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‘I Love Things That Are Absurd.’ Meet the Man Who Turned Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest Into a National Obsession

Every year, the Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest draws nearly 25,000 people to Coney Island, N.Y., while over a million viewers tune in to ESPN’s live coverage, all to watch 20 competitors eat as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes.

Besides the competitors, there’s another draw: George Shea—the event’s host, or Master of Ceremonies—who delivers a series of verbose, outlandish and occasionally inspired introductions of the competitors. At the 2014 Nathan’s contest, he introduced one of the competitors saying: “His mother held him close and whispered in his ear. She said you are of mine flesh but you are not mine own. Fate is your father and you belong to the people.”

Eating competitions weren’t always what they are today. Shea, also the co-founder of competitive eating’s Major League Eating (formerly known as the International Federation of Competitive Eating), took over the Coney Island event in 1991 as a press agent a few years out of college. Hot dog eating as a “competition” reportedly dates back to the early nineteen-hundreds, and when Shea took over the Nathan’s contest, it was a small affair—a couple dozen spectators, one or two television cameras, and a group of enthusiastic amateur eaters.

It was Shea who began heavily promoting the event and delivering elaborate, irony-tinged introductions. (He once said of 10-time Nathan’s champion Joey Chestnut: “through the curtain of the aurora, a comet blazes to herald his arrival.”) Shea also began billing the eaters as “athletes.” In radio interviews throughout the 1990s, he explained that the dozen or so entrants were the fiercest competitors culled from a nationwide circuit of qualifying events.

“There was no business plan,” Shea explains. “You know what was in my mind? I thought it was funny and absurd, and I love things that are absurd. So we always treated it as a sport, called it a sport, called them athletes.”

2017 Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

The Nathan’s contest is now the largest and best-known competitive eating event in America, but it is far from the only one. From the Acme Oyster Eating Championship in New Orleans to the Pork Roll Eating Championship in Trenton, N.J., there are dozens of similar events all under the auspices of Shea and his partners’ Major League Eating. To prepare, professional and semi-professional eaters train year-round: practicing swallowing techniques; increasing their stomach capacity by alternately fasting and binging on vegetables, milk or protein powder; and working out to limit excessive body fat, which can curb stomach expansion.

“He convinces the audience these guys are athletes,” said Joey Chestnut of Shea in the 2017 documentary, Chasing the Mustard Belt. “He does such a good job, he convinces me I’m an athlete.”

The league was built in large part by Shea’s new pageantry. In 1997, he and his brother founded the International Federation of Competitive Eating to manage their multiplying events, each sponsored by a different corporate client. And in 2001, a first-time competitor from Japan named Takeru Kobayashi ate an astounding 50 hot dogs in 10 minutes, doubling the previous record. Other contestants, initially bewildered by Kobayashi’s technique—he practiced rigorously and employed a trademark “Kobayashi wiggle” to force food into his stomach—began to train like athletes as well. In 2003, ESPN began broadcasting the event on national television.

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Getty ImagesJoey Chestnut (center) wins the men’s division of the 2017 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, eating 72 hot dogs.

And in 2007, Nathan’s Famous got what all sports really need: a rivalry. The formerly unbeatable Kobayashi was bested by Joey Chestnut, who consumed a staggering 66 hot dogs. Shea continued to raise the dramatic stakes, narrating a tale of loss and redemption in interviews and onstage, with Joey Chestnut as the sport’s American hero. “This man stands for all that is eternal in the human experience, the courage to stand for a nation when all others fail or turn away,” Shea said at the Nathan’s contest in 2015.

“It’s a competition for us, but it’s a show for everybody else,” explains Matt Stonie, the 2015 Nathan’s champion. “You need somebody to tell that story.”

That story has always contained a unique balance of earnestness and irony. Shea’s trademark narrations sell the drama of the event while reaching a grandiosity that capitalizes on the contest’s absurdity. “[The audience] both knows that this is somehow a joke and still feels it at the same time,” Shea says. “That razor’s edge, that’s for me the magic.”

In many ways, the growth of competitive eating is similar to that of mainstream American sports. Amateur baseball clubs evolved into multi-million dollar leagues, much like how small eating competitions have turned into nationally broadcast events. Rather than traveling the back roads of turn-of-the-century America, competitive eating made the rounds of strip mall parking lots throughout the United States.

At times, the wild narratives of competitive eating resemble WWE professional wrestling, a scripted pseudo-sport that combines the melodrama of soap operas and the action of boxing. Like wrestling, winners of the Nathan’s competition are awarded “the mustard belt,” and Shea’s theatrical introductions often resemble wrestlers’ long-winded pre-match soliloquies.

By coincidence, Shea’s wife is a writer for WWE and a former soap opera producer. “What soap operas did and what WWE did is exactly what we do but in a different format,” Shea says. The difference, it seems, is that while professional wrestling delivers its narrative with a soap opera’s self-serious camp, competitive eating does so with a winking acknowledgement of the fact that its “heroes” are men and women who compete to cram down astonishing quantities of hot dogs, oysters, sweet corn or pork rolls.

Competitive eating’s mechanisms of audience engagement—the creation of heroes, drama and cultural relevance—are no different than those in other popular sports, except for their lack of straight-faced earnestness. In competitive eating, George Shea created the first true ironic sport, and made a killing along the way.

Asked if he believes that competitive eating will outlast him, Shea stops to reflect. “Do you know how many questions I’ve considered before? I’ve never considered that.” He pauses for a moment, thinking. “Wow,” he says. “I guess it could.”

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North and South Korea Meet in Pyongyang for Goodwill Basketball Game

(SEOUL, South Korea) — The rival Koreas on Wednesday began two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.
Players from North and South Korea were mixed into two teams that competed against each other at the North Korean capital’s Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium.A capacity crowd of 12,000 at the arena applauded as the two women’s teams — dressed in white jerseys that read “Peace” and green jerseys that read “Prosperity” — marched onto the court holding hands. Team Prosperity defeated Team Peace 103-102, with North Korea’s Ro Suk Yong scoring 18 points, according to pool reports. The game between the men’s mixed teams that followed ended in a 102-102 tie.

The South Koreans will play against the North Korean men’s and women’s teams on Thursday before returning home on Friday.

The games precede a visit to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for meetings over the future of the North’s nuclear program.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a noted basketball fan, didn’t appear at the gymnasium on Wednesday. It wasn’t clear whether he would attend on Thursday.

“Once they started playing, the players showed quick chemistry and I was proud of them,” said Lee Moon-kyu, the head coach of South Korea’s women’s team, who will also lead a combined Koreas team at the Asian Games next month in Indonesia. Lee, who plans to bring two or three North Korean players to the Asian Games, said he was impressed with “No. 9 and No. 7 on Team Peace,” referring to North Korea’s Ri Jong Ok and Jang Mi Kyong.

North Korea’s sports minister, Kim Il Guk, said in a speech that the games reflect the “revered determination of the leaders of the North and South to bring forward the future of a self-reliant unification.”

The South Korean delegation, including 50 players and government officials, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday on two military aircraft.

“It feels like the first time I came here all over again,” said Hur Jae, head coach of South Korea’s men’s national team, who previously visited Pyongyang for a joint game in 2003. Hur, a former guard whose two sons are among the players who traveled to the North, talked about his friendship with retired North Korean player Ri Myong Hun, a 7-foot-9 (2.35-meter) center who anchored the country’s national team during the 1990s and early 2000s.

“There was a buzz when I shared a glass of soju and talked with Ri Myong Hun in 2003,” Hur said. Ri did not attend a dinner reception for South Korean players on Tuesday, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was at the games on Wednesday.

The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Kim has also met with China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The inter-Korean summits have facilitated a slew of goodwill gestures between the Koreas, which have also agreed to field combined teams at the Asian Games.

Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game in Pyongyang in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.

South Korea’s Hyundai business group built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during a previous era of rapprochement between North and South Korea, and a joint game was played there in 2003. Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were also played in 1999.

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INTIPUCA, El Salvador — In a little town in eastern El Salvador a statue has been built in honor of the first resident to make it to Washington D.C., way back in 1968. Since then, thousands have followed, both legally and illegally, forging a bond so close and so extensive that many of the folks here think what the North Americans call “the nation’s capital” could hardly function without workers from this sleepy, coastal town in El Salvador.

The streets are lined with houses in pristine condition, painted bright colors and built with remittances sent by workers in the United States, and long before El Salvador ditched its colón for the U.S. dollar in 2001, that was the common currency here.

While walking around town, residents commonly greet each other saying, “Hey, how’s it going?” rather than, “Hola, que tal?’ Many of the migrants who have returned, either by choice or deportation, are eager to speak the language that became familiar to their tongues during their years or even decades in D.C. and the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

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Santino LoConte has learned a few things since starting Reign, a Meatpacking District men’s wear store that opened last October.
First, limited-edition releases, or drops, generate the most sales, and second, building a community and offering a service are essential to the long-term success of the store, which has a partnership with Samsung C&T Fashion Group that is a minority investor.
That’s why he’s introduced Reign Releases, a microsite for releases and small capsules, and a Deadstock program that will reissue popular sneakers. LoConte said he’s been able to acquire these shoes and hold on to them because of connections within the industry. LoConte was previously the head of global product collaborations at Pony, and his father, Anthony LoConte, owns Unlimited Brand Group, formerly named Anthony L&S, which arranges licenses to manufacture footwear for Pony along with Etonic, G-Star Raw, Levi’s and U.S. Polo Assn.
This program’s first round of releases includes the Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 “Wave Runner,” the Adidas Futurecraft 4D and the Adidas HU NMD “Holi Festival.” LoConte said within 48 hours of unveiling the program, 23,000 people signed up for a chance to purchase the Wave Runner and they will be notified if they’ve been randomly selected to purchase

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Therapy for Black Girls: Meet the Woman on a Mission To Reduce Mental Health Stigma

After watching the first Black Girls Rock awards show Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. was inspired to create Therapy for Black Girls, a platform encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls. Over the years, Dr. Joy has expanded the platform from a blog to a podcast with listeners in 158 different countries, a Facebook group called the “Thrive Tribe” with over 13,000 women and a therapist directory which has grown to over 700 therapists in less than a year. “My work has always been heavily focused on black women and girls,” says Dr. Joy. I think too often we’re so busy taking care of other people that we aren’t always paying attention to what’s going on with us. I wanted a platform that helped sisters put the focus back on themselves.”

We caught up with Dr. Joy to get some insight on self-care, the stigma of mental health in the black community, and cliché phrases to avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one.

What are the stigmas that often hold people of color back from therapy and what services or programs do you offer to combat these stigmas?

I believe that many people of color have been socialized to believe that talking about private matters should only happen within the confines of the family (the whole idea of airing dirty laundry so to speak). Also, many people still don’t know how therapy works or believe that only “crazy” people need therapy. There are also many people who still view mental illness and needing to go to therapy as a sign of a weak faith relationship, which, of course, is not the case.

The Therapy for Black Girls podcast is helping to reduce that stigma. The podcast episodes are designed to help people get an idea of the millions of different reasons someone might benefit from therapy. Listeners are also exposed to a variety of therapists that are guests on the show. This format helps them to realize that we all have different personalities and work differently so there is likely a therapist out there that’s a great fit for everyone. I also do live video chats on both Instagram & Facebook at 12 noon ET every Thursday. I call it Three for Thursday and I share three tips about a topic and then open the floor for general questions. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to get accurate information about mental health and to dispel any myths they may have about how therapy works, etc.

To date, what are your top three episodes? 

  1. Self-Worth 
  2. Slaying Your Anxiety 
  3. This Isn’t What I Imagined 

When it comes to mental health, what is the one thing that you think women overlook in maintaining self-care?

Boundaries! I think far too many of us don’t say NO enough. No to that extra task at work, no to that friend who never shows up for us, no to that ex who keeps trying to come back into our lives, etc. I don’t think we always realize the cumulative impact that taking on other people’s stuff can have on our mental health.

What cliché phrases should we avoid when trying to help a depressed loved one?

  • Just pray about it.
  • Your life is so good, what do you have to be depressed about?
  • Life is hard for everyone, toughen up.

While people may be well-intentioned when trying to help a loved one, these sentiments typically only make people feel like you don’t understand them and that you’re not someone they can go to in the future. A nice alternative for this would be something like “I’m sorry to hear that you’re struggling. Do you want to talk more about how you’re feeling?”

What do you believe people can do to reduce the stigma of depression and anxiety?

I think sharing more openly about our own struggles and experiences with therapy helps. I also think we have to be careful with our language. It’s important to remove stigmatizing language from our vocabulary, so saying things like “she’s so crazy” or “this gives me OCD” is something to avoid.

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Meet the Black Woman Behind the Video That Led to the Trump Clemency of Alice Johnson

You may not know the name Topeka Sam as well as you know Kim Kardashian, but you should. Sam, a prison reform activist, facilitated the viral Mic video that moved Kardashian to take a meeting with President Donald Trump to plead the case of Alice Johnson, a black woman who was granted clemency June 6 after serving 21 years for a nonviolent, drug-related crime. Though Kardashian helped put a worldwide spotlight on Johnson’s case, Sam was a major leader in a community of activists, legal professionals, and entrepreneurs who worked on her behalf for years before the day she was finally freed.

Sam, a formerly incarcerated woman herself, has advocated for female inmates’ rights, prison reform, and empowerment for women through spiritual renewal, education, and entrepreneurship since her own 2015 release. “My parents were franchise business owners for the first 20 years of my life,” Sam says. “They owned a Carvel franchise in Brooklyn, N.Y., and after that, they ran their own restaurant in Harlem until they retired. I’ve always been exposed to what [owning a business looked like]. I think it was just in my DNA, that I was going to be a business owner at some point.”

The founder of The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House NYC, was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug in her youth, and she has since promoted the freedom and power of entrepreneurship as a viable and sustainable option for formerly incarcerated individuals.

“Prior to going to prison, I’d launched several small businesses, [from] a concierge service to throwing parties. I started a customized mobile-phone case boutique for brands with a friend of mine, who’s still an entrepreneur,” Sam recalls. “When I was inside, God gave me the name The Ladies of Hope Ministries and Hope House. I had a business plan and everything. …I wrote out what my ideas were, like the Bible says, ‘Write it down and make it clear, and at the appointed time, it will come to pass and will not tarry.’  That’s exactly what I did.”

In launching Hope House NYC, Sam has combined entrepreneurial knowledge with her personal experience of prison life for women, and she also uses knowledge she’s gained while serving as a Columbia University Beyond the Bars fellow, a Justice in Education Scholar, and director of dignity for the Van Jones-helmed Cut50 initiative to keep the Bronx-based facility going. At the home, women and girls affected by incarceration can get educational, vocational, spiritual, and entrepreneurial resources and housing, and find a safe space of support from other women.

“It’s everyday work, not only because you’re a social entrepreneur or systems entrepreneur, [but because] you have people’s lives in your hands,” Sam says. “You have to make sure the bills are paid so that women can remain safe [at Hope House NYC] and they can thrive in their lives. I have to make sure the resources we are providing are viable.”

She takes pride in the impact she can make through starting something she is in charge of, and knows how entrepreneurship or launching your own platform can have a positive effect on lives beyond that of the business owner.

“With entrepreneurship, it allows you to hire people who have been impacted by incarceration and give opportunities to people so that when they come home, they don’t have to worry about applying for a job and being told they’re being terminated because of a prison conviction,” Sam says. “When you think about entrepreneurship, it doesn’t mean you have to build an organization. Speaking about your experience, you get paid to speak, that’s a business. …I speak across the country. … Whatever you’re good at, you can make a business out of it. Every time a woman comes through my organization, the question I ask them is, ‘what do you want to be [moving forward]?”

Building a foundation of business smarts and tenacity helped Sam balance her process of transitioning into life after prison, sharing her story through panels and speaking engagements and fulfilling a vision to help others. She knew she had to strengthen herself through research and education in order to accomplish the freedom of running her own show.

“I think because I had the understanding of what it took to start a business, because of my past, I knew [I had to do my due diligence]. … We’re creating an entrepreneurial course and partnering with a large corporation to do it. I believe education is extremely important for people to change their lives. …Skills education leads to business, and business leads to entrepreneurship. [Through entrepreneurship], I have the freedom to do this as I want to, and I don’t have to worry about people putting [limitations] on me [as a formerly incarcerated woman.]”

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When Angela Lansbury saw Frank Verlizzo’s sketches for the poster for the 1979 Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, she queried why his drawing of her character, Mrs. Lovett, was so big.

“I think you’re going to be padded,” Verlizzo recalled telling her, now nearly 40 years later.

“Let’s use the thinnest drawing,” Lansbury advised him. “I’ll just play it fat.”

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North Koreans to meet Trump; ‘good progress’ toward summit

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Meet the California Students Demanding On-Campus Abortion Access

Adiba Khan and Marandah Rain Field-Elliot, seniors at the University of California in Berkeley, are part of a student-led revolution in the state demanding an expansion of access to comprehensive reproductive health care at public universities.

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Together with Phoebe Abramowitz, Khan and Field-Elliot co-authored the College Student Right to Access Act (SB 320), which would require universities across the golden state to offer medication abortion at on-campus health centers. It was introduced in the state senate earlier this year by Senator Connie Leyva; Khan and Field-Elliot plan to work as full-time organizers advocating for the legislation after graduating this month.

Despite false anti-abortion claims that the pill is dangerous, medication abortion has an over 98 percent success rate—and is safer than many of the services currently offered at college health centers. SB 320 would remove unnecessary barriers to medication abortion on campuses across the state, providing critical care to, especially, students of color and low-income students who feel the impact of anti-abortion policies and practices disproportionately.

Khan and Field-Elliot talked to Ms. about the logistical challenges they’ve faced in their groundbreaking efforts—and the importance of demonstrating campus-wide support for reproductive healthcare access.

Reproductive justice advocates have said your work will change how we look at abortion accessibility. What makes SB 320 such a revolutionary bill?

AK: This is the first time in history that legislation has broadly attempted to offer abortion care across public university systems—in addition to making abortion seen as a positive and good service. It is a bill that centers abortion as not simply just “the right to choose,” but, if it passes, ensures concrete accessibility and visibility.

MF: This bill demonstrates that students can be change makers and that we can demand access to abortion in our own spaces. This bill would ensure that medication abortion services are available to all students who might need them, wherever they live or go to school or however much money they make. That’s a game changer—not only for students who are considering abortion and need care, but also for how we think about reproductive health and abortion care more generally. By integrating abortion care into the services provided by student health centers, which are the primary source of medical care for students, this bill tackles stigma head-on and helps normalize abortion and women’s reproductive health care. Students already seek abortion care but are being forced to go off campus, which is an unnecessary barrier that can make it difficult to access affordable care. It’s not easy to raise the money or find transportation to get to a far-away clinic—some students in the state have to travel upwards of 4 hours for abortion care.

AK: Offering medication abortion on campus is an important step towards ensuring students have meaningful access to the full range of reproductive care. This is critical for students because they now will have the ability to make choices about their reproductive bodies, including the choice and having legitimate access to ending a pregnancy. Many students across the UC system are lower-income, work to fund tuition in addition to taking classes and are from underrepresented communities. Having this service allows students to have support right on campus and ensures students don’t have to miss work or class to access abortion. By integrating abortion as a “regular” health service, the stigma of it will decrease, and this will help students feel less stigmatized for having an abortion because the service is not discrete but widely visible. If passed, millions of students across California now will have the ability to access a service that has been for decades declared their constitutional right.

What challenges have you faced in this campaign?

AK: At Berkeley, our administration often cited lack of money and security concerns as a reason to not provide the service. After SB 320 was introduced, we experienced obstacles in securing funding for implementation of medication abortion services across California’s public university systems. We also ended up having to write out community colleges from the bill. Fortunately, we’ve secured the necessary funds to carry out the vision of the bill—but we still have to convince legislators and university administrators of why it’s critical to ensure abortion access and why the abortion pill should be available at student health centers.

MF: People often raise concerns about the costs associated with implementing the bill. Fortunately, a consortium of funders has stepped forward to cover the costs to bring medication abortion to public university student health centers in California if SB 320 becomes law. The funds are sufficient to bring the abortion pill to every University of California and California State University school—as well as any private or community college that opts in. Aside from that, one of the biggest challenges is convincing even liberal-leaning decision makers that abortion access is worth taking the political risk to invest in.

How have you fought back?

AK: Our student organizing when the campaign was first starting at UC Berkeley included using petitions to secure meetings with university administrators in addition to securing passage of a symbolic resolution we authored in the student senate. Our petitions played a key role in the passage of the resolution, which urged our health center to provide medication abortion. Media coverage about the resolution was noticed by The Women’s Foundation of CA, [which led to the launch of a state-wide campaign].

MF: Demonstrating campus support has been crucial to this work since day one. We wouldn’t have the campaign that we have today without effective campus organizing. That’s how all this started—and now we have a statewide campaign of students and allies across California who are working to pass SB 320. The campaign includes bill sponsors Access Women’s Health Justice, Act for Women and Girls, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Berkeley Students for Reproductive Justice and the Women’s Foundation of California.

Has the administration been supportive?

AK: Our experience working with the administration has not been positive. We’ve done everything they’ve asked—studied the student health centers to be assured they are able to provide this service, securing funds for implementation, making a case for why these services are needed and building support among the student body—but none of that mattered to them because they only seemed concerned about their public image and not having to deal with a service that is politically charged.

As a woman of color, I’ve been really troubled the lack of diversity among the administrators I’ve worked with. I want to stress how every single major administration I worked with was white. Only one of these administrators seemed genuinely on board with our campaign becoming a reality. All of the health administration and almost the entirety of university administration. Representation at high levels of power can contribute to advancing progressive and proactive measures that that support and assist communities of color.

MF: The university administration has been frustrating to work with. We’ve repeatedly been told that while the administration is “pro-choice,” but they aren’t willing to actually ensure students can access abortion care because they’re afraid of the public relations backlash. Students shouldn’t have to wait for student health centers to do what they can and should do.

What do you think of criticisms from anti-abortion activists that the bill could be a liability to California’s public universities?

AK: The abortion pill is actually much simpler to provide than some of the care already offered at student health centers. Many on-campus student health centers also offer other reproductive health services including pregnancy options counseling, birth control and sexually transmitted infections testing—just not abortion. The liability associated with providing medication abortion is no different from any of these other services.

MF: Those criticisms aren’t based on facts—it’s just rhetoric that anti-abortion activists use to stop abortion or at least push it out of reach. There is overwhelming evidence proving that abortion pill is safe and effective. It’s FDA-approved and works effectively 98 percent of the time—this was confirmed very recently in a report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. It can and should be offered at every student health center.

What sparked your interest in reproductive justice?

AK: My interest was shaped by my experience growing up in Oklahoma and witnessing classmates suffer from a lack of access and ability to make autonomous choices about their reproductive lives. I experienced fear of the impact of not only the lack of access to affordable reproductive health care, but the absence of reproductive rights; I was surprised to know that while California has enacted progressive reproductive rights, that does not translate into accessibility. Our movement is not about “the right to choose,” but about the idea that anyone should be able to have access to their rights.

MF: I was inspired to join SURJ after being in Washington, D.C. during the release of the 2015 videos slandering Planned Parenthood. It was then that I fully grasped the magnitude of the threats to abortion rights, and how the only way we can ensure access for all people is if young people rise up to demand change.

How has attending UC Berkeley shaped your interest in student activism?

AK: I genuinely believe the ability for students to have organized effectively to advance our original local campaign at UC Berkeley would not have been possible without students and faculty who share an understanding for progressive advances within reproductive justice. While we experienced obstacles during our negotiations with UC Berkeley health and the university administration during the original campaign, our student body played an integral role in not only advancing our campaign, but in shaping it in becoming a statewide bill.

MF: Being at such a politically charged, historically activist campus has empowered me to work with other change-makers on my campus. We may work in different issue areas, but we all share the same vision of a more progressive future.

What advice do you have for students who want to get involved in the reproductive justice movement but lack experience in activism?

AK: When I began this campaign as a sophomore, I also had no previous experience in activism. My advice is to learn to be patient and to take incremental steps to make your vision a reality. This campaign started two years ago and we’ll soon be coming up on year three. While a single person may be able to spark a movement like I did, it requires various people to ensure the growth, progression and legitimacy of a campaign. Organize with others who share the same vision and seek advice and help from those who have the power or resources to support you in achieving your goal. Most importantly, you will feel burned out and defeated at times and that’s normal but doesn’t mean the movement is over. Sometimes you just need to find a different path. The university administration didn’t grant our initial request, but now we have an actual piece of legislation that will have an even greater impact that we originally intended.

MF: The biggest piece of advice I have is to understand that this work can happen both incredibly slowly and incredibly quickly. For a long time, I felt like the grueling work we were putting in was not leading to any change. Then, it seemed like all of a sudden, this bill skyrocketed and became a statewide movement. But you have to recognize that even when you feel like nothing is happening with your work, you are making change and that change will soon be evident. Keep working, keep mobilizing, keep pushing for better access.

Salma Srour is an intern at the Feminist Majority Foundation. She is currently a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studies political science.

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Millennial Moves: Meet the Marketer Behind Those 40oz Bounce Tours

Devin Cobbs understands the value of creating space for genuine human connection. Cobbs is the marketing force behind the 40oz Bounce tour, and most recently the 4 Lovers Only R&B party.

Originally from South Carolina, Cobbs moved to New York with dreams of being a journalist but ended up homeless. “Nobody knew I was homeless. I would keep [my] haircut and take showers at Planet Fitness. Sometimes I’d sleep there, or on the Long Island Ferry. I always thought to myself, this is just going to make the story that much greater. I remember putting change together to buy dollar pizzas and M&M’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It taught me that everything will always be OK.” Eventually, Cobbs found an opportunity as a marketing intern.

Around the same time, 40oz Van—whose real name is Joel Fuller—was heating up the summer with his infamous 40oz Bounce parties. Fuller is an entrepreneur and an event creator who produces and promotes parties via social media. New York was the mecca for those experiences. An after effect of moving into the marketing department, Cobbs ended up connecting with 40oz Van.

“In any situation, I like to look at what I can provide. For Van, I saw that he was only doing events in NY. I figured I could help him take his events to different markets. I told him I could take him on a tour before I had ever even gotten on a plane.”

Cobbs told 40oz Van that he could take 40oz Bounce on a national tour, although he had no connections in any of markets outside of NYC at the time. The national 40oz Bounce tour resulted in 50 tour stops, bringing in about 30,000 attendees over the course of two years.

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The success of the 40oz Bounce tour helped Cobbs transition from fitting in to standing out. He wasn’t just a creative trying to find his place in the industry; he was an accomplished event planner and curator. However, the true mark of a forward thinker is the ability to fill in gaps that folks of the same profession have yet to fill. While there were countless events being thrown especially in New York, Cobbs trained his eyes on providing the experiences people weren’t getting yet. Thus, the idea for 4 Lovers Only was born.

“I think less about the live event and more about connecting with people. I want to know everybody. I want to have a connection with everyone who comes through the door. I think connecting with people is a lost art. Once things become a money grab, you see the creativity dwindle. When you do anything with love and creativity first, it works.”

After noticing that he hadn’t seen an event specific to 90s R&B, he dove into plans to occupy that vacancy in the culture. More importantly, he looked for ways to give attendees a feeling of genuine service. It couldn’t be about ticket sales or revenue from the bar. More importantly, it couldn’t be some exclusive industry party filled with the same people who see each other at every private event and only interact for professional gain or a chance at a “candid” photo for social media clout.

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“I hadn’t seen an event that was specific to 90s R&B. How can we take it up a notch? We’ll get the right sponsors and partnerships so that people don’t have to buy anything. For the consumer, you’re not being sold anything besides a good time. We make it cool to do a sponsored event. It’s not industry people only. Everyone can pull up, from a record exec to some guy who saw the flyer on social media and wanted to come.”

“I know for sure that what drives me now is knowing that I want to be remembered for all of this. People think I have my entire life planned out. I don’t. I wake up every day and plan for that day. I don’t worry about where I’ll be by 30. I want to know what we can do to make people remember this sh*t. I don’t care if I’m working at McDonalds 10 years from now. If I have a kid and can tell them I was out here doing this and people can validate it, that’s the most important thing.”

Once you’re able to recognize and tap into what fuels you, it’s time to look at how you can use your gifts to solve problems bigger than yourself. The fact is, black people in America navigate through more overt systemic oppression and daily micro-aggressions than we care to count. All while balancing the stress and anxiety of just wanting to make it in this world as successful adults. We’re constantly on our toes and carrying that much stress without any release is dangerous. Cobbs isn’t just throwing events. He’s creating safe spaces to decompress.

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“For me, it’s not just a party, it’s therapy. We do all this work for four hours, but for some people, it’s the best four hours to just be. We deal with all these societal ailments plus wanting to be successful. I want to be the person that creates space where everyone can let their hair down, and I don’t want to take any money out your pockets. I’m going to charge the corporations for that. That’s why I don’t like to be called a promoter; I’m giving you a party. I’m giving you therapy. The best feeling is having people telling me they had a good time.”

 

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When Gail Pankey-Albert began her career on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1971; there were only four or five women around. She shattered the glass ceiling that many women ran into on their way to the top, becoming one of very few female African Americans to hold a coveted seat on the floor of the NYSE.

Pankey-Albert had dreamed of attending college since she was a little girl. Her family could not afford the tuition, so her academic dreams stayed on hold. Her professional career, however, wasn’t going to wait. Graduating on a Friday night, Pankey-Albert, who had successfully interviewed for a position during the spring of her senior year in high school, reported to work at the New York Stock Exchange the following Monday.

“I was determined that if I could not go to college, I was going to find a way to alter the dynamics of my life,” she told Thomas Edison University. “To me, that meant crossing the East River in search of the right opportunity.”

EARLY DAYS ON THE FLOOR

She began working as a carrier, traveling among traders “gathering computer punch cards” that were fed into the NYSE’s ticker system before being promoted to squad manager. She was right in the middle of the action, moving correspondence, stock quotes, and transactions between various members and their respective clerks.

“The pre-digital NYSE floor was the size of a football field and could be populated with 3,500 people at any given time,” she said.

She would work for several Wall Street firms over the next decade as a computer operator, an institutional clerk, and later, as an elected floor official. A decade later in 1981, she would become the first minority female seat holder representing York Securities.

Owning a seat on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) enables a person to trade on the floor of this stock market, either as an agent for someone else (floor broker) or for one’s own personal account (floor trader).

“Needless to say, it was a lot to process,” she said.

THE BOY’S CLUB

On her first day on as a seat holder in 1992, she got to work to find her desk drawers filled with Parmesan cheese that had dried like concrete and smelled, she told the Wall Street Journal. She was unable to trade for hours.

“The New York Stock Exchange is a city within a city, with its own rules and by-laws,” she said. “The boys pull together and protect themselves. In other parts of Wall Street, there is at least the impression that the culture has been radically changed. No one has gone down to the floor to change things.”

The next month, she had her phone lines cut, forcing her to shut down for two days, but she didn’t file a formal complaint for fear it “would hurt business.”

Her life got harder when profits started slipping on the floor. To keep her from doing business, she said, members often called in the regulatory side of the exchange to examine her books. Brokers can be audited once a year, with due cause. She was audited three times a year, she said. Each time it meant essentially closing up shop so that officials could pore over paperwork.

“I couldn’t get work done,” she said. “I sent a letter to the exchange saying, this is harassment—stop it. It stopped. I had several people in market surveillance apologize and say I’m only following marching orders.”

After a 30-year stint on Wall Street, Pankey-Albert closed the doors of her firm in 2001. She enrolled at Thomas Edison University in 2006 where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2010.

Today, Lauren Simmons, 23, remains the only full-time female employee on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Ten years after the cast of Mamma Mia! first sang and danced their way into theaters and fans’ hearts, they’re back with a flashy sequel — and more ABBA music, of course!

In the final trailer that was released this week, we see a pregnant Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) ruminating on the life lessons she learned from her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep). And while it appears that Donna isn’t alive in the sequel, her friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) tell Sophie stories of her mother’s pregnancy.

Those tales lead to a huge portion of the film taking place in flashbacks from 1979, when a young Donna was first meeting her three love interests (played in present day by Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, and Colin Firth.) That means the sequel is delivering us brand new cast members to play the younger versions of the characters we met the first time around. (We are also getting Cher in the sequel playing Meryl Streep’s mother, even though they’re only a few years apart in real life.)

But since we already know Queen Cher, let’s get to know the hot new actors a little better before Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits U.S. theaters on July 20.

Lily James as Donna Sheridan

Who She’s Playing: The younger version of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna

What You Might Know Her From: After a supporting role in Downton Abbey, 29-year-old Lily James played the titular character in 2015’s live-action Cinderella. In 2017 she found success in two major films: Baby Driver and Darkest Hour. But the pressure is really on now that she has to play a younger version of Meryl.

Jeremy Irvine as Sam Carmichael

 

Who He’s Playing: The younger version of Pierce Brosnan’s Irish-American architect, Sam

What You Might Know Him From: 27-year-0ld Jeremy Irvine made his film debut in 2011’s War HorseThe English star then made headlines for being a method actor in 2013, reportedly going without food for two months and doing his own torture scenes for The Railway Man. He also played the lead in Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall, which was criticized for white-washing the LGBT history story and casting “straight-acting” Irvine as the star.

Josh Dylan as Bill Austin

Who He’s Playing: The younger version of Stellan Skarsgård’s Swedish sailor, Bill

What You Might Know Him From: Josh Dylan is a relative newcomer to Hollywood, only having appeared in the 2016 Brad Pitt film Allied before being cast in Mamma Mia. But the actor landed in the tabloids last year when sexy photos of him filming the musical with co-star Lily James started popping up online.

Hugh Skinner as Harry Bright

Who He’s Playing: The younger version of Colin Firth’s British banker, Harry

What You Might Know Him From: Aside from appearing in a few British TV series, including Fleabag, W1A, and Poldark, 33-year-old Hugh Skinner is mostly known for his role as a student revolutionary named Joly from 2012’s Les Miserables. Hopefully, as he nabs more work in Hollywood he also signs up for a social media account or two.

Alexa Davies as Rosie

Who She’s Playing: The younger version of Julie Walters’ character, Rosie

What You Might Know Her From: 23-year-old Alexa Davies appeared in a number of TV shows before landing her role in the Mamma Mia! sequel, most recently appearing on Hulu’s Harlots.

Jessica Keenan Wynn as Tanya

Who She’s Playing: The younger version of Christine Baranski’s character, Tanya

What You Might Know Her From: 31-year-old Jessica Kennan Wynn guest starred on Showtime’s Billions and NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura, but she may be best known for her role as Heather Chandler in Heathers: The Musical.

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Meet Happy Wendy Girl, the Rescue Dog in a Wheelchair

She has a lot to smile about! Happy Wendy Girl is a puppy mill survivor with a great attitude. The social media star is now living it up and sharing her fab life with her fans on Instagram.

The 11-year-old poodle escaped euthanasia and was rescued, and later adopted by her new family. She now lives quite the exciting life, and has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram in an account she shares with her adopted rescued sister, Happy Yogi.

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Yogi was rescued by Wendy’s family nearly five years ago when Yogi’s owner left her at a shelter after having her for a decade. “Happy GOTCHA Day to my Sweet Sister Yogi! 💕🐶💕 4 YRS AGO, mommy was in tears for hours over this photo posting at a high kill shelter,” the family wrote on Instagram on behalf of Wendy in June 2017. “There was a video that went viral of Yogi’s owner dumping her at shelter after having her for 10-11 yrs. Yogi’s face was so happy and then it turned into confusion and sadness. The next day, Mommy drove over 4 hrs to the shelter to rescue Yogi from being put to sleep. At first mommy was angry at her owner but now she knows it was a blessing in disguise. I got a new senior sister who loves belly rubs, cuddling, sunbathing and treats!”

Though Wendy always looks happy, especially with her sister, the little black pooch has her own health troubles. She suffers from a slipped disc in her back, which requires her to use a doggy wheelchair to get around since she can’t use her rear legs.

The pooch doesn’t let her disability hold her back. She’s often running around, swimming, playing with her toys and her fellow furry friends in the videos shared on social media. The Instagram star is also quite stylish, usually wearing cute outfits and colorful sunglasses in her adorable photos. And like any popular pooch, she’s got a cute gang of furry friends, including, Blossom, Olive and fellow Instagram sensation, Maxx Mercedes.

One of Wendy and Yogi’s owners is a firefighter in California, and they often give him shoutouts on Instagram to thank him for the work that he does to help other people in need. The pair of pooches stopped by the firehouse in September 2017 for a quick visit with their human dad. “Me and my sister Yogi surprised daddy 👩🏼‍🚒 at the fire station today! 🚒🔥🚒🔥,” the family captioned a video of their sweet dogs. “He’s been working a lot and we know he misses us so we decided to swing by to say hi and smell stuff.”

The family visited the National September 11 Memorial in New York City in September 2016 and wrote a sweet message for their dad and other firefighters: “At the 9/11 Memorial 🇺🇸… Thank you daddy and all the firefighters out there who help people and animals like me everyday! We ❤ you.”

Wendy first joined Instagram in May 2016, and quickly gained the attention of dog lovers everywhere. Watch the clip above to see Happy Wendy Girl in action.

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Meet the photographer Emory Hall

US photographer and writer Emory Hall, is on route to Brighton with her husband Trevor Hall and Nahko Bear from the band Nahko and Medicine for the People.

We wanted to find out more about Emory’s photography, travels and the band’s latest tour, so we caught up with her to discover the adventure these guys have been on.

Nahko and Trevor Hall will be performing incorporating Emory’s photography at the Komedia in Brighton on Tuesday 24th April. It’s just around the corner from our Brighton Gallery, where more of Emory’s work will be shown, so be sure to check it out!

Your travels are deeply reflected in your work, how long have you been traveling and what is the most influential place you have visited?

Traveling has always been a huge part of my life and I’ve had a hunger for it for as long as I can remember.  Around the age of 19 I began traveling consistently and haven’t stopped since. Nepal has probably had the greatest influence on my life. I first travelled there when I was 20 years old and stayed for three months. I flew home to the US, booked a ticket right back, and stayed for another three. Nepal changed me in a deep and almost unsayable way, and it has taught me some of my life’s greatest lessons. It’s a strange thing to feel more at home there than I do in America.

Do you think the fact that you and your husband, Trevor Hall, are both artists inspires each other to create more?

Definitely. Trevor and I are both artists, but we express our hearts though different mediums and in different ways. In this way, we are constantly learning from each other and gaining new perspectives from the art we individually create. There has always been a natural and beautiful synchronicity between our creative expressions, and collaborating with him is one of my favourite things to do. I’m constantly growing and getting inspired because of it.

Tell us about this upcoming tour – it’s Trevor’s first time performing in EU and your first time displaying your work here correct?

Yes! This tour is special for a lot of reasons. It is Trevor’s first time bringing his music to Europe, my first time displaying my art in Europe, and we get to do it alongside one of our closest friends, Nahko. We’ve been blessed to be able to all travel together before, however this is our first time exploring Europe together and I can’t wait to see what adventures await.

What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to the most getting this side of the ocean?

I don’t think there is only one thing – there are so many! I’m just really excited to dive into new cultures and taste, feel, smell and experience all of the different cities we’re visiting. That is what inspires me and my art – stepping into the unknown and adventuring.

You seem to run in a very creative group of people and are going to be touring with Nahko Bear later this month, do you all inspire each other? How do you support each other’s creative ventures? 

I can only speak for myself, but the music and art that comes through our community definitely inspires me. It’s amazing when we all get to collaborate – for example, I can’t wait to photograph Trevor and Nahko on this tour. Art brings people together, it creates community, and its moments like this upcoming tour that allow us to collaborate and to celebrate each other’s artistry.

Has it always been your dream to be a photographer and writer?

I can’t really name any specific moment where I said to myself: I want to be a photographer, or I want to be a writer. Photography and writing have always just been natural ways of expression for me that are inseparable from my heart and being. They are how I share my experience and journey with the world, and I’m just very thankful to be able to make my passions my work.

What inspired you to produce your latest works?

My most recent large body of work came from a month-long journey I took this past summer to Greece and Nepal – two very different places that provided me with a lot of inspiration. I had always dreamed of shooting Greece, as I’ve always been drawn to the colours and moods I’ve seen captured in other photographer’s works. In Nepal, I followed a deep desire that I had to join a pilgrimage of shamans to a holy lake in a remote region of the Himalayas. It was one of the most beautiful and crazy experiences of my life.

Which piece are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of a photograph I took of the shamans dancing during this pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalayas. There was so much that went into it – sweat, pain, freezing nights, fatigue, altitude sickness – as well as heart, inspiration, willpower, and amazement.

What would you say is the biggest theme running through your work?

Art is incredibly powerful in that it can be used to inform, to celebrate, to provoke, to question, to inspire, to reveal … The theme of my work is that it comes from my heart and it is my hope that it tells honest, impactful stories about the world we live in. In this way, I hope to inspire others, to broaden people’s perspectives, and to bring our one human family closer together.

If you weren’t an artist, what career path would you have chosen?

My art is my life’s breath. For me, there is no other way. I’m not sure what I would do if I had to do something other than my art, but I’m sure I would find a way to weave it in there. 🙂

If there’s one change in the world you want your art to influence what is it?

I hope that my art helps to break down the walls that society, history, culture and circumstance all too often builds between us. I hope people see through my work that every human and place has a story to tell, and that each story is beautiful and worthy of being heard. If my art can bring us closer together and foster a feeling of connectedness between so-called strangers – even for just one person – then I feel I’ve been successful.

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The Hamptons is notorious for being a celeb hotspot. The Hamptons lies on Long Island, just outside of New York and is a playground for celebs when they go on their summer vacations. This area of the country holds some of the most expensive houses and epitomizes the lives of the rich and famous with their luxurious spas, and exclusive parties. The likes of Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, and the Kardashian family are all known to party here. You might need a bit of money before you choose the Hamptons as your next vacation spot, though.

Dubai

Dubai attracts celebs from all around the world, at all times of the year. Lying in the middle of the desert, Dubai eludes extravagance and luxury and is one of the most expensive holiday destinations. If you want to up your chances of meeting a celeb in your hotel corridor, you’ll need to stay at the incredible 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel or the Emirates Palace Hotel which has housed the likes of Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton, and Rory McIlroy. You can even rent your own private beach while you’re there…

St. Tropez, French Riviera

If you’re looking to go a bit further afield, the French Riviera is teeming with celebs in the summer. Brigitte Bardot put St.Tropez on the celeb map in the 50’s, and it has gained huge popularity since then. With its quaint architecture and French culture, St.Tropez is a beautiful destination, and it is no wonder the rich and famous travel here. In the summer, the celebs flock to the 5.8-mile long beach so you won’t be able to miss them…

Dubrovnik

If you want to see celebs and marvel at Europe’s hidden gem, Dubrovnik is the place to go. Beyonce has been named an honorary citizen in Dubrovnik, after she visited the country while pregnant with her first child, and named her Blue Ivy after she saw a blue tree there. Need any more reason to go? The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular vacation spot for other celebs, from Tom Cruise to Bon Jovi, and they all seem to fall in love with the historical walled medieval city.

Wimbledon

Many celebs flock to the UK between June and July each year to watch the famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships. If you have watched it previously on TV, you’ll see the likes of Prince William and Kate, Hugh Jackman, and the Beckhams all brushing shoulders in the stands watching the famous tennis stars on the courts. And, of course, enjoying a glass of Pimms and some strawberries and cream. If you fancy bumping into celebs, book your next holiday to London.

Miami

Because celebs need a bit of sun sometimes. Celebs travel to Florida at all times of the year to de-stress and take a well-earned break from being their perfect selves. You’ll be sure to see a celeb or two bathing on the beach or having a dip in the sea. They also fly over to enjoy the nightlife that Miami has to offer, so if you’re lucky, you might get to be in the same club as Drake and Christina Aguilera. A dream come true!

If you are a big celeb spotter, knowing where they go on holiday are going to drastically improve your chances of finally meeting your favorites. So get booking.

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Meet Sibling Creators of WakandaCon: A Black Panther Inspired Conference

David Barthwell has seen Black Panther five times. He needs to see the film one more time in order to catch up with Lisa Beasley, who is already planning on seeing it again. For both of them, the movie was more than just entertainment. Even greater than the scientific revelations and the social phenomenon it has become.

“I’ve always been a bit of a nerd. I watched Star Trek and Lord of the Rings growing up and I’ll call myself a fan but watching Black Panther and finally seeing a place like Wakanda with all the joy and color and subversiveness really shook me,” Barthwell told Black Enterprise.

David Barthwell, 35, is the eldest of three siblings organizing the Wakanda Conference

His childhood fantasies were playing out on screen, right before his eyes.

“I finally realized what it meant; transporting myself to another place. I felt the sense of loss that I could not go there and the feeling of wanting to be there but I couldn’t,” Barthwell said.

The need to belong, to reach out “for a piece of that which espouses the values” portrayed in Black Panther is what motivated Barthwell to launch the Wakanda Conference.

To start, Barthwell had to make sure he was on the right path. He discussed his thoughts with his siblings. Alison, 29, who is a writer, director, and teacher, along with Matthew, 26, who had just completed a graduate social work degree, were both in on the idea.

David, 35, who has run Verge Graphics for 15 years knew he had to show a proof of concept. He built a website, created a landing page for it and posted the event on social media. The event went viral within a day of posting it, with almost 10,000 sign-ups.

“The response was overwhelming,” Barthwell said.

He said he has since been contacted by so many different people from news outlets to people just looking to vent. It was then he knew he had a viable event on his hands. In the meantime, Alison reached out to her longtime friend, Beasley and pitched her the idea.

“As soon as she said it, I knew what it was and I don’t care if it was three people or thousands, I want to be there. The movie changed my life,” Beasley said.

Lisa Beasley, 31, an actor and comedian based in Chicago is one of the organizers of WakandaCon

Beasley, who has worked for years in the Windy City as a comic, said the movie helped her realize her potential. It was the challenge scene between Killmonger and T’Challa that got her. Killmonger had traveled to Wakanda to face King T’Challa in a tribal fight-to-death challenge as all the Wakandan tribes watched on. One can almost hear the gasps and anticipation in the movie theatre as the fight went on for about a minute before T’Challa was stabbed and shoved off the edge of the waterfalls.

Beasley said seeing the men and women standing side by side helped her realize her confidence as an actor and business owner.

“I have been hiding myself from a lot,” Beasley said. “Seeing black women, in their own full power, standing side by side the men even when they disagreed changed my perception of walking in confidence.”

She now runs the convention’s media outreach. A writer, producer, and comedian originally from Gary, Indiana, Beasley has appeared on ABC, NBC, and has toured the country with 3Peat Comedy and is a writer for Cards Against Humanity. The siblings also brought on seasoned filmmaker and producer Taylor Witten, whose business background came in handy when negotiating contracts.

But first, Barthwell said he took a step back and put everything on hold. He said he consulted with his lawyers to make sure he wasn’t breaking any intellectual property laws with Marvel Studios.

“I wanted to make sure it was something that we could do,” he said.

With the OK from his lawyers, Barthwell and the team toured several venues in Chicago. They even reached out to the mayor of Wauconda, Illinois, but they settled for the Hilton Hotel on the West Side of Chicago. Although the team is keeping names of speakers under wraps, Beasley confirmed that a number of the Black Panther cast has reached out, first to confirm that the conference was real and to see how they could participate. There was even a conversation with Black Atlanta Tech Week.

The blockbuster movie continues to break box office records globally, sending the sales of African attire through the roof. It has incited conversations about Afro-futurism and diversity in Hollywood. Even the chief executive of Disney hinted at a theme park ride.


While the conference will not offer any rides, Beasley said anyone who is black should attend [but the event is open to everyone]. From politics, tech, social justice, innovation, to comic books, there are different topics that’ll interest different persons. A discounted $ 25 full weekend pass is already on sale. There’s a full weekend pass for $ 35 and at $ 56, you can get the premium Colonizer Full Weekend badge which proceeds will be donated to residents of Flint, Michigan. There’s also a $ 10 digital pass, which Barthwell said allows people who can’t travel to Chicago to stream online, a move he said will bring tech to underserved communities.

“This conference means different things to each one of us,” Beasley said. She hopes the event offers an opportunity to examine how the movie has brought together not only African Americans but Africans and black people in the diaspora for a common goal.

Barthwell wants to amplify the many different lessons in the movie. He especially relates to Killmonger’s anger as a black man and how they communicate.

“I have that side that relates to being angry,” he said. “But there’s also the part that says listen and respect black women and I’m interested to see how that plays into it.”

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Legend had it, she began a recipe for cooking rabbit, “First, catch your hare.” Today, the world’s first great cookbook writer, Hannah Glasse, is celebrated in a culinary doodle on Google’s home page.

Englishwoman Glasse was one of the first people known to write down an extensive list of recipes bound into a book, and her signature dishes included Yorkshire pudding—a delicious savoury dumpling made of pancake batter served with roast beef at English Sunday lunches—and gooseberry fool, a dessert made with fruit and whipped cream.

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Scott Foster headed to the Chicago Blackhawks game right after work Thursday night. He had no idea he’d be making his National Hockey League debut.

The 36-year-old accountant for Golub Capital—and part-time emergency backup goalie—got called to the ice when both the Blackhawks’ starting and second-string goalies got injured. Although the head coach, who was seen chuckling behind the bench, may have had low expectations for Foster’s performance, the accountant ended up stopping all seven shots that came his way in the 14 final minutes of the game.

The former Western Michigan University goalie is part of a team of NHL emergency backup goalies, or EBUGs: ordinary people with some playing experience who play only in case of team injuries. But they rarely take the ice; before Foster, the only other EBUG to get NHL ice time played for the Carolina Hurricanes in the final seconds of a game in 2016, according to NHL.com.

After Foster’s standout debut, fans chanted his name at the end of the game, which the Blackhawks won 6-2. He even earned the Blackhawks’ coveted star-player belt.

“A few hours ago I was sitting on my computer, typing on a 10-key,” Foster told reporters during a postgame interview. “Now I’m standing in front of you guys, having just finished 14 and a half minutes of NHL hockey.”

Foster told reporters he keeps sharp by playing in two recreational “beer leagues” in his downtime. Despite his fairytale NHL debut, Foster joked he’d take it even further in stories to coworkers and rec league pals: “I’ll tell them I made about 30 saves in a 1-0 win.”

Foster won’t receive any compensation for the game, according to the Chicago Sun Times, but the father of two said the memories would last him a lifetime.

“This is a dream regardless. It’s something no one can ever take away from me,” he said. “It’s something I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends and whatnot.”

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Black Panther has sparked a cultural renaissance among African Americans pushing for more positive images and supporting afro-futurism. From an increase in sales of traditional African dress to events and applications centered around the movie, Black Panther has energized the African American community, but what we haven’t seen is its focus around generational wealth… until now. Meet Wacoinda, the fastest-growing black group focused on economics in the black community.

Black Enterprise caught up with co-founder Lamar Wilson to get more insight into the group and to find out how black folks can get involved.

Co-Founders, Lafe Taylor and Lamar Wilson (Image: Wacoinda)

Co-Founders, Lafe Taylor and Lamar Wilson (Image: Wacoinda)

Black Enterprise: Wacoinda, obviously a play on words. What does it mean and what is the group about?

Lamar Wilson: We’re a Facebook group that is centered around cryptocurrency and financial education that encompasses black wealth, power, and influence. We are also one of the fastest-growing black technology and economic groups on Facebook because we provide an open forum that cultivates ideas that push opportunities.  Our members are the core of the group’s existence. One of the members Talisha Shine of Virginia said it best: “Through a collaborative effort, technology, and innovation, we can build and sustain a viable and thriving nation.”

Speaking of your members, what has the feedback been so far?

Erlene Miller of Baltimore shared, “The Wacoinda movement is bringing like-minded family members from around the world, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to plan and strategize together on how to tear down economic barriers. It is beautiful to see all races working together for a common goal.” 

“Wacoinda has exposed me to perspectives and opportunities that excite me about what we can do leveraging the blockchain and working together,” said Jeremi Murray of Chicago. 

“It is great seeing so many of my black people networking and trying to help build each other up,” said Tyree Griffith of San Diego.

“It has inspired this 60-year-old grandmother who went into retirement dust off, update my computer science, marketing, client service experience…and reinvent myself… through investment and knowledge in the up-and-rising crypto-based industries,” said Sheryl Luster Phillips of New Jersey.

There seems to be a sense of community.  How is your group different than others?

If I can share one of the quotes from our member Shawn Sorsby, all the way in Freeport, Bahamas—after reading it, this is why we are different and this is why people connect and thrive in our community: “The only way to fight against any injustice in this world is with unity. Wacoinda not only brings like-minded people from all over the world together but does it in love, the strongest force against the evils of injustice. We all know that Black Panther is a fictional character, but in Wacoinda there are real-life Black Panthers, of all colors, who believe in freedom and ownership, and that it’s more powerful to love than to be loved.” That’s how we’re different, we are a community that through love wants to change the world.”

You go live in your group; how do you decide whom to interview?

I interview people that want to present opportunities to the community or people that I know in the crypto space. I do not encourage any investment, however, I interview individuals who have companies or ideas that center around the foundation of our group-financial empowerment and cryptocurrency. We’ve had the founder of Zen coin Frank Banks, Black Momma Vodka, Mrs. Vanessa Braxton as well as Tavonia Evans of Guap Coin and Jimmy Song to name a few.

But I will also interview individuals who want our community to invest in their project and I’ll ask the hard questions. Wacoindans don’t play! What I mean by that is if I need to interview and vet an individual I will because we want to make sure that the information we filter through our group is one that is about building up and not tearing down. But we have a good time in this group, blending fun with serious issues.

How does this group allow individuals to be interactive in the financial arena?

We recently started the Wacoinda-Market. You have to be a member of Wacoinda first, but we want to promote black businesses. In the Wacoinda-Market we want people to connect and find products or services within our community that they wouldn’t have known existed. We have apparel, jewelry, legal services, a resume, and editing service as well as the first black-owned drone photography company that post in the Wacoinda-Market.  It’s great seeing people connect with their dollars as well.

How can new members join?

If you are interested in joining Wacoinda, click here and if you are interested in joining the Wacoinda-Market click here, but remember, you have to be a member of Wacoinda first.

 

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From Ferne McCann to Holly Hagan, meet the stars modelling themselves on Kim Kardashian

IT’S twin Kardashian as these reality stars all appear to have modelled themselves on selfie fan Kim.

Towie’s Jessica Wright posted a snap of herself with a new blonde do on Instagram this week and followers were quick to point out the similarities with the American reality TV star.

Kim is not only one of the most recognisable people in the world, she has also spawned a whole army of look-alikes
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She Shore looks familiar! Geordie Holly steals Kim’s platinum tresses
She Shore looks familiar! Geordie Holly Hagan steals Kim’s platinum tresses
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Chloe Ferry

Chloe is singing the same Toon as her Geordie Shore mate Holly and reality queen Kim
Chloe Ferry is singing the same Toon as her Geordie Shore mate Holly and reality queen Kim
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Ferne McCann

She Cann too – Ferne mimics Kim’s long glossy hair, pouty lips and dewy complexion
She Cann too – Ferne mimics Kim’s long glossy hair, pouty lips and dewy complexion
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Chloe Sims

It Sims everyone loves the Kardashian look as Towie’s Chloe rocks the signature locks
It Sims everyone loves the Kardashian look as Towie’s Chloe rocks the signature locks
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Jess Wright

Former brunette Jess makes the Wright move with her new Hollywood hairdo
Former brunette Jess makes the Wright move with her new Hollywood hairdo
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Amber Turner

What a Turner around. Towie’s Amber had a boob job last year, creating Kim-style curves
What a Turner around – Towie’s Amber had a boob job last year, creating Kim-style curves
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Khloe Kardashian

Pregnant Khloe keeps up with her big sis by ditching her dark locks for a lighter look
Pregnant Khloe keeps up with her big sis by ditching her dark locks for a lighter look
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Frankie Essex

Frankie goes from Essex to Hollywood with Kim-inspired blonde locks and long lashes
Frankie goes from Essex to Hollywood with Kim-inspired blonde locks and long lashes
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Kate Wright

Twist me Kate – former Towie star adds loose waves to her Kardashian-coloured tresses
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There is absolutely no denying the cuteness of 18-month-old Lucas Warren of Dalton, Georgia. But when mom Cortney and dad Jason learned Lucas was chosen out of over 140,000 entries to be the new Gerber baby, they were a little surprised.

Cortney told TODAY, “I finally decided to [enter] on a whim. I [think] he’s adorable and thought maybe the world might too.”

Gerber Spokesbaby 2018Photo courtesy of Cortney Warren/Gerber

And while Cortney and Jason are excited for what Lucas being chosen means for the special needs community, they also hope that people are able to see beyond his Down syndrome.

Cortney went on to say, “He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first…He’s got an awesome personality and we’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself.”

If winning the Gerber Spokesbaby contest out of nearly 150,000 babies isn’t awesome enough, the position comes with some pretty sweet perks, among them a $ 50,000 grand prize. Which the Daltons have said will go towards Lucas’s education.

This is the eighth year the 90-year-old company has held the Spokesbaby competition and Lucas is bound to be the favorite of many.

As a fellow Down syndrome mom, I am allowed to say this. Here is my handsome little guy, Daniel, as a 7-month-old and 7-year-old. I’d say he is pretty darn cute too, but I’m obviously biased.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and other senior North Korean officials who are coming to the South on Friday for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Moon’s spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom also said Thursday the North Korean delegates will attend the games’ opening…
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Trump, Schumer meet hours ahead of shutdown deadline

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump are meeting at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours ahead of the deadline for a government shutdown, a person familiar with the plans told CNN.


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Meet The Only Man On The Internet That Can Actually Say “What Wig?”

It’s 2018 and women aren’t the only wig slayers.

Meet Dave Edwards, the Canadian wig maker whose beautifully hand made wigs have caused him much viral success.

 

Edward told Allure, “Until recently, I was making my living as a painter (artist). But the changing economy and other factors have made that career increasingly difficult, so I am in the process of moving into wig-making full-time. I will still continue to paint as time allows.”

 

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The Quebecian even makes facial hair for film and television.

 

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Meet the Figure Skaters From North Korea Who Could Compete at the Olympics in Pyeongchang

North Korea’s figure skating duo Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik trained for months and months without knowing whether they would even be allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. They did what they needed to do, qualifying last September for one of the five slots available for their event. They traveled to Montreal, Canada for several months last summer to train with another coach so they could improve their speed and pairs skills, hoping it would boost their scores and break them into the top tier of teams vying for Olympic medals.

But they also knew that in their case, hard work alone wouldn’t be enough. Whether any North Korean figure skaters would compete in Pyeongchang would depend on their President, Kim Jong Un. North Korea boycotted the last Olympics held in South Korea, Seoul’s 1988 games. And North Korea missed the October deadline set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for registering its team for the 2018 Games.

Read more: Team USA’s 2018 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Lineup Has Been Announced

In hopes of convincing North Korea to send a delegation, the IOC extended that deadline, and North Korean officials are hopeful the country will participate in the upcoming Games. After unprecedented talks between the two Koreas over the weekend, a North Korean representative said the country planned to send a delegation to Pyeongchang, including athletes, officials and a cheering squad.

Figure skaters Ryom and Kim would certainly welcome that possibility. The pair finished 15th at last year’s world championships out of 16 teams, but moved to Montreal for a few months to train with Bruno Marcotte after that event in an effort to improve their standings. Marcotte, who coaches one of Canada’s leading pairs teams, told Global News that he put the pair up in a former student’s condo and helped with all the travel arrangements, since the North Korean figure skaters did not own a credit card or driver’s licenses.

Ryom and Kim’s short program is set to music by the Beatles, and their long program was choreographed by Marcotte’s sister, Julie, to a popular song by a Quebec singer — giving the pair a very western flair for their Olympic debut.

Ryom and Kim traveled to Canada with their coach and an official from the North Korean skating federation, Marcotte said, and seemed very relaxed and eager to integrate themselves into life in Montreal, going shopping and taking part in patriotic Canadian celebrations. There was no mistaking, however, that they were very focused on becoming an elite team that could soon contend for a North Korea figure skating medal at the world championships and the Winter Olympics in 2018.

Getting there is the first step.


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Meet ‘Posh George’: The Shady Money Man Tangled Up With Brexit, Russia, and Trump

LONDON—When Nigel Farage, Mr. Brexit, watched Donald Trump accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination at the convention last year he had an extremely unlikely companion. His closest aide on the trip was an offshore investment expert who had boasted on the dark web about his ability to launder money illegally in and out of the United States.

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Scott Disick And Younes Bendjima May Meet Face To Face After Scott Threatened To Beat Younes Up At Kris Jenner’s Christmas Party!

Kris Jenner’s annual Christmas party is going to be held on December 24. The guest list is slated to be shorter than usual because the sisters have decided to take over who to invite and who doesn’t get to come. […]
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