The Real Reason Roger Stone Crony Andrew Miller Ducked Robert Mueller’s Subpoena? To Challenge the Special Counsel’s Legitimacy.

A little-known conservative non-profit is bankrolling the legal representation of a Roger Stone associate as part of an effort to challenge Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Attorney Paul Kamenar, who represents longtime Stone associate Andrew Miller, told The Daily Beast he is taking a reduced rate because he believes the special counsel probe is unconstitutional. He said the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) is helping fund his work because they share his Constitutionality concerns.

This is all part of a effort to have a judge find that Mueller’s investigation is against the law.

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When prepared and cooked properly, fried chicken may be one of the world’s most delicious foods. Regardless of where you live, variations on this classic dish can almost always be found whether it’s Korean fried chicken (which has a very light and crunchy batter), Nashville hot chicken (tossed…

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The real reason Queen Elizabeth has been rocking sunglasses

20/20 vision never looked so good.

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We’ve always known Queen Elizabeth is one tough lady, whether she was greasing elbows as a mechanic and truck driver during World War 2 or taking up the mantle of Queen at a young age. Well, it turns out that she actually underwent a cataract operation recently – but you probably wouldn’t have noticed, since she bounced straight back to work afterwards.

It’s just been revealed that the Queen had a cataract treated at King Edward VII Hospital last month, amidst a busy schedule that included hosting the President of Turkey and his wife, throwing a garden party as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

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A royal spokesperson said, ‘I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month.’

Cataracts are an eye condition where cloudy patches develop on your lens, impairing vision. The usual treatment is to have surgery and have your lens replaced with a fake one.

Instead of taking it easy post-surgery however, the Queen carried on with her demanding schedule and didn’t cancel a single engagement. However if you look at recent photographs, you’ll notice that she’s been wearing sunglasses in quite a few of them.

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We thought initially it might be a bold fashion statement on the Queen’s part (who can forget her Instagrammable loafers?), but now we think it’s probably because she needed to protect her healing eyes.

The Queen isn’t the first person to have cataracts in the family, as the condition tends to be passed down through generations. The Queen Mother also had cataracts and underwent surgery at the age of 95.

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There’s No Good Reason For Scott Pruitt to Still Have A Job

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Scott Pruitt is a wart on the Trump administration—an embarrassment so comically corrupt that it’s become impossible to keep track of all the investigations into his unscrupulousness.

Scott Pruitt is also teetering. And if the president had any long term strategic vision, he would recognize that a reckoning is coming for his EPA chief—an inglorious final fall from grace—and that Pruitt’s exodus will ultimately be good for his administration.

Everyone else sees this. Pruitt’s traditional allies are fleeing. In recent days, Senator Joni Ernst said that Pruitt is “about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C. And if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own Cabinet.” Fox News Research has calculated Pruitt’s lavish spending, and dubbed his EPA the “(E)xpensive (P)ruitt (A)gency.” Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York and Tim Carney are calling him out.

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Netflix cancellations are on the rise, but there’s no reason to worry

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There’s no question that Netflix is an absolute juggernaut when it comes to media content. Each and every month, the streaming giant releases an eclectic array of original programming that’s practically impossible for any one person to keep up with. And speaking to Netflix’s ambitious goals with respect to original content, the company earlier this year said that it plans to have 1,000 originals on its platform by the end of 2018.

At the same time, Netflix in recent months has gone on something of a cancellation spree. In 2018 alone, Netflix canceled 13 shows, including the critically-acclaimed Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Everything Sucks, and the poorly received Disjointed. All the more interesting is that some shows were given a pink-slip after just one season on the air.

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The important reason why people are leaving shoes around cities

The #MillionsMissing campaign wants to give a voice to the thirty million people worldwide who suffer from ME

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If on May 12th, you find yourself out and about in Amsterdam, Boston, London, Chicago, Edinburgh, or one of approximately 95 other cities around the world, it is likely that you will encounter a plaza or other outdoor area populated with pairs of shoes.  At first glance you may assume that you have stumbled upon the scene of some conceptual or performance art, but the uninhabited footwear is intended to catch the eye of passersby—and the world—as part of #MillionsMissing, a global campaign including a series of in-person and virtual advocacy events meant to call attention to the millions of people around the world suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis.

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The debilitating condition, also known as ‘ME’, causes pain, nausea, extreme sensory sensitivities, post-exertional malaise, and many other severe symptoms that leave the majority of those who suffer from it unable to work or resume the activities of their previous lives, and many more bedridden. The shoes represent those individuals who are unable to attend events in person due to the severity of their condition—people of varied age, gender, and race who often go unseen both literally, due to the restrictive nature of their symptoms, and figuratively, in terms of the lack of proper recognition and care they currently receive within the global medical community.

The campaign, initiated in 2016 by the ME Action Network, is intended to raise awareness, build community, and, most importantly, move governments around the world to assign proper and much-needed funding for research. While the condition affects a stunning fifteen to thirty million people worldwide and leaves its patients with a poorer quality of life than many of the more highly-funded conditions, funding for ME research remains woefully (some might say disgracefully) low. As a result, patients are forced to become their own activists and advocates while coping with the condition’s devastating symptoms.

Jennifer Brea, co-founder of the ME Action Network, directed an award-winning documentary about her own experiences with ME from her bed and advocates on a regular basis both in person and online. Jessica Taylor Bearman, a young woman featured in Brea’s documentary who has suffered from a severe form of ME since she was fifteen, maintains a blog that captures the reality and complexities of life with ME and recently published a book inspired by her own experiences titled A Girl Behind Dark Glasses. Anil van der Zee, a former professional ballet dancer with Introdans, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Bern Ballet, forced into early retirement by the condition, created #art2CureME, inviting those with ME to choose a song from Unrest that they can sing, dance to, or otherwise perform and share online in an effort to draw a larger audience to the film, to increase awareness and further educate the greater public.

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Many doctors and researchers – such as Professor Ronald ‘Ron’ W. Davis, Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center at Stanford University, whose son suffers from a severe manifestation of the disease – also perform regular advocacy work, which necessitates long hours and exhausting travel in addition to their regular daily work in the field. All share the goal of helping to shed light on a misunderstood and puzzling illness in order to create a public narrative that more closely approximates the real and devastating experience of life with this illness: a truer narrative that would almost certainly lead to adequate funding for research and, ultimately, a cure.

The #MillionsMissing campaign is only one example of coordinated events and action taking place during the month of May in order to bring attention to incurable chronic illnesses. The entire month has also been designated as an international awareness month for fibromyalgia (which shares an official awareness day with #MillionsMissing), Lyme disease, and other chronic immunological, neurological, and endocrine diseases. The overlap is a notable one. While advocacy and research efforts in these areas were previously compartmentalized, chronic illness patient-advocates are now, in greater numbers, helping to bring awareness not only to the condition or conditions from which they suffer, but to ‘fraternal’ and similarly misunderstood conditions—conditions that also lack sufficient funding for research.

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Brea and others suggest that those suffering from ME as well as conditions including but not limited to chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, MCAD, Endo, and POTS would benefit from uniting in their advocacy efforts. On Twitter, Brea recently shared a logo of a snake split into segments labeled with the names of several illnesses along with the phrase ‘Join, or Die’—a visual that hits home the dire need for collaboration and cross-over among patients, doctors, researchers, and activists.

Open Medicine Foundation—comprised of a dedicated team of Nobel laureates, National Academy Science members, and medical dynamos led by clinical laboratory scientist and founder Linda Tannenbaum devoted to researching ME, fibromyalgia, and chronic Lyme disease—recently announced that they sense a meaningful shift taking place as public conversations about and more truthful media representations of these conditions increase. At the start of 2018, widespread public conversations around the release of Brea’s film Unrest combined with media attention and lobbying by academics and others allowed the ME epidemic to catch the eye of the philanthropist known as ‘Pine’ of The Pineapple Fund, who subsequently donated $ 5M to Open Medicine Foundation—proof that the correction of misleading narratives about these illnesses (such as the idea of ME as a basic “chronic fatigue syndrome” that only leaves one “tired”) and the dispelling of popular myths (like the notion that a disability must be ‘visible’ in order to be real) have a significant impact on progress, actually speeding increases in funding and improvements in care for those suffering.

Some of the #MEAction team in Birmingham last year. Credit: #MEAction

Stories of the tireless activism of patient-advocates and others in the chronic illness community – perceived as ‘inspiring’ and “motivational’ – are often spun into feel-good narratives about human will and empowerment presented for public consumption. In reality, their required activism is an immense burden that puts further strain on bodies already under attack. Advocacy work should not be left only to those who suffer and their families and caretakers.

Fundraising for research is an absolute necessity, but those unable to give can also help simply by participating in #ConversationsforCures – that is, any dialogue that helps to bring much-needed attention and awareness to these conditions and the suffering of those living with them. These conversations that will almost certainly lead to greater funding for research, a better quality of life for millions suffering around the world, and, quite possibly, cures.

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More Kids Have Autism, Better Diagnosis May Be The Reason

NEW YORK (AP) — The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.

About 1 in 59 U.S. children were identified as having autism in 2014, according to a Thursday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focused on 8-year-old children. That’s up from 1 in 68 children in both 2010 and 2012.

White children are diagnosed with autism more often than black or Hispanic children, but the gap has closed dramatically. Autism used to be 20 percent higher in white kids than black children, and that difference shrank to 10 percent. The gap between white and Hispanic kids shrank from 50 percent to 20 percent.

That increased recognition in minority kids is likely a big reason for the overall increase, CDC researchers said.

The causes of autism aren’t well understood, and it’s not clear if other factors might also be at play — like, for example, more couples having babies later in life, said Thomas Frazier, chief science officer for the advocacy organization Autism Speaks.

“There’s still a ton of work to do to better understand why this is happening,” Frazier said of the increase.

There are no blood or biological tests for autism. It’s identified by making judgments about a child’s behavior. Traditionally, autism was diagnosed only in kids with severe language and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. But the definition gradually expanded, and autism is now shorthand for a group of milder, related conditions.

The new CDC report is based on a tracking system in 11 states that focuses on 8-year-olds, because most cases are diagnosed by that age. The researchers check health and school records to see which children meet criteria for autism, even if they haven’t been formally diagnosed. It is one of three autism estimates by the CDC but is considered the most rigorous.

“It’s the gold standard,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation, an autism advocacy and philanthropy organization.

The researchers gathered data from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin, casting a net that included about 300,000 children. The 1 in 59 was an average: It was as high as 1 in 34 in New Jersey, and as low as about 1 in 75 in five states.

Why the difference? Researchers said rates tend to be higher in states where they can access more records.

For years, the estimate was increasing in leaps and bounds, though it wasn’t clear why. A report released in 2007 put the estimate at 1 in 150, or the equivalent of about 1 child in every 5 or 6 classrooms. The new 1-in-59 figure translates to 1.7 percent.

Heather Cody Hazlett, a University of North Carolina psychologist, called the slight increase from 2012 to 2014 unsurprising.

She researches new ways to do spot autism earlier. What’s discouraging, she said, is that fewer than half of autistic children are diagnosed by the time they turn 4.

There is still a lag between when parents first become concerned and when kids are diagnosed. Many doctors may be reluctant to jump to an autism diagnosis in a younger child, because they are “trying to be cautious and not alarmist,” Hazlett said.

But that can lead to a delay in therapy or other services.

The CDC’s Deborah Christensen, one of the study’s authors, said: “We need to do more work to make sure that children with developmental concerns are evaluated quickly.”
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Ever since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, a popular conversation topic has been his wife Melania Trump‘s facial expressions, with the public often commenting on the First Lady’s seemingly glum mood.

Whether standing on the White House balcony with POTUS and a giant easter bunny or frequenting public events hand-in-hand with her husband, the First Lady is rarely seen to be smiling, and when she does, the public have been quick to point out that it looks strained.

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In fact, on the very first day of Trump’s inauguration, Melania’s apparent unhappiness was a common theme in the global women’s march, with multiple people taking to the streets with banners reading, ‘Free Melania’.

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There were jokes that the First Lady’s straight face could be due to the company of her husband, with some fans pointing out that the 47-year-old looked noticeably happier when she was spotted solo.

Unfortunately for Trump, her most recent public appearance has only added fuel to the fire, with Melania making headlines when she attended Barbara Bush’s funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, this weekend.

But it wasn’t the fact that she attended solo that got the internet talking, with the president nowhere to be seen. Instead, it was her demeanour, with Melania – who in the absence of her husband was sat next to former President Barack Obama – looking happier than the public could remember seeing her.

Twitter users were of course quick to point out the comparison, with Patton Oswalt tweeting, ‘What the hell is wrong with Melania’s mouth? I’ve never seen it do that before’.

‘After over a year in office, Melania has not smiled once in the presence of Donald Trump’, tweeted another user Ed Krassenstein. ’10 minutes with Obama’s, and look what happened!’

‘Find someone who smiles at you the way Melania Trump smiles at Barack Obama’, another Twitter user, Grace, posted to her account.

While the First Lady has yet to comment on sitting next to Obama, she did Tweet a tribute to Barbara Bush, posting, ‘It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady.’

‘My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.’

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Here’s yet another good reason to never use Internet Explorer

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If you or any of your loved ones are still using Internet Explorer — and yes, I do mean true IE, not Microsoft Edge — then you probably already realize that you’re a good 15 years behind the times. But if you need a good nudge to get you (or your company’s IT department) off this addiction before it ruins more good families, this news should do it.

A hacking group is actively exploiting a zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer to infect Windows PCs with malware, according to researchers. A team from Qihoo 360’s Core security unit “say an advanced persistent threat (APT) group is using the IE vulnerability on a “global scale,” according to ZDNet. The vulnerability is being exploited using an infected Office document, loaded with something called a “double-kill” vulnerability.

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The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers Give Us Reason to Put Our Faith in Failure

This year’s NBA playoffs, which tip off on Saturday, are loaded with juicy narratives. The Golden State Warriors are going for a repeat, while Stephen Curry fights an injury. LeBron James is trying to make his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance, with his undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers. The top-seeded Houston Rockets, who hit more three-pointers than any other team in NBA history, are attempting to shoot their way to a championship.

But the most intriguing team of the post-season tips off in Philadelphia against the 6th-seeded Miami Heat on Saturday night. Why so much fuss about Sixers? Well, it’s complicated, and thus compelling. The team’s remarkable turnaround is somewhat problematic, and could damage the business model of its sport. But at the same time, the product of Philadelphia’s rebuilding process — two transcendent talents, a challenge to LeBron’s monopoly on Eastern Conference titles — offers the promise of basketball bliss.

The Sixers are the hottest team in basketball, having won 16 straight games heading into the postseason. Philly features 24-year-old big man Joel Embiid, a 7-footer with Fred Astaire footwork who can score down low, fire away from long range, and dominate games with his defense, and Ben Simmons, 21, the 6’11” first-year point guard, odds-on NBA Rookie of the Year, and triple-double factory. Simmons finished 12 games with double-digit points, rebounds, and assists, good for the second-most triple doubles for a rookie in NBA history.

Philadelphia reached its enviable position in this year’s playoffs through a brazen experiment conducted by former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, who took over the team in 2013. The Sixers tried winning by losing, and losing, and losing. In today’s parlance, the Sixers “tanked,” or lost games on purpose, since the NBA’s draft lottery system insures that the teams with the worst records have the greatest odds of selecting young talent that can reverse a franchise’s fortunes. The Sixers won just 30% of their games over the past four seasons before this one; they lost 26 straight in 2013-2014, tying an NBA record, and broke their own mark by dropping 28 consecutive games across the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. They enter the 2018 playoffs with a 54-28 record, earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers did not invent tanking. Many successful franchises have suited up dreadful teams in order to rebuild through the draft. The Oklahoma City Thunder, remember, selected Kevin Durant (2007), Russell Westbrook (2008) and James Harden (2009) in successive years before reaching the NBA Finals in 2012. After LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami in 2010, the Cavs “earned” the top overall pick in three out of the next four years. LeBron’s surprise return home in the summer of 2014 sped up Cleveland’s plans; Cleveland won it all two years later.

No team, however, owned tanking quite like the Hinkie-era Sixers. Some Sixers fans, sick of languishing in playoff purgatory — Philly’s teams had been good enough to qualify for the post-season, but could never seriously contend for a championship — supported Hinkie’s losing blueprint. “Trust the Process,” they shouted, with some healthy self-derision. While many members of the sports pundit class did not exactly love that Hinkie — a brainy young Stanford MBA who came to the NBA executive suite by way of Bain Capital — was attempting to hack the game, they reacted to the whole situation with nuance and understatement.

Just kidding! “This man was ruining lives with his inability to build and construct a team,” said ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith after Hinkie stepped down in April of 2016, before the Sixers finished off a 10-72 season.

While Hinkie faced some comically overheated criticism during his tenure, it’s far too facile to blindly laud him as a genius, and hail Philadelphia ownership for initiating the plan. Sure, Philly’s sitting pretty right now. But let’s not overlook the fundamental flaw of of tanking: smart people like Hinkie invest in luck more than anything else.

Take the Sixers. Embiid, for example, fractured a foot right before the 2014 draft. If he was healthy, the Cleveland surely would have taken him with the first overall pick that year. Instead, the Cavs selected Andrew Wiggins, and Embiid fell into Philadelphia’s lap at number three. And sure, by finishing with the worst record in the NBA in 2016, the Sixers gave themselves the best odds possible — 25% — of securing that year’s consensus top overall pick, Simmons. But at the same time, the Sixers had a 75% chance of missing out on that franchise player. Luckily for the Sixers, the ping-pong balls fell their way.

But the strategy won’t pay off for everyone. Philly’s success has spawned many copycats; one former NBA general manager says nine teams tanked this year. Tankathon.com, which allows users to simulate the NBA draft lottery, has become a popular site. One last regular season game, between the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks, was particularly gruesome. The Suns had already clinched the worst record in the league, but the Mavs had a lot to (not) play for: with a loss, they’d keep pace with the Atlanta Hawks to tie for the third-worst record in the NBA, and boost their odds of getting the top pick from 11.9% to 13.8%. (Overhead in Dallas huddle: “One … two … three: Let’s play like crap for the 1.9%!”) More than a dozen players on the Mavs and Suns sat the game out. A guy named Alec Peters scored 36 points for the Suns, who won 124-97.

The NBA’s sponsoring a race to the bottom. “It’s a scandal to me,” says former NBA coach and current ESPN game analyst Jeff Van Gundy. “If a player wasn’t trying on the court, we should be outraged. If teams don’t put the best out there to win, it’s called a strategy.” Plus, if too many losing teams are chasing a limited supply of potential franchise-altering prospects — like Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton, who’s declared for the draft — tanking’s chances of succeeding sink. “If you’re no longer zigging while everyone else is zagging, you need to figure out what the new market inefficiency is,” says the former NBA exec.

Give the Sixers credit for tanking before the others, and doing the deed right. While most teams would have ditched their coach after he lost more than 60 games for three consecutive seasons, Philadelphia stuck with Brett Brown, and allowed the Gregg Popovich protege to install a share-the-ball culture that can foster sustained success. This strategy may also spawn responsible copycats. The Brooklyn Nets, for example, seem committed to let second-year coach Kenny Atkinson work through some pain — he has a 48-116 record — in the hopes he can build a winning program.

Plus, let’s face it: these Sixers make the playoffs appointment viewing, for this year and for many springs to come. Embiid’s personalty’s as big as his wingspan. He banters with other players on social media, poking fun of Kevin Durant’s propensity for defending himself online under an assumed name, and tearing down Karl-Anthony Towns’ defense in Instagram comments. For his social media efforts, Yahoo named Embiid its 2017 Troll of The Year. After suffering an eye injury that will keep him out of Game 1 of the playoffs, Embiid called himself the “Phantom of the Process” after showing off a new protective mask.

 

Teamed with the serially unselfish Simmons, Embiid could add to Philadelphia’s hot streak. After the Eagles won the Super Bowl in February, and Villanova took the NCAA men’s hoops national championship earlier this month, why not the Sixers, who are shooting for their first championship since 1983? If the Sixers beat Miami in the first round, they could face the seventh-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern semis. Milwaukee’s first round opponent, the No. 2 Boston Celtics, are playing without injured star Kyrie Irving. A matchup between Embiid and Milwaukee’s Giannis “Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo is the potential tip-off to the NBA’s next great rivalry.

And how about a conference finals bout between the Sixers and LeBron’s Cavs? LeBron, a likely free agent this summer, has spoken highly of Simmons and Embiid, leading many people to speculate that he wouldn’t mind spending his final NBA days piling up championships on Broad Street.

So with the 2018 playoffs upon us, basketball’s eyes turn towards the City of Brotherly Love. Losing is painful, for sure. But the Sixers give us reason to put our faith in failure. Sometimes, we all can reap the rewards.

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Apparently so

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From revealing how likely you are to get pregnant to finding out whether your other half’s name makes the best spouse list, it turns out a name really does reveal a lot about a person.

And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, those of you still swiping away on Tinder may be wondering why you seem to be so hopeless in love.

Well, it turns out it could actually all be thanks to your name. Seriously.

New research from the dating app Happn has revealed the most attractive names around four global cities.

Yep, apparently people with these names across London, Barcelona, New York and Paris are the most lucky in love.

Most attractive names for women in London

  1. Sarah
  2. Sophie
  3. Laura
  4. Charlotte
  5. Jessica

Most attractive names for men in London

  1. James
  2. Richard
  3. Tom
  4. Will
  5. Sam

Most attractive names for women in Barcelona

  1. Laura
  2. Marta
  3. Cristina
  4. Anna
  5. Andrea

Most attractive names for men in Barcelona

  1. Marc
  2. David
  3. Jordi
  4. Albert
  5. Alex

Most attractive names for women in New York

  1. Amanda
  2. Nicole
  3. Jessica
  4. Alexandra
  5. Katie

Most attractive names for men in New York

  1. Michael
  2. Matt
  3. Ben
  4. Jason
  5. Simon

Most attractive names for women in Paris

  1. Marie
  2. Camille
  3. Sarah
  4. Charlotte
  5. Pauline

Most attractive names for men in Paris

  1. Louis
  2. Adrien
  3. Julien
  4. Vincent
  5. Alexandre

So, there we have it.

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The everyday reason this mom’s breast milk turned brilliant pink

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A mom in Australia recently discovered that her breast milk was flowing out a bright pink color. But it wasn’t tinged with blood, as one might suspect at first. Instead the explanation is far less frightening, but super interesting!

The mom, who wanted to remain anonymous, posted in the private Facebook group Breastfeeders in Australia that during the course of a day, she’d consumed a juice containing fresh beetroot, eaten a salad sandwich with beetroot, and finished the rest of a can of the vibrant, red veggie.

Beetroot contains high levels of beta carotene, which may help increase the supply of a mama’s breast milk.

Per Breastfeeders in Australia, while breastfeeding, the mom’s 16-month-old “started acting unusually, pulling at her mama’s nipple and saying ‘more, more!’  The stimulation caused some breast milk to spray out. Imagine mama’s shock when her milk was such a bright colour! She began expressing to see if her milk continued flowing pink and it did! Then she remembered… what she’d been eating and drinking!”

Breast milk turns pink after eaten beetroot

When other members of the online breastfeeding support group encouraged her to sample her breast milk, the mom discovered it was very sweet-tasting.

“Some members were concerned the milk may have been coloured due to blood – a blockage or other damage to the mama’s breast,” the group reported. “Mama was quick to confirm that it was not only her breast milk that was pink, but also her’s and her daughter’s urine!”

Beetroot can turn breast milk pink

So it seems there was no real cause for concern. In fact, beets are known to affect the color of a mom’s milk, and aren’t the only veggie that can do so. According to the Australian Breastfeeding Association, eating carrots, squash, pumpkin, leafy greens, and seaweed can also tinge breast milk with color.

The U.S. Office of Women’s Health also notes that breast milk’s color changes over time. Before your milk comes in, baby will drink colostrum, the thick and yellowish substance also referred to as “liquid gold.” During the course of a feeding session, milk also changes from a thinner, blue liquid to a thicker and whiter fluid.

Of course, if your breast milk is an odd color or consistency and you are concerned, there is no harm in talking to your doctor first before you continue to nurse your little one. In this case, the pink hue of a mom’s milk was not harmful to her tot, and simply made for a very interesting and informative topic for breastfeeding moms to discuss and consider!

Has your breast milk ever changed in color because of a food you ate?

Photos used with permission: Breastfeeders in Australia

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Do you hold your baby on your left hip? There’s a reason for it

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There was really only one thing that came naturally to me after I gave birth to my son, and that was holding him on my left side. I snuggled him in the crook of my left arm, I rocked him with my left arm. And as he grew a little older, I slung him on my left hip and carried him around.

I hauled him around on my left side, even when that side of my lower back began to ache, even when it felt like I was squeezing part of my spine like an accordion.

A woman at the beach with a sun hat, her baby on her left side

 

Even my husband did it.

A Japanese man hold a baby on his left hip

 

It’s not just us.

It turns out 70 to 80 percent of women carry their babies on their left side, according to this study.

Remarkably, this is something that begins long before women ever give birth: “The bias appears prior to maternity and is demonstrated early in ontogeny; even preschool-age girls show a clear left preference when holding a doll the size and weight of a newborn baby,” the study says.

But why?

A study published earlier this month could hold the key. The Biology Letters journal says Pacific walruses and Indian flying foxes also show a significant bias toward the left side for mothers and their babies. The researchers studied those animals specifically because the mothers and babies in those two species are known to hang out both side-by-side as well as face-to-face.

The researchers hypothesize that mothers keep babies toward the left to aid in communications, since information from the left visual field is processed by the right hemisphere of the brain.

“[The] right hemisphere controls many aspects of social behaviour,” said Dr Andrey Giljov, co-author of the new research, in an interview with The Guardian. “Therefore, the greater right-hemisphere involvement provides optimal processing of social information.”

That, he adds, might help mothers and their offspring to notice and respond to the behavior of the other, since the right hemisphere of the brain is in charge of language and emotional signals and involved such tasks as the recognition of faces and emotions.

 

A woman in a green dress holds a toddler on her left hip.

So by holding your baby on your left side, you’re better able to see and understand what the child is doing. Being able to interpret baby’s cues and respond to their needs promotes bonding. And best of all, it’s totally natural!

But try telling that to my back the next time it starts creaking.

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Get Well Wednesday: Could Sleep Apnea Be The Reason You’re So Tired?

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Dr. Jen Caudle returns to discuss a serious, but underreported medical issue – sleep apnea. It’s believed that apnea is a dangerous condition that many people don’t know that they have. Here’s more on the condition and how to treat it:

\What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your breathing to stop or get very shallow. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes.The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. Many don’t even realize this is happening during sleep.

The periods of stopped breathing  happen due to a narrowing of the upper airway or collapse of the airway, often because the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe.

This causes sleep quality to be poor. People with untreated sleep apnea don’t usually have great sleep. This can cause a person to be very tired during the day, to need naps, feeling unrefreshed once waking up, etc.

 How common is it?

More than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea.

It is very common – but it’s not detected with an X-ray or blood test.

 What are the symptoms?

Snoring may be an indication of sleep apnea. (but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea).

Falling asleep at work, while driving or at other times might be signs of sleep apnea.

Morning headaches.

Gasping for air during sleep, choking, or when you stop breathing during sleep (which partners sometimes recognize).

 How is it diagnosed

The best way is through a sleep study in a lab

Why is it important to treat sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and heart failure. It also can increase the risk of work-related or driving accidents due to sleepiness.

Who is at risk for sleep apnea?

Those with a small upper airway (or large tongue, tonsils or uvula), overweight, have a small jaw or a large overbite, a large neck size (17 inches or greater in a man, or 16 inches or greater in a woman), smokers and alcohol users, being age 40 or older. Also, OSA may run in some families, suggesting a possible genetic basis. (National Sleep Foundation)

How is sleep apnea treated?

-weight loss can be helpful

– CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device- this is the best

– other oral devices, surgery (not 1st line)

Dr. Jen is a Board Certified Family Physician and Associate Professor at Rowan University. She frequently appears as a health expert on The Dr. Oz Show, CBS 3 Philadelphia News, Fox News, CNN, HLN and others. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

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This is the scary reason why you should never board a plane first

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While the British summer has come and gone already, most of us are jetting off in a last ditch attempt to catch some sun abroad. But before you jump on that plane and fly off on holiday, there’s something you should know about the plane.

If you’ve read the secrets that the airlines don’t want passengers to know you probably feel quite clued up on plane etiquette – you’ll know how to calm anxiety during a flight, and why flight attendants warn you to never walk around without shoes.

Before you’ve even stepped foot on the plane, you’re probably armed with hand luggage and ready to race on so that you can drop your bags and get settled into your seat before everyone else. However, boarding the plane first could actually be really terrible for your health.

A study published in the American Physical Society journal suggests that you are more likely to catch a bug if you’re too eager to hop aboard. The researchers conducted the study to find out whether illness spreads during a flight if just one passenger happens to be ill, and in creating a mathematical model based on different boarding scenarios they discovered that those with first class and priority boarding tickets were more likely to become infected.

In order to reduce the risk of passengers catching a bug, the researchers advocate a system that allows passengers to board from the front and back of the plane simultaneously. In this instance, people with an illness are less likely to be walking past all those sitting at the front end of the plane. It sort of balances out how far the germs go.

So word of warning if you’re a bit of a germophobe – slow down when it comes to joining the boarding queue…

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Lifelong Packers Fan Had The Perfect Reason To Take His Wife’s Last Name

The stars certainly aligned when lifelong Green Bay Packers fan Ryan Holtan-Murphy met his future wife, Marie Packer. 

A self-described diehard fan, Holtan-Murphy has been obsessed with the football team since before he could even walk. So when it came time to say “I do,” Holtan-Murphy knew there was one decision he didn’t need to think twice about. His Packers pride would become part of his identity once and for all.

“Honestly it was never even a decision!” Ryan said of taking his bride’s last name. “I love her and love the Packers, so it was a no-brainer. Marie very graciously agreed!”

“Marie’s family is bemused but happy to let me join the party,” he continued. “My family lives in Wisconsin and is completely unsurprised.”

Writing over email from his honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, Ryan recalled the couple’s June 17 nuptials in Chicago, Illinois, which included some key Packers-related details. The groom surprised his bride with a green and gold suit and other decorative accents.

“Marie knew about some of the Packers decorations, but had no idea about the Packers suit,” he said. “I wasn’t sure she’d agree to go through with it if she knew. We also referenced the team in our vows: ’I promise to be a good teammate, just like the other Packers…” 

The team hasn’t reached out to the couple, though Miller Lite, the Green Bay Packers’ official beer sponsor, sent some beverages to the wedding and the newlyweds’ home. They also gave the pair two tickets to every Packers home game this season.

Check out more photos from the wedding by JPP Studios below. 

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Dan Harmon Finally Reveals Reason Behind ‘Rick And Morty’ Delays

It’s been roughly an eternity since the last season of “Rick and Morty” (or more accurately, roughly under two years).

The delay for the third season has gone on so long that co-creator Dan Harmon is now worried that fans are speculating the Adult Swim’s animated show won’t be coming back at all. “Rick and Morty” debuted the season three premiere on April Fool’s, but since then there’s essentially been radio silence on the subsequent episodes.

So to quell online rumors that he’s been fighting with co-creator Justin Roiland or that the show is doomed, Harmon wrote a statement truncated into tweets this morning. This apparently isn’t like the 2012 situation with Harmon’s former show, “Community,” when the NBC network and Sony ousted him, leaving a carcass of the television program to decay through a horrid Harmon-less season. 

Harmon and Roiland are just taking forever to perfect this thing. 

“But the truth in this case is so very boring,” wrote Harmon. “I will put it to you as objectively as I can … The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1.”

Fair enough. It’s still entirely unclear when this wonderful show is coming back though.

Below is Harmon’s long, “hungover thread” on Twitter:

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O.J. Simpson’s Sister: ‘There’s No Reason Why’ He Should’t Be Paroled This Year

O.J. Simpson’s sister Shirley Baker is optimistic that her notorious sibling will be released from prison sometime this year, as he comes up for parole nearly 10 years after being found guilty in an armed robbery.

A parole hearing date is set for July 20 and Simpson could be released as early as October.

“There’s no reason why not,” Baker said in an interview with Inside Edition that aired Tuesday.

“He’s there, he’s doing his time, he abided by the rules,” she said. “And I just hope and pray that they will give him parole.”

Simpson — who was acquitted in the 1994 double slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman (for which he was later found civilly responsible) — was convicted in 2008 for his role in the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports-memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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The 69-year-old former football star claimed he was trying to get back keepsakes that had been stolen from him and that he had no idea his accomplices were carrying weapons.

But the jury found differently, and he was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison in Nevada.

During the Inside Edition interview, Baker said she talks to Simpson every week by phone and visits him in prison four times a year. She said that guards even have a nickname for him: “Nordberg,” after his role in the Naked Gun film series.

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Need A Reason To Go To The Movies? The Final Minutes Of ‘Get Out’

Warning: Mild “Get Out” spoilers below.

I’m not the type to shout at a screen. I know that neither the actors nor the storyline unfolding before me will be changed by my jeers or whoops; whatever is to happen will not be swayed by any volume of support.

But while watching “Get Out,” the social thriller directed by Jordan Peele that just passed the coveted $ 100 million box-office mark, in a crowded Brooklyn theater, I couldn’t resist joining my fellow moviegoers in raising my fists and cheering at the smashing of a certain pivotal teacup.

Aside from the excitement of watching a film whose hype is every bit deserved, I was also struck by how glad I was to have experienced Peele’s utterly creepy, unique story as one face in a big crowd, rather than how many of us so often take our movies these days — requested on demand while on our couch, a literal comfort zone.

The fight to save the moviegoing experience cropped up as soon as streaming services made the average subscriber’s film collection — once reliant on physical copies — into that of the most exhaustive cinema buff, where all kinds of genres were available at the touch of a button. (One could argue that VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs first started the trend toward better home-theater setup and consumers’ I-want-it-now tendencies, but they hardly made the theater experience feel as obsolete as streaming and VOD services.) The arguments for the nostalgic pull of the cinema or the immersive experience it offers can can feel “meh” for the average patron who’s worried about rising ticket prices or distracted by better fare on TV.

Film critic Pauline Kael made a poignant case for the movie theater in her 1969 essay “Trash, Art and the Movies,” recalling her childhood afternoons spent in “the anonymity and impersonality of sitting in a cinema, just enjoying ourselves, not having to be responsible, not having to be ‘good’.”

“The appeal of movies was in the details of crime and high living and wicked cities and in the language of toughs and urchins; it was in the dirty smile of the city girl who lured the hero away from Janet Gaynor. What draws us to movies in the first place, the opening into other, forbidden or surprising kinds of experience,” she writes later in the essay — how better to experience that then in a giant room designed for that very purpose? And today, in a world where we rarely have cause to relinquish the distractions our phones offer, devoting our full attention to a larger-than-life screen feels like reverent nostalgia.  

The reverence lingers, I learned, even as your fellow moviegoers begin to shout, jump or gasp, and you are reminded that you are in this world once again. While watching “Get Out,” I was well aware I wasn’t the only one grabbing at my armrest after a jump-scare, nor was I the sole viewer wishing our hero would get the heck out of dodge — I could hear my row-mates chiming in with similar sentiments or nervously laughing off scary moments. Watching felt like a unified experience, one that grew to a crescendo in the final half-hour of the film. People might have jumped out of their seats to stand at certain points.

What’s even more notable about the viewing experience for this film is that Peele and crew achieved this feat without the special effects or 3D visuals so many top box-office earners employ, a testament to the power of an original, smart story in a market saturated with franchises and reboots. 

Warning: OK, now there are major “Get Out” spoilers below.

The best example of this happens at the very end of the film, when Chris, the black boyfriend visiting his white girlfriend’s parents, is on the verge of killing said (truly deranged) girlfriend after fighting for his life to escape from a family who intended to transplant parts of an old white guy’s brain into his own. At this point, viewers are joyous after watching him thwart each of her family members in turn. We think Chris’ nightmare is nearly over.

But here, Peele pulls off an incredibly skillful bit of filmmaking: We see telltale flashing blue-and-red lights in the distance. I could hear the slow realization dawn over the crowd: while most horror movies are capped off with the comforting arrival of law enforcement, the world of “Get Out” is firmly in the same one where black civilians receive much different — occasionally fatal — treatment from police than white ones in similar situations. Suddenly, it doesn’t look good for Chris, a black man kneeling above a white woman, covered in blood and surrounded by her dead family members. A near silence fell over the room, with the occasional, resigned “Aww, man” coming from a viewer.

Immediately, Chris’ girlfriend Rose transforms from a murderous psychopath into a victim, feebly calling to the car for help. A dark ending for Chris seems unavoidable.

And then, the door swings open, bearing the word AIRPORT instead of POLICE. It’s Chris’ best friend Rod from the “T. S. Motherf**kin’ A.” And from the theater: deafening cheers.

Peele leads his crowd to one conclusion, given viewers’ external knowledge of racial tensions with police, and then, just as skillfully, completely subverts it. It’s a true roller-coaster of an ending, and one that became an unforgettable theater experience.

Of course, the cheer-able conclusion of Peele’s film isn’t the only kind of story worth telling on the big screen, to which people who regularly file in for everything from “Kong: Skull Island” to “Moonlight” can attest. But this kind of thrilling, unexpected moment that I felt as part of a group is a sign that people are still doing incredibly exciting things with film — you just need a good seat to see it.

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Nicki Minaj Says ‘Racism’ Is The Reason This Designer Won’t Take Her Call

Giuseppe, what’s good? 

Nicki Minaj put the acclaimed Italian luxury shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti on blast Friday after the brand’s PR people apparently refused to take Minaj’s call. 

The rapper unleashed a tweetstorm about the incident, and here’s how it went down: 

[Editor’s note: Minaj did wear the sneakers, though it appears she wore them for Glamour in 2011.] 

The 34-year-old entertainer’s problems with Zanotti arose when she found out the designer was making capsule collections with other artists (most recently Zayn Malik and Jennifer Lopez), which would presumably give the collaborator a share of the shoe’s profits. 

Minaj claimed that because she was black, she could only “inspire” Zanotti, but not partner with him: 

Minaj retweeted a fan’s photo of some of the “Nicki” shoes that show up when you search for them in the designer’s collection: 

Toward the end of her Twitter call-out, Minaj said she wouldn’t permit this “racism and disrespect.” She called on her fans to start Tweeting or Instagramming the hashtag #GiuseppeWhatsGood, a reference to her famous line to Miley Cyrus at the MTV Awards. 

Soon enough, her #Giuseppe hashtag was trending on Twitter: 

Minaj again clarified to fans that is wasn’t about the money, “just the disrespect:”  

UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.:  Zanotti appears to have taken the “Nicki” shoes down from his website, which led to another round of tweets from Minaj: 

The Huffington Post reached out to Minaj and Zanotti and will update this post accordingly. 

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The Surprising Reason Jerry Seinfeld Nearly Missed President Barack Obama’s Farewell Party

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The Ridiculous Reason People Are Mom-Shaming Amber Rose

After sharing a video of her son at the nail salon, Amber Rose is facing backlash and mom-shaming.

On Tuesday, Amber Rose posted a video of her 3-year-old son Sebastian getting a mani-pedi. In the video, the toddler says he’s excited to get his nails done and picked the color orange like a pumpkin.

“Pumpkin nails with Mr Skully Bones #HalloweenisNeverOveratOurHouse” Rose wrote in the caption.

“We encourage our children to paint, draw and be creative so why block them from their creativity when it comes to self expression? Fuck society standards and gender roles! Let your children be great!” she added.

Rose’s video has been viewed over 700,000 times and the comments section is filled with positive responses.

“I love their relationship,” wrote one commenter. “She lets him be him and that’s why she’s a wonderful mother!!!”

“Yet another wise message from a wise woman!” added another. “Thanks for spreading inclusiveness and positivity.”

Not all responses were so positive, however. Several Instagram users accused the model and author of “turning [her] son gay.”

“S**t like this makes me so mad! That could be the door for him to become gay,” wrote one commenter. “Step feminizing these young boys!” added another.

In response to the criticism, many users rushed to Rose’s defense, clapping back at the naysayers.

“You can’t turn someone gay!” one commenter wrote. “Dumb f**ks! Maybe you should spend some time reading a f**king book than spending your time criticizing people you don’t know!”

Several people pointed out that Sebastian’s father, Wiz Khalifa, often has painted nails as well. Others pointed out how the response highlights the issues with masculinity in our society today.

“If you look at he video he’s excited and he looks happy and content just spending time with his mom, getting a mani-pedi,” one commenter explained. If he didn’t want it he could easily say ‘mama I don’t want this’ and I’m sure she would understand. As a people, we really struggle with how we raise our men and it’s becoming a really big problem.” 

Indeed!

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Matt Damon And Jimmy Kimmel Reveal The Reason For Their ‘Feud’ In Couples Therapy

The Martian” star Matt Damon has had it easier surviving on Mars than getting on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, so on Monday the pair finally tried to resolve their issues.

In couples therapy, Damon reveals he’s been trying to get on the show for about 12 years because he actually likes it. He has been on before, but apparently he’s now living there and still tries to get on it every night. In fact, Damon even admits Kimmel was the reason for some of his career choices, including the movie “We Bought a Zoo.” (Rough one, dude.)

Kimmel also talks about how he’s been trying to get Damon on the show, but it’s hard because, you know, it just is.

Will they ever work out their issues? Eh, probably not. But at least we should get another 12 years to watch the attempts.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Jimmy Fallon Explains The Reason For Netflix’s Countdown Between Episodes

Have you ever wondered why Netflix has that countdown between episodes? Well, that worrisome thought will never interrupt your binge-watching again.

While writing his weekly “Thank You Notes,” Jimmy Fallon finally explained the reason for the streaming service’s timer. Apparently, Netflix does it just to mess with us. The company knows we’re going to keep watching, and they want us to know that they know.

For the record, Netflix does give you the option to opt out of automatically playing the next episode. It’s currently available on a number of devices.

But if you haven’t heard, the new season of “House of Cards” is coming out next month, and Netflix has plans to premiere up to 20 new shows or new seasons of original shows a year. So really, why bother?

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A Reason to Watch Saturday Night Live Again

Just a day after Saturday Night Live announced the midseason addition of Sasheer Zamata to the cast, and still weeks prior to her scheduled debut, at least one Hollywood critic was already scribbling an asterisk by Sasheer’s name.

*Token, undeserving, diversity hire.

SNL‘s decision to cast a Black woman for the first time in seven years — the fifth Black woman in the show’s 39-year history — was dismissed as a “discriminatory PR stunt,” and an overreaction to a few “isolated complaints.”

“If SNL standards were relaxed,” the critic wondered aloud, “this special initiative is going to look misguided in retrospect.”

I read the article and cringed. It’s precisely this type of patronizing mentality from industry decisionmakers, who in 2014 are still largely lily white, that underlies Hollywood’s continued undervaluation of both Black talent and Black audiences. It is an unacceptable status quo.

I, for one, plan to watch the show Saturday night for the first time in a long time, and will be rooting for Ms. Zamata in her major television debut. Although this young comedian will take the stage under a huge spotlight, I applaud Lorne Michaels and NBCUniversal’s willingness to take an innovative approach to fill a critical void that their traditional casting process left empty for too long.

Back in November, we at ColorOfChange.org sent a letter to Lorne Michaels raising concerns about recent casting decisions, as well as SNL’s history of problematic portrayals of Black women. We sat down with executives at NBCUniversal just before Thanksgiving to discuss those concerns in greater detail, share a representative selection of feedback gathered from our 900,000-strong membership, and open up a dialogue about the kind of example SNL can set for other television properties — not to mention the broader comedic universe — in committing to modernizing its hiring practices.

Weeks later, as rumors and pictures of midseason auditions began to circulate online, we were thrilled to learn from NBCUniversal executives that the innovative casting process they had undertaken in response to these concerns was successful in identifying not only a fantastic sketch comedy performer in Ms. Zamata, but two excellent comedic writers (LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones) as well. These are important first steps that should be applauded.

But rooting for Sasheer also means rooting for a writers’ room that has struggled in the past with the line between satire and stereotype. As I tune in to SNL on Saturday, I’ll be curious to see how the writers’ room adapts and takes advantage of all the new comedic possibilities that this new cast versatility affords — because while the spotlight may be on Sasheer for now, the pressure is still on those backstage to produce sketches that make us laugh, rather than cringe.
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