Londoners are the ‘UK’s worst neighbours’ apparently

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There are heaps of reasons to live in London – the best breakfasts and nail salons and afternoon tea! Plus, London Dog week is a thing.

But there’s one thing you might not want to move to the capital for – and it’s not the cost of renting for once.

It’s your potential neighbours. A new study reveals that they’ve been voted the worst in the UK and dubbed the least considerate individuals.

The research, conducted by Duette, surveyed 2,400 Brits over the age of 18 who rented or owned their homes. It found that Londoners were rated a measly 4.1/10 when it comes to considerate neighbours, and deemed the least likely to start a conversation with those on their street.

On the other hand, those in Cardiff believe that their neighbours are more than adequate, scoring an impressive 8.1/10. Why? Because they’re more likely to help each other out by checking on their homes while away on holiday or watering plants.

Here are the cities that came out on top when it comes to considerate neighbours:

Cardiff – 8.1/10

Manchester – 7.9/10

Gloucester – 7.7/10

Exeter – 7.5/10

Worcester – 7.4/10

Newcastle – 7.2/10

Truro – 7.1/10

Norwich – 7/10

Birmingham – 6.8/10

Leeds – 6.7/10

Reading – 5.4/10

Liverpool – 5/10

Glasgow – 4.8/10

Bristol – 4.5/10

London 4.1/10

The study looked to find the most mindful communities in the UK.

Sunny Matharu, a Duette spokesperson said: ‘Having nice neighbours can make a huge difference; not only can you turn to them for help when you need it, such as when you go away, but it’s always someone to smile and wave at, sometimes talk to, and you never know who’s day you might be making by being kind.

‘Bad neighbours are never ideal, especially when all involved are arguing. For the sake of all involved, any issues should be discussed and resolved – it shouldn’t lead to someone having to up and move in order to feel settled and comfortable.’

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Joe Jonas’ love life past and present just collided! The Jonas Brothers member’s ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift and his new wife, Sophie Turner, looked friendly as could be during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

The pop star, 29, and the Game of Thrones actress, 23, filmed the U.K. talk show alongside the latter’s Dark Phoenix costars Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy on Thursday, May 23. The women were all smiles during the sit-down and even rocked matching hairstyles: blonde locks with bangs. The episode will air on Friday, May 24.

Swift dated Jonas, 29, in 2008. The DNCE frontman infamously ended their relationship with a 27-second phone call in October of that year. “That’s got to be a record,” the songstress told Ellen DeGeneres at the time. “When I find the person who’s right for me, he’ll be wonderful. I’m not even going to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone.” The Grammy winner immortalized their romance in her 2010 song “The Story of Us.”

Turner, meanwhile, secretly wed Jonas in Las Vegas on May 1 after attending the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Earlier in the evening, the pair danced along to Swift’s performance of “Me!” with Brendon Urie.

The newlyweds were first linked in fall 2016 following his relationship with the “Shake It Off” singer’s best friend Gigi Hadid. Jonas and the Dark Phoenix star got engaged in October 2017.

Swift admitted during a May 15 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that the “most rebellious thing” she did as a teenager was calling out Jonas on the talk show. “That was too much. I was 18,” she said. “We laugh about it now, but … that was mouthy. Just some teenage stuff there.”

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Alabama’s ban of the Arthur gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Alabama’s ban of the Arthur gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion


Alabama’s ban of the <em>Arthur</em> gay wedding episode shows how many people still see queerness as perversion

Author Michael Arceneaux discusses Alabama Public Television’s decision to ban an episode of children’s program Arthur in which a gay wedding takes place. 

A month ago, after speaking at a panel during the National Antiracist Festival at American University, an elementary school teacher approached me and asked if I could recommend any LGBTQ children’s books featuring characters of color. She spoke of her struggles to not only implement LGBTQ-related material into her classwork, but to then find material that didn’t feature only white characters. I told her that, unfortunately, no books came to mind as such material remains difficult to find even for adults, but then I circled back to how challenging it must have been to get approval to discuss queerness and transness with children.

After she provided a few more specifics, my response was blunt. “See, they still look at it as perversion.”

Both of us recently recalled that exchange in light of reports that Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the children’s series Arthur because it featured a gay wedding. In the episode, which aired nationwide on May 13th, Arthur and his friends attend their teacher Mr. Ratburn’s ceremony to his partner. While others merely either shrugged their shoulders or told their timelines, “I knew that teacher was gay,” Mike McKenzie, the director of programming at APT, opted to throw a fit.

In an email to AL.com, McKenzie argued: “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly—although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards—parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”

It appears that show creator WGBH and broadcaster PBS alerted local stations in April about the episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” My trouble with them alerting them of the episode in advance is that it gives the indication that there is something wrong with two consenting adults who love each other deciding to have a ceremony for what is effectively a contract that is perfectly legal, given it is recognized by the state.

Some would say, “Think of the children!” I would say in response, “Kudos to you for confirming you are a bigoted fool.”

WGBH and PBS should not have opened the door for Mike McKenzie to present his prejudices as an act of virtue, as though it is some great consideration of the precious minds of children. If the station felt the episode was inappropriate, they wouldn’t have made it—much less opted to air it. If Arthur and the crew were tipping to a wedding featuring two people of opposite genders, McKenzie would not have batted an eye.

McKenzie’s position is a testament to anti-queer biases and the ignorance that informs them. To wit, in 2005, this same station pulled an episode of Arthur that featured a bunny character named Bunny who had two mothers. Considering most of the gay parents in this country are in the South and predominately lesbian, the episode spoke to an obvious reality for many—especially those living ‘round their way.

However, Alabama Public Television’s executive then-director Allan Pizzato told AL.com at the time, “Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming. This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Consider all of the romance and innuendo children see in animated works. Then think about the violence, which you would think is far worse than two men getting married and a bunny rabbit having two mommies. Not so to self-righteous homophobes who don’t clutch their Bibles so much as they do the patriarchy.

What Alabama Public Television said then and is saying now is that there is only one way to be, and if a character differs from that, they do not make for appropriate viewing. Moreover, when it comes to homosexuality in particular, APT has reminded us that, no matter how mildly you present it, some folks’ minds will rush to sexual acts.

This is honestly no different than some former Indiana lawmaker and homophobic preacher recently arguing that Pete Buttigieg must denounce fisting and rimming in order to become the next president of the United States. Yes, seriously. In a blog entitled “Pete, Since You Brought It Up, How ‘Gay’ Are You?” Don Boys basically says Buttigieg needs to promise the country he doesn’t have AIDS, and that yes, he is gay, but not, like, really into the butt stuff.

“I don’t hate Pete or his lover or any other homosexual, but I will not give them a pass when they or others suggest that ‘gayness’ is not perversion, that it is normal, maybe even admirable,” Boys writes.

Boys sounds like an utter idiot, but he speaks to the mindset held by the same men who have banned two Arthur episodes with any queer characters. To these people, we are incapable of romance or subtlety; we solely exist through sexual acts which, by the way, are really, really icky, unnatural, ungodly, and not appropriate for anyone—much less for God’s precious children who already watch women get depicted as conquests in far too many fairy tales.

Those people literally thought Arthur’s gay teacher and that guest character’s mamas were going to stage a Godless gay orgy on PBS just to soil the minds of their kids. It’s easy to mock and rightfully stokes anger, but it’s also quite depressing. It is a reminder that, for a lot of us, our basic existence is inappropriate. No matter how we present ourselves as “just like the straight people”—even in a kiddie-crafted tone—their minds will take us to the gutter.

In their minds, we are perverts. When they see us, they hope their children don’t view us as anything other than wrong. Because they don’t want their children to become us. And we are going to spend all of our lives trying to prove otherwise—sometimes to no avail.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of  I Can’t Date Jesus from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Essence, The Guardian, Mic, and more. Follow him on Twitter.

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CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed.

Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said Thursday that while there are good arguments in favor of keeping the file sealed, the “Empire” actor forfeited his rights to keep the case sealed to protect his privacy by talking to the media before and after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.

Smollett had been charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he’d been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Police insist the actor, who is black and gay, staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity.

Prosecutors dropped all charges with little explanation.

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In case anyone was worried that any idea was too outlandish or weird for The Lonely Island to tackle in a musical/rap format, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is now on Netflix to disabuse them of that notion. 

The idea of a — just to get this straight — Lemonade-style visual album complete with spoken word poetry and rap tracks about Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco’s baseball careers in the late ’80s is obviously bonkers, but the fact that The Lonely Island did it on purpose is reason enough for the show’s existence.

Somewhere between the rap about Canseco cramming a broom up his ass surrounded by cardboard cutouts of Kathy Ireland and a bizarre, traumatic sequence wherein Maya Rudolph coerces the Bash Bros into “shaking their nasty butts” in an IHOP parking lot, it’s reasonable for the average viewer to dissociate while viewing TUBBE. “Yo,” a normal person may say to themselves, “what the fuck am I watching?”  Read more…

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If alive, The Notorious B.I.G. would have turned 47 on Tuesday, March 21. And while his birthday (and the anniversary of his death honestly) is something of a special holiday for Hip-Hop fans and folks from Brooklyn, it has an extra special meaning for the late rapper’s protégé and former lover, Lil Kim. To honor him and the occasion, Kim hosted what would go on to be the first annual B.I.G. Family Dinner in NYC last night.

Though it was titled a family function, it seems the only person related to the rapper who was present was his daughter, T’yanna Wallace. There was no sign of Faith Evans, their son, Christopher Jordan Wallace, or B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace. Guests who were present included former Bad Boy artists Styles P and Jadakiss (no Diddy though), Fat Joe, Fabolous, DJ Mister Cee and Kim’s daughter, Royal Reign. Also present were all of the members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., including Lil Cease. His presence was a pretty big deal because he once testified against Lil Kim when she was on trial for lying to a federal grand jury about a shooting outside of Hot 97 in 2001. She was eventually convicted of perjury and conspiracy and served a one-year sentence. When she got out, they didn’t communicate for more than a decade. At the party, Cease apologized for the breakdown of their relationship.

“I apologize for things I may have done that may have hurt you or affected you or made you feel bad,” he said, according to VIBE. “I genuinely apologize, and I love you from the bottom of my heart. I thank you for bringing this energy here.”

Overall, the night seemed to be one filled with positive energy. The guests weren’t necessarily blood, but they were clearly family to one another — and B.I.G. Hit the flip to see photos from the soiree:

Lil Kim's 1st Annual B.I.G. Family Dinner

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Love Island has changed its aftercare procedures for series 5

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Love Island 2019 is on its way, confirmed to be returning to our screens next month on 3 June.

But while most people are talking about the ITV2 show for its rumoured contestants and neon pink water bottles, today the show made news for its new duty of care process.

The past year has seen two ex-islanders, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, as well as Sophie’s boyfriend Aaron Armstrong, take their own lives, prompting calls for the show to be axed following reports that their mental health was affected from appearing on the show.

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In response to claims that there hasn’t been enough after-care for the show’s contestants who suddenly find themselves catapulted to fame, ITV has today announced their new duty of care processes ahead of season 5.

‘The production team have continued to evolve their processes with each series, as the show’s popularity has risen and the social and media attention on Islanders has increased,’ the statement read. ‘The key changes this year are – enhanced psychological support, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show, bespoke training for all Islanders on social media and financial management and a proactive aftercare package which extends our support to all Islanders following their participation.’

‘Our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare,’ Creative Director of ITV Studios Entertainment, Richard Cowles, said of the new strategy. ‘And we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.’

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The duty of care process for series 5 includes:

Pre Filming and Filming

  • Psychological consultant engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
  • Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and discussion with each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
  • Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any relevant medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
  • Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
  • Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
  • Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
  • A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.

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Aftercare

  • Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
  • A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be provided to each Islander when they return home.
  • Proactive contact with islanders for a period of 14 months up until the end of the next series.
  • This means contact with the Islander will last for 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
  • We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.

Love Island returns to ITV2 on 3 June 2019.

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Rihanna Earns More Money Selling Makeup Than Records

As previously reported, luxury brand group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has announced the launch of Fenty Maison, a new fashion house from singer and make-up mogul Rihanna.

The 31-year-old singer has made history for being the first woman to create an original brand at the famed luxury group. Fenty Maison is set to be a Paris-based collection of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, and is expected to debut in the spring of 2019, PEOPLE reports.

“Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real C.E.O. and a terrific leader,” LVMH’s chairman Bernard Arnault said in the statement. “She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty Maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the Group resources. I am proud that LVMH is leading this venture and wish it will be a great success.”

With this latest venture, many fans fear she will now not have time to serve up some new music.

Blogger SandraRose writes:

The brand follows LVMH’s previous, lucrative Fenty Beauty makeup and perfume line that outperformed expectations and grossed over $ 562 million for the luxury brand.

The Fenty Beauty makeup line accounts for a significant slice of LVMH’s perfumes and cosmetics unit, which grossed over $ 6.85 billion last year.

With that level of growth and economic clout, you can see why Rihanna has no plans to go back into the studio.

Sources say Rihanna is officially done making music. Her makeup line is simply more lucrative and less physically demanding than recording and going out on tour.

Meanwhile, according to WWD sources, the Fenty Maison launch might coincide with the release of Rihanna’s ninth studio album.

After the success of their first collaborative project Fenty Beauty in 2017, Arnault said in a statement, “Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real C.E.O. and a terrific leader.”

He added, “She naturally finds her full place within LVMH. To support Rihanna to start up the Fenty Maison, we have built a talented and multicultural team supported by the Group resources.”

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What You Need to Know About Kim K’s New Health Drink, Apple Cider Vinegar

Celebrities including Kourtney Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson have long touted the benefits of apple cider vinegar. But once Kim Kardashian got on the bandwagon with an Instagram Story featuring Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in May 2019, the organic, raw, unfiltered vinegar became poised to break through to the mainstream.

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV to the uninitiated, is a wellness staple that’s been used for centuries as a home remedy for everything from soothing a sore throat to helping cure dandruff to aiding in digestion — which is why it has a natural health and homeopathic reputation. Some proponents claim that it works as a weight loss aid because it helps curb hunger. Before we determine whether it’s fact or fiction, let’s understand first what ACV is.

“Apple cider vinegar is made by combining crushed apples, yeast and bacteria, fermenting the apples into acetic acid,” Rachel Berman, RD, general manager of Verywell, tells Us Weekly. “‘The mother’ is what makes ACV cloudy and is a mix of the acetic acid and beneficial bacteria found within.” And the acetic acid is the component that packs a punch.

ACV’s purported wonders — from weight loss to toxin removal — know no bounds, but unfortunately there’s not much research to back it up. “There aren’t any clear studies to substantiate these claims,” says Berman. “Also, there’s a big red flag whenever a product claims to ‘detox’ your body — that’s what your organs like your liver and kidneys are for!”

There is some research to support the claim that ACV can help lower blood glucose, says the dietitian. Though “it’s likely true of any type of vinegar,” she notes. And before you begin consuming ACV, check with your doctor, adds the NYC-based pro. It “may interact with medications.”

That doesn’t mean you should avoid ACV by any means! If you like the taste of apple cider vinegar — which also has beauty benefits and can be found in some natural face toners — go ahead and make it into a salad dressing. If “it replaces salad dressing that is high in artificial or highly processed ingredients, great!” says Berman. You can also dilute it with water and add “a sweetener like Stevia and flavorings like ginger, lemon or cayenne pepper,” if you want to drink it, notes the pro.

And while you can get fiber and other nutrients simply by eating a balanced diet, “ACV does contain antioxidants and probiotics,” she notes. So, again, if you’re a person who can stomach it, feel free to have up to two tablespoons a day.

Scroll through to see the diet-savvy celebrities who swear by the stuff and the benefits they say it gives them.

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Bone Deep: How To Keep Your Bones Youthful As You Age

Healthy bones are part of a healthy life. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sonya Sloan has some tips on how to keep your aging bones feeling youthful.

 

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TURNING 40 THAT BRINGS ON ACHES AND PAINS YOU DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE?

DIET, WEIGHT, INJURIES, SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE, STRESS

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF BACK, HIP, AND KNEE PAIN?

SAME AS ABOVE, BUT ALSO THE PHYSIOLOGIC CHANGES TO OUR BODIES (HORMONES/ BLOOD FLOW)

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ACHING BONES?

CHANGE YOUR DIET – EAT LESS PROCESSED FOODS, BE MORE ACTIVE AND NOT JUST A WEEKEND WARRIOR

IF YOU GET AN INJURY, USE RICE (REST, ICE, COMPRESSION AND ELEVATION) NSAIDS OR HOLISTIC METHODS LIKE TURMERIC, ACUPUNCTURE, MEDICATIONS AND SLEEP, PHYSICAL THERAPY OR SURGERY

 IS WEIGHT A MAJOR FACTOR IN HAVING BACK, HIP, OR KNEE ISSUES?

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WHAT CAN CAUSE SHARP PAINS THROUGHOUT THE BACK, HIP OR KNEE?

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CAN WEARING 3-INCH HEELS OR HIGHER ON A REGULAR BASIS CAUSE ANY OF THESE ISSUES?

YES AND NO. THERE ARE NOT ADEQUATE STUDIES SPECIFICALLY FOR A CONSENSUS, BUT THE THOUGHT IS THE SHIFT IN WEIGHT LEADS TO INCREASE PRESSURE AT THE KNEE JOINT AND MEDIAL FOOT. BUT DEPENDING ON HOW YOU ARE SHAPED, THE HEIGHT AND TYPE OF HEEL, ALL OF THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SAFE ZONE: BELOW 2-INCHES, OCCASIONAL HEELS LESS THAN 3.5-INCHES. STAY AWAY FROM OVER 5-INCH HEELS UNLESS THERE IS A PLATFORM ON THE FOREFOOT OR THE FRONT OF THE SHOE.

DO MORE PEOPLE INJURE THEMSELVES WHILE EXERCISING?

YES, BUT THERE IS A CAVEAT. WEEKEND WARRIORS THAT OVERDO IT OR DO IT WRONG GET INJURED MOST. SPRAIN, STRAINS AND FRACTURES ARE BAD, BUT THE MOST DANGEROUS IS CARDIOVASCULAR – HEART ATTACK, STROKE OR OTHER ISSUES, IF NOT CLEARED BY YOUR DOCTOR.

DO YOU RECOMMEND YOGA AND OTHER LOW-IMPACT ACTIVITIES?

YES, LOVE IT FOR BODY, MIND AND SOUL.SWIMMING HAS THE LEAST IMPACT ON YOUR JOINTS. (WEIGHTLESSNESS) YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FULL IN THE WATER OR GET YOUR HAIR WET)… TRY WALKING ACROSS THE POOL, DOING ARM AND LEG MOTIONS UNDERWATER.

WILL THE ACHES AND PAINS DEFINITELY COME OVER TIME?

IT VARIES, DEPENDING ON THE LIFESTYLE CHANGES YOU MAKE, WITH WEIGHT LOSS, AND HOW MUCH WEAR AND TEAR HAS ALREADY HAPPENED. YOU COULD HAVE LESS AND LESS ACHES AND PAINS, OR MORE. IT’S ABOUT BEING CONSCIOUS OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING, EATING AND FEELING AND MAKING EFFORTS TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER LONG TERM.

Sonya M. Sloan, M.D., aka #OrthoDoc, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the male-dominated field of Orthopedic Surgery. Licensed to practice medicine in several states, she travels the country to extend the impact of her unique approach to patient care.

With a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas Tech University and an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Dr. Sloan completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine where she made history as both the first African-American female Intern in General Surgery and the first African-American female Orthopedic Surgery resident. She has authored several published research projects in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and a joint venture with NASA, Johnson Space Center.

 


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Trevor Noah Laughs in Ben Carson’s Face Over ‘Oreo’ Gaffe

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“If you’ve ever worried you’re not good at your job,” Trevor Noah said on Tuesday night’s Daily Show, “you can rest assured that there’s someone even worse at his.”

Of course, the host was talking about Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who fully embarrassed himself in a congressional hearing earlier in the day when Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) asked him if he knew what an “REO” stands for.

“Oreo?” Carson asked.

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I literally cannot wait to use these beauty products this summer…

The sun is here guys and it’s got me so bloody excited about the summer beauty collections, I can barely contain myself.

There’s something about the warmer climate, the blue skies and the prospect of a holiday that makes me want to change up every product that I currently use for one that’s been designed to be used at this time of year. It’s seasonal beauty at its finest.

As soon as they started arriving and landing on my desk, I could feel the familiar tug.

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From Laura Mercier’s dreamy cream bronzer – with the best in built mirror I’ve ever clapped eyes on – to Nars’ Orgasm collection that has taken the beauty industry by storm, you’re not going to struggle to find amazing beauty products this season.

Here’s my roundup of the best of the best…

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Introducing… a Week in the Life (for Corporette)!

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A few weeks ago, readers noted that they really loved our Week in the Life series over at CorporetteMoms, but wished we had one over here at Corporette that asked work-life balance questions of businesswomen regardless of whether they were moms. So… we’ve put one together, and we are thrilled to introduce it today! You can click here to submit an entry, or click here to see a PDF of the questions

A few notes on the questions:

As always, submissions with email addresses are vastly preferred so we can ask follow-up questions and give you previews of the post ahead of time, but you could also give us your phone number if you’d prefer to talk to someone on the phone. You will not be added to any sort of email list when you give us your emails, and we will hold all information pursuant to our privacy policy.

A note to working moms: you’re welcome to submit either to CorporetteMoms or Corporette. That said, though, if a lot of your week involves childcare or parenting issues, you may want to submit over at CorporetteMoms instead.  

30-Foot View. There are two changes from the way our CorporetteMoms form has been set up in the past (and we may bring the changes over there as well) — the first is that we’re asking for a 30-foot view of the past 3-6 months. When I was in BigLaw my life was kind of monotonous, with the weekdays all basically being some combo of “exercise and go to work” with dating sprinkled in, and the weekends all being some combo of “exercise, shop, friends/dates, eat/drink, Netflix” — but that time period of my life felt totally insane because there were stretches of intense weeks and months for reasons like long work hours, work travel,”friend milestone” events, family drama like grandparents dying, and more. I’d love your thoughts on this — would you hesitate to fill a “Week in My Life” form out because your first reaction would be that your life is too monotonous/the same, or that each week varies so greatly based on work demands that there is no single representative “week” for you? As readers, are you more interested in the 30-foot view or the day to day view? Do you think there’s a better way to understand someone’s work-life balance rather than ask them what they did last week? 

Pick one: The second big change from CorporetteMoms is that, in addition to the “tell us about your week” questions, we’re adding in a slightly odd thing, which is “pick ONE question about your lifestyle to answer more in depth and tell us about it.” So far these are the questions — we may add more or change the existing ones as options as the process goes on. Whoever submits a form will pick ONE of these ten questions to answer. (I’d love to have everyone answer all ten, but I understand time is limited!) 

1. What does work-life balance mean to you?
2. Share some of your big wins with us, whether personal or professional — the more recent the better!
3. Exercise – what kind of exercise do you do in your life? How big of a priority is it to you, and why?
4. Eating plans / diet / food – Are you following an eating plan or specific diet? Do you have thoughts on it or tips on how you make it work in your lifestyle?
5. Describe 1) your typical outfit for work and 2) a work outfit that you really loved.
6. If you won the lottery tomorrow, how would your life change? Shopping/travel/new career?
7. What’s in your bag (purse or tote) right now?
8. What’s one thing that surprised you about your industry, career, or job?
9. Life lessons: What’s a major life lesson or two that you would share with other Corporette readers, whether you’ve learned them the hard way or used them as guiding principles?
10. Please recommend 3 great ____ (books, movies, podcasts, or anything else you’re passionate about) and tell us in a quick sentence why each is so awesome.

 Again, taking myself as an example, I would have had passionate answers to 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10 — but probably not to some of the other ones.

You can click here to submit an entry!

You can click here to submit an entry!

You can click here to submit an entry!

Readers, what are your thoughts — what additional questions would you want to ask a businesswoman about her work-life balance? What about your own life would this form not capture that you think other people would be interested in? 

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ABC will air live episodes of Norman Lear’s classic ’70s-era sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” Wednesday (8-9:30 p.m.), with Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker and Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes as George and Louise Jefferson. The special will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Lear, who was…
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Selena Gomez, 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival Selena Gomez is most certainly enjoying her time at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where she made her red carpet debut at the fête on Tuesday. The 26-year-old actress and her co-star Bill…

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Not Reaching! A Pouch to Combat Police Brutality

Philando Castille was murdered on the day Jackie Carter was celebrating her son’s birthdayCarter told NBC BLK, “I’m more fearful for my son in a car here in America than when he’s serving in Afghanistan.” Castille and others, were killed by police as they reached for the proof that was requested of them. These tragedies, many deemed incidents of police brutality, led her to create something that can assist in providing a solution to these all-too-frequent crimes; because she too fears for the life of young black men and women. 

In taking steps to protect her son, Carter created a small, clear identification pouch which attaches to the driver’s side air vent of any vehicle. The pouches holds a person’s license, registration, and other necessary documents that may be needed in a random traffic stop. She calls it the “Not Reaching!” pouch; hopefully it will help in decreasing potentially dangerous interactions with police who seem to have a deep seated, intrinsic fear of black men and women. According to NBC Washington, Carter has so far sold over 1,000 units since launching the product in 2016.

The website where the Not Reaching! pouch is sold, is not just an e-commerce entity, but also a place for statistical information about the disproportionate number of traffic stops and potentially fatal encounters with police affecting black drivers in comparison to white drivers, and the bare minimum black drivers can do to protect themselves and hopefully make a random traffic stop as easy as humanly possible. The website has this message:

‘Not Reaching’ Pouch: A Solution

A solution to the fatal traffic stops experienced particularly by young, minority males throughout the country. Not Reaching! is an identification system allowing motorists to remain stationary in their vehicles during a traffic stop by eliminating reaching for identification after the request of law enforcement. Not Reaching is a start to a safe traffic stop and helps to de-escalate a tense situation.

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One of the biggest fans of this invention is Philando Castille’s mother, Valerie Castille, who has lent her full support to Jackie Carter’s product. She is, no doubt, still grieving the death of her innocent son.

If the Not Reaching! pouch is something you’re unable to invest in, then simply go to Staples, or any other store, and purchase a clear pouch where the important information is easily accessible.

Additionally, in the aftermath of recent violent confrontations during police traffic stops, AAA is offering guidelines on what to do and what not to do during a traffic stop:

  • Keep hands in plain view of the officer.
  • Avoid reaching or making sudden movements.
  • Never reach under your seat. Always carry proper identification: a valid driver’s license, proof of vehicle registration and current proof of insurance. Do not retrieve or reach for documentation until instructed.

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Dr. Oz Wants Us To Stop Washing Our Chicken But Twitter Will Not Have It (They Will Not Have It Oh)

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Dr. Mehmet Oz visited The Breakfast Club this morning and spoke his piece on a very controversial topic, at least for Black folks: whether or not to wash your chicken before cooking. Dr. Oz agreed with the experts, saying that washing your chicken is not only a waste of time, but it can also contaminate your kitchen.

“Why do you wash chicken? To get the bacteria off it right? Clean it,” he said. “When you wash your chicken you spray the salmonella all over the kitchen. Everywhere. It just splatters everywhere. Then you put the chicken into the oven, and the heat from the oven would have killed that salmonella anyway. So now you took salmonella, put it on your salad, which you aren’t going to heat up to 160 degrees, and that’s how you get salmonella.”

When the hosts disagreed with this statement, saying the answer is to wash the chicken in the sink and afterward, clean the sink, he told them that’s not a fool-proof plan.

“It doesn’t always go in the sink,” he said. “People wash their salads in the sink. When you splatter the water on the chicken, it goes outside of the sink sometimes. It’s been looked at. That’s one of the problems.”

Instead of washing the chicken and possibly getting it all over the place (including on your face and mouth accidentally), he said let the oven sterilize your chicken, or the grease — whatever way you thoroughly cook meat.

“No matter what you do, there’s no incremental benefit to washing the chicken,” he said. “If you wash it, you’re not killing your salmonella with water, believe it or not. Make that our anthem for the summer: No more washing chicken! Put it in the oven, let the oven do the work for you.”

Charlamagne lovingly called it “white people sh-t.”

We’ve written in the past about experts’ concerns about people’s affinity for washing chicken due to the water reportedly causing bacteria to be splashed up to three feet. With that being said, Dr. Oz’s sentiments aren’t new or crazy. However, it didn’t help his case when he went from talking about properly cooking chicken to properly washing your a– with the help of a little saliva and the highest quality of toilet tissue.

“Toilet paper, I spit on it to moisten it or use the sink,” he said. “Wet wipes are okay, too, but they mess up the sewer system. It’s a moist wipe on your bottom.”

Still, he’s sticking by what he said, particularly when it comes to chicken:

Overall, Twitter gave the side-eye to his visit today. You know people don’t play around when it comes to food. Hit the flip to see what the Black Twitter Coalition had to say about why they’re not giving up the beloved chicken washing practice anytime soon:

 

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Justin Bieber has announced a surprising new beauty collab

Justin Bieber is entering a new chapter in his career. At Coachella 2019, the singer surprised fans with an unexpected performance with Ariana Grande, and he later teased a new album on Instagram. But Bieber isn’t just taking on new musical projects. He’s also expanding his horizons with a natural deodorant line.

The pop star announced the news with an Instagram post today, May 21st, in which he stands shirtless with his arms wide open (much like that famous Titanic pose). Bieber wrote in his post that the line, a partnership with Schmidt’s Naturals, will be called Here + Now and will hit shelves in fall 2019.

Schmidt’s Naturals is a hygiene company that makes toothpaste, deodorant, and soap derived from mineral- and plant-based ingredients. The company’s website notes that its products are vegan and cruelty-free. With deodorant varieties like Geranium Flower, Water + Wood, and Bergamot + Lime, we’re expecting that Bieber’s line for Schmidt’s will leave us smelling fresh and clean.

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There’s no word yet on what scents Bieber will include in his deodorants, but the stormy mood in his announcement photo does give us some ideas. Maybe he’ll opt for ocean spray or fresh rain?

Ad Age reports that the brand previously partnered with the conservation organization the Jane Goodall Institute for its Goodall Lily of the Valley scent collection, so the partnership is definitely a change of pace for Schmidt’s. Ad Age also notes that the brand has traditionally launched products online before they become available in stores, but Here + Now will be sold more widely when it launches. This isn’t the first time that Bieber has dipped his toes into the world of fragrance. According to Fragrantica, he has previously released three different women’s perfumes.

We’re definitely intrigued to see (smell?) what Bieber has planned for Here + Now. It’s cool to see celebrities getting behind the natural deodorant trend.

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Meet Brittany K. Barnett And Miangel Cody, The Lawyers Behind Kim Kardashian’s Prison Reform Efforts

While Kim Kardashian receives all the praise for her work with the criminal justice system and the freeing of inmates, it’s two sistas, attorneys Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody, that are doing all the hard work behind-the-scenes to free non-violent offenders who are serving lengthy prison sentences.

Kardashian seems to be the face of America’s prison reform movement primarily because she’s putting her money behind Barnett and Cody’s efforts, The YBF reports.

The media portrays the reality star as being primarily responsible for helping to free Alice Marie Johnson from prison, but Barrnett had been working on Alice’s case for years through she and Cody’s “Buried Alive” project, which secured the great-grandmother’s release.

The Buried Alive Project aims to eliminate life without parole sentences for federal drug offenses. Barrett and Cody also run an organization called The Decarceration Collective, a non-profit law firm and consultancy that advocates for criminal justice reform, the report states.

Through their 90 Days of Freedom campaign, Barnett and Cody helped secure the release of 17 men and women from prison, but the media gave Kim all the credit because her cash funded the work to make this possible.

Brittany addressed their hard work being overshadowed by Kim. Peep her post below:

Brittany also had this to say about the Kardashian controversy to TMZ:

In total, Brittany and MiAngel have reportedly reduced/eliminated 37 life sentences.

“Took a few moments today to reflect on how honored we are to work side by side saving lives and linking up with some amazing people that support us along the way,” Brittant wrote on Facebook. “Our clients trust us with their lives and that is a privilege we do not take lightly. Together we have given a total of 37 life sentences back to the feds. We are just getting started. Me and my sis/co-counsel MiAngel Cody are back in the lab planning the next project! Doing it for the CULTURE, the CAUSE, and the CODE.”

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VIDEO: Jeff Daniels Yelled at an Audience Member Who Fell Asleep During TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Jeff Daniels was a guest on last night’s episode of ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ to talk about his Tony-nominated performance in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ During the interview, Danielsreflects on his time as an understudy, bemoans the dangers of playing sports at a certain age and shares stories about audience members sleeping during his plays.
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‘Bachelorette’ Recap: Luke P. Comes on Way Too Strong Too Fast

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Hannah Brown on ‘The Bachelorette.’ ABC/John Fleenor

Luke P. laid his feelings for Hannah Brown on the line during the Monday, May 20, episode of The Bachelorette. Plus, Cam made enemies for crashing a group date.

Too Fast

Hannah’s first group date saw the fellas competing to be her Mr. Right. The guys showed off their talents and their, ahem, assets in the pageant. Luke P. made a spectacle of himself by telling Hannah he was falling in love with her and kissing her in front of the other contestants, though Hannah believed what he said. Luke ultimately won the competition, but the rose went to Jed.

Hannah and Luke got hot and heavy at the cocktail party, with her taking his shirt off for a massage. Jed walked in on them, prompting Hannah to say “f–k” approximately eight times. Jed was totally cool about it, though. After the rose ceremony, Luke busted into Hannah’s “in the moment” interview to rehash his feelings and make out with her.

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Be Bold

The entire episode was filled with mentions of the word “bold” for some reason, which truly manifested itself during the second group date. Hannah and the men participated in a roller derby, but the real action happened at the afterparty. Cam arrived unannounced to surprise Hannah, which she seemed to appreciate. The same cannot be said for the rest of the guys.

Tyler C. creepily walked up behind Cam from afar during his confessional to confront him, and several others followed suit. Cam, however, could not apologize because his motto was to “ABC: Always be Cam.” Some of the men did not get time with Hannah as a result of the impromptu appearance, but Dustin received the rose.

Cam later interrupted Kevin’s alone time with Hannah at the cocktail party. When he awkwardly asked Kevin and Hannah to sit in a heart-shaped display of rose petals and eat chicken nuggets with him, Kevin obliged, not knowing what he was agreeing to. When Hannah was out of sight, Kevin threw a handful of nuggets at Cam for revenge.

Dirty Day

Tyler G. received the first one-on-one date. Hannah took him in a helicopter to ride four-wheelers in the mud. She later opened up about her relationship with Colton Underwood and her anxiety during their initial one-on-one. After dinner at The Roosevelt Hotel, Tyler accepted a rose.

Over Before It Began

Connor J., Daron and Matthew were sent home during the rose ceremony.

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Kamala Harris Vows to Fine Companies That Pay Women Workers Less Than Men

Presidential candidate Kamala Harris unveiled her plan to close the gender pay gap by fining companies that pay women employees less than men for equal work. The U.S. senator announced the proposal during a campaign stop in California on May 19, noting that white women working full-time make 80 cents for every dollar a white man is paid, while women of color earn even less.

“In America today, women for the same work – for the equal work, on average, make 80 cents on the dollar,” said Harris, reports CBS News. “Black women make 61 cents on the dollar. Latinas make 53 cents on the dollar and this has got to end.”

Under Harris’ proposal, corporations with over 100 employees would have to obtain an “Equal Pay Certification” from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within a certain timeframe. Companies would also be required to prove existing pay gaps are not based on gender, but merit, performance, or seniority. Companies that don’t meet the standard to become certified would be fined 1% of their daily profits for every 1% of the wage gap allowed to persist.

“Companies that fail to receive this certification will face a fine for every day they discriminate against their workers,” explained a senior campaign official in an email to BLACK ENTERPRISE. “Harris’ plan will force corporations to be accountable and transparent.”

Over the next decade, Harris’ campaign projects that the fines would generate $ 180 billion, which would then be used to help fund paid family and medical leave. The proposal aims to eliminate pay disparities between men and women on corporations by placing the responsibility on companies rather than on employees, who, under current law, must file lawsuits if and when they find they’re not being compensated fairly. According to Politico, Harris’ plan also mandates companies to report the percentage of women in leadership positions and how many are among the highest paid employees at the company.

The Harris campaign added that if Congress fails to pass the proposal, she would use executive power to force companies that apply for federal contracts to comply.

Earlier this month, Harris introduced legislation to help students from underrepresented communities gain access to educational materials, mentorships, and work experience related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Under the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act, $ 40 million would be authorized to fund a competitive grant program for school districts to improve participation in STEM education among girls, students of color, LGBTQ students, disabled students, and kids from low-income neighborhoods.

 

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You can’t unsee the big Game of Thrones blunder from the final episode

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The final Game of Thrones episode is officially out, with its conclusion drawing a mixed reception.

In fact, the whole way through season eight, viewers have been divided in their opinions, with it not only proving controversial in terms of the plot, but also in terms of strange mistakes.

There was the Starbucks cup blunder, with a latte visible in front of Emilia Clarke at the banquet of champions in season 8 episode 4. Then in season 8 episode 5, Jaime Lannister’s severed hand miraculously appeared to grow back for his final scene (you know, the one that was chopped off in season three).

But surely there wouldn’t be a blunder in the final episode right?

Wrong!

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a big mistake in the final episode and you actually can’t unseen it.

But it wasn’t Jaime Lannister of Daenerys who were the subject of the blunder. Instead, it was Samwell Tarley, who during a meeting with Westeros’ surviving rulers, left a plastic bottle next to his left foot.

‘Now there’s a water bottle to match the coffee cup scandal,’ posted one viewer, while another wrote: ‘They should’ve made the water bottle king of Westeros #GameOfThrones.’

This is hilarious.

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R. Kelly Faces Dual Federal Indictments In NYC And Illinois

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R. Kelly could soon be battling dual indictments in both New York and Illinois, as a grand jury is set to hear evidence related to sex trafficking claims against the disgraced singer.

Sources familiar with the investigation tell The Blast via MSN that officials have been interviewing witnesses, and testimony will be presented in front of the grand juries in both the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Illinois, the report states.

The federal investigation is expected to wrap within the next few weeks, and a Kelly insider predicts two indictments will be filed. The charges will mainly relate to sex trafficking and tax evasion.

According to The Blast, the case involving Kelly and his associates centers on the purchasing of plane tickets for underage girls who were then transported across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual relations.

The feds reportedly traveled from New York to suburban Atlanta, where Kelly had a home, and interviewed several alleged victims as well as former employees who are said to have aided in transporting teen girls to meet up with the R&B hitmaker while he was on tour.

Interviews included Kelly’s ex-stylist, and a new accuser who claims she was a victim of sexual abuse while also witnessing the abuse of other young women.

Via The Blast:

We’re told a key group of those witnesses were from the family of girlfriend Joycelyn Savage, who met with the team of investigators and provided information and physical evidence, including plane tickets, text messages and photos.

We’re told the evidence delivered by the Savage family heavily contributed to the federal case built against Kelly.

Savage, meanwhile, lives with Kelly and has vehemently defended him.

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How To Save For Retirement If You Can’t Do It Through Your Employer

Why is it now so important to talk about retirement planning for workers without an employer-sponsored plan?

Only about half of all Americans have access to plans available through their job, according to a 2018 report from the Stanford Center on Longevity. The other half are freelancers or workers with multiple jobs or part-time jobs that do not offer 401(k)s or other accounts. And the percentage of people in this position is projected to grow in the coming years! But not having access to an employer-sponsored plan does not mean you can skip saving for retirement, Tom! This morning, I want to talk about the options available to those without an employer retirement option.

Let’s start with the basics. What percentage of our paycheck should we be saving?

Regardless of whether you have an employer sponsored plan or not, you want to try to save at least 10% of your gross income, which means your income before taxes. For example, if your salary is $ 36,000 per year, you should try to put $ 3,600 ($ 300 per month) into your retirement account every year. If you cannot save 10%, that’s OK. Every dollar counts, so save whatever you can! And remember, contributions to most retirement funds are considered pre-tax, meaning that what you save is deducted from your overall taxable income. So come tax time, you will be paying taxes on a smaller adjusted income.

 So we are socking away 10% of our pay. Where to we put it if we are self-employed or freelancing?

There are a number of vehicles available if your employer does not offer a plan. The first is the Single 401(k), also known as the Individual 401(k) or Solo 401(k). These accounts are set up for individuals or a small business owned by a spouse or an immediate family member. They work just like a traditional 401(k), with one major exception. Because Single 401(k) participants don’t have access to employer matching, account holders are allowed to make higher contributions up to 25 percent of the business’ earnings.

If you are a small business, a Simplified Employee Pension IRA or SEP IRA is also a good option available to you, especially if you have employees. SEP IRAs are easy to set up and have low fees. However, under this account, the employer makes contributions, not the employees.

There is no minimum contribution for a Single 401(k) or a SEP IRA, allowing you to put away money at any time!

What options are available for part-time workers or those who work at a company that doesn’t offer a retirement plan?

Great question! If you have a couple of side hustles or your company does not offer retirement accounts, you can put your money in an independent retirement account, or IRA. Contributions you make to IRAs are usually tax-deductible, and transactions and earnings within the IRA have no tax impact. However, it is important to note that withdrawals you make in retirement will be taxed as income. An IRA allows you to save if you haven’t struck out on your own!

Is there anything else our listeners should know?

When you do not have an employer-sponsored plan, it can be easy to put retirement on the back burner. Don’t let this happen to you! Take time to do your research, choose the investment vehicle that best suits your needs, and get started. As you have heard me say, the best way to contribute to your retirement account is to set up a direct deposit so you can set it and forget it.

And remember, if you do not know where to start, contact a financial advisor.

 


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Sadly, one of the founding members of R&B group After 7 has passed away.  Melvin Edmonds,  brother of Kenneth “Babyface ” Edmonds, has passed away according to reports.  His cause of death is unknown.

Edmonds was 65-years-old.

His son, Jason Edmonds, confirmed his passing via Facebook.

“I’ve been receiving and reading everyone’s messages and texts about my Dad,” he posted. “I appreciate the kind words and I’ll have something to say in return. For now, I just need time to process.”

Edmonds stopped performing with After 7 after their 1995 album Reflections and was replaced by his son, Jason. He allegedly struggled with substance abuse throughout the years,  however that’s not the reason he left the group. His brother Kevon said he simply grew weary of the music business.

“Melvin grew tired of the business,” he told I Love Old School Music. “There are no checks and balances or safety nets or protections for you in this business. He still loves to sing but it’s the extra stuff that he reached his limit with.”

He reunited with Kevon and other group member Keith Mitchell for their 2016 album Timeless. 

“Since Melvin was no longer doing this, we checked in with him to see if he was game to work on the album, the group told Billboard about Melvin rejoining the group. “Without his voice in our signature sound, it would have been cheating our fans. Melvin is on throughout the album. He definitely stepped it up in the studio and gave us his all, bringing a great balance.”

After 7 is known for their hits “Ready or Not,” “Can’t Stop” and “Kickin’ It.”

Edmonds is survived by his four children Melvin, Jason, Courtney and Chris.

 

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CANNES, France—According to the lingo of the entertainment industry, Robert Eggers’s new film The Lighthouse, which premiered at Cannes on Sunday as part of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, is a “long-awaited” follow-up to The Witch, the director’s innovative debut horror film. Although The Lighthouse has already proved a crowd-pleaser with both the Cannes audience and critics, it’s a less revelatory film than The Witch, a slow-burning shocker that was exceptional for its devotion to period detail and a climactic scene that dared to imply that 17th-century “witch hunts” might not have been fueled purely by paranoia.

The Lighthouse is both less terrifying and more calculated in its effects, especially Eggers’s determination to toy with our expectations of what defines a contemporary horror movie. The chief pleasures to be derived from the film involve its unapologetically manipulative twist on old-fashioned ghost stories (based on an idea by Eggers’s brother Max, the movie aspires to evoke the grandeur of Herman Melville but is more reminiscent of a midlevel Twilight Zone episode that borrows a few notions from bawdy sea shanties) and the ingenious pairing of stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

Dafoe and Pattinson play lighthouse “wickies” (so named because of their original proximity to oil wicks) in an isolated corner of the Maine coast during the 19th century. Dafoe has great fun impersonating a crusty, aging lighthouse keeper named Thomas Wake, a former seaman who exerts tyrannical control over his deputy—Pattinson’s Ephraim Winslow, a onetime Canadian “timberman “with a mysterious past. 

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The Poosh founder, 40, proved age is just a number while she showed off her toned physique in a variety of teeny tiny bikinis during the vacation alongside sister Khloé Kardashian and close pals including Larsa Pippen, Steph Shepherd, Malika Haqq, Khadijah Haqq and more.

“No boys allowed,” Kourtney captioned one Instagram video on Saturday, May 18, that showed her front and center in the group as the ladies held hands and ran towards the camera. The reality star rocked a metallic purple swimsuit in the shot.

Prior to that post, Kourtney nearly bared it all in a pale pink cut-out suit while she laid in the sand next to Shepherd, who looked just as stunning in matching swimwear. “L is for the way you look at me,” the post was captioned, with a nod to the pals’ positioning.

Also in tow for the trip was Khloé’s 13-month-old daughter, True, who appeared to be a perfect little travel buddy.

“After my morning workout, I took True for a walk on the beach. Baby True is a water baby,” the Strong Looks Better Naked author, 34, captioned an Instagram Story with the tot on Friday, May 17. “She wanted to go in so badly so I decided to get into the ocean with my GOOD AMERICAN workout clothes on. I couldn’t say no to her sweet face.”

And Khloé was no exception to the bikini-clad clan. The Good American cofounder showed off her curves in a printed one-piece swimsuit as well as a cheeky pink bikini. “We have created some bomb ass memories together. Keep em coming,” she captioned on group shot of some of the friends.

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A new photo series campaign has been created to highlight the ‘real face’ of cancer.

True Cancer Bodies is headed by Vicky Saynor, a mother of four who was diagnosed with a Grade 3 stage 1 Breast Cancer in November 2018. She found a lump high on her breast after learning how to examine herself on the Coppafeel website after hearing the story of a young woman passing away from breast cancer in her twenties because she wasn’t diagnosed early enough.

Shortly after surgery, just one month later, she started a blog on Instagram and Facebook to ‘show the true face of cancer’ and quickly amassed over 4,000 followers.

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GAMMY TIT I’ve gained quite a lot of new followers 👋 mainly because of @truecancerbodies (thank you for your support), so I wanted to just remind you all why I’m here ☺ // Last year in July, shortly after getting married, I started to properly check my boobs. When I say ‘properly’ this is very important…. boob checking is from armpit to collarbone to bottom of breast tissue and back across to armpit. My lump was between the top of my breast and collarbone, and many have been shocked by that. Including me! Before ‘proper’ checking, I just randomly gave my soft breast tissue a squidge and that was pretty much it. Finding the charity @coppafeelpeople and learning the checking method meant I found my lump, hopefully a better outcome for me, immediate treatment and hopefully a better prognosis. The type of tumour I had, left unchecked for even another six months, would have resulted in a drastically different outcome for me and my family // I am a True Cancer Body. Early detection for ANY cancer is key. It’s not an exact science – I know that! But please get checking your breasts regularly; get anything you feel or see has changed in your body checked; go for your smear!; @coppafeelpeople offer monthly FREE text reminders. There’s no excuse … please don’t think it won’t happen to you! // If you’ve been affected by any cancer our @truecancerbodies community is welcoming and safe. Male, female, parents of children with cancer, any background, we’d love to hear from you! We’re currently focusing on gynae cancer throughout May, with the help of @eveappeal. In June we’re focusing on Men & Cancer. I’d love to get more men involved, and ultimately see better representation of men with cancer in the media. If you can help with this in any way please let me know! // Happy Boob and Body checking Sunday! Xx #coppafeel #checkyourboobs #checkyourballs #fuckcancer #chemohead #chemotherapy #bodyaware #truecancerbodies #boobs #eveappeal

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But earlier this year, after seeing a breast cancer campaign that enlisted celebrities and models as spokespeople and used hashtags such as ‘two is better than one’, she launched True Cancer Bodies as a way of authentically representing those living with cancer.

She explained: ‘Although always well-meaning, the use of glossy celebrities and happy, smiling models in cancer campaigns, just did not reflect the reality of what we, the cancer patients, and our families have to endure.’

The photo series captures 38 ‘true cancer bodies’ from across the UK, aged between 26 and 57, representing 10 different cancers from breast to bowel, multiple myeloma to Ewing’s sarcoma and it offers a safe space for people to tell their stories, speak their mind and get much needed support.

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The aim is to show the real face of cancer in a way that isn’t ‘happy, fluffly, pink’, and the campaign’s Instagram page alone had over 8,000 views in the first week.

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True Cancer Bodies is now collaborating with cancer charities to help raise the awareness of specific cancers every month, and the community has quickly evolved and includes over 25 different cancers, with people ranging in age from just 6 years old up to 79 years old.

Vicky said: ‘The prognosis of so many cancer cases could be better if the population’s awareness was improved.

‘We strongly feel that the best way to do this is by showing what cancer really looks like – the bald heads, the scars, the mastectomies.

‘A picture of a 35-year-old women with a stoma bag is the real face of cancer, and is exactly what is needed to be shared to increase awareness of early detection techniques.’

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Looking for a new podcast to listen to? Well you’re in luck, The Tom Joyner Foundation announced the launch of HBCUbiquity, a new hour-long podcast featuring interviews, discussion and analysis about historically black colleges and university, hosted by Thomas Joyner, Jr., president and CEO of the Foundation.

“The Foundation has actively hosted panels and discussions over the years on the Fantastic Voyage and at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion,” Joyner Jr. said. “This podcast is our chance to have a year-round conversation about our HBCUs. We want to go beyond the typical rhetoric, and have meaningful conversations.”

HBCUbiquity, produced by the Tom Joyner Foundation, is a weekly podcast featuring in-depth conversations with administrators, faculty, students, celebrities and experts about the future of HBCUs, and trends and issues related to the African-American community.

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Your HelloGiggles horoscope, May 19th to May 25th: We’re about to get a lot more sensual


Your HelloGiggles horoscope, May 19th to May 25th: We’re about to get a lot more sensual

This week is fun and communicative. With a brand new Gemini season beginning on May 21st, we are gaining in speed and lightness, and the mood is overall much more youthful and free.

It’s a great time to make new friends, start new activities, and change your lifestyle. The energy is sensual and lavish; we are seeking to make ourselves feel good and we’re feeling social and ready to bloom in this spring season.

Love affairs are highlighted this week: the air is passionate yet secure, we aren’t frantic, just excited enough, just secure enough thanks to grounding Taurus season.

Check out your weekly horoscope per sun sign below, and don’t forget to check your rising sign if you know it.

ARIES

Aries, this week is all about relationships. It’s a good time to do some shopping, try something new, or go on a date in an unusual place or with someone different from your usual style. Don’t be scared to stray off your usual path!

TAURUS

Money manifestor is your name this week! You have a lot of energy to dedicate to improving your life, and it’s going to pay off. Keep your head up and pursue your dreams; if you can focus on channelling your creativity this week, you can expect sweet surprises.

GEMINI

You are at a time of deep introspection, Gemini, and this week is no different. You want to be out and about, but the focus should be getting to know yourself better as opposed to getting to know others. You could have some interesting encounters online this week, though, so keep an eye open.

CANCER

You have been hard at work for the last weeks, and now it’s starting to pay off. Keep faith and keep working hard like you have been—rewards are just around the corner.

LEO

This week is a bit challenging for you, Leo. It seems like people around you are as stubborn as you are, and you might need to compromise this week if you want the energy to remain sweet. Time to learn some flexibility—should you show good efforts, things will smooth out for you.

VIRGO

The inner work you have been doing for the last weeks is paying off, and now it’s time to collect the rewards. You may feel like a new person—your mindset is shifting, you feel better able to be present, and you’re more able to feel joyful and positive.

LIBRA

This week is preparing you for a brand new way of relating, Libra. Whether a new relationship enters your life or not, now is a time to break free of previous relationship patterns.

SCORPIO

You are enjoying a time of popularity at work, so it’s a good time to start over with your coworkers, bosses, and clients. This week is offering you the possibility of redefining yourself and rebuilding relationships, at work and otherwise.

SAGITTARIUS

You have been focusing on expressing yourself and your creativity lately, Sagittarius, and this week you’ll be asked to start channelling this fire energy into a proper discipline. Your creativity is great, but do you have a plan to achieve your goals, with steps, commitments, and a routine? Now is the time to focus on setting this up.

CAPRICORN

This week is a rather introverted time for you. Well, when isn’t? But this week particularly you’re asked to bond with your family, bond with yourself, and nourish yourself with self-love and time off. Work could feel draining this week, so give yourself a break and show compassion for yourself.

AQUARIUS

You could receive unexpected sums of money or streams of income this week. It’s also a good time to get rid of gigs and possessions that are cluttering your time and space. Your creativity is off the charts this week, so follow your intuition and pursue ideas that are close to your heart.

PISCES

Pisces, it’s a good time for you financially—you might receive unexpected money, or perhaps get a new job/leave your current job unexpectedly. It’s all going to serve you, and you might see why next week.

For more astrology and forecasts from me, check out my website.

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The Hunt: Demi Camisoles

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2019 Update: We still stand by this roundup of demi-camisoles — all links have been updated below.

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

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I’ve always been intrigued when, amidst a discussion of great camisoles for work or what to layer under wrap dresses, numerous readers have expressed their love for the demi camisole.  There are a number of companies making these things, and the general idea is the same: you get a bit of fabric to raise the neckline of your dress or blouse for modesty, you don’t have to deal with bunchy/extra fabric around your middle, and they can even be a great way to make regular shirts more friendly to nursing/pumping moms.  Some of the brands (such as HalfTee) even make half-shirts with sleeves, which I think would be great beneath silk/cashmere tops to to extend the time between laundering.  I’ve mostly heard of women wearing them on TOP of regular bras, but every woman is different. They’re particularly perfect if you’re already wearing something around your middle (like my beloved high-waisted Spanx!) or just if you want a bit more coverage with the boxy crop tops that are trendy now (but obviously, know your office!). There are also companies that specialize in demi-camisoles for modesty, including options with sleeves and more. There’s a huge range — come check them out! I thought I’d round up a few — readers who swear by demi camisoles, which brands are your favorites?  Readers, do you prefer demi- or full camisoles?

Coobie BraletteCoobie is a brand that I first heard about when I was nursing — a lot of mothers seemed to like it to raise the neckline or even just wear around the house by itself.  I bought and returned the product, but admittedly was thinking of it more as a sleep bra than a demi camisole at the time (I also got one of the versions with removable pads, which I hated) — if I were to try it again I’d go for a wire-free, pad-free version and think of it only as an additional layer on top of a bra.  This wire-free cami bra is $ 16-$ 22 at a number of retailers, including Amazon. Coobie One Size Black Wire-Free Half Camisole Bralette
Basic Halftee ModalHalfTee is a company that specializes in demi camisoles — they have 15 different styles of halftees, in addition to maternity-friendly styles, full-length styles, and kids’ styles.  The basic modal halftee (pictured; the modal tank is pictured at top) is $ 18.99; prices range from $ 16.99-$ 45.99. There may be a store near you; the site also offers a 30-day moneyback guarantee. Basic Halftee Modal
Miss Oops Boob TubeThe bandeau style is something else to consider if you’re looking for a demi camisole — I’ve heard readers sing the praises of Miss Oops Boob Tube before, but many other brands make this style as well.  These are available at Amazon and Beauty.com for $ 14-$ 30. Miss Oops Boob Tube
Gap Racerback Pullover Bra Even though it’s marketed as a bra, I’ve heard readers swear by this racerback style from Gap as a great demi camisole.  They’re $ 21-$ 24.50 at Gap.com (which is offering 30% off your purchase today with code EARLY). Gap Racerback Pullover Bra
Second Base JanetSecond Base definitely has some of the nicest looking demi styles (as well as tanks and cardigans) — but these are also more expensive than any of the other brands listed here, with prices ranging from $ 32 to $ 44 (with sale styles as low as $ 18). I’ve heard readers mention the Janet style (pictured), but they have a ton of styles in regular and plus sizes (some with sleeves). Second Base Janet
If you want something a little bit more lux, this new bralette from Yummie “regulates your body heat, storing it when you’re hot and releasing it when you’re cold” — perfect! It’s available in black and beige at Nordstrom for $ 34. (Another great luxury pick: this Commando tank bralette, which has super high ratings and several color options.) Pictured: Kiara Bralette

This post was originally published Feb. 2014, but all links were updated and new content added in May 2019. 

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Single Black Mothers You Are Capable Of Helping Black Boys Evolve Into Black Men, I Did

I am a black man not a nigger

Some of our greatest moments begin in despair and end in joy. This is my truth about becoming a mother. I was a 21-year-old college student, still attempting to find my way in the world when I became pregnant with my son. I had no idea how to care for a baby, I was still mastering caring for myself. I had plans, I had goals, and a baby wasn’t a part of any of them, but there I was pregnant, afraid, and embarrassed.

Honestly, my fear connected to motherhood wasn’t about being a single mother. My mother and many of the other amazing women in my family are and were great mothers who happen to be single. Some were divorced, some widows, and some found themselves in the baby mama category courtesy of bad decisions, just as I had. I had witnessed their strength, and I knew I had the potential to be a great mother despite what daddy decided to do. I knew that I had to make adjustments because I refused to be one of those girls who had a baby and passed it off to their mother while they resumed their regular life. The real fear came months later when I found out I was having a son. I felt as though I could navigate my way through motherhood with a daughter. I could teach her about womanhood (even though I wasn’t a woman yet) and life from a female perspective with ease. I had heard all the “It takes a man to raise a boy into a man” sayings and, honestly, I believed it.

Boys need male energy, they need examples and role models that look like them. That being said, I couldn’t see myself “giving” my son to his father to raise. Still, I questioned what I could offer a boy regarding manhood. I had nothing and I felt my son’s father also had nothing because he lacked many of the characteristics of a “real man” and was more young and dumb than I was, if that was possible. I was no more confident in him raising our son to be a man than I was about me doing so, but I did know that I would give our son the roots he needed to grow and the wings he’d need to soar. I also knew that I would love him with every ounce of my heart and make sure he was cultured and educated, which is precisely what I have been doing for the past 20 years.

Through the struggles of living in public housing and receiving state assistance, I raised my son, Zay, to be intelligent, God/fearing, respectful and strong. I, too, leveled up and became a better person. I became a better woman because my son deserved to experience the magic of a Black woman. Sometimes we lose sight of what our children really need from an emotional standpoint while trying to provide. Children aren’t born with an understanding of material things, we introduce that to them. Children are born craving love and that’s free sis.

I also encourage single mothers to avoid making motherhood about the absent parent. No sis, you are not the mother and the father, you are a damn good mother, period. Oh and, if co-parenting is possible, give it a try because your child needs daddy too. Yes, I have issues with my children’s father even now, but I have never allowed any of those issues to deny him the privilege of being an active part of their lives. Clearly, their daddy wasn’t the man for me, but my children love and respect their father and Zay has learned many lessons from him.

I made it a habit to always be very open and honest with Zay about life. I knew that as a Black man he needed the truth about the world. I found ways to address his questions about his body and the changes he was experiencing. We dealt with masturbation and sex head-on despite my discomfort. I emphasized the importance of using his discretion wisely when having sex and building relationships. I wanted him to know that he didn’t have to conquer every woman he encountered and that sex could prove to be deadly, plus God forbid he get stuck for life with some random he made a mistake with.

I emphasized the importance of knowledge, control, and respect of self because many men have deficiencies in these areas and their activities reflect it. My son had a front row seat to the toxic show of immaturity between his parents, and I needed to assure he was clear that the acts and attitudes he witnessed were wrong. I attempted to undo the effects of our bad behavior by dissecting situations in a manner that stressed the avoidance of certain things and amplified the importance of others:

  1. Making himself his top priority.
  2. Never disrespecting a woman with his words or actions.
  3. Always exercising self-control.
  4. Removing anyone or any situation from his life that doesn’t serve him well.
  5. Nurturing every meaningful relationship he has.

Two years ago, I was flooded with emotion when I dropped Zay off at college. I was so proud that he had graduated with honors and without incident (except getting caught kissing when he was supposed to be in class). I felt like a winner. Despite every hardship, we made it. That baby that my college professor soothed in her office so that I could complete my final is now a junior in college himself, excelling academically at Georgia State University. Not bad for a Black boy raised by a single black mom.

Single mothers, stay encouraged and do the work, sis. It will be hard and it damn sure won’t be perfect, but It will be worth it. Give your sons love and education. Namely, tell them the truth about who they and how to navigate this world and develop a healthy sense of manhood. Below are six of those truths, I’d encourage you to share with your son.

  1. The world has enough niggers. You are a Black man; you were created with purpose, and it is vital that you consider that purpose in all that you do.
  2. You are strong. Life may not always be kind and your strength will be tested but know that your light is brilliantly shining. Always understand the fall doesn’t make you weak and getting back up makes you stronger.
  3. Your greatest assets are wisdom and knowledge. Every black man should be guided by the wisdom and knowledge not just of his own understanding but of those who came before him and those around him. That wisdom and knowledge are never to be dumbed down because it is a part of your gift to the world.
  4. Your voice is vital. There are so many that need to hear your voice. There are so many that need to be fueled by your strength. Most of all, the foundation you lay will empower the next generation of strong, proud Black men.
  5. Your most reliable ally is the Black woman. Always love and respect the Black woman as you do yourself. Hold her in the highest regard, protect her and she will do the same for you.
  6. Align yourself with other Black men. Never allow social or economic differences to separate you from your brother. You are a much mightier force together. Don’t just be your brother’s keeper, see yourself in your brothers.

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How Will The U.S. – China Trade War Affect You?

 PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN INCREASED TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS LAST WEEK. CAN YOU GIVE US A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT HAPPENED?

As you know, the US and China have been engaged in an escalating trade battle since last year. In September, the U.S. imposed 10% tariffs on $ 200 billion worth of goods imported from China, with tariffs rates set to rise to 25% on January 1, 2019. China then retaliated. In the wake of this tit for tat, negotiators from both countries launched trade negotiations, and the January tariff hike was postponed. However, those talks broke down last week, and President Trump raised duties to 25% while announcing the US would consider imposing tariffs on the remaining $ 325 billion worth of goods from China.

CAN YOU REMIND US HOW TARIFFS WORK?

Tariffs are simply a tax on goods imported into the United States. Just like sales tax, tariffs are set as a percentage of the value of any given good. So, when companies or individuals buy goods subject to tariffs, they will have to pay that amount on top of the value of the goods when they enter the United States. Countries impose tariffs for a few reasons: to raise income, to give domestically produced products an advantage, and to penalize a country by making its products more expensive. One thing is certain when it comes to tariffs, Tom: higher tariffs mean higher prices.

IF CONSUMERS ARE GOING TO FACE HIGHER PRICES, WHY DID THE WHITE HOUSE GO DOWN THIS PATH?

Many reports have suggested that President Trump went this route following a decision by China to call for substantial changes to the negotiating text that both countries had been using as a blueprint for a deal. Specifically, China removed language in the draft agreement that would have committed the country to change its laws relating to the theft of U.S. intellectual property and trade secrets, the forced transfer of certain technologies to domestic Chinese firms, and currency manipulation, among other items. The president and U.S. trade negotiators believe that any agreements on these measures and others must be legally binding, and after the changes were made, talks hit a wall.

HOW WILL CONSUMERS FEEL THE PINCH OF THESE NEW DUTIES ON GOODS IMPORTED FROM CHINA?

While American consumers have been affected by the past two tariff hikes on Chinese goods, this round of duties will hit our pocketbooks much harder. The reason? Past hikes have been designed to shield consumers, focusing instead on goods used to make finished products and exemptions for important consumer items such as clothing and children’s products.

However, this latest round does not contain these exclusions, and the additional 15% tariffs will certainly drive up ticket prices. The administration increased to 25% tariffs on a wide swath of household goods. Everything from pet toys to food, power tools to furniture is subject to these new duties and will get more expensive. The prices of consumer electronics and auto parts in particular are expected to shoot up. At the end of the day, these tariffs will cost every American money.

WILL CONSUMERS SEE PRICES HIKES OF 25%?

While prices are certain to go up, consumers are unlikely to see prices rise by 25%. This is because retailers will try to absorb or redistribute some of the cost increase. We saw this is in January 2018, when the administration levied a 20% duty on washing machines. According to the Wall Street Journal, prices of both washing machines and dryers rose by about 12%, because appliance manufacturers spread the cost increase across both items.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT GOING FORWARD?

That remains unclear, Tom. US and Chinese officials both said they continue to seek a trade deal. But at this point, there are no talks scheduled and the tariffs remain in place. If China retaliates for this latest round of US tariffs, it could very well inflict more pain on US manufacturers and farmers, and slow the US economy. Let’s hope this trade battle gets resolved, for the sake of consumers and the economy as a whole.


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Fashion Editor Lucia Debieux takes a early Spring break at Atzaro Hotel & Spa, escaping the hustle & bustle of the party island of Ibiza.

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Why go?

As soon as you drive up the long winding road leading up to the five-star Atzaro Hotel & Spa, nestled in the heart of the Ibizan countryside, you feel your shoulders dropping. The family owned finca is known as an agroturismo, basically a working farm, (in this case a orange farm) which means that its ethos is rooted in farming and agriculture, plus the delicious smell of orange blossom fills the air everywhere you go. So far so good. With sustainability at its core, this place has been living and breathing the organic lifestyle way before it became fashionable. If like me, eating a homegrown menu fresh from the onsite vegetable patch, being surrounded by lush gardens full of flowering cactus and palm trees and feeling close to nature rocks your boat then look no further.

Plus it feels like its in the middle of nowhere when in reality you are not more than 15 minutes away from civilisation, hello Santa Eulària and every taxi driver knows Atzaro, so you’re still very much connected to Ibiza should you want to leave.

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Rooms

When a place has been in the same family for 7 years and is built around a 300 year old finca, you can feel that history. The original farmhouse is still part of the hotel with more rooms added on, finishing with 24 rooms including huge hidden villas which are set back and separate from the grounds across the road. Dreamy.

With most rooms coming with their own private plunge pools and terrace. Filled with bespoke handmade furniture, teak four poster beds, traditional terracotta tiles with white plaster walls, the vibe is spacious yet cosy meets pared back Ibizian luxury. Most mornings we found it hard pressed to actually leave the huge double walk in shower in the luxurious marble bathroom. But we did, mostly down to waking up craving the delicious scrambled eggs at breakfast. Possibly some of the best Ive ever tried and believe me, Ive sampled a lot!

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa with its four poster bed

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Spa

You can’t not pay a visit to the open-air spa with its 43 metre long fresh water pool, nestled in the lush gardens while you’re there. It would almost be a crime. The huge day beds quickly became a favourite morning hang out for us, the perfect place to while the morning away. With more than enough spots like this around the hotel, fear not this isn’t the kind of place you have to wake up early to secure a bed. Phew!

Whether you try the new Scandi-inspired sauna pod nestled between the vegetable patch, head to the hamman or go straight for a couples massage in the solid teak treatment cabins, you always have that feeling of being close with nature but in the most authentic way. Yoga and wellness classes are all included in your stay, with daily classes you can be sure to grab a mat and get your namaste on. The chance to restore your inner glow is more than possible here and quit frankly hard to resist, we had come to chill after all.

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, the freshwater pool in the open-air spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Food

With all the vegetables and herbs coming from the kitchen garden and the meat from local farms in the surrounding areas, the food is a big part of Atzaro Hotel & Spa.  Menus are based on a true farm to fork concept, with mediterranean flavours that are healthy and fresh, dining here is as delicious as you would imagine. Try the melt-in-your-mouth homemade Iberian ham and cheese croquettes to start, suckling pig or for the veggies the beetroot & avocado burger is too good not to try and finish with the praline sponge. Boom.

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, La Veranda restaurant

Don’t Miss

The newly launched ‘Vegetable Garden’ coming in the Summer, entirely organic, using water from the estates well and electricity from the on-site solar panels, this is a special place. Walk through colourful vegetable rows and fig laden trees to find water features, a tree shaded bar and the most dreamy spot lined with palm trees to enjoy picnics plus used as a open air cinema in the evenings. We are sold.

Pop to a beach club, Atzaro Beach to be precise. Situated in the picturesque bay of Cala Nova in the North East of the island, its a unpretentious place to relax and unwind while the sun shines. Think rattan and wicker 1970s boho vibes, with palms a plenty and the turquoise sea twinkling in the distance. If you like a beach club with a chill atmosphere, that the crowds don’t know about yet this is the one for you.

When it comes to eating out you must try Aubergine, a restaurant spread across two buildings owned by the Atzaro group. Its a short cab ride away and like stepping into a little piece of authentic Ibizian heaven. With its super pretty gardens with twinkling lights, a small shop filled with local craft and pottery buys that will catch your eye and a rustic healthy menu full of vegan and veggie options, you wont want to leave. Everything on the menu is seasonal and local, either grown in the gardens or from the Atzaro estate and you can taste it.  You will also wonder what exactly is that paint colour that is over all the upcycled furniture, is it sage green or mint and how can you start renovating your house back home in it? FYI you cant, its bespoke to Aubergine, damn.

Aubergine Ibiza, the garden

Aubergine Ibiza

Aubergine Ibiza

Aubergine Ibiza, the delicious buddha bowl

 

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Carretera Sant Joan KM15, 07840, Ibiza

Rooms: 24

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Check-in: 14:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

Pool: Yes

Gym: Yes

Spa: Yes

 

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Chris Rock Teams Up With Lionsgate To Reboot The ‘Saw’ Franchise

Lately some of our favorite shows and movies from back in the day have been making comebacks! The “Saw” franchise is next on the list of who’s making a comeback and this time around Chris Rock is teaming up with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures for the next film.

According to Deadline, Chris wrote a story that is being adapted by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg. Chris is also on board to executive produce the film, which is scheduled to release in October of 2020.

Rock expressed his excitement for the project saying, “I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

Joe Drake, Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group chairman said, “When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that re-imagines and spins off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all in.”

He continued, “Saw is one of the highest-grossing horror franchises of all-time, and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind-bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea, and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision, and passion for this classic horror franchise.”

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Prince William Gets Vulnerable, Talks ‘Pain Like No Other’ After Diana Died

No more stiff upper lip. Prince William opened up about the grief he experienced upon losing his mother, Princess Diana.

The royal, 36, sat down with soccer pros to discuss men’s mental health for BBC’s A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health, which will air on Sunday, May 19. “I think when you are bereaved at a very young age, anytime really, but particularly at a young age — I can resonate closely to that — you feel pain like no other pain. And you know that in your life it’s going to be very difficult to come across something that is going to be an even worse pain than that,” he said. “But it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved.”

William shared how his vulnerability is a comfort to those who have gone through similar trials. “So you instantly, when you talk to someone else, you can almost see it in their eyes sometimes. It’s a weird thing to say, but somebody — particularly me — someone who’s desperate to talk about bereavement, you can kind of pick up on it quite quickly,” he explained. “They want to talk about it. But they want you to go first, they want you to say, ‘It’s OK,’ they want to have your permission. In that particular conversation, one-on-one it’s OK to talk about bereavement.”

The Duke of Cambridge went on to point out that British people find this difficult because they are conditioned to hide how they truly feel. “I think particularly in Britain as well, we are nervous about our emotions. We are a bit embarrassed sometimes,” he reasoned. “The British stiff upper lip thing, that’s great and we need to have that occasionally when times are really hard. There has to be a moment for that. But otherwise, we’ve got to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions because we’re not robots.”

Princess Diana died in August 1997 after being involved in a car crash in Paris. William was 15 at the time of his mother’s death, while Prince Harry was 12.

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Adventures in Caffeine: How Much Is Too Much?

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Here’s kind of a weird question for today: what is your relationship like with caffeine? Have you found that you needed to back away from caffeine as you got older — or are you still drinking coffee and more at your usual levels? I’ve been pondering whether I need to back away from caffeine, so I’m curious…

For my $ .02, I’ve long known that if I drink a lot of caffeine after noon things do not go well — I kind of feel like I can cartwheels. (Spoiler alert: I can not do cartwheels. I can handle lesser amounts of caffeine in the afternoons, though, like black tea or Diet Coke.) But recently I realized that my afternoons are way more productive than my mornings — and wondered if perhaps this is because I always drink coffee first thing in the morning. So I’ve been trying to ween myself off caffeine, cutting back from two big cups in the morning to just half a cup some mornings. I’ve tried tea a few times as well, both as a “second cup” as well as my only cup. Thus far I’m surprised how little effect it has — I definitely don’t NEED a ton of coffee in the morning, but I prefer the taste of coffee to breakfast tea. In my mind I see a ton of benefit from those first few sips of coffee — clearing away the cobwebs! setting my intentions! starting my day! — but anything I drink after that is mere habit, comfort, or taste. (But I’m definitely not a snob about coffee — I kind of prefer my Folgers.)

{related: the best teas}

How about you, ladies — what’s your preferred source of caffeine, and do you have a routine for caffeine? Do you view caffeine like a medicine (man do I need a boost right now!) or any other food (I enjoy a cappuccino after dinner if the restaurant is known for them!)? 

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Abortion Bans Are a Health Crisis. For Black Women, They Mean Devastation

As President Trump promised during the 2016 campaign, he would make overturning Roe v. Wade—the landmark court case giving women the constitutional right to have an abortion—part of his mission. Six states thus far, have passed or are trying to pass draconian laws banning abortions. Abortion ban is bad for all women and a crisis for black women.

It’s well-established that there is inequity in healthcare. “The sexual and reproductive health of African American women has been compromised due to multiple experiences of racism, including discriminatory healthcare practices from slavery through the post-Civil Rights era,” writes researchers in the report Racism, African American Women, and Their Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of Historical and Contemporary Evidence and Implications for Health Equity.

Those discriminatory practices exist today. Black women, many with limited resources, often have unequal access to quality healthcare. For example, the above study found that black women often are subjected to unnecessary hysterectomies. Infant mortality, pregnancy complications, and access to vital prenatal care are all issues affecting black women’s reproductive health.

And it doesn’t matter if you are a rich and famous black woman as we discovered when Serena Williams opened up about her life-threatening pregnancy complications. In fact, black woman’s reproductive health status is at such a red alert that Sen. Kamala Harris introduced legislation to address the black maternal mortality crisis.

What the anti-choice advocates conveniently leave out of their hateful, misogynistic narrative is that the same facilities that provide abortions are also safe havens for women to receive prenatal care, sexual education, and pregnancy care. These facilities are particularly crucial to low-income black women and those in rural areas.

Yet, the states with high populations of black women—and some with the worst records on black women’s healthcare—are the ones pushing hardest for abortion bans: Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia. As a result, many of these states are closing facilities that not only provide abortions but other critical women’s health services. Currently, only one abortion clinic remains in Missouri; three in Alabama; and one in Mississippi.

Missouri, Alabama, Ohio are ranked among the worst states for black infant mortality rates in the aforementioned study. From that report, “Mississippi has the largest proportion of babies born with low birth weight among Black women as well as all women (16.1% and 11.5%,  respectively). The states with the next largest proportions of babies born with low birth weight to Black women are Louisiana, West Virginia, Colorado, and Alabama.”

What is the impetus to place women’s reproductive freedom back 50 years? Anti-choicers cite their religious beliefs as justification—bestowing personhood onto fetuses.

But perhaps the underlying reasons are even more sinister. America is becoming browner. With the influx of immigrants from Latin America, and more people open to the idea of interracial relationships, millennials and Gen Z are the most diverse generations ever.

It stands to reason that the powers that be, the network of old white boys, are panicking over the darkened hue of the American populace; and over the demands for economic and political diversity and equity. And there is power in numbers. Force more white women to have white babies and make America white again…perhaps?

Of course, that is speculation. What isn’t: Abortion bans do not stop women from having abortions. These bans only make it more dangerous and expensive for women to terminate pregnancies. These bans shut down healthcare facilities that provide reproductive services and support that extends far beyond abortions. These bans, while detrimental to all women, will be devastating to the well-being of black women, as we still struggle to gain equal footing in a world that is so quick to hate us.


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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Brooke Valentine isn’t the only celebrity to pop up with a secret baby. Singer Trey Songz just went from Mr. Steal Your Girl to Mr. Steal Your Womb. Trigga Trey set the Internet on fire today when he posted a photo of a baby foot with a blue heart emoji, sending fans into a frenzy and leaving “congrats” in the comments section.

Trey has yet to confirm the news, but he did post a photo on his Instastories of the baby on his bare chest, an act fathers are encourage to do after birth to bond with their baby.

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Lori Harvey, who used to date Trey, jumped into his comments section to congratulate him as well. “Awww that little foot. Happy for you T,” she wrote. Perhaps this is why they didn’t go that far.

It’s becoming a pattern for celebs to not hide their child from the world, but hide the world for their child. A la Drake. And they deserve privacy as well. Congrats Trey. (But we’re dying to know who the baby’s mother is).

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And we get it.

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Being a royal has its perks – the fashion, the princes, the tiaras, the castles – but it definitely also has its drawbacks, from the end of privacy to the dreaded rumour mill.

No one knows this more than Meghan Markle, who has endured an endless stream of online bullying since becoming a Duchess – everything from a supposed feud with Kate Middleton to racist abuse via social media.

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She in particular has faced a lot of rumours around her character, from claims that the palace staff have employed nasty nicknames for her like ‘Me-Gain’ to slander from her extended Markle family, with the rumours said to have angered Prince Harry.

This week, a sneak peek of a Meghan and Harry CBS special came out, seeing Gayle King speaking to Meghan’s friends about the Duchess of Sussex.

The clips in question show Meghan’s make up artist and friend, Daniel Martin, opening up about the rumours, tearing up as he talked about them.

‘What’s so frustrating is that you hear these stories and there’s no truth to them,’ Daniel explained in the clip. ’It’s not the same person. In the years I’ve known her, the years I’ve worked with her, she’s never had a diva fit, never.’

Meghan and Harry Plus One will air on Friday on CBS at 8 pm ET.

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I’m guilty of doing it myself: softening my behavior to make the people I work with feel more comfortable. It’s not like my true inclination is to be a raging b*tch or an overly assertive, bossy type. The way I really want to do and say things falls more in the firm but fair region. However, I believe that, for some reason (let’s say, centuries of misogyny) when a woman is just firm and straightforward, others can interpret that as her being mean. And, to give many of the progressive men in my life some credit, not everyone feels that way—but a lot of people do. I’ve experienced it too many times. A man I work with asks me a question, I give a simple, emotionless answer, and he asks, “Are you okay?” or “Is something wrong?” The mere fact that I didn’t add some nicety to my response—that I didn’t put some sugar on top—made the guy think something must be wrong. That’s why I adjust my behavior, even if I don’t want to. Maybe many of us do. Here are ways women soften their behavior to make male colleagues comfortable (but shouldn’t).

 

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Why I regret rushing into graduate school

Why I regret rushing into graduate school


Why I regret rushing into graduate school

I’ve always been college-bound. I can’t remember a time when going to college wasn’t the path I was scheduled to take. So when the time came to enroll in a university, I took out loans, ignored the high-interest rates, and signed my name on the dotted line because that was what I was taught to do. Then, four years later, I found myself staring down the barrel of college graduation and accumulating debt—but, unlike before, there was no immediate future plan laid out for me.

Graduation is supposed to be a time for reflecting on your accomplishments, but too often students are faced with questions about what they’re doing next. In today’s culture, that next step often defaults to more college and more debt. When I got my degree, I was overwhelmed by the uncertainty and possibilities, so I applied to graduate programs that I was barely interested in. I knew how many of my friends were pursuing further education, and I didn’t want to be left behind. I never stopped to consider whether that choice was even right for me. This stress plagues many graduating students, and society’s tendency to push college as an always-sensible choice isn’t helping.

Tina Seelig, Stanford University professor and author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, agrees that this limited lens of thinking does many a disservice. Seelig says, “Unfortunately, the story that college is the logical next step for all high school students has crept into our culture. It is an easy story to tell, but it doesn’t take into account each student’s interests, skills, and goals.” I felt this pressure, even with one degree already under my belt. Well-wishers told me, “Congratulations. Now when are you going to go get that Master’s?” I understood that, for the most part, they may have been joking, but the expectation was there nonetheless. Like so many students, current and prospective, I had been fed the idea that finishing college would solve all my problems.

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.College has been pushed as a one-way ticket towards the American dream, a steady job, and financial stability. The growing reality is that obtaining a higher education now often leads to low-paying wages and crushing student debt, harming one’s mental health—all thanks to exploitative employers, increasing tuition, and corrupt administrators and loan providers.

People’s immediate responses to student debt statistics is often to condemn those who took out the debt in the first place, citing irresponsible behavior. But with college costs increasing at almost 6% per year with no sign of slowing down, college could very well cost half a million dollars by the year 2035. At that rate, only the most elite will be able to afford college. And even now, the cost of attending a state university is already unattainable for many, disproportionately so for people of color, the disabled community, and other minority communities.

College is—without a doubt—a privilege, and I was privileged enough to attend. But I can also personally attest to the fact that, every month since graduation, I put hundreds of dollars towards my loans, yet barely scratch the interest that accumulated while I was in school.

“This is a huge problem.” says Seelig “It is critically important to understand how much debt you are taking on and the future consequences. It is wiser to go through school more slowly, working along the way, than to accumulate crushing debt that will lead to ongoing stress and pressure years after you graduate.”

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Only a few months after completing undergrad, I started my next degree and moved into an apartment closer to school. My classmates were excited about small errands like picking up textbooks and printing out schedules, but I was filled with a sense of apathy that I’d never experienced before. It didn’t take me long to realize that I had made a mistake. I’d put myself into more debt because I was, above all things, uncertain about my future and feared life outside of the structure of school. It would have been comforting to know that I wasn’t the only student there who felt this way.

“With so many options today, it’s extremely anxiety-inducing for those unsure about what they will do.” says Amba Brown, author of Finding Your Path: A Guide To Life & Happiness After School. I can definitely relate to this. When I graduated, I was over the moon, but at the same time suffering from severe panic attacks and generalized anxiety.”


I started graduate school in September. It took me only until the end of October to realize that my program wasn’t working for me.

I dropped out.

For decades, college education has represented the key to a better life, whatever that means to the individual. It’s sold as a cure-all for financial struggles; it’s the resume builder that will land you your dream job; it’s the answer to that terrifying question, “What are you going to do now?” But as times shift, so do the opportunities made available to us—and so do the financial difficulties born from paying college tuition.

“Students have so many expectations during this time, family expectations, teacher expectations, and personal expectations that they set for themselves,” says Martha Castillo, M.S. Ed. “Focus on what you want for your future and not what others want for your future. Many times, the sources of your stress and struggle come from trying to meet other people’s expectations at the cost of your own happiness.”

I eventually did return to grad school, but only because I genuinely wanted to and I knew exactly how it would help my career. Before I reentered academia, I waited until I found the right program for me, and I waited until I was accepted into that program. So to all those soon to be wearing a cap and gown, now is the time to start considering what next steps actually make sense for you and your future—regardless of what you’ve been told about college. If you don’t know what you want to do next yet, that’s fine too. Graduations are supposed to be about new beginnings—take time to find your own.

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