Kristen Bell Recalls Dax Shepard Lettuce Slug Incident and Talks Father’s Day Plans

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Chris Pratt Talks Plans With Son Jack On Father’s Day And The Moments He Cherishes The Most With The 5-Year-Old

While in attendance at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, the actor opened up about his family time, revealing what is the best kind of moments he spends with his son Jack, 5. Here’s what he had to say!

‘I think my love language is quality time, so when we can just sit down and just be together and spend time with one another, just me and him. That is probably when I am the happiest and when he looks up to me the most,’ Chris Pratt told ET.

As fans know already, Pratt attended the show in order to receive the Generation Award for his contributions to both TV and film through his Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Jurassic World, as well as the newest, Avengers: Infinity War roles.

The star also shared the plans he had for Father’s Day, and it is safe to say it was not as exciting or epic as surviving dinosaurs or traveling the universe to find an Infinity Stone.

However, it is his favorite thing to do with his young son, so that’s great!

‘Church and I am going to lay low and swim in the pool. That is what we are going to do,’ Pratt dished.

We are sure he enjoyed all that leisure time with little Jack.

The proud father seems to really love being a parent and days like these when he can just relax with the boy and make precious memories together are probably pretty rare considering he has a pretty packed schedule.

Make sure to tune in for the MTV Movie and TV Awards that is set to air tomorrow, June 18, on MTV, at 9 P.M.ET/PT!

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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing Talks Diversity and the Upcoming Documentary About His Life Story

ON CAMERA: With a film on the life of veteran couturier Pierre Cardin under way, a documentary on the story of one of Paris’ glitziest fashion prodigies — Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing — is also nearing completion.
The designer told WWD that the film, which is being produced by the team behind the 2009 documentary “Valentino: Last Emperor,” will wrap this summer and is due for release in early 2019, with the distribution channels yet to be confirmed.
The film mixes the personal and the professional, from his roots and growing up with his adoptive parents in Bordeaux, France, to his designer success story, including “some of the struggles encountered in getting to where I am, the work that has gone into it and the critiques,” he said.
“It’s going to be a beautiful message, it’s going to be a big thing,” added Rousteing, acknowledging that the project is an unusual move considering his young age. “A documentary about my life when I’m only in my 30s, it’s a bit like when I had to do the collaboration with H&M based on Balmain’s DNA when I’d only been at the house for like four and a half years. I’ve been at Balmain for eight years now,

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Talks end with China warning trade benefits at risk if U.S. imposes tariffs

BEIJING (Reuters) – China warned the United States on Sunday that any agreements reached on trade and business between the two countries will be void if Washington implements tariffs and other trade measures, as the two ended their latest round of talks in Beijing.


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BEIJING (Reuters) – China warned the United States on Sunday that any agreements reached on trade and business between the two countries will be void if Washington implements tariffs and other trade measures, as the two ended their latest round of talks in Beijing.


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VIDEO: Jane Lynch Talks Red Nose Day & HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT on TODAY

The crowd on the TODAY plaza is all decked out in red noses to mark the Red Nose Day Special Thursday night on NBC. And so is Jane Lynch, who shares details about the show as well as about a special edition of Hollywood Game Night to mark Red Nose Day.
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Angelina Talks ‘Jersey Shore’ Return: ‘It Got Close’ to a Fist Fight

It’s the return of the dirty hamster! On the Thursday, May 24, episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, the house gets a surprise visitor: their ex-roommate Angelina Pivarnick. The EMT, 31, was a part of the original cast and appeared on and off during the first two seasons. However, she didn’t get along with anyone in the house, getting in multiple physical altercations with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. So, how did it feel re-entering the house?

“[I was] very nervous,” Pivarnick told Us on Tuesday, May 22, noting she was worried the most about Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Nicole and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. “I had a lot of history with them. I mean, not really so much Jenni, but Nicole and Mike a had a lot of problems with.”

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Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Ronnie Magro, Pauly D DelVecchio, Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola, and Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino attend the KIIS-FM “Now 34 And The Jersey Shore” party at Hollywood Tower on July 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

So, why return eight years later? “I wanted to go and make amends because I really thought that there was a lot of unfinished business with me and the cast and the roommates,” she said. “I just felt like there was a lot on my chest that I needed to get off, and it was eating up and away at me for all those years.”

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. The women in the house were not happy to see their former roommate, something that Pivarnick was surprised by. “I didn’t understand the grudge after all these years. I mean, maybe Nicole because I did say stuff about her, and she said stuff about me,” she explained. “I did say something about her lips and that was something that I was upset about because she went and got her lips done by the same doctor as me and she didn’t thank me for the referral!”

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When it came to getting physical though, it was Farley who Pivarnick nearly fought with. “It got really close,” she admitted to Us.

“She just had a lot of things to say to me and as far as opportunist and a chew toy and all these other things,” the Staten Island native explained. “I kinda just sat there and I’m like listen, I’m gonna be 32 years old, I don’t need to fist fight you right now. Let’s just hash this s—t out right now, you know what I mean? I’m an adult. I don’t know about you, but you have two kids. So I didn’t really wanna have that altercation with her … If it comes down to it I’m gonna have to do it, but I literally wanted to be classy. I wanted to just make my amends without having to throw fists this season.”

Watch our interview with Pivarnick above, then catch her appearance on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation on MTV Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET.

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President casts doubt on his highly anticipated summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, saying talks ‘may not work out for June 12’

President Donald Trump hopes to gain clarity on North Korea’s nuclear intentions when he meets Tuesday with his South Korean counterpart, who arrived in Washington seeking to shore up confidence ahead of June’s summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.


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US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world’s two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing.
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Peace talks ignite land buying frenzy along South Korea’s fortified border

With North Korea pledging to reduce tensions and renew ties with its southern neighbor, demand for property around the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is surging.
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Exclusive: Laila Ali Talks “Home Made Simple”, The Ali Legacy, And More

Former professional boxer, Laila Ali has always had the gift of giving within her.

Even as a little girl, growing up alongside her father, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, she has witnessed charitable deeds day-in and day-out that have instilled a bigger sense of purpose and passion in her now as an adult.

Everything from seeing her father handing out $ 100 bills to homeless people while riding around parts of L.A. in his Rolls-Royce convertible to developing a dedication for the culinary arts, Laila has continuously found ways to improve the lives of others around her. And even with what some may consider as a burden—having an icon as a parent—she has still followed her passion toward many different paths in life…

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N. Korea to blow up nuke-site tunnels before Trump-Kim talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump next month.
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‘Chicago Fire’ Boss Talks Finale Twist: Is That the End of Dawsey?

Warning: this story contains spoilers from Chicago Fire’s Thursday, May 10, episode!

When one couple’s great, the other’s cracking. That was the case on Chicago Fire’s season 6 finale. While Stella (Miranda Mae Rayo) and Severide (Taylor Kinney) finally got a happy ending – he deserved one – Dawsey was not so lucky. After learning that having a baby would be a huge risk, Dawson (Monica Raymund) told her husband Casey (Jesse Spencer) that she wanted to try anyway. He refused, suggesting adoption instead. She then refused because of their history with Louie. So, in an impulsive move, she made a huge change, telling Chief Hatcher that she’d like to join the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Starting with the positive, cocreator Derek Haas admitted to Us Weekly that Severide had been through enough and while having Renee (Sarah Shahi) was a nice twist, he wanted Kidd and Severide to be together at the end of the season. “When we look at our board for the season, we look at what’s going to be our shocker, our upswing and heartbreak. It was definitely Severide’s turn after the last few seasons of having really tough romance-enders and best friend! We’ve been building them all season,” he said. “I do think Severide has a nature-nurture problem that comes with the territory when he’s dealing with relationships. But Kidd is special… I really like them together.”

And while Stellaride got the upswing it looks like Dawsey got the heartbreak. But will Dawson really go to Puerto Rico and will Casey follow her?

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Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey and Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson on ‘Chicago Fire.’ Elizabeth Morris/NBC

“I would love to be able to go to Puerto Rice and shoot for a week. Get Casey there, have Dawson there, but I can’t make any promises. I have no idea,” Haas noted. “I can see that episode in my head but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it.”

However, the conversation of children isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “This issue is as big as you can have as an obstacle in a relationship. Since the very first episode, Casey has talked about wanting to be a father. She gets emotionally raw about the way that that could happen. It’s not thought out. It’s impulsive. It’s not even rational or how you should be thinking about these things but that’s what life does,” he added.

Chicago Fire has been renewed for a seventh season at NBC.

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Trade negotiations are focused on getting China to buy more U.S. goods rather than getting it to ship less, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.
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Ruth Chapman Talks Life After Fashion, Hot Labels That Are Bucking the System

LONDON — Ruth Chapman may be easing her way out of the day-to-day fashion business — and moving on to more cerebral pursuits — but that hasn’t tempered her passion for seeking the industry’s next great talents and rethinking brick-and-mortar retail.
It’s been a buzzy 12 months for Chapman, who sold Matchesfashion.com, the retailer she founded with her husband Tom Chapman in 1987, to Apax Partners in September in a deal valuing the company at $ 1 billion.
The sale was the surprise of the summer: For years the Chapmans had expected to pursue an initial public offering for their business, but in a matter of just a few weeks, they had multiple suitors knocking on their door, with Apax emerging as the winner.
“We got to a position where we were doing extremely well, the business was growing extremely fast and a lot of people came knocking. So we thought: ‘OK, we’ll continue to grow the business for IPO, but we’ll listen to what they have to say’ — and conversations began to develop,” said Chapman.
“We felt like we had done this for a really long time, and if we could step back that would be an exciting thing to do. Apax are a

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Kate Hudson Gets Girly, Talks Fabletics’ Girl Up Line, Staying Fit While Pregnant

Kate Hudson has girls on the brain. Not only did the actress announce last month that she’s expecting a girl with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, her activewear brand Fabletics will launch a global limited-edition capsule collection with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign on May 8.
Dubbed “Girl Almighty,” the collection supports Girl Up’s “by girls, for girls” movement empowering girls to become a force for change. The latest drop also represents the brand’s continued partnership with Girl Up as well as its evolution into a philanthropy-focused brand and its endeavor to create a community that nurtures females of all ages.
Comprising five workout looks from an assortment of sports bras, tanks, hoodies, shorts and leggings, as well as two-pieced goods, the items will retail for $ 24.95 to $ 54.95 and the complete looks from $ 59.95 to $ 79.95 on fabletics.com as well as the 24 Fabletics stores nationwide and in 10 countries. Hudson appears in the campaign, shot in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., with Girl Up members from California State University, Northridge.
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CEO Talks: Tailored Brands’ Doug Ewert and His Unwavering Focus

It was a David-and-Goliath-type of situation when the Men’s Wearhouse was negotiating to buy its archrival Jos. A. Bank a little more than four years ago. There was a back-and-forth bidding war between the competitors and ultimately, the larger Men’s Wearhouse walked away victorious.
But be careful what you wish for.
While the merger created the largest men’s specialty store chain in the U.S., the $ 1.8 billion acquisition added a hefty amount of debt to Men’s Wearhouse’s balance sheet and the Bank business was in worse shape than its acquirer realized. The promotional strategy it used to drive sales — buy-one-get-one, two, three or even seven, free — was unsustainable.
For two years, chief executive officer Doug Ewert took heat from Wall Street as he worked tirelessly to turn the Bank business around. Today, the newly named Tailored Brands Inc. has turned the corner, quadrupling profits in 2017 and posting comparable-store sales gains at its flagship Men’s Wearhouse and the Jos. A. Bank division.
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Here’s Who Isn’t Winning From Denuclearization Talks and Friendlier North Korea-South Korea Relations

While stock markets in Asia are breathing a sigh of relief after North and South Korea’s leaders shared a friendly handshake and vowed to work toward wiping away nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula Friday, once high-flying defense stocks are taking the hit.

On Friday, while the broader stock market as measured by the S&P 500 index remained largely flat, the S&P Aerospace and Defense Select Industry Index fell roughly 1.3%.

The U.S.’s five largest defense contractors shed about $ 10.2 billion in value on Friday alone. Lockheed Martin fell 2.5% to a valuation of about $ 92.1 billion; Northrop Grumman slid 3.4% to $ 56 billion; General Dynamics shed 3.8% to $ 60.7 billion; Raytheon dropped 3.6% to $ 50.8 billion; and finally, Boeing slid a much lesser 1% to $ 200.2 billion.

The drop off comes even though quarterly earnings posted in recent days by General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrup Grumman beat analyst expectations.

The losses comes after North and South Korean leaders met Friday, agreeing to work toward removing nuclear weapons from the peninsula, and negotiate with the U.S. to officially declare peace and put an official end to the Korean War.

It was a turn in rhetoric. Since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, the aggressive talk between the U.S. and North Korea had been heating up–pushing investors wary of a potential war into defense stocks. So over the past year, while the S&P 500 has risen roughly 12%, the S&P Aerospace & Defense Select Industry Index has gained 27%.

Though the peace talks were not entirely unexpected. The sell off began in earnest on Tuesday, when French President Emmanuel Macron visited the U.S., discussing topics including the Iran nuclear deal and North Korea. In the same day, Trump also made comments that made peace talks sound more likely. After having called North Korea’s Kim names such as “little rocket man” in the past, Trump dubbed the Asian leader “honorable” and “open.”

The S&P Aerospace & Defense Index is down about 4.3% since then.

Notably, the index is still beating the market over the past year–with tensions continuing with other nations.

“With the threat environment unlikely to abate per a host of global tensions spanning China, the Mideast, North Korea, and Russia, we do not foresee any imminent fall-off in US military budgets,” wrote Morgan Stanley analysts led by Rajeev Lalwani.

And, notably, the agreement between North and South Korea Friday was light on details–allow skeptics room to doubt how, and if denuclearization will be rolled out to the extent the enthusiasm of North and South Korean leaders seemed to suggest.

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Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint make progress in talks, aim for deal next week – sources

(Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp have made progress in negotiating merger terms and are aiming to successfully complete deal talks as early as next week, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.


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Joe Montana Talks Colin Kaepernick, the NFL Draft, and Why Tom Brady Has It Easier Than He Did

At Thursday night’s NFL Draft in Dallas, several franchises will pin their futures on finding the next Joe Montana. It’s been a quarter century quest: since Montana retired after the 1994 season, arguably only two quarterbacks — Tom Brady and Peyton Manning — have measured up to the San Francisco 49ers legend, who won four Super Bowl titles. (Brady surpassed his childhood hero in Super Bowl rings, winning five). While working on a campaign to increase heart disease awareness, Montana spoke to TIME about the greatest quarterback of all-time debate, the draft, and why he thinks Colin Kaepernick no longer has an NFL job.

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So who’s better, you or Tom Brady?

Oh, me, of course. Did I take long enough to answer? [Laughs].

It’s really hard to compare guys. I said this long before Tom had even this fourth [Super Bowl victory]. You look at guys who played before me, Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, how do you compare a guy who played back then not only to me but to this era now, when they’re not getting hit, they’re not tearing the clothes off the wide receivers as they get off the line of scrimmage. The game’s so different; it’s really hard to compare. Tom’s had a tremendous, tremendous career. And he may be [better than Montana]. I just think it’s really difficult to do that.

Being in the Bay Area, you saw a lot of Colin Kaepernick. Do you think he’s not playing in the NFL because of the anthem controversy, or because of flaws in his game?

If you look at a lot of the guys who come out of those read-option type systems, they have great first years. You can go back to RGIII, [it’s] the same thing: Once [defenses] get it figured out, those guys aren’t used to playing in the pocket and seeing defenses from inside, and being accurate at the same time. It’s a little bit easier now maybe for those guys because they’ve taken away some of that hitting that usually takes place late in the pocket.

But you have to be accurate to be in there. During those years he was struggling, he was in the low 50s and 40s in completion percentage. [Ed Note: Kaepernick’s worst single-season completion percentage was 58.4% in 2013; San Francisco finished that season 12-4]. Tim Tebow was the same way. They messed with Tim so much, got to fix this, got to fix that, let the kid play. He did well in college, let’s see if he can play or not. It’s too late to fix somebody when they get to the NFL. Tim was winning games, and he was in the 48-49% somewhere in that neighborhood at one point. [Ed Note: Tebow finished the 2011 season with a 46.5% completion percentage, and led the Broncos to a playoff win]. He couldn’t hang on.

Do you understand what the players who protest during the national anthem are doing? Or do you think players shouldn’t protest during the anthem?

Back when I was playing, or before, you didn’t have all the media outlets that are available to all these guys. Play the game. Go do your other stuff on social media outside of that, no matter what sport it is.

Ex-UCLA coach Jim Mora told Sports Illustrated that his former quarterback, top NFL Draft prospect Josh Rosen, “has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire.” Can you be an effective NFL player and have other passions. Or do you have to be locked-in all the time?

I think there’s a lot of time free for outside interests, post-season. It’s really difficult. If you have enough time to be doing other things during the season, then something’s wrong. You’re probably not putting in enough time at the quarterback position especially. I could never find enough time week to week. You need to be concentrating. He’ll be making enough money. He doesn’t need to be worrying about other things during the season.

So if you were a GM, would Josh Rosen’s outside interests worry you?

I think one of the problems is they’re under such a microscope these days. I mean every little tiny thing, flaw, they’re not looking can he do this, can he do that? It’s, ‘ok, what can we find bad about him?’ That seems to be the nature of our world today. Instead of, ‘hey, he’s a young kid.’ You should be happy that he’s worried about the environment. If he wasn’t playing football, you’d be going, ‘oh, that’s such a great thing.’

There are too many eyes on everybody these days. Let the guy live. Let him find out. He’ll find out soon enough.

After Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady’s former backup, arrived in the Bay Area via a trade with the New England Patriots, he went 5-0 as the San Francisco 49ers starter in 2017. The team rewarded him with a contract that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. There’s a lot hope in San Francisco now – is Garoppolo the guy?

What you said is where it all should be right now. There is a lot of hope there. I think he’s still a little bit untested — especially for the type of money that they paid for him. He could be the guy. I don’t know. He obviously made a little bit of a difference — or a lot of difference — in the team at the end of the season last year.

Is it the end of the season, and other teams are going, ‘oh we got the 49ers?’ or what? When you watch guys who leave from behind great quarterbacks like that — Tom’s had like three already, [and they] go all the way back to [Dan] Marino with [Scott] Mitchell, and Elvis Grbac playing behind Steve Young — when they leave that system, there’s been zero success rate for any length of time.

So hopefully this is the first one, for all the 49ers fans out there, and the organization. I just think you have to wait and let them play.

Your two sons played college football. But science continues to shed light on the dangers of head trauma incurred while playing the game. Knowing what you know now, would you have let your sons play football?

Yeah, but I think you’re going to see a lot more flag football — especially at early ages — until they get more mature and things even out. And take away a lot of those really early hits on the kids’ heads, because no matter what they do with helmets, and how much you try to protect, [hits] are still going to be repetitive.

Are you worried about your own future?

I’m not sure how I can judge that as of yet. There are times when my wife questions it; there are times that she doesn’t. I’m not concerned. I’m 61, I’ll be 62 here in a couple of months, and I’m just getting old, period. But I’ve seen a lot of guys where it’s had a tremendous effect on them, unfortunately.

You’ve been promoting the “Breakaway From Heart Disease” campaign. Why are you passionate about this subject?

Both my and wife’s family have been effected by heart disease. Her father passed away at an early age. My mom had high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Her two brothers had heart attacks. My grandfather passed away from heart disease, at 54, I’m pretty sure.

And so even with all of that information in front of me, I never really thought that I would get heart disease and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Luckily for me, after I retired I went in for a normal physical and my blood pressure was high. So my doctor, we monitored it for awhile, and then I thought, ‘ahhhhh, it’s going to go down, no worries.’ But it never did.

So we started working on a game plan. For me, it took not only lifestyle changes but also medication. And we had an opportunity to be a part of this and get the word out there. This is the number one killer of Americans out there. We are able to control it if you just know the risks. Know what your blood pressure and cholesterol level is. And make a few changes. All you have to do is get with your doctor. That’s all we’re saying.

Is there anything you wish you did differently in your career?

One thing, I probably wouldn’t have retired as early. The other is I would have found extra hours to spend a little more time with my kids when they were growing up. Because when they were at a younger age they wanted a lot of excitement, but I knew I still had a lot of work. My wife was great with them, and she had the biggest influence there. But I missed those young times growing up. By the time I understood it, it was really too late in their lives. If I could do it again, I might go back and do that part differently.

Why did you wish you kept playing?

The game’s just too fun. Plus it’s cold turkey when you quit. I would play as long as I could because the game was so exciting on Sunday afternoons.

You did broadcasting at NBC for a year after you retired, correct?

I was brought on to talk about what it was like from a players point of view. Later on, the producer there really didn’t care about your point of view, as long as you were loud, argumentative and definitive. You don’t have to be right — that’s the part I didn’t like.

In fact something happened at the Super Bowl. We all had phones next to us. We were doing the Pittsburgh-Dallas game. I picked up the phone and called my wife and go ‘I’m leaving. I’m walking off right now. I’m not going to put up with this anymore. I can’t do it.’

She goes, ‘No, you can’t. At least go finish the game.’ It just wasn’t for me.

It would have been amazing to see Joe Montana walk off the set during the Super Bowl.

[Laughs] I was close. Believe me.

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Rapper Jim Jones Talks About Becoming A Minority Football Team Owner [Video]

After leaving his mark in the world of hip-hop and fashion, rapper Jim Jones has ventured into sports business, announcing that he is a part owner of an American Arena League (AAL) football team.

In a statement, Jones, who has always had a passion for sports, said he is “grateful” for the opportunity to become the part of Richmond Roughriders and is “looking forward to taking the Roughriders to the top. Hopefully, this will inspire the youth to pursue positive activities, especially through sports.”

Gregg Fornario, the general manager and fellow co-owner of Richmond Roughriders, said the Harlem rapper will help the team expand its brand. “The Richmond Roughriders partnership with Jim Jones enables us to bring so much more to the table in regards to introducing the high impact sport of Indoor football to the hip-hop culture, allowing us to build the Richmond Roughriders brand not just in our community but nationwide.”

During an exclusive interview with Black Enterprise, Jones opened up about his plans for the AAL team and his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s #TakeAKnee protest. The Roc Nation recording artist also talked about his investment in the cannabis industry and other business ventures throughout his career:

 

 

 

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Earlier this month, IKEA teamed up Dutch designer Piet Hein Ek for a delivery of “deliberately imperfect goods” known as the “Industriell” collection. Now, setting sights on the future of furnishings, the Scandinavian brand appears to be experimenting with augmented reality, unique apps and other forward-thinking ideas. As Co.Design‘s Mark Wilson writes:

“People visited Ikea stores 936 million times last year, but they visited Ikea online 2.3 billion times. Meanwhile, the company debuted new ways to shop using AR and VR, partnered with the visual AI startup GrokStyle, and acquired the gig economy company TaskRabbit. In short, Ikea is acting more like a tech company than a furniture maker. And within the next few years, the way you think about shopping at Ikea will probably change entirely, as the company is aggressively pursuing a new, digital identity through its evolving wave of experimental apps.”

With industry analysts forecasting a dynamic shift in the way IKEA does business, the company is aiming use digital innovation and cutting edge technology to make its goods accessible to anybody.

“The business model of Ikea having a blue box in a cornfield, and you jump in the car with your family and have an ice cream [at the store], is not the only thing we should offer our customer,” Michael Valdsgaard, IKEA’s head of “digital transformation,” explains to Co.Design. “For the majority of people in the world, Ikea isn’t accessible. Apps can make Ikea accessible.”

While IKEA is currently testing the waters with a range of apps, its creative masterminds are looking to lay the foundations for future business models.

“In the future you’re going to search either verbally or visually,” Valsgaard tells Wilson. “How we’ve searched until now doesn’t make sense for the coming decade … In VR, people love it, but don’t use it. Then you go into AR–people love it, but half can’t use it because they’re not used to it yet.”

Valsgaard also note that AR is still in its nascent stages. “I thought it would have gone a little bit faster with [Apple’s] ARkit and [Google’s] ARcore, because all of a sudden, hundreds of millions can use it. But it’s probably going to take a few years before it becomes something for everyday use.”

“We just want to explore,” Valsgaard concludes. “I think you will find, in the next three to five years, we’re going to have a range of ways to interact with Ikea, from big blue buildings on the freeway to a completely digital interface, to anything in between.”

Mark Fisher also sums up IKEA’s future goals well:

In this sense, Ikea’s approach is a reflection of the tech industry–and its confusion over emerging mediums like AR–right now. No one quite knows what is coming next. Pinterest is betting on visual search. Facebook has gone all-in with VR. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are bullish on AR. And then, of course, we have a slew of voice assistants lurking in an increasing number of devices, mostly thanks to Amazon. Of course, while all of this UI experimentation is taking place, the future of physical retail is murkier than ever. In this sense, Ikea’s strategy is to spread its chips across the table with a range of AR, VR, and visual search experiments.

In related news, designer Adam Pickard just rolled out his plans for AssembleAR, a concept app that uses AR to guide consumers through the IKEA instruction process.

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Over the course of nine years, peace talks were held in Afghanistan 23 times. Women were in the room only twice.

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Women are often the first to feel the effects of extremism, conflict and war, but they are notably absent from peace tables around the world. Despite the foundational opportunities they could have to write their equality into policy during constitution rewrites, they’re often not a large share of drafters. Despite their leadership in civil society, their efforts too often go unrewarded and unrecognized by formal governments. And in the face of a flood of concrete data that proves that their presence in peace-making improves success for entire nations, they’re still missing from critical conversations about paths forward in countries around the world.

In Afghanistan, the presence of women in peace talks could not be more pivotal. Afghan women were explicitly targeted by the Taliban and continue to be under siege by extremist groups in the region. Activists on the ground have made major gains, but they remain fragile—and leaders are wary of what lies ahead.

Jamille Bigio, a senior fellow for women and foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Rachel Vogelstein, the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the council and director of its Women and Foreign Policy program, explained why women should be at the table—”not simply as a matter of fairness, but as a strategic imperative”—in an opinion piece published in USA Today.

Women and girls have made notable progress since the fall of the Taliban, which adheres to a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam in which women are considered second-class citizens. Under Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, Afghan women were banned from schools and work, faced public beatings and executions, and endured severe restrictions on their movement. Today, women and girls enjoy more opportunity to attend school and participate in political and economic life.

However, these gains have not translated into opportunities for women to participate in the peace process. In 23 rounds of peace talks between 2005 and 2014, women were at the table on only two occasions. When officials from over 25 countries recently gathered for the Kabul Process, an Afghan-led peace conference, the room was overwhelmingly filled with men. If the conference is at all indicative of what future negotiations will look like, Afghan leaders should rethink their approach and pursue instead a proven strategy to improve the chances for peace: the participation of women.

In a new interactive report, we present in-depth case studies and an index tracking women in formal roles in peace processes from 1990 to the present. This and other research suggests that including women in peace processes advances security, and that their participation in negotiations makes the resulting agreement 64 percent less likely to fail and 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years.

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Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle, where she was previously Community Director and Feminism Editor. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Sean Penn Talks His Debut Novel and His Fears for #MeToo

On March 27, Sean Penn will make his debut as an author with his satirical novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. To mark the occasion, the philanthropist and two-time Academy Award–winning actor famous for his roles ranging from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Milk to Mystic River spoke with TIME about the themes of the book, the #MeToo movement, President Donald Trump and Haiti.

The main character of your book is a mercenary who opposes a Trumpian figure. Do you share Bob Honey’s worldview? I wrote this book to get myself away from my own worldviews. And that doesn’t mean that they are or are not expressed in the book. It’s up to the reader to decide.

Bob drafts a letter to the Trumpian character saying, “We are a nation in need of an assassin.” Are you worried that will be read as you advocating for the assassination of President Trump? No, I’m not worried about that. I think if anybody believes by reading this that I am advocating for something like that, then they are really not getting that right. This is satire.

Bob targets the elderly. Do you fear getting old? No, I am in a hurry to get old. I’ve always had it in my head that I’m 77 years old. Now I don’t know that I’ll make it to that. I’ve done a little too much smoking. But I do feel more at ease with the world the older I get, despite the fact that the world itself is becoming increasingly challenging.

When you picture your life as a 77-year-old, what do you see? I think I run a bed and breakfast, and I keep a good bottle of Haitian rum under a blanket over my legs, in a wheelchair. I am not committed to the wheelchair, but I use it because I could get away with it. And I’m very selective about who can stay at the bed and breakfast.

What can books do that movies can’t? Put the vision in the hands of the reader. Film has often been called the director’s medium. And a writer kind of gets lost in that, often. With a book, you’ve got a writer and a director — and the director is the reader.

What did you think when the President described Haiti as a “sh-thole”? I just know so many people who would have been hurt by it, who have lived a hardship that that man’s never known. The indignity of his indulgence in his own flamboyance and minor brain is cheapening the air we breathe. And the fact that this Congress is tolerating him, the fact that anchors on news stations aren’t pulling the fire alarm. We passed the Paddy Chayefsky moment about a year ago, when the screaming “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore” should have been. I used the book to keep myself from [falling into] the worst thoughts that Bob expresses. When it comes to Sean Penn talking for Sean Penn these days, I even feel that I want to use less flamboyant language than I have, and I’m not a politician.

You write in the novel “words are as lethal as any weapon” and “public yearning” has “now become an insatiable hunger bent on having one’s own insecurity empowered.” Is there a cure to that? Well, I think we’ve got to hit quite a challenging restart button if we’re going to cure that in this culture. I think that we are seeing people in great pain be dubbed heroes. There’s goddamn nothing to criticize about someone being a victim. On the contrary, there’s something to hug and to cure. But I don’t know if throwing the word hero around should apply in some of these circumstances. And I try to write about that a little bit also. Heroism is a funny thing, in that it’s often circumstantial and we see the best of humankind respond in ways that can make us weak with courage. I don’t know that we’re in a conversation that these flamboyant terms of reverence are helping very much.

In the poem that makes up the epilogue of the book, the phrase “#MeToo” is described as “infantilizing.” And it says that the “toddlers’ crusade” might end up “reducing rape, slut-shaming, and suffrage to reckless child’s play.” Could you explain that further? Well, I think that as a writer expressing myself freely, allowing myself to freely write within the brain of Bob, that there is an argument to be made that Bob would find familiar, those two words put together, “me too,” the three-year-old who wants a toy because his brother got one is “me too, me too.” And so I think that’s what that is. That’s Bob singing.

The lines that follow-up that section of the poem ask if “Due process has lost its sheen?” After Steve Wynn resigned from his hotel and casino company over sexual-harassment allegations, Trump asked a similar question. What do you make of that overlap? A broken watch has perfect time once a day. There will always be alignments to be found. I think it’s really, like most things, in the personality where the difference lies. So why things are said and in what context they’re said. Certainly there is, in all of us, contradiction.

Do you personally have criticism of how #MeToo has taken shape? I personally have hopes that it moves more into baby steps, simply because I want it to win. I fear that when groupthink becomes a media legislation of free speech, and a social media jury to convict anyone, it is no longer an American process, which is a due process. I think the greater issue here is that there are very serious changes that society needs to make to improve life for women, for homosexuals, for immigrants.

In 2016, you settled a defamation suit with director and producer Lee Daniels, who insinuated that you had been violent toward Madonna during your marriage. Has that experience affected your impression of #MeToo? Yeah. Listen, it wasn’t only that. As militant as anybody chooses to be on any subject, so shall I be on my right to healthy skepticism. Skepticism is more necessary and valuable than any blind belief anybody has about anything. No matter what issue we’re talking about, I believe every black person can have a point of view on a white person that is legitimate to express. Every man who has a point of view on women’s issues, it is legitimate to express, and vice versa. We’ve got to be a “we” at some point. Once good intentions start forcing everybody into camps, the strategy is off. And then things get worse. We talk about trauma so quickly, and then all of a sudden you see what these 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds go through down there in Parkland. And then you think about what these kids are experiencing in Yemen. And if we get all one-issue about this sh-t and divide each other over it or the way we’re allowed to talk about it, and people take some kind of high ground like only Danish princes can play Hamlet, then we’ve lost the joy of life.

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Whoopi Goldberg co-hosted God’s Love We Deliver’s second annual Love Rocks NYC! benefit at New York’s Beacon Theatre on March 15.

Keith Richards, Mavis Staples, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones were among the performers that appeared onstage for the star-studded second event.

This year’s benefit concert was hosted by Goldberg, Bill Murray and the Bacon Brothers and presented by fashion designer John Varvatos and Greg Williamson. The event concluded with all of the participating artists joining Ziggy Marley onstage to perform Bob Marley’s “One Love.”

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Love Rocks NYC! raises money for God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit organization that provides meals and nutrition counseling for people with severe illnesses.

Goldberg is a vocal marijuana advocate so she even gave guests a few tips on how to budget in order to donate more to the cause.

“Buy a joint instead of the bag. Make cocktails at home,” she quipped.

Meanwhile, Bravo housewife Luann de Lesseps reportedly “ducked out early with a young pal, and she “appeared to have knocked back a few, but her rep insisted she’s not drinking.”

“She was on medication for a bug she got in Colombia. It’s pretty strong medication. She was feeling nauseous. She’s really serious about sobriety and is completely focused on her wellness. She’s doing yoga every day,” he said.

The former countess recently completed a stint in rehab after being arrested for disorderly intoxication.

She also recently went on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and clutched a glass of white wine on the show. But a rep said, “It all was for showbiz,” and she just held the glass and did not indulge.

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Power of Walking Away: Tamron Hall Talks Life after ‘Today’

When Tamron Hall walked away from the Today show early last year, fans were shocked, appalled, and disappointed that the first black woman to hold an anchor seat on the show would be leaving. There were reports that she was blindsided by news that her 9 a.m. slot would be given to Fox’s Megyn Kelly, and NABJ got involved, citing the decision as a measure of “whitewashing” NBC News’s offerings. (Forbes even reported that Kelly would get close to a whopping to $ 20 million—a heftier salary than Hall’s, whose earnings disqualified her from the magazine’s 2016 list of highest-paid show hosts.)

Her social media posts thereafter reflected her journey into me-time: vacations, charity, and red-carpet sightings. But what about her passion and career? What about the newly landed Weinstein Television deal for a new talk show? How would she surpass the win of landing one of the most-coveted seats on TV?

Yesterday, the award-winning journalist made a stop in Norfolk, Virginia, at Old Dominion University and talked about just that, setting the record straight. “I knew I had worked hard. I would do the Today show for three hours, 45 minutes in between, go to MSNBC, and every weekend I’d tape Deadline Crime,” Hall said. “I don’t begrudge anyone for taking a job offered to them. That’s not my journey. For me, [it’s] a universal feeling: We all want to feel appreciated—at work, in our lives, in relationships—and so that’s just what I felt. I didn’t have a chip on my shoulder. There were reports that I abruptly left, and that’s a lie.”

The award-winning journalist, who hosted MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall, and Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, also spoke candidly about her journey in choosing her next best boss move, revving up her advocacy for domestic violence victims, and how being “unapologetically black” is non-negotiable:

On rebounding after the Harvey Weinstein scandal and deciding her next career steps:
[The offer for a new TV talk show] came last summer, and at the time, I’d never met Harvey Weinstein. Of course, I knew who he was…and he came to me and my team with a great idea—something that was already in the works…. People have asked me why don’t you [think] about it? I say, “Listen, I think good common sense leads the day.” My record standing for women speaks for itself. … In reality, the Harvey Weinstein situation, thankfully, did not have an impact on my ability to return to TV and I’m very grateful for that.

I’ve been offered a lot of jobs that I don’t want and that I can turn down because when I come back I really want y’all to be proud of me. I want you to be proud of what I do next, so I’m trying to thoughtfully make that transition to where I feel I need to be.

On what keeps her passion strong in domestic violence awareness and victim advocacy:
Ten to 11 years ago, I was invited to MC an event because the original person who was supposed to MC canceled. The organization was called Day One, and they teach domestic violence awareness in public schools in New York. … One young lady after the next started telling their story about being a domestic violence survivor… I’m standing there hearing all these stories knowing that my sister was murdered. … Finally, I just blurted it out, when I got up to the podium, I said, ‘My sister was murdered.’ I knew that there were signs of domestic violence in the home. I lived in Chicago, [and it was] specifically this moment [that] I knew: I heard a commotion in my house. I ran downstairs and my sister and a significant other was there. She had a huge knot on her head, the table had been knocked over—it was just a horrible scene. I said, “What’s going on here!” And he said, “Oh she fell over the table.” I knew that was a lie. I grabbed her, and I got a broom and started to threaten him, like, Get out of my house. … I went upstairs and nursed my sister, put her to bed… I woke up the next morning and he was back in my house, in bed with my sister. I kicked them both out.

For me, it was a very selfish thing. I alienated my sister. We reconciled… we just pretended it never happened. … I’ve met a lot of families who experienced that same thing where you just say, “We’re just going to pretend it didn’t happen. It’ll get better. And it won’t happen again.” Well, it did. And it cost us her. … It is why I’ve dedicated my life to sharing that very painful story as much as I can, because if I can find the courage to share it, then maybe someone else can be helped from it.

On handling naysayers and being fearless:
I try never to get into Twitter fights—-I just don’t have the temperament for them… but I said the other day in an interview that I am unapologetically black. I’m not anti-anyone but I am certainly proud of the Southern black people who raised me. So on Twitter… this white male writer…someone I don’t know… says ‘Oh why’d you have to say that?’ … I said to him on Twitter, “First of all, why did that bother you?”

It should never bother someone that you are unapologetically who you are. I am unapologetically Texan, Southern, a black woman—I come from my culture, but I am inclusive.

When I look back on my life at 48, and the thing I’m trying my best to hold on to—not my youth…it’s that I was fearlessness. I think we all go through that where we take on more responsibilities—life, the savings account—we lose some of that fearlessness that allows you to take those leaps of faith. My spirituality means the world to me, but God is not going to help me unless I help myself. Having that fearless energy going in and shaking hands, meeting people and asking for the job. When you don’t get it, ask again, and again because no is nothing. No is a yes waiting.

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Conservative: Trump-Kim Meeting Poses Promise & Peril Sometimes, suggests Commentary’s Noah Rothman, “it takes an outsider, unburdened by the stifling conventions and preconceptions” of traditional diplomacy, “to see the obvious.” President Trump showed that on the Jerusalem embassy. But sometimes conventional wisdom “is conventional for a reason.” And Trump’s decision to sit down with Kim…
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8 TED Talks by Exceptional Black Women You Didn’t Know You Needed

It’s International Women’s Day (and Women’s History Month), which means that in addition to showing some extra love and support to the Women of Power in and around your circle, it’s a good time to binge on some enriching TED Talks by phenomenal influencers.

You can extract some major life inspiration from such thought-provoking speakers as Jedidah Isler, the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale, who expresses her deep belief in the value of diversity in STEM fields; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, who stresses the untapped potential of girls around the world; author Luvvie Ajayi, who encourages women of color to speak their mind; and Joy Buolamwini, the MIT grad student fighting bias in machine algorithms.

The passionate women featured here are fearlessly creating magic, disrupting paradigms, and sparking change with their transformational ideas and actions. Each woman is making a sizable impact in her field and each talk is bound to fill you with insight and motivation to last throughout this entire Women’s History Month and beyond.

These are the eight TED Talks by exceptional black women that you cannot miss.

Jedidah Isler, Astrophysicist – “The Untapped Genius That Could Change Science for the Better”

 

Luvvie Ajayi, Author – “Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable”

 

Joy Buolamwini, Coder, Founder, The Algorithmic Justice League – “How I’m Fighting Bias In Algorithms”

 

Leymah Gbowee, Peace Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner – “Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls”

 

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, CEO and COO, GirlTrek – “When Black Women Walk, Things Change”

 

Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Political Scientist, Executive Director, UN Women – “An Invitation to Men Who Want a Better World for Women”

 

Mellody Hobson, Investment Expert, President, Ariel Investments – “Color Blind or Color Brave?”

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Novelist – “We Should All Be Feminists”

 

Honorable mention: Shonda Rhimes, Writer, Producer – “My Year of Saying Yes To Everything”

 

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Kristen Wiig in Talks to Play Cheetah in ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel

Kristen Wiig in Talks to Play Cheetah in 'Wonder Woman' Sequel

UPDATE: Sorry, Sarah Paulson fans! Kristen Wiig (above in Ghosbusters) is now in talks for the role of the villainous Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2, according to Deadline. Read on to learn more about the Cheetah character and why Paulson wanted to play her.

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In the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack of 2015, Apple found itself involved in a bitter stand-off with the FBI. Famously, Apple refused to create a custom version of iOS that would have provided the FBI with an endless number of passcode guesses in order to access a locked iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists. Not to be deterred, the FBI eventually managed to access the device with the help of a third-party security firm. And though the FBI never publicly disclosed who it partnered up with, reports suggest it was an Israeli-based company called Cellebrite.

While security companies like Cellebrite ideally prefer to avoid the spotlight, the company was thrust back into the news this week following a report that it has developed the capability to essentially hack into any locked iPhone running any iteration of iOS, including the recently released iPhone X. In turn, the company has already started advertising its workaround to law enforcement authorities around the world.

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Cara Delevingne Talks Women’s Revolution

WOMEN’S DAY: “Celebrating the feminine,” Cara Delevingne yelled as she took in the decor of the Dior show on Tuesday: the walls, floor and benches a collage of women’s magazines from 1968. The feisty model and actress had accessorized her gray suit with a black logo bra and cap from the show.
Joining her front row were guests including Langley Fox Hemingway, Yasmin Le Bon, rising French actress Lola Le Lann and Olga Kurylenko, who has five films in the works.
“I’m completely blown away by the visuals, it’s such a powerful message. It’s a celebration of the Sixties and the Seventies, the revolution — and we are in a revolution now. It’s female empowerment, female togetherness,” added Delevingne who is currently filming the new Amazon TV fantasy series “Carnival Row” in Prague, opposite Orlando Bloom, in which she plays “a fairy warrior.”
Ellen von Unwerth, who’ll be launching her magazine, Von, this weekend in Paris, said the first issue — “the Fight issue” — was inspired by the female boxers at the Overthrow boxing club on Bleecker Street in New York.
Selah Marley, who wowed the crowd with her look, combining a checkerboard jumpsuit, Space Age mirrored specs and a jutting ponytail, demurred on projects,

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Iskra Lawrence Talks Instagram Fame, Struggling With Eating Disorders at FIT Symposium

Inclusivity, the power of social media fame, the prevalence of eating disorders among models and how they can transcend size were among the issues discussed Friday at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Model Alliance’s Sara Ziff led the talk with Iskra Lawrence, Lauren Chan and JAG Models’ Gary Dakin, which was part of The Museum at FIT’s “Fashion and Physique” symposium.
Lawrence described an experience when she was 13, being backstage at a fashion show “buck naked” and unable to fit into any of the garments. After telling a stylist what was wrong, she said he told her, “Well, you’re too fat then,” despite the fact that she wore a size 4 to 6. That experience triggered her disordered eating for five or six years, Lawrence said.
Now an internationally known large-size model with four million followers on Instagram, Lawrence said she believes aspiration “should not be a look but a feeling, if that’s confidence, empowerment, even if it’s sexiness, whatever that might be.” To that end, she decided to share only untouched photos and to talk about her relationship with her body, “to show that even as a model or someone in the media, we all have the same feelings of

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Jessica Chastain Now in Talks to Star in ‘It: Chapter Two’

Jessica Chastain Now in Talks to Star in 'It: Chapter Two'

The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It became a major cultural phenomenon last September, igniting interest in a sequel, which was quickly given a green light. Even before It was released, however, actress Jessica Chastain (above in Molly's Game) voiced her support.

Trust me. This film is great. Get your tickets early. It'll sell quick. So proud of the Muschetti siblings. ????https://t.co/LI7rs3Lc83
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Cheryl and Liam Payne are still battling for approval to turn their £5m family home into a ‘mega-mansion’ despite crisis talks over their relationship

CHERLY and Liam Payne are reportedly still battling for approval to turn their £5million family home into a “mega-mansion” – despite crisis talks over their relationship.

The couple, who are preparing to split, have submitted numerous planning applications to extend the house they share with baby Bear in Working, Surrey.

Liam Payne and Cheryl face crisis talks as their two-year relationship is on the verge of collapse
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Liam Payne and Cheryl face crisis talks as their two-year relationship is on the verge of collapse[/caption]

The couple live in this £5million house in Surrey – and are still planning to double it in size
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And despite the former One Direction star seeking legal advice over a split, the pair are said to be determined to carry on with major renovations to double the size of the property, according to MailOnline.

Liam, who is worth an estimated £54million, purchased the house for £5.1 million back in 2015 and submitted plans for a garage area, which would have been home to his collection of expensive supercars.

The extension would also include an entrance to the house, an indoor pool and a new guest house – increasing the building’s volume from 93.37m3 to 199m3 – or a whopping 133 percent.

According to the newspaper, Woking Borough Council refused permission in October, ruling: ‘The proposed single storey side and front extensions represent a disproportionate addition over and above the size of the original dwelling and consequently constitutes inappropriate development within the Green Belt.”

Liam Payne's marriage advances have been consistently rebuffed by Cheryl
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Liam Payne’s marriage advances have been consistently rebuffed by Cheryl[/caption]

Liam Payne raised the prospect of marrying Cheryl after the birth of their son Bear but her rejection has fuelled crisis speculation
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Liam Payne raised the prospect of marrying Cheryl after the birth of their son Bear but her rejection has fuelled crisis speculation[/caption]

The pair are said to be appealing that decision, with a public notice listed on the council website as recent as February 9.

Last year, we revealed that the couple were granted permission to make some major renovations to their six bedroom country pad.

Despite Cheryl being pregnant at the time they forewent building a nursery and instead converted three garages into a giant snooker room as well as building a big underground gym and swimming pool.

The planning appeal comes as pals say 24-year-old Liam began re-evaluating their romance as his solo career began taking off.

Liam appeared on Capital FM’s breakfast show but made just one reference to Cheryl
Liam appeared on Capital FM’s breakfast show but made just one reference to Cheryl
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Sources close to Liam Payne revealed that his burgeoning solo career has increased tensions between the couple
Sources close to Liam Payne revealed that his burgeoning solo career has increased tensions between the couple
Liam Payne holds his newborn son Bear the day of his birth - March 22 2017
Liam Payne holds his newborn son Bear the day of his birth – March 22 2017

He also realised their relationship was doomed when Cheryl kept dismissing his talk of marriage.

A source said: “Liam is smitten with his little boy and wants things to work between him and Cheryl, so thought talk of marriage was a positive step.

“But she just doesn’t seem to be thinking in the same sort of way and has made it clear that’s not on the cards at the moment, which he saw as a real snub.

“The reality is his solo career has been very demanding on his time and Cheryl has spent a lot of time alone as a new mum.

Rita Ora and Liam Payne have been promoting their track For You from the soundtrack for the movie Fifty Shades Freed since the start of the year
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Rita Ora and Liam Payne have been promoting their track For You from the soundtrack for the movie Fifty Shades Freed since the start of the year[/caption]



“That’s put pressure on her and the relationship and they’ve drifted apart.

“Nobody is sure if they’ll be able to pull things back from the brink.”

Yesterday Liam appeared on Capital FM’s breakfast show but made just one reference to Cheryl — while debating which football team Bear will support.

Meanwhile, pals have claimed that Cheryl had tried to get Liam to stop talking about Bear or her in interviews, and that his failure to stop had put strain on their relationship.

Liam Payne, pictured with Cheryl, as she's heavily pregnant with baby Bear
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Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Talks Misconceptions and Plans for 2018

As co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors is a modern-day revolutionary igniting change and turning messages into movements about law enforcement accountability and race in America. But beyond activist and co-founder of BLM, she’s a Fulbright Scholar, performance artist, an author of When they Call You A Terrorist, an instant New York Times Best Seller. Four years after the start of the movement, we caught up with Cullors to clear up BLM misconceptions and plans to expand. 

Let’s take it back to when you and your cofounders (Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza) first started the Black Lives Matter Movement, what were your intentions? 

The intention for Black Lives Matter had everything to do with wanting to challenge the idea that black people couldn’t fight for themselves and couldn’t be at the forefront for challenging anti-black racism. The beginning of BLM was really about developing a new set of skills and new leaders to challenge white supremacy and the way that it shapes everything that we do.

Over the years, what have you been most surprised to learn about yourself as well as the movement?

I’ve been most surprised to learn how vulnerable we are to right-wing attack and that our movement would be labeled a terrorist organization. I was most surprised that I would be labeled a terrorist and the people I loved would be labeled terrorist.

What have been the points of your journey that you’ve felt that BLM was most successful?

I think we’ve been successful at shifting culture and building out narratives that center black people at the margins. BLM is innovative and constantly challenging the ways we collectively understand blackness. There has been a deeper commitment to learning about issues that the black community faces and a realization from a lot of people that if we fight for black lives then ultimately, when black people get free, we all get free.

What are two common misconceptions people have about the BLM movement? 

Misconception No. 1 is that BLM is just the name of a movement and that movement only exists in America. BLM is also a global organization with over 40 chapters in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Our network understands that anti-black racism is global and the work of undoing white supremacy should be happening around the world.

Misconception No. 2 is that it BLM is leaderless. We believe BLM is leaderful and all movements have many leaders, our movement doesn’t believe in a single charismatic leader.

What events, initiatives, and plans do you have for BLM in 2018? What types of conversations should we be having more of?

We should be having conversations on what it looks like to build the black economy and what it looks like to develop black communities from the ground up. We’re in a long-haul fight given this administration and its consistent fight against us; white supremacy isn’t just here in the United States, it is a global phenomenon and we must challenge it as such.

In 2018, our chapters will continue to do the work that they do on the ground—fighting the local government, calling for new laws, and fighting against police brutality. As a global network, our work for the next year is building our own infrastructure. We’ve spent the last four years resisting and fighting back in reaction to black deaths and this next year is taking a deeper dive into what the next decade of this fight looks like.

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