All the Times Fast Food Brands Clapped Back at Their Haters on Twitter

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In recent years, Twitter has become a major marketing tool for all brands, but it’s also become a great way for fast food joints to clap back at their haters (and their competition).

While Wendy’s quickly gained a reputation for having the sassiest Twitter on the block, especially because of their ongoing feud with McDonald’s over fresh versus frozen beef, other brands took notice and began dishing out their own snarky tweets in response to customer questions, celebrity news, or other brands’ promotions.

Read on for some of the best zingers from the fast food giants.

Taco Bell

While Taco Bell doesn’t typically engage in social media fights, the brand has had a few standout moments from their own Twitter account, including their correction of a grammar error in one of White Castle’s tweets to Chrissy Teigen. The taco joint also fired back at Old Spice when the deodorant company accused the fast food chain of false advertising.

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DiGiorno

Frozen pizza company DiGiorno also joined in on the fun, inciting a pizza war with Papa John’s. The frozen pizza chain mocked Papa John’s slogan “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” when they tweeted a declining graph meant to represent Papa John’s sales above a tweet that read, “Better Pizza. Better Sales.” The company also briefly changed their bio to the new slogan to spite Papa John’s.

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Burger King

Aside from their epic promposal to Wendy’s on a marquee sign outside of one of their restaurants, Burger King has also thrown shade at the company on social media. First, the chain used social media to promote their spicy chicken nuggets, a menu item that Wendy’s had previously discontinued, leaving the Twitter-verse in an outrage. The brand found people’s old tweets asking where Wendy’s spicy nuggets went and used them as advertising for their own spicy nugget addition to their menu.

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Then, Burger King promoted a 5 for $ 4 deal just days after Wendy’s announced their 4 for $ 4 deal. Even though they didn’t mention the square-burger chain in their tweet directly, Twitter users were quick to notice the shade in their tweet which read, “Because 5 is better than 4.”

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However, Wendy’s never goes down without a fight, so when a Twitter user, who has since switched their account to private, asked what Wendy’s had in response to the deal, they responded with two simple words: “edible food.”

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Wendy’s

Of course, Wendy’s has the longest history of roasting people on Twitter, including their iconic tweet suggesting that asking to be directed to the nearest McDonald’s is essentially the same as asking to be directed to a garbage can.

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The company also recently called out pro-golfer Tiger Woods when he flubbed his first hole at the 2018 U.S. Open, scoring an unimpressive triple bogey. “Tiger, next time you’re going to get a triple…” the brand tweeted beneath a photo of their triple cheeseburger.

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Scroll through to see some of our other favorite clap-back tweets from Wendy’s.

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Here are 9 times Love Island’s Georgia taught us what friendship means

What a girl.

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Love Island 2018 has smashed viewing records – and just one month in, we can totally see why.

Unlikely recouplings, shock exits and a few too many Flack attacks for the Islanders’ liking.

With the boys and girls in separate villas to be tempted by suitors of the opposite sex, drama has got to boiling point.

The public is undoubtedly rooting for Dani and Jack, with the now girlfriend and boyfriend going to extreme lengths to stay faithful to each other. This however has only made it sadder that previously strong couple Josh and Georgia are not doing the same, with Josh moving on with new girl Kaz while Georgia is distancing herself from the boys to stay loyal to him.

While the outcome looks uncertain for the York-born drama student, her unreciprocated loyalty is only increasing her popularity in the eyes of the public.

‘Jack and Dani are both sleeping outside. LOYALTY IS KEY.’ tweeted a Love Island viewer. ‘I love them. They’re both absolute sweethearts. Poor Georgia though, Josh you’re cancelled hun.’

‘I swear if Georgia gets dumped for being faithful to Josh… #loveisland’, another viewer tweeted. While another agreed, ‘If Georgia goes Love Island is cancelled.’

I’m not saying she hasn’t made mistakes (seriously G – never rub sun cream into Jack in front of Dani again), but didn’t we all when we were her age? She is twenty let’s not forget.

The contestant has been praised this week for her loyalty and compassion, but on closer inspection, aren’t those two qualities she has shown the whole way along?

Every step of the way when anyone had a problem or needed comforting, 20-year-old Georgia has been right behind them, standing up for what’s right and teaching us all a lot about friendship.

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Here are 9 times Georgia showed us what friendship means…

1. The time she was respectful to Niall when he chose to leave the villa prematurely…

Niall and Georgia are going full steam ahead, but do you ship them? ⛵ #LoveIsland

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2. The time she slept outside with Rosie instead of in her bed with Josh after her pal’s heartbreak…

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3. The time she walked Rosie to the door when she left the house…

4. The time she made up a good old saying to pick her friends up…

“Exactly babe.” 😆 #LoveIsland

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5. The time she took a stand with Laura when he and Megan ‘mugged’ her off…

6. The time she and Dani slept outside to stay loyal to Josh and Jack…

7. The time she was the first to comfort Dani after the Casa Amor footage…

8. The time she pretended to be a cow to make everyone laugh…

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9. The time when she was all of us #fuming…

When your ex from 6 years ago has the cheek to move on 🙅‍♀️ #LoveIsland

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We are loving this girl.

Georgia – can you be our best friend when you’re out of Love Island please?

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All the times Meghan Markle dressed like Princess Diana

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Call it a coincidence or not, but Meghan Markle has taken a leaf out of Princess Diana’s sartorial book more than once since she started her official Royal duties. There was the time she wore the late Princess’ ring on her wedding day, and when she was inspired by her for her Trooping the Colour dress.

Just yesterday, Meghan was spotted wearing a button-down dress for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, which resembled an outfit Diana wore at the Order of the Garter ceremony back in 1992. So we thought it was about time we’d look back at all the other times Meghan copied Diana’s style.

The button-down skirt suit

Meghan wore this chic suit for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, while in 1992, Diana wore a similar dress for the Garter Ceremony. While Diana wore a hat and Meghan didn’t, both dresses had cream buttons down the front, and a belt to accentuate the waist.

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The Royal Ascot dress

For her first Royal Ascot appearance, Meghan opted for a chic monochrome look. The embroidered shirt dress was by Givenchy, and she accessorised with a Philip Treacy hat. In 1985, Princess Diana also opted for black and white in a chic skirt suit with matching hat.

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The pink off-the-shoulder dress

For Trooping the Colour, Meghan broke Royal protocol by showing off her shoulders in a chic Carolina Herrera dress with buttons down the front. This was reminiscent of the Catherine Walker gown Diana wore to visit the Berlin Opera House in 1987, don’t you agree?

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The blue floral dress

In June, Meghan and Harry attended the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece, and whether on purpose or not, Meghan went for a floral Oscar de la Renta dress which was remarkably similar to a Catherine Walker tunic worn by Diana in the Gulf States in 1986. The bride, Celia McCorquodale, also wore the Spencer tiara (the one Diana wore on her wedding day) for the first time since Diana died.

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The white coat

You’ll remember how Meghan wore a wrap coat by Canadian brand Line the Label for her engagement photocall, prompting their site to crash. Diana was also a fan of oversized white coats, and she wore this Versace number in London in 1996.

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The striped dress

Meghan wore this cute pinstripe dress for one of her first official engagements, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April 2018. Meanwhile, Princess Diana wore pinstripe suits many times, and we love this dress she wore in Australia in 1985.

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Reflecting on Barack Obama’s Accomplishments in Tumultuous Times

The constantly breaking political news cycle is enough to leave nerves frayed. These turbulent time may make you long for days (read: administrations) past and see this as a good time to step back and reflect on calmer days when Barack Obama was in the White House. Some may want to reminisce on Obama’s accomplishments as president, and particularly, their effect on the African American community.

Why? Well, the political—and some may say the actual—world is currently in tumult. Human rights organizations, activists, and Democrats, and even fellow Republicans are vigorously criticizing a Draconian immigration policy recently enforced by President Trump that separates children from their parents when they cross U.S. borders. President Trump has also been accused of insulting U.S. allies; cozying up to the most despotic leaders in the world; engages in daily attacks on the free press; has no qualms name-calling anyone who irks him via Twitter; and of course, there is the suspicion that he colluded with Russia to win the presidency.

During his time in office, President Barack Obama worked to improve the lives of all Americans, including African Americans, by providing economic and educational opportunities, improving healthcare coverage, working to ensure that the criminal justice system is applied fairly to all citizens, and championing workforce development to ensure we continue to develop and retain the strongest, most productive workforce in the world. During this administration, African Americans made strides in many of these areas.

What’s more, President Obama’s JumpStart Our Business Start-up (JOBS) Act resulted in a major shift in securities laws that meant the emancipation of capital for minority and women-owned businesses, who traditionally have struggled with gaining access to capital through traditional means. More minorities and lower net worth individuals were able to get in on investments that can drive more wealth generation to their communities. Thanks to Titles II, III, and IV, a startup can publicly raise capital, participate in equity-based crowdfunding, and use online tools to find investors as well as raise up to $ 50 million from both non-accredited investors and accredited investors (those making at least $ 200,000 a year or having a million-dollar net-worth).

 

 

Barack Obama’s Accomplishments

President Obama goes over notes in the Red Room prior to a Live Prime Time Press Conference in the East Room of the White House 3/24/09. (Wikimedia/Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.)

My Brother’s Keeper 

Under President Obama’s watch, there was an emphasis on black males. In February 2014, the president introduced My Brother’s Keeper, to specifically focus on improving the lives of young African American males. The initiative is encouraging nonprofits to raise $ 200 million in five years for programs focused on young men of color. Though My Brother’s Keeper is not a federally-funded government program, no such effort has existed before under any American president. President Obama is said to be planning to make My Brother’s Keeper a major policy before he leaves office.

Barack Obama’s Accomplishments

May 18, 2015
“The President talks with students and law enforcement officials about community relations and programs that build trust between youth and the police in Camden, N.J. Earlier that day, we had toured police headquarters with the Chief of Police J. Scott Thomson. Several months later I was giving some friends a tour of the West Wing when I ran into Chief Thomson, who was on the same tour with another White House employee, and I told him how much the visit to Camden had meant to the President.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

African American and white political pundits alike, continue to attack President Obama’s record, regardless of discriminatory practices, by pointing to the high school dropout rate, poverty rate, and high unemployment rate among African Americans. The Administration admits more work remains to further improve economic outcomes for African Americans and fight to rid the nation of the long-term disparities that have put the African American community at a disadvantage.

Barack Obama’s Accomplishments (A Rundown)

Restoring Economic Security: According to the White House, American businesses have added over 14 million jobs. This job growth has helped cut the African American unemployment rate in half—from 16.8% in March 2010 to 8.3% in December 2015, its lowest level since September 2007. The African American unemployment rate has fallen by more than the overall unemployment rate in the past few years and is further below its pre-recession level than any other racial or ethnic group.

Helping the Long-Term Unemployed Get Back to Work: The Administration has taken steps to help more of the long-term unemployed get back to work, around one-quarter of whom are African American. The president unveiled a set of “best practices” being taken by leading employers—including over 80 members of the Fortune 500 and over 20 members of the Fortune 50—around recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed to remove some of the barriers that make it harder for them to navigate the hiring process. The Department of Labor awarded nearly $ 170 million in “Ready to Work Partnership” grants to support the best models for partnerships between employers, non-profits and the job training system, to help train and connect the long-term unemployed to work.

Providing Comprehensive Healthcare: President Obama’s victories in Congress for comprehensive health care coverage, as well as his win in the Supreme Court, meant that many African Americans benefited. By March 2015, over 16 million Americans had enrolled in Obamacare, reports NBC News. Because of Obamacare, the rates of uninsured Americans have fallen to 11.9% after being at 16% when President Bush left office. Over 3 million poor Americans, including hundreds of thousands of African Americans in the South, would be covered if not for Republican governors blocking the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Barack Obama's Accomplishments

August 4, 2015
“On his birthday, the President listens to a prayer during a phone call with pastors.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Affordable College; Promoting Entrepreneurship 

Making College More Accessible and Affordable: President Obama signed legislation increasing the maximum Pell Grant by more than $ 1,000 and total Pell Grant funding by 70%, helping millions of low- and moderate-income students afford college every year. He’s also taken steps to reduce student loan burdens, including ending student loan subsidies for private banks and shifting the savings back to students, reducing student loan interest rates to historic lows, and capping student loan payments at 10% of income for all students. He established and made permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides a tax cut of up to $ 10,000 over four years for nearly 10 million working and middle-class families a year paying for college. The President’s budget supports America’s College Promise, which would make community college free for responsible students.

Promoting Entrepreneurship as a Path to Success: In 2013, the administration announced it would set fees on Small Business Administration loans to zero, encouraging more lenders, particularly community banks, to provide vital access to capital for entrepreneurs. Changes to the microloan program have also increased access to loans under $ 50,000 for justice-involved individuals. The SBA has increased outreach to the African American community with the launch of the Business Smart Toolkit, a business basics and lender-readiness resource in partnership with the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. Additionally, SBA partnered with national organizations such as U.S. Black Chambers Inc. and 100 Black Men of America, to reach more entrepreneurs. SBA launched the My Brother’s Keeper Millennial Entrepreneurs Initiative, partnering with HBCUs and community colleges to promote entrepreneurship across college campuses, and MBK Millennial Entrepreneur Champion Mike Muse to encourage entrepreneurship among young people of color and other youth.

Barack Obama's Accomplishment

President Barack Obama appears with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on June 24th, 2016. (Flickr)

Championing Criminal Justice Reform and Fair Policing: President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010. This narrowed the penalty between crack and powder cocaine from 1:10 to 1:18.  In 2014, President Obama established a task force on policing and in 2015, he rolled back the use of certain military equipment by local police—a Black Lives Matter related demand. During the Obama presidency, the Department of Justice has investigated several police departments, including Ferguson, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, under former Attorney General Eric Holder and current Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Helping Americans Keep Their Homes: African American families were particularly hard-hit by the housing crisis and were the victims of predatory lending. The president took action to help homeowners, including expanding access to refinancing—allowing responsible borrowers to save an average of $ 3,000 per year. The administration also took measures to allow homeowners behind on their payments to modify their mortgages to avoid foreclosure—with more than 1.5 million borrowers having received permanent modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), the Administration’s cornerstone foreclosure prevention program, and millions more receiving private modifications that were modeled off of HAMP.

Making Owning a Home More Affordable: The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has long been an important source of financing for African American families seeking to buy their first home. In recent years, nearly half of African American home buyers used FHA to get a mortgage. Recently, the president announced a major new step to make buying a home more affordable and accessible for creditworthy families. The FHA reduced its annual mortgage insurance premiums by half a percentage point. For the typical homebuyer, this reduction translates into a $ 900 reduction in their annual mortgage payment. Existing homeowners who refinance into an FHA mortgage will see similar reductions to their mortgage payments as well. Following the reduction in 2015, the number of African American borrowers (new purchase or refinance) with an FHA loan increased by nearly 50%.

Protecting Families from Financial Abuses, Hidden Fees, and Deceptive Practices: To prevent mortgage companies, credit card lenders, and payday loan companies from exploiting consumers with hidden fees and other deceptive practices, President Obama fought to pass the most far-reaching Wall Street reform in history, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB, which works to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans, is also charged with enforcing fair lending laws to protect against discriminatory lending practices.

Working Families and Tackling the Digital Divide

Barack Obama’s Accomplishments

President Barack Obama hugs Mari Copeny, 8, backstage at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., May 4, 2016. Mari wrote a letter to the President about the Flint water crisis.
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Permanent Tax Cuts that Promote Work and Reduce Poverty: The president established and recently made permanent significant improvements to tax credits for working families. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) were expanded to encourage work and help low-income parents afford the costs of raising a family, together providing about 16 million families a year with a tax cut averaging $ 900. These tax credit expansions provide about 2 million African American families a year with an average tax cut of about $ 1,000 each. Because of these improvements, a single parent working full-time, year-round at the federal minimum wage gets an additional CTC of more than $ 1,700; if the expansion were not in place, that parent would not receive any CTC.

Expanding Access to Paid Leave: last September, the president signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. An estimated 44 million private sector workers—about 40% of the total private-sector workforce—do not have access to paid sick leave, and low- and middle-income workers are much less likely to have it than high-income workers. As a result, too many working Americans cannot afford to stay home if they are ill or to take care of a sick child if it means the loss of pay. The new executive order will give approximately 300,000 Americans working on federal contracts the new ability to earn seven days of paid sick leave. The president also called on Congress to pass legislation expanding paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to millions more workers.

Increasing Wages for Working Families: The president has called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. While Congress has failed to act on this issue in the past eight years, the president has worked within his power to increase wages for working families–based on an executive order, workers on new federal contracts will earn a minimum of $ 10.10 an hour starting this year, indexed to inflation beginning in 2016. But the president cannot raise wages alone, which is why he continues to call for Congress to pass the Raise the Wage Act to increase the federal minimum wage to $ 12 by 2020. According to researchers at the Economic Policy Institute, this Act would lead to a raise for 45% of all single, working African American mothers. Overall, passing the Raise the Wage Act would directly or indirectly increase wages for an estimated 35 million workers, helping to ensure fair pay and boost the economy. However, since the president called for an increase in the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the Union address, 17 states and the District of Columbia have answered his call. That means that today, a total 29 states and the District of Columbia have a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum wage.

Narrowing the Digital Divide: In July 2015, President Obama announced ConnectHome , which is a new initiative with 27 communities, one tribal nation, the private-sector, and federal government to expand high-speed broadband to more families across the country. ConnectHome will initially reach up to 200,000 children in low-income households living in public housing with the support they need to access the Internet at home. Through public and private partnership, ConnectHome communities will offer technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices to help narrow the digital divide.

Creating Affordable Retirement Savings: The administration stresses that Social Security must remain a rock-solid, guaranteed progressive benefit that every American can rely on; although too many Americans reach their golden years without any personal savings or pension whatsoever. According to the Urban Institute, the risk of an insecure retirement is especially high for minorities: white households have six times the wealth, including retirement savings, of African Americans or Hispanics. To make it easier for families to save for retirement, the Treasury recently announced the national launch of myRA, a new starter retirement account designed for individuals who don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement program. According to a Federal Reserve report, 42% of workers don’t have access to a retirement plan through their jobs. myRA is designed to help bridge this gap, and help workers get on the path to long-term savings.

-Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original publish date of July 2016

– Samara Lynn contributed to this article

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Got Busted Running a Rogue Lemonade Stand? Country Time’s Got Your Back


It’s a tale that’s more than a century old.

Kids want to earn some extra cash — to buy whatever it is kids buy these days (are yo-yos still cool?) — so they decide to sling some lemonade on their street.

They hit up their parents for supplies, whether it’s fresh lemons or that powdery stuff we all know and love, and slave away to make the best lemonade their cul-de-sac has ever seen.

If they’re serious lemonade sellers, they might have a fancy set-up, or they could be like 8-year-old me and drag the living room coffee table out to the sidewalk.

They go through all of this trouble, with dreams of dollar bills dancing through their heads, only to be shut down by The Man.

That’s right, kids across the country are getting hit with cease-and-desist orders and slapped with fines for running lemonade stands without proper permits.

In 2015, authorities closed down two sisters in Texas for selling lemonade without a peddler’s permit. Three girls in Georgia had their lemonade dreams squashed because they didn’t have a business license, peddler’s permit or a food permit. Yikes.

Country Time Lemonade is sick of it and ready to fight the good fight.

Country Time Takes a Stand

The popular lemonade brand known for its powdered mixes is standing up for budding entrepreneurs everywhere by offering “Legal-Ade.”

If city officials shut down or fine a lemonade stand this summer, Country Time Lemonade will provide the operators reimbursement of up to $ 300.

Not only will the company cover the costs of any fines incurred from 2017 through this summer, it will also reimburse lemon-preneurs who apply for proper permits before setting up shop.

To apply for reimbursement, a parent or legal guardian can head over to Country Time’s Legal-Ade website. Just upload a photo of the fine or permit and have the kiddos describe what their lemonade stand means to them.  

The site says that payments will be made throughout the summer, until hitting the limit of $ 60,000.

But that’s not all: Country Time posted a video on Twitter that vows to donate $ 1 for every retweet — up to $ 500,000 — to offer Legal-Ade to kids next summer and beyond.

Lemonade stands are not only a great way for kids to earn extra cash but also a learning experience. They can teach math, customer service, supply-and-demand and, our favorite, how to handle money.

So don’t let the fear of fines or a visit from the local police deter you or your kids from taking on this venture.

I think Country Time said it best on its site: “Life doesn’t always give you lemons, but when it does, you should be able to make and share lemonade with the neighborhood without legal implications.”

Kaitlyn Blount is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her mom hated it when she took the coffee table on the sidewalk.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Little-known Tax Facts to Help Your Business Thrive in Trump Times

There’s been more than one thing to distract Americans from opportunities to financially triumph in the times of President Donald Trump. Many Americans are more engulfed in weekly White House shake-ups and the reboot of an early ’90s sitcom with a right-wing twist than the tax advantages for businesses under this administration’s new tax plan. However, there are opportunities to “make America great again” for black businesses, according to Micah Wainwright, founder of Good Steward Accounting and Tax.

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Wainwright, a 12-year tax auditing veteran who specializes in Tax Controversy, is inspiring small businesses to embrace overshadowed tax opportunities. His vision for helping African Americans financially prosper was born out of a phone call from a college friend who was writing a novel and needed an accountant. Wainwright was an auditor at a Big Four firm at the time and not interested in helping the little man. Yet, his friend’s call became something bigger for Wainwright, more like a calling. He began to research small business accounting and his research revealed an unyielding desire to tap into a value his mother instilled him as a child—good stewardship.

Author of I Want You to Finance Your Life: 7 W.E.A.L.T.H. Secrets You Need to Know About the Tax Code, Micah Wainwright sat down with Black Enterprise to share his story of ‘good stewardship’ through teaching financial literacy.

Wainwright’s Passion for Financial Empowerment

BE: Why did you choose taxes as your specialty?

Wainwright: I took an accounting elective in college where I was required to do hours with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program sanctioned by the IRS. The IRS had a wealth of training modules to learn about tax filings. Surprisingly, the modules on home-based businesses sparked my interest most. Once I began to understand Tax Law was a subject that my mind naturally wrapped around, it became an obsession for me. The marketplace had a shortage of diligent professionals who would commit to continuing education in tax law to my benefit.

BE: Why The Good Steward?

Wainwright: I wanted to help by doing the “dirty work” that the majority of tax professionals didn’t want to do. I set my eyes on Tax Controversy. I obtained a master’s of science in Tax Law, which enabled me to successfully negotiate with the IRS and state governments. At the same time, I used the training from attorneys and judges to give me the ammunition to represent my clients at a greater capacity.

Tips To Maximizing on Trump’s Tax Plan

BE: What’s one essential tax move that we need to make in today’s economy?

Wainwright: GO START A BUSINESS! If you don’t, you’re just pleading to have a high tax bill. A tax shelter (e.g., a business) has always been a good tax mitigation strategy, but this new tax plan kicks things up a notch. The easiest route is a sole proprietorship. Here’s why:

  1. C corporations’ tax rate has dropped from 35% all the way down to 21%. This is huge! However, most small businesses are not C corporations.
  2. However, the major change for S corporations is the 20% deduction for pass-through income. S corporations can now reduce their pass-through income by 20%.

Once your business is licensed:

  1. Remain in constant communication with your tax accountant about major financial decisions.
  2. Be intentional about tracking expenses.

BE: Quick tips from the Good Steward under Trump’s Tax Plan?

  • Max out your 401(k). Take advantage of tax-deferred investment growth, company matching, and profit sharing!
  • Move out of states with high property-tax rates. If you limit your property-tax deductibles to $ 10,000, this will hurt homeowners who live in high property-tax states or who own expensive property or both!
  • Get married! Make up to $ 600,000 combined, or stay single if you both are making over $ 500,000. Currently, the top tax rate is now 37% for individuals making more than $ 500,000 and married couples making more than $ 600,000.
  • Enjoy being a middle-class American. Try to double the standard deduction, whether you own or not.
  • Don’t Get Stuck in the Upper Middle. Either make less than $ 200,000 as an individual or less than $ 260,000 as a married couple or more than $ 500,000 as an individual or close to $ 600,000 as a married couple.
  • Start an S-Corp. Remember, this tax shelter is endless, so get innovative!

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Wainwright is inspired by the advice he received from his mom that “in times of peace, prepare for war.” More importantly, Wainwrightprepays expenses when revenue is flowing because of what his mom taught him. At the end of the day, he says “there is never any warning for a financial drought so lead with love and good stewardship.” Wainwright teaches, if you fall in love—even with the things that challenge you or that appear unfair on the surface—you can trump the trials and triumph all tax-year long.

Wainwright is also a dedicated volunteer with the Maryland Volunteer Legal Service where he assists low-income families with resolving complex tax issues.

 

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Time’s Up for R. Kelly—Because It’s Long Past Time to Believe Black Survivors

Women of color within the Time’s Up campaign have joined forces with the activist-led #MuteRKelly protest co-founded by Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeyle, joining a community of black activists demanding accountability for the allegations of assault, exploitation and abuse against the entertainer spanning decades.

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Inspired by the recent guilty verdict of Bill Cosby, Time’s Up published an open letter calling on members to join the social media campaign. “As women of color within Time’s Up,” they wrote, “we recognize that we have a responsibility to help right this wrong. We intend to shine a bright light on our WOC sisters in need. It is our hope that we will never feel ignored or silenced ever again.”

R. Kelly is an influential R&B musician, producer and songwriter who, for over two decades, has also been a known sexual predator and assailant. In 1994, he secretly and unlawfully married musician Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old; just last year, reports broke that he was brainwashing, abusing and holding young women against their will. Despite consistent and persistent allegations of abuse, sexual misconduct with minors and even child pornography, Kelly has, for too long, evaded criminal charges, maintained a successful career and dismissed and silenced his accusers.

“Over the past 25 years, the man known publicly as R. Kelly has sold 60 million albums, toured the globe repeatedly and accumulated hundreds of millions of plays on radio and streaming services,” the Time’s Up letter reads. “During this time, he also married a girl under 18 years of age; was sued by at least four women for sexual misconduct, statutory rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and furnishing illegal drugs to a minor; was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography; has faced allegations of sexual abuse and imprisonment of women under threats of violence and familial harm.”

At long last, however, R. Kelly’s time is up.

In an interview with Glamour, Odeleye placed the Time’s Up letter and the growing interest in her campaign in context—crediting the #MeToo movement for a long overdue call for accountability for Kelly and other men who have abused and exploited women, and particularly women of color, with impunity. “When #MeToo broke, I knew it was an important conversation,” she told the magazine. “It’s an important step that women in power decided to take. They spoke out about their real experiences, and it emboldens the rest of us—if those women could do it, I can speak up, too. But the fact that it lacked representation of women of color in the beginning frustrated me, because it’s often women of color who experience this kind of stuff and don’t feel like there is a place to come out and talk about what’s happening to them.”

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, echoed those sentiments in an interview with NPR. “We have seen 24 years of allegations leveled against R. Kelly, and he has gone unscathed,” she told reporters. “So what the letter does is join the #MuteRKelly campaign, that was well on its way already, and joined the chorus of black women around the country who have been saying we want some accountability. Those things have to be interrogated. And I think at the very least we need to see corporations step away from them until we have satisfactory investigation into these allegations.”

As the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign both continue to create new spaces and conversations around sexual harassment, abuse, exploitation and violence, it is critical that we continue, as well, to ensure that nobody gets left behind. This is only the beginning, and we must continue to listen to and believe black women—and finally mute R. Kelly.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an author, lecturer, music critic and feminist writer. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Bitch Media, LA Weekly and Village Voice and is bi-coastal by nature. She is the author of Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As.

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Millie Bobby Brown Is TIME’s Youngest 100 Most Influential People Honoree Ever  

TIME Magazine released its annual “100 Most Influential People” list for 2018 on Thursday morning, and it features a record-breaking number of young people and women.

Of the 100 honorees, 45 are women, and 45 are under the age of 40. This year’s list also features the youngest designee ever: 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown.

The young actress shows that influence knows no age.

Not only has the Stranger Things star earned her spot due to her outstanding portrayal of “Eleven on her Netflix show, but she has participated in her fair share of activism. While accepting her 2018 Kids’ Choice Award, Brown honored the March for Our Lives organizers and Parkland victims through her speech and outfit. She wore a shirt that listed the names of all 17 victims on the back.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul wrote her tribute in TIME, saying that the young actress is wise beyond her years. He raves about what it was like to meet Brown for the first time, taking her to an ice cream shop because he thought it was the most age-appropriate location. Once he met her, however, he realized that she was more than the child she looked like on the outside.

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“She may have been 12 in years (when I met her), but her spirit and mind were timeless,” he writes. “It was like speaking to a future mentor with a perspective and groundedness that I could only have dreamed of at that age.”

He believes that her acting chops come from her intense empathetic connection to others. “She somehow understands the human experience as if she has lived it for a thousand years. I’m proud to know her,” says Paul, 38.

Brown has a long influential career ahead of her, and it seems the young star is just getting started.


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SIGN OF THE TIMES: “The world will never be the same — and the Cannes Film Festival will never be the same,” said Thierry Frémaux, artistic director of the event, referring to the “storm” that has swept through the industry ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last October.
Frémaux was speaking at the presentation of the Official Selection lineup for the 71st edition of the festival, held on Thursday at the UGC Normandie cinema on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The lineup eschews star vehicles in favor of art-house offerings that tackle topics such as racism and religion.
The festival this year will open nine days earlier — on May 8 — and for the first time will wrap on a Saturday, May 19, the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.
Amidst the industry’s ongoing efforts to address gender inequality, organizers hope to send a message of love, starting with the choice of this year’s festival poster. It depicts a scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 classic “Pierrot le Fou” with the movie’s leads — Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina — leaning out of two adjacent parked cars and locked in an embrace.
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The Best Times Of Year To Buy Clothing For Less

Is it just us or does scoring a great piece for a ridiculously affordable price also make you feel weirdly victorious? It’s that feeling of somehow cheating the system or being let in on an insider secret. It’s the reason why we always take the time to tell you about the latest sales from our favorite stores and sites, both online and IRL, and why we never hesitate to share our favorite places to find affordable items.

Today, though, we’re taking the guessing out of it to bring you our ultimate guide on which items to buy to maximize your savings while minimizing the time and research that goes into hunting down sales and clipping coupons. We devised this handy guide detailing the most opportune times to buy certain items. Not only will it make you feel like a delightfully savvy shopper, but you’ll save a pretty penny too. 

January: Suits. Since January is considered a slow month for suit sales, retailers lower prices to boost business.Etro Crepe Blazer ($ 1,520); Etro Cropped Stretch-Crepe Straight-Leg Pants ($ 450)
and Vest Checked Wool-Crepe Wide-Leg Pants ($ 1395). Both available in sizes IT36 to IT46.
February: Jewelry. Whether or not you have a special someone on Valentine’s Day, you can still make off like a bandit thanks to the jewelry promotions pegged to the holiday.Stella McCartney Gold-Tone Heart Pendant Necklace ($ 400)
March: Luggage. Come Spring Break, you’re likely to find suitcases on sale, making it a great time to snag a new carry-on.T. Anthony Medium Structured Suitcase ($ 2400)
April: Raincoats. Retailers take the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers,” seriously by stocking up on raincoats, yet making sure they’re priced to move, since there’s a limited time to get rid of them before sunny May rolls around.Valentino R.E.D. Clear Petunia Raincoat ($ 553)
Available in size 1.
April/May: Thrift & Consignment. You have spring cleaning to credit for the influx of gems to be found at thrift and consignment stores during these two months.
Available in size 9.
May: Athletic Apparel. Whether it’s because it’s finally warm enough to exercise outside or the impending arrival of beach season, you’ll find fitness gear at a generous discount.T By Alexander Wang Rainbow Cotton-Terry Sweatshirt ($ 210); T By Alexander Wang Rainbow Cotton-Terry Shorts ($ 165)
Available in sizes XS to 4X.
Available in sizes XS to 4X.
July/August: Summer Apparel. Sales on summer collections are in full swing during these months, making it the perfect time to pick up seasonal essentials such as sundresses, sandals, and shorts. Bonus tip: sale stock will be more plentiful in July, but come August, the discounts will be steeper!Marni Cropped Denim Top ($ 330); Marc Jacobs Printed Wool-Twill Shorts ($ 550)
Available in sizes DK34 to DK42.
Available in sizes XS to L.
August: Swimsuits. Stores want to clear out summer leftovers to make room for fall merchandise. Translation: the price on that bikini you’ve been stalking is likely to take a swan dive.Mara Hoffman Garlands Lace-Up Swimsuit ($ 235)
and The Elle Paradise Stripe Bikini Bottoms ($ 88). Top available in sizes S to M and bottoms available in sizes XS to L.
September: Sunglasses. With Daylight Savings looming on the horizon, sunnies (priced at their highest during the summer months) get a tidy markdown.Sunday Somewhere Pearl Sunglasses ($ 220) in Mushroom
October: Denim. After the back-to-school rush has died down, retailers cut prices to move, and jean stock tends to be at the top of their list.Acne Studios Roc Light Vintage 34” L Jeans ($ 250)
Available in sizes 23 to 32.
November: Luxury Items. Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions often feature store-wide sales, this is an ideal time to treat yourself to luxury items, like cashmere sweaters, that don’t often go on sale.
November: Pajamas. Retailers often put PJ sets on sale in late November in an attempt to convince shoppers to give the gift of loungewear.Equipment Lillian Polka-Dot Washed-Silk Pajama Set ($ 390)
Available in sizes XS to L.
November: Sneakers. Incoming shipments of winter boots and shoes means sneaker prices will be seriously slashed.Asics Grandest High Top Sneakers ($ 75)
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
December: Outerwear. With the winter season well under way, stores are looking to clear out their inventory to accommodate spring collections. That means a steep discount on that boyfriend coat you’ve been eyeing all season.Rochas Oversized Wool-Blend Coat ($ 561)
Available in sizes L to 3XL.

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7 Times TV Characters Were Mysteriously Recast

Beware the actors you fall in love with on your favorite shows, as one day you could turn on the TV to find them suddenly replaced.

TV series can run for years and sometimes actors, whether they quit or get fired, don’t make it all the way through to the end.

Viewers usually just have to accept the changes without ever getting an explanation for the recast. But don’t worry TV fans, we’re here to uncover the mysteries behind some of TV’s biggest casting changes.

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Game of Thrones Ed Skrein and Michael Huisman as Daario

It’s hard enough to keep track of all the characters on Game of Thrones without having the extra challenge of actors being replaced. But that hasn’t stopped the HBO hit from going through several recasts since it first debuted in 2011. While both Tommen Baratheon and The Mountain were recast at certain points, it was before their characters had major storylines so the switch-ups were less noticeable.

The recasting of Khalessi‘s lover, Daario Naharis, on the other hand, was less easy to brush under the rug. Actor Ed Skrein was replaced by Michael Huisman between Seasons 3 and 4 after Skrein landed a leading role in 2015’s The Transporter Refueled. And to complicate things even further, both men look completely different. Daario started out clean shaven with long flowing blonde locks and returned the next season with short dark hair and a beard. But in a world where dragons exist and men come back from the dead, perhaps a makeover isn’t the strangest thing to happen in Westeros.

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Riverdale Ross Butler and Charles Melton as Reggie

When Riverdale returned to the CW after its successful first season, there was a new face in the role of Reggie. Archie’s rival was originally played by Ross Butler but wasn’t seen often because of the actor’s busy schedule. Butler stars in 13 Reasons Why, another breakout hit in 2017, so producers had to search for a new Reggie when the Netflix series was picked up for Season 2.

Charles Melton took over the role in the next season, bringing more bad-boy sex appeal to the character. Butler endorsed his replacement in a tweet after leaving the show and thanked producers for choosing another Asian-American to take on the role.

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Roseanne Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke as Becky

When Alicia Goranson was replaced by Sarah Chalke as Becky in the ’90s sitcom Roseanne the show dealt with it by doing what it does best — making jokes. After five years playing the family’s oldest daughter, Goranson went off to attend college and Chalke took over the role. But to make things even more confusing, Chalke then left in ’95 and Goranson returned until May of 1996, reportedly able to pick up the role whenever her schedule allowed. But then Chalke returned to play Becky in the final season.

Confused yet? So are we. But the Connors made light of the situation with laughter, asking Becky things like “Where the hell have you been?” when she’d return in a different form. Both Goranson and Chalke will appear in the upcoming Roseanne reboot, though the latter will play a character other than Becky.

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Gotham Clare Foley, Maggie Geha and Peyton List as Ivy Pepper

The character of young Poison Ivy in Fox’s Gotham has now been recast not once but two different times since the show first debuted in 2014. The role of Ivy Pepper was originated by 14-year-old Clare Foley, but they recast the role with 28-year-old Maggie Geha in Season 3 in order to age the character and get her closer to the sexy supervillain she’s destined to become.

But when Gotham returned for the second half of its fourth season in 2018, Geha had been swapped with actress Peyton List. Ivy 3.0 will be the evilest incarnation yet, described in a press release as “a live wire of crazy energy” who will “set her sights on Gotham, intent on making the city her own green paradise.”

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Janet Hubert and Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Viv

The character of Aunt Viv was played by Janet Hubert for the first three seasons of the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before being taken over by Daphne Maxwell Reid in Season 4. Showrunners claimed that Hubert was axed because she violated her contract by getting pregnant, but most people assume it was because of her feud with the show’s star, Will Smith.

The two actors were known for not getting along behind the scenes, with Hubert accused of being difficult on set. The actress spoke out against Smith as recently as 2016 when she released a video slamming the star and accusing him of not helping her and the rest of the cast get more money for being on the show.

Spartacus


Spartacus Andy Whitfield and Liam McIntyre as Spartacus

Andy Whitfield played the titular role in Starz’s historical drama Spartacus for the first season but was diagnosed with cancer before the start of Season 2. Production was put on hold to give Whitfield time to recover from treatment, but he sadly passed away in September 2011 before filming could resume.

Liam McIntyre was tapped to replace the lead actor for the rest of the series, which lasted two more seasons and got even more popular during that time.

Family Guy


Family Guy Meg

Season 1 of the animated series Family Guy had Lacey Chabert in the role of Meg, Peter and Lois’ long-suffering daughter. But the actress became too caught up with her role in Party of Five, not to mention actually going to school herself, so she was replaced by Mila Kunis starting in Season 2.

Creator Seth MacFarlane reportedly thought Kunis was ultimately a better fit anyway and she’s been playing the role ever since.

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14 times ‘Lovesick’ was the most heart-wrenching comedy of all time

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Warning: Contains big, sob-filled spoilers for all three seasons of Lovesick.

I’d be lying if I said I made it through all three seasons of Lovesick without at least a prickle in my eyes. 

The show occupies that hard-to-perfect sweet spot between consistently funny and — every now and then — emotionally crushing. It’s like BoJack Horseman, or that episode of Futurama where Fry’s dog dies.

But hey, what’s the point in sadness unless we can relieve the pain again and again, right?

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The culmination of another chapter in Bud Light’s viral “Dilly Dilly” campaign is here just in time for Super Bowl 2018. In the minute-long commercial — which will air during the second quarter of Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles — the beer giant introduces the Bud Knight just in time to save the king and his army of townspeople from sure defeat.

However, it turns out he only showed up to pick up a case of Bud Light at a store conveniently located next to the war-torn battlefield. “A buddy of mine is having this 30th birthday thing,” he explains. “Hey, if you survive, come by.”

But luckily, the blue-armored hero then has a change a heart and pulls out his sword to put an end to the fighting once and for all.

“Wow, somebody likes attention,” the king says as he watches the scene from afar.

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Nicolas Cage supports Time’s Up movement

OHMYGOSSIP — Nicolas Cage has said women need to be “heard and supported” in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood.
The ongoing scandal surrounding allegations made against several Hollywood stars has already spawned the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, and 54-year-old actor Nicolas has now thrown his support behind the causes.
Speaking to People magazine at Sundance Film Festival on Friday (19.01.18), he said: “Every opportunity I get to work with a female director – one of the best movies I ever made was ‘Valley Girl’ and I just did a picture called ‘Inconceivable’ with Maria Pulera and there was a strong female cast. I realise that the talent and creativity needs to be heard and supported and cherished.”
Nicolas’ comments come just days after Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford made a similar statement, when he highlighted the importance of women having a “stronger voice”.
He said: “Change is inevitable. I’m pretty encouraged right now. What it’s doing is bringing more opportunities for women … Women are going to have a stronger voice … I think the role of men right now is to listen.”
Nicolas and Robert aren’t the only stars ready to see change throughout Hollywood either, as actress Mira Sorvino recently revealed she was “excited” about the impact that the current discourse would have on her daughters.
She said: “I’m very excited that this movement of #MeToo and Time’s Up is taking place, not only for myself but honestly for my daughters because I cannot stand the idea that they would have to suffer what I, and just about any other woman that I have ever met, have suffered in some point in her life, if not multiple times.
“It all requires great consideration and thought. It’s not a snap-to-judgment thing. I think it’s a really wonderful awakening time for all of us as moral human beings to say that no one should ever have to be abused in their workplace, in their home, [or] harassed.”

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Totally-Not-Obsessed-With-Hillary Donald Trump Has Mentioned Her Hundreds of Times as President

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Mark Wahlberg just donated $1.5m to the Time’s Up fund in Michelle Williams’ name 

‘I 100% support the fight for fair pay’

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The past few months have seen women and men, particularly in Hollywood, calling out the mistreatment of women and promoting gender equality.

As a result, the Time’s Up campaign was founded this month, with its legal defence fund offering support to victims of sexual harassment, abuse or assault in the workplace.

Celebrities from Reese Witherspoon to Ewan McGregor took to the red carpet of the Golden Globes last week to promote the Time’s Up campaign, and the movement seems to have extended past awards season.

The latest high profile figure to call for change is actor Mark Wahlberg who just announced his plans to donate $ 1.5 million to the Time’s Up defence fund in actress Michelle Williams’ name.

The pair have just filmed All the Money in the World together and recently made headlines after they were forced to reshoot scenes following actor Kevin Spacey’s removal from the project after facing sexual harassment accusations last year.

Showcasing Hollywood’s shocking pay disparity, Wahlberg was given $ 1.5 million for the reshoot while his female co-star was paid just $ 80 a day.

Understandably the public wasn’t happy with the news and neither it seems was Mark Wahlberg who took to Twitter to voice his outrage and support his co-star.

‘Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation,’ the actor announced in a statement. ‘I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $ 1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.’

Responding to the news, Michelle Williams also released a statement.

‘If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice,’ she announced. ‘Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.’

Time is definitely up.

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These Cute Work Outfits Will Make Getting Dressed a Million Times Easier

Of all the things I have to do in the morning—among them: coffee #1, breakfast, shower, makeup, coffee #2, etc.—nothing ever seems to take up more time than picking an outfit for work. I don’t know why, but it feels like the fashion-focused part of my brain doesn’t start properly functioning until well after I’ve left the house in the morning. Of course, one thing has helped speed things up a bit: inspo. Whether it’s screenshots on my camera roll, saved images in my Instagram collections, a Pinterest board, or an article (like today’s) bookmarked on my phone, a little outfit inspiration goes a long way. See the cute work outfit ideas I’m loving for this season below to help you get out the door faster in the morning too!

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Oprah Interviews Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Others About Time’s Up: ‘We Deserve the Same Respect’

Oprah Winfrey gathered a group of prominent Hollywood women to discuss the “Time’s Up” movement for an upcoming segment of “CBS Sunday Morning.” “There’s moments that you have to evaluate whether silence is going to be your only option,” says Reese Witherspoon in the segment, which will be broadcast Sunday at 9 a.m. “And certain […]

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The Special Guests You’ll See Alongside These Time’s Up Actresses

The red carpet at this year’s Golden Globe Awards looks much different than in previous years. Actresses across Hollywood are taking a stand against inequality and unfair treatment in the entertainment industry. By collectively wearing black dresses on the red carpet, these women are using their incredible visibility and the nationwide coverage that comes with this platform to speak up about what’s most important to them. Backed by A-list names, the Time’s Up movement is an initiative to incite real change in the entertainment industry—and, for that matter, every industry.

Further expressing these values, eight actresses affiliated with the Time’s Up movement will be bringing activists as their guests to the show. This move not only brings awareness to the powerful work they are doing, but it also shifts the conversation surrounding female actresses toward their work, beliefs, and values. Keep reading to see which activists will be joining actresses on the red carpet tonight.

Meryl Streep is bringing Ai-jen Poo.

Ai-jen Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a leader in organizing female immigrant workers.

Amy Poehler is bringing Saru Jayaraman.

The actress will be accompanied by Saru Jayaraman, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an organization founded after 9/11 to aid displaced World Trade Center workers. Today her organization works to eliminate lower wages for tipped workers in the service industries.

Michelle Williams is bringing Tarana Burke.

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who created the #MeToo movement in 2006 to bring awareness to sexual assault survivors. Burke is also a co-founder of the youth organization Just Be, Inc., which focuses on the holistic well-being of girls of color.

Susan Sarandon is bringing Rosa Clemente.

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, political commentator, Hip Hop activist, and the 2008 Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate.

Laura Dern is bringing Mónica Ramirez.

Founder of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Mónica Ramirez works to end workplace sexual violence.

Emma Stone is bringing Billie Jean King.

The former tennis star has worked to found the Women’s Tennis Association, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and the Women’s Sports Foundation as well as co-founding World TeamTennis. King and Stone “have developed something of an offscreen friendship following Stone’s portrayal of the tennis legend in Battle of the Sexes” reports Glamour.

Emma Watson is bringing Marai Larasi.

Marai Larasi is the executive director of Imkaan, a black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s organization working to respond to and prevent violence against marginalized women and girls in Europe.

Shailene Woodley is bringing Calina Lawrence.

Calina Lawrence is an Indigenous activist who works to advocate for the Native Treaty Rights, the Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the #NoLNG253 movement, led by the Puyallup Tribe.

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Thousands crowd into Times Square on a frigid New Year

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Third Time’s No Charm, as Appeals Court Rules 3-0 Against President Trump’s ‘Travel Ban 3.0’

For one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial decrees, trouble has indeed come in threes. On Friday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the third version of Trump’s efforts to bar nationals of six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. was a violation of federal law.

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These Zara Heels Look Exactly Like the NYE Times Square Ball

There’s nothing more symbolic of New Year’s Eve in this country than the giant ball that drops over Times Square at midnight on January 1 each year. But if you can’t be there in person, or just don’t want to be (because, winter), the footwear designers at Zara just came up with the next best thing.

We’re not exactly sure if this was intentional or not, but one of the brand’s newest shoes is a pair of strappy gold sandals with a statement-making heel that resembles the crystal Times Square Ball to a T. The metallic sandals couldn’t be more perfect for your New Year’s Eve festivities. Whether you plan on partying the night away in an LBD or keeping things chill in jeans and a sweater for a dinner date, these walkable heels are the ultimate accessory to ring in the new year. The heels are at the top of Zara’s New In category and are already sold out in three sizes (at press time) so act fast if we’ve successfully convinced you of their New-Year’s-Eve perfection. 

Shop the heels and see how much they resemble the Times Square Ball below (we weren’t kidding)!

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How to travel in turbulent times

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If the news these days is to be believed, the world is a pretty dangerous place,. There seem to be terror attacks happening with alarming frequency, not to mention civil wars and coups going on as well. With all this tension, conflict, and turbulence, it can make the whole notion of travel a little off-putting. But, sometimes we shouldn’t believe everything we see and hear in the news.

Should you ignore warnings about tumultuous situations in countries? Of course not. But, at the same time, you mustn’t let it put you off travel either. The trick is to understand how and where to travel during these times in order to make the best of the situation. Here are some of the tips we think you should use when planning to travel in times of turbulence.

Be sensible

The first thing to do is make sure you are always being sensible. Travel in and of itself is an amazing thing, but it can also be pretty daunting. There are so many things you have to consider when you are traveling abroad, but, above all, be sensible. If you know, there is conflict in a country try to make sure you avoid it as much as possible. When you visit a nation, make sure you are safe when you leave the hotel, and that you aren’t going to places that will pose a risk to you.

Check with your travel agent

When booking a vacation, you might be thinking of going through a travel agency. Well, if this is the case then you need to check with them about the place you’re planning to visit. They will be able to provide you with advice, information and even warnings about the country or city you want to travel to. They will have information on what the current state of affair is, as well as what the procedure might be in the event that something should happen while you are there.

Post-hurricane getaway

Much of the Caribbean has been hit by hurricanes over the past year, but there is a lot of beauty to see here. Some are still struggling to get back on their feet and return to full tourist-friendly capabilities. However, some of them are already back with a vengeance, and these are the ones you need to check out. They have already been hit recently by hurricanes, so are going to be cheaper to visit, and the likelihood of another disaster remains low.

Keep yourself informed

Basically, don’t listen to what the new or the papers tell you is going on; instead, make sure you find out for yourself and keep yourself informed. There is plenty of information online, and doing a bit of research can go a long way toward helping keep you informed about it. That way you will know what a particular area is like, and what places or parts of it you might like to avoid, even in the good times.

Taking a vacation abroad is a crucial way of seeing the world and experiencing something a little bit different. There are a lot of things you have to think about when it comes to travel, and the political situation of a nation is one of the biggest. These are some of the tips that will help you negotiate and travel in times of turbulence without endangering yourself or spoiling your vacation.

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Woman says she has been a victim of ID theft around 15 times since September

A woman in Washington state is speaking out after falling victim to identity theft around 15 times since early September, according to a local news station. That time period roughly matches when Equifax divulged to the public that it was the victim of a massive data breach — and the Seattle woman thinks the two incidents are related.

Her story illustrates the nightmarish ordeal that can begin after someone steals your personal information. The Equifax breach exposed more than 145.5 million people to identity theft, meaning their names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and, in some cases, even their credit card numbers are in danger of being accessed by unknown numbers of criminals.

Katie Van Fleet told KOMO-TV that it all started when she got a letter thanking her for opening a line of credit at Barneys New York. She did no such thing, so she reported it as fraud and thought everything was okay.

Sleepless in Seattle: Woman says she’s been a victim of ID theft more than a dozen times

Then came a deluge of letters from other companies and stores, welcoming her and thanking her for opening new credit lines.

“I didn’t think this would ever happen to me,” Van Fleet told KOMO. “So it’s been very frustrating. I feel extremely violated that somebody out there has my information, and I’m dealing with the repercussions of this.”

Trying to be proactive, Van Fleet said that she put a fraud alert on her account — but that didn’t stop anything. She soon got a notice that someone had opened an account with T-Mobile in her name and charged more than $ 3,000 on it.

According to the TV station, she only recently got the bogus charges to stop after putting a freeze on her credit.

This is why money expert Clark Howard is so adamant about credit freezes. He says it is the No. 1 way to stop identity fraud.

A lot of people think they are safeguarding their personal info when they get — or even worse, pay for — a fraud alert, but they are mistaken.

The difference between a fraud alert and a credit freeze can be illustrated this way: A fraud alert tells you somebody’s in your home. A credit freeze locks all the doors to your home.

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Clark says not to make the mistake of only contacting Equifax when trying to freeze your credit. “It’s imperative that you freeze your credit with all three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion,” he says in our Credit Freeze Guide. Here is the contact info for the agencies:

Clark is also a big proponent of setting up free credit monitoring with Credit Karma, which gives users online access to their credit reports anytime they like.

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Betty White’s career has flourished for over half a century for good reason — the actress is a national treasure. One thing she doesn’t get much credit for is being a Hollywood hottie and a total fashion plate! It’s just one more thing to add to her list of notable titles, which include being a pioneer of television, a brilliant comedienne, an animal rights advocate and more. Scroll through to see the standout moments when the Golden Girl taught us all how to rock an outfit.

 

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Book Pulled From New York Times Best-Seller List Over Sales ‘Inconsistencies’

(NEW YORK) — A novel called “Handbook for Mortals” had a very brief reign at the top of a New York Times best-seller list.The paper confirmed Friday that it had pulled Lani Sarem’s book from its young adult hardcover list for Sept. 3 because of “inconsistencies” in the reporting of sales. The announcement came after online complaints that “Handbook for Mortals” had benefitted from so-called “bulk sales,” when hundreds or thousands of copies are ordered by a single buyer. On Twitter, young adult author Phil Stamper and others had questioned how a book they knew little about could reach No. 1 on the Times list.

“After investigating the inconsistencies in the most recent reporting cycle, we decided that the sales for ‘Handbook for Mortals’ did not meet our criteria for inclusion,” the Times said in a statement issued through communications director Jordan Cohen. “We’ve issued an updated ‘Young Adult Hardcover’ list for September 3, 2017, which does not include that title.” Cohen told The Associated Press that it was a “very rare occurrence” for a book to be removed from the paper’s best-seller listings.

Sarem told the AP on Friday that she was unaware of any efforts to manipulate sales and that thousands of copies had sold through pre-orders at gatherings such as Wizard World Comic Con, in Chicago, where she is currently promoting “Handbook for Mortals.”

“We’ve been doing this all year,” she said during a telephone interview. Among those who have been publicizing the book — “American Pie” actor Thomas Ian Nicholas, who is also at Wizard World and in June told radio station WMMR in Philadelphia that he was hoping to produce and star in a film adaptation.

Published Aug. 15, “Handbook for Mortals” is billed as the first of a fantasy series about a young woman with supernatural powers. It’s also billed as the first release through the publishing arm of a Los Angeles-based web site, geeknation.com, which calls itself “an online entertainment destination serving up a fresh, daily dose of news, opinion, lifestyle and community.”

The novel’s popularity seems highly selective. It ranked No. 34,765 on Amazon.com as of Friday afternoon, but recorded enough sales at independent stores to reach No. 2 on the American Booksellers Association’s young adult list. Spokesman Dan Cullen of the ABA, a trade group representing thousands of independent sellers, said the association was reviewing the book’s rankings.

Numerous works selling through “bulk” purchases have appeared on a Times best-seller list, a highly desired achievement in the industry. “The Big Lie,” by conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, is currently No. 7 among hardcover nonfiction best-sellers. A small dagger symbol appears on its listing, indicating that “that some retailers report receiving bulk orders,” according to the Times. An “About the Bestsellers” note on the paper’s web site reads that “Institutional, special interest, group or bulk purchases, if and when they are included, are at the discretion of The New York Times Best-Seller List Desk editors.”


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The author of the popular young adult novel, “Handbook for Mortals,” pushed back on Friday against a move by the New York Times to remove the title from its best-seller list. The book, from GeekNation Press, was released on Aug. 17 and had appeared at No. 1 of the Times’ Young Adult Hardcover list dated…
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