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Towards the end of his life, there was a moment at an All Things D conference where Steve Jobs was explaining his bullishness on iPads. He was going on about how “customers are smart,” and if Apple just makes a seductively simple, useful tablet that consumers like, they’ll buy them. “And if they don’t (like them), they wont.”

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Coffee has actual health benefits, and may even protect against breast cancer recurrence, a recent study out of Sweden has found. No, this message is not sponsored by Starbucks, which will no doubt benefit as well. Health Benefits Coffee comes from a bean, or a whole plant source, which means …

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Almost as soon as you learn that NBCUniversal licenses a version of Saturday Night Live to be produced locally in China with help from the Alibaba-owned video site Youku — and that said local Chinese version of SNL actually started airing a few weeks ago – you may find yourself wondering about, let’s say, aspects of the arrangement.

Like, what the writers’ room is like. Or if they even have a writers’ room. And if they do, what’s it like to come up with a sketch for a show that leans heavily on political satire in the U.S. — indeed, where a centerpiece lately has been endless lampooning of President Trump — but which can have none of that in the Middle Kingdom.

It’s like with anything, apparently — you make do. In a Communist Party-ruled land with powerful censors, you come up with skits like this to tickle the ol’ funny bone: In one, per Quartz, news anchors downplay China’s soccer team not qualifying for the World Cup because — why else? — the team is “too good.”

In another, the words to a hit song are changed from “dancing in the waves” to “let’s keep playing computer games.” The show — the first episode of which was watched nearly 100 million times, according to this report — also ran with a sketch that seemed inspired by a version of one from the American SNL. In this one, a restaurant customer complains about crayfish being dirty, which kicks off a song-and-dance number performed by people wearing crustacean costumes.

NBCUniversal actually licenses more than half a dozen international versions of SNL in places like France, as well as the Middle East. When NBC announced this deal for a Chinese version last year, it was understood from the outset there likely wouldn’t be any comedians ribbing Chinese president Xi Jinping. And it’s not just politics — Chinese TV shows are also forbidden from including some of the more risque humor that makes its way into a typical SNL episode.

According to one Chinese news company, the first hour-long “SNL China” episode included things like an opening monologue and music performances. But it was taped in advance and stuck to “safer topics” like the World Cup, pop music and food.

“Out of the 177 people that rated SNL China on review platform Douban, more than 60% gave the show less than three stars out of five, which is generally considered a poor score,” reads that news report from the company Caixin. “Many commented that the jokes were ‘dry’ and ’embarrassing.'”

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Does good attendance equal good grades?

Studies of classroom attendance patterns in undergraduate students have shown that attendance and performance go hand in hand — attending class is the key to reaping the rewards of academic achievement. However, many of these studies were completed before the explosion of online learning.
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Scott Pruitt is a wart on the Trump administration—an embarrassment so comically corrupt that it’s become impossible to keep track of all the investigations into his unscrupulousness.

Scott Pruitt is also teetering. And if the president had any long term strategic vision, he would recognize that a reckoning is coming for his EPA chief—an inglorious final fall from grace—and that Pruitt’s exodus will ultimately be good for his administration.

Everyone else sees this. Pruitt’s traditional allies are fleeing. In recent days, Senator Joni Ernst said that Pruitt is “about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C. And if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own Cabinet.” Fox News Research has calculated Pruitt’s lavish spending, and dubbed his EPA the “(E)xpensive (P)ruitt (A)gency.” Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York and Tim Carney are calling him out.

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Good News: Free Pizza. Bad News: It Requires a Trip to Chuck E. Cheese


I was allowed to have two birthday parties growing up.

And by two parties I mean, one when I turned 5 and one when I turned 16.

I vividly remember my fifth birthday party being at Chuck E. Cheese.

The intriguingly creepy animatronic rat, or Charles Entertainment Cheese, as I’m sure he prefers to be called, captivated a generation.

Now as I fondly remember playing Skee-Ball, whack-a-mole and fearing for my life in the ball pit, I wonder: What was that purple thing playing the keyboard in the band?

Really, what is he?

But to more pressing matters: free pizza.

You can get a free personal one-topping pizza on your next visit when you sign up for Chuck E. Cheese’s More Cheese Rewards program.

In addition to free pizza, you’ll get a $ 10 reward for every three visits when you spend over $ 20 and unspecified treats on your birthday and half-birthday.

Everyone forgets the half-birthday.

And after all that, if you can’t make it to the arcade restaurant, you can now get the pizza — and a goody bag — delivered to your door.

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Find the Cheap (and Good) Restaurants By Using This Search Technique


I spent my first two days in Antigua, Guatemala, walking the cobblestone streets, taking in the old ruins and majestic Spanish colonial architecture. Finding my way through this new-to-me-place with my boyfriend, David, was the fun part.

What wasn’t fun: discovering that this city was significantly pricier than we anticipated.

We’d been in Antigua for less than 36 hours when the reality hit. Tired and hungry from a day of exploring our new surroundings, we wandered a few blocks away from our Airbnb to a pizza restaurant on the outskirts of the city center.

Dinner was good, but kind of basic. We shared a large cheese pizza and a house salad. I enjoyed a glass of red wine. Then the check arrived. Our meal came to $ 40.

What?!

We scanned the bill for errors, but aside from a 10% tip that was automatically included (pretty common here), nothing else was unexpected. Back in Chicago, the equivalent meal at Pequod’s Pizza, one of my favorite sit-down Chicago pizza spots, would have cost about $ 30.

Over the next few days, several experiences reinforced that Antigua isn’t a cheap spot. Local tour operators quoted us upward of $ 120 per person for a day hike to one of the nearby volcanoes. Weekend brunch cost us about $ 12 each.

It’s not that these prices are alarmingly high, but the research I did when planning our stay suggested that life in Antigua would cost less than what we’re accustomed to paying in Chicago.

According to major travel websites like Lonely Planet, you can “dine well and inexpensively” right near the central area. Couple that with the favorable exchange rate — about 7.4 quetzals for $ 1 — and Antigua’s popularity as a backpacker destination, I figured it would be easy to stumble upon plenty of budget-friendly options.

Long-Term Travel on a Budget

A cobble stone residential street with Volcano Agua in the distance. Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Schiff.

The plan was to hang our hats in Antigua for about six weeks; slow travel is a major perk of being a digital nomad. While a big part of working from different parts of the world is to indulge my wanderlust, finances are a significant part, too.

When I became location-independent in March 2017, I saw it as an opportunity to lower my cost of living and pay off some debt. I designed the opportunity so after about a year of living without a permanent address, I’d also have saved more money.

So when food, drink, and entertainment costs in Antigua didn’t look like they’d be as cheap as I originally thought, we had to improvise to keep pace with my financial goals.

Figure Out What Things Actually Cost: Online Reviews

After the price surprises during our first few days, I paid more careful attention to online reviews before venturing out for a bite to eat or drink.

People tend to look at reviews when they are about to decide where to go or what to eat. I didn’t think of them as a tool to consult before we arrived. But the more I looked through reviews, the more I realized the answers I was seeking about cost were staring me in the face — and in a more practical, user-friendly way than other resources like cost-of-living indexes.

Had I looked through online forums like TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook beforehand, I probably would not have had sticker shock when we first got to Antigua (and would have dug up the cheap eats sooner).  

Reviews are helpful because they’re raw and typically unedited. But they are also totally subjective, so the key is to look for patterns. Here’s an approach for how to strategically scan for price information when planning your next travel stint.  

Step 1 – Skim through the reviews for general cost trends

To get a sense of whether a lot of places are pricy, take a look at reviews in the lowest-cost and moderately priced categories. This works best for restaurants but is also applicable for tour operators, shuttle services and landmarks.

Are a lot of people commenting on price — either noting that it’s cheap or expensive? Reviewers tend to note price when it’s remarkable, so this is a good way to get a feel for whether a place is especially inexpensive or overpriced.

It’s also helpful to look at where the reviewer is from. Someone from New York City is going to have very different price standards than someone from Columbus, Ohio, for example.

The key with this exercise is not so much to focus on single reviews — there will always be outliers — but to skim through a few listings and see whether you notice patterns. Here are a few I came across during my early days in Antigua that made me realize I wasn’t alone in being caught off-guard about prices:

Yelp isn’t available in Antigua, so my go-to review website has been TripAdvisor. I also joined a few active Facebook groups, including one for expats living in Guatemala, which has proven to be an excellent forum for information. Google reviews and the review tabs on Facebook pages have been helpful to get aggregate information as well.

Step 2 – Search the reviews for cost-sensitive keywords

Once you’ve selected a restaurant or other TripAdvisor listing, you can search all the reviews on that page. You can also use keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+F to search a word on a page.

If you’re planning a trip, I’d suggest looking through a few recommended tour operators and restaurants and doing searches using keywords such as “price,” “cost,” “cheap” and “expensive.”

For example, here are returns I got when I searched “price” within the listing for Cafe Condesa, one of the most popular moderately priced cafes in the center of town:

Price is a great search term because it’s a neutral word, so if reviewers are mostly using it to say prices are too high, that tells you something. For the same cafe (and I don’t mean to pick on this place, just using it as an illustration), a search of “cheap” vs. “expensive” is telling. When I searched the word “expensive,” I got almost twice as many results.  

The same thing works on Facebook. Groups have a search function that looks through all posts. Using that tool in the expats group, with the keywords mentioned above, I found a few comments confirming my observations and some helpful threads with recommendations for cheaper eats.  

As my time in Antigua winds down, I’m not too sure when or where my next travel stint will be. But the wanderlust is sure to kick in again at some point, and when it does, I’ll know exactly where to go to get a good idea of what things will cost.

Jaclyn Schiff is a freelance writer and digital nomad who believes the finer things in life don’t (always) need to come at a higher cost.

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The Weekend Reset: Bad news for Bonobos, good news for your taste buds and new music that is worth the wait.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

READ: Is Bonobos now damaged goods?

If Wal-Mart believed snatching up one of the most beloved men’s fashion brands would be a good thing for both concerns, they were wrong. In fact, it would seem a couple of recent purchases have not played out well for all involved. Thanks to Dappered reader Bill N. for posting this in the threads. You know about threads, right?

 

STREAM: The beautiful game is not just a FIFA thing.

While most soccer fans are gearing up for the World Cup later this year, a different gathering of teams from around the word are gathering right now in London for CONIFA World Football Cup 2018. Conifa stands for The Confederation of Independent Football Associations. Or, basically, regions of the world and nations that don’t fit into FIFA’s framework. Places like: Tibet, Cascadia, Barawa and Cyprus. Soccer truly is a sport played around the world and it is always interesting learning about the different cultures that share a love for the game. The tournament kicks off this weekend in London and you can should be able to stream it here (not sure about US rights though?) and learn more here. Thanks to Joe for passing this my way.

 

EAT: Summer’s secret culinary weapon? It’s a condiment.

I just got back from a memorial Day Weekend excursion to my favorite mountain retreat. While we are off the grid, we always eat well. My host is a fantastic cook and I’m still thinking about the salads and grilled proteins we enjoyed. The common denominator in these dishes was a balsamic glaze that elevated everything it dressed. It makes a big impact on everyday dishes and while you can easily make it yourself, it’s readily available at most good grocery stores. This is a good place to start if you’re looking for a way to use it and make it for yourself.

 

LISTEN: Snow Patrol made us wait 7 years for this. It was worth it.

Gary Lightbody is Snow Patrol’s de facto front man. And he had a very bad stretch of years since the band released 2011’s Fallen Empires. He has been open with his struggles with alcohol and depression and it played no small role in the making of this album. Which, by the way, is nowhere near depressing. It is, however, grand in places, lighthearted in others, and absolutely stuffed with the elements which has brought the band so many fans.

 

WATCH: You should probably be afraid of the dark.

To this day Near Dark remains one of my favorite genre movies. Kathryn Bigelow would go on to directs movies like Point Break, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and her most recent, Detroit, but Near Dark was only her 2nd film. And it got noticed. The cast makes the movie, with attention stealing performances from Bill Paxton and Lance Henricksen, perfect 80’s period piece soundtrack from Tangerine Dream and a bona-fide love story to boot. Did I mention it’s one of my favorite vampire flicks? No? It is.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting “good progress” in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit.
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ABC Expands ‘Good Morning America,’ Cancels ‘The Chew’

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NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s “Good Morning America” is expanding to a third hour — and swallowing “The Chew” to make room.

The network said Wednesday the new third hour will air at 1 p.m. Eastern, which is often the spot for the cooking show. “GMA” starts at 7 a.m.

“The Chew” has aired for seven seasons. ABC didn’t reveal when the third hour of “GMA” will begin, but said “The Chew” episodes will air as planned until September.

 

 

Says Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television: “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”

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For Good Clothing Company founder Kathryn Hilderbrand, when it comes to American manufacturing — it’s all good.
The master tailor, designer and entrepreneur just landed a partnership with AKR Textile, a nearly $ 1 billion operation in India. In addition to taking a significant minority stake in the company, AKR plans to bring 20 percent of its production to the U.S. That is welcome news for Hilderbrand, who started her company three years ago after being irked by how the human aspect of fashion manufacturing was being forgotten.
Determined to change that and improve the lives of workers at the lowest levels of production, she set out to create better-paying jobs. The partnership deal with AKR will bolster that, due in part to the use of semi-automated machinery. There are plans for a new LEED-certified facility in Fall River, Mass., with the goal of creating 500 jobs in the next three to five years. GCC expects to open that on a 26-acre site in the city’s biopark where Amazon has a distribution center. The company aims to generate $ 500 million in cut-and-sewn sales within five years, Hilderbrand said.
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It’s that time of year again when Moda Operandi has its huge friends-and-family sale, and this year, the retailer is offering 40% off for four days only. The sale starts on May 11 and goes through May 15, so if there’s something you’ve been eyeing on the site, we suggest you snatch it up before it’s too late. Use the code FRIENDS40 at checkout to score the best deals on some of the most coveted designer goods.

As if that description wasn’t enough of an enticement, I went ahead and shopped out a handful of some of the sale items I’m currently deciding between. When you have brands like Attico, Brock Collection, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh all on major discount, you know you’re about to be in for a painful shopping decision. Good luck! 

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Jameela Jamil on the #IWeigh movement and finding her own Good Place

As a T4 presenter, her sardonic wit used to make Sunday hangovers bearable. Now, Jameela Jamil is using her new role as a US comedy queen to kick-start a body positivity movement.

‘What you’re trying to say is, “What the fuck am I doing here?”’ says Jameela Jamil, with a laugh down the phone from LA. I’ve been scrambling around for a tactful way of saying how surprising it was to see the British presenter and DJ pop up all of a sudden on an American sitcom. And not just any sitcom, Parks And Recreation creator Michael Schur’s The Good Place, one of the smartest and buzziest comedies to come out of the US in years.

Jamil just assumes every other actress in LA with the casting call requirement – a British woman of Pakistani descent – ‘must have died’ when her manager sent her to audition for the role of brilliant-awful socialite Tahani in The Good Place. A year earlier, she had left London after a breast-cancer scare gave her the push she needed to quit her Radio 1 job and relocate to Hollywood to pursue a long-held ambition of comedy writing – ‘so I would know that by the time I was 30, I had grabbed life by its balls’.

With no acting experience, she thought the audition would be, at best, an interesting experience and an opportunity to meet Schur, a comedy writing legend. Schur had different ideas and signed Jamil up to a seven-year contract. ‘You don’t presume that life could be so ridiculous that you would start a new career at 30 years old… as an actress,’ she says.

But it’s not just Jamil’s reinvention as a comedy star that’s drawing headlines. With The Good Place going into its third season, the former presenter is also using her mushrooming platform to air some undiluted views about feminism and body image.

Earlier this year, a searing blog post she wrote about consent following the Aziz Ansari furore (‘women must learn that no is a right, not a privilege’) went viral. Shortly after that she became so incensed by an Instagram post showing the Kardashian family with their corresponding weights that she kick-started a new body positivity movement, inviting women to share their real ‘weight’ (for instance, ‘I weigh: lovely relationship,  great friends, wonderful husband, financial independence’). The Instagram account @I_Weigh now has 26k followers. You get the sense this is just the tip of the iceberg…

You went into The Good Place with no acting experience. How did you style it out?
‘I think you can see in the first three episodes that I don’t really know what the fuck I’m doing! But spending 16 hours a day with talented actors [Ted Danson and Kristen Bell], you learn what to do by osmosis.’

Were you nervous?
‘Well, all of the jobs I’ve ever done I’ve never been prepared for. I didn’t know after my first audition that I’d end up on T4, and I didn’t think after one audition I would get my own show on Radio 1. I got very, very lucky, but I was also thrown massively into the deep end. There’s no time to think about how scared you are.’

How did the expectations of starring in a US sitcom measure up to the reality?
‘It’s a much bigger beast than I could have imagined. I’ve been on TV for ten years, but English budgets are so much smaller – you can find yourself pissing in a ditch on location. I wasn’t prepared for having my own trailer with a fake fireplace in it. And the catering! I’m not one to worry about gaining weight, but my costumes were fitted a month before filming and all the food here is laced with corn syrup – so I sort of ate my way out of all my clothes. It was stressful for the costume department.’

Your character Tahani in The Good Place is a former London socialite. Did you model her on anyone specific?
‘Oh, for sure. All the London socialites! Any time I DJed at a party, the people who would turn up have bled into Tahani. It was fun to exercise the things that annoyed me about some people I’ve met… who I won’t name [laughs]. It’s also great showing a different side of English people to the ones who normally appear on American sitcoms – that oppressed passive aggression we’re so good at.’

Tahani is an excessive name-dropper. Do you have any great name drops of your own from living in LA?
‘I did get to meet Jay-Z, as he worked with my boyfriend [the musician James Blake]. He was very sweet and professional.’

Who was your favourite interviewee?
‘Mariah Carey. She starts with confidence, moves past arrogance and then goes straight into legend. I loved her.
I also had to give Kim Kardashian a manicure once on T4. I’m terrible with anything to do with beauty and she’d just had a thousand dollar manicure that I then destroyed.’

‘I had the ability to urinate on my own taken away from me for a year. My brother had to carry me [to the bathroom] to wee.’

The #IWeigh campaign has really gathered steam. Have you been moved by the response?
‘Yeah, I’ve actually cried several times from the things women have written to me! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long, but couldn’t work out how to do it. I’ve been talking about body positivity for ten years now – when I first started, then when I gained all that weight at Radio 1 because I was on steroids for asthma. It’s been quite heartbreaking too, as I’ve received thousands of messages from women saying they’d love to take part in the campaign, but can’t find anything nice to say about themselves. You think, “God, you’re so polluted by this idea of not being good enough because someone told you you’re not.”’

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You were in a car accident when you were 17 and told you might not walk again. Do you think the process of watching your body then fully recover made you feel we should all be kinder to ourselves?
‘For sure. It’s a big part of why I don’t ever get facials or manicures. I had the ability to urinate on my own taken away from me for a year. My brother had to carry me [to the bathroom] to wee. There’s something about being able to finally function by myself, to be given the gift of carrying on with life, that is so sacred to me. When I was lying there being told I might not be able to walk again on my own, I wasn’t thinking about what my body had looked like my whole life, I was thinking about my life in its entirety.’

Are there things you give less of a toss about now you’re in your thirties?
‘I continue to use age as a gateway to perspective. When I was younger, I used to only be able to stand up for other people, but now I’m good at saying no. I’ve [also] made a lot of changes, unfollowed toxic people on Instagram. That’s something I’d urge women much younger than me to do. I wish I’d learned to do that years ago, but I’ve definitely toughened up with age.’

Jameela Jamil’s #IWeigh campaign can be found on Instagram under @I_Weigh.

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How to stop robocalls for good

Junk calls and robocalls are now completely out of control. If you’re looking for ways to stop them, we’ve got some options for you.

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Learn how to stop robocalls with these free and pay services

For a number of years, junk calls were not a hassle for people. The National Do Not Call Registry worked well for a while. Legitimate companies were generally very complaint and the violations that did occur were rare. Those that did violate the law were subject to heavy fines.

Then suddenly, in the last couple of years, the number of junk calls started climbing. By some accounts, nearly 31 billion robocalls were placed in 2017.

Why the sudden spike in robocalls and junk calls? It’s because the technology exists that allows criminals to make unlimited calls — virtually for free — to every single number established in North America, including the U.S., Canada and many parts of the Caribbean.

From there, it’s a numbers game for the crooks. They only need a small fraction of the number of people they call to believe the pitch and send them their hard-earned money.

So what can you do? You have to fight technology with technology.

Free services and apps: Nomorobo, Youmail and Hiya

Nomorobo is a free service that boasts of having stopped nearly a quarter of a billion robocalls!

You can also put the kibosh on robocalls with Youmail and Hiya, both of which are free.

The latter uses an algorithm that determines if there is a phone number making thousands of brief phone calls. Additionally, app users can submit a community report that warns others if a certain phone number is fraudulent.

Some wireless carriers offer free robocall blocking, too

T-Mobile, in cooperation with Hiya, has made great strides in blocking robocalls.

AT&T, meanwhile, was an early mover in this space. Back in 2016, AT&T released its Call Protect app — a free mobile app that automatically vets incoming calls to make sure they’re not associated with robocall scams.

Pay services from Verizon, RoboKiller

Verizon has similar capabilities, but unfortunately charges its customers $ 2.99 a month for them.

Also on the pay front, RoboKiller uses artificial intelligence to tie up the junk phone callers trying to rip you off.

This service, which costs $ 2.99 a month, analyzes the first few seconds of your incoming calls to make sure noise patterns indicative of humans (not machines) are detected. Their system also uses whitelist and blacklist filtering, much like your e-mail at work, so you can whitelist a number like your child’s school that may send out robocalls with closing-related info.

There is a low-tech solution

Ultimately, the best solution may be the low-tech one. If you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer — period!

If it is somebody whose call you should have taken, you’ll usually get a voicemail within seconds. Then, you can listen and call them back.

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20 Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers On Living The Good Life

What does it mean to live a “good life”? Whether it’s traveling to an exotic destination, living debt-free, waking up at 5 a.m. to meditate, or simply having the freedom to plan your day—living the good life is all about your perspective. Here are 20 of the best motivational and inspirational quotes by black influencers, including some of our favorite writers, performers, entrepreneurs, and more.

20 of the Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes by Black Influencers

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Focus on solutions. Focus on gratitude and everything that you have working in your advantage. Understand that as a creative you are not limited to artistic expressions of creativity. Get creative with ways to generate more money. You can wallow in sorrow or get to creating solutions, both take energy and it’s up to you to decide which one you want to put your energy into.” Tonya Rapley, Millennial money expert and founder of My Fab Finance.

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

 

“Release and detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition, and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in your life. All things have a season, and all seasons must come to an end. Choose a new season, filled with purposeful thoughts and activities.” ―Iyanla Vanzant, Life Coach and Inspirational Speaker

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Fenty Beauty)

 

“I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.” ―Rihanna, Singer and Philanthropist, on her new lingerie line

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Ain’t that just like D. Wade)

“I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is to not really worry what people will say or think about what you wear. You have to wear what feels good on you, what you feel comfortable in. And I’ve just learned to not really care.” ―Dwyane Wade, NBA Champion

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(motivatingthemasses.com)

 

“All the people in your life are truly doing the best they can with what they have. People can only love you to the capacity that they are able to love themselves. They can only forgive and embrace you to the capacity that they are able to forgive and embrace themselves. They can only give you what they have the capacity to give. You may think that you deserve more, and you may be correct. But that means nothing if a person simply doesn’t have the ability to give it to you.” ―Lisa Nichols, Author of “No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love”

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of “We Should All Be Feminists”

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

Strength isn’t always shown by what you can hold on to, but sometimes it’s shown in what you can let go of.” ―Trent Shelton, Motivational Speaker

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

“I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.” Kerry Washington, Actress
 

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

 

“Until we forgive ourselves, we will always see ourselves through the shattered pieces of the dreams we can no longer have. Nothing can be seen clearly through broken pieces: no future, no hope, no faith, no love is capable of being seen properly until we admit that we are driving on a flat tire. We have to stop believing that just because we are damaged we are irreparably broken.” ―Sarah Jakes, Author of “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life”

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Avoid being your own enemy.”  Eric Thomas, Motivational Speaker and Author

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I am not asking everyone to be activists. I am not asking everyone to march on the front lines. I am not asking every writer, public figure, or celebrity to lead social movements. I am not asking them to make speeches on how they have a dream. I am, however, challenging people not to stay silent as the world crumbles. You do not have to yell. Even a whisper of truth matters in an echo chamber of lies.” ―Luvvie Ajayi, Author of “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual”

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

“Your definition of a good life does not have to look like everyone else thinks it should. Whatever feels right for you, whatever aligns your inside with your outside, that’s what you should spend your time doing.” —G.G. Renee Hill, Coach, Author, and Blogger of “All the Many Layers”  

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Image: Joey Levine)

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” —Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(necolekane.com)

“Ordinary can’t possibly be extraordinary without taking risk. You have to learn to be uncomfortable with being comfortable to truly reach your highest potential.” Necole Kane, Founder of xoNecole 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

“People always ask me how I did (do) it….you know what’s the strategy? My answer is pretty simple: I just do what feels good. Key word: DO. That’s just past ‘thinking about it’ and way past ‘asking others’ what I should do.” Myleik Teele, Founder of CurlBOX

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

“There is no happiness without action. There is no love without passion. There is no success without vision.” —Rob Hill Sr., Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and Philanthropist

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(IBM Corp.)

“Leadership reputations are made or lost in times of crisis.” —Former American Express CEO Ken Chenault 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I believe you can speak things into existence.” —Jay-Z, Entertainment Music Mogul

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

 

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” —Former First Lady Michelle Obama

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

 

“I’ve never chased money. It’s always been about what I can do to motivate and inspire people.” —Tyler Perry, Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer, and Author

 

Janice Bryant Howroyd

(Twitter)

 

“Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.” —Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO of The ACT-1 Group

 

 

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T.I. Says He Doesn’t Understand Kanye West’s Actions, But Believes His Intentions Are Good [Video]

T.I. collaborated on a song with Kanye West  for “Ye vs The People,” but now T.I. has joined the rest of us in not knowing what the heck Kanye West is doing.

via TMZ:

We got Tip at LAX Wednesday and asked if the message of his new song with Kanye — “Ye vs. the People” — has been lost with Kanye’s slavery comments. T.I. tells us he’s uncertain, but implies his message to Kanye was definitely not received.

The rapper also says he’s unsure what direction Kanye’s going in, or what he’s trying to do, but he suggests some patience … even though he admits he’s having trouble with that himself.

T.I.’s pretty adamant about one thing, though — Kanye’s not trying to hurt anybody. In fact, Tip says Kanye believes he’s doing the opposite … to the point of being a sacrificial lamb.

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Comcast recently started offering its own wireless service under the brand of Xfinity Mobile. The actual mobile service is provided by Verizon, and the plans are surprisingly cheap and flexible. We’ve said before that Xfinity Wireless is a good deal for Comcast subscribers, and as it turns out, it’s such a good deal that Comcast is losing money.

In its latest earnings report, Comcast posted a $ 189 million loss for Xfinity Mobile, despite adding 196,000 new subscribers in the quarter. Analysts expected the loss — they actually expect Comcast to burn through $ 1.2 billion in the first 18 months — but this loss exceeded expectations.

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Segregation Was Never Good For Black People. Not Even A Little Bit [Opinion]

Segregation was never good for black people. We were not better off during Jim Crow. Not even a little bit. Those who wax nostalgically about how we thrived during segregation and leveraged it to our economic advantage to support and sustain healthy, strong black communities are just straight-up wrong.
We need to stop romanticizing life for African Americans before integration. The overwhelming majority of black people were trapped in abject poverty (or at best, a fragile subsistence), locked out of nearly every profession or industry where they could gain access to significant income and wealth, regardless of their level of education or social-economic status. We were also excluded from Wall Street and other centers of capital and investment. (In fact, for much of America’s history prior to integration, not only could we not acquire stock and commodities—we were counted as livestock ourselves). As recently as the 1950s, the rare African American with a Ph.D. could hope for no better than a job as a teacher or minister.
And the great black entrepreneurs in the age of segregation operated with absolutely zero legal protection or civil rights, essentially deprived of any legal means of protecting their assets/wealth. Laws both civil and criminal were set up so that white people could take property, money, land, etc. from black people with impunity. And what they couldn’t take, they would destroy—the devastating 1921 race riot that destroyed Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” is the best known, but far from the only example of this truth. Countless black people, including (maybe especially) the educated and relatively wealthy—including many WWI veterans who tasted freedom in Europe—were lynched (concurrent with the establishment and rise of the Ku Klux Klan) in order to eliminate them as a source of economic competition and as a way to use terror to keep blacks “in their place.”
The vast majority of people who talk today about how much better off black people were during segregation have lived most, if not all of their lives, in the post-segregation era. I’ve interviewed many people who actually lived through Jim Crow segregation (most are now in their 80s or 90s or older), including my late grandfather, who died at age 97 in 2008 less than six months before Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. presidency. I can’t remember any of them wishing to go back to the way things were during segregation. Today, we operate with unequal protection and access as black people; they operated with zero protection and access. If any of us black people born after 1960 were magically transported back to 1921, 1931 or even 1951, most of us wouldn’t last a month.
No matter how much we struggle with injustice and racism today, our better is in pushing forward, not going back to a nostalgic, selectively imagined, segregated past.
Editor’s Note: Opinion pieces are solely the opinions of the author and not representative of Black Enterprise.

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Here’s yet another good reason to never use Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer hacking patch

If you or any of your loved ones are still using Internet Explorer — and yes, I do mean true IE, not Microsoft Edge — then you probably already realize that you’re a good 15 years behind the times. But if you need a good nudge to get you (or your company’s IT department) off this addiction before it ruins more good families, this news should do it.

A hacking group is actively exploiting a zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer to infect Windows PCs with malware, according to researchers. A team from Qihoo 360’s Core security unit “say an advanced persistent threat (APT) group is using the IE vulnerability on a “global scale,” according to ZDNet. The vulnerability is being exploited using an infected Office document, loaded with something called a “double-kill” vulnerability.

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Good guy with no gun James Shaw Jr. disarmed Waffle House shooter

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Tragedy struck the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville early Sunday morning when an armed man shot two individuals outside of a Waffle House before proceeding inside and killing two more. 

In the face of that horror, reports the Tennessean, one Waffle House customer, 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., managed to wrestle an AR-15 rifle free from the shooter and likely saved lives in the process. 

Now, although Shaw is quick to brush the claim aside, he is being hailed as a hero. 

James Shaw Jr. was identified as the hero who helped stop the Waffle House shooter this morning. He says he doesn’t feel like a hero, which is exactly what you’d expect a real hero to sayhttps://t.co/0N08omw80u

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What is a ‘good’ credit card?

Asking the question, “What is a good credit card?” is kind of like asking “What is a good car?” as the answer will always depend on who you are and what you are using it for. A good car for a large family might be a minivan, while a compact might be the right car for solo commuter.

So let’s look at a few of the different types of credit card users and get a sense for what a “good” credit card would be for each.

People who are new to credit cards

Students, young adults, recent immigrants and anyone else who is new to credit cards will have different needs than others who have been using them for many years. First, you’ll want a simple card with low rates and fees, as your goal will be to learn how to use a credit card responsibly while incurring as few costs as possible.

You might start with the place where you already hold a checking or savings account. Nearly every bank and credit union offers credit cards, and most will have a simple card with no annual fee and no rewards. And when you need to make a payment, it’s simply a matter of transferring funds between accounts. You don’t have to create a new login or learn how to manage your account on a new website.

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Credit cards for getting out of debt

If you have credit card debt, a good credit card will be one that helps you to pay it off as soon as possible. Many cards offer 0% APR promotional financing for balance transfers. When you transfer your existing balances to one of these new cards, you can avoid interest charges during the promotional financing period. In fact, you can even pay off your debt more quickly, as 100% of your payments will go towards the principal, not interest charges.

A good credit card for this purpose will have an interest-free promotional financing offer that lasts at least 12 months, while the best will extend to 15 or even 18 months. You also need to look at the balance transfer fee, which is usually 3% of the amount transferred. However, some cards have fees of as much as 5%, and there are a few rare cards with no balance transfer fees at all.

Cards for rebuilding credit

If you’ve experienced job loss, divorce or major medical bills, you might have come away from it with bad credit. And if you’ve gone through bankruptcy, foreclosure or just a long string of unpaid loans, then you definitely need to rebuild your credit. A good credit card can be a tool to rebuild your credit, but only if you manage it responsibly by always paying your bills on-time and carrying little, if any, debt.

First and foremost, a good credit card to rebuild your credit will allow you to open an account, even with your bad credit. There are two types of credit cards available if you have bad credit: subprime cards and secured cards. A subprime card may be from a bank with an obscure name, or perhaps one that’s meant to sound kind of like a major bank that you’ve heard of. It will have very high interest rates and numerous fees, while offering you few benefits and a very small line of credit.

I would avoid these cards and focus on a secured card instead.

Secured cards work just like any other credit card, but they require you to pay a refundable security deposit before opening your account. The size of your deposit becomes your credit limit, and the security deposit is only used if you default. Like any other credit card, you’ll receive a monthly statement and must make the minimum payment. After a year of on-time payments, most secured card holders find that they can qualify for a standard, unsecured card and will have their deposit refunded. The best secured cards will be offered by a reputable bank that can eventually offer you an unsecured card. And, best of all, many of these top secured cards have no annual fee.

Earning rewards

When you always avoid interest charges by paying your statement balances in full, then you should be earning as many rewards and benefits as possible. The best card for you will depend on how you use your cards and its rewards. Frequent travelers will want a card that offers them airline miles, hotel points or other rewards that they can use for free trips. At the same time, a good travel card will also feature perks like free checked bags, hotel room upgrades and travel insurance policies.

Others might find the most value in a cash-back credit card that offers rewards that can be used to pay for anything. Some cash back cards will offer a high level of cash back on all purchases, like 1.5% or even 2%. Others can offer bonuses of as much as 5% on some purchases, but only 1% elsewhere. And when it comes to reward credit cards, the one with the lowest annual fee might not be the best. If you can receive hundreds of dollars of rewards and benefits, it may be worth paying an annual fee.

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One last thing

For millions of Americans, there’s no good credit card for their needs. If you’re unable to pay your bills on time, or you use your credit card to incur debt, then you should be using another form of payment like cash or a debit card (though you should be wary of when and where you use a debit card). Also, if you find yourself spending more money on a credit card then you would have spent with cash, then it’s also the wrong method of payment for you.

All credit card users should strive to pay their balance in full, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting that you can’t do this, and using another form of payment instead. By considering how you will use your credit cards, you can ultimately decide the right card for your needs.

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Cheater’s cashew chicken: So easy, so good

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I have never posted this because it’s really not even a recipe. But I make it almost weekly (it’s one of the kids’ favorites) so I figured it might come in handy in your rotation too.

I should point out that there are plenty of NON-CHEATING recipes for cashew chicken, where you actually make the delicious sauce yourself, but when time is short and you don’t want fast food, this is our go-to.

There are two secrets to this “recipe”:

1. Get your chicken breasts at the meat counter and have the butcher chop them into bite-sized pieces for you. It saves so much time and gross-ness.

2. Buy a bottled sauce that’s good. We love PF Chang’s Teriyaki sauce which is sold in the regular grocery store.

Cheater’s Cashew Chicken

3-4 chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces
1 bottle teriyaki sauce
1 cup cashew pieces
Rice, broccoli, or whatever you want on the side

Drizzle a large saute pan with olive oil and cook chicken pieces over medium heat until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Drizzle with sauce and cashews and stir to combine.

I usually blanch the broccoli while the chicken is cooking. Add broccoli to boiling water for 3-5 min. Drain and rinse with cold water. Stir with a little butter and salt.

Embarrassingly easy, right?

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This Remote Gig Offers Good Benefits, Including Discounts on Top Brands


It’s not often you find a work-from-home gig that comes with sweet benefits, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve found that job.

Sitel, a provider of outsourced customer service to global companies, is hiring customer service representatives in 25 states.

So what are these sweet benefits, you ask?

Paid training? Check. Medical and dental? You betcha. A 401(k) plan? Yes again!

On top of that, Sitel employees also get discounts from the company’s partners. Some of the big brand names include L’Oreal, Under Armour, Lexus and General Mills. Score!

The positions are available in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.  

Don’t see your state? Here’s why companies sometimes restrict the location for work-from-home jobs.

As a remote customer service rep for Sitel, you’ll work 31-40 hours per week (pay is not specified), with opportunities to earn incentive-based bonuses.

If customer service jobs aren’t your thing — or you really don’t want discounts on Cheerios — no worries. You can check out our jobs page on Facebook. We’re always posting new, work-from-home opportunities.

Remote Customer Service Representative at Sitel

Pay: Not specified

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing stellar customer service to Sitel’s partners
  • Navigating multiple systems simultaneously

Applicants for this position must have:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Previous customer service and sales experience
  • Excellent verbal and listening skills
  • A distraction-free home office space
  • Ability to work remotely, with good time-management skills

Technical requirements include:

  • Desktop or laptop — Mac, Tablets, Winbooks, Smart devices, Windows Mini PCs, Chromebook and Android systems are not compatible
  • A separate 19” Monitor with 1280×1024 minimum resolution
  • Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Wired keyboard, mouse and USB headset — wireless not allowed
  • Wired DSL or broadband high-speed internet — WiFi, WiMax, Satellite, dial-up, and/or Hotspots are not allowed

Benefits include:

  • Paid training
  • Medical and dental for full-time employees
  • 401(k) retirement match
  • Vacation and holiday pay
  • Incentive opportunities
  • Employee discounts with Sitel’s partners

Apply here for the customer service representative job at Sitel. Make sure to choose your home state when applying.

Kaitlyn Blount is a junior staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Apple has set a date when it will ax iTunes for good, according to reports. The tech giant is looking to scrap music downloads because of the popularity of its Apple Music streaming service and rivalry with platforms like Spotify. According to leaked reports, iTunes will be phased out by March 31, 2019. Apple introduced…
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Hummus has been popping up everywhere over the last several years – from hot dog stands and restaurants to your local grocery store. Made popular by companies such as Sabra, Tribe, and Cedar, hummus is absolutely taking over America’s culinary pallet. But what is it? And why do we like it so much?

From our beginnings

Hummus is a dish which has been eaten for thousands of years around the eastern Mediterranean basin. Made by crushing garbanzo beans and mixing it with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt, this dip has been a food staple in the Levant (IE Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel) since humans first left Africa. As humans spread around the globe, they kept garbanzo bean seeds with them, planting them all over what is now Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans as well. That could be one of the reasons why we love it so much – as our ancient ancestors traversed the Mediterranean planes, this was what they ate. Maybe we all have some imprint in our genes to love hummus!

So many types!

The American hummus industry has been booming as of late, and the main companies producing the stuff have definitely been keeping track of what US consumers like and updating their recipes for this ancient food staple to keep up with modern tastes. Today, you can get red pepper hummus, chipotle style hummus, spinach and artichoke hummus, and even Tuscan herb hummus. You would never find most of these hummus flavors in the Middle East or Mediterranean basin. But what makes these flavors amazing (besides the taste of course) is the fact that now the United States has its own hummus with a distinctly American flair and flavor.

It’s pretty healthy for you

In terms of health, the worst part of hummus is actually the bread you dip it in! The actual paste itself is quite healthy for you. Because it’s so full of protein, your brain gets signals telling you that you are full quicker, enabling you to watch yourself if you are prone to overeating. It also contains a ton of folates which help in healthy cell reproduction, something which some scientists say helps defend against cancer. Additionally, if you are trying to cut meat out of your diet, hummus is a great vegan alternative!

So many ways to eat it

Hummus isn’t just a chip dip where you take a tiny chip and put a tiny amount of hummus on it. In the Middle East, hummus is actually a meal while the rest is just a side! And while you may want to dip carrot sticks or pretzels or cucumbers into your hummus (still very tasty), in the Levant they do it differently. In those countries, people take a fork or a piece of pita or even a piece of white onion and literally scoop it up! We’re not talking about a small little bit inside either, but actually use them like shovels to scoop up the hummus into their mouths! In Hebrew for instance, this method of eating is called “l’nagev,” meaning “wiping.” Why such a weird name? Because you’re supposed to use the bread to wipe up every last bit up from the plate!

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For April Fool’s Day this year, Snapchat decided to create a Facebook filter that makes it appear as if a Russian bot has liked your post. I’m confident the teens of America could GAF, but for us adults obsessed with the Mueller investigation (and likely not on Snapchat), we have no choice but to love it.

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During a recent interview with Digital Spy, Menzies was asked whether his character is still spending his days locked away in the Frey’s dungeon since Arya Stark used her face-swapping skills to massacre the entire Frey family. “The honest answer is, I have no idea,” he replied. “He’s obviously somewhere in a prison, he’s still around alive somewhere. They’re pretty stingy with their information and I’ve not heard anything from them.”

There’s always the chance that Menzies is giving fans the ol’ Kit Harington run-around. However, considering the rest of the cast has been filming season eight for quite some time, if he is telling the truth, that’s probably a wrap on Edmure.

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It’s likely that U.S. entrepreneurs—including black small business owners—are now trying to figure out how the $ 1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Job Act will affect them and their businesses.

The new provisions are effective beginning this year through 2025. Small business owners should now be planning for the 2018 tax year and setting up their operations to minimize their tax liability.

Thomas Jones Jr., the lead tax partner for the black-owned public accounting firm of McConnell & Jones L.L.P. in Houston, says American business owners are trying to understand the impact of the new tax law on their businesses, themselves, and their families.

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His firm is recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the city’s largest public accounting firms and by Accounting Today as one of the largest CPA practices in the nation’s Southwest region.

Jones started as a tax manager with Ernst & Ernst in 1977. He teamed with Wayne McConnell in 1996 to establish McConnell & Jones L.L.P. In 1999, Odysseus Lanier and Sharon Murphy merged with the pair, creating the largest African American-owned accounting and consulting firm in Texas.

With over 40 years of experience in investment and financial management, Jones provides the firm’s clientele with tax planning, retirement and estate planning, and other services. He works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them achieve long-term success.

The bottom line is the new tax law has arrived and will bring big changes.

“Whether you like Trump or not, the “Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017” is the most significant and radical change in tax law since the 1980s and is sure to impact you and your business in the coming year,” Jones says.

Jones cited the most important elements he sees coming out of the tax reform package that small business owners and individuals should know more about:

Rate Changes

For corporations and individuals, Jones says the Tax Cut Act remains true to its name. It cuts the corporate tax to a simplified flat rate of 21%. This is a big change from the previous multi-bracket structure with a 35% top rate! Individual rates are also cut with the new law.  Though seven brackets remain, the Tax Cut Act has reduced rates with the highest bracket now at 37%, almost a 3% drop.

Reduction of Pass-through Income

Most owners of pass-through entities, including S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, will see their income tax lowered with a new 20% income reduction calculation. The Act increases the amount of income allowed to be claimed as pass-through from 17.4% to 20%. There are many variables to the reductions depending on your business structure. This is especially important for individuals looking to start a new business in 2018 as your entity choice will impact your tax situation. The provision for pass-through entities will expire in 2025.

Deductions and Exemptions Have Reformed

These changes could affect sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships. The standard deduction nearly doubles to $ 12,000 for single filers and $ 24,000 for married filing jointly. To help cover the cost, personal exemptions and most additional standard deductions are suspended.

Personal Exemptions Removed

Previously, you could claim a $ 4,050 personal exemption for yourself, your spouse, and each of your dependents. But the under the new tax law, the personal exemption is no longer available to anyone.

State and Local Tax Deductions Capped

State and local tax deductions are limited to $ 10,000 total for all property, income, and sales tax. Where you live and your state tax structure will determine the impact of this change on your taxes.

Alternative Minimum Tax (ATM) Exemption Raised

The alternative minimum tax, a parallel tax system that ensures people who receive a lot of tax breaks still pay some federal income taxes, stays in place. But the exemption changes to $ 70,300 for single filers and $ 109,400 for joint filers and the phase-out threshold to $ 1 million. The changes mean the AMT will affect far fewer people than before.

Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Doubled

Jones calls this a major win for small business owners! The estate tax, which applies to the transfer of property to decedents, either as a gift or through a will or trust, has been doubled. The basic amount of the exemption for individuals has jumped from $ 5 million to $ 10 million.

Business Tax Credits

Several business credits are maintained but modified, including the orphan drug credit, the rehabilitation credit, the employer credit for paid family or medical leave and the research and experimentation credit. Jones recommends business owners review all available credits with their tax adviser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Starz also announced that a Season 6 has already been greenlit, so whatever happens in Season 5, there’s a guaranteed next season after that. We’re sure Hardwick is happy about that, as he may be the only cast member whose survival is likely assured until the final season.

 

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“As ‘Power’ wraps production on season five, we want to acknowledge and thank our spectacular ‘Power’ team for producing another great season. We are also pleased to announce a pick-up for season six,” said. Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik.

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Where Have All The Good Men Gone? Include Them in Sexual Violence Prevention

The fallout since the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month has included good guy vs. bad guy diatribes in the conversations on violence.

Discussions of the shooter’s mental health, his alliance to white supremacist groups and warning signs around his behaviors in a culture of toxic masculinity are in contrast to the actions of the heroic teachers, rescue workers, medical personnel and teen survivors.

The sweeping use of toxic masculinity as causal may have unintended consequences if it is used to imply that all masculinity is inherently toxic. This is particularly important in context of the concurrent #MeToo movement and solutions to halt sexual violence. The implication that all men are part of the problem of all kinds of violence may result in the exclusion of good men from the conversation about stopping violence—including sexual violence and harassment.

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Certainly many men’s groups such as MenEngage Alliance, The Good Men Project, Men Stopping Violence and others are actively involved in engaging men in the fight against sexual violence. Women like Mona Charen at CPAC continue to call on men and women to decry harassment when they see it.

Yet some men may avoid being involved in the #MeToo movement if they identify as one of the “good guys” and are upset at being falsely lumped into the culture of toxic masculinity.

Being a good guy or good person is more nuanced than a simple classification based on whether or not the individual has abused someone. This is evident when someone who does good work like the CEO of the Humane Society or members of charities such as the Red Cross and Oxfam are accused of sexual violence. Yet even though most men are not predators, the behaviors of those who are have created a culture of fear among women.

The reality is that sexual harassment and violence is primarily an epidemic for women. As many as 85 percent of women and 19 percent of men say they have been sexually harassed. Additionally a 2018 study found that 27 percent of women report a history of sexual assault, compared to seven percent of men. Most of the time both women’s and men’s assailants are men.

As a forensic expert and researcher on sexual harassment and assault for over 10 years, I know that sexual violence is largely a woman’s problem because women are the most frequent targets of such violence. However, the effective reduction of sexual violence requires that men also see such violence as a man’s problem in a way that does not alienate men.

That is not just because men are the typical perpetrators of such violence, or because some men are also victimized, but because men have the power to help stop sexual violence.  When men see it or before it happens, men can intervene.

Women need men as allies in the fight against sexual violence. And if women and men are going to work together to stop sexual violence, we need to include non-abusive men in conversations about the solution. However, public accounts of men who have intervened to stop sexual violence are largely absent. Male perpetrators of violence are more often the focus of attention following the #MeToo movement.

An Australian journalist recently created the #HowIWillChange hashtag for men to engage in the movement against sexual violence. It did not garner the same popularity as the #MeToo hashtag. This may be because use of the hashtag would require men who see themselves as good men to have to admit that they are not good enough and thus need to change.

In order for more men to engage in the fight against sexual violence, they need to feel welcomed into the fight. This sense of welcomeness may come from increased sharing of stories about men intervening to stop sexual violence.

Saying that not all men are bad distracts attention away from the serious problem of sexual violence and does not address the cause of sexual violence. Not every account of sexual violence needs to include a discussion about non-abusive men. But focusing public conversation solely on all the bad things that men have done and the culture of violence against women may inadvertently portray men as the enemy of women. This portrayal excludes non-abusive men from the conversation about finding a solution to sexual violence.

Men can be included in bystander intervention programs as this can effectively reduce sexual violence. Early and continued education that teaches men and women to intervene when witnessing sexual misconduct and about how to obtain affirmative and enthusiastic consent before engaging in sexual behaviors is also vital. This education however must avoid the implication that all males are complicit in sexual violence.

Placing images of naked women with powerful antiviolence sentiments on their bodies in between pages of a men’s magazine with other scantily clad women seems an ineffective way to include men in the conversation about sexual violence. Teaching young boys that girls can’t say no to their requests to dance is also problematic.

We cannot rewrite history to ignore the fact that a culture of violence by men against women has existed for generations in the U.S. and in the world. However, welcoming men into a conversation that accepts these hurtful truths must include a focus on how old socially constructed ideals of masculinity and femininity oppress both women and men.

In order to help stop sexual violence, men don’t need to be told to be part of the solution. They need to feel included as part of a team. It is only by working together to achieve a mutually beneficial goal that we can prevent sexual violence. Without gender-inclusive teamwork, the #MeToo movement will not reach effective solutions.

Dr. Angela Lawson is a forensic expert in sexual violence and is clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is a Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Believes Chance The Rapper Would Be “A Really Good Fresh Prince”

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While in Poland for the Red Bull 3Style World Finals, DJ Jazzy Jeff sat down with HipHopDX and discussed his thoughts about the potential of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air remix.

Jazzy Jeff declared that he believes Chance The Rapper would make a great successor to the Fresh Prince. Will Smith’s right-hand man stated, “Chance is a trailblazer and Will has always been a trailblazer,” Jazzy Jeff said.

Jazzy Jeff referred to Chance’s “light-hearted demeanor” with a “serious side” and how he’s “always smiling” as reasons why he would make a really good Fresh Prince.

The Philadelphia legend went on to praise Chance’s business acumen stating, “And I think for Chance to be as young as he is, to remain independent, to understand just even a little bit about the music industry, I think is great because it’s very easy to fall into those pitfalls. It’s very easy for someone to bring you a suitcase full of money, and it changes your entire perspective instead of realizing, ‘I probably could have 10 suitcases full of money if I just keep my product to myself.’”

Rumors of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot have stirred up the internet. With this commentary from DJ Jazzy Jeff, the excitement will continue to rise. While we wait for updates, who do you believe would make a good Fresh Prince?

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‘As Good As It Gets’ Turns 20: Helen Hunt, James L. Brooks, Greg Kinnear Share Secrets of an Oscars Winner

Twenty years ago, Jack Nicholson hopped through the streets of downtown Manhattan, trying to avoid the cracks in the sidewalk in “As Good as it Gets.” Playing the obsessive-compulsive novelist Melvin Udall in the James L. Brooks-directed comedy landed Nicholson his third Oscar in 1998. It was a difficult task, channeling a character that falls […]

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Weight Fluctuations and Maintaining Good Fit

Finding an item that fits perfectly can be challenging. When your weight fluctuates, garment fits change and it’s even tricker. I run into this challenge with my clients regularly. Here are some suggestions that I’ve offered to them over the years. 

Slight Fluctuations

When your weight fluctuates a little (less than 5 pounds either way), your items might fit ok, but not look and feel as perfect as they once did. This isn’t too serious, because items are still wearable. You don’t need to start thinking about bigger or smaller sizes, and in some cases you will just wear certain items less frequently until you return to the weight where they feel fab.

These types of weight fluctuations are unnoticeable in fluid and oversized fit tops, knitwear, coats, jackets and dresses, so those are handy and forgiving items to keep on hand. Jeans, stretchy bottoms, wide trousers, leggings, fit-and flare-dresses, A-line skirts, cocoon coats and vests are great too. You’ll see and feel the weight fluctuation the most in tailored items that do not have stretch and follow the contour of the body like sheath dresses, woven pencil skirts, and tailored woven trousers.

Moderate Fluctuations

It is harder to manage when your weight fluctuates regularly to the extent that you need one size up or down in many wardrobe items (typically 8 to 10 pound fluctuations.) My clients in this situation tend to keep two sizes in their wardrobe. It’s a costly exercise, but a kind strategy to your body and psyche because you have items that fit and make you feel fab at both extremes of your weight range.

Significant Changes

If your weight changes and stays at the new level for a longer period, you will need clothes in several sizes up or down to maintain good fit. My clients who have gained weight tend to pass on items that are several sizes too small. Some want to hold onto them, but I discourage that because it can exacerbate negative body image. Sometimes we agree to pop the items in a holding zone as a compromise. In the case that a client fits back into the items at some point, they’re usually not interested in wearing them anyway. Starting afresh is best.

When you are on a weight loss programme over a long period of time, and gradually losing a significant amount of weight, you ideally need clothing that fits properly along the way. Budget permitting, you deserve the reward of seeing your body in great fitting clothes as your body changes. There are ways to keep the cost to a minimum. Each time you lose weight that warrants another size down, purchase a very small mix-and-match capsule that gets you through to the next milestone. Assess your wardrobe needs each time you need to purchase a capsule in a smaller size. Don’t forget to be refitted for a bra and knickers, do laundry more frequently, be patient, and don’t try to replace everything at once. Be thrifty and shop the sales. Pass on the clothing that is several sizes too big.

Forum member Toban recently lost a significant amount of weight and shared how she maintained good fit throughout that leg of her style journey. She offers tangible solutions that are well worth a read. Congratulations, Toban.


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What moron thought ‘Hitler socks’ were a good idea?

A Polish company is under fire for trying to sell socks that look like Adolf Hitler. The questionable accessories, by socks brand Nanushki, were designed “to bring order in the socks drawer,” according to the company’s Web site. The Nazi leader is rendered in full, footed glory, down to his toothbrush mustache. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial…
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Good Girls Is the Perfect Show for This Moment

In the first scene of NBC’s Good Girls, three suburban moms charge into a grocery store, toy guns blazing, faces covered in ski masks that resemble the iconic Pussy Riot headwear. The women—played by television vets Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood)—need quick cash to pay for their cheating husband’s debt, child’s life-saving medication and custody case, respectively.

They’re broke, dismissed by the men in their lives, and want to take back their power. Everything goes smoothly until it doesn’t: The grocery store they rob turns out to be a front for a criminal organization, and some heavily armed men want their cash back. Chaos ensues.

But it turns out these women thrive in chaos. After years of baking last-minute cupcakes for bake sales and navigating unruly, misogynist customers at work, they have a knack for solving difficult problems—and long to break the rules.

For years, difficult men have dominated the small screen. In 2018, it’s refreshing to consider how difficult women could reinvigorate that tired trope. Inevitable parallels will be drawn between Good Girls and Breaking Bad, another show about a mild-mannered suburbanite who needs cash and eventually finds strength in criminality. But Walter White never had to worry that if a woman found out his secret identity she would try to blackmail him for sex or, failing that, rape him.

Despite a cutesy promotional campaign with the three women soaking their feet in a kiddie pool full of cash, Good Girls does not shy away from the realities of being a woman in the criminal underworld—or just a woman in the world in general. The characters have to rely on their wits to outsmart the firepower and social power of the men around them. To quote Margaret Atwood, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

The closer television parallel to Good Girls would actually be Weeds, a series about a widowed housewife who begins a small marijuana business. Just a few season in, she’s manipulating cartel bosses. Like Weeds’ Nancy Botwin, the women of Good Girls often find themselves in over their heads but always figure out a way to get out of a scrape. Unlike Nancy, they do not seduce their enemies to survive. That’s a happy development: Television writers long assumed that a woman’s sexuality was her best—and sometimes only—asset.

Since Weeds, few female anti-heroes have graced the small screen. Often evil women play supporting roles—the wives of murderous presidents or antagonists to would-be rulers of Westeros. Sometimes they get to be the main character, as with How to Get Away With Murder or Scandal. But they are lonely leads with male love interests by their sides and female friends at the periphery. Good Girls has three female protagonists, possibly a first on network television since Desperate Housewives. Shows where multiple women get top billing, like Broad City, Big Little Lies or Orange Is the New Black, tend to land on cable networks or streaming platforms.

The Time’s Up movement has promised more women’s stories, told by women, in film and television. We won’t see the fruits of that campaign for some time. But Good Girls is a first taste. And it’s sweet.


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Weekday Wardrobe: Aurora James Knows Good Shoes

“I have a couple hundred pairs of shoes,” a claim that most fashion fans dream of one day sharing, is just another part of the life and work of Aurora James. As the founder and creative director of Brother Vellies, James not only has an enviable footwear collection but actually designs many of the shoes herself. Her initial inspiration, she notes, came after traveling through Africa. “I met a lot of artisans along the way and wanted to find a way to keep them employed,” she says, “so I began creating collections that utilized their unique skills.”

Since starting the company in 2013, James has earned the notice of peers, editors, and industry insiders alike. She won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015 and is currently a member of the CFDA Fashion Incubator, but it still feels like James and Brother Vellies are just getting started, like there’s much more ahead.

As for any woman who owns and runs her own business, James has no defined 9-to-5 schedule, no two days are alike, and there’s a certain unavoidable blurring of personal and work life that occurs. Luckily, James’s sense of style lends itself to a world constantly in flux. “I don’t see a difference between on- and off-duty style,” she says. “I think there is so much about Brother Vellies that I have rooted in my own actual lifestyle that everything sort of blends.”

Of course, it’s impossible to work in the fashion industry without being acutely aware of the way women choose (and want) to dress. For James, this proximity has come to inform both her own way of dressing and her design choices. “I am more interested in personal style than trends and more interested in shoes you will own for a lifetime instead of just one season,” she notes, adding that working in the industry has encouraged her to build her own closet slowly instead of shopping fast fashion. “The best dressed people in the industry,” she says, “are those who are very aware of their own style and build on that.”

There’s a common thread between the way James dresses every day and the shoes and bags she creates for others. When asked to describe her personal style, James offers a response that could easily carry over as a descriptor of the Brother Vellies aesthetic. She views how she dresses as a reflection of how she sees the world: “romantic and whimsical and bold and full of texture and color.” Read on to see James’s weekday wardrobe in full.

“I wear a lot of long dresses with our Unity boots. It’s a bit of a ‘pretty punk’ vibe, I guess. But more so, it’s just comfortable and girly, which is an ongoing theme with a lot of how I dress and design.” While Mondays may qualify as a stressful, uninspired day for many, James uses the start of the week as an opportunity to make a statement. Pairing unexpected pieces like a flowy maxi dress with rough-and-tumble boots starts things off on a fresh foot.

Working in a creative industry has allowed her to build a fairly fluid wardrobe, and her footwear designs reflect the same flexibility. Her boots could just as easily be worn with jeans as they could with a bohemian dress, and other styles follow the same rule. “The Holiday Bow Pump is really great for the office with a linen or navy pinstripe or polka dot dress,” she notes. “On the weekends, though, you could pair it with athletic socks, jeans, and a sweatshirt. I like shoes that have a duality to them like that.”

Winter in New York can leave even the boldest dresser uninspired, but the Toronto native manages to bring texture and a sense of playfulness into her wardrobe even on a practically frigid shoot day. “I have had these plaid McQueen pants for six years,” she notes about her Tuesday outfit. “I love wool pants in the winter; they’re the best way to stay warm. A shearling crossbody is like a little heater also. This is definitely a very winter look.”

James has a unique ability to take her shoes, in this case denim loafers with crystal embellishments, and build an outfit around them that is unexpected but inspired. The key takeaway: Don’t be afraid to mix and match the standout styles you love.

While it’s not uncommon for James to travel for work—“Los Angeles, Paris, Morocco, Italy, and Ethiopia are the typical destinations”—when she’s working in NYC, jeans are in heavy rotation. “You can usually find me in jeans a vintage shirt at least three times a week,” she says.

But James has a knack for knowing how to pair casual and more formal pieces together in a way that feels neither sloppy nor stuffy. “You have to take luxe and pare it down sometimes. These Black Palms Pumps have been glued to my feet since the day I designed them,” she says. Styled with eye-catching shoes, jeans are anything but average.

If there’s anything close to a uniform in James’s closet, her Thursday look would be it. “This is my basic go-to for years,” she says, “an easy skirt with a statement shoe and bag with some vintage on top.” The addition of more trend-forward accessories, like a leather beret and statement earrings, give even the most worn items an instant refresh.

Notes James, “I always start with the accessories and build from there. What shoes do I want to wear today? If you have great accessories, they will completely transform jeans and a white T-shirt even. The world is your oyster with a Palms Pump and Beret!”

While James notes that athleisure is the one thing she’d never wear while working, some sporty elements have become staples. “My boyfriend works with athletes, so I have this weird habit of integrating gratuitous sportswear into my outfits,” she says. But, despite her ability to easily pull off a jersey, you probably won’t catch her watching a game on the weekends. “I’m that girl on the street that gives a blank, confused look when someone says something like ‘I love the Chicago Bulls’ and I’ve totally forgotten A) what that is and B) that I’m wearing a Chicago Bulls vintage T-shirt.”

While James has already seen success as a businesswoman in the fashion industry, she notes that she’s looking to the future, not her past accomplishments. “I get inspired by thinking about different things women will do and accomplish while wearing Brother Vellies—running for office, being a mom, just kicking butt in general,” she says.

If her own trajectory is any evidence, Brother Vellies’s shoes aren’t simply made for walking, sitting, or even dancing—they’re made to change the world.

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Social media as good a barometer of public health attitudes as traditional phone polling

Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, according to new research.
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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Aaron Rodgers Gives Danica Patrick a Good Luck Kiss Before Final NASCAR Race

Danica Patrick went into her final NASCAR race ever with a good luck smooch from Aaron Rodgers … and while the event might be her personal finale, this pic might be a debut. TMZ Sports has obtained a photo of the new couple giving each other a…

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Viola Davis: ‘If I’m As Good As Meryl Streep, Pay Me Like Meryl Streep’

 

 

Viola Davis has won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony, one of the few Black artists whoo are close to entertainment’s Holy Grail the elusive EGOT or Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar. Yet the 51-year-old Juilliard graduate says she still has trouble getting basic respect for her achievements in Hollywood. In a conversation with former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, Davis says that if she’s going to be viewed as one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses, she wants the paycheck and opportunities that come with it.

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“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they came out of Julliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them. Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”

She continued, saying, “People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep … We love you. There is no one like you,” she explained. “OK, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. As an artist, I want to build the most complicated human being but what I get is the third girl from the left.”

Now, the award-winning actress says she’s done proving herself and doesn’t want young actresses of color to do the same. “It’s gotten to the point (where) I’m no longer doing that. I’m not hustling for my worth. I’m worthy. When I came out of my mom’s womb, I came in worthy. You’ll have a Shailene Woodley, who’s fabulous. And she may have had 37 magazine covers in one year. 37! And then you’ll have someone — a young actress of color who’s on her same level of talent and everything. And she may get four. And there is (this) sense in our culture that you have to be happy with that.”

Davis also spoke at length about her childhood, raised by her abusive father in a “rat-infested” house.  “The getting out is precarious. Emotionally I did not get out. I was a rung lower than poor. People see poverty as just a financial state. Poverty seeps into your mind, it seeps into your spirit, because it has side effects. It cost me a lot to be on that stage and share my personal story. The way life works is its got to cost you something. That’s when you know you really made the sacrifices. If you’re dedicated to change, let it cost you something.”

View more about Davis’ talk at People.

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Bernadette Peters is as good as Bette Midler in ‘Hello Dolly’

It’s no mean feat replacing Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” Midler was the No. 1 attraction on Broadway in 2017, racking up weekly grosses of $ 2.5 million and winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Well, raise your hat fellows — there’s a new Dolly in Shubert Alley and she’s tearing the…
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Why a Stock Market Correction Isn’t That Scary (and Can Even Be Good News!)

The stock market has been a fickle beast lately with a lot of ups and downs. The downs, however, have more than a few people freaking out. Monday’s 1,175-point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average was the largest point drop in history.

Now the talking heads are telling us we’re in a stock market correction.

Great. But what does that mean?

What’s a Stock Market Correction?

A stock market correction is basically a dip of 10% or more in the stock market from recent highs.

On Jan. 26, 2018, the Dow hit an all-time high of 26,616. On Feb. 8, it closed at 23,860, officially making it a correction period. The Dow Jones industrial average, Nasdaq composite and S&P 500 have all fallen 10% this week.

If the market reaches a 20% decline for at least two months, then we have a bear market. While a correction can be a short-term blip on the market radar, a bear market has a longer-term impact. We’d like to avoid that.

What Causes a Correction?

Oddly enough, a stock market correction can be a sign of a healthy economy. As the economy surges, it is expected that inflation will follow. The federal government combats inflation by raising interest rates.

When interest rates go up, it’s harder to borrow money. It’s also harder for businesses to make money. That means people lose faith and begin selling stocks. When people sell stocks, the market drops.

Is This a Recession?

Nope. While a market correction can be a sign of an upcoming recession, it’s by no means a sure thing. In fact, the S&P 500 has hit correction levels 36 times since 1950 — that’s nearly one every two years.

While the market is always unpredictable, our healthy economy suggests this could be a short-lived event. Cross your fingers, just in case.

What Should You Do During This Market Correction?

Make a pitcher of margaritas, sit back and relax. If you’re worried about your long-term investments, you shouldn’t be. Try to keep it all in perspective. When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the Dow Jones was at 7,949. Today, it’s approximately 200% higher.

Warren Buffett, who’s rumored to know a thing or two about investing, says tough times are great for investors. “During such scary periods, you should never forget two things: First, widespread fear is your friend as an investor, because it serves up bargain purchases. Second, personal fear is your enemy,” he wrote last year in a letter to Birkshire Hathaway investors.

Why is widespread fear your friend? Because when the nervous Nellies begin to sell, stock prices fall. It’s basically putting the stock market on sale. What do savvy shoppers do? They buy things when they go on sale. A dip in the stock market is an opportunity for those who want to get in or build on their portfolios.

If you’re not looking to buy like Warren Buffett, just chill out with that pitcher of margaritas like his faux cousin, Jimmy Buffett.

This article contains general information and explains options you may have, but it is not intended to be investment advice or a personal recommendation. We can’t personalize articles for our readers, so your situation may vary from the one discussed here. Please seek a licensed professional for tax advice, legal advice, financial planning advice or investment advice.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. He lives by the mantra “WWJBD” or “What Would Jimmy Buffett Do?” Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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How to roll over a 529 plan, and why it may be a good idea

When my 10-year-old son was born, his grandmother generously put $ 1,000 into a Franklin Temple 529 plan for him. A 529 is a tax-advantaged savings plan for educational expenses. This IRA-like vehicle is a great way to help fund a child’s schooling.

For the better part of a decade, I, too, have been funding a 529 for my son. But my account is with Georgia’s Path2College program.

You can set up a 529 account and use it for qualified educational expenses in any state, no matter where you reside. If you live in Georgia, for instance, and you find a 529 plan offered, say, in Florida, with better investment options or lower fees, you could put your money there. But, there is usually a modest tax benefit to having your children’s 529 plans in your state of residence. For Georgia, that deduction is $ 4,000 per beneficiary.

My son’s original 529 plan had been set up by his grandmother’s long-time broker. Because it was an out-of-state account, we hadn’t been getting a Georgia tax deduction for it. And in reviewing the account details, I noticed it held higher cost investments. With these points in mind, I decided to transfer the Franklin Temple account into my Path2College 529.

Making such a transfer was new to me. Let’s talk about what I learned.

What happens when you roll over a 529 from one plan to another

The IRS allows for one tax-free rollover, per 529 beneficiary in a 12-month period. If you violate this rule, you get hit with federal income taxes and a 10% penalty on the accumulated earnings. Ouch!

The basic method for rolling over one account into another is to fill out a rollover contribution form with the 529 plan servicer you are transferring the money into. From there, the administrator of your preferred 529 plan will coordinate moving the money from the old fund into their fund.

Another method is to request a distribution of funds from the old servicer, and then, within 60 days, deposit the full amount into your preferred 529 plan. If you choose this approach, be sure to let your servicer know that the money is a rollover and give them a breakdown of how much is principal and how much is earnings.

There are a few circumstances where it may make sense to move your 529 plan funds into a different account. One scenario is the one I outlined with my son’s accounts – to make the most of the state tax deduction and to get lower cost investments. You might also want to move if your plan has performed poorly compared to other 529s and you expect the trend continue. Of course, we all know that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, but if most other plans are outpacing yours, you may consider a transfer.

You may also find that a plan is too restrictive. While federal regulations govern all plans, some plans choose to have other specific rules for their plans. One example is the provision that you cannot change the owner of the plan unless the original owner dies or becomes incapacitated. For a grandparent who sets up a 529 account with this provision and later chooses to let a parent manage the account, this can lead to frustration. But, a way to circumvent this provision would be to roll the account over to a new 529 plan that accepts owner changes.

While the 529 program was created specifically to help families save for college, the plans can now be used to pay for private school. The recently enacted GOP tax reform allows beneficiaries to use up to $ 10,000 in annual distributions from a 529 plan during grades K-12 for things like school tuition and books, in addition to later college expenses.

Before tax reform, 529 plans were a great tool. Now they’re even better. If you’re not taking advantage of this financial planning tool, it’s worth considering.

Disclosure: This information is provided to you as a resource for informational purposes only. It is being presented without consideration of the investment objectives, risk tolerance or financial circumstances of any specific investor and might not be suitable for all investors. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investing involves risk including the possible loss of principal. This information is not intended to, and should not, form a primary basis for any investment decision that you may make. Always consult your own legal, tax or investment advisor before making any investment/tax/estate/financial planning considerations or decisions.

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Are Breast Self-Exams a Good Idea?

When’s the last time you performed a breast self-exam? If you’ve been feeling guilty for not doing them every month, you’ll be relieved to know that BSEs (breast self-exams) are no longer included in official screening recommendations. Despite this, there are mixed messages when it comes to this aspect of early breast cancer detection. Not surprising, then, that women are confused. Background For…

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Are Breast Self-Exams a Good Idea?

When’s the last time you performed a breast self-exam? If you’ve been feeling guilty for not doing them every month, you’ll be relieved to know that BSEs (breast self-exams) are no longer included in official screening recommendations.

Despite this, there are mixed messages when it comes to this aspect of early breast cancer detection. Not surprising, then, that women are confused.

Background
For over 70 years, women were advised to conduct monthly BSEs. As Dr. Robert Smith, Ph.D., Vice President, Cancer Screening at the American Cancer Society, explains, by the turn of the century, it was known that breast cancer had a more favorable prognosis if it was detected and treated earlier in its natural history. While a doctor could examine a woman’s breasts once a year, this was just one day out of 365. Therefore, promoting BSE meant that women could detect lumps or thickening sooner than their doctor.

Many women aren’t confident in their BSE technique, so they don’t perform the exams regularly. This, in turn, causes anxiety.

Once the mammography era came along, most breast cancers were discovered before lumps were felt. He says BSE is very hard to study because it’s hard to monitor whether women actually do it.

As a result, in 2009, the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force – organizations that issue guidelines for U.S. screening protocols – no longer included BSE in their recommendations due to lack of evidence of its efficacy.

Downsides to BSE
By the time a cancer is felt by BSE or a clinician, it tends to be larger than most cancers found by mammography alone, says Dr. Marisa C. Weiss, M.D., chief medical officer and founder of Breastcancer.org, a breast cancer education non-profit. Once it’s larger and potentially more serious, the benefits of “early detection” may be less, she says.

The quality of BSE technique and frequency is also extremely variable and unreliable, Dr. Weiss says. “Even if women … are trained in the technique, it’s still a hard practice to stick to in a reliable way, over an extended period of time,” she adds.

Confusion about what is felt during BSE can lead to invasive procedures and false positives, Dr. Smith says.

Revised recommendations
While anecdotally there may be stories that BSEs help detect cancer, taking a broader look at the issue found that this wasn’t necessarily the case. The true definition of a BSE was called into question, and the need for less burdensome self-awareness became the focus.

Studies have shown that women who detect their own breast cancer are more likely to find symptoms during normal daily activities like bathing and dressing

Studies have shown that women who detect their own breast cancer are more likely to find symptoms during normal daily activities like bathing and dressing. “This has led organizations to shift their advice from promoting monthly BSE to promoting that women should be aware of the composition of their breasts and if they notice a change, they should seek consultation,” says Dr. Smith.

Confusion
Many women are confused about what to do. After all, what’s the difference between BSE and being familiar with one’s breasts? “In my opinion, [the] recommendations are vague, poorly understood, and thus ineffective and irresponsible,” says Dr. Weiss.

In fact, some could argue that the recommendation is really for a daily, light version of BSE. But really, BSE is a comprehensive way to check out each breast using a specific technique on a regular schedule, Dr. Weiss says. “Conducting this exam yourself allows you to truly become familiar with your own normal breast tissue, so that if anything were to change, persist, or possibly get bigger, you’d be able to inform your doctor promptly and in the most effective way,” she adds.

In an informal poll, the majority of respondents were unaware that BSE was no longer included in the official screening guidelines. The fact that this made no sense to these women only emphasizes that there’s a dearth of education and awareness around this issue.

Pro-BSE
About 20 percent of breast cancers are only found on physical exam, not seen on mammography, says Dr. Weiss. Additionally, breast cancers are only found by palpation in women who are not yet getting mammograms – because they’re under 40 or under 50 – depending on the mammography guidelines they’re following.

“We at Breastcancer.org still recommend regular breast exams, so that you don’t miss the chance to find such lesions that first or only present by physical exam,” says Dr. Weiss. “It’s a free and convenient exam that could potentially find breast cancer early, may lessen the extent and severity of treatment, and may even save your life.” Tips for performing BSE can be found on the website.

“If women wish to perform routine, or occasional BSE, this is a reasonable choice for them,” says Dr. Smith. “But we also emphasize that is an acceptable choice to not do it at all. But all women, whether they do BSE or not, need to be alert to changes in their breasts.”

A reproductive health professional who responded to the poll said, “Every woman and every breast is different, and of course there is only good to be gained from knowing your own body!” She’s never done “formal” BSE – before or after the new recommendations – but pays attention to what’s going on with her body during and after showering.

Another perspective was that increased risk of false positives and “unnecessary” biopsies shouldn’t deter someone from seeking medical care. As one woman pointed out, “There’s no such thing as an unnecessary biopsy, until it comes back negative.”

Going forward
While the evidence – both that BSE doesn’t help and that it can’t really be studied definitively — doesn’t support a recommendation for women to do monthly BSE, Dr. Smith says it may be that the level of awareness that has been achieved in Western countries was accomplished after years of promoting monthly BSE and annual clinical breast exams. He thinks we need more research to answer the following questions: How to best promote awareness? How to help women feel confident in knowing what’s normal for them? And how to reduce delay in reporting a new symptom?

Importantly, the ACS doesn’t recommend against BSE but rather it doesn’t endorse teaching women BSE or that women perform it monthly. “If women wish to perform routine, or occasional BSE, this is a reasonable choice for them,” says Dr. Smith. “But we also emphasize that is an acceptable choice to not do it at all. But all women, whether they do BSE or not, need to be alert to changes in their breasts.”

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ICYMI: Mo’Nique Provides Emails Proving Her Netflix Deal Wasn’t Good — At All [Photos]

Mo’Nique took to Instagram to share more details regarding her soured negotiations with Netflix.

As you know, Mo’Nique called for a boycott of the streaming service after they allegedly offered her a measly $ 500,000 for a comedy special — compared to the $ 10-11 million they initially offered Amy Schumer.

Since then, rumors of her bad behavior and the fact that Netflix really offered her a $ 3 million deal for several specials hit the Internet.

Mo’Nique is backing up her initial claims with screenshots of an alleged email detailing the terms of what she was offered — and they’re not good.

via Salon:

For a year following the special’s premiere, the terms would have barred Mo’Nique from taping or negotiating another comedy special with any third party.

As well, Netflix would have retained rights of first negotiation once those 12 months were upand she would only be able to tape a special with another company if Netflix passed. Essentially, this was not a contract for one show. Rather, Netflix would have owned her broadcast rights for up to two years or more.

It doesn’t end there. For the two years after the premiere of her special, Netflix asked that “Mo’Nique not perform or use the material from our special in any recorded program (audio-only or audio-visual work), then we ask for a first negotiation/first refusal right after the 24 months in the event that she does want to use the material elsewhere.” More or less, Netflix wouldn’t have just had possession of the produced show, but the content therein, forcing her to develop entirely new material for touring, which is the lifeblood of any working comedian.

All that for $ 500,000? Yeah — Netflix tried it.

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Simone Biles Talks Starting College This Week After Revealing Larry Nassar Abuse: ‘I Feel Good’

Simone Biles is moving on after revealing the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of disgraced former team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

“I feel good and I feel a bit of relief because I don’t have to keep it in anymore,” the 20-year-old gymnastics superstar tells PEOPLE. “I have my family supporting me, friends and my group of people I rely on supporting me … But it’s not easy for any of us to go through.”

The gold medal-winning Olympian is gearing up to begin her first day of college on Thursday, and is looking forward to the premiere of her new Lifetime movie, The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar.

But as she begins several new chapters in her life, she says talking about her experience with Nassar is still difficult.

“I haven’t really opened up about it, so it was a hard subject for me to speak up about,” she tells PEOPLE.  “Hopefully people realize that they’re not the only ones going through this situation. Hopefully I inspire them to come out and to not be ashamed about it.”

Biles joined gymnasts including Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas in accusing Nassar of sexual assault. She revealed the abuse in a letter shared to Twitter on Jan. 15.

“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions,” she wrote at the time. “No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”

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She opened up about the abuse in an emotional interview with Today’s Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning, in which she praised Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for sentencing Nassar to up to 175 years in prison. She echoed the comments to PEOPLE, but adds that the ordeal isn’t over yet.

“It was very sweet of her to let all the survivors come forward and speak on their behalf,” Biles says of Aquilina. “There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, an independent investigation that needs to be set to see why and how this happened for so long for anyone to really feel comfortable in the sport and get closure.”

Still, in the midst of the scandal, Biles is determined to move forward. The young gymnast has been named global ambassador of University of the People, a non-profit, accredited online university based in California. She is enrolled in the business administration program, per the university’s website.

“I always dreamed of going to college but decided to follow my gymnastics dreams full time, which didn’t make it possible for me,” Biles said in a statement posted on the site. “I had planned to attend UCLA, but had to defer because of my training schedule. I still want to pursue a college degree and the University of the People offers me the flexibility I need to fit in my studies around my career.”

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“With me being so busy with training, I don’t have a lot of time to attend a regular university, so University of the People offers me that opportunity, which I wouldn’t have otherwise,” she tells PEOPLE. “Now I can do online and train for the next Games, for the next world championships … I can take time to do both.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, Biles says she’s ecstatic about the Saturday premiere of her new movie, which was based off her 2016 book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance.

“It was amazing having sent to film and to live through that experience,” she gushes. “I’ve always wanted to see how people saw my gymnastics.”


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Don’t Believe The Hype: Millennials Are Actually Good At Managing Money

Millennials get a bad rap when it comes to many things, including managing money. Even they seem to have bought into the stereotype that theirs is an indulgent generation, prone to overspending.

But new research from Bank of America is poking holes through those assumptions. Millennials, according to the survey, are just as good at managing money as the Generation Xers and baby boomers who came before them.

“Young adults deserve more credit—from others and themselves—for the way they are handling their finances,” said Andrew Plepler, global head of Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America, in a statement. “They’re on par with or even better than older generations, which defies common stereotypes.”

The 2018 Better Money Habits Millennial Report, which questioned 1,500 respondents about their views on matters of personal finance, shows that today’s 23- to 37-year-olds are just as good at budgeting and saving. Specifically:

  • 63% of millennials are saving, just slightly less than 64% of Gen X, though both lag significantly behind 75% of boomers
  • 54% are budgeting, exactly the same percentage as Gen X and slightly less than 57% of boomers
  • 59% feel financially secure, sandwiched right between 54% of Gen X and 63% of boomers

In terms of planning, millennials may actually be doing better than previous generations: 57% have a savings goal, outpacing the 42% of both Gen X and baby boomers that have a goal.

All comparisons aside, young people seem to be doing just fine when it comes to managing money. Almost three-quarters of those with a savings goal and those with a budget stick to it (67% and 73%, respectively).

And they’re getting better—quickly. Almost half of millennials (47%) have at least $ 15,000 in savings, up from 33% only two years ago. And even though only a small number (16%) have managed to save $ 100,000, that number has doubled since 2015.

Millennials’ money management wins go beyond saving and budgeting. The report also noted that they are more likely to ask for raises at work and to consider finances as part of the decision to start a family.

 

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Black Twitter Drags Erykah Badu For Finding The ‘Good In Hitler’

We’re not sure what’s going on with Erykah Badu, but we’re pretty sure that on Wednesday she wasn’t trending on Twitter for any of the right reasons.

In a recent interview with Vulture, the “Tyrone” singer was talking a lot of nonsense including that because she’s a Picses, she believes she can see the good in anyone, including Adolf Hitler. The same man that spearheaded the genocide of millions of Jewish people in Europe.

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And that was just the beginning.

When asked by writer David Marchese about separating art from the artist, with Louis C.K. and Bill Cosby used as examples, Badu said, “I don’t want to get scared into not thinking for myself. I weigh everything. Even what you just asked me, I would have to really think about it and know the facts in each of those situations before I made a judgment. Because I love Bill Cosby, and I love what he’s done for the world. But if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him? The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.”

Ok ma’am.

Calling herself an “empath” and “humanist,” Badu went on to say, “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.” Upon being asked to elaborate, she responded, “I did. Hitler was a wonderful painter.”

Thankfully, the writer pushed back, causing her to relent that “[Hitler] was a terrible painter.”

“Poor thing,” she continued. “He had a terrible childhood. That means that when I’m looking at my daughter, Mars, I could imagine her being in someone else’s home and being treated so poorly, and what that could spawn. I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me.”

Chile…nah.



Thankfully, Black Twitter got her together:

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Here’s Why Travel Insurance Might Be a Good Investment During Flu Season

Picture this: Grandma’s 100th birthday is coming up, and the whole family is getting together to celebrate. You spend weeks scouting for the lowest flight prices, plunk down a few hundred dollars for tickets for you and the kids and get right down to packing.

The night before take off, you’ve double checked the bags, made sure to pack enough snacks and toys to keep your kids from ruining six hours of the guy in 25B’s life and fielded the fifteenth phone call from Aunt Donna, assuring her that yes, you’re going to be there — you wouldn’t miss it for the world.

And that’s when you can’t ignore it any more.

That little tickle in the back of your throat. The achy feeling creeping into every limb. The headache you’ve been ignoring all day, hoping it would disappear if you pretended hard enough it wasn’t real.

A quick trip to the walk-in clinic confirms the flu.

You get the medicine, but there’s no way you’re getting on that flight tomorrow (and we all thank you).

At this point you’re pretty devastated. I mean, it’s bad enough you’re missing Grandma’s birthday and the ensuing family reunion (not to mention you’ve got a rough few days ahead of you) — but the moldy cherry on top of this already pretty nasty ice cream sundae is you’re taking a loss on the price of those plane tickets.

Ouch.

Why Travel Insurance Might Be a Good Idea this Flu Season

A lot of factors go into deciding whether to purchase travel insurance when you book a flight.

How pricy are the tickets? Are you traveling with someone? (More people means a higher chance of something going wrong before your flight.) Are there multiple flights? Are you traveling during a season of inclement weather? Are your planned activities or destinations anything less than safe?

Generally, these considerations (and ultimately travel insurance) are important for people traveling abroad and doing things outside of their norm.

For domestic travel and shorter flights, it’s not often a necessary — or even recommended — expense.  

But flu season is a different beast entirely.

Something to Consider

This year’s flu season is pretty bad.

While it’s not necessarily any more dangerous than in years past, it is more widespread. Plus, the flu vaccine is reportedly less effective this year (although it’s still worth getting!)

Heavily populated or crowded areas, such as cities and busy metro areas, are especially susceptible to the spreading virus — and travel hubs only serve as a convenient place for it to hitch a ride to a new destination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that if you “are sick with symptoms of influenza-like illness,” you should stay home and not travel. Additionally, the CDC says to stay home until at least 24 hours have passed since your last fever broke without the use of fever reducing medicine.

To help you decide whether or not you should purchase travel insurance with your flight tickets this flu season, Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison engine, has made a list of considerations travelers should take into account.

First, though, it’s important to note that travel insurance purchased after a person is already sick is useless. You have to have a policy in place before getting sick in order to be paid back your travel expenses.

With most travel insurance plans, however, travelers who come down with the flu after booking their flight and purchasing travel insurance can get their money back for canceled travel plans by submitting a doctor’s note with their claim.

Additionally, some travel insurance plans will cover your costs if a companion or even a non-traveling family member falls ill.

If you fall ill while on your trip, you can submit a claim for the expenses of traveling home early and for any unused part of your hotel stay.

If you’re traveling abroad, insurance is often a good idea anyway, but can be especially helpful if you require medical assistance or treatment while out of the country.

To help make your decision easier, Squaremouth has set up a help center on its website, where you’ll find a list of FAQs and helpful information.

Ultimately, whether or not you purchase travel insurance is entirely up to you. During a gnarly flu season, however, this decision becomes a little more significant.

Either way, it’s important to consider your plans and what you stand to lose if you fall ill and can’t make your flight — and then to make the best decision for you and your family.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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When you take away your kids’ electronics, good things happen

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Electronics like TV, Xbox, iPads, and computers are a privilege in our house and get “removed as an option” when certain responsibilities and behavior standards aren’t met. I don’t know why I started with that phrasing but I’ve always liked it better than just “taken away.” I think I like the kids to see electronics as just one option in a whole array of ways to spend their time. When electronics are removed, they see it in context with their other options.

Anyhoo, however you phrase it — I love taking electronics away. Seriously. I get excited to do it because I know I’m about to witness a time period where one (or all) of my kiddos have to get creative. They’ll generally whine for a day about how BORED they are, but then they’ll stumble upon an old game, a stack of Nerf guns, or the closet full of coloring books, drawing pads, and shiny new pencils.

Here’s one thing that happened when I took them away last week:

(Note: I just noticed they were using an iPod for the music. Oh well…)

Now, you may wonder why I don’t just take electronics away permanently if I love what’s happening without them. Two reasons:

1) I like some of the things they do on their electronics. They make really cool videos, produce “shows” and make “movies.” I also think they’re entitled to choose a few of their leisure activities, which includes YouTube Kids and playing Roblox. We have time limit software on all our devices so it’s all in moderation.

2) Electronic privileges are an ace in the hole when it comes to disciplinary tactics. When I take them away it’s usually for two weeks, so anytime I mention it the kids’ typically redirect their behavior immediately.

I know lots of parents hesitate to take away electronics because it almost feels like a punishment to us. The complaining…the whining…it can be exhausting. But if you flip your perspective (and buy a pair of noise-canceling headphones for the first day), you might get a little excited at the possibilities your kids can stumble upon.

What happens when electronics are taken away in your house?

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