” she says. “Flipping is a great business model on its own, and one day I’ll probably have a fund that’s just flippers, but that’s not what [Backstage] is now.”

To hear more from Hamilton, check her out on the Gimlet Media Startup series.

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Report explains how Apple will avoid the problem that plagued last year’s iPhone X release

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Apple released three distinct iPhone models last fall, which was a first in its iPhone history. The iPhone X, however, was delayed by more than a month due to supply constraints — also a first for Apple. Now, a new report says Apple plans to launch this year’s iPhone X successors right on schedule, and it’s taking special steps in order to avoid delays.

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Exclusive: Watch a Crazy New Clip from 'Annihilation', Plus Director Alex Garland Explains Its Mysterious Story

On February 23, writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) returns to screens with Annihilation, the highly anticipated adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel about a group of women who venture off on a dangerous expedition inside a mysterious location called “The Shimmer,” which seems to be swallowing up every person sent inside. 

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Sinbad Explains Prince’s Issue With Justin Timberlake Performance

Prince fans were not about to let Justin Timberlake get away with his tribute to the late icon without comment…and most of it continues to be negative.

As previously reported, JT performed Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” with a giant projection of the artist on a large billowing sheet behind the stage. (Watch above.) This method was apparently chosen after Sheila E shut down his original plan to perform with a Prince hologram.

In a 1998 interview with Guitar World magazine, Prince was asked directly about the use of digital editing to “create a situation where you could jam with any artist from the past.” He was unequivocally against it.

“That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” he said. “Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing … it really is demonic. And I am not a demon. Also, what they did with that Beatles song (Free As A Bird), manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave … that’ll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”

Many fans thought JT’s projection of Prince on the sheet was too close to the hologram concept that Prince clearly hated and took to social media with their disapproval.

Jemele Hill, formerly of ESPN and now senior correspondent at The Undefeated, tweeted a GIF of Prince expressing befuddlement.

Sinbad also took to social media with more details about Prince’s original beef with JT, which started with JT’s 2006 release of “Sexy Back.”

At the time, Prince joked that sexy never left. Timberlake responded with a verse in “Give It To Me” in which he said to Prince, “Don’t hate on me just because you didn’t come up with it.” Later, Timberlake mocked Prince’s hight by lowering the mic stand to accept an award on his behalf at the Golden Globes.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — a bona fide legend in Silicon Valley — has never been afraid to give the masses his unfiltered opinion on all things tech related. And though Woz made his name and fortune developing both the Apple I and Apple II decades ago, he has never been shy about calling out Apple whenever it thinks it veers too far off course.

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‘Art Hoe’ Gabrielle Richardson Explains Gen-Z Yellow at Y-3

AGENT YELLOW: “Yellow is a primary color, and it is the basis for all other colors in the realm,” said artist and curator Gabrielle Richardson, after a Y-3 show where bright yellow touches shot through the collection designed by Yohji Yamamoto.
And the veteran designer wasn’t the only one. Kenzo, Pigalle, Maison Margiela — their runway backdrop was yellow, too — and many more went for the sunny color.
While on social media, Instagram in particular, yellow has begun to make the rounds, and a term has even been coined to describe the spectrum from eggyolk to mustard, and beyond, “Generation Z yellow.”
The Art Hoe collective, founded by Richardson, is credited with the emergence of this hue as a successor to Millennial Pink as the color du jour. “We feel that people of color are the basis of the majority of creativity, and often aren’t credited for it. We just wanted to really accentuate that fact by using primary colors,” she explained.
Richardson, who is working on a solo show in New York for the spring that will include performance pieces and a focus on the color red, was particularly happy about the cast of the show. “It’s really amazing to see a

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Rian Johnson Explains Why He Made That Difficult Decision About Rey’s Parents

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Cam’ron Explains Why 3:AM Project With Reebok Is So Gucci [Photos]

Cam’ron has been collaborating with Reebok for a minute now but their latest team-up is for the 3:AM project. Under the premise that the best artists tend to create their best work in the wee hours, Killa teamed with up designer Trevor “Trouble” Andrew.

First up from Cam and Trouble is a footwear and apparel capsule collection that includes the Reebok “Workout” sneaker. The capsule also includes a pair of long-sleeve tees and a pair of short-sleeve tees, with everything retailing between $ 30 and $ 120. The collection formally launched on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Foot Locker’s NYC33 space in NYC.

Both Trouble and Cam were on hand with the latter performing a medley of hits include “Oh Boy,” “Dipset Anthem” and “Suck It or Not.”

A standout entry in Trouble’s resume is his work designing for high-end brand Gucci. That connection was one reason Cam was on board with working with him Trouble aka GucciGhost.

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“Ya know what’s crazy, I got all the Gucci sh*t he did in my house. Didn’t even know it was him,” explained Cam. “So when Reebok showed me the stuff they were walking on with him and then told me what he’d done previously I was like, ‘Oh this is a no-brainer, he’s got hot sh*t.’ He’s creative, he’s dope so it wasn’t even a hard decision to make.”

Things have started off well since it seems like everything in the collection has already sold out. But there will be an opportunity to cop as the Reebok Presents 3:AM show goes on the road, with the next stop being in Atlanta with more cities to follow in 2018.

Also, Cam has more work with Reebok on deck.

“We doing the Fleebok 4’s, they be out in June. The Flee 3’s just came out,” said Cam.

He added, “I’m more than humbled that they even want to work with me. A lot of people just see you get fresh and don’t really recognize [they can] get money with you. And Reebok, they get it. I really appreciate them understanding my vision and seeing how fly I am, and appreciating how I dress.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place.
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Rashida Jones Explains Why She Really Left Toy Story 4. And It Wasn’t Because of ‘Unwanted Advances’

Rashida Jones is refuting reports that she ended her work on Toy Story 4 early because of “unwanted advances” from Pixar chief John Lasseter, who took a leave of absence Tuesday citing unspecified “missteps.”

Multiple news outlets have reported that Lasseter allegedly engaged in misconduct with Disney and Pixar employees, with the Hollywood Reporter reporting that the allegations included “grabbing, kissing” and “making comments about physical attributes.” The same THR report said that Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack exited their assignment on Toy Story 4 because of alleged sexual harassment by Lasseter.

In a statement to the New York Times, however, Jones said McCormack instead cited “philosophical differences” and Pixar’s treatment of female and minority employees.

“We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue,” they said. “We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.

In his memo to staff obtained by THR, Lasseter wrote that he had recently “had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me.”

“It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them,” Lasseter said. As a result, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate and champion I want to be. It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable.”

In their statement to the Times, Jones said McCormack lamented a culture at Pixar “where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice. … We encourage Pixar to be leaders in bolstering, hiring and promoting more diverse and female storytellers and leaders. We hope we can encourage all those who have felt like their voices could not be heard in the past to feel empowered.”

Pixar has been criticized for not portraying a more diverse cast of characters in the past. Prior to this week’s release of Coco, the studio’s newest movie featuring a Mexican boy as the main character, Pixar had yet to feature a non-white protagonist.

Lasseter had noticed that himself, telling the Guardian back in 2015 that “it’s very important for us to have female, ethnic characters.”

In his memo to employees this week, Lasseter said he aims to take a six-month sabbatical from Disney and Pixar.


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Google Docs is one of the simplest, most ubiquitous tools for online note taking and draft writing. I’ve used it on countless occasions over the years, as have many of my colleagues, but a strange occurrence this week has me questioning whether I should continue to use it to store valuable notes and drafts in the future.

On Tuesday morning, National Geographic wildlife crime reporter Rachael Bale asked on Twitter if anyone else had experienced Google Docs locking them out of a document before. A draft of a story she was working on had been frozen by Google for violating its terms of service, and now she was unable to access it at all.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 premiere explains that Old Rick time-jump, kind of

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This recap contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 8, episode 1, titled “Mercy.”

The title for The Walking Dead‘s Season 8 premiere couldn’t be more appropriate; after last season saw our heroes being continually outwitted and oppressed by Negan and his brutal Saviors, this opening hour showed our characters and the audience some mercy, with the forces of Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom banding together to fight back against the bat-wielding bully. 

The triumphant tone of the premiere fulfilled the promise of the Season 7 finale and leveled the playing field between Rick’s posse and the bad guys; ending with the Saviors’ base being overrun with walkers and leaving two unlikely characters — Negan and Father Gabriel — trapped in a trailer with no obvious way out. While you might expect Negan to want to kill the preacher outright (or at least use him as a human shield), it sounds like there’ll be a little more to their storyline in coming episodes. Read more…

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‘Girls Trip’ PR Exec Explains Why We Shouldn’t Look to Hollywood to Tell Our Stories

Ryan Ford talks diversity in Hollywood

As the executive vice president and chief creative officer of Cashmere Agency, Ryan Ford is behind public relations, social media, and experiential activations for Hollywood hit films like Girls Trip. But beyond Ford’s day-to-day position, he’s also committed to providing solutions for multicultural creators to get the spotlight they deserve.

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Below, Ford exclusively shares his insights on the one debate that has circled around Hollywood for quite some time.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the film industry and how are you working to make that change happen?

I’m constantly perplexed when movies like Girls Trip or Straight Outta Compton are deemed as surprise hits. Since the very first moment that films like that are announced, everyone that I know understands that they are going to be huge hits. I mean, like everyone. TV is the same thing. Whether it’s Netflix’s Luke Cage or Master of None or more traditional outlets like TNT’s Claws or FX’s Atlanta, shows that are offering viewers new and engaging yet wholly authentic looks at multicultural life shouldn’t be deemed as surprise hits.

Cashmere is a marketing agency that helps clients engage diverse communities through culturally authentic content. So, it’s our main focus to be able to anticipate hits before they happen. To achieve that? Just listen to the demos that you are trying to target. Or simply go to a barbershop or check in with Black Twitter.

What’s your solution for changing the diversity landscape in Hollywood?

The landscape has already changed. The entertainment industry is recognizing the value of diversity. On average, films with more diverse casts are outperforming their less inclusive competitors.

It’s clear what people want to see. It’s just that Hollywood is behind. Hollywood is good at doing something second. They don’t want to be first. It’s too risky for them. That’s why we shouldn’t even be looking to Hollywood to give us the kind of depictions that we are so hungry for. Social media is offering a new generation of content creators to thrive. And it’s not only the subject matter of the content; it’s the various forms that it’s coming to us in. Digital influencers are using Snapchat stories, or YouTube videos, or Facebook memes, or even Instagram carousel pictures to offer us visions of ourselves through new, always-on mediums.

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Interview: ‘mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky Explains the Year’s Most Ambitious Film

Interview: 'mother!' Director Darren Aronofsky Explains the Year's Most Ambitious Film

 

If there's one certain conclusion to be made about Darren Aronofsky's new film mother! (in theaters this weekend; snag your tickets here), it's that it is unlike anything you will watch in a theater this year. On the surface, mother! is a psychological horror about a couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) who move into a house in search of peace, quiet and inspiration, and before long they are visited by strangers who forever disrupt their universe.

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AP EXPLAINS: What is a hydrogen bomb

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea says it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in its latest nuclear test Sunday. Outside experts haven’t been able to verify that claim, but say it’s plausible. If true, it would represent a major step forward in North Korea’s effort to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.
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Matt Damon Explains How Suburbicon Shows The ‘Definition of White Privilege’ At Work

Matt Damon and George Clooney spoke about ‘Suburbicon’ at the film’s Venice International Film Festival premiere and what it represents: ‘These issues have not and are not going away until there’s an honest reckoning in our country.’
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Beyonce’s Pastors Explains Their Joint Effort To Assist Hurricane Harvey Victims

Beyonce’s longtime pastor appeared on TMZ Live today after news surfaced of his role in the singer’s efforts to help Hurricane Harvey victims in her native Houston.

Rev. Rudy Rasmus from St. John’s United Methodist Church said one part of the plan is “to gather as many supplies as we can, knowing that in the next few days when the skies start clearing, people are going to be in intense need of items that they just right now, many have lost in the homes through the flooding.”

Rev. Rasmus said the singer usually keeps her charitable efforts out of the media spotlight, and that Bey will likely neither confirm nor deny an online rumor that she has already donated $ 7 million toward Hurricane Harvey efforts.

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In the age of Amazon, an entrepreneur explains what will make us want to go to the store

Rachel Shechtman has retail in her blood. Her mother was in the gourmet food business and her grandparents and great grandparents owned a fabric store. In 2011, Shechtman launched her own rotating shop in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. STORY, her business, is entirely reinvented every three to eight weeks like a gallery, has a point of view like a magazine and sells things like a store. When we visited, the theme was Fresh STORY, a collaboration with Jet.com to promote fresh food. We spoke to Shechtman for our Making Sen$ e segment about how shifting consumer habits are forcing stores to either transform or perish. That piece airs Thursday on the PBS NewsHour. You can watch our related story about retail jobs here. Below Shechtman discusses why she thinks traditional stores are struggling. The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

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PAUL SOLMAN: So you’re a magazine or a store?

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: We’re both. It’s really retail as a media channel. If a magazine tells stories by writing articles and taking pictures, we tell stories through merchandise and events. And then, magazines have advertisers, and we have sponsors. For example, the editorial narrative for Fresh STORY is informed by and inspired by fresh ingredients from Jet.com and merchandise that’s connected to it. And then, we’ve done a ton of events, ranging from a conversation with Mario Batali to a cooking class for kids to a make your own bitters class. And I think that’s one of the things that’s probably one of the biggest surprises since launching STORY. There have been many happy accidents, and people yearning for a community in a physical world. There are couples who have met at STORY and started dating. There are people who’ve quit jobs, because they’ve come to events and they’ve been inspired and motivated. I think the more and more technology isolates us and automates things, the more we want human connection. To me, so much about the future of retail is community and bringing people together.

PAUL SOLMAN: Is retail dying or transforming?

“The more and more technology isolates us and automates things, the more we want human connection. To me, so much about the future of retail is community and bringing people together.”

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: I think it’s doing both. I think it’s evolving, and I think it’s an exciting time, because there’s more risk in not taking risk. But it’s hard to say that without acknowledging that a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money and a lot of people are going to lose jobs.

PAUL SOLMAN: What explains the demise of Sears, or J.C. Penney, or goodness knows how many other near-dead or dead retail chains? Is it that they just didn’t think about the way the world is changing and that they had to relate to customers in a different way?

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RACHEL SHECHTMAN: I think that there’s two different things happening simultaneously. You’re basically asking a 200-year-old business model industry to do a titanic u-turn. That doesn’t happen overnight. Then you have this thing called Wall Street. So therein lies the innovator’s dilemma, right? You’re asking this entire industry to reinvent how it creates value. Yet, the system, Wall Street, that determines its value remains unchanged. Because they’re functioning based on comparables. In other words, they’re looking at comparable sales performance. So if you’re the CEO of one of these large stores and you have a decision to make, are you going to double down and risk something that could prove very fruitful in the future, but right now, it would impact your balance sheet?

PAUL SOLMAN: And you won’t have greater profits next quarter.

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: And you won’t have greater profits and your stock’s going to tank, or you’re going to have an activist investor who’s yelling at you. Or you’re like, “Okay, I’ve got to cut costs and do this because they’re looking at my comps.” So, no offense to my friends who work on Wall Street, and to be honest, obviously nothing’s going to change about that, but therein lies the problem. That’s one huge issue.

Now, take Wall Street out of it, which is hard to do, but you now look at these stores and decisions. I think you have two massive problems. You have training and compensation structures. A lot of the skills needed, or that I think certain brands would benefit from, are different skills than are in traditional retail. It’s building relationships and doing community events. That’s a different skill set.

PAUL SOLMAN: And you need to be paid for it, more than the typical person.

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: Yeah, but when I also talk about compensation I mean people aren’t incentivized to collaborate. So if marketing is becoming merchandising, and merchandising is becoming marketing, and you’re a buyer working in a merchandising group, you’re rewarded in bonus based on your sell performance. So then someone from marketing comes up to the buyer and says, “Oh my God, I have a great idea for this campaign. Can we spend two hours this afternoon talking about it?” So I’m the buyer, asking myself a question. Am I going to take two hours of my afternoon, brainstorming with a marketer, to help them with their idea, which is part of them doing their job well? And that’s two hours where I’m not analyzing my business to impact sell-through. So, collaboration and risk-taking, which are two things that I think inform innovation, aren’t compensated.

I can say with confidence that most large, traditional retailers, don’t think about it that way. I think now they might be starting to, but you have to do it all together. It’s not just a little bit here. You have to shake it up, and not just lay off people, but add in new blood, and be uncomfortable about it, because it might be people who have different backgrounds.

PAUL SOLMAN: How much sympathy do you have for people who run these big chain stores?

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: I have a tremendous amount of sympathy. I really think Wall Street is to blame for a lot of it. But it’s not just them. Wall Street’s not keeping people from walking into stores, Wall Street’s not responsible for store traffic being down, so don’t get me wrong.

PAUL SOLMAN: Wall Street’s not responsible for the internet. In fact, Wall Street bets on the internet. Look at Amazon’s stock price.

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: Exactly. So, I think that’s part of it. It’s not all of it, but it is a big part of it. But I think you have leadership that grew up in an era of retail, and we’re in uncharted waters. You’re not looking for the answer based on what worked 20 years ago. Markdowns, that’s not going to fix something. An exclusive launch might help you for a month or two. Nobody has the answer. It’s all connected. I said to one retail CEO, “I want you to give me an empty department store, I want you to give me 365 days, and a black ops team of talent, and let’s just go rogue and reinvent a department store.” It’s a lot easier to do that under one roof than to do that across 800 stores.

PAUL SOLMAN: And the response?

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: And the response was, “I love that idea and I would love to do it, but then we’re going to get on an earnings call, and we’re taking $ 50 million to invest in this, while we’re laying off 2,000 people.”

PAUL SOLMAN: How can you blame Wall Street, when Wall Street loves Amazon, which shows almost no profit at all, ever?

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: There’s a difference. Amazon’s creating the model. They’re inventing, they’re innovating, they’re creating. Retail, it’s the same business model that’s been around for 100, 200 years. I just want to be clear, this isn’t about playing the blame game. It’s not about, it’s just Wall Street. I don’t want to say that at all, I’m just saying, it’s not just the CEO. There’s not a simple answer, because it’s not a simple problem.

Let’s keep in mind, we’ve never been here before. It’s another thing when you’re creating a new path and doing something that’s never been done before. A lot of what Amazon does do is that. When you look at Macy’s, or Neiman Marcus, or Saks, or all of these brick-and-mortar brands, they’ve been around for a hundred years. They have real estate, they have employees, they have vendors. That’s not something that you can turn upside down overnight, it’s not that simple. I do think that there’s a huge opportunity to create impact at scale. And I think a lot of the answers are going to be about unlikely bedfellows. I think what that means for brands at scale, is finding talent and skill sets that are outside of coloring in the lines of sales per square foot.

PAUL SOLMAN: And so what you’re trying to do is to create an in-person experience, where sales, actually taking things out of the store, is only a part of the whole story.

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: Yeah. Also, keep in mind how much our behavior has changed because of technology. We’re used to getting new content every second on our devices. I think it takes a lot more to satiate our appetite. Also, I can go within a 10-block radius and find the same black pant in 20 different stores. Then, oh, by the way, I can get it online and receive it tomorrow and it’s half the price, so why do I need to go to the store?

PAUL SOLMAN: Right, that’s the question we all ask.

RACHEL SHECHTMAN: I think, for us, it’s about a narrative and storytelling, and how we can learn, and how we can connect, and how we can be entertained, and how we can consume in a new way.

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Michael Moore knows many people are still too depressed and paralyzed to feel they can do anything to fight Trump and his cronies who are bent on destroying the United States and the rest of the world. That's why his one-man Broadway show is for those "self-hating liberals."

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LL Cool J Explains The Meaning Of Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag On Drink Champs

A new season of the Drink Champs podcast means more drunk talk and more untold rap stories. As the first guest of the re-uped season, LL Cool J finally explained what pink cookies in a plastic bag really means.

Surrounded by goons and what seems to be an unlimited supply of Ciroc Vodka, N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN got Uncle L to reveal what he meant on his song “Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings.”

“I had smelled some weed and I didn’t inhale you know? After I smelled the weed I laid on this couch and I was talking to some girl [on the phone]. I said ‘yeah yeah’ and she was like ‘what are you talking about?’ I said ‘I don’t know, I’m thinking about pink cookies in a plastic bag getting crushed by buildings right now.’ She was like ‘what, what?’ And when she said what I said ‘oh sh*t that’s a song, I’ll call you right back!”

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And all this time the masses thought it was a coded sexual reference. The G.O.A.T. also discusses a myriad of topics including the origins of his infamous beef with Canibus, putting the beats on Jamie Foxx and the secret to his thirty plus year career.

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You can catch Drink Champs on RevoltTV Thursday evenings at 10PM EST. Other season two guests include Wyclef Jean, Bun B and EPMD.

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Fifth Harmony Explains Why They Didn’t Change Name After Camila Cabello Left

It’s been six months since Camila Cabello decided to leave Fifth Harmony after four-and-a-half years together as a girl group. Immediately after the departure, questions were raised by fans: Will they get a new member? Will they change their name? Well, 5H says they’re sticking with the name and revealed who they consider their newest fifth member.

“It was obviously a thought, because it was a prevalent thing that there’s 4 of us not 5. Regardless, we were all very united in the fact that we didn’t want to change the name,” said bandmate Lauren Jauregui to MTV News. “Fifth Harmony is the name we grew up with and we worked for and it’s our brand. It’s who we are. It’s our entire moments. It’s what we spent five years on.”

It doesn’t seem like they’ll be adding a new member as they already filled the spot in a special way. “The fans named us Fifth Harmony,” Dinah Jane Hansen said. “And now they’re the fifth member.” Aw!

Fifth Harmony released their first single as a foursome earlier this month titled “Down,” featuring Gucci Mane. When Cabello was asked if she listened to the song, she admitted to catching some of it and sent positive vibes to her former group. “I’ve heard some snippets of it. I haven’t had a chance to hear the whole thing, but I thought it was pretty cool,” she told AMP Radio. “I wish the best for them and I’m sure they’re going to kill it and I’m super happy making my own music.”

Cabello is set to release her solo album The Hurting, The Healing, The Love this fall.


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Mom Explains How Giving Birth Helped Her Learn To Love Her Body

A California mom’s side-by-side photos show how much she’s changed in 10 years ― and how much she’s learned to love her body.

Lindsay Wolf, an actress and writer, shared two side-by-side photos on Instagram on June 5. The first photo shows her at 23 years old, and in the caption, Wolf wrote that she was self-conscious then and “critical of her physical shape.” The second photo shows her at 33. Wolf wrote that the pic captures a “woman who is learning to love her body without pressuring it to be anything other than what it is.”

“And in the process, she is healing a lifelong struggle of never fully seeing herself for the extraordinary human being she is,” she wrote.

Wolf, who has an 11-year-old stepdaughter and a 19-month-old daughter, told HuffPost she felt motivated to share the post because her journey to completely loving her body has been “20 years in the making.” After she gave birth, she wasn’t actively attempting to make herself smaller for the first time in her life, which marked an incredible turning point for the way she viewed her body. 

“It took becoming pregnant and watching my body support a baby, along with a weight gain of almost 50 pounds over the course of 20 years, to realize that my body is just right exactly as it is,” she told HuffPost.

Wolf said a photo her husband took immediately after she gave birth reflects the pride and appreciation she had learned to have for her body.

“I’m grinning from ear to ear at him in the photo, because while my body looks vastly different than it ever has before, I was basking in the immediate pride of my body doing something truly magical,” she said. “This body of mine held and grew and pushed out my incredible daughter.”

Through her post, Wolf hopes other women learn to embrace their bodies, especially moms after they’ve given birth. She pointed out how many moms are encouraged to erase their pregnancies from their bodies as soon as they welcome their babies.

“It’s funny ― women are cherished while in their pregnant bodies. We are constantly told things like, ‘You’re glowing!’ and how beautiful we are in the state of pregnancy,” she told HuffPost. “But it seems like as soon as we’ve transitioned into full motherhood mode, the appreciation for what our bodies continue to be capable of ― and how they look ― goes completely away.”

Though she’s focusing on moving forward, Wolf said if she could go back and tell her 23-year-old self anything, she’d tell her she is “so much more than her physical body.” She’d also tell her that one day she would learn to love herself unconditionally despite the harmful things she heard and damaging pressures she faced growing up. 

“Most importantly, I’d tell her that she couldn’t control how others viewed and commented on her body growing up and that those destructive words slung at her body had nothing to do with her and everything to do with how little we are taught to love ourselves,” she said. “But it is now her responsibility to love herself as fiercely as she can.”

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Stephen Colbert Explains Donald Trump’s Most Frustrating Contradiction

Much of America watched former FBI Director James Comey testify in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday. Nielsen Media reported around 19.5 million watched on television, but millions more streamed the testimony online since it took place during the typical work day.

President Donald Trump was among those watching ― and he soon publicly addressed the various accusations Comey leveled against him.

“Comey was pretty rough on the president,” Stephen Colbert said “The Late Show” Friday night. “But right after the testimony, Trump sent his longtime personal lawyer and devil who has a thing he wants you to sign, Marc Kasowitz to respond.”

The host played a clip of the lawyer claiming that Comey’s testimony vindicated Trump, because in Kasowitz’s words, the former FBI director confirmed publicly what he had told Trump privately. This referred to Trump’s insistence that Comey had told him that he was not under investigation by the FBI.

As a quick refresher into this confusing mess: It is true that when Trump asked Comey whether he was personally under investigation, he was not. But Trump associates were under investigation and Comey’s testimony on Thursday indicated that Trump may be facing an investigation into whether the president obstructed justice.

This is where Kasowitz began an extremely frustrating contradiction, as Colbert explained.

But even though, everything Comey said proved Trump wasn’t guilty, he was also a liar?
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“But even though, everything Comey said proved Trump wasn’t guilty, he was also a liar?” Colbert said.

He then played another part of the Kasowitz clip where the lawyer detailed the various ways Comey had allegedly lied during the testimony. 

This bizarre argument tracked with what the president later tweeted.

During his testimony, Comey also called Trump a liar on multiple occasions.

It’s a classic he said, he said (American politics still being dominated by men, of course).

Now you’ve got to choose whether to believe the “Twin Peaks” character Agent Dale Cooper incarnate in Comey or… well… the apparent “liar in chief.”

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Fitness Blogger and Psychologist Explains Why She Stopped Following People Who Use Photoshop on Social Media

As a psychologist, Stacey Lee understands the impact social media images can have on a person’s self-worth.

“One of the recurrent themes I treat in my profession is body image and its effect on self-esteem,” the Melbourne-based fitness influencer posted on Instagram on Monday. “Self-esteem is defined as confidence in one’s own worth. 
However, when that worth is tied to an image, a number on a scale, the size of clothes, the smoothness of skin, the smallness of a waist, the bigness of a butt, the definition on your abs or the gap between your thighs, your worth will never be measured correctly.”

Lee says using those factors to define our self-worth is especially damaging when we hold ourselves to the unrealistic ideals set by images that have been photoshopped.

“We are shown images every day which are not realistic — even the small changes to photos or advertisements make a difference,” she says. “They send subconscious messages saying that you aren’t enough, and never will be.”

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Lee decided to decrease her exposure to manipulated images by unfollowing certain social media accounts.

“As soon as I stopped following accounts that used photoshop, professional images, constant filters and altered their images, my self-esteem improved,” she said. “
Being able to see real women share their real bodies gave me the confidence to work for my realistic goals, and to measure my progress on a REAL measuring stick.”

To illustrate her point about subtle manipulations to photos, Lee showed how minor edits can make a big difference in the way a person’s body looks.

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The point of this image is to show that when something that is already ‘good’ is altered to be ‘better,’ it teaches people that your ‘real’ isn’t good enough,” she said. “
I don’t want to ever perpetuate or encourage that twisted notion. So I post these photos to combat that idea and to raise awareness of the damage it can have.”


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Plus-Size Blogger Explains Why We Need More Underwear Selfies

You may not think of underwear selfies as being necessarily empowering. But Jasmine Grimes, a San Francisco-based plus-size blogger, might make you see them in a new, body-positive light. 

Grimes recently posted a photo of herself in her underwear on Instagram in response to people who, she wrote in an accompanying caption, “discount the importance of a good underwear selfie.”

It’s easy to write off a revealing photo like this one as attention grabbing, but Grimes doesn’t see it that way, especially when the people sharing the photos represent diverse body types. “There’s something magical about a fat girl flaunting her curves unapologetically in clothes that others would say only belongs to a certain body type because it inspires others to do the same, just like an underwear selfie,” she wrote.

Grimes elaborated further to Refinery29, explaining that she believes “women post underwear selfies to celebrate their bodies and to inspire other women to try and be as brave.”

There is undoubtedly little representation of diverse body shapes in the media and even in our social media feeds, but it’s people like Grimes who can empower more people to share photos of their own. Grimes, who wrote she used to “scour Instagram for photos of women who had my body type showing it off” because it inspired her to follow suit, stressed the importance of more people doing so. 

“If a single image can change people’s perceptions, then what do you think a photo of a fat girl in lingerie can do?” she wrote.

Preach. Anyone else feel empowered to snap a selfie right about now?  

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This Parody Perfectly Explains How Lovely It Was To Be A Woman In 2016

Planned Parenthood just dropped the damn mic.

2016 was a trash fire of a year in every way possible and Planned Parenthood knows that better than most. The health care organization consistently faced right-wing attacks, and with an incoming Republican-controlled congress and Republican president-elect, anti-abortion advocates see an opportunity to successfully cut off federal funding for the non-profit. 

In light of all the mayhem and misery, Planned Parenthood created a delightful music video starring artist Missy Modell. The video parodies the song “How Lovely To Be a Woman” from “Bye Bye Birdie.” It’s a powerful laugh-to-keep-from-crying recap of the many inequalities and double standards women are still subjected to in this country.

The lyrics include this punch-in-the-gut nod to rape culture: “How wonderful to know the things a woman knows / How thrilling to be raped on a date then blamed for wearing tight clothes.”

The parody also addresses the anti-abortion movement ― specifically the men who are some of its loudest spokespeople: “How lovely to be a woman and have one job to do: To give birth to lots of babies because rich men want you to!”

BRB, we’ll be listening to this on repeat for a little while we curl up in a ball and pray for 2017.

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Rascal Flatts Explains How One Dedicated Fan Scheduled Her C-Section Around Their Concert

The men of Rascal Flatts sat down with PEOPLE Now to recall some of their craziest fan experiences—and let’s just say they always forgive, but never forget.

“We’ve all been yanked offstage at some point, but I remember a couple years ago I was yanked offstage over this little fence and my pants ripped completely out of the crotch and the guitar came up and hit me in the head. I was, like, bleeding,” guitarist Joe Don Rooney says of the embarrassing moment. “I was like, ‘What just happened?’ This girl really just pulled me down into the crowd.”

Maybe it’s because their music is so good, it brings fans to life—literally.

“I had a girl one time—a lady—that was gonna have a C-section and she scheduled the C-section around our concert,” says pianist Jay DeMarcus. “So she had an ambulance waiting after the show to take her to the hospital to have her C-section.”

And while that fan did everything in her power to hold out from giving birth before she could see Rascal Flatts perform right before her eyes, it’s easy to predict her next fangirl moment.

“Signing babies is never a good thing,” lead vocalist Gary LeVox jokes. DeMarcus not-so-jokingly adds: “Sharpie a baby’s forehead.”

Wait, rewind. That actually happened.

“Oh yeah,” DeMarcus says when asked if that’s a serious request. “We’ll do anything for money!”


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Aaron Eckhart Explains How ‘The Dark Knight’ Mirrors American Unrest Today

Oftentimes, art and film reflect the real-world tensions that afflict our society. For actor Aaron Eckhart, the current anti-Trump demonstrations that are taking place in cities across the U.S. hark back to a film of his own: “The Dark Knight.”

Speaking with HuffPost’s Lauren Moraski on Monday, Eckhart, who stars in the upcoming film “Bleed for This,” looked back on “The Dark Knight,” in which he starred as district attorney Harvey Dent.

In the film, Dent and Batman aim to stop crime and bring down The Joker ― albeit through different methods. Batman/Bruce Wayne’s wealth enables him to fight The Joker, but the superhero’s desire to take action is ultimately relatable. It’s a sentiment that plenty of Americans feel right now, Eckhart said. 

“We all have those feelings inside of us of like, ‘I would like to make a difference. I would like to be able to act. How do I do it?’” he said. “Batman, especially in the ‘Dark Knight’ and that trilogy, is an excellent example of ― now he has different tools than us and he has money but ― our desire as good citizens to make a difference and how do we do it with all the corruption that it amongst us right now.”

Eckhart, who said he saw protests in New York while walking home in midtown, added that the film can provide a glimpse into many of the issues we face in real life.

“Cinema, art is a mirror of our time … even if it’s a Western or if it’s a superhero movie or whatever, it’s all coming from the collective unconscious,” he said. “So ‘Batman,’ I thought, had so many complex levels.” 

Watch more from the interview with Aaron Eckhart here

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Bill Nye Announces the 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup and Explains the Axis of Fun

Nothing validates a claim quite like hard facts from a scientist, which is why Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin’s popular cross-genre Indie music festival, hand-picked Bill Nye to announce the 2015 lineup and provide evidence that this fest is, in fact, the most fun in all the land.

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Although The Science Guy clearly has the chops to crunch the numbers and appears to be all up in pop culture these days, how exactly did he end up as an ambassador for this fest?

“About 2 years ago, I wanted to find a better way of showing folks that FFF was different than other festivals, because I really believe that it is. It’s not a very credible thought coming from me though,” explains co-founder James Moody. “So we decided to work with a scientist to basically prove, through science, that FFF was special… and scientifically different from everything else out there. Thankfully Bill Nye agreed, likes tacos, and loves Wu-Tang, so here we are. Because science.”

To slam-dunk the case, Nye employs all the tools in his arsenal such as a Wu-Tang Periodic table, a mind-blowing fun equation and “Quantitative Bummer Observation” metrics to explain his conclusion. With the comedy lineup yet to be announced, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him show up on the Yellow stage come November but I don’t have the science to prove it yet.

Check out the video for this year’s lineup and the full demonstration.

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Natalie Portman Explains What She Learned Going Through ‘Dark Moments’ At Harvard

Attending Harvard University, said actress Natalie Portman, “changed the very questions I was asking.”

Portman, a 2003 graduate of Harvard, was the keynote speaker at Harvard College’s Class Day on Wednesday. Portman joked up front that she had wanted some comedy writers for her speech because at her Class Day, Will Ferrell was their hilarious speaker. She didn’t get anyone to help her craft jokes, she said, and so Portman’s speech largely focused on her explaining how she confronted her own doubts when she went to Harvard.

In high school, she was voted most likely to be a contestant on “Jeopardy,” which Portman said was “code for nerdy.” But when Portman came to Harvard, after the 1999 release of “Star Wars: Episode I” that she starred in, she was worried she’d be viewed as unworthy and only gotten in because of her fame.

“I got in only because I was famous — this is how others viewed me and how I viewed myself,” Portman admitted. Portman said she would have some “pretty dark moments” as a Harvard student.

“There were several occasions I started crying in meetings with professors, overwhelmed with what I was supposed to pull off when I could barely get out of bed in the morning,” she recounted.

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Bouncing between researching about underground groups for her role in “V for Vendetta” and making the stoner comedy “Your Highness,” among other films, Portman said she learned to find her own meaning and not have her success determined by box office receipts.

Portman learned as she studied for her role in “Black Swan” that “the only thing that separates you from others is your quirks, or even flaws.”

“There was a reason I was an actor,” Portman said, “because I love what I do and I saw from my peers and my mentors that was not only an acceptable reason, that was the best reason.”

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Science Explains How Your Spouse’s Personality Affects Your Career

Who you marry doesn’t affect just your happiness at home — your spouse can also play a major role in your career prosperity, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. This study, published in Psychological Science, discovered that it’s not only your personality that matters when it comes to achievement. Your spouse’s personality also affects your workplace success.

The five-year study examined 5,000 married people who ranged in age from 19 to 89. Approximately 75 percent of the sample included homes where both spouses worked. Researchers administered a series of psychological tests to assess participant’s scores in five broad areas of personality — openness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness.

They also tracked on-the-job performance of working spouses by using annual surveys designed to measure occupational success. Each worker provided self-reports related to job satisfaction, salary increases, and the likelihood of being promoted.

While other studies have shown it’s helpful to have a spouse who ranks high in agreeableness, this study shows that workers with the most occupational success had spouses who scored high for conscientiousness in the personality assessments. Conscientiousness is characterized by a tendency to be organized and dependable. Conscientious people also show self-discipline, behave dutifully, strive for achievement, and prefer planned activities over spontaneous events.

Three Ways a Conscientious Spouse Contributes to Success

The study showed that a conscientious spouse promoted career success regardless of whether both spouses worked. It also concluded that a conscientious spouse was equally important for both male and female working spouses. The researchers discovered that a conscientious person is likely to support a spouse’s career in three pivotal ways:

1. Completing day-to-day tasks. The conscientious spouse is likely to do household chores, pay bills, shop for groceries, and care for children. This can free up the working spouse to focus on work outside the home.

2. Role modeling healthy skills. The working spouse may pick up on some of those good habits — like behaving diligently and reliably — which can boost career success.

3. Keeping the working spouse’s personal life running smoothly. The conscientious spouse reduces overall stress and promotes a healthy work-life balance which can assist the working spouse in career advancement.

What Can We Learn from the Study?

Spouses who can truly help advance your career go beyond simply encouraging you to ask for that raise or apply for that new job. Instead, career success relies heavily on having a spouse who keeps life outside of work operating smoothly for the long haul.

If you’re not yet married — and you’re ambitious about your career endeavors — a potential mate’s conscientiousness may be worth considering. If you’re already married and you’re concerned that your spouse’s personality isn’t exactly advancing your professional life, don’t run out and get a divorce with the hope of benefiting your career. Most of the research shows the stress of divorce causes decreased productivity for about five years.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from the study is that we should develop an awareness of how our own personalities affect our partners. Simply being aware of the characteristics and behaviors that may help — as well as hinder — one another can go a long way to working together as a team to reach your goals.

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, a bestselling book that is being translated into more than 20 languages.

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Dick Cavett Explains How David Letterman’s ‘Mask Of Innocence’ Helped Him Get Away With Anything

Late-night TV legend Dick Cavett joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to look back on the legacy of David Letterman and say goodbye to the subversive comedy icon, who officially begins his retirement after his final “Late Show” episode airs tonight.

Cavett, a longtime fan of and former guest on Letterman’s show, told host Josh Zepps that the key to Letterman’s incredible interview style was his ability to hilariously insult his guests even as they sat right next to him, creating a unique “sense of danger” on his show. Cavett said Letterman was able to sneak by his biting barbs thanks to “that hayseed, rustic, Midwestern, innocent, clownish face.”

In order to do “those things that he was criticized for and the dummies didn’t get,” Cavett explained Letterman often hid his cutting wit “behind a wonderful mask of innocence, and I think that’s what made it effective for those who dug it, among whom I was one.”

Cavett added that often guests had no idea they’d been hilariously ripped apart by Letterman until after the interview was over.

“David’s attitude — it wasn’t so much ever what he said — but his attitude and his looks were priceless, and I’m sure some of [the guests] were stunned when they got home, saw themselves with David and saw what he had done to them,” Cavett said.

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Lalaine Explains How That Magical ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Reunion Came To Be

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and that rock doesn’t have Wi-Fi), you’ve probably heard about the recent mini “Lizzie McGuire” reunion with Hilary Duff, Lalaine and Jake Thomas. If you did somehow miss it, just know their spontaneous meetup in a bowling alley was definitely what dreams are made of.

So this happened last night… #LizzieMcGuire

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Recently, Miranda Sanchez (known as Lalaine IRL) spoke with HuffPost Entertainment and explained why that impromptu meeting was totally fate.


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So how did this even happen?
I like to bowl. I have my own ball that my dude got me during Christmas, so we’re pretty into it. We started bowling and I swore I thought I heard [Hilary Duff]. Like her voice will never not be recognizable for me. I mean, c’mon, we were like family for how long? And then I looked, and it totally was her. We finally happened to be in the same place after 14 years. It was random and a little bit of fate maybe, so I forced fate’s hand a little bit and I immediately hit up Jake [Thomas] because he’s like less than a mile away from the bowling alley.

Oh cool, so you guys kept in touch?
Yeah, I have actually been very close with most of the people that were on the show. I was just on the phone with Adam [Lamberg] for example, so I just was like, “This is hilarious,” so I hit Jake up, and I was like, “Yo, at Pins. Hilary’s like four lanes down,” and he was like, “Haha! Oh my God! Should I come there?” So he came on over, and then we were like, “Let’s make this even more hilarious and send her a drink.” And we did. She waved to us, and she had no idea who we were because we were pretty far from her and it was dark.

But then she walked over and immediately saw me. As she was walking up, I’m just like, “Really, girl? Really?”… It hit her that it’s me. She turned around and was cracking up, and it didn’t even faze her that Jake was standing right next to me. I was like, “Are you kidding me? Did you not see this thing right by me?” She was like double stumped … It was just fate.


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Wow, this is amazing. It’s the best Instagram post I’ve ever seen.
Oh for sure, and Jake was just like, “I get dibs on putting this up first,” and I was like, “I don’t care about that, dude.” It’s probably been a couple years less for him, like, maybe it’s been 12 years for him since he’s seen her, but for me it’s been like 14 … I was more on the fact that it was hilarious that all of us were here.

So was Gordo not invited because he hates bowling?
[Laughs] Oh my God! Adam would’ve totally been invited. Gordo may hate bowling, but who knows — after 12 years he might’ve changed his mind.

Might’ve changed his mind. Sure …

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John Oliver Explains How America’s Neglected Infrastructure Is Like A Lego Set

If you weren’t aware that U.S. roads, bridges and dams are in serious state of disrepair, allow John Oliver to put it plainly: “We aren’t just flirting with disaster, we’re rounding third base and asking if disaster has any condoms.”

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver broke down the sorry state of America’s neglected infrastructure, including “hold your breath” bridges, killer potholes, a severe lack of inspectors and potential floods from our half-century old dams.

“Much like most Botox recipients and competitive cloggers, the average dam is 52 years old and has something deeply broken inside of it,” said Oliver.

As Oliver explains, The White House is counting on the closure of corporate tax loopholes, no one wants to raise the gas tax and House Speaker John Boehner has his own ideas about fixing the problem which involves two years of not doing anything followed by ignoring Oliver’s phone calls, emails and Vines.

During a montage of politicians cutting ribbons with oversized scissors, Oliver also points out that repairing infrastructure isn’t as “sexy” as building anew, and backs it up with the perfect Legos analogy.

“Infrastructure is like Legos,” he said. “Building is fun, destroying is fun, but a Lego maintenance set would be the most boring fucking toy in the world.”

To top it off, Oliver presents a trailer for a new kind of summer blockbuster movie, one that’s more about fixing cracks and less about explosions.
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Jimmy Fallon Explains The Reason For Netflix’s Countdown Between Episodes

Have you ever wondered why Netflix has that countdown between episodes? Well, that worrisome thought will never interrupt your binge-watching again.

While writing his weekly “Thank You Notes,” Jimmy Fallon finally explained the reason for the streaming service’s timer. Apparently, Netflix does it just to mess with us. The company knows we’re going to keep watching, and they want us to know that they know.

For the record, Netflix does give you the option to opt out of automatically playing the next episode. It’s currently available on a number of devices.

But if you haven’t heard, the new season of “House of Cards” is coming out next month, and Netflix has plans to premiere up to 20 new shows or new seasons of original shows a year. So really, why bother?

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Science Explains Why Kids Are Terrible At Sharing

When we were kids, sharing our snacks or toys was about as appealing as sitting in time out. We were hardly willing to give up our most prized possessions to our peers right away — and now neuroscience might be able to explain why.

According to a new study, it takes more of a controlled thought process for kids to be generous. While children have an immediate, emotional response in the brain when they witness positive or negative behavior, deciding to share something comes after evaluating the whole picture and reflecting on the morality of those actions.

“Moral evaluation in preschool children, similar to adults, is complex and constructed from both emotion and cognition,” study author Jean Decety said in a statement. “However, we found that only differences in neural markers of the latter predict actual generosity.”

Researchers from the University of Chicago recorded brain activity of children ages 3 to 5 while they viewed helpful and harmful scenarios, and then had to make a decision on how to treat another child they didn’t know.

The children were gifted 10 stickers, then were told the next child who came into the room wouldn’t be given any stickers. Researchers then asked if they wanted to give any of their stickers to the other child. The kids shared a little under two of their allotted 10 stickers on average.

The research suggests that the children’s judgments were influenced immediately by the harmful and helpful scenes they were shown, but they only chose to be generous after thoughtful processing of those scenes. The study is the first one of its kind to link immediate moral evaluations to actual moral behavior and the specific markers where it happens in the brain, researchers say.

In a time of the year where acts of altruism are so prevalent, the study authors suggest the findings could help parents who are looking to help instill the values of giving in their kids. Previous research also shows that giving back can have a host of health benefits, including lower stress, a happier disposition and even increased longevity.

The findings were published in the journal Current Biology.
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Jon Stewart Explains His Unique Brand Of Activism

Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and the writer and director of the new film “Rosewater,” said he has a unique brand of activism that involves “living pleasantly.”

“People always say, ‘Well, are you an activist?’ and I say, ‘No, I’m not really an activist,’ but if there’s some measure of activism in me, it’s the quiet activism of living pleasantly,” Stewart said in a recent interview for Voice of America’s satirical show “OnTen,” which airs in Iran.

“That sense of, when you go to a restaurant, the person who’s waiting tables, like, don’t be a dick to them,” Stewart told VOA’s Saman Arbabi, a writer and producer who created “Parazit,” the VOA television show that has been called “The Daily Show of Iran.” “That mentality, I feel like, I try to infuse in my life and my work, if I can.”

When Arbabi admitted he’s “seen a lot of dickheads in this field,” Stewart laughed and revealed how he keeps his focus.

“I’ve worked a lot of shit jobs, and I’ve struggled a lot,” Stewart said. “I think you never lose, that person is always with you, to let you know that you’re not so great. I’ve been fired enough to know that that person is still in me, and that I have to work harder and get better.”

The episode of “OnTen” featuring Stewart will air on Friday.

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Counting Crows Frontman Adam Duritz Explains Why No One Can Find Him On Tinder

Single ladies, take note: Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz is on the market, and he’s on Tinder.

You can follow in the footsteps of former Duritz love interests such as Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Emmy Rossum by simply downloading the dating app, which the musician recently joined. After tweeting a screenshot of his profile, he explained to HuffPost Live why he isn’t ashamed to use the popular dating service.

“Everybody is on Tinder,” he told host Ricky Camilleri. “My married friends are on Tinder. Seriously, there is nobody who is not on Tinder at this point. It’s a video game. My married publicist who told me not to go on Tinder is on Tinder, and so is her husband.”

Duritz is surprised that people even came across his profile to begin with.

“I don’t think most people would even have me on their [age] range. Most people my age aren’t on [Tinder],” the 50-year-old said. “They don’t even know how to use a phone.”

The singer seemed less surprised, however, at the fact that he was still single.

“You muddle through and you crash into a wall,” he said, referring to the relationship trajectory he finds himself frequently succumbing to. “I blame myself because it’s my fault. … I’m crazy, and I write a lot of songs about that particular wall. I don’t know why more people haven’t picked up on it.”

Click here to watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about Counting Crows’ new album “Somewhere Under Wonderland.”

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