Nigeria’s women’s bobsled team made history this week!
The team qualified for the bobsled at the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang after they finished strong at the last of five qualifying races in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday. This victory means the group will be the first African team to participate in that category in the games next year.
“This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria,” driver Seun Adigun told KweséESPN. “Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria.”
Adigun, a former African 100m hurdles winner who competed in the summer Olympics in 2012, drove the team to victory. Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga supported Adigun as brakewomen.
The team slayed at races in Utah, Whistler, Canada and their last two races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. It’s not surprising that the group wants to put their best foot forward at next year’s games.
“Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed,” Adigun said.The team’s accomplishment has drawn global attention, but the biggest congratulations have befittingly come from their home country.
“I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women,” Solomon Ogba, President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, said.”Their hard work was inspiring.”
Adigun began a Go Fund Me campaign to fund their Olympic bid, and the team won a sponsorship deal with Visa, according to the New York Post.
The women exemplify #Blackgirlmagic in breaking down this huge barrier. They may have to make room for other Nigerian athletes, with driver Simidele Adeagbo just three races away from qualifying for the Skeleton competition.
More than a hashtag or catchphrase, Black Girl Magic is a mantra that celebrates the achievements, strength, and sisterhood of black girls and women around the diaspora. Those three simple words profess our beauty, creativity, and brilliance, which has been imitated and historically misappropriated. We, of course, have always been aware of the magic in our melanin. And now, thanks to the power of social media and the phenomena of Black Twitter, the rest of the world is beginning to take notice and companies have realized that we cannot be ignored.
Nonetheless, to further amplify the evidence that black girls are indeed magic, Nielsen released a report Thursday that quantifies the influence that our spending, watching, and listening habits have in mainstream culture.
According to the African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic report, African American women are the driving force behind total black buying power, which is projected to top a record-breaking $ 1.5 trillion by 2021. The study goes on to paint black women as trendsetters who play a vital role in the industries of fashion, beauty, television, and music. Our consumer preferences and brand affinities aren’t just influencing the habits of other women, however. It also shapes the way all other women see themselves, states the report.
“Black women have strong life-affirming values that spill over into everything they do. The celebration of their power and beauty is reflected in what they buy, watch and listen to, and people outside their communities find it inspiring,” said Cheryl Grace, Nielsen senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, in a press release. “Understanding how black women’s values affect their buying decisions has long been a marketing necessity. Now, marketers must also recognize the intercultural influence of black women on the general market as an increasingly vital part of how all women see themselves, their families and the rest of the world.”
The study finds that black women have enjoyed steady growth in population, incomes, and educational attainment. Black female entrepreneurs have grown by 67% between 2007 and 2012. That equates to more than 1.5 million businesses with over $ 42 billion in sales. Black women are flourishing in education as well. Sixty-four percent of high school grads are going straight to college, while 23% over age 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Here are other interesting insights from the African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic report, which reveals that black women are increasingly setting trends, technologically savvy, and single.
86% admitted to spending 5 or more hours each day on social networking sites
82% of black women say it’s important to be well-groomed
81% of black millennial women, ages 18–34, have never been married
74% of black women agree global warming is a serious threat
74% of black women agree that they make healthy food choices
68% of black women are content with their appearance and their self-image
64% of black women are aiming to make it to the top of their profession
60% of black women agree they buy natural products because they are concerned about the environment
59% of black women agree they are willing to pay more for a product that is environmentally safe.
58% agree that they don’t mind giving up their personal time for work
55% agree a company’s environmental record is important in their purchasing decisions
46% of black women agree they often use natural or organic beauty products
43% of black women say they like to share their opinions about products and services by posting reviews and ratings online
29% of total black American households contain a married couple with an average household size of 2.47
14% of black women have annual incomes of $ 50,000 or higher (up from 9% in 2005)
Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a civil lawsuit against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, according to The Detroit Free Press. A court filing quoting Johnson's attorney
For the 45th Anniversary of the BE 100s—the nation’s largest black-owned businesses—we share 45 milestone events that have had widespread impact on black economic development and American industry across four decades. This tribute salutes the iconic companies and CEOs found on BE‘s annual list of the largest black-owned companies.
Today we reveal No. 30 in the web series “Great Moments in Black Business.”
1990: BE Publisher Graves and Earvin “Magic” Johnson partner with Pepsi-Cola to establish Pepsi-Cola of Washington, D.C. L.P., creating the nation’s largest minority-controlled Pepsi bottling franchise.
(Earl Graves Sr. and “Magic” Johnson. Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, October 1990)
It was an all-star joint venture between the founder and publisher of the nation’s pre-eminent black business publication; an NBA superstar with entrepreneurial aspirations; and one of the world’s largest beverage giants. When BLACK ENTERPRISE‘s Earl G. Graves Sr. and Magic Johnson completed the $ 60 million transaction to own a Pepsi franchise in July 1990, their achievement became the deal-making choice of a new generation; growth through partnership and acquisition. For good reason: Graves and Johnson’s milestone added some new fizz to the BE 100s as the new entity, Pepsi-Cola of Washington, DC L.P., ranked No. 19 with $ 44 million in revenues upon its debut on the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 in June 1992. (To make the BE 100s rankings, a new company with at least 51% black ownership must be in operation for a full calendar year.)
As you would expect, BE had the inside scoop on the evolution of this sweet deal. Here’s the edited October 1990 account as reported by writer Fred Martin:
For Earl G. Graves, Sr. the road to acquiring a soft drink franchise began not in a plush corner office but 35,000 feet in the air.
In January 1988, the 53-year-old Graves was traveling by plane en route to a speaking engagement when he struck up a conversation with his seatmate, a senior-level Pepsi-Cola executive, After both men exchanged routine pleasantries, Graves showed him a copy of BE. After familiarizing himself with the magazine, the soft drink manager told Graves that Pepsi had been looking to do business with a prominent black businessman. Two years later, Craig E. Weatherup, then-president and CEO of Pepsi-Cola Co.—not the executive on the plane—announced creation of the largest-minority-controlled Pepsi-Cola franchise in the country.
In a move exemplifying the growth of African American business at the time, Graves and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers veteran, officially entered the $ 40 billion soft drink business by teaming up to purchase Pepsi-Cola of Washington D.C., a Forestville, Maryland sales distribution facility serving the District of Columbia and a small area of Prince Georges County, Maryland. The $ 60 million deal marked only the second time in 20 years that Pepsi had brought new ownership to its franchise network. At the time, the only other black-owned Pepsi franchise was a Houghton, Michigan-based enterprise owned by Dr. William Harvey, president of Hampton University.
“This is a unique venture,” said Weatherup, “one that we’ve been discussing and evaluating over two years. Earl and Earvin bring more to it than just their knowledge and their expertise. They bring their experience. Their stature and the unique position they occupy as role models for the black community.”
Graves and Johnson, CEO and executive vice president, respectively, were responsible for the new company’s operations, strategic planning and general management. Pepsi-Cola was a limited partner in the venture. Graves remained BE‘s publisher while he spent a significant amount of time in the Washington metro running his franchise. In terms of the partnership, Graves owned more than 65% while Johnson held more than a 30% stake and both had the right of first refusal for other purchases. Pepsi remained a limited partner and its equity stake could change, opening up possibility for a greater share of the operation for Graves and Johnson.
The plant, which sat on a 6.1-acre plot, had about 160 employees, its own sales staff and a fleet of trucks. It distributed soft drink brands such as Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mandarin Orange Slice and Mug Root. Key accounts included the White House, the U.S. Capitol and Air Force One.
(Graves to the left of Sen. Bill Bradley. Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, October 1990)
The idea of buying a franchise was nothing new to Graves. For several years he investigated several potential candidates and chose the Pepsi franchise, which sold 4.3 million cans of soda annually, because the company had market presence, solid leadership and spent $ 325 million with minority vendors between 1982 and 1992.
Sealing the deal was not easy. The “tough but fair” negotiations, which began in 1988, continued right up until the announcement in July 1992. During the lengthy talks, the principals got to know each other well. “When I would receive telephone calls at 6:30 a.m. on Sundays,” recalls Weatherup. “My wife would say, ‘It must be Earl.’
Finding the right partner is also key to any successful joint venture. Graves knew he had his man in Magic Johnson, the 30-year-old three-time NBA Most Valuable Player. Johnson was a man with resources of his own and a stellar reputation o—and off—the court. Johnson’s association with the Pepsi trademark was a major plus since he had great appeal in black and white communities.
Graves and Johnson met in 1988 at New York City’s 21 Club to talk business. “I was looking for someone who was mature and committed to making this business venture a success,” Graves said. The two hit it off and shook hands on the deal. Two years later the franchise deal was done. For Johnson, he was eager to work with the publisher: “This is an opportunity to learn some business magic from Earl Graves.”
(Image: Black Enterprise Magazine, January 1992)
Pepsi-Cola of Washington, DC was BE 100s leader for several years until Pepsi-Cola engaged in buybacks of its bottling operations. In 1999, Graves sold a majority stake in the franchise. But he still maintained a strong relationship with the soft drink giant, which served as a title sponsor for the popular Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge—an event that brought African American movers and shakers together for recreation and power networking—over two decades. Graves held a prominent position on the company’s minority business advisory board and served as general partner of Egoli Beverages L. P., a short-lived Pepsi-Cola franchise in South Africa.
As for Johnson, he often cites Graves as one of his mentors. Since the franchise’s formation, his business career has been effervescent. Through partnerships with powerful brands such as AMC Theaters, Starbucks, TGI Friday’s and L.A. Dodgers, the prolific entrepreneur he has built a diversified commercial empire over the past 25 years. These successful ventures, in turn, have made Johnson an MVP in business.
Actor Samuel L Jackson and retired NBA player Magic Johnson might be most people’s idea of global superstars, but in Italy, the two men look like your typical government-mooching Africans.
Johnson shared a photo of himself and Jackson sitting on a bench surrounded by luxury shopping bags, including Louis Vuitton and Prada, in Forte dei Marmi. He captioned the pic: “Sam and I chilling out on a bench yesterday in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. The fans started lining up to take pictures with us.”
Seems harmless enough, right?
Sam & I chilling out on a bench yesterday in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. The fans started lining up to take pictures with us. pic.twitter.com/uzXx698PiN
Well, as locals started taking photos of the duo and sharing them on social media, some Italians became outraged by the sight of two black “migrants” who they believed benefited from government money, only to shop in expensive boutiques.
In their posts, the ignorant users “often mentioned the 35 euros, paid by Italian citizens for accommodating refugees on EU quotas.”
Italian model Nina Moric also joined the criticism, saying that seeing migrants misusing “our 35 euros” was “too much.”
One oblivious critic said: “Nina Moric is right and this is shameful … I am not racist, but I know there are people who really do not have money, while these wear branded clothes and relax.”
Another added: “Immigration is crushing us.”
Comic actor Luca Bottura helped the photo go viral when he turned the pic into a meme for a so-called “social experiment.” He shared the image alongside the caption: “Boldrini’s resources in Forte dei Marmi shop at Prada with our €35. Share this picture if you are outraged.”
This was a reference to Laura Boldrini, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, who has drawn criticism for her open migration policy.
Bottura later said on Facebook: “The meme has been shared thousands of times and 40 per cent of people understood the provocation, 30 per cent were outraged and 20 per cent thought it was a racist meme and that I had failed to recognise Samuel Jackson and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, (I will not reveal the 10 per cent).”
Moric later insisted her response to the photo was also a “social experiment” — arguing it was proof that people use social media to “confirm their prejudices, regardless of what the truth is. None of us are immune to this phenomenon.”
She added: “If you think migrants come here to [encamp] for €35 a day, that post will confirm it. If you think Nina Moric is a right-wing extremist, her post will confirm it.”
With an ice dragon now under his control, the Night King is more formidable than ever. But for the time being, the people of Westeros still have one major advantage over the leader of the dead: the Wall.
Although Game of Thrones hasn’t spent nearly as much time at the Wall since Jon Snow renounced his Night’s Watch vows, the magical barrier has continued to shield the Seven Kingdoms from the dangers that lie beyond. However, with the threat of the White Walkers looming large, some fans believe the Wall is slated to come crashing down in the season seven finale.
Here’s everything we know about the Wall in Game of Thrones, best known as the realm’s long-standing first line of defense.
What is the Wall in Game of Thrones?
The Game of Thrones Wall is a 700-foot tall, 300-foot thick fortification that is 300 miles and spans Westeros’ northern border — from the Bay of Seals in the east to the Gorge in the west. The ice wall was originally built to defend the realm against the White Walkers, ice creatures who were created by the Children of the Forest in an effort to defend themselves against the First Men. But many also believe the Wall is a barrier to keep the Wildlings, or anyone who chooses to live outside the Seven Kingdoms, at bay.
“The Night’s Watch has forgotten its true purpose, Tarly,” Lord Commander Jeor Mormont tells Samwell Tarly in George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. “You don’t build a wall seven hundred feet high to keep savages in skins from stealing women. The Wall was made to guard the realms of men…and not against other men, which is all the Wildlings are when you come right down to it. Too many years, Tarly, too many hundreds and thousands of years. We lost sight of the true enemy.”
Is the Wall magic?
The Wall in Game of Thrones is said to be warded with magic to prevent the dead from crossing over. This is significant as it is presumably the only reason the Night King and his army haven’t yet attempted to cross it.
“The Wall is not just ice and stone,” Benjen Stark — the younger brother of Ned — told Bran Stark and Meera Reed in the season six finale. “Ancient spells were carved into its foundation, strong magic to protect men from what lies beyond. And while it stands, the dead cannot pass.”
Who built the Wall?
The Wall was supposedly constructed some eight millennia ago by giants and men under the direction of King Brandon Stark — a.k.a. Bran the Builder — following the War for the Dawn.
However, some fans believe that present-day Bran Stark and Bran the Builder are actually the same person. There’s speculation that Bran will at some point travel back in time in an attempt to prevent the White Walkers from destroying Westeros only to discover that — since time in the Thrones universe operates in a closed loop — he was the one who built the Wall all along.
HBO fanned the flames of this theory when it showed Bran the Builder being carried around on a platform — indicating he may have been paralyzed just like Bran Stark — in a DVD extra about the history of Westeros on the season one box set.
Who lives at the Wall?
The Wall is defended by the men of the Night’s Watch who live in castles positioned at strategic locations along its 300-mile length. However, while the Watch once drew enough recruits to man up to 17 of its 19 castles at one time, there are now only three still guarded by sworn brothers — Castle Black, Eastwatch-by-the-Sea and the Shadow Tower. When recruits are accepted into the Watch, they “take the black” by reciting the following vows:
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
After joining the Night’s Watch in season one, Jon Snow — along with his fellow brother Sam Tarly — spent much of his time either stationed at Castle Black or ranging beyond the Wall with Lord Commander Jeor Mormont. Jon’s years with the Watch also included an undercover stint with the Widlings beyond the Wall during which he was introduced to Ygritte, Tormund and Free Folk leader Mance Rayder.
During a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, George R.R. Martin revealed that he came up with the concept of the Wall while visiting Hadrian’s Wall in England.
I can trace back the inspiration for that to 1981. I was in England visiting a friend, and as we approached the border of England and Scotland, we stopped to see Hadrian’s Wall. I stood up there and I tried to imagine what it was like to be a Roman legionary, standing on this wall, looking at these distant hills. It was a very profound feeling. For the Romans at that time, this was the end of civilization; it was the end of the world. We know that there were Scots beyond the hills, but they didn’t know that. It could have been any kind of monster. It was the sense of this barrier against dark forces – it planted something in me.
However, the Wall in the show is created pretty much entirely through CGI.
Will the Wall fall?
There are a number of fan theories regarding the destruction of the Wall. Here are a few of the most popular.
The Night King’s Mark
After being physically touched by the Night King during a vision in the fifth episode of season six, Bran was told by the former Three-Eyed Raven that he was no longer safe in the cave under the giant weirwood tree. The Night King and his White Walker lieutenants were then able to gain entrance to the cave, proving that he had nullified its magic by marking Bran. If the same principle holds true for the spells of the Wall, Bran may have already undone its magic when he crossed back to the southern side.
Viserion the Ice Dragon
The final moments of the sixth episode of season seven saw the army of the dead drag Viserion’s body out from the depths of the frozen lake beyond the Wall. The Night King then laid his hand on the dragon’s snout, reanimating him. Considering the birth of Daenerys’ dragons was the event that reawoke magic in the world of Thrones following a long period of dormancy, it stands to reason that an undead dragon may be a powerful enough being to overcome the Wall’s wards — and maybe even bring the entire thing crashing down.
The Horn of Winter
Since the Horn of Winter — also known as the Horn of Joramun — has never even been mentioned on the show, it’s unlikely that it will come into play this late in the game. However, in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, the Horn is a legendary artifact said to posses the power to bring down the Wall when blown. Ygritte tells Jon that the Wildlings searched far and wide for the Horn under the direction of Mance Rayder, but it was supposedly never found.
However, in A Dance With Dragons, Melisandre gives an ominous warning to the Free Folk concerning the Horn. “The Horn of Joramun? No. Call it the Horn of Darkness,” she says. If the Wall falls, night falls as well, the long night that never ends. It must not happen, will not happen!”
The Night King seems to have tools at the ready for every obstacle he encounters — like ice spears and giant chains. So, although unlikely, it’s possible he could be waiting for the right moment to reveal he’s in possession of the Horn as well.
“The Dragon and the Wolf,” the finale of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, airs Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
The year was 2009. As the story goes, the White House invited a 30-year-old Broadway actor to perform lines from his current production, but this request was a little different than usual. According to NPR, the invitation also gave Lin-Manuel Miranda the option of performing anything else he might want in “the American tradition.”
Miranda performed bars from what would become the hottest Broadway ticket in town. It was a musical that blended turn-of-the century costumes and staging with a story as old as our country—with unapologetic hip-hop.
Miranda’s performance was well received that night at the White House, according to recounts. The run on Broadway for a show called Hamilton was epic. President Barack Obama even attended the show in New York City some years later.
Millennials, Mobile, and Music
A millennial successfully infused a cultural phenomenon that originated in the broken down warehouses and basements of New York boroughs in the late ’70s into a mainstream, high-brow mainstay in upscale Manhattan in 2015.
The result was something bigger.
Hamilton grossed more than $ 209 million in ticket sales since it debuted in 2015 according to BroadwayLeague.com. The soundtrack blazed on streaming services reaching an even broader and more multicultural audience. The album went platinum about a year after the curtain raised, according to Mashable.
Mobile would take this inspiring narrative to the masses.
Turn Up the Volume
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Spotify headquarters in New York City, thanks to the team at Brand-Innovators. My topic was reaching the new mass market with mobile and music.
I walked on stage to one of the most popular cuts from the Hamilton soundtrack, “My Shot,” and shared the story of Miranda’s breakthrough to make my case: that millennials, mobile, and music are an important mix for marketing to the new mass market.
I shared with the Fortune 500 marketers gathered at the music streaming company that they could turn up the volume on efforts to reach and resonate with the new mass market where trends are largely driven by the millennial culture.
Here are three keys:
Infuse popular music into mainstream efforts. The new mass market is dominated by young people, and music, as a cultural nuance, wins. Young people are reaching for their mobile devices to connect to what inspires them, and the No. 1 inspiring content they reach for is music, according to AT&T Inspired Mobility research. In fact, according to a recent Revolt TV study, there is one genre young people agree on. According to Forbes, everyone, in fact, agrees on hip-hop.
Leverage mobile platforms. Expanding your reach means taking your content to the people, wherever they are, whenever they demand it. Whether you want to reach the multicultural content omnivore, or you’re wanting to expand your multicultural marketing efforts, mobile streaming or social media content delivery methods are paramount. Mobile social media is where culture converges.
Let millennials lead. Black culture drives pop culture, according to Nielsen research. So if the most multicultural adult generation is currently millennials, and black millennials are leading the way on all things trendy and digital, then tracking trends in their space could lead to the insight you need to have a breakout campaign. I am also a champion of inclusion marketing. It’s a practice that starts with the DNA of your team to impact marketing outcomes in time for this new mass market. Empowering millennials to not just contribute to concepts, but to drop a few “bars” in your planning meetings could lead you down more creative and strategic paths. As noted, one such encounter in the White House led to something big.
Take Cues from Miranda: Culture Invites Everyone In
If you’re thinking that a large dose of culture can be alienating, think again. I continually share that culture is the DNA of diversity, and it is also an invitation to inclusiveness. Consider that Hamilton, with its majority brown and black cast, played to a majority white audience night after night.
Creators seem to be leading the way in taking content multicultural.
Brands must look to the creators for insights on how to leverage storytelling and cultural nuances to connect and engage in this new reality, a browning America.
For the third consecutive year, hundreds of women of color will convene in Brooklyn, New York, to celebrate their hair and heritage at CurlFest this Saturday. The annual one-day festival was launched in 2014 by the Curly Girl Collective, an experiential marketing group that specializes in multicultural beauty, as a way to empower women with naturally kinky or curly hair.
During the event, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from beauty experts, bloggers, and social influencers as well as shop for beauty products, fashion, jewelry, and accessories. They can also participate in fun games and a dance-off.
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Last year, attendees traveled from around the world—even from as far as Brazil and France—to join in on the festivities at the 2016 CurlFest, which Black Enterprise’s Raven Davis described as a remarkable experience of “curls and kinks galore.” Davis also spoke to one of the founders of Curly Girl Collective, Charisse Higgins, about the growth of her business and CurlFest, which is now recognized as the largest natural beauty festival in the world.
Since the beginning of the Curly Girl Collective movement in 2011 the five co-founders have gone from curating small events and panels for women with natural hair to launching CurlFest in 2014 which has quadrupled in the number of attendees, clients and sponsors.
Charisse believes what makes Curly Girl Collective and CurlFest different is “the sense of community that is created through the movement. Prior to the very first CurlFest in 2014, the co-founders planned to “reach more people—connect more people to the brands and bloggers they love and have fun celebrating natural beauty.”
On Thursday, Pantene launched a new line of hair-care products called Pantene Gold, designed to cater to African-American women. In the ad for the new line, above, black models of all ages rock beautiful natural hairdos pose as a narrator recites a poem about black hair, declaring:
“So many wrong things are said, about how it grows from our head. But to think that beauty is only sleek and wavy is crazy.”
Among the nominees were Aja Naomi King of “How to Get Away With Murder”, Yara Shahidi of “Black-ish”, Janelle Monae of “Hidden Figures” and Issa Rae of “Insecure.” The four women each took the stage to accept their awards at the Beverly Wiltshire Four Seasons, where guests in attendance included Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles, Cynthia Erivo and Viola Davis.
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The Ministry of Magic’s Foreign Affairs Department orders an immediate evacuation of all magical communities in the U.S. The No-Maj Trump administration has signed an Executive Order that, effective immediately, bans all witches, wizards, and squibs from the U.S., including those with valid visas, green cards, and portkeys.
The Floo Network will be used for emergency evacuations, as some witches and wizards are currently being detained at JFK Terminal 4.
Witches, wizards, and anyone with critical thinking faculties must remain vigilant for charges that include posing a threat to U.S. national security. Magical communities who remain in the U.S. may be subjected to additional discrimination, targeted by extraordinary surveillance, and forced to take an ideological test; Wizard registry to follow. Witches and wizards should closely follow media reports, Twitter accounts, alt-Twitter accounts, rogue Twitter accounts, and owl posts to evaluate the risks of remaining in the country. Your O.W.L. or N.E.W.T scores do not matter. The most decorated students of Ilvermorny will face deportation once their student wizard visas expire, if not sooner.
Witches and wizards, particularly half-bloods and mud bloods, continue to experience harassment and racial profiling within the U.S. Hate crimes have spiked following the election of self-avowed Golden Snitch grabber and anti-Wizard bigot, Donald J. Trump. The U.S. government continues to repress other minority magical groups including giants and unicorns. Centaurs, in particular, are urged to avoid Muggles in red hats. Consequently, some areas within the country where magical minorities reside – including Flint, Ferguson, and Standing Rock – remain unsafe. Magical communities holding peaceful protests are subject to arrest and prosecution.
Squibs studying in non-magical schools should also be cautious as this country suffers from frequent gun violence, particularly in classrooms.* Should squib students decide to continue with their studies, the Magical Congress of the United States of America offers Active Shooter training sessions free of charge.
The U.S. government has severed diplomatic relations with the Ministry of Magic and, therefore, we cannot provide protection or consular protection to magical communities. While the International Confederation of Wizards has formally condemned these actions, it is not clear if the Trump administration intends to heed them or just “take names.” Please remain vigilant and avoid satire.
* Guns are a metal wand that Muggles use to kill each other.
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Torrid ― a clothing, accessory, swimwear, lingerie and shoe retailer for women sizes 10-30 ― introduced its newest ads Thursday, and the results are pretty epic.
The brand tapped both influencers and its customers to star in its #TheseCurves campaign, featuring women of many shapes and sizes on its site and inspiring women to share photos of themselves in their underwear.
Included in the mix is Anna O’Brien, or glitterandlazers as she’s known on social media, who explained in a release how excited she is to be “part of a campaign that celebrates the bodies many of us grew up being taught to hate.”
Also featured is blogger and Refinery29 writer Liz Black, who said on Instagram that while it took “years” to love her body, now she prefers to “celebrate it in style.” In a statement, she also applauded Torrid for its fashionable offerings. “My body deserves better than the blandness typically offered to plus size women,” she said.
Torrid also took to its own Instagram to share some images, including a shot featuring familiar faces Precious Lee and Georgina Burke.
Oh, there’s no place like Buckingham Palace for the holidays.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge posed together Thursday during an annual diplomatic reception, looking majestic and regal as usual.
Some royal enthusiasts expressed excitement that a photo from inside the event, which is typically kept private, was made available to those of us on the outside. If you ask us, though, the exciting part is that the former Kate Middleton wore both a repeat red gown and one of Princess Diana’s most-worn tiaras.
The tiara was originally commissioned by Queen Mary, then passed down to her granddaughter, the current queen, who loaned the tiara to Diana out of her own private collection. Diana famously wore it many times, including to a banquet in New Zealand in 1983.
Images from Kate’s arrival provide an even closer look at the magnificent pearl and diamond head piece in all its royal glory.
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Назначение:Для вечеринок,Повседневные; Материал :Сплав,Хрусталь; В комплект входит:Серьги,Ожерелья; Length of Necklace (CM):405; Высота кулона (см):2.5; Ширина кулона (см):1.2; Length of Earrings (CM):2.5; Width of Earrings (CM):1.2; Вес нетто (кг):0.016
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Take them on a journey to discover a secret world at the bottom of the garden, where animals and plants come to life through sheer magic. Charming frog-prince’s and friendly butterfly designs are hand-carved and painted onto each whimsical piece of furniture. Our Magic Garden brings an exciting family of plants and animals into your childs playtime, sparking their imagination and sense of wonder. Durable and tough, yet pretty and delicate, pieces from our Magic Garden collection are a delight for both parent and child. Embark on a magical journey with the Magic Garden Walker. Baby can take their first steps with this handy and playful walking device. Sturdy hand carved bar makes for a safe spot to hold on to as their find their legs When baby tires of walking they are able to sit down and play with the friendly characters embedded on the side of the walker. Hand painted a pretty pink and carved with love, this a step in the right direction.Hand painted and hand carved design with durable wooden construction and non-toxic paint by Teamson Design Corp Help children to learn to walk Perfect addition to kid’s bedroom, playroom or nursery Easy to clean and a non-slip surface No assembly required 30 Days warranty against manufacturer defects Dry or Damp ClothAge Range: All Ages Collection: Magic Garden Country of Origin: China Finish: Multicolor Height: 23-3 4 Length: 18 Weight: 9.48 Width: 13-1 4
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This a great addition to any kid’s room. Reading is always important, so organize it correctly with this lovely frog themed hand painted Book Case!Features:Hand PaintedHand CarvedDecorative as well as functionalSturdy and high qualityCoordinates with a setDimensions: 38″H x 11.50″W x 22″D
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The magic is in the Multi-Touch. The Apple Magic Mouse redefines what a mouse should do. In addition to its smooth, seamless top-shell design that acts as one button or two, Magic Mouse features a Multi-Touch surface with gesture support. Scroll vertically, horizontally, and diagonally – a full 360 degrees – simply by touching anywhere on the top surface. With a greater surface area for scrolling, you can get around a long timeline in iMovie, through a lengthy web page in Safari, or around a set of images in iPhoto more efficiently. You can also swipe through pages in Safari or photos in iPhoto with two fingers. It’s the most advanced Apple mouse ever made.One or two. Left or right. The seamless, one-button design of Magic Mouse makes it simple to use right out of the box. But if you want the functionality of a two-button mouse, that’s easy, too. Just change the configuration in System Preferences. And the ambidextrous construction means Magic Mouse is great for lefties or righties.Laser tracking engine. Magic Mouse features a laser tracking engine that’s far more sensitive and responsive on more surfaces than traditional optical technology. That means it can track with precision on nearly every surface with no mousepad required.Bluetooth technology. Magic Mouse works wirelessly with your Bluetooth-enabled Mac. When you combine it with the Apple Wireless Keyboard, the result is an untethered and uncluttered workspace. Once you pair Magic Mouse with your Mac, you can enjoy a secure and reliable connection from up to 33 feet away.
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On Tuesday, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by “The Tonight Show” to talk about his new movie “Horns” and revealed that he loves rap music and has a thing for memorizing difficult lyrics. Seeing this as an opportunity for something amazing to happen, Jimmy Fallon then put the actor to the test by getting him to rap Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics.”
From watching the performance, it’s pretty obvious why the actor was chosen to play a wizard — because this is nothing less than magic.
The Felix the Cat Magic Bag 4 Piece Set from Visionair is an excellent fashion luggage set with a hardside exterior and spinner wheels. This set uses ergonomically designed airfcraft aluminum extended handles to guide the 4 spinner wheels smooth and easily. Fully lined interior features cross strap tie downs and zippered dividers to keep your things organized and in place.
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Realized in embossed fabric with goldtone hardware and leather details the Magic Circus medium shoulder bag features zip closure a logo tag Asteria charm and a removable angel. Due to the unique nature and large format of the Magic Circus print each piece takes on a life of its own and differs from the rest. Dust bag included.
Used – When naive insurance salesman Twoflower sells fire insurance to an arson-prone innkeeper, he finds himself rescued from the burning town by inept wizard Rincewind. Rincewind is only too happy to turn tour guide, and with Twoflower’s amazing sentient Luggage, the mismatched threesome set off on an incredible adventure into the wildest realms of fantasy! “Madcap . . . Frothy, inventive, and fun”.–Kirkus Reviews.
Just Fold Me! Experience Graco Baby Stroller Urban Lite Click Connect – Black Magic. It features a unique, one-second, single-step fold. This lightweight stroller not only features a new one-second, single-step fold, it also accepts any Graco infant car seats.
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Ms- Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists soaring into flight with a dozen dynamic experiments- Youngsters build a balloon-jet experiment with parachutes make a spinner soar create the ultimate paper airplane make paper magically rise move floating ping pong balls collapse a juice box fly a glider lift off rockets and much much more-Seatbelts everyone- Get ready to Soar into Flight- For children ages 5 and up- Featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as a HOT SUMMER TOY! Winner! 2007 National Association of Gifted Children Gifted Child Holiday Pick List Dr- Toys Best 10 Educational Products and 100 Best Childrens Products Awards 2007 Toy of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine 2007 Father`s Day Seal of Approval from Mr- Dad eChoice (Editors Choice) Award 2007 Seal of Approval and Award of Excellence from The Toy Man Three iParenting Media Outstanding Products Awards Three 2008 Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) Honors Two 2007 Parents Choice Foundation Recommended Awards! SKU: TYSC031
Music has always been important to people – and some animals Explore the many ways music affects us, from whale songs to Yo-Yo Ma. Use your unique code to access the online reader, complete with videos and interactive exercises. Plus, download a free e-book version of the reader
It is usual on holiday to relax on the beach; eat at a restaurant; maybe stroll around a little town – but this, it seems, isn’t enough for some people. Here is the amusing and true story of entrepreneurs Roy and Gillian Hiscott, who went on a cheap deal holiday week on the Algarve and bought an old Primary School in the Alentejo Hills. Follow the path of this unusual transaction from the first stages of purchase through to the final renovation, together with all triumphs and frustrations. Feel as bemused as they did as they are aided by a couple chancing by in a camper van from their home town of Plymouth in Devon, whose lives were struck by a tragedy leading to the largest scale murder investigation Plymouth had known in recent years.The story, which includes many tips for anyone wishing to buy abroad is written with much skill and humour by Gillian, a professional playwright with a Masters degree in scriptwriting, with five published plays, a novel and two other travel books to her name. Let her take you on their real life adventure in a beautiful country where the sun shines and the hoopoe calls from the tree outside the beautiful art deco building they rescued from decay – now a holiday let property. : Purchase and review this book and enter a draw for a week’s accommodation at the school in the beautiful Alentejo hills, Portugal. For details go to websiteIf link doesn’t work try typing Rare and Rural into search engine. *********When I read the book you wrote Gill, the surrounding got a complete other dimension for me. I went back in time.I can imagine you get so affected to this area. I was emotional when I had to leave Sambro.Thank you for let us be in your property. Every day I have a moment I must think of Sambro. Sorry for my bad english writing! Sincerly greetingsYvonne de Jong