Incarceration of parents impacts health of their children into adulthood

A new study found that young adults who had a parent incarcerated during their childhood are more likely to skip needed healthcare, smoke cigarettes, engage in risky sexual behaviors, and abuse alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs. These findings have a potentially broad impact, as more than five million US children have had a parent in jail or prison.
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Hit Documentary ‘Three Identical Strangers’ to Be Adapted Into Feature Film

The critically acclaimed documentary “Three Identical Strangers,” which made a splash at Sundance, is to be adapted into a feature film. London-based Raw, which produced “Strangers,” is partnering with Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment on the project, which centers on the true story of identical triplets who were separated at birth and who stumbled across […]

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Michelle Obama Is Quietly Wading Into the Midterms—But Not in the Way Dems Had Hoped

President Obama has slowly been creeping back into the spotlight, most recently delivering the Nelson Mandela speech in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

And now, it appears, it’s Michelle Obama’s turn.

The former first lady launched Thursday a new voter registration initiative, called When We All Vote. She’ll be joined by a number of other high-profile co-chairs, including Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Janelle Mon?e.

Perhaps most significantly, however, the initiative is strictly nonpartisan, which Politico suggests is drawing the frustration of Democrats who had hoped Obama would use her fame to campaign for Democratic candidates.

When We All Vote reportedly hopes to raise an $ 8 million budget, primarily through corporate sponsorships and foundation grants, to fund a three-pronged approach to voter registration: volunteer recruitment and training, improved voter registration processes, and an increased conversation and participation in the voting process across the country.

In order to do so, the initiative will use online and in-person tactics to recruit individuals and groups in all 50 states to help drive registration and voting in their communities. When We All Vote also reportedly has a series of events planned, including rallies, trainings, and voter registration and get out the vote days of action.

The initiative will allow Obama to add her voice and influence to the upcoming midterms without directly involving herself politically and aligns with her and her husband’s belief in the power of voting to improve democratic processes.

“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Obama said in a statement. “And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress.”

“The future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard,” she concluded.

It is as yet unclear whether Obama will make any campaign appearances in the fall.

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Santa Cruz Surfer Hospitalized After Slamming Into Cliffside at Steamer

This past weekend in Santa Cruz, a man is hospitalized after slamming into the rocks at Steamer Lane off the point by the Lighthouse.

Brian Hart, 53, was swept away by a breaking wave and pushed into the cliffside. Surfer’s in the lineup rushed to his aid once they realized what happened. This included Santiago Hart, 15, the injured surfers son and professional surfer Nat Young.

Out in the water the surfers used Brian’s board as a make-shift gurney, hoisting him up the cliffside.

Upon medical assistance arrival, Brian Hart did begin to lose color and Veronica called out to her CPR trained son, Santiago. He assessed the situation and began his training. Once the color returned to his face and help arrived, the family rushed to Dominican Hospital to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Brian Hart was helivac-ed.

“The whitewater annihilated him into the cliff,” Hart’s wife, Veronica, said. It was reported that Brian has a large gash on his head but no skull fractures. He also stayed conscious throughout the entire dramatic experience. Hart had multiple fractured vertebrae: “two of them, we’re keeping an eye on,” Veronica Hart said.

Before the accident, Brian Hart was in good-health so the family continues to stay positive. Hart lives in Santa Cruz and has surfed since the age of 13. This just shows you that no matter how experienced you are, it is important to surf with others just in case.

With head-high south swell at Steamer, surfers are forced to congregate more north and closer to the cliff while taking off deep. “That’s when it’s the most dangerous,” Young said. “When there’s a south swell and it’s high tide, it comes in at an angle. The Lane’s the most dangerous when it isn’t that big.”

Nat Young also made a statement that this was one of the worst accident’s he’s seen at Steamer Lane in recent times.

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Xiaomi eyes expansion into the U.S. in 2019

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Chinese tech company Xiaomi, who makes the Mi line of smartphones, is looking to break into the U.S. market. According to the company’s senior vice president, Wang Xiang, it’s looking at next year as a starting point.

“Next year we hope we can do something there,” Wang told Reuters, calling the U.S. market “very attractive.” 

But, for the Chinese smartphone maker, selling its phones in the U.S.A. is going to be a challenge.

A chief rival of Xiaomi, Huawei, had big plans for expansion into the U.S. market too. Huawei was aiming to begin a big push into America, complete with carrier announcements, at CES 2018. But but just before the show AT&T reportedly pulled out of the deal after people in the Trump administration made clear their opposition to Chinese tech companies strengthening their presence in the U.S. market. Read more…

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Stance Moves Into T-shirt Category

Stance is launching men’s and women’s T-shirts.
The California-based socks and intimate apparel company is introducing its third category after fielding multiple requests from its customers.
“T-shirts were a logical next step for the brand. Customers have been asking us to do T-shirts for a long time, especially with our Butter Blend fabric, but we knew that if we were going to enter the category it would have to be done in a highly considered and meticulous fashion,” said Joe Jorgensen, vice president of design at Stance. “Our customer knows us for marrying art and material science in a compelling way, so slapping a Stance logo on T-shirts and rushing them to market was just not going to happen. With the addition of T-shirts, we like to say we now have the top drawer covered.”
Stance has used its proprietary Butter Blend fabric to produce a T-shirt that’s made from organic seaweed harvested from Iceland. It retails for $ 50 and comes in multiple colors and prints. The cotton crew T, which retails for $ 30, is made with Tanguis Cotton, a cotton from Peru that produces a smooth, durable T-shirt. It will be a canvas for the different artist collaborations Stance is known for. The

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‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ Review: Sappy Sequel Dissolves Into the Cher Show

Here we go again. That’s the title of the sequel to the 2008 smash hit Mamma Mia. But this time around, the trip is not as charming, the ABBA songs not as well-known, and the plot even more ridiculous. Luckily, Cher enters in the third act to save this sappy but at times charming sequel.

The Prequel Problem

As we’ve seen with several films this year, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! suffers from the prequel problem. The first film was adapted from a successful musical with the same name. The follow-up feels pieced together, switching back and forth between the present, where Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) is trying to re-open her late mother Donna’s (Meryl Streep) hotel, and the past, which depicts how a young Donna (Lily James) became pregnant with Sophie via three potential suitors.

The identity of Sophie’s father is the device that drove the first film; in the second, it’s inconsequential as she has strong relationships with all three. Instead, her battle is with a looming storm, literally.


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Donna and the Dynamos perform at university.

The film incorporates more obscure tracks from ABBA’s discography — including “One of Us” and “Andante, Andante” — to tell of Donna’s dalliances and desires to do something on her own (opening a hotel). Popular songs from the first film like “Dancing Queen” and the titular “Mamma Mia” — are re-used. Some numbers feel lifted straight from the first film; the townspeople once again descend to the docks singing “Dancing Queen.” Lily James performs most of the vocals in Here We Go Again! She has a sweet voice, but lacks some of older Donna’s swagger (and thankfully Amanda Seyfried’s vibrato).

Younger audiences who do not know the more obscure songs end up waiting for the more familiar ones to come on. They’re treated to eye candy in the forms of young Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Bill (Josh Dylan), and Harry (Hugh Skinner).


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There’s no face Pierce Brosnan can make that looks bad.

The men are so impossibly attractive that the women ask, “Jesus Christ, what kind of island is this?” And while the men are easy on the eyes, they’re hard on the ears. Each has a mercifully short solo, and their older counterparts (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth) even less. However, when the familiar melodies do come, moviegoers can’t help but smile and tap their feet along. That’s the magic of ABBA’s music.

There are some additional highlights. Christine Baranski and Julie Walters reprise their roles as Tanya and Rosie, Donna’s best friends and bandmates. Once again, they provide much of the laughs, especially during the cheesy group choreography numbers. Even their younger versions are quite funny; Jessica Keenan Wynn channels young temptress Tanya perfectly, while Alexa Davies proves Rosie’s always had spunk.


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Cher swoops in and saves the sequel.

Of course, the sequel’s biggest savior is Cher, who plays Sophie’s estranged grandmother Ruby Sheridan, a famous Las Vegas headliner. Cher’s performance is so over the top (like any diva, she has multiple wig and outfit changes in the limited scenes she’s in) that viewers can’t help but laugh. It’s sheer, or should we say, Cher ridiculousness. And audiences eat it up.

Is Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! Good?

Even the most diehard ABBA fans wouldn’t call Here We Go Again! good, but it’s cute with a few surprisingly tender moments. Not least of which is an ending duet to “My Love, My Life.” And of course, the stunt casting of Cher can’t be missed.

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This is the one thing that Love Island contestants are banned from bringing into the villa

It all makes sense!

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Love Island 2018 is underway and while a lot of us thought we’d be watching it ironically (this writer included), we’re now hooked.

We want the water bottle with our name on, the endless beauty supply, but more than anything we want Jack Fincham as our boyfriend – don’t worry though, we’d never do that to Dani!

Yes, everyone’s desperate to get into that villa, with it even emerging this week that some people are going to extreme lengths – with it reported that there are at least five attempted break ins on the villa every day.

But for the contestants who actually are allowed in the villa, there are apparently a few rules, from no smoking in public areas and no masturbating, to no nudity and no drunken or unsafe sex.

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One reported rule that we didn’t expect however was no paper and pens, with islanders reportedly banned from bringing the items into the Majorcan villa.

While the rule may seem odd, it does make sense – being able to write secret notes would deter islanders from having difficult conversations in public, something that makes the show more watchable.

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Of course there are ways around it – when Zara left the villa last month, BFF Ellie wrote her a note to put in her suitcase, writing with eyeliner on a piece of toilet roll. But on the whole, the islanders are just encouraged to say what they’re feeling.

Works for us!

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Sarah Palin Says Sacha Baron Cohen Tricked Her Into a Fake Interview for His New Show

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook Tuesday to let Sacha Baron Cohen know exactly how angry she feels about being duped for his new prank TV series.

Palin, who sat down with her daughter for an interview with Cohen, is outraged that the comedian, along with Showtime and CBS Corp., pretended to tap her for a “legit Showtime historical documentary.”

“Yup – we were duped. Ya got me, Sacha. Feel better now?” Palin posted. “I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.”

Cohen, of Borat and Ali G fame, prank interviewed Palin for his upcoming show Who Is America?, which premieres on Showtime Sunday, July 15 at midnight, but will regularly air at 10 p.m ET. He reportedly filmed numerous interviews with well-known politicians and public figures for the prank series, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convinced to sign a “waterboard kit” on camera.

“[M]y daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all,” Palin wrote on her Facebook post. “Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long ‘interview’ full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin.”

Matt Drudge, editor of the Drudge Report, tweeted out a list of names of the other public figures Cohen has supposedly pranked for the show, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ted Koppel.

Cohen himself recently tweeted out two teaser videos for the new series. One begins, “Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year…” followed by a montage of various images. Cohen’s voice off camera then asks Cheney, who is on camera, “Dick Cheney is it possible to sign my waterboard kit?”

Cheney agrees saying, “Sure…that’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard.”

Cohen’s other teaser video on Twitter is titled “A Message From Donald J. Trump.” It starts off with footage of President Donald Trump insulting Cohen. “This 3rd rate character named Sacha Baron Cohen, I only wish that he would have been punched in the face so many times right now, he’d be in a hospital,” Trump says in the video. “It was disgraceful he oughta be fired immediately. Sacha Baron Cohen go to school, learn about being funny. You don’t’ know sh*t.”

The video ends with a Trump University logo.

Both videos have been viewed more than 1 million times.

Palin challenged Cohen in her Facebook post to donate the money he’s made from the new show to veterans, after she said he disguised himself as one.

“The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets,” she wrote. “Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country. Truly sick.”

Showtime CEO David Nevins praised Cohen for his work on the series.

“He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments,” according to CBS News. “Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics.”


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How This Guy Turned His Obsession With Snakes Into a Career Milking Them


Have you ever witnessed a room full of 50 first-graders suddenly go pin-drop silent?

All it took was a southern copperhead snake baring its fangs to them before chomping down to release a stream of venom.

I saw — and heard — this myself at the Reptile Discovery Center, where owner and director Carl Barden spends his days extracting venom from the 1,000 or so snakes in his collection.

Protective glass safely separates the kids from the reptile and Barden, but it makes the demonstration no less tense.

Field trips are a big part of the crowds that regularly visit Reptile Discovery Center, which shares the building with Barden’s Medtoxin Venom Laboratories in Deland, Florida.

Barden does presentations twice a day Thursday through Saturday and once on Sunday.

For his first demonstration of the day, the 53-year-old venom extractor disappears for a few seconds among three aisles of plastic bins that reach toward the ceiling. He emerges with a bin slightly larger than a shoebox, which holds a beautiful red and yellow coral snake, whose small size belies the danger it poses.

Barden’s soothing, pre-recorded voice plays over the speakers, informing the audience that four to five milligrams of the serpent’s toxin is enough to kill a human adult.

After allowing the snake to slither around the table for a few moments, Barden calmly grabs it by the head and body, holding the reptilian star up to the glass to give his audience a better view. He then steadies the snake over a covered receptacle; it bites into and releases a yellowish death liquid into the cup below.

For this presentation, Barden also extracts venom from cobras and rattlesnakes. He uses two or three snakes of the same species to extract venom, but none of them produces enough to fill a vial that could fit in the palm of your hand.

The kids don’t seem to mind, though — they’re enthralled.

Milking a Snake

Carl Barden and Mara Roberts prepare a southern copperhead snake for venom extraction as a crowd watch behind a glass window at the Reptile Discovery Center in Deland, Fla. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

An older term for venom extraction — milking a snake — still circulates, but Barden uses an updated process.

“In the old days, you would see those guys put those snakes up on the glass and they would squeeze those venom glands, mash their head, and we just think it’s hard on the snake,” says Barden, who also breeds snakes. “So we allow him to bite.”

But how does he get the snake to do it? “I’ll tickle him, I’ll squeeze his tail a little sometimes, I’ll aggravate him because I want him to bite — but he decides what he gives us,” Barden says.

Barden, who describes himself as more of a farmer than a scientist, understands a title as striking as “snake milker” is hard to shake.

“People come in all the time and say, ‘What time are you milking the snakes?’ Because that’s the term, and that’s fine — we get it.’”

Snakes on a Plane (Yeah, I Went There)

Barden began handling snakes at a young age and became determined to build a career around them. His brother suggested a career in aviation, where he invested 22 years, to help achieve his ultimate goal of having a serpentarium. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Barden simply can’t resist the snakes’ charm.

“It’s almost on the level of an obsession,” he says. “In a sense, it’s been wonderful, because it has literally given my entire life a direction.”

Barden started collecting snakes when he was 7 years old. At age 12, he discovered his future career while watching a segment on “60 Minutes” about a man he fondly recalls: Bill Haast, the former director of the Miami Serpentarium Laboratories in Florida.

“When you’re 12 years old and you’re a snake fanatic and you see that guy, that’s the end of that equation,” Barden says of the man he eventually met and considered a mentor.

Barden may have known what he wanted to do, but he didn’t know how he was going to do it. After completing a bachelor’s degree in liberal science with an emphasis on biology at the University of Central Florida, Barden received some  advice from his oldest brother, an airline pilot.

The brother suggested that a career in aviation could give him the money and extra time Barden needed to launch his serpentarium and venom collection business.

Barden worked as a commercial airline pilot for 22 years, balancing his time between flying and building his snake business, which he initially ran out of his house.

By 1999, he had made enough money to buy land and build his serpentarium.

Surviving a Snake Bite

Every morning Barden goes over a specially created safety extraction checklist in case of a snake bite. Barden, who developed an allergy to snake venom, started working with a local hospital, which set up a team that is prepared to go into immediate action if they get an emergency call from him. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Barden has nearly loved his job to death 11 times — that’s how often the snake milker has been bitten by venomous snakes.

And that’s not the worst of it.

He’s also allergic to venom — as in, 10-minutes-or-less-and-he’s-dead anaphylactic allergic.

As harrowing as it may seem, many snake handlers develop venom allergies, Barden explains, because of long-term exposure to dried venom, which ends up on cages or in the freeze-dried form that Barden uses to sell and ship his product. The venom contains foreign proteins that enter the body.

Depending on the snake, a bite can kill you. The CDC estimates that 7,000 to 8,000 people get bitten by venomous snakes in the United States each year, but only about five of those people die, mostly thanks to early interventions and the availability of antivenom medications at medical facilities.

So let’s say you get bitten by a cobra. How long do you have to get to the emergency room for antivenom treatment before you’re dead? Estimates clock in around 30 minutes. Unless you’re like Barden, who only discovered he was allergic to snake venom when he was bitten by a cobra on March 26, 1993. Barden says that when it happened, he momentarily thought he could simply drive to the emergency room with his antivenom since he thought he was fully prepared for bites.

Barden pulls out a southern copperhead snake from its holding bin for venom extraction. The Reptile Discovery Center houses around one thousand snakes; 800 of them are venomous species. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

But in less than a minute, Barden began experiencing the onset of serious symptoms, starting with the telltale sensation of a warm rush through his body. Because he had learned about snake bite-induced anaphylaxis years earlier, Barden recognized the peril and told his then-girlfriend to call 911.

He injected himself with two EpiPens before passing out.

At that point, his airway was constricted from a lack of oxygen, and he began convulsing and turning blue. Guided by the 911 operator, Barden’s girlfriend performed CPR until paramedics arrived and intubated him.

By the time they reached the hospital, Barden’s girlfriend had contacted another snake expert, who was able to explain to doctors which kind of antivenom Barden needed.

After his recovery, Barden says he started working with a local hospital, which set up a team that is prepared to go into immediate action if they get an emergency snake-bite call from him.

And Barden no longer sticks around for help to arrive.

“We don’t wait for an ER evac anymore,” Barden says. “We get in the car, I do my injections, we put on an airway kit and we take off. And then what we usually do is meet the ambulance or the fire truck on the way.

“And we’re on the phone with 911 — they know us, as you might imagine.”

A Career in Venom

Barden freeze-dries, labels and refrigerates the venom he extracts before shipping it off. He says that one container in his fridge holds about 10,000 cottonmouth venom extractions and is worth $ 100,000. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t track numbers of how many snake venom extractors there are in the United States — they’d likely fall into the broader zoologist category — Barden estimates there are only six institutions like his in the country.

Snake venom is mostly used to produce antivenom, which is essential for treating the estimated 1.8 million to 2.7 million people worldwide poisoned by snake bites each year. Researchers also study venom for its potential medical uses, such as the treatment of cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Based on the amount of research being done, the demand for venom changes from year to year.

Some venoms sell quarterly, some venoms sell biannually, says Barden, who then rattles off a list of federal, state and local agencies he must work with for licensing and other regulations. “We produce about a kilogram of material a year of about 30 different venoms, but you’re never selling everything you’re producing.

“Venom is very uncertain — it is a very tricky market.”

Due to non-disclosure agreements, Barden can only say that his clients include antivenom producers, universities, private labs and research and diagnostic facilities. About half of them are international.

A young visitor of the Reptile Discovery Center leans on the protective glass as Barden holds a venomous monacled cobra just before extracting its venom. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

Project contracts can range from $ 50 to $ 50,000, says Barden, so his earnings fall between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 most years.

But people who only see the dollar signs might not understand just how long it takes to get tiny amounts of venom. Barden notes that it’s necessary to allow snakes to rest between extractions to reduce the chances of stress and injury.

So what do clients pay for his product?

“At the low end, you might see cottonmouth [venom] at $ 100 a gram, and at the high end of that is coral snake venom — it fluctuates a little — but probably north of $ 4,000 a gram,” Barden says. “On a cottonmouth, seven snakes will give me a gram; on a coral snake, it might take 150.

“They can only be handled every two weeks or every month — it depends on the snake, so it takes you a long time.”

Roberts turns on the sound system that consists of rainforest sounds as part of her early morning routine to open the Reptile Discovery Center for the day. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

His goal each week is to extract venom from 300 snakes, which comes out to milking approximately 50 to 100 per day based on a five-day schedule Barden designed for his own safety.

Years ago, I would do 300 snakes in a day,” Barden says.“You can’t do it — you would have a bite at 276. You can’t concentrate that well that long. So now I do groups of 30, 15, 21, and I can really focus. And consequently we haven’t had a bite in 12 years.”

To amateur collectors dreaming about starting their own venom business, Barden has some advice.

“People email me every other month and say, ‘I’m going to build a venom business,’” Barden says with a laugh. “My answer is always, ‘Don’t quit your day job.’”

Psychology of Snake Handling

Barden and Roberts begin the day checking on each other. “The snakes are at 100%, so you don’t want to be messing with them when you’re at 50,” says Roberts. “If I’m thinking about 800 other things, it’s just no good.” Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

When you’re constantly a millimeter away from a brush with death, you have to be on your game every day, so Barden prioritizes staying calm and relaxed.

“I come here in this great mental place,” he says. “I’m never freaking out… It’s a safety thing.”

Mara Roberts, his assistant and the only other full-time employee, agrees that a self-assessment each day is important, since mistakes can result in a lost limb or death.

“The snakes are at 100%, so you don’t want to be messing with them when you’re at 50,” says Roberts, who adds that she has never been bitten by a venomous snake. “If I’m thinking about 800 other things, it’s just no good.”

OK, so being calm and happy is great, but after watching Barden speak fondly about milking snakes, flying planes and riding motorcycles (a hobby of his), I have to ask him: Is he simply one of those guys who loves to live on the edge?

“I would never say to you I’m a risk taker, and I would never say to you I think my job is dangerous,” Barden says. “It is, but I don’t ever come here thinking this is dangerous. I always think it I have the know-how and the skills to make this completely safe.

“If you were terrified, this would be a disaster.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She has what she considers a healthy fear of snakes, alligators and platypuses.

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Team Trump and China slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on $ 34 billion worth of US and Chinese imports on Friday, with Beijing accusing Washington of triggering the “largest-scale trade war” as the world’s two biggest economies escalated their battle. Hours before Washington’s deadline for the tariffs to take effect, President Trump upped the ante on its largest…
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‘I Love Things That Are Absurd.’ Meet the Man Who Turned Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest Into a National Obsession

Every year, the Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest draws nearly 25,000 people to Coney Island, N.Y., while over a million viewers tune in to ESPN’s live coverage, all to watch 20 competitors eat as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes.

Besides the competitors, there’s another draw: George Shea—the event’s host, or Master of Ceremonies—who delivers a series of verbose, outlandish and occasionally inspired introductions of the competitors. At the 2014 Nathan’s contest, he introduced one of the competitors saying: “His mother held him close and whispered in his ear. She said you are of mine flesh but you are not mine own. Fate is your father and you belong to the people.”

Eating competitions weren’t always what they are today. Shea, also the co-founder of competitive eating’s Major League Eating (formerly known as the International Federation of Competitive Eating), took over the Coney Island event in 1991 as a press agent a few years out of college. Hot dog eating as a “competition” reportedly dates back to the early nineteen-hundreds, and when Shea took over the Nathan’s contest, it was a small affair—a couple dozen spectators, one or two television cameras, and a group of enthusiastic amateur eaters.

It was Shea who began heavily promoting the event and delivering elaborate, irony-tinged introductions. (He once said of 10-time Nathan’s champion Joey Chestnut: “through the curtain of the aurora, a comet blazes to herald his arrival.”) Shea also began billing the eaters as “athletes.” In radio interviews throughout the 1990s, he explained that the dozen or so entrants were the fiercest competitors culled from a nationwide circuit of qualifying events.

“There was no business plan,” Shea explains. “You know what was in my mind? I thought it was funny and absurd, and I love things that are absurd. So we always treated it as a sport, called it a sport, called them athletes.”

2017 Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

The Nathan’s contest is now the largest and best-known competitive eating event in America, but it is far from the only one. From the Acme Oyster Eating Championship in New Orleans to the Pork Roll Eating Championship in Trenton, N.J., there are dozens of similar events all under the auspices of Shea and his partners’ Major League Eating. To prepare, professional and semi-professional eaters train year-round: practicing swallowing techniques; increasing their stomach capacity by alternately fasting and binging on vegetables, milk or protein powder; and working out to limit excessive body fat, which can curb stomach expansion.

“He convinces the audience these guys are athletes,” said Joey Chestnut of Shea in the 2017 documentary, Chasing the Mustard Belt. “He does such a good job, he convinces me I’m an athlete.”

The league was built in large part by Shea’s new pageantry. In 1997, he and his brother founded the International Federation of Competitive Eating to manage their multiplying events, each sponsored by a different corporate client. And in 2001, a first-time competitor from Japan named Takeru Kobayashi ate an astounding 50 hot dogs in 10 minutes, doubling the previous record. Other contestants, initially bewildered by Kobayashi’s technique—he practiced rigorously and employed a trademark “Kobayashi wiggle” to force food into his stomach—began to train like athletes as well. In 2003, ESPN began broadcasting the event on national television.

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Getty ImagesJoey Chestnut (center) wins the men’s division of the 2017 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, eating 72 hot dogs.

And in 2007, Nathan’s Famous got what all sports really need: a rivalry. The formerly unbeatable Kobayashi was bested by Joey Chestnut, who consumed a staggering 66 hot dogs. Shea continued to raise the dramatic stakes, narrating a tale of loss and redemption in interviews and onstage, with Joey Chestnut as the sport’s American hero. “This man stands for all that is eternal in the human experience, the courage to stand for a nation when all others fail or turn away,” Shea said at the Nathan’s contest in 2015.

“It’s a competition for us, but it’s a show for everybody else,” explains Matt Stonie, the 2015 Nathan’s champion. “You need somebody to tell that story.”

That story has always contained a unique balance of earnestness and irony. Shea’s trademark narrations sell the drama of the event while reaching a grandiosity that capitalizes on the contest’s absurdity. “[The audience] both knows that this is somehow a joke and still feels it at the same time,” Shea says. “That razor’s edge, that’s for me the magic.”

In many ways, the growth of competitive eating is similar to that of mainstream American sports. Amateur baseball clubs evolved into multi-million dollar leagues, much like how small eating competitions have turned into nationally broadcast events. Rather than traveling the back roads of turn-of-the-century America, competitive eating made the rounds of strip mall parking lots throughout the United States.

At times, the wild narratives of competitive eating resemble WWE professional wrestling, a scripted pseudo-sport that combines the melodrama of soap operas and the action of boxing. Like wrestling, winners of the Nathan’s competition are awarded “the mustard belt,” and Shea’s theatrical introductions often resemble wrestlers’ long-winded pre-match soliloquies.

By coincidence, Shea’s wife is a writer for WWE and a former soap opera producer. “What soap operas did and what WWE did is exactly what we do but in a different format,” Shea says. The difference, it seems, is that while professional wrestling delivers its narrative with a soap opera’s self-serious camp, competitive eating does so with a winking acknowledgement of the fact that its “heroes” are men and women who compete to cram down astonishing quantities of hot dogs, oysters, sweet corn or pork rolls.

Competitive eating’s mechanisms of audience engagement—the creation of heroes, drama and cultural relevance—are no different than those in other popular sports, except for their lack of straight-faced earnestness. In competitive eating, George Shea created the first true ironic sport, and made a killing along the way.

Asked if he believes that competitive eating will outlast him, Shea stops to reflect. “Do you know how many questions I’ve considered before? I’ve never considered that.” He pauses for a moment, thinking. “Wow,” he says. “I guess it could.”

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The soccer World Cup isn’t the only international sport tournament out there: there’s also the 2019 basketball World Cup coming up. And while there’s plenty of drama going down in Russia’s stadiums right now, there’s also lots of drama heating up the basketball courts elsewhere.

The teams from Australia and the Philippines were duking it out in a qualifying match on Tuesday when the two sides ended up devolving from play into a full-on fight on the court involving 13 players.

The game, taking place in a Philippine arena north of Manila, ended with Australia winning by default 89 to 53. But the incident may just overshadow performances from both teams. A statement from the chief executive of Basketball Australia noted that they “deeply regret” the “incident.”

We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it,” the statement continued. “This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball.

The fight appears to have gotten underway after Aussie player Chris Goulding was pushed to the ground, quickly followed by other players knocking each other over and joining the violent fray. Ultimately, 13 players were ejected from the game, and CNN reports that the basketball governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both sides.

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Christina El Moussa on Ex Tarek Bumping Into New Boyfriend Ant Anstead at Kids’ Soccer Games

Christina El Moussa is balancing time with her new British TV star boyfriend and her ex-husband and current co-star, Tarek — occasionally at the same time.

The HGTV star, who just announced a new solo series, Christina on the Coast, opened up about what happens when the men in her life cross paths. “Ant comes to the kids’ soccer games, and met Ant multiple times and he likes him. He thinks he’s a good guy,” she tells Access Live

Asked how Tarek reacted to her new romance, she said, “I think he had an idea. We’d been dating since about November 2017. So he knew that we were together.”

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The friendly exes continue to work together filming their hit show Flip or Flop — season 7, the first they filmed after divorcing, is airing now — and Christina maintains their working relationship has “been really good,” adding “I think it’s really fun incorporating more of our personal lives into it.”

She also breaks down her feelings for her new guy: “I am dating an absolutely amazing person named Ant Anstead. He’s fun, he’s funny, he’s grounded, he’s gorgeous. He’s honestly my best friend.” Anstead, who’s well known in the U.K. as an automotive expert and TV personality from the show For the Love of Cars, is also a friend of Prince Harry.

Anstead had previously shared on social media that he’d been texting with the Duke of Sussex asking for advice on “dating a Yank,” but noted the tips he received would “be kept secret!”  When asked about their friendship, Christina replies, “Yes, maybe,” but declines to share other details.

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The couple first confirmed their relationship with an Instagram post in January, and have since enjoyed a handful of romantic vacations as well as low-key hang time with their kids. Christina shares Taylor, 7, and Brayden, 2, with Tarek and Anstead has two children from a previous marriage.

Christina and Tarek announced their split publicly in December 2016, noting they’d secretly been living apart for months.

 


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Over the course of his 10-minute “A Closer Look” segment Wednesday night, Seth Meyers set out to prove why President Donald Trump’s constant lying is so pernicious.

“Trump’s only political skill is his total and complete lack of shame,” the Late Night host began. “His malignant narcissism allows him to confidently and brazenly lie in the way that most other politicians would be too embarrassed to even try.”

Sometimes, these blatant lies are relatively victimless. But that is not the case this week as Trump attempts to take credit for ending a “cruel” policy of separating immigrant families at the border that he himself implemented.

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Over the course of his 10-minute “A Closer Look” segment Wednesday night, Seth Meyers set out to prove why President Donald Trump’s constant lying is so pernicious.

“Trump’s only political skill is his total and complete lack of shame,” the Late Night host began. “His malignant narcissism allows him to confidently and brazenly lie in the way that most other politicians would be too embarrassed to even try.”

Sometimes, these blatant lies are relatively victimless. But that is not the case this week as Trump attempts to take credit for ending a “cruel” policy of separating immigrant families at the border that he himself implemented.

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The 1995 death of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was a shock to me, but no surprise. He was 53 and made a good run, I thought back then, considering his hard living.

Dying at 53 is not a good run. Whether heart attack or heroin, that’s a bad run.

Garcia went early. Now with Prince, Petty, Bowie, Allman and more, final appearances by Classic Rock’s once-large midnight gang are speeding up. Their peers see the Facebook tributes; let’s not talk falsely now, they know the hour’s getting late.

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6 Healthy Habits You And Your Man Should Get Into To Strengthen Your Heart

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Despite decades of medical research and public campaigns to ease the problem, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. CDC stats report that nearly 44% of African American men and 48% of African American women have some form of cardiovascular disease that includes heart disease and stroke.

As part of our Urban One #REPRESENT Men’s Health Initiative, our founder and CEO Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins are helping to raise awareness for men’s health. What better way to kick things off than with simple changes you can make for yourself and your partner to improve your heart.

One of the problems driving heart disease is the messaging. And we got that from Robert Thompson, M.D an integrative medicine specialist deemed by his peers to be in the top five percent of U.S. physicians. While there’s plenty of good research to indicate good advice, the general public and many of his peers in the medical community, are stuck with faulty conclusions, he says.

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“Perhaps the biggest misconception is that an overabundance of calcium, which may include supplements, is very good for people, especially women, but that’s simply not true,” says Thompson, author of “The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know,” a new book that details the roles minerals play in overall health and how to identify and correct deficiencies and imbalances.

Recent studies suggest that men who take calcium supplements actually increase their risk of heart attack by up to 20 percent.

Calcium is just one of 12 substances, as well as traces of 64 other minerals, that make up our bones. Excessive amounts of calcium hurt our bodies in many ways, especially the heart and the brain, he says. We cannot possibly replace minerals with just calcium, which hardens concrete and makes bones more brittle.

One study, published in the British Medical Journal in 2008, was meant to assess the effect of calcium on bone density and fractures in postmenopausal women. Researchers found that participating women were significantly more likely to suffer heart attacks while taking calcium supplements.

“This is far from an isolated study – there are others, including 15 studies combined into a meta-analysis yielding similar heart-health results, which show an increased risk of heart disease by at least 30 percent,” says Thompson, who offers practical life-saving suggestions for what individuals can start doing for better overall health.

1. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.

As a general rule, we need to drink half of our bodyweight in ounces of water daily. For a 150-pound individual, that’s 75 ounces of water. Those who are overweight, or are heavy exercisers or live in warm climates may need more. Take care to drink quality water. Get a quality filtration system at home, which can range from $ 200 to $ 3,000.

And make sure to aim for water as your main beverage of choice for both you and your family.

2. Take ionic sea salt-derived minerals.

We all need a diverse range of minerals and virtually none of us get enough. Ionic minerals are the only ones that are completely available for our bodies to use because they are water-soluble and they naturally carry an electrical charge that allows them to be carried through the cell membranes. All sea salt-derived trace mineral products are recommended – at least three grams per day.

3. Use only vitamin supplements made from 100 percent organic whole foods that have been vine-ripened.

Almost all of us need supplements because contemporary food supplies lack adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, thanks to soil depletion. Most store-bought vitamins include just one component of the many complex molecular elements contained in the naturally occurring vitamin source. You need all of the nutrient components to get the full benefits.

And be sure to work with your doctor to determine which vitamins work for you and for your partner, especially as men and women often require different supplements.

4. Get your fill of essential fatty acids; raw nuts and/or seeds are a good source.

In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration approved the following health claim for seven kinds of nuts: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 oz. per day of most raw nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Omega-3 and Omega-6 are considered essential because humans can’t manufacture them within our bodies. Research has now shown that plant-derived Omega 6, and not fish oil, is the best oil for humans.

5. Eat high-quality proteins. Seafood, eggs, beans, chicken, game meat, duck and turkey are excellent sources of essential amino acids that are the building blocks of every protein molecule, hormone, neurotransmitter, cell membranes and immune molecules.

Proteins can also be obtained from grains, sprouted grains, raw nuts and raw seeds. Vegetarians and vegans need to play close attention to combine protein sources to get the full complement of amino acids.

6. Walk at least 30 minutes every day. This activity has a huge effect on relieving the physiologic effects of stress on the human physiology.

Exercise is good, but walking is amazing. No other single activity will more significantly or more rapidly affect the adrenal stress response in humans than walking, which probably works so well because it slows us down.

And, it is an incredible way to build and strengthen your relationship.

“Also, Dr. Thompson recommends ingesting essential monosaccharides, which is new and unknown territory for most people, he says. “They are the simplest form of carbohydrate molecules found in the body, are essential for protein molecules and can be found in maple syrup, sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets and onions.”

*Robert Thompson, M.D., was added to the peer-reviewed directory, “Best Doctors in America,” in 1996.

 

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Stephen Hawking’s voice beamed into space at final send-off

LONDON (Reuters) – The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained international acclaim for his work on black holes, was laid to rest during a service at London’s Westminster Abbey.
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New Jersey governor signs sports betting bill into law

Sports betting is on the books in New Jersey, and parlors could begin taking best as early as Thursday. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law Monday to let casinos and racetracks take bets on some professional and college sporting events — following a Supreme Court decision last month that a federal ban on sports betting…
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Burberry, Vogue Hommes Thrust Photography Into the Limelight

SNAP HAPPY: Burberry and Vogue Hommes each celebrated great photography during London Fashion Week Men’s with events that highlighted images shot in specific — and colorful — locations.
On Friday night, Burberry held the first of three events to mark the third installment of the Juergen x Adwoa photo series, and the launch of the brand’s fall 2018 pre-collection at Thomas’ Café inside Burberry’s Regent Street flagship.
The three photo portfolios, shot by Juergen Teller, center on Adwoa Aboah’s family and close friends including Jean Campbell, Montell Martin and Kwame N’Dow. For the final set of photos, Burberry explored Aboah’s Ghanaian roots, with pictures shot in Accra, Aboah’s family home. They also feature her close friend, the model Sonny Hall.

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“I tried very hard not to be too emotional about this trip, but it’s so special for everyone to see where the story started. I’ve been able to bring close friends of mine here, and my grandma and my family have had a taste of what the other part of my life is like,” said Aboah of her trip back to Africa.
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Ava DuVernay Turning Colin Kaepernick’s High School Experience Into TV Series

The NFL may have banned Colin Kaepernick for using his First Amendment right to peacefully protest against injustice, but the 30-year-old has clearly moved on. He is now teaming up with Emmy winner Ava DuVernay for a television series that will definitely be a must-see.

DuVernay has several projects in the works and one of them, according to Vanity Fair, is with the former NFL player, which will be a “TV comedy series with Colin Kaepernick that centers on his high-school life.” No word on when or where this will air, but it should definitely be a fascinating story.

Kaepernick’s father was Black and his mother was white, but he was given up for adoption. A white couple named  Rick and Teresa Kaepernick adopted him and he was raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin until he was 4. The family eventually moved to Turlock, California, which is where he attended high school. He was an overall athlete and became a sports star in Central California because of his accomplishments in football and basketball.

With Ava behind him, there could so some interesting stories tell and you can be guaranteed these two will definitely insert some needed social commentary.

Another note, Ava is also directing a Netflix series on The Central Park Five. They were 5 Black teenagers who were wrongfully accused of assaulting a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Their lives were destroyed and Donald Trump famously took out a full page ad in The New York Times calling for their execution.

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Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all


Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

When we were kids, we LOVED our Disney gear. Princess dresses, autograph books, stuffed Pumbaas — you name it, we wanted it. Well, it turns out that this desire doesn’t go away as one grows up. We still buy all things Disney, from Beauty and the Beast Minnie Mouse ears to Disney-themed pairs of Toms. Honestly, what millennial doesn’t want a millennial pink or rose gold spirit jersey to wear to Disneyland?

Basically, any time a new Disney-themed item hits shelves, we’re first in line to buy it. So when we saw these new VHS-inspired Disney journals, we knew we had to have every single one. Yep, you can now take a trip down memory lane with a series of precious journals featuring covers from seven different animated Disney films that will surely make you feel like Blockbuster never went out of business.

There are seven different journals to choose from: The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and The Lion King. GREAT choices. They really picked classics. Four of those titles — The Little MermaidAladdinBeauty and the Beast, and The Lion King — are part of the Disney Renaissance era from 1989-1999. Ah, the memories.

The Disney journals look JUST like those puffy plastic VHS cases that you remember so fondly from childhood.

Taking notes is much more fun with a Little Mermaid journal.

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Or a Dumbo one. What a cutie.

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Spill your darkest secrets into the confines of an Aladdin VHS.

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Or a Beauty and the Beast one. We bet Belle can keep a secret.

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How magical is this Peter Pan journal?

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You can keep it classy with Lady and the Tramp, one of our faves.

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And, of course, there’s The Lion King.

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Each journal features a photo of the film’s VHS tape on the front page…

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…and the back page. So cute!

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There’s also a watermark from the film on the pages. (We see you, Timon.)

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The journals cost $ 15.99 each, but they are SO adorable, we think the ’90s nostalgia is well worth the cost.

We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these bad boys. Or two. Or three. We have a lot of things to write about, you know?

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Christ, those sentences! Those perfect, meandering sentences. That’s what I loved most about Philip Roth, who died Tuesday at the age of 85: his prose.

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Susu—the age-old means of saving and collecting money through a partnership or savings club—has long been practiced throughout Africa and the Caribbean. But Abbey Wemimo, a Nigerian-born entrepreneur, wants to bring that process into the 21st century through the Esusu app.

Although the name “Susu,” which means “to plan” derives from the Ghanaian Twi language, Wemimo’s mobile app lets you do more than that. On the Esusu app, users can invite their friends and family members to join in, contribute weekly, biweekly, even monthly depending on preference. It’s exactly like the traditional means of rotational savings, except its digitized, Wemimo said.

To use the platform, users will have to link their bank accounts to the app. Esusu will then automatically withdraw the specified contribution on a set date. Through a partnership with Evolve Bank & Trust, Esusu is able to hold the withdrawn money in a separate account until users need to cash out. In the case where a member of any group runs short of funds, Wemimo said Esusu will step in and pay the money on behalf of the individual with the expectation that the company will be reimbursed. While pairing random individuals together may help the company grow its user base, Wemimo said its current users have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of being paired with people they do not personally know.

For Wemimo, the idea behind Esusu comes from personal experience. Raised by a single mother, Wemimo attended one of the better public schools in Lagos, but he said he wouldn’t have been able to afford the tuition had his mother not participated in rotational savings. Now living in America, the 26-year old wants to help immigrants, students, and low-income families save.

Wemimo and his co-founder Samir Goel have also put in place some safeguards to protect its users. When the company gets new sign-ups, they run through a KYC database, which he said helps fend off fraudulent users from its platform. Esusu also doubles as a credit building platform. When users deposit their portion of the contributions, Esusu holds the cash in a different account and reports it to TransUnion and Equifax with the help of Evolve. Each payment is seen as fulfilling a loan obligation to the group. While most landlords don’t report rent payments to credit bureaus, even with the launch of the FICO 9 credit framework, Wemimo said if any of its users provide verifiable proof that the rent has indeed been paid, Esusu can verify with the landlord and report this information to the credit bureaus.

Founded in 2016, and currently with just over a thousand users, Esusu Financial has just raised a $ 250,000 friends and family round earlier in the year from a Palo Alto-based VC firm, and intends to raise their seed round in Q4, 2018.

Editor’s Note: This piece was updated on May 5, 2018.

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Single black women unaccompanied by a male companion in Liberia had slim chances of getting into SAJJ restuarant, a Lebanese-owned and run entertainment spot—that is until the Liberian government stepped in. Late last week, after multitudes of complaints, the government immediately closed the restaurant’s doors—and fined the owners $ 3,000 for racial discrimination.

In a release posted on its Facebook on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) announced that it had restored the restaurant’s license “following the entity’s compliance with the punitive measures the ministry instituted.”





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For almost a decade, SAJJ was said to have implemented a discriminatory policy, which prohibited single black women from entering the entertainment spot without a male companion, but that it was not applied to non-black women.

Protests began in front of the restaurant last Friday after three women were denied entry because they were black and unaccompanied by a male. According to the Bush Chicken, the restaurant has had the policy in place for almost a decade.

MICAT, which is the regulatory body for tourism in the country, said it investigated the claims of the women protesters and found them substantiated. “The ministry’s investigation revealed that SAJJ did carry out such policy, which is discriminatory and against the law.”

As a result, MICAT suspended SAJJ’s tourism license until a set of actions were met, including paying a fine of U.S.$ 3000 into the government’s revenue, issuing a public apology to Liberian women, and instituting a corporate social responsibility project not less than U.S.$ 2500 to identify and support a local NGO that works with disadvantaged young women.

Denying single black women from entering and allowing single white women entrance, is not fair. You cannot be operating a business in my country with that kind of policy, so this is why I have come to shut down this business. I do not know when it will be opened,” said Princess Turkulon, assistant minister for MICAT.

Turkulon said SAJJ’s policy of denying unaccompanied single black women by their male counterparts was “spoiling the government’s name. You cannot own a business and discriminate against the women of Liberia.”

Ms. Facia Harris, a prominent female journalist, said:

I have the right to go out for a drink without being accompanied by a male because I have my own money. You cannot tell me not to enter an entertainment spot because I am a single black woman, but single white women are free to walk in unaccompanied. This has been going on for too long, and we have reached the breaking point, enough is enough. You cannot stop me from entering your entertainment area because I am not escorted by a man. Should I hijack a male to bring me to eat when I have my own money? You either change your policy or shut your business down.”

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She’s a Whisk-Taker: Advice From a Homebaker Who Turned Passion Into Profit


Last year, Jennifer Jacobs churned out more than 1,000 cupcakes, 2,000 macarons, 1,300 cookies and too many cakes to count.

At that production rate, you know baking isn’t just her weekend hobby or an evening stress-reliever, though that’s how it started. It’s now her business: Wandering Whisk Bakeshop.

The 30-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, Florida, earns a substantial income through her homegrown business — not enough to count as a full-time salary but definitely enough to help her buy her first home.

In addition to whisking up a storm, Jacobs also works a 9-to-5 shift as an associate producer at Home Shopping Network. After she packs up her bag for the day, she spends the next five hours filling orders.

So how did she build a full-fledged business while maintaining a full-time career and not lose her mind?

Admittedly, there were a few late-nighters where she found herself crumpled on her kitchen floor with tears in her eyes, but since striking up her business in 2014, Jacobs has pocketed a number of lessons to help propel her venture forward.

In hopes of inspiring others to turn their hobbies and passion projects into a profit, Jacobs shares her top tips for creative self-starters.

1. Learn How To Manage Your Time

Jacobs prioritizes her time so she can get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

These days, Jacobs works her 9-to-5 job at HSN. When she gets off work, she busies herself in the kitchen until about 11 p.m. — midnight tops. Sleep is important to her, and she promises herself at least seven hours a night.

But when Jacobs first started out, she pulled a number of late-nighters.

Why? She waited until the last minute to start filling orders, which isn’t ideal when a wedding cake takes a least 15 hours from ideation to completion.

Jacobs has overcome this challenge by prioritizing — and scribbling a ton of to-do lists. In fact, her grandmother recently gave her some cute Post-it Notes, which Jacobs sticks around her kitchen.

These notes help her figure out what needs to be done tonight and what can wait. She also makes an effort to work ahead, perhaps prepping the icing or finessing a design before the baking process begins.

2. Know It Will Be Slow At First (But Use That Time Wisely)

Jacobs used her down time to build her business. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Jacobs’ business didn’t take off overnight. She’s been doing this for more than three years, and, while she’s constantly busy now, that wasn’t always the case.

“Don’t expect you’re going to announce you’ve started a business and that people are going to flock,” Jacobs warns.

The key is to be realistic and to remain patient. She laughs now at the idea of free time and encourages those who are just starting out to enjoy it.

Jacobs urges fledglings to use this extra time to hone their skills — to take classes, read books and learn new techniques.

Once business ramps up, you’ll be longing for that free time, she says.

3. When Business Booms, Learn to Say No

A detail of a cake is pictured.
Jacobs takes orders that fit her brand and that she enjoys filling. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

In early 2017, Jacobs had one of those moments that landed her in tears on the kitchen floor. She’d taken on too many orders to manage.

Since that night, she’s been careful not to repeat her mistake.

Through trial and error, she’s learned what’s doable. It’s taken time, she admits, but now she says “no” to orders she simply can’t fit into her schedule.

Jacobs also doesn’t hesitate to turn down orders that aren’t in her wheelhouse. For example, if someone requests a giant fondant-covered dinosaur for a children’s birthday party, she knows that’s not something she specializes in — or even enjoys. She resolves the issue by referring the customer to another local baker.

“You have to do what you enjoy,” Jacobs emphasizes. Otherwise, it could lead to burnout, which leads to her next tip…

4. Don’t Let Your Business Consume You

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Jacobs poses during a visit to New York City. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jacobs

Living and breathing sweets sounds like a dream to most of us, but Jacobs has to be careful not to exhaust herself.

“It becomes your every thought,” she says of baking. “I mean, I wake up, and I think about cake. I go to bed, and I think about it. I’m on Instagram, and I’m looking at cake…”

Passion is key, but Jacobs encourages self-starters to strike a balance. If you don’t, you risk losing your passion — and your business.

The keys for her are  saying no to what she can’t handle (see tip No. 3) and spending time outside the kitchen.

Jacobs admits it’s easy to forget her friends and family and charge forward with her head down, but she needs those people and her “me time” — that time to breathe in something other than cake.

5. Know Your Worth

Cookie sandwiches sit on a countertop
Confetti cookie sandwiches are on Jacobs’ menu. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Putting a price tag on your goods is hard. You know how much time and effort went into something, but do they? Will they pay that much for these cupcakes?

“I felt like at the beginning I was practically giving stuff away because I was worried,” Jacobs says. She’d find herself thinking: “This isn’t as good as what they may see on Pinterest or Instagram.”

But, over time, she was able to stop comparing herself to others. “Remember, they may have been doing this for 20 years or have gone to school for this,” she says.

Plus, she reminded herself that people aren’t just paying for her product and for the ingredients going into it. They’re also paying for her time (remember, it takes at least 15 hours to craft a wedding cake) and her talent.

And she’s found people are willing to pay. Jacobs now starts her pricing at $ 160 for tiered cakes that serve 32 people, $ 42 for a dozen cookie sandwiches, $ 35 for a dozen macarons and $ 22 for a dozen cookies.

6. Seek Mentors — Chances Are, They’re Willing To Help

Two women pose for a picture
Jacobs found a mentor in Angela Garbacz, who is a pastry chef, food stylist and owner of Goldenrod Pastries. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jacobs

This past September, Jacobs hopped on a flight to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Why? She was spending the day with Angela Garbacz, the pastry chef, food stylist and owner of Goldenrod Pastries.

Jacobs had connected with Garbacz through Instagram, and Garbacz had invited Jacobs out for a tour of her brick-and-mortar bakeshop.

There, Jacobs shadowed the owner, poking her with questions and observing her art. At the end of it all, Garbacz even offered Jacobs access to her business plan.

“You think just because she’s some big baker, she wouldn’t want to help, but you’d be surprised,” Jacobs says.

Jacobs is now starting to pay it forward. People will reach out to her about certain baking techniques or with inquiries about starting their own businesses. Jacobs is more than happy to answer those questions and to help others along the way — just as her mentors did for her.

“Just reach out,” she says. “There are so many people willing to help you — for free.”

7. Accept That Not Everyone Is Your Customer…

Two women bake cakes.
Jacobs relies on her mother, Barbara Jacobs, for help. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

…but they can help you in other ways.

Jacobs remembers hearing this tidbit of advice somewhere, and it’s stuck with her:

People can support your business — even if they don’t buy or can’t afford a cake. Maybe they’ll tell someone about the awesome cake they saw on Instagram. Or that a birthday party they recently attended boasted beautiful succulent (like the plant) cupcakes.

“Word of mouth is the most important thing for any business,” Jacobs says.

It can also be that someone’s there to lend a hand — like her mom.

There was a night not too long ago where she started feeling overwhelmed. Her mom offered to stop by to help wash dishes, and Jacobs embraced her help and her warm company.

“Just surround yourself with supportive people,” Jacobs says. “Everyone has a different purpose.”

8. Leverage Yourself on (Free!) Social Media Platforms

A woman holds up cupcakes
Jacobs regularly uses social media to promote her business. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Jacobs hasn’t paid a single penny to advertise.

Instead, she’s been smart about using free social media platforms to her advantage.

Her favorite, of course, is Instagram, which does justice to her artful creations. Jacobs invested in a refurbished camera and takes all her own photos. She’s able to connect with people near and far (as far as Australia).

She’s also been big on soliciting Facebook reviews.

Recently, Jacobs began following up with customers and encouraging those who were satisfied with her work to write a quick review for Wandering Whisk on Facebook.

“Almost everyone leaves a review,” she says.

Reading positive reviews might help new customers take a chance on Jacobs, even if they’ve never see her product in person or haven’t yet tried her banana Nutella cupcakes.

9. Build Genuine Relationships With Your Customers

People pose for a picture
Jacobs uses competitions and networking opportunities to promote her business. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jacobs

Jacobs makes an effort to join her local alumni groups, attend meetups and to regularly put herself in situations where she can connect with new people.

And it’s not so she can shove her business card in people’s faces. She enjoys having genuine conversations with others. If Wandering Whisk comes up, great. If not, that’s OK, too.

In addition to networking, she makes an effort to build relationships with her customers. “You shouldn’t look at them as if they’re buying one product and giving you money,” she says.

Wandering Whisk gets a ton of repeat customers. In fact, one woman just placed her third order with Jacobs in two months.

“It’s really important to just be a real person and build a relationship and ask questions and to get to know them as a person,” she emphasizes. “That’s the reason I do this. I love getting to know people and hearing their feedback.”

10. Don’t Corner Yourself

Jacobs offers a range of desserts on her menu, including macarons. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Although Jacobs has mastered the technical art of the macaron, she refuses to open a macaron shop.

Why? That’s just a phase — just like cupcakes and doughnuts and everything else considered “craft” and “trendy” at any point.

Instead, she wants to remain Wandering Whisk Bakeshop, with an emphasis on bakeshop. She encourages others to enter their own industries with the same type focused flexibility in mind.

“Keep it broad and flexible and nimble,” she says.

And keep learning!

Read more about the start of Wandering Whisk here.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s more of a “wanderer” than a “whisker.”

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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Tu Womenswear Scholarship winner Laura Gillings has created a 16-piece collection that features tailored trousers and coordinating jackets, shirts, dresses, skirts and T-shirts in monochrome shades as well as orange, dark green and lilac. The Bath Spa University student said she took her cue from Sixties tailoring and the Rolling Stones. There will be another 16-piece drop later this year.
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artrepublic is celebrating 25 years on Brighton’s Bond Street and, to mark this anniversary, we’re expanding… next door!

We’d love you to join us for our opening party, 5-8pm on Friday 4th May, as we kick things off with a Magnus Gjoen exclusive – the launch of the artist’s brand-new sculpture. If you want a sneak peak of the former fashion designer’s latest thought-provoking artwork, and to meet the man himself, this event at the top end of the May bank holiday weekend is your chance.

If you can’t make it down to Brighton’s Bond Street on the night of the launch, you’re always welcome to drop by and check out our extended gallery area, which will be dedicated to showcasing original and limited edition artworks by leading and emerging artists.


This additional gallery area is especially exciting to the artrepublic team as it means we can continue to do what we love best – spotting young creative talent and building relationships with established artists – in order to bring you even more of the art that speaks to you.

After 25 years in our Bond Street location, we realise this is more than just an exhibition space though. Our aim has always been to open the door to art in a way that’s accessible to everyone, so we will be hosting a series of special events in the new gallery throughout the year – keep an eye out for information about these on the blog or in your email inbox.

If you’re not already getting our emails, why not sign up to our newsletter and join our republic of art? We share regular updates about the latest art in the gallery, as well as interviews with our artists and information about upcoming events and launches.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in our new space very soon. If you plan to come to the gallery opening, please RSVP to events@artrepublic.com.

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By day, Jennifer Jacobs is an associate producer for the Home Shopping Network. But when 5 o’clock rolls around, she disappears into her kitchen, taps play on her favorite podcast, Radio Cherry Bombe (aptly about creative and powerful women in the food industry) and starts filling orders.

As the 30-year-old owner, baker, cake designer, taste tester, dishwasher, bill payer and grocery shopper of Wandering Whisk Bakeshop, Jacobs estimates she spends at least five hours in her kitchen each night.

Never did Jacobs think her hobby would turn into a full-fledged business — providing a comfortable side income that helped her buy her first home.

Let’s Whisk Back to Jacobs’ Baking Beginnings

A detail of a whisk
Jacobs works at HSN during the day and spends her evenings filling orders for her baking business, Wandering Whisk Bakeshop. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Some of Jacobs’ most vivid childhood memories place her alongside her mom as the duo churned out a variety of Christmas cookies, many harking back to their Romanian descent. None of them were particularly fancy — just good, comforting sweets.

When Jacobs entered high school, her friends became “obsessed” with the desserts.

She recalls they’d make up excuses around the holidays to stop by her parents’ house. “Oh, we want to come see your Christmas tree,” they’d say. The night would end with them indulging.

To this day, her friends expect an invite to “see the Christmas tree.”

After high school, Jacobs attended the University of Central Florida, where she studied event management. She didn’t spend any time in the kitchen until after graduation, when she took a high-stress job in New York City. Baking became her go-to method for unwinding at the end of her jam-packed workdays.

New York City exposed her to a vast array of new desserts. She was constantly sniffing out new neighborhood bakeries. Pinterest also boomed at this time, and Jacobs would spend hours pinning new treats to her virtual inspiration board.

There was only one complication…

“I had this miniature oven that didn’t even fit a full-size cookie sheet,” Jacobs says. “I would bake on these tiny cookie sheets, but I would just do whatever I could.”

Still, baking remained a hobby. “I’d never at that point thought, ‘Oh, I could start a business from it,’” she says.

But things changed when she discovered red velvet cookie sandwiches — that’s when baking shifted from a hobby to a side gig.

How Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches Sparked a Side Gig

Cake and cookies are pictured
A tasty assortment of Jacobs’s treats are on display. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

After two years in New York, Jacobs began to burn out.

She moved back to the Tampa Bay area, where she took a job with HSN.

Her new work schedule — 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. — paired with a larger kitchen, allowed her plenty of time and space to bake during the day.

She began experimenting more and more. Around Valentine’s Day in 2014, she whipped up some red velvet cookies sandwiches and took them into work.

That day, two coworkers asked Jacobs if they could order more.

“I’m like, ‘Uh, sure, you can give me 20 bucks to make you cookies,’” Jacobs says. “And I remember going home being like, ‘Mom, someone wants to pay me for my cookies!’”

She took to her kitchen that night, baked two dozen cookie sandwiches and hand-delivered them the next morning. When she checked in to see how their families received the treats, her coworkers, only slightly ashamed, admitted they ate them before their families even had a chance.

The co-workers offered up another $ 20 to order more. (A dozen cookie sandwiches now go for $ 42.)

Jacobs laughs at the memory and says these cookie sandwiches now have a “cult following” at HSN.

“I like to think these were the start of my business,” Jacobs says of the cookie sandwiches.

At this time, she passed around handmade business cards that read, “Jen’s Cakes, Cupcakes & Sweets.” She catered to her family, friends and coworkers.

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Jennifer Jacobs celebrates winning a cooking competition.
Jacobs celebrates winning a baking competition in 2016. Photo courtesy Jennifer Jacobs

Jacobs knew how to bake, but at that point in her career, her decorating skills were “real minimal.”

She started taking classes at her local JoAnn Fabric and Crafts. In 2015, she attended a one-week, intensive course at the San Francisco Baking Institute, a culinary school where she learned the science behind baking.

“I wanted to be able to develop recipes and not just be like, ‘Oh, I can follow a recipe,’” Jacobs says. “I wanted to learn why you need cream, butter and sugar. Why is it important to add salt to the recipe?”

Although the week-long trip cost her $ 3,000, Jacobs considers it one of the greatest things she’s ever done. Plus, she purchased her first white chef’s coat, which made her feel more confident. She also splurged and got a pink one, which she wears now.

Back home in Florida, Jacobs also frequented her local public library, checking out any and every baking resource it offered. She favored the Le Cordon Bleu textbooks. Her weekly book hauls became a joke at the library — that she’d run out of books to check out.

And she did. So she started scavenging other local libraries.

In August 2015, Jacobs decided to debut her skills to the public and, with some encouragement from a friend, entered the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest.

There were  something like 75 entrants that year — half novice (that was Jacobs) and half professional. She took home third place in the novice category and first place in people’s choice for her Banana Nutella Cupcake, a banana cake layered with chocolate ganache and topped with Nutella buttercream icing.

In 2016, Jacobs entered the contest again, taking home people’s choice once more. But this time, the judges created an extra award specifically for her: best buttercream icing. Since then, the not-too-sweet topping has become one of her signature creations.

How Jacobs Set Herself Apart From Every Other Homebaker

Jacobs wears the signature apron that reflects her brand. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Jacobs hasn’t paid a penny for marketing or advertising. Her success has been a result of organically building a strong brand and a loyal following.

It started with the name: Wandering Whisk.

The wandering part, Jacobs says, represents her love for travel. Anywhere she goes, she researches bakeries. “I land, and I’m like there’s five bakeries of my list the first day,” she says. She hops from bakery to bakery, pocketing bits of inspiration along the way.

She’ll even glean creativity from cocktails, dinners and regional staples.

Take, for example, the time she traveled to Belgium. That’s where she fell in love with its cookie butter. She brought home containers of the sweet spread, which inspired her to create cookie butter cookie sandwiches, a chocolate-chip sea-salt cookie with crunchy cookie butter cream filling.

Then there was that time in Napa, when she picked lavender. The fragrant flower sparked an idea for a lavender macarons as well as a lemon lavender cake — lemon cake with a lavender glaze and layers of lavender buttercream.

“I’ll think, ‘Wow, that flavor’s really nice; I could translate that into a cake,’” she says. “I’m just baking little pieces from everywhere together.”

Once Jacobs nailed down a name and logo, her brother, Tyler, created her website. It was June 2016, and her venture was starting to feel concrete.

“I wanted to put it out that I’m a full-fledged business; I’m not just a girl in my kitchen,” she says. “It felt much more official.”

To lock down the business side, Jacobs established herself under the Florida Cottage Food Law, which means she doesn’t need a license or permit to operate, nor is her operation ever inspected. Basically, it means she’s allowed to work out of her home without having to go through tons of food licensing procedures.

Jacobs also has food liability insurance. Additionally, she’s crafted, with the help of a lawyer, a contract, which she sends out with each order. This contract protects her from any liabilities.

“It’s important to make sure you’re covering yourself,” she says.

Once all the logistical ends were tied, Jacobs began utilizing Instagram, a photo-centric social media platform that beautifully showcased her artful masterpieces. She has set up a makeshift studio and takes all her own photos with a refurbished camera she invested in.

Her Instagram strategy has been to focus locally. She says it’s great she gets followers from around the world, from as far away as Australia, but her goal is to turn her followers into a profit.

“It’s great when you have 20,000 followers, but if no one’s engaging with you, and no one’s ordering your product, it means nothing,” she says.

In order to capitalize on her Tampa Bay-area audience, she works with wedding planners to create stylized shoots that get shared on Instagram. She also takes part in local events, like St. Petersburg’s annual Localtopia festival, which posts to the platform.

“People that don’t take advantage of [Instagram]… I think it’s almost crazy, because it’s free publicity,” she says.

One of the best parts of gaining a following has been her uptick in order requests that fit her brand. A year ago, customers would ask for a cake like something they saw on Pinterest. Now, more and more requests feature Jacobs’ own work — a screenshot of one of her own Instagram posts.

Looking Toward Her Sweet Future

Jennifer Jacos holds up a cake.
Jacobs shows off a cake she decorated at The Penny Hoarder’s headquarters. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

One question simmers: “What’s next?”

In 2017, Jacobs proved she could manage a full-time career while striking up a successful side business.

This year, she has hopes to hire her first Wandering Whisk employee. She’d also love to be featured on the “Today” show — or any national morning show, for that matter.

“I’ve also heard Harry and Meghan need a wedding cake,” she jokes. When rumors swirled that Prince Harry loves all things banana-flavored, Jacobs’ friends and family pegged her as the perfect fit. “Banana cake is my No. 1 cake…,” she says.

Whether or not she gets a call from the royal couple, Jacobs plans to keep on whisking.

If you want to learn more about how Jacobs turned her passion into a thriving side business, take a gander at her exclusive tips.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She could really go for one of those banana Nutella cupcakes right about… now.

 

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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Opening act: step into artrepublic’s brand-new gallery space

It’s our 25th anniversary, and we’re doing something big to celebrate. Join us as we host a double launch party with a very special artist…

artrepublic is celebrating 25 years on Brighton’s Bond Street and, to mark this anniversary, we’re expanding… next door!

We’d love you to join us for our opening party, 5-8pm on Friday 4th May, as we kick things off with a Magnus Gjoen exclusive – the launch of the artist’s brand-new sculpture. If you want a sneak peak of the former fashion designer’s latest thought-provoking artwork, and to meet the man himself, this event at the top end of the May bank holiday weekend is your chance.

If you can’t make it down to Brighton’s Bond Street on the night of the launch, you’re always welcome to drop by and check out our extended gallery area, which will be dedicated to showcasing original and limited edition artworks by leading and emerging artists.


This additional gallery area is especially exciting to the artrepublic team as it means we can continue to do what we love best – spotting young creative talent and building relationships with established artists – in order to bring you even more of the art that speaks to you.

After 25 years in our Bond Street location, we realise this is more than just an exhibition space though. Our aim has always been to open the door to art in a way that’s accessible to everyone, so we will be hosting a series of special events in the new gallery throughout the year – keep an eye out for information about these on the blog or in your email inbox.

If you’re not already getting our emails, why not sign up to our newsletter and join our republic of art? We share regular updates about the latest art in the gallery, as well as interviews with our artists and information about upcoming events and launches.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in our new space very soon. If you plan to come to the gallery opening, please RSVP to events@artrepublic.com.

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American Idol Judges Pull Surprise Move After Drag Queen Ada Vox Wasn’t Voted Into Next Round

Live television calls for some surprises every now and then.

On Monday’s first live episode of American Idol , judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan pulled a move that even host, Ryan Seacrest, was blown away by.

Though performer and drag queen Ada Vox wasn’t voted through to the next round by viewers after Sunday’s performance, she was given the chance to redeem herself. The judges, who could save four contestants who were not voted through, had the option of either saving Ada or sending her home – but immediately after Ada’s performance, they couldn’t hold back.

“I don’t know everything,” Perry told Ada. “But I think we do know talent when we see it.”

Without waiting for Seacrest’s directions, the three judges mixed things up and simultaneously pointed to where the Top 10 were seated and said she belonged there – no ifs, ands or buts.

“When the Ada moment came, it wasn’t just one person’s idea,” Perry, 33, told reporters after the show. “We all looked at each other and we saw the math … excuse us, we’re going to step in now. Were we allowed to do that? We found out we were.”

“We messed up the timetable a bit, but you know what it was, we felt so strongly about it, we didn’t have to wait for that vote,” added Richie, 68.

“Enough was enough and you put your foot down when it’s real,” said Perry. “We stand for truth and for justice.”

Ada, who has auditioned for Idol every season since the age of 16, previously told PEOPLE, “I have a much bigger skin this time around. I’m not afraid to hear the hate. It can bounce off of me and I can use it to build myself up.”

Also known as Adam Sanders when not in drag, Ada says, “Mr. Adam is the base of everything that I am. That’s just who I am and what I do every day of my life. Ms. Ada is kinda of the outer exterior, is a personification of the diva in Adam.”

Marcio Donaldson, Mara Justine, Jonny Brenns and Garrett Jacobs were eliminated leaving Maddie Poppe, Cade Foehner, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Michael J. Woodard, Catie Turner, Ada Vox, Jurnee, Michelle Sussett and Dennis Lorenzo as the Top 10.

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Prosecco is more popular than ever and from the bacaros of La Serenissima into the Veneto its qualities are being celebrated – and visiting its producers makes for a great wine holiday, too

Few cities are more intimately acquainted with a drink than Venice is with prosecco. Produced mainly in the Veneto region, of which Venice is the capital, it is sipped in every back-street bacaro and plush hotel bar across town, whatever the hour. It provides the fizz in a bellini and tops up many a spritz as long Venetian afternoons give way to evening. Some places even have it on tap.

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How Westworld‘s William Evolved Into the Man in Black

In one of Westworld Season 1’s most highly anticipated twists, we find out that William (Jimmi Simpson) and the ruthless Man in Black (Ed Harris) are the same guy, separated by three decades.

And according to the Westworld Season 2 trailer, the Man in Black is determined to burn the theme park down. Whether or not he gets to fulfill his vacation dreams is anyone’s guess. But let’s pull back for a moment and remember how his character a white-hatted good guy as pure as they come went full black hat.

Before you dive into the Westworld Season 2 premiere on April 22, here’s a refresher on how William became the Man in Black.

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William the Newbie

When he first shows up at the park in the second episode of Season 1, William seems immune to the park’s amusements. He hops off the train as a reluctant first-timer on a business retreat of sorts. He’s traveled there with a returning visitor, Logan (Ben Barnes), his insufferable, rich brother-in-law to-be.

Recall that William did not care for Logan’s system of rating women based on their attractiveness, which Logan shared with him on the train ride in. He didn’t care for the way Logan stabbed an elderly host’s hand to the table because he interrupted their steak dinner. He turned down advances from female hosts like Angela (Talulah Riley) and Clementine (Angela Sarafyan), even though his fiancée enjoyed sex with hosts before. The guy even robbed people politely. He was different.

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Dolores the Draw

That all changed when William fell in love with the rancher’s daughter and the pair teamed up for an adventure into the less family-friendly danger zones of the park through Pariah and Ghost Nation. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) was so pure that she lassoed his heart. And William was so convinced that she could become conscious that he became her ally. They have train sex, and he’s hooked.

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The Major Turning Point

But then Dolores was captured by Confederate soldiers and, as far as we know, brutalized. We discover that William has a real knack for violence when Logan wakes up from an outdoor sleepover to discover that his future brother spent the evening butchering all the host soldiers. Logan is shocked by this. And William gets rid of Logan by sending him galloping away naked on a horse.

Montage Metamorphosis

We learn about William’s transformation in a montage toward the close of Season 1. It shows that he enjoys the rest of his first stay and his mission to find Dolores. William stops at nothing to find her, and when he finally does, in Sweetwater, she doesn’t even appear to remember him. He’s really pissed about that one.

As his Westworld gaming progresses, he turns into a brutal man fixated on getting to the core of the game, mowing down any hosts in his way. We learn that his fiancée Juliet became his wife, and later took her own life. It’s enough to lead him back to Westworld again and again. For 30 years.

His Transgressions

William is a repeat offender, and his rap sheet is long. But here’s a sampling: We learn that he is likely sexually assaulting Dolores in unseen barn scenes, and at one point, he stabs Maeve (Thandie Newton.) But perhaps most surprising of all, he kills Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) He’s the sidekick with whom the Man in Black has a complicated bromance. They have some laughs, but the Man in Black ends up hanging Lawrence once he is no longer useful to him. To him, everyone is just a pawn in this game.

Oh, and then we find out that he also owns Westworld, which helps explain his entitled attitude, and why he thinks it’s appropriate to call Dr. Ford by his first name.

His Endgame

If the Man in Black were a host, in Westworld terms, the deeper level of this game would be his “cornerstone.” It’s what drives him. He spends a good chunk of time trying to figure out what it all means. He firmly believes the deceased park co-creator Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) hid the real mystery of the park at “the center of the Maze.” He’s wrong. The maze is really an inward journey Arnold set up for the hosts. It doesn’t even apply to him, but he’s still relentlessly obsessed with getting there.

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The Real Stakes He Always Wanted

The last we see of him in Season 1 at the black tie affair massacre in the finale, he’s finding his first taste of fulfillment. The host Clementine Pennyfeather shoots him, and he actually gets injured, which thrills him to no end.

Stay tuned for his shenanigans when Season 2 of Westworld premieres on Sunday.


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“Bulgari is thrilled to partner with Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate and honor amazing Italian women disrupting the status quo with their strong personalities and going against the grain in pursuit of professions and passions that are traditionally held by men,” said chief executive officer Jean-Christophe Babin. “Our support of Tribeca Film Festival and the young filmmakers who tell these two stories builds on the powerful legacy of Bulgari and cinema, from the iconic Dolce Vita and Elizabeth Taylor until today. As we look to celebrate and connect the cinematic history of Bulgari with the bold and contemporary voices of today, Tribeca Studios’ network of award-winning directors helped bring these inspirational stories to life

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NEW YORK — Hermès has gotten the memo.
The French luxury brand has taken the movement toward experiential retailing to the next level, completely transforming its men’s store here into a vinyl record store for 10 days.
On Thursday night, the Madison Avenue emporium debuted Silk Mix, an art installation centered around music that has already been showcased in Madrid and Rome and now makes its way into the U.S.
“It’s all about silk and music,” said Robert Chavez, chief executive officer of Hermès. The concept was the brainchild of Véronique Nichanian, artistic director of Hermès men’s wear, and Christophe Goineau, creative director of men’s silk. They worked with Thierry Planelle, who has curated music for the company’s men’s shows for the last 15 years, to bring the idea to life.
The main floor was reworked to replicate an old-fashioned record store with bins of albums on display and a bank of turntables to give them a spin. But these albums had an Hermès twist: each of the covers sported a different silk design from the men’s assortment. “There are 225 styles and 53 different patterns,” Chavez said. “And you can pick your favorite and then play it.”

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Decluttr, a website and mobile application for selling your unwanted items, has teamed up with Joel Terry, a synaesthete, to break down what each artist performing of Coachella tastes like.
Joel has “lexical-gustatory synesthesia – a rare form of synesthesia where you can taste spoken or written word.” With his ability, he has determined what artists such as The Weeknd, SZA, Migos, Miguel, and more would taste like if their music turned into food or other edible items.

The Weeknd’s song “The Hills” was awarded the flavor of a chocolate chip cookie while Migos “Black & Boujeee” tasted like chocolate cake and a cheese puff with peanut butter on it. Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” would supposedly translate into rusted iron and a large fragment of a burst rubber balloon.

This is an interesting talent and the combination of flavors is endless. For the full menu of flavors, check more about their redesigned line-up here.  See the lineups below and see how they line up with the actual Coachella lineup posters.

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Fake weed bleeding

Last month, reports emerged from the Illinois Department of Public Health of “severe bleeding” following consumption of synthetic marijuana alternatives. Users reported bleeding from their eyes and ears, as well as extremely heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding disproportionately from an injury, and some victims have been hospitalized for an extended period of time for treatment to fix the problem, which appears to stem from a vitamin K deficiency. At least two people have been reported dead from the condition by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Maryland Poison Center has now confirmed that one user was admitted to hospital in Maryland with similar symptoms, and is issuing a public health advisory warning the public of the danger.

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Linder Moves Into Print

Linder is trying out different forms of expression.
Kirk Millar, who cofounded the brand with Sam Linder, wanted to offer a print takeaway with the fall men’s collection, which was centered around different ideas of masculinity, so he produced a zodiac calendar that’s available to purchase for $ 45 on Linder’s e-commerce site.
“The collection was specifically about the interior world of a gay man, and the vibrant inner life becomes visible to others as you begin to accept ​that you are ‘different’ and it’s a gift,” said Millar. “I think the calendar is about this as well, but very directly addresses the wounding and the healing process. It takes time, hence the calendar, and relating to others on a bigger-picture scale of connectedness, hence zodiac, which is a universal large space that sits above us.”
The calendar, which was shot by photographer Driely Carter, features models wearing Linder’s new underwear collection appearing as if they were wounded soldiers. Millar said he was influenced by a Walt Whitman documentary and the writer said he hoped American people would refrain from war by understanding the sanctity of the body.
Millar said going forward he hopes to continue to utilize print platforms to complement the collections.
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Naked and Afraid Survivalist Goes Into a Food Coma After Starving for 12 Days

For anyone who has watched even five minutes of Naked and Afraid, the fact that competitors will face extreme hunger is no surprise. And, in an upcoming episode, one survivalist deals with just that.

On Sunday’s new episode, Gary Golding gets lucky. While hunting in Jalapao, Brazil, he finds a bounty of root vegetables on Day 12.

As he collects them in his bag, he snacks on them, noting how sweet they taste, and likening the feast to “Thanksgiving.” Soon, however, he pays the price.

As the camera rolls, Golding loses his train of thought, and then collapses into the dirt, falling into a deep sleep.

The announcer explains that the sudden release of sugar into his body has triggered a release of serotonin, which has caused his body to shut down.

It’s yet another reminder that Naked and Afraid is not for the faint of heart.

In most locations, there is very little food — and even when resources are available, it takes a lot of effort to find sustenance. Contestants lose anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds during the 21-day adventure.

Past survivalists have dealt with horrible weather and flesh-eating bacteria, while one contestant was even stung by a yellowjacket in the most unfortunate of areas.

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Got an Old Laptop? These 7 Sites Could Help Turn it into Cash


As I write this article, my beloved 2012 MacBook Air model sits nearby, collecting dust, waiting to be sold. I know I can get at least a few hundred bucks for it; I just need to narrow down my options and figure out which site to sell it on.

Even if your laptop is older than mine, and you’re skeptical about how much you can get for it, it’s worth checking out the following sites — especially the ones that only sell tech products.  They make it convenient to sell and can even give you an estimated selling price.

If you’re ready to get rid of your laptop, here are the best sites to sell your laptop for cash.

1. eBay

In 2017, eBay reached 170 million active users. The online auction site is a great place to sell your laptop, especially since tech is one of its hottest-selling categories.

I’ve used eBay since 2008, and I’m delighted by how much the platform has changed for the better and how it’s become simpler for sellers to list items.

I think eBay’s recommendation tool for setting a price is quite helpful. You can easily post your laptop with eBay’s expert advice on a start price for the auction. It even predicts the likelihood of selling your item at the asking price.

A common misconception from people who aren’t familiar with eBay is that everything must be bought and sold in an auction format. Not true. There is a “Buy it Now” option that also allows buyers to submit a best offer.

eBay fees depend on the item’s final price.

2. Facebook Marketplace

The idea behind Facebook Marketplace is to sell locally on a more trusted platform than sites like Craigslist, where scammers (and flakers) can be prevalent.

Buyers can make payments directly through Facebook or any other form, like PayPal or cash, as long as the seller and buyer agree.

There are no fees to sell on Facebook Marketplace.

3. Amazon

Amazon is the world’s largest internet retailer, so why not take advantage of this marketplace powerhouse to get rid of your laptop?

Selling your used stuff on Amazon is a straightforward process that starts with setting yourself as an Amazon seller. Because the item up for sale is a laptop, chances are, it’s already been sold on Amazon. If that’s the case, you can search Amazon to find the same model and list it with ease.

If your laptop is an obscure make and model that’s not on Amazon, you’ll have to create your own product file.

For individual selling plans, Amazon charges 99 cents per item plus referral fees and variable closing fees.

4. Swappa

Swappa claims an edge over eBay because it does not charge seller fees. It has a robust and easy-to-use platform that gives you an estimated selling price for your laptop.

Swappa’s laptop selling page features images of MacBooks and Chromebooks, making it simple to put together your sale. For my MacBook Air, Swappa estimated I would sell it for $ 407. Not too shabby for a nearly 6-year-old computer — a grandma in tech years.

You can sell other gadgets, like mobile devices, tablets and smartwatches, too. They don’t allow sellers to list non-functional items.

5. Gazelle

Gazelle is a convenient solution for sellers who are in a hurry. Similar to eBay and Swappa, you can get an estimate, but it also asks you for the laptop’s serial number.

The $ 216 price estimate Gazelle offered for my MacBook Air was much lower than Swappa. It’s probably less because there are more overhead costs in the advertised conveniences Gazelle promises sellers, including sending me a shipping box and covering the cost to ship my MacBook to the company.

If you don’t want to ship your item, Gazelle also has drop-off kiosks. There were more than 10 kiosks in the San Francisco Area, but the closest one to me was 10 miles away.

6. OfferUp

OfferUp is a free local marketplace app where people sell all kinds of new and used items, from snowboard equipment to tech gadgets.

After downloading, you can snap photos of your laptop directly from the app and post it, along with a brief description.

Similar to Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp is a step above Craigslist and gives you peace of mind because each profile is validated with a state-issued ID and Facebook profile.

7. LetGo

Similar to OfferUp, LetGo is another useful app if you want to sell locally. The company, now worth over a $ 1 billion, shows you consumerism at its best with tons of items for sale, from clothing to cars, in a Pinterest-like feed.

The app will automatically suggest messages buyers and sellers can send to each other, such as, “Is this item still available?” or “Is the price negotiable?” Buyers and sellers can also use the app to send custom messages to directly to each other.

I’ve used LetGo to buy a used snowboard, and thought the whole process was really simple and the app was easy to use.

If you’re not in a hurry to sell your laptop, sites like OfferUp and LetGo might be the easiest since you don’t have to mess with shipping or fees. If time is of the essence, sites like Amazon, Facebook and Gazelle would be best.

Claire Tak is a content strategist and regular contributor at Well Kept Wallet and when she’s not working, she’s planning for her next trip. You can find her shenanigans on Clairesholiday.com.

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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Study: Even When Born Into Wealth, Many Black Boys Destined to Become Poor

For decades, economists and TV talking heads have studied and debated economic inequality and racial income disparity in America, often attributing the root causes to class, residential segregation, or discrimination to differences in family structure and even genetics.

A new extensive study conducted by The Equality of Opportunity Project, analyzed racial differences in economic opportunity using data on 20 million children and their parents across generations, shedding light on a stark reality that African Americans have always known to be true, that race, and racism have always been determining factors in how opportunity is distributed in America.

Findings in the study show that black boys, even ones raised in wealthy families, living in the most well-to-do neighborhoods have always earned less than their white counterparts in adulthood. To put it simply, black boys have always had much lower rates of upward mobility than white children, which has contributed to generations of black-white income disparity.

Researchers studied five racial and ethnic groups: people of Hispanic ethnicity, non-Hispanic
whites, blacks, Asians, and American Indians. By analyzing rates of upward and downward mobility, they were able to quantify how incomes change and predict their future earnings trajectories.

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