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Tyler Posey Reveals Whether He Would Want a Teen Wolf Reunion — On the Big Screen

Teen Wolf may be joining the long list of reboots — if its main star has anything to say about it.

Tyler Posey, 26, who played Scott McCall on the series, opened up about whether or not he’d want the show to be turned into a movie on Tuesday’s episode of PeopleTV’s Chatter.

“For Teen Wolf, that’s what I’ve said since the beginning of that show. I’ve always wanted to do that. So, I’m all for it,” Posey said passionately.

When asked about his relationships with his former co-stars, Posey explained they are all on pretty good terms.

“Absolutely, Dylan O’Brien is still one of my best friends,” Posey said.

“We actually went to Comic-Con last weekend with each other. It was our first time we went without any obligations because Teen Wolf is over, so we didn’t have anything to promote,” Posey continued.

“And, we went and partied and danced all night until five in the morning.”

“I love the cast of Teen Wolf, and I try to keep in touch with them as much as possible. Dylan and I see each other all the time,” Posey added.

 

When Posey isn’t reminiscing about his days on MTV or performing with his band PVMNTS, he’s most likely spending time with his girlfriend Sophia Taylor Ali.

Back in January, Posey shared a heartfelt post about the 22-year-old Grey’s Anatomy actress.

A post shared by Tyler Posey (@tylerposey58) on Jan 18, 2018 at 12:38am PST

“I’ve always had some weird hang up when I get ‘serious’ in a relationship, it’s hard to pinpoint why or the origin of it but I feel it’s something that’s always kind of f—– things up for me when things are getting good,” Posey wrote.

“It’s something that’s always gotten in the way for me and the others around, whether it be a romantic relationship or a friendship. I vow to give it my all to tackle these things and be the man I should be. For me and others around me.”

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“I’ve found someone worth it. At no fault to others in my past or present, I’ve just been able to open my eyes about it because of my girlfriend, Sophia,” Posey continued.

“And as much as I’d like to share this just with my personal friends and family, I realize I have a platform and it’s cool to be honest and I think it helps others who are going through the same. This is to soph and everyone in my life, I love you all so much. F— yeah 🤘🏻,” Posey added.

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Young Voters Want to See Younger Leaders, Poll Finds

Young people are disappointed in the current political system, and they want to see change. According to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, individuals between the age of 15 and 34 are pessimistic about American politics, and think younger politicians can do a better job.

About 7 in 10 young people say American politics are dysfunctional, and more than three fourths think leaders from their own generation would do a better job than current politicians, according to this study.

“These older Congress people, they don’t understand the internet and they don’t know what they’re talking about,” Greg Davis, a 29-year-old from Grandview, Ohio, told PBS NewsHour. He says he was frustrated watching the senate ask soft questions of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at his privacy policy hearing last spring. “The questions that he was getting asked about security and privacy were asinine. We need leadership that actually understands tech.”

With this disappointment comes action, however. The poll found that 62% of young people believe their generation is motivated to make positive changes in the U.S., and 63% say that voting in the midterm elections will allow their generation to create real change in the government. That being said, less than a quarter say they feel they have enough information to make an informed decision in the 2018 midterms.

Still, they know they want to vote for someone different. Less than 1 in 5 express excitement about voting for any candidate who is a lifelong politician, white, older, or a celebrity. Instead, the younger generation is more focused on issues. Two-thirds express excitement about a candidate who cares about the issues that affect them.

“When it comes to the issues that young people care about, they cite health care, immigration, and the economy as the most important,” said Trevor Tompson, vice president for public affairs research at NORC, in a statement. “It remains to be seen how this excitement translates to voter turnout, but most young people believe that their generation is motivated to make positive change.”

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Bex-Taylor Klaus Want to Be the Lesbian Batwoman We Need Right Now

Bex Taylor-Klaus has stolen our hearts numerous times over. For many fans they’re known for playing the fearless and badass Sin on Arrow. Horror fans will remember Taylor-Klaus as the bisexual bestie Audrey on the MTV series Scream (honestly, the best part of that show, let’s be real). And who can forget their portrayal of Pidge the genius, gender nonconforming Paladin in Voltron: Legendary Defender?

But Taylor-Klaus has their sight set on another role, that of the heroic caped crusader, Batwoman.

And we are HERE. FOR. THAT.

With the recent announcement that Batwoman is coming to the CW family of show, it’s the perfect time to talk about this.

Beyond the fact that they’d be awesome in a full on superhero role, Taylor-Klaus brings up another important reason the role is a perfect fit. In the comics, the current iteration of Batwoman, Kate Kane, is an out and proud lesbian with a Jewish heritage. Hey, that sounds like someone we know!

We’re not the only ones who agree either, fans have already started to discuss the idea on social media.

We talk a lot about how important representation is, and it feels like Hollywood is coming to the realization that there is so much talent out there that can authentically portray these roles. The news that Supergirl is introducing a trans superhero played by trans activist Nicole Maines is a great start.

So yes, CW, if you’re gonna make a Kate Kane Batwoman show, please please cast a Jewish lesbian in the role. And hey, there aint a reason that person can’t ALSO be Sin right? That’d be far from the most confusing thing to happen to an Arrowverse show.

Even if the CW version of Batwoman doesn’t pan out, maybe Taylor-Klaus could team up with Margot Robbie on the female led DC films she’s producing and starring in?

Can we just make this happen? We’re making this happen. Look I’m already making a hashtag for it.

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Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson Are Reportedly in Couples Therapy: ‘She Doesn’t Want to Look a Fool’

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are really trying to make their relationship work.

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Lisa Stanley, a longtime friend of Kris Jenner, opened up about the couple’s relationship following Thompson’s cheating scandal in April days before their daughter was born, saying Khloé would never leave him.

“She doesn’t want to look a fool. She was a fool once with Lamar [Odom], and she didn’t want to do it again,” Stanley told KIIS FM’s Celeb HQ on Monday.

To help move on from the scandal, they’ve sought out couples therapy.

“One thousand percent they are working through couples therapy. She’s working hard, he’s working hard,” she shared. “You can’t just earn trust back in two months.”

Khloé previously said she was proud of herself for being able to try to re-establish a rapport with the father of her daughter, True.

“You have no knowledge of what goes on in our household or the enormous rebuilding this takes to even coexist,” Khloé clapped back at a fan who criticized her for staying with the NBA player. “I’m proud of my strength.”

Although Khloé’s family wanted her to leave Thompson, Stanley said that would never happen.

“Khloé was always going to try and make this work, for a plethora of reasons. The first reason is she has a child now, and she feels very connected to [Tristan] in that way,” she said. “The second reason is she loves him. She clearly loves the man.”

We wish them the best.

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Does Nene Leakes Want To Look White?

NeNe Leakes claims it was meant to be a light-hearted joke about Eurocentric beauty but it sparked furor among her followers in the comments section on her Instagram page this week.

“Thank you @fabfacesmua for keeping me looking like a white woman whenever I’m in the Bahamas I wish you much success #bahamamomma #thesepeoplecrazy #lovebeingabrowngirl #lifeofnene,” the ‘RHOA‘ star said on July 9 in the caption of a selfie taken on the Caribbean island.

While many were outraged over the comment, NeNe’s defenders noted that the message was punctuated with a sarcastic rolling eye emoji. Still — several fans slammed Leakes for altering her appearance to distance herself from blackness (nose job, blonde hair).

Peep the controversial photo below.
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Fan reaction was mixed.

“F— looking like a white woman! You look like your own damn self! BLACK BLONDE & BEAUTIFUL AF! Lol.” wrote one fan.

“Denying your blackness is a sad thing,” said another.

But many questioned: “Are you really trying to look white?”

Leakes backed up two commenters who explained that she was only kidding about “looking like a white woman.”

“There are two types of people in this world….1) Those that speak and understand sarcasm. 2) Idiots!” “@brandisjudge” NeNe said in response.

One fan replied to her: “@neneleakes everybody so damn sensitive these days. It’s like there [sic] waiting on you to say something they don’t agree with so they can throw u under the bus. Anyway, where Gregg at? Tell him to honk the horn on they ass.“

“@flynerd some people just don’t get it,” Leakes replied.

Others caught the joke and called out those who got all riled up over nothing.

“She’s making a joke people DAMN! She’s not saying she wants to look like a white woman, she’s trolling and throwing shade at the people who say that about her.”

Fans have previously reacted to NeNe’s blonde ambition:

 

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Phaedra Parks just posted a photo featuring herself looking amazing on her social media account. Her fans praised her look, and they had some other things in mind as well. Check out her post below and read some of their comments.

‘It’s a #new #day make it a #great one! #wilheminamodels 📸: @robertector 💇🏽‍♀️: @dwhitewash,’ Phaedra captioned her photo which fans absolutely adored.

‘I like this pic Phae Phae @phaedraparks, and @bravorhoa should give you a redemption season. At least you won’t be full of shit like Sheree and Kim literal FAKE ASS,’ one follower posted.

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‘You are Naturally…Beautiful Doe!! Doe – You Know!!’ someone else wrote, while another follower said  that ‘It’s amazing to see a model that looks more like me and not some superficial image @phaedraparks.’

‘We need you back on RHOA!’ one other person asked.

‘Yes, ma’am hunni. I love the entire look. You’re rocking it😍. Have an amazing day🤗🤗’ someone else gushed over Phaedra as well and another follower said ‘BEAUTY AND BRAINS!!!!! HAVE A BLESSED DAY @phaedraparks.’

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9 Drops You Don’t Want to Miss This Week

This week’s drops roundup features Supreme, Heron Preston, Ignored Prayers, FTP, Gucci, Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry, Vetements, BAPE, and Drake‘s tour jacket commemorating his fifth studio album, Scorpion.

With a busy first half of the year, Supreme has continued to push an assortment of provocative collaborations, along with its staple mainline collection. This week is no exception as the drop sees bold graphics from the AK Football top, and absurd 7’10” Advanced Elements Packlite inflatable Kayak (complete with oar), and a Supreme x O’brien life vest. Elsewhere, Heron Preston‘s eponymous label releases its SSENSE exclusive NASA-themed capsule. BAPE goes back to its colorful ways for Fall/Winter 2018, combining vintage sporting silhouettes with relaxed cuts — seen in the track pants, track jacket, stadium jacket and long coach jacket.

Supreme Spring/Summer 2018 Drop 20

We’re now at drop 20 of Supreme‘s Spring/Summer 2018 releases and so far, this week looks to be relatively quiet. Since there are no special collaborations, the most noteworthy pieces are the box logo accessories — a Supreme x Advanced Elements Packlite Kayak (an inflatable one-person kayak with a pump and oar) and a Supreme/O’Brien Life Vest. The water activities theme will extend to a few unseen items releasing this week, which will include an embossed beach towel, taping water shorts, mesh strip tank tops, tracksuits, crusher hats and more. It appears that this will be the last Supreme SS18 drop. We’ll update this post as more info rolls through, so keep checking back.

When: July 5, 11:00 am GMT (for London), 11:00 am EST (for NYC); July 7 for Japan
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BAPE Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Continuing its string of releases, BAPE recently unveiled its Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Already looking towards the colder months ahead, the range features the Japanese imprints signature graphics, camo print, tiger head embroidery and an emerging barcode-style logo. The Desert-camo print that appears on bomber jackets, caps and waist bags expresses the strong military influence BAPE went with the range. While new footwear styles, including new BAPESTA colorways and high-top sneakers complete with the classic shark-head graphics center the FW18 collection in the streetwear realm.

When: July 7
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Vetements Fall/Winter 2018 Graphic T-Shirts

A slew of bold graphics emblazon the much-anticipated debut of Vetements’ Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The concise assemblage include T-shirts and hoodies with prints inspired by astrological signs and nostalgic children’s drawings; “World’s Best Dad”, “I Have a Drinking Problem” and the satirical “I Heart NY” motifs grace the garments.

When: Now
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Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Gosha Rubchinskiy and Burberry prepares for a limited edition collaborative capsule. The Russian designer’s take on classic British style is reinterpreted in a range of trench coats, duffle coats, button-ups, scarves and loafers. Burberry’s iconic trench coat makes an appearance while the traditional duffle coat features beechwood toggles and a detachable hood that comes in check, dark green and claret. Other standout pieces include the duo-check flannels and cashmere scarves, while plaid bucket hats and burgundy loafers round out the capsule.

When: July 7
Where: Burberry’s web store and physical stores

Gucci Spring/Summer 2018 & Pre-Fall 2018 Collection

Gucci has released new pieces from its pre-fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which offers signature kitschy extravagance and nostalgic wear including logo tracksuits, cartoon graphic sweaters, bowling shirts and more. Notable pieces include the all-over GG print tracksuits available in jacquard, chenille and jersey versions, the SS18 runway “Never Marry a Mitford” knit pullover, which references the infamous aristocratic family of the ’50s, as well as the the Snow White sequin jumper and the Bugs Bunny wool sweater, which features a SEGA-inspired “GUCCY” logo on the back.

When: Now
Where: Gucci’s web store and physical stores

Heron Preston NASA Collection & SSENSE Exclusives

Heron Preston‘s NASA pieces from his Fall/Winter 2018 “PUBLIC FIGURE” collection have released along with SSENSE exclusive black colorways. The aerospace agency-themed range features cozy lounge pieces such as hoodies, sweat pants, long- and short-sleeve tees, hats and socks. All pieces feature embroidered NASA and American flag patches, printed text, and an orange logo stripe at the back for the tops. The SSENSE exclusive black colorway features contrast orange stitching, whereas the mainline red and white colorways come in tonal makeup.

When: Now
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Drake Scorpion Tour Jacket

With Scorpion SZN reaching fever pitch, you can now personalize your very own Tour Jacket for Drake’s fifth studio album. Similar to the themed Varsity Jacket circulating before the project’s release, the back of the customizable jacket features the album’s title expressed boldly at the top followed by “TOUR/TWENTY EIGHTEEN” and “by DRAKE.” While the front of the left chest area found in the front features an area for fans to place their name under “EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY.”

When: Now
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FTP Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

With summer finally upon us, Fuck The Population recently returned with its latest Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Comprised of streetwear staples, the warm-weather offerings feature a mixture of colorful tones and heavy graphics. With light jackets and hoodies dominating the range, the FTP put its spin on zip-up trucker jackets, anoraks, vests and pullovers with bold branding motifs and embroidered patches. While the graphic emblazoned T-shirts and choice headwear tie the Americana-inspired collection.

When: Now
Where: FTP’s web store

Ignored Prayers Spring/Summer 2018 Delivery 2

Following up its initial Spring/Summer 2018 release, Ignored Prayers recently returned with the second delivery of its latest seasonal range. This time around a greater focus on graphic stories is found in addition to an extended use of the different inks, pigment dyes and printing techniques employed in the initial set of offerings. Expressing a lived-in washed look, the SS18 Delivery Two pays homage to icons like William S. Burroughs and Grace Jones, along with expressions of vintage trademark designs and NASCAR Racing accents. Some notable pieces include the Public Image Ltd.-inspired Sacred Alphabet T-shirt, collage-style Power T-shirt and the Chaos-embroidered Six Panel Cap.

When: Now
Where: Ignored Prayers’ web store

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6 Things We Want in the ‘Daria’ Reboot

Remember Daria? The animated adult sitcom on MTV? This Beavis and Butthead spin-off, starring a slightly misanthropic, disaffected, teenage outcast named Daria Morgendorffer, became an instant hit. Her off-color brand of teen angst and cleverly placed sarcasm helped form the critical voice of the millennial generation. Sadly, unlike some popular adult animated series that run for decades, Daria’s swan song came in 2002.  So, when MTV announced that a reboot of Daria was in the works, we here at FANDOM were super stoked.

Amidst a seemingly hopeless political landscape, Daria is more relevant today than ever before. Her signature satirical take on this “sick, sad world” is exactly what network television needs right now. The reboot, with the tentative title Daria and Jodie, will focus on the lives of an adult Daria and her former Lawndale High classmate, Jodie Landon.  It will be penned by Grace Nkenge Edwards, also known for her work on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Inside Amy Schumer, and Broad City, just to name a few. Daria and Jodie has the potential to be another home-run for MTV, if they don’t miss the mark.  We deeply, sincerely hope that this Daria reinvention will include these six things:

Jane, Daria’s Partner in Crime



Jodie and Daria were just acquaintances in high school, her real best friend was Jane Lane. She was snarky, well-adjusted, an artist who shared Daria’s worldviews, and they immediately gravitated towards each other at Lawndale High. Daria and Jane had a rapport unlike any other, their senses of humor were perfectly complementary, and they would oftentimes complete each other’s sentences.  Though they had a brief falling out in Season 4, their friendship was the cornerstone of the series. It would be unimaginable to have another Daria series without Jane.

Jodie’s #BlackGirlMagic

Though Daria’s scathing social commentary was novel in its time, it came from a place of white privilege. Daria came from an upper-middle-class family, her parents both had high power jobs, and her path to college was never questioned. Daria always had a feminist vibe, but it was never intersectional enough.  Hopefully, with the focus on Jodie Landon, an African American woman, the reboot’s social commentary will cover more bases. Considering Daria and Jodie were never really close in the original series, this reboot might compare and contrast their individual lives, rather than their experiences together. Paired with Grace Nkenge Edwards’ experience navigating academically elite environments, Jodie will be the perfect way to comment on what it’s like to be an African American woman in the United States today.

Tom, Daria’s Love Interest



In the first couple of seasons, most Daria fans were totally ‘shipping Daria and Trent, Jane’s burnt-out, older brother. However, Daria’s real OTP was with Tom Sloane, Jane’s ex-boyfriend.  Tom was a well-meaning, well-read, cynical cinephile. The two of them got on swimmingly. When they finally got together in Season 4, it was very satisfying to see Daria connect with someone truly on her same wavelength. In the reboot, we would love to see how Daria and Tom have nurtured their relationship over time.

Quinn, Daria’s Younger Sister



Quinn was the quintessential popular girl and anti-hero of the show. It’s safe to say that the two siblings were polar opposites of each other. Quinn would refuse to associate herself in public with Daria, and she would frequently ostracize Daria at school. (Though Daria did plenty of that to herself.) Quinn valued popularity over academics and was Vice-President of the fashion club.  Her flock of fellow mean girls, bossy Sandi, anxious Stacy, and clueless Tiffany, were a Greek chorus of sorts, repeating materialistic rhetoric in a vapid echo chamber. In the reboot, it would be funny to see Quinn get smacked in the face with a healthy dose of karma.

Biting Wit



Daria was the embodiment of teen angst, the girl who perfected shade-throwing, the black sheep that was somehow 100% relatable. We loved her long before hipsters stole her look because she wasn’t afraid to live her truth. Her melancholic, malaise truth. We certainly hope that Daria doesn’t grow out of her deadpan sarcasm, rather it will ripen with age.

Alter Egos

Daria‘s end credits were like the icing on top of the sundae. Every great show has an end-credit schtick, like Arrested Development’s “On the Next …” or Community’s adventures of Troy and AbedDaria was known for having incredible artwork at the end of each episode, known as her alter egos. They usually showed all the characters dressed up as pop culture references or ridiculous versions of themselves.  In the Daria reboot, let’s hope these beauties make a comeback. Imagine Daria and Jane à la Kardashian.

If MTV keeps some of these awesome Daria elements, we have no doubt in our minds that this reboot is going to be another hit!

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Democrats Want to Fight Trump’s Supreme Court Pick. They Just Have No Power to Do It.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday vowed to hold a vote on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor this fall, setting up a contentious political battle ahead of the critical midterm elections.

But while Democrats insisted that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered until after voters have their say in November, many members of the party acknowledged the ominous political reality they now confront. Democrats are powerless to stop President Donald Trump from getting his second justice on the nation’s highest court.

“They hold all the cards,” said Jim Manley, a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “There’s not really anything left to say.”

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President Trump slammed “obstructionist” Democrats Saturday for standing in the way of a legislative fix to illegal immigration. “They think this is a good issue,” he said in a speech to fire up delegates at Nevada’s state GOP convention. “I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border. “I like the…
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Anything Rian Johnson can do, fans think they can do better.

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Donate to these 7 organizations if you want to help separated immigrant families

Donate to these 7 organizations if you want to help separated immigrant families


Donate to these 7 organizations if you want to help separated immigrant families

Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families as part of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration. Despite the ridiculous back-and-forth between the president and Congress on who’s to blame, the fact of the matter remains: There are thousands of immigrant children being held in facilities near the border, the conditions of which have been described as “prison-like,” and that is unacceptable.

As you would expect, big nonprofit organizations, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), are doing their part to help. In fact, the ACLU filed a national class-action lawsuit on March 9th to challenge the Trump administration’s policy. As Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a release at the time,

“Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a ‘policy,’ it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their parents.”

In addition to the ACLU, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) is another great organization that’s working hard to prevent wrongful deportations by providing support and emergency legal aid to those seeking asylum.

If the news coming from the border troubles you and you’re inspired to help, making a donation to organizations and activist groups such as the ACLU or ASAP is great. But there are also smaller organizations doing good work right now that don’t get quite as much attention as they should. So here are some other organizations you should also consider donating to.

1. RAICES

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a Texas-based nonprofit organization that offers both free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families. As of right now, their main site is down due to “capacity problems.” However, here is a link to their donation page if you want to help support them at this time.

2. The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to “promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children.” On May 31st, the Young Center launched a new program that specifically helps families being separated at the border. The Immigrant Child and Family Project is staffed by attorneys who are fighting to protect immigrant families and help change policy. If you want to support their cause, you can donate here.

3. The Florence Project

The Florence Project provides free legal and social services to immigrants who are detained in Arizona. The organization has been working to help immigrant families in Arizona for over 25 years and separated families is an issue they’re familiar with. In an interview with CBS News, Lauren Dasse, the executive director for the Florence Project, said the organization has seen 300 recent cases of family separation in Arizona, with 100 new cases in early June alone. If you want to make a donation to The Florence Project, you can do that here.

4. Neta

Neta is a “Latinx-run progressive media platform” based in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas that’s working hard to inform the public about the immigration situation and bring you the reality of what’s going on at the border. Having the facts is super important, so if you want to support the work of the journalists there, you can donate here.

5. Fuerza Del Valle

The Fuerza Del Valle Workers Center was created to support workers’ rights and immigrant communities in the Rio Grande Valley. On June 20th, they are holding an interfaith prayer and walk in support of keeping immigrant families together. If you want to support them financially, you can donate here.

6. Al Otro Lado

Al Otro Lado is a cross-border legal service for refugees and families separated by deportation in Los Angeles and Tijuana. Ever since news of the crisis at the border hit, the organization has been providing “critical assistance” to immigrants, including infants and unaccompanied minors. If you want to support, you can donate here.

7. Together Rising

Together Rising is another organization that’s helping to provide legal assistance to migrant children who were separated from their parents. If you’re looking to support their work, you can donate here.

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Jay Mohr on Burning SNL Bridges: ‘All I Want Out of Life Is More At-Bats’

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In its quarter-century as a minor league ballpark, Hadlock Field, home to the Double-A affiliate Portland Sea Dogs, has seen its share of journeymen take the mound. In 2012, Rich Hill pitched an inning of relief at Hadlock as part of his six-year quest to land back on a major league starting rotation.

Dwight Gooden, once a teenage phenom, threw a few innings here in the final years of his career.

However, few of the stadium’s hurlers can say they’ve hosted a nationally televised comedy competition. Or been nominated for a Teen Choice Award.

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Yankees might want YES Network back

The Yankees are considering buying back control of YES Network, according to sources. The Yankees currently own 20 percent of the network they founded in 2001. The 80 percent owned by 21st Century Fox is currently part of a multi-billion-dollar deal that is being competed for by Fox and Comcast. When the Yankees started the…
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American companies in China don’t care about the trade deficit — they want equal market access

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Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all


Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

When we were kids, we LOVED our Disney gear. Princess dresses, autograph books, stuffed Pumbaas — you name it, we wanted it. Well, it turns out that this desire doesn’t go away as one grows up. We still buy all things Disney, from Beauty and the Beast Minnie Mouse ears to Disney-themed pairs of Toms. Honestly, what millennial doesn’t want a millennial pink or rose gold spirit jersey to wear to Disneyland?

Basically, any time a new Disney-themed item hits shelves, we’re first in line to buy it. So when we saw these new VHS-inspired Disney journals, we knew we had to have every single one. Yep, you can now take a trip down memory lane with a series of precious journals featuring covers from seven different animated Disney films that will surely make you feel like Blockbuster never went out of business.

There are seven different journals to choose from: The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and The Lion King. GREAT choices. They really picked classics. Four of those titles — The Little MermaidAladdinBeauty and the Beast, and The Lion King — are part of the Disney Renaissance era from 1989-1999. Ah, the memories.

The Disney journals look JUST like those puffy plastic VHS cases that you remember so fondly from childhood.

Taking notes is much more fun with a Little Mermaid journal.

The Little Mermaid
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Or a Dumbo one. What a cutie.

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Spill your darkest secrets into the confines of an Aladdin VHS.

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Or a Beauty and the Beast one. We bet Belle can keep a secret.

Beauty and the Beast
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How magical is this Peter Pan journal?

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You can keep it classy with Lady and the Tramp, one of our faves.

Lady and the Tramp
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And, of course, there’s The Lion King.

The Lion King
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Each journal features a photo of the film’s VHS tape on the front page…

The Lion King Tape Front
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…and the back page. So cute!

The Lion King Tape Back
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There’s also a watermark from the film on the pages. (We see you, Timon.)

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The journals cost $ 15.99 each, but they are SO adorable, we think the ’90s nostalgia is well worth the cost.

We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these bad boys. Or two. Or three. We have a lot of things to write about, you know?

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What We Want to See in a Solo Lando Movie

SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Proceed at your own risk.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is now in cinemas, meaning audiences are getting a first glimpse at Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. And if the reaction to his effortlessly cool performance in my screening is anything to go by, people want more. So if young Lando gets his own spin-off movie, this is what we’d like to see.

Hustlers, Gamblers and Space Pirates

Lando Calrissian is a smuggler, a scoundrel, and a card sharp. He thinks nothing of cheating at Sabacc when he first meets Han Solo. And he has a pretty intense relationship with his droid L3-37, who claims that they haven’t had sexual relations. But we aren’t so sure.

So let’s see the darker corners of the Star Wars universe explored in a standalone Lando flick. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Radio in the above video, Glover says that Calrissian hangs out with “hustlers and gamblers and space pirates,” so let’s spend time with these less salubrious characters.

Adopting the tone of something like Firefly, the film could focus on those background characters who frequent that den of scum and villainy, the Mos Eisley Cantina. Becoming less about the Rebellion, and more akin to Goodfellas, Ocean’s 11, or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in space. And if the film is a less-PG Star Wars, let’s sex it up, Barbarella-style. Speaking of which…

Blob Sex


Sex in the 1988 version of The Blob.

A pansexual is someone who is attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Add aliens and droids into that mix, and we’ve got the makings of a pretty intriguing Lando movie. And while it’s a little after the fact — with Solo already very much in the can — co-writer Jonathan Kasdan has been talking to Entertainment Weekly about the character’s pansexuality.

“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s sexuality [in the movies]. I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that and I love the fluidity; sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of. He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules.”

So let’s see Lando making love to an alien, a droid, and — if Star Wars really wants to push the envelope — a guy. Donald is game too. “How can you not be pansexual in space?” he told EW. “There are so many things to have sex with… If you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open. It’s like, no, only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares. Have a good time out here!”

Frasier in Space


Kelsey Grammer likes the sound of Frasier in Space.

Lando is cool, calm, and collected. A smooth-talking charmer who is both charismatic and debonair. Roger Moore’s James Bond would be our reference point, but when speaking about the character, Donald Glover made a very different comparison. To TV’s Frasier Crane.

When asked if he’d like to write a Lando movie, Glover told Entertainment Weekly Radio: “Yeah, I think it would be fun to do. it would be cool to see, like, Frasier in Space. Like a high-end guy in space.”

We’re onboard with that, Lando cruising around the galaxy being all funny and sophisticated. Maybe with his weird brother and cantankerous Dad. And if Glover is writing, Hiro Murai must direct. The pair make Atlanta together, and as well as looking amazing, it’s one of the smartest shows on TV. While the way in which it regularly defies expectation is something that the current crop of Star Wars films could really learn from.

More Capes


Cape Town.

Finally, we want capes. LOTS MORE CAPES. There’s a clunky Solo scene in which Qi’ra explores Lando’s cape armoire, and worries that he might have too many. NO. Lando doesn’t have enough. Costume designer David Crossman says they were inspired by the ostentatious rock stars of the 1970s.

“We were looking at a lot of our favourite rock stars [like Jimi] Hendrix, Marvin Gaye,” Crossman told StarWars.com. “[Costume Designer] Glyn [Dillon] had a picture of Marvin Gaye with this leather collar with the detail, which we looked at for Lando. And I think the cape thing just kind of grew a bit because even in the original film, Lando, fair enough, he’s always wearing a cape but… we’re doing this kind of young, aspirant Lando that’s kind of using all his money to buy clothes and project himself.”

So we want Calrissian to earn more money in a spin-off, and to then spend a chunk of the run-time shopping for capes. Do that — maybe via a montage that uses Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ — and the filmmakers won’t even need a trailer. Just play that scene, relax, and enjoy Lando making a billion dollars.

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Marvel’s Infinity War may have smashed almost every box office record in the books, but let’s face it: You’re still as obsessed with Black Panther as you were on the day you first saw it. 

From establishing its own box-office breaking status to shifting the paradigm of blockbuster films  led by actors of color, we still can’t ignore the fact that Black Panther remains a juggernaut in its own right. If you’re sick of watching it in the theaters (yes, it’s still in theaters), then it it’s time to bring the Wakandan experience home by pre-ordering Black Panther on Blu-ray at Walmart.

The Wakanda hype train never stops.

The Wakanda hype train never stops.

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Relive T’Challa’s quest as he assumes his duties as King of Wakanda — an isolated and technologically advanced African nation — while he and his loyal subjects become caught up in his late father’s past mistakes, battling enemies to the throne that threaten Wakanda’s way of life and the world at large.

The Blu-ray release includes tons of deleted scenes and gag reels, as well as bonus features such as a look into the actors behind Wakanda’s fighting force — the Dora Milaje — as well as an exploration of Wakanda’s vibranium technology. It also features a look at the past 10 years of MCU movies and an exclusive sneak peek at its upcoming Ant-man and The Wasp. Read more…

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Conservative Groups Want ‘Harmful’ LGBT Books Segregated at Iowa Library

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Conservative groups in Iowa are demanding a library in Orange City shelve LGBTQ materials, including books and DVDs, separately to everything else, claiming they could “harm” children.

The groups equate the reading of such books to drug use and eating Tide pods.

On flyers, Sioux County Conservatives and Reformation Iowa particularly singled out the books David Levithan’s Two Guys Kissing, Gayle E. Pitman’s This Day in June and Christine Baldacchino’s Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.  

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‘You Know You Want It’: Five Female Paramedics Claim Pervasive Harassment at Chicago Fire Department

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Late into her shift one night, Hannah*, a new paramedic, went into a medic room at a local hospital to grab new sheets and supplies. It was a cool spring night in Chicago, and her boss was sitting in the room working on his laptop.

Then, he allegedly attacked her. The ambulance commander put the computer down, grabbed Hannah with both hands, and forcibly kissed her with an open mouth, according to a federal lawsuit.

As Hannah said “no” and backed away, her boss kissed her and licked her face, according to the complaint. Hannah put her hands on his chest to push him off.

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There are remarkable plans to tow giant icebergs to drought-stricken South Africa to solve Cape Town’s worst water shortage in a century. Salvage expert Nick Sloane believes his team can “capture” one of the many chunks of ice which drift within 1,200 nautical miles of the country every year. Sloane, who led the re-floating of…
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Like Sharon Stone before her, Bella Hadid makes the case for pairing a classic white shirt with a more formal outfit. The twist: instead of a button down, Bella just expertly reached instead for the plain white tee. It’s a staple so wonderful that not only does everyone own one, but a band was named after it (remember the group behind “Hey There Delilah”?).

The supermodel made an appearance at the Being Serena premiere on Wednesday, April 25, in NYC with her older sister Gigi and while both ladies opted for menswear-inspired suiting (Gigi’s was colored and paired with a bralette), Bella left her blazer unbuttoned to reveal a crisp white cotton shirt. Comfortable, classic — and a fresh twist for a fancy look .

Which got Us to thinking — you can never have enough white tees. Not only should you own a few different cuts (you never know what the occasion might be or what you will need to pair them), but because they get discolored easily, you most certainly need more than one.

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Cross Culture Ventures (CCV) has teamed up with Silicon Valley Bank to provide a unique opportunity. This summer, the venture firm is hiring a Summer Associate to join their investment team for two months between June and August. According to a recent post, the ideal candidate is an MBA student going into their second year with a keen interest in learning about venture capital and a passion for technology and startup companies. Previous venture capital or early-stage startup experience will also give you a boost in the application process. Additionally, due to the massive underrepresentation of women in the space, female minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

“Black and Latina women are significantly underrepresented in VC. Let’s change that,” said CCV Managing Partner Marlon Nichols.

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So what will you gain? The post states that the Summer Associate can expect to gain hands-on experience in all areas of venture capital, including financial analysis, due diligence, deal execution, and portfolio support. Also, they didn’t fail to mention that the pay is competitive.

And what exactly will you be doing? Some of your tasks will include reviewing pitch decks and meeting with entrepreneurs; analyzing investment opportunities; researching market trends; performing company financial analysis, due diligence, and author investment memos used by partners and investment committees in investment decisions; and leading various internal market and technology research projects.

Cross Culture Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles that invests in entrepreneurs creating next-generation technology and consumer products. Through their strategic partnership with Atom Factory, they work together to discover, invest in, and develop companies that fuel shifts in cultural trends and behaviors within an increasingly diverse global marketplace. CCV has over 20 companies in its portfolio, which includes Gimlet Media, Thrive Market, Blavity, Fair.com, and Mayvenn.
For more information on the opportunity, click here. All applications are due, Friday, April 27, at 5 p.m. PST.

 

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5 Marvel Team-Ups We Want to See in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Avengers: Infinity War has been a massive undertaking for Marvel. From sorting through characters, to picking up plot lines that have stretched between 18 films, Avengers: Infinity War is easily the most ambitious thing Marvel has ever done.

10 years of storytelling are about to come to a head in the film and over 40 characters will be colliding. Whether these characters will be spending only minutes together or entire scenes, FANDOM is excited to see some epic team-ups.

What will Rocket say when he meets Captain America for the first time? Will Groot and Hulk just have amazing non-verbal communication? And what about Iron Man and Star-Lord? Will their egos even be able to fit in the same room together? Whoever ends up together in this film, here are five team-ups we HAVE to see:

The Magicians



The “age of miracles” has truly come, just as Baron von Strucker prophesied in Age of Ultron. With this age of miracles comes Marvel’s magicians, magic wielders like Doctor Strange, Wong, and Scarlet Witch.

Scarlet Witch was the only magic user in the Avengers, and in Infinity War she’ll finally be joined by Strange and Wong. What can she teach them? What can they teach her? Wanda has been alone since the death of her brother, Quicksilver, and we’re very excited to see her find a new family with Strange and Wong.

The Soldiers



Steve, Bucky, and Falcon got to team-up a bit during the events of Captain America: Civil War. There was that iconic shot of the three of them in a tiny VW bug, road-tripping to meet Sharon Carter. Falcon and Bucky even gave Cap the “nod” when Steve and Sharon kissed.

Now that Bucky is all healed up mentally and physically, we’re hoping to see a road trip reunion. Bucky, Cap, and Falcon are also cut out of the same cloth. They are soldiers first, above everything else. They know what it’s like to go to war, more so than most. Hopefully they get some fun scenes together — who knows, perhaps Bucky or Falcon will pick up Cap’s shield at the end of all this.

The Badass Ladies



Gamora, Black Widow and Okoye are the most powerful women in the Marvel Universe. These women have defended their respective teams over many long years. Gamora has traversed the galaxy with the Guardians, Romanoff has supported S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers through many battles and Okoye has defended Wakanda from threats without and within.

These three ladies NEED a scene together. Whether they share a laugh over how long they have been solo lady soldiers or they share a powerful team-up, seeing them together would be powerful. Especially since they all have such different strengths.

The Next Generation



Shuri and Peter Parker are the smartest people in the MCU, outside of Tony Stark. While Peter is holding his own at his technical school in New York City, Shuri is the girl genius of Wakanda. Not only is Shuri responsible for all the cool tech in Wakanda, but she also made Black Panther’s amazing suit.

Peter and Shuri are also both young and full of hope. While Peter experienced the bitter taste of loss last year during the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming he still remains optimistic about fighting crime and taking on bad guys. Shuri shares this optimism and has a desire to help other young people, especially based on the post-credit scene in Black Panther.

Together they bring two genius-level intellects and their combined powers of hope. Seeing them work together and geek out over new tech would be so fun to see in Infinity War.

The Psychotic Siblings



Loki and Nebula are definitely the wild cards of Infinity War. Both of these characters have axes to grind with Thanos. Loki was under Thanos’s control leading up to the Battle of New York in Avengers and Nebula was tortured by Thanos most of her life. Both of these characters also have a lot in common. They both grew up in the shadows of greater siblings. Loki lived in Thor’s shadow for most of his life, and Nebula grew up in Gamora’s shadow.

Both of these characters are also powerful warriors. Where Nebula is skilled in combat, Loki is skilled in magic and mischief. They are both extremely driven and self-serving. Can you imagine if they crossed paths in the film or if their motivations aligned, even for a second? I would not want to be Thanos or the Black Order with Loki and Nebula on my tail.

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If you keep up with the Kardashians, are up to date with Taylor Swift’s latest squeeze and cried over the fact that Brangelina broke up, then you’re a definite celeb spotter. Sometimes, reading the news and looking at their pictures just aren’t enough, and you just wish you could bump into them on the street one day or while they’re on vacation. To maximize your chances of meeting your favorite celebs, check out the best places to travel to with your autograph book.

The Hamptons

The Hamptons is notorious for being a celeb hotspot. The Hamptons lies on Long Island, just outside of New York and is a playground for celebs when they go on their summer vacations. This area of the country holds some of the most expensive houses and epitomizes the lives of the rich and famous with their luxurious spas, and exclusive parties. The likes of Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, and the Kardashian family are all known to party here. You might need a bit of money before you choose the Hamptons as your next vacation spot, though.

Dubai

Dubai attracts celebs from all around the world, at all times of the year. Lying in the middle of the desert, Dubai eludes extravagance and luxury and is one of the most expensive holiday destinations. If you want to up your chances of meeting a celeb in your hotel corridor, you’ll need to stay at the incredible 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel or the Emirates Palace Hotel which has housed the likes of Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton, and Rory McIlroy. You can even rent your own private beach while you’re there…

St. Tropez, French Riviera

If you’re looking to go a bit further afield, the French Riviera is teeming with celebs in the summer. Brigitte Bardot put St.Tropez on the celeb map in the 50’s, and it has gained huge popularity since then. With its quaint architecture and French culture, St.Tropez is a beautiful destination, and it is no wonder the rich and famous travel here. In the summer, the celebs flock to the 5.8-mile long beach so you won’t be able to miss them…

Dubrovnik

If you want to see celebs and marvel at Europe’s hidden gem, Dubrovnik is the place to go. Beyonce has been named an honorary citizen in Dubrovnik, after she visited the country while pregnant with her first child, and named her Blue Ivy after she saw a blue tree there. Need any more reason to go? The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular vacation spot for other celebs, from Tom Cruise to Bon Jovi, and they all seem to fall in love with the historical walled medieval city.

Wimbledon

Many celebs flock to the UK between June and July each year to watch the famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships. If you have watched it previously on TV, you’ll see the likes of Prince William and Kate, Hugh Jackman, and the Beckhams all brushing shoulders in the stands watching the famous tennis stars on the courts. And, of course, enjoying a glass of Pimms and some strawberries and cream. If you fancy bumping into celebs, book your next holiday to London.

Miami

Because celebs need a bit of sun sometimes. Celebs travel to Florida at all times of the year to de-stress and take a well-earned break from being their perfect selves. You’ll be sure to see a celeb or two bathing on the beach or having a dip in the sea. They also fly over to enjoy the nightlife that Miami has to offer, so if you’re lucky, you might get to be in the same club as Drake and Christina Aguilera. A dream come true!

If you are a big celeb spotter, knowing where they go on holiday are going to drastically improve your chances of finally meeting your favorites. So get booking.

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Getting through the first months of parenting is kind of like going through boot camp. You’re thrown into nonstop challenges that test you physically and mentally, and coming out on the other side (relatively) unscathed feels like a real accomplishment. Now that I’m three months in, I’ve had time to make lots of mistakes and learn what works for us.

Now, clearly I’m no parenting pro, but I do feel like I have a tiny bit of knowledge to share with a new mom on a few things, one of which would be keeping your baby happy with their feeding routine. Since breastfeeding exclusively didn’t work out for us, we quickly had to move to bottle-feeding and find our flow there. And when I had the chance to check out MAM Anti-Colic bottles, I knew just what I was looking for.

When it comes to bottle-feeding my baby, I’ve got a few strict standards about what I buy and use.

1. A trusted name I know

MAM Anti-Colic Bottles

When I was pregnant I started my search for must-have products and asked lots of moms for recommendations on trusted brands they loved. From pacifiers to bottles, MAM has always made the list of “mom favorites,” with great quality products that have met the needs of parents and babies for years.

There was no need to convince me to try these bottles, MAM’s reputation speaks for itself.

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2. Bottles that are easy to clean

Anyone who is bottle-feeding knows how important it is to have bottles that are fast and easy to clean. (This might be my top criteria, in fact.) No one wants to spend all their free time disinfecting bottles — MAM Anti-Colic Bottles are easily sterilized with just 3 minutes in the microwave, no separate sterilizer necessary. The bottles unscrew at the top AND bottom with wide openings, making them easy to clean, prep, and put together. All important features when you’re making bottles in the middle of the night.

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If you need to sterilize lots of bottles at once, MAM also has a microwave steam sterilizer that will hold up to six bottles and all their parts.

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3. Feeding that is easy, efficient, and keeps your baby happy

MAM Anti-Colic Bottles have a SkinSoft™ textured nipple that, for babies who are still breastfeeding, makes for an easy transition between breast and bottle. The bottles also have a vented base that regulates pressure, ensuring my little guy doesn’t get air in his tummy while he’s eating. The milk flows evenly, without bubbles and without foaming.

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The MAM Anti-Colic Bottles meet all my criteria for a great baby bottle and I’d recommend them to new or expecting moms. There was a noticeable difference in how my son ate with these bottles, compared to some others we’ve tried. Less drooling, less gas, and clearly, a happy, full baby. You can’t argue with that!

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6 new strollers everyone’s going to want in 2018

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Strollers have new tricks: They turn from single to double, fold into a roller bag you can pull through the airport, and have fabric that can be whipped off that put right into your washing machine.

Here are six of the sweetest strollers we’ve seen so far this year.

1. The Evenflo Pivot Travel System

I got a chance to play with this travel system at the JPMA Baby Show in Washington, D.C., and was blown away by how many things it could do, how good it looked and handled — and then I learned it was $ 280 and my head really exploded. So cheap — so good!

This stroller basically has the functionality of much higher-end models: You can use the included seat in a pram/bassinet mode for infants, remove the seat and snap in the included SafeMax infant car seat, or put the original seat back on and push a toddler/preschooler up to 50 pounds. The stroller has big high-quality wheels and handles like a dream, the under-seat basket is huge, you can reverse the seat in every mode — it’s really crazy how great this travel system is for the price!

Note that a really cool convertible version of the Pivot will be available soon; watch out for the Pivot Xpand this summer.

Buy it: $ 279.99

2. The Graco Uno2Duo Stroller

Seamlessly able to handle all the transitions of a family with two kids, the Uno2Duo is one versatile stroller. Buy it for your first child as a single stroller or a travel system, with one of the most popular infant car seat on the market, the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35, included. You can turn the included seat into a bassinet, or use the stroller to hold your baby in the SnugRide, facing you or facing out.

Once your family grows to include a second child, you magically telescope the Uno2Duo’s chassis to hold a second seat (sold separately; or you can buy the stroller as a double from the get-go). Now your infant rides on top in the car seat, and your older child rides below — or, if your child would prefer, they can stand on the integrated ride-on board, no second seat necessary.

Buy it: $ 320-$ 450

3. OXO Tot Air Stroller

If you’re a parent who’s on the go a lot, consider this teeny tiny little beauty that packs great features into a small size. First, it’s super-lightweight: a mere 11 pounds, and it folds into a small package that, thanks to the integrated carrying strap, is easy to sling on one arm and carry through an airport or up and down subway stairs.

It rides smoothly, takes curves well, and — this is the feature that thrilled us when we saw it at JPMA — the stroller’s fabric parts snap easily off, can be thrown into a washer, and then snap right back on. Agonize no more if your kid barfs or chocolate-ice-creams all over the stroller on a trip.

Buy it: $ 179.99

4. Summer Infant 3Dpac CS+ Compact Fold Stroller

Summer Infant has made a splash in recent years with its 3D line of strollers, which have tons of cool features at really modest prices. The 3Dpac is yet another worthy 3D stroller, named because it’s “packed” with features: it folds with an easy one-hand motion, stands by itself, has a built-in strap that makes the 3Dpac easy to put on your shoulder and take you anywhere you want to go. The 3Dpac also has a feature that need to be on every stroller, everywhere: a pocket that securely holds your phone and allows you to see it at the same time — no need to use a precious free hand to pick it up to see who’s calling.

The 3Dpac will be available for sale in April of 2018.

Buy it: $ 149.99

5. Diono Traverze Stroller

People at the JPMA show couldn’t stop playing with the Traverze, because 1) It’s a real beauty of a stroller 2) It handles like a much heavier and more expensive model 3) It snaps shut like a book and stands by itself and 4) Once it’s shut, a little handle telescopes out and you can pull it behind you like a suitcase, with or without its included travel bag. It comes in craaazy colors, too, including this gorgeous yellow, a bright cobalt blue, shocking pink, sophisticated burnt orange with a beautiful copper chassis…

Buy it: $ 259-$ 300

6. Safety 1st RIVA Travel System

Environmentally minded parents often feel terribly guilty about all the gear babies nearly force you to consume and then discard — but the RIVA Travel System is a stroller you can feel good about buying: it’s made of recycled parts (including Safety 1st’s recycled car seats!) and it’s manufactured and assembled with at the company’s zero-landfill factory in Columbus, Indiana (which has been manufacturing car seats since 1978).

This is huge news, because up until now there hasn’t been a single stroller made in the USA (mostly they’re made in China but sometimes they’re made in Europe). The RIVA also has terrific features: the stroller is lightweight at only 18 pounds, has a simple one-hand fold, and stands on its own when folded. The system also comes with a Safety 1st onBoard FLX infant car seat (also American-made!), and the fabrics on both car seat and stroller are easy to take off and machine-washable.

Having said all that, you’re not going to believe the price. Right??!!

Buy it: $ 200

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If Microsoft Office was Netflix, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint would be Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, and Narcos. On the other hand, OneNote, Sway, Yammer, and basically the rest of the Office apps would be Sense8, Dear White People, and Ozark, because of the very fact that they are criminally underrated. These apps have probably never reached your radar, and that’s a darn shame. But you can change that with the Pay What You Want: The Complete Microsoft Office Bundle.

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Want to Lose Weight? Try Not Exercising

This is the advice of neuroscientist Susan Peirce Thompson, creator of Bright Line Eating, a weight loss movement. But does it make sense? And how does the hormone leptin factor into the process?

Willpower

Most people eat less and exercise more when they want to shed pounds.

This won’t last, Peirce Thompson says, because the brain won’t let you do it, at least not long-term. This self-sabotage occurs because insulin levels are too high, and all this insulin blocks the hypothalamus from seeing the leptin in your blood, she explains.

Leptin levels are significant because leptin is known as the starvation hormone. It tells your brain two things: You are not hungry, and it’s time to get active. Peirce Thompson says if your leptin isn’t registering, your brain thinks you’re starving, and literally forces you to eat more and conserve energy. But “you don’t have enough willpower to overrule your brain, certainly not long-term,” she says.

“Exercise won’t make you thin. It will help you to maintain a slender physique, but it will not help you to get there in the first place.” – Neuroscientist Susan Peirce Thompson

Trying something new is the key, and this something new is not exercising for a period of time. It’s a myth that exercise is a necessary component of a weight loss program, says Peirce Thompson. “Exercise won’t make you thin,” she adds. “It will help you to maintain a slender physique, but it will not help you to get there in the first place.”

Changing what you put in your mouth takes a tremendous amount of willpower. As a result, conserving willpower and focusing on creating habits needed to stick with your food plan is more productive, Peirce Thompson says. She goes on to describe the habits that need to be built, and once these actions become rituals, insulin levels will decrease and the brain will start to see the leptin. This will take at least a few months, and then and only then, she says to add in exercise.

Leptin and body fat

Leptin is highly correlated with the percentage of body fat, says Dr. Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Rockefeller University and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He studies the molecular mechanisms that regulate food intake and body weight. Leptin was actually identified in his laboratory, and his current work explores the mechanisms by which leptin mediates appetite and weight. In general, women have more adipose tissue and therefore higher leptin levels, but a thin woman would generally have less fat and lower leptin levels than an obese man with more fat, he explains.

Leptin is currently an approved therapy for lipodystrophy, which is a rare form of diabetes. As Dr. Friedman explains, these patients lack adipose tissue due to a genetic defect, which means low leptin levels. Leptin treatment is very effective at treating their diabetes, and the patients also lose weight – as do patients with syndromes associated with low leptin levels. Most obese patients, however, have high leptin levels, which indicates that they’re resistant to leptin and then overproduce it to compensate, says Friedman.

Within this group of obese patients, about ten percent have low leptin levels. The data suggests that they might lose weight with leptin treatment. This has been shown in the lab with obese mice. “It will be interesting to determine whether obese humans with low leptin levels respond similarly,” says Friedman. Studies in both mice and humans have found that combining leptin with other weight loss agents can decrease weight in obese patients with high leptin levels.

Insufficient data

The core problem is that almost all diet plans – with or without exercise – eventually fail over the course of one to two years, making it extremely difficult to generate definitive data, says Friedman. He agrees that the basic drive to eat proves more powerful than willpower, which is why diets fail.

Over time, for biologic reasons, the drive to eat overwhelms the conscious desire to restrain appetite and weight typically returns to the starting point, says Friedman. In other words, diets tend to fail with or without exercise, but they fail because of biologic factors, not a lack of determination on the dieter’s part.

Everyone’s different

Lynda Turpin (not her real name), a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, finds Peirce Thompson’s advice interesting. She admits that exercise may change our thinking about what we are “allowed” to have, but for some people, it works in the opposite way. Turpin, for example, makes better choices when she’s doing something good for her body like exercising. She also points out that exercise changes metabolism, so as people lose weight, exercise helps keep the weight off.

Peg Pardini, an American Council of Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer who does nutrition counseling and behavior modification, also termed this a “very interesting philosophy.” For someone who’s overweight and doesn’t exercise at all, it may be a good solution to be motivated as they have nowhere to go but up, she says. “As a personal trainer, however, it goes against everything I believe in,” she says. “It is important to change habits and that includes getting off the couch and moving more, even if it’s just a short walk. Lack of exercise decreases muscle mass, and my concern would be the layman would take this to heart and use it as an excuse not to exercise.”

Strength training

When asked whether strength training should also be avoided as part of this regimen, Peirce Thompson says yes, because this activity would draw from the willpower reserves. In other words, getting ourselves to do this activity and then doing it both deplete willpower. She says cardiovascular exercise and any activity that can deplete willpower should wait until new eating habits are entirely automatic.

There are exceptions, however. If you’ve been exercising for a long time to the point where it’s automatic, this wouldn’t tap the willpower reserves. If exercise is used to alleviate depression and/or anxiety, it shouldn’t be stopped.

There are exceptions, however. If you’ve been exercising for a long time to the point where it’s automatic, this wouldn’t tap the willpower reserves. If exercise is used to alleviate depression and/or anxiety, it shouldn’t be stopped. Peirce Thompson says the period of no exercise should only last a few months if done right.

But Pardini is a firm believer in incorporating exercise from the start, even if it’s just 10 or 20 minutes a day. There are little challenges we can set for ourselves, like parking farther away in the parking lot or even standing up and sitting down ten times while watching television.

Pardini always recommends hiring a trainer for a couple of sessions to learn proper form and technique and having a session or two with a registered dietician to devise a food plan. She believes that small changes in fitness can help. “It does not have to be all or none,” she says.

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Ava DuVernay Doesn’t Want to Make Star Wars Movies and That’s Awesome

Ava DuVernay is being thrust into the spotlight thanks to her directorial duties on A Wrinkle in Time. Since she’s made a big budget flick under the Disney banner, her name has been bandied about as a potential director for Star Wars.

Well, DuVernay herself shot that possibility down in a response to a fan on Twitter.

Many fans were bummed to hear this, but you know what? This is actually pretty great. Here’s why.

Talent Deserves Freedom

Ava DuVernay is undeniably talented. She’s more than proven that with Selma13th, and now A Wrinkle in Time. It’s understandable that fans would want her to exercise that talent in the Star Wars universe. But, when we are lucky enough to have exceptional artists working in film, we need to step back and allow them to do what they want to do.

The best creativity comes from having artistic freedom. DuVernay has earned our collective trust when it comes to her abilities and feeling the need to shove her into a franchise betrays that trust. If we really support her, we should also support her desire to make whatever artistic endeavor she feels most compelled to make. That’s the only way we’re going to continue to get truly inspiring work from her.

The Dangers of Tokenism

There is also a narrative built up that Ava DuVernay should make a Star Wars film because the franchise needs more diverse directors. That’s absolutely true but we need to be careful when we start making demands of artists simply because of their racial and/or gender designation.

If there are diverse filmmakers out there that have a solid concept for a Star Wars film and a creative urge to tell that story, we should do our best to promote them and see what they can bring to the series. But, we shouldn’t be nominating talented filmmakers and making them feel obligated to create certain pieces of art because they tick a certain box in terms of diversity.

If DuVernay wanted to do a Star Wars movie because she had a Star Wars story to tell, I’d be championing her as loudly as possible. But, saying she should make one because of her skin color and gender is missing the very point of diversity and equality.

Star Wars Scrutiny

It’s also possible that DuVernay is staying away from Star Wars because she just doesn’t need the hassle. Star Wars is the most recognizable brand in the history of entertainment. That notoriety brings with it a cadre of followers that pick apart every detail to the bones. And if they decide to, they can become incredibly harsh.

Just ask Rian Johnson. After The Last Jedi (which I loved), the writer/director of that film was plagued with online harassment and fan criticisms that bordered on ridiculous. Johnson has been incredible with his handling of certain entitled fans, but it’s likely that DuVernay just doesn’t want to invite that kind of appraisal towards her work.

Of course, there are plenty of fans who disliked The Last Jedi and didn’t go about their complaints in an insulting or intrusive manner. But, we have to acknowledge that those sects of fandoms exist. If DuVernay doesn’t have an interest in opening herself up to that world, who could blame her?

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Get excited about Ava DuVernay’s next project, no matter what that project might be.

Probably the most exciting thing about Ava DuVernay not being interested in Star Wars is that this means she might make something entirely new in the cinematic landscape. Fans are often lamenting the lack of new stories on the big screen. So, shouldn’t we see DuVernay’s disinterest in Star Wars as the opportunity for her to craft something new?

DuVernay is a powerful and important voice in the world of film, and the idea that she can branch out and make whatever she wants is exhilarating. If she committed to a Star Wars film, that means a lengthy production cycle that could affect her chances of making something else. And we need strong and opinionated filmmakers making what they feel is important now more than ever.

Whatever project DuVernay tackles next, we’re here for it.

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5 Things We Want to See in ‘Attack on Titan 2’

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan franchise has garnered a massive fan base throughout its manga, anime, novels, and live-action films. With Attack on Titan 2 nearing release, we wanted to take a moment and share five things we’d like to see in the upcoming sequel.

Deeper Dive into Characters


Attack on Titan Characters Eren, Armin, Levi, and Mikasa.
Adding more characters doesn’t necessarily mean more content.

We know that Attack on Titan 2 is going to boast a much larger cast of characters than the original. While adding more characters could in theory increase the number of hours players pour into the game (have to max them out, after all), there’s no guarantee that players will want to do that.

We’ve seen stories about MikasaEren, and others explored throughout the anime but there are still plenty that we haven’t. We’re hoping that Attack on Titan 2 will finally give us that deeper look into some of our other favorites.

Special Titans


Colossal Titan over Wall Maria
Colossal titans are just the tip of the iceberg — or so we hope.

Titans, Titans, Titans. We will undoubtedly be slaying hundreds of these giants in multiple variants. And sure, titans already come in plenty of shapes and sizes.

We want even more of the special titans, and possibly some created just for the game.  We’re not expecting them to go off the rails and introduce something out of character. Though based on new variants shown in the second season, we wouldn’t be upset if AoT2 introduced something more creative.

Improved Multiplayer


Christa, inside the walls attacking a Titan
The more options for multiplayer the better.

The first game’s multiplayer is about as standard as multiplayer experiences come. That’s not a major downer, since it was still one of the best components of the game. Having it there only served to improve the experience.

This time we know they are adding even more to the previously included multiplayer options. The new four versus four annihilation mode challenges groups to see which can take down more titans. Hopefully, this is just one of the new modes that we will be included at launch or shortly after.

More Maneuvers and Abilities


Mikasa Ackerman Attack on Titan
Hopefully the sequel gives us more options in combat.

The first game showcased the natural talents of a few characters such as Mikasa’s consecutive strikes, or Armin’s ability to command NPC’s. These are two of the more unique skills that can be earned in the first game. While a few other skills were of this caliber, the majority were generic or shared between most of the roster.

For the upcoming sequel, we want to see even more variety in these unique skill types. Optimally we’d like to see a unique skill per character. However, with the new 35+ character roster size we’d settle for just less repetition amongst the cast.

What if Scenarios


attack on titan season 2 teaser
Levels shouldn’t have to only be confined to the source material.

We know that Attack on Titan 2 will chronicle the storyline of the first two seasons. And while it’s often a game’s duty to remain faithful to its source material, this shouldn’t limit developers to only creating content based on that.

There have been examples in the past where developers have taken the liberty to add creative what-if scenarios. These could range from a variety of things like fighting off endless swarms or luring titans away from the walls.

All up, the first game was somewhat a surprise success, and served as an effective proof of concept. Now, Attack on Titan 2 has our undivided attention. If it can capture that magical style of fun in a more feature-rich experience, it could be one of the best games of the year.

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Allowing 19 other women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault to testify at his retrial would unfairly prejudice jurors, especially against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, his lawyers told a judge on Tuesday.


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Want your child to help with the chores? Call Batman

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Having trouble getting your child to perform even the simplest chores or tasks? Send out the Bat Signal.

Seriously, get Batman involved.

New research has found that kids between the ages of 4 and 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman, according to this Quartz article.

Building upon past studies, six researchers created an experiment to test how to keep kids on task when faced with the temptation of an iPad (a very real temptation in my own household). The test involved giving 4- and 6-year olds a boring computer task and asking them to do it for 10 minutes. If the kids got bored, they were told they could play a game on the iPad in the next room.

A child, face mostly cropped out of the photo, uses a tablet to play a game

 

Here’s the twist: The children were split into groups, assigned to one of three conditions. The control group was asked to be mindful of their feelings as they went through the boring task and ask themselves, “Am I working hard?” The second group was asked to access themselves from a third-person perspective, like, “Is Henry working hard?”

But the third group was asked to think about a superhero or well-known character — like Batman, Bob the Builder, Dora the Explorer — dress up like the character they selected, and ask themselves, “Is Batman working hard?”

For the next 10 minutes, the children could move between the boring task and the iPad, but they were all reminded of the importance of the activity and told that it would be helpful to work hard as long as they could. Time spent on the work was measured as perseverance.

In general, the children spent 37-percent of their time on the work, and 63-percent on the iPad. (Zero surprise for any mom.) Also the six-year-olds worked about twice as long as the four-year-olds.

Here’s the interesting part: The kids in the first group, who thought of themselves as just “me,” worked the least. The kids who thought of themselves in the third person — “Henry is working hard” — worked more. And the kids who pretended to be superheroes were the hardest workers of all.

A toddler boy, my child who happens to be the cutest boy alive, stands with Captain America outside on a sunny spring day

 

In character, the kids were displaying what psychologists call “self-distancing.”

“One reason the kids engaged in imaginary play had better focus might be that pretending to be another person allowed the greatest separation from the temptation,” writes Jenny Anderson in the Quartz article. “A second potential explanation is that the kids in costume identified with the powerful character traits of the superhero and wanted to imitate them. Whatever the cause, the superheroes showed more grit.”

My son’s hero of choice is Spider-Man. He often dons his Spider-Man cape and mask to run around the house, but this article also made me realize how often my son reaches for those duds when we have boring errands to run.

Spider-Man has accompanied me to the post office, Costco, and the grocery store, flinging webs at unsuspecting shoppers.

Five photos of a boy dressed up like Spider-Man and making silly faces

 

I let him do it, because why not? (Also, I’m still resentful of all the times my mom made me take off my Wonder Woman Underoos in favor of something she deemed more respectable.)

I had no idea that in addition to making the everyday more fun, I was also helping my son learn to concentrate. And that’s super.

Do you think becoming a superhero or another character will help your child with chores?

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‘They’ve Robbed Us of Our Moment of Glory’: Norway’s Curlers Want Their Own Medal Ceremony After Russian Doping Allegations

The Norwegian curlers who came in fourth at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games have described how they feel “robbed of their moment of glory,” following the doping charges against the Russian curling team who won bronze.

Norway’s team, Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien, are asking the Winter Games organizers to hold a new medals ceremony before the Games end on Sunday, should the Russians be stripped of their bronze medal, according to reporting by The Guardian.

On Monday, Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who finished third in the mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, was charged after testing positive for meldonium.

In an interview with The Guardian, Nedregotten described how the “horrible” revelation had been “hard to accept.”

“Knowing that they may have had an advantage against us in our games through cheating feels horrible,” he said. “If he is found guilty, then they’ve robbed us of our moment of glory, receiving our medal in the stadium. That’s not cool. That’s hard to accept, feeling that you’ve been kept out of the light.

“Obviously he is not guilty before he is convicted. But it is confirmed, the preferred option for us would be to receive the bronze medal at some point during the remainder of the Olympics,” he added.

He also stressed the difference meldonium can make regarding stamina and concentration, following some scepticism about the affect of performance-enhancing drugs on curling.

“It’s quite hard for a male sweeper in mixed doubles. You have to follow and sweep every rock, and your muscles actually get quite sore and torn with all the work during that tight playing schedule,” he said.

“It especially could have benefited the Russians as they had a really late game when they lost their semi-final, and then they were playing early the next morning against us in the bronze match,” he added.


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‘Jessica Jones’ Villains We Want to See in Season 2

It’s hard to imagine Jessica Jones without its awesome villain from the first season. David Tennant as Kilgrave was fantastic, and whoever the Season 2 villain is has some huge shoes to fill.

With that in mind, we put together a few of the villains in the universe that are waiting to be fleshed out — and hopefully one or two aren’t just wishful thinking.

Will Simpson (Nuke)

Nuke is the musclehead minion/cop who eventually enhances his speed and strength with top secret, military-grade supplements. One to get his adrenaline pumping, one to make sure he can breathe while his adrenaline is pumping, and one to chill him the hell out when he’s just grabbing pancakes.

In the comics, Kingpin hired Nuke to take out Daredevil in the Hell’s Kitchen area. It’s a little more complicated in the show. We saw Will Simpson in the first season of Jessica Jones, first trying to kill her with a gun and later resorting to his pills. As someone who knew what it’s like to be under Kilgrave’s control, his intent was to take out someone he thought was still under Kilgrave’s influence and shielding him.


Will Simpson Nuke Jessica Jones

Nuke’s certainly not a “main” baddie. He probably wouldn’t even warrant an appearance in one of the movies without some serious reworking. We still haven’t seen him in his “final form” with an American flag painted on his face yet, but it’s quite possible the show is happy to leave that as a relic of a different era.

The upcoming season of Jessica Jones is all about finding answers from the past, and Nuke could play into those insights as well. Being a product of the program that spat out the likes of Captain America and Wolverine, he has his own creation story to explore, much like Jones.

IGH

Don’t search too much for what IGH is an acronym for, because it stands for nothing. This is the paramilitary organisation responsible for doling out supplements to Nuke and others, enhancing their physical abilities while destroying their minds.

There were several hints towards the end of Season 1 of Jessica Jones that we’d be seeing more and more of IGH. Its mysterious nature and the fact that it’s in the business of creating powers would fit the season’s theme of discovering one’s genesis.

Willis Stryker (Diamondback)

Diamondback has a long and complicated history in the Luke Cage storyline — as you can imagine, what with him being Cage’s half-brother and later nemesis. But this particular thread was never fully wrapped up. The last we saw of Diamondback, he was on a hospital bed with Burstein walking into the room, no doubt about to do all kinds of SCIENCE.


Diamondback Luke Cage Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones’ story is closely intertwined with that of Luke Cage. Obviously there’s a whole show dedicated to Luke Cage, and given Diamondback’s political maneuvering through Cottonmouth and Black Mariah, it might make more sense for him to be there.

As we’ve seen though, these shows have absolutely no problem sharing. We’re due for Season 2 of Luke Cage later on in 2018, so what better way to set up Diamondback than at least teasing him in Jessica Jones?

Mary Walker

We know that Leah Gibson has been cast as a street-wise, nurse-educated character named “Ingrid” in the new season, which many have connected to a Daredevil villain.

Typhoid Mary — or Bloody Mary, or just plain Mary depending on which of her personalities is in control at the time — would provide a bit of a different challenge with her telekinetic powers.



She also has a storied history with many other superheroes such as Spider-Man and Daredevil. The timid nature of Mary when she’s in control is enough to fool even Daredevil’s heightened senses, and is sure to provide some moral conflicts for heroes who have to contend with a gentle soul and a sadistic villain in the same body.

Gideon Mace

Halfway through Season 1 of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage walks into Jones’ office asking if she’ll investigate a case involving Angela del Toro. This could just be a cheeky mention of White Tiger, but it could also point to a larger inclusion of the hero.

To include another female hero would fit into the stated goal of making Season 2 very much about female empowerment. The #metoo movement will be front and centre, and every episode in the season is directed by a woman. In the same vein, we might see Trish Walker developed more as a hero as well.


Gideon Mace

What case would involve Angela del Toro? Her own origin story involves the murder of her uncle Hector Ayala, the first person to assume the name “White Tiger.” He had retired after his family was murdered by a man named Gideon Mace.

Upon his murder, the amulet that conferred his physical powers was delivered to Angela del Toro, and then found its way to Ava Ayala. That leaves her with a bunch of new powers and a major axe to grind.

At the moment, it looks like the most likely villains are Typhoid Mary and IGH, perhaps with a dash of Nuke. But who knows, the show is perfectly capable of surprising us, and that wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.

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Yes, You Need a Career Coach: Ask For What You Want

2018 is the year of the woman! And, that means it is time to ask for what you want. As women are coming together to speak out about issues like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the gender wage gap, it is equally as important for women to feel empowered to ask for what they want in the workplace. And, a good way women can practice is by partnering with a career coach.

For part three of the Yes, You Need a Career Coach series for the Women of Power Summit, Marsha Haygood, author and founder of StepWise Associates shares three ways to learn how to grow more comfortable with asking for what you want with a coach to enhance your career as you climb.

 

Practice by speaking up

For many women, asserting themselves can be tough, especially if they do not feel like they have the authority or a safe space to speak up. With the help of a coach, women can implement strategies to speak and eventually begin to ask for that they want.

One thing that Haygood stresses to women is to be advocates for themselves. Whether you are in the boardroom or having a meeting with your manager, your opinion matters and that’s why you need to speak up. “If someone needs help asserting themselves, as a coach I would give them an assignment to do so that they feel more comfortable speaking up in meetings. And, I’ll follow up with them to make sure that they’re doing so,” says Haygood. The assignments could include acting out different scenarios. Remember, no one can bring what you do to the table and a part of keeping your seat requires you to speak up and know your value.

 

Know your value

In The Little Black Book of Success workbook, Haygood and her co-authors share that it is important for women to know their worth. They write why it is key to not get your self-worth and your net worth confused. As a professional, career coaches can help you build your confidence. All that requires is an openness to exploring who you are personally so that you can yield different result in the workplace and throughout your career. In the book they also share that, “Another way to acknowledge your self-value is to actively try to increase it.” You were hired because you add value to where you are. Work with a coach to find ways to understand your worth so that you can feel confident in the workplace.

 

Ask

Everything is negotiable even when it doesn’t seem like it is. While it may feel daunting to ask for what you want, it’s essential to muster up enough confidence to do so even when you are unsure of how asking for something will be received. Haygood says, “Just ask.”

“Ask for what you want so that you can get what you need. Don’t assume that someone knows something if they’re not saying it.”

There are multiple layers to being a black woman in the workplace. There are gender, race, and wage complexities. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, black women only make 64 cents of the same dollar as their white male counterparts although they are more educated and are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States.

Ladies, it is time to ask for what you want. Well, it’s been time. Now that you have this information, get ready to learn how to yield the best return after investing in a career coach for part four of the series.

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WANT/NEED: Smiley face socks to go with your sandal clogs, and more stuff you want to buy

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WANT/NEED: Smiley face socks to go with your sandal clogs, and more stuff you want to buy

Welcome to Want/Need, a daily roundup of the things HelloGiggles’ Editorial Director and Deputy Editor are madly in love with, and what we — you guessed it — WANT/NEED. Our recommendations will include (but are not limited to) the perfect sandal, mom jeans you should totally wear to the office, pretty water bottles, and lipsticks that will make you feel unstoppable. Check back every day for new picks and deals!

Richer Poorer Smiles Socks, $ 12

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These socks go perfectly with a sandal clog, and who doesn’t want their socks smiling at them?

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Paper Source Bright Eyed, as Usual Sunglasses Case, $ 9

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My sunglasses case broke, and it makes me nervous having my pricey prescription sunglasses jangling around in my bag, waiting to get scuffed and scratched. This adorable sunglasses case from Modcloth is cheap and practical. Perfect.

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Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, $ 24

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The force is strong with this one. Beauty Editor Marie Lodi dropped this off on my desk because she knows my one true love is mascara, and I don’t think I’ll ever wear another mascara ever again! This gives you insanely long, voluminous lashes. The hype is real. Get this.

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Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter, $ 30

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I went to dinner with my friend the other night, and she was in the middle of telling a story when she stopped mid-sentence and said, “Wait, what highlighter are you using? It’s so good.” I told her it was Too Faced’s Love Light in Ray of Light. This highlighter is so damn good it literally stops conversation. I had only been using it one day when I got my first compliment on my skin, so ya know that’s a great sign. Plus, that heart-shaped compact! So pretty. 

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White Lilac Inc. Romance Sparklettes, $ 15 (for tube of  8 sparklers)

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These pretty sparklettes are exactly what your Galentine’s Day party are missing. Each of these festive tubes come filled with 8 sparklers.

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UNTUCKit Striped Linen Button-Down, $ 88

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One of my favorite looks is a comfy Oxford button-down, black skinnies and Stan Smith sneakers. But it can be hard to find really great quality button-down that will last you a long time. I’m loving this pretty blue and white striped one, which is made from 100% French linen. It’s that perfect combo of effortless and quality fabric.

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Want to lose weight? Find a gym buddy

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How to Decide If You Want Kids

Reader S wonders: how to decide if you want kids? She’s on the fence about motherhood and feels ambivalence towards the question, worrying she won’t like motherhood but will regret not having kids.  Here’s her question:

My question is, how did you (and readers) decide you wanted kids at all? I’ll be 32 soon and am still on the fence. DH would regret never having a kid, but I would be okay either way. I lean toward no kids, and worry 1) I would regret childlessness when it was too late but 2) wouldn’t like motherhood. I like my life now and don’t feel “incomplete” but am confused by this ambivalence.

This should be an interesting discussion, and I’m going to leave it mostly open to the readers. We just had a similar discussion about how MANY kids to have (over at CorporetteMoms, our blog for working moms), and as I noted there, I had always wanted kids as one of my Big Life Goals, so I didn’t think too much about the decision to actually become pregnant. I will say, though, that it’s a HUGE life change that no one or thing can really prepare you for, and whether you want to become a mother or not, you should definitely be aware of that.

So let’s hear it, readers — for those of you who seriously weighed the question of whether or not to have kids, what did you decide — and why? How has the decision worked out for you thus far? Does anyone want to speak to regretting choosing to become a mother (or how you did it, or when, or why)? 

Psst: We’ve talked about how to plan your career for babies, and shared tips on preparing for pregnancy (what to know before you start trying to conceive). There’s also been at least one threadjack about how motherhood jives with being an introvert, as well as others that I’ll try to add here.

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Books coming out this week: “Red Clocks,” “So You Want to Talk About Race,” and more

Books coming out this week: “Red Clocks,” “So You Want to Talk About Race,” and more


Books coming out this week: “Red Clocks,” “So You Want to Talk About Race,” and more

“It’s not a day off. It’s a day on.” Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I think of those words that my elementary school teachers used to say before we packed up our backpacks for the three-day weekend. They urged us to remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, honor his legacy by giving back, and reflect on his life as a leader.

Years later, that sentiment still rings true. In fact, it’s a call to action that’s more important than ever. Sure, we can take a day off from work or school. But with everything going on in the world right now, there’s no rest from fighting the good fight for justice and equality. So, how can you do that today, this week, and every day? We often turn to books to reflect, educate ourselves, and help us make sense of the world.

Fittingly, the books coming out this week are full of reflection on important topics like race, tolerance, women’s rights, and mental health, to name a few. Here are 14 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss!

1. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, out January 16th

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In a world where abortion is illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and every embryo has the right to life, liberty, and property, what exactly is a woman for? That’s the question that Red Clocks, a feminist dystopian novel, asks. It tells the stories of five women in a distant future that, the more you read, might not feel as far off as you think.

2. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, out January 16th

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Ijeoma Oluo’s book of essays answers the questions about race that many don’t dare ask. Each chapter tackles a different one, with chapter titles including “What is cultural appropriation?” and “I just got called racist, what do I do now?” So You Want to Talk About Race offers a straightforward, accessible, and empowering discussion about race. Everybody needs to read this book.

3. Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee, out January 16th

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Pamela Dorman Books

What do you do when you want to help somebody, but it’s never enough? Mira T. Lee’s novel about two sisters takes a unique approach to talking about and portraying mental illness. Everything Here is Beautiful explores what it’s like to love someone who is mentally ill and struggling to find a diagnosis. It’s a truly stunning and emotional debut. More books about mental health, please.

4. I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke, out January 16th

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Grand Central Publishing

We never tire of reading psychological thrillers, and C.J. Cooke’s I Know My Name is next on our list. It’s about a woman who wakes up shipwrecked on an island in Greece without a clue as to how she got there. The only thing she remembers? Her name. It’s a layered story that you won’t soon forget.

5. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, out January 16th

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St. Martin’s Press

This is one of the most important books coming out this week, this month, this year, this decade, and this century. Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. And When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir tells the story of her life and experiences, both leading up to and after, the movement.

6. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson, out January 16th

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Random House

Denis Johnson passed away in May of 2017. His final collection of short stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories, will be published posthumously. Many of the characters in his five stories are dangerously close to death themselves. “It’s plain to you that at the time I write this, I’m not dead,” Johnson wrote at the end of “Triumph.” “But maybe by the time you read it.” Chills.

7. DIY Rules for a WTF World by Krista Suh, our January 16th

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Grand Central Publishing

Raise your hand if you took to the streets for the Women’s March in January of last year. Now, raise your hand if you did so wearing a pink pussyhat. Well, you have Krista Suh to thank for that. The creator of the Pussyhat Project’s book, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World will inspire you to affect change from the ground up. It’s the perfect way to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and renew your commitment to the fight for women’s rights in 2018.

8. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, out January 16th

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Soho Teen

Samira Ahmed’s debut, Love, Hate & Other Filters, balances a sweet YA romance with heavier topics like racism. It tells the story of Maya, an Indian-American Muslim teenager torn between the life she wants and the life her traditional parents want for her. Maya faces Islamophobia, hate crimes, and fear — all while just trying to figure out where she fits in the world. It’s an extremely captivating and timely debut.

9. Stalking God by Anjali Kumar, out January 16th

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Seal Press

What is the meaning of life? What happens when you die? Is God real? These are the kinds of questions that Anjali Kumar set out to answer after her daughter was born. In Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In, she tries everything from meditation to speaking with a medium. It’s a moving account of her quest to find enlightenment in one form or another.

10. How to Be Single and Happy by Jennifer L. Taitz, out January 16th

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These days, it seems like every single one of your Facebook friends is engaged, married, or starting a family. If you’re still single, sometimes it can feel isolating or disappointing that you haven’t found “the one” yet. If you identify with that, pick up How to Be Single and Happy: Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate. Make no mistake: Jennifer L. Taitz’s book is not a pity party for single girls. It’s an empowering guide to taking control of your single status while you look (or don’t look!) for a partner.

11. The Girl on the Velvet Swing by Simon Baatz, out January 16th

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Mulholland Books

In 1901, at age 16, Evelyn Nesbit was raped by Stanford White. She was a chorus girl and he was a famous architect. Years later, she confided in Harry Thaw, the man she would one day marry. To get revenge, Thaw publicly shot White at Madison Square Garden. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century tells the true story of the murder case and the struggles that Nesbit and Thaw faced in the years after.

12. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, out January 16th

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Speaking of true crime, don’t miss Truly Devious. Yep, there’s not one but books coming out this week with a true crime theme. It’s the first book in a new YA series about Stevie Bell, a young detective and true crime lover. When she starts at Ellingham Academy, a prestigious boarding school in New England, she makes it her mission to solve the old case of the founder’s missing wife and daughter. As Stevie digs in, twists and turns abound. We won’t spoil anything, but we will say that a huge cliffhanger sets the stage for the next book in the series.

13. Find Your Goddess by Skye Alexander, out January 16th

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2018 is your year. (You got this!) But any time you need a little inspiration or reminder, pick up Find Your Goddess: How to Manifest the Power and Wisdom of the Ancient Goddesses in Your Everyday Life. You’ll learn about goddesses like Aphrodite and Kuan Yin, and be inspired to channel their virtues to help you live your best life.

14. The Winter in Anna by Reed Karaim, out January 17th

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The Winter in Anna is one of those books that starts at the end — with Eric reading an obituary about Anna, a former love. From there, we travel backward to learn about their short but meaningful time together and the lasting impact Anna had on Eric’s life. It’s a beautifully written love story that will leave you reflecting on those who briefly but deeply impacted your own life.

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Want To Keep Your Boss Happy? Clean Your Desk

You’re always on time for meetings. You’re impeccably dressed and well groomed. And your manners are on point. But if you never clean your desk, you may be overlooking one of your boss’s biggest pet peeves.

More than half of senior managers say being messy or disorganized is the most distracting or annoying thing about employee workspaces, according to a survey done by staffing service OfficeTeam.

“Your workspace is a reflection of you. Keep it tidy,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, in a statement. “You want to stand out for your positive attributes, not the messy state of your office or work area.”

Dirty desks aren’t the only offenders. Sometimes it’s not how much stuff is on your desk, but what that stuff is that’s the problem.

“Make sure there isn’t anything on display that might cause others to question your professionalism,” Britton continues. “Showing a little personality on your desk is fine, but don’t go overboard.”

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OfficeTeam offers these three tips for creating a workspace that leaves a good impression:

  1. Clean up your act. Spend a few minutes every day clearing out old documents, food wrappers, and dirty dishes. Reduce clutter by organizing files or going paperless.
  2. Keep it simple. It’s OK to have a few things in your workspace that are inspiring or fun to look at, but covering your desk with too many knickknacks can be an eyesore.
  3. Don’t be offensive. Remember, items in your work area aren’t always for your eyes only. Ditch the political posters, risqué photos, and anything that might be too controversial.

And now is the perfect time to get cracking and clean your desk, cubicle, or office if it doesn’t represent the put-together professional you are, since the second Monday in January is recognized as National Clean Off Your Desk Day.

“This day is an opportunity to begin your new year with a clean and organized workspace,” according to National Day Calendar. “Whether your desk is in a private or shared office, cubicle,  home, or a make-shift desk on the counter, having your workspace uncluttered, organized, refreshed, and clean will help you work more efficiently and give you a sense of serenity.”

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First African American Woman VP of News at CBS Urges Women to Ask for What You Want

Kim Godwin is a sponge for positive input. When her kindergarten teacher told her she could be anything, she believed it. When a high school teacher told her she was a good writer, she owned that too. And when FAMU journalism professor, Phil Keirstead, saw something in her as a college freshman that made him say she’d make a good producer, Godwin ditched her pre-med plans and changed the course of her life.

Now, as the newly installed first African American woman vice president of news in the history of CBS TV, the Emmy Award-winning Godwin says she owes much of her success to good parenting and those great teachers. But a deep dive into her résumé’s backstory shows that the real key has been her consistent eagerness to do what many women don’t: Godwin asks for what she wants.

(Godwin at work in the field. Image: Courtesy of CBS)

 

In a recent conversation with Black Enterprise, Godwin—who is also executive director for development and diversity at CBS News, another role she openly sought—talked about where the courage to raise her hand comes from, and the enormous responsibility she feels to preserve the value and integrity of the news while developing diverse new voices to mine and present it.

Here are some highlights that offer a roadmap to her success we all could use:

Seeing is believing.

I was not one of those kids who grew up watching the news, wanting to do that. Margarita Pool, a CBS news producer, came to our career fair at FAMU. I asked her if I could visit her at work and, watching her, I could not believe there was an African American female in charge of stuff! I thought, ‘I want to do that.’

 

Free work can pay off.

I had a professor who was the producer for a local ABC newscast and I asked to volunteer. I started talking my way into doing things—ghost rundowns, then rundowns. I talked my way all the way into the control room. I started doing the lineup and learned how to edit. When my professor quit, the news director called and offered me the job. So, my first full-time job was as executive producer.

 

(Image: Courtesy of CBS)

 

Choose to be empowered—by everything!

In West Palm Beach, I was on the air and realized I wanted to be in the room where they were making decisions. So, I went to the news director and basically said, ‘I want to be you.’ He laughed. I had to decide to either be devastated or empowered. I knew there would be many steps to get there, but I was more determined than ever. Years later, I was a news director competing against him in the same market—and winning.

 

Own your inner (and outer) boss-ness!

We have thousands of people [at CBS] who cover the news every day. My job is to choose which stories to cover, where we cover them, how we cover them. I love the responsibility for that decision making, talking about how we do things, and trying to get all the right minds around the table to make sure we do the best job possible, every time.

The world has changed, but the vital role of journalists and what defines excellence has not.

I approach every story the same way. What I think does not matter; what matters is getting at the truth. I am really a stickler for questioning, are we getting the full story? Are we being fair? Did we cover every angle and do all we could? Everything’s not entertainment. We need more people in real newsrooms who really know how to cover real news. News is the cornerstone of democracy, so we have to be really good at it. If we’re not good at it, there’s no democracy.

 

Earning it is good. Asking for it is great. Being prepared for it is key.

There is so much more we can teach women about asking. But you can’t just ask. Be prepared to do it.

 

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Two senior Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee referred the author of a dossier detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution over potential false statements made to federal authorities about distributing information from the dossier.


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Managing Relatives Who Want to Manage You out of Your Money

You’re used to being the bigger breadwinner in the family. You enjoy helping out when you can. You don’t even mind being the dependable go-to in emergencies—the one called upon to solve someone else’s financial crisis, or help prevent it.

 

Then your niece calls to ask you to help her buy a car. She has no other way to get to her new job. She can afford a Toyota on her own, but not the tricked-out Lexus she wants. That’s where you come in. Or, do you?

 

Here are the best tips ever for managing the moment when loved ones come to beg, borrow, or bulldoze you out of your cash. They are sourced from finance pros, as well as those who’ve learned the hard way—by doing.

 

Create a budget.

Protect your long-term financial security (aka retirement funds) no matter what. Askers can be persuasive and their needs can be compelling. A budget helps you remain clear about what you can and can’t do.

 

Only “loan” what you can give.

Even if you set up a detailed repayment schedule that you intend to enforce, assume that you’ll never see your contribution again. Then you’ll avoid (or, at least minimize) animosity and bitterness, even if that schedule isn’t met.

 

It’s okay to pick a lane and stay there.

In order to contain the scope and number of requests, you might limit your assistance to a specific area or two that you feel is most important—say education, healthcare, or housing—and let folks know that anything else is beyond your reach.

 

Don’t be condescending.

If you were writing a check to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or the United Way, you wouldn’t resent it. Adopt the same attitude here. Charity begins at home.

 

Use an intermediary.

Take some of the difficulty out of negotiating with loved ones by having all requests—and responses—go through a neutral party like an accountant or financial adviser.

 

 

 

 

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10 Indie Games You Don’t Want To Miss In 2018

2018 is almost here and luckily for us, it’s bringing a ton of brilliant indie games with it. While there’re a staggering amount of exciting AAA releases coming over the next 12 months, we thought we’d take the time to honour the little guys. Without further ado, here are the 10 most interesting indies you can expect to see more of in 2018.

10. Super Meat Boy Forever



On paper, Super Meat Boy Forever sounds like a bit of a disaster. While the follow up to one of the most beloved indie games of all time should be an easy sell, this sequel is lacking two crucial things: one of its original creators, and a whole load of buttons.

With one half of the duo, behind the original now off out making his own games (Edmund McMillen) and this sequel originally being mobile-only, many fans started assuming the worst. Yet, despite losing half of its co-creators and almost all of its control inputs, Super Meat Boy Forever is actually shaping up to be a worthy sequel.

This time around, gamers only have two buttons to worry about. With our heroes Meat Boy and Bandage Girl now running automatically, players only have to focus on jumping and sliding. As you’d expect from a Super Meat Boy game though, platforming here is still no easy task. With the success of each daring jump resting on how long you hold down each button for, there’s a surprising amount of depth and precision to this two-button platformer.

With procedurally generated levels ensuring that no section plays the same twice, this once mobile-only sequel looks to offer a surprisingly meaty platforming adventure.

Super Meat Boy Forever is launching in summer 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and iOS/Android.

9. The Red Strings Club



Picture a dystopian point and click adventure where you have to make cocktails and sculpt AI behaviour via a pottery mini-game. Having a bit of trouble there? Well, that’s because The Red Strings Club is totally batsh*t insane.

Concocted by the team that brought gamers the hard as nails Gods Will Be Watching, the studio’s next release is something completely different. Set in a not-too-distant cyberpunk future, a mega-corporation called Supercontinent Ltd has managed to solve problems like depression, anger and fear thanks to a cutting-edge new implant programme known as Social Psyche Welfare.

As you’d expect, not everyone is especially pleased about this. The game puts you in the shoes of visionary bartender Donovan. As the owner of local boozerThe Red Strings Club, Donovan uses his incredible cocktail-making skills to create a drink that perfectly matches the customer’s soul. With different ingredients triggering different impulses (like self-doubt, anger, bitterness) in order to glean the right information, players have to carefully combine the right cocktail with the right line of questioning.

If it all sounds utterly bizarre… well, that’s because it is. Oh, and that’s before we get started on the pottery-style, AI implant sculpting minigame. Still, despite how ludicrous it sounds, when you play it, every disparate element here comes together in brilliant and compelling ways. With a suitably dark story bubbling under the surface, this could well be one of the most original and memorable indie games of 2018.

The Red Strings Club launches on PC on January 22nd.

8. In The Valley Of The Gods



Unveiled at last month’s Game Awards, little is known about this mysterious new first-person adventure. Yet, after the developer’s last game, we have a feeling that In The Valley Of The Gods could once again be something special. Developed by Camp Santo, the team behind last year’s moving first-person drama, Firewatch, this Egyptian set tale looks just as intriguing as its stunning predecessor.

With famous graphic designer Olly Moss back on art duties once again, The Valley looks to be just as eye-catching as you’d expect.

Put in the shoes of a film crew attempting to uncover the mysterious behind undiscovered Egyptian tombs, Campo Santo’s latest looks to offer something a little different than your usual first-person adventure. Blending exploration with excavation, the setting looks ripe with potential for this to deliver another utterly gripping Campo Santo narrative.

Unfortunately, In The Valley Of The Gods doesn’t actually launch until 2019. But with the team promising to reveal more juicy information next year, this is a game you most definitely want to be paying close attention to over the next twelve months.

7. Deep Rock Galactic



Imagine a game that’s part Starship Troopers, part Minecraft, then throw in a handful of space dwarves for good measure. That, in a mineshaft, is Deep Rock Galactic. Combining voxel-based visuals with tense horde-mode style bug blasting, this unique indie looks like it might have struck co-op gold.

Deep Rock Galactic is all about teamwork and resource management. With each mine you’re attempting to loot littered with waves of deadly insects, dividing and conquering is key to success. Yet, while this could have simply been a case of sending half the team to mine for ore while the others blast, it’s the ability to sculpt your environments that make this game really interesting.

As you blast and mine your way through each creepy cavern, a quick strike of your axe allows you to mold the environment around you. Thanks to its procedurally generated levels, this Early Access hit is already showing a lot of multiplayer promise.

Deep Rock Galactic will be coming out of Early Access and to Xbox One at an unannounced date in 2018.

6. Phantom Doctrine



Fans of turn-based strategy, it’s time to get a bit excited, because 2018 looks to be a bumper year for the genre. As well as, of course, bringing new entries in the Fire Emblem series, next year also sees indie studio Creative Forge once again taking on X-Com at its own game. The follow up to the unique horror western, Hard West, its latest tactical venture is set amidst the tense backdrop of the Cold War.

Scored by none other than The Witcher III composer Marcin Przybyłowicz, this atmospheric strategy game offers a brilliant slice of tactical alternate history. With sleeper cell units to uncover, covert ops to plan, and enemy troops to brainwash, from what we’ve played so far, Phantom Doctrine looks to offer a brilliantly devious twist on the strategy genre.

If you fancy ditching X-Com’s aliens for something that feels more like a Hollywood spy thriller, you’ll want to keep pay attention to this one.

Phantom Doctrine launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One spring 2018.

5. Minit



After a brief glance at Minit, you might think you know what you’re getting. The top-down view, a slew of puzzles to solve, the unforgiving combat and a huge map to explore – it’s an old-school Zelda clone, right?

Well… sort of. While this monochrome adventure looks pretty familiar, dig a little deeper and you’ll find that this unique little indie is hiding a pretty major twist. Created by indie duo Jan Willem Nijman and Kitty Calis, these two developers decided to make the antithesis of the kind of AAA adventures they’d worked on before. Having contributed to the making of sprawling time sinks like Horizon Zero Dawn, this time around, the duo wanted to make something that felt more immediate.

In Minit, you spawn as our cute little titular hero and are free to explore the world around you… except you only have a minute to do so. With the clock ticking on each playthrough, you have to plan each move with military precision as you attempt to track down a crucial item. Once you’ve got yourself an item, thankfully it stays with you for the long haul.

Yet with winding mazes, devious enemies, and even incredibly slow talking NPCs standing in your way, our time with Minit proved to be a surprisingly tense and compelling affair. This game is not only a blast to play, but has huge streaming potential. If you’re after a fun new twist on the rogue-like genre, then you’ll definitely want to keep your eye on this unique little gem.

Minit launches on PC this April.

4. Runner 3



This is not only the second Switch exclusive on our list, but also one of our most anticipated games of 2018. With previous entries in the series offering up a masterful blend of platformer and rhythm game, this threequel looks to offer even more wonderfully frustrating action. Trailers so far have given us a glimpse at new camera perspectives, hand-drawn 2D levels, and more impossible-looking jumps than you can shake a fist at.

Skill-based platforming doesn’t get much better than the Runner series – and we can’t wait to get our hands on this brilliant looking new entry. Runner 3 is launching exclusively on Switch sometime in 2018, both digitally and physically.

3. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes



Amidst a sea of waggle-tastic party games and half-assed light gun experiences, there was one third party game on Wii that offered gamers an un-adulterated and original gaming experience: No More Heroes. Developed by legendary creator and self-proclaimed punk, Suda 51, this violent, motion-controlled adventure combined grin-inducing humour with fast-paced action. It was silly, over the top and utterly unlike anything else in gaming. Sadly though, the franchise went quiet after 2011’s No More Heroes 2.

Now, seven years later, Suda’s favourite otaku protagonist is making a return to Nintendo to kick ass and pet cats once again.

While the previous two entries in the series saw Travis taking down a series of deadly bosses, this time, Suda has given No More Heroes an indie twist. With our hero and a rival finding themselves sucked into a games console, Travis Strikes Again will see the two battling it out across 15 indie games. While we still have no idea how the gameplay will work, indie classics like Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight are the first two crossover titles to be announced.

Given its intriguing premise and the wonderfully insane games that came before it, we have high hope that this Switch exclusive will be something truly special.

Travis Strikes Again is coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018.

2. The Last Night



If you’ve never heard of Odd Tale’s The Last Night, a quick glance at its reveal trailer will instantly explain why this ambitious indie turned heads at E3. Sporting a gorgeous artstyle that sees pixel art layered in a three-dimensional space, this neon-lit cyberpunk adventure has players trying to find their place in a world where AI has rendered most modern jobs obsolete.

Interestingly, developer Odd Tale promises that The Last Night will actually play out more like a crime drama than a platformer. With in-game characters supposedly responding to the player’s actions, this curious-looking indie title looks to offer an interesting and surprisingly complex take on the cyberpunk genre.

Unfortunately though, when it comes to The Last Night, it’s not all good news. Mere hours after gamers found themselves excitedly talking about this cool-looking indie title, it was discovered that its creator had a bit of a murky past. Thankfully, the game’s creator has been quick to apologise for his former views, revealing in a recent interview how his perspective on the world has changed since.

Dodgy politics aside, for those wanting their gaming experiences with a cyberpunk flavour, The Last Night looks to be one of the most interesting indies of 2018.

The Last Night will be out on PC and Xbox One at an unannounced date in 2018.

1. Crossing Souls



Have you ever thought life would be better if it played out like an eighties movie? If so it looks like the latest game from Devolver Digital has answered your prayers, because that’s pretty much the hook of Crossing Souls. Sporting cool, Earthbound-inspired pixel art and beautifully drawn Saturday morning cartoon-style cinematics, this story-driven RPG see you playing as a gang of wonderfully stereotypical 80s kids who discover a mysterious artefact.

With nods to everything from ET to The Goonies, our brief time with Crossing Souls at Gamescom left us grinning from ear to ear. Gameplay-wise, the setup is pretty simple. Players will spend most of their time talking to those around them and switching between characters in order to solve puzzles and beat certain enemies.

Yet, while it certainly played well, it was the brilliant writing in Crossing Souls that had us itching for more. Thanks to some brilliantly 80s dialogue and an endearing cast of playable characters, we found ourselves taking the time to talk to every single pixelated person that we encountered. With a cool mechanic that sees players able to summon the past into our world, the story looks to go to some pretty crazy places, too.

You can get your 80s on in February, when Crossing Souls comes to PS4 and PC on February 13th.

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Cozy Pajamas You’ll Want to Live in This Winter

This time of year, there’s nothing better than waking up, staying in your pajamas, and lounging the day away at home. The key variable in this equation for a blissful day out of the cold? Your pajamas of choice. We’ve found 18 sets of pj’s that will make you even more inclined to stay inside this winter. Not only are they comfy and warm, but they’re pretty cute, too. In fact, we guarantee you’ll never want to take them off. Heck, you might even be tempted to wear them outside.

Scroll down to shop cozy pajamas you can hibernate in all winter long.

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Christmas .gifs, Airport Lounge Dress Codes, & an Ugly Sweater Party you might actually want to attend

KRAMPUS!

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RETAIL WARS: Target is stepping up their game in the new retail reality.

JUST NORMAL FOLK: Albeit, with the resources to be thoughtful.

TERROR OWL: It’s a thing. Then there’s this.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? This is totally nothing to worry about. 

WARRIOR SANTA!

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DON’T YOU WANT ME BABY? Quantas is not putting up with your shit. At least not in their airport lounges. 

I WANT TO BELIEVE: I’m pretty sure Agent Mulder is intrigued. And wait ’til he finds out about this.

DOSSIER UPDATE: Uber continues to look pretty terrible when under the microscope. This is about as bad as it gets for the brand.  Then there’s this. On the other hand, this is interesting.

JUST A HEADS UP: Be mindful. Or else.

FAHOO FORES DAHOO DORES!

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IF ALL THE GAMES…we’re like this, ratings might not be tanking.

PUTTING OUT FIRE…with a ginormous airplane.

‘MURICA! The great Sriracha caper.

FESTIVELY NSFW: #reindeerboobs.

RETAIL HELL: Or, apocalypse as the case may be. Millenials, because of course. Or something.

YOU CAN DANCE IF YOU WANT TO: You can earn yourself a prize.

LIQUID MAYONAISE: You can rest assured I am definitely in the anti-nog camp. Eric always gets me.

SOME PEOPLE:

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IF WE ARE ALL LUCKY…this will be the last time they think something like this was ever a good idea. Like that will ever happen.

ONE MORE REASON…growing old is gonna suck.

SANTA IS SCREWED: The North Pole is not how you think it is and it might not ever be so again.

RETAIL HELL: Here today, gone tomorrow?  2018 edition.

INCOMING! As Eric H says, “Well this is going to be fun.”

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Diddy and Stephen Curry Want to Buy the North Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who is being investigated for alleged workplace misconduct, announced that he’ll sell the team after the 2018 season is completed. The new owner will be determined after what is sure to be a lucrative and lengthy bidding process, but hip-hop mogul Diddy has already said that he wants to purchase the team. And two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, who is from North Carolina and is a huge Panthers fan, said he wants in on the deal.

Diddy noted on Twitter that there are no majority owners in the NFL who are African-American.

Curry responded to Diddy’s tweets with a succinct message of his own.

In a video he posted to Instagram shortly after the initial Tweet, Diddy said that one of his first orders of business would be to sign Colin Kapernick. Kaepernick remains a free agent despite throwing 16 touchdowns and four interceptions last season, and there’s belief that the reason he remains unsigned is because of his activism both on and off the field. Kaepernick is credited with starting the movement to protest racial injustice during the national anthem before NFL games.

Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, has amassed a fortune worth $ 820 millionthrough multiple business ventures on top of his music career. Diddy is the founder of Bad Boy Records, the Sean John clothing line and vodka manufacturer Ciroc.

Forbes valued the Panthers at $ 2.3 billion, meaning Combs, a native New Yorker, would likely have to partner with other investors to buy the team. Diddy and Curry are a duo that will certainly garner headlines, but it is unclear whether other NFL owners would sign off on having a current NBA player own part of a team.

Diddy wouldn’t be the first hip-hop star to invest in a sports franchise. Jay-Z famously owned a small portion of the Brooklyn Nets before he sould his share in order to avoid a conflict of interest with the sports agency he was founding, Roc Nation Sports.

This article originally appeared on Sports Illustrated.


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Not satisfied with yesterday’s landmark repeal of net neutrality provisions in the FCC, Comcast and Charter are now working to set their victory in stone.

In a blog post following the FCC vote yesterday, Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David Cohen wrote that “we really must have bipartisan congressional legislation to permanently preserve and solidify net neutrality protections for consumers and to provide ongoing certainty to ISPs and edge providers alike.”

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LeToya Luckett got married this past weekend, creating an endless buzz on her beautiful wedding and dress. The beautiful bride wore a uniquely designed gown by Vera Wang.

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Later in the evening, LeToya switched it up and got into a beautiful dress designed by Nardos Design.

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The dress came with trumpet designs on the back and around the bottom, giving a very fitting theme to announce a stunning bride! The gown stood out, of course in a gleaming white color, headlining the wedding’s official colors of white, black and red. Definitely a classy and couture look!

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The celebration was filled with class, with the couple’s love for each other being expressed on fancy pastries. Nice!

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The themed colors were classically present throughout the ceremony, from LeToya’s deep red lip color to the bridesmaids’ long black dresses that came in different designs. The handsome groom kept the theme going as well, wearing a black and white tux with a rose and baby-breath in place of a handkerchief.

So much inspiration, class and beauty! Congratulations, LeToya!

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Our closets are full. The garage doesn’t have room for a car. There are toys all over the living room floor. Do you really want more stuff this year? Especially considering it’s nearly impossible to halt the flood of toys from grandparents?

IfOnly.com has a better idea — experiences, not stuff. The site has dozens and dozens of ideas for families in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Napa/Sonoma. A nice bonus: each experience you buy benefits a related charity.

Here are a few things we wish we could do:

1. Instructor-Led Session on BIG Piano: Are you a fan of the scene in Big where Tom Hanks jumps tunefully on a giant piano? In one lesson, you and your kids (up to 4 people per class) can learn how to hop and jump to make tuns like “Heart and Soul” and the “Star Wars” theme. ($ 105 per person, NYC, benefits A Home Within)

2. Private Circus Party at CircEsteem: Throw a two-hour party like no other for 10 to 50 people, where your guests try their hand at circusy skills at four different party stations: trapeze, juggling, clowning, plate spinning, and tight-wire walking are among the options. You can even hire a face-painter, balloon artist, stilt walker, and/or juggler for extra atmosphere, and bring your own food if you like. ($ 30 per person, Chicago, benefits Challenges Athletes Association)

3. Parkour-Themed Birthday Party for Young or Old: Parkour, the art of getting from Point A to Point B in as interesting a way as possible, is the perfect pastime for wiggling monkey children and energetic parents. Throw a party for up to 15 people ages 6 to 70+; Parkour Generations can provide an indoor space or set up gear in a park, community center, or big yard near you. Two instructors will guide your moves and keep everybody going. ($ 195; Boston, benefits Challenges Athletes Association)

4. Kids Pasta Lessons: SPQR chef and San Francisco luminary Matthew Accarrino take kids age 8 and up into the kitchen to learn the fine Italian art of pasta-making, while Mom and Dad relax with champagne in comfy chairs. Following the lesson, everyone eats a beautiful three-course pasta lunch at SPQR, and a treasured family memory is made. ($ 250 per person; San Francisco, benefits Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund)

5. Intro Mermaid Class for Kids: If you have a child who dreams of being a beautiful mermaid gliding through the water, this swimming class is perfect. Rental of a “monofin” (a tail!) is included in the class, and professional mermaids will instruct swimmers age 7 to 14 how to swim with a mermaid’s powerful grace. Note that professional mermaid Nora Kaitis also offers adult mermaid classes, if Mom or Dad would like to join in. ($ 60 per person, Chicago, benefits Lindblad-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund)

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