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Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nomination is a Major Milestone for Asian Women

Sandra Oh made history yesterday when she became the first Asian woman ever nominated for an Emmy in the category of best leading actress in a drama series.

Oh, who was previously nominated for five Best Supporting Actress Emmys for her role as Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, was nominated this year for her role as the titular character in the BBC drama series Killing Eve. In the series, she plays an MI5 agent who is tasked with finding an assassin, Villanelle—whom she later becomes mutually obsessed with over the course of eight episodes.

The show, hailed as a feminist thriller, is also a powerful source of queer representation. “What breaks through is the time and the focus of the show on these two characters,”Oh told The Hollywood Reporter. “It is focusing on female psychology and the female psyche and is doing that unabashedly in a thriller. I don’t think that we’ve seen that before.”

Although earning an Emmy nomination for a groundbreaking feminist role should be cause for celebration, Oh also sees it as motivation to keep fighting for better representation. “It cannot rest,” she said. “I don’t want to rest on the fact that a handful of us have had the opportunity and that it stops there. I want the movement to keep on going. I want the ripple to turn into a wave.”

Amy DePoy is a student at Yale University and an editorial intern at Ms. She loves feminism, reading and writing. She also loves all fruits, but especially strawberries. 

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Blame the heatwave if you will, but we’re seriously obsessed with holiday fashion at the moment, even if we are stuck behind our desks with the air con on.

And Mark Cain‘s SS19 high summer show has not helped matters in the slightest, having made us want to book a ticket to Marrakech, pronto.

Dubbed ‘Le Riad Marc Cain’, the show took place in Berlin this week, as you might have guessed, it had a ‘Moroccan flair and focus on sophisticated prints, strong boosts of colour and vibrant pastel shades’.

Strong looks included printed halterneck dresses with matching turbans, flouncy tropical gowns and feminine and floaty maxi dresses.

In other words, every frock you would ever need for a fabulous holiday, to take you from poolside to party.

That said, there was some great coral suiting too, if dresses aren’t your thing.

Collection aside, the show was a bit of an unusual one for Marc Cain, as it was Managing Director Design Karin Veit’s last, as she is leaving the brand after 43 years to concentrate on her personal life.

Talk about leaving with a bang.

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5 Major Anime Tropes and the Shows That Avoid Them

Anime tropes have been around since the beginning of the medium and are used as a tool to point out a series’ motif. While tropes make it easier to quickly identify the underlying theme of an anime series, some have become quite repetitive and tiresome, showing up in an infinite number of shows. Fortunately, there are few series that entirely avoid these popular tropes or manage to keep them to a minimum. Here are 10 shows that avoid some of anime’s biggest tropes.

Trope #1: Tsundere


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The tsundere are often female characters who have a soft side to them but give the male protagonist a hard time even though they are interested in them. These characters are often physically violent and verbally abusive towards their male counterpart. While some tsundere characters drive an anime’s plot, in some cases it can become extremely distracting and annoying. Despite the popularity of this character trope, there a few shows that don’t fall into this archetype.

Say “I Love You”


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In Say “I Love You”, Mei Tachibana has no friends to avoid being hurt by them. But, her perception changes when she meets Yamato Kurosawa. Yamato finds Mei intriguing and, despite her cold demeanor, he insists on being her friend. When Yamato rescues Mei from a stalker, she develops feelings for him. They begin to date, and their relationship goes through obstacles, making it harder for them to learn how to say “I love you.”

Mei expresses her feelings in a way entirely different from a tsundere. Instead of using violence like tsundere would, Mei shares her love for Yamato in a civil manner. She shows how romantic emotions should be expressed to get a positive reaction from the other person.

Snow White with the Red Hair


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Shirayuki is famous for her rare, apple-red hair. Due to her mane, she gains the attention of the prince, Raji Shenazard, who wants Shirayuki to be his concubine. Unwilling to comply, Shirayuki cuts her hair and escapes into the woods, where she meets Zen Wistaria, the prince of Clarines. In exchange for healing his wounds, the prince invites Shirayuki to come to his kingdom and she sets out to become an apprentice herbalist and stay close to the prince.

Shirayuki is a strong-willed and bright young woman. Her optimistic nature, compassion, and determination gained her the admiration of the prince. So, when Zen expresses interest in her, she gets easily flustered and doesn’t know how to respond. Yet she doesn’t become easily angered or insult him as a tsundere would.

Trope #2: Invisible Parents


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If anime is to be believed, it seems that every parent in Japan who has children is never there to take care of their kid due to work, social commitments, or in many instances, the parents are dead. Many anime feature the trope of nonexistent parents who let their kids run around getting themselves in unbelievable situations like fighting monsters or poking their nose where they shouldn’t. Thankfully there are a few anime parents and guardians who are still around.

Wolf Children


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Being a single mom is hard, but being a parent to wolf children is even harden. When Hana was at college, she fell in love with a mysterious man. During the full moon, he would transform into a wolf, and now he’s the last of his kind. Regardless of knowing his dark secret, Hana’s love for him remains strong. They start a family and have two healthy children, Ame and Yuki, who, like their father, can transform into wolves.

Hana’s world falls apart when her lover, in wolf form, is found dead. Now, she must raise her children alone in a populated city while keeping the identity of her children a secret. This heartwarming tale puts parenting at the front and center as Hana raises her two energetic little kids on her own.

Yuri!!! On Ice


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Yuri!!! On Ice follows Yuuri Katsuki, who, after coming last at the Sochi Grand Prix Final in ice skating, returns home to assess his future in the sport. But, when a video of him performing a routine executed by the world champion and his idol, Victor Nikiforov, goes viral, he’s thrust into the spotlight. Victor then offers to coach Yuuri and bring him back to the world stage.

In many instances in anime, the parents aren’t around to see their child compete. However, Yuuri’s parents are always present at his competitions. This is a much more realistic portrayal of parents and the series shows how much they love their son, who after a devastating performance are just happy to see him. Their presence is one of the key factors why Yuuri is so kind and loveable.

Trope # 3: Big Breasts


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In many anime series about high school, there’s often at least one female character whose chest defies gravity, biology, and even logic. Often, the main male character will either accidentally fall on them or make jokes about them. The breasts seem to exist purely for male characters to interact with. We get it, sex sells. But there are plenty of anime series that have succeeded without falling for this tired and overused trope.

Hyouka


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The mystery school anime, Hyouka, doesn’t use this trope. It follows the members of The Classic Literature Club, the apathetic and calm Houtarou Oreki, the sarcastic Satoshi Fukube, the easy to anger but friendly Mayaka Ibara, and the ever-curious Eru Chitanda.

Together they go to various lengths to solve the club’s 45-year mystery. But the magic doesn’t stop there. Multiple classmates come to the members of the Classic Lit Club to address a range of cases including the numerous thefts during a school festival and a missing movie scene. The series is rated PG-13, and has no mature content nor any body parts that defy the laws of physics.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.


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The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. revolves around Saiki Kusuo a seemingly average teenager, except that he has pink hair and antennas sticking out of his head. He also has psychic abilities like telekinesis and teleportation. But despite these powers, he can’t stay away from the spotlight, as he inadvertently attracts the attention of his classmates who make it difficult to have an ordinary, hassle-free life.

While the anime is a comedy, and large chests are commonly used as a comedic tool, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. has barely any jokes involving breasts or exploit female characters for cheap laughs. Instead, the comedy comes from typical everyday situations like cultural festivals or summer trips. The series is good, clean fun that doesn’t objectify women.

Trope #4: Fragile Female Leads


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Unfortunately, helpless female leads are still a major trope in anime, most notably in shows that have a lot of action. Often these young women are stereotyped as very physically weak and almost completely dependent on the male lead. Luckily, there’s a lot of anime with strong female leads that can balance the scale.

Yona of the Dawn


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The Kingdom of Kouka has only one heir to the throne: 15-year-old princess Yona. On her birthday she anticipates a celebration with her devoting father King Il, her best friend and bodyguard Hak, and cousin Soo-Won. But the festivities don’t go as expected when Yona witnesses Soo-Won murder her father.

Now Yona and Hak must flee Kouka to ensure their safety. Along the way, Yona sees how Kouka is in a state of disarray, plagued with poverty, conflict, and corruption. Although she seems shy at first, Yona quickly learns that she has to be strong to get her kingdom back.

Michiko to Hatchin


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Michiko to Hatchin stars two female leads, Michiko Malandro and Hana “Hatchin” Morenos. The anime begins with Hana, who’s abused by her foster parents and Michiko busting out of prison again.

The “free-willed diva” drives her motorcycle through the wall of Hana’s home, grabs her, and claims that Hana is her daughter. Together they travel across the country to find Michiko’s love from the past and Hana’s father, Hiroshi Morenos, a renowned criminal. On their tail is detective Atsuko Jackson, and thus begins their cross-country tale.

The relationship between Michiko and Hatchin gives the anime a female power vibe without it becoming a cliché. Throughout the series, their opposing personalities balance each other out and they support one another through various life obstacles.

Trope #5: Kids Save the Day


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There are countless shows where a child suits up to save humanity from an invading force. While anime, like other mediums, play with this fantasy, in reality, children don’t possess the level of mental or physical strength to save people nor destroy a powerful bad guy. Good thing there are several anime shows that avoid this trope and feature adults saving the world.

One-Punch Man


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One-Punch Man follows Saitama, a regular guy who dreams of becoming a hero. After saving a kid from a monster, he vows to become a hero, even going bald to achieve his goal. His intense training pays off, and Saitama can defeat anyone with a single punch, hence the name One-Punch Man. Throughout the series, various villains challenge One-Punch Man and each falls after just one punch.

With the exception of Child Emperor, Saitama and his superhero colleagues are all adults who put their lives on the line to protect Z-City and no child takes the unnecessary risk of saving the day.

Trigun


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The sci-fi western anime, Trigun, revolves around a $ 60 billion bounty on the head of Vash the Stampede, also known as the Humanoid Typhoon. Due to his past life and the massive bounty on his head, Vash hides from civilization, but his antics and destructive nature lands him on the radar of two insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson. These two agents try to track down and stop Vash from causing any more damage.

A great portion of the comedy in Trigun comes from the three adult main characters who try to stay out of trouble but fail miserably. The rest of the series is formed by other adult characters who either help the trio in their adventure or thwart their plan.

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How I Did It: From Humble Roots to Leading Major Maryland Healthcare System

The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” can affirm that oftentimes even the closest among us can’t fully grasp and follow the undercurrent that shapes an individual’s destiny. I recently had the honor of sitting down for an exchange with Neil J. Moore, CEO and President of University of Maryland Capital Region Health headquartered in Cheverly, Maryland, to talk about his passion, path, and impact as a servant leader and agent of change in the healthcare industry.

Humble Beginnings

The British Guiana native was reared in humble beginnings, living in a two-bedroom house partitioned to accommodate 10 additional siblings. He felt the ripple effects of a two-parent household surviving on a single income. It was then that young Neil made a commitment to create a new narrative that would bypass and break the cycle of that kind of family burden. By age 16, he and several family members migrated to Brooklyn, New York, where he graduated from G.W. Wingate High School, which was a stone’s throw away from Kings County Hospital. There, he was accepted as an intern and assigned to work in the payroll department.

Moore worked primarily in finance and human resources and was elevated to management in several hospitals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He secured his first executive position in 1991 when he was tapped to be the first Chief Financial Officer of East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center. While there, he worked on issues including addressing the uninsured, securing grants and funding, launching programs in schools to provide access to doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and primary care professionals, and reducing the amount of emergency room visits.

His life was radically transformed when he met Conrad Johns, who was an attorney and was serving in the role of head of Human Resources for Kings County Hospital Center. “Connie,” as Moore referred to him, eventually became a judge in the State of New York. With no concept of mentorship at the time, Moore didn’t realize that he was strategically being groomed by Johns, who scooped him under his wings and sowed continual seeds of knowledge, belief, motivation, and affirmation: “Young man, you’re very smart, and you’re going to go places.”

His mentor convinced him to complete his degree because he understood that a lack of formal education would limit him as a black male. Johns would even invite Moore to high-level meetings and expose him to associations to stretch his capacity and create a hunger for future possibilities. In retrospect, Moore adds, “this key relationship has set the baseline of who I am today. It’s because of what someone has done for me and shown me that mentorship is extremely important in developing others, and helping others along the way.” To this day, Moore makes mentorship an active priority and responsibility of giving back and paying it forward. He has mentored student members of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), University of Maryland, and Greater New York Hospital Association. Many of his mentees have subsequently pursued careers in healthcare.

TRANSFORMING IMPACT

After Moore transitioned from New York to Maryland, and analyzed the demographics, he was more passionate than ever to make a difference in his new assignment. While serving six years as CFO, he was asked by the board of directors to take the helm as the President & CEO of the then Dimensions Healthcare System, now University of Maryland Capital Region Health, in leading the organization through a very difficult period; transforming it to a regional medical center. The last six years, Moore worked collaboratively with the University of Maryland Medical System to ensure a successful merger of the new healthcare system. There was a lot of negotiation, creativity, and innovation that included program creations, resource allocations, cost reductions, and strategic relationship developments—creating a new culture of unity and trust.

Moore shares some guiding principles and experiential advice on developing organizations and communities.

Create an Environment of Trust – Be honest about who you are. As a person of integrity, I’d never ask anyone to do anything that compromises their integrity. I have an open door policy and am always open for conversation. I believe that you should always do right by people, not only in your personal life, but in your professional life.

Foster an Atmosphere of Inclusion – Communities want to know if they can rely on you in whatever products or services you offer. Therefore, I became very comfortable with actively engaging and strengthening relationships with county, state and government officials, and members of Congress.

Produce a Climate of Change – The only constant is change. This has to do with your leadership ability to be able to get everyone on board. Cast the vision so they can buy into that vision and become one with it. For our organization, that sometimes included hosting team-building events that I personally funded out of pocket. These events ensured that we nurtured, strengthened, and transitioned a team from volatility to stability, from non-trusting to safely trusting, from divided to united. Leadership is about investing in the lives of others for the greater good of the overall mission.

Build a Tolerance for Tenacity – One of our largest challenges in our healthcare system was the implementation and operation of electronic (digital) records. If we failed in this requirement, we would be penalized at the federal level, and continue to lag behind at the service level. Both were unacceptable. I brought in a top consultant and he concluded that the project would be nearly impossible to pull off. That it would require a lot of sacrifice and the process would be painful. After the meeting, my immediate response was, “has this ever been done before?” Indeed, it was everything the consultant predicted, but we persisted in the face of adversity and got it done—major, major accomplishment!

It was recently announced that Moore will step down from his position as CEO of University of Maryland Capital Region Health in June 2018.

 

 

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Big Brother star Alex Lee reveals she’s gay as she shows off completely different look after major makeover

FORMER Big Brother star Alex Lee has revealed she’s gay in a new interview.

The reality star also looks completely unrecognisable after ditching her Barbie look from the 2011 series and undergoing a dramatic £60k transformation.

Alex Lee now looks completely different from her 2011 Big Brother appearance after a £60k transformation
Alex Lee now looks completely different from her 2011 Big Brother appearance after a £60k transformation

The currently single star told Diva magazine, “I’ve known since I was younger that I’ve been attracted to women.

“It’s only quite recently that I was able to find the strength to come out and say, ‘Look, I’m gay.’”

Alex revealed she dated a woman for one and a half years but isn’t really looking for a serious romance.

And more then seven years on from her stint in Big Brother, she says she’s in a “completely different place” from her reality show incarnation.

 

 

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Alex Lee looks a world away from her appearance on Big Brother
Alex Lee looks a world away from her appearance on Big Brother
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In recent snaps on the reality star’s Twitter account, she now sports a demure brunette hairstyle and has ditched the fake tan for a natural glow.

She told the mag part of her new look is down to surgery after “coming into some money” following her stint on Big Brother where she came in third.

She said: “I was lucky enough to come into some money after Big Brother and that’s what I spent it on. “In a way it’s sad, because when I saw myself on telly, it wasn’t me. It wasn’t what I thought I looked like. It really affected me over the years with body dysmorphia.”

 

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She added: “Using the money and getting surgery and changing the way I looked, it’s made me into the person I always wanted to be.

“It’s like a fresh start. 2018’s definitely my year.”

The star gave up her job as cabin crew for an airline to go into the house in September 2011, but spoke of her horror after being trolled online over her appearance.

 

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The star was known for her love of tiny pink outfits, fake tan and heavy make-up – but she’s dropped it all in the years since the show, and looks totally different now.

She went on to have lip fillers, eyebrow and lip tattoos, facial fillers, Botox, and top-of-the-range hair extensions, as well as liposuction on her stomach in 2013.

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Alex had lip fillers and botox
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Alex previously revealed to The Sun that she overhauled her image after watching herself back in the 2011 series, and being left feeling “horrified” by her appearance.

She even appeared on Snog Marry Avoid to try to ditch the Barbie look once and for all.


 

“At the time I thought I was girlie and glam, but watching it back I saw myself as ugly, overweight and disgustingly tacky in head-to-toe pink,” she previously said.

“I was mortified and cancelled all public appearances. I even stopped going out.

“Instead, I stayed in to read the comments about me online.”

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Plum Seed Oil: The Under-the-Radar Oil With Major Benefits for Skin and Hair

Every beauty nerd knows the importance of stocking at least one powerful multipurpose beauty oil in your medicine cabinet. Argan, coconut, jojoba — all of these and more are beneficial in maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. Besides these well-known options that have been reported on for years, there’s one under-the-radar beauty oil that’s just as powerful, if not more: plum seed oil.

Extracted from the seeds of organic plums, plum seed oil is a cold-pressed beauty oil that’s poised to be the next big trend in beauty. “It is rich in fatty acids as well as antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “It has both skin-hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty acids help seal in cracks in the outer skin layer, while the antioxidants calm free radical damage to protect the skin and help promote healthy collagen production to strengthen the skin foundation and fight the appearance of lines and wrinkles.”

Wondering how to use this impressive oil? Luckily, there are a variety of ways you can start incorporating plum seed oil into your daily beauty routine.

Protect Your Hair

If you’re someone who heat styles your hair quite often, using plum seed oil regularly will strengthen and protect your strands from heat usage, minimizing your chances of damaging them. That said, you should still limit how often you use your blow-dryer and flatiron.

Give Your Skin Care Products a Boost

When you want a glow, but hate how oily most facial oils leave your skin, give plum seed oil a whirl. When combined with your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, it will give your skin a drink of hydration and a radiant finish.

Tackle Common Skin Woes

Due to its high concentration of omega fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E, this superfood is a workhorse at minimizing dark spots, reducing fine lines and calming irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Mix a drop or two with your favorite moisturizer in the morning if you have dry or combination skin to protect against pollutants. For all other skin types, use some at night for well-hydrated skin the next day.

Now that you’re armed with all of that knowledge, let us introduce you to some of the best beauty products on the market that contain the power of plum seed oil.

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Juicy Couture continues to hit the refresh button on heritage styles — and why not, given all the love the Nineties are getting in fashion these days? The company’s latest track collection aims to turn heads with many of the pieces boasting Swarovski crystal embellishments and customizable details.
The 16-piece offering can be personalized via options such as monogramming or color selection. Prices range from $ 275 for a cropped jacket that can be customized to $ 1,750 for Swarovski-embellished velour shorts.
Designing the collection presented a moment to go back to the company’s roots, especially after creative director Jamie Mizrahi presented a fall collection that viewed Juicy Couture through the lens of the Seventies and Eighties. The collaboration with Swarovski is rooted in the brand’s heyday and is a nod to the crystal-embellished tracksuits of the Nineties, but with some modern twists, Mizrahi said.
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A Growing Epidemic: Black Women Face Major Disparity in Maternal Mortality

It’s Women’s History Month, and black women have especially enjoyed a stellar 2018 in the spotlight for their strength and tenacity (Black Panther, anyone?), clever business savvy, CEO boss moves, and buying power.

But when it comes to one of the most important jobs in the world, there’s a major challenge that impacts the world’s future. Giving birth to the next generation of great black leaders has become a life-threatening experience for many.

According to research, African American women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. The reasons include disparities in access to healthcare, discrimination in poor or rural communities, and budget restrictions on free or low-income clinics that service women. Also, risk factors that lead to complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity affect black women at higher rates than their white counterparts. This issue even has public faces in that of Erica Garner and Kyira Adele Dixon. Erica, the daughter of Eric Garner, died after a heart attack just three months into welcoming the birth of her son, and Dixon, the daughter-in-law of Judge Glenda Hatchett, died hours after having a C-section birth.

“One black woman dying after childbirth is one too many,” says Monica Raye Simpson, executive director of SisterSong: The National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Simpson is a certified doula and co-chair of the March for Black Women, and she has made it her life mission to raise awareness, gather resources, and advocate for changing stigmas and saving lives.

Black Enterprise talked with the activist about how black women can tackle the challenge head-on and beat the issue of maternal mortality:

Black Enterprise: What led to a focus on this issue and what challenges are specifically affecting black women?

Monica Raye Simpson: In 2014, we started to get information from researchers—those in the public health field—about the fact that maternal mortality was on the rise in this country and that it was impacting black women more than any other population. We started to dig in as a national organization based in the South, we really wanted to understand what was happening [specifically] in our Southern regions where there’s the largest populations of black women. That’s where we saw the shocking statistics, that black women were dying at a rate four times higher than white women. As the most industrialized country in the world, with all this wealth, you’re kidding me.

We didn’t want to just look at this from just a stats perspective. We wanted to understand the stories of black women to get to the root cause. We held focus groups in two of the states at that time that had two of the highest rates of maternity mortality: Georgia and Mississippi. We sat and talked with women about their [life experiences related to reproduction], from what [information they learned about] sex education…to post-partum, asking them about their stories. What we got from this was that it didn’t matter if the woman had the most education, if her social economic status was more upper-middle class or working class—what mattered was that she was a black woman and [the stories were similar] in the way they were treated when they went in for care. So many talked about how they were not given access to all information and because they had not, necessarily had the access, they were dealing with immense amounts of pain, infections, and near-death experiences. It was simply due to being treated differently because of the color of their skin.

How can black women empower themselves as patients and expectant mothers when they go for doctor’s visits?
We need to start sooner with comprehensive sex education and [change] how our girls are learning about their bodies and what happens to their bodies in pregnancy. If we cut that off and only start at the current problem in adult women, we’re not going to see numbers decrease—we’ll see the next generation dealing with the current problem again.

Also, we need to demand access to information. Demand it from our medical professionals. Be a patient advocate for ourselves. Ask questions of the system. Be prepared for that when you come in the room. We get such a short amount of time with our physicians, so we have to maximize that time and come in strategic. Let them know different scenarios of what’s happening—that’s important.

And let’s create a community among black women for us to be in constant communication with each other. On social media, there are awesome groups, [such as] Black Mamas Matter, an alliance of black women researchers, activists, and doctors. We have to be more connected to one another—in organizations and those working on the ground—and share our stories. I wrote a post on Facebook for example… I’m 38, I want to have a baby, I’m a professional, I’m single, I’m also queer, so there are a lot of different factors that come to play for me in terms of starting a family. So many questions come up; it’s about me being vulnerable enough and brave enough to share my experience. [That post] created an online community [of support and sharing information].

We should not have to lose our lives to bring life in this world, especially when the [risk factors] are rooted in systems of oppression and lack of access [to information] that can actually be eliminated.

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Britney Spears recreates her Toxic video in a nude sparkly mini-dress – but suffers a major fashion fail

BRITNEY Spears looked sensational in a sparkly dress  at a glitzy event, but put her foot in it by wearing shoes that looked way too small for her.

The pop beauty recreated her Toxic video in a nude sparkly mini-dress despite suffering a fashion fail with her footwear.

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The Oops I Did it Again singer, 36, pulled out all the stops to look glamorous at the 4TH Annual Hollywood Beauty awards in Los Angeles, where she picked up the award for Best Fragrance.

She slipped her gym-honed figure into a tiny mini dress that resembled her sheer sparkly number in her Toxic video.

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The 36-year-old Grammy winner has released 24 perfumes with Elizabeth Arden since 2004, and took home the most prestigious award of the night.

She was honoured with the top prize for her Fantasy In Bloom scent, which is part of her Fantasy collection of 16 different fragrances.

The former child star’s appearance at the bash came two days after her ex-husband Kevin Federline requested an increase in his £14,000 a month child support payments, according to Us Weekly.

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Kevin is said to have requested an increase in his payments, claiming his help with the boys allowed her to put on her hugely successful Piece Of Me residency in Las Vegas.

The pop superstar and the former backup dancer, 39, were married from 2004 to 2007.

They are the parents of Sean, 12, and Jayden, 11.

Britney lost sole physical and legal custody of the former couple’s sons in 2008 amid a much-publicised breakdown, which led to her being placed under the care of her father, Jamie, in a still-ongoing conservatorship.

She has since regained custody of the boys and is said to be co-parenting with Kevin.

 


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National Freedom Day Should Be Renamed Major Richard Wright Sr. Day

Every year, on the first of February, National Freedom Day kicks off the celebration of Black History Month—honoring the signing of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude in 1865.

The man who lobbied for this day to be recognized as a day of freedom for all Americans has been largely forgotten: Major Richard Robert Wright Sr. was born into slavery on May 16, 1855, six miles from Dalton, Georgia.

On the first of February 1941, he founded the National Freedom Day Association, bringing together local and national leaders in Philadelphia, to formulate plans to set aside the first of the month to memorialize the signing of the 13th Amendment (which freed all U.S. slaves) by President Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 1, 1865.

After the Civil War ended, Wright moved with his mother from Dalton to Cuthbert, Georgia, to attend the Storrs School along with other freed slaves’ children.

While visiting the school, retired Union General Oliver Otis Howard asked what message he should take to the North. Wright reportedly told him, “Sir, tell them we are rising.” The exchange inspired the famous poem by John Greenleaf Whittier.

Wright served as a major in the Spanish-American War, becoming the first African American to serve as an Army Paymaster. Wright had already had a long career in education and politics. At the age of 67, he enrolled at the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania to prepare for his new venture—the opening of a bank. When he opened the Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust Company at 1849 South Street in 1921, it was the only black bank in the North at the time. When it was sold in 1957, Citizens and Southern had assets worth $ 5.5 million.

A year after Wright’s death in 1947, a bill to make Feb. 1 National Freedom Day was passed and the holiday proclamation was signed into law on June 30, 1948, by President Harry Truman. National Freedom Day became the forerunner to Black History Day and was later recognized as Black History Month in 1976.

In subsequent years, 40 governors and all mayors of Philadelphia have issued proclamations, designating Feb. 1 as National Freedom Day in their respective states and cities. The purpose of the annual observance is to promote goodwill, harmony, and equal opportunity among all citizens, and to rededicate the nation to the ideal of freedom.

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Big 5-0 Inspires Major Changes

Miriam Matz was sick of being sick. She was struggling with asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and obesity.

“I was just miserable,” she said. “I was tired all the time, I hurt all the time.”

But Miriam, an advice nurse at Kaiser Permanente Georgia, was about to turn 50 years old — and she wanted a fresh start.

She noticed a coworker at the region’s Call Center looking healthier, along with a “visible weight change.” After talking to her, Miriam learned how she had completely changed her diet, moving away from processed sugars and empty carbs. “I had never seen her feeling so good.”

Miriam’s Top Three Tips

  1. Find ways to convert your comfort foods into healthier, home-cooked versions. She makes, for example, her own low-carb ice cream that she loves even more than the commercial versions she used to eat. (She uses eggs and heavy cream, with sweeteners stevia and erythritol that won’t raise her glycemic index.)
  2. Ramp up the exercise slowly. If you’re making major changes to your diet, it’s often too overwhelming to also dramatically change your exercise patterns.
  3. Make it a family affair. She cooks with her kids, and in the process, discovered a new joy and solid support.

In fact, her coworker was doing so well, she was able to stop taking blood pressure medication, with her natural level within normal range. Miriam was impressed — so impressed that she too went “cold turkey” on processed sugars and grains during the Fourth of July weekend last year. Her singular goal: She was going to get healthier by her 50th birthday on June 1.

Miriam achieved her goal, not only losing 50 pounds, but completely changing her lifestyle to include better food choices and more exercise.

She went from “sitting all day” to walking between one and five miles a day. She paired that with a low-carb diet, which makes it easy for her to follow with a simple “red list,” “yellow list” and “green list” of foods she could enjoy — and those she could not (or could have only occasionally).

Miriam said after only two weeks, she had more energy than she had had in years, a stunning change for someone who had “just felt cruddy most of the time.” Now, instead of mashed potatoes, she enjoys mashed cauliflower; instead of commercial ice cream, she makes her own.

Healthy meal on a plate

“I think one of the biggest surprise is how much cooking has become a joy for me,” she said. “I love making healthy meals for me and my family, and I love the creativity involved.”

A single mom for 10 years, Miriam has three children in their 20s, two of whom live with her.

There are still challenges: She misses take-out pizza — not only the food itself, but the convenience — “it would be nice to not having to make pizza myself,” she said. But she knows that indulging in such food is not worth sacrificing the results she has reaped in recent months. Almost every aspect of her life is better, from the dramatic decrease in symptoms to her ability to sleep better.

“I can’t begin to describe how happy I am,” she said. “I wake up with as much energy as when I was 20.”

Check out Miriam’s recipe for chicken “noodle” soup on Kaiser Permanente’s Food for Health blog.

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Valeisha Butterfield Jones Makes Major Boss Moves With New Appointment at Google

Google executive Valeisha Butterfield Jones will continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech but on a new level and with a new title. The award-winning community engagement, multicultural marketing, and communications strategist confirmed to Black Enterprise that she has been promoted to global head of women and black community engagement for Google. In this role, she will be responsible for driving systemic and measurable change to create an even more inclusive culture at the tech giant. She will also lead a worldwide effort to enhance equal opportunities for women and African Americans at the company through recruitment and retention.

The Impact

The 39-year-old joined Google back in 2016 as the head of black community engagement, where she focused on implementing diversity and inclusion practices and strategies. During her stint, she helped create initiatives to groom and elevate people of color for leadership roles, including the Decoding Leadership series, which teaches black Googlers how to navigate and climb the corporate ladder. Butterfield Jones also played an instrumental role in launching Howard West, an intense summer residency program that trains and mentors Howard University STEM students at the Googleplex campus in Silicon Valley. Additionally, she helped design the Decoding Race talk series to educate Googlers around the country on race, culture, and bias.

“I met one-on-one with Googlers and heard their stories and watched senior leaders experience an awakening as they learned some of the challenges young black professionals face in tech,” Butterfield Jones told BE.

The Road Ahead

Despite the progress made at Google, Butterfield Jones’ promotion comes at a time when the company is facing a lawsuit and under a federal investigation over unfair payment practices toward women. The announcement also comes just weeks after the lack of diversity in tech was magnified at CES, arguably the biggest tech conference in the world. Nevertheless, the strategist makes no qualms about the challenge that lies ahead. “Education and awareness is key and we made tremendous progress at Google over the last two years,” she said. “In my role, new programs will also be developed and scaled, so please stay tuned.”

Before Google

Prior to entering the tech industry, Butterfield Jones held a variety of high-profile positions in politics and entertainment. From 2011 to 2012, she served as the National Youth Vote Director for the Obama for America campaign. In 2009, she was appointed Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce under then-President Barack Obama.

Early in her career, she served as the Executive Assistant to the president of HBO Sports after graduating from Clark Atlanta University in 2000. She also worked her way up from an intern for Russell Simmons to the Executive Director of his media firm, Rush Communications.

In addition to actively mentoring young women at Google, Butterfield Jones has served as the CEO of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)—a nonprofit that uplifts and mentors women working in entertainment while striving to promote positive images of women in society—for the last 10 years.

Butterfield Jones, who is also a mother and the wife of NBA champ Dahntay Jones, is not the only black woman making boss moves this year. Last week, it was announced that Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth is parting ways with the magazine and reportedly has a deal with CAA, a prestigious talent agency based in L.A.

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Halle Berry was moved to tears recently while being serenaded by singer ‘MAJOR.‘.

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Earlier this month, Berry made headlines after it was reported she had split with music producer boyfriend Alex Da Kid.

A source reveals Halle was the one to initiate the split after she “really put things into perspective” and decided their relationship was “not for her.”

Berry and Alex dated for about five months, but “Ever since splitting with her ex Olivier, she has been more cautious about who she chooses to bring around the children, and bring into her life,” a source shared with E! News, adding, “Alex needed to go.”

Since they called it quits, Alex, whose real name is Alexander Grant, has been spotted out with a mystery brunette — with many reports claiming she’s his rebound babe.

A source who spotted Alex on the outing said: “they weren’t holding hands but it looked like they were there together as a couple.” The eyewitness added, “He pointed her to his car when they left and they stood really close to each other.”

Berry’s romance with the 35-year-old London-born music producer was her first serious relationship since her divorce from actor Olivier Martinez, with whom she shares custody of four-year-old son Mateo, a year ago.

Halle “is much happier now,” claims the source. Berry recently took to Instagram Stories to share a photo of a black rope shaped like a heart along with the words “Done with love” written across the snap.

 

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Sadiq Khan speaks to Marie Claire about #BehindEveryGreatCity, a major new campaign for gender equality across London

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced his major new gender equality campaign #BehindEveryGreatCity at Platanos College in Clapham Road

‘We’re going to drive forward to make our city the best place in the world to be a girl and to be a woman,’ Sadiq Khan told us after the announcement of his new #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to champion gender equality across the capital.

The campaign coincides with the anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote, and celebrates the fact that ‘Behind Every Great City is equality, opportunity and progress.’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will use this centenary year to work with London’s many leading industries – from culture, to business, to education –  to support the continuing success of women and to push for greater gender equality for women from all backgrounds across the city.

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced his major new gender equality campaign #BehindEveryGreatCity at Platanos College in Clapham Road. Photographer: Caroline Teo. Copyright notice to Greater London Authority

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Parliament Square’s first statue of a woman

The first-ever (!) monument of a woman to stand within the central London location will be unveiled next year. Following Caroline Criado-Perez’s successful campaign – whose efforts also saw Jane Austen appear on the new £10 notes –  a statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett (created by Turner Prize-wining artist Gillian Wearing) will be able to call Parliament Square home from next year.

Women’s art is coming to the London Underground

Art on the Underground, Transport for London’s public art programme, has commissioned a year-long programme of works from an international selection of exclusively women artists to mark the momentous year. There are almost six million journeys on the London Underground each day and women artists are being brought to the forefront of Art on the Underground, which Khan calls ‘probably the world’s biggest public art gallery.’

Sadiq Khan on the gender pay gap

Recent data from the Office of National Statistics showed that in 20 years, the gender pay gap has gone down by only half a percent. In the words of Sadiq Khan: ‘There’s no excuse for there to be a gender pay gap’. Following their first ever gender pay audit, City Hall is implementing plans to reduce the gender pay gap, with initiatives such as training senior managers to ensure recruitment processes are as fair as possible, offering mentoring and increasing the availability of part-time and flexible working options.

Including men in the gender equality conversation

Gender equality is not just for girls. Sadiq Khan said, ‘I passionately believe this can’t just be a fight for girls and women, it’s got to be all of us that join the fight.’ He went on, ‘We need to have more boys and men getting it and understanding why it’s important. Not just because they happen to be the fathers of daughters or because they’ve got sisters they care about, because we’re going to benefit as a society if woman have gender equality.’

Sadiq Khan reveals his female inspirations

We learnt who Sadiq Khan thinks is London’s greatest woman: his mum. He told us, ‘She raised eight children, seven boys and a girl, twenty-three grandchildren and in our family, we did the hoovering, the cooking, the ironing – there was no issue about gender stereotypes and she’s still going strong. She’s the matriarch of the family.’

He went on to talk about his other choice, Doreen Lawrence (campaigner and mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence). ‘In my lifetime, I’ve seen a Londoner, who’s a woman, change the narrative around ethnicity, change the law, be a formidable fighter for this issue and she’s still working really hard at the House of Lords.’

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How sexual misconduct claims brought down 5 major media players

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Republicans lay the groundwork for major vote on tax reform

Senate Republicans are on the cusp of passing a major tax overhaul this week, with a key procedural vote likely to be held Wednesday looking more and more likely to pass.


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8 major retailers who suspend price matching around Black Friday

If you’re a fan of saving money on retail items, you’re probably a fan of price matching.

Price matching is a great way to use your smartphone to get a lower price on an item at participating stores. And the best part of it is that you don’t have to run all over town chasing a deal!

Using the power of technology that’s already in the palm of their hands, most price-matchers simply pull up a competitor’s website on their phone when they’re in store.

What they’re looking for is the identical item to what they’re purchasing, but with a lower price.

If they can find it cheaper somewhere else — it usually has to be at a brick-and-mortar retailer, though some stores now match Amazon, too — bingo!

With price matching, they can get whatever it is they’re buying at a cheaper price by asking the store to match a competitor’s price.

Not all retailers price match, but most of the major ones do.

It’s also possible to price match using sales circulars from the Sunday newspaper if you’re not smartphone savvy.

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Price matching sounds great, right?

But there’s a dirty little secret here: A lot of the big guys suspend their price matching policies from around Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday or beyond.

They’re trying to avoid matching rock-bottom prices from competitors during the highly promotional Black Friday weekend.

Here are some retailers we’ve found with fine print that will temporarily kill your deal-finding mojo in this way.

So be careful out there when you’re shopping!

Walmart

The nation’s largest retailer is shutting down price matching for the opening salvo of the holiday season.

Wal-Mart’s policy reads, “No price matches to other retailers for prices shown from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber-Monday.”

Target

The Red Retailer’s website notes that, “Price matches and adjustments to competitors will not be allowed for prices from Thanksgiving Day through the entire week after Thanksgiving (11/23/2017 – 12/2/2017).”

Toys R Us

The ailing toy store won’t match “any competitor’s advertised store or online pricing for Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday,” according to its own website.

Best Buy

The electronics retailer’s Price Match Guarantee won’t cover any “items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Best Buy or a competitor.”

Office Depot

Office Depot exterior
Office Depot exterior

“Holiday sales offers including during Black Friday and Cyber Monday (Office Depot, OfficeMax or any eligible retailer) are also excluded” from the office-supply store’s usual price matching policy.

Sears

Sears is now selling Kenmore appliances on Amazon

“Sears will not price match items offered for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Wednesday after Thanksgiving,” according to the struggling retailer’s website.

Fry’s Electronics

Fry's Electronics storefront

The regional electronics chain’s price-matching policy “excludes items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Fry’s or a competitor.”

Staples

Interestingly, the office-supply store seems to only squelch price matching for two days a year, according to its website.

But the unfortunate news is that they’re two of the most important days on the calendar for deep-discount bargain hunters!

“We don’t price match competitors’ or our own local or special events (e.g., grand opening, anniversary, clearance, timed sales or liquidation sales, ‘Black Friday’ or ‘Cyber Monday’ sales).

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Exclusive: FBI agents raid headquarters of major U.S. body broker

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Federal agents have seized records from a national company that solicits thousands of Americans to donate their bodies to science each year, then profits by dissecting the parts and distributing them for use by researchers and educators.


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Why both major US parties look doomed

With control of Congress, the White House and a majority of state governments, the Republican Party can claim to be stronger than at any time since 1928. On the other hand, many Democrats believe that their party’s edge among younger voters and growing nonwhite demographic groups has them on the brink of a new reign…
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Wi-Fi’s Main Security Protocal “Kracked” Major Cause For Concern For Android & Linux Users

KRACK Wi-Fi hack

Damn now we can’t even trust wi-fi anymore? Asking for the wi-fi password maybe dangerous even more so if you are an Android or Linux user since a protocol that governs all modern wi-fi routers has been found to have a major vulnerability.

When you’re setting your home wi-fi, your network is “protected” or secured by a WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) and given the option of using a pre-shared key. It basically prevents your neighbors from seeing what sites you may visit or mooch off your internet service.

WPA2 replaced WEP due to it being flawed back in 2003, but it looks like we are going to need a new form of protection. A researcher by the name of Mathy Vanhoef revealed the major flaw in WPA2 and has named it KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks).  So what does it do? Basically, this flaw allows “man-in-the-middle attacks” opening up your network for ransomware and the injection of other malicious attacks on your computers.

Also, your most important information like bank accounts, credit cards, passwords, photos, emails and anything else you save to your computer is fair game to the hackers. If you are an Android or Linux user, you should be worried because KRACK is highly effective against devices that use those operating systems.

There is some good news in this story though, KRACK maybe highly potent but it requires the user to be closer to a router’s signal to connect to it. There also patches for vulnerability being rolled out.  Also, the “handshake” between your computer and a website you visit is just one precaution against those who mean to do you harm. So secure https sites are for the most part still secure when you visit them.

KRACK is still a proximity vulnerability requiring the hacker to be close your router so you can’t be hacked from anywhere around the globe. Still, with news of all these major breaches and hacks coming to light every day it still is a cause for concern.

Can’t these hackers be more productive and find Trump’s tax returns or hack Sallie Mae and wipeout student debt? Just saying.

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Drama! NeNe Leakes Takes MAJOR Shots at Kim Zolciak for Saying She Lives in a ‘Roach Infested’ Home [Photo]

There’s definite bad blood brewing between NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak.

On her way back from the cast trip to Barcelona, NeNe took to Instagram to take several shots at Kim for allegedly making comments about NeNe living in a ‘roach infested’ home.

We’re not sure when Kim’s comments about NeNe’s home were made (since Kim didn’t go on the trip) and NeNe didn’t mention anyone by name in her post — BUT her hashtags made it perfectly clear she’s talking about Kim.

She added:

#jealousprejudicebitch

#pottymouthtrashychildren — clearly a shot at Brielle Biermann.

#learnedbehavior — again, back to Brielle 

#thisiswhyiwouldntdoashowwithyou — remember when Kim and NeNe announced a spin-off but it never happened? 

Take a look:

 

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Major Career Keys from an MTV Vet on Her 10-Year Anniversary

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TEN YEARS! Ten years with the same company. Ten years on the same team. Ten years in Times Square. Ten years of unparalleled experiences. Ten years of growth. Not many people in my generation—’80s babies stand up—can say that they have had a career with the same organization for 10 years. The average length of time that my varying peer groups have been with a company is about three to four years.

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Whenever I share with my friends that I’ve been at Viacom Media Networks (VMN) for 10 years, the response I usually get is “Wow! What made you stay?” When I think of the best way to articulate the answer to this, an acronym unveiled itself to explain what TEN means to me.

My tenure at VMN can be summarized in three main buckets – Team, Exposure, Networking.

 

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T – TEAM

 

I’ve been working with the same core group throughout my entire tenure at VMN. My team has been very supportive in all of my endeavors inside and outside of work. We are a small team that is often pulled in many directions but we collaborate, strategize, and prioritize with each other to get the task completed. There have been plenty of times when I’ve knocked on my boss’ door to discuss my interests in new opportunities, the direction of the department, and how I was performing as a team member. It’s critical in your career that you consistently get feedback; even if your company doesn’t encourage it or provide the platform to receive feedback formally. It’s OK to tactfully and respectfully be the point of change in an organization’s culture.

 

E – EXPOSURE

 

A recurring theme you’ll hear from successful professionals is reinventing and marketing yourself. I learned that early on in my career from my mentors and peers. When you have the opportunity to work on various projects, and in different departments, and offices, it is your responsibility to learn and capitalize on that opportunity. From NY to Singapore, from MTV to BET Networks, and everything in between, I’ve had the distinct opportunity to work across brands, departments, offices, and continents. The exposure, especially internationally, has been a vital point in my career. The wealth of knowledge obtained from working on projects that have a direct global impact is incomparable! This exposure, helps to start building your reputation within your department/company. People will recall your experiences and interaction with them, which can lead to new projects. These opportunities should be reflected on your résumé and LinkedIn profile. Your job title is only the header of the experiences that you have.

 

N – NETWORKING

 

Whether you are inside or outside of the office, at a social event or the hair salon— network, network, network! I have encountered countless opportunities just by positioning myself to be in a mode of networking. Be prepared to articulate what you do and what it is you want to do in a 60-second elevator pitch. When people know what you do and what you are passionate about, they will call you as opportunities arise. You will become their local resource and expert. I remember pitching an international project to my boss a few years ago. The pitch was great, but the timing wasn’t ideal. However, a few months later, another international project came up and my boss told me she wanted me to support the project. Thus my pitch was met with an opportunity, specially curated just for me, and I got to combine my love for travel with my desire to learn more about our international operations. These networking strategies have led to speaking engagements, partnerships, and even a nonprofit board appointment. What a bonus!

Whether you decide to be at your workplace for two, five, 10, or 15 years, it’s important to reflect, regularly. Reflect on where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you are headed. Do these aforementioned reflections directly correlate with the goals you are trying to accomplish? If the road isn’t leading to where you want to go, don’t be afraid to pivot. Do not fear changing course and adjusting whenever it is needed. Keep learning, growing, and knowing your worth!

 


 

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(Reuters) – A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands on Sunday, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane in the next two days and rip into the Leeward Islands on Monday night.


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Surgeons Have Major Influence on Breast Cancer Treatment

Written by Nicole Fawcett, manager of cancer communication for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Surgeon attitudes were biggest driver of likelihood patients receive contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, a new study finds

The procedure, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy or CPM, involves removing both breasts even when cancer is found only in one. It is seen to be strongly driven by patients’ preferences.

A new study, published in JAMA Surgery, finds that surgeons had the strongest influence on the likelihood of a woman having CPM.

“Surgeons have huge influence on treatment, and with that comes ultimate responsibility to get it right with patients, even with a procedure that seems to be driven largely by patient preference,” says senior study author Steven J. Katz, M.D., MPH, professor of medicine and of health management and policy at the University of Michigan.

For surgeons who heavily favored breast-conserving surgery and were most reluctant to perform CPM, only 4 percent of their patients had CPM. For surgeons who least favored conservation and were most willing to do CPM, the rate was 34 percent.

Researchers surveyed 3,353 women with early stage breast cancer and matched them to 349 surgeons, who were also surveyed. About 16 percent of the women reported receiving CPM.

Surgeons were asked to assess a typical patient scenario and indicate what treatment they would recommend. From there, the researchers categorized surgeons based on most to least likely to favor breast conservation.

Surgeons also indicated whether they would perform CPM if the patient requested it. Responses were categorized based on most to least likely to perform the procedure.

The researchers found the surgeons’ attitudes had a large impact on whether the patient received CPM.

“Two attitudes seem to explain the difference: how strongly the surgeon favors breast-conserving surgery and how reluctant the surgeon is to perform CPM,” Katz says.

For most women with early stage breast cancer in one breast, removing the unaffected breast does not improve survival. Many experts question whether CPM in these women is overtreatment.

For surgeons who heavily favored breast-conserving surgery and were most reluctant to perform CPM, only 4 percent of their patients had CPM. For surgeons who least favored conservation and were most willing to do CPM, the rate was 34 percent.

“That difference is huge. Even for a procedure that is very patient-driven, we see that surgeons account for a lot of the variability in the community, and those surgeon attitudes really matter in terms of whether a patient does or does not get CPM,” Katz says.

What drives CPM

The three most common reasons surgeons reported for performing double mastectomy if the patient requested it were to give patients peace of mind, avoid conflict and improve cosmetic outcomes.

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For most women with early stage breast cancer in one breast, removing the unaffected breast does not improve survival. Many experts question whether CPM in these women is overtreatment.

“More extensive treatment than is needed equals more harm and more side effects. There’s a sea change going on among cancer doctors who increasingly recognize potential overtreatment and strive to reduce it,” says study author Monica Morrow, M.D., chief of the breast surgical service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

“If a patient does not feel 100 percent confident with what their doctor is discussing and recommending, they should seek a second opinion,” Katz adds.

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10 of the best restaurants near Florence’s major attractions

Exploring Florence’s cultural riches builds up an appetite – so we asked a foodie tour guide for her tips on the best places to dine on Tuscan classics, as well as pizza and pasta, an olive stone’s throw from the tourist hotspots

Vini e Vecchi Sapori
This tiny space packs a flavourful punch for home-style Tuscan food. The rules are strict and clearly stated on the menu outside: no steak, no ice, no pizza and no takeaway. Its first courses – between €8 and €12 – never cease to please, such as the wide, fresh pappardelle with duck ragù, paccheri in saffron and courgette flower cream, or its rib-sticking ribollita (peasant bread and vegetable soup). The main (secondi) offerings are robust, such as Livorno-style tomato-rich cod baccalà (breaded and pan fried), roasted pork and veal loin, or peppery wine beef stew peposo with roast potatoes and seasonal greens – and most are under €15. Advance reservations are essential.
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HOUSTON (Reuters) – As Monday’s total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.


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Major Damage Reported in Texas as Hurricane Downgraded to Category 1 Storm

Major damage was reported in several cities along the Texas coast after Hurricane Harvey made landfall late Friday, with local authorities in Rockport describing a scene of devastation from the Category 4 storm. Local media in Rockport reported that at least 10 people were injured when the roof of a senior housing center caved in late Friday, and authorities said the roof of a high school had partially collapsed as well. The storm hit the area with winds of up to 130 mph before being downgraded to a Category 2 and then a Category 1 storm early Saturday, though authorities warned the 90-mph winds were still dangerous. Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios told local news station KIII-TV that any residents planning to stay put and ride out the storm “should make some type of preparation to mark their arm with a Sharpie pen” so that rescuers can identify them. There were no immediate reports of fatalities, but Melissa Munguia, deputy emergency management coordinator in Nueces County, one of the counties hit the hardest, said early Saturday that rescuers have not yet been able to assess all the damage.

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Spotify Signs Major Licensing Deal With This Music Powerhouse

Spotify said on Thursday it has renewed its global licensing partnership with a third major label, Warner Music, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing.

The music streaming company was close to agreeing on a new licensing pact with Warner Music in July, sources had told Reuters.

“It’s taken us a while to get here, but it’s been worth it, as we’ve arrived at a balanced set of future-focused deal terms,” Warner Music Group chief digital officer Ole Obermann said in an Instagram post.

A Spotify spokesman confirmed the renewal in an email, without disclosing financial terms of the agreement.

Earlier this year, Sweden’s Spotify signed licensing deals with two for the largest labels – Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.

“Even with the current pace of growth, there’s still so much potential for music subscription to reach new audiences and territories,” Obermann said.

Spotify, which hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to advise it on a stock market listing, is still aiming to go public via a direct listing toward the end of this year or the beginning of the next, a source told Reuters last month.

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Spotify has fended off competition from rival Apple Music, with more than double the number of paying subscribers.

Spotify said in July it had 60 million paying subscribers, adding 10 million subscribers in less than five months. Apple reported 27 million music subscribers in June, up from 20 million in December.


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Telltale’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Episode Three Trailer Teases A Major Decision

Telltale Games released the latest trailer for the newest episode for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. The third episode is set to go live for home consoles and PC starting next week on August 22nd.

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A MAJOR “Star Wars” character might be stopping by for the Young Han Solo movie

A MAJOR “Star Wars” character might be stopping by for the Young Han Solo movie


A MAJOR “Star Wars” character might be stopping by for the Young Han Solo movie

Hold onto your lightsaber, Jedis. Ron Howard, who is directing the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled Young Han Solo movie, just tweeted out a VERY telling picture from set.

“The Empire Looms Large,” Howard wrote alongside an object that looks suspiciously like a Death Star trooper’s helmet.

Ummmmm…does that mean what we THINK it means?? From what we know about the film, it’s set to take place years before the Death Star — YES, THE DEATH STAR — was even completed, so that makes things all the more confusing and intriguing.

Could there be…a flash-forward?! We need Han Solo answers, and we need them now.

Of course that’s par for the course for Howard, who has been posting pictures that maddeningly drop teensy, tiny clues from the production — and some that are just straight up trolling us all.

Like this picture of water bottles (thanks, Ron):

Or this behind-the-scenes peek at Lando:

lining up a shot today from my director's monitor

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Giving tiny clues aside, it’s clear that Howard is incredibly excited to be a part of the franchise — especially given the fact that he’s kinda been there since the start of it all.

“I’ve been around the Star Wars universe from the beginning,” he said during a discussion at Cannes Lions. “When I was being directed by George Lucas on American Graffiti in 1972, we were standing out in front of Mel’s Drive-In in San Francisco where we were shooting and I said, ‘Do you know what you think your next film might be?’

And he said, ‘Yeah, I want to do a science-fiction movie, but a really fun one like Flash Gordon with the effects of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.’ I thought, ‘That sounds like a kind of crazy idea.’”

Woah, how cool is that??

Now we just have to wait for more clues! We’ll happily take another shot of Lando too. Thanks in advance, Ron!!



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Wells Fargo named Betsy Duke, a former Federal Reserve board governor, its next chairman — making her the first woman chair of a major US bank, and ousting her predecessor after just 14 months. Duke, who will take over on Jan. 1, replaces Stephen Sanger, who came on as non-executive chairman in October, the bank…
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Returning Dance Moms Star Chloe Lukasiak Previews the Major Differences Between Abby Lee Miller and Cheryl Burke

2017 Teen Choice Awards, Chloe LukasiakA familiar face returns to Dance Moms tonight. And she does so as Abby Lee Miller says her big goodbye.
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Wiz Khalifa ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Something New,” Wale ft. Major Lazer, WizKid & Dua Lipa “My Love” & More | Daily Visuals 8.15.17

What a fool gotta do to get an invite to a Wiz and Ty Dolla $ ign part?

In their clip to “Something New” Wiz and Ty throw the kind of turnt up party that Hugh Hefner would envy. Truck loads of beautiful women, champagne flowing like Kool G Rap in the 90’s, and enough Kalifa Kush to turn stoners into astronauts. This was basically a party turned music video. Not the other way around.

Wale decides to ditch the mansion and along with Major Lazer, WizKid and Dua Lipa take the party to the beach for a little fun in the sun for his visuals to the “My Love.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops and some joints you might’ve missed over the weekend including work from Jamilia Woods featuring Chance The Rapper, No Malice, and more.

WIZ KHALIFA FT. TY DOLLA $ IGN – “SOMETHING NEW”

WALE FT. MAJOR LAZER, WIZKID & DUA LIPA – “MY LOVE”

JAMILIA WOODS FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – “LSD”

NEF THE PHARAOH FT. SLIMMY B – “BLING BLAOW”

YOUNG RJ FT. BJ THE CHICAGO KID – “ISSUES”

NO MALICE – “SO WOKE”

LOADED LUX FT. JOEY BADA$ $ & RASHEEDA WALLACE – “AIN’T GON HOLD”

SY ARI DA KID FT. K CAMP – “SO MANY”

ISHDARR – “SANITY”

ANGEL – “TONGUE SONG”

PHORA – “LOYALTY”

NIQULE NUT – “KILL SEASON”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama spent a lot of time atop the leaderboard at the PGA Championship.

Just not when it mattered most.

Kisner, who led or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds, wound up in in a tie for seventh place. Matsuyama finished one stroke better than Kisner, in a tie for fifth place, after sharing the 36-hole lead and starting the final round one stroke back.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The son and grandson of golf professionals, Justin Thomas couldn’t think of a better major to win than the PGA Championship.

And at age 24, he couldn’t think of a better time.

Youth is taking over the highest level of golf, and there were times Thomas felt left behind. Rory McIlroy already had four majors when he was 25. Closer to home was Jordan Spieth, a close friend since they were 14. Spieth won his third major at the British Open last month to give him three legs of the career Grand Slam.

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Why Meera Reed Probably Still Has a Major Role to Play in Game of Thrones

Warning: This post contains spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.

Meera Reed may have left Winterfell to journey home in Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, but it seems likely we haven’t seen the last of Bran Stark‘s longtime protector.

“I don’t want to leave you, but when they come I need to be with my family,” she told Bran, referring to the White Walkers. “And you’re safe. Well, as safe as anyone can be now. You don’t need me anymore.”

However, Bran responded rather numbly to her goodbye, offering only an indifferent thank you for her years of sacrifice. “That’s all you’ve got to say?” she asked in disbelief. “Thank you? My brother [Jojen] died for you. Hodor and Summer died for you. I almost died for you.”

But while Meera may be upset over how deeply Bran was changed by his transformation into the Three-Eyed Raven, her return to Greywater Watch — the ancestral seat of House Reed — could potentially set in motion a chain of events crucial to the series’ end.

We know that Meera is the daughter of Howland Reed — the only survivor of the showdown at the Tower of Joy other than Ned Stark. It was revealed during a season six flashback scene that Howland stabbed Ser Arthur Dayne in the back to prevent him from killing Ned in the battle — despite the fact that Ned always claimed he had personally defeated the legendary knight.

Considering what else happened at the Tower, Howland may be the only person alive who could testify that Jon Snow is not Ned’s illegitimate son but the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen — for those unwilling to take the word of a teenage boy claiming to be an all-knowing prophet.

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Howland apparently never told his children about his role in Robert’s Rebellion, but they seemed to be aware of his close friendship with Ned. Jojen even told Bran that the only time he ever saw his father cry was when he learned of Ned’s death. However, Howland hasn’t left Greywater Watch — a moving castle that can’t be reached by raven — since the Rebellion.

If Meera returns home and tells her father of everything she has seen and learned, he may realize it’s finally time to reveal the truth about Jon’s parentage. Or perhaps — as Reddit user ekky137 speculates from details in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series — he has just been waiting for his moment all along.

Howland Reed is obviously supposed to be the most mysterious, enigmatic character in the series. I understand that it’s supposed to be like this. He’s supposedly a great fighter, he’s supposedly so adept at magic he can move or disguise an entire castle in a bog, and a great friend of Eddard Stark. So great that he sent his only two children North to pledge their service to Robb Stark when all the trouble broke out.

And then nothing. No word from him. There’s no chance in all seven hells that Howland Reed would stand for Roose Bolton after what he did at the Red Wedding. And yet he does nothing. What about the disappearance of his only two children? His beloved Meera and scrawny Jojen? He must’ve heard about the sacking of Winterfell, the ‘death’ of Bran and Rickon. He must certainly believe his children are either dead at the hands of the Ironborn/Boltons or on the run.

And yet he does nothing. Not only that, but nobody in the entire series seems surprised by this at all…Whatever secrets Ned [kept about] what happened at the Tower of Joy, it is highly likely that Howland Reed also shares them and is likely heavily involved in them. He probably knows of Jon’s true parentage (R+L=J or otherwise).

Characters in this series never fail to speak highly of him. They talk of how mysterious and great he is, but none ever question, even for a moment, why he he remains at the Neck doing nothing while Westeros collapses around him.

All of this leads me to believe that in fact, Howland can’t be doing nothing. He’s up to something.

Howland Reed hasn’t appeared on the show in the present day yet, but it feels like it’s time for him to finally show his face.

“Eastwatch,” the fifth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, airs Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. on HBO.


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We are currently on a quest for my daughter to eat more solid food.

For my daughter, solids are entertainment. She likes throwing and squishing and playing. She likes the independence of having her own chair, plate, and spoon. But woe to the person who tries to feed her with that spoon! She hates to be “fed,” and no amount of airplane noises can change her mind.

So when I was asked to test-drive Gerber Grabbers with Smart Flow, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if my daughter would like the experience, I didn’t know if she would like the taste, I basically had no idea if she’d eat these pouches at all.

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I wanted to be prepared with options. Thankfully, Grabbers come in lots of yummy flavors, all made with real fruit (no artificial flavors, color, or sweeteners). I purchased Banana Blueberry, Apple Mango Strawberry, and Apple Sweet Potato, and crossed my fingers that one of them would tickle her tastebuds and entice her to eat independently.

The first thing I noticed when I unscrewed the cap was the Grabbers’ new Smart Flow spout. This feature claims to give toddlers more control and reduce mess. I am cautious about giving my daughter food that could potentially end up all over my floor, so I was anxious to know how well this feature worked. From the outside it looked simple enough — an inner lip narrows the opening near the top of the spout — but would it make a difference?

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Thankfully, my daughter took to pouches like a duck to water. She loved ALL of the flavors and adored being able to feed herself.

But more than that, she loved being able to feed her dolls, which brings us back to the awesome Smart Flow “technology.” Like most toddlers, my daughter relishes the opportunity to dump food on the floor, but the Smart Flow spout helped ensure more puree got in her mouth rather than everywhere else. I was comfortable letting her “share” her new favorite food with her favorite toys.

So my daughter’s tummy is full and I feel good about what’s going into it. That is definitely a #PouchWin.

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New Game of Thrones Photos Tease a Major Reunion for Jon Snow

Warning: This post contains potential spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones.

It looks like Jon Snow may be in for a major reunion in the upcoming fourth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season.

New photos for “The Spoils of War” — released Wednesday by HBO — appear to show Theon Greyjoy arriving back on the shores of Dragonstone following his rescue by the few remaining Iron Islanders loyal to his sister Yara. Of course, Theon doesn’t know that Jon — a member of his former surrogate family — is now staying on the island.

Theon has a complicated history with the Starks. He grew up as Ned Stark’s ward but betrayed Robb during the War of the Five Kings when he wrested control of Winterfell to earn the respect of his father Balon. However, after years of physical and mental torture at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, he helped Sansa escape their sadistic captor and set her on the path to reach Jon at Winterfell.

There’s no telling how Jon will react to seeing Theon after all these years. But for Theon’s sake, let’s hope Sansa told Jon the whole story about her flight to freedom.

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The series of images also features shots of Cersei in the new Red Keep map room with Iron Bank representative Tycho Nestoris, Sansa looking anxious in the Winterfell Godswood and Daenerys engaged in conversation with Missandei.

“The Spoils of War,” the fourth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, airs Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. on HBO.


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Sophie Turner’s Plaid Comic Con Suit Is Giving Us Major “Clueless” Vibes

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Designer Accusing Khloe Kardashian Of Copying Appears To Have Major Receipts

It’s hard to keep up with the allegations of copying facing Khloe Kardashian and her denim line, Good American. On this week’s episode, we have some receipts. 

The controversy started last Friday, when fashion designer Destiney Bleu accused Kardashian on Twitter of copying designs from her line of bedazzled clothing for an upcoming Good American collection. She claimed Kardashian ordered a slew of items from her “DBleudazzled” line before similar-looking clothes appeared in an ad for Good American that Kardashian tweeted last week. 

On Sunday, Bleu received a cease and desist letter from Kardashian’s attorney that denies Good American’s design team had ever seen her clothes. Now, she’s fighting back with documents that appear to show both orders of clothing billed to Kardashian and correspondence with Kardashian’s stylist and assistant.

The cease and desist called Bleu’s accusations “flagrantly false and defamatory” and detrimental to Good American and Kardashian’s business and reputation. It denies that the brand was even influenced by the DBleudazzled line of encrusted sheer bodysuits, citing bodysuit-wearing celebrities like Cher as inspiration.

“Good American’s design team had never heard your name and never saw your samples,” Kardashian’s attorney wrote to Bleu in a June 4 e-mail. “You are not the first person to ever design a mesh bodysuit with embellishments. You have neither a monopoly on nor copyrights for bodysuits, embellishments or mesh fabrications, which have been used over and over again in the fashion industry.”

Bleu’s attorney, Stephen McArthur, fired back June 8 in a letter obtained by HuffPost. It contains a timeline listing instances of correspondence dating back to October 2016 between Bleu and Kardashian’s assistant, as well as Kardashian’s former stylist Monica Rose, and includes dates for when Kardashian allegedly placed custom orders with Bleu. 

The “receipts” don’t stop there. Bleu’s attorney attached invoices for three separate purchases from late 2016 through April that list Kardashian associates and “KK” as the customer. 

McArthur told HuffPost that he has not yet received a response to his letter from Kardashian or Good American.

In a statement, a Good American spokeswoman told HuffPost Friday the entire controversy is “little more than a cheap publicity stunt”:

Ms. Bleu’s claim that Good American and Khloe Kardashian copied or stole her designs is flagrantly false and little more than a cheap publicity stunt and an attempt by Ms. Bleu to get her 15 minutes of fame. 

Ms. Bleu did not create the concept or design of a bodysuit with crystals – a fashion style that has been around for decades as evidenced by the fact that Cher has been wearing these styles for over 25 years. The Good American design team designed a range of eleven bodysuits and had never heard of Ms. Bleu or seen her designs. The letter from her lawyer ― sent to the press for no legitimate reason –- is outrageous, defamatory and misleading in the extreme. Good American will absolutely not stand for anyone trying to damage its reputation and plans to deal with this through the proper legal channels.

Bleu’s attorney noted in his letter that “copying clothing and fashion is generally not intellectual property infringement.” Such a charge, he wrote, is not the point. 

“It is not illegal for Khloe to copy Destiney’s designs — it is just tacky, disrespectful, and in bad taste. There is also something deeply uncomfortable about someone with Khloe’s wealth and power appropriating designs and fashion directly from a black woman with a small business without crediting her, making cheap knockoffs, and then attempting to threaten her into silence. You should be ashamed.”

“If Khloe wants to continue stealing designs from indie creators and mass produce them with no credit,” McArthur stated, “then Khloe will rightly face judgment in the court of public opinion.” 

 

See the full correspondence below: 

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The Must-See Photos From Anwar Hadid’s Major New Fashion Campaign

While most of us have been busy eyeing Gigi Hadid’s newest collection with Tommy Hilfiger and gawking at Bella Hadid’s latest sheer outfit, the models’ little brother landed the biggest campaign of his career. 

17-year-old Anwar Hadid just landed Hugo Boss’ Spring/Summer 2017 Digital Oasis campaign, shot by photographer Harley Weir. 

According to a press release, the campaign also includes actress Devon Aoki, French musician Soko, twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of band The Garden, as well as various other artists and models. 

Last year, Anwar told Teen Vogue about what it was like growing up with three other models in the family (Gigi, Bella and of course, matriarch Yolanda Hadid) and what his plans for a future in fashion entail. 

“I feel very lucky for all they have taught me,” he told the magazine. “They tell me to be myself, have fun, and focus on eye expressions.” 

Anwar added, “I hope to collaborate with the brands and publications that inspire me.” 

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7 Signs You’re Ready for a Major Life Change

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There are moments in life when we know we need to drastically shift the course of our lives in order to live a life we love and truly be happy. Moments that while sometimes scary, will lead to a change that allows us to grow, evolve, and finally become who we were meant to be.

Wondering if you’re ready for that level of change and the joy that follows? Here are seven sure-fire signs you are ready and open for the big changes ahead.

1. You’re going through a life upheaval.

When you are experiencing a life upheaval whether it’s in your career, relationship, family life, or finances, it’s usually an indication that a change of course is necessary. It also represents an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself, what you want, and how to make the necessary changes to deliver the joy and peace you are seeking. A major life upheaval is nothing more than an invitation to do a bit of digging to grow and evolve as a person while setting new strategies into place to make life what you want it to be. Don’t let this rocky road be a sign that your life is doomed.

2. You’re at the end of your rope and you know it’s now or never.

You’ve been thinking about making a change for a while and you have had just about enough of the lack, unhappiness, frustration, and negativity that has been seeping into your soul. You’re ready to rewrite your life story and make it one of joy, peace, abundance, and success and are willing to do what it takes to create a life you love because you know you are worthy of that. We all are.

3. You’re tired of merely surviving.

You know on a fundamental level that life is meant to be enjoyed, experienced and truly loved and just paying the bills and getting by each month is slowly killing the creative and adventurous soul of yours. You dream of the day you can finally do what you love and live your life purpose and you are no longer willing to just survive. Your soul is telling you it’s your time to thrive.

4. Your current life is too small to fit your big dreams.

You’ve got big dreams and as you look around your current life you know that some things are going to have to shift dramatically to make room for everything you want to do. Whether you want to quit your job and backpack through Europe or build a cabin in the woods to write your amazing novel, big things need to happen and you know that in order for your dreams to become reality, you have to embrace the changes that are coming.

5. Your soul is calling you to be, have, and do more.

At first glance you thought life was great and you had nothing to complain about, but you are beginning to feel an internal desire to do so much more. Your vision isn’t completely clear and you aren’t sure where you might end up, but things are changing within you already and you know that as soon as you say ‘yes’ to that little voice inside nudging you along, the dominoes will begin to fall and your life is going to transform before your very eyes. It’s not a question of if you have more to be, have, and do, it’s a question of if you are ready. Well, are you?

6. All signs point to ‘YES’.

You’re noticing a common theme in your circle of friends, colleagues, and in the world around you. More people are making seemingly crazy decisions to quit their jobs, move across the country, or live their big dream and you can’t help but wonder why. The truth is, these are merely messages from the Universe telling you, yes my dear it’s time. Time for you to take the leap, the risk, and live a little (or a lot). There’s a whole world out there waiting for you and you are beginning to understand your time is coming.

7. You’re reading this article.

The fact that you are on the verge of a major life change isn’t news to you. You can feel the inner rumbling of your dreams and the magnetic force of inspiration pulling you to your purpose and this article is just confirmation for you. Listen to your heart and take the next step. There is no secret map that will highlight your path for you, all you have to do is follow your intuition and take inspired action. It really is that easy.

Lamisha Serf-Walls is a life coach for women who are ready to live an amazing life on their own terms, but feel held-back and frustrated in how to make that happen. Her mission is to create a community of empowered, free flowing, lovers of life who live a life of freedom with ease and inspire others to do the same. You can learn more about Lamisha and what she offers by visiting her Online, on Facebook, or Twitter.

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All The Major Stuff Nicki Minaj Did During The MTV EMAs

Her first appearance was totally normal.

Then she stood in front of a hypnosis wheel.

And met a dinosaur.

(No biggie.)

Later, she performed a medley of songs, including new track “Bed of Lies.”

It was money.

Then she … um, played golf?

The campaign to get Nicki Minaj to host “Saturday Night Live” starts here.


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8-Year-Old Aidan Prince Takes The World By Storm, Dancing To Major Lazer

It’s clear from the beginning of 8-year-old dancer Aidan Prince’s performance that something impressive is about to happen.

And then comes his first lightning fast move.

The pint-sized performer completely breaks it down to Major Lazer’s song “Jet Blue Jet” in a video uploaded this week by choreographer Tricia Miranda. And then he puts it back together and breaks it down again, just because he can. That is exactly how awesome this kid’s moves are.

Just look at him go.

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