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Ex-NXIVM Sex Cult Member Reveals Allison Mack’s Role in Gruesome Branding Ceremony

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NXIVM, the star-studded sex cult that recently landed actress Allison Mack under house arrest, is already getting the TV treatment. The new A&E series Cults and Extreme Belief is premiering next Monday with an episode on the controversial self-help group. Led by Keith Raniere, NXIVM has been accused of vile crimes within a sub-sorority known as “Dominus Obsequious Sororium,” which loosely translates to “master over slave women.”

The indictment against Mack and Raniere charge the leader and his second in command with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy. In a statement, United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue claimed that, “Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere… The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit. This Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting predators who victimize others through sex trafficking and forced labor.”

In a letter on the NXIVM website, Keith Raniere insisted that the sorority “is not part of NXIVM” and denied any association with the group.

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Upcoming Member of the Royal Family, Meghan Markle, Was Also an Entrepreneur

Since the announcement of her engagement to British royal family member and unlikely heir to the throne—he’s sixth in line—Prince Harry, the microscope has been on Meghan Markle.

Every detail is being inspected about her life including her family life. She is the product of a white father and black mother—a social worker who lives in the mostly African American L.A. suburb of View Park-Windsor Hills (incidentally, one of the wealthiest black suburbs in the country).

(Meghan Markle. Image: Flickr/Genevieve)

 

In addition to her work as an actress, The Atlantic reports that Markle has been involved in several humanitarian efforts. She was a woman’s advocate at the United Nations and a global ambassador for World Vision.

Her Internet Entrepreneurial Endeavor

 

The soon-to-be royal was also an entrepreneur just like so many other millennials of color. She launched a lifestyle and wellness site; thetig.com. She recently shut the site down; however, using the internet archive site, The Wayback Machine, you can take a look at the content on the site to see what it was all about.

The site features fairly lightweight subject matter with articles such as “10 Reasons to Drink Kombucha,” “Chic New York Boutiques,” and “Tig Talks,”—which are interviews with influential people including Serena Williams.

 

(Image of Markle from her archived site)

 

But she gets serious, as well. In one post, “More Than an Other,” published March 2, 2016, she weighs in on being biracial:

What are you?’ A question I get asked every week of my life, often every day. ‘Well,’ I say, as I begin the verbal dance I know all too well. ‘I’m an actress, a writer, the Editor-in-Chief of my lifestyle brand The Tig, a pretty good cook and a firm believer in handwritten notes.’ A mouthful, yes, but one that paints a pretty solid picture of who I am. But here’s what happens: they smile and nod politely, maybe even chuckle, before getting to their point, ‘Right, but what are you? Where are your parents from?’ I knew it was coming, I always do. While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio, and continue this proverbial two-step, I instead give them what they’re after: ‘My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I’m half black and half white.’

To describe something as being black and white means it is clearly defined. Yet when your ethnicity is black and white, the dichotomy is not that clear. In fact, it creates a grey area. Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating. When I was asked by ELLE to share my story, I’ll be honest, I was scared. It’s easy to talk about which make-up I prefer, my favourite scene I’ve filmed, the rigmarole of ‘a day in the life’ and how much green juice I consume before a requisite Pilates class. And while I have dipped my toes into this on thetig.com, sharing small vignettes of my experiences as a biracial woman, today I am choosing to be braver, to go a bit deeper, and to share a much larger picture of that with you.

She goes on in the piece to discuss her mother being mistaken for her nanny in affluent areas of Los Angeles; a white dorm mate in school who assumed her parents weren’t together; and her difficulty getting acting jobs because, “I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job.”

Markle sums up her feelings as, “Just as black and white, when mixed, make grey, in many ways that’s what it did to my self-identity: it created a murky area of who I was, a haze around how people connected with me. I was grey. And who wants to be this indifferent colour, devoid of depth and stuck in the middle?”

It seems that Markle actually did a lot of the writing herself, signing off posts as “MM.” In what ostensibly looks to be the site’s first-ever post, “Welcome to the Tig” she explains the purpose of the blog:

“Cheers to frolicking, and revelry, to badass ladies & gents who inspire change, to finding the beauty in the unexpected, to sharing ideas, supporting the silliness, eating delicious food, living a life of wanderlust, and taking it all in—with class, unrelenting splendor, and a sense of humor. Cheers to an inspired lifestyle.”

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Meghan Markle just took a big step towards becoming a member of the royal family

Do we hear wedding bells?

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Meghan Markle arrived in London this week, and there’s only one place she’s staying — with Prince Harry at the palace.

Markle, who reportedly just wrapped her last season on Suits, has already semi-immersed herself into London life during many under-the-radar trips to the capital. And she is now preparing for a more permanent move across the pond.

‘Harry has made no secret of the fact that he wants to marry her,’ a source tells People. ‘She is the one.’

During the last year, Markle has been spotted walking around Prince Harry’s neighbourhood in Kensington, carrying Whole Foods shopping bags (the health food store is a short stroll from Harry’s cottage), picking up flowers and visiting a spa in Soho on the eve of Pippa Middleton’s wedding. But it was an invite to Buckingham Palace for tea with the Queen last month that is most indicative of how serious things are between the two.

While their relationship has been moving along very quickly behind the scenes (they even chose their first Christmas tree together last December), the first public show of affection between the royal couple was at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September, when the two walked hand-in-hand into the wheelchair tennis event. A few days later, Harry was photographed kissing Markle when he joined her and her mother, Doria Ragland, in a private box during the event’s closing ceremony.

On Markle’s part, she has not shied away from expressing her feelings towards Harry, telling Vanity Fair in their October issue: ‘We’re two people who are really happy and in love.’

Hinting at the pressures they might one day face, she said: ‘I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time.’

Markle will live with Harry at his two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where staff already know Markle. In a similar fashion, Prince William and Kate Middleton lived together at St. Andrews university and then at a secluded farmhouse in North Wales briefly before they wed in April 2011. There has been speculation that one day Harry will move into Apartment 1 at the palace which has 21 rooms and is currently the home of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

While Meghan prepares to say goodbye to her chic one-bedroom apartment in Toronto (including potentially relocating her beloved dogs Bogart and Guy), Harry has been making subtle changes at home in order to make it more girlfriend-friendly. ‘It’s not a question of if she’s moving in,’ says the insider, ‘it’s just a matter of when.’

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How ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Turns Valkyrie Into a Member of Asgard’s SEAL Team Six

Valkyrie is the newest superhero in the MCU. Played by Tessa Thompson in Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie is an Asgardian warrior, ripped from the pages of Marvel comics, where in turn she was based on a character of the same name from Norse mythology.

But the celluloid Valkyrie is different to any version that has gone before; a very modern warrior, and member of what one Thor producer has termed “Odin’s SEAL Team Six.” The following is therefore everything you need to know about your new favourite kick-ass heroine.

Valkyrie in Norse Mythology


Norse Valkyrie.

In Norse mythology, Valkyrie is a female figure who decides which fallen warriors gain admittance to Valhalla. She’s one of a host of women who choose which soldiers live and die in battle, and then accompany them into the afterlife, where they join the Odin to fight by his side during Ragnarok.

Valkyrie is oftentimes portrayed as a romantic character in poetry; a beautiful, charming, noble maiden who, when not protecting the fallen, is prone to falling in love with heroic mortal men.

But there are more sinister versions of Valkyrie that revolve around her taking pleasure in predicting the dark destiny of warriors, and even using magic to ensure she gets her picks into the afterlife.

Valkyrie in the Comics


Comic book Valkyrie.

Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in December 1980, the comic book version of Valkyrie first appeared in The Avengers #83. Kind of. This first incarnation wasn’t the real Valkyrie, but rather a disguise used by the Enchantress. It wasn’t until Defenders #4 in February 1973 that we got Valkyrie proper.

In that version she assumed the human body of Barbara Norris for some time. Though that wasn’t the only human form Valkyrie took, with the character also inhabiting the bodies of Samantha Parrington and Sian Bowen in later adventures.

That was on Earth. On Asgard, Valkyrie was actually Brunnhilde, selected by Odin to lead the Valkyrior who — much like their Norse counterparts — would shepherd fallen warriors into Valhalla.

Valkyrie is the strongest of the Valkyrior, with the usual Asgardian powers of strength, stamina, and superhuman skills in battle, largely revolving around her magic sword Dragonfang.

That aforementioned job also means she has some pretty unusual powers, including seeing when the end is approaching for the living, and being able to transport those who are passing away to the realm of the dead.

Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok


Movie Valkyrie, doing battle with Loki.

In Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie draws on elements from both the comics and mythology, but also adds something fresh and modern to the equation.

Tessa Thompson told Collider: “Norse mythology is mystifying and fantastic and totally confusing, but you can draw a lot of inspiration from it. The exciting thing for us was to create a Valkyrie that is a combination of all those things. If you look at her origin in the comics, sometimes she’s on earth, sometimes she’s on Asgard, sometimes she’s with The Fearless Defenders; it’s all different. So it left us a lot of leeway. The cool thing about working with [director] Taika [Waititi] is he has a healthy respect for the comics but also a total irreverence in the sense that he’s like ‘Let’s create something new.’”

On the film’s set, producer Brad Winderbaum told IGN that this film version is more like a modern-day soldier or marine. “In terms of Valkyrie as an idea, Valkyrie in the comics is traditionally the character Brunnhilde, who comes to be known as Valkyrie,” he explained. “And calling someone Valkyrie is like referring to someone as solider. Our view of the Valkyrie in the MCU is that they were basically Odin’s special ops, you know, his SEAL team six.”

In terms of look, in a progressive move, Marvel has cast the very non-white, non-blonde Thompson as a character that’s traditionally white and blonde (“Idris Elba needs company. He can’t be the only black person in the neighbourhood,” Thompson joked with Collider). And regarding costume, Valkyrie will have two uniforms, starting the film in something akin to what she wears in the comics, and then wearing more battle-ready leather and chainmail late on, with the character wielding two daggers, and a sword that’s very probably Dragonfang.

As the film begins, Winderbraum reveals that she has “suffered the trauma of war and we meet her in a really low place,” and we reckon that’s probably because of something that the film’s villain Hela has done.

She also appears to be working as some kind of bounty hunter for Grandmaster on Sakaar, with Thompson telling Entertainment Weekly “She does have a relationship with Jeff Goldblum’s character — it’s a business relationship.”

The film’s trailer backs that up, featuring a shot of Valkyrie dragging Thor into what’s very probably Grandmaster’s ‘Contest of Champions.’ But it sounds like the pair soon make friends, with Thompson telling Collider “She’s no longer with her tribe of Valkyrie anymore. She meets Thor and Hulk and they have a similar goal. They become friends and teammates in a way.”

So expect to see Valkyrie, Thor and Hulk doing battle with Hela at the end of Ragnarok, and potentially turning into a team that’s carried over into the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

“In the next phase, the hope is to find ways to interweave all these characters” Thomspon told EW. “Certainly with Infinity War, those are the culmination of a lot of work since Iron Man. She’s part of the tapestry now.”

Thor: Ragnarok hits UK screens on October 24 and US screens on November 3.

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A Pussy Riot member recounts her experience in a Russian prison camp in her new memoir

‘If you hear someone talking about the humane treatment of women in Russian prisons, it is a total lie’

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Most of us hadn’t heard of the group Pussy Riot until February 2012. Do you remember the anti-Putanist punk rock group who burst into The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow to film a guerrilla performance of their provocative Punk Prayer? Yes, that was them.

The satirical performance was a political protest, with the three women calling on Virgin Mary to ‘be a feminist’ and ‘banish Putin.’

The short demonstration (and viral 40-second video clip) saw three of its members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova arrested, with the former two charged for ‘organised hooliganism’, spending two years on a Russian prison camp.

A 21-month prison sentence later, Pussy Riot are a household name, with its members going straight back into activism.

Freed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina arrives at Kursk train station. Credit: Rex

Maria Alyokhina, known as Masha, served her sentence in a remote prison colony in the Urals Mountains, something that she details in her new memoir, Riot Days, which lands on book shelves today.

‘Whenever we hear “Attention!”, we have to stand up and say, “Good day!” in chorus,’ Masha recalls in Riot Days. ‘These are the rules. It is the first lesson in politeness, which I must master, because to reform is to know and fulfil the orders. Politely. So we stand up. Forty women run to their assigned spots.’

She goes on to detail every aspect of her prison sentence from the night raids and identical uniforms to the rules she had to follow.

‘Sleeping is a violation of the rules’, the 29-year-old activist explains in her book, recalling how she had fallen asleep while reading the prison regulations for three hours, something the guards responded by screaming, ‘This is not a holiday resort! This is not a health spa!’

‘“Masha,” one of the women says to me in a whisper, while we are warming tea in the kitchen. “If someone comes to visit you – you know, from Moscow – tell them,”’ the activist recalls. ‘“Don’t be silent. Tell them how we live here. You’re a political. We have rights. We may be prisoners, but we’re still people. Tell them.”’

So that’s what she’s doing.

Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina, and published by Allen Lane it out now for £16.99.

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‘Rally Cat’ Runs Onto Field, Bites Crew Member and Gets Credit for MLB Grand Slam

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have a friendly feline to thank for their rally against the Royals.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth on Tuesday night, the game was delayed for a couple minutes when a small, feisty cat sprinted onto the field at Busch Stadium.

On the first pitch after play resumed, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam off Peter Moylan to give the Cardinals an 8-5 lead. The cat was instantly dubbed #RallyCat on Twitter, and St. Louis went on to win.

The cat emerged from near the visitors’ dugout on the third-base side and blitzed into the outfield, the fur on its tail standing on end. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain stood, smiling, with a hand on his hip as the cat sprinted past him.

Lucas Hackmann, a member of the Cardinals’ grounds crew, ran out to grab the stray and flinched several times as the animal tried to bite or scratch him.


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Guy Allegedly Poses As Nickelback Member To Get Some Sick Drum Equipment

Look at this photograph.

It is not a photograph of Daniel Adair, drummer for chronically underrated band Nickelback. It is a photo of Lee Howard Koenig, a 45-year-old man from Port St. Lucie, Florida, who is accused of impersonating Adair in an attempt to fraudulently obtain thousands of dollars worth of drumming equipment.

Koenig allegedly used a fake email address — danieladair1975@gmail.com — to contact a company from in Vienna, Austria. Claiming to be Adair, he ordered $ 25,000 worth of equipment to be sent to his residence in Florida, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Huffington Post.

He identified himself as Daniel Adair with Nickelback and said that he was looking for some microphones and tried to place an order via an email,” Port St. Lucie Detective Detective Paul Griffith told TC Palm.

One of the company’s reps rightly found the order suspicious and contacted Adair, who confirmed he did not place it. The email address used was not his, and he does live in Florida. Investigators say they were able to determine that the IP address used to send the email came from Koenig.

Koenig is also a drummer. On a public Facebook page identified as his by the Port St. Lucie police, he describes his personal interests as, “PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT TRYING TO GET A PIECE OF ME, HOT FUDGE, FISHING, AND ROCKING THE SHIT ON MY DRUMS.”

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