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At Marie Claire HQ, we’re kicking off 2018 in hugely exciting fashion by launching our first ever athleisure range – meet Marie Claire Sport.

Tapping into our stylist’s inimitable fashion expertise and our Editor-in-Chief’s unique understanding of what women really want to work out in, we’ve created 19 scientifically crafted pieces that fit, flatter and, thanks to the technological fabric, help you to get the most out of your workout.

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Including stylish, cropped lightweight jackets as well as easy to wear basics in simple mix & match hues, the range is made using innovative performance stretch materials that mould to your body’s shape and can technically support a truly active lifestyle. Because who said you can’t look good while you smash your fitness goals?

From leggings, t-shirts, crops and jackets, we’ve got all your bases covered, with pieces starting at just £35 for a bra top. And the best bit? Everything is priced well under the £100 mark, because we know that stylish and functional sportswear needn’t cost the earth.

So, what are you waiting for? Happy shopping!

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Everything You Need to Know About Curling for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Curling is our strange quadrennial winter sports obsession. Depending on one’s taste, it’s either a compelling chess match on ice, or glorified shuffleboard with no proper place in a global sporting spectacle. But once the opening ceremonies of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics begin on Feb. 9, you — or someone you encounter regularly — will suddenly start caring about curling. You know, that winter Olympic sport with the stones and the brooms and that dartboard-looking-thing on the TV.

For NBCUniversal, the Olympics broadcaster, curling is a consistent ratings winner. CNBC goes from picking stocks to sweeping rocks during the Games, as the network will air hours of evening curling coverage during the Olympics.

So it pays to know the basics of the sport. Here’s what you need to know about curling’s rules, positions, scoring, equipment and more:

What is the history of curling?

The origin of curling traces back to 16th century Scotland, where the sport was played on frozen ponds and lochs. The first recorded match took place around 1541: a Scottish notary recorded a challenge between a monk at Paisley Abbey and a relative of the abbott. Scottish immigrants spread the sport to North America: the first Canadian curling club opened in Montreal in 1807, and the first American club appeared in Pontiac, Mich. in 1828. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club in Scotland, the so-called “mother club” of curling, wrote the first official curling rules in 1838.

Curling first appeared as a medal sport at the 1924 Olympics in Chamonix, France. Only the men held a tournament, and Great Britain won gold (the entire team was Scottish). Curling made five appearances as an Olympic demonstration sport — in Lake Placid in 1932, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936, Innsbruck in 1964, Calgary in 1988 and Albertville in 1992 — before the sport was added to the Olympic program in Nagano in 1998. Since 1998, Canada has won three Olympic golds in curling on the men’s side — including the last three — while Switzerland and Norway each won one. Both Canada and Sweden have earned two women’s gold medals in curling; Great Britain won the women’s gold in 2002.

Olympic curling stones weigh between 38 and 44 pounds; the granite is harvested from Ailsa Craig, an island off the west coast of Scotland that resembles, from a distance, a curling stone.

How do you play curling and what are the rules?

A key driver of curling’s appeal is its relative simplicity. Though the sport may have unfamiliar terms, and thus seem complicated, it’s actually pretty easy to follow.

A curling match consist of 10 ends, which are equivalent to innings in baseball. In each end, the four players on both teams alternate throwing stones. The lead throws first, followed by the second, then the third — or vice-skip — then finally, the skip. Each of the four players on the competing teams throws two stones per end, for a total of 16 stones. The “skip” is the most important player on the team. The skip not only throws the last stone in an end — which often determines the scoring — but also directs the overall strategy.

To execute a shot, a curler pushes a foot off the hack, a piece of rubber akin to a starting block. The curler slides across the ice, or sheet, to the hog line, and must release the stone before it touches the line. The stone then heads for the house — the area with four concentric circles on the other side of the sheet that loosely resembles a dartboard. The house is the scoring area.

How does curling scoring work?

Only one team can score during a curling end. The team with the most stones closest to the curling bullseye — the button — is awarded points. So if, after 16 stones are thrown, Team A has a stone right on the button, and Team B has a stone a few feet off the button, Team A scores a point. If Team A had one stone on the button and a stone a few feet off the button, while Team B had a stone on the outer edge of the house, Team A scores two points.

The team that fails to score in an end gets the hammer, or the advantage of throwing the last stone, in the next end. If no stones remain in the house after an end, no points are awarded: the team with the hammer in a scoreless, or blank, end retains the hammer in the subsequent end. The team with the most points after 10 ends wins the match.

What’s with the curling brooms?

After a curler throws a stone, his or her teammates will often start sweeping the ice in front the stone as it glides down the ice. Why is sweeping the activity that requires the most exertion in this particular Olympic sport? Physics! The sweeping warms the ice and reduces friction, allowing the stone to travel farther and straighter. Depending on the path of the stone and its intended target, a team’s skip will instruct the other curlers to either start sweeping like a teen whose parents are returning home early to an illicit house party, or to lift their brooms.

What’s new for curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

A mixed doubles tournament! Olympic organizers have added a mixed doubles curling event to the PyeongChang program to complement the men’s and women’s competitions. Mixed doubles curling teams consist of just two players — a woman and a man — instead of the usual four players per team. Matches are eight ends long, not 10, and the two players alternate throwing five stones per end instead of eight: one player throws the first and last stones, while the other throws the second, third, and fourth rocks.

Mixed doubles adds a wrinkle. A sixth stone for each team isn’t thrown, but set on the ice before the start of the end. The stone of one team is positioned in the middle of the ice, guarding the house, while the other team’s stone is set in the house, near the button. The team with the hammer decides where the stone is positioned; if the team places its stone as the guard, however, the other team gets to take the last shot of the end.

Once per game — but not in tie-breaking “extra ends” — the mixed doubles team with the hammer can decide to exercise a “power play.” In the power play, the pre-positioned stones are shifted to the side.

In a perfect world, would curling power plays involve broomstick fighting and a penalty box like they do in hockey, rather than moving rocks around? Probably. But a more genteel game will do just fine. Mixed doubles scoring is the same as the traditional curling game. The team with the most stones closest to the button earns the points in that end.

Who are the American curling competitors at the Olympics?

For the third consecutive Olympics, John Shuster, 35, will serve as skip for the U.S. men’s team. He’s the first American men’s curler to make four Olympic squads; Shuster, a Chisholm, Minnesota native, was lead for the 2006 Olympic team that won bronze in Torino. Shuster’s Olympic skip record isn’t so sterling. Faced with high expectations after the 2006 bronze medal, the Americans finished last in Vancouver and ninth in Sochi.

Joining Shuster on the team are John Landsteiner — who competed with Shuster in Sochi — Tyler George and Matt Hamilton. Hamilton’s sister, Becca, made the U.S. women’s team, joining fellow first-time Olympians Nina Roth — the team’s skip — Tabitha Peterson and Aileen Geving.

The Hamilton siblings, who hail from McFarland, Wisconsin, will be busy in PyeongChang. Older brother Matt, 28, and sister Becca, 27, will represent the U.S. in mixed doubles.

Millions will be watching their PyeongChang power play.

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Everything You Need To Know About ‘PUBG’s Zombies Mode

PUBG Zombies is a bit of an oddity. Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene’s original vision of a Battle Royale spawned from his desire to speed up the combat-focused parts of DayZ — a game ostensibly about surviving a zombie apocalypse. To make his vision a reality, he removed the zombies (and made dozens of other tweaks). It’s ironic, then, that so many players find themselves drawn to a PUBG mode which adds the shuffling undead back into the game.

Of course, there’s a twist here. The zombies in PUBG Zombies are controlled by players, not AI, and they drop alongside the humans. If you’re a human, you have to kill all the zombies — and there’s a lot of them. If you’re a zombie, you simply have to kill the humans. The mode itself started as a bit of a hack — though not the bad kind — and has grown into something of a phenomenon itself.

How To Play ‘PUBG’ Zombies

Getting into a game of Zombies is super easy, although it relies on there being a custom game available.

All you need to do, when at the main menu for PUBG, is click Custom Games and sort by Zombies in the filter. You should be able to see any available Zombies games — click on one from the list and you’re off and running.

Bear in mind, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get to play as a human. It’s actually one of the problems with the mode in the eyes of Twitch streamer Stabbies, a PUBG Partner and the OCE region’s pre-eminent PUBG shoutcaster. Stabbies runs Customs games for Oceanic players on the regular, changing the rules of PUBG to create wildly varied game experiences. Modes like Demo Derby — where players only have cars — and Western War — where participants are limited to Win 94s and Revolvers — are extremely popular. But Stabbies has a firm rule against running Zombies as a mode.

“It’s fun, but it’s pretty boring if you’re a zombie,” Stabbies explained. “The rhythm of the game is thrown. In a regular game a lot of people drop down, gather loot and then all converge into a circle. But for Zombies that rhythm is ruined. You can’t loot as a zombie, it’s hard to communicate with other zombies and it’s generally not a lot of fun if you land near the survivors early and can’t form a giant horde with [your undead teammates].”

How To Play As A Zombie

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play Zombies, by any means. If you’re all about those brains, there’s a bunch of fun to be had. You just have to work for it. If you’re playing on the Zombies team, press Ctrl-T until it says “Voice Chat Unmuted” so you can hear your teammates. Try to get them to land somewhere central — School or Pecado are good options on each map. Zombies can’t use vehicles, so the closer to the middle of the map you are, the less time you’ll have to spend travelling to get into the circle.

If there are vehicles — the host can turn them off, but probably won’t — punch out the tyres by crouching next to them and hitting. It’s something to do, but it also restricts the Human player’s options when they come near.

You’ll probably have to make your own fun for a little while. The humans probably won’t come close until they absolutely have to — when the circle forces them to. Try to follow crates if you can — when you’re unarmed any weapon is powerful, but an M249 is more powerful than most.

When they come close, remember your strength is in numbers. While some of the zombies are bee-lining straight at the humans, see if you can predict where they’re going to run next and try to cut them off. If they manage to knock you, try to find a space where your teammates can get you back up — just like you would in regular PUBG.

Most importantly, have fun. You’re a zombie, just a cell in a larger organism. Victory comes when the humans die, regardless of whether or not you are the one who gets the kills — all the cells win when the organism wins.

How To Play As A Human

Right off the bat, you should know that as it currently works you’re unlikely to get to play as a Human in a Zombies mode custom game. Generally the lobby host will set it up so that they can control who plays on the human side — although very rarely you’ll find some true open lobbies. As custom game controls become more robust, hosts will ideally be able to assign people to certain teams for doing well as zombies and other things.

If you do manage to play as a Human, there’s a few things to keep in mind! Don’t carry too many heals, first of all. Once you start to really get hit by the swarm of zombies, your opportunities to stop will be near non-existent, so you’re really just wasting space carrying every First Aid Kit you can find. Instead, grab every bit of ammo you can. In regular PUBG, any of the other 96-99 players on the map could kill your enemies for you, but in Zombies only your squad can stop the Zombies menace.

Even if you think you got enough ammo, you probably didn’t. That moment when you realise you have to ration your ammunition — that you’ve been wasting it on speculative pot shots from a distance — that’s when the panic sets in.

When the swarm is upon you, be sure to juke as if your life depends on it — because it basically does. You can throw a few zombies off if you about face and run back at them for a few moments before continuing on your way. If you unequip your weapons until you’re going to use them, you run faster (which is also good to know for when you’re chasing the circle in regular PUBG).

The other key thing to do when playing as a Human is to realise that you’re only going to have fun if the Zombies are having fun. If you go in with the idea of victory as your key goal, and you play it like you’re chasing a chicken dinner, you’ll find the Zombies are more reluctant to return for another game. If you restrict yourself and your crew to only using vehicles for transport, or to not wearing armour, or ditching the 8x scopes, the zombies won’t feel like they’re completely out of options.

“You almost have to role-play it,” Stabbies said about playing as a Human. As a PUBG Partner he’s able to set up a Zombies Custom match, and the games we played together as humans were populated in seconds. “You don’t want it to be boring for the zombies [players] so you have to hold back. Everyone can have a good time [that way].”

The games he set up restricted us to just the Western War weapons, with the addition of sniper rifles. The only Automatic weapons available were the VSS, the Glock and anything we might get out of a crate — although Zombies flocked to the crates every time.

In our games, we didn’t finish zombies off until the last few circles, essentially rewarding the cheeky players who tried to attack us early with a second chance. We hopped out of our vehicles to fight, we ran for our lives when we had to, and it was obvious we were never going to win. But the Zombies seemed to have fun, and even though we didn’t win, so did we.

One other thing worth doing is turning off ReShade — which you’ll have on if you followed our guide. Something about the normal palette of colours in PUBG lends itself very well to the Zombie apocalypse. You can also fiddle with ReShade settings in-game to make things a bit more apocalyptic if you want — although make sure you save your settings for when you return to the regular game!

PUBG Zombies can be fun, but it requires a certain attitude from all involved. When everyone is in that mindset, it’s chaotic and terrifying — but for now those experiences can be few and far between. Fortunately there are dozens of other Custom Games happening at any time — maybe you’re better off checking those out instead! If you’re in OCE, try out Stabbies stream – he plays a heap of other games as well.

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Justin Timberlake Is Your 2018 Super Bowl Performer. Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

Justin Timberlake will take to the Super Bowl Halftime Show’s stage in Minneapolis this year, marking his third time singing at the annual NFL playoff event. P!nk, meanwhile, will be performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” before kickoff on Feb. 4 at U.S Bank Stadium. He follows last year’s high-flying Lady Gaga and 2016’s Coldplay as headliner for the show.

Timberlake first sang at Super Bowl XXXV back in 2001 during the heyday of beloved boyband *NSYNC. The quintet rocked out to perennial favorite “It’s Gonna Be Me” alongside Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Britney Spears and others. Soon after launching his solo career, he graced the stage as one of the lineup of stars MTV recruited for 2004’s Super Bowl XXXVIII show — which also famously featured Janet Jackson. At the end of Timberlake’s performance of “Rock Your Body,” he famously ripped off Jackson’s breastplate, exposing her to the nation — and the millions watching — in an incident that would be subsequently coined “Nipplegate” and drawn out in an extended legal battle involving Jackson, the FCC, CBS and Viacom. Timberlake apologized for the controversial “wardrobe malfunction.”

Now, Timberlake is back for round three. And he’s got new music to promote: he just released his latest single, “Filthy,” on Jan. 5 and is following it up with his third solo album, Man of the Woods, due out just days before the Super Bowl. on Feb. 2. Odds are we’ll be treated to a mix of his tried-and-true classics (“SexyBack,” anyone?), family-friendly hits (“Can’t Stop the Feeling”) and some of his new tunes to finish it off.

As for the singing of the national anthem? That honor goes to P!nk, another of Timberlake’s early-aughts-era pop star cohort. Looks like the 2000s really are back in vogue.


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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Golden Globes?

The Golden Globes are about to kick off for another year, reminding you just how many movies and shows you’ve missed out on. This year, we’ve seen some huge oversights in nominations, movies, and shows that deserved nominations only to be passed over for more traditional contenders. Despite this, the Golden Globe Awards ceremony is going to be a night of glitz, glamor, celebrities, fashion, and more than the occasional politically charged joke from host Seth Myers.

But, how well do you know the Golden Globes? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the awards’ history, controversies, winners, losers.

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5 Things to Know About Lindsey Vonn as She Goes for the Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics

After missing the 2014 Olympics in Sochi because of a knee injury, Lindsey Vonn—the most successful women’s ski racer in history—is set to return to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018, where she’ll race in speed events and try to add to her Olympic medal haul.

On this season’s World Cup circuit, which serves as an elite-level tune-up for the Olympics, Vonn has already secured a victory, an emotional win at at Super-G event in Val d’Isere, France. She fought tears because her father, who had never seen her race at the venue, was in the crowd. Over the New Year’s holiday, Vonn returned home to Colorado and put in some training time in Aspen.

With the 2018 Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 9, here are five things to know about Vonn:

1. Vonn’s Injuries Don’t Keep Her Down

Despite being bitten by injuries throughout her remarkable career, Vonn, 33, has compiled more World Cup wins—78—than any female ski racer in history. At the 2006 Torino Olympics, for example, she crashed during a training run and had to be airlifted off the mountain. The accident, however, didn’t keep her from competing in the downhill, where she finished eighth. Crashes did end her 2013, 2014 and 2016 seasons prematurely.

In November, Vonn broke her right arm in a training crash in Cooper Mountain, Colorado. And in December, Vonn hurt her back during a Super-G race in St. Mortiz, Switzerland. She roiled in pain after crossing the finish, and came in 24th place. But just a week later Vonn was back atop a podium, winning in Val d’Isere.

“I guess I’m not a washed-up old hag,” Vonn said after her victory. “I think I proved myself, and karma definitely comes back around. I’ve got some good karma coming my way.”

2. Vonn Has Taken on Trump

Vonn waded squarely into America’s contentious political climate when she told CNN in December that she would not accept an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House. Traditionally, American Olympians come to Washington for a White House stop after the Games. “I hope to represent the people of the United States,” Vonn said, “not the president.”

While some people praised Vonn, the skiier shared on Instagram that others had hoped she would break her neck for “being anti-Trump.”

As I head to France for the next races, I would like to share with you my reflections from the past few days. I've received a tremendous amount of feedback, both positive and negative, about my recent CNN interview. The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party. None of us work tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans. The Olympics are a non-political event, a chance for everyone to put aside their differences and be on the same "team.". That does not mean that Olympic athletes don't have political opinions. As an American, I am extremely proud that our great nation was founded on principals and ideals where citizens can express our opinions openly. It is a privilege that some others around the world don't have. I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to continue to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States. You cannot pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV in Europe without noticing how people are questioning our direction. It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world. As for myself, my recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being "anti-Trump." We need to find a way to put aside our differences and find common ground in communicating. Is it wrong to hope for a better world? All of this is much bigger than skiing and the Olympics. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country. In doing that, I will be hoping that we Americans can still be that "shining city on a hill."

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3. She Is Already a Record Breaker

Vonn is shooting to break the all-time record for World Cup skiing wins, male or female, which is currently held by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden; he won 86 races from 1973-1989. While most of Vonn’s victories have come in the speed disciplines of the downhill and Super G, she’s the rare elite skier to have won races in both speed and technical events. She owns four giant slalom wins, two victories in the slalom, and five in the combined, which mixes the downhill and slalom.

Her 39 wins in the downhill, and 28 in the Super G are an all-time mark. She’s tied with Stenmark for most discipline titles, with 16. Vonn has been the best downhill skiier in eight different seasons, while also winning 5 Super G titles and 3 championships in the combined.

At the Olympics, Vonn won a downhill gold medal, and Super G bronze, at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. After missing Sochi, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are likely her last chance to increase her Olympic medal count.

4. Vonn’s Training Workout Is No Joke

To ski speed events, athletes need superior strength to maintain balance and control. Her much-followed exercise routine includes doing situps on a wrecking ball, pull-ups with a chain tied around her waist, and throwing medicine balls to the ceiling.

….Watch my sis try this at the end 🤣

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5. Vonn Has Her Own Line of Gear

In late November, Under Armour launched the Lindsey Vonn Signature Collection, an apparel line under her name. Each piece is named after a milestone of Vonn’s career: the $ 500 Louise Jacket, for example, is a nod to Lake Louise, Alberta, a place nicknamed Lake Lindsey because of her success there (she’s finished on the Lake Louise podium 25 times).

Vonn’s other sponsors include Red Bull, Oakley, and the Hershey Company. And her 2016 book, Strong Is The New Beautiful, reached the New York Times best seller list for sports titles.

The next chapter of Vonn’s storied career will be written soon in South Korea.


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Laura Govan Wants You to Know She Doesn’t Know Vince Herbert ‘Like That’ [Video]

Laura Govan wants to clear her name.

After a few brief press visits, the paparazzi caught up with Laura (or she caught up with them) at LAX and she had ‘no comment’ — but with a lot of comments.

via TMZ:

First things first … Laura wanted to make it clear she is NOT pregnant. When we got her at LAX Thursday she admitted she does know Tamar’s estranged husband, but clarified she doesn’t know him “that way.”

Remember, Tamar claimed Vincent had gotten some “stupid broke ass whore” pregnant. Then Laura’s ex-husband, Gilbert Arenas, jumped into the mix and strongly insinuated Laura was said whore.

Laura told us she has respect for Tamar and Vince, and has nothing to do with their beef. But when it comes to her own ex, Laura’s clearly pissed off at Gilbert. In fact, it sounds like there’s a legal war coming with the former NBA star.

Watch below.

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Lionsgate has released two new photos for their upcoming Robin Hood film. The first features Taron Egerton who stars in the title role. Admittedly, this is a different – and younger – Robin Hood than we’ve seen in the past. Bow? Check. Quiver? Check. And yet, not a speck of green to be found in the iconic outlaw’s attire! You can…

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Western Union Is Finally Paying $586M to Scam Victims. Here’s What We Know

This one’s been a long time coming.

In case you didn’t hear, Western Union is the subject of a class-action lawsuit. People were getting scammed, and the bad guys requested they send their money via Western Union. Apparently, a lot of people did just that.

Finally, there are instructions on how to get your money.

File Your Western Union Class-Action Claim Now

The Federal Trade Commission reported that Western Union received more than 550,000 complaints from people who had been scammed into completing a Western Union money transfer between January 2004 and August 2015.

Western Union failed to flag transactions it suspected to be criminal, according to the FTC, and agreed to pay $ 586 million to settle the class-action suit.

If you got suckered — don’t feel bad because many of us have at some point or another — and lost money to a scammer through a Western Union transfer between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, you could qualify for a piece of the settlement.

If you have already reported your losses to the FTC or Western Union, look for a pre-filled claim form to show up in the mail. You only have until Feb. 12, 2018, to file your claim.

Your best bet is to file your claim online. Start at the FTC’s Western Union refund site, which will guide you through the steps. You will need to provide your Social Security number, which is why it is safer to do it on the secure website than through the mail.

You do not have to pay any money or provide your bank information to get your piece of the settlement. If you receive an email or other correspondence asking you to do so, report it to the FTC, because it’s another scam.

Have as much info handy as you can, including how much money you sent, when you sent it and to whom, if possible. The more info you can provide, the better your chances of getting at least a portion of that money back.

How much money you could get from the settlement? It depends on the number of claims filed and how many the FTC can validate. Once the claims are tallied, it could take a year to see your check in the mail. It’s a slow process, but it’s better than nothing, right?

Always keep in mind that there are bad guys out there just waiting to grab your money. Keep your eyes open for scams, and do your due diligence before sending anyone money. You’ve worked hard for your money. Keep it safe in 2018 and beyond.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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Tunisia is one of the true gems of Africa – a country so often overlooked on the continent. From stunning, sandy, sun-kissed beaches, to ancient and powerful ruins, this is a country oozing with history and amazing natural beauty. The rolling dunes of the Sahara showcase some of the vast deserts in this great nation, but it also lies just on the edge of Europe as well – making it a nation of mixed cultures and customs.

You might not know a lot about Tunisia, and you might have never considered a visit, but we think all that should change. They say to fully appreciate and experience a country, you must first find out about it, and we can see the logic behind that statement. So, without wasting any more time, here is a list of some of the amazing things we guarantee you never knew about Tunisia.

It’s a democracy

You might not be aware of this, but Tunisia is actually a democracy! It is classed as a unitary semi-presidential representative democratic republic! Wow, try saying that five times fast, we dare you! In fact, by being so, Tunisia is actually the only Arab country in the world to be classed as a democracy. So, in a lot of ways, this makes it much more tourist friendly, and ties it better to Europe than most other Arab nations. Having said that, it is still a Muslim country, and you need to be prepared for that when you visit.

It’s a popular filming location

Now, there might be areas of Tunisia that seem strangely familiar to you. Like you’ve visited them before in a dream of some sort, and this is almost kind of true. What you’re recalling is the locations and settings you’ve seen in movies, because Tunisia is a popular filming location. Most notably, every Star Wars movie, with the exception of The Empire Strikes Back was filmed in Tunisia. That’s why, when you gaze around Tunisia, you get that feeling of being in a galaxy far, far away!

It was part of the Roman Empire

The Roman Empire was huge, at one point spanning multiple continents, with designs to take over half the known world. Under the stewardship of multiple rulers, namely Julius Caesar, the Romans were fearsome in battle and conquered multiple nations, including Tunisia. The ancient city of Carthage, which currently sits on the banks of Lake Tunis, was a major part of the Roman Empire’s expansion to Africa. The ruins of the city still sit intact today and are a popular tourist attraction for visitors.

Tunisia is one of the most compelling and visually stunning countries in the world. As the northernmost country in Africa, it’s a great way of getting a transitional introduction to African life and Arabic culture. If you have never been to the country before, we suggest you check it out, provided it’s safe to travel of course. Tunisia is a nation with so much history and links to the Romans as well as Islam. Discover this diamond in the rough before it becomes too popular with Western tourists!

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Where Are the 2018 Winter Olympics? What to Know About PyeongChang, South Korea

While sports enthusiasts all around the world are gearing up for the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials in PyeongChang, South Korea—where the next Olympics is located—are putting the finishing touches on the venues that will host the XXIII Games.

Although this is the second time the Olympics have been held in South Korea — the 1988 Summer Games took place in Seoul — it’s the country’s first Winter Games and PyeongChang’s first international sporting event of this caliber. South Korea previously made unsuccessful bids on both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Olympic Rings are illuminated in PyeongChang.
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The 2018 Winter Olympics will consist of 102 events in 15 different sports over the course of 18 days. These events will take place at 13 venues spread across the counties of PyeongChang and Jeongseon, as well as the coastal city of Gangneung. The Opening and Closing ceremonies and most snow sports will be located in PyeongChang, with the Alpine Speed events in Jeongseon and ice sports in Gangneung. The Alpensia Resort in PyeongChang’s township of Daegwallyeong-myeon will be the Games’ central hub.

“With PyeongChang’s strategic position in Asia, and its access to a young and fast growing youth market, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will no doubt expose new generations of potential athletes to the power of winter sport,” reads the official Olympics website.

The Alpensia Ski Jumping Center in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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Pronounced “pyuhng-chahng,” Pyeongchang is located in the Gangwon province of South Korea in the Taebaek Mountains. It sits just over 100 miles east from South Korea’s capital, Seoul, and around 50 miles from the border of North Korea. The closest international airport to Pyeongchang is in the nearby town of Yangyang. However, the Incheon International Airport in Seoul will function as the main airport for Olympic visitors. See the location of Pyeongchang on the map below.

The weather in Pyeongchang in February will likely be cold, with temperatures ranging from an average high of 33-35 degrees Fahrenheit (1-2 degrees Celsius) to an average low of 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 degrees Celsius), according to World Weather & Climate Information.

The first competitive events of the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang on Thursday, Feb. 8, with the Opening Ceremony set for Friday, Feb. 9. The Games will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 25.


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Rumors speculated a few months ago that Phoebe Philo, creative director of Céline, would be leaving the fashion house. Well, as WWD pointed out this morning, the news is officially confirmed—the fall 2018 collection (which will present in March) will be the last from the iconic designer.

“Working with Céline has been an exceptional experience for me these last 10 years,” she wrote in a statement seen by WWD. “I am grateful to have worked with an incredibly talented and committed team and I would like to thank everyone along the way who has been part of the collaborations and conversations…it’s been amazing.” As WWD further pointed out, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault shared his sentiments as well. “What Phoebe has accomplished over the past 10 years represents a key chapter in the history of Céline,” he told WWD. We are very grateful to Phoebe for having contributed to the great momentum of this maison. A new era of development for Céline will now start and I am extremely confident in the future success of this iconic maison.”

Responsible for her unique spin on minimalist dressing and for designing some of the most covetable bags in fashion, she will always continue to influence our style. We’re looking forward to seeing what she does next.

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Star Wars: 7 Black Characters You Should Know

 Yesterday, Star Wars: The Last Jedi set a record for the second-largest Thursday night preview gross in North America, trailing only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, earning $ 45 million, reports Variety.

With Disney backing the film—and becoming even more powerful with its acquisition of 21st Century Fox for about $ 60 billion in stock and debt) and another sequel due in 2019—it’s clear Star Wars is a beloved film franchise.

And while there was controversy over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, there have been iconic black actors and characters throughout the Star Wars universe. Here are seven of the best known:

 

1. Samuel L. Jackson

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999

Character: Mace Windu

 

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2. Billy Dee Williams

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi

Character: Lando Calrissian

 

 

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3. Lupita Nyong’o

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: Maz Kanata

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4. James Earl Jones

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi; Episode 3 — Revenge of the Sith

Character: Voice of Darth Vader

 

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5. Femi Taylor

Film: Return of the Jedi

Character: Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola

 

 

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6. John Boyega

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: Finn Galfridian

 

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7. Crystal Clarke

Film: The Force Awakens

Character: “Rachel”

 

 

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There’s a FedEx holiday email scam going around — here’s what you should know

There’s a FedEx holiday email scam going around — here’s what you should know


There’s a FedEx holiday email scam going around — here’s what you should know

A seasonal email scam threatens to sour the holidays for a number of FedEx customers.

The fraudulent emails contain a subject line that reads: “FedEx: Delivery Problems Notification.” Any emails with that subject line should be discarded immediately, CBS affiliate WTOL 12 reports.

FedEx is warning customers that the scam is designed to trick last-minute holiday shoppers, according to WTOL. The emails ask recipients to open an attachment in order to view an invoice or airbill required to pick up the package, but the attachment may actually contain a virus.

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“The frequency of this email tends to increase close to the holiday season, presumably to exploit the growth in shipping volumes,” FedEx says on its Customer Protection Center page. More examples of common email scams involving the deliverer can be found on the site.

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What to Know About Every Single Winter Olympic Sport in 2018

From a 17-year-old snowboarding star to a gold-medal-hungry women’s ice hockey team, Team USA’s athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are looking to make a mark.

The official roster for Team USA will not be finalized until weeks before the 2018 Winter Olympics start Feb. 9, but the first competitors in the 15 Winter Olympic sports have already been chosen — and they each bring a unique story to the games. Maame Biney is a 17-year-old who already made history as the first black woman to qualify for Team USA’s short track speedskating team. Making his return in 2018, Gus Kenworthy is a freestyle skiing star who could become the first openly gay male athlete to compete at a Winter Games. And Chloe Kim is a 17-year-old snowboarding phenom who is the favorite to win gold in the sport for Team USA.

As for how the American athletes will fare against stiff competition in Pyeongchang, viewers will have to wait and see. But here’s what to watch for as Team USA competes in each Winter Olympic sport in 2018:

Alpine Skiing

Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup - USA Photoshoots
Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom—Getty Images.Alpine skiiers and champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn pose for a photo shoot on March 22, 2015 in Meribel, France. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom—Getty Images.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist and overall world champion Mikaela Shiffrin is poised for another triumphant alpine skiing run during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. When she was just 18, Shiffrin became the youngest athlete ever to win an Olympic gold in the Winter Olympic sport of slalom — an event that involves skiing downhill between poles and gates — a gold medal she’s trying to earn yet again at age 22.

Shiffrin has the second-most World Cup victories of any U.S. female skier — just behind Lindsey Vonn, who is aiming to make a return to the Olympic podium in 2018. Injuries have plagued Vonn in recent years, but the veteran skier earned her first World Cup win of the season in December — just months away from Pyeongchang.

Biathlon

BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon PyeongChang - 10 km Men's Sprint
Christian Manzoni/NordicFocus—Getty Images.USA’s Lowell Bailey competes during the 10 km men’s Sprint on March 3, 2017 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Christian Manzoni/NordicFocus—Getty Images.

Three-time Olympian Lowell Bailey is trying to secure Team USA’s first-ever Olympic biathlon medal in Pyeongchang.

That will be a leap for the athlete, who earned Team USA’s highest ever finish in the Winter Olympic sport with eighth place in the men’s 20-kilometer during the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But in 2017, Bailey won the U.S.’s first world championship gold medal. And in Pyeongchang, Bailey hopes to once again make history.

He was the first U.S. athlete to officially qualify for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics.

On the women’s side of the Winter Olympic sport, Susan Dunklee is one to watch. The 2014 Olympian earned a silver medal in the mass start at the world championships in 2017 in Austria.

Bobsleigh

Team USA Media Summit
Tom Pennington—Getty Images.Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 25, 2017 in Park City, Utah. Tom Pennington—Getty Images.

Elana Meyers Taylor is hoping to lead the bobsleigh women’s team in 2018 by besting her silver from Sochi. Meyers Taylor was the first American woman to ever win a bobsled world championship in 2015.

The two-time Olympic medalist has also advanced gender equality in the sport. She has competed in the 4-man event with three male brakemen, a first for the Winter Olympic sport that had required women to race only two-person sleds.

The men’s side lost Olympic great Steven Holcomb, who died in 2017. The multiple-Olympic medalist made history in the Winter Olympic sport in 2010 when he won the U.S. its first gold in the 4-man bobsled event since 1948.

Cross-Country Skiing

Team USA Medal Winners - FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
Richard Heathcote—Getty Images.Team USA Medal winners Sadie Bjornsen, Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall pose for a portrait with their medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on March 5, 2017 in Lahti, Finland. Richard Heathcote—Getty Images.

The women’s cross-country skiing team has made significant strides in recent years, with its best athletes scoring medals and making the podium in international competitions.

World champion Jessie Diggins is leading the Winter Olympics team into Pyeongchang after landing fifth in this season’s world cup standings, according to Team USA’s website. Teammate Kikkan Randall won a world championship medal in the sprint just after giving birth to her first child, and Sadie Bjornsen began her world cup season with a second-place finish in November in Finland.

While the U.S. trails behind European nations in cross-country skiing, Americans have improved in recent international competitions. In February 2017, Diggins and Randall made history when they earned silver and bronze medals in the world championship sprints.

Curling

Paul Gilham—Getty Imagesohn Shuster of United States looks on during the Curling Men’s Round Robin match on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Ice Cube Curling Center on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Paul Gilham—Getty Images

Team USA is hoping to return to the podium after a more-than-decade-long curling drought. Four-time Olympian John Shuster will be the skip for the Winter Olympics team once again; he was on the 2006 team that won Team USA’s historic bronze medal. His 2006 teammate Joe Polo will also compete in Pyeongchang.

The U.S. has an extra chance to earn a curling medal this year, with the addition of the new mixed doubles curling event. In December, siblings Becca and Matt Hamilton secured their spot to represent the U.S. in the new event. They bested Shuster and Cory Christensen for the spot, as well as Polo and Tabitha Peterson, who had won bronze at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Championship.

Figure Skating

ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final - Nagoya
Atsushi Tomura – ISU—ISU via Getty Images.Nathan Chen of the USA competes in the Men free skating during the ISU Junior & Senior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final at Nippon Gaishi Hall on December 8, 2017 in Nagoya, Japan. Atsushi Tomura – ISU—ISU via Getty Images.

A rising figure skating star, Nathan Chen was the first U.S. man in eight years to win the ISU Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan — the last big-ticket international competition before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He beat Japan’s Shoma Uno by less than 1 point.

As the 2017 Four Continents champion and U.S. champion, Chen also beat reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu in competition earlier this year (Hanyu is now struggling with an ankle injury).

Chen has excited Team USA fans who are hoping for a men’s singles medal this year.

Other figure skaters to watch: Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani. They are 2017 world bronze medalists and two-time U.S. champions in ice dance hoping to follow Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s historic gold in Sochi in 2014.

Freestyle Skiing

Sean M. Haffey—Getty Images.Gus Kenworthy competes in the final round of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup 2017 Men’s Ski Halfpipe during The Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain on December 17, 2016 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Sean M. Haffey—Getty Images.

The halfpipe and slopestyle skiing events, a sport new to the Winter Olympics in 2014, will have a number of Team USA athletes to watch — particularly Gus Kenworthy, who earned silver in 2014’s slopestyle. Kenworthy has landed on the podium for the halfpipe in international competition as well, including a halfpipe win during his 2015-16 season at the U.S. Grand Prix.

Kenworthy’s life off the slopes has also broken new ground. He came out in 2015, and could become the first openly gay male athlete to compete in a Winter Olympic Games.

Also at the Pyeonchang games, Olympic champions Maddie Bowman and Joss Christensen are both hoping to defend their titles from 2014.

Ice Hockey

Canada v United States - 2017 IIHF Women's Gold Medal Game
Gregory Shamus—Getty Images.Brianna Decker #14 and Kendall Coyne #26 of the United States celebrate a game winning overtime goal at the 2017 IIHF Woman’s World Championships at USA Hockey Arena on April 7, 2017 in Plymouth, Michigan. Gregory Shamus—Getty Images.

The U.S. women’s national ice hockey team is gearing up for another intense match against rival Canada. And with professional men’s players out of the picture this year because the NHL barred players from competing in the Winter Olympic sport, the women’s team is the center of attention.

Team USA won silver in Sochi in 2014 after a 3-2 overtime loss to Canada. But the U.S. is looking to make a comeback against its northern neighbor this time around. Recent international matches have gone back and forth between the U.S. and Canada, with the U.S. posting a 5-2 win against Canada on Oct. 22, and a 1-5 loss just three days later on Oct. 25.

Brianna Decker, currently Team USA’s top scorer, recently told NBC Sports that success in Pyeonchang means “a gold medal.” As for Team USA’s rivalry with Canada, Decker says, “Though some of us may be friends off the ice, we are not friends on the ice.”

Long Track Speed Skating

ISU World Cup Speed Skating - Heerenveen Day 1
Dean Mouhtaropoulos—Getty Images.Brittany Bowe of the USA competes in the Women 500m on day 1 of the Speed Skating ISU World Cup on December 9, 2016 in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Dean Mouhtaropoulos—Getty Images.

Members of Team USA’s men’s and women’s long track speed skating teams aim to get on the podium in 2018. Brittany Bowe is making a comeback in the Winter Olympic sport after suffering a concussion that kept her off the ice for months. She holds the world record in the women’s 1,000 meter and earned bronze in competition this year — a title that boosted her confidence following her injury, she told NBC Olympics in October.

This Winter Olympic sport has long been a U.S. stronghold in the Winter Games, with returning athletes including four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis, Olympic bronze medalist Mitch Whitmmore and 2016-17 Grand World Cup champion Heather Bergsma. But skaters failed to win any medals in 2014 amid controversies over new uniforms and questionable training decisions.

Luge

Maddie Meyer—Getty Images.Erin Hamlin of the United States completes her first run in the Women’s competition of the Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup at Lake Placid Olympic Center on December 16, 2017 in Lake Placid, New York.Maddie Meyer—Getty Images.

Luge athletes for Team USA have high goals going into the 2018 Winter Olympics — and standout Erin Hamlin may lead them there.

The three-time Olympian won the U.S. its first medal ever for singles luge with her 2014 bronze, and she hopes to stand a little higher on the podium in 2018. Hamlin is a two-time world champion, including winning the title in the 2017 spring race at the world championships.

“I do think the U.S. can win gold,” Hamlin recently said. “In what, I’m not sure, but in something though.”

The 10-person luge team also includes Tucker West, who at age 18 was the youngest luger to qualify for the Olympics in 2014.

Nordic Combined

USOC Media Summit
Doug Pensinger—Getty Images.Nordic combined athletes Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher pose for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on September 29, 2013 in Park City, Utah. Doug Pensinger—Getty Images.

Bryan and Taylor Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colo., are two dominant figures in the Winter Olympic sport for Team USA. The brothers are both former Olympians and were on the U.S.’s 2013 world championship team, which won the bronze medal.

Bryan, the elder brother, brought in four top-15 finishes in international competition a year ago, according Team USA. The nordic combined athlete overcame cancer as a child — a difficult time during which he found happiness in ski jumping.

Taylor competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and, among the events within nordic combined, is best at cross-country skiing.

Team USA faces a difficult challenge this year, however. New scoring guidelines for this Winter Olympic sport now stress the jumping portion of the event — which is not Team USA’s strong suit.

Short Track Speed Skating

Harry How—Getty Images.J.R. Celski #102 turns ahead of Aaron Tran #105 during the 2018 U.S. Speedskating Short Track Olympic Team Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on December 17, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Harry How—Getty Images.

World record holder and Olympics medalist J.R. Celski will lead the U.S. men’s team for short track speed skating in Pyeongchang. The team includes John-Henry Krueger, who has medaled in international competition. Aaron Tran, a 16-year-old, also qualified to compete for Team USA, securing his spot after placing second behind Krueger in the men’s 500m at the Olympic Team Trials in December.

On the women’s side, 17-year-old Maame Biney already made history in December as the first black woman to qualify for the short track speed skating U.S. Olympic Team. She won bronze in the women’s 500m at the 2016-17 Short Track Junior World Championship.

Skeleton

Christof Koepsel—Bongarts/Getty Images.Matthew Antoine of United States competes in his first run of the men’s skeleton competition during the BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton Worldcup at Veltins Eis-Arena on December 4, 2015 in Winterberg, Germany. Christof Koepsel—Bongarts/Getty Images.

Matthew Antoine slides back into Olympic competition after earning bronze in Sochi in 2014 and completing several years of successful international appearances. The Wisconsin-based athlete is looking to get another medal in the Winter Olympic sport this time around. He may be joined by contenders John Daly, who took a break from the sport after Sochi, and Nathan Crumpton, who is hoping to make his first Olympic appearance.

With a successful 2015-16 season, Annie O’Shea became the fastest of the women’s team and is poised to be one to watch in Pyeongchang. Olympian Katie Uhlaender is also trying to best her fourth-place finish in Sochi.

Ski Jumping

FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup Sapporo - Day 2
Atsushi Tomura—Getty Images.Sarah Hendrickson of the USA competes in the Ladies HS 100 during the FIS Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup Sapporo at the Miyanomori Ski Jump Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Sapporo, Japan. Atsushi Tomura—Getty Images.

Though she has been plagued with injuries in recent years, 2013 world champion Sarah Hendrickson is the only member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team in ski jumping returning in 2018. She placed 21st in Sochi after she tore her MCL and ACL just months beforehand.

But, if she’s healthy, Team USA anticipates that Hendrickson could be a medal contender in Pyeongchang. In a blog post on Team USA’s website, Hendrickson said her training over the summer went well. “There are strengths you gain after fighting so many challenges – the positivity of just being me and the appreciation of having the opportunity to going to an Olympics feel like enough,” she wrote.

Women’s Olympic ski jumping only just debuted in Sochi in 2014.

Snowboard

2017 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper - Halfpipe Snowboarding Finals
Matthew Stockman—Getty Images.Chloe Kim #1 of the United States competes in the FIS World Cup 2018 Ladies Snowboard Halfpipe final during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on December 9, 2017 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Matthew Stockman—Getty Images.

Olympic medalists including Shaun White have dominated this Winter Olympics sport for Team USA in the past, but one young standout is expected to leave a mark this year.

Chloe Kim, 17, easily secured her spot on Team USA in December. The California-based snowboarder was the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in a competition last year and sits at the top of world rankings for the sport. She’s a favorite to win gold in the halfpipe event in Pyeongchang.

Earlier this year, TIME named Kim one of the 30 Most Influential Teens in 2017.

“It’ll be a good experience to go through such a crazy event with my family,” Kim told TIME. “But at the same time, I’m very worried, ’cause it’s the freaking Olympics. I want to do really good. I’ve got to nail it.”


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Everything You Want To Know About LeToya Luckett’s Couture Wedding Look

LeToya Luckett got married this past weekend, creating an endless buzz on her beautiful wedding and dress. The beautiful bride wore a uniquely designed gown by Vera Wang.

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Later in the evening, LeToya switched it up and got into a beautiful dress designed by Nardos Design.

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The dress came with trumpet designs on the back and around the bottom, giving a very fitting theme to announce a stunning bride! The gown stood out, of course in a gleaming white color, headlining the wedding’s official colors of white, black and red. Definitely a classy and couture look!

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The celebration was filled with class, with the couple’s love for each other being expressed on fancy pastries. Nice!

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The themed colors were classically present throughout the ceremony, from LeToya’s deep red lip color to the bridesmaids’ long black dresses that came in different designs. The handsome groom kept the theme going as well, wearing a black and white tux with a rose and baby-breath in place of a handkerchief.

So much inspiration, class and beauty! Congratulations, LeToya!

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Tiffany Haddish Wants to Know if NeNe Leakes Is ‘Crazy’ For Real, Accuses Her of Being Drunk During Her Comedy Show: ‘I Got Concerned’ [Video]

Tiffany Haddish stopped by Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ alongside Cynthia Bailey and had a question about Cynthia’s ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ co-star, NeNe Leakes.

When a caller asked Cynthia how she felt about NeNe’s shade towards her friendship with Kenya, Cynthia laughed it off as no big deal. Tiffany then asked Cynthia if NeNe is ‘crazy for real?’

“Is she crazy for real? You know I did a comedy show with her,” said Tiffany.”That was a mess.”

Andy asked for clarity:

“Did you think she was funny?”

To which Tiffany replied:

“She was funny at first, but then she got drunk. And then it got —  I got concerned.”

Just as she was about to spill the tea, Andy cut to commercial break. We don’t know what show Tiffany was talking about, but the streets think it may have been the show where NeNe made those distasteful rape comments. 

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This is How to Know If You’ve Been Financially Naughty (or Nice) This Year

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why:

Santa Claus is here, and he wants to know about your finances.

Have you been naughty, maxing out your credit cards and scrimping on your savings? Or have you been nice, following the advice of your friends at The Penny Hoarder?

Don’t lie, now. Santa sees you when you’re sleeping, remember? He knows if you’ve been bad or good.

So you may as well fess up. Naughty or nice?

Let’s find out. We’re making a list, and we’re checking it twice.

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

Naughty: You’re not saving any money. UGH, TOO HARD, you say.

Nice: OK, OK, we know it’s tough to build up any savings. You’ve got bills to pay, after all. The rent is too darn high, etc.

Our suggestion: Use an app like Acorns, which is a good way to trick yourself into saving.

Once you connect it to a debit or credit card, it rounds your purchases up to the nearest dollar and funnels your digital change into an investment account.

Because the money comes out in increments of less than $ 1, you’re less likely to feel an impact in your bank account. (You can also set it up so it doesn’t round up every single purchase.) You get a $ 10 sign-up bonus, too.

He Knows When You’re Awake

Naughty: You’re not contributing enough to your 401(k) plan. C’mon, you’re passing up free money, here.

Nice: At the very least, you should be contributing enough to take full advantage of your employer’s match. Whatever you contribute, your employer throws in some money too, up to a set percentage of your paycheck.

The most common 401(k) match is 50 cents on the dollar up to the first 6% you contribute. If that’s the case for you, you should be contributing 6% of your pay. Ideally, you want to be contributing 15-20% of your earnings at some point. But for now, set your sights lower and work toward growth.

The next step is to maximize your retirement savings. Blooom is an app that monitors your 401(k). It’ll give you a free “health report” and tell you what needs improvement. If you decide you want Blooom to optimize your account, sign up for the $ 10-per-month service.

He Knows If You’ve Been Bad or Good

Naughty: You never check your credit score. NEVER. After all, you figure it’s kind of a pain, and why bother?

Nice: You should definitely be checking your credit score. You should know where you stand, and know what you need to do to keep your credit in good shape.

A super easy way to do this is with Credit Sesame. This free service shows your credit score and explains it to you. It shows your balances on any unpaid bills, credit cards or loans. It offers personalized tips on reducing your debt and raising your score.

So Be Good, For Goodness Sake

Naughty: You bought plenty of groceries and other stuff this year, but you never got any cash back.

Nice: You’ve gotta join the 21st century, my friend. So many ways to save.

Try out Ibotta, an app that gives you cash back on purchases from your favorite stores. Because you’re getting rebates on stuff you were going to buy anyway, it’s the closest thing to free money we’ve ever seen.

Ibotta is best known for its offers on grocery items. Colleen Rice, The Penny Hoarder’s email marketing specialist, earned about $ 235 from Ibotta in just a couple of years. Beyond supermarkets, it’s been rapidly expanding to dozens more retailers.

Another good way to get cash back is with Dosh, an app that pays you for making purchases at more than 100,000 hotels, online stores and restaurants. All you do is download the app and connect a debit or credit card.

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Naughty: Not to get too personal, but some of us may have gained a little weight this year. Me, I’m still trying to fit into the jeans I was wearing last January. And this is before the coming onslaught of Christmas cookies and tempting holiday treats.

With each passing year, it gets a little harder to keep the pounds off.

Nice: Losing weight is super hard and requires serious motivation. Cold, hard cash can help.

Make a bet with a company called HealthyWage, which will pay you to accomplish your weight-loss goals. No, seriously! It’s a legit company.

Enter how much weight you’d like to lose (10-150 pounds) in its calculator, how long you’ll take (six-18 months) and how much you want to bet ($ 20-$ 150 per month).

Each month, you pay your promised amount into the program. In return, HealthyWage provides support through expert advice and weight-tracking tools. If you meet your goal in your allotted timeframe, HealthyWage pays you!

So, tally up your results and tell Santa the truth. Have you been naughty or nice?

Now is the time to start making some changes for the better. After all, 2018 is just around the corner.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He is naughty and is not nice.

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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Vatican City might be the holiest place on the entire planet. If you have ever been to Rome, you’ll understand the high regard in which the Vatican is held, and how much it means to the citizens of Rome. For Catholics around the world, this is their spiritual home and a place of great religious significance. It’s also the home of the Pope and the beating heart of the Catholic church.

Anyone who has ever been here, and seen the Sistine Chapel will understand just how incredible this place is. There are a lot of different things you probably already know about Vatican City, but, we reckon there are quite a few you don’t know as well. So, let’s look at some of the things you probably didn’t know about the Vatican City.

It’s the world’s smallest country

You might not know it, but the Vatican is actually classed as its own country – making it the smallest country in the world. It might sit within the city of Rome, but it has its own laws and governance and is classed as an independent city-state. The Vatican has a 2-mile border, covering a little over 100 acres, which makes this country one-eighth the size of Central Park! And it’s not just a token title either – the Vatican issues its own passports, mints its own Euros, has its own media outlets, and a separate flag. The whole shebang!

For three score years the Pope refused to leave

There was a 60 year period in the 1800s and 1900s where the Popes actually refused to leave the confines of the Vatican. This was largely a result of a small war that broke out between the Vatican and the Italian government in around 1870. The Vatican refused to recognize the authority of Italy as their country and government, and so the Popes refused to leave and yield to the country for almost 60 years. We hope there was enough for them to keep busy, we’d have gone stir crazy!

But Popes didn’t live here until the 14th Century

It might seem surprising, but no Pope lived at the Vatican until the year 1377. Popes generally lived in Lateran Palace, this was even after the erection of St. Peter’s Basilica. Then, in 1309, the papal court moved to France, and Popes (all French) ruled from Avignon. It wasn’t until 1377 that the Popes returned to Rome. Lateran Palace had been burned down by this point, so the Popes relocated to the Vatican, and they’ve been there ever since.

There’s a secret passageway

For the longest time, there has been rumors of a secret passageway in the Vatican. Of course, only those who live there might know if it exists. But, it’s thought that back in 1277, a secret passage was created called the Passetto di Borgo. The passageway was designed to link the Vatican with Castel Sant’Angelo. The purpose of the secret passageway was to provide an escape route for the Pope, should he ever need it. It was allegedly used by Pope Clement VII in 1527 to escape the sack of Rome.

These are just a few of the cool and unique facts we bet you never knew about the seat of the Catholic Church. If you have never been to Vatican City, we suggest you try to book a trip when you can – it’s certainly an eye-opener. You have to make sure you experience this center of religious beauty and wonder.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults are obese, which means that they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) states that about 40 percent of women are obese, and that the trend keeps increasing.

Meanwhile, obesity has been linked with sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. According to some studies, it also increases risk of early death, included death from cardiovascular events and cancer.

Yet dieting when you’re obese can be frustrating and demoralizing. Even if you do lose a few pounds, it’s usually not enough to significantly improve your health. In 2015, researchers confirmed what many women suspected—that diet and exercise weren’t enough to help obese people drop a significant amount of weight and keep it off.

“Although lifestyle modifications may result in lasting weight loss in individuals who are overweight,” Dr. Christopher Ochner, lead author of the study, said in a press release, “in those with chronic obesity, body weight seems to become biologically ‘stamped and defended.’” The researchers added that obese individuals are “biologically different” from individuals who never experienced obesity.

If dieting and exercise aren’t the answer, what is? Many experts are now pointing to weight loss surgery as the most effective option. If you’re considering it, here’s what the studies have found so far.

What is Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a group of surgical weight loss procedures that help obese and morbidly obese people lose a significant amount of weight. It’s usually considered a last resort for those who have tried other methods and failed.

The most common types of weight loss surgery include:

  1. Gastric bypass: In this procedure, doctors divide the top of the stomach from the rest, and connect it to the small intestine. The small intestine is also divided and reconnected. This creates a smaller stomach pouch that restricts food intake. The change in the small intestine results in less absorption of calories and helps suppress hunger. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the procedure produces significant long-term weight loss (60 to 80 percent excess weight loss).
  2. Sleeve Gastrectomy: In this procedure, the surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving behind a smaller, banana-shaped portion that can accept only small amounts of food. The procedure typically produces about the same results as gastric bypass.
  3. Adjustable Gastric Band: This procedure is considered to be the least invasive, and involves placing a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon in the center around the top part of the stomach. This basically splits the stomach in half, with a smaller pouch at the top of the band. Since it holds much less, it encourages smaller meals. Over time, the food passes through the opening in the band into the rest of the stomach, where digestion occurs normally. It is considered almost as effective as the other two surgeries (results in excess weight loss of about 40-50 percent) and is a reversible procedure.
  4. BPD/DS Gastric Bypass: In this procedure, the surgeon performs a sleeve gastrectomy first, then divides the small intestine and reconnects it to the smaller stomach. The procedure encourages less eating and less absorption of calories. It results in significant weight loss, and over time, allows patients to eat near normal meals.

What are the Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery?

The largest benefit of all of these surgeries is the weight loss that they produce, and how that can result in significant health improvements.

In 2013, researchers reported that for those who are obese, weight-loss surgery was more effective at reducing body weight than any non-surgical methods. They also found that the surgery helped increase the rate of remission from type 2 diabetes.

At present, weight loss surgery is the most effective and sustainable treatment option for severe obesity as long as the individual is motivated to make the lifestyle changes required.

Results from the Veterans Affairs study showed that gastric bypass surgery produced greater, more sustained weight loss than non-surgical options, and that after 10 years, only 3.4 percent of those who went through the study went back to within 5 percent of their initial weight. The surgeries have been associated with better survival long-term, too—patients who went through the surgery were less likely to die between 5-10 years later as controls who didn’t have the surgery.

Jon C. Gould, M.D., wrote a commentary on the study, and noted that bariatric surgery was “vastly underutilized” to help improve the health of obese patients.

Laurie K. Twells, a clinical epidemiologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, told the New York Times that bariatric surgery was “probably the most effective intervention we have in health care,” adding that most patients, after going through it, say they wish they’d done it 10 years earlier.

Weight-loss surgery provides other benefits, as well. According to a 2016 review of 9 studies, patients going through bariatric surgery experienced substantial and significant improvement in physical and mental health spanning 5 to 25 years after surgery. Compared to those who didn’t have the surgery, they felt healthier, and were less likely to report problems with pain, mobility, daily activities, or feelings of depression and anxiety.

In a 2012 study, researchers reported: “At present, weight loss surgery is the most effective and sustainable treatment option for severe obesity as long as the individual is motivated to make the lifestyle changes required.”

Lifestyle changes after surgery typically include following a designated eating plan, avoiding certain foods, and finding new, rewarding activities that don’t involve food. Those who are successful typically experience a number of health benefits as a result.

Bariatric surgery has a low rate of complications, with long-term success depending on the surgeon’s skills and the patient’s commitment. Gastric bypass surgery, in one study, was found to result in weight loss averages of about 65 percent, with over 85 percent of patients losing and maintaining 50 percent of their initial weight loss. Mortality rates were a low 0.1 percent, and complication rates were 5 percent.

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Lower Rate of Obesity-Related Cancers & Heart Disease

According to a recent study of more than 22,000 people—of which over 80 percent were women—bariatric surgery was associated with a lower risk of cancer, particularly obesity-related cancers like postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and colon cancer.

Researchers found that the surgery led to a 33 percent lower risk of any type of cancer, along with a 42 percent lower risk of postmenopausal cancer, and a 50 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer.

More specifically, the researchers found that the surgery led to a 33 percent lower risk of any type of cancer, along with a 42 percent lower risk of postmenopausal cancer, and a 50 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer.

“What’s surprising is how great the risk of cancer was reduced,” said Dr. Daniel Schauer, lead author of the study.

Other studies have shown that weight loss surgery helps reduce risk of heart disease, particularly for women. When researchers assessed about 2,000 patients after weight-loss surgery, they found that all patients had a significant reduction in heart disease risk, but that women had a 41 percent reduced risk, while men had a 35.6 percent reduced risk.

“The findings suggest that women may have an enhanced mechanism of response to bariatric surgery,” said lead author Dr. John Morton.

The surgeries have been found to help improve or resolve diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, and some research shows they may even improve your love life. According to a study published in 2013, women who underwent bariatric surgery experienced significant improvements in overall sexual function, including increases in arousal, desire, lubrication, and overall satisfaction.

What are the Risks of Weight Loss Surgery?

Like any surgery, weight loss surgery comes with risks—those associated with the surgery itsel

Out of more than 2,300 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, about 20.8 percent of those who got a gastric bypass went on to develop alcohol use disorder within five years of the surgery, while about 11.3 percent of those who underwent laparoscopic gastric banding developed the disorder.

f, which include internal bleeding, blood clots, and infection, and those that may occur after the surgery.

Studies have found that the risks are higher for those who are older than 65, and for men. Out of 16,155 patients who went through the surgery, men had higher rates of early death than women, and mortality rates were higher for those aged 65 and older. Other studies have found that the surgeries are just as safe for people over 65 as for younger patients, though, so women should not be deterred if they’re older. Instead, they should talk to their doctors about their risks, and do what they can to reduce them.

One important finding was that the rates of death were higher in patients who went to surgeons who had less experience, which shows how important it is to be sure that your surgeon has performed a lot of these procedures before. A second study confirmed these results, with researchers reporting that thirty-day mortality after gastric bypass is “closely linked to surgeon inexperience.”

Patients also have to be careful that they’re getting the nutrients they need. Because of the smaller stomach and in some procedures, the changed digestive system, mineral deficiencies can more easily develop, particularly deficits of vitamin B12, iron, calcium and folate. It’s important for patients to work with their doctors and with dietary specialists to keep an eye on nutrient levels.

Some of the procedures are irreversible, too, particularly those that surgically remove part of the stomach, or that divide the small intestine. These surgeries typically result in greater weight loss than reversible types, but it’s important to realize that there’s no going back.

Less invasive surgeries, like the gastric band surgery, can come with other complications. The band may slip or erode into the stomach in a small number of patients, for example. Those who don’t follow their dietary restrictions may experience other issues, too, such as dilation of the esophagus. This procedure also has the highest rate of re-operations compared to the others.

There are other potential risks, as well. We have some evidence that weight loss surgery may increase risk of alcohol dependence. Out of more than 2,300 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, about 20.8 percent of those who got a gastric bypass went on to develop alcohol use disorder within five years of the surgery, while about 11.3 percent of those who underwent laparoscopic gastric banding developed the disorder.

Researchers didn’t say why, but it could be because gastric bypass, in particular—because of how it reroutes the digestive system—raises alcohol levels in the bloodstream faster compared to other procedures.

There is also some evidence that women who have gone through bariatric surgery are more likely to give birth prematurely, and to have babies who are small in size for their age.

Bottom Line: Do What’s Best for You

Considering all this, women may feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing: weight loss surgery or not?

There’s no denying the serious health risks associated with obesity, and bariatric surgery continues to be associated with significant benefits. The important thing is to examine your own situation, your lifestyle, and your current health status, and then take your time. Ask your doctor about your options, and examine the benefits and risks of each.

It’s important to realize that the surgery isn’t a magic bullet. Afterwards, you’ll still need to watch what you eat, exercise regularly, and make other adjustments to work with your new “smaller” stomach.

It’s important to realize that the surgery isn’t a magic bullet. Afterwards, you’ll still need to watch what you eat, exercise regularly, and make other adjustments to work with your new “smaller” stomach. You may have to give up some of your favorite foods and beverages—soda pop is normally off the list after surgery because the carbonation can create gas and pressure on the stomach—and your digestion may feel different than it used to, depending on the type of surgery you had. You may have to deal with excess skin after you lose weight, as well, which may require cosmetic surgery to correct.

On the other hand, what are the risks to your health and longevity if you do nothing? Staying obese means you’ll continue to be at risk for a number of unpleasant and deadly diseases, as well as premature death. That risk isn’t going to go away. Are there other options you can try?

Talk to those who’ve gone through the procedure, and ask them what they thought of it. Get recommendations for an experienced surgeon. Examine all your options, and then make what you feel is the best choice for your health.

 

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Madeline and Celeste together again!

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman had a mini Big Little Lies reunion on Monday at the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City, where Kidman, 50, was honored with the Actress Tribute.

Witherspoon presented her good friend and colleague Kidman with the Actress Tribute Award – and her introduction was full of love.

“I’ve been one of her biggest fans since I saw one of her very first movies, Dead Calm,” Witherspoon revealed in her speech, describing Kidman in that film as “simultaneously so vulnerable and so badass.”

“I saw this movie when I was a girl and I thought, ‘That is my hero, that is the kind of woman I want to be,’ ” she added.

 

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Fortunately for Witherspoon, she got to work with her heroine.

“So last year, I was really lucky, I got the chance to work with her finally,” she said. “She’d come to set… and she became this woman, Celeste Wright, who was the mother of two, the wife to a wealthy man, who seemingly has it all together, but she holds a secret in her heart, a dark secret.”

 

“This powerful performance showed the intricacies of what so many women are going through in abusive relationships, and I truly believe this helped open up the conversation that so many people are having now about people who are facing the same struggle with abuse and harassment in their own lives. I truly believe that,” Witherspoon stated.

Before beginning her acceptance speech, Kidman adoringly told Witherspoon: “To know you is to love you, baby, so thank you.”

Both actresses sparkled in their sequined ensembles with Witherspoon, 41, wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress and Tiffany & Co. jewelry while Kidman opted for an Altuzarra dress, Fred Leighton jewels and an Omega watch.

Missing from the Gotham Awards event were costars Shailene WoodleyZoë Kravitz and Laura Dern.

The last time the ladies were together was at the 69th annual Emmy Awards in September when the Big Little Lies cast and crew won best limited series and Kidman won lead actress in a limited series or movie.

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“We don’t know yet. We’re kicking it around” showrunner David E. Kelley told Entertainment Weekly in August. “If we feel that the material warrants it, we’ll do it. Everybody’s game for getting the band back together, but we want to make sure that we’ve got the music to justify it. That decision hasn’t been made yet, and it’ll be story-driven when it is.”


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This story was originally published May 4, 2016, by Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio, and was the winner of the 2017 New York Association of Black Journalists Award for Best Online Media Blog Commentary. [Below are excerpts.] 


Everyone is praising Beyoncé’s sixth studio album and accompanying hour-long visual film, Lemonade, which conveys themes of black womanhood, infidelity, and love. Although Queen Bey has explored these themes in previous records, she has never addressed these issues with this level of boldness and transparency. For instance, in the track “Sorry,” she calls out her husband’s mistress by name, singing “he better call Becky with the good hair.”

In turn, that line has led many to question if “Becky” is a real person. It has even sparked a massive witch hunt to find the alleged homewrecker. Many blogs report that Becky is fashion designer Rachel Roy since she posted a self-incriminating Instagram post that further fueled speculation that she had an affair with Jay-Z. However, other people suspect that Becky is Roc Nation artist Rita Ora or a woman named Cathy White, who mysteriously died soon after signing a deal with a major tabloid to expose her alleged affair with Sean Carter.

But hunting for Becky mutes the greater point and cultural implication that Beyoncé is making with this lyric. It also distracts us from the fact that black women already know Becky very well.

Who is Becky?

 

Black women are very familiar with “Becky with the good hair.” She makes us feel inferior and not good enough. Many black women marvel at her beauty, while others try to emulate it. Meanwhile, society esteems her as the ultimate object of desire, a prized trophy and a symbol of status to the man she marries.

 

Good Hair Don’t Care

 

Bey, however, does not call her husband’s mistress “Becky” to imply that he is sleeping with a white woman. Instead, she describes her as having “good hair,” which is a term used to describe someone of African descent with long, straight or naturally curly hair. Women with this type of hair are considered prettier than those with kinky hair, whereas those with kinks are often degraded as “nappy-headed.”

In essence, Beyoncé is describing a light-skinned or mixed-race woman with Eurocentric features to highlight two very important struggles many black women face: an inferiority complex with their blackness and the damaging effects of colorism.

Colorism

 

Colorism is a form of discrimination that treats those with lighter, fairer skin with a higher regard and as more attractive than those with darker skin. Although many ethnicities experience some level of colorism within their communities, colorism for African Americans is tied to slavery.

Back then, lighter-skinned black folks were given the privilege to do housework and domestic tasks, while darker-skinned slaves were relegated to more grueling work in the fields. Lighter-skinned slaves were also given preferential treatment since they were often the children of white male slave owners.

Within the African American community, having lighter skin and Eurocentric features were highly valued because it increased their chance of survival and gave black people the opportunity to “pass” as white in order to avoid being enslaved.

In turn, the favor attached to lighter-skinned blacks resulted in the stigmatization of darker-skinned blacks that is still felt to this day. This stigma is constantly reinforced in media that demeans black women with dark skin, kinky hair, wide nostrils, thick lips and/or big butts. Just look at the underlying racist tone used when describing Serena Williams and Michelle Obama as “manly” or “ugly.” Let’s also not forget about the 2011 study published in Psychology Today originally titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?

Furthermore, magazines and countless media outlets have long been accused of lightening the skin of brown people in order to appeal to a broader audience.

Back in 1968, Black Panther Party leader Kathleen Cleaver explained the harmful effect colorism has had on black people when she told an interviewer:

“For so many years, we were told that only white people were beautiful–that only straight hair, light eyes, light skin was beautiful so Black women would try everything they could — straighten their hair, lighten their skin — to look as much like white women.”

Lemonade And The Legacy

 

In Lemonade, Beyoncé puts a modern-day twist on the legacy of colorism by addressing her husband’s mistress as “Becky with the good hair.” Within that one lyric, she is expressing the pain, humiliation, and struggle that black women feel in a society that praises European beauty standards and judges black girls by this norm.

This lyric also shows that her husband’s affair with a “Becky” is even more painful because it reinforces the notion that black women with Eurocentric features are superior. It’s one thing when society tells you you’re not white-looking enough to be beautiful, but it’s another thing when the love of your life says it.

Sweatin’ Out My Blow Out

 

As a brown girl with long brown hair, I personally feel plagued by both sides of colorism.

I got my first perm when I was 12 years old and I have been getting periodic relaxers to keep my hair straight ever since. I get regular wash n’ sets and blowouts to transform my thick hair into straight, soft tresses. Right now, my longest lock hangs down my back, landing on my bra strap. For me, this process (no matter how damaging it may be) makes my hair more manageable and requires less work on a day-to-day basis. However, because of my processed hair and reddish-brown skin, I’m frequently told I have “good hair” and I’m really “pretty for a black girl.”

On the other hand, I’ve also been made to feel as if I don’t measure up to the ideal standard of beauty. Like many brown girls, I’ve been told to stay out of the sun so that my skin doesn’t get any darker. I’ve also had people look into my dark brown eyes and pity that I did not inherit my mother’s light hazel eyes. That basically told me that although I am pretty, I would have been much prettier if I had a light eye-color that is more associated with whiteness.

Stop Searching, We Know Who Becky Is

 

We may never know for sure if Jay-Z stepped out on Beyoncé or who the real “Becky” is, but that’s beside the point here. Because black women are constantly compared to white beauty standards, skin-bleaching creams make millions of dollars each year, while some women even resort to permanently trading in Afrocentric features for smaller noses, thinner lips, and lighter skin. (Think Lil Kim.)

Lemonade is about the strength, struggle, and resilience of black women around the diaspora—so it makes sense that Bey would address our struggle with internalized self-hatred.

We don’t need a witch hunt to find Becky. She’s the standard of white femininity and beauty that tells black women that no matter our shade or hair texture, we will never be pretty enough or good enough because we will never be white.


 The New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) honored Black Enterprise’s very own Digital Editor, Selena Hill, with a prestigious award last week for this blog article. The annual media awards competition celebrates the best and brightest journalists in New York. “We aim to recognize exemplary coverage of people or issues in the African/African American Diaspora,” reads a statement posted on the NYABJ website.

 

Becky (Image: Black Enterprise Digital Editor Selena Hill at the 2017 NYABJ Media Awards)

 

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Plot Revealed for Quentin Tarantino’s Next Movie: Here’s What We Know So Far

Plot Revealed for Quentin Tarantino's Next Movie: Here's What We Know So Far

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious figures of the 20th century, died yesterday in a California state prison. The cult leader has been subject of many TV and movie projects in the past, and he'll be part of at least one more in the future. Quentin Tarantino's next feature was once thought to be entirely about Manson, though new plot details reveal he's merely a minor piece of a larger story. 

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5 Tech Trends That Could Change the Home Building Market As We Know It

 

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As technology advances, almost every aspect of the building process adapts to incorporate newer and faster ways of getting jobs done. Because it’s important for every professional should keep up to date on the latest technology trends in the market, here are five of the top tech trends that could change the home building market as we know it.

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3D printing

When the first 3D printer was invented in the 1980s, it was difficult to imagine that this particular machine would someday form a crucial part of the construction industry. Today, 3D printers are used for a wide variety of projects to replicate prducts with new materials. Architects and builders now regularly use computer programs to create scaled models of homes and small parts such as nuts and bolts.

The future of 3D printing is wide open. As the technology behind these computer-generated objects progresses, it will be possible to mass-produce 3D printed versions of furniture or larger building materials. It will even be possible to use 3D printing for different roof types and even entire homes. The pre-fab home market is still thriving, so incorporating 3D printing to save time and creatively use materials is the next logical step here.

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Drones

Once thought to be the domain of military intelligence and gadget lovers, drones are now a key part of the home building industry. From cross-site materials delivery to aerial imagery for site surveys and obscured areas, drones benefit construction projects in a variety of ways:

  • Streamlining building projects
  • Saving time and money
  • Keeping clients interested with cutting-edge technology

The future use of drones in the home building industry will most likely see links to robotics, communication, and more hands-free building practices. Keep your eyes to the skies (and the news headlines) for the latest developments, and consider using drones for your next building project if you want your business to stay ahead of the game.

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Virtual and augmented reality

Both augmented and virtual reality simulators have been around for several decades, but their popularity is still steadily growing as mobile phone and other connectivity technologies advance. Virtual reality (VR) allows users to create and view an imaginary world, while augmented reality (AR) takes existing spaces and fills them with things that could be—including furniture, landscaping, walls, and even entire homes. Currently, professionals across the home building market are using augmented reality simulators in order to visualize a building in its completed state without spending hundreds—or thousands—on prototypes and expensive models. During the building process, this tech is particularly relevant for:

  • Architects: using AR as a high-tech alternative to blueprints and scale models
  • Contractors and site managers: making decisions on placement of walls, fixtures, and fittings, and more
  • Interior designers: selecting furniture, color schemes, and decorative accessories for homes
  • Marketing teams: showing completed renderings of homes to clients during the sales process

Future uses for AR include the widespread use of virtual tours of homes and communities. This could further streamline both building and sales processes, as well as the development of AR products—including headsets that allow both professionals and consumers to see products as they are built and placed around the home. AR use could even include the possibility of designing homes with holograms (yes, like Tony Stark).

Robotics

The use of robots in industrial environments isn’t new. In fact, thousands of large industrial plants and production companies make use of automated assembly lines to mass-produce products on a daily basis. Robotic machinery is gradually being introduced into the home building market to help contractors and other industry professionals design, build, and install parts of homes. Someday this could even include building entire homes far quicker than is capable of human hands.

Because programmable bulldozers and other autonomous equipment can speed up building projects and cut down on labor costs, the next logical step here is linking robotics to some of the other tech processes mentioned in this article. Once tech-savvy contractors find a way to create machines that can visualize, transport, and create products on their own, the productivity and quality of building projects will skyrocket.  

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Apps and virtual programs

Ask any of your professional colleagues about their business technology use, and chances are that they use mobile apps and online programs to make their lives easier. Apps and Internet-based programs are invaluable these days for many reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Communication
  • Service and production speed
  • Billing and invoicing
  • Ordering materials

Generally speaking, if you name it, an app can make it happen—both efficiently and reliably.

As tech users become more confident with their online skills, increased efficacy and speed become top priorities. The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology allow users to link programs and products in order to streamline processes and keep things working as fast as possible. Homeowners have already embraced this idea with their houses full of smart gadgets and products, so it only seems fair that the home building market should adopt these practices as well. In the future, apps will control all sorts of contractor-friendly tech—including robotic machinery, drones, and every aspect of site maintenance—while more homes will be equipped with IoT-friendly devices in order to keep everyone connected in our increasingly tech-centered world.

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We're exactly one year away from the release of the follow-up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so Warner Bros. has marked the occasion by revealing the sequel's official title and sharing a motion poster showcasing the ensemble cast. Instead of Fantastic Beasts 2, the movie shall henceforth be known as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Tax Plan

Recently, the House Republicans passed their tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  The proposed tax bill is expected to be one of the most significant tax overhauls since 1986.

Republicans promise the plan will provide tax savings for the typical family, simplify taxes for millions of Americans, and reduce tax burdens for corporations.

But how does it stack up for small business owners?

 

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Corporations Greatly Favored

 

For small businesses formed as corporations, the Republican tax plan will provide a huge tax benefit. The tax plan seeks to slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% but also eliminates certain deductions for corporations.

The plan includes a temporary allowance that would allow corporations to immediately expense capital expenditures, a benefit that can help businesses seeking to grow and expand their business operations.

While many corporations welcome the tax cuts, the Tax Policy Center argues the tax bill will cause a 1.5 trillion deficit over the next 10 years and would add to the national debt during this time.

Little-to-no Benefit for Pass-Through Entities

 

Most small businesses are “pass-through” entities, defined as partnerships, S-corporations, and sole proprietorships. These types of entities are very different from corporations in that they are not taxed “per se,” but the profits pass through the business owners’ tax returns.

As such, the business owner’s tax bracket will determine the amount of taxes he or she is required to pay. Therefore, owners could face taxes in the highest tax bracket on profits generated from their small businesses.

As such, the tax plan seeks to provide “some” tax relief for owners of pass-through entities by capping tax rates to 25%. While this may be advantageous, many may argue that this does not do enough for small business owners.

According to the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities (CBPP), more than 70% of small business owners organized as “pass-through” entities are taxed at rates 15% or lower. Therefore small businesses will see little to no benefit.

 

Chance of the Bill Passing



Keep in mind; this tax bill is not finalized. It is highly likely it will go through significant changes before it is approved and makes it to the president’s desk.

Many tax analysts and economists argue the plan may be a far reach from becoming the law of the land. Groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business oppose the tax plan saying it does not do enough to help small business owners since the “pass-through” provision leaves many small businesses behind.

For now, this will be a waiting game. The Senate has recently unveiled its version of its tax plan. While this bill is similar to the House bill, there are slight differences. Notably, the Senate bill proposes to delay corporate tax reductions until 2019. Also, a recent amendment filed by Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee aims to increase retirement “catch up” contributions from $ 6,000 to $ 9,000. However, the amount contributed will no longer be pretax.

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Things you did not know about the Eiffel tower

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As the most iconic symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the top tourist attractions, and the highlight of Paris, City of Love. The Iron Lady has reached her 128th year this year and is one of the finest sights in all of France. If you’ve never been to this majestic construct, the time to go is now – she’s pretty stunning! In fact, over 300 million people have gazed upon this epic structure and been inspired.

There are so many wonderful facts about the Eiffel Tower and plenty of things we already know about it. But, there are also a lot of things we don’t know about her, and some of them are much more epic and interesting than we would ever have considered. Tall, chic, and rich in history, the Eiffel Tower is the perfect Parisian landmark, and here are some of the most awesome things you never knew about The Iron Lady.

She wasn’t built to last

The Eiffel Tower, incredibly, was only actually designed to last for 20 years! Constructed by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the French Revolution, it was meant to showcase the industrial might of France as a nation. Now, the plan was that it would be pulled down after twenty years – point proven and all that! Gustave Eiffel convinced the Government to leave it up, and, for a time it doubled as a telegraph transmitter. This could even have been the decisive factor that saved it from being torn down.

You can ice skate on there

The viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower actually doubles up as an ice rink in the winter, and you can buy tickets to go skate up there. This is the perfect choice for those who are looking for something romantic to do while in the City of Love. This is an amazing experience, and one you may not get again, so we suggest you make the most of it as much as you possibly can. Situated on the first floor of the tower, the ice rink is open from December through February, and has an amazing 50-plus foot bar where you can get mulled wine and all sorts!

Repaint job

A structure as large, and old as the Eiffel Tower, can’t look this majestic simply by being left to its own devices. It needs constant attention and no small amount of TLC. The tower herself has actually been repainted 18 times over the years, which, considering her age, is not actually as much as we were expecting. But this could have something to do with the fact that it requires 60 tons of paint, just to give it its first coat! Yikes! This is clearly not a job that can be done in a single afternoon!

It’s been replicated

It might surprise you to know that the Eiffel Tower has actually been replicated numerous times. In fact, at last count, there were over 40 different replicas of the tower all over the world. These include one in Las Vegas and one in Tokyo. Paris, Texas also has one, and it wears a stetson, in typical Texas style! It’s amazing that there have been so many replicas of this wonderful structure, but that goes to show the impact and importance of the tower throughout the world.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable constructs in the world, and it’s got a lot going for it. Not only is it incredibly beautiful and iconic, but it is also one of the most interesting and architecturally impressive feats in the modern world. Next time you visit Paris, you have to go see the Eiffel Tower, and, if you’re there in the winter, please be sure you go ice skating on the first floor.

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What you need to know about group traveling

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Traveling can be a stressful experience at the best of times, but, traveling as a group can become even more arduous. There are a lot of different things to account for, and you need to try to accommodate everybody’s tastes. Group vacations have become really popular in the past few years, and this trend looks to continue for the time being. So, you may want to know some tips about traveling as part of a group.

If you’re heading abroad it’s highly likely you’re going to want to take a group tour. These are excellent because they are helmed by a guide, and, as such they are insightful, and an excellent way of getting a great dose of new culture. However, group tours can sometimes be restrictive on what they allow you to do, and that can be an issue… As long as you follow our handy tips, group traveling will be a breeze!

Get to know the group

The most important thing to do is to get to know the people in the group who are traveling with you. Some of them might be friends and family, but others may be total strangers, and it’s important to try to get friendly with them. This is going to make things a whole lot easier in the long run and will make the trip more enjoyable. Also, this is a unique experience and opportunity for the people on the trip, and it will no doubt bring you closer together as a group. You might even make friends from taking this approach, and everyone could do with a couple of extra pals!

Patience is a virtue

Bear in mind that group tours, while interesting, and occasionally fun, can also be trying and monotonous. There are going to be elements that get on your nerves, but you can’t, and shouldn’t, let them get to you. Try to exercise patience where you can, as that is the most important way of enjoying a big group experience like this. Don’t forget, you’re going to be generally waiting for the slowest or most inquisitive members of the group at every place you stop. Try to exercise some patience, otherwise, the group tour experience is liable to drive you insane.

Have an alternative plan

One of the most important things we think you can do on any kind of group trip is to come up with an alternative plan. Now, if you’re traveling with friends or family, you could get clever and elect to take a self-guided tour instead. This way you can still experience everything the tour guide is showing to others, but you’re not going to have to pay for it, and you won’t have to march to the beat of some else’s drum. This is a highly effective technique if you have people in your group, like kids, who you feel are going to be bored easily, and may want to have their own adventure instead.

Traveling as part of a group can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable ways of taking a trip, but, it is also potentially fraught with problems as well. You need to figure out the best way of making this a more enjoyable experience for you, and your family & friends (should they be traveling with you). You want to have a pleasant and memorable experience, and this is something you will need to try to work on as much as possible. Hopefully, you will find these ideas useful in helping you enjoy group travel much more.

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[OPINION]: This Male Millennial Wants You To Know: Women Harass Men, Too

Women—and even some men—are going public, almost daily, accusing men of sexual misconduct within the workplace. Rarely do we hear stories of men being sexually harassed by women at work, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

In the midst of several disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct coming out in the news recently, I am reminded of my own experience and the times when I felt comments or behavior from a female co-worker at my former place of employment were not OK.

 

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Workplace Double Standards?

 

Double standards in the workplace are extremely taboo and rarely discussed. Comments made in the same context between a man and woman can be taken differently.

I recall one time at my former job when a female co-worker asked me to assist her with one of the new programs the company used. I stopped by her desk to help her with the issue and when I leaned in to use her keyboard, she told me, “You smell really good.”

Honestly, maybe she just liked the cologne I was wearing but if I said the same in the same situation would it be appropriate? Can I tell a woman, “You smell good,” while we are working? If she reported that comment to human resources, would HR brush it off or would I find myself in trouble?

Crossing the Line

 

Another situation with the same co-worker happened when I wore a new pair of slim-fitting khakis to work. I was in the cafeteria getting coffee as she was sat with a group of other women from her department. She said “New pants? They look good on you.”

The entire table snickered. I remember at that exact moment I felt as though I were on display. I felt cheapened.

Again, let’s flip the situation. If I said to her, “That dress looks good on you,” how would she have taken the comment?

The last and final straw happened a few weeks later when this co-worker touched my arm and asked, “Have you been working out?”

Why was she touching me at all?

The first two situations mentioned—one can argue whether they were inappropriate or not—but not this. I knew if I had been the one to touch her body I would be unemployed.

There is an old saying that what you allow is what will continue. I did not want to get this woman fired or make a whole fiasco about it so I wrote her a direct email. I listed the three times she made me feel uncomfortable and asked her to please keep our relationship professional. She later apologized to me and only talked to me about work the rest of the time I was at that company.

Having been subject to harassment and now witnessing the barrage of sexual harassment stories dominating the news forces me to take accountability from another angle. That is that often men are more receptive to these comments, especially if it is coming from someone they find attractive. Nine times out of 10 we deem it as harmless flirting. But the point is that no matter your gender, there is a very thin line between being friendly/having an innocent conversation, and making your co-worker feel harassed or uncomfortable.

 

 

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What you didn’t know about the Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is one of the most historically and culturally important constructs in the world. The 15th Century Inca citadel based in Peru is one of the most iconic structures in the world. And attracts millions of tourists every year. Archaeologists have determined that it was constructed for the Incan emperor of the time, and it’s considered perhaps the most enduring symbol of the Incan Empire.

It is believed to have been constructed sometime around 1450 and then abandoned by the Incas around 100 years later. The citadel is one of the most stunning constructs on the planet and was finally awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, here are some amazing things you never knew about Machu Picchu.

The numbers don’t lie

We all know Machu Picchu is a wonderfully impressive construct, but you may not be aware of just how impressive it is! The temple is located almost 8,000 feet above sea level in the Cusco Region of Peru. The site also covers a jaw-dropping 80,000 acres and includes three primary structures – the Intihuatana, the Room of the Three Windows, and the Temple of the Sun. These all combine to make one of the most culturally significant constructs in the world. There are also loads of outlying buildings, and, in 1976 there was a restoration project to help restore and rebuild some parts of the citadel and the surrounding area.

It was never meant to be discovered

The history books tell us that the Incas abandoned Machu Picchu in the wake of the Spanish Conquest. The conquistadores were ruthless with their sacking and destruction of many of the Inca constructs. So, they decide to hide it from the Spanish, abandoning it, and burning the forest in the process. The idea was that the forest would regrow and hide the place, as well as disguising the trails that led into the mountains. This actually wound up working brilliantly, and the Spanish never discovered Machu Picchu. It remained hidden by the jungles of Peru until it was accidentally discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

It has a dress code

Of course, back in the day, this wouldn’t even have been a thing, but, it might surprise you to learn that, these days, there is actually a dress code for entering and visiting Machu Picchu! No, honestly, we’ve not made that up! As you enter the site, there are rules on which it clearly states that visitors are not allowed to enter the ruins wearing another country’s national dress! Quite why you would visit these iconic ruins in any sort of national dress is a mystery, but it must have happened in order for the rule to be generated. Make sure you bear this in mind before you visit.

Discoveries are still happening there

For a place so full of magic and wonder, we have taken so much from Machu Picchu, and it’s not stopped there. Incredibly, there are still discoveries being made here of an archaeological nature. The Incas, it would appear, had many secrets, and we are still unearthing a lot of secrets even now. In 2014 a secret door was discovered that is believed to be the door to one of the royal burial chambers. However, the Peruvian government won’t sanction the opening of the door, as it could cause significant damage to the temple.

Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing constructs in the world, and a place of supreme cultural importance and significance. Many millions of people each year have visited the ruins of Machu Picchu for an important spiritual journey. There are so many amazing things about this construct, as well as so many things you definitely had no idea about. We hope these amazing facts will open your eyes to a new way of looking at Machu Picchu.

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On Monday night, actress and writer Kristina Cohen accused actor Ed Westwick of sexual assault in an instantly viral Facebook post. Cohen’s allegation is just the latest in a long line of social media outings, as a seemingly endless list of celebrities have been called out in the post-Harvey Weinstein #MeToo movement. In her post, Cohen alludes to this avalanche of sexual abuse stories, writing, “The last month has been incredibly difficult. Like so many women I too have a story of sexual assault, and the outpouring of stories have been both triggering and emotionally exhausting. I’ve gone back and forth over and over again, unsure if I should speak up. If I could speak. And if so, will I be heard?”

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Zooey Deschanel Takes a ‘Know It or Grow It’ Approach When Feeding Her Kids

Zooey Deschanel and husband Jacob Pechenik are firm believers that the greatest wealth is health, and they’re dishing on the importance of “know it or grow it” in their new educational series “Your Food’s Roots with Zooey Deschanel.”

When Deschanel got pregnant with their first child, Elsie Otter, 2, the pair began to research whether or not the food they had been consuming all of these years would “the best thing for our child’s brain.”

“When I started looking into where our food was coming from, we all of the sudden starting seeing all this opaqueness – there were all these walls to finding out where your food came from, but that is a part of how we socialize, how we interact with our peers,” Deschanel told PEOPLE about how being a mother has changed the way she sees food.

“There are a certain amount of restaurants that tell you which farm your food came from, but most places don’t know, and a lot of places can’t tell you where your beef or chicken comes from,” she continues. “We started realizing that wall was making it difficult, though we were curious and slight obsessive and even we were having trouble finding out.”

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The 5-episode original series — which is a collaboration between the health conscious couple’s new initiative The Farm Project and ATTN: — will focus on reconnecting people with the food they consume, where it comes from, and how it affects our body as a whole, as well as educating viewers on the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle.

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“The more you eat local produce, the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the better you feel and the healthier you are, which makes it easier to stay fit and also the better it tastes,” says the New Girl actress.  There was only like four percent of sustainable food production and the other 96 percent was industrialized, and that was just a big shock to us.”

In each episode, Deschanel will interview experts and everyday people about the origins of our food and the harmful production process behind it, essentially encouraging viewers to become “knowers” and “growers.”

“We have an organic farm in Texas that grows a lot of stuff, but at our house we grow leafy greens and lettuces, different herbs, tomatoes, squash, zucchini,” she says about the garden they have growing on the property of their own home in Los Angeles. “When you grow your own food, it’s exciting and your kids get excited.”

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And while kids tend to enjoy food that comes from a box rather than the earth, Deschanel makes sure to throw a fun spin on eating healthy by allowing her daughter to take a field trip to the backyard to handpick her food from the ground each time it’s time for a meal.

“Our daughter might not eat a piece of broccoli if you bring it to her on a plate, but if she gets to pick it herself she gets so excited and wants it!” Says Deschanel. “And then she wants to try everything – the arugula, the herbs.”

In fact, Elsie Otter has become so obsessed with her leafy greens that Deschanel and Pechenik often have to hid the salad from her because certain kinds of lettuce have the tendency to get stuck in childrens’ throats.

“She can eat romaine, so I’ve just started making more romaine lettuces, and the arugula just has to be chopped up really small,” says Deschanel.

“Your Food’s Roots with Zooey Deschanel” premieres on Facebook Watch on November 7.


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Beyonce Confirmed for New 'Lion King'; Here's Everything We Know So Far

After the monster success of Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book last year, Disney announced that the director would take the helm of another "reimagining" of an animated classic, The Lion King. A string of announcements has followed, capped by the latest news confirming that Beyonce Knowles-Carter has joined the cast. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
 

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Will Lady Gaga be walking down the aisle soon? Although there is no official confirmation, Us Weekly reports that the singer is engaged to talent agent Christian Carino. As it turns out, the couple may have secretly gotten engaged this summer, keeping the news under wraps since then. 

However, as Harper’s Bazaar pointed out, Lady Gaga has not been shy about revealing that she’s in love. “The best part about being in love with someone is having them there to catch you if you fall,” she said onstage during one of her concerts in September. Stay tuned as we learn more.

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Paramount Pictures has been developing a remake of Pet Sematary since 2011, but the massive success of It last month has Hollywood scrambling to catch the heat of Stephen King mania. The favor for the author's work has already continued into Netflix's Gerald's Game and 1922.

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Here’s what you need to need to know about the Russia investigation charges


Here’s what you need to need to know about the Russia investigation charges

The Russian investigation has been looming in the background of Donald Trump’s presidency. On Monday, special counsel Robert Mueller issued the first real charges in the investigation against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and one of his advisors, Rick Gates. Even if you’ve only been low-key following along with the investigation, the excitement surrounding the announcement on Monday morning made it seem like a Very Big Deal™ and possibly the beginning of the end for Trump. That all remains to be seen, but for now there are a few things you should know about the Russian investigation charges.

Because if nothing else, these charges (along with another, unrelated confession made on Monday from another former campaign advisor, George Papadopoulos) mean that the Russian collusion investigation is not going away anytime soon.

Just in case this is the first time you’ve really been able to tune into the investigation, since there are tons of better, more worthwhile ways to spend your time than obsessing over Trump, let’s start from the beginning.

So WTF is going on?

This investigation has been going on since before the election, when James Comey was still the FBI director, and the entire point of it is to find out if the Trump administration colluded in any way with Russian officials or operatives during the 2016 election, potentially affecting the outcome. After Trump allegedly insinuated to Comey that he should just drop the investigation, the president fired him back in May. (Why Trump fired him was a point of contention, which is why Comey testified this summer about his interactions with the president.)

But the purpose of the investigation is important, since any alleged involvement from any foreign country in our elections is profoundly messed up, so the Justice Department hired Mueller as special counsel to carry on the bipartisan investigation back in May. According to the New York Times, U.S. intelligence agencies have evidence that Russian president Vladimir Putin led a “stealth campaign” to interfere with the election last year. Mueller is tasked with finding out whether Trump officials had anything to do with it.

They’ve been interviewing and investigating Trump’s people since then.

After interviewing people close to the Trump campaign for the past few months, the first charges were finally brought on Monday, but they seemingly, or least according to the White House, have very little to do with the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement with Russia.

Here’s Paul Manafort at the 2016 RNC.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Republican nominee Donald Trump, Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, and his daughter Ivanka Trump do a walk thru at the Republican Convention, July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)
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The Justice Department had Manafort and Gates turn themselves into the FBI under 12 charges Monday morning, the biggest ones being for money laundering, lying to the FBI about their involvement with a political party in Ukraine, and filing false documents about their cash flow, which amounts to one of the other charges: conspiracy against the U.S.

All of the things they’re being charged with occurred way before 2016 — essentially the indictment alleges that Manafort laundered more than $ 18 million, which is why you might have seen tweets and reports about properties he bought in Brooklyn, huge clothing purchases, and other spending.

The scandal isn’t that he had real estate investments or custom suits, but that those things were all a way for him to clean dirty money from the Ukraine without having to tell the Internal Revenue Service about it.

Still, nothing to do with Trump…sort of.

Although what Manafort was allegedly doing with the Ukrainian government, money laundering, and treason thing sounds like a Scandal episode, it really shouldn’t distract you from what Mueller is really doing by filing the charges.

The charges against Manafort and Gates could lead to prison time theoretically, but it’s unlikely that that will ever happen. Instead, Mueller and his team are hoping that the two former Trump advisors turn on their former colleagues and start dishing about what really happened, if anything, if they even know, between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

On Monday afternoon, both Manafort and Gates plead not guilty to all of the charges and were placed on house arrest. So, there’s going to be a lot of legal back and forth going forward when it comes to finding out what, if anything, Manafort and Gates knew or did.

There’s a little plot twist, though.

While Manafort and Gates were turning themselves into the FBI on Monday morning, another one of Trump’s old foreign affairs advisors from his campaign, George Papadopoulos, also went to law enforcement. He confessed to lying to the FBI last spring when they asked him if he had ever had contact with Russian or other foreign officials on the Trump campaign’s behalf. He now says that he did communicate with Russians about getting “dirt” on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

Those meetings allegedly never happened and those close to Trump allege that Papadopoulos wasn’t a key member of the campaign. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Papadopoulos was a “volunteer,” at best, insinuating that Trump had no idea what he was up to. However, statements made by Trump last year concerning his advisors indicate that he was in the inner circle in some regard.

The investigation is nowhere near over. If anything, Papadopoulos’ confession could be much more damning for the Trump campaign, since he’s admitting he lied previously to the FBI and his actions reportedly took place during the 2016 campaign. That’s the case you want to really watch if you have to pick just one, if you, like all of us, are totally exhausted already by all of this. It’s really just the beginning for Mueller’s team, so settle in.



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Though now rightly regarded as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen were experiencing something of a midlife crisis in the summer of 1977, when Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor reconvened to begin work on their sixth studio album.

Their previous record, 1976's A Day

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Andy Cohen pulled a Mariah Carey when asked about his former friend Kathy Griffin.

Everyone knows that Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper are BFFs. Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin were also BFFs until Anderson threw Kathy under the bus during the fallout from her bloody Donald Trump photo. 

Kathy admitted that was the end of their friendship and she thinks Anderson did her dirty.

Judging from the video below, it’s clear Andy is taking Anderson’s side in all this.

“Who? I don’t know her,” said Andy when asked about replacing Kathy in this year’s CNN New Year’s Eve special. The shade!

Kathy saw the video and took to Twitter to blast Andy for his alleged misogynistic ways.

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Loss is a very present reality in the world of giving birth and raising children. The statistics say one in four women experience a miscarriage. I’ve experienced one and it was heartbreaking. I remember the same out-of-body reaction I had when I got in a car accident. Something had been set in motion that I couldn’t control and I came out on the other side changed.

How do you remember a pregnancy? How do you remember a baby lost at 5 weeks (like mine) or at 18 weeks (like my friend) or a stillbirth, an infant, or a child? An embryo that did not implant during an IVF treatment? A friend of mine recently went through a failed adoption — don’t tell me that her mother’s heart wasn’t breaking. All of these dangling pieces of our family trees. Where do they go?

I asked a few momma friends how they remember their lost ones. So many responded with stories of their loss(es) and how they memorialized them. Here are a few of their suggestions coupled with my own.

1. Jewelry

Many mamas shared that they wear something, whether it be a necklace, a bracelet or a ring. It might be a birthstone, an engraved birthdate, a picture, or even a tiny urn for ashes. There are many artistic and personalized directions this kind of keepsake could go.

“I wear an urn necklace with her in it. Its my fidget spinner. For probably a year I carried her Urn in my purse…It’s a heart. Says always on my heart,” says loss mom Kira F.

Here is an urn necklace with many positive reviews. (Amazon, $ 21.99)

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Here is another idea for a mother that has lost her baby in early pregnancy from Glassberries on Etsy. These beautiful glass necklaces are shaped as blueberries or raspberries, representing early stages in pregnancy. (Etsy, $ 53)

2. Ornaments

Holidays are tough for many. It’s a time to be with family, which can remind us of who isn’t there to celebrate with. Many mamas either made, purchased, or were given an ornament to commemorate.

“I have special Christmas ornaments for each loss. the holidays were always the hardest for me so an ornament was tough in some ways, but also gives me a reminder to reflect and remember,” says Laura R.

You can purchase this ornament with your child’s name and date of birth along with an inscription on a maplewood snowflake. (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, $ 17.00)

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3. Jizu statues

In traditional Buddhist teachings the Jizu statue is believed to be the protector of children and the unborn. He smuggles them to the afterlife in the sleeves of his robe. The practice is moving through the west offering closure to many women who are experiencing loss.

Dannie S. says, “I have a Jizo statue for each loss. They were supposed to go in the garden but I haven’t quite found the right spot. They are still in the house with me. In time they may move outside…”

You can purchase a Jizu statue for your house or garden. (Amazon, $ 10.99)

keepsake-statue-jizo4. Project B.E.A.R. (Bringing Empty Arms Relief)

A mama who lost her first son at 37 weeks and her second son two weeks after he was born started this program. She turned her grief into this nonprofit program to help other grieving mothers. You can request one for you or a friend who has experienced a loss.

Ashleigh R. said after receiving a bear herself, “I have had these [bears] sent as a surprise to three of my dear friends whom have had miscarriages as well.”

The bears can be sent at no cost, but donations are appreciated. (Project Bear, $ 3-$ 20)

5. Memorial ash beads

This stunning bead caught my eye when another angel mama shared how her Aunt makes them. These beads are hand-made with love and compassion for the grieving families. Their unique properties are formed when a tiny amount of ash is added to a glass bead mixture. You can see more of her work at Memorial Ash Beads.

The artist, Theresa Ostertagg says, “I always ask for a (copy of) picture of the person (if available) to look at, and something written down that the family would like to tell me about the person. This helps me with my process while making the beads… I know how much it can help with the grieving process.” (Memorial Glass Beads, $ 25-55)

So many more shared how they grieved their losses from photography to tattoos to weeping cherry trees. I came to marvel at all the beautiful and unique ways these angel parents remembered their babies. To grieve is to remember and that is a beautiful thing.

How do you remember your loss?

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‘Call of Duty: WWII’: Everything You Need to Know

The Call of Duty series returns to its roots this November with Call of Duty: WWII, which marks the first time in almost a decade since the series visited the historic conflict. If you’re thinking of jumping back into the series with Call of Duty: WWII, here’s everything you need to know.

A Mode for Every Mood

On the multiplayer side, classics such as “Team Deathmatch” and “Domination” make their return to Call of Duty: WWII. However, it’s the new “War” mode that has fans buzzing. War is a new narratively driven multiplayer experience that allows players to relive famous WWII battles. As either the Axis or Allies, players are tasked with attacking or defending objectives. The popular “payload” mechanic is even introduced during some stages of “War” maps. It’s definitely the most unique multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: WWII.

No More “Create-A-Class”

Also new to multiplayer is the addition of “Divisions.” Before entering your first match, you’ll be prompted to join a division. You’ll have five options to choose from, and experience earned in matches will allow you to unlock other classes down the line. Each class is assigned a loose difficulty suggestion, meaning the Infantry has the easiest loadout kit to master whereas the “Mountain” division is geared toward more experienced FPS veterans.

Hone Your Craft at the “Headquarters”

Another can’t-miss feature is the addition of the “Headquarters” social experience. Similar to the social spaces of fellow Activision shooter Destiny, Headquarters will hold about 50 players at a time and offers a variety of player activities in the downtime between matches. You’ll be able to test out new weapons, challenge others to 1v1 duels, and more.

Realism Returns

Call of Duty has also shaken up the single-player experience in World War II.
There is a renewed emphasis on realism, with no health regeneration and no ammo drops. Instead, first aid and ammo will be supplied by squad members. Players can also earn experience points by dragging their allies into cover, capture enemy soldiers, and — of course — killing enemies. Earning XP will allow you to upgrade your character as you progress through the story.

Zombies Are Back

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Call of Duty game if there wasn’t a zombies mode. This time around, the biggest change is the addition of a class system that includes offense, control, medic, and support. On the complete opposite spectrum of realism, the “Zombies” game mode returns as robust as ever. Each class a certain role to fill and different abilities, making a balanced team essential to pushing back the waves of undead.

Call of Duty: WWII comes out November 3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


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Everything You Need to Know Before Watching ‘Stan Against Evil’ Season 2

Pig monsters, possessed goth kids, and plenty of other paranormal pests plague the small New Hampshire town of Willard’s Mill. And who gets stuck cleaning up all this mess? Sheriff Stan Miller. Well, former sheriff. See, Stan recently had to quit after he beat up an old lady at his wife’s funeral. Don’t feel bad for her though: that old lady was an evil witch.

The Willard’s Mill Curse — Why Stan?


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John C. McGinley in Stan Against Evil

Turns out that there’s a curse upon all the sheriffs of Willard’s Mill. Back in the 1600s, the wicked constable, Thaddeus Eccles, burned 172 people at the stake for the crime of witchcraft. So, they decided to get even and murder every sheriff who followed him. They all ended up dying tragic deaths, except for Stan.

He was lucky enough to have his wife, Claire, looking out for him on the sly. She became an expert demon killer and protected Stan without him ever knowing the wiser. Now that she’s gone, Stan is numero uno on every demon’s hit-list.

To survive, he has to team up with the new sheriff in town, Evie Barret, as well as his sweet but unique daughter, Denise, in order to fight off the many monsters that keep poor Stan from just vegging out in front of the TV. They sometimes ask Deputy Leon Drinkwater for help, but he’s not really the helpful type.

Spoilers Below for Season 1 of Stan Against Evil


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Janet Varney in Stan Against Evil.

We learn that the only real witch in Willard’s Mill was Constable Eccles himself! What a *****! After some Groundhog Day shenanigans, he ends up trapping Evie back in the past and escaping into our time, but Stan recognizes that sumthin’ ain’t right. Can Stan figure out how to retrieve Evie from the past before she gets roasted like a campfire marshmallow?

Only way to find out is to tune into Stan Against Evil for its second season on IFC starting on November 1. Make sure to bring a shovel and some wet naps. It’s gonna be messy.

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TED Talk: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

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10 New Artists You Need to Know: October 2017

Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, class rock revivalists Greta Van Fleet, self-described "social music activist"

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The concept of personal finance can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never learned much about it (which is the case for most people). And very often, when you try to learn, the internet is full of so much clutter these days, it can be difficult to know whom to trust.

But here’s the good news: if you know nothing about money (or even if you know a lot), there are really just a few basic things you need to understand in order to start taking control of your financial life. Once you grasp these concepts and apply them to your own life, you will begin to see a much brighter financial future.

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Synopsis for Eli Roth’s ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ – Everything We Know So Far

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While we are in the heart of horror movie season, let’s look ahead to a film releasing this time next year, Eli Roth’s The House With a Clock in its Walls. With plot details now available, here’s a recap of everything we know so far:

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I Didn’t Know About Worker’s Comp Until a Lizard Bit Me

As summer gave way to fall, Wal-Mart transformed over the course of a few days. Beach towels and boogie boards gave way to pencils, folders and backpacks. Overnight, I got reassigned from the garden section to grocery. The change proved disastrous, or at least comical.

 

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A mere 10 minutes into my shift, I reached under some shelving to grab a small piece of trash. All at once, a sharp pain ran through my hand, and the tip of my finger became numb. “Owww!” I yelped. Whipping my head around, I caught site of the culprit. A black-and-yellow lizard darted out of the risers.

Jerome, my shift manager, screamed like a little girl. He grabbed boxes and tried to trap the lizard. In a panic I reached down for the lizard and picked it up with my bare hands. The lizard writhed in my hands, and I threw it in the nearest trash can.

“That lizard tried to eat you,” Jerome said. My heart was beating out of my chest, but I said, “It’s really no big deal.” The lizard was no more than eight inches long if you excluded its tail.

Jerome sent me to our HR representative to fill out a first report of injury. “Won’t that end the 375-days-without-injury streak?” I asked. “I would rather forgo some ice cream than have you die from lizard poison,” he said.

I walked to the HR office. Over the intercom I heard Jerome say, “We have a lizard situation in the trash can on aisle 24.”

In the office the HR representative had me fill out the report. She asked me if I needed to visit urgent care. I told her that I wasn’t too worried. She went on to explain my right to workers’ compensation insurance: “I’m serious. If you need medical attention, Wal-Mart will pay. That’s your right, you know.”

I assured her that I was fine, and I went back to work. Still, I felt thankful that my employer took the time to explain my rights.

Small Businesses & Workers’ Comp

Workers’ comp is part of a suite of business insurance coverages you may want to consider depending on your business and how many workers you employ. By law, employers who employ five or more workers are required to buy workers’ comp insurance, with the major exception of farm owners. It covers medical care for injuries or illnesses caused at work, and replaces income those employees lose if they must miss work. It also helps you protect your business from lawsuits by injured employees who may seek damages for pain, suffering and mental anguish. 

Workers’ comp also covers retraining costs and compensation for permanent injuries. It even provides a death benefit should an employee die on the job. It’s not health insurance, though, and it isn’t disability or life insurance. 

As an employer, you’re also responsible for informing employees that you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

Large companies train managers on how to handle potential workers’ compensation claims. This ensures that employees get the medical coverage that they need. 

An Employee’s Perspective on Not Having Coverage

I’m not the type who wants to forgo any legal rights, but workers’ comp insurance seems to favor employees. I certainly prefer the push for workers’ comp after the treatment that I got at my first job.

As a high school junior and senior, I worked at a small Italian restaurant. The restaurant was owned by the most stereotypically Italian grandparents you could think of. Giuseppe and Maria bickered constantly in the kitchen, but they made the most delicious … everything. Only a dozen people worked at the restaurant, and we all pretended to be Italian.

One night a couple came in just minutes before closing. I seated them and took their order right away. The cook rushed through their order and had their food ready in just seven minutes. I grabbed the plates, but I noticed that the marinara sauce was missing. I told the cook to sauce the plate. He whipped around with a ladle full of steaming marinara and poured it all over the food and my arm. Tomatoes and olive oil seared my skin.

Holding in a scream of pain, I set down the plates and ran my arm under cold water. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” the cook said over and over.

Meanwhile, our manager cleaned the plates and took them out to the waiting customers. She helped me make an ice bag and sent me home with some burn cream. She didn’t suggest a trip to urgent care; she didn’t fill out a form to document the incident.

I had the right to medical attention, but my manager didn’t mention it. To be honest, I don’t think my manager or I knew about workers’ comp. Her job was to run the restaurant, not to deal with workers’ comp.

Knowing what I know now, in a similar situation, I would ask my manager to type up and sign an incident report so that, if I sought medical attention, the company would compensate me for it later.

Small employers have most of the same rights as larger employers. However, small employers aren’t likely as familiar with compliance, which can wind up hurting both the business owner and the employee. That’s why it’s important to get informed, provide employees with the information they need and provide them with the tools they need to make informed decisions.

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The Week in Movie News: Here's What You Need to Know

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

BIG NEWS

Ron Howard revealed the Han Solo movie title: Solo: A Star Wars Story isn't a surprising title for the standalone young Han Solo movie, but at least we know what to call it now. Read all we know about the movie here and check out some extra Star Wars news and rumors here and here and here.

 

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See New ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Photo; Here’s What We Know So Far

See New 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Photo; Here's What We Know So Far

Director Bryan Singer (X-Men Apocalypse) shared an amazing new photo of Rami Malek (above in Buster's Mal Heart) as Freddie Mercury (below) and it looks like a snapshot from a concert video of the famed singer during his glory days leading Queen. If those names are not instantly familiar to you, however, we're here to help with a quick catch-up on the movie.

 

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