The Weekend Reset: American Classics, great grilling, and some Dusty inspired heartache.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

LISTEN:  Shannon Shaw and Dan Auerbach make a little magic.

Shannon Shaw fronts Shannon & The Clams, a band that, according to their Wikipedia page, is an “indie garage punk quartet based in Oakland, California. Known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf…” Shaw’s voice is smoky and sultry and perfectly suited to Auerbach’s desire to make a Dusty In Memphis kind of record with her. Success. Shaw’s voice makes for a grittier update on Dusty Springfield’s classic and the material here is perfectly suited to her big personality. This is perfect for hot summer nights with friends, drinking beers and loving life.

 

ESCAPE: A pretty cool way to have fun and feel like an idiot.

There’s a good chance you might have already done an escape room before. Or, maybe, you give these places the side-eye. Yes, escape rooms are a favorite activity for corporate team building exercises (this is exactly how I was introduced to them), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t legitimate entertainment options. Mostly. It’s always good to do some research on places before you commit. There can be some pretty big swings on the quality control spectrum if you know what I mean. If you can’t find much about a particular company, ask to see a room first. But, back to the fun. And they are fun if you like puzzles and challenges and getting your little grey cells working. The video above does a good job of explaining how they work.

 

WATCH: H. G. Wells gets the Art Deco treatment in a B&W classic.

This was a revelation. An H.G. Wells story adapted for the screen by a British movie studio. For a black and white film from 1936, this is Sci-Fi AF. The design, from sets to wardrobes, are fantastic. As befits the era, much of the design is Art Deco inspired. All of this in a film that promotes big concepts of what Wells expected for his future and our now. Much of it resonated with what we see today. Some, not so much. But visually it’s a hoot. Added bonus: philosophical discussions of man’s place in the world.

 

EAT: Summer chops for your next BBQ.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic, Chiles and Anchovies from Food & Wine

Talk about a great way to impress friends at a summer gathering. This recipe, terrific for this time of year, makes for a Pinterest perfect platter of delicious chops. What prep there is can be done in advance (the day before) leaving just the grilling for the big show. The list of ingredients is fairly limited and easy to find. And even if you can’t locate the baby lamb rib chops in your area, regular lamb chops would suffice. I would suggest throwing those small sweet multi-colored peppers on the grill (lightly marinated) along with the lamb. Not only are they great grilled, they would make for a good side dish for the meal.

 

READ: It’s an American classic for a reason.

Catch-22

Joseph Heller’s Catch -22 is, according to just about everybody, one of the greatest American novels. I admit it. I never read this until last week. Some English major I am. If I am being honest, I think I have pretty much avoided it because I thought it was a war novel. I am an idiot. Yes, it is a novel that takes place in the second world war. It is also laugh out loud funny. It is satire at its best. And I would go on but there are lots of places you can find eloquent essays about why you should read this. Just, you know, don’t be like me. Just read it.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently undergoing a Tim Improvement Project™ (Version 4.0) and he understands that this is a life-long endeavor.


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ZTE, the Chinese smartphone maker that was banned from operating in the U.S. this past April, may already be resuming its stateside operations. And it has President Donald Trump to thank for the assist.

According to a document obtained by Bloomberg, due to pressure from the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security has authorized ZTE to resume some business activities as a deal is worked out regarding its ban in the country.

In April, ZTE was banned from importing phone parts from the U.S. for repeatedly misleading the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. The U.S. intelligence community also issued a warning to U.S. consumers, urging them not to purchase phones made by certain Chinese manufacturers — including ZTE — due to spying and security concerns. Because of the ban, ZTE had ceased all U.S. operations in May. The ban was supposed to last for 7 years. Read more…

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Here are some of the most powerful images from today’s Families Belong Together marches

Here are some of the most powerful images from today’s Families Belong Together marches


Here are some of the most powerful images from today’s Families Belong Together marches

Today, Saturday, June 30th, people across the nation are challenging the Trump administration’s immigration policies as part of the Families Belong Together protests. The mobilization is spurred largely by the separation of more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The president signed an executive order on June 20th putting an end to the family separation practice, but the immigration policy itself remains intact — meaning that from now on, families will be detained together.

What’s more, most of the families already separated have yet to be reunited.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) announced the Families Belong Together protests on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes on June 18th. The national march took place at 11 a.m. ET at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. Sister marches were also planned in more than 700 cities nationwide, including Los Angeles, Detroit, New York City, Chicago, and Kansas City, Missouri.

Check out these powerful images from today’s Families Belong Together marches.

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New Yorkers marched en masse down the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Family is everything.

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If you weren’t able to attend a Families Belong Together march, you can still help separated immigrant families.

Donate to one of these deserving organizations dedicated to immigrant rights. Contact your elected officials to tell them how you feel about the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. And finally, don’t forget to vote — it’s one of the most important things you can do.

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Sling TV Has Some New Ideas to Woo Cable Cutters

The seemingly unkillable cable TV bundle is still around, despite the rapid growth of cord cutters who think it’s a big waste of time and money. But, slowly, innovations at the edges of the TV ecosystem are dreaming up new — usually cheaper — ways of repackaging video programming. Eventually, the slow tide of defectors could turn into a big wave.

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Sling TV unveiled its latest efforts to woo customers fleeing cable. What started as the satellite system’s Internet-delivered cable channel delivery package in 2015 is morphing rapidly into something more. The updates add on-demand, pay-per-view movies and sports shows, and a bunch of new channels that customers can buy one at a time. None of the content requires a monthly subscription (Sling TV’s 30-ish package of standard cable channels costs $ 25 a month) and there’s even some programming available for free as a teaser.

SlingTV president Warren Schlichting put it succinctly: “The new Sling evolves the experience even further by providing access to great content without anchoring customers to a base subscription.”

The new options follow the introduction last week of AT&T’s cheaper, no-sports cable channel bundle dubbed WatchTV, that will cost $ 15 a month or be thrown in free with some of the company’s unlimited wireless plans. And on Wednesday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was testifying before Congress about his company’s proposed acquisition of Sprint and touting a strategy of going after cable with 5G wireless service.

So far, Sling TV and its Internet cable repackaged brethren have made only a small dent in the pay TV universe. Sling will have nearly 3 million subscribers by the end of the year, AT&T’s


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DirecTV Now will hit 2.4 million, and a cadre of smaller offerings — including Google’s


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YouTube TV, Sony’s Playstation Vue, and Hulu TV — will total about 4 million subscribers, analyst John Hodulik at UBS forecast last week. That pales in comparison to the roughly 100 million households that subscribe to traditional cable and satellite TV or Netflix’s


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55 million U.S. subscribers. And, of course, some viewers aren’t much interested in traditional TV shows and movies, preferring shorter fare on YouTube or much longer marathon video gaming sessions on Amazon’s


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The main issue for most cord cutters is price. The average cable TV bundle costs $ 105 dollars a month and has risen 74% since 2000, after adjusting for inflation. But even the new Sling offering, with its a la carte channel selection, shows dumping the cable bundle can get costly to get access to a wide range of channels. CBS’s


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Showtime is $ 10 per month, Outside TV is $ 5 and an NBA League Pass is $ 29.

Pricing for pay-per-view movies will vary from $ 3 to $ 11 and will include more than 5,000 titles from top studios, including Disney, LionsGate, Sony, and Universal, Sling TV said. The free TV programming will include advertising.

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Leslie Jones offers Kelly Marie Tran some advice for dealing with internet trolls

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Actress Leslie Jones is basically a pro at dealing with internet trolls. 

Back in 2016, Jones was viciously attacked on the internet in connection with the release of the Ghostbusters rebootHer website was hacked, alleged nude photos of her were leaked, and outspoken alt-righters like Milo Yiannopoulos started a hate brigade directed at the comedian. 

Two years later, she’s had some time to reflect, and has offered up some advice to Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran in a recent interview in The Hollywood Reporter. Read more…

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Reginae Carter Advertises Some Products On Instagram And Fans Say She Would Make A Lousy Actress – Check Out The Video

Reginae Carter recently posted a video on her social media account to advertise a bunch of products. Her fans quickly slammed Toya Wright’s older daughter, telling her that she would make a lousy actress. Watch the video here and tell us what you think.

‘I ❤ @basicessentialbundles Their bundles are everything with brand new name brand products that you’ll love. Donate or save and buy one for yourself. HUGE sale — 30% off for a limited time at www.basicessentialbundles.com’ Reginae captioned the clip.

‘I’ve never heard her voice dammmmn🤤🤤🤤my nipples hard af😏’ one of her fans wrote.

‘This is smart. Whoever started this probably coupons and saves a bunch of money just buying the products alone. Then they resale, making what they paid and then some back. Smart idea,’ another one of Reginae’s followers said.

‘I think she needs to visit the hood and be humbled. She so extra’ someone else’s opinion was.

‘You speak so well, and you’re beautiful 👸🏽 you are young lady goals,’ another commenter said, while one follower claimed that ‘She would be a bad actress!!’

‘someone make up, please. The voice is annoying and fake,’ one fan agreed.

‘I don’t care what they say I bout you I love me some reginae 💕💕 that confident attitude I need that’ one fan defended her.

‘If the stuff ain’t manufactured by black-owned companies nae then you are just helping to suck more money from black entrepreneurs and increasing black unemployment recreating the environment your daddy escaped from. Political economics is some real shit with bad outcomes if done wrong,’ someone posted their opinion.

‘Stop fu**ing lying in the name of your mom. She didn’t do shit. Just said I’m getting paid to do this for Instagram…honesty is the best policy!’ a commenter told Nae.

What do you think? Does Reginae have acting skills or not?

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2 dead, some critically hurt after school bus full of 5th-graders slams off highway

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Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend

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Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend

’90s nostalgia has essentially taken over the fashion world these days, and that includes eyewear. Celebs’ sunglasses have gotten so small, it’s like they stepped out of The Matrix (or your favorite Mary-Kate and Ashley straight-to-VHS movie). The tiny sunglasses have been seen on the faces of the famously fashionable like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and of course Kim Kardashian West — by request of Kanye, who famously told her “You cannot wear big glasses anymore,” via email. But, one star has had enough of this trend, and she’s started a Twitter debate for the ages.

Mindy Kaling took to Twitter to denounce the trend, stating simply “I think we will regret this tiny sunglasses look.” The tweet was met with both support and opposition, leading to some hilarious responses.

One user in support of the look says, “Never regret something that made you feel good.”

One user took Kaling’s side and said, “They violate every rule of what I believe sunglasses should do and be.”

Another user said she hopes Kaling is wrong, because she’s already committed to the trend: “I hope not I’ve already bought like 7 pairs”

Even celebs weighed in on the debate. Kathy Griffin tweeted a picture of herself in large-frame sunnies with the caption, “Couldn’t agree more.”

And sunglasses afficionado Busy Philipps threw in her two cents, tweeting “I’m flat out refusing (ok I bought one pair but mostly [my daughter] Birdie wears them).”

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For what it’s worth, Jennifer Aniston is not a huge fan of the look either, telling Glamour that she’s “not a fan” of the style. “I just think they’re ridiculous. I’m a fan of classic sunglasses.”

The question remains: Will Kanye West respond to Kaling’s position? The rapper, who has had a series of out-there tweets as of late, predicted the whole trend would take off, instructing Kim in an email to stop wearing big sunglasses because “it’s all about tiny little glasses.” He even hand selected a couple of pairs for her. “He sent me like, millions of ’90s photos with tiny little glasses like this,” she said on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

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White House shows documents to defend Jackson on car accident, some questions over pills

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Apple offers battery replacement for some MacBooks after flaws reported

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The Week in Movie News: ‘A Quiet Place’ Made Some Noise, Plus ‘Solo,’ ‘The Meg’ and More

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A Quiet Place is a huge hit: John Krasinski's A Quiet Place surprised at the box office by becoming one of the biggest horror hits of all time, and now we're likely to get a sequel plus more substantial projects for the actor-turned-director. Read more on the success here, see what's next for Krasinski and Emily Blunt here and what A Quiet Place…

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Childhood friendships may have some health benefits in adulthood

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Lebanese cleric’s piano playing strikes wrong note for some

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Millennial Moves: Luvvie Ajayi shares some of her money lessons

If you’re serious about managing your money and taking actionable steps to reaching your financial goals, it might help to get some insight from Luvvie Ajayi. The New York Times best-selling author, advocate, blogger, TED speaker, award-winning writer, and now, podcaster, chatted finances on the “MAKERS Money” series last week, hosted by Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-Founder of Ellevest, the digital investment and planning company geared toward women.

Ajayi captured the attention of many after the instant success of her 2016 best-selling book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, a series of her thoughtful and witty essays that dished up some much-needed social commentary and called out bad behavior in our current culture. Her straightforward and sassy voice attracted Oprah Winfrey, who selected her as part of the inaugural SuperSoul 100 list, and Shonda Rhimes, who in 2017 acquired the rights to Ajayi’s book in an effort to develop her first comedy series for cable TV.

Ajayi’s inspirational TED Talk on how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable has over 1 million views and counting. And recently, she also made headlines for co-creating blackwomeninpolitics.com, an online database of all the black women running for office in 2018.

 

With such an extensive list of accomplishments and a message that attracts the masses, we figured the BE audience would be interested in hearing what she has to say about managing finances. The women behind MAKERS were interested too.

“The future of women’s leadership is alive and well and there was no better way for us to showcase that leadership than to have a stand out like Luvvie Ajayi on the “MAKERS Money” series, said Nancy Armstrong,  executive producer of the “MAKERS Money” series and executive producer at MAKERS, the media platform that showcases the stories of trailblazing women. The series, created and produced by MAKERS and Yahoo Finance in partnership with Ellevest, features weekly advice for women from top female financial experts.

When given the opportunity to catch up with Ajayi in light of the “MAKERS Money” episode, which you can find here, we couldn’t say no. The influencer and thought-leader shared some of her personal experiences with money and why it’s important to gain and improve money management skills.

How important are money and financial health to you? Why?

Financial health is important because when you have a strong financial platform, that’s one less thing to worry about, especially when you’re running your own business.

You said the stupidest thing you did with your money was to keep it in a savings account. How so? And how did you change that?

We’ve been told too many times to put our money in a savings account, we say that’s all we need to do. But there the money is rarely growing, there’s a less than 1% growth. In that sense, it’s like you’re losing money and it’s not doing anything, it’s just stagnant and losing value. When I started making money I realized I could be doing more with it. When you’re investing your money, you can easily get a 4% return.

What would you say to the woman who is considering investing her money but is afraid to?
I would say get a financial adviser, you don’t have to jump into the well by yourself. If you’re not an expert at something you’re bound to feel less confident at doing it, so you want to get more educated and know what you’re putting your money into, know what it means to invest. A financial adviser will walk you through it easily.

You said the smartest thing you did with your money was to buy your own home. Why was that the smartest thing you did, and why is that so important to you?

It’s one of the biggest kinds of investments and it’s a commitment. I think it’s a goal people should strive for but I don’t necessarily think that not owning a home makes you a bad financial planner; it’s different for everybody.

As you were in your journey from being laid off to becoming the successful, influential person you are today, were there any money habits that you adhered to? How did you address the financial uncertainty that comes with transitions like that?

I tried to live below my means at that time. I tried to save for a time, putting some money away, and that’s the habit you need.

Who would you say is your best financial adviser?

There is not just one person, I did a lot of studying, read a lot of books, read a lot of websites. But it would probably be my mom—she’s always lived below her means too, so I probably got some of that from her. she was never wasteful.

Self-care and finances, do you see a correlation between the two? How can we use our finances and the habits we develop around our money as a form of self-care? 

[The money-saving habits] provide something less for you to worry about. You’ll have disposable income, you can then go get massages or facials on a regular basis. Everything is tied to money, especially self-care. And when you have disposable income, you have more room to do the things that might increase your value of life.

Why do you think that women should have conversations about money & finances?

I’m glad to have had the opportunity to talk about finances on MAKERS. A lot of times men are told how to grow and spend their money, and women are often left out of that conversation.

 

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Killer Mike Defended Gun Ownership on NRA TV and Some Of His Fans Are Not Happy

Rapper Killer Mike is facing both backlash and praise after defending gun ownership, particularly among black Americans, in an NRA TV video.

The Run the Jewels artist called himself “very pro-Second Amendment” in the video, which was posted Saturday, the same day as the March For Our Lives protests happening around the country and world. The rapper, who publicly and vocally supported Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign, also condemned those, including celebrities, who have joined the anti-gun movement simply because it aligns with the progressive agenda.

“You can’t continue to be the lackey,” he said. “You’re a lackey of the progressive movement because you have never disagreed with the people who tell you what to do.”

Killer Mike, who has spoken out in favor of gun ownership in the past, also said he told his children not to participate in school walkouts organized to protest gun violence, and said he encouraged his daughter to get a gun after a shooting on her college campus.

“I told my kids on the school walkout, ‘I love you. If you walk out that school, walk out my house,’” he said.

The interview attracted a range of reactions online, with some viewers praising the rapper’s decision to share his thoughts, and others taking issue with either his message or his decision to share it on an NRA platform.

The rapper, for his part, has stood by both his positions and his decision to speak with the NRA.


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This new iPhone X clone gives us some clues about the OnePlus 6’s design

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In case you haven’t noticed, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the iPhone X clones, as countless Asian-based Android device-makers have already unveiled, or plan to soon launch, smartphones that have all-screen-with-notch designs.

Oppo, a major smartphone seller in China, but one not everybody is familiar with, just unveiled the Oppo R15, its first iPhone X clone. What’s so special about this phone? Well, we expect the OnePlus 6 to look a lot like the iPhone X, but also like this particular Oppo creation.

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Toys “R” Us is in talks to save the chain from disappearing altogether as it gets ready to file for liquidation, The Post has learned. While a major liquidator has been shopping the 70-year-old retailer’s brands and other intellectual property, investors this week also are weighing the possibility of salvaging a downsized version of its…
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Now That Marvel’s Produced a Solid Villain, It’s Time for Some Doom

Thanks to the recent announcement of a merger between Disney and Fox, The Fantastic Four will inevitably make their MCU debut. They’ll bring with them arguably the greatest supervillain in comics — Doctor Doom. Previously, such news would’ve caused fans apprehension, and rightly so. Many of the MCU’s past villains have been too one-dimensional. It would be disappointing to see a villain with Doom’s gravitas fall victim to the same trap. Luckily, Marvel has finally produced a solid villain in Black Panther‘s Erik Killmonger, proving that they are ready to take on complex villains like Doctor Doom.

Paving the Way


(Left): Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger in Black Panther (2018); (Right): Julian McMahon as Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four (2005)

Over time, we’ve seen the MCU improve its rogues’ gallery. Characters like Loki in The Avengers and Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming break the bland, one-dimensional mold of villains seeking wealth or power. Loki seeks to give mankind the enslavement they crave and deserve, whereas Toomes just wants to support his family. With Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, the MCU has really hit the mark! Never have we had such a multi-layered and relatable MCU villain!

A comparison of Killmonger and Doom illustrates the richness of Marvel’s villains. On the surface, they are on opposite ends of the villain spectrum. Killmonger’s motives illicit sympathy while Doom simply relishes being evil. However, a closer look reveals an important connection. Their villainous personas are born from the tragic loss of a parent as a child. Killmonger loses his father, N’Jobu, who promised him a trip to Wakanda. Doom’s mother has her soul stolen by Mephisto. His attempt to recover it literally blows up in his face, leaving it permanently scarred. Not to mention, he also gets expelled from college.

Killmonger has paved the way for Doom. Besides their similar, heartbreaking backstories, both share other important traits like sheer willpower and ruthlessness. Killmonger’s success proves that the MCU is finally ready for higher caliber, more complex villains. Audiences could relate to Killmonger’s fight against the oppression of black people and his anger at Wakanda for abandoning him. His seemingly noble cause gives him an edge over forgettable villains like Malekith. Doom possesses a different sort of edge that’s equally as unique: his intelligence.

A Thinking Person’s Villain


Doctor Doom rides Silver Surfer's board in a scene from Fantastic Four No. 57 (1966)

Doom’s best and deadliest asset is his intellect. It is the nexus where his scientific knowledge combines with his skills as a strategist and puppet master. Doom strategically manipulates events and people like a master chess player. At one point, he even brainwashes the United Nations into declaring him Emperor of Earth and enslaves mankind. He’s that good.

Doom also prioritizes eliminating his adversaries, often using creative methods to deal with them, including planting a fake journal presumably authored by Reed Richards in his belongings. The journal was all part of an elaborate plot to cause discord within The Fantastic Four. Often, Doom is at least three steps ahead of his enemy. Almost every time some do-gooder thinks they’ve defeated Doom for good, it turns out what they actually defeated was one of his highly advanced Doombots. Catching Doom off guard is nearly impossible, as T’Challa learned in the comics.

The Master Tactician


Doctor Doom stands triumphantly over other characters

Doomwar is a prolific example of the magnitude of Doom’s intellect and his skills as a master tactician. The story chronicles Doom’s plot to destroy Wakanda using its most precious resource: vibranium. He first covertly ousts T’Challa from the throne by allying with a rogue faction of Wakandans called the Desturi. With his main obstacle out of the way, Doom steals Wakanda’s entire supply of the metal in hopes of tapping into its mystic powers to upgrade his armor. That’s right, he manages to infiltrate the most advanced and reclusive nation in the Marvel universe and steal its resources.

Even with Shuri, The Fantastic Four, and the X-Men at T’Challa’s side, defeating Doom proves to be an insurmountable task. Shuri’s strike teams suffer many casualties while trying to shut down the production factories Doom has set up across the world thanks to his Doombots. Mr. Fantastic and T’Challa hope to locate the stolen vibranium on a quantum level by hooking Deadpool up to the Nowhere Room device. However, Doom uses sensor dampening to prevent them from proving the vibranium is in his castle, leaving the heroes without evidence to take to the World Court.


(Left): Doom finally suffers defeat in the conclusion of Doomwar #6. (Right): The Marvel heroes help Black Panther rebuild Wakanda in the final scene of Doomwar.

To defeat Doom, T’Challa uses creative problem solving that’s on par with Doctor’s Strange use of the Time Stone to defeat Dormammu and Kaecilius. Realizing that physical confrontations won’t work, T’Challa manages to stop Doom from utilizing the vibranium’s power without taking it back. After goading Doom into a fight, T’Challa taps into Doom’s armor and manages to render all the world’s Wakandan vibranium dormant and useless. Even though the victory comes at a temporarily high cost to Wakanda, Doom is finally defeated. Imagine how dramatic this would be on the big screen. It would force T’Challa and team, especially Shuri, to defy our expectations yet again.

The Future Is Diversity


Doctor Doom in his Latverian castle

Avengers: Infinity War and the subsequent Avengers 4 will be a watershed moment for the MCU. Fans wonder what the future holds for our heroes afterward. The filmmakers would benefit from also considering the future of villainy. Black Panther, too, is a watershed moment for the MCU’s villains. It’s important that the MCU continues to build upon this momentum.

Diversity has served the heroes well and will be key for the villains moving forward. Diversity can take on many forms, and it’s important that we get it in both appearance and character types. The MCU needs to continue pursuing villains with sympathetic motives like Killmonger. However, intellectually challenging villains, like Doom, are also essential. These are the kinds of characters who can shake things up, giving us more than monotonous fisticuffs showdowns. Both types of these villains (and many more) exist in the comics. Marvel simply has to dust them off and give them a chance. Doing so will ensure the MCU is as creative with its villains as it is with its heroes.

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Save Some Dough With This Pizza Recipe That Costs Less Than $1/Serving


Please don’t misunderstand me, here.

I enjoy pizza as much as every other millennial out there. What I don’t love, though? Paying $ 14 — not including taxes or delivery — for a large cheese pizza from a generic chain that may or may not rhyme with Papa Yawns.

If I want to splurge for pepperoni? Add another $ 2. Throw some veggies on that pie, and well, the amount of dough just keeps rising. (Pun 100% intended.)

That’s why lately, I’ve started making my own pizza. It takes less time than waiting on delivery, proves to be more personalizable, retains less grease and is a heck of a lot cheaper.

But I don’t make just any pizza… I make special pizza rolls that only cost about 92 cents per serving.

Save Money on This Easier Homemade Pizza Recipe

Before I share with you my secret recipe (OK, it’s not really a secret), let me share a few ways you can save even more money on the ingredients:

1. Pillsbury: Print Coupons

Because I signed up for Pillsbury’s daily emails, I get inspiration from tons of other awesome recipes, as well as up to $ 250 in coupons per year.

Bam. Right to my inbox.

2. Drop: Save Money Automatically

I like the Drop app because I don’t have to think about it.

I don’t have to check off specific items, take photos of my receipt or scan barcodes.

Rather, the rewards app lets me choose my five favorite brands (out of dozens of options). Then I’ll automatically earn points each time I spend money at the retailer through my connected debit or credit card.

Participating grocery stores include Costco, H-E-B, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods.

Download the app, link your go-to credit or debit cards, then earn points automatically. At Trader Joe’s, for example, you’ll earn 12 points per $ 1 spent. Once you hit 5,000 points, you can cash out for gift cards (for example, 5,000 points gets you a $ 5 Starbucks gift card).

3. Shopkick: Save Money Without Spending

The Shopkick app is unique in that you don’t have to spend a single cent to earn “kicks,” or points you can exchange for gift cards to your favorite retailers. You can simply walk through the doors of CVS, Publix, Target, Walmart or any other participating retailer to bank kicks.

If you want to earn more, scan the barcodes of specific items. Again, no need to buy ’em.

We talked to one guy who’s earned more than $ 400 in gift cards through Shopkick.

Get kickin’.

My Secret Homemade Pizza Recipe — Less Than $ 1/Serving

Even if you don’t apply these savings, the ingredients, listed below, will still ring up at just 92 cents a serving.

Personalizable Crescent Pizza Rolls

[insert pizza roll photo]

Ready?!

Ingredients

  • 1 tube Pillsbury Crescents dinner rolls
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • Shredded cheese (any variety, as much or as little as you’d like)
  • Any toppings, including pepperoni, sausage, ham, pineapple, peppers, black olives — or all of the above… or none of the above, if you’re picky…

Total, excluding toppings: $ 7.37

Servings: 8

Cost per serving: 92 cents

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Pop the tube of dough, and separate the individual triangles. You’ll want to pat these out a little — more surface area means more room for fillings.

Place your desired cheese and toppings on the short end of the triangle. Don’t get too crazy here, as you’ll end up with a mess and a half. Also, leave the sauce out. Trust me when I say it gets really messy when you try to add that, so simply use it as a dipping sauce later.

Roll the crescents up, starting from the shortest side of the triangle. Set the rolls on your cookie sheet point side down, then bake for 10 to 14 minutes.

Once you’re ready to eat, pour some tomato sauce for dippin’. Enjoy!

Time to Come out of That Food Coma Now…

See? Homemade pizza is just as easy as takeout — at a fraction of the cost.

Plus, the whole personalizable option is perfect for families full of picky kids (or a picky spouse).

If you’re into the crescents, we’ve got more where that came from. Here are five more crescent roll recipes — all under $ 2 per serving.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Admittedly, she’s not the best cook, but these were a pizza cake… or should she say… pie. (Sorry, she’s also cheesy.) (OK, seriously. She’s done now.)

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Uh-oh, Disney has some explaining to do about these ‘Solo’ posters…

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We’re already nervous about Solo: A Star Wars Story, and that’s only getting worse now that it looks like Disney may have plagiarized a French artist for the posters.

The super-swaggy character posters for Solo came out in February along with the trailer, giving the Star Wars prequel a quaint pop art vibe. They also happen to be almost identical to a series of album covers designed in 2015 by Hachim Bahous, who shared the similarities on Facebook.

“I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery,” Bahous wrote (translated from French). “I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony!” Read more…

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6 Best Beaches In Europe If Your Study Abroad Trip Needs Some Sand & Sunshine

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There are some pretty stunning places in the world, and it’s so important to get out of your comfort zone and go see them. Spread your wings, fly the nest, and take in some of the glorious sights and sounds the world has to offer. And, these days you can further your education and cultural experiences by choosing to study abroad. We would recommend this to anybody who gets the chance to do it.

Studying abroad is essential for improving and developing your scope for learning. There are a lot of places you can go if you’re serious about studying abroad, but Europe is perhaps the best. So much history and wild, untamed beauty lie all across Europe, and it’s time you go out and experienced it. So, why not split your European study sessions up, with a visit to these awesome beaches?

Brac Island – Croatia

Croatia is a country with tons to do, and one of the best attractions here is to head to Brac Island, the stunning beach outside Split. Take a boat out and visit this idyllic paradise, it might just be the best thing you do while you’re here. There’s no sand here, but it’s lovely a pebbly, and the perfect place to relax. You could even bring some books and do a bit of studying in paradise!

Cinque Terre – Italy

This hidden gem is going to be your new favorite place on the Amalfi Coast. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy parts, this stunning place is built into the mountains. You’ll feel like you are on the vacation of your life, and you can escape the rigors of studying for a while. You could do it in a day, or even make a weekend of it, and slip away to heaven on Earth.

Corfu Island – Greece

You might have heard that Corfu is something of a tourist trap these days, but it largely depends on where you go. This is still the best place in the country to find a beautiful, stunning beach on which to relax. The white, hot sand, licked by waves from the Ionian Sea makes this small island a must-visit for anyone. Put the books aside for a day, and discover the tranquility of Corfu.

Lagos – Portugal

A trip to southern Portugal wouldn’t be complete without heading out to Lagos. This is one of the most picture perfect parts of Portugal and home to some of the country’s best beaches. The Atlantic Ocean will be a great departure from the Mediterranean, and there are some stunning rock formations here as well.

Positano – Italy

Italy certainly is the place for all seasons, with somewhere to appeal to anyone, no matter what time of year. Positano is another of the unforgettable places you have to visit when you travel to Italy. Head to the island of Capri while you’re here, and try to visit the Blue Grotto; that’s before we even get to trying the food.

La Barceloneta in Barcelona – Spain

Is there anything Barcelona isn’t great for? Aside from the delicious paella, tapas, and Picasso, this stunning Catalonian city also has an amazing beach called La Barceloneta. We highly recommend you check out this beach, and soak up a different side of Barcelona.

So there we have it, some of the best beaches in the whole of Europe. These are some of the most stunning places in the world, and they can all be found in Europe. Make your European study experience even better by checking out these incredible beaches.

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Just when you thought dating couldn’t be any more annoying.

Online dating scammers have taken nearly $ 1 billion from unsuspecting lonely hearts in the last three years, and they’re coming for more, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Reports to the FBI about online-dating scams have tripled in the last five years.

You can probably delete that half-true comment about guacamole now.

I know what you’re thinking; online dating is expensive enough, and now we have to worry about being scammed?

Don’t move to a convent just yet. There are ways to spot a romance scam and even get your money back if it happens to you.

How to Spot Online-Dating Scams

You’re first red flag is if they can’t meet you in person.

If someone says they’re abroad and can’t meet, you should tread carefully. If they continually make excuses about why they can’t meet, it’s best to move on.

Scammers will use excuses like memberships that are about to end to get your phone number or email address so they can communicate free from scam monitors. While even the best dating sites can miss scammers, they still have systems in place to block suspicious behavior, so don’t be fooled.

That’s how one woman lost over $ 50,000 in an online-dating scam. The 2.5-month relationship included over 10,000 text messages, 400 phone calls and zero first dates.

Do a Google image search for their profile pictures to see if they’ve been used anywhere else. Scammers will post well-groomed pictures with nice things in nice places. It makes you think they’re wealthy, so when they ask you for money, you trust they’ll pay you back.

If their speech reads like a bad Google translate, then it probably is a bad Google translate. And a sudden emergency is always a telltale sign of a scammer. Even if they don’t ask for money, scammers have guilted victims into giving to not-so-worthy causes.

What to Do If You’ve Been Scammed

First, don’t be embarrassed.

In 2017, there were 28,000 complaints filed to the Federal Trade Commission regarding online-dating scams.

If you’ve given your banking information to anyone you believe may be a scammer, call your credit card company or bank and file a fraud victim statement with the three credit bureaus.

If you received any attachments from the scammer, update your computer’s anti-malware software and do a virus scan.

Money-transferring services are making every effort to protect victims of fraud. The BBB recommends reporting scams from as far back as 2004 to the FTC.

If you sent money through Western Union, you don’t even need the receipt. Just the date, amount and where it was sent will suffice. You may not get all your money back, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and gives money saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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SIDS risk higher in some states, study finds

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Babies are at higher risk of dying unexpectedly in their sleep if they live in certain states, according to a new study.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other unexpected deaths during sleep before age 1, such as from accidental suffocation, have declined dramatically since 1994. That’s when health officials began urging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs.

But, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of the drop happened before the year 2000, and in recent years rates of sudden, unexpected infant death have plateaued and, in some states, have actually gone up.

If you live in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Washington or Wisconsin you can breath a sigh of relief. All these regions have experienced a significant drop in sudden infant death rates since 2000. (In the District of Columbia for example, the rate dropped by almost 45 % between 2000 and 2015).

But Alaska, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana are not doing so well. These states have the highest rates of sudden infant deaths in the country – more than 150 babies per 100,000 births – and these rates increased between 2000 and 2015, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics.

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The big question is, why? Unfortunately, the researchers aren’t sure, but they do have some ideas. One reason could be that moms and babies have better access to healthcare in the states with lower sudden infant death rates, the authors wrote. Or it could be the better performing states have more programs in place to educate parents about safe sleep practices.

Another reason could be higher smoking rates in states with more sudden infant deaths, or rising problems with opioid addiction, which can put babies’ health at risk, the authors suggested.

It will take more research to figure out the answer. In the meantime, you can help protect your baby by following safe sleep recommendations, including:

• Put your baby to sleep on her back

• Use a firm sleeping surface that’s free of pillows, stuffed animals, and soft bedding

• Sleep in the same room – but not the same bed – as your baby

• Don’t let your baby fall asleep on a couch, armchair, or any other plush surface

• Get regular prenatal care

• Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs during pregnancy

• Keep your baby away from cigarette smoke

• Make sure your baby gets all recommended vaccinations

• Breastfeed if you can

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Some Racial/Ethnic Groups Have Greater Chance of Developing High Blood Pressure Regardless of Weight or Where They Live

PASADENA, Calif. — People who are African-American, American Indian/native Alaskan, Asian or native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders have a significantly greater chance of developing hypertension than people who are white or Hispanic who are in the same weight category or live in neighborhoods with similar education levels.

The Kaiser Permanente study, which included more than 4 million people across the United States, was published today in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

Deborah Rohm Young, PhD,

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“This research shines new light on how pervasive the racial/ethnic disparities are in hypertension, and that the prevalence of hypertension among American Indians, native Hawaiians and Asians is nearly as high as that of African-Americans,” said the study’s lead author, Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation.

“Results from this study may provide information that could lead to better targeting of interventions to reduce hypertension, not only by race/ethnicity but possibly by weight category or social economic status.”

Hypertension is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and racial and ethnic disparities in hypertension have been well documented. This research adds to our understanding of how weight and social economic status — as measured by neighborhood education level — are associated with the prevalence of hypertension among non-white racial and ethnic groups, compared to whites.

The goal of this study was to examine the prevalence of hypertension in a large ethnically and regionally diverse cohort of overweight and obese adults to determine whether prevalence of hypertension varied by body mass index and neighborhood education categories. Researchers analyzed the electronic health records of 4,060,585 overweight or obese adults from the Patient Outcomes Research to Advance Learning network, which includes Kaiser Permanente patients in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia and Washington; HealthPartners patients in Minnesota and Wisconsin; and Denver Health patients in Colorado.

Approximately half of the patients were white, about 25 percent were Hispanic, 13 percent were Asian,11 percent were African-American, 1.5 percent were native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander and 0.6 percent were American Indian/native Alaskan.

Researchers found that among this group of overweight or obese adults, 36.9 percent had a diagnosis of hypertension.

The age-standardized prevalence of hypertension was:

  • 46.0 percent among African-Americans
  • 44.7 percent among Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
  • 40.4 percent among Asians
  • 37.3 percent among American Indian/native Alaskans
  • 34.9 percent among whites
  • 34.3 percent among Hispanics

The differences in hypertension prevalence between whites and other race/ethnicities did not substantially differ by neighborhood education level.

Patients were categorized as overweight or obese class 1, 2 or 3, based on body mass index (or BMI), which is weight divided by height squared. For example, a 5-foot, 4-inch person who weighed 155 pounds was in the overweight category, and at 210 pounds was in the obese class 2 category.

Researchers found that hypertension prevalence was 5 to 10 percent higher at each successive increase in overweight or obese weight category for all races and ethnicities.

“We see from the results of this research that maintaining a lower weight remains a key factor in preventing hypertension regardless of race and ethnicity,” said Michael A. Horberg, MD, executive director of Research and Community Benefit and Medicaid for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and the executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute.

“But other factors are also at work, and more research needs to be conducted to discover the many factors that may contribute to hypertension prevalence across racial/ethnic groups.”

In addition to Young and Dr. Horberg, authors on this study were Heidi Fischer, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, Pasadena, Calif.; David Arterburn, MD, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle; Daniel Bessesen, MD, Denver Health, Denver; Lee Cromwell, MS, Kaiser Permanente Georgia, Atlanta; Matthew F. Daley, MD, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Institute for Health Research, Denver; Jay Desai, PhD, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Bloomington, Minn.; Assiamira Ferrara MD, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Division of Research, Oakland, Calif.; Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Center for Health Research, Portland, Ore.; Corinna Koebnick, MSc, PhD and Claudia L. Nau, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Department of Research & Evaluation; Caryn Oshiro, PhD and Beth Waitzfelder, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Center for Health Research, Honolulu; and Ayae Yamamoto, ScM, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Department of Research & Evaluation.


About the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation
The Department of Research & Evaluation conducts high-quality, innovative research into disease etiology, prevention, treatment and care delivery. Investigators conduct epidemiologic research, health services research, biostatistics research and behavioral research as well as clinical trials. Major areas of study include chronic disease, infectious disease, cancer, drug safety and effectiveness and maternal and child health. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, the department focuses on translating research to practice quickly to benefit the health and lives of Kaiser Permanente Southern California members and the general public. Visit kp.org/research.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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Get some media player nostalgia with this web version of Winamp

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Nestled along Age of Empires II and some sort of cracked antivirus, many computers in the early-2000s were also home to Winamp.

The freeware media player which “really whips the llama’s ass” clocked up more than 60 million users by 2001, well before the likes of iTunes or VLC player made any sort of dent in our music-listening habits.

While Winamp hasn’t been updated since 2013, you can now use a web version of the media player that’s been developed by San Francisco programmer Jordan Eldredge.

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Fun fact: Since Joseph Altuzarra’s debut collection for Fall 2009, the designer has sent out more than 200 slitted looks (that’s over a nine-year period, for those of you doing the math at home). He’s the master of the skin-baring phenomenon known as “Angelina Jolie leg.”

But who doesn’t love a slit? No one, it seems. Searches for the edgy, sexy-yet-chic detail are way up on Pinterest; saves for “side slits” have increased by 147 percent over the past year, according to the photo-sharing platform’s latest trend report.

This season’s Altuzarra catwalk featured several slit-to-there dresses.

Altuzarra’s signature silhouette; Image: Imaxtree

Of course, you don’t have to be a data scientist to recognize that arty flashes of skin are in. At the Spring 2018 shows, we caught glimpses of legs, thighs, midriffs and shins at, yes, Altuzarra, but also Esteban Cortázar, Chloé, Paco Rabanne, Dries Van Noten, Christian Dior, Trussardi, Fendi, Versace, Michael Kors, Monse and Proenza Schouler, to name just a few.

Slits are all about hinting at what lies beneath without being overly “look at me, look at me.” In the winter, when we prefer more coverage, slits are especially useful — a front slit on a dress or a tunic instantly improves a modest, layered look, whether or not you’re actually baring any skin. With every shift in body movement, your outfit takes on a new shape, new life.

Not to mention a well-placed slash maximizes the comfort level of curve-hugging pencil skirts. Pants with slits — especially those that run down the front seam — flatter and elongate the leg and allow your statement shoes to show themselves. And while we’re on the subject of layering, slitted tunics and midi dresses add a tinge of sex appeal to the ever-popular dress-over-pants look (they reveal just enough midriff to draw attention, but not early-2000s references). And, as demonstrated time and time again by Demna Gvasalia, midi and maxi slit dresses also look killer with mega-high boots, another oh-so-current trend.

Slits on the Spring 2018 runways.

Esteban Cortázar Spring 2018, Monse Spring 2018, Proenza Schouler Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Generally speaking, when slits are involved, you want to play with lines. One easy, eye-grabbing option is to reach for a cool graphic dress wherein the slit is nearly lost in the pattern, then pair it with shockingly white (or red) heels. Or you could go the Monse route and do straight-leg jeans with a top with an off-kilter neckline that complements its strategically slashed hemline. Or, per Proenza, add edge to 5-to-9 suiting by pairing a breezy, center-slit skirt with nothing but a blazer up top (buttoned once to mirror the cut of your bottom).

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Street style soothsayer Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert also believes in the “peep show up top, peep show below” look — note how she tones down her skin-flashing leather skirt with a delicate pussybow blouse made slightly less prim by its own chest-baring slit.

As with all things, balance is key. The more skin you show on your lower half, the less you want to show below. For instance, a slit-to-the-waist, deep-V maxi dress calls for wide-leg pants. Alternatively, you can also offset the va va voom factor of an ultra-revealing skirt by lining its hem with peekaboo lace or ruffles. Cute, no?

Ahead, 20 fun slitted pieces to get you started.

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Like everyone else, I’m attached to my phone.

So you’d think I’d be fairly attached to my provider. You know: the entity that allows me to mindlessly scroll Instagram, listen to true-crime podcasts and annoy my boyfriend via text 24/7.

But I’m not. In fact, I hate it.

Of course I’m going to tell you why…

  1. It’s expensive — well over $ 200 for three lines. (That includes my mom, my brother and me.)
  1. Negotiating is impossible and the fees are ambiguous.
  1. Each time I leave the brick-and-mortar store, I’m either frustrated out of my mind or near tears. Or both.
  1. Nearly every month, I get one of those “You’ve used all your data! We’ll go ahead and add $ 15 more” texts. (My mom asked about upping our data plan. Not worth it, a salesperson advised her. Why?!)
  1. I’m currently sitting inside my apartment with two measly service bars. Cool.

And, yeah, I’ve looked into other service providers, but this process has lead to frustrations and and questions. Like: Is this really going to be better and cheaper than what I have going for me now?

Today, I’m going to put my skepticism (and sometimes cynicism) to good use to examine a discount cell phone plan I’ve heard chatter about lately: Pure TalkUSA.

Apparently, plans start at $ 20 a month, and include unlimited talk and text. And there are zero overage fees. Plus, you can use the code “PENNY” to get 50% off your first month of service.

Too good to be true, I think. So I started asking all the questions to put together a comprehensive Pure TalkUSA review…

1. Service Will Be Shoddy, Right?

Coverage is my first concern.

Remember those AT&T and Verizon commercials with the maps? “See! Everything is red means you’re covered!” they’d say, the map of the U.S. painted red. With smaller discount carriers, I picture a red dot in all major cities. That’s all.

I start poking around to learn about the Pure TalkUSA coverage.

Its site says it operates on the largest 4G LTE GSM network. I Google “GSM,” because what the heck does that mean? It’s a carrier. Apparently Sprint and Verizon operate on the CDMA carrier while AT&T, T-Mobile and most of the rest of the world use GSM.

Pure TalkUSA also provides a map. I’m stoked for the visual. Most of the U.S. is covered in orange, aside from some larger spots out west.

I scroll down to read the “definitions” of the colors. Orange represents “coverage areas that should be sufficient for on-street, in-the-open and some building coverage.” It’s also worth noting the fine print that reads, “The map does not guarantee service availability.”

That makes me slightly wary, but I get it: You’ve got to cover your butt.

I move on and wonder…

2. Will I Be Stuck With One Low-Data Plan Option?

Pure TalkUSA advertises plans starting at $ 20 a month.

These include unlimited talk and texting. The data is what gets you, though.

That sounds too affordable to be true. How much data am I getting for that? Well, you’ve got options:

  • $ 20 a month gets you unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of high-speed data. For reference, this equates to 13.5 hours of surfing the internet, 3.5 hours of streaming music or 20 minutes of streaming video.
  • $ 25 gets you unlimited talk and text plus 1GB of high-speed data. This equates to 27 hours of surfing the internet.
  • $ 30 gets you unlimited talk and text plus 3GB of high-speed data. This equates to 81 hours of surfing the internet (about .
  • $ 35 gets you unlimited talk and text plus 5GB of high-speed data. This equates to 135 hours of surfing the internet.
  • $ 45 gets you unlimited talk and text plus 10GB of high-speed data. This equates to 270 hours of surfing the internet.

I honestly have no concept of how much I use the internet on my phone, so I check in with my current plan. For three lines, we have 20GB of data. Based on that, I assume 10GB would be plenty for me.

This leads to my next, perhaps most pressing question…

3. What If I Use All My Data?

This is perhaps the most important question of them all. I don’t want to be charged $ 15 each time I go over my data allowance. That already happens. And I hate it.

So we’ve established Pure TalkUSA plans come with unlimited talk and text (including picture texts). But what about the data?

The carrier assures users it won’t simply turn off your data when you max out. Or even charge you overage fees. Instead, once you hit capacity in a month’s time, you’ll be throttled to 128 kbps (which is a kilobit per second).

I looked this one up. Apparently, 128 kbps isn’t the worst. You can watch this guy use his phone on 128 kbps for some context. (Spoiler: YouTube isn’t really functional at this rate.)

Once your month resets, you’ll get all your data again!

4. Can I Keep Fam in My Plan?

This is a big yes! Actually, the more family you add to your plan, the bigger discount you can snag.

For example, when you add a second line, you’ll get 10% off your total bill. Add a third line and get 15% off. Add a fourth line — or more — and you’ll see 20% shaved off your bill.

For example, if three of you have the $ 30 plan, that would be about $ 90 a month. But you’ll get 15% off now, which leaves you paying $ 25.50 per line.

Hey, any little bit helps.

5. Will I Need to Buy a New Phone and Get a New Number?

Nope! This is a BYOP plan. (Bring Your Own Phone… I just made that up.) This means you can keep your existing phone number, too.

Of course, you can shop phones through Pure TalkUSA. But if you have a perfectly good iPhone or Android, check to see if it’s compatible (or unlocked).

Do note, you cannot switch from these carriers if your phone is locked to the network:

  • Verizon/Alltel
  • Boost
  • Sprint/Nextel
  • MetroPCS
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Page Plus

This, I realize, will weed a lot of folks out. You can, however, transfer to Pure TalkUSA from plans with these carriers:

  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • Cingular
  • TracFone
  • Net10
  • Any other GSM providers

With all networks, you’ll have to make sure your phone is unlocked. (Here’s a guide to unlocking your phone courtesy of Digital Trends.)

6. How Do I Make the Switch?

Perhaps the most beautiful part of Pure TalkUSA is you don’t even have to go to a store to switch; it all happens online.

Pure TalkUSA talks you through the sign-up process:

  1. Pick your plan. (Take a look at all the ones I mentioned above.)
  1. Choose a phone — or bring your own as long as it’s compatible and unlocked. If you opt for this, your SIM card will cost $ 3. This is a one-time fee.
  1. Choose to add another line. Or not. Then pay.
  1. Pure TalkUSA sends you a SIM card (and phone, if ordered). Orders placed before 10 a.m. EST will be shipped out that same day. Standard, free shipping ranges from four to six business days.
  1. Once you get your new SIM card, insert it into your phone, and activate your phone online (or call customer service).

Now, you’re all signed up!

7. But What if I Hate Pure TalkUSA?

Don’t panic. Because you’re not tied to a contract, you can cancel your service any time.The company has a 14-day device return policy. Note the device restocking fees, though.

If you’re still impressed with this discount cell phone plan after my interrogation (I kind of am), you can read up on it a little more and sign up online.

And hey, don’t forget to enter “PENNY” for that special 50% off offer!

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Our Instagram followers are some stylish people, so once a week, we like to bring you some highlights from our feed. Meizar does the rare and fun move of matching tie to beanie, Zoltan brightens up a solid workwear look, Jeffrey keeps it both crisp and cozy, and Trung displays pattern balancing with his shirt and tie.

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Sonos vs Bose speakers: Smart speaker security

Smart wireless speakers, like those from Sonos or Bose, have totally changed how I listen to music. Forget sacrificing your phone to the 3.5mm jack, or *shiver* putting a CD into the stereo — just fire up Spotify, find your Wi-Fi connected device, and hit play.

But to twist Uncle Ben’s words just a little: with great connectivity comes great responsibility. Specifically, the responsibility to make sure that hackers can’t hijack your smart speakers to play creepy sound files or control your voice-activated assistant. Unfortunately, it seems that Sonos and Bose have been slipping up a little in that regard.

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For some, working on Christmas comes with the territory

His mother wanted him home in Old Saybrook, Conn. for Christmas, no excuses, no matter what. His boss demanded that he spend Dec.25 in Lower Manhattan at the offices of the investment bank where he worked. There was a pitch to prepare and perfect before the managing director went on vacation in two days. “It’s…
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Kelly Rowland and Ciara Sing Christmas Carols to Bring Holiday Cheer to Some Sick Children

Kelly Rowland and Ciara gave the gift of song to bring some holiday cheer to children who are spending Christmas in hospital this year.

The two singers paired up for a visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital for the Why Not You Foundation, which was founded by Ciara’s husband, Russell Wilson. Ciara, 32, shared a video of herself and Rowland, 36, singing “Jingle Bells” to a patient on Friday.

“Singing #JingleBells With @KellyRowland for Princess Erin. @MrBarryBlack on the guitar. What a special day! @WhyNotYouFDN❤,” she wrote in the caption.

Rowland also shared her excitement for singing and visiting the hospital’s patients, writing on Instagram, “Thank you so much to @ciara & @seattlechildrens For having me! The smiles I saw yesterday made my heart smile! I had so much fun!!! Can’t wait to do it again! XO.”

The hospital also shared a photo of the two singers with patients, writing, “It warmed our hearts to see patients enjoy such a holly jolly, very merry day in the playroom thanks to @Ciara@kellyrowland and @amazon!”

Suzanne Weir, a patient’s mother, told the hospital the ladies “brought a smile to these kids’ faces. It helped get our minds off things and made us feel better. I felt like a weight had been taken off my shoulders. We could just relax and have fun.”

Ciara joined the board of director for Why Not You Foundation in early December and has helped spread the organization’s message to the more than 50 million followers on her social media platforms.

The organization was founded by the Seattle Seahawks quarterback in 2014 and is dedicated helped children and preparing youth to become leaders.

Ciara’s position on the board of directors focuses specifically on supporting programs that directly empower girls and young women locally worldwide.

The pair — who married in July 2016 at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England and just welcomed daughter Sienna Princess in April — visit the Seattle Children’s hospital weekly.


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Have you heard? Will Smith has joined Instagram.

His good friend Justin Timberlake offered some ‘welcome’ advice on how #ThrowbackThursday works…

…and Will responded with some advice of his own.

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Our Instagram followers are some stylish people, so once a week, we like to bring you some highlights from our feed. Johan heads to the holiday party in the best way, Trung keeps warm in a waxed cotton jacket, Jim decorates in a beautiful cashmere coat, Gus wears a classic grey and blue combo in winter fabrics, and Jesse shows how you can wear brown moleskin trousers. 

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If we’ve learned anything, it’s that there’s power in numbers. One lone voice may have gone unnoticed, but the chorus of those who have risen up to share their stories has ensured that justice has a chance to be served. Their courage has sparked a sea change. “Women have had enough. We’ve been shut up […]

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Here are some of the biggest myths of the Russian-collusion story

Polls show voters are jumping to the same conclusion as much of Washington: that President Trump “colluded” with Vladimir Putin to steal the presidential election. But the evidence doesn’t back that up. Instead, such perceptions are driven by a number of key government and media assertions, which on closer inspection, dissolve into illusion: MYTH: “We…
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Comcast, Verizon approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy some assets: sources

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‘Justice League’: Fans Show Cyborg Some Love

Aw, Cyborg. Some Justice League fans aren’t overly happy with the mechanoid metahuman’s inclusion in Zack Snyder’s film. Some of his critics see his presence as being at the expense of the widely adored Martian Manhunter, who was one of the original founders of the Justice League of America, or JLA for short. That’s alongside prestigious names including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Green Lantern, of course.

It isn’t the fault of the DC Extended Universe, though. DC Comics relaunched their entire comic-book line back in 2011 and it was then that the change was made. We discussed the reasons for Cyborg’s retconned foundership here:

Why Was Martian Manhunter Replaced by Cyborg as a Justice League Founder?

But while a contingent of fans expresses their displeasure, a faction of DC fans has sprung up celebrating Cyborg. They love everything the half-man, half-machine superhero is, and are using the hashtag #borglife to shout about it.

In Justice League, Cyborg joins Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and The Flash as part of a squad of metahumans rounded up by Bruce Wayne to tackle the threat posed by big bad Steppenwolf. His cybernetic enhancements come with heavy artillery built in, giving the team the extra firepower they’ll need to take on their powerful foe.

During a scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we saw Cyborg’s creation, as Victor Stone is transformed by his scientist father using experimental technology following a tragic accident.


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Cyborg will go into battle alongside some famous names… and hold his own.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best posts in celebration of Cyborg, and #borglife. Starting with this person, who has seen the film, praised Ray Fisher’s performance in the role, and is excited for Cyborg future:

And this person, who will be stoked to learn there’s a Cyborg movie in the works:

This Twitter user issued a simple statement:

While the official Justice League Movie Twitter account shared its Cyborg love at the World Premiere:

And also called out Cyborg’s technical expertise:

Cyborg actor, Ray Fisher himself, admits to being moved every time he’s reminded of Cyborg’s origin story:

And all of the people related to this Tweet are totally living the #Borglife — including Ray Fisher and the interviewer:

While this person longs for #borglife:

This Tweeter loves it when Cyborg says his catchphrase:

While this one just loves the way he looks:

This person who has seen the film is very impressed:

And this person prefers Cyborg to Spidey:

This person loves when Cyborg disses Batman:

And finally, this person has words for anyone who thinks Cyborg looks rubbish:

Justice League hits screens in the UK on November 16 and in the US on November 17.

 

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I don’t speak French, and artist Nathalie Jomard calls her own English skills “bad.” Nonetheless, we’re both laughing about the pains and struggles moms around the world go through.

Check out a sampling of her illustrations, which run the gamut from pregnancy woes to parenting pitfalls…

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As someone who’s never been described as small-chested, I relate so hard to attempting to squish my girls into my pre-pregnancy bras for as long as possible. Naively, I refrained from investing in larger sizes because I assumed my breasts would go back to normal once I gave birth.

That last comic, yep. That was pretty much me, nearly choking to death on my super-sized, rock-hard breastfeeding boobs.

Of course, I also need a comic with a pair of deflated balloons to depict the post-weaning aftermath. Haha. (Sigh.)

What funny pregnancy or parenting moment of yours would you love to see given the comic treatment?

Images via Nathalie Jomard, whom you’re welcome to connect with on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Blizzcon 2017 Had Some Next-Level Cosplay

The cosplayers were out in force at Blizzcon 2017. Whether it was walking through the hall, getting up on stage for the competitions, or hanging out outside at the fountain, everyone was happy to pose for a photo.

We snapped up some of the best we found, and that Reinhardt is truly impressive. There was also a breakdancing Reaper, as well as a high-class monocled Reaper and an insanely tall Zenyatta.

A couple of cool things Blizzcon did this year was the Darkmoon Faire and Hearthstone Tavern, which involved some official Blizzard cosplay to help set the mood. But a lot of what you see in the video is just peoples’ own handiwork, showing up for the fun of it.

There was a lot of love for Overwatch in the cosplay showing this year. That’s partly due to it being a widely loved game, and partly because it supports its cosplayers with guides and assets.

Even before the game was released, there was a repository of close-up images for cosplayers to study. You could determine what material a costume should be made of, or how to do a certain braid.

As a nice final touch, Muse was playing on the Saturday night and all the cosplayers got up on stage to rock out for the last song. Even before they got up, it was surreal being reminded periodically that you were at Blizzcon 2017 as well as a Muse concert. Every now and then your attention would be taken away from Muse to the Anduin or Kerrigan that just walked past.

But when you’ve got a space marine rocking out to Knights of Cydonia, that’s when it gets real.

A big thanks to all the cosplayers and helpers who made the vibe so awesome at Blizzcon 2017. And for being such great sports when someone with a camera comes up and asks to shoot your cool poses!

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Why some privacy experts are spooked by iPhone X’s facial recognition feature

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple’s privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to…
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Google explains why some users were randomly locked out of Google Docs today

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Google Docs is one of the simplest, most ubiquitous tools for online note taking and draft writing. I’ve used it on countless occasions over the years, as have many of my colleagues, but a strange occurrence this week has me questioning whether I should continue to use it to store valuable notes and drafts in the future.

On Tuesday morning, National Geographic wildlife crime reporter Rachael Bale asked on Twitter if anyone else had experienced Google Docs locking them out of a document before. A draft of a story she was working on had been frozen by Google for violating its terms of service, and now she was unable to access it at all.

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AP sources: DeVos may only partly forgive some student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to department officials, abandoning the Obama administration’s policy of erasing that debt.
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Great Reviews of Some Sketchy Hotels

Reginald Edward Morse is the protagonist and narrator of Hotels of North America, Rick Moody’s latest novel. A reviewer for RateYourLodgings.com, he is also missing in action, when the book begins. All we have of him—and it’s the bulk of the book—are his reviews, his asides, his ruminations about life. But when Moody went on tour to promote the novel, somehow Morse re-emerged! The entries below, as written by Morse and conveyed to us by Moody, are reviews of all the hotels where Moody stayed on his book tour. Hotels of North America, by the way, is now out in paperback.

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Uber’s new no-annual-fee credit card comes with some sweet perks

Uber is ready to throw down with a sweet offer for anyone who wants its first-ever credit card!

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Here’s what the Uber credit card offers

Beginning Nov. 2, the ride-sharing company will start accepting applications for its new Uber Visa Card.

In a blog post, the company notes that cardholders will be able to earn rewards of a penny on every dollar spent for most purchases, with higher levels of reward points assigned to other purchasing activities:

  • 4% back on dining and bars (including UberEATS)
  • 3% back on hotel and airfare (incluidng vacation home rentals)
  • 2% back on online purchases (including those made with Uber itself)
  • 1% back on everything else

The Uber Visa Card, which will be issued in conjunction with Barclays, has no annual fee — which is a big bonus.

But watch out for that interest rate of 15.99%, 21.74% or 24.74% (depending on your credit) if you carry a balance! (You should never carry a balance from one month to the next!) 

 As an introductory offer, you can also earn $ 100 after spending $ 500 during the first 90 days.

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Here’s a rundown of some of the other perks:

No foreign transaction fees

Most credit card issuers charge around 3% if you use their card outside the United States.

Not so with Uber Visa Card, which has zero transaction fees!

Mobile phone insurance

You’ll get up to $ 600 for phone theft or damage when you pay your wireless bill with Uber Visa Card.

And you’re only responsible for a $ 25 out-of-pocket deductible!

Special invites

Uber says cardholders will also get invites to events, secret shows and dining experiences in select U.S. cities.

But this might be the biggest perk of all…

The Uber Visa Card comes with an annual $ 50 subscription credit that can be used for services including Spotify, Netflix and Amazon Prime membership.

This credit recurs every year once you spend $ 5,000 annually.

Clark Howard’s take

Money expert Clark Howard is always quick to note that cards like this will only work in your life if you’re a net payer, i.e. you pay your bill in full each and every month.

If you tend to carry a balance from month-to-month, any benefit of the Uber Visa Card could get eaten up pretty quickly with interest charges.

In that case, you’re probably better off with a credit card from your local credit union. They tend to have lower interest rates than the cards from the big financial institutions.

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Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday

Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday


Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday

Ever since the third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premiered this Friday, everyone has been spontaneously breaking out in song. More specifically, everyone is singing the episode’s breakout hit, “Let’s Generalize About Men,” because it’s the hilarious misandrist anthem that the world needs right now.

One of the best things about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is that Rebecca Bunch manages to say what everyone wishes they could say (or, in this case, sing) while also pointing out just how ridiculous it is. “Let’s Generalize About Men” is the perfect example of why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of the best shows on TV. It satisfyingly expresses things that are annoying about men while also poking holes in the broad generalizations people make when talking smack with their friends.

Because the lyrics of “Let’s Generalize About Men” are just so perfect, we want to know more about it. And that’s when the beauty of social media really becomes palpable. That’s because Rachel Bloom, the brains behind Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the actress who plays Rebecca Bunch, shared some behind the scenes videos from creating the masterpiece on her Instagram. And they’re so much fun.

In one Instagram post, Rachel Bloom showed the girls practicing the choreography.

Yes! Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin (who plays Paula), Gabrielle Ruiz (who plays Valencia), and Vella Lovell (who plays Heather) look so amazing while body-rolling and singing the hilarious lyrics, “Let’s get super lit and not admit this is some kind of primal ritual we need now and then.”

In another video, Bloom shows the ladies singing the song at the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend table read.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall to see how all of the actors might react to some of the show’s outrageous songs, this is your chance.

Yeah, it’s pretty exciting that we get to see Josh’s reaction to Bloom singing, “There are not exceptions, all three million men are like this!” Considering that Josh left Rebecca at the alter, her character needs to denigrate and denounce the entire male gender, and doing that with one’s girlfriends really is a part of the healing process after a bad breakup.

We’ve all been there.

Laughing is also important, and “Let’s Generalize About Men” successfully satirizes the wine-infused nights shared among a group of girls who just need to make unfounded statements about why men are terrible. Like saying, “All every man does everyday is watch porn, eat wings, burp, fart, and snore.”

It’s all in good fun on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And “Let’s Generalize About Men” is just about one of the funniest songs ever made.



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Celebrities have tightly curated calendars filled with premieres, elegant dinner parties and various events, which leaves them with plenty of room experiment with style. Even better, they have access to fresh-off-the-runway pieces. When you combine their slew of dress-up opportunities with …

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Blake Lively has some strong words about the Weinstein controversy

‘It’s important that women are furious right now’

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As we continue to learn new and disturbing details surrounding film executive Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, more and more celebrities are speaking out against the behaviour.

The latest to do so is Blake Lively, who has addressed the allegations against Weinstein by saying: ‘It’s devastating to hear.’

Lively has known Weinstein professionally for some time, working with him on a film business panel in 2013 with other influential people, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who says she is ‘disgusted’ by her ex-friend.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lively said: ‘That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories … I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued.’

She added: ‘I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it’s devastating to hear.’

Lively was quick to point out that the most important thing to do now is to listen to the victims.

‘The number one thing that can happen is that people who share their stories, people have to listen to them and trust them, and people have to take it seriously,’ she said. ‘As important as it is to remain furious about this, it’s important to also say that this exists everywhere so remember to look everywhere.

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‘This isn’t a single incident. This cannot happen, this should not happen, and it happens in every single industry,’ she said.

On Tuesday, Harvey Weinstein’s wife Georgia Chapman said she is leaving him. A spokesperson for Weinstein has said: ‘Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.’

Lively added that women are sexually harassed so often that they are essentially conditioned to ignore it. “It happens to women all over the place, all the time, to the point where women don’t even think that this is a real assault,” she said.

‘I’ve had plenty of things happen to me whether it be trying on a dress for prom at some clothing store, to a director being inappropriate, to a guy walking down the street where you don’t think, “Oh well, that wasn’t actually sexual assault — this guy just, like, grabbed my butt.”

‘It’s important that women are furious right now,’ she continued. ‘It’s important that there is an uprising. It’s important that we don’t stand for this and that we don’t focus on one or two or three or four stories, it’s important that we focus on humanity in general and say, ‘This is unacceptable.’”

Women everywhere deal with sexual harassment; from catcalling, to unwanted touching, to online encounters, and everything in between, and it’s by no means limited to the entertainment industry.

Our hearts are with victims everywhere. We are listening, and you are not alone.

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Chile Decriminalized (Some) Abortions—Now What?

“Abortion has existed since the beginning of times, in all countries, in all places, regardless if it’s legal or not,” Antonia Biggs, a researcher for the Turnaway Study, told Ms. “Abortions are no lower in Chile than they are in countries were it is legal. In fact, they are somewhat higher. Criminalizing is not preventing abortion. What is doing instead is punishing women.”

The Turnaway Study followed almost a thousand women over five years—comparing outcomes for women who had abortions with women who were denied access. In Chile, with a population of almost 18 million inhabitants, 134,000 to 150,000 abortions are estimated every year.

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Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal decriminalized abortion on August 21, ending a 28-year total ban on the procedure that was the strictest in the world. Abortion is now legal in Chile under three circumstances: when the woman’s life is at risk, when pregnancy is a result of rape and in the case of lethal fetal anomaly. Although the bill had broad public support—up to 70 percent of Chileans were in favor of the measure—conservative deputies tried to stop it twice. Biggs, who is originally from Chile, was one of the 135 participants in public audiences before the Constitutional Tribunal. She spoke out days before the rule was approved to share the findings of the Turnaway Study.

Now, a question looms: Will other countries in Central America follow Chile’s lead? Experts are optimistic that Chile’s decision will have a positive impact in the region, but its extent remains to be seen. Honduras’ Congress opened debate on the topic in April while reviewing its penal code, President Juan Orlando Hernández vetoed a proposal that would have shifted its abortion laws.

Nicaragua may be out for the count, too—the country established a total ban on abortion just 11 years ago in 2006. And whereas Michele Bachelet, Chile’s President, was crucial in striking down its abortion ban, in Honduras and Nicaragua political structures make that pathway to progress more slim. “Nicaragua right now is in the hands of two people [the president, Daniel Ortega, and his wife, the vice-president, Rosario Murillo],” Mayte Ochoa, a social worker at Ipas Central America, said. “The rule of law and institutional framework do not exist, so we think it is very difficult that the recent change in Chile will have a positive impact here. Nicaragua is kind of isolated in this particular issue.”

In 2015, 6,000 citizens signed a petition in support of abortion rights in Nicaragua. In Honduras, 900 girls get pregnant as result of rape each year. None of this seems to affect the decision-makers. “We will definitely have to wait until there is a better scenario,” Ochoa said, “but this does not mean that we will not keep working towards a change.” She remains optimistic, despite this, that Chile’s move could still accelerate change in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. But even in Chile, she hopes for more.

“I believe in formal terms this is a great step forward,” Ochoa explained, “especially because of its symbolic and ideological meaning for governments and women. As feminists, we would like to see further progress.”

It is unclear exactly what impact Chile’s new policy will have for women in the country. There remains skepticism about a reduction in the number of clandestine abortions, and legal changes can’t address the significant stigma women who abort face. “Even for women who should benefit from the law, it might be hard to have an abortion,” Biggs explained. “First, they need to find clinician who can demonstrate that they fall in one of the three cases. And also they need to find a doctor who can provide an abortion, in a country were they have received very little training, or who may not be willing because of the stigma around abortion provision.”

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, one of the best universities in the region, has already claimed that its medical school will claim conscience objection as an institution. “It is certainly possible that some other religious universities will follow,” Biggs asserted, “and then, at an individual level, I think providers will consciously object. This may be an issue. I think this is the next challenge ahead.”

Despite backlash, the ruling does open doors to new opportunities to train clinicians. Ipas and other organizations are already working with Chilean health providers to close gaps in access that run deep due to the longstanding ban. “Legalization and enforcement of the law does not guarantee access,” Ochoa stated. “There is a lot of work to do with the health personnel so the service is a reality for women.”

There remain wide gaps between law and practice, between the decriminalization of abortion and real access. To close the gap, underground abortion networks have long taken the cause into their own hands—literally.“It is one of the solutions women have historically sought to make this service less unsafe,” Ochoa said. “If the state does not resolve, someone else has to. It should be the state—but people, organizations are risking their own safety to provide a service for a woman who is going to do it with or without help. She is going to do it anyway.”

 

“Freedom is a right,” Ochoa continued. “And that right includes women. The freedom to choose when to be or not to be a mother is fundamental. It is fundamental not only for women, and her life, and her health, but for the society, and the new individuals taking part in that society.”

Ana Muñoz Padrós is a freelance journalist based in Chile.

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