Melania Trump Wears Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care’ During Child Detention Center Trip

First Lady Melania Trump visited a Texas detention center Thursday to check in on immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

After the White House announced its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents. Trump decided to make the trip a day after the president signed an executive order to stop the separation of families, but it’s not her timing people are questioning–it’s her fashion choice.

When boarding the plane in Maryland, Trump was spotted wearing a khaki green jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do you?” scrawled in white graffiti-style writing on the back. Trump removed the jacket before deplaning, but the internet had already latched onto this paradoxical clothing choice, some finding it hard to believe.

Others compared the event to the 2014 incident when then-President Barack Obama was bashed for wearing a tan suit, or the time in 2009 when conservatives criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a dress than exposed her bare arms.

“It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” said Melania Trump’s publicist, insisting reporters instead focus on the First Lady’s detention center visit.

Trump toured the facilities of the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Tex. and participated in a roundtable discussion with staff members. She inquired about the children’s physical and mental care. When she asked how often children are allowed to speak to their families, she was told children with verified families get a 10-minute phone conversation twice a week.

“We all know they are here without their families and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and your kindness you are giving to them in these difficult times,” Trump told the staff members.

This visit was an attempt to lend support to those caring for the immigrant children, although Trump did not make a public statement about the plight of separated families until this past Sunday. While the visit shows Trump is making an effort to be involved with the care of the children, her jacket choice sent a confusing message.

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Are Hot Air Hand Dryers Really Germ Cannons? Here’s What You Need to Know


If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you’ve probably seen at least one news report about the horrors of public bathroom air hand dryers.

A new study published by researchers in Connecticut says “there is evidence that bathroom hand dryers can disperse bacteria from hands or deposit bacteria on surfaces, including recently washed hands.”

To be clear, the researchers — from the University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital, Quinnipiac University and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center — are talking about public-bathroom germs, if you catch my drift.

Yep, gross.

Many news reports stop there, but there’s a lot more to the story and less reason to freak out than you might think.

Researchers go on to say that the results don’t provide clear information on whether hand dryers give bacteria a cozy place to grow or simply blow already germy air around the room.

In fact, even though bacterial spores were found on bathroom surfaces, researchers can’t conclusively say that air hand dryers were responsible.

This isn’t the first time air dryers have been called out for being spore-spreading wind turbines of destruction.

A 1989 study suggested air dryers could contribute to airborne infections in hospitals,                      and subsequent studies support the idea that air hand dryers may be unsuitable in health-care environments.

Yet other research claims “drying hands with hot air dryers is not likely to generate airborne infection.”

In other words, no one knows for sure.

One thing’s for certain: Regular hand washing is a vital part of staying healthy.

If you don’t want to take a chance of getting a blast of bacteria blown in your face by an air dryer (and who can blame you), dry your hands on disposable paper towels, or just let them air dry on their own.

Worried about the environmental impact of throwing paper towels in the trash several times a day? Stock up on hand towels and keep some in your purse or backpack for quick and sanitary drying.

Whatever you do, just don’t walk around with dripping-wet hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doing so can transfer germs to other surfaces and people as easily as if you hadn’t washed your hands at all.

If you’re really skeeved by public bathroom hand-drying options, you can always fall back on hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Just make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.

Until researchers can definitely say whether air hand dryers are wall-mounted germ cannons, try not to get too wrapped up in scary headlines that don’t tell the whole story.

Wash early, wash often and learn some useful alternatives to handshake greetings because a lot of people don’t bother to wash their hands at all.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her favorite stay-healthy alternative greeting is waving at people from 50 feet away.

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7 Things Men Think Women Care About But Really Don’t

First of all, this list was compiled by my wife and business partner who asked twelve of her female friends to contribute.

Bottom line is, if a woman is really interested in you, the seven things we discuss here, may be nice to have but they’re definitely not a NEED to have.

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They also don’t care about the price of your car, your luxury watch, or the fact that you buy the most expensive dinner in town. However, they definitely care if the main fixation in your life is money or not. Most of the time, your work ethic, your passion, your ambition, and your hobbies matter more than your bank account.

This approach can be extended to many things; it’s less about what you have but what you make with what you have. If a woman is just interested in how much money you make, it’s probably not a good idea to date her in the first place.

When I met my wife in 2006, I was a broke student and couldn’t offer her anything financially, nevertheless, she fell in love with me and I knew she was into me because there wasn’t anything else. So you could almost argue that being poor in a way helps you in this point because people really only are interested in you and they spend time with you because of you and not because of anything else.

 

Physique

In fact, all the women we talked to preferred that you weren’t. Why? You might wonder. Well if you spent all the time in the gym and you’re very ripped yourself as a man, that may be intimidating to the woman and she might feel like you judge her all the time which can be unhealthy for the relationship.

Maybe they think you look at every flaw they have or that you judge their work ethic. It definitely makes women feel self-conscious especially if they don’t have the same lifestyle approach as you do. It might also come across as you’re just vain and that you just care about your appearance more so than you about her and spending time with her.

Size Of Your Manhood

99% percent of all women out there don’t care about your penis size. Many men out there think that the size of their penis is really important and the bigger the better, not just for their ego, but also to satisfy women. In reality, the vast majority of penis sizes out there are just fine for most women.

In fact, most women consider your size to be nun criteria in the first place. Why? Well, it doesn’t say anything about you as a person and it doesn’t even say whether you’re good in bed or not. The size of your penis should never be a measure of your self-confidence or your self-worth in life.

Women care more about your personality and your attentiveness in bed and outside of bed. Are you just as happy to give as to receive? Do you ask questions? Do you want to please her? These are all questions you should ask instead of focusing on the size. In all honesty, men who are fixated on their penis size likely have an issue with their self-confidence. Ultimately, women don’t care and neither should you.

Vulnerability

A lot of men think it’s unsexy or unmanly to show feelings and be vulnerable, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most women are attracted to men who are emotionally stable and who can express their feelings. I think a lot of men don’t want to show emotions because they feel like they need to save face from other men who might judge them as weak. However, most women find it very sexy if men can express their feelings especially in their presence and it creates a stronger bond.

What does emotionally stable mean? Well basically, women like men who can cry when they watch a movie if they feel like it. In general, it means that men are willing to show their emotions, particularly in a private situation when they’re overmanned by their feelings. Now, it doesn’t mean that you should cry every time in public that you have a disagreement because that’s very unsexy.

Overall, being vulnerable and capable of expressing one’s feelings the relationship is very important especially if done so in a genuine way.

Putting Them On A Pedestal

Some men like to put women on a pedestal and compliment them all day long, however, that’s not what most women actually want. In fact, many women don’t like to be worshipped. Yes, everyone likes a genuine compliment every once in a while but if you’re being put on a pedestal all the time, it can lead to a disconnect between you as partners.

Most women want a connection with you and they want to be treated as an equal to you, not as something that is superior or inferior. They may also feel that they can’t be vulnerable themselves or share things because that would crush the illusion of that perfect body or that perfect woman. Being idealized as a woman can be very flattering in the beginning but long-term, it likely has strong consequences.

At the end of the day, nobody is perfect and everybody has flaws and it’s important to be able to talk about them and not being in that mindset that everything has to be perfect because that will lead to a woman feeling she has to wear makeup at night so she looks perfect when she wakes up. If you put a woman on a pedestal, chances that your relationship will break apart and you’ll both walk away disappointed are very high.

Superficiality

Don’t tell a woman she’s gorgeous looking all the time. Yes, it’s okay to compliment your spouse and your partner or the women in your life, however, if you repeatedly just tell them that they look gorgeous, it becomes old quite quickly.

Also, if you just give compliments based on her appearance, she might feel that all you care about is the way she looks, not her as a person. So instead of complimenting her on looking gorgeous, focus on the things that she does actively and the things that she cares about. If you can come up with a compliment about that, it will be much more gratifying and better in the long run for your relationship.

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Most men are really into their hair but in reality, most women don’t care much or not at all about your graying hair or your receding hairline. Many women also associate gray hair with maturity which is a big plus for us men. Most women also don’t care about the receding hairline, they care about your character, your humor, and the way you are as a person.

For example, just take a look at Jason Statham who doesn’t have much hair or George Clooney who has a lot of gray hair. They are still very popular actors. So if you’re on your 20s, 30s, or 40s, and your hair is getting grayer or you’re losing hair, just own it and have it be part of your personality.

The worst thing you can do is trying to cover it up by dyeing your hair because it’s always painfully obvious and most people will see it especially women and question you and your self-confidence. Honestly, it just makes it look worse than in your natural state and because of that, you should simply just not do it.

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Italy’s First Black Immigrant Senator Doesn’t Really Like Immigrants

Italy’s new parliament is now the most diverse it has ever been. It has more women. It is younger and for the first time ever, it will have a black face occupying one of its seats in its parliament. Nigerian-born Tony Iwobi made waves around the world last month after his electoral triumph made him the country’s first ever black senator.

“After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure. I’m ready, friends,” Iwobi wrote, going on to thank his party leader Matteo Salvini and his other fellow party members.

There’s just one issue: the new black immigrant senator’s election promise was to stop “the invasion of immigrants” in Italy.

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Iwobi is a member of the far-right League, formerly the Northern League, whose regional policy “was succession from the rest of Italy.” According to the Local, the party has threatened to take Italy out of the euro and the European Union. Its leadership thinks Islam is incompatible with Italian values. It fiercely opposes immigration and has promised to expel thousands of illegal migrants in Italy.

In February, one of its far-right supporters shot and injured six immigrants of African descent in an attack that was deemed racially motivated. Yahoo News even went as far as to describe Iwobi as “the black face to Italy’s far-right” movement.

Iwobi, who moved to Italy on a student visa in 1976 was born to a Roman Catholic family of 11 in Gusau, Nigeria, in 1955. He worked several odd jobs like plumbing, garbage collector, and in construction while earning a degree in accounting and computer science. He now runs an IT security and services company in Spirano, where he has lived for the majority of his 42 years in the country.

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Just days after his election victory, one of Italy’s famous black footballer blasted the 63-year old on social media for his stance on immigration.

“Maybe I’m blind or maybe they haven’t told him that he’s black yet. Disgrace!” Mario Balotelli wrote of Iwobi on Instagram.

Balotelli, who is now 27 years old, was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrants and was given to foster parents at the age of two. Because his foster family didn’t officially adopt him, Balotelli had to wait till he was 18 years old to be granted Italian citizenship.

”It’s an absurd law which needs to be changed. He was born and raised in Italy but had to suffer the humiliation and hardships of being considered a foreigner,” said Silvia Balotelli, his foster mother said.

Reforms proposed in the Senate in December to make the process easier was vehemently opposed by Iwobi.

“Why should the children of foreigners become Italian just like that? It’s not right,” Iwobi was quoted in Il Giornale, Italy’s right-wing newspaper.

Jean-Léonard Touadi, a Congolese-born journalist and politician with Italy’s center-to-left Democratic Party said Iwobi suffers from “Stockholm’s Syndrome”

“He acts as a mouthpiece for the anti-African proclamations of his own jailers,” Touadi said.

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So…. what if parenting really doesn’t matter?

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I remember precisely when it happened: Ten weeks into being a mother.

My new moms support group met once a week every week, and we had been meeting this way since our children were born.

We all had boys, and all those boys were generally the same length (taller than a bowling pin), the same shape (a squishy eggplant), and the same weight (an adult Maltese). They also had the same needs and displayed the same cues.

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But ten weeks along, my group had gathered again, and I realized our boys were changing.

We were still doing the same things, raising these boys in similar ways. But the boys were changing despite our efforts.

I remember thinking it wasn’t fair as I compared my son with the other little guys. (Like, “We’re all doing the same stuff! How come mine isn’t sleeping in five-hour intervals?”) Some of the boys grew taller than the others, some got stockier. Mine developed a big head before the rest of his body caught up with it.

As my group continued — we still meet now, three years later — our boys hit milestones at different times. They have varied strengths and weaknesses, and they go through phases. Their personalities are so different.

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It’s almost like it didn’t have anything to do with us as mothers at all.

I felt slightly vindicated and more than a little relieved to read this article from Slate, “Parenting doesn’t matter.”

“Twenty years ago, a panic over parenting swept across the media when developmental psychologist Judith Rich Harris put out a book, The Nurture Assumption, that claimed the links between parents’ actions and the outcomes of their kids were based on flimsy science,” writes the article’s author, Daniel Engber. “… for Harris, the evidence seemed pretty clear: Parents changed; their kids did not.”

Saint Louis University behavioral geneticist Brian Boutwell recently affirmed these findings and said there’s little reason to believe our parenting affects our kids’ intelligence, personality, or mental health.

“We aren’t really ‘puppet masters’ of our kids’ development, (Boutwell) argued, but rather something more important—their guardians and friends,” Engber writes.

This, of course, exists with many caveats. For instance, it assumes that the child’s basic needs are being met and that the household is not abusive.

(Or that you haven’t placed your baby in a basket and left her outdoors for the woodland creatures to claim.)

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“Boutwell does concede — as do all adherents to this theory — that parents can be cruel or kind, and that there are obviously many ways to screw up a little person’s life,” Engber says. “If a child ends up inside a Romanian orphanage, for example, studies say that will change her for the worse. So might any approach to ‘parenting’ that could be classified as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.”

Privilege and environmental factors also play a role, of course. A child’s development will definitely be affected by pollution, tainted drinking water, or being part of a marginalized community that faces any number of stressors.

What the research does show is that deviation between ordinary family environments will not impact your child’s development. So good news: your parenting style doesn’t matter. (Bad news: all the anxiety, stress, and mom guilt were for nothing.)

So go ahead. Wear a purple carrier if you want.

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Whether you choose to nurse or give your baby formula, whether you are a proponent of extended breastfeeding or stop after 6 months, whether you potty train by 2 or by 3, whether you babywear, co-sleep, no-sleep, bed-on-the-floor sleep, what have you — you’re not going to screw up your child.

You’re simply guiding your child into who they were meant to be anyway.

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Is being born to be a mother really a thing?

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A while back, I came across a video clip where writer Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love) talks with Oprah about the fact that she doesn’t have children and how she often feels the need to explain why. I think it’s an important topic.

In the video, Gilbert explains how, in her perspective, there are three types of women and every woman falls into one of the three categories. The 3 types of women are:

1. Women who are born to be mothers.

2. Women who are born to be aunties.

3. Women who should not be allowed to be within 10 feet of a child.

She goes on to say that it’s so important for women to know which category they fall into because “tragedy and sorrow results from ending up in the wrong category.”

The reason this interview stuck in my head- – and why I responded with a kind of passionate comment — is because I didn’t find myself fitting into any of the categories. I knew what Gilbert was getting at, in general, but there are some serious nuances of life and motherhood that can not, should not, be so easily overlooked.

I would never describe myself as being born to be a mother. Yet I have children. And, while there has been a certain amount of emotional tumult in my life, it’s thankfully not a tragedy.

Here’s what I wrote in the comment section:

Oh but where do I fit in? What group is there for someone who most likely was not born to be a mother or wife even, someone who still chafes almost daily at the enormous responsibility , the forced domesticity, the relentless pressure to be more, better, to have maternal instinct running through my veins, someone who is convinced I was never meant to be a domesticated animal, yet still went along for the world’s most conventional ride and ended up with two daughters who I adore and would die for despite my nagging conscience telling me I wasn’t cut out for this? I wasn’t cut out for this.

Where do I fit in to this tidy list of three categories?

You see, I’m not a born mother. And I’m definitely not an auntie. I do love children, but don’t feel a natural inclination to dote on all of them. Perhaps I wasn’t even meant to have children — I ponder that sometimes when I’m feeling my most stressed and stretched and imprisoned by the relentless routine and the sometimes agonizing, yes agonizing, heartbreak.

But I did have children. And I am a mother. And I’m determined to do right by them, because they didn’t ask to come here. At least not directly.

 

I invited my daughters into this world in a momentary lapse of reason, heat of passion, or leap of faith, call it what you will.  They are here and I am their mother. Sometimes — in ephemeral moments, I even feel like a good, dare I say, natural one.

So, no. I was not born to be a mother. But my kids have made me one. And they still are shaping me into who I was born to be, day by day. There’s no tragedy in that.

 

Knowing which one you are is essential to your happiness.

Posted by O, The Oprah Magazine on Saturday, March 25, 2017

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People are really jazzed about ‘Lumines’ coming to Switch. Why?

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The latest “Nindies” showcase from Nintendo highlighted a whole mess of upcoming Switch releases, but one in particular stands out: Lumines Remastered.

Social media is buzzing with excitement in ways that you, someone who doesn’t obsess about video games, might find confusing. Why are people so excited for a remastered game when Nintendo also announced a bunch of new games?

What is Lumines?

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Believes Chance The Rapper Would Be “A Really Good Fresh Prince”

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While in Poland for the Red Bull 3Style World Finals, DJ Jazzy Jeff sat down with HipHopDX and discussed his thoughts about the potential of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air remix.

Jazzy Jeff declared that he believes Chance The Rapper would make a great successor to the Fresh Prince. Will Smith’s right-hand man stated, “Chance is a trailblazer and Will has always been a trailblazer,” Jazzy Jeff said.

Jazzy Jeff referred to Chance’s “light-hearted demeanor” with a “serious side” and how he’s “always smiling” as reasons why he would make a really good Fresh Prince.

The Philadelphia legend went on to praise Chance’s business acumen stating, “And I think for Chance to be as young as he is, to remain independent, to understand just even a little bit about the music industry, I think is great because it’s very easy to fall into those pitfalls. It’s very easy for someone to bring you a suitcase full of money, and it changes your entire perspective instead of realizing, ‘I probably could have 10 suitcases full of money if I just keep my product to myself.’”

Rumors of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot have stirred up the internet. With this commentary from DJ Jazzy Jeff, the excitement will continue to rise. While we wait for updates, who do you believe would make a good Fresh Prince?

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Personal trainer’s photos show us what really happens post-baby

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Neema Sempebwa is a personal trainer, so it’s no surprise that her Instagram feed is often home to workout videos, motivational fitness quotes and an impressive collection of photos showing off her toned tummy.

Last year the 39-year-old from London became a mom, and since then she’s also been using her Insta account (@bodywisemum) to document how she’s losing the baby weight.

Now, I know this probably sounds pretty familiar; we’ve all seen the celebrity and super fit moms who have bounced back from baby bump to bikini in record time. Neema’s story, though, is a bit different.

“This is what my 6 weeks post partum body looks like,” Neema captions one post-pregnancy shot. “It’s unique to ME and MY journey. It’s different to where I thought I would be…. because I compared myself to others…. BIG MISTAKE…. I’ve seen some Instagram posts of women at 6 weeks who are rocking a six pack and no stretch Marks… I have one big jelly pack- and plenty of stripes!”

Neema hasn’t ditched her healthy lifestyle since welcoming her daughter Lana – she still regularly shares workout clips and nutrition tips with her social media followers. What sets her apart is her refreshingly realistic approach.

She doesn’t begrudge those moms who seem to shed the baby weight without even trying – she just points out that for many moms, there is much more to the story.

“Reality for the majority is- There is no snap back after birth! Wearing granny panties and the baggiest tracksuit bottoms you have is perfectly normal,” she writes. “The female body goes through so much during pregnancy and birth. Why are we then feeling pressured to bounce back into shape and having visible abs after a human pops out of us?!”

Amen.

Reading through Neema’s posts, I was struck by the kindness and acceptance she shows herself. She doesn’t judge how long it’s taking her to lose the weight, she doesn’t beat herself up over the stretch marks or loose skin. She talks about her body, about its curves and changes, with such genuine love and gratitude, and it made me realize just how rare a thing that is among the moms I know – myself included.

As a mom to two little girls, I cheer every time we collectively make room for new definitions of beauty, for different shapes and sizes and representations. Neema’s journey reminds me that it’s important to extend that same sense of joyful acceptance to myself.

“8 months [postpartum today and this body is showing all the signs of one that had a baby,” Neema mused on a recent post, going on to list them all: stretchmarks, loose skin, lost muscle, droopy boobies, additional body fat, hair loss.
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“But it also displays all the signs of being a MOTHER.”

I think that’s the part we too often skip right over. Every part of me carries the marks of motherhood – my life, my home, my family, my heart, and yes, my body, too. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

How is your postpartum body image?

Thanks to Neema Sempebwa for sharing her photos and her postpartum story – be sure to follow her on Instagram (@bodywisemum).

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Who is Marilyn Manson, what does he look like without makeup and is his name really Brian?

MARILYN Manson is one of the world’s most controversial musicians, who’s best known for his outrageous stage personality and image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson.

But, what else do we know about the rocker, and what’s his real name? Let’s get the lowdown…

Marilyn Manson is a shock rocker, whose songs became hits in the '90s
Marilyn Manson is a shock rocker, whose songs became hits in the ’90s
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Who is Marilyn Manson?

Marilyn Manson’s real name is a little less glamorous than his stage name – he’s called Brian Hugh Warner.

He was born in Canton, Ohio, on 5 January, 1969 – that makes him 49.

He’s a singer, songwriter, musician, composer, actor, painter, author, and former music journalist.

Manson – whose stage name was formed by combining and juxtaposing the names of actress Marilyn Monroe and criminal Charles Manson – is best known for his ’90s records Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals.

He has previously revealed he has trademarked his famous name.

He said: “I trademarked the name ‘Marilyn Manson’ the same way as Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. It’s not a stage name. It’s not my legal name … Marilyn Manson is owned by Brian Warner, my real name.”

Aside from music, Manson has also acted. He made his movie in 1997, appearing in David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

He’s also appeared in Rose McGowan‘s 1999 film Jawbreaker; The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things; Rise; The Hire: Beat The Devil.

He also claimed that he began his career as a watercolour painter in 1999 when he made five-minute concept pieces and sold them to drug dealers.

Marilyn Manson without makeup
Marilyn Manson without makeup
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What does Marilyn Manson look like without makeup?

Marilyn is rarely seen in public without makeup on. However, he did sport a makeup-free face when he had to go to court in 2001 (pictured above).

He has previously described his love affair with makeup, saying it all stems from childhood.

He revealed to Fader: “My mom used to put her wigs and lipstick on me when I was little. I have one weird picture of me as a toddler with an unlit cigarette in my mouth, wearing her blonde wig and a diaper, sitting on the couch. Wonder how I ended up here.

“I suppose my fascination with makeup comes from me having a great imagination and not being able to contain it just to a piece of paper or a piece of music. When I was a kid, I used to do the KISS makeup with watercolour paints.

“I was into KISS mostly because I was told not to listen to it in Christian school. But Alice Cooper and Bowie were more important to me. KISS wore too much of a mask; it was too much kabuki.

“I wanted to be seen, I just didn’t want to be seen the same way that I was. Ziggy Stardust first led me to shave off my eyebrows. People look at you trying to figure out what’s missing or wrong, and you can do a lot more with makeup when your eyebrows are out of the way.

“In the beginning, I was never intending to be androgynous in the sense that people thought. I wasn’t trying to look like a girl; I was hiding something. I had a really bad complexion as a teenager, but I wasn’t insecure: I tried to look worse. I liked to put lipstick on my teeth because it was always something that people didn’t like to have.”

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Americans Have Really Complicated Feelings About the Oscars This Year, According to a New Survey

When the 90th annual Academy Awards air on Sunday, March 4, audiences will find out what the nearly 7,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences think about 2017 in film. But what do average Americans make of last year at the movies?

To find out, TIME ran a survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey. We asked respondents how they felt about many aspects of the Oscars and awards season in general, including the ways in which real-world issues and offscreen behavior should or should not influence which actors and films take home awards.

As it turns out, 65% of Americans watch two or fewer Best Picture nominees each year. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have strong opinions. See their responses below, and scroll down for an explanation of SurveyMonkey’s methodology and a complete breakdown of the results.

Americans are divided on Hollywood’s treatment of social issues

Over the past several months, Hollywood has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, and insiders have taken action with the formation of groups like Time’s Up. More than a third of Americans believe Hollywood decision-makers haven’t taken appropriate action in responding to allegations, while half say it’s still too soon to tell. More than four out of ten Americans think the industry has paid too much attention to social movements like #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite, while 31% would argue that too little attention has been paid.

Seventy percent of Americans don’t think the presence of a social or political message makes a film any more deserving of an award. But more of those who do think such a statement increases awards-worthiness are female (21% versus 15% of males) and nonwhite (26% versus 14% of white respondents).

Less than half of Americans believe awards shows have gotten more inclusive

Ever since the #OscarsSoWhite campaign took off in 2015 and 2016, in response to the lack of people of color among acting nominees, there has been increased scrutiny whenever nominations are announced and awards are won. Americans have mixed feelings about how much progress has been made on the diversity front, with 44% believing awards shows have become more inclusive over the past five years, 42% believing it’s remained about the same and 13% responding that awards have gotten less inclusive. Twice as many respondents who identified as nonwhite (18%) think it’s gotten less diverse, compared to white respondents (9%).

Americans are split on whether an actor’s behavior offscreen should impact awards’ prospects

Survey respondents were torn when it comes to the influence personal behavior should have on professional honors. Just over half (53%) believe behavior should be either “a great deal” or “somewhat” a part of awards criteria.

The survey also asked Americans to weigh in specifically on allegations of misconduct against The Disaster Artist director and star James Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct days before voting closed for nominations (Franco, who denied the allegations, was not ultimately nominated), and The Darkest Hour actor Gary Oldman, whose ex-wife accused him of assault in 2001 and who has been accused of making anti-Semitic comments. The responses were split, with 47% saying the allegations should affect their chances of winning or being nominated and 51% saying they should not. When asked who should win Best Actor, Oldman won with 32% of responses.

The people have spoken, and they want Get Out to go all the way

When asked which of the nine Best Picture nominees should take home the golden statue, 18% chose Jordan Peele’s social thriller Get Out. This pick was slightly more popular with women (19%), adults between 18 and 29 (28%) and non-white Oscar watchers (29%). The Shape of Water came in a close second, with 16%, followed by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with 15%. Oldman and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) were the top picks for Lead Actor and Actress, but young adults favored Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya and The Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins.

Methodology: This SurveyMonkey Audience survey was conducted February 13‐17, 2018 among a national sample of 1,875 adults, including 745 people likely to watch the Academy Awards this year. Respondents for this survey were selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. The modeled error estimate for this survey is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age 18 and over. The full breakdown by demographics is available here.


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The Blue Wave Is Real, and It Looks Really Big—Provided Democrats Don’t Block It

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Two more districts flipped. In New Hampshire, Democrat Philip Spagnuolo won a county legislative seat by 8 percentage points in a district Donald Trump had carried by 13 points. In Connecticut, Democrat Phil Young won a state legislative seat that Hillary Clinton narrowly carried but that had been held by a Republican for the last 44 years. They make the 38th and 39th districts since Donald Trump’s election that have gone from Republican to Democrat.

So: How confident should Democrats be about all this? I’d say pretty confident, for a bunch of reasons. But let’s stick to five:

1. The generic polling has the Democrats pretty comfortably ahead. It’s been bouncing around—while Democrats have always has the lead, it narrowed in January and February but seems to be opening back up a little now. A CNN poll released Monday had it at 54-38. I should say, though, that the fivethirtyeight average as of Wednesday morning is lower, at 47-39.

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Yes, Uber Really Is Killing the Parking Business

An email from the CEO of a national parking operator has added some detail to the impact ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are having on demand for parking. The picture, at least for those trying to rent you a parking spot, is bleak.

In the email, unearthed from a company report by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ace Parking CEO John Baumgardner says that demand for parking at hotels in San Diego has dropped by 5 to 10%, while restaurant valet demand is down 25%. The biggest drop, unsurprisingly, has been at nightclubs, where demand for valet parking has dropped a whopping 50%.

The numbers appear to be estimates, and Baumgardner doesn’t describe a timeframe for the declines. The assessment, written in September of last year, is also limited to San Diego, though an Ace Parking executive told the Union-Tribune that it has seen “similar” declines at its 750 parking operations around the United States. The company is focused on using technology, including better parking scheduling and booking options, to remain healthy.

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But much more is at stake than the revenues of the parking business – cities stand to benefit immensely as demand for parking drops. Parking spaces and lots generate relatively little tax revenue or economic activity relative to commercial operations, and by increasing sprawl may actually harm the economy of cities like Los Angeles.

Even back in 2015, cities were already relaxing zoning requirements that set minimum parking allotments, and there are now even more signs that city planners are thinking differently about parking. Perhaps most dramatically, a new Major League Soccer stadium being planned for David Beckham’s Miami expansion team may include no new parking at all – but will have designated pickup zones for Uber and Lyft.

The decline of parking will only be accelerated if and when autonomous vehicles become widespread. That sea-change which will make it easier to locate parking at a distance from urban destinations, and could further reduce car ownership. That will be bad news for the Ace Parkings of the world – but everyone else should welcome the decline of the urban parking lot.

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Are Cheryl and Liam Payne breaking up, are they married and what really happened at 2018 Brit Awards?

CHERYL and Liam Payne went public with their romance in 2016 and welcomed baby son Bear in March 2017.

After it was revealed their relationship was in crisis, the couple put on a united front at Tuesday’s Brit Awards. Yet just 24 hours, Liam left Cheryl to fly to Miami. Here’s the lowdown on what’s going on..

Cheryl and Liam Payne were all smiles on the Brit Awards 2018 red carpet
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Could Cheryl and Liam really be about to split?

Less than 24 hours after putting on a united front at the Brit Awards 2018, Liam was back on the road again and jetted out to Miami – leaving Cheryl and baby Bear at home.

The couple had walked the red carpet together at the awards bash on Tuesday, despite their relationship crisis.

Cheryl was there to support boyfriend Liam Payne who performed his song For You from the new Fifty Shades Freed film on stage with Rita Ora.

The couple were interviewed at their table by host Jack Whitehall during which Cheryl jokingly revealed her ‘safe word’.

Later on the presenter made a cheeky quip about Liam and Rita’s hot ‘chemistry’ after a steamy performance.

However, on February 18, 2018 The Sun on Sunday revealed that despite holding crisis talks about the future of their relationship, pals fear the showbiz couple could be on the verge of splitting.

The 10-year age gap between the two and Liam’s pursuit of a solo career are the main reasons believed to be behind the rumours.

A source close to the couple revealed: “There’s a big age gap between them. If they didn’t have Bear then they would have most likely split up by now.

“But they love their son. And they do care for each other so it’s now a matter of seeing if there’s a final way forward to try and make it work.”

Liam and Cheryl will be in touch constantly while he's in LA
Liam and Cheryl have been having relationship trouble of late
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What were the marriage rumours?

In May 2017 Liam sparked rumours he and Cheryl had secretly wed after he described her as his “wife” during a US radio interview.

Meanwhile, Cheryl, 34, has already been married twice before, and according to OK! Magazine, “doesn’t want a circus” if and when she weds Liam.

In July 2017 Liam was forced to finally admit that he hasn’t married Cheryl, saying he merely refers to Cheryl as “the Mrs” in a colloquial sense.

Liam subsequently hinted he may never marry Cheryl as he says “weddings aren’t for him”.

Cheryl and Liam on a date night
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Who was Cheryl married to before?

The former Girls Aloud singer first tied the knot with footballer Ashley Cole in 2006 but the couple split in 2010 following allegations Ashley had been unfaithful.

Their divorce was granted in September of that year.

Cheryl then went on to marry businessman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014 after a whirlwind three-month romance.

However the marriage fell apart and after months of speculation, the split was confirmed in January 2016 and the couple were granted a decree nisi in October.

The singer was also married to Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini from 2014 until she filed for divorce in January 2016
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Who did Liam date before meeting Cheryl?

Being 10 years younger than Cheryl, Liam doesn’t have quite the relationship history of his girlfriend but did have some significant relationships before they got together.

The singer dated dancer Danielle Peazer from October 2010 until May 2013.

He then quickly moved on to a new relationship with Sophia Smith, who he had known since primary school.

The couple dated until October 2015, just weeks before he got together with Cheryl.

Liam previously dated Sophia Smith for over two years
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How did Cheryl and Liam Payne meet?

The pair first met all the way back in 2008 on the set of the X Factor, where 14-year-old Liam’s first audition earns him praise from his future partner, as well as calling him “cute”.

Liam returned to the show in 2010 as a 16-year-old and became part of One Direction, impressing Cheryl with his talents once again.

The pair are believed to have become a couple in December 2015 after One Direction performed on the X Factor for the final time, with the couple snapped sharing a hug and dancing together.

The Sun then exclusively confirmed their relationship in February 2016.

The pair first met in 2008 when Liam, then 14, auditioned for The X Factor and winked at her
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What have Cheryl and Liam Payne called their baby boy?

The Sun revealed on May 1, 2017 that the couple named their son Bear after spending a week getting to know him.

Baby Bear also took his One Direction star dad’s surname.

A source revealed: “Cheryl and Liam wanted to get to know their baby before deciding on a name.

“They didn’t have the name Bear before the birth.

Liam Payne has opened up on baby Bear
Proud dad Liam Payne has revealed baby son Bear’s nickname is Cub
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“But they’d been thinking of a name since meeting him and they just felt it suited him.

“They love their little baby Bear Payne and are truly over the moon and loving being parents for the first time together.”

Liam has opened up on “making a human” with Cheryl – calling it his proudest achievement.


Has Cheryl changed her name back to her maiden name?

Cheryl’s surname has changed many times over the years, due to her being married twice.

First she was Cheryl Tweedy (her maiden name) , then she changed it to Cheryl Cole when she married Ashley Cole, then she was Cheryl Fernandez Versini, during her short=lived marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

After she divorced the Frenchman she simply went by”Cheryl”.

Now, The Sun can reveal that she has officially changed her name back to Cheryl Tweedy.


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Police Confirm Logan Paul Really Did Citizens Arrest an Intruder. Here’s Who He Collared.

Embattled YouTube superstar Logan Paul issued a citizen’s arrest on Tuesday night after a fan broke into his LA mansion—and it wasn’t just a prank, police have confirmed to The Daily Beast.

Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, Paul came home to find a man downstairs sitting on his couch charging his iPhone phone.

The man, 20-year-old, Tahj Deondre Speight, was no friend of Paul’s or any of the other vloggers in the house, and had apparently entered the residence through the unlocked front door.

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‘Altered Carbon’ Review: New Netflix Show REALLY Wants To Be ‘Blade Runner’

Altered Carbon streams on Netflix from February 2.

What is ‘Altered Carbon’?

Set in the distant future, Altered Carbon tells the tale of Takeshi Kovacs, a former freedom fighter awoken from supposed eternal hibernation by a rich aristocrat who wants him to solve a murder. But when he wakes up, Takeshi isn’t in his own body, while a whole bunch of people seem to be trying to kill him. And that’s just the start of his problems.

Ambitious Adaptation

“The first thing you will learn, is nothing is what it seems.” Altered Carbon begins with these words, suggesting that the audience should trust no one, X-Files style. Which isn’t surprising, as the plot device that drives the novel on which the series is based is designed to keep the reader — and now the viewer — on their toes.

For in this dystopian future, man has found a way to cheat death, downloading consciousness to a computer chip called a ‘stack,’ then depositing it in a discarded body, nicknamed a ‘sleeve.’ Which means that the rich can effectively live forever. That the person you are talking to might not be who they claim. And that when our hero Takeshi Kovacs wakes from his 250-year slumber, he’s no longer his Japanese self on the outside, but rather a big, muscly white dude, looking a lot like Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman.

Explaining this central conceit takes up a good chunk of the show’s excellent — if exposition-heavy — first episode, and that’s just the start of the world-building that Altered Carbon has to do. The series explores the way in which technology dominates — and suffocates — our lives in the future. It also examines how control of that technology has made the rich richer in grand palaces above the clouds, and the poor poorer; existing at street-level in a neon-nightmare of poverty and crime.

The visuals — which look like they cost a fortune — are both arresting and effective throughout, bringing this grim future world to life in chilling and all-too-believable fashion. But while Altered Carbon looks good, it also has a central mystery that needs solving.

Whodunnit?


Joel Kinnaman as Kovacs and James Purefoy as Bancroft.

Kovacs is stirred from his slumber by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy — the best thing in Altered Carbon), who charges him with the task of solving a murder in exchange for his freedom. But there’s a twist. The murder that Bancroft wants Kovacs to solve is Bancroft’s. Seems the billionaire was shot in the head moments before a back-up of his consciousness could be made.

So while able to re-sleeve himself, Bancroft can’t remember what happened during the all-important hours before he died. Thickening the plot, only Bancroft and his wife had access to the weapon which killed him. Making them the prime suspects.

About half of Altered Carbon is concerned with Kovacs investigating this crime. And it’s by far the best material, turning the show into a neo-noir populated by femmes fatales, red herrings, and smoking guns.

Unfortunately, the series struggles when not dealing with the central mystery. Side-plots and digressions fill time but add little to proceedings, most notably a pointless episode that revolves around a brutal cage-fight. Flashbacks, dreams and visions are used to fill in blanks, but while lending the characters depth, they are much less interesting than the central whodunnit. Which all too often seems to be forgotten.

The Protagonist Problem


Kinnaman lacks charisma and charm.

Takeshi Kovacs is an intriguing protagonist. Being an ‘envoy’ he was formerly part of “the most formidable fighting force the galaxy had ever seen.” Possessing seemingly superhuman powers of intuition, envoys were able to drop into any sleeve on any planet and be combat-ready in minutes. Meaning they could infiltrate and manipulate their opponents, making Kovacs a formidable warrior, and potentially a cracking gumshoe.

His freedom-fighting got Kovacs arrested for treason, terrorism, espionage and crimes against the state. And the more we discover about that state, the more we understand his motives. So not only should he be a great detective, but also one we respect and maybe even like.

But onscreen, in his Joel Kinnaman sleeve, there isn’t a lot to like about Kovacs. And that’s largely down to Joel Kinnaman, who plays the character with a kind of detached resignation that makes it hard to root for him. That may well make sense for the character; the world-weary Kovacs tired of waking up in foreign bodies and dismayed by the world he now inhabits.

But the actor also lacks the requisite charm and charisma to bring Kovacs to life, his interactions with the crime-fighting force he assembles — including hard-nosed cop Ortega (Martha Higareda) and comical hotelier Poe (Chris Conner) — feeling awkward and forced.

Indeed, when we meet him in flashback scenes — and the character is played by Will Yun Lee — there’s something heroic about Takeshi. But there are times when future Kovacs seems barely awake. Even when he’s carrying out heroic deeds. All of which transforms the show’s courageous central character — and our guide through this complicated world — into something of a bore.

Influences All Over the Place


Altered Carbon looks amazing.

Altered Carbon is a show that wears its influences on its sleeve. Everywhere you look there are nods to sci-fi classics, both visually, and in terms of the storyline. There are obvious comparisons to both the Ghost in the Shell anime and recent movie. Not just because of the parallels in terms of human augmentation. But also because of the white-washing controversy that engulfed the Scarlett Johansson film. Though in Altered Carbon the white transplant was part of the source material and does make narrative sense.

The Matrix is also an obvious influence, with multiple Altered Carbon scenes taking place in virtual reality, where characters can download knowledge and training much like those hooked up to the matrix. The TV version of Westworld also casts a shadow over proceedings, though largely in the series’ second half, the details of which we won’t spoil here.

But the sci-fi that Altered Carbon most resembles is Ridley Scott’s movie masterpiece Blade Runner. Both are rain-swept noirs that revolve around reluctant detectives. Kovacs has a similar demeanour to Deckard, and even supplies monotone narration akin to the voiceover that appeared on the original Blade Runner cut.

Story beats are similar, though, in spite of the fact that it’s told over 10 hours, Altered Carbon lacks Blade Runner‘s depth, the film questioning what it means to be human; the show touching on themes of identity and individuality — and introducing thought-provoking religious objections concerning re-sleeving — then all too quickly forgetting about them.

Visually, there are also times when they look very nearly identical. Which is no bad thing, as the effects in Blade Runner still look incredible. But these similarities also serve as a continual reminder of what can be achieved with a better script, director and actors.

Is Altered Carbon Good?


The show frequently lacks focus.

Altered Carbon is good. But only when building its rich world, and dealing with the investigation of Laurens Bancroft’s death. Then it’s pretty great, journeying to some sick, twisted, and wholly unexpected places.

But frequently the show feels overstuffed, introducing too many storylines that detract from that central mystery, ricocheting back-and-forth in time in sometimes confusing fashion, and setting off on tangents that frequently don’t pay-off. It also doesn’t help that — onscreen at least — Takeshi Kovacs is far from a compelling character. Making it hard to care about his plight as proceedings progress.

All of which results in a show that kicks off in encouraging fashion, but ultimately outstays its welcome thanks to that lack of focus and momentum, too much filler, and Joel Kinnaman’s underwhelming central performance.

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Is Netflix Really A Champion of Diversity? Not So Fast.

Many of the people defending Netflix against actor/comedian Mo’Nique’s call to boycott it over race- and gender-based pay inequities (with black female comedians getting the short end of the stick), are lauding the $ 100 billion company’s groundbreaking commitment to diverse programming. But is Netflix really a champion of diversity?

First, let me get this out of the way: Netflix should not get a pass on the issue of compensation and opportunities for black female comedians because of its $ 100 million deal with uber-producer/screenwriter Shonda Rhimes. Netflix is a $ 100 billion company; it spent $ 8.8 billion on content alone last year. Its multiyear-deal with Rhimes is a good start, but no more than that. (By the way, it’s been reported by the Wall Street Journal that Rhimes’ work for ABC has generated over $ 2 billion in revenue from advertising, rerun sales, and international licensing.)

We’re only tripping because black people have never seen that kind of money (a recurring theme in our culture after decades of exclusion and discrimination). But never forget, because one of us finally got it doesn’t mean it’s the first time a black person was qualified and deserving of the opportunity. Every “black first” is just a small down payment against generations of dreams (and billions of dollars) deferred and denied by the deliberate and systematic exclusion of black people from opportunities. Get back to me when $ 100 million production deals become as common for black people—and black women in particular—as they are for white males in the entertainment industry. Until then, the deal is an accomplishment for Rhimes, not for Netflix.

That said, Netflix absolutely deserves credit for its diverse programming, and the acting, directing, and other opportunities it creates for people of color in the industry. However, putting on more shows with diverse casts/producers/etc. is a great example of the easiest, quickest, and least permanent execution of diversity: on-air programming. It’s not a bad place to start, but alone, it is hardly representative of a true, long-term commitment to diversity.

Some call it window dressing; I call it banana-in-the-tailpipe diversity. (My boss and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. calls it “diversity as a diversion.”) Remember the launch of UPN (the network that introduced us to the Moesha spin-off, The Parkers, starring Mo’Nique)? The CW? The WB? The Cosby-driven revival of NBC? Media platforms, especially in television, always count on black people, the demo that watches more TV than anyone else, to establish and grow an audience. Besides, black people bring the cool factor, which brings those who want to be cool, too: primarily young, mainstream [white] viewers. Once that is achieved: poof! Black programming gone! Netflix, as a streaming service, is a departure from the old network TV model, so I hope it will be different this time. Not holding my breath, though.

That said, Black Enterprise measures diversity performance in four key ways:

1. Board Diversity. Netflix ain’t got none. It’s board, including the addition of a new director announced earlier this week, consists of seven men and three women—all of them white.
2. Senior Management/Executive Diversity. How many African Americans and other people of color are in the C-Suite, and in the decision-making power jobs that report into it? There are no Netflix executives on Black Enterprise’s latest list of “The Most Powerful Executives In Corporate America.”
3. Workforce Diversity. What is the representation of African Americans and people of color employed throughout the organization? (According to Netflix’s website, 4% of its employees are black.)
4. Supplier Diversity. How much money is a company spending with businesses owned by African Americans and other people of color, as a proportion of its total spending?

Suffice to say, you won’t find Netflix on the Black Enterprise “50 Best Companies for Diversity” list.

If a company is not serious about diversity in all four of these key areas—with the numbers to back it up—they’re just playing us, if not themselves. As I’ve already said, let’s hold off on giving Netflix an NAACP Image Award. (Better to give it to the actors, producers, writers, etc. and others actually working on its shows.)

It’s great, actually amazing, that Netflix is providing opportunities to African Americans and so many other people of color and diverse backgrounds (as they should, quite frankly—pay inequities notwithstanding). But that is not where the real money and decision-making power is. To paraphrase my CEO: “Don’t let diversity become a diversion.”

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Oh Really? Omarosa May Have Secretly Recorded White House Conversations

According to reports, Omarosa Manigault Newman may have secretly recorded private conversations in the White House out of fear for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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Sources told the Daily News that Manigault Newman, who abruptly resigned from the White House late last year, “loves” to record meetings. Her official last day in the administration is Saturday.

“Everyone knows Omarosa loves to record people and meetings using the voice notes app on her iPhone,” one source said. “Don’t be surprised if she has secret audio files on everyone in that White House, past and present staffers included.”

The White House’s recent ban on staffers having their personal cellphones was tied to Manigault-Newman’s habit of recording her conversations, the source told the Daily News.

Manigault Newman is also reportedly seeking meetings with lawyers because she is concerned that she will become part of Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

She has met with top attorneys like Lisa Bloom and Monique Pressley, according to the Daily News.

A White House insider said that it was unlikely Manigault Newman had any inside information that could be relevant to Mueller’s probe, according to the Daily News.

Manigault Newman was reportedly escorted out of the White House in December after being told she was fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly. The White House said that Manigault Newman had resigned and would leave on Jan. 20.

Manigault Newman rose to national stardom as a reality TV star and contestant on season 1 of “The Apprentice,” the NBC reality show formerly hosted by Trump. Because of her celebrity status, she is often referred to only by her first name, Omarosa.

We definitely wouldn’t put it past Omarosa to do something like this. It’s right up her nefarious alley.

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Is anyone really cut out to be a stay-at-home mom?

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Melissa Willets

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A working mom friend recently said, “I’m just not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom.”

Her comment got me, a SAHM, thinking, Is anyone really cut out for this?

Even after 10 years of staying home with kids, I don’t feel “cut out” for the intense loneliness, isolation, lack of adult contact, boredom, and dramatic lifestyle shift being a SAHM requires. The suit of stay-of-home momdom still feels ill-fitting.

I’m not sure I’ll ever fully settle into this life, where I put myself last every second. This life, in which my most important tasks are frequently as banal as emptying the dishwasher, and wiping little behinds.

Not that I regret staying home. It’s what I chose, and for that, I know I am truly lucky. But there are mornings I hear my husband’s car pull out of the driveway, and I remember my life before kids, and I grieve for the loss of that part of me.

That person got to sit in meetings with real, live adult humans! That person went to the bathroom without being interrupted by tiny fists rapping on the door every three seconds.

Then my first daughter was born and, overnight, I was supposed to feel “cut out” for a completely different life. Suddenly, my morning meetings involved bottles and diaper changes, instead of PowerPoint presentations. I brought an infant seat into the bathroom with me, instead of a tube of lipstick. I went days without showering, or even really looking in the mirror.

I was a stay-at-home mom overnight

Meanwhile, a decade zoomed by. And I sometimes wonder how this became my life. How is arguing with my 4-year-old about whether she’s going to wear the Sofia T-shirt or the “Mermaid Academy” one the longest conversation I’ve had since last night when my husband came home from work?

There are times when the lack of mental stimulation feels numbing; the solitude repressive. Then, the guilt sets in. Remember, you want to stay home, I remind myself. You are very fortunate to have this opportunity.

And don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of wonderful, rewarding things about being a stay-at-home mom. That’s for another post. Here, I simply argue that to think you are naturally cut out for the role is a myth, and pressuring yourself to fit into stay-at-home motherhood like a glove sets you up for failure.

Maybe, like me, you’ll never get used to how isolating staying home can be. Perhaps, as I do, you’ll always long for more adult interaction, as you loll on the floor putting the fish puzzle together for the millionth time.

It just may be that I forever feel a bit depressed slipping on the same old yoga pants in the morning, and knowing full well that getting more dressed up than this doesn’t make sense for a day of preparing baby food for freezing, picking kids up from school, and reading Pupunzel until I’ve memorized it.

The stay-at-home mom uniform

I realize that adapting to motherhood in any form is a challenge. I’m sure experienced working moms still resent the alarm clock, and having to divide their attention between home and a job. And who would ever naturally fall into step with missing out on important milestones because you have to be at the office?

No matter how you slice it, moms don’t get time off. Ever. So to expect we’ll feel 100 percent ourselves in every moment, in every situation, no matter how long we’ve been at it or what our work/home dynamic is, is completely unrealistic and ultimately does us a great disservice.

So moms, let’s not assume we are cut out for every aspect of motherhood, and accept we may struggle at times, and know it’s okay.

Do you struggle to feel cut out for motherhood in any form?

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James Kilpatrick, Reagan’s Favorite Columnist Who Never Really Renounced Segregation

In one of history’s smaller but nonetheless hideous ironies, James J. Kilpatrick’s career was saved on September 15, 1963 when a Ku Klux Klan bomb destroyed the African American Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killed four little girls in Birmingham, Alabama.

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When Clothing Really Matters: Eva Hagberg Fisher’s Essay on Appearance and Credibility for Women

At Put This On, most of what we write about falls into two basic categories: dressing to make the right impression/make yourself look good, and dressing in a way that you enjoy–refining your personal style, getting inspired. The stakes are generally low. Sure, you want to wear the right clothes to your job interview, or melt faces with your new leather jacket, but mostly, all that’s at risk is your pride (and some money). In men’s style, that’s the luxury we have.

The New York Times published a really powerful essay by Eva Hagberg Fisher on how she navigated the process of filing a sexual harassment complaint, through the lens of the choices she made about her clothing and appearance. In order to be believable, our culture requires women in that situation to walk some very fine lines. As Fisher puts it, “you always want to stay ‘just plausibly sexy
enough to look like you could have been harassed but 100 percent weren’t
asking for it.’”

Over the last year and a half, I have needed a lot
of outfits. I have also needed to be consistent. I have needed to be
ready, at every moment, to be seen as both a poverty-stricken graduate
student and a reliable adult. As an accuser, I need to be a
news-team-ready correspondent and someone who certainly wasn’t doing
this for the limelight. I didn’t know any of this when I started. I
learned this all on the full-time job that is being an objector to
sexual harassment in America. 
           
         
       
     

     

     
 

 
   
  

Some of what I learned to wear I learned on my
own, by thinking to myself about what I needed to exhibit. Some of it —
you must always put your hair up and never show any skin — came from a
politically savvy friend. She is the reason I’m wearing a black
turtleneck on four news shows. I refused to be photographed at home, or
sitting down. I wanted to project strength, and also a kind of
neutrality.

It’s a really interesting, if depressing, piece, artfully written and presented, and even funny. And it’s another piece of evidence that our clothing choices are often our first invitation to others to make judgments about us, and something we should try to control. In most situations for men, we’re free to choose the impressions we want to make, rather than have what we need to do coded in unwritten, shifting societal rules, with our credibility on the line.

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Cole Sprouse gave his brother Dylan a, um, really bizarre Christmas gift

Cole Sprouse gave his brother Dylan a, um, really bizarre Christmas gift


Cole Sprouse gave his brother Dylan a, um, really bizarre Christmas gift

The Sprouse twins are total #siblinggoals. They are also hilarious on Twitter, always giving their fans an inside look at their relationship complete with friendly ribbing. This latest glimpse is maybe the best yet: Cole Sprouse’s Christmas gift to his brother Dylan is…something. Just wait until you see what he got his twin.

To put it simply, Riverdale‘s resident weirdo has a wry sense of humor, and apparently it translates to his gift-giving. This Christmas, he bought the Zack to his Cody a poster with an anatomically correct illustration of a penis. If you’re thinking, “huh???” — well, you’re not alone.

The best part, however, has to be the text exchange between the two Sprouse brothers regarding the curious gift.

Dylan was, understandably, a little bemused by the poster.

Cole had an illuminating response to Dylan’s inquiry about what to do with this rather strange addition to his art collection: “Hang it. In your study.” Makes sense.

As ever, the fan reactions are honestly the best part.

Asking the tough questions.

We guess she has a point.

Now this person is thinking practically.

Jughead probably wouldn’t approve of those typos.

The gift also inspired some solid dirty jokes.

But not everyone was amused.

We have to wonder if this was the only gift Cole left under the tree for his brother. Jokes are well and good, but he couldn’t have slipped him a nice J. Crew sweater as well?

Cole Sprouse is a notorious joker, so perhaps we should have seen this coming. After all, his Twitter is completely hilarious.

Gifting his brother a penis diagram is pretty much classic Cole.

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What You Can Really Afford: Hanes Plain Black TshirtsPlain white…

What You Can Really Afford: Hanes Plain Black Tshirts

Plain white tshirts are unassailable. A perfect symbol of the 20th century’s march toward the casual and elevation of what had been hidden from sight forever–literal underwear. For years, we’ve sold Alternative Apparel’s white (and heather gray) tshirts to Put This On readers at discount to make sure everyone has their need for this most basic of basics met.

Another basic truth I’ve come around to over the years: I don’t look great in a plain white tshirt. Only the beefiest–like Camber beefy–works for me, everything else I’ve tried is just too sheer. I don’t even buy white graphic tshirts or band tshirts anymore. But I wear plain tshirts all the time: in the summer with other, louder items, or in cooler seasons with denim or leather jackets. So I’m always on the hunt for good, blank shirts, and I have a giant pile of knit cotton to prove it. I’ve had cotton and blend tees from Alternative and American Apparel. I like J. Crew’s pocket tshirts in assorted colors (although fit varies from season to season), I like Uniqlo’s oversized pocket tees (unfortunately not currently available), among others. Last year, I even tried out Supreme’s Hanes black tshirts, well aware that they were just basic department store undershirts with a small printed box logo–the mark of the (hype)beast. To my genuine surprise, I really liked them. They’re neither heavy nor thin, the crewneck band holds up in the wash (i.e., doesn’t warp or stretch), and they look great with an olive drab jacket and jeans.

Now, as far as I can tell, other than the tiny logo at the hem, there is nothing special about Supreme’s Hanes tshirts, vs Hanes’s normal ComfortSoft tagless shirts, the ones you can find at Target or KMart. The fit seems the same–fitted but not tight, with a shoulder seams slightly dropped, and tubular (no side seam) construction. The fabric seems the same. You don’t need to line up in the cold or code a bot to buy the Supreme version; it’s not expensive and rarely sells out. At $ 24 for three, that’s $ 8 a shirt. A decent deal!

But you can do better. Hanes’s black ComfortSoft tshirts are currently $ 9 for a 4-pack. That’s $ 2.25/shirt. That’s 9 quarters. That’s gotta be the cheapest thing I’ve ever recommended on Put This On. Merry Christmas.

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It costs a lot to take your family to the movies these days. One false move and you’re out two hours and, between the tickets, parking and refreshments, a cool hundred bucks. Why do you think so many people partake in mediocre fare like The Ranch, starring this fucking asshole?

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Did Amber Valletta Really Need All That Photoshop in Blumarine’s Spring 2018 Campaign?

Irina Shayk and Blumarine proved to be a solid match last season but the Russian model is out for Spring 2018 in favor of Amber Valletta. Sticking with photographic duo Luigi & Iango, the team heads lakeside for the new campaign, making use of the scenic location in a series of black and white, and color shots. Male model Phillip Mayberry, who joins Amber in a few of the campaign images, is clearly outshined by the American beauty.

Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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Our forum members immediately noticed the overt use of retouching in the photos. “Looks good for Blumarine, but the Photoshop on her is too literal. She doesn’t look like herself here. Granted Liugi & Iango often retouch a young girl like Anna Cleveland to hell and back, this still looks eerie,” voiced Benn98 the moment the campaign came to light.

“People need to stop hiring Luigi & Iango and just hire graphic designers. At least a designer might create more realistic looking people,” commented lelaid.

Also quick to point out the obvious use of Photoshop was tigerrouge. “I’d definitely buy the technology that enables Amber’s under-eye area to look this good twenty years on,” she pointed out.

“Amber’s always iconic – airbrushed or no filter. Brings it every time, and no exception here,” defended forum member zoom.

“They should have just booked Camila Akrans if they wanted her style. L&I lack experience outside of the studio and this proves that. They should practice more with editorials before they take on a campaign. They lucked out with Amber because any other model would have made this into a total flop,” stated GivenchyHomme.

Apple felt the same way: “Amber is such a pro, she’s amazing in front of the camera. Luigi and Iango need to stop with that same makeup and Photoshop obsession!”

“I wanted to like these because Amber always delivers but Luigi & Iango lack the charm for outdoors and the concept is like Connecticut housewife goes glam. Everything looks nice but nothing attracts,” disapproved TaylorBinque.

Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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Facebook says social media problems really not its fault

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James Kilpatrick, Reagan’s Favorite Columnist Who Never Really Renounced Segregation

In one of history’s smaller but nonetheless hideous ironies, James J. Kilpatrick’s career was saved on September 15, 1963 when a Ku Klux Klan bomb destroyed the African American Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killed four little girls in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Homeland Security thinks DJI, the biggest drone maker, is really a Chinese plot

DJI drones really a Chinese plot

DJI is the biggest name in drones by a country mile. Think of it like Apple for drones: Its machines aren’t always the fastest or have the best battery life, but you can put a remote in anyone’s hands and have them up and grinning in under two minutes.

But according to Homeland Security’s resident conspiracy theorist, DJI might really be a screen for a massive Chinese government information and cyber-warfare campaign.

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Yes, shoppers, floor mopping bodysuits for baby really do exist

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Sara McGinnis

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Like it or not, your crawling baby comes into endless contact with your floors. May as well make the most of the ground they’re covering and put them in a mop suit?

That’s right, floor-cleaning clothes that put baby to work are currently available on Amazon.

baby floor mop outfit

baby floor mop outfit

As seen in 1998’s 99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions, the mop outfit is touted as working on any surface, a perfect baby shower gift, and an implement for “the moment when a person becomes useful the first time in [their] life.”

baby floor mop outfit

“There are family-friendly restaurants, hotels, cars, trains, TV shows, books, websites and even apps. But how about family-friendly cleaning tools?” this particular product’s Amazon description argues. “You can save yourself or your friends a lot of useless discussions about sharing household chores by accustoming babies at an early stage.”

And while they’re not entirely wrong in making the point helping out is great to learn early on, not everyone is on board with the baby mop idea (including getting a laugh out of it).

baby floor mop outfit

baby floor mop outfit

While one reviewer cleverly described the product as “good clean fun,” another ranted: “I think this is a disgusting product. What kind of mom leaves a dusty floor for a baby to crawl around on? And then to add insult to injury, the dust is attached to the baby so it can breathe in all the dust…nice.”

Aside from the dangly, yellow mop bits I don’t know that I can see much technical difference between baby crawling about in a regular bodysuit versus this getup. The truth of the matter is dirt and dust happen — and letting kids encounter it can even be good for them!

I can’t say I’d suit up my kid every afternoon much like I boop my Roomba on, but every once in a while? For sure. Plus, I’d be down on the ground myself snapping pics for posterity.

Is the baby mop outfit worth a laugh (and maybe trying out)? Or no fun whatsoever?

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Rashida Jones Explains Why She Really Left Toy Story 4. And It Wasn’t Because of ‘Unwanted Advances’

Rashida Jones is refuting reports that she ended her work on Toy Story 4 early because of “unwanted advances” from Pixar chief John Lasseter, who took a leave of absence Tuesday citing unspecified “missteps.”

Multiple news outlets have reported that Lasseter allegedly engaged in misconduct with Disney and Pixar employees, with the Hollywood Reporter reporting that the allegations included “grabbing, kissing” and “making comments about physical attributes.” The same THR report said that Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack exited their assignment on Toy Story 4 because of alleged sexual harassment by Lasseter.

In a statement to the New York Times, however, Jones said McCormack instead cited “philosophical differences” and Pixar’s treatment of female and minority employees.

“We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue,” they said. “We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.

In his memo to staff obtained by THR, Lasseter wrote that he had recently “had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me.”

“It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them,” Lasseter said. As a result, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate and champion I want to be. It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable.”

In their statement to the Times, Jones said McCormack lamented a culture at Pixar “where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice. … We encourage Pixar to be leaders in bolstering, hiring and promoting more diverse and female storytellers and leaders. We hope we can encourage all those who have felt like their voices could not be heard in the past to feel empowered.”

Pixar has been criticized for not portraying a more diverse cast of characters in the past. Prior to this week’s release of Coco, the studio’s newest movie featuring a Mexican boy as the main character, Pixar had yet to feature a non-white protagonist.

Lasseter had noticed that himself, telling the Guardian back in 2015 that “it’s very important for us to have female, ethnic characters.”

In his memo to employees this week, Lasseter said he aims to take a six-month sabbatical from Disney and Pixar.


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Donald Trump and LaVar Ball Really Do Deserve Each Other

At the start of this year, if you would have told me I’d be interviewing a China scholar about a deal in which President of the United States asks his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for help to free three UCLA basketball players who’ve been held in a Chinese hotel for allegedly stealing sunglasses, I would have scoffed. If you said that one of those UCLA players was LiAngelo Ball, son of LaVar Ball — proprietor of $ 495 shoes, controversial and outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — I would have laughed even harder.

Bet the under on that one, since I had to call up UCLA’s Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications, Min Zhou, to talk about LaVar Ball.

In hindsight, however, that LaVar Ball and Donald Trump would cross paths in the frenetic, utterly unpredictable 2017 news cycle was all but inevitable. Before returning home from a 12-day trip through Asia, President Trump on Tuesday confirmed that he asked President Xi, during Trump’s state visit to Beijing, to intervene on behalf of UCLA freshman basketball players Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley, who were arrested on shoplifting charges while in Hangzhou for UCLA’s opening game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 10. “They’re working on it right now,” Trump said. The players boarded a flight back to Los Angeles today.

“What they did was unfortunate,” Trump told reporters before leaving Manila and returning to Washington. Shoplifting penalties can vary greatly in China, but the players could have conceivably faced multiple years in jail.

Yes, Trump’s rescue of the Ball family is shrouded in symbolism. The President and LaVar Ball are classic carnival barkers who relish the media limelight. (Among LaVar Ball’s most outrageous statements: that Lonzo, the Lakers rookie, is the best player on the planet. He’s averaging 9.5 points per game, on an unseemly 31.3% shooting, for the 6-8 Lakers) They both appeared in WWE matches. They’re creations of our reality show world — while Trump had The Apprentice, Ball offers Ball In The Family on Facebook. They provoke strong reactions, positive and negative. Many people on social media have imagined Trump and Ball holding a joint press conference in the wake of the shoplifting charges. That would be quite a show.

This story, however, is more than an amusing sidelight. It does raise questions about selective justice. While the UCLA players go free, what about the human rights activists still imprisoned in China? “It’s easier for China to release American students than political dissidents,” says Zhou, the expert in China-U.S. relations, in a phone interview. “That’s a much more sensitive issue.”

The high-profile status of the UCLA players likely helped expedite their release. The Wall Street Journal noted that Detroit-native Wendell Brown, who was coaching a local American football team in China, is still in a Chinese jail after a September 2016 bar fight (he was charged with intentional assault).

China’s release of the basketball players carries diplomatic consequences as the world’s two largest economies haggle over trade and the North Korea nuclear threat. “It’s very important,” Zhou, a member of UCLA’s sociology department. “It’s a positive sign that the countries can work together.” The timing of the arrests helped the freshmen. Trump was also in China, on a state visit, when goodwill between countries generally ratchets up a level. Zhou’s happy China didn’t overtly use the detained students bargaining chips with the U.S. But don’t be surprised, she says, if China expects something in return down the road. “There’s still some sort of bargaining involved,” she says. “I’m doing you favor.”

Zhou’s thrilled that the students are returning home. “Kids make mistakes, and they should be given second chances,” she says.

Where does everyone go from here? UCLA coach Steve Alford will likely hand down some sort of suspension for his players. But at this rate, go ahead and expect LiAngelo Ball to hit the shot that sends UCLA to the Final Four, while his dad waves his Big Baller Brand kicks in the crowd. It’s November 2017. Anything goes.

 


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Twitter may have just upped its character limit to 280, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at its tweet composer.

As part of the update, which doubled the amount of characters you can cram into a single tweet, the company replaced its character counter with a weird circle icon that changes colors as you type.

And while opinions of the new character count may be mixed, Twitter users seem to be united in their hatred for the circle, which seems unnecessarily confusing as you can longer see how many characters you’ve actually typed.

Instead, all you see is a circle and a small blue highlight, which expands as you type more (it does switch back to a character count once you get to 20 characters remaining, though). Read more…

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The One Thing You Need To Do To Really Make Your Business Grow

My nephew Kendall is 7 years old and very bright. He loves playing sports, but he had issues with schoolwork and his behavior during first grade. Kendall doesn’t have any identifiable learning disabilities, so it was baffling that he wasn’t thriving in a public school classroom environment. To help him, he was placed in a private school offering him a classroom size of just six students, blackboards (yes, the old-school chalk blackboards) and old-school wooden desks—the type you might see on a rerun of the show Facts of Life. His new learning environment is very basic.

After one month, Kendall logged all “A” grades and is engaging in all activities. It turns out, my nephew is just a different type of learner and getting back to education basics was all he needed. No smart boards, laptops, or tablets to muddy the learning waters.

Simplicity and taking a step back is helping my nephew thrive in school. When I look at some established businesses, I’ve noticed that getting back to basics and taking a step back from the “bells and whistles” of running a business in the digital age can be reinvigorating and can make your business grow.

Losing Sight of What Matters

 

Today’s business owners are so caught up (and likely overwhelmed) with leveraging social media and online marketing platforms that they have lost sight of what REALLY matters. Remember, it’s not just about getting likes on your Facebook page—it’s about getting people to BUY whatever it is you are selling. People make a purchase not because a business has 20K likes or followers, it’s because they trust what a business sells. Most importantly, there is no social media platform that serves as a substitute for maintaining a stellar competitive advantage.

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Recently, I advised Chef Christy Jones*, the owner of a restaurant located in a suburban town in New Jersey for over 15 years. As a classically trained chef, she opened her 70-seat farm-to-table restaurant to much fanfare and anticipation, having worked at noted restaurants in her region. Her local fame afforded her a steady flow of patrons eager to consume her culinary creations. She opened with only one other restaurant nearby—today there are 14. She was the first in her market to boast a farm-to-table menu, now her competitors promote similar offerings. Chef Christy has now lost her market share and is not seeing many new customers.

Chef Christy shared with me how she tries to use social to win new business by posting information about her menu specials—with limited results. After getting a few more details, I learned that many of her competitors in town were not owned and operated by chefs. In fact, many of the eateries were started by food industry novices.

As I walked around her restaurant, I recognized some underutilized competitive advantages such as desirable outdoor eating space, on-site parking, and walk-by traffic. The large glass windows out front were also not being used effectively. Nowhere on property or menus does it say the restaurant is owned and operated by a chef. As I continued chatting and walking around, I figured out where Chef Christy’s challenges stem from—it’s her. She has lost sight of why she opened her restaurant. But most of all, she has become complacent and now takes her experience and reputation for granted.

Complacency will kill any business. Chef Christy’s original competitive advantage was and still is that she is a noted, trained chef—yet she is doing nothing to maximize it. Like many business owners, Chef Christy needs to get back to business basics to regain her competitive advantage.

Getting Back to Basics – The One Thing You Must Do

 

Your business is a moving target, but being focused helps you hit your target. Getting back to basics means focusing on what made you a success in the first place and using it to reignite your business. Here are some growth strategies any business can implement to get back to basics:

  1. Talk to Your Customers – Before there was Yelp! and Google Reviews,  entrepreneurs would actually speak with their customers to find out what they liked and didn’t like. What a concept! Your regular customers and clients may never post a review, but they know your business the best. Speak with them to find out what they want, like, and dislike and then tailor your offerings to them.
  1. Leverage Your Competitive Advantage – It’s been a while since you opened, but what made your business shine then is likely still the same or better. If you have a unique offering or reputation, use it to remind old customers and gain new ones. For example, I advised Chef Christy to add elegant lettering in her window stating “Owned and Operated by Executive Chef Christy Jones” to assist passersby in discerning between the restaurants operated by non-chefs.
  1. Upsell, Upsell, Upsell – The easiest way to increase sales is to upsell to your existing clientele. Research conducted with established businesses by marketing analytics firm SumAll found that repeat customers are the foundation upon which profitable businesses are built. The data also revealed when businesses have 40% repeat customers they generated 47% more revenue than similar businesses with only 10% repeat customers.
  1. Adapt and Change – Perhaps some of your longstanding approaches are stale. Be willing to change with the times. Getting back to basics should include innovation. Revisit how you made magic in your business when you first started to reinvent some of your services and projects.

If you feel like you’ve been running on a hamster wheel for a while, it is probably time to get back to basics. Rediscover what made you a success early on and most importantly stop chasing what you don’t have and nurture your existing customer base to reach your revenue goals.

* The name of the chef has been changed to protect her identity.

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Zayn Malik ‘Thanks God’ Girlfriend Gigi Hadid Handles Their Schedule: ‘She’s Really Organized … I’m Really Not’

Even though Zayn Malik and his supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid both have busy schedules, the power couple makes seeing each other a priority.

“It’s actually not that hard for us ,” the singer-songwriter tells Billboard in the magazine’s new cover story — before revealing the reason it’s so easy is because Hadid is in charge of the calendar. “It helps that she’s really organized. Thank God! Because I’m really not, so she helps organize my schedule around seeing her!”

Of course it probably also helps that Malik and Hadid “pretty much live together,” splitting time between his homes in Los Angeles and London and Hadid’s apartment in New York City.

The heartthrob, who made headlines for leaving the successful boy band One Direction in 2015, also revealed that his 22-year-old girlfriend is one of the few people who gets to hear his music while it’s still being written.

“She’s in the studio quite a lot,” Malik, 24, said, adding that “She likes to cook for me and stuff — when I’m here late, she’ll come down and bring me food. She’s cool.”

Malik also opened up about how he decides what to do with his own career, now that he’s the one in control.

“I don’t do things that I wouldn’t buy into. I try to explain that to people and hope that they understand,” he said, adding that “it doesn’t come from a place of being arrogant or above anything.”

Speaking about his former bandmates, Malik revealed that even though he’s not in touch with any of them, he doesn’t attribute that to bad blood — just growing up. “Our relationships have definitely changed since we were in a band together, but I think that’s just life. Everybody grows up; two of the guys have got kids now. But no, I don’t talk to any of them, really.”

In 2016, Zayn had previously told NME that he had tried to contact his former bandmates, “but nobody’s reached out,” besides Liam Payne. “I’m still probably the closest to Liam,” he added. “We talk on the phone. He congratulated me on my single , which was nice. I congratulated him on his Brit Award. It was a good chat.”

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Zayn also discussed his collaboration with Taylor Swift — who happens to be a close friend of Hadid — saying he personally recruited Swift for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack standout “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”

“I felt like she was the right artist for the song. And of course, she’s also a massive artist, so that brings its benefits,” he said. “I get to let her fans know that I’m doing this kind of music, and she lets her fans know she likes my kind of music — there’s no opposition, for real.”


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Wendy Williams Opens Up on Her Fainting Spell: ‘It Was Really Scary’ [Video]

Wendy Williams had no choice but to address her fainting spell when she returned to ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on Wednesday.

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“First of all. I was trending all day. Fabulous!” Williams, 53, said to thunderous applause. “A lot of people thought it was a joke. Me fainting on my set. You know I don’t want to fall. I’m a tall woman and it’s a long way down. I’m also a woman of a particular age and I’m not trying to break anything. I don’t stunts and jokes for you.”

As Williams detailed, the snafu happened 48 minutes into the show. She was wearing a Statue of Liberty costume and was being prepped by producers for the last segment of “The Wendy Williams Show.”

“I felt it as she was talking to me,” she added. “And all I could hear is ‘blah, blah, blah.’ And all I’m thinking is, ‘Wendy oh my gosh… I’m like alright Wendy. At least you’re wearing flats. I’m holding on to this [podium] and there’s only 12 more minutes of the show. You can do it girl!’”

She described being overtaken by a “hot” and “dizzy” feeling, adding, “The costume got hot. Right before passing out I felt like I was in the middle of a campfire.”

She continued, with tears in her eyes, “It was scary. Scary! It was really scary. All of I could think of though in the middle of scare, ‘Don’t pull the podium over on you because that’ll make for worse.’”

Williams also addressed online commenters who suggested she suffered a stroke or heart attack. “No, I had neither,” she said.

EMTs soon arrived backstage where she was evaluated. “The paramedics are in my office and they hooked me up to every EKG situation,” she said. “I was low on hydrogen — you know the water. Not just any water, electrolytes.” Her blood pressure and heart rate checked out fine, nor does she suffer any bumps, bruises or aches from her fall.

After being hydrated, Williams left for Jersey, but not before stopping off to greet more than 200 fans and paparazzi waiting to catch a glimpse.

“This is never going to happen again,” she vowed.

We hope not. Watch Wendy speak on it below.

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Women in China Are Really Offended by This Ikea Ad

Ikea has apologized for a television commercial in China and pulled it from the air after some viewers called it sexist.

The 30-second spot features a couple and their grown daughter sitting down for a meal. The mother scolds the daughter: “If you don’t bring home a boyfriend next time, then don’t call me Mom!”

Moments later, a young man, holding a bouquet, appears at the door. In a snap, the parents lay out their Ikea place settings and a lavish meal for their daughter’s new boyfriend.

The Swedish furniture company is known for relying on deep research to translate its Scandinavian products to other cultures. (For instance, one company study found that in Shenzhen, China, people sat on the floor and used Ikea sofas as a backrest.) That kind of analysis has helped fuel Ikea’s global expansion.

But critics in China say the TV ad lacked that kind of cultural awareness, blasting it as sexist and insensitive to the country’s single women.

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According to the BBC, one Weibo user said the commercial “discriminates against singles and single women.”

“No boyfriend, so your own family members look down on you, what kind of values does this transmit?”

Said another: “Even if this sort of situation does happen in a lot of families, it’s not suitable to make advertisements about it, because it’s wrong.”

Ikea has issued an apology on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like messaging platform, saying it’s sorry for “giving the wrong perception.”

“This TV ad tried to show how Ikea can help customers easily and affordably convert a typical living room into a place for celebration. The purpose was to encourage customers to celebrate moments in everyday life,” the statement said.

Why did the commercial strike such a nerve?

It aired as women in China try to push back against the intense societal pressure to get married by a certain age. Chinese women who are not wed by age 27 are branded as “leftover women”–a term coined by the Chinese Women’s Federation in 2007–and are considered to have longer odds of finding a spouse. The pressure to marry is due, in part, to the severe gender imbalance caused by China’s recently-abandoned one-child policy that prompted families to favor sons over daughters. There’s such a disparity–an estimated 117 boys to every 100 girls–that one well-known economist suggested that multiple men be allowed to share one wife.

Women, meanwhile, have sought to shed the demeaning “leftover” designation. In April, a four-minute documentary-style ad by beauty company SK-IL went viral for standing up for “leftover” women and highlighting how they’re denigrated.

The Ikea ad, meanwhile, seemed to reinforce the “leftover” stereotype.


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Here’s what my kid’s lunch really looks like and I’m not ashamed

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Melissa Willets

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Upon seeing a few too many perfect-looking school lunches shared online, and reading way too many stories about school lunch shaming, I wanted to share what my kids’ lunches look like, in reality.

Their midday meals are far from picture-ready. They’re also not always 100 percent healthy or well planned, and they consist of a lot of snack food instead of artfully prepared sandwiches or Thermos creations meant to stay hot for hours. But I’m still not ashamed.

After all, I have to make three lunches every night. That is no joke, people. I’m pretty proud of myself for buying these bento boxes, because they look cool.

I'm proud of my kids' school lunch

But other than these bentos, there’s nothing too impressive about what I fix my kids for lunch. Like most moms, I have like five minutes to throw whatever we have in our kitchen into their lunch boxes. When I see photos of sandwiches pressed into shapes with seasonal cookie cutters, or fruits skewers, I can’t help but wonder where do these people find the time?!?

I’m barely holding it together each night as I race against the clock to get the kids to and from their activities, make dinner, help with homework, do baths, and read bedtime stories, let alone make their lunches for the next day.

In reality, this is my best take on preparing a themed lunch. Happy Halloween, kids!

School lunch reality

I try to add fresh fruit when I can, to ease my mom guilt, but sometimes all you’ve got is green bananas.

The reality of school lunch

So fruit snacks will have to count as their fruit. Sorry not sorry. At least I bought the Annie’s brand that’s organic. Mother of the year award, here I come!

Okay, so this is what a typical school lunch looks like in our house.

Real school lunch

My kids won’t eat sandwiches, so it’s yogurt every day. Then I toss in what they call “a crunchy snack,” usually Pirate’s Booty. There’s fruit snacks, a treat, and a fruit if I have something fresh in the fridge. On this particular day, at the last minute I found grapes, so I went with that. And I added a cheese stick, too, and felt oh-so-good about myself. Protein!

In the end, as my editor Betsy Shaw put it, this is lunch, not art. And it’s every, single day that we moms need to make it work.

Most importantly, I’ve learned that it’s far better to pack things I know my kids will actually eat. When I send them with foods I want them to eat, it all comes back to me smushed and uneaten. What a waste.

I hope that sharing what I pack for my kids will help even one mom to feel better about her kid’s lunch. Because remember, it’s not a competition! It’s food to keep our kids going throughout their school day. And I’ll be damned if I let the fact that my kids talked me into packing them Oreos make me feel like a sucky mom. They’re happy, and that’s it. Bigger fish to fry. Onward, moms!

What does your kid’s school lunch typically look like?

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The Internet just noticed something really weird about the “Monster Mash”

The Internet just noticed something really weird about the “Monster Mash”


The Internet just noticed something really weird about the “Monster Mash”

Have you ever stopped to listen to the popular Halloween song “Monster Mash”? Like, really listen to the words? If so, you might have realized something a little weird. Recently, the internet has been awash with a lot of theories about the song. From when it actually takes place to what it is about, everyone is talking.

And it makes sense. It is Halloween time. You can go out there with your grown-up candy corn floats and see celebrities dressing up as witches to get you in the spirit. Or, you can listen to your favorite Halloween songs and think about a bunch of monsters dancing around.

And, if you’re like the internet, you can realize that what you think the song is about isn’t what the song is actually about.

Because the Internet has discovered that you’ve never actually heard the “Monster Mash.”

Sure, you’ve heard the Bobby Pickett song, “Monster Mash” — but that’s just about a guy watching monsters dance and listen to the real “Monster Mash.” Think about it like this. The man singing is just describing to you what happened. Not as it is happening, but as he saw it.

That’s right, we’re just hearing a story about it, not living in the song. Seems a little weird, right? It always felt like we were listening to the “Monster Mash” itself, but instead, we were just listening to a man sing about it.

Still not getting it? Think of it like Tenacious D’s song “Tribute.”

A lot of people couldn’t handle the revelation.

While others just had jokes.

This is the second theory to come out in a while. The first being that the Monster Mash doesn’t necessarily take place on Halloween. It is just in the lab late one night. He could have been out on a Wednesday in June for all we know.

All this means is that it is that time of year again. We’re all getting in the Halloween spirit and jamming out to the Bobby Pickett classic. It also means that we, as adults, are ready to break down any theory about this song we can. Because, after all, it is a graveyard smash.



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Trap Yoga is a class you can’t miss, and TrapYogaBae has a story you can’t miss out on either.

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Are You Really Listening? 7 Simple Ways to Find out What Your Customers Really Think

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From helping you to avoid a crisis and retain customers to predicting your clients’ future needs, listening to your audience is a critical part of growing a successful business brand. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a gazillion dollars on survey tools and consultants to figure out what your customers think about your products or services.

 

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Here are few methods to gather feedback from your customers:

  1. Ask your subscribers to take a survey via email (Google Forms has a series of free surveys). Here are a few sample questions:
    1. What social media networks do you regularly use?
    2. Who are your favorite people to follow online?
    3. What websites do you visit for information on ____(for example, career, travel, fashion, or first-time mom)?
    4. When it comes to _____ what’s your biggest challenge.
    5. If you could solve one thing about _______, what would it be?
    6. Which product name or album title is better?
  2. Ask your customers to complete a quick 2-minute survey at the end of call or purchase. As an incentive, you can also enter their name into a contest.
  3. Create a Twitter Poll – A super easy and quick way to gather feedback from people as they scroll down their timeline.
  4. Create an image question and post to Instagram.
  5. Conduct a Q&A via Facebook Live.
  6. Ask an open-ended question on LinkedIn.
  7. Assess your website analytics –  Beyond providing a snapshot of your audience demographics ( e.g., geographic location, gender, age, etc.) you can identify which social media platforms, search engines and guest blogs are driving the most traffic to your website. You can also find out which pages of your site your audience is spending the most time on.

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Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker suggested Wednesday that Gens. John Kelly and James Mattis as well Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the “people that help separate our country from chaos,” a stinging criticism of President Donald Trump from a man once considered an ally in Washington.


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What You Can Really Afford: Actual Workwear

Following up on Derek’s post yesterday about getting creative with a casual wardrobe based on workwear archetypes, I wanted to write a little about what remain some of my favorite brands, the ones that continue to make durable, inexpensive clothing for workers. Lines like Dickies and Carhartt, while they occasionally make gestures in the direction of fashion (usually to try to catch up to the cool kids wearing their gear in unintended settings), focus on making practical clothes that the wearer really won’t think about much. Unless you’re like me and spend as many hours searching eBay for classic Carhartt as doing manual labor most weeks.

There’s a reason many of us look for, say, Dickies collaboration pieces rather than real Dickies. Or “takes” on workwear from brands like Engineered Garments or Orslow. We’re used to seeking out clothing cut to flatter and made from comfortable, interesting fabrics. Those are not qualities you generally find on a rack of Ben Davis Gorilla Cut pants, for example. And I admit that the durability of real workwear is overstated. Brands tend to brag about toughness but a lot of this stuff is more disposable than anything. When workwear makes trade-offs among well-made, good-looking, and cheap, it usually values cheap.

Still, as with vintage, there’s a particular satisfaction in taking something designed with little aesthetic concern and fitting it into your wardrobe. It’s also fun to track down the sources for the modern versions of workwear we like, and to consider how others have taken workwear out of its clock-punching context and made it their own. I’ll stop short of saying it feels authentic because any authenticity here is thoroughly borrowed. 

Carhartt

Carhartt’s signature achievement is their use of brown “duck” fabric for pretty much everything–from hats to jackets to overalls. In my opinion brown duck (really more of a tan) is a great neutral and a sollid match with other things we like, especially in fall–blue oxford cloth, shetland sweaters, denim, olive drab ( see lead image on this post). The Carhartt piece I wear the most now is a blanket lined chore jacket–I think it’s the same model Brian from Wooden Sleepers mentions here.  But I’ve been meaning to get a pair of overalls. Carhartt has a decent “fashion” line as well known as Work in Progress (WIP).

As with many other workwear brands, with Carhartt I often size down on shirts and jackets and up on pants. Jackets fit big to accomodate layers and movement; on the other hand, pants are not vanity sized, so rather than squeeze into the waist of my “usual size” I’ll buy a size up. The pants aren’t going to fit trim either way. 

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Dickies

Dickies have been everyone’s go-to cheap pants forever. Around since 1922, today the brand make a ton of legit workwear for many professions, including hi-visibility stuff for road work and medical scrubs. But most guys know them for the 874 work pants, a cotton blend chino that’s, frankly, as stiff as it is cheap (currently $ 19.99)–recognizable in part because of their wide belt loops and slide, rather than button, closure. You might spend more than $ 20 getting them hemmed at the dry cleaner, maybe one reason it’s sometimes been considered standard to just cut them off at the ankle (every time you cut off a pair of Dickies, Johnny Knoxville gets a $ 0.16 royalty check). Dickies have also long had a presence in hip hop/streetwear scenes, and have a number of well regarded collaborations in fashion, including with J. Crew and Sasquatchfabrix.

I like the khaki color and the Air Force blue–they’re a nice alternative to denim. Although they’re lighter than denim, the fabric blend is not, in my opinion, the most comfortable in hot weather. As with Carhartt, I suggest sizing up a little on the pants, and getting them tailored to fit, like Chris Gibbs, or DIY-ing it. Unless you opt for a stretch model, Dickies don’t have a lot of give.

Ben Davis

Although I’ve lived on the east coast all my life, I’ve always seen Ben Davis as sort of the West Coast-exclusive Dickies. We just didn’t see BD pieces around much growing up (which made them somewhat more desirable). Their pants (especially in the “gorilla cut”) have a rep for being a little baggier than Dickies–somewhat hilariously, they don’t make lower than size 30 waist in pants, and no size small for shirts. BD shorts, worn baggy and clean, often with high socks, are historically a mark of California gang style. Ben Davis are also known for their zip work shirts, a style I find a little hard to wear. Famously, Dr. Dre in 1992′s Let Me Ride video selects from a closet full of black Ben Davis shirts. 

Like many of these brands, Ben Davis benefits a lot from having a damn cool logo. Coincidentally, I learned a lot about many of these brands from writer Gary Warnett, whose site’s logo is a Ben Davis logo flip, and there’s allegedly a connection between the logo and that of X-LARGE, one of the first modern streetwear brands. Like a lot of American brands, BD has an entirely streetwear based presence in Japan. They also recently collaborated with Opening Ceremony.

Le Laboureur

Turns out people outside of the US do work, too. The stuff I’ve handled from French label Le Labourer–best known for work jackets and corduroy pants–is heavier and more refined than most of the American stuff discussed so far–of course it’s still made in France and not QUITE as cheap. Most of the American brands have offshored most or all of their manufacturing. A moleskin LL jacket will run you about $ 100, a wool one nearly double (I have this one myself). These are straightforward, unlined jackets, but they make for great outer layers in the fall and winter. Le Labourer is also known for making jackets for Junya Watanabe’s MAN line, which are a little trimmer and wilder–haven’t seen these widely available for a few years. LL makes some wild high-waisted, buckle back trousers but I’ve yet to track a pair of these down. This stuff has a more country feel than the American brands, and less hunting (like Carhartt) and more wandering fallow fields.

Le Laboureur outerwear is sized numerically. I’ve found that a size 3 fits me best (although not trim), and I’m usually a L in American brands. So, generally, size 1 is a small, 2 a medium, etc.

Expect more budget friendly workwear profiles from us next week.

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