Jeremy Renner Joins the ‘Spawn’ Reboot; Here’s Everything We Know

Jeremy Renner Joins the 'Spawn' Reboot; Here's Everything We Know

Update: While Jamie Foxx has been confirmed for the title role in Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot, the Hell-spawned superhero is not actually the main character of his own movie. Instead, the protagonist of Spawn is Detective Maximilian Steven Percival "Twitch" Williams III, a cop described by McFarlane as being like Sheriff Brody in Jaws. Spawn is, therefore, the movie's shark. 

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Vanessa Kirby Joins ‘Fast and Furious’ Spin-off ‘Hobbs and Shaw’; Here’s Everything We Know

Vanessa Kirby Joins 'Fast and Furious' Spin-off 'Hobbs and Shaw'; Here's Everything We Know

If you loved the antagonistic chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious, you're in luck, because there's a spin-off in the works focused on their rivalry. And if you loved Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret on the Netflix series The Crown (above), you're also in luck, because she's just joined the cast of the spin-off.  

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Rebecca Ferguson Joins ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’; Here’s Everything We Know

Rebecca Ferguson Joins 'Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Rebecca Ferguson, who burst into prominence thanks to her dynamic performance in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (above), is in negotiations to costar in Doctor Sleep, according to Variety.

Based on Stephen King's novel, a sequel to The Shining, the story follows Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), a youngster in the original film, who is now an adult dealing with his own problems, psychic and otherwise, as he endeavors to help dying patients at a hospice. The role that Ferguson…

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Rachel Zoe Gets In on Influencer Shopping Network, Joins Trove Board

Fashion shopping app Trove is adding Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman to its advisory board.
Zoe said, “With the products being released in the coming months, Trove will create a profoundly unique and simplified way for consumers to shop while supporting the influencers and brands that make it all possible.”
Separately, Trove expects to launch a chatbot on Thursday. The basic mission of Trove is to make style creators and their content discoverable and shoppable across any platform. The company was founded by Mary Orton and Rich Scudellari.
Orton, who is also chief executive officer of Trove, said, “The Trove chatbot, TroveChat, is the first of several cutting-edge technology products we will be unveiling this year that continue to build on our mission to connect consumers with influencer style content wherever they are in their shopping journey.”
She added that this was the perfect time to introduce the chatbot for influencers because discovery and growth have become challenging on other social media platforms. “TroveChat gives consumers the tools they need to find the style content they love and directs them straight to influencers’ blogs and Instagram accounts. And with 1.3 billion people using Facebook Messenger, it provides influencers with a powerful opportunity

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Burger King’s Mascot, the King, Joins Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Party for Justify

Legendary racehorse trainer Bob Baffert knows a thing or 2 about winning big races, including that they require some luck … which is why the King was by his side for Justify’s epic win! Baffert invited the Burger King mascot to join his party…

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New woman joins class-action rape lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein

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Justice continues to close in on Harvey Weinstein, ever since he surrendered himself to the New York police on May 25 (before being released on bail). Now, one more survivor accusing him of rape is adding her story to the legal battle.

CNN reports that Melissa Thompson joined the three other women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the infamous, disgraced Hollywood producer. Before the new charges, he already stood accused of first and third degree rape, as well as first degree criminal sexual act. 

Though Thompson’s story sounds very similar to the litany of other allegations brought to light by women over the past seven months, it adds a fresh layer of (alleged) insidiousness from Weinstein’s lawyer.  Read more…

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FLORENCE JOINS THE STONES ONSTAGE

Last night saw The Rolling Stones play another packed show at London Stadium, with special guest Florence + the Machine.

Florence even joined the band on stage to perform a duet on fan-favourite Wild Horses! Fans voted for Dead Flowers to be played mid-way through the set and went out with a bang on Satisfaction. Next stop Southampton on 29 May!

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Liam Neeson Joins the New ‘Men In Black’; Here’s Everything We Know

Liam Neeson Joins the New 'Men In Black'; Here's Everything We Know

Liam Neeson is taking a break from his usual set of thrillers to join another sci-fi franchise. The actor, best known for his roles in the Star Wars, Dark Knight and Taken series, as well as his Oscar-nominated performance in Schindler's List, is in talks to join the Men In Black spin-off/reboot, possibly titled MIB, which is coming to theaters next year.

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Jordan Peele Joins Forces with Spike Lee for ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (TRAILER)

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Academy Award-winning director Jordan Peele was enlisted to be the producer on BlacKkKlansman, a forthcoming Spike Lee joint. It is a ’70s-set feature about a Black detective infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan starring John David Washington, Adam Driver and Topher Grace. The script was written by Lee, Kevin Willmott, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, and it is based […]

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James Ransone Joins ‘It: Chapter Two’; Here’s What We Know So Far

James Ransone Joins 'It: Chapter Two'; Here's What We Know So Far

Update: James Ransone has joined the cast of It: Chapter Two, per Deadline. He will portray the adult version of Eddie, played by Jake Dylan Grazer in the smash-hit horror thriller It.

Ransone has appeared in a slew of independent films over the years. He may be best known for his role in horror thriller Sinister 2 (above), so he sounds like an exciting addition to the cast. Production on the film is scheduled to begin this summer. 

(Read our previous post on the film below,…

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Famke Janssen Joins John Travolta’s Crime Thriller ‘The Poison Rose’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Famke Janssen and Robert Patrick have joined John Travolta and Morgan Freeman in the crime thriller “The Poison Rose,” Variety has learned exclusively. Janssen will play Travolta’s love interest in the film. Former high school sweethearts, the two rekindle their romance when she hires him to investigate a murder. Travolta will play a private investigator […]

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Kaiser Permanente Joins de Beaumont Foundation as National Partner in CityHealth Initiative to Create Vibrant, Healthy Communities

WASHINGTON D.C. — Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, is joining forces with the de Beaumont Foundation, a leader in public health philanthropy, to help U.S. cities thrive through the CityHealth initiative.

Created by the de Beaumont Foundation to promote practices that make cities healthier, CityHealth tracks and reports on proven policies, and works with cities to advance policies that achieve community health priorities. Through this new relationship, Kaiser Permanente will leverage its deep expertise in health policy, government relations, and community-based prevention to accelerate cities’ efforts to improve people’s health and quality of life.

“CityHealth embodies the de Beaumont Foundation’s core belief that policy is one of the most powerful tools to improve health,” said Brian C. Castrucci, the Foundation’s CEO. “We’re excited to have Kaiser Permanente join us in this effort to transform health in cities across the country.” CityHealth is an example of the Foundation’s focus on building cross-sector partnerships and offering practical tools and data to improve public health.

Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer at Kaiser Permanente, said, “We share the de Beaumont Foundation’s belief that the power of local policy is one of the most promising and effective strategies for transforming health in America, and we are pleased to join them in this important work. The CityHealth initiative provides mayors and other community leaders an opportunity to harness some of that transformational power to improve health, drive down health care costs and save lives.”

For Kaiser Permanente, this partnership complements the organization’s established approach to community health — bringing together health leaders, clinicians and community partners to help solve the social, economic and environmental health challenges facing its 12.2 million members and the 65 million residents who live in the communities it serves.

Dr. Shelley Hearne, president of CityHealth, said, “We know that where you live has an enormous influence on how healthy you can be. This innovative partnership between two national leaders is a way to catalyze change in city governments so that every resident has the opportunity live a healthy life. Working with city leaders through CityHealth, the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente will bring a pragmatic menu of policy options to create real results in American cities, like better pre-K programs for kids and more public places with cleaner, smoke-free air.”

Founded in 1998, the de Beaumont Foundation’s programs and investments strengthen the public health system, facilitate collaboration, and provide practical tools to improve the health of communities and people’s daily lives. It is solely focused on public health and seeks innovative and transformational solutions for the most pressing needs of communities across the country.
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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Rashida Jones Joins Forces With Maison Kitsuné as First Brand Ambassador

Rashida Jones has a featured role with Maison Kitsuné as its first brand ambassador.
The “Angie Tribeca” actress isn’t a convert, though. She was sporting the brand on her own when she connected with cofounder Masaya Kuroki. Based in Tokyo, he has met Jones in Japan and New York, said cofounder Gildas Loaëc. “We were a fan of what she was doing as an actress and also her work with documentaries,” said Jones, adding that her creative family was another plus, as was her American heritage. Jones’ father, Quincy, is the world-renowned producer. “We’d been thinking since our brand is young and developing that we would need an international face at some point to further our story and build brand awareness for Maison Kitsuné.”
Jones will appear with Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Isla Fisher and others in “Tag.” Earlier this month she joined Tracee Ellis Ross in supporting Stacey Abrams on the stump in Georgia in her bid to become the first black female governor.
The actress was photographed by British photographer Benjamin Lennox wearing a white oxford shirt from the Maison Kitsuné Parisien collection. Geared toward women and men, the offerings include a blue baseball hat, white sneakers, a navy

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Annette Bening Joins ‘Captain Marvel’; Here’s Everything We Know So Far

Annette Bening Joins 'Captain Marvel'; Here's Everything We Know So Far

Update: Annette Bening (above) has joined the cast of Captain Marvel. The film, which is currently in production in and around Los Angeles, will mark the first time that Bening has appeared in a superhero project. 

Her specific role has not yet been revealed, though THR states: "Scientist is said to be in her job description." Brie Larson stars in the titular role under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. 

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Cate Blanchett joins women taking over Cannes red carpet

Film stars Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard were among 82 women who made a symbolic walk up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (May 12), in a demonstration of solidarity for women struggling for a voice in the movie industry. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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John Lithgow Joins Jason Clarke in ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake; Here’s Everything We Know

John Lithgow Joins Jason Clarke in 'Pet Sematary' Remake; Here's Everything We Know

Update 2: John Lithgow (above with Will Ferrell in Daddy's Home 2) has joined Pet Sematary. In the new version, based on Stephen King's novel, Lithgow will portray Jud Crandall, described as "a kindly neighbor," per THR. 

The role was played by Fred Gwyne in the original film; he introduced his new neighbors to the titular memorial park and explained how things worked. We'll have to wait to see if the new version takes a different path with the character. It's…

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Paul Giamatti Joins Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’; Here’s Everything We Know

Paul Giamatti Joins Dwayne Johnson's 'Jungle Cruise'; Here's Everything We Know

Update: Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of Dwayne Johnson's Jungle Cruise. Giamatti previously appeared as a seismologist in the action thriller San Andreas (above), which starred Johnson. This time, Giamatti will play a "crusty harbormaster," according to THR.  

(Read our previous post below, published on April 19, 2018, for much more about the movie.)

 

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From LA to UK – acclaimed Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki joins the artrepublic family

What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki.

Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audience Stateside over the past few years. Often painted directly onto wooden panels, her art gains extra depth and texture from the natural organic grains and patterns of the wood – each of which brings an additional unique layer to the paintings.

Now, the LA-based artist’s intricate and mysterious work is available in our

 

Brighton gallery, and online, as Kawasaki joins our artrepublic family of artists. We’re excited to be able to share a selection of her limited edition prints, including ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’, which are exclusive to artrepublic in Europe.

Using scrolled, turn of the 20th-century typography with a modern colour palette of soft pinks, turquoises and yellows – plus the woodgrain background – both ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’ draw upon the mysterious and marvellous space of the circus… and freaks shows.

From clowns and illusionists to contortionists and strongwomen, the characters and vintage glamour of the travelling show is pulled into the modern day via Kawasaki’s own brand of graphic design-meets-illustration – a style that forced her to abandon her studies at the Pratt Institute in New York, where the focus was firmly on the conceptual.

Inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers, these two prints also subtly nod to the whimsical and fantastical nature of Japanese fashion culture, and have a fresh, tattoo-like feel to them too – something that hasn’t passed LA’s tattoo parloursby. Ink inspired by Kawasaki’s artwork have become an increasingly common sight on California’s streets (and beyond) in recent years, showing a style shift from the traditional pin-up to this more modern feminine form.


If you want to bring a playful hit of circus-style home with you, our exclusive limited editions are your only chance – unless you plan on visiting the US or Asia sometime soon! Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out this artist’s striking work online at artrepublic.com.

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Kim Kardashian Joins Forces With Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to Pardon Drug Convict

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Kanye may have a hotline to President Trump, but his wife, Kim Kardashian, has the ear of Javanka, it seems.

Mic is reporting that Kardashian’s campaign to secure clemency for imprisoned grandmother Alice Marie Johnson—jailed for life for her involvement in a 1997 drug deal—has now reached President Trump’s desk thanks to Kardashian getting Jared Kushner—and Ivanka Trump, says TMZ—involved in the case, and Kardashian is hopeful a pardon will happen soon.

Johnson was denied clemency in a previous appeal to President Obama.

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Ava DuVernay Joins Competition Jury At Cannes Film Festival

 

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Ava DuVernay has been added to the main competition jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, joining fellow newcomer Kristen Stewart and jury president Cate Blanchett among the panel’s five women and four men, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This year’s competition jury features also includes “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve and Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev, who won the fest’s best screenplay prize for “Leviathan” in 2014 and the jury prize for “Loveless” last year.

French actress Léa Seydoux, Chinese star Chang Chen, French director-producer Robert Guédiguian and Burundian singer-songwriter Khadja Nin round out the panel.

Benicio del Toro will serve as president of this year’s Un Certain Regard jury, while Norwegian helmer Joachim Trier will head up the Critics’ Week sidebar judges.

The upcoming Cannes Film Festival is set to run May 8-19.

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From LA to UK – acclaimed Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki joins the artrepublic family

What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki.

Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audience Stateside over the past few years. Often painted directly onto wooden panels, her art gains extra depth and texture from the natural organic grains and patterns of the wood – each of which brings an additional unique layer to the paintings.

Now, the LA-based artist’s intricate and mysterious work is available in our

 

Brighton gallery, and online, as Kawasaki joins our artrepublic family of artists. We’re excited to be able to share a selection of her limited edition prints, including ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’, which are exclusive to artrepublic in Europe.

Using scrolled, turn of the 20th-century typography with a modern colour palette of soft pinks, turquoises and yellows – plus the woodgrain background – both ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’ draw upon the mysterious and marvellous space of the circus… and freaks shows.

From clowns and illusionists to contortionists and strongwomen, the characters and vintage glamour of the travelling show is pulled into the modern day via Kawasaki’s own brand of graphic design-meets-illustration – a style that forced her to abandon her studies at the Paris Institute in New York, where the focus was firmly on the conceptual.

Inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers, these two prints also subtly nod to the whimsical and fantastical nature of Japanese fashion culture, and have a fresh, tattoo-like feel to them too – something that hasn’t passed LA’s tattoo parloursby. Ink inspired by Kawasaki’s artwork have become an increasingly common sight on California’s streets (and beyond) in recent years, showing a style shift from the traditional pin-up to this more modern feminine form.


If you want to bring a playful hit of circus-style home with you, our exclusive limited editions are your only chance – unless you plan on visiting the US or Asia sometime soon! Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out this artist’s striking work online at artrepublic.com.

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‘Broadwaysted’ Gets Familial as Steve Plofsky Joins for this Holiday Episode

This week the Broadwaysted Crew is sitting down with a man who’s seen quite a lot of theater in his day–and a whole lot of Bruce Springsteen We’re pouring out wine and manischewitz after Passover dinner and sharing some laughs with DadoftheShow Steve Plofsky A self-proclaimed ‘tough critic,’ Steve spills about the Broadway shows that he’s enjoyed, the surprising productions that weren’t his cup of tea, and his memories taking a younger Bryan to the theatre.
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Female shooters are rare. YouTube attacker joins short list

As the investigation continues into why a female shooter opened fire at YouTube headquarters, data shows that it’s rare for women to carry out such shootings — making Tuesday’s incident unusual.


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Former Disney Channel Star Caroline Sunshine Joins President Trump’s White House Staff

Former Disney Channel star Caroline Sunshine is joining the White House press office in the role of press assistant, according to CNN.

From 2010 to 2013, Sunshine was in the Disney Channel show Shake It Up opposite Bella Thorne and Zendaya. Though she is best known for her acting career, it’s not her first job in politics.

Prior to this new role, the 22-year-old was a White House intern. She has also interned in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office, and has been involved in other various political organizations.

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Her new job comes as President Donald Trump’s White House has seen a series of departures — in just the last month, Gary Cohn resigned from his post as Chief Economic Adviser, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired, and H.R. McMaster former National Security Adviser, and Rex Tillerson former Secretary of State were ousted from their posts. On the last day of February Hope Hicks, former White House Communications Director, announced she was leaving the White House.

Cohn was replaced by CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow, McMaster Was replaced by Fox News contributor and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, and Tillerson was replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.


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Pitbull Joins Forces With NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises to Empower the Next Generation

Pitbull, 2017 Latin American Music AwardsPitbull is all about giving back, especially to his beloved community of Miami and its youth.
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Movie News: Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Michael Fassbender in ‘Kung Fury’

Movie News: Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Michael Fassbender in 'Kung Fury'

Kung Fury: Earlier this week, we heard that Michael Fassbender will be starring in Kung Fury and now comes word that Arnold Schwarzenegger (Killing Gunther, above) will be joining him in the action comedy. David Sandberg will direct the feature, which is a sequel to his short film, an homage to martial arts and police action thrillers made in the 1980s. Reportedly, Schwarzenegger will play the American president. [THR]

 

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Deborah Needleman Joins ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

Lots of editorial moves are afoot post-New York Fashion Week. The latest news comes from Harper’s Bazaar, which announced Thursday that it has brought on former T: The New York Times Style Magazine Editor in Chief Deborah Needleman. Her title, effective immediately according to a press release …

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Former L’Oréal Exec Joins AppNexus as VP of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Experience

L’Oréal’s former assistant vice president, Antoinette Hamilton, has been tapped for an entirely new position at AppNexus that will drive diversity, inclusion, and equality at the leading advertising tech company.

In a statement released Tuesday, AppNexus announced the appointment of Hamilton as its new vice president for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Experience. Under the new role, Hamilton will spearhead initiatives “to promote a diverse and inclusive global culture within AppNexus,” reads a press release. This includes leading talent recruitment, driving thought leadership, training employees, and strategizing best corporate practices. She will also be responsible for upholding accountability at the independent tech ad firm by tracking the company’s progress on D&I KPI metrics.

“AppNexus is deeply committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion,” said AppNexus founder and CEO Brian O’Kelley, in the statement. “It’s core to our success as a company. This commitment requires a proactive effort and a holistic view that accords respect to people of different backgrounds and perspectives.”

Hamilton joined L’Oréal USA in 2004 and was named director of Diversity and Inclusion in 2009. She continued to climb the corporate ladder at the billion-dollar beauty company, later being named as assistant vice president of Diversity & Inclusion in 2015. During her tenure, she helped create a culture of inclusion through training, recruitment, best practices, and business accountability for all L’Oréal USA divisions.

“Given her record of success at L’Oréal, Antoinette Hamilton brings a builder’s mentality to an end-to-end culture of inclusion. We’re thrilled to have a leader of her caliber and experience drive our D&I initiatives,” added O’Kelley.

Hamilton said she is looking forward to leading AppNexus’ global D&I approach. “AppNexus’ executive leadership shares a robust commitment to building a diverse and inclusive future for our company,” she said. “I am excited to join a company whose values are so intrinsically woven into their overall corporate strategy and which views diversity as a lever to propel the business forward.”

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Movie News: Selena Gomez Joins Robert Downey, Jr.’s ‘Doctor Dolittle’

Movie News: Selena Gomez Joins Robert Downey, Jr.'s 'Doctor Dolittle'

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle: Selena Gomez (Getaway, above) has joined the cast of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which will mix live-action humans and animated animals. Robert Downey, Jr. will star alongside Michael Sheen and Antonio Banderas in live-action roles; Gomez will voice an animal (not yet specified). Other animals will be voiced by Tom Holland, Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes. Stephen Gaghan (Gold) wrote the script and will direct the movie, which is scheduled for a theatrical…

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Former Adviser to President Barack Obama Joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a VP

A former adviser to President Barack Obama, Rick Wade, has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C as vice president of strategic alliances and outreach.

 

His new duties will include developing and implementing programs and initiatives to help the nation’s largest business advocacy group create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences in America. Additionally, Wade will provide counsel on policy issues and lead special projects at the chamber.

 

“Rick’s wealth of knowledge enables him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and to share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system. We’re excited to welcome him to our talented team,” stated Suzanne Clark, a senior executive vice president at the chamber.

 

Before joining the chamber, Wade was the founder and principal of The Wade Group, a global business consulting firm with offices in Columbia, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C.

 

He also was a senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for former Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. In that role, Wade helped to expand opportunities for U.S. companies to sell their products in markets worldwide. Wade was a liaison to businesses, trade associations, and civic organizations as well as state and local governments.

 

A former senior adviser to the 2008 Obama for America campaign, he is a current member of the Democratic National Committee. Wade is a former executive at Hoffman-La Roche and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. He also has professional experience at the South Carolina House of Representatives, Cabinet of the Governor, and the Government and Community Relations Office at the University of South Carolina.

 

Wade received his Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Benedict College and South Carolina State University.

 

The chamber claims it’s the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

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UNITE HERE Local 5 Joins Nationwide Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

HONOLULU —  UNITE HERE Local 5, which represents 1,900 Kaiser Permanente health care workers in Hawaii, has joined the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, AFL-CIO. UNITE HERE Local 5 workers include licensed practical nurses, ward clerks and other health care staff who provide care and service to Kaiser Permanente members at medical centers and offices throughout Hawaii.

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, AFL-CIO, represents nearly 120,000 health care workers from 32 locals nationwide, including the OPEIU Local 50/Hawaii Nurses Association. The coalition partners with Kaiser Permanente and Permanente medical groups in each region to form a Labor Management Partnership, an innovative model for labor relations.

“By joining the Coalition of Kaiser Unions, Local 5 members join with the Hawaii Nurses Association and 120,000 other unionized Kaiser professional employees all over the United States,” said Eric Gill, the union’s secretary-treasurer. “Through the Coalition, we now have new and valuable tools of partnership to work with Kaiser Permanente towards goals — like quality patient care and service — that both union and management people share, and to help ensure that Kaiser Permanente employees continue to set the standard for fair and competitive wages and benefits for Hawaii health care workers.”

The Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership is the largest and longest-lasting partnership of its kind in the country, established in 1997 as an integrated and strategic approach to contract negotiations and collaborative care delivery. All parties work together to improve the quality of care for Kaiser Permanente members while providing industry-leading wages and benefits to employees.

“We are pleased to create this partnership with UNITE HERE Local 5, whose members play an integral role in our health care team,” said Jean Melnikoff, vice president, Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our coalition partners have an active voice in strengthening care delivery decisions and work alongside our providers and health plan leaders to provide the highest levels of patient-centered care.”

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.7 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Joins Hawaii Public Health Institute to Focus on Public Health Priorities

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is supporting Hawaii Public Health Institute with a $ 80,000 community benefit grant to continue their mission of improving population health through policy, systems and environmental changes. HIPHI’s efforts to research, identify and advocate for public health priorities will improve the health and wellness of Hawaii residents by shaping policies and systems that affect them.

HIPHI has released its 2018 Public Health Forecast and Priority Legislation agenda identifying the state’s top public health concerns for the year. HIPHI’s public health agenda was developed in collaboration with partners and distributed to lawmakers and Gov. David Ige on opening day of the 2018 Hawaii state legislative session. The agenda identified tobacco prevention and control, healthy eating and active living, family health, population health, environmental health, economic justice, education and healthy workforce as areas of focus for lawmakers.

Among the top priorities are tobacco-related education and regulation, with a focus on electronic smoking devices and youth tobacco prevention. HIPHI’s activities surrounding tobacco prevention include a legislative informational briefing on electronic smoking devices; bills to tax and regulate these devices and introduce tobacco-free school buffer zones; and an educational video on the dangers of tobacco and vaping. Priority legislation for HIPHI also includes promoting healthy beverages in children’s restaurant meals and establishing positions in the Department of Education to implement a Farm to School program.

“After listening to our stakeholders, conducting extensive research and analyzing policies from different states, we are excited to introduce our first public health legislative agenda and collaborate with lawmakers this session,” said Jessica Yamauchi, executive director of Hawaii Public Health Institute. “With so many issues to tackle, we’re grateful for the support of Kaiser Permanente and our partners as we work together to shape policies that will have a positive impact on our community.”

“HIPHI brings together community organizations, government officials, business leaders and researchers in support of a common goal: to improve overall health and wellness in Hawaii,” said Frank Richardson, vice president and regional counsel, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Its mission aligns with our efforts to address the most critical health issues facing our community today.”

About Hawaii Public Health Institute
Hawaii Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is a non-profit hub for health, bringing community-based organizations, government, academia, foundations and business together to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii. HIPHI collaborates on a variety of issues that impact health, including transportation, education, access to healthy food and economic opportunity. Learn more at: hiphi.org

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Kaiser Permanente currently serves 11.7 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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President Nicolas Maduro at a barricade set up on a road in Caracas on
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that many see as a power grab by the unpopular President Maduro. The
dire economic situation also has stirred deep bitterness as people
struggle with skyrocketing inflation and shortages of food and medicine.

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Shepard Fairey Joins Emerson Collective in Support of DREAM Act

Shepard Fairey is joining the Emerson Collective to support an immigration program protecting people who were brought to the U.S. as children that’s embroiled in the impending government shutdown.
The artist and Obey Giant founder released an updated version of his popular “We the People” print featuring a woman wearing a shirt with an eagle eating a rattlesnake, a symbol of Mexico, to read “Dream Act Now!” Emerson Collective, a nonprofit focused on social justice founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, a philanthropist and widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, is encouraging supporters to get the prints, being given away for free, in hopes that they will spur Congressional action and be used during the upcoming Women’s March.

Shepard Fairey’s revised poster in support of legislation to promote young immigrants. 

Emerson Collective also collaborated at the end of last year with Virgil Abloh of Off-White on a T-shirt reading “We Are All Dreamers” that was worn and promoted by a number of celebrities and high-profile fashion figures. Jessica Chastain, Ellen Degeneres, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Goldie Hawn, Selena Gomez, Naomi Campbell Grace Coddington and even Barbara Bush, daughter of former Republican president George Bush, have all promoted and worn the shirts.

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FBI Joins Search to Find Missing 16-Year-Old Twin from Virginia

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The FBI has joined in on the search for a missing Virginia teenager reports WUSA 9.

Sixteen-year-old twin Jholie Moussa of Alexandria, VA was last seen by her family on Friday afternoon when she left home for a party. They have not heard from her since. Moussa’s mother Syreeta Hill said local police initially refused to help look for the teenager because she could be a runaway.

 

When Fairfax County police finally did aide in the search for the Mount Vernon High School 10th grader, they spoke with approximately 20 of her friends. Some of them claimed they have been in contact with Moussa. Detectives said the majority of her friends have not been very cooperative.

But the family has also taken matters into their own hands. They are using social media to get others involved in the search for Moussa and are receiving floods of support. Over 21,000 people have joined the Facebook group Bring Jholie Home. Moussa’s mother and twin sister Zhane have posted a number of videos pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

“This is day 6 and I’ve never been away from my sister this long,” Zhane said in a Wednesday video urging young women and men to use social media to spread the word about her missing twin.

Local police said they have no proof Moussa is in immediate danger. But her family told FOX 5 they are confident she has not run away.

Hill said her daughter is 5’2” and 105 lbs and wearing long blond braids. She was last seen in torn blue jeans, a black and white plaid shirt, black Uggs with bows on the back and a black puffy jacket with brown fur on the hood. Moussa also has an infinity tattoo bearing she and her sister’s first names on her arm.

The family is urging anyone who may have Moussa to simply return her home.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 703-691-2131, the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or at https://tips.fbi.gov.

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Movie News: Russell Crowe Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Bad Times at the El Royale'

Bad Times at the El Royale: Russell Crowe (The Mummy, above) has joined the cast of Bad Times at the El Royale. Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges star in the thriller, which is set at a hotel in Lake Tahoe. Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) wrote the original screenplay and will direct. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on October 5. [Cinema Blend]

 

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Jonathan Anderson Joins Forces Again With Alasdair McLellan

TAKE TWO: Jonathan Anderson packed photographer Alasdair McLellan off to Northern Ireland for their second collaboration on the designer’s Workshops line, a series of monthly collaborations between Anderson and a lineup of fellow creatives that he calls “kindred spirits,” the fruits of which are available at a retail space next to the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, London.
“I love doing [these collaborations] because it’s my micro-project and more about accessibility and the idea of trying to bring a newness of the time in a way that is actually personal to me,” Anderson told WWD. “This shop is an experiment for me, it was always meant to be, we are now embarking on a new year of working with different ceramist, poets, artists, photographers and archives.”
Within this McLellan collaboration are items including T-shirts, key rings, mugs, stickers, puzzles, badges and posters featuring exclusive photographs by him of models and Northern Irish landscapes.

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“Alasdair went to Northern Ireland, where I come from, and he shot all the different landmarks that I knew as a kid. The Mourne Mountains, the Giant’s Causeway, the Falls Road…” said Anderson, adding that this was far from McLellan’s first foray into Ireland.
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Meghan Markle Joins Royal Family Christmas Celebrations

NEW TRADITIONS: Meghan Markle is spending her first Christmas with the British royals after she became engaged to Prince Harry in November.
Markle joined members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sandringham, the Queen’s country home in Norfolk.
The family attended the traditional Christmas Day church service on the estate and chatted with members of the public who also attended.
As per tradition on the evening before, the family gathered for afternoon tea, followed by a black-tie dinner and the opening of presents.
On Monday, Markle arrived on Prince Harry’s arm wearing by the Canadian label Sentaler. She paired it with a velvet dress, tan suede boots by Stuart Weitzman, a Chloe ‘Pixie’ bag and a hat in the same shade. She was joined by the Duchess, who wore a black fur hat and a plaid coat by Miu Miu.
British media reports also pointed out that Prince Harry is once again breaking with tradition, as in the past royal partners had to wait until they were married before joining the family’s Christmas celebrations.
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Venom: Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, above) has joined the cast of Venom, reuniting with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Reportedly, Harrelson will play "a henchman of sorts." Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Riz Ahmed star in the action adventure, which is now in production. It's scheduled for release on October 5, 2018. [Variety]

 

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Home Run King Giancarlo Stanton Joins New York Yankees

Major League Baseball's tectonic plates moved early Saturday morning as the Miami Marlins reached a deal to send star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees,

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Lou Doillon Joins Forces With & Other Stories as Muse

LOU’S NEW NARRATIVE: As far as family lineage goes, Lou Doillon’s tends to supersede her own biography. That’s the deal when your mother is the style icon Jane Birkin, your father is the prolific director Jacques Doillon and your half-sister is the actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. Now with the help of & Other Stories, Lou Doillon is writing her own narrative by serving as the muse for the retailer’s Celebration collection.
The raven-haired actress, musician and model has helped & Other Stores’ Paris atelier come up with reimagined classics. Having always been influenced by men’s style in the Seventies, Doillon said, “This was a very easy shoot for me, as the style of this collection was very close to mine. I’m really into the velvet suit with the white shirt.”
Photographed by Edouard Plongeon at Le Trianon Theater in the 18th arrondissement, where Doillon staged one of her first performances, the shots include ones of her playing the piano and strumming a guitar. The musical photos may also serve as a precursor for her third album, which will be out next year. Earlier this month she took to the stage with former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley and John Grant for three concerts.
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Award-Winning Media Exec Amy DuBois Barnett Joins Bryon Allen’s Entertainment Studios and theGrio

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Media executive and award-winning writer Amy DuBois Barnett has been named executive vice president of Digital at Entertainment Studios Inc. as well as the chief content officer of the company’s digital media platform theGrio.

 

Amy DuBois Barnett (Image: Instagram/AmyDuBoisBarnett)

 

DuBois Barnett, who was a featured speaker at the BLACK ENTERPRISE 2016 Women of Power Summit, has held senior positions at a number of leading publications. Most recently, she helped lead the development and launch of ESPN’s off-shoot The Undefeated, which premiered in 2014. Prior to ESPN, DuBois Barnett was editor-in-chief of Ebony, where she helped restructure the iconic lifestyle magazine and revamped its website. DuBois Barnett also served as the deputy editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, where she was responsible for overseeing both print and digital editorial teams and helped re-launch the brand’s digital platform. At the beginning of her career, she was editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Honey magazine. During her stint, she landed one of the last interviews with Aaliyah before the singer’s untimely death in 2001. From there, she went on to become the managing editor of Teen People.

Bryon Allen, the founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios, which acquired theGrio in June 2016, praised DuBois Barnett and alluded that the company plans to continue to expand.

“With our motion picture, cable, broadcast television, and digital platform divisions expanding at such a rapid pace, we are totally committed to exploring additional opportunities for acquisitions, content production, and building our assets worldwide,” said Allen in a statement released Thursday. “Amy DuBois Barnett is the perfect addition to our global media company. We are thrilled to have her join our team, and to lead the expansion of theGrio.”

DuBois Barnett, who will report to the Entertainment Studios headquarters in Los Angeles, said she is excited about her new role and helping theGrio expand its reach through digital video production.

“Byron Allen has been breaking ground in the entertainment business for years, and now that he has set his sights on digital media, this is an ideal time to join his company. I am excited by the challenge of taking theGrio, Entertainment Studios’ first digital acquisition, to the next level,” said DuBois Barnett. “I will be focused on creating the dominant video-centric hub for African American perspectives—and on developing a larger digital strategy for ES.”

DuBois Barnett is also the author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated advice book, Get Yours: How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More.

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Erika Sanchez joins MashReads with her lauded debut novel ‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’

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Growing up with strict familial expectations is hard, especially with a seemingly “perfect” older sibling. But if that sibling were to suddenly and tragically pass away, that gulf between yourself and your family could seem impassable. 

That’s the central struggle of Erika Sanchez‘ powerful new novel,  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The book follows Julia, who is not the perfect Mexican daughter. That was her sister Olga’s role. Olga didn’t go away to college — she stayed home to take care of their parents, clean the house, and work a part-time job.  Read more…

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Eva Marcille Joins ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ For Upcoming Season

While the announcement of  Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak Biermann returning to the Real Housewives of Atlanta stirred up much anticipation for the upcoming tenth season, Bravo just dropped an even juicier bomb. According to E! News, model and entrepreneur Eva Marcille will be joining the cast. Many are familiar with Marcille as the winner of cycle 3 of America’s Next […]

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Movie News: Paul Bettany Joins Han Solo Movie

Movie News: Paul Bettany Joins Han Solo Movie

Han Solo: Director Ron Howard shared a photo of actor Paul Bettany (Captain America: Civil War, above) on the set of the Han Solo movie (below) and captioned it: "The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder." Bettany replied: "It's a dream come true." One report claimed he has replaced Michael K. Williams, who was not available for reshoots, while another report says he's playing a new character. [Slashfilm/Deadline]

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Some Popular Games Will Be Left Out If Esports Joins The Olympics

The electronic competition sector has been blasting off in popularity, so much so that it even managed to catch the eye of the Olympic committee. However, not every game — even the most popular ones — will be considered for the Olympics, even if eSports gets the green light.

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Mayweather Joins All-Black Billionaire’s Club; Here Are the Other Members

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The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match was more than just surprisingly competitive and compelling. It also made Mayweather the only boxing champ to score a remarkable 50-0 record and is projected to catapult the superstar fighter into in an elite class of athletes who’ve earned over $ 1 billion during their career.

 

Floyd “Money” Mayweather

 

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According to Forbes, “the money fight” will likely gross around $ 700 million, making it the richest fight in boxing history. The exact amount of revenue will be confirmed later on this week once details about the pay-per-view sales are disclosed.

Meanwhile, Mayweather, who has generated $ 700 million in his career, is slated to earn $ 300 million from that one night, which would tip his career earnings to $ 1 billion. Here’s a breakdown of how the richest boxer of all time has made money.

After this fight, Mayweather would become the third professional athlete to reach this extraordinary benchmark following Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. Here’s a look at how these two world-class athletes earned $ 1 billion, along with a breakdown of why LeBron James will likely join this exclusive club.

 

Michael Jordan

 

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Although Jordan is regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, he only made about $ 90 million during his stellar career in the NBA. However, thanks to lucrative endorsements, like his lifetime deal with Nike, and big investments, like his purchase of the Charlotte Hornets, he was added to the Forbes $ 1 billion list in 2015, for the first time. Today, his net worth is estimated at $ 1.2 billion. Here’s how Forbes calculates his earnings:

He was the NBA’s highest-paid player only twice during his 15-year career. His total career playing salary was $ 90 million, but Jordan has earned another $ 1.3 billion (pre-tax) from corporate partners since he left U. of North Carolina in 1984. His biggest backer has always been Nike, which generates nearly $ 3 billion in annual revenue from the Jordan Brand. Nike commands 90% of the U.S. basketball shoe market, with the Jordan Brand representing more than half of that. MJ also maintains his longtime endorsement relationships with Gatorade, Hanes and Upper Deck. His biggest single investment is his 90% stake in the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. When he bought a majority stake in 2010, the team was valued at $ 175 million. It is now worth $ 780 million. He also owns seven restaurants and a car dealership.

 

Tiger Woods

 

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Woods’ became the first billionaire in sports back in 2009. However, his stock and public persona took a major hit following his notorious sex scandal in 2009. As a result, the iconic golfer lost big endorsement deals. Plus, he has failed to win a major tournament since 2008. His net worth currently stands around $ 740 million.

 

 

LeBron James

 

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The next athlete projected to join the club is King James, himself. In 2016, James signed a mega lifetime deal with Nike worth more than $ 1 billion. He also has endorsement deals with Coca-Cola, Verizon, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, and Microsoft. He received a big payout as an owner of Beats Headphone in 2015 when the company was acquired by Apple. As a result, he made roughly $ 30 million. In addition, he and his longtime friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, own 17 franchise restaurants and a production company. 

Today, James’ net worth is estimated to be $ 400 million, however, with his business acumen, it will only be a matter of time before he reaches billionaire status. 

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Latest on the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club (all times local):

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Kevin Kisner now has a share of the lead with Thorbjorn Olesen in the PGA Championship.

Kisner birdied three of his last five holes at Quail Hollow for a 4-under 67. He finished with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

It was the best score of the afternoon as the greens became faster by the hour. As the first round was headed for a conclusion, only 14 players managed to shoot in the 60s.

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African American Business Magnate Joins Senator on Mission to Maximize Our 401(k)s

With retirement savings being a key wealth-creating tool, black workers can use some help from Uncle Sam to build up their future nest egg.

That conclusion comes as reports claim that Americans have already lost $ 2 trillion collectively in savings by not transferring 401(k) retirement accounts from one employer to another.

Robert L. Johnson, chairman of The RLJ Cos., a portfolio of companies with holdings in several industries, including the RLJ McLarty Landers Holdings L.L.C., the the highest-earning black-owned auto company with revenues of $ 1.6 million and ranked No. 1 on the 2017 BE Auto 50 list) and majority owner of Retirement Clearinghouse, is among those supporting Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, for his leadership to reduce retirement plan leakage.

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In a letter to Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta, Scott and 10 Republican senators are requesting that the DOL allow for the usage of 401(k) auto portability. That transaction would allow workers to move 401(k) savings from an existing job to a new job, something they cannot do now.

Advocates Request Feedback

 

The letter precisely asks the DOL to offer an advisory opinion or other guidance clarifying the application of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to auto-portability of retirement savings. The senators pointed out that a similar request was sent to the DOL in April 2013.

“We are concerned that the continued delay of the Department’s AO is a hurdle to the implementation of a workable, market-based solution that will help our constituents prepare for their retirement.” They stated further, “Without the DOL’s guidance, plan sponsors and others lack clarity around what can be done under the law to facilitate auto portability.”

The stakes are high on the retirement issue. The letter cites research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute that systemwide use of auto portability for all retirement balances could boost private-sector savings by about $ 2 trillion. It states halting leakage from smaller accounts alone would save $ 1.5 trillion.

Big 401(k) Problem: Millions of Americans Change Jobs Each Year

 

About 14 million Americans on average change jobs each year, with about 40% opting to “cash out” their 401(k)s instead of shifting those funds to another retirement account, Scott says.  He added these “cash outs” incur penalties and taxes, leading to a $ 70 billion annual loss in savings. The highest “cash out” rate occurs with workers with the smallest account balances, those that are $ 5,000 or less. In many cases, those workers are black.

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Aiming to prevent that from happening, the  letter states “reducing leakage and consolidating low-dollar accounts through the greater  use of auto portability will set millions of working Americans on a better path to a secure retirement.” Scott believes that his auto portability option could result in more than 2 million employees opting to keep their savings in retirement accounts instead of “cashing out” and incurring losses,” something that could hurt them financially as they approach retirement.

In response, a DOL spokesman said, “The Department welcomes new ideas on ways to help America’s workers manage their retirement accounts as they change jobs in today’s  mobile economy. We have been working with company representatives on their request for an advisory opinion or other guidance, and will continue to do so.”

Retirement-Focused Trade Groups Back Petition

 

Several trade groups endorse Scott’s letter, including the American Retirement Association, American Benefits Council, Financial Services Roundtable, Investment Company Institute, Insured Retirement Institute, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

Effort Could Help Narrow Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites

 

One of Johnson‘s companies, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Retirement Clearinghouse, offers employee retirement transition services and is an authority on auto portability. Johnson has been a leading proponent of closing the wealth gap between blacks and whites, using auto portability as one of the ways to accomplish that.

“As a businessman committed to finding business solutions to social problems and an employer of minority workers, I know firsthand the importance of retirement savings to close the wealth gap,” Johnson said in a statement. “I am calling upon Secretary Acosta to demonstrate President Trump’s commitment to improving the economic status of minority Americans by issuing an Advisory Opinion on auto portability. ”

“By doing so, the Secretary will demonstrate to African Americans, as I urged the president to do so last Fall, what African Americans stand to gain from a Trump administration. Over the coming generation, auto portability will preserve more than $ 480 billion in savings for low-wage working Americans and more than $ 698 billion in savings for all minority workers.”

 

 

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‘Complicit Ivanka’ Johansson Joins Alec Baldwin For Final ‘SNL’ Hallelujah

The entire “White House” crew of “Saturday Night Live” gathered, one by one, around Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump at the piano for a soulful rendition of a last “Hallelujah” on the finale of one of the most memorable and politically charged seasons of the 42-year series.

At the lyric “I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya,” Baldwin took his hands from the piano keys but the piano continued to play. Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway held up crossed fingers.

The cold-open “Hallejulah” was part of an episode that wrapped up a season of skewering the White House. It could have been a farewell to the besieged Trump administration — or it may have marked Baldwin’s last turn at playing the president.

Gathered around the piano were the Grim Reaper playing Steve Bannon, and Mikey Day and Alex Moffatt’s dopey Trump brothers. Cecily Strong turned up as first lady Melania Trump and Scarlett Johansson was back as daughter Ivanka in a gold lame gown from her March skit plugging her perfume Complicit (”a fragrance for the woman who could stop all this — but won’t”).

Beck Bennett was Vice President Mike Pence — instead of his usual Vladimir Putin — and Aidy Bryant stood in for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Putin was represented by the Russian flag pin on Baldwin’s lapel.)

The song came full circle from the “SNL” episode following the presidential election when McKinnon sadly sat at the same piano to sing the song to honor the late Leonard Cohen — and lament the electoral loss of Hillary Clinton. “I’m not giving up, and neither should you,” McKinnon told her audience then.

This time Baldwin wrapped up his “Hallelujah” and declared: “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong… but I can’t speak for these people.”

The episode was bittersweet, as it remains unclear if Baldwin plans to return as Trump after this season. He has said the role was getting depressing because of the “maliciousness” of the administration, and worried that people won’t be amused much longer by the president. “If everything stays the same in the country… I don’t think people will be in the mood to laugh about it,” he said in March.

But he has since left the door slightly ajar to the possibility of returning. “Look, I’d love to keep doing this per my availability, but I have other things I’m going to do, so I guess we’ll figure it out,” Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter last week.

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What American Idol Rumors? Kelly Clarkson Joins The Voice As a Coach

American Idol rumors, be gone! Kelly Clarkson is joining The Voice.

In an announcement on Thursday, NBC revealed that the Grammy winner is set to be one of the coaches for season 14 of the reality singing competition series.

“I’m so excited to join The Voice at NBC,” Clarkson, 35, said in a statement. “We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now.”

Continued the star, who’s joining veteran judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine: “I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special. I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they’ve needed to break into the industry. Watch out Shelton, I’m comin’ to win!!”

Shelton, 40, also took to Facebook Live on Thursday to announce the exciting news with his close pal.

“Hey! I’m finally not knocked up and I can join your show!” teased Clarkson after Shelton FaceTimed her. “I know, my gosh, can you stop getting pregnant every five minutes please?” joked Shelton.

“I know I’m done having children, so now I can join The Voice,” Clarkson shot back. “I’m excited. I’ve been excited. Blake was telling y’all I’ve been excited about this for a few years now … the timing hasn’t been right.”

As Voice fans know, Shelton has been the long-reigning champ of country singers on the show, but it looks like Clarkson is about to give Shelton a run for his money.

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“I just want Blake to know that I know he’s been on the show before and like showed maybe an award or two to show what he could do, so I just thought y’all I’d show you a few of my accolades. My peers love me. The people love me,” said Clarkson, while showing off all of her awards, including her 2011 CMA award for Musical Event of the Year.

“I’m just saying you’re not the only one bringing country people. What!” added Clarkson with a laugh. “I’m to win! I am excited. You know, I love The Voice. I can’t wait to turn a chair.”

Joked Shelton: “If you can just make it through a year without getting pregnant that would be great for all of us. Okay? Just try that.”

Clarkson, who is also in the studio working on her upcoming album, joins a star-studded list of coaches. On Wednesday, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson will be one of the season 13 judges, along with Shelton, Levine and Miley Cyrus. (According to the network, a fourth coach for season 14 will be named at a later date.)

“Kelly has been a part of ‘The Voice’ family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is. We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Voice.’”

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

 


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Nicole Kidman Joins Keith Urban On The Grammys Red Carpet

Hollywood royalty graces the Grammys red carpet.

Nicole Kidman stunned as she posed for photos with Keith Urban at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday. The 47-year-old actress wore tight black dress with patterned cutouts, while her husband rocked a black blazer over a black t-shirt.

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Urban, the country crooner and “American Idol” judge, is nominated for two Grammys this year — one for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his song with Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up,” and another for Best Country Solo Performance for the hit “Cop Car,” off of the album “Fuse.”
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