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

HOW does this keep happening?

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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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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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Suit Alterations: What a Tailor Can (& Can’t) Do

You’re at a thrift shop and see a vintage Armani suit you love, but the shoulders are too wide. Should you buy it? In situations like these, the difference between getting a steal and wasting your money depends on whether your tailor can complete the required alterations to make the item fit you well. Before pulling the trigger on something that needs considerable alteration, check out our list of things a tailor can and cannot do to get a menswear garment to fit.

How Many Sizes Larger or Smaller Can You Go?

The first rule of alterations is that taking away or reducing the amount of fabric is doable, but you can’t make something bigger, at least not by much. Exactly how much depends on what allowances of extra material were under the seams or hems of the garments. Tailored pants and jackets that were originally expensive or well made, especially bespoke, will usually contain more allowances, future-proofing for the changing size of the wearer over time. Ready-to-wear or less expensive items usually have little or no extra material to let out as a means of keeping costs down. Therefore, you’ll have better chances for a successful alteration if your find is a bit too big rather than too small for you.

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A suit that is too large and baggy may be beyond a tailor’s help

With that said, there are also limits in making things smaller. A suit jacket is quite complex in construction and can’t simply be shrunken down multiple sizes, because the proportions will be altered and the elaborate structure (lining, canvas, padding, pockets, etc.) will have to be reconstructed to the point that it would be more cost effective to buy a whole new jacket. However, it’s not major surgery to cinch (“take in”) the sides, waist, chest and arms (more on these alterations later). The rule of thumb is that you can go down two sizes at a maximum, but a suit jacket or blazer only one size too large is a safer option. The problem is always that jackets that are too large can also be too large in the shoulders, which is a more challenging thing to alter.

Taking in a jacket
A jacket can be taken in or reduced a moderate amount in various places

Trousers are little more forgiving, especially if you want to go with a high-waisted look. While legs can be made narrower and waistbands taken in, the rise of a pair of pants–the distance between the waistband and crotch–is more difficult to change. But, if a high rise is your style, you can transform a too-large pair of mid- or even low-rise pants into high rise by altering the parts that can be tailored and leaving the rise alone. In this way, a potential deal-breaker can actually be something desirable.

Altering the Shoulders of a Suit Jacket

1. Changing the Width of Shoulders – NO

Michael Strahan in all velvet tuxedo. Flap pockets and two buttons are for day suits. Note how the tux is too wide in the shoulders
Michael Strahan in an all-velvet tuxedo. Note how the tux is too wide in the shoulders

With this ground rule established, let’s look at the parts of a tailored outfit from top to bottom in terms of what can be altered and what cannot, starting with the shoulders of a suit jacket (or sport coat, or blazer). Of course, as the first thing we consider, shoulders are an exception to the rule; making shoulders either bigger or smaller are both not recommended as alterations. The structure of a jacket shoulder is complex enough that reshaping them involves major surgery.

2. Changing the Pad Level of Shoulders – MAYBE

David Byrne of the Talking Heads: Can shoulder width and pad level be altered?

If your body doesn’t suit a padded shoulder, you can remove shoulder pads with the goal of a natural Neapolitan shoulder or add them in an attempt to make a Neapolitan style into a more British jacket. In both cases, the structure of the shoulder will change (and along with it, the appearance of the jacket), but the result will never be the same as one in the original style. It’s sort of like taking a cheap car, adding a rear spoiler and a decorative hood scoop, and calling the result a race car. The result will never be authentic or even look as good as buying a new jacket with the sort of shoulder you wanted in the first place.

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Ethan wearing is beloved spectators and a DB suit with faint mini windowpane paired with a boater hat

Ethan Wong recently experimented by having a padded shoulder turned into a natural one; he made use of a highly skilled tailor to do more than just change the padding. Ethan also didn’t try to pass the jacket off as Italian tailoring; his goal was just to improve the overall look and fit of the garment. If you go this route, it’s important that the tailor be experienced and the jacket one you’re willing to have significantly altered.

Changing the Collar – MAYBE

Collar Gap
Collar Gap

An alteration that is rarely thought about is altering the collar of a suit jacket. This is not an area that jumps to mind as having an impact on the look or even fit of a suit, but a collar that is overly large for your neck will result in the dreaded “collar gap.” If this is something that affects your suits, you may be tempted to do something about it by having the collar removed and re-cut. It can be done, but this is another case where it’s better to simply buy a jacket that doesn’t gap, as the repair can be costly and collar gap can have other causes, like having one shoulder wider or lower than another or a particular posture.

Altering Sleeves on a Jacket

1. Narrowing, Lengthening, and Shortening Sleeves – YES

Sleeves may be the easiest part of a jacket to change–after all, they’re essentially two tubes with little complex structure to them. Narrowing ones that are too large around the arms is an easy alteration. Making sleeves slightly longer or shorter, say by a 1/2″ or so, is also a fairly routine procedure. But longer lengthening, even if there’s enough material, puts the buttons too far away from the edge of the sleeve, while shortening too much puts the first button too close to the end of the sleeve, both of which look strange.

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The amount of cuff Sven Raphael Schneider likes to show. Note the correct distance from the last button to the end of the jacket sleeve.

If your sleeve buttons are non-functioning, a tailor can move the top or bottom button (and pick out the decorative stitching) to balance out larger changes of sleeve length. However, if you have working buttons this is a more difficult alteration, because it will not be possible to sew up the former buttonholes cleanly; these are really tears in the fabric that can only be closed with the services of a reweaver–a specialist who can reweave the cloth–who are rare to find.

As the sleeve buttons on this jacket are non-functioning, lengthening it would be possible.

This is one instance where a higher-end tailoring detail is actually detrimental to alterations, so if you pick up a jacket with functioning sleeve buttons, make sure the sleeves don’t need extensive lengthening or shortening. In fact, even cleaning up the stitching on non-functional sleeves can be imperfect, so exercise caution. An alternative is to have a skilled tailor shorten the sleeve by removing it and reducing at the shoulder rather than at the bottom. Lengthening can also be done at the shoulder depending on whether there is extra fabric available. Both are more expensive.

2. Putting on Buttons – YES

A Model 3 jacket from The Armoury before sleeve buttons have been put on

Speaking of sleeve buttons, when you buy a higher-quality tailored jacket, there will usually not be any buttons on the sleeve, which lets you determine the proper length before you put them on. Obviously, then, this is a necessary and supposedly routine alteration, but it can be tricky getting it done right. Most smaller local tailors or seamstress shops don’t have the ability or equipment to do it, and will complain that the job is undesirable for them. Even the usual tailor the author (Dr. Christopher Lee) uses in a Midwestern city can only do it by hand to the tune of $ 150. Dr. Lee ends up having this done in New York (for $ 10 a button) at Sam Wazin who is also used by The Armoury. This goes to show that, depending where you live, a routine tailoring job can be not so routine after all.

3. Fixing Shoulder Divots – MAYBE

Shoulder divot
Shoulder divot on a flannel suit jacket

One sleeve-related alteration that is potentially challenging and expensive is fixing shoulder divots or dimples. These can be created, especially on heavier-weight fabrics like flannels, if:
1) The sleeve is connected to the armhole of the jacket in a way that doesn’t match the way you naturally hold your arms in the resting position, or
2) The armhole is considerably smaller than the sleeve opening that attaches to it.
A tailor can try to fix these issues (around $ 90 per sleeve by the author’s estimate) by removing the sleeve and rotating it to match your posture or by reducing the size of the sleeve. This is a doable alteration, but results are not 100% guaranteed, and, again, the cost is high.

Alterations to the Body of a Jacket

1. Changing the Button Profile – NO

A three-roll-two button jacket at left vs. a hard three-button at right. Note the different lapel shapes

As noted above, taking in aspects of the body of a jacket are fairly simple, and letting out what is available at the seams is as well. Other alterations to the body are not recommended. One that is commonly asked about is related to the number of buttons. Subtracting buttons, like turning a three-button suit into a two, is not doable because it would require closure of the additional buttonhole, which cannot be done cleanly. Moreover, the placement of the buttons is different. The same is true for plans to turn a hard three-button or even a two into a three-roll-two buttoning scheme where the top button is rolled under the lapel.

2. Changing the Lapels – MOSTLY NO

Notch and peak lapels
Peak and notch lapels of roughly the same width. Notice the differing buttonhole angles.

If you have a single-breasted jacket you love, but you dislike its peak lapels, it might be possible to turn them into notch lapels if there is sufficient fabric. Peak lapels are usually larger and wider, so the possibility is high unless you are beginning with an anemic peak lapel as shown above. The opposite operation can’t be done, however, because a notch lapel will be smaller to begin with and lack the additional “point.” If you want your new notch lapel to be narrower, the underlying canvas will likely have to be cut and reshaped, but if the width stays the same, less work is required.

Peak lapels
Peak lapels

You will almost always face issues with the lapel buttonhole, because it’s supposed to run parallel to the top edge of the lapel, which points upward in a peak lapel and downward in a notch; the buttonhole will also be in a different location. If this doesn’t bother you, then it’s something you can explore. However, if you’re going this far to perfect a jacket, you will almost certainly find the imperfect buttonhole angle irritating. With this in mind, the only real alteration recommended with a lapel is adding a hidden boutonniere loop to the underside. This will keep your boutonniere flower “stem” properly aligned. Of course, you can also do this yourself at home.

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Shown in purple thread: a boutonniere keeper loop

3. Reshaping the Quarters of a Jacket – NO

The quarters represent the lower front flaps of your suit jacket panels, the area below the bottom button, also called the skirts of the jacket. These can either be closed, meaning the flaps lie nearly straight down when buttoned, or open, meaning the panels are curved and cut away or flared out when buttoned. The former look is more conservative and business-like, but if you want some Neapolitan bravado, you may think about having your quarters opened. Simply put, however, cutting away and reshaping the panels will affect the button position and cannot be done effectively.

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Rounded open quarters on a gray suit

4. Shortening the Jacket – MAYBE

While lengthening a jacket is impossible because there simply isn’t enough fabric to exploit, shortening from the bottom is possible provided you are only reducing length by a small amount. If you take off too much length, the pockets and bottom button will be dangerously close to the bottom, which will look even worse than having buttons that are too close to the sleeve edge.

Jacket too short
On shortened jackets, the pocket will be close to the bottom border of the jacket

5. Changing the Vent Openings on the Back – MAYBE

These days, the majority of quality suits will be sold with a double vent opening at the back. However, if you own a cheaper single-vented suit or an Italian-style suit with no vent at all, you may have toyed with the possibility of converting the vents. Realistically, you can’t increase the number of vents, because you need to have enough fabric to cover the seam and lining that will be exposed on the edges of the new flaps. On the other hand, closing the vents is possible, since there are ordinarily seams on the back of jackets anyway that can simply be continued all the way to the bottom.

Side vents
Side vents

Alterations to a Suit’s Trousers

Hems, Cuffs and Leg Length on Pants – YES

Following the general principle we began with, pant legs can be made shorter, but they can only be lengthened to the extent of whatever hem material is left at the bottom. Quality dress pants are sold unhemmed with a lot of extra fabric at the bottom, but a tailor will not leave more than a couple of inches under the hem when they’re finished. This extra material can also be turned into cuffs if you desire, so this is another easy alteration, as is the opposite–removing cuffs.

hemmed pants
Properly hemmed pants

Tapering and Decreasing Leg Width – YES

While legs cannot be made larger, they can easily be tapered, especially from the knee to the bottom if the leg opening is too wide at the bottom (an 8″ opening tends to look best for most). In fact, tapering is one of the easiest alterations.

Ethan Wong wearing high-rise trousers
Ethan Wong’s strategy for attaining a higher rise often involves buying a size up and tapering the legs

Adding to and Subtracting from the Waist – YES

Because it’s commonly understood that waistlines fluctuate in size (we’ve all been there, right?), pants manufacturers are usually pretty generous in providing allowances of material to enlarge the waistband and upper part of the seat from the waist toward your rear end. The exact amount varies by the size, but at least 2-3″ is found at the center rear seam. The opposite can be done as well, also at the rear, to around the same limit. Anything more than 2-3″ will affect the balance of the trousers as the rear pockets get close together. All changes to the waistband should also require some alteration to part of the seat.

Alterations are key
Alterations are key

From these examples, it’s clear that pants are simpler in construction than a jacket, facilitating more ready changes, though, as noted at the start of the article, the rise is the most difficult to change as it requires removing the waistband and replacing the zipper as well.

Conclusion

There are many different alterations that are possible when you examine the components of a suit. Understanding the anatomy of a pair of pants or a tailored jacket will also make you aware of what can and cannot be done. Study the garments you own–look at the seams for allowances, check for previous work, and get a sense of its structure. Then weigh the advice above against your love for the item. You can then decide whether it’s something you are willing to invest in or if you would just prefer to buy something new (or vintage!). Are there only other alterations that we’ve missed? Have you tried any of these alterations with success or failure? Share your stories in the Comments section.


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Bryce Harper’s first month as the Phillies’ $ 330 million man ended in hail of boos. The star outfielder went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a listless 3-1 loss to the Tigers at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. The crowd let Harper hear about it. “I’d do the same thing,” Harper told reporters afterward. “It’s…
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R. Kelly’s Lawyers Said He Missed Court Because He Can’t Read

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R. Kelly recently lost a civil lawsuit against him but his lawyers claim it isn’t his fault that he did not show up. His lawyers, Zaid Abdallah and Raed Shalab, filed legal documents saying that he did not appear in court  due to his inability to read.

According to TMZ, the documentation says that the disgraced singer “suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read … in essence he cannot.”

The Chicago crooner was due in court after being being sued by a woman named Heather Williams who claims Kelly sexually abused her when she was 16-years-old. Since Kelly did not show up to court this week, she won by default. Abdallah and Shalab are asking the judge to vacate the default decision and start the case over so Kelly can be present.

Kelly was reportedly “overwhelmed” when he was served with papers while in Cook County jail because he couldn’t understand what it said.  Williams claimed that she tried to have Kelly served at his home at the Trump Towers but the heavy security made it impossible. Kelly had been jailed after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for a separate case regarding unpaid child support.

After the airing of the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, his life began to fall apart. Not too long after it aired he was charged with sexual abuse and was being hunted down for child support. The once admired musician was also dropped by his record label. Kelly tried to defend himself during an interview with CBS’ Gayle King but ended up becoming unraveled and emotional during their cringe-worthy sit-down. On May 4th, Lifetime will be airing Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact  to follow-up with the women and families who were affected by Kelly’s alleged abuse.

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R. Kelly’s Lawyers Argue He Lost His Sexual Abuse Civil Trial Because He Can’t Read

R. Kelly’s legal team says the reason he didn’t appear at the hearing for his sexual abuse civil case is because he can’t read … and they’re asking for another one.

via TMZ:

Kelly’s attorneys, Zaid Abdallah and Raed Shalabi, filed legal docs claiming even though Kelly was served in the civil case — in which Heather Williams alleges he sexually abused her when she was 16 — he was in Cook County Jail at the time for failing to pay child support and should not have been served there.

More significantly, though, according to the docs … Kelly “suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read,” adding … “in essence he cannot.”

Translation — Kelly had no idea what the legal papers were all about, so he didn’t take the appropriate steps after being served to defend himself.

The new legal docs also blast the fact Kelly was served while incarcerated, claiming Williams’ lawyers could have easily served Kelly’s criminal lawyer or delivered the docs to Trump Towers where he lives. Williams’ lawyer has said security at his residence made that impossible, but Kelly’s attorney calls BS on that.

As we reported … Williams won a default judgment against Kelly when he failed to appear for a hearing in the case.

Kelly’s legal team is asking the court to vacate the decision … so he can properly mount his defense this time around.

If he (and his team) can read documents enough for him to show up for appearances and schedule shows, then there’s no excuse as to why they couldn’t read the document requiring him to show up to court.

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Why You Can’t Blame the Lakers’ Magic Johnson for Calling it Quits

Magic Johnson quit his gig as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday evening, in unforgettable fashion. Before LA’s last game of its dismal regular season (the team finished 37-45), Johnson told the world of his decision before telling the woman who hired him in the first place: Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. He was afraid Buss was going to talk him out of it.

Next time, just try a text?

Give Johnson some credit, however, for not mincing words as to why he was leaving. “I got a great life. Damn, I got a great life outside of this,” he told the assembled reporters at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “What the F … what am I doing? I got a beautiful life. I’m going back to that beautiful life. I’m looking forward to it.”

Can you blame Magic Johnson for wanting to return to being Magic Johnson for a living? Why make tough calls about the future of Luke Walton, LA’s embattled coach, when you can instead enjoy walking into any room in America, and feeling the love? The Magic job involves smiles and charm and stories and laughter. The Lakers job involves salary cap stress. Now Johnson can say: take your luxury tax — and Lavar Ball while you’re at it — and shove it.

Magic joins a list of Hall of Famers who’ve tried grinding jobs, only to realize the real work stinks. Earlier Tuesday, Magic’s teammate on the 1992 USA Basketball Olympic “Dream Team,” Chris Mullin, also resigned suddenly. After leading St. John’s to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Hall of Fame St. John’s player-turned-coach quit after his fourth season (and his first winning one) at the helm. Mullin cited a “recent personal loss” as factoring into his decision; his older brother died of cancer in March. Another ’92 Dream Teamer, Clyde Drexler, quit as coach of his alma mater, the University of Houston, in 2000 after two seasons and a 19-37 record. Drexler cited a desire to spend more time with his family, and acknowledged he almost quit immediately upon starting the job.

“Because of the time that it takes in the coaching profession, in the first week I was thinking, ‘Boy, this is going to be a little bit more difficult than I thought,’” Drexler said back then.

Yes, another Dream Teamer, Larry Bird, enjoyed more success as a coach. He led the Indiana Pacers to the NBA finals in 2000, and won NBA Coach of the Year in his first season, in 1998. Bird walked away after Indiana’s Finals appearance, maintaining that NBA coaches had a three-year shelf life. That’s easy to say when you’re Larry Bird, and can ditch a job you don’t need. The Pacers haven’t returned to the Finals since Bird flew the coop.

Meanwhile, Michael Jordan’s commitment to building the Charlotte Hornets, the franchise he’s owned since 2010, into a winner has repeatedly come into question. Since Jordan bought the team, the Hornets (or Bobcats, the franchise nickname through 2014) have reached the playoffs three times, only to lose in the first round in each appearance.

This isn’t to say beware the Dream Team. Legends have flamed out in other sports too. The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, coached the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes for four seasons from 2005-2009; he finished with a not-so-great record of 143-161 before stepping down. Patrick Roy, the legendary goaltender who won four Stanley Cups during his career — two with the Montreal Canadiens, two with the Colorado Avalanche — coached the Avs for three seasons before resigning in 2016. He made the playoffs just once, losing in the first round. Ted Williams, one of baseball’s greatest hitters of all time, was fired after going 54-100 for the 1972 Texas Rangers. He finished his managerial career 273-364.

People like Patrick Ewing, who took over as coach at his alma mater Georgetown in 2017, and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, who just finished his first season as coach of alma mater Memphis, may enjoy different results than the other stars. (In three combined seasons so far, Hardaway and Ewing have finished .500 or better each year, but made zero NCAA tournament appearances). And Bill Russell did win back-to-back titles, in 1968 and 1969, as player-coach of the Boston Celtics. Though without Russell the player in the lineup, Russell the coach finished under .500 in four seasons leading the Seattle Sonics in the 1970s, and a dismal 17-41 as coach of the Sacramento Kings for part of the 1987-88 season.

Perhaps these big-name players should take a cue from golf hero Arnold Palmer. People used to say that no one loved being Arnold Palmer more than Arnold Palmer. With his playing days behind him, he didn’t spend his time working as a coach or tour commissioner or anything like that. Instead, he’d order himself to drink at the Masters. In other words, he lived like a legend.

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Black Women Can’t Wait 106 Years for Equal Pay

Today is National Equal Pay Day and it is only right to address the fact that black women work twice as hard as their counterparts, if not harder, yet still earn less. According to research conducted by the Institute for Women’s Research Policy, if trends in the pay gap persist like they have over the last 30 years, black women will have to continue to work hard until 2124 just to receive equal pay.

We spoke with Teresa C. Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, about closing the pay gap and how women can persevere as they work toward receiving equal pay.

What does closing the pay gap mean for women beyond the dollar signs?

The pay gap is really about how we value women. And in this country, we have continually under-valued women. Particularly women of color and particularly black women. So for us, and as a black woman, this is how we place value on who we are and what we bring into our society.

It’s not “just” about the dollars and cents.

Although, it is about the dollars and cents because if you can pay your bills, put some money in the bank, and transfer that wealth to the next generation then that’s critical and that helps to build what our society could look like. If we can start making sure that our women are paid for their worth in our society, it will show and reflect their value. And help them uphold a level of self-confidence they will carry into other aspects of their lives.

How can women be more involved in being a part of the change they want to see?

There is so much going on in life that feels completely overwhelming. And we often ask ourselves, ‘what can any one person do?’ and ‘what can I do because this feels like so much?’

Whether you’re registered to vote; whether you’re able to talk to your manager or supervisor; how you’re able to ask a question; or whether you’re able to mentor somebody, we want women to walk out of this room today knowing that there is something that they can do. And if everyone does something that adds up to a whole lot of things and that’s how we create the momentum for change.

What advice do you have for women as they fight to close the pay gap?

There are a couple of things that we have to come to terms with when we recognize that we’re going to be about making change happen:

  1. It does not happen overnight.
  2. We do not get to be tired. We have a responsibility to those shoulders that we stand on and those generations that come behind us. We have to step in, fight wholeheartedly, and do it with full honesty and integrity to who we are. And, we have to hold other people accountable.
  3. We have to engage with people one on one. We can’t just stand outside and scream at the air—we actually have to start talking with people.

When I think about this fight for pay equity, it is about at this moment in time us finally placing value on women of color. At this moment in time, it is about holding those [people in high places] accountable. This moment in time, it’s about opening the doors so that others can come in behind us and come in strong.

 

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Kim Kardashian Confesses She Can’t ‘Babysit’ Kanye West Any Longer

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Sixteen seasons in, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is pulling out all the stops to try and maintain its must-see-TV status. The Kardashians have spent over a decade mining their personal lives and family dynamic for viewers—so it’s shocking, and impressive, that they can still surprise. On the Sunday night premiere of KUWTK, reality TV’s first family revealed this season’s secret weapon: increased airtime for Kanye West, who has finally deigned to do confessional interviews.

Those who have kept up will recall that when Kim first married the increasingly controversial superstar, he appeared to distance himself from his new family’s E! empire. But if this episode is any indication, Kanye is essentially a main cast member now. Like most image-related decisions that Kim Kardashian and/or Kris Jenner have made, this is a smart one. Keeping Up with the Kardashians is a weekly opportunity for a group of very famous people to spin the celebrity news cycle. Kanye West is in perpetual need of damage control. With Kim by his side—literally, he only participates in on-camera interviews as a couple—Kanye can try and reframe the narrative in his favor.

During this premiere, the story that Kim and Kanye are trying to contain is about Kanye’s alleged lack of support for Donda’s House, a Chicago nonprofit that was co-founded by West and named in honor of his late mother, Dr. Donda West. Kim has traveled to Chicago to show North where her father grew up and to make a (contractually obligated?) appearance at The Sugar Factory. But in order to visit the house, which is now tied up in the nonprofit, Kanye has to reach out to co-founder Rhymefest. This is a bit awkward, because Kim and Rhymefest got into a very public spat last year when the rapper called West out, accusing him of neglecting the organization and “the youth of Chicago.”

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Can’t get enough of Elizabeth Holmes? Here’s what to watch after ‘The Inventor’

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Theranos ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes has yet to lock down a date for her criminal trial, but in the court of public opinion, a verdict has already been rendered. 

If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve likely seen a small truckload of viewer reactions to HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley — many of them delighting in the damning portrayal of Holmes and her alleged multi-million dollar fraud. 

But HBO wasn’t the first to profile the entrepreneur and they won’t be the last. From podcasts to movies, the now-defunct blood-testing company is the subject of a whole slew of projects, nearly all of which position Holmes as their star subject. Read more…

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‘The Godfather’ Is Still Making Us an Offer We Can’t Refuse

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The Mafia is dead. A New York jury said so just this week. A trial in federal court of two men charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit extortion ended in a verdict of not guilty. Defense attorneys for the two men had argued that the Mafia was destroyed decades ago and that their clients were being unfairly profiled as gangsters because of their Italian ethnicity. The defendants walked.

Long live the Mafia: the day after that jury verdict, a Gambino family mob boss was gunned down in his own driveway on Staten Island, in what history will record as the first gangland slaying ever recorded on video. So maybe the death of organized crime is slightly exaggerated.

In a strange coincidence, amid all this fresh news about the Mafia splattered across the tabloids, Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather turns 50 this month. And here’s a certainty: while we can debate the actual Mafia’s state of health all day long, it is still very much alive and well in the pages of Puzo’s novel—maybe because no one ever accused him of writing realism.

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Hozier on ‘Wasteland, Baby!’ and Reckoning With Sins of the Catholic Church: ‘I Can’t Be Shocked Anymore’

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“The institutionalized Roman Catholic Church…” Hozier begins, his voice losing affectation and his eyes darting toward the carpeted floor. He really doesn’t really go there again, but he understands that when your hit single is about religion and you’re an Irishman, questions on church and state are going to come up.

After hitting it big in 2013 with “Take Me To Church,” Hozier has spent the last six years touring the world and inadvertently becoming a leading voice for the Irish millennial. Initially, he indulges the political speak with sincere responses. The Vatican’s largely fruitless February sex abuse summit: “I can’t be shocked anymore.” The successful repeal of Ireland’s 8th amendment greatly restricting abortion, which he publicly supported last May: “We all have our values as citizens.” And Pope Francis’ woeful ignorance on Magdalene Laundries, abusive homes for “undesirable” unmarried and single-parenting women: “He claimed no knowledge such a thing existed. It’s just outrageous.”

But Hozier can only feign energy as an Irish pundit for so long. And because he’s so heartfelt, he’d rather stop and express his hesitance to not misspeak: “I’m really struggling going on the record talking about this. I won’t lie.”

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For many, the sight of a model wearing a noose at Burberry’s London Fashion Week show was disgusting, tasteless, and distressing. Unfortunately, it was not all that surprising.

Frustratingly, it felt like a fashion controversy du jour, a story that would dominate the day’s headlines until a new offensive look started trending on Twitter.

After all, before the noose it was Katy Perry’s blackface shoes. Before Katy Perry’s blackface shoes it was Gucci’s blackface turtleneck. Before Gucci’s blackface turtleneck it was Prada’s blackface keychain. Before Prada’s blackface keychain it was Dolce & Gabbana’s bizarre, anti-Chinese ad campaign.

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SAG Awards viewers spot EastEnders’ Peter Beale and they can’t believe it

EASTENDERS fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing tonight as “Peter Beale” appeared at the SAG Awards in Hollywood.

Actor Ben Hardy – who played Peter Beale in the BBC soap up until 2015 – attended the awards show as part of the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody.

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But his appearance on the red carpet stunned soap fans watching at home who couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

One wrote: “Awww look at Peter Beale!”

A second said: “I will never get past this kid being Peter Beale.”

Another tweeted: “Seeing Peter Beale at award shows will never feel right to me.”

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The actor played Ian Beale’s son up until 2015 when he quit to try to crack Hollywood

A fourth commented: “Ben Hardy will always be known to me as Peter from EastEnders and no bohrap film can change my mind.”

Fans should probably get used to seeing him in Hollywood after roles in blockbusters like Bohemian Rhapsody and X-Men: Apocalypse under his belt.

Last year he revealed he ruled out a return to the BBC soap.

Asked if he considered returning he told Now: “Probably not, to be honest with you.

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Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture: Black Panther

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role: Glenn Close (The Wife)

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role: Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place)

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series: This Is Us

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series: The Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series: Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series: Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvellous Mrs Maisel)

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Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series: Patricia Arquette (Escape At Dannemora)

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series: Darren Criss (The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)


“It’s such a hard thing for an actor, working on a soap.

“You’re constantly left feeling unfulfilled. You have very little time to concentrate on anything else. I’m not slating the process. It’s just the nature of the beast. I really enjoyed working on EastEnders.”


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Genetically altered monkeys have been cloned in China, and ethics just can’t keep up

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It was almost exactly one year ago today that Chinese scientists revealed that they had successfully cloned a monkey, resulting in the live births of two genetically identical babies. It was a monumental achievement that brought with it a whole minefield of ethical questions and very few answers, and now things are getting even more complicated.

In a new announcement, also out of China, researchers reveal that they’ve cloned a handful of new monkeys as well, but this time around the donor monkey was genetically modified to exhibit specific disorders associated with hormone imbalance and mental health.

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President Trump Feeds College Football National Champions ‘Hamberders’ and Twitter Can’t Stomach It

The Clemson University football team was invited to the White House Monday to celebrate their College Football National Championship win in a scene that was also a feast for social media users.

The South Carolina team, which defeated the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide 44-16 on Jan. 7, was offered a candelabra-lit spread of takeout food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Domino’s.

In a since-deleted tweet, the president boasted that the group was served 1,000 “hamberders” at the event that he paid for himself – a spelling error that immediately prompted online snickers. Meanwhile, aides said there were closer to 300 burgers at the event.

The President reportedly paid for the food himself because many of the White House staff are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN in a statement.

Trump, who has claimed to be a big fan of fast food himself, told reporters before the event, “We have some very large people that like eating. So I think we’re going to have a little fun.”

Later, Twitter users had more than a little fun with the “hamberders” typo.

Some pointed out that nothing kept the fast food warm as it sat on the tables. While Trump’s critics implied that the junk food was a good metaphor for the President himself.

“This is an incredible self-own for someone who aims to be worth $ 10 billion,” wrote user Judd Legum.

The meal also caught the attention of former NFL running back Reggie Bush, who tweeted that the dinner was “disrespectful on so many levels.”

In a video of the event, the players seem to be enjoying the food. One player loudly says that the food is “awesome.”

“I thought it was a joke,” he adds.

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R. Kelly’s Music is Thriving and Jada Pinkett Smith Can’t Understand Why

Jada Pinkett Smith is “having a really difficult time understanding why” R. Kelly’s music streams have spiked on Spotify following the release of the gut-wrenching docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which details allegations of his history as an alleged serial sexual predator.

Kelly has faced accusations of child and sexual abuse since the 1990s when it was first reported that he married and slept with singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old. In the new six-part docuseries, people affiliated with the R&B singer testified to witnessing the 51-year-old singer’s abusive behavior over the course of his career. Meanwhile, multiple women of color described the sexual, physical, and emotional abuse that they survived as teens in chilling detail.

Yet, despite the disturbing revelations about Kelly, Spotify revealed that his streams have jumped by 16% since part 1 of the series aired on Jan. 6, reported The Blast. Pinkett Smith responded to the surprising news in a Twitter video.

“I’m having a really difficult time understanding why,” she said of the increase in Kelly’s popularity. “But I think it’s important I understand why.” The “Red Table Talk” host added, “I really don’t want to believe that it’s because Black girls don’t matter enough. Or is that the reason?”


To Pinkett Smith’s point, many fans and people within the music industry continued to express support for Kelly, including rapper Joyner Lucas, who in a series of now-deleted tweets, sympathized with the accused abuser. Other argued that Kelly is a victim of a smear campaign.

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On the other hand, notable celebrities and influencers criticized the singer as well as the fans and people in the music industry for being complicit in his abuse.




Black Enterprise Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond also weighed in on the troubling allegations.



This comes months after Spotify placed a temporary ban on Kelly’s music back in June under a hate conduct policy. The streaming platform later decided to lift the ban.

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5 Games We Can’t Wait To Play This January

A new year is here, and that means we have an entire twelve months of new games to look forward to! It’s going to be an odd year for gaming, with the life-cycle of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One winding down, and rumors of the next console generation already picking up steam. However, if tradition holds true, that means we are in store for some of the best and most ambitious games we’ve seen on these systems yet as developers push this generation of hardware to their very limits.

January 2019 looks like it’s going to kick this year in gaming off on a high note. With some tremendously anticipated sequels, a good number of ports and remakes, and some of the most talked about games in recent memory, there are going to be plenty of games to play and discuss. Set your 2019 gaming resolutions now —  once January begins there will be loads of great games to play right out of the gate.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe



  • Release Date(s): January 11
  • Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Platformer

Here it is, the game that spun Super Mario lore on its head with the introduction of Peachette, and inadvertently spawned countless amounts of gender-bent fanart, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe! Continuing the trend of any remotely good Wii U game getting a Nintendo Switch Port, this platformer will receive a few added features, like new playable characters, in its migration to the portable console. As the third best selling game on the Wii U, Super Mario Bros. U definitely deserves a place on Nintendo’s latest, and maybe greatest, hardware.

While there’s no shortage of 2D Super Mario platformers, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is likely to be one of the best ones. The original had a staggering amount of content, and this port is set to have even more to do over the course of its Mushroom Kingdom adventure. At the very least, this is going to be one more incredible couch co-op game on the only console that seems interested in continuing that aspect of gaming.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season Ep. 3



  • Release Date(s): January 15
  • Developer(s): Telltale Games, Skybound Games
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Adventure

Telltale’s The Walking Dead will premiere the third installment of the game’s final season this January, following a good amount of development turmoil and controversy. With the abrupt bankruptcy and imminent closure of Telltale Games, it seemed like the final two episodes would never come out. That is, until Skybound Games announced that they were talking over the project. Moreover, it seems like Skybound Games brought on most of the original staff behind the project, so purchasing this game will, in fact, benefit those who put countless hours into creating it.

It’s fair to say that the quality and fan reaction to The Walking Dead games are not what they used to be, but this is still the series that brought adventure games back into the mainstream. With just two episodes to go, this macabre and morally ambiguous adventure is drawing to a close, and it’s definitely worth seeing this piece of gaming history through to its conclusion. We can only hope that this former powerhouse of a franchise manages to sprint to its conclusion, rather than limp to the finish line.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes



  • Release Date(s): January 18
  • Developer(s): Grasshopper Manufacture
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Action

After almost nine years to the day, a new No More Heroes game will have players once again take control of the lovably insufferable Travis Touchdown as he fights to escape from a deadly video game. Even if it’s closer to a spin-off than a proper sequel to No More Heroes 2, Travis Strikes Again is likely to be a bizarre blast of a time. With apparent influences from Hotline Miami and an even more bizarre premise that its predecessors, Travis Strikes Again is on track to be one of the most distinctive games on the Nintendo Switch.

The No More Heroes series is definitely a more niche collection of games, which is a shame considering how much these games have to say about gamers and the gaming community. Just barely underneath the extravagant battles against superhuman assassins is a story about a man reluctantly leaving his own isolated lifestyle. If TSA commits to and executes its bizarre premise as well as the first two games did, it will definitely be worth checking out.

Resident Evil 2 (2019)



  • Release Date(s): January 25
  • Developer(s): Capcom R&D Division 1
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Survival Horror

The original Resident Evil 2 is considered by many to be the best installment in the long-running horror franchise, which is probably why it has so many ports. More than twenty years after its initial release, the classic horror game is getting a proper remake that promises to make full use of the affordances of modern hardware. Especially following the critical and commercial success of 2017’s Resident Evil 7, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about this REmake.

It’ll be fascinating to see how Resident Evil 2 translates into a modern horror game. The original game used the clunky controls and delayed inputs common at the time of its release to play up its horror and really drive home how powerless the player was against its undead foes. Hopefully, this remake manages to hold onto the fear and tension of the original while making the game more approachable to new audiences.

Kingdom Hearts III



  • Release Date(s): January 29
  • Developer(s): Square Enix Business Division 3
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Genre: Action RPG

After more than a decade since the launch of Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts III will finally premiere at the end of January. Even with several canonical side games and numerous collections premiering in the interim, Kingdom Hearts III is still one of the most anticipated games in recent memory. Featuring numerous classic cartoon characters and themes that most people can relate to, it’s no wonder that this series means so much to so many people.

Fans of the Kingdom Hearts series were always going to play this game, but newcomers shouldn’t be afraid to give it a try either. While the series’ complex lore and numerous entries may seem like a hurdle, the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far collection contains just about everything players need to know to get caught up. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going into this game fresh and then checking out the previous titles, either. If it lives up to its predecessors, there’s sure to be something worthwhile in Kingdom Hearts III for everyone who plays it.

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KATE Wright has hit back at a cruel troll who criticised her swanky holiday with husband Rio Ferdinand’s three children.

The former Towie star won praise from fans as she defended the family trip on Rio’s Instagram page.

Rio was criticised after posting this holiday photo

The 38-year-old football pro posted a photo of the group enjoying a fancy meal at 5.8 Undersea restaurant in the Maldives – an all-glass eating establishment in the middle of the ocean.

He captioned the snap: “Lunch in the sea. What a place with the family. I was dribbling at this point.”

The picture racked up tens of thousands of likes and hundreds of comments – but some trolls couldn’t resist leaving snarky remarks.

Kate, 27, hit back at one user who’d posted a negative now-deleted comment on the snap.

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She wrote: “Money doesn’t make looking after three children that have lost their mum easier.

“Yes we can have nice holidays but money can’t bring back loved ones and heal grief.

“Looking after children and caring for them comes from the heart, not from the bank.”

Kate was inundated with praise for the way that she had handled the troll, with one writing: “What a moving response. Now that’s wisdom.”

The group have been enjoying a Christmas holidays in the Maldives

Another added: “Well said, Kate. Some people will always be jealous and money-orientated.

“I’m sure most people would swap money for loved ones.”

A third wrote: “Well said… You have made those kids happy, be proud of what you both have achieved.

“Such a hard time for anyone who has lost their mum or dad.”

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Since arriving at the private resort in the Maldives, Kate has posted several photos to document her holiday with  Rio and his three children.

Kate admitted that she was “feeling blessed” as she shared a video of the family on a boat surrounded by dolphins, and Rio has shared several snaps and videos too.

To mark their Christmas holiday, the sportsman shared a cute photo of Kate and his children posing in Santa hats against a backdrop of blue sky, the crystal clear ocean and pure white sand on Thursday.

He captioned the snap: “Bit delayed on the Christmas post, been offline for a few days! loads of Love from us (the nutters)”.


In October, Rio and Kate got engaged after two years of dating – three years after his late wife Rebecca Ellison’s death.

Rio asked Kate to be his wife as his three children, Lorenz, nine-year-old Tate, and Tia, seven, watched during a family holiday – with Rio later admitting that the children had been involved in his proposal plan.

The star’s late wife passed away following a battle with breast cancer in 2015 – but gave her blessing for her husband to marry again.


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One of the reasons these organizations have become digital titans of industry is China’s steadfast dedication to digital innovation. China is home to the biggest online shopping site in the world. It’s poised to be a major player in the electric vehicle industry. Alongside the U.S., China is also on track to lead the world in 5G connectivity. The country has frequently been ahead of the pack in developing game-changing innovations like cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, robotics, and big data. Read more…

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Why Christmas Can’t Quit Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 20 Years Later

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In 1993, a man named Paul O’Neill got a call from Atlantic Records. At the time, O’Neill was pretty well known among New York music labels. He worked at a major management firm and he was producing a minorly successful metal group called Savatage (a combo of the words “avatar” and “savage”). But Savatage’s last album hadn’t done well, and the Atlantic exec had a proposal: O’Neill should start his own group. “I said I’d love to do it,” O’Neill said later in an interview with Arte Concert. But he had a condition. “I said I want to do a progressive metal band that does mostly rock operas…I want four guitar players, two drummers, a full symphony in the studio, but not a symphony on the road…and 24 lead singers.” He had another ask. The rock operas would, for the most part, all be about Christmas.

Thursday night, about 15,000 people crowded into the Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, to hear the fruits of O’Neill’s phone call: the progressive metal holiday-rock-opera-machine, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, or TSO.

It’s been 25 years since O’Neill first pitched his project, and 20 since the group first started touring, but TSO has spent almost all of that time, bewilderingly, as one of the biggest breadwinners in the music industry. The Christmas melody maker has put out four holiday rock operas, three non-holiday rock operas, a Christmas EP, and a Christmas compilation, four of which have debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, four of which have gone platinum (two of them more than once), and all of which, collectively, have sold over 12 million records, grossing some $ 700 million in revenue. Since 1999, the band has played to over 15 million people, and many of them come back for more—in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that repeat customers comprise 50 percent of the audience.

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Why Christmas Can’t Quit Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 20 Years Later

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In 1993, a man named Paul O’Neill got a call from Atlantic Records. At the time, O’Neill was pretty well known among New York music labels. He worked at a major management firm and he was producing a minorly successful metal group called Savatage (a combo of the words “avatar” and “savage”). But Savatage’s last album hadn’t done well, and the Atlantic exec had a proposal: O’Neill should start his own group. “I said I’d love to do it,” O’Neill said later in an interview with Arte Concert. But he had a condition. “I said I want to do a progressive metal band that does mostly rock operas…I want four guitar players, two drummers, a full symphony in the studio, but not a symphony on the road…and 24 lead singers.” He had another ask. The rock operas would, for the most part, all be about Christmas.

Thursday night, about 15,000 people crowded into the Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, to hear the fruits of O’Neill’s phone call: the progressive metal holiday-rock-opera-machine, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, or TSO.

It’s been 25 years since O’Neill first pitched his project, and 20 since the group first started touring, but TSO has spent almost all of that time, bewilderingly, as one of the biggest breadwinners in the music industry. The Christmas melody maker has put out four holiday rock operas, three non-holiday rock operas, a Christmas EP, and a Christmas compilation, four of which have debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, four of which have gone platinum (two of them more than once), and all of which, collectively, have sold over 12 million records, grossing some $ 700 million in revenue. Since 1999, the band has played to over 15 million people, and many of them come back for more—in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that repeat customers comprise 50 percent of the audience.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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For more than a decade, Ilham Askia has embraced an audacious mission: To ensure that those most prone to incarceration – young, indigent citizens of color – gain the best defense. As co-founder and Executive Director of Atlanta-based Gideon’s Promise, the former schoolteacher has sought to reform the culture of the criminal justice system by transforming public defenders from dispirited cogs cutting plea deals that have made courts “turnstiles to prison” to zealous advocates who relentlessly fight for their clients’ freedom.

“Right now, the criminal justice system really has a way of processing people through instead of allowing [them] to actually get their constitutional right to have a good, quality public defender,” she told Black Enterprise. “Gideon’s Promise works with public defenders, slowing down that system of processing and talking about the humanity of people who are accused.”

Reforming the Public Defenders System 

Gideon’s Promise was launched in 2007 as a nonprofit to provide strategic training to public defenders while changing their mindsets about clients who can’t afford to hire their own attorneys. The organization was the brainchild of Ashia’s husband Jonathan Rapping, the former Training Director for the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service who was recruited by the Georgia Public Standards Council to design and run development programs for staff across the state.

After his first visit in court, Askia said Rapping was galled by the frequent occurrence of constitutional violations. For example, he witnessed lawyers not filing motions for dismissal when prosecutors failed to produce evidence to make their cases. In some instances, he was told that public defenders were fearful of angering judges who were focused on clearing their dockets. Recalls Askia: “We came down here to help reform the public defender system in Georgia. After going to Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and seeing young lawyers who were really passionate about this work quickly get burnt out by the system, we were trying to figure out why. Jon said, ‘They don’t have training and mentorship, and support to stay in this work.’ The next thing he said, ‘Why don’t you take a year off, and help me build this movement of public defenders?’ ”

The couple’s kitchen table conversation ignited the spark to spawn Gideon’s Promise – so named to fulfill the constitutional guarantee mandated by the 1963 landmark Supreme Court ruling in Gideon V. Wainwright that requires states to provide attorneys to defendants in criminal cases if they cannot afford such legal representation.

“Almost Every Man In My Family Has Been In The System” 

Forming the organization was also extremely personal to Askia. “Almost every man in my family has been in the system, whether it’s jail or prison. When I was five, my father was arrested and convicted, and I spent most of my childhood visiting him in Attica. We couldn’t afford a private defense attorney, and a public defender was assigned. That public defender never told the story of the impact of taking the head of our household,” she recalls. “Not that my father was necessarily innocent of everything he was accused of but he at least deserved to have an advocate. I had a distrust for the system. I thought everybody in the criminal justice system were against people that looked like me [or] who came from communities [like mine].”

Today, Askia works with Rapping to make sure others don’t receive the same type of legal neglect. Here’s how the program works: Rapping and Askia has develop a three-year “core program” for attorneys in which they gain training in technical areas such as forensic evidence as well as their approach to litigation, strategy and advocacy. The program also engages in a mentorship component that has help attorneys improve client representation. They also advise public defenders on how to best manager their annual average workload of 250 cases per year. In fact, she says that they have trained public defenders in the entire state of Maryland and Virginia at the senior management level. Moreover, they have aligned with law schools who have increased the pipeline of program participants. In terms of the success of their programs, she says Public defenders offices have retained 86% of Gideon’s Promise graduates and those trained by the program have increased the number of cases resolved in favor of defendants.

Their work has been so groundbreaking in the criminal justice arena that Rapping was named a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Fellow” in 2014.

Building a Sustainable Empire 

More than just a movement, Askia has built Gideon’s Promise into a sustainable enterprise. “Although this is a nonprofit, there are a lot of business philosophies I had to learn and adopt to attract those public defenders to partner with us,” she says. “For funders, it’s really telling a story. We make sure that our donors hear the story from the lawyers and the people that they serve.” As a result, Askia and her team have been in securing financing from sources ranging from the Ford Foundation, Koch Industries and Open Society Institute, developed by billionaire George Soros, to individual donors who may contribute amounts ranging from $ 100 to five dollar check. “The demand for our service has increased. I am supposed to have doubled in capacity by 2023, ideally is to have Gideon’s Promise Hubs in each quarter of the country. That’s $ 1.5 million of funding that I have to find additional to what we’ve raised.”

Askia draws upon another personal example to share the impact of Gideon’s promise. One day, she pick up her eight-year-old son. Lucas, from school and brought him to the office. At a local deli, her son was asked by the one of the cooks, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Lucas said, ‘I want to be a public defender.’ So when my children say that, I’m ready for the negative reaction that most people give us. The guy says, “That’s great, I had a public defender once. I had been in trouble my whole life, and it was the first time that a public defender actually fought for me, and we won.” So I  asked, “Where did this happen?” He said, “Here in Georgia.” His public defender was a lawyer we had just trained the year before. My son got to meet someone who was positively impacted by a lawyer that came through our program, and is now leading an office here in Georgia. That just warmed my heart.”

In the video, find out how Gideon’s Promise seeks to protect the legal rights of citizens regardless of their financial standing.

 


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You Can’t Escape Your Past, Take It From Kevin Hart

Critics have blasted Kevin Hart and all those coming to his defense over homophobic comments that the comedian made between 2009 and 2011 on Twitter. The tweets resurfaced last week after it was announced that Hart would be the master of ceremonies at the 2019 Academy Awards. The 39-year-old actor initially refused to apologize for the controversial remarks, arguing in an Instagram video that he has since “evolved” and should not be held accountable for past mistakes. He, however, later issued a public apology on Twitter and stepped down from the hosting gig.

Since then, a number of prominent high-profile black comedians have rushed to Hart’s defense, including Tony Rock, Nick Cannon, and D.L. Hughley.

“So let me get this straight, a comedian tells a joke that offends people and refuses to apologize, and people want to know what I think of that,” said Hughley. The comic then went as far as to call a transgender woman who disagreed with his opinion a sexist slur.

Although Hughley and others argue that comedians are granted a creative license to use offensive language in the spirit of telling jokes, this truth remains the same: your past can, and likely will, come back to haunt you, especially in today’s digital landscape. As a result, this can tarnish your brand and cause you to miss out on endorsement deals and other opportunities.

Here are five ways to use social media effectively and avoid a branding crisis.

1. Present Your Best Self

Like in Hart’s case, how you present yourself online could be the deciding factor for whether or not an opportunity materializes into fruition. Even if you delete a controversial social media post, nothing on the internet is truly ever erased. So keep in mind that you never know who may have taken a screenshot of your post before you publicly undermine your job or a client, rant about a colleague or boss, or document yourself while under the influence.

2. Think Before You Tweet

Many people use social media as a platform to vent and express their grievances about life and its many upsets. Although it’s perfectly OK and normal to share your gripes with others online, sometimes it’s best to avoid posting in the heat of a moment, which can cause you to say something you’ll live to regret.

3. Be Authentic

People have a low tolerance for B.S. and can oftentimes sniff out those who front for the gram, i.e., that time Bow Wow was caught lying about flying around on a private jet. Hence, it’s imperative to be true to yourself when building your social media brand—just make sure it’s your best self, as stated in point No. 1.

4. Post With Intention

Social media platforms give you the ability to control what the world thinks of you and what you represent. Be sure that you’re creating an image that you can feel proud of and posting thoughts that don’t come with a shelf life.

5. What you wear on social media matters, too

According to author and Black Enterprise contributor Gayneté Jones:

Social media wardrobe choices are etched into the minds of viewers. Employers, potential clients, contractors, romantic interests, and other concerned parties usually seek to view your social media pages in the first instance, prior to meeting you in person or giving you a call to organize an important meeting. In a brief moment of scrolling through your page, viewers have obtained a solid impression of who you are and what they believe you represent.

Style expert, Perri Furbert adds, “Your wardrobe is a form of non-verbal communication and usually acts as a deciding interaction factor. People will, unfortunately, judge you based on what they see. It’s very important to express what you want to say to the world in your apparel.”

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‘I Can’t Date Jesus’ Best-selling Author Michael Arceneaux On Writing

Michael Arceneaux, author of I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé, is breaking barriers and assisting in bringing necessary diversity to our bookshelves. Arceneaux is all shades of amazing – he’s a black, gay, millennial man from Houston, Texas, doing his thing. When BLACK ENTERPRISE asked how he feels about the ceilings he has crashed through, he replied, “I have a habit of being extremely hard on myself because I’m always thinking about the next goal, but I have tried very hard to make sure that I take in this moment as much as possible.”

He’s also very aware of societal stigmas that keep marginalized folks back. “I’m Black, I’m gay, I’m country, and from a working-class family,” he said, adding, “I am proud of myself for getting to this point. I am also truly happy that I am helping make it easier for others like me to share their stories, and ideally, take them even further.”

Becoming The Cardi B of Lit

The New York Times best-seller list is an unfathomable dream for most authors. The allure of it has always been there, but the difficulty and rarity of it happening has left many discouraged. Arceneaux, however, says he’s honored to join this elite class of writers. “I’m fortunate and very much grateful that everything aligned the week my book was released and I was fortunate enough to make the list.” He added, “Now, other black writers, black queer, and queer writers, southern black writers, or some combination of these can cite my book in their proposals and show publishers that our stories are not niche.”

It wasn’t a stroke a luck, however. Arceneaux is a brilliant writer with a unique, hilarious style. The former Howard University grad has been writing for many years for the likes of Essence, Complex, and The Root. He has also been featured on BET, MSNBC, VH1, The Breakfast Club, and CBS.

Needless to say, he has built a solid platform and name for himself in the industry. He is a blue-tick certified, Wikipedia-page-having, New York-Times-appearing real deal. A very humble and admirably transparent real deal. He mentioned that he received the news of making the list on a terrible day,

“I was questioning aspects of my life and choices and then my agent called me while I was at the gym and everything just felt lighter in that moment. It reminded me that I am going to be okay because I always am. Also, made me think of my friend Nakisha, who always tells me to chill out because every goal I said I would achieve eventually happens.”

While so many have been grabbing his best-seller off of shelves, his parents aren’t tuned into this aspect of his life and still have not read it. The family members who have, on the other hand, are proud of him and have opened up to him in ways they hadn’t before. As for his friends, some are getting a kick out of the response he has been receiving. “I think some of my friends – like the ones who don’t live in NY – are kind of surprised at the different types of people who know I am alive. One, in particular, could not believe so many white folks showed up to a book event I did in Baltimore. My response at the time was, ‘Me either, but I told you I was gon’ crossover and become the Cardi B of lit.’”

Life Has Been No Crystal Stair

The most difficult part of the author’s journey was getting others to believe what he already knew – that there was an audience for books like his. “Getting people to believe black gay me was not ‘niche’ and finding the balance between writing to support myself and working on my book, which ideally would get me over that hump.”

Getting an agent and publisher behind him wasn’t an easy feat for Arceneaux either. “I had envisioned a book idea some eight, nine years ago, but it took a very long time to convince the people necessary to make it happen (an agent and a publisher) to get behind me.”

I Can’t Date Jesus & Future Projects

I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I Put My Faith in Beyoncé launched on July 24, 2018, from 37 Ink/Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. His publishing house describes the book as, “A timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul-searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.”

There have not been many books I’ve read this year that made me laugh out loud, while at the same time reflect and question the world around me. Arceneaux’s book did just that. It was both humorous and inspiring. To my surprise, he didn’t think too much about the message while writing.

“I don’t really intend anything for the reader beyond making them laugh and making them think. I knew that I set out to write the book I wish I had growing up, but I try not to think too much on what the reader will take from what I write. I like to hear them tell me. And honestly, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. So many different types of people have reached out and it means a lot because there was concern from people I met in publishing about the book — that my identity made me have limited appeal. Meanwhile, white folks in their 70s are constantly emailing me to say they love my book with plenty of references they have never heard of (like Pimp C lyrics).”

It is no surprise that so many resonate with his words. His book grabs you from the very first sentence in the dedication, sharing the story of being told by an old high school classmate that he’d end up working at Burger King because he majored in journalism. Fortunately for fans of Arceneaux’s writing, he has a new book coming out, entitled I Don’t Want to Die Poor. It will be an expansion of the themes I touched on in an essay I penned for the New York Times’ Sunday Review about my struggles with private student loans. I think we need more stories about how many of us live with that debt.”

In five years’ time, he feels that he will still be writing books, but Arceneaux has much more in mind to use his voice to help the world around him through honest dialogue and laughter. “I plan to still be writing books but, I’ll be working primarily in television. I want to write and create shows, appear on camera, etc. I want to do speaking events, too, but I love television and I really want to lend my voice to the medium. My book was just the start of what I plan to make a long life of storytelling and shaking s–t up.”

Some Final Words for Beyoncé

Arceneaux’s love for Beyoncé is clear from the very beginning of the book, when he references the span of time since he last went to church by the amount of Beyoncé albums that had come out. The mentions of Queen Bey are side-splitting and his disdain for people who do not support her (Beytheists) is equally amusing. With this in mind, I had to know what he’d want her to know if she were to read this article. “Please read my book, my Lord and gyrator and fellow Houstonian. I talk real good about you. Also: girl, can you do that rap album for me already?”

If Arceneaux intrigues you, you’d love his book and rants on Twitter.

 

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5 Games We Can’t Wait to Play This December

Winter is officially here. Now’s the perfect time to bundle up in a blanket, get something warm to drink, and play some video games. While there are a couple of highly anticipated titles coming in December, and a few eyebrow-raisers, the last month of the year is light on new releases.

This eclectic month in games will feature new installments in long-running and beloved series, a spiritual successor to a series gaining ground in the public eye once more, a long overdue remake, and a ridiculous number of rhythm games. In the season of “best ofs” and “year in reviews,” don’t forget to take a minute to check out these highly anticipated titles.

Just Cause 4



  • Release Date(s): December 4
  • Developer(s): Avalanche Studios
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Action-Adventure

The Just Cause series is back! After Just Cause 3’s mixed reception back in 2015, Just Cause 4 will have Rico Rodriguez face off against another criminal organization in a beautiful South American setting. Packed with more over-the-top action than even the zaniest of ’80s action flicks, this next game seems like it’ll be the most ridiculous entry yet. Traveling to the island nation of Solís in search of information about his father’s death, Rico will once again fight against the Black Hand criminal syndicate who now possess weather-controlling technology.

Just Cause 4 has a plot that feels like it was ripped straight out of a G.I. Joe cartoon and that could not be more perfect for a game whose protagonist can travel anywhere using a grapple gun and a wingsuit. If Just Cause 4 can rid itself of the bugs and technical issues that plagued its predecessor, playing as Rick will be a blast. The Just Cause series is at its best when it leans into the absurd, and thankfully, this upcoming game seems like it will be delightfully extra.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom



  • Release Date(s): December 4
  • Developer(s): The Game Atelier
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Genre: Platformer

Coming off the heels of last year’s delightful Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap — a remake of Wonder Boy 3 — Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom looks like a delightful side-scrolling adventure. Similar to The Dragon’s Trap, this game will have the player control a boy who gains various animal transformations as the story progresses, giving him new powers and the ability to explore new areas. This boy, Jin, must stop his evil uncle Nabu from using dark magic to destroy the kingdom they live in. While this might not be the most original set up for a fantasy game, it looks like this title will have enough quirky charm to make the idea their own.

Developed by the indie studio The Game Atelier, this title has the full endorsement and support of the creator of the original Wonder Boy series, Ryuichi Nishizawa. As this game is not trying to be a mechanically identical copy of a Wonder Boy game, like The Dragon’s Trap was, it’ll be interesting to see this title’s new take on platforming combat. It’s also hard not to get excited for a game that has a theme song with such a strong Saturday morning cartoon vibe.

Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection



  • Release Date(s): December 4
  • Developer(s): P-Studio
  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Rhythm

The Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection is technically three games rolled into one $ 100 bundle. Continuing the brand new Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, this collection will also contain a PlayStation 4 port of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, which was previously only available on the PlayStation Vita. Additionally, Dancing in Moonlight and Dancing in Starlight are available on the PlayStation Vita for $ 40 each, but do not come with Dancing All Night. Considering the Vita is a dying system, it might just be best to pick up the collection for PlayStation 4 and get the entire series in one convenient package.

These rhythm games will delight anyone who enjoyed the charming and endearing characters in the mainline games. Mixing the iconic music of the franchise with extra character-focused content is a brilliant idea — even if rhythm games tend to cater to a more niche audience. If you want to spend a bit more time with the lovable Persona protagonists and enjoy some of the best music in gaming, this collection will make a terrific gift to yourself this holiday season.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate



  • Release Date(s): December 7
  • Developer(s): Bandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Fighting

Super Smash Bros Ultimate might be the most talked about and anticipated game of 2018. Since its surprise announcement back in March, every new piece of information about this game spawns dozens of articles, hundreds of analysis and opinion videos, and countless memes. Initially criticized as seeming like a port of the fourth Smash Bros. title, it’s now clear that there is enough unique and enticing content to call it a wholly new entry in the beloved fighting game franchise. It has more characters, a variety and single and cooperative modes, and an adventure mode where Kirby is the universe’s only hope. No wonder so many eyes are on this upcoming game.

Longtime fan of the Smash Bros. franchise will definitely love this latest entry in the series and all of its weird decisions, like the introduction of the Piranha Plant as a playable fighter. Newcomers will be drawn to Ultimate due to its tight controls and the genuine love shown for the many different franchises under the Nintendo label. Super Smash Bros Ultimate will likely be one of the best-selling games of this holiday season.

Katamari Damacy Reroll



  • Release Date(s): December 7
  • Developer(s): Namco
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
  • Genre: Puzzle, Action

When Katamari Damacy premiered in 2004, it received a decent amount of praise in Japan and became a sleeper hit in the United States. Featuring a minuscule cosmic prince who has to recreate the stars after his gigantic father destroyed them during a night of binge drinking, the quirky game definitely earned all of its praise. Its mechanics, which centered on rolling a ball around to collect random junk until it’s big enough to become a star, set Katamari Damacy apart from every other game in the early 2000s.

A remake of Katamari Damacy seems a bit overdue at this point. Luckily, Katamari Damacy Reroll will give younger players a chance to play and appreciate this eccentric title at an affordable price on either Switch or PC. It’ll also finally give gamers in the PAL region a chance to play this enjoyable game legitimately.

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Can’t Get It Together: Video Shows Tekashi 6ix9ine Ordering a Hit on Chief Keef’s Cousin [Video]

Tekashi 6ix9ine just needs to go to jail.

In newly surfaced footage, the rapper appears to have ordered goons to shoot Chief Keef’s cousin just days before his cousin was shot at in NYC.

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In shocking new footage, obtained by TMZ, you see Tekashi on FaceTime with Chief’s cousin, Tadoe, asking him if he’s going to be at Keef’s NYC hotel. When the convo ends, 6ix9ine brags to his crew about placing a $ 30,000 bounty on Tadoe. 

It’s interesting … the video was recorded in late May, just days before someone shot at and missed Chief Keef at the W Hotel in Times Square. Remember, 6ix9ine and Keef were beefing all spring over social media leading up to the shooting.

We got Tekashi in Bev Hills hours after bullets flew in Keef’s direction, and 6ix9ine denied any involvement. But, Tekashi’s very public denial didn’t stop cops from looking into his role in the failed hit.

Tekashi is now sitting with neutral inmates at a federal facility after getting busted on racketeering, among other charges. Prosecutors say 6ix9ine and his crew conspired to commit a slew of crimes, including shootings. 

Now, if Tekashi was serious in his apparent threat, we have video evidence the rapper might’ve ordered at least one hit. 

You can see the footage for yourself below.

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Tis the season for holiday shopping (at least amongst the forward-planners in our midst), and who doesn’t want impressively original gift ideas? Not that we don’t love getting and giving candles, but nothing really says “I love you” like dinosaur garden statues or logs that grow shiitake mushrooms, are we right? Thankfully, unique gift emporium UncommonGoods is here with these and more surprising offerings sure to amuse and delight everyone on your list. Read on for our picks, and get shopping before all the good stuff is gone!

For the Quirky Gardener

Dino-philes and green thumbs alike will surely appreciate these steel garden sculptures, which were made by hand in Arizona.

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For the Farm-to-Table Fanatic

Maybe your significant other takes an interest in micology, or maybe they like locavore dining. Whatever the case may be, this shiitake mushroom-growing kit, which is good for up to three years’ worth of fungi, is certain to please.

Buy It! Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit, $ 30; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Tequila Enthusiast

Those who appreciate a fine tequila will love this set of four reusable, hand-carved shot glasses made from Himalayan sea salt. Salud!

Buy It! Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, $ 28 for a set of four; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Sports Fan

Not fun: Scraping snow off your car in the dead of winter. Slightly more fun: Scraping snow off your car with a novel hockey stick snow brush. Perfect for the hockey-viewer (or player) in your life.

Buy It! Hockey Stick Snow Brush, $ 25; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Cat Fancier

Any friend of felines knows that cats need something to scratch on, and we’d rather it be this cute cat-sized laptop scratcher than the new couch.

Buy It! Laptop Cat Scratching Pad, $ 35; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Avocado Toast Addict

No ugly brown avocado halves to be found here! These specialty kitchen items are made from BPA-free silicone and ensure more efficient avocado storage. The pit pocket can conveniently be pushed in or out depending on which half you’ve saved.

Buy It! Avocado Huggers, $ 7.95 for a set of two; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Animal Lover

Animal enthusiasts (or anyone who appreciates the cuter things in life) will go wild for this beginner-level felting kit, which provides materials and guidance for making 2-3 tiny, adorable wool hedgehogs. Thoroughly aww-inducing.

Buy It! Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit, $ 20; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Beer Drinker

Exalt six packs with these peel-and-stick magnetic strips, which adhere to the ceiling of your fridge and allow you to store bottles of your favorite brew up high. Not only do they free up precious refrigerator real estate, they look pretty darn cool.

Buy It! BottleLoft, $ 38; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Eco-Conscious

This ingenious solar-powered charger is portable and powerful — it’s around the same size and weight as an iPhone and delivers a full charge in two hours. It also emits light for up to 150 hours, if you please. And for each purchase, the makers of the device will give one solar-powered light to people in areas of the world without electricity. Now that’s illuminating!

Buy It! Solar-Powered Charger & Light, $ 59.95; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Friend Whose Phone is Always Dying

For those in perpetual need of a phone charger, this bracelet is a game-changer. Its long-lasting lithium battery charges up to 50 percent in 40 minutes — not to mention it makes a good-looking accessory!

Buy It! Phone-Charging Bracelet, $ 149; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Humorist

The jokester in your life will find endless amusement in this Bluetooth-connected, banana-shaped wireless handset, which is designed to take your cell phone calls sans radiation exposure. It’s USB-rechargeable and made from recycled plastic for maximum appeal.

Buy It! Bluetooth Banana Phone, $ 40; uncommongoods.com

 


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Think Walmart Can’t Beat Amazon? Think Again: E-Commerce Extends Streak of Big Sales Gains

Walmart‘s strategy of blending stores and e-commerce to push back at Amazon.com is working.

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reported on Thursday that comparable sales at its namesake U.S. stores rose 3.4% in the third quarter, above Wall Street expectations for 2.9% according to Consensus Metrix, setting it up for a strong holiday season. That performance was boosted by a 43% jump in e-commerce sales, the result of its efforts such as dramatically increasing locations where customers can retrieve online grocery orders, the addition of brands like Lord & Taylor and ModCloth to its web site and a vast expansion of its online marketplace. All Walmart stores ship online orders and allow customers to retrieve online orders.

“Our company is moving faster and we’re accelerating innovation,” Walmart Inc. CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement. “We’re creating a business model that functions as an ecosystem with the customer at the center.”

The years of mega-investments in e-commerce are paying off: digital consultancy eMarketer said in a report released Thursday that Walmart has now eclipsed Apple


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It was the 16th quarter in row of growth in U.S. comparable sales at Walmart’s namesake stores, a metric that strips out revenue from newly closed or opened, and the 15th in a row of increased store visits by shoppers.

Elsewhere, results were also strong: comparable sales at its Sam’s Club division rose 5.7%, helped by the closing of weaker locations and strong digital growth. Sales at Walmart International rose 1.6% excluding the impact of currency fluctuations, helped by comparable sales increases in nine of its 10 foreign markets. Walmart reported adjusted earnings per share of $ 1.08, beating analysts’ forecasts of $ 1.01 per share and raised its U.S. sales growth expectation for the year.

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‘King Kong’: Spectacular giant puppet can’t make up for lack of complex characters and cohesive music

Stare hard into the gorgeous eyes of that gigantic gorilla, people: they’re deep emotional pools, transfixing in their moist, needy intensity. If they gave out Tony Awards for peepers on puppets, King Kong would already be monkeying with his acceptance speech.

But a great popular musical needs…

/entertainment – New York Daily News

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Trump Comes Face to Face With His Nightmare: A News Cycle He Can’t Control

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast

Donald Trump is living a personal nightmare. Just days before a critical election, he finds himself unable to influence what the political press is covering.

The president has spent the last week attempting to gin up media coverage of a caravan of migrants making their way from Honduras to the Mexico-U.S. border. He’s heralded his signing of a major bill to combat the opioid epidemic. He’s touted additional—though currently nonexistent—legislation to further slash middle-class taxes.

But a series of real-world events—primarily the dispatch of explosive devices to numerous top Democratic officials by what appears to be an obsessive Trump fan— have overwhelmed that storyline. And it’s left Trump notably churlish.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Why Silicon Valley can’t shake accusations of anticonservative political bias

Silicon Valley's biggest companies — including Facebook, Google and Twitter — will not shake accusations they are politically biased against President Trump if they continue to keep the public in the dark about how their algorithms work. 
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