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Despite concerns about fake news and extremist content, consumers feel closer than ever to YouTube. The Alphabet Inc.-owned video platform jumped to sixth place in branding agency MBLM’s latest survey of “brand intimacy,” which used survey data to gauge the bonds between people and brands. YouTube ranked 25th in the year-ago study. MBLM found that…
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‘Black Panther’ Crushes Box Office Records, Making Black History

Call it fate that Black Panther, a pro-black Marvel movie featuring a mostly dark-complexioned cast and directed by a 31-year-old black man, would make history in the month of February.

The sci-fi flick, based in the fictional African country of Wakanda, raked in more than $ 700 million globally in the last two weekends and $ 404 million domestically by Sunday, just 10 days after its release. The $ 200 million film has yet to open in Japan and China.

According to Forbes, Black Panther also broke records in the first seven days of its release, earning $ 292 million in North America, making it the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film in its first week. It stands in fourth place of top-earning movies in one week behind only The Force Awakens ($ 390.8m), The Last Jedi ($ 296.6m) and Jurassic World ($ 296.2m).


Redefining Diversity and Hollywood

Despite being an Africa-centric film, Black Panther has received support from a widely diverse audience. African Americans made up 37% of ticket buyers, followed by white Americans, who made up 35%, and Hispanics with 18%. Women, who normally make up 35% to 40% on a superhero movie’s opening weekend, made up 45% of ticket sales.

Overwhelmed by the record-breaking support, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned an open letter thanking fans and the press.

“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears,” it reads.

Coogler launched his career in Hollywood five years ago with the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station, which is based on the real-life police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California. Now, Marvel Studios’ youngest filmmaker is being praised as the “new Steven Spielberg.” The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) alum was also recognized at the 2016 ABFF Honors with the Rising Star Award.

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WWI wristwatch, making friends after 30, & a new kind of fashion shoot


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HEY ALEXA! What’s so funny?

MOONAGE DAYDREAM: If you’ve seen all those cool moon lamps that are on the interwebs, Dappered reader Jim K. sent us this DIY project that looks pretty sweet.

DOSSIER UPDATE: As Ghostface Killah says, “Who’s washed up now?” Oh sweet, sweet schadenfreude.

GOALS: Viking crossfit.


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This is really something. Quoting the source: “This WWI era sterling silver Patria/Omega wristwatch with integrated shrapnel guard in what appears to be its original presentation box with price tag is, we believe, the finest example of its kind in the world. Circa 1918.” This is why I love timepieces.

YO BRO! You vape? Maybe you should check this out. Also, I understand from what I’ve seen online that there are some seriously strong emotions where this topic is concerned. I’m not trying to stir things up.

ADVENTURE TIME! Ah the great outdoors. The thrill of hiking America’s majestic peaks. SO. MUCH. POO.  Maybe we can get Jeff Bezos to create a drone army to help carry it off as it happens?

MUMMY! Tell me about your ink! 

UM…Pay no attention to this unnaturally enormous colony of tuxedo birdfish amassing in the arctic. I’m sure we have nothing to worry about.


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Dossier Chief Contributing Officer Eric H is badass. Congrats on another enduro race from your pals here at the Dossier. And thanks for the sweet linkety link links.

BRAND MANAGEMENT: How they do it in Japan. 


THE DEAL WITH DENIM: Lasers and Levi’s. 

INSTANT KARMA: As deeply satisfying as this is, I should advise that the language is not remotely safe for work and doesn’t win any PC awards either. But, as I said. Deeply satisfying.

THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND: Only, what happens when it’s hard to get one in the first place? As a confirmed misanthrope, I can’t relate. But you go ahead.

LIGHTNING ROUND: Lisa Simpson: an appreciation, with due credit to Yeardley Smith. | I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable I would be if I were part of this. | The times they are a changing. | So, uh, wanna date a cat?  (mandatory) | Before there was e-mail…


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LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! That one time all the stars turned on. | But wait. Keep looking up! | And finally, this.

OH THAT’S NASTY: STD’s in America. How does your state rate? This is what might be considered an eye-opener.

IN A PERFECT WORLD…people who engage in this kind of sport would find immediate karma for their actions.  Times change. Things change. This really does not have a place in this world anymore. Why yes, I don’t believe the argument regarding conservation. It’s bunk.


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THE COLONEL IS ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE: KFC’s problems in the UK just won’t end. At this point, the story should really focus on DHL. What a colossal fail this has all been for them.

THERE’S A STORY HERE: The more we learn about this the more creepy it gets.

I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT: I have been a fan of this woman since I was a wee laddie. This is really something.

WHO’S A GOOD BOY? This guy, actually. I thank my editor for this one. Such joy in that take down. Tis a thing of beauty.

WARNING! There’s a good chance this will cheese some of you off. I know this because as an in-betweener, I don’t relate at all to the generation they claim I’m part of. At. All.

INCOMING! Once again Eric H and I focused on the same trailer.

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Fox Searchlight Is Making a Cheetos Movie, But It’s Not What You Think

Fox Searchlight Is Making a Cheetos Movie, But It's Not What You Think

When you see a headline announcing a "Flamin' Hot Cheetos-inspired movie," your mind easily jumps to conclusions. In this day and age, anything goes, even with branded entertainment. But this isn't exactly branded entertainment in the way we expect after movies like Battleship, The Lego Movie and Ouija. Variety reports that Fox Searchlight is producing a movie called Flamin' Hot, which is about the man who created the spicy flavor of the iconic…

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Is The New Moon And Solar Eclipse Making You Crazy?

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Have you been feeling off, on edge or hella moody since the new year began?  You’re not alone — and the Universe may be the problem and solution.

The Lunar Eclipse on January 31st shook things up and was proof that chaos definitely precedes order.

Oh, and don’t forget that while the Lunar Eclipse was forcing you to face things you’ve been avoiding, there was also a supercharged Full Blood Moon intensifying every ugly feeling you felt.

Although it felt like a time of great darkness, it all lead up to now — a time of great magic. February 15th welcomes a New Moon and Solar Eclipse to which will put an end to the two-week long emotional ride we’ve all been experiencing.

So instead of beating yourself up over what was or what may or may not be — take some time to work with today’s magic and create a life that you truly love. Happy Solar Eclipse.

Hit the flip for more New Moon/Solar Eclipse inspiration.

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Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses.
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Sean John at 20: Sean Combs on Longevity and Making a Difference

While his name may have changed more times than some people change cars, there has been at least one constant for Sean Combs over the past 20 years: The Sean John brand.
The label’s founder, born Sean John Combs, has been known as Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy and now, Love. But for the hip-hop entrepreneur, they’re all just names that reflect different periods in his life. Call him what you will — his success speaks for itself.
His earnings in 2017 alone, according to Forbes, were $ 130 million and his net worth is estimated at $ 820 million, edging out even Jay Z, who is worth a mere $ 810 million.
Not bad for someone who dropped out of business school in his sophomore year. Now, at 48, Combs has a multipronged career that covers not only fashion but music, TV production, athletes’ beverages and vodka. And, of course, he travels with his own entourage – at his WWD shoot, 17 people arrived well ahead of the star. Given all his activities, getting face time with Combs can be a challenge, hence the reason Sean John’s vice president of design arrived with storyboards and line sheets for the holiday 2018 collection, which he

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TOKYO — Japan has a new cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping district of Shibuya. The shop’s name in Japanese means “strange cafe.” The single-armed robot scans a ticket purchased from a…
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How to Pay a Crazy Expensive Vet Bill (Without Making Your Dog Get a Job)

The first time my dog, Wrigley, had to take a trip to the emergency veterinarian was after he vomited blood on the carpet in my bedroom. He ended up being OK after being hospitalized for 24 hours, but when I arrived to pick him up, I was panicking inside.

Emergency vet costs are notoriously expensive, and I didn’t have pet insurance to help pay the bill. I was a college student on an intern budget and had no idea how I was going to come up with enough cash to make a dent in the bill.

I had regular credit cards, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to pay off the balance within the next month –– meaning I would be stuck paying even more because of interest.

What was I going to do?

“Have you heard of CareCredit?” the receptionist asked me. “If you can’t afford this bill, you should give it a try. It’s interest-free.”

Flustered, I applied on the spot. I got approved and charged the entire bill, which was about $ 500, to the card. The receptionist told me I had 18 interest-free months to pay it back.

Interest-free financing sounded good, but was it my only — or best — option?

Should You Put Vet Bills on Your Credit Card?

Often, those “interest-free” periods on health care cards are actually deferred-interest periods. That was the case for my CareCredit card.

When a credit card comes with a truly interest-free period, you’ll accumulate interest charges only on the remaining balance when the promotional period ends. With deferred interest, if you don’t pay the balance in full during the promotional period, you’ll be charged all the interest you avoided during that period and whatever interest you incur afterward.

For example, say you charge $ 1,000 on a health credit card with a deferred-interest period of 12 months. Let’s say the card has a $ 26.99% interest rate, which is what CareCredit advertises for new accounts. After that period is up, if you haven’t paid the balance in full, you’d owe the remaining balance, plus interest on the full amount you financed. So if you hadn’t paid off the account in full, you’d pay $ 269.90 in interest (26.99% of the original $ 1,000) on top of the remaining balance.

If it’s an emergency, you have to choose the best option for you. Sometimes, that might mean opening a CareCredit account. Approval takes only a few minutes, and you’ll be able to charge to the account right when you open it. CareCredit now offers rewards benefits, too, meaning you can stretch your money further.

Going another route, like taking out a personal loan or applying for a regular credit card, could take much longer. You might get instant approval when you apply for a credit card, but you’ll have to wait for the card in the mail. If you have a credit line open already, you might want to compare its annual percentage rate (APR) to that of a health care credit card. Most regular credit cards have lower interest rates than health care credit cards.

Personal loans can give you money on the spot, too, but they might not offer an interest-free period.

Just remember: Always consider all potential repercussions before opening any line of credit.

To Avoid Vet Shock, It Pays to Be Proactive

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Ashley Skalko, a customer service manager at BluePearl Emergency Animal Hospital, often recommends CareCredit to pet owners who can’t pay a large bill upfront. However, she says there are a few other routes you can take before you reach for the plastic.

Many emergency vet hospitals are expensive because they are specialized, have wider access to resources and are typically open 24/7. These emergency hospitals typically don’t negotiate bills with pet parents, but Skalko says BluePearl does everything it can to address any financial concerns before treatment.

If an owner expresses cost concerns, we can tweak the initial treatment recommendation,” she said. “And if there are still concerns from there on, we would consider sending them to their primary veterinarian first.”

Primary care veterinarians are generally cheaper, and Skalko says this option can help offset costs. But it’s a difficult option to recommend in the middle of the night, when primary care offices are closed.

She does, however, offer a few free ways to avoid costly emergency vet bills in the first place.

“You can prevent big pet emergencies from happening by being proactive,” she said. “We try to teach pet owners to always use a leash to prevent animals from getting struck by cars, or we even recommend ‘baby-proofing’ their homes so cords are hidden, trash cans have lids on them, and toxic cleaning supplies are up high where animals can’t get to them.”

Skalko also stresses the importance of keeping up with routine care at a primary vet. Keeping your pet up to date with vaccinations can prevent illness, and it gives your vet the opportunity to catch chronic issues early on and work to maintain them before they develop into bigger issues.

Pet insurance can be an incredible way to offset costs. While most pet insurance companies don’t pay for bills upfront, Skalko has seen pet parents get as much as 90% of their total bills reimbursed.

How to Get Help With Vet Bills Without Using a Credit Card

If you were proactive and engaged in preventative care, yet Fido still manages to give you a scare, you could find yourself facing a huge vet bill. As a result, you may be overwhelmed with figuring out how to pay for it.

Not sure where to start? Consider these alternatives to putting the bill on your credit card:

Seek Help From Nonprofit Organizations

There are many organizations that are willing to lend a hand in covering vet bills. Often, these organizations run low on funds, so they may not be able to cover all of your costs. However, they may still be worth applying to.

It’s also important to keep in mind that some of these organizations pay the vet office directly and will not cover bills you have already paid. Be sure to think ahead!

A few nonprofit organizations you can reach out to for help include:

Paws 4 A Cure: This organization offers up to $ 500 in financial assistance to dog and cat owners who need help paying bills for illness or injury. The best part is it doesn’t discriminate based on breed, age, weight or diagnosis. To apply for help, visit its “Ask for Help” page. You should receive an answer in as little as 48 hours.

The Pet Fund: If your pet has a nonemergency chronic condition, keeping up with its maintenance and care costs can quickly add up. The Pet Fund helps pay for these types of treatments. If you struggle to pay for your pet’s cancer treatment, physical therapy, arthritis treatment and more, check out this list of qualifying conditions, then consider applying for assistance from the Pet Fund.

RedRover: This organization helps animals and owners who are survivors of domestic violence, along with animals rescued from disaster or neglect, or those that have a life-threatening illness. It also offers resources and support to low-income individuals by offering grants for urgent care, boarding for pets whose owners are escaping domestic violence and pet food. To apply for help through RedRover, visit its relief page.


If you’ve tried all avenues to get assistance with your pet’s vet bill and still need help, you can consider crowdsourcing to cover some, if not all, of the balance.

Crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe have become increasingly popular ways to raise money in recent years. Keep in mind, though, that some charge service and processing fees, so you may not receive all the money you raised. Here’s how much of your crowdfunded money will make it to your bank account.

So, Did I Make the Right Decision?

For me, CareCredit was the best choice for paying Wrigley’s vet bill. The monthly payments fit into my budget, and I paid it off before the promotional deferred-interest period was over. As a result, I was able to pay a large bill in manageable chunks –– without having to pay extra for interest.

Here’s to many more years — hopefully debt-free years! — with Wrigley.

Kelly Anne Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.  

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When Sharon Stone presented at this year’s Golden Globes, it was an announcement that the “Basic Instinct” star — whose uncrossing of her legs during a San Francisco police interrogation on-screen made American men hit the pause button on their remotes 25 years ago — was back. Wearing a sleek, black, floor-length, fitted dress with…
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Will all this snow inspire a bunch of baby making?


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Baby, it’s cold outside!

A massive winter storm called a bomb cyclone has unleashed snow, wind, and ice throughout the East Coast, leaving most everyone hunkered down inside.

And bored too, right? Once food, water, and shelter have been secured, there’s really nothing left to do. You’ve already binge-watched Stranger Things, and there are only so many games on solitaire one can play.

That means it’s time to make the most of this doozy and grab it by the snowballs.

Yes, that is a euphemism.

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Twenty-five major snowstorms and superstorms have been predicted for the 2017-2018 winter season, which means birth rates could see a bump or two. Or 25.

The good folks at Treetopia.com have compiled a fun list of the top 10 steamiest snowstorms — that is, the winter storms in recent history that have resulted in a boom of snow babies.


Some things to note:

• According to their data, Superstorm Sandy is ranked the “sexiest storm.” Nine to 10 months after the storm, hospitals reported up to 30-percent increases in birth rates.

• In January 2010, the UK got in on this action with the third-most steamy storm, which resulted in the highest birth rate in 20 years.

• Some states in New England and the nearby region saw a year-over-year difference of as many as 1,000 new babies in January 1996, making this number five on Treetopia’s list.

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Experts are divided over whether blizzard baby booms are real, by the way. While anecdotal evidence might lean toward yes, researchers say correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causation. The most definitive study yet on how catastrophic events affect birth rates shows low-level, low-severity storm advisories result in more babies. Meanwhile, birth rates actually decrease during severe weather events.

So stay warm and safe, everyone. And depending on how this bomb cyclone goes, in nine to 10 months, we just might see a spike in babies named Grayson.

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Tips for Making a New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

Pledge to shed those same ten pounds every year? Promise that you’re going to quit smoking… or stop drinking? Vow to get out of debt and start saving money? Setting goals and resolutions for yourself for the new year is a healthy activity that encourages self awareness and transformation. But unfulfilled resolutions can lead to disappointment and negativity.

That’s why this year our resolution is to help you keep yours! And we’ve put together a list of manageable tips to help you do it.

First of all, you have to work toward something you actually want. A half-hearted commitment to a goal drastically reduces your likelihood of reaching it. This will take some personal reflection, maybe some soul-searching, and openness to change your point of view. Because it’s not about criticizing yourself, focusing on your shortcomings, or looking to be more like someone else around you. Instead, New Year’s Resolutions should be about embracing yourself and having gratitude for the chance to do something to make your life healthier and happier.

You may have heard about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Well, the methods used in S.M.A.R.T. can help you to keep those New Year’s resolutions, too!  S.M.A.R.T. teaches that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. (Though we have some additional suggestions for what those letters could mean!)

SMART Starts with Specific. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. You might say you want to “get in shape,” but it’s no surprise that a resolution like this one isn’t one you can stick with for the long haul. Instead, ask yourself the six W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Which, and Why) and set a goal more like: I want to join a health club in my neighborhood and work out there 3 days a week.

S can also stand for Simple. Overly complicated plans and intentions don’t usually get too far off the ground, so choose something that’s straightforward and not confusing.

Make it Measurable. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the goal you set. When progress is measurable, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience a pride in your achievement that spurs you on to reach farther and do more. Additionally, you might want to set yourself up to have even your smaller successes be visible to others.  Positive reinforcement can be a great motivator.

Assure that it is Attainable. Everyone always encourages you to reach for the stars — and we love the thought — but reaching for something you actually can touch is something we love even more. This means that we encourage you to make resolutions that are realistically possible, because then you will be able to scrounge up the motivation to achieve them and genuinely want to achieve them. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you start figuring out ways to make them come true, whether it’s developing new attitudes, abilities, skills, or the financial capacity to reach them. So we’ll argue that you can attain almost any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.

Be Realistic. Similar to attainability, resolutions must be realistic, meaning goals that represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. Yes, a goal can be both high and realistic, and you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. We’ll suggest you start small. Set goals with the opportunity for short-term success, or success that builds upon itself. A cold-turkey smoking cessation can be daunting, so focus on having just one less cigarette each week  (or each day!) and celebrate each small success as you move forward to cross your next hurdle.

We also like R for Relevant.  Choosing a resolution arbitrarily because it sounds good (or easy!) doesn’t speak strongly to the soul-searching we mentioned above (remember that we’ve decided to strive for something that makes us happier and healthier, and we resolve to change or do something we actually want?!) Without passion and drive, your goals don’t go anywhere, and they can’t make you a better you. So choose something that’s relevant to get you from where you are to where you want to go.

Make Resolutions Timely. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. No time frame means no sense of urgency. So you want to save for your future, but without a schedule, your deadline stretches into “someday”… which may morph into “never.” Instead, anchor it with a target date or timeframe — which can easily be Dec. 31st, of course —but could also be set in smaller increments, or more manageable chunks.

T can also stand for Tangible.  A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. A tangible goal gives you a better chance of making it specific and measurable… and thus attainable.

In addition to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, some additional general tips that may help you make a New Year’s Resolution you’ll actually keep are to be flexible (allow your goals, and your methods to achieve them, a little breathing room as needed), focus on the positive (tell yourself that you’ll eat one green vegetable every day, not that you’ll cut out all sweets), and do it with a community (working toward a goal with others that have a like-minded attitude toward success not only boosts enthusiasm and commitment, but also creates accountability).

Yes, it’s that time.  Perhaps it’s the perception of starting out with a clean slate, or maybe it’s because you can usually get a better deal on membership programs (like at the gym). Whatever the reason, now is the most popular time for setting a goal, and we hope these tips will help you make a resolution you can keep!

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NYC residents making less than $50K may not have to pay income tax

The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate is calling for elimination of New York City’s income tax on residents who make less than $ 50,000. That would affect 2.2 million people — nearly a quarter of the city’s entire population. Married couples would save up to $ 1,456 a year and singles $ 1,060. “This relief will…
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Seems Like Everybody’s Making Money on Amazon. Here Are 11 Ways You Can Too

Let’s be real. We all know how to spend money on Amazon — and even how to save money while we spend.

But have you considered making money on Amazon?

After all, it’s one of the world’s largest retailers, according to the National Retail Federation. And we’re seeing it seep into nearly every aspect of our lives, including grocery shopping. The retail giant is even taking over old shopping malls for its fulfillment centers.

Sure, it might feel like one of those “robots are taking over,” “retail apocalypse” situations, but with Amazon’s massive strides of expansion come money-making opportunities — for you.

That’s why we’ve rounded up 11 ways you can make money through Amazon’s ever-expanding platform.

1. Sell Items on Amazon

Let’s get back to Amazon’s roots.

The internet retailer started as an online bookseller and expanded to host an “associates program,” which allowed other vendors to sell merchandise through the platform. In turn, Amazon would receive a commission. This model began back in 1996, according to Britannica.

Now, the program is huge, promising individuals and businesses the eyeballs of hundreds of millions of consumers.

If you want to sell items on Amazon, the retail mogul suggests you take these steps:

1. Figure Out What You Want to Sell

Does it fit into one of its 37-plus selling categories? You might need Amazon’s approval before getting started. There’s a huge chart that outlines that information here.

2. Select Your Selling Plan

You can opt in for a $ 39.99-per-month “professional” plan, which is geared toward those who plan to sell more than 40 items a month. If you want to start on a smaller scale, it recommends the individual plan, which has no monthly subscription fee but does require you to pay 99 cents per item sold. Explore the pricing options here.

3. Create a Sell Central Account

Then start listing your goods. When a customer places an order, you can let Fulfillment by Amazon (see more below) handle the shipping. Or you can do that yourself.

Amazon then directly deposits payments into your bank account.

The Penny Hoarder has a guide on how to make money by simply reselling items.

2. Work as a Fulfillment/Warehouse Associate

You can opt to sell items — or you can work behind the scenes in the fulfillment and operations sector.

It seems each day, a new Amazon fulfillment center pops up (Exhibit A), which means Amazon is consistently looking for fulfillment/warehouse associates — both part time and full time.

These jobs typically require hands-on work. Think: In a warehouse lifting boxes, operating dollies and/or retrieving boxes that might be on a high shelf.

According to a recent listing for a full-time seasonal warehouse associate in Kenosha, Wisconsin, pay is $ 12.25 to $ 15.25 an hour.

You’ll also get benefits, which include:

  • Health care benefits
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Holiday and overtime pay
  • Paid time off
  • Maternity and paternity leave benefits
  • Restricted Stock Units
  • Employee discounts
  • Flexible work schedules

You must be at least 18 years old to apply and need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Also note that pay and benefits will likely vary by location.

FInd a list of updated fulfillment/warehouse associate positions here.

3. Deliver for Amazon Flex

Next step: Let’s deliver those packages.

As an Amazon Flex “delivery partner,” you’ll deliver goods to consumers via Amazon.com, Prime Now, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants.

Amazon’s Flex page says you can make $ 18 to $ 25 an hour as a Flex associate. Plus, you get to set your own schedule.

Here are a few important notes for the gig:

  • If you’re delivering Prime Now orders, you can use any car. If you’re delivering Amazon.com orders, you’ll need a four-door midsize sedan or larger. Some regions allow you to make deliveries via bicycle, though you’ll need a basket and a helmet. Motorcycles and scooters are not permitted.
  • You’ll need to download the Amazon Flex app, so there are some phone requirements. You must have an Android 6.0 or higher or have an iPhone 5 or newer. Find more tech specs here.
  • You’ll have to pass a background check, which takes about two to five days.
  • You won’t get reimbursed for mileage, parking or tolls.

Amazon Flex processes payments on Tuesday and Friday through direct deposit, so you should see your money the following day.

Right now, the program is recruiting only in the greater San Francisco Bay area and Richmond, California. However, this is subject to change (and might have already done so by time you’re reading this).

If you don’t find your city on the list when you go to sign up, you can always join the waitlist.

4. Work From Home for Amazon

Amazon is constantly recruiting new employees. (You can find job listings here.) However, time and time again, it’s the work-from-home customer service jobs that prove most popular amongst Penny Hoarders.

Amazon ramps up its work-from-home customer service jobs during the holidays, but we frequently spot new openings throughout the year.

According to previous listings, as a customer service associate, you’ll communicate with customers via phone and live chat to help answer their questions, solve their issues and ease their concerns. You’ve also got to prove patient in stressful circumstances and possess some empathy.

Typically, requirements include a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a year of customer service experience and proficiency in English.

You should have basic phone and computer skills as well as a fast and reliable wired internet connection. Otherwise, Amazon sends you the required technology, including a headset.

In the past, we’ve seen pay listed as $ 10 an hour plus bonus opportunities. Training is paid — and online.

You can keep an eye on these types of positions at Amazon’s virtual job listings page.

5. Use Amazon’s Affiliate Program

Tapping into Amazon’s Affiliate Program is a great way to monetize your website or blog. Basically, you add specific Amazon affiliate links to products you’ve written about, and when a reader clicks the link and makes a purchase, you’ll earn a commission.

Here’s an example: You read a book and want to write a review. Use an affiliate link to link the title back to the book’s Amazon page. When someone clicks and buys the book, you’ll earn up to 10% of the purchase price.

We’ve used this a few times over at The Penny Hoarder, including this post about the Instant Pot as well as this one highlighting our favorite adult lunch boxes.

You might not earn a ton of money doing this, but it’s free to join, so there’s no true loss.

Read up on how to best make money through your blog with this guide.

6. Self-Publish a Book

Self-publishing a book is a great way to establish passive income.

Amazon offers several options on this front, including publishing to Kindle, print or audio.

Publishing to Kindle is totally free. It also takes less than five minutes, and your book will be available to millions of readers within 24 to 48 hours. You’ll earn up to 70% royalty. (See more details here.) You’ll also keep rights to your book and will be able to set your own list prices, as well as make any changes within the book.

Publishing to print through Amazon’s CreateSpace is also free. Here, you’ll be able to create, publish and distribute your book within a few days. You’ll still own your copyright, and you get to set your list price. You can earn up to 80% in royalties.

Finally, through Amazon’s Audiobook Creation Exchange, you can publish audiobooks, which can be distributed through Audible, Amazon and iTunes. You’ve got several royalty rate options, so study up.

If you want an example of how someone’s made money through self-publishing, take notes from Steve Gillman.

You can find all your options for self-publishing on Amazon here.

7. Join Mechanical Turk

Yeah, it sounds like a foreign entity. But Mechanical Turk is an Amazon platform where people can post work requests for specific prices.

These individual tasks are called HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. You can complete these tasks from home and in your own time. Some tasks include opinion surveys, transcription and data entry.

How much you make will depend on which tasks you accept and how much time they take. (You’ll see an estimate before you begin.)

If you know what you’re doing and the best HITs to take, you can make some solid side cash — like this guy who’s averaged about $ 500 a month.

8. Apply to Amazon Handmade

Amazon Handmade is the Etsy of Amazon. It’s for “invited artisans” to sell their handmade goods.

Unlike Etsy, though, you can’t just hop on and start selling. You have to apply so Amazon can confirm all your goods are, in fact, made by hand by you or one of your 20 or fewer employees. (Read more about the requirements here.)

We wrote about Amazon Handmade when it first popped up and noted some things to consider before hopping on:

  • Amazon charges 15% commission and a $ 1 minimum referral fee. (Compare that to Etsy, which charges a 20-cent item listing fee and 3.5% commission.)
  • Other artisans have noted that there are limited metrics and analytics available, making it difficult to see what people are even interested in.
  • Handmade products don’t show up in Amazon’s main search engine.

The big draw, however, is the huge reach.

See if Amazon Handmade is the right fit for you.

9. Sell Your Designs

If you’ve got an artistic streak, consider selling your designs on Merch by Amazon.

You’ll upload your artwork to Merch, choose a product type and color (e.g., a lavender T-shirt), set your price, then add a product description. Amazon then creates a product page. When customers buy, you don’t have to worry about production, shipping or customer service.

You’ll also be able to set your own prices, then determine royalty here.

Similar to Handmade, you’ll have to be considered as an applicant based on your background and experience.

Find the information you need on Amazon’s Merch page.

10. Go Camping

I was a little shocked when I happened upon this Amazon money-making opportunity. But why should I be? Amazon does everything — including camping.

Amazon’s CamperForce is a program that pays RVers’ fees and some utilities at certain campsites from early fall through Dec. 23 each year while they do seasonal work, including  “picking, packing, stowing and receiving.”

According to Amazon, the program offers “great pay, a paid completion bonus, paid referral bonuses and paid campsites… along with the chance to build lasting relationships with your coworkers.”

CamperForce has paired with campgrounds across the U.S. (though only a few were available for assignment at the time of writing this).

Do note, however, some reviews of this program are iffy. MarketWatch wrote a bit about it here.

11. Trade In Your Used Tech

Did you know Amazon has a trade-in program?

This program allows customers to trade in old items, including gaming consoles, Kindles, books, phones, tablets and smartwatches.

Depending on your location, it can take up to 10 days to get paid in an Amazon gift card.

Read more about your trade in options here.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s still on the wrong side of Amazon… as in she spends too much money on the platform.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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‘Far Cry 5’ Director Talks The Alt-Right & Making Games That ‘Mirror’ Real Life

For much of the general public, video games are still  sadly seen as little more than throwaway entertainment. Thanks to its simplistic and innocent origins, much of the older generation wrote off the medium as little more than glorified toys back in the ’80s. Yet, in the three decades since, the art form has begun to offer far more than the basic thrills of Pong and Pac-Man.

With games constantly growing in size and complexity, the medium’s storytelling chops have thankfully also matured along with them.

It was surprising then, to see this year’s announcement of Far Cry 5 met with a sea of anger from certain corners of the internet.  What triggered this torrent of anger? This modern shooter dared to step away from the realms of exotic locales.

Instead of setting this anticipated sequel in a dangerous and remote part of the world, Ubisoft Montreal opted to put gamers in an unexpectedly familiar but equally hostile setting — America.

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Far Cry 5 is game that aims to tackle issues like religious fundamentalism … but also lets you ride a totally sweet helicopter.

Far Cry 5 puts players in the fictional town of Hope County, Montana, where a crashing economy and rising social tensions have allowed a dangerous Christian cult to thrive and seize control.

Instead of suave looking foreigners ruling ‘exotic’ lands, this time around, the baddies you had to defeat were white Christians. Predictably, the entitled alt-right felt personally attacked.

Within hours of the game’s announcement, death threats against the developers had been  tweeted, petitions to boycott the game had been launched and all the metaphorical toys had been thrown out of the pram.

Yet, with games taking years to develop we were keen to find out how much of this was intentional. Interested to hear more about the real world influences behind this ‘controversial’ new game, we sat down with the game’s director, Dan Hay, and talked Far Cry 5‘s relationship with the real world.

“It’s in some ways a mirror to what’s going on. The question I get sometimes is ‘How did you know?’ and the answer is …we had no idea.  I think the truth is that, you know, globally we have a lot of shared experiences.


We live through the same trials and we live through the same situations where we feel like the global village is kind of threatened by different things, and we don’t even realise, we don’t really understand what it is.”


“And so, as a result, you see that in entertainment, in the media and all these different things some of the same throughputs and the same themes and the same stories come up. Nostalgia and the want for times past, safety, family, purpose. The cult and a leader of a cult just sort of made sense.”

While this is a perfectly reasonable answer, Hay was hesitant to address the online backlash at all. Yet, despite Hay being unwilling to alienate a potentially lucrative conservative audience, the game’s director didmention that he was keen for his team to capture that sense of unease that has been brewing in the real world for quite some time.

When the subprime mortgage collapse happened in the United States, what was terrifying about that time .. was that it was the first time I can remember hearing people say ‘Where’s the government? Where is everybody? Where are the people at the helm? Who’s taking control of this, who’s running the show?’

And there was open frustration with the leadership. There was open, people saying ‘You’re not protecting my future’.

And it really reminded me of when I was a kid. I remember kind of looking up at the world and looking up at the fact that the Soviet Union and the US were locked in this titanic struggle, and there was this feeling like we were this close all the time for years.

And we were just thinking, people in the ‘80s were spending money like there was no tomorrow. I think the reason was some of them believed there wouldn’t be.”

With our world leaders seemingly on the brink of nuclear war once again, we asked Hay more about how current events and the rise of Neo Nazism had influenced the game’s development.

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The state might have turned against you, but at least your dog’s got your back.

Over the last five, six, seven years I’ve been kind of having that feeling again. When it first happened, I didn’t recognise what it was, I didn’t understand what it was, but then I started to watch what was happening around the world and I started to get a sense that everything was not quite right, and it felt like we were kind of headed towards the edge.

And what worried me was that we may not know it when the time comes. Right?


One of the bad parts about always being at the edge is that you never know [it], you always assume you’re going to be able to pull back.”

Despite these stark parallels to the real world, however, Hay is keen to stress that from his perspective, Far Cry 5 is a piece of entertainment first, and not a political statement.

“I think when we built our game we really focused on making sure that people understand that it’s a form of entertainment, right?


We know that it’s entertainment, and what’s interesting about the time right now that we’re in is that games and film are for the first time really becoming into parity.


I think when we talked about exploring certain themes and the fact that films have been able to do this for a long time and that television has been able to this for a long time, we wanted to be able to make it to say ‘Look, let’s build our own world. Let’s make sure that Hope County is not a place you find on the map.


Let’s make sure Eden’s Gate is not a place that exists, it’s our own, and that the father and what he believes is our own’.

With the game’s development starting three years ago , its clear that the idea of a Christian cult and dissulliosined American State were being pursued by the team long before current events unfolded. Yet with the writing being on the wall even then and the game quickly becoming prophetic, it’s a shame to see Ubisoft Montreal not proudly standing behind its clear desire to tackle real world issues.

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Far Cry 5 sees Ubisoft attempting to tackle some difficult themes, yet reluctant to fully commit to their message.

As Hay says himself, movies, books and TV have long presented their audience with difficult topics, and dared to challenge the world its audience finds itself in. Yet, despite his willingness to acknowledge this, it seems as though he’s hesitant to fully commit to the game’s clear stab at social commentary.

“It’s absolutely born from some of the ideas in the real world and it feels real, because we want it to feel like a place that you could go and all of your reflections and all of your actions and all of your intuitions would still work, but it’s  still our [ficitional] place. “

Still, what we’ve seen of Far Cry 5 so far looks highly promising and regardless, it’s  great to see a developer tackle such an interesting concept. Yet, as video games begin to grow as a medium, we just hope that that  developers and publishers will have the courage to stand by their art, instead of trying to make something that simply appeals to everyone.

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Jack Antonoff Shares Insight Into the Making of Taylor Swift’s ‘New Year’s Day’

Out of all the producers Taylor Swift teamed up with for her new album Reputation, one was the indie-pop favorite collaborator Jack Antonoff.

While Antonoff fronts his own band, Bleachers, he also is busy in the studio working with artists like Lorde and St. Vincent to bring their latest albums to life, too.

After Swift performed one of her Antonoff-co-written songs on Monday night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to an emotional reception, the producer took to Twitter to share a little bit of the back story of the piano-driven ballad “New Year’s Day.”

“Taylor doing New Year’s Day on Fallon was beautiful,” Antonoff wrote. “That song means a lot to me. Happened so quickly at my apartment. We texted the next morning to make sure it wasn’t a dream.”

It’s the only ballad and the final track on the much-hyped album, detailing the decaying glitter of the day after a big party — and the tender nostalgia of everyday, through-thick-and-thin love. With specific references that paint a vivid, recognizable picture — “Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby / Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor” — it might also be one of her most relatable tracks on Reputation.

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Small But Mighty: Independent News Outlets Are Making An Outsized Impact

Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms. The concern—and a very real one—is that these bots and fake news sites had a significant impact on the 2016 election.

Fighting fake news, however, is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news. This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets.

The five-year long study published this week in Science, directed by Harvard Professor Gary King and supported in part by Voqal, shows that even small independent news outlets can have a dramatic effect on the content of national conversation. King, along with his now former graduate students Ben Schneer and Ariel White, found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic–such as jobs, the environment or immigration–discussion of that topic across social media rose by as much as 62.7 percent of a day’s volume, distributed over the week.

Over 60 percent of the participating outlets were members of the Media Consortium, the organization I direct. The Media Consortium outlets that had the highest participation rates in the Science study were, in order: Truthout, In These Times, Bitch Media, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal, Feministing, Generation Progress, Ms. Magazine and Yes! magazine. The median outlet size was The Progressive, with about 50,000 subscribers.

Individually, none of them is a New York Times or CNN. In fact, too often, philanthropic foundations refuse to support these outlets because they are “too small” and “don’t have enough impact.” What this Science study proves is that when independent news outlets work together to co-publish stories on the same topic in the same week, they can have a mighty effect.

We expected independents would have a big impact on national conversations, for several reasons. First, independents have strong and loyal followers who are eager to talk about the content they read and view at their favorite outlets. When Bitch, Feministing and Truthout together publish stories on reproductive health, they have a social reach of over a million followers.

But independent media followers are not just thumbs-up people. They not only comment and repost on social, they donate to these organizations and attend events in real life. These are people who want to participate in national conversations about topics they care about, from immigration to climate change to school reform. So it makes sense that they would push those conversations on social.

Second, studies coming out over the past five years have demonstrated that collective efforts make a bigger impact than stand-alone efforts. When even small outlets join together, they can have an effect larger than any of them would individually. We’ve seen that recently with the publication of the Panama Papers and other large-scale collaborations.

Our outlets implicitly understood those effects: The Media Consortium was founded in order to build a collaborative network. In fact, when the researchers started working with us to figure out what they could randomize, it was we who suggested the experiment be built upon randomized timing of collaborative publication.

Finally, we have faith in the American people. Yes, everyone likes a cute cat photo or a bit of salacious gossip. But people care at a very fundamental level about the schools their kids attend, about their own reproductive choices, about their communities, neighbors and friends. They hunger for stories that impact their every day lives. And those are the stories they will talk about and share. In fact, they will increase their sharing of stories like these by 62.7 percent when the stories originate on outlets they trust.

Trust matters on platforms that too often provide space for fake news. Increasingly, people will look at what outlet is providing them with that news. While trust in corporate news has gone down over the past few years, trust in independent news is strong.

The meaning of the Science study is simple: If we want to foster robust conversations about national policy, we need to continue to support independent news outlets.

jgk-photo-6-2012Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the Executive Director of The Media Consortium, a nonprofit network of 80 independent news outlets including Ms. magazine. Jo Ellen is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice, and the author of numerous articles on media. Follow her @jgksf.

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Rejoice! Rian Johnson Is Making a Brand New Star Wars Trilogy

This is the best Star Wars news we’ve had in a while. The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is going to be working on a brand new trilogy of films for the Star Wars universe.

Here are the details from the official press release:

In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

Wishes Do Come True

I can’t tell you how happy all of this makes me. I have been continuously asking for the Star Wars universe to branch out into something bigger and unfamiliar. The fact that the incredibly talented Rian Johnson — if you haven’t yet, watch Brick, The Brothers Bloomand Looper — will be the one at the helm of this new venture is icing on the cake.

It also speaks volumes about how happy Disney is with The Last Jedi. Johnson has clearly been a good collaborator while also delivering something that the studio — and most likely fans — are going to be very proud of.

Exactly what this new trilogy will be is unknown, but I sincerely hope it strays far away from the familiar stories and characters we’ve been getting. If Johnson is truly given carte blanche to create anything he wants in the Star Wars universe, this could be the start of something incredibly special.

The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, but if I’m being 100% honest, I’m more excited about news of this new trilogy. This could be the first step towards Disney building out the universe in a fresh and enthralling new direction. Bring. It. On.

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‘Making a Murderer’: Avery Lawyer Adds Allegations in New Court Motion

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Study: Even African Americans Making Almost Six Figures Feel Financially Insecure

A new study reveals that nearly half of African Americans with yearly household incomes between $ 35,000 and $ 150,000 feel financial worry. Forty-five percent of African Americans making incomes of $ 75,000 a year and up say they feel more financially insecure than Americans of other races in the same income bracket.


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The study was conducted by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual). The data also showed that black people were more likely to say they had under-funded retirement savings. Forty-one percent are even concerned about making ends meet.

The majority of the survey respondents did not feel that they lacked money management skills, however 7 percent said they would be interested in receiving financial planning services from their employer.


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“Across the board, African Americans are more likely to say they are unprepared for retirement and feel less financially secure but are more open to education and financial guidance,” said Evan Taylor, head of MassMutual’s African American Markets.

“The findings demonstrate a real need to reach more people, make financial education and guidance more readily available, and focus on financial wellness.”

Some other key takeaways from MassMutual’s study include:

  • Middle-income African Americans are more likely to report difficulty managing their households monthly finances
  • Debt, lack of income, and cost of living are the top African American financial concerns
  • Black Americans are less worried about the cost of healthcare compared to other groups
  • Negative outcomes from financial issues (including the inability to eat healthily, pay for a child’s education, or stress in a marriage or relationship) are reported more by middle-income African Americans

“The African American community is very open to education, information, and advice about financial matters from their employers, financial service firms, and financial professions,” said Taylor. “It’s an opportunity for financial service firms, financial advisers, and employers to make a difference.”


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MLB Player Suspended for Making Racist Gesture During World Series

(HOUSTON) — Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros was suspended Saturday for the first five games of next season for making a racist gesture at Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel’s actions during Game 3.

Manfred acknowledged some people believed Gurriel should have served an immediate ban.

“I wanted the burden of this discipline to fall primarily on the wrongdoer,” he said. “I was impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving the suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard.”

The 33-year-old Gurriel, completing his second season in the major leagues after leaving Cuba, will lose $ 322,581 of his $ 12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes. The first baseman will be required to undergo sensitivity training during the offseason.

Gurriel pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston’s 5-3 win in Game 3 on Friday night. He also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish.

“I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,” Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. “I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it. I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game.”

Said Manfred: “There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night.”

“There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable,” he said.

Manfred decided against imposing a suspension during the World Series, which the Astros led 2-1. Game 4 was Saturday night.

“I understand that people may have different views. But it was my best judgment that this timing was appropriate,” Manfred said.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was “surprised and disappointed” by Gurriel’s behavior and supported Manfred’s decision.

“Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions,” Luhnow said. “Appropriately, Yuli has apologized for his gesture. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.”

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How to Deal with Not Making Partner: Reader Advice

how to deal with not making partnerReaders who have been there: What’s your advice to other attorneys on how to deal with not making partner? Reader E recently asked:

I was wondering if you could do a post on not making partner. I’m a sixth year at a large firm, and while I’m not being pushed out the door, my understanding is that partnership is not in the cards, either. On the one hand, this is okay. I never really wanted to make partner, and I can’t say I’m passionate about my job. On the other, ouch! I’ve seen posts about this in the comments, and I thought it might be nice to round them up in one place.

Great idea, Reader E. We haven’t devoted a post to the situation of not making partner, so let’s talk about it today. Here’s one way to look at a situation like this: When this happens to you, you may feel like you’re hanging by a thread — without anyone out there ready to catch you — but really, it can be the beginning of a great new adventure (and in fact it’s part of the adventure … just not the one you had anticipated or hoped for). As one Corporette reader once wrote in response to a young attorney who was worried about her low hours, “The firm that didn’t like me just wasn’t a good personality fit for me. At the time it was really demoralizing, but being pushed out of that firm was the best thing for my career because I found my wheelhouse at the next place.”

We’ve searched our comment threads and have found a good number of discussions about not making partner, deciding whether you even want to be partner, feeling like you’re getting pushed out at your firm, and regretting related career decisions you’ve made (or currently making decisions that may affect your chances to make partner). Do you remember, or have you bookmarked, other helpful comment threads along these lines? If this has happened to you, what advice did you receive from friends and colleagues on how to deal with not making partner? 

Here are some of the best reader discussions and advice:

  • I’ve just been told that I’m not making partner and that I need to find a new job by the middle of next year.” [threadjack] 
  • “It’s hard to see that peers made partner when I didn’t. They are getting to do the work I want and making millions and I’m … not. [threadjack]
  • “I did all the things I was supposed to do and didn’t make partner and couldn’t get in anywhere else. All I can think about my prior life is that it was a waste of time that got me a dead-end job.” [threadjack]
  • How do you know when it is time to leave your biglaw firm for another firm? Is it OK to lateral as a 5th or 6th year?” [threadjack]
  • “I didn’t make partner and got pushed out. Anyone know a recruiter that would work with me to find a smaller/boutique/growing firm?[threadjack] (Here’s an answer from another reader.)
  • I have a good shot at making partner. Would it ruin my chances if I have another kid in my 8th year?[threadjack]
  • “Experience-wise, I qualify as Counsel at my new potential firm. But my title at the current firm is Senior Associate. Any hope that I can negotiate to come in as Counsel instead of SA?[threadjack]
  • “I’m a fourth-year litigator and my firm wants me to do a secondment at a client that is located in the suburbs. My gut instinct was, they’re trying to push me out.” [threadjack]
  • “Can you think of any female lawyers at your firms who are grandmothers? Or who have kids in college? Or who have kids in high school?[threadjack]
  • “Seeing other people with dream homes upsets me and made me regret my decision to go in-house.” [threadjack]
  • “I am a very junior corporate biglaw associate. What’s the longest they’ll let me stay here if I keep doing good work but never make my hours, or even really come close? While I like the work, I’d like to have more children and would then probably stay at home.” [threadjack] 
  • “I’m having a really hard time envisioning a job post-biglaw, but I want to get out in the next year. I feel like I’m just treading water, waiting to be pushed out so that I’m forced to make a decision. I really want to leave before it gets to that point, and I’ve heard that once you’re a 6th year you become less marketable.[threadjack]
  • “I’ve been told I will make partner next year. I’m not sure it’s what I want, and I’m not sure what to say when colleagues ask me if I want to make partner. Should I just suck it up and lie until I am less conflicted about what I want to do with my career?” [threadjack]

If you were passed over for partnership (or pushed out at an earlier stage because it was clear you wouldn’t make partner), how did you feel about it THEN, and how do you feel about it now? If you could go back and do it all over, what would you do the same vs. differently? If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself?

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3 NBA Stars Making Big Business Moves This Year

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With the start of the basketball season upon us, it’s clear that some of the biggest NBA stars spent the offseason brushing up on their business game.

Russell Westbrook

NBA stars business moves TUMI x Russell Westbrook (PRNewsfoto/TUMI)


Just this month, Westbrook, the league’s reigning MVP, released a limited-edition collection with luggage maker TUMI. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard co-designed six pieces, including travel satchels, backpacks, and totes in a red camouflage print with his personal motto “Why Not?” embossed on the interiors.

“I’ve always enjoyed the process of transforming an idea through the design process, and the creative team at TUMI really executed my vision,” said Westbrook in a press release. “I’m proud to share the functional and stylistic collection we’ve created together with people all over the world.”

This isn’t his first crack at designing. Known among NBA stars for his eccentric fashion and “nerd” glasses, he teamed up with Barney’s New York in 2014 to for a two-year partnership to create the line Russell Westbrook XO. He also has—of course—his own eyewear company, called Westbrook Frames.

Earlier this year he signed a 10-year extension to his deal with Nike’s Jordan Brand, reportedly making him the highest-paid Jordan Brand athlete ever.


Chris Paul

Paul, who is making his debut as a member of the Houston Rockets, made headlines with the off-season trade. But that wasn’t the only news he was making this summer. In July he launched a capsule collection of men’s clothing and accessories with Five Four Club, after signing on in March to become the face of the brand.

“I’m a firm believer in not just doing business with a company just because you know them. You invest in the people,” Paul told Esquire about collaborating with the brand.

Not to be left out of the travel bag game, the NBA Players Union president launched another line just last month. The Chris Paul for Hook & Albert Collection includes a weekender, Dopp kit, and lapel pins, among other accessories, and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Outside of fashion, Paul has a number of business interests—like most NBA stars. Last year, he invested an undisclosed amount in WTRMLN WTR, an energy drink startup, along with Beyoncé.


LeBron James


Perhaps no current pro better embodies the idea of a business-savvy basketball player than James. He co-founded media and entertainment companies and invested in Beats by Dre–before it was sold to Apple. He’s also earned hundreds of millions in endorsement deals, including his historic contracts with Nike.

But it was a $ 1 million investment he made in 2012 that paid off big this summer. That’s when his stake in Blaze Pizza, the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country, became valued at $ 25 million. He reportedly owns about 10% of the company, in addition to co-owning several franchises.

“LeBron and I have always been about finding companies that we truly believe in and putting real money into them. We’re not talking putting in $ 15,000 or $ 20,000,” Maverick Carter, James’s business partner, told ESPN.

“It’s real money plus the expertise, understanding and knowledge that we bring, as well as bringing LeBron’s name and likeness to the product.”

This could lead to an off-the-court business match-up between two of the biggest NBA stars: Kevin Durant, whose defending champion Golden State Warriors beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s finals, is also getting into the pizza biz. His company, Durant Co., just invested in Pieology and will own both a stake in the company and some of the franchises.


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Egypt Sherrod’s 3 Keys to Making Money in Real Estate

Egypt Sherrod

Egypt Sherrod knows how to make money in real estate.

“I grew up knowing that real estate was the foundation of wealth,” says the host of HGTV’s Property Virgins and author of Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate. “I came from a family of real estate brokers, so I don’t need to tell you what holidays were like, [and] what the conversation was.”

With two decades of experience, Sherrod shares her real estate success secrets:


1. First, You Have to Be in It to Win It


Sherrod says she knows many people, especially blacks, may have been scared away from home ownership.

“‘The American Dream,’ I think, for a lot of people has started to disappear. They [have] lost faith. But, what we have to know is that everything that goes up will come down—but it’ll also go back up again.”

She says you can still make money in real estate, and that home ownership is still one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. So, get off the sidelines and get in the game!

“What we were taught early on was that real estate is the foundation of wealth. Real estate is what built middle-class America—that’s what built our 401(k)s, and that’s what set us up for retirement. It was: you go to school, you get a good job, you get married, you buy a house,” she says.


2. When You Have Extra Money, Put It in Property


Are you making significant money for the first time? Sherrod says that for her, real estate was the answer to her ability to hold on to more of her money.

“I got my real estate license when I was 24 or 25. I flipped my first property when I got my first big paycheck in radio, when I moved to New York City from Baltimore. You know, when I first started making money and realized, ‘I have to do something with my money, and make my money work for me’—my first default was real estate.”

“So, I bought investment property in Newark, New Jersey, and flipped those babies. Honestly, it was fun. It’s a rush. That’s what flipping properties was like for me,” she says.


3. Take a Long-Term Approach


Flipping houses isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, it makes more sense to hold on to a property. If you’re looking for a more traditional approach to make money in real estate, consider becoming a landlord.

“Every property you buy, don’t sell it. If you hold on to your property, rent it out, and keep raising the rent. As long as you’re paying your bills, you could go and find something else [to invest in] now—and, that’s the way to do it. Hold on to it. Use it as your retirement plan. Let someone else pay off your mortgage.”

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UK holidaymakers set to pay for making Spain their favourite getaway

Spain is the top destination for British tourists but increased demand is straining resources and prices may rise by up to 10% for 2018 holidays

With a record 18 million people visiting last year, Spain is by far the most popular foreign destination for UK holidaymakers. But as the country “fills up” with tourists – picking a package deal to the Costa del Sol or the Balearics over Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey – prices look set to increase.

Much of the rise in visitor numbers has been caused by ongoing security concerns over travel to north Africa and Turkey. Travel to Turkey suffered last year due to a failed military coup and from 2015 until July this year – when the Foreign Office updated its travel advice – British tourists were warned not to travel to Tunisia, following a terrorist attack on a beach in Sousse that killed 38 people.

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Airbnb is making a move into restaurant reservations

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Sam Smith Nearly Quit While Making New Album: ‘I Started to Lose Myself’

Sam Smith's new single "Too Good At Goodbyes" may have garnered praise from critics upon its release earlier this month, but the singer revealed in a new interview with Attitude magazine that the lead-up to its release was a tough time.

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Flaky Bakes’ CEO Lateshia Dowell on Making ‘Piekies’ Pies and Being a ‘One-Woman Show’

Flaky Bakes Founder Lateshia Dowell on Steve Harvey's Funderdome

On Episode 11 of Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Lateshia Dowell pitched her business, Flaky Bakes—a metro Detroit home-based, delivery-only, cookie company specializing in piekies (pie cookies)—in the Funderdome.

STEVE HARVEY’S FUNDERDOME - "Episode 109" - The seed-funding competition reality series "Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME," featuring two aspiring inventors going head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies, airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lisa Rose) STEVE HARVEY, LATESHIA DOWELL (FLAKY BAKES)
(Steve Harvey and Flaky Bakes CEO Lateshia Dowell on Funderdome. Image: The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lisa Rose))


On the show, entrepreneurs pitch in a head-to-head competition to “The Funderdome” (a live studio audience) for the chance to win up to $ 100K in capital. The pitch that gets the most votes wins the money. Before the winner is announced, both competitors get the chance to “cash out” for a lower sum of money.

Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships caught up with Dowell to talk about her appearance on Funderdome and her business.


How did you start your business? Tell us the Flaky Bakes story.


My grandmother passed away in 2009 from cancer and she was a baker, not by trade but by passion. She made cakes and there was always a cake at her house whenever you went over. When she died, she didn’t leave any recipes. So, she was gone and the cake was gone. You’d never think something as simple as a cake would mean so much to you, but it did.

I remember going to a restaurant and trying a cake and instantly being brought to tears because it tasted identical to my grandmother’s cake. Food is one of the only things that can evoke that type of emotion. I never thought it was until my grandmother died and I didn’t have that cake anymore. And that’s why I started Flaky Bakes, I wanted to give people that same emotion. I wanted them to remember how they felt when they tried something I made.


Piekies look delicious. How did you decide on the size of each pie?  


The piekie [a cookie-sized, fruit-filled pie] was created from impatience. It was Thanksgiving and my Mom was making a sweet potato pie. I didn’t want to wait for the full pie to finish baking, so I took a small amount of pie crust and pie filling and the piekie was created. It took a quarter of the time to bake than the full-size pie. The size also makes it unique because it’s convenient and helps with portion control. If you’re anything like me and cut a slice of pie, it’s a pretty big slice. A piekie can be consumed in about four bites.

(Peaches and cream piekie. Image: Facebook/Flaky Bakes)


How did you feel pitching your business in the Funderdome? How did you prepare for the pitch?


I was more nervous than I thought I’d be. I remember being in my dressing room and listening to music. I would go from gospel music, because I was so thankful for the opportunity but then I’d listen to rap music, particularly DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” because I didn’t want to lose the adrenaline I was feeling. Once on stage, I calmed down though.


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What did you learn from being on the show?


I gained a great lesson in patience from this experience and learned you can’t rush the process.


Andrews: Give us a post-show update. Baking is hard work; how do you scale a business like yours?


I’m currently a one-woman show. So, scaling is hard in the current state of the business, but I was privileged enough to get accepted into the Impact Challenge at The University of Michigan this past August and partnered with their first year MBA students. During the four day program, 28 students helped me develop a plan to grow Flaky Bakes in the next year by moving into a commercial kitchen and hiring part-time staff.


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The world’s shortest railroad is making its teeny-tiny runs again


All aboard! OK now everybody off!

That’s about how it goes with the Angels Flight — the world’s shortest incorporated railroad — a downtown Los Angeles landmark that reopened on Thursday, four years after it shut down following a derailment.

Built in 1901, the funky little funicular was originally meant to shuttle privileged Bunker Hill residents from their Victorian mansions down to the city’s historic core, sparing them 200+ steps when they went shopping.

It instantly became a tourist stop, an identity amplified by its brief appearance in La La Land — something Angelinos chuckled at, since it wasn’t yet running at the time of filming — and, finally, its grand reopening hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Read more…

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Pat McGrath is Launching A Stunning, 61-Piece Collection That’s 25 Years in the Making

After seven sold-out (often in minutes), limited-edition makeup collections, Pat McGrath is finally launching the first permanent range in her line, Pat McGrath Labs. According to McGrath, the 61-SKU collection, which includes lipsticks, eye shadow palettes, mascara, lip pencils and eyeliners, …

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