How Many Dress Shirts Does a Man Need?

Have you ever wondered how many dress shirts you must have to have a complete classic style wardrobe?

If you’re a follower of the Gentleman’s Gazette, you may have come across the guides about 10 dress shirts every man should invest in but if you’re looking into building a timeless classic man’s wardrobe, ten is just the start.

To answer the question right from the get-go, how many dress shirts do you need? The answer is it depends. Let’s break it down. Personally, I have about 60 to 70 dress shirts; sometimes I add, some sometimes I’ll retire some, but overall, that’s the number. Personally, I don’t consider it to be too much for a number of reasons.

A selection of dress shirts

A selection of dress shirts

1. Dress Shirts Are The Backbone Of My Wardrobe.

I hardly ever wear undershirts and so it’s always something that protects my jackets and my outer garments from my body fluids. With the exception of going to the gym or maybe mowing the lawn, I usually wear dress shirts or maybe a polo shirt when it’s really hot and I’m in a very casual setting. So for me, a dress shirt is truly an everyday piece of my attire.

A few of Sven Raphael's striped dress shirts

A few of Sven Raphael’s striped dress shirts

2. Dress Shirts Come In Endless Variations.

Yes, you may have one white shirt but then there are different weaves, weights, patterns, collar shapes, cuff shapes, fits, and so it’s not difficult for me to always come up with a new shirt that’s different than any other that I’ve had so far.

Striped green and white dress shirt with micropattern tie from Fort Belvedere

Striped green and white dress shirt with micropattern tie from Fort Belvedere

3. Dress Shirts Provide Personality.

I actively try to incorporate different colors into my overall outfits. So rather than going with that white shirt, I maybe go with an off-white or a light pale yellow.

A blue dress shirt with purple paisley tie from Fort Belvedere

A blue dress shirt with a purple paisley tie from Fort Belvedere

4. Dress Shirts Are An Investment.

I still have shirts in my wardrobe that are more than ten years old and I still have them in my rotation. Of course, the more shirts you have, the fewer you wear the individual ones, the longer they will overall last.

The oldest shirts I have in my wardrobe today I bought used from a gentleman who was a realtor and about to retire, he had my height and he had all of his shirts made at Siniscalchi in Milano and it’s a bespoke shirt maker that is very expensive. Shirts usually go for around five to six hundred euros and he was just handing them to me at bargain prices and they all had very cool fabrics, very unusual styles. It’s not something I would suggest you invest in when you’re just building a shirt wardrobe but it’s definitely something you can add once you have all the basics covered. If you take care of your shirts properly, they should last you a long time.

Siniscalchi in Milano bespoke dress shirt

Siniscalchi in Milano bespoke dress shirt

If you have shirts made for you, it may be a good idea to invest in separate collars and cuffs because that’s what usually wears out the first and so you can just exchange that and still enjoy that shirt. Now, some of the old Siniscalchi shirts I have are just starting to fray around the edges on the collar and the cuffs and since I do not have any excess fabric, I could turn them into Winchester shirts meaning I use contrasting white collars and cuffs, that way, I could still enjoy wearing the overall shirt without having to just buy an entirely new shirt.

Francesco Barberis Canonico

Francesco Barberis Canonico

The other option would be to simply wear them as they are and for example, Francesco Barberis Canonico is someone who could afford a new shirt but he deliberately chooses to wear really worn down shirts and if you take a closer look, you can always see that his shirts are heavily frayed and you can see the interlining and white sometimes popping out from underneath but just like having all the rugs in your home with signs of wear, it’s kind of a very British attitude and he just goes with it and it suits his style. I’m not saying this is something that you should practice and it requires a certain style in order to pull it off. More often than not, people would probably think of you as frumpy or not well taken care of if you have a meticulous wardrobe with fraying shirts.

5. I Like To Change My Shirt Wardrobe With The Seasons.

In the winter, I wear heavier oxfords or heavier twill shirts, sometimes they have a little flannel texture, just so I’m warmer and more comfortable. In the summer, I wear very lightweight fabrics with an open weave that help my skin to breathe and keep me cooler.

Open weave shirt fabric, ideal for summer

Open weave shirt fabric, ideal for summer

Of course, during the in-between seasons, you can wear medium weight fabrics and ultimately, you have to analyze where you live. If you live in a climate like I do where you have very hot summers and very cold winters, you need different shirts than if you live let’s say in Sri Lanka where it’s hot all year round.

Dry cleaning shirts is unnecessary

Dry cleaning shirts is unnecessary

6. I Am Not A Big Fan Of Dry Cleaning Dress Shirts.

Yes, it would be easier to do so but I have very good quality dress shirts and at a dry cleaner, they usually wash them not as gently and carefully as it can be done at home. Also, they’re usually not completely hand ironed but machine ironed and all of those things help to wear down your shirt prematurely.  

How Many Shirts Should You Invest In When You’re Starting Out & You’re Interested In A Classic Wardrobe?

I would say ten is the bare minimum.

The Basics

I think every man should invest in ten dress shirts if they have somewhat of a use for dress shirts on a regular basis. If you wear shirts to the office, ten is actually the bare minimum. I suggest having more like a three or four-week rotation which means 15 or 20 dress shirts. Of course, the bigger the rotation, the longer your shirts will last.

For the most part, the first ten shirts should be mostly white, off-white, or shades of blues.  Personally, I’m a big fan of pastel-colored shirts, light greens, or lavender, or yellow, but typically that’s something you should add on top of the ten basics.

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

A white French cuff dress shirt with mother of pearl buttons

If you don’t have to wear a dress shirt to work and you don’t like wearing dress shirts, I suggest you have at least three dress shirts that you can always rely on. One is a white dress shirt, ideally with French cuffs for cufflinks without a chest pocket and it’s something that you can wear for anything from a job interview, to a funeral, to a wedding, or any kind of other formal events.

If you don’t have cufflinks or you don’t want to invest money in them, go with a single barrel cuff which is also known as a button cuff. If you want to invest in cufflinks, I would suggest you get one pair in gold and one pair in silver in a very traditional style without any diamonds or colored stones. Personally, I would choose a monkey fist knot cufflink because they’re versatile, they’re classic, and it’s something you could wear with any kind of outfit.

Checked Shirt Fabric - Ideal for Business Casual

Checked Shirt Fabric – Ideal for Business Casual

Checked Shirts

Ideally, you get it with a button-down collar because it’s more casual and you don’t need to wear it with any form of neckwear and for that, you definitely want to have barrel cuffs or button cuffs and you can also have a chest pocket if you want.

Linen Jacket and denim shirt

Linen Jacket and denim shirt

Denim Shirts

It can really help to dress down other things, you don’t have to iron it, it’s something that is popular right now, and has been popular for the last few years. It’s soft, it’s hard wearing, and it’s something that works well in any wardrobe.  

The Sky Is The Limit For Menswear Enthusiasts

Obviously, that’s me! You can have just ten shirts that are all in white but they can have different cuff styles, collar styles, weaves, front plackets, buttons, and all those little details make the shirts different and suited for different occasions.

Butler Luxury Hanger in Whiskey

Butler Luxury Hanger in Whiskey

Of course, at this point, storage can be a challenge and basically, you can fold them and put them in drawers but I find that it takes up a lot of drawers and so I hang all of my shirts on specific shirt hangers that are not too wide so they don’t take up too much space in my wardrobe. Personally, I use the ones from Butler luxury which served me quite well.

A green suit combined with a pastel colored dress shirt with an orange shantung bow tie

A green suit combined with a pastel-colored dress shirt with an orange shantung bow tie and boutonniere from Fort Belvedere

So once you have all the basics covered, I suggest you go with pastel colors. Pastel pink, pastel lavender, green, you can have other shades that are combining those colors and just play with things. You can also add different kinds of patterns such as maybe a small houndstooth shirt, a horizontal striped shirt, or stripes in an unusual color.

Experiment With Different Shirt Details

Of course, you can also experiment with different fabrics and different weights, as well as finishes and on top of that, playing with a collar shape is probably the detail that has the biggest impact because it defines the V shapes and the triangles that lead to your face.

Play With The Different Options You Have

First of all, it’s the height of your collar, then the spread of your collar, also how long you want the collar to be in the front, as well as how much tie space you want which really depends on what kind of tie knots you tie. If you have bigger tie knots such as the Windsor, you want more tie space, otherwise, you can get away with no tie space at all. Of course, you can also have club collars or create collars for collar pins with little pin holes in them just so you have exactly the right shirt for the right occasion.

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

Wearing a collar pin is something you should consider if you want the classic look

I also urge you to experiment with pleats in the back or if you have little grinze patterns, you can have shirts that have a higher degree of handwork, you can have shirts with different buttons, you can experiment with shirts from different shirt makers. Over time, you probably create some preferences for certain kinds of shirts for certain occasions and it’s just a joy to experiment and try new things.

If you attend evening events regularly, you also may want to invest in different kinds of evening shirts. Some could have wide pleated fronts or slim pleated fronts. You could have different kinds of Marcella inserts, you can have starched shirts, and it’s just interesting and with black tie, there’s not a whole lot variety in what you can do so changing up the shirt detail has a much bigger impact than it would on let’s say a business suit.

CONCLUSION

Overall, just like with anything else in your wardrobe, it really depends on your needs and what you want, however, once you know what you’re going for, it pays to start out with the basics that give you the most use for your purpose which means the lowest cost per wear.

In general, that means staying away from super flashy or unusual things and it means that you leave them behind even though they may be really discounted on a super sale because even if you get the shirt at 90% off, it is kind of wasted if you just wear it twice in a period of 10 years.


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The Orient Bambino Small Seconds Champagne Dial

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I edit and review my closet every month because I like to know exactly what I have in my wardrobe, how it all works together, and how I feel about the items as my style evolves. Monthly closet reviews sound excessive, but this is my line of work so I’m extra motivated, engaged and organized about what is removed and added, and why I’ve made those decisions. I also like to keep my moderate wardrobe at about 150 pieces (for a four-season climate) because that’s the magical number for my wants and needs.

For context, I keep EVERYTHING apart from outerwear and wardrobe basics in a small walk-in wardrobe that I share with hubby, Greg. I keep coats in a separate coat closet, and basics and yoga wear in a chest of drawers. I don’t separate or swap out the seasons, although I do rearrange items within the closet space so that seasonal items are easily on hand.

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I couldn’t bear parting with my eleven-year tan knee-high slouchy Prada boots until now because I bought them with Greg in Milan. But they’re very battered and the soles are worn through, I wore them that much. My cognac Prada boots are my most worn boots of all time. I’ve had them spruced up and fixed multiple times, and it’s time to retire the incredible workhorses. The colour-blocked wedges were bought in Tokyo six years ago, and are in pristine condition, but too high now that I wear flats almost exclusively. The seven-year Donald Pliner boots are too heavy and chunky for my current style preferences. The floral pumps are immaculate, but too high. The silver pumps and oxfords are battered, and I’m not into silver anymore. The pink sneakers are worn through.

Handbags

The first three clutches have been around for years, worn till the cows come home, and are now awfully battered. The green snakeskin clutch was a sentimental item that no longer makes me happy, so it had to go. The silver clutch is in pristine condition, but I’m over silver and focussing on gold. The old radio clutch is adorable but is too small for my gigantic phone. The gold satchel is a glorious shade of gold and in good nick, but the multiple pockets were driving me batty, making me feel utterly disorganized and messy.

Bottoms

I hung on to the very old tomato red skirt skirt for years, because it’s the most perfect shade of tomato red. For years I would try it on, but take it right it off because although it looked good and fit well, I’m so over classic pencil skirts. I don’t like the way they feel and this one looks too short. The old black flared skirt is lovely, flirty and fun, but also feels too short. It’s a pity that the red and orange pants had to go because they pilled, and the orange ones stretch out terribly. The burgundy pants also stretch out too much after a day’s wear. The red lace pants are a year old and gorgeous. But I’ve learned the hard way that I’m awfully uncomfortable in a high-rise elastic waist. It rides up my hips and causes crotch discomfort. Lesson learned.

Tops

The first very old pullovers pilled, but lasted quite a while. The purple pullover was immaculate and about ten years old. I hung on to it because the quality was sensational. But it doesn’t layer well under anything. I demoted it to at home only, but in the end the colour didn’t make me happy. The oatmeal multi-media pullover ripped. The peach pullover got scratchier and scratchier on the neckline. The floral pullover was immaculate, but too grey despite the pretty blue flowers. The old navy shirt had a great run, but had started to fade. The old navy and black pullover stretched on the neckline and didn’t look sufficiently polished anymore. And the gorgeous old navy open-weave turtleneck has sleeves that won’t stay put when they scrunch. They used to, but over the years, the sleeves have lost their elasticity.

Dresses

I passed on these dresses because I don’t want to showcase my knees anymore, not even with hosiery. Some dresses I wore over cropped straights and flares as tunics, which was fun and covered. But their time has passed too. Most of these dresses are either old or very old, apart from the burgundy dress which is from last season.

Toppers

The old blush leather jacket was worn into the ground and stained permanently on the sleeves. The twelve-year-old black satin moto was one of my most worn jackets ever. It fit and travelled like a dream, but had ripped, pilled and worn through. The old tuxedo jacket was looking shabby. The old black moto coat — although in pristine condition which is why I held on to it for years — feels too hard-edged, black and tough for my style. I tried to soften it, but now more than ever it’s wrong for the “pretty, dainty & soft” integrity I like to showcase in my outfits.

Items have been passed on in several ways. Some went to friends, some to clothing drop-off points, and many to the Seattle Dress for Success.

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Children whose mothers use marijuana are more likely to try it at younger age

When mothers use marijuana during the first 12 years of their child’s life, their cannabis-using children are more likely to start at an earlier age than children of non-using mothers, according to a new study. This study is the first to establish a relationship between maternal cannabis use during a child’s lifetime and earlier initiation in a nationally-representative, longitudinal cohort.
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Surf Under the Harvest Moon Tonight

A Harvest Moon is a full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Depending on your time zone, the moon will be in full force the Northern Hemisphere comes on September 22 or 23. The Southern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon is the full moon on the night of September 24 or 25, 2018.

What is a Harvest Moon You Ask? “On average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. But when a full moon happens close to an autumn equinox, the moon rises closer to the time of sunset. For mid-temperate latitudes, it rises only about 30 to 35 minutes later daily for several days before and after the full Harvest moon”. –earthsky.org

For higher northern latitudes, there is usually less time between successive moonrises.

“The difference between 50 minutes and 35 minutes might not seem like much. But it means that, in the nights after a full Harvest Moon, you’ll see the moon ascending in the east relatively soon after sunset. The moon will rise during or near twilight on these nights, making it seem as if there are several full moons – for a few nights in a row – around the time of the Harvest Moon.”

So if you’re looking to beat the crowds and log some time in the water, paddle out tonight!

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Gifted Seven-Year-Old Goes Viral for Demonstrating How the National Anthem Is Done

The national anthem of the United States is not an easy song to perform—unless you’re a seven-year old with an incredible talent.

Before the L.A. Galaxy faced off against the Seattle Sounders, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, a 7-year-old singer, stepped onto the grass at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles. She proceeded to belt out “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of a packed crowd of Major League Soccer fans, like it was the easiest thing in the world.

The performance was so remarkable that not only did the L.A. Galaxy describe it as “one of the best national anthem performances in StubHub Center[‘s] history,” but she managed to get soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović to cheer for her.

According to the MLS website, the small but mighty singer had to fight for her chance to sing the anthem, entering the soccer team’s #GalaxySocial Day Instagram Anthem contest where she resoundingly beat “many other applicants for the right to sing the anthem.” Her victory must have inspired the team, the Galaxy beat the Sounders 3 to 0 in the match.

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Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon’s wedding is shaping up to be a wild night! The Bachelor in Paradise alums revealed to Us Weekly exclusively that they extended an invitation to superfans Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis after bumping into them at an event in August.

“We got to meet Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, which was one of the coolest moments of my life,” Haibon, 29, told Us at the Night School premiere at Regal L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, September 24.

Iaconetti, 30, chimed in, “They’re Bachelor fans. They’ve talked about us publicly, personally multiple times. So we knew all we had to do was make eye contact with them. When we did, it was like all our dreams came true. Ashton was like, ‘No way!’ He got so stoked.”

As for the Bad Moms star’s reaction? “Mila was like, ‘Don’t even tempt us with inviting us to the wedding because we’ll actually take you up on the offer,’” the Bachelor Winter Games alum told Us.

Haibon echoed, “We’re like, ‘Don’t you worry, we’re inviting you.’”

Iaconetti told Us that she reached out to her wedding planner without hesitation. “We’re like, ‘OK … you’ve got to find their address,’” she joked.

Fans have said for years that the Ranch star, 40, is Haibon’s celebrity doppelgänger. They showed off their resemblance on Instagram in August in a selfie with Kunis, 35, and Iaconetti at Clayton and Ellen Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose event in L.A.

The Bachelorette alum thinks he and Kutcher have more than just physical similarities.

“They’re very well known to be best friends and now in a relationship. Very similar to us,” Haibon told Us of Kutcher and Kunis, who wed in 2015. “It was cool seeing that friendship and rapport between the two of us. … She was like, ‘Oh, that is the show that we always watch together.’ He was like, ‘Oh, well, you end up falling asleep on the couch and I end up finishing it.’ It was like, ‘Oh, my God, they’re just like us!’”

Iaconetti and Haibon met on the set of Paradise in 2015, but they did not start dating until earlier this year. He proposed in June during a special trip back to Mexico, which aired on the ABC reality series later in the summer.

“We want a yearlong engagement,” he told Us on Monday. “We’re getting married next August … in Rhode Island.”

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The One Cryptocurrency That Is Not For Me

XRP is the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap. It is a digital coin created by tech company Ripple. Ripple actively courts the traditional banking infrastructure for its use–something that helps make this particular cryptocurrency highly controversial.

For “oldcoiners” like me, Ripple is crypto-heresy because it works with banks. Bitcoin was born of the Great Recession–created in 2009 as a virtual middle finger to the bailout of big banks. In fact, most cryptocurrencies were built upon the ideas of decentralization (no one company owns it), transparency (transactions viewable to all), and privacy – pretty much the antithesis of, and freedom from, the banks.

Ripple/XRP is popular, but I think undeservedly.

Some backstory: I used to own XRP. After having interviewed crypto enthusiast and banker Patwin Lawrence, I bought my first cache of XRP at $ 0.23 last fall. At the time, it felt like an underreported edge; as a professionally trained poker player, I am nothing if not a habitual edge-seeker. Like most, I watched XRP go absolutely bonkers, touching all-time highs of $ 3.59 in January 2018, before gradually selling my coins for an average of $ 0.96 by early April.

But in the time since I was actively invested in Ripple, the culture around it has changed. It has mutated into a full-blown cult. These heretics truly believe in the centralized banking future through crypto instead of the existential threat banks seem to think it to be. After a pattern of habitual, consequence-free abuse by Big Banking, why on Earth would anyone in crypto be rooting for these mustachioed villains to import their dirty tricks to a world created in violent opposition of them?

Despite the cryptocurrency’s 80%-plus fall from grace, Ripple fans are quick to spam Twitter timelines, Facebook groups, or Reddit threads with boundless, bot-like certainty for its future. There’s an exhaustive, forensic-grade expose of an XRP Twitter botnet “simply being used to create the illusion that…XRP/Ripple Army is larger than reality.” Every new rumor or banking affiliation with Ripple, the company, sets these XRP lemmings afire. And, yes, this is a bad thing.

Relentlessly working over social media timelines with baseless price predictions to brainwash hearts and minds and other mindless propaganda does the cryptocurrency space no favors.

All us crypto OGs craved in 2013 was attention and adoption. Now, we have reached the point where we need to discern the type of attention and adoption when it comes to digital coins and their platforms. Until the price and utility of XRP matches the unbridled enthusiasm of its social media militia – which may be never – XRP is not for me.

The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s and not necessarily the opinion of Black Enterprise.

 

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Unwinding of Bank of England’s asset purchase plan will not have a material impact on the yield curve, if done gradually with proper communication, Monetary Policy Committee member Gertjan Vlieghe said Tuesday. Quantitative easing, or QE, affects the yield curve but it does so primarily by affecting expectations of future monetary policy, Vlieghe said in a speech in London.
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The best kitten heels for women who hate stilettos

I remember the uni days when I dance all night in the most ridiculous high heels. Walking in them made me look like Bambi, and God knows how I managed to not end up in A&E once.

That’s not to say I hate stilettos, they can be beautiful on other women, but they are just not for me. So I must admit I welcomed the kitten heel trend with open arms last season.

They were everywhere on the catwalk, from Balenciaga to Prada and Gucci, Miu Miu and The Row. Even stiletto lover Christian Louboutin got in on the action, a sure sign that this trend is here to stay.

As last season’s Marks & Spencer kitten heel mules proved, this trend isn’t for everyone, however if you want to join me, this is how I’m wearing it.

How to wear kitten heels

You’d be better off asking, how don’t you wear kitten heels, that’s how versatile I’ve found them. They add an elegant touch to cropped jeans, go superbly with a silk midi dress and even better with a checked or corduroy suit. I would say the one rule I abide by is to show a little bit of ankle if you’re wearing kitten mules or sandals as otherwise it can look a little unflattering, and if you’re worried about being cold in winter, pair them with a metallic sock, or swap them for some kitten boots.

Kitten heel mules

These are by far my favourite, as a pretty velvet kitten mules goes with everything. Everyone on the high street has gotten in on the trend, with Mango and Zara serving up some great options.

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Kitten heel boots

Kitten heel boots are the ideal solution to take the trend into autumn/winter. This season is of course all about animal print, so mix two trends in one by opting for a leopard print or snake print style.

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Kitten heel shoes

I’m loving the bourgeoise take on the trend, in the form of low courts, preferably the tweed or slingback variety, as seen at Balenciaga, Mulberry and The Row. For a more modern approach, look to Neous and By Far.

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Comcast Buys Over 30% of Sky on Open Market, Seeks More Before Takeover Deadline

Comcast said Tuesday it had snapped up more than 30% of the shares in Sky, the European pay-TV service that it is in the process of buying. The U.S. cable giant has a Sky-endorsed offer for the company on the table, but it can also openly buy Sky shares, except from shareholders in the U.S. […]

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Kavanaugh tries unprecedented move to save his chance for the Supreme Court

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The 5 best island based movies that will make you want to travel the world

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There are certain things we just love about movies – the storylines, the actors and actresses, the props, the special effects, and the locations. Because movies don’t make our lives seem pretty average enough (jokes, they do really), they then have to add some incredible locations to the mix. Many of our favorite movies take place on luscious islands that make us want to crawl through the television screens and sunbathe on their golden sand. Can someone make that happen? Please?

50 First Dates

50 First Dates follows the incredible love story between Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, and his pursuit to win her over. But there’s one problem – Drew’s character has no short-term memory, and forgets who he is each day! We love this story, but we also love the backdrop. This film was primarily filmed on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. These locations included Wahiawa, Kaneohe, Waimanalo, Makapu’u and Kaneo’ohe Bay. And they really are beautiful. With luscious green surroundings, aquamarine water, and impressive peaks, we really, really want to take a trip to Hawaii (and make a volcano out of waffles, of course).

Pirates of the Caribbean

Okay, so Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t exactly the happy-go-lucky franchise we know and love from most other island movies (although it probably could be if they drank a bit more rum). However, despite all of the fighting, the gunshots, the mutants, sea creatures and the robbery, there are some incredible backdrops throughout the five movies that make us want to sit on a beach, drink a few Pina Coladas and sunbathe. But you’ll definitely need to pack a few outfit changes if you want to see these islands, as the movies were filmed at multiple locations – including Tortuga, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Molokai, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the Bahamas. That’ll do.

Dr. No

We all love a good 007 movie – and James Bond does always seem to travel to exotic places. Which means we can too, right? You know, for research purposes? The 1962 movie follows the life of James Bond as he travels to Jamaica to solve the mystery of a fellow spy agent. And of course, that means he gets a good ol’ look-see at what Jamaica has to offer. With the palm trees, sandy beaches, powder blue ensembles and some pretty small bikinis, it seems like he had a pretty good time…

Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat is a little slice of heaven – just not for Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jean Reno, Kali Hawk, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis or Malin Akerman. When a luxury holiday goes wrong, it’s hard to appreciate the incredible scenery that Bora Bora has to offer. But we could. So we’d happily take a trip to the islands of Bora Bora, stay in a sea cabin, and enjoy the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. You know, if we have to.

The Beach

We’re always going to watch anything with Leonardo DiCaprio in it. That’s just a given. But when a movie has Leonardo in it, AND some incredible island scenery in the background – well, let’s just say we’re in for a treat. This 2000 movie was based on the Alex Garland novel of the same name and is set on the picturesque Koh Phi Phi island in Thailand. Although some of the scenery in The Beach was digitally added post-filming, we’d still love to check it out and see what it really has to offer. Because it looks right up our street (not really, it’s actually quite far away).

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A few months ago Styles P came through with a tough as leather project in G-Host and today one third of The LOX comes through with a video for one of the album’s standout tracks.

In his visuals to “Morning Mourning” Style PeNiro narrates the story of an attempted murder gone wrong when an innocent child gets caught in the middle. An all too familiar situation when it comes to gun violence in the US.

Back on the west coast E-40 keeps the Bay a buzzing with his OG flow and exclusive lingo in his clip to the Yhung T.O. assisted clip to “These Days.”

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Brett Kavanaugh and the Creation of the Rapist

I think feminism made Kavanaugh a rapist. I don’t mean to say that he didn’t commit vile and violating acts, or that he wouldn’t have been doing so by his own decision. It’s just that those acts, back then, were not yet attached to the species we now find so familiar—the rapist, the sexual harasser, the man who makes #MeToo possible.

Activists hold up police tape in front of the Supreme Court building. (takomabibelot / Creative Commons)

Michel Foucault taught us long ago that one is not born a sexual species, that instead one becomes one through a variety of discursive practices—expert knowledge, activist movements, laws and culture. That is why the homosexual did not exist until the 1800’s; even though bodies with similar naughty bits got together for pleasure long before then, they were not considered a particular sexual species, not yet. When, in Ancient Greece, men were the insertive partners with male citizen youth, they were not gay, nor were they straight; when Sambian boys fellate Sambian men in order to ingest their manhood and become men themselves, it is not, at least within their cultural context, pedophilia.

Acts of sexual violence and sexual assault seem to have been around since the beginning of recorded history—but those acts did not necessarily produce the rapist, despite producing misery for the women who were raped. But the current #MeToo movement—not to mention 50 years of feminist theorizing, legal intervention and activism around sexual violence—has resulted now in new sorts of sexual species. We have finally named the rapist, the workplace harasser, the serial jerk who ignores consent.

That leaves us with a few questions which we can never fully answer, such as: Why me?

I was 16, maybe 17. He was 18. I remember the party. I remember he tackled me onto the ground. I remember he was a high school wrestler. I remember I couldn’t get out from underneath him. I remember everyone laughing. I remember not having words like “attempted rape” for such behavior, because it was “funny,” and also this was someone I knew, someone I had dated in an earlier grade, someone who called me a “bitch dyke” when I finally did get out from underneath him by punching him in the throat.

I can still feel the shame and embarrassment of being almost raped in front of everyone I knew. I can still feel the anger at my girlfriends for doing nothing. But it never occurred to me that what he did was illegal or even outside the norms of typical high school jock behavior. Because it wasn’t.

Which leads to the next few questions: Is being a straight man the same as being a rapist? Does being a straight man demand you “overcome” the protests of women and girls, using violence if necessary? When people say “boys will be boys,” are they really telling us that violence is central to straightness? Not an aberration, but a norm?

White femininity demands sexual innocence, making it nearly impossible to say “yes” without being a whore; black womanhood is denied the possibility of innocence, making it impossible to say no. Angela Davis has already explained that rape laws were written for the “protection of men of the upper classes, whose daughters and wives might be assaulted.” All women—of all races and ethnicities, across sexualities and gender identities—know that sexual violence is a very real possibility.

If, in fact, violence is central to the way in which normative heterosexual males express their desires; if, in fact, it is not unusual or deviant in any way, but rather, universal and “normal”—then we absolutely must stop discussing this or that man as the problem and look more deeply at how all men must take responsibility for the rape culture they both create and perpetuate, even if primarily through their silence or lack of intervention. There can be no good guys in this scenario, because all guys are implicated—if not through their own violence, if only through their silence.

This is not the time to hear Mitch McConnell’s “concerns,” or even Chuck Schumer’s. To quote Senator Mazie Hirono: “I just want to say to the men of this country, just shut up.”

The last question is the one I hate asking the most, because I do not believe Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land—but I am forced to ask it anyway, precisely because I suspect the answer is no.

Was my attacker a rapist? If, in 1983, a man jumped on a classmate at a party and tried to have sex with her in front of everyone; if, in 1983, everyone was laughing, and no one in the room, not even the young girl struggling underneath him, thought it was rape—is it? I’m trying to figure this one out, to let the unsettling idea that these acts, though vile and disgusting, might signify differently in different times and cultures.

No sexual act has meaning outside of culture. There is no straightness before the invention of the homosexual. There is no white femininity before the invention of Black womanhood. There is no rapist before the invention of a fully human woman, one who should have control over her own body. These things are opposite sides of the same coin; dependent on one another to make sense.

The notion of any woman as fully human is the yet unfinished project of feminism—and, much like the homosexual in 1883, the rapist in 1983 was blurrier, less clear to the observer, less stable as a knowable entity. He was not a rapist then, but I know he is a rapist now.

That is how sexual species get born. That is how women become fully human.

I’ve googled my attacker. I think he died this summer; he had kids and grandkids already. He wasn’t a judge or anyone important, just another guy in a sea of guys who express their desires in violent and violating ways. There’s no point naming him; he was Joe Average. Kavanaugh, however, could potentially control women’s bodies for a long time, so it’s important that we be able to name him for what he is now, to name what he did then and take it as seriously as our culture couldn’t before.

Even if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez didn’t know it in 1983, rape is what it means to try and have sex with someone, and sexual assault is what it is when you push your genitals in someone’s face without their consent. Even if nobody told them then, we must be here to remind them now.

We must be here to believe them. We must be here to echo them when they name their experiences.

Laurie Essig is a professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Middlebury College and the author of Love, Inc., Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding and Chasing the Happily Never After.

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‘Venom’: 10 Crucial Terms You Need to Know Before You See It

On October 5, Tom Hardy (and a heavy dose of CGI) will bring the beloved Spider-Man villain Venom to the big screen. For die-hard comics fans, bringing Venom to life in his own film has been decades in the making. For the casual moviegoer, however, deciphering the complex mythology surrounding alien symbiotes and shadowy foundations might seem daunting, to say the least. To help, here are some names and concepts likely to play a role in Venom.

1. The Symbiote Costume


Spider-Man in Venom suit
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In Secret Wars, Spider-Man — along with other heroes and villains — is whisked away to a far-off planet by the all-powerful Beyonder. There, a machine Spider-Man discovers produces a black sphere that attaches to him and turns into a costume, a black version of his traditional red-and-blue threads. Not only does it take the form of any clothing Peter imagines, it also enhances his strength and ability. Spidey makes the strange material his new costume.

Back on Earth, the costume begins to misbehave — taking over Spider-Man’s body while he sleeps and attacking people on its own. Peter discovers the costume is actually a living, sentient alien attempting to bond permanently with him. He tries to rid himself of the costume but it refuses to let Peter go. Knowing that sonic waves hurt it, Spider-Man is able to seemingly destroy it by overloading it with the sounds of church bells.

2. Venom


Venom looming over Spider-Man
What’s black and white and… never mind.

The symbiote manages to survive in the church until disgraced reporter Eddie Brock — who blames Spider-Man for ruining his career — happens upon it. Sensing the shared animosity toward Spider-Man, the symbiote bonds with Brock, forming the creature known as Venom. Venom’s combined hatred of Spider-Man causes him to attack Spider-Man and terrorize his loved ones.

Eventually, Spidey stops Venom and an uneasy truce is formed. Venom agrees to end his vendetta if Spider-Man agrees to leave him alone. Venom eventually becomes something of a vigilante, returning to San Francisco and protecting the homeless there. As an anti-hero, Venom avoids killing innocents but has no problem taking the lives of those who would seek to harm them.

3. Klyntar


The Klyntar
It’s impossible to get a hotel during the Symbiote Convention.

The Venom symbiote is actually a member of an alien species known as the Klyntar who hail from the planet of the same name. Symbiotes, as a species, are shape-shifting alien beings who seek hosts with which they form a symbiotic bond. Created by the malevolent god Knull, the Klyntar rebelled and imprisoned him on Klyntar, a planet of their own creation.

The Klyntar bond with host species to form a new entity, in much the way Spider-Man’s symbiote costume bonded with Eddie Brock to form Venom. Each host creates a distinct entity, and over the centuries, the Klyntar’s symbiotic bonds have added much to the Klyntar essence, including alien concepts such as honor and peace. Because of this, not all symbiotes are malicious, but even the “good” ones are the product of an evil god.

4. Knull


Knull, God of the Klyntar.
Knull, God of the Klyntar.

The God of the Symbiotes, Knull is a powerful being older than the universe itself. He possesses godlike powers and uses them against the Celestials, who were busy creating the universe. He even created a sword, All-Black, from his shadow. Angered that darkness would be broken by the light of creation, he wages war against the other gods.

To aid in his fight, Knull creates an army of symbiotes to lay waste to countless worlds. After a battle with Thor, Knull finds himself trapped in the symbiote dragon Grendel, breaking his hold on the symbiotes he’d created. The symbiotes then turn on their god and imprison Knull’s body on their homeworld.

5. Symbiote Imperium


Symbiote Imperium soldier
Soldier of the Imperium.

After freeing themselves from the control of Knull, the Klyntar hive-mind, influenced by the many benevolent hosts the symbiotes had bonded with, decides to leave their dark past behind and become a force for good in the universe. However, the Klyntar with corrupt hosts reject this idea and are shunned from the hive mind.

The renegade symbiotes form the Symbiote Imperium, an army of destruction designed to continue the Klyntar’s original purpose of bringing death and devastation to the universe. So successful is the Imperium that the name Klyntar becomes synonymous with evil, despite the existence of so many peaceful symbiotes. Venom was once a member of the Imperium.

6. Carnage


Carnage
He makes Venom seem easygoing.

Venom’s arch-nemesis (outside of Spider-Man), Carnage is “born” when the Venom symbiote breaks Eddie Brock out of prison. Demerged from the symbiote, Brock is sent to a prison for non-powered humans where he shares a cell with vicious serial killer Cletus Kasady. Among other crimes, Cletus killed his grandmother, tortured his mother’s dog, and burned down an orphanage.

In the haste to escape, Venom leaves a piece of itself behind. That piece bonds with Kasady, forming the symbiote known as Carnage. Far more violent and powerful than any other symbiote, Carnage’s bloodlust leads him on a vicious murder spree. Only by joining forces are Spider-Man and Venom able to defeat the deadly symbiote. Carnage’s presence in Venom has not been officially announced, but fans are hopeful he’ll make an appearance, even if it’s only a cameo.

7. Riot


Riot
Just your everyday symbiote throwdown.

A symbiote created from the Venom symbiote, it originally bonds with mercenary Trevor Cole. Reportedly the film’s main antagonist, Riot instead bonds with Dr. Carlton Drake, who created Riot and its siblings in the comics. In Venom: Lethal Protector, the Life Foundation creates five symbiote “children” from extracts of the Venom symbiote. Riot proves to be the most violent and unstable of the bunch.

The symbiotes are to serve as the guardians of the Life Foundation. Unfortunately for the foundation, the symbiotes choose to test their newly acquired abilities on Spider-Man and a very peeved Venom. Ultimately the symbiotes, including Riot, are artificially aged to dust by Venom, and their powerless hosts are caught in an explosion. Eventually, though, both the symbiotes and the hosts return, because comics.

8. Dr. Carlton Drake and the Life Foundation


Dr. Carlton Drake in front of members of the Life Foundation.
“This probably won’t end in our violent deaths.”

The Life Foundation, led by Carlton Drake (played by Riz Ahmed in the film), is a survivalist organization convinced that doomsday is right around the corner, particularly in the form of nuclear holocaust. The foundation dedicates itself to preparing for that outcome, building fallout shelters to protect the wealthy elite. Through his foundation, Drake has stolen, kidnapped, and even murdered to further his group’s goals.

Drake seeks to employ superpowered individuals to protect the foundation’s clients, kidnapping them if necessary. In San Francisco, Drake and his partner, Roland Treece, attempt to steal gold buried under the city. Drake uses a captured Venom to create five new symbiotes — Riot, Scream, Agony, Phage, and Lasher.

9. Genetic Memory and Parasitic Inheritance


Venom's human host talking to onlookers.
Be careful who you loan your sentient clothes to.

All symbiotes gain abilities through Parasitic Inheritance, the ability to mimic powers and skills through interfacing with the host’s genetic code. In the case of Venom, it was able to mimic Spider-Man’s wall-crawling powers and even his web shooters. When the symbiote passed to Eddie Brock, it retained these abilities, gaining new ones as it passed from host to host.

Genetic Memory, in the case of the symbiotes, refers to the ability to access information by tapping into the memories of its host. It can even recall memories of previous hosts, much to Spider-Man’s dismay. Venom was able to track down Spider-Man — and terrify Mary Jane — because the symbiote knew his secret identity from having already bonded with him.

10. Venom: Lethal Protector 


Venom Lethal Protector cover
Venom’s debut solo outing.

After Venom’s immensely popular run as a Spider-Man villain and occasional reluctant ally, Marvel gave Venom his own limited series, the eight-part Venom: Lethal Protector. The series sees Eddie Brock return to his hometown of San Francisco, having given up his vendetta against Spider-Man. While there, he turns to vigilantism, particularly helping a group of homeless people living under the city.

Venom soon runs afoul of the Life Foundation, who capture him and extract five “offspring” from the symbiote. These new symbiotes bond with volunteers to become the guardians of the Life Foundation. With Spider-Man’s help, Venom defeats the guardians and ruins the foundation’s plans to steal an underground gold deposit. The film is reportedly based in part on this mini-series.

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The interview comes days before his debut collection at Celine, which will be unveiled on Sept. 28 during Paris Fashion Week.
“I am delighted to come back to a French house, a tradition, professions, ateliers,” said Slimane. “Paris is the best at ‘handmade,’ which is incredibly chic. Beyond the virtuosity of the ateliers, this savoir-faire is due to a state of mind, a way of working, the immediate understanding of a model, a particular feeling that can only be found in Paris.”
He explains that an additional atelier has been added to the 17th century mansion that houses Celine’s headquarters, the Hôtel Colbert de Torcy in the 2nd arrondissment, which will be dedicated to the creation of Celine’s first men’s wear line.
Upon arriving at Celine, Slimane chose to rebrand the maison by taking the French accent off the house’s name.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin: What We Need in a President Is Not What We’ve Got

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The midterm elections are on November 6, and—like it or not—the presidential election will start on November 7. Republicans will almost certainly re-nominate Donald Trump (if he’s still in office), but Democrats will have a long list of potential nominees who will spend 2019 and into 2020 hiring staff, raising money, and debating each other in way too many cable-news beauty pageants.

Debates tell us very little about what kind of president a person would be, so let’s just skip them.

“When Tim Russert was still alive, he and I talked in 2008 about wishing we had a different way to talk about presidential campaigns than who won a debate or who has raised the most money,” says historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. “We should look at their leadership as governors or mayors or congressmen and see whether they had a strong team, whether they acknowledged errors, whether they controlled their behavior. Temperament is key, and I wish we had known more about that before the 2016 election.”

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Google’s latest Chrome release has set off major privacy alarm bells.

In a blog post over the weekend, cryptographer and Johns Hopkins University professor Matthew Green penned a scathing blog post about the new version of Chrome in which he announces, right off the top via the headline, that he is completely done with Chrome. The reason?

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Losing my dad felt like losing my connection to my Latinx culture

Losing my dad felt like losing my connection to my Latinx culture


Losing my dad felt like losing my connection to my Latinx culture

September 15th through October 15th is Latinx Heritage Month.

Spending time with my dad in our Southern Texas town of Corpus Christi was always an adventure. Whether it was an early morning trip to the neighborhood carniceria to get barbacoa for breakfast or a visit to his favorite nursery to check out the perennials, my dad made everything about our culture feel accessible to me. He could walk into any space and instantly be at home. His habit of talking to every person he met in his friendly, fast-flowing mix of Spanish and English helped to quickly endear him to others. Strangers became his friends, friends became his family, and family was something to be treasured above all else. My father’s ability to make friends wherever he went created so many adventures for his children. And when I accompanied him to these places—a flower shop, a panderia, or some distant relative’s home—I felt like I had a touch of the magic he possessed, too.

Of course, it wasn’t technically magic that opened these worlds to my father. It was his birthright and his culture—an ancestry built on the offspring of indigenous Northern Americans of South Texas and Mexico and their Spanish colonizers.

A background rich in color and flavor, toil and subjugation, mysticism and piety. All places linked by taste, sound, and a mother tongue.

He made me feel perfectly accepted and comfortable in his heritage, but being of mixed blood meant that I never fully felt entitled to those sacred spaces and inherited rights without my father as my guide.

I didn’t anticipate losing him so soon.

His initial cancer diagnosis was dire, but optimistic PET scans gave us every reason to be hopeful. But when he got the news that the cancer had spread to his bones, we could no longer postpone the inevitable. Dad left us less than 3 weeks later.

Without my father, that magic was gone. Once I lost that physical connection to him upon his death, I was cut off from his endless love and support. The spark he brought to my life simply by being in it left me suddenly. But it wasn’t just him that disappeared.

I lost a connection to the Latinx community that I felt certain I could only get through my dad.

That specific hurt feels all the more noticeable during this time of year. September 15th marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and with it comes the reminder of all the adventures I shared with my father—along with the ones that never got to happen.

But if I take time to be introspective, those feelings of loss as a Latina didn’t start with the death of my dad.

As a mixed person, I’ve never felt fully entitled to my Latinidad. Even at my most suntanned, I’ve always been fair skinned. “Weda,” a word used by Mexicans for light skinned Europeans and Americans, was a common nickname, but anyone who knows our culture knows that it’s not a term of endearment. It’s a label of otherness.

Besides not “looking the part,” I also only understood enough Spanish to follow orders, and only spoke enough to answer back. My dad always joked that he didn’t teach my sister and me the language so that we’d never have the words to disobey our white mother.

Author's father and mother at their wedding
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I know his hesitation had more to do with what he experienced as a child during the mandated integration of schools in South Texas. Texas was especially late to desegregation—the last school not complying until the 1980s—and Latinx students paid the price. Spanish may have flowed easily for dad as an adult, but during his elementary school years, his culture was suppressed. He was forced to assimilate or face punishment.

Belittled by teachers and administration, Latinx children—like Black children during desegregation—were given the least desirable accommodations and tools. Growing up in an educational system that saw them as less than their white classmates, my dad and the rest of the Latinx student body were devalued because of their heritage, families, and homes.

I wonder if he thought of his own forced assimilation when he spoke to me as a child, when I cried about not fitting in to our predominantly Latinx neighborhood, when I begged him to help me learn how to roll the double r’s in our last name—a goal we both knew I’d never master because of my lisp. Did he ever watch me and my sister lip synching and dancing to Selena, and realize that his school’s assimilation practices might not have worked as well as they’d hoped?

Author's father
Courtesy of Samantha Chavarria

I never had to prove my Latinidad to my dad. It was never a prerequisite to get his advice or go on his adventures; he never placed limitations on his love based on how “Latina” I could be. While the physical connection to my dad is gone, it feels like it’s still there—like a phantom limb. It’s funny, in a heartbreaking sort of way; I can still feel the love and acceptance flowing through it, from him to me.

And, if I can still feel that, perhaps the connection to my Latinx culture isn’t as far away as it feels.

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A 7-year-old Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja belted out the national anthem before Sunday’s match between the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders and she sang her little heart out!

There’s not much for us to say — but take a look at the video below!

For those wondering where such a tiny tot got such big pipes, her father Arman Tjandrawidjaja told All the Moms that she’s been taking singing lessons since the age of 3.

“She’s been singing forever. Basically before she could speak. Always singing,” he said, adding that she sings in the shower or while doing homework without even knowing it. “Sometimes we have to tell her to be quiet.”

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Backlit mirrors use long lasting LED light strips that are very energy efficient and offer even lighting with no unflattering shadows which is great when applying makeup as well. Additional features, like heating pads that prevent fogging or options like dimmable lights and bluetooth speakers can also add extra functionality for a luxurious touch! – Michelle Dixon, www.modernbathrooms.ca

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Jimmy Kimmel came out guns blazing against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday night after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct over the weekend. “Only 12 more and he can run for president,” he joked.

Since he tapes his show on west coast time, Kimmel may have been the only late-night host to include clips from Kavanaugh’s bizarre Fox News interview in which he defended himself against the allegations by explaining that he was a virgin through high school and into college.

“Thank you for admitting that,” Kimmel said. “He was a virgin until many years after. So if he doesn’t get to be on the Supreme Court, maybe he’ll be The Bachelor.” This led the host to reports that Kavanaugh plans to use calendars he kept in high school to dispute the claim that he was at the party where Christine Blasey Ford said he tried to rape her. “What 17-year-old keeps calendars of his social engagements?” he asked. “No wonder he was a virgin.”

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6 Gas Rewards Programs to Try if Fuel Prices Are Draining Your Savings


Grocery store loyalty programs used to be the way to go to save money on gas, but now that gas stations are offering their own fuel rewards programs, times are changing.

And because gas prices are the highest they’ve been since 2014, you’ll want to save every penny you can while you’re filling up that tank.

6 of the Best Gas Station Rewards Programs

So if you’re on the hunt for cheap gas, check out this list of the best gas station rewards programs, plus some bonus tips for using free gas apps to save even more.

1. BP Driver Rewards

BP gas station logo is pictured
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BP Driver Rewards offers 10 cents off per gallon for every $ 100 you spend on fuel purchases of up to 20 gallons. So if you have a 10-gallon tank, you’ll save $ 1 for every $ 100 you spend on gas.

If you’re a frequent flyer, you can earn 2 MileagePlus miles per gallon if you purchase regular or midgrade fuel, or 3 miles per gallon if you use premium-grade fuel.

You’ll also receive 200 bonus miles after you link a debit or credit card and make your first transaction. If you don’t use your miles, you can use them toward fuel purchases — 60 MileagePlus miles equals 50 cents off per gallon on up to 20 gallons, for a maximum of $ 10 off per fill-up.

To find participating stations, search your ZIP code in the station finder and filter by “BP Driver Rewards,” or download the BPme app for Android and iPhone.

To pay using the app, simply open the app and select your pump number — your location should automatically be recognized as long as you have enabled location settings for the app.

2. Exxon Mobil Rewards+

After parting ways with Plenti, Exxon Mobil launched its own rewards program — Exxon Mobil Rewards+.

This points-based system awards 3 points per gallon on fuel purchases, plus 2 points for every $ 1 you spend on car washes and convenience store items. The program also offers a sign-up bonus of 100 points and 15 points per gallon for the first 30 days.

Members can redeem points on fuel, car washes and store items, with every 100 points equaling up to $ 1 off. Let’s say you have a 10-gallon tank and are earning 3 points per gallon. That means you’ll only have to fill up a little over three times to earn enough points for $ 1 off fuel and other purchases — not too shabby. Combine that with any points you earn on car washes and in-store items, and you have an even better deal.

You can also keep track of your rewards in the Exxon Mobil Speedpass+ app for Android and iPhone. You’ll need to register an account for the app separate from your Exxon Mobil Rewards+ account. You can then link your rewards account via your rewards card or phone number.

The Speedpass+ app also allows you to search for nearby Exxon and Mobil stations and pay for gas right from your phone using Samsung Pay or Apple Pay.

3. Maverik’s Adventure Club

Located in several states across the Northwest, Maverik is another gas station offering its own fuel rewards program: Maverik’s Adventure Club. This program offers two rewards cards: the Adventure Club card and the Adventure Club Nitro card.

The Adventure Club card offers 2 cents off per gallon on fuel purchases. Card holders can also earn Trail Points through fuel and in-store purchases, excluding gift cards, lotto tickets, tobacco products and alcohol. You can use Trail Points to buy store items or win prizes in weekly drawings. And if you stop by Maverik on a Tuesday, you’ll earn triple points for Triple Trail Point Tuesday.

The Adventure Club Nitro card offers all of the same benefits and a little bit more, including 6 cents off per gallon, double Trail Points from purchases, price matching and $ 1 fountain drinks and refills — that includes the 64-ounce drinks.

The main difference between the cards is the Adventure Club Nitro card must be linked to your checking account, and you must pay using the card to save on fuel and earn points.

Track your Adventure Club rewards by logging in to the website or through the free app for Android and iPhone.

4. Pilot Flying J

While Pilot Flying J’s rewards program was built with professional and RV drivers in mind, all PIlot Flying J customers ages 18 and older are eligible to join the myRewards program with the Preferred Customer Rewards card.

With the Preferred Customer Rewards membership, you can save 3 cents for every gallon of fuel purchased and earn points for in-store purchases. You’ll also gain access to the Coffee Club, which awards a free cup of coffee after every ninth coffee purchase, and you can enjoy a free dessert during your birthday month.

You can manage your rewards using the myPilot app. You can start the pump and pay right through the app — and if there’s a line, the app has a feature that shows you which pump is most likely to open up next.

The app also allows you to track your receipts, find fuel prices and search for local places to eat, plus, it gives you exclusive offers.

5. Shell Fuel Rewards

Streaks of light are captured by a long camera exposure
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I’ve been using Shell Fuel Rewards for the last few months, and at the very least, I save a few cents per gallon every time I fill up. On one fill-up, I saved 18 cents per gallon.

Shell Fuel Rewards has two tiers: Silver Status, which saves 3 cents per gallon on fuel purchases and Gold Status, which saves you 5 cents per gallon.

To reach Gold Status, you only need to fill up six times within three months. And if you purchase at least eight gallons four times within 30 days, you’ll receive 10 cents off per gallon on your fifth fill-up.

Shell Fuel Rewards offers additional savings that can be stacked on to your status, including 25 cents off per gallon for referrals, 25 cents off per gallon for shopping and 10 cents off per gallon for dining. You can earn additional savings for booking flights, hotels and rental cars through Fuel Rewards offers.

So let’s say you earn Gold status, then another 25 cents off per gallon for shopping online and another 10 cents off for dining out. That means you’ll get a total of 40 cents off per gallon on your next fill-up of up to 20 gallons. If you stack on a referral, that’s a total of 65 cents off per gallon.

You can also earn more through featured offers and card-linked offers.

You must opt in to the link-and-save feature. Just be warned that card-linked and featured offers can take up to seven business days to process.

6. Speedway Speedy Rewards

Just like Shell’s program, Speedway Speedy Rewards is packed with a ton of ways to save, and it comes with a free mobile app to keep track of it all.

With Speedy Rewards, you’ll earn 10 points per gallon at the pump and 20 points per dollar spent in-store, plus bonus points on select items. You can also earn reward points for shopping online through the Speedy Rewards Mall.

And if you want to use points for free stuff, a minimum of 1,000 points gets you free drinks and snacks, while 5,500 points can get you a whole large pizza.

You can earn even more free stuff when you become part of the Speedy Club. All you have to do is purchase one item from the club, and you’re in!

With the Speedy Club, if you frequent the car wash, you can earn a free wash for every sixth you purchase. And if you’re all about the coffee, fountain drinks and Speedy Freezes, you can be part of the Beverage Club — which allows you to choose a reward for every six beverages you buy. This could be a free beverage, 1,000 bonus points or 10 cents off fuel.

You can also choose between four monthly perks. Current options include 200 bonus points with the purchase of 10 gallons of gas, 100 points per day with the purchase of king-size candy bars, 100 points per day with the purchase of sports drinks or 100 points per day with the purchase of energy drinks.

As an added perk for using the Speedy Rewards Pay Card, you’ll earn double points each time you purchase fuel, plus you’ll save 5 cents per gallon on all fuel purchases for the first 90 days. In certain states, you’ll earn 70 bonus points per gallon of fuel purchased for the first 90 days instead of 5 cents.

Bonus: Save Even More on Fuel With These Free Gas Apps

If you’re into saving even more money on gas, there are a couple of free apps you can use in combination with your preferred gas station rewards program.

1. GetUpside

GetUpside is a free mobile app for iPhone and Android that offers fuel rewards in the form of cash back. Coverage areas are currently limited to Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Long Island, New York, and Florida.

The app provides a map of the nearest gas stations and lowest fuel prices, along with an offer to earn cash back. Gas prices are updated in real time; however, because prices are always changing, the amount listed in the app may not always be accurate. If you find an inaccurate price listing, you can update the prices through the app.

To accept a cash back offer, you simply hit “claim,” then pay with your usual debit or credit card. Make sure you get a receipt, because you will need to snap a photo to upload in the app to receive your cash back, which takes 24 to 48 hours to process. You can choose to transfer the funds to your PayPal account or receive a check by mail.

GetUpside cash-back offers can be used in combination with other discounts, coupons and loyalty programs, and there is no limit to how much you can earn. Just keep in mind cash back offers may be reduced when you use them with other loyalty programs. I’ve been using GetUpside for a little over two weeks and already have earned $ 5.25.

P.S. If you live in the D.C. area, you can also use the app to earn up to 15% cash back on groceries and 35% cash back on dining.

2. GasBuddy

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GasBuddy is a free app that helps drivers find the cheapest gas prices across a database of more than 140,000 gas stations and convenience stores in the United States, Canada and Australia. In 2017, GasBuddy added a new feature to help drivers save on gas called Pay with GasBuddy.

Pay with GasBuddy can be used at the pump and is linked to your checking account. The card is currently accepted at most gas stations except for Exxon and Mobil stations, BJ’s, Costco, Sam’s Club, HEB, and select Walmart and ARCO stations.

During account setup, you’ll be asked to choose between receiving 10 cents off per gallon for your first fill-up and 5 cents off per gallon thereafter, or receiving cash back in the form of Shop Your Way points, which can be redeemed for discounts at participating retailers.

Once setup is complete, your Pay with GasBuddy card will be issued by mail.

It can take a few days for the transaction to process. I used my card on July 24, and the transaction didn’t show up in my bank account until July 27.

For more information about the GasBuddy app and the Pay with GasBuddy card, visit the GasBuddy Help Center.

Jessica Gray is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder.

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

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Halle Berry And Lena Waithe To Executive Produce ‘Boomerang’ Sequel For BET

Halle Berry and Lena Waithe, two women with an Oscar and an Emmy respectively between them, have signed on as executive producers for a series based on the 1992 rom-com Boomerang, that starred Berry and Eddie Murphy. Murphy played Marcus Graham a self-centered executive working for a Black-owned cosmetics company while Berry, as Angela, was his love interest. Robin Givens played Jacqueline Boyer, Marcus boss and girlfriend, whose dating-like-a man tactics led to the relationship ‘boomerang’ of the movie’s title.

The movie also spawned the million-selling Boomerang soundtrack that introduced Toni Braxton to the public.

Produced by BET Networks and Paramount Television, the 10-episode half-hour series will premiere in 2019 on BET. This new series will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own right. I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen,” said Berry.

“This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story,” said Waithe. “There’s no point in trying to remake a classic. It can’t be done. So we want to create something fresh that speaks to a new generation. We hope people will come to the show with an open mind and ready to embrace the new world we’ve created!”

Berry will next be seen in John Wick: Chapter 3 as an assassin named “Sofia” opposite Keanu Reeves and Anjelica Huston. She recently announced she’s making her directorial debut with Bruised, in which she will also star. The movie is about the world of MMA fighters.

Waithe, the creator of the Showtime series The Chi won an Emmy for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None, co-written with show star and creator Aziz Ansari.

No word on whether any of the movie’s original actors including Berry, Murphy, Grace Jones, Chris Rock or Robin Givens will make any guest appearances.

 

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Long-held assumptions that stepfathers are far more likely to be responsible for child deaths than genetic parents have now been challenged. Findings suggest that differences in rates of child homicides by stepfathers and genetic fathers are considerably smaller than previous researchers have claimed, and that the relative ages of fathers implicated in these crimes is more significant than whether they are the biological father of the child.
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Sixers’ New GM Elton Brand Will Bring Prestige, Trust Back To Position

Duke University produces some of the greatest basketball players, but the thread of intellectual prowess that runs through generations of these true student-athletes is even more remarkable. Duke basketball players become college and pro coaches, NBA executives and even General Managers.

Elton Brand is an African-American who not only took advantage of his opportunity to play ball at one of the nation’s flagship universities but parlayed a potent education into becoming one of two African-American general managers — three of color — in the NBA today.


The Twitter burner account scandal that led to Bryan Colangelo’s resignation — a scandal draped in the attempted character assassination of African-American employees and franchise players — has manifested itself in Brand, a person of color, getting a rare opportunity to lead one of the NBA’s 30 franchises. He joins Knicks GM Scott Perry and Toronto’s Masai Ujiri as men of such distinction.

Choosing Brand is a shrewd move for a franchise that needs to capture the moment that the city is in. Philadelphia has become the center of sports blackness, from the triumphant struggle of rapper Meek Mill to avoid unjust incarceration to the outspoken, politically conscious players on the Eagles Super Bowl-winning team, to the burgeoning wave of interest created by young NBA Kings Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. An infusion of young, freakishly-talented blood has made Philly an elite franchise again and the poster child for why tanking wins, having accumulated a roster of captivating all-world talent for the first time since the Allen Iverson Era.

Brand, who already proved his savvy as VP of Basketball Operations and GM of Philly’s G-League affiliate, replaces Brett Brown, who was serving as interim GM.

“He spent two years in this organization and has been around this organization,” said NBA TV analyst Steve Smith. “When (he was a player in Philly) and they wanted to bring a vet back for those guys… they brought in Elton Brand to be at the end of the bench and console them in tough moments and consult with those guys and be a big brother type.

Read the full story at The Shadow League.

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‘Kingsman 3’ Takes Over James Bond Release Date; Here’s Everything We Know

'Kingsman 3' Takes Over James Bond Release Date; Here's Everything We Know

Success maketh another sequel. Kingsman 3, revealed last year as being a possibility, has now been officially greenlit for a 2019 release. While the previous installment, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was not as well-received by critics as the original, Kingsman: The Secret Service (53% vs. 74% on Rotten Tomatoes), the sequel did about match the first movie's worldwide gross ($ 411 million vs. $ 414 million). Doing a third (and more) is obviously a good decision by Fox. 

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Asian Markets Mostly Lower Amid Cautious Trade

Asian stock markets are mostly lower on Tuesday following the mostly negative lead overnight from Wall Street amid rising U.S.-China trade tensions and as investors looked ahead to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decision due on Wednesday. The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates by another quarter point. Political uncertainty also weighed on stocks.
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Scientists voice opposition to weakening of U.S. Endangered Species Act

Thousands of scientists joined on Monday to accuse the Trump administration of trying to erode the Endangered Species Act in favor of commercial interests with a plan to revamp regulations that have formed a bedrock of U.S. wildlife protection for over 40 years.


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How nature, nurture shape the sleeping brain

Some patterns of electrical activity generated by the brain during sleep are inherited, according to a study of teenage twins. Pinpointing the relative contributions of biology and experience to sleep neurophysiology could inform therapies for numerous psychiatric disorders in which alterations in brain activity during sleep can be detected.
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E-scooters may be coming to NYC

An electric scooter share program like the one that suffered a fatality in Washington, DC — and has led to hundreds of hospitalizations around the country — has been proposed for the Big Apple to help move commuters during the L-train shutdown. Some city lawmakers want to legalize the zippy rides so that share services…
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How the 3–0 Dolphins Are Making It Work, Rosen the Latest Rookie Starting QB, More NFL Notes

In this week’s Monday Afternoon Quarterback, we get into the unexpectedly unbeaten team in Miami, how Josh Rosen has more confidence than Sam Bradford right now, why the Niners will likely stick with C.J. Beathard, why no team should want to trade for Le’Veon Bell and more.

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Why It’s Time To Invest And How To Get Started

While the President likes to tout the strength of the stock market, which, by the way, started long before he took office, the fact remains that most Americans aren’t benefitting from the stock market boom. In fact, only 54% of American adults have investments in stocks, either directly or through a company sponsored retirement plan.

With regard to African-Americans, the picture is even more grim. Only 36% of African-American adults have investments in stocks.

Yet, throughout history stocks have proven to be one of the best tools for creating and growing wealth, so anyone who is serious about improving their financial situation should definitely include investments in the stock market as part of their overall financial plan.

WHY SHOULD WE GET SERIOUS ABOUT INVESTING OUR MONEY?

To put this in some perspective, let’s use Nike for example, since there’s been lots of talk about either buying Nike products or Nike stock after the company released its new ad campaign featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

If we go back to January of 1985, roughly the time that Nike released the first Air Jordans to the public, shares of Nike were trading at about 13 cents a share. 13 cents!

At that time a pair of those Air Jordans would have cost you $ 65.

Well, if you spent that money on those Air Jordans back in 1985, today you have…well…nothing. I’m sure those shoes have long since been replaced. If you had instead put the $ 65 in a checking or savings account, and earned 1% per year, you would have about $ 90.

Today Nike shares are trading at $ 85.55. That’s a 69,000% increase!

So, if you had taken that $ 65 and bought Nike stock in January of 1985, today you’d have more than $ 45,000!

And before anyone dismisses this example as a one-off success, take note of this:

Between 1991 and today, a period that includes both the dot-com bust and the financial crisis, stocks in general (as measured by the S&P 500) are up more than 700%, while housing prices have increased just 164%.

Most of us simply cannot create the type of wealth that will truly move the needle for ourselves and our families by relying on our own wages or savings accounts alone.

You have to make your money work harder for you.

And speaking of working hard, Nike shares are up about 5% since they released the ad with Kaepernick, which translates to a $ 6 billion dollar increase in Nike’s market value.

How’s that boycott working out?

THAT SOUNDS GREAT, BUT IT ALSO SEEMS COMPLICATED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. WHAT’S THE BEST WAY FOR PEOPLE TO GET STARTED?

You know, when a lot of us think of investing, we think of movies like Trading Places, and we think that we have to invest in complex things like pork bellies and soybeans.

But in reality, investing doesn’t have to be that complicated. I always suggest that people start by investing in what they know.

For example, I suggest that anyone interested in getting started with investing begin by going through their bank statement for the last few months and taking note of the top 20 places that they spend money.

Of those 20 places, I can almost guarantee that at least 10 of them will be public companies. (Think Apple, McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Netflix, etc.)Those 10 companies become your short list for companies that you could potentially invest in.

Now to be clear, just because you know the company, doesn’t mean that it will be a good investment. At one point we all knew Blockbuster, but of course that company is no longer around.

But by starting with companies that you know well, and doing additional research, you’ll give yourself a much better chance at success.

ONCE I KNOW WHAT COMPANIES I LIKE, WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

The last step is to open an account at a brokerage firm like Fidelity, Charles Schwab, eTrade, TD Ameritrade, etc.

They are all reputable firms and have pretty low costs.

You could also try an app like Robinhood, which doesn’t charge any trading commissions, and there’s another site called Stockpile which is great because it allows you to buy fractional shares of stock in case the amount you’re starting with isn’t enough to buy a whole share.

(So if you don’t have $ 1,900 for one share of Amazon, Stockpile allows you to start with, say, $ 20 of Amazon and you can build from there.)

But the most important thing is not the amount you’re starting with, but rather building the habit of investing regularly and staying on top of your investments.

That’s how you build real wealth over time. If you’re truly serious about learning how to make your money work harder, I’ve created a free Intro to Investing training video to help you get started.

You can find the free training video at http://www.robwilson.tv/investing

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The hautest moments from Milan Fashion Week

Ciao Milano! From heartthrob crooners to slur-hurling streetwear, here are the standout moments from fashion week. Top-Flight wingding The Emporio Armani show was a nonstop flight of fancy. Held at a hangar inside Milan’s Linate airport, the 2,300 “passengers” were even required to go through passport check and security. With more than 150 looks modeled…
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How to Watch the ‘Monday Night Football’ Steelers vs. Buccaneers Game Online for Free Tonight

Attention NFL fans: You can live stream the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game for free tonight on “Monday Night Football” even if you don’t have cable TV.

Yes, the Steelers vs. Buccaneers game tonight is being broadcast by ESPN — a pay channel, available on TV only if you’re a subscriber to a satellite or cable TV package.

But new services from a pair of mobile apps make it possible to live stream NFL games on your phone during the 2018 season totally for free, without requiring any pay TV provider account info. You can’t live stream every NFL game this way, and you can’t use either app to stream games on a TV, but the new services do make it possible to watch “Monday Night Football” online for free.

Also, several live streaming TV services will also allow you to watch the game online for free tonight, by way of free trial periods for new subscribers.

Here are all the details you need to watch the Steelers vs. Bucs “Monday Night Football” game for free tonight.

When Does the Steelers vs. Buccaneers Game Start?

Kickoff for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET tonight (Monday, September 24).

The Steelers have yet to win a game in 2018 (they are 0-1-1), while the Bucs are undefeated, after surprising wins over the New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the season’s first two weeks. If you’re interested in the betting odds for “Monday Night Football,” most sports books have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as slight favorites to beat the Steelers tonight.

How to Live Stream the Steelers vs. Buccaneers Game for Free

For the first time this year, the new capabilities of two apps allow you to live stream many NFL games on your phone for free. Both the NFL App and the Yahoo Sports app let you watch the following games online: You can live stream all the games being broadcast locally in your area on Fox and CBS on Sunday afternoons, and you can live stream nationally televised primetime games, including ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” and Fox and the NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football.”

As we reported earlier, there are some restrictions for using the NFL App or Yahoo Sports app to live stream “Monday Night Football” and other games. Namely:

• You can’t watch an app’s live stream on your TV. This is one of the biggest sources of confusion regarding the NFL App and Yahoo Sports apps’ new capabilities. You can use the apps for free streaming to your phone (and in some cases, a tablet), but they cannot be used to screencast games to a TV. So if you were hoping to use an app to cast the game to your 65-inch TV, you’re out of luck.

• You might have to use data, not wifi. Some fans who have been trying to use the apps to live stream NFL games have complained that they were prompted to log in with a pay TV provider account, and that they were instructed to turn off wifi and use their cellular data. What gives?

For the apps to function properly, you must download the latest version. If you have an older version, you may be asked for a pay TV log-in. And while you can live stream most of the games available on the NFL App or Yahoo Sports app while connected to wifi, it seems there are some games that can only be streamed if wifi is turned off. Specifically, it appears as if the “Thursday Night Football” games airing exclusively on the NFL Network can be live streamed with either app only if you’re using data, not wifi. Obviously, that data use has the potential to make “free” streaming a bit more costly, depending on your wireless plan.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free on TV

Even if you have a big phone, watching sports (and football especially) on that tiny screen is hardly the optimal viewing experience. If you want to watch the “Monday Night Football” Steelers vs. Bucs game tonight on a larger screen, consider signing up for a free trial of a streaming TV service that’ll let you watch online for free tonight on any connected screen you like.

Streaming TV services such as Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages that include ESPN, and they all offer five- to seven-day free trials for new subscribers. To watch the Steelers-Buccaneers game for free then, simply register for one of these services and use it to stream the game on a laptop, tablet, TV, or any other preferred screen.

Just remember that if you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, you must cancel the service before the trial period ends. Packages start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month, depending on the provider and channels included.

Also, note that not all streaming TV services include ESPN in packages. The most notable is Fubo TV. Fubo TV’s focus is entirely on sports, but it does not include ESPN, so you can use it for watching “Monday Night Football.”

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Sit down, John… because Michael McCormick, one of Broadway’s busiest character actors, sits down with Rob and Kevin to look back on a career that has had him appear in such musicals as Oliver, La Bete, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, 1776, Kiss Me Kate, Marie Christine, Gypsy, Curtains, Hello, Dolly and many more
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Disney redraws Princess Tiana in ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sequel amid whitewashing claims

Disney has opted to reanimate the character of Princess Tiana in the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel amid claims that the studio’s first black princess had been whitewashed.

Backlash erupted last month when a teaser trailer for “Ralph Breaks the Internet” emerged – and it appeared Tiana’s skin was lighter…

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