‘Lost Child’ Star Leven Rambin Says She Doesn’t Care About ‘Being Likable’

When actress Leven Rambin and director Ramaa Mosley say their film, “Lost Child,” was a passion project, they don’t mean it lightly. It’s been a struggle, from getting financing and distribution, to the filming process, which involved trekking through Ozark forests and mud in the punishing summer heat. It was only through the “willpower and […]

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There’s been no shortage of insider stories about how demanding a boss Steve Jobs could be and how exacting a quality standard he expected everyone at Apple to adhere to during his tenure. Still, it’s always interesting to hear from insiders who have juicy, detail-rich anecdotes to share from the time when Apple’s mercurial co-founder was still in the corner office, still making demands of underlings, still training his famed reality distortion field on anyone and anything that got in the way of Apple on its march to juggernaut status.

Meet Ken Kocienda, a former Apple software engineer who developed the autocorrect feature iPhone users are so reliant on (gee, thanks Ken) as well as the on-screen keyboard in the first iPhone. He’s out with a new book today, Creative Selection, that’s meant to give an insider’s perspective on what Apple’s design process was like under Steve.

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Model and Weinstein accuser Ambra Battilana Gutierrez is using her new podcast to make sure #MeToo doesn’t go #TooFar

The Victoria’s Secret model who first spoke out against Harvey Weinstein wants to make sure that #MeToo doesn’t go #TooFar.

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“‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’”—Nick Carraway on his father, The Great Gatsby

Kendall Jenner triggered a wave of disgust and offense when she detailed her frustrations with the world of runway modeling to Love magazine.

“Since the beginning we’ve been super-selective about what shows I would do,” Jenner, 22, told Love. “I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season or whatever the fuck those girls do. More power to ’em.”

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First Man Doesn’t Quite Live Up to Ryan Gosling’s Thoughtful Neil Armstrong Performance

Damien Chazelle, director of the macho-jazz wingding Whiplash and a floaty modern musical about a great American city, La La Land, is a flashy filmmaker of great ambition. You don’t scale a movie about the first guy to walk on the moon if you’re not. Chazelle’s fourth feature, First Man—which opens the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival—tells the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong, one of the unflashiest heroes of NASA, if not of the whole last half of the 20th century. In 1969 Armstrong took the first step onto that strange, powdery surface and uttered a few simple words that captivated people all over the world. But in the years that followed, he largely retreated from publicity. In 2005, at the time James R. Hansen’s biography, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, was published, the former star astronaut was living quietly in a Cincinnati suburb. In 2001, while helping to conduct interviews for the official NASA oral history, professor and writer Douglas Brinkley met Armstrong and asked him if he’d ever gazed at the moon before that historic Apollo 11 flight. “No, I never did that,” he said.

Armstrong died in 2012, and it’s hard not to wonder what he’d make of Chazelle’s version of his story, adapted from Hansen’s book by screenwriter Josh Singer. This is a respectful movie, even a genuflecting one; there’s never a moment when Chazelle fails to let you know he’s doing important, valuable work. But that’s the problem: The movie feels too fussed-over for such a low-key hero. Its star, Ryan Gosling, turns in a discreet, sensitive performance, almost too sensitive for the movie around it: Minute after minute, Chazelle and cinematographer Linus Sandgren are right there with the (often) handheld camera, coming in tight for allegedly meaningful closeups or jiggling hard to connote, say, the brain-rattling feeling of being an astronaut leaving the Earth’s atmosphere in a space capsule. The wriggly camera work doesn’t make the jostling more dramatic. If anything, it makes the proceedings seem inconsequential, no-biggie events that need to be jazzed up visually with excess technique.

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Universal PicturesOn the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, “La La Land,” Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ “First Man,” the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.

That’s a drag, because Chazelle and Singer have taken visible care with some of the movie’s dramatic details. First Man doesn’t have the jaunty spirit of Philip Kaufman’s great 1983 Tom Wolfe adaptation, The Right Stuff, which focuses on the original Mercury astronauts, the precursors to Armstrong’s group, who flew the Gemini and Apollo missions. That movie’s cheerful casualness actually enhanced the sense of danger surrounding those early missions. Chazelle chooses another path, and his instincts aren’t inherently wrong. It took a long time for the Gemini astronauts, and later those of the Apollo missions, to reach the moon, and men died trying to get there; in the movie’s best moments, Chazelle makes you feel that weight. He succeeds in making the events directly preceding that first lunar landing, a mission undertaken by Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll) and Mike Collins (Lukas Haas), seem suitably tense, even though we all know how it turned out. First Man also helps you imagine the grief Armstrong must have felt when his close friend and colleague, Ed White (Jason Clarke), was burned to death—along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee—during a pre-launch test for Apollo 1. Gosling is sensitive enough as an actor to understand Armstrong’s devotion to science, to the point where he must have preferred its language of numbers and facts to the murkier arena of feelings.

There’s a lot of science in First Man. You hear plenty of important-sounding men intoning stuff about vectors and coordinates and the like—a space movie needs that. But there are also a lot of feelings—too many feelings, even for those of us who like them. Chazelle and Singer seem to want to balance the greatness of Armstrong’s achievement with his own personal tragedy: He and his wife, Janet (played, with a great deal of astronaut-wife fortitude, by Claire Foy), lost their young daughter to a brain tumor in the early 1960s; shortly thereafter, Armstrong signed on to become an astronaut. Chazelle seems desperate to link these two events, as if you couldn’t make a pretty good Neil Armstrong movie without doing so. Losing a child is a devastating experience. But in First Man, Gosling’s Armstrong is tasked with reminding us of his pain in practically every other scene: As his daughter is dying, he holds her and gazes at the moon, singing a lunar-themed lullaby. After her death, he has a hallucinatory vision of her playing with some other little kids. Immediately after the funeral, he solemnly slips her little beaded bracelet into a drawer. (Keep an eye on that bracelet—it’s going to make a dramatic return.) Janet reveals to a friend that Armstrong never talks about his daughter; that’s a believable, searing detail. It’s Chazelle, with his constant stream of movie language, who can’t stop jabbering about her.

In 2018, we generally feel bad for men who can’t express their emotions, and most of us are rightly happy that more men have learned it’s OK to do so. But does it really serve men of Armstrong’s generation to have young filmmakers applying Psych 101 principles to their emotions some 60 years after the fact? Chazelle dramatizes several instances in which Armstrong’s background as an aeronautical engineer—and his overall quick thinking—helped prevent disaster, showing that there’s joy in science and exploration by themselves. But too much of First Man made me feel protective, posthumously, of Armstrong’s emotional privacy. Armstrong must have been lying when he told Brinkley he’d never gazed upon the moon—come on, we all look at it from time to time. It belongs to all of us, as a song once said. But Armstrong’s answer indicates that there were some things he just didn’t want to talk about, especially to a stranger. Life, and its loss, is its own mystery. There’s no explanation, and no cure, for the moon inside.


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When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Come Naturally

As an ob-gyn for Kaiser Permanente, Amani Zewail, MD, had always encouraged expecting moms to prepare for breastfeeding. She gave them information, asked about their concerns and urged them to take breastfeeding classes.

But she never anticipated the challenges she would face in breastfeeding her own first child.

Amani Zewail, MD

Amani Zewail, MD

“I was in excruciating pain each time he tried to nurse, and he was making these strange clicking noises,” she recalled of the first few days with her baby boy. “It just didn’t seem right.”

At the baby’s two-day appointment, a lactation consultant quickly diagnosed the problem: a condition known as tongue-tie in which the tissue connecting the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short. The problem could be fixed with a simple outpatient procedure; until then, the lactation consultant showed Dr. Zewail how to pump her breast milk for bottle feeding.

A healthy start

Breastfeeding for six months is one of the best things a mom can do to give her baby a healthy start. Breast milk is easy to digest, strengthens the immune system, prevents illness and reduces the risk of obesity. But breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily, and many women struggle at first.

“Women’s breasts don’t start producing milk automatically, and babies don’t come out of the womb knowing how to nurse,” said Kari Carlson, MD, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Kaiser Permanente Northern California and national clinical lead for Women’s Health. “Our goal is to do everything we can to support them on their journey.”

This approach has helped make Kaiser Permanente a leader in supporting breastfeeding. One measure is our high rate of “exclusive breastfeeding” during the hospital stay, meaning that infants receive only breast milk ― no other liquids or solids. The national average is 52 percent according to The Joint Commission. But 75 percent of babies born at Kaiser Permanente in 2017 were exclusively breastfed during their hospital stays, putting us in the top 10 percent nationwide.

Respecting each family’s journey

The decision to breastfeed is highly personal and may not be possible for all women for a range of personal and medical reasons. “A preemie might not be able to nurse, but the mom can still pump her milk and feed it to the baby in a bottle,” said Dr. Carlson. “And if a mom needs to supplement her breast milk with formula, her baby still benefits — any amount of breast milk is good.”

For women who choose to breastfeed, support is available every step of the way. Kaiser Permanente nurses are trained to encourage early breastfeeding by placing the baby skin-to-skin on the mother’s chest in the “golden hour” after birth when babies are alert and curious. If the baby won’t latch, or the mother can’t find a comfortable nursing position, our nurses know just what to do. Lactation experts are available to help with complicated cases.

Breastfeeding concerns are also addressed at the baby’s first pediatrician appointment, typically scheduled within the first few days after birth. And round-the-clock support is available through our advice nurses.

Sweet success

Now the mother of a thriving 3-year-old, Dr. Zewail is happy she stuck it out through the hard times.

“Breastfeeding my son was the best experience, and I owe it all to the lactation consultants who helped me,” she said.

Learn more about breastfeeding on the Thrive maternity website and the breastfeeding section of kp.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We wish them the best.

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Earlier this month, the world watched as Alice Marie Johnson celebrated her first taste of freedom after serving 21 years behind bars for a first-time, non-violent offense. The 65-year-old great-grandmother was sentenced to life in federal prison in 1996 for drug trafficking. On June 6, President Donald Trump commuted her sentence just weeks after granting a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Following Johnson’s release from prison, White House officials reportedly began to consider granting clemency to several black hip-hop artists. Trump has also teased the idea of possibly granting clemency for Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of 17 charges that included an attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other incarcerated people of color deserving of clemency. Here are five people Trump could and should exonerate  to release them from prison or clear them of the charges that led to their arrest.

Cyntoia Brown

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Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for a murder in 2004 when she was 16 years old. According to her attorney, Brown, a victim of sex trafficking, killed a 43-year-old real estate agent because she feared for her life after he picked her up at a fast-food restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, and took her to his home with the intention to have sex. Brown’s lawyers also pointed out that because she suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, she did not have the mental state necessary to be held responsible for a premeditated murder. Prosecutors, however, successfully argued that she shot the man in cold blood and stole his car.


Marissa Alexander

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At 31 years old, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison back in 2012 for firing a warning shot at her abusive, estranged husband. The domestic abuse survivor says she fired the shot at the ceiling of her Jacksonville home in order to protect herself because her ex-husband had threatened to kill her. Her attorneys argued that she should be granted immunity under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground,” which allows a victim to use lethal force in their defense. However, despite having no previous criminal record or arrests, the mother of three was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Alexander’s case gained national attention, especially after a Florida jury cited the “Stand Your Ground” law to vindicate George Zimmerman from any wrongdoing in the murder of Trayvon Martin the following year. The Free Marissa Now Campaign and Alliance worked tirelessly to spread awareness about her case and for her freedom.

After serving three years behind bars and two years in house detention with a surveillance ankle monitor, Alexander was finally released in January 2017. Yet, despite being free, Alexander’s criminal record has been a roadblock for some of her career aspirations and dreams. “Originally when I got out I wanted to try and be a paralegal, but then I realized that I’m a convicted felon and nobody is going to actually let me help people and reach them as much as I would like,” she told The Cut.


Christina Martinez

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Christina Martinez was 26 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for her participation in a robbery that turned deadly. According to a petition on Change.org, the mother of three served as an unknowing accomplice when her abusive boyfriend and his friends committed a house robbery.

Christina Martinez is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence who has been in prison for nine years as a result of her abuser’s lethal violence, reads the petition. Christina was only 19 years old when, under the abusive duress of her boyfriend, she drove him and his friends to a house where, without her knowing, they committed a robbery that resulted in a death. Christina’s boyfriend then threatened to kill her if she told anyone. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 20s, Christina suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse.


Mumia Abu Jamal

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Mumia Abu-Jamal, a prominent African American political activist and former member of the Black Panther Party, was arrested and convicted of killing white police Officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia in 1981. He was initially sentenced to death, however, the United States Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in his case in 2011, and he was re-sentenced to life in prison without parole. Nevertheless, Abu-Jamal and many advocates have maintained his innocence and push for his freedom.


Tammy Garvin

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Tammy Garvin, a survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking, has been locked behind bars for almost three decades after her trafficker robbed and killed one of his clients in 1991. In fear for her own life and the safety of her family, Garvin refused to testify against her trafficker, who was ultimately acquitted.

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Tammy Garvin is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking who has been in prison for 27 years as a result of her trafficker/abuser’s lethal violence. Tammy was only 14 years old when she was trafficked, and by the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 30s, she suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse.


Assata Shakur

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Joanne “Assata Shakur” Chesimard is a political activist and former leader of the Black Liberation Army who was convicted in 1977 of the 1973 murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. She has been living in Cuba, which granted her political asylum in 1984. Back in the 70s, she was a target of COINTELPRO, an FBI investigation that consisted of legal and illegal projects aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting political organizations.

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Snack time doesn’t have to be rushed

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Planning wholesome meals for your family can be totally stressful, particularly when everyone comes to the table starving and cranky. Building in snack breaks in your day to keep your kids’ energy stable is a great idea — but it can devolve into junk food all too easily. This has been a problem for me for years. But in the last few months of mom-life, I’ve finally hit on a system that works for me. Taking just a little time out of your week to snack-prep will make your life so much easier. Here’s what I do.

Designated snack baskets

My kids know where to go to if they’re hungry and it’s not meal time yet. We have one big basket for the pantry items, and a couple of smaller baskets for the cold items that need to be refrigerated. I can’t count how many times a day I used to hear, “I’M HUNGRY, I NEED A SNACK PLEASE!!!” It makes it a lot easier when I have their snacks all prepped and ready for them to grab and go.

To be honest, they still whine for something to eat, but instead of having to get up and make them something, I can remind them to go grab something out of the snack box. Bonus, it’s encouraging them to be independent!

Prep the snacks beforehand

Now that I’m finally getting this parenting thing down pat, I’ve learned that preparation is the ultimate key to success. Keeping snacks stocked and ready is literally a lifesaver and I thank myself for doing it every time. I’m probably not alone here when I say that my kids are ALWAYS hungry or thirsty. I guess it makes sense; they’re growing like weeds, but dang! Give Mom a break!

Instead of letting them eat straight out of the cracker box, ultimately creating bad eating habits, I buy the “grab and go” snack sizes of peanut butter, guacamole, fruit cups, hummus, apple sauce, Nutella, yogurt, and cheese. Then I fill up some snack bags with cut up apples, washed grapes, crackers, pepperoni, pretzels, etc. That way, they can grab a few different things and mix them up. This also makes it easier to put together a plate for an after-school play date. Give them a buffet and you’re the best mom ever (even if nobody actually says it out loud).

Mix it up

Don’t get in the habit of buying the same old things over and over again. Try adding at least one new item to your snack baskets every week or two. This will help your children try new things and not get stuck on the same snacks every time. This is something we have struggled with at our house — if I don’t seek out new items, it makes my life harder whenever they have to try something new.

Find a juice you can trust

In the last couple of months, my kids started to refuse the juice boxes I had been buying for them. When I tried them myself, they tasted more like flavored water than juice, and I didn’t blame them for wanting to drink plain water instead. But with the summer coming up, I really wanted to find something other than water and almond milk that they liked and would ultimately keep them hydrated.

Like many other moms out there, I have to monitor my children’s sugar intake. You give these kids an inch, they’ll take a mile. I am constantly on the lookout for a product—especially when it comes to juice; that has no added sugar. I had seen that Capri Sun had an organic line with no added sugar*, and wanted to give it a try. It has been reformulated with all natural ingredients and is free of added flavors, colors or preservatives. Not only have they made the product with all-natural ingredients, they also listened to consumers a few years back and created packaging with a clear bottom so you can see what you’re giving your kids.

Growing up, Capri Sun was always my juice of choice. (Yes, I’m a millennial mom!) So I figured if the kids didn’t care for them, I’d finish them off. Turns out they loved them, and rightfully so.   Throwing away almost-full juice boxes is a thing of the past in this house.

Pro tip!

My kids hate when their apples oxidize and start to turn brown. After a certain point, they’ll totally refuse to eat them. Restaurants I’ve worked at would soak their apples in Sprite (!!) to keep them from browning. I’ve tried pineapple juice in the past, but they ended up tasting way too sweet. After trying the Capri Sun Organic Apple Juice, I knew it would be perfect to soak our apples in after slicing, and it worked like a charm!

 

What are favorite easy snacks your kids love?

This post is sponsored by Capri Sun.  All opinions are truthful and my own.

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The Bachelorette Wants Becca to Leave Arie in the Past, Even Though It Doesn’t Seem Ready to Do the Same

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Jill Duggar Says ‘to Disagree Doesn’t Equal Hate’ After Husband Derick Posts Homophobic Tweets

Jill (Duggar) Dillard is speaking out in the wake of her husband’s recent controversial tweets.

“To disagree doesn’t = hate, or judgement,” Jill, 26, began an Instagram post on Monday.

“Love doesn’t always = approval,” continued Jill, who previously starred on TLC’s Counting On alongside multiple her Duggar siblings. The Duggars, who are religiously conservative, have appeared on TLC since 2008.

“Just because I disagree with my child on something doesn’t mean I hate him, and just because I love and forgive him doesn’t mean I approve of everything he does,” she wrote. “You can be friends with, love and care for people you don’t agree with 100%.”

Her Instagram post comes about a week after her husband and former Counting On star Derick Dillard, who was fired from the TLC series, responded to a tweet from the network promoting the reality series Nate & Jeremiah by Design, starring Nate Berkus, his husband Jeremiah Brent and their two children.

The show follows Berkus and Brent, who are interior design experts and fathers — they share son Oskar, 1 month, and daughter Poppy, 3 — and teaches viewers “how to turn a money pit into a masterpiece. In each episode we learn from the mistakes of their clients as these designer husbands rescue them from renovation nightmares,” according to TLC.

“What a travesty of family,” Derick tweeted in response to TLC’s tweet. “It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.”

When Twitter user @lisadcfckeates asked Derick, “Do their lifestyles affect yours ? …. Errrrm No,”and “Plus this child looks mightily happy to me not ‘Poor’ as you describe,” the father of two responded, “They affect this poor child, as well as what perversions are celebrated. If it were adultery, I doubt a network would be so quick to focus on the reality of it as if it were ok” and added, “And that’s a good standard for well-being? …how they look?”

“So I guess we shouldn’t have judges in our court system? Should we not be allowed to challenge what’s best for the welfare of children, especially when their guardian chooses to be in the public eye and put a child in the public eye?” he responded to another user.

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“I’m not bashing the people, I’m just calling out the public agenda at play and how a network chooses what they highlight,” continued the father of two, who two shares sons Israel, 3, and Samuel, 9 months, with Jill. “Christians should love all as Christ loved all. Take advantage of capitalism: boycott what you don’t believe in, but don’t boycott relationships.”

In response to Derick’s tweets, Berkus tweeted, “My hope with having a show like #NandJByDesign on @TLC, where we go into people’s homes and welcome viewers into ours, is that we can start to break down barriers & normalize the way our family looks & the way our family loves.”


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T.I. Says He Doesn’t Understand Kanye West’s Actions, But Believes His Intentions Are Good [Video]

T.I. collaborated on a song with Kanye West  for “Ye vs The People,” but now T.I. has joined the rest of us in not knowing what the heck Kanye West is doing.

via TMZ:

We got Tip at LAX Wednesday and asked if the message of his new song with Kanye — “Ye vs. the People” — has been lost with Kanye’s slavery comments. T.I. tells us he’s uncertain, but implies his message to Kanye was definitely not received.

The rapper also says he’s unsure what direction Kanye’s going in, or what he’s trying to do, but he suggests some patience … even though he admits he’s having trouble with that himself.

T.I.’s pretty adamant about one thing, though — Kanye’s not trying to hurt anybody. In fact, Tip says Kanye believes he’s doing the opposite … to the point of being a sacrificial lamb.

Check out the video below.

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Joy Reid Apologizes for Homophobic Posts She Doesn’t ‘Remember Writing’

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MSNBC anchor Joy Reid on Saturday morning offered a lengthy apology for a series of homophobic blog posts attributed to her, but continued to suggest she had not written them.

“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me,” she said, “but I can definitely understand based on things I have tweeted and I have written in the past why some people don’t believe me.”

Over the past week, the AM Joy host has offered a confusing series of explanations for newly unearthed blog posts and tweets in which she used gay stereotypes, expressed revulsion at homosexuality, decried gay love scenes in the movie Brokeback Mountain, and mocked gay celebrities like Anderson Cooper and Clay Aiken.

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8 Going-Out Looks for the Girl Who Doesn’t Wear Heels

Remember that one time Kendall Jenner wore sneakers out to her favorite club in L.A.? So do we. The It girl took even us by surprise when she stepped out for a night on the town wearing her go-to pair of white sneaks, proving that flats can absolutely make for a cool-girl addition to any look—even a going-out outfit (genius, right?).

But since we know that nailing the right look can be tricky, we figured a little inspiration might come in handy. The eight trendsetters below have proven time and again that a great going-out outfit doesn’t require a pair of heels. So whether you’re simply not the “killer heels” type of girl or you’re looking for some fresh outfit inspiration, we’re rounding out our favorite celeb-inspired going-out clothing combos for flats—dance-floor longevity guaranteed.

Keep reading to see (and shop) eight going-out looks for the girl who doesn’t wear heels.

On Kendall Jenner: Balenciaga Textured-Leather Biker Jacket ($ 2745); Self-Portrait double crêpe trousers; Givenchy Micros Lucrezia Sandy Leather Satchel in Black ($ 1295); Kenneth Cole Kam Leather Sneakers ($ 120). Make trousers feel nighttime-appropriate by adding sneakers and a leather jacket.
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On Selena Gomez: Pallas Folded-Band-Collar Top in White Crepe ($ 980); Louis Vuitton bag; Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Sailor Skirt ($ 170); Vetements Cowboy Ankle Boot ($ 1750). Comfortable and chic makes for the ideal combination.
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On Gigi Hadid: Adidas Originals track jacket; Adidas Originals Adicolour Firebird Track Pant with 3 Stripe ($ 66); Saint Laurent Large Monogram Grained Leather Shoulder Bag ($ 2690); Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers ($ 55). Lean into the athleisure trend by rocking a track suit with classic white sneakers.
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On Alexa Chung: Burberry Prorsum Shearling Coat ($ 4000); Alexa Chung for AG Laura Corduroy Waistcoat ($ 181); Alexa Chung for AG Laura Corduroy Trousers ($ 190). Loafers are the ultimate comfy-meets-cool pick if your style is more fashion-forward.
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On Suki Waterhouse: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress; Jimmy Choo Bells Sneakers in Black ($ 595). For a more feminine take on the sneakers look, try pairing a floral dress with your favorite comfy kicks.
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On Karlie Kloss: Reformation Kensington Jacket ($ 198); Rosie Assoulin Matisse Cut Out Top ($ 1495) and Ziggy Hound’s-Tooth Wool-Blend Trousers($ 697); Adidas x Kanye West Yeezy sneakers. If your signature style is more adventurous, try mixing wide-leg pants with a cool crop top and sneakers.
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On Bella Hadid: Spitfire Lennon 2 Sunglasses ($ 36); Saint Laurent Lolita Lace-Up Bootie ($ 895). Try an all-black look with edgy boots for a night on the town.
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On Olivia Palermo: Misha Nonoo Alexa Cotton Poplin Shirtdress ($ 325); Misha Nonoo sweater; Analeena bag; Freda Salvador Star Leather Studded-Fringe Welt Ankle Boots ($ 595). A day-to-night dress and ankle boots make for a chic combination.
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Italy’s First Black Immigrant Senator Doesn’t Really Like Immigrants

Italy’s new parliament is now the most diverse it has ever been. It has more women. It is younger and for the first time ever, it will have a black face occupying one of its seats in its parliament. Nigerian-born Tony Iwobi made waves around the world last month after his electoral triumph made him the country’s first ever black senator.

“After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure. I’m ready, friends,” Iwobi wrote, going on to thank his party leader Matteo Salvini and his other fellow party members.

There’s just one issue: the new black immigrant senator’s election promise was to stop “the invasion of immigrants” in Italy.

FAR RIGHT WINGER:

Iwobi is a member of the far-right League, formerly the Northern League, whose regional policy “was succession from the rest of Italy.” According to the Local, the party has threatened to take Italy out of the euro and the European Union. Its leadership thinks Islam is incompatible with Italian values. It fiercely opposes immigration and has promised to expel thousands of illegal migrants in Italy.

In February, one of its far-right supporters shot and injured six immigrants of African descent in an attack that was deemed racially motivated. Yahoo News even went as far as to describe Iwobi as “the black face to Italy’s far-right” movement.

Iwobi, who moved to Italy on a student visa in 1976 was born to a Roman Catholic family of 11 in Gusau, Nigeria, in 1955. He worked several odd jobs like plumbing, garbage collector, and in construction while earning a degree in accounting and computer science. He now runs an IT security and services company in Spirano, where he has lived for the majority of his 42 years in the country.

HIS TOUGH STANCE ON IMMIGRATION:

Just days after his election victory, one of Italy’s famous black footballer blasted the 63-year old on social media for his stance on immigration.

“Maybe I’m blind or maybe they haven’t told him that he’s black yet. Disgrace!” Mario Balotelli wrote of Iwobi on Instagram.

Balotelli, who is now 27 years old, was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrants and was given to foster parents at the age of two. Because his foster family didn’t officially adopt him, Balotelli had to wait till he was 18 years old to be granted Italian citizenship.

”It’s an absurd law which needs to be changed. He was born and raised in Italy but had to suffer the humiliation and hardships of being considered a foreigner,” said Silvia Balotelli, his foster mother said.

Reforms proposed in the Senate in December to make the process easier was vehemently opposed by Iwobi.

“Why should the children of foreigners become Italian just like that? It’s not right,” Iwobi was quoted in Il Giornale, Italy’s right-wing newspaper.

Jean-Léonard Touadi, a Congolese-born journalist and politician with Italy’s center-to-left Democratic Party said Iwobi suffers from “Stockholm’s Syndrome”

“He acts as a mouthpiece for the anti-African proclamations of his own jailers,” Touadi said.

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How to become a morning person if your baby doesn’t respect night owls

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I thought I’d always be a night owl. I imagined people were born either night people or morning people, and that’s just the way it was.

When I was in college, I regularly pulled all-nighters, and it wasn’t a big deal. I preferred it. I thrived on working through the silence and darkness, knowing that as the world slept, I was still awake and alive.

After college, I continued to live my life long into the wee hours. When other people yawned, I was just getting started. I had a membership to a 24-hour gym, and sometimes I’d work out at 3 a.m., having not gone to bed yet and not tired enough to sleep.

Then I had a baby.

But he wasn’t just any baby. He was a child who woke up at 5:45 a.m., as consistently as if I had set him like a clock. He was — GASP! — a morning person.

I tried blackout curtains, thinking that the morning desert sunshine was the problem. It wasn’t.

I tried messing with his bedtime. (Although I was reluctant to mess with it too much. He was going to bed easily and sleeping well, so why change anything?) No matter what time he went down, he stubbornly woke up between 5:45 and 6 a.m.

It was clear the thing that had to change was me. I had responsibilities as a mother that I couldn’t meet as a night owl — that is, a sleep-deprived zombie mom. A mombie. I had to start waking up early and not dragging through the day.

A woman sitting on her bed with a cup of coffee, her head against her knees

So I became an early riser, something I didn’t even know could happen.

But it is. I’m here to tell you with confidence that it’s possible to make yourself over into a morning person. I’ve done it. And now I’m one of those disgustingly happy people who shows up early for breakfast. I haven’t even hit a snooze button in more than two years. (Then again, my child is my alarm clock. But still.)

Dark-haired woman in a bed with white sheets. She looks like she's just waking up

In fact, I often find myself waking before my son gets up, so I can still enjoy the silence and darkness of the night — only now I’m on the other end of it. I read, I respond to emails, I do some writing. It’s a quiet space that I’ve carved out for myself, and I have to admit it’s the very best part of my day.

For me, becoming a morning person was a matter of trial and error. I forced myself into bed earlier. I stopped taking naps. I tried various herbs and supplements that I am not qualified to tell you about. I also started drinking insane amounts of caffeine in the mornings. One time I made instant coffee by mixing coffee with instant coffee instead of water, which I do not recommend unless you enjoy heart palpitations.

What I really could have used is this article, “Is it possible to become a morning person?”, created by Mattress Advisor. (While you’re at their site, don’t miss their amazing sleep guide for parents. It’s pretty exhaustive, from how to establish a healthy bedtime routine for your child to sleep problems that arise with age.)

Among the morning-person makeover advice: Establish a bedtime routine for yourself, minimize nighttime commitments, and wake up to natural light. They even include motivation for rising and shining.

It’s something I wish I would have had back when I was snorting espresso. (Don’t do that.)

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So…. what if parenting really doesn’t matter?

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I remember precisely when it happened: Ten weeks into being a mother.

My new moms support group met once a week every week, and we had been meeting this way since our children were born.

We all had boys, and all those boys were generally the same length (taller than a bowling pin), the same shape (a squishy eggplant), and the same weight (an adult Maltese). They also had the same needs and displayed the same cues.

A snuggly newborn in a blue cloth

But ten weeks along, my group had gathered again, and I realized our boys were changing.

We were still doing the same things, raising these boys in similar ways. But the boys were changing despite our efforts.

I remember thinking it wasn’t fair as I compared my son with the other little guys. (Like, “We’re all doing the same stuff! How come mine isn’t sleeping in five-hour intervals?”) Some of the boys grew taller than the others, some got stockier. Mine developed a big head before the rest of his body caught up with it.

As my group continued — we still meet now, three years later — our boys hit milestones at different times. They have varied strengths and weaknesses, and they go through phases. Their personalities are so different.

A baby making a disgusted face in a high chair with a birthday cake decorated with sprinkles

 

It’s almost like it didn’t have anything to do with us as mothers at all.

I felt slightly vindicated and more than a little relieved to read this article from Slate, “Parenting doesn’t matter.”

“Twenty years ago, a panic over parenting swept across the media when developmental psychologist Judith Rich Harris put out a book, The Nurture Assumption, that claimed the links between parents’ actions and the outcomes of their kids were based on flimsy science,” writes the article’s author, Daniel Engber. “… for Harris, the evidence seemed pretty clear: Parents changed; their kids did not.”

Saint Louis University behavioral geneticist Brian Boutwell recently affirmed these findings and said there’s little reason to believe our parenting affects our kids’ intelligence, personality, or mental health.

“We aren’t really ‘puppet masters’ of our kids’ development, (Boutwell) argued, but rather something more important—their guardians and friends,” Engber writes.

This, of course, exists with many caveats. For instance, it assumes that the child’s basic needs are being met and that the household is not abusive.

(Or that you haven’t placed your baby in a basket and left her outdoors for the woodland creatures to claim.)

The feet of a baby who has been tucked into a basket in some sort of woodland area

“Boutwell does concede — as do all adherents to this theory — that parents can be cruel or kind, and that there are obviously many ways to screw up a little person’s life,” Engber says. “If a child ends up inside a Romanian orphanage, for example, studies say that will change her for the worse. So might any approach to ‘parenting’ that could be classified as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.”

Privilege and environmental factors also play a role, of course. A child’s development will definitely be affected by pollution, tainted drinking water, or being part of a marginalized community that faces any number of stressors.

What the research does show is that deviation between ordinary family environments will not impact your child’s development. So good news: your parenting style doesn’t matter. (Bad news: all the anxiety, stress, and mom guilt were for nothing.)

So go ahead. Wear a purple carrier if you want.

A bare-chested man with a shaggy goatee has a baby on his chest in a purple carrier

Whether you choose to nurse or give your baby formula, whether you are a proponent of extended breastfeeding or stop after 6 months, whether you potty train by 2 or by 3, whether you babywear, co-sleep, no-sleep, bed-on-the-floor sleep, what have you — you’re not going to screw up your child.

You’re simply guiding your child into who they were meant to be anyway.

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Kate Hudson DOESN’T own the love fern from ‘How To Loose A Guy In 10 Days’ any more…

…and many other lessons our Fashion and Celebrity Director, Josh Newis-Smith learnt from the ultimate girl crush – AND we do not use that term lightly!

Kate Hudson is the ultimate girl’s girl, or anyone’s girl for that matter. We kick start our interview by fan girling about Alicia Vikander, namely because I am dressed in a look inspired by the Oscar winner we christened, cowboy waiter, “god, she’s just so beautiful isn’t she,” Kate exclaims.

Reclining in the Covent Garden Hotel, just like her floor length red stripped Stella McCartney dress, Kate is a like a breath of fresh spring sunshine. With her blonde locks cut into the perfect pixie Kate is engaging as she is warm – the kinda gal you want to take to Soho immediately, do twenty shots with and talk to about EVERYTHING until the end of time.

Like many people who learnt much about love from early noughties rom-coms, my obsession started long before this rendezvous whilst watching her alongside Matthew McConaughey in How To Loose A Guy In 10 Days. It was also the movie where I realized I was 110 percent a certified homosexual, given Mr. M’s banging bod – just in case you needed or wanted to know.

The Your So Vein scene will go down in history as will THAT golden bias cut dress, but the Love Fern is no longer, “I definitely don’t still own the Love Fern,” Hudson woefully reminisces. We are here to help with your mourning process dear readers and can point you in the direction of some suitable support groups!

It isn’t all lolz a minute creating such iconic movies though, “It was so fun filming that movie – but all comedies are fun! Actually, funnily enough because they are so fun to watch people don’t realize how challenging they are to make. Imagine doing those same scenes over and over again whilst trying to maintain spontaneity and timing. It’s actually very draining because at the end of a twelve hour day you are exhausted and mentally drained.”

Just like a jolly good work out session then? “Yes! When I am doing dramatic work I feel like I have had the greatest therapy session of my life. I feel elated, I want to go out – I’ve been crying all day and I have got something off my chest.”

Hudson has long been one seriously over active actress and sits before me as quite the super hyphenate having set up her athelesiure wear line, Fabletics in 2013. But it’s still the exercise under the watchful eye of training supremos, Nicole Winhoffer that teaches her the most about herself, “working out has really taught me that I get the best results when I am not trying so hard. When I am too obsessive about reaching a certain goal I actually hold on to more emotions, more so than when I enjoy myself and let go.”

But come on hun, surely there are times you really can’t be assed to drag yourself out of bed and into that gym? “You know what my motivational motivational mantra varies from day to day,” Kate shares. “Some days nothing – there is no motivation needed. Now I have my company its an all encompassing motivator as I am surrounded by Fabletics all the time. Everywhere I go in my house is a Fablectics bag or a legging – so that’s the greatest motivator of all.”

She can be quite the Mrs. Motivator – just much better dressed than the Mr. Motivator counterpart – when it comes to her pals, confirming the suggestion with a trademark laugh, “friends are my favourite motivators though! You have to have a great group of girls around you – it just makes it much more fun. But I do exercise just for me, having a discipline makes me feel so good.” I take a moment to pause, imagine if Kate works out with her mother, Goldie Hawn! But the image is just too much sass for one to cope with, so I move on mentally.

Setting up a business in the heavily saturated sportswear market must present itself with serious challenges. However with a series of vibrant printed leggings and soft tonal two pieces that whilst being feminine, don’t sacrifice on the fierceness, Kate is going from strength to strength. The fashion equivalent of going up a dumb bell weight or too, if you will!

Embodying that much lauded term, ‘girl boss’ has itself has been quite the challenge for Kate too, “the hardest thing for women and the most difficult hurdle for women to jump over is confidence. You have to stop asking permission – you need to have the confidence to just go for it. It can be very challenging for women to do but once you get over that you realize that it was not that hard in the first place.”

Putting herself at the forefront of the conversation about her success has been equally challenging, “Women by nature don’t feel like we can own our success like men do. If someone says, ‘wow you are doing so well,’ you act embarrassed instead of saying, ‘yeah man, it’s been awesome. I am super proud about it and we are killing it!’”

The cultural shift in the supreme power of the female voice is equally having an effect on Hudson too, “society has placed roles for us for so long and it’s seen as ‘natural’ for women to be placed in more submissive or suppressed positions. Now there is a change in that by us talking bout that and actively changing the vocabulary we use to talk about ourselves after hundred of years of programming. We should no longer be apologetic and it’s ok for you to be proud of being your own boss and it’s ok to also say no too. It’s a new language that we are engraining into ourselves.” Kate is literally finger clicking good – or everything she says should come with a hair flick.

Her tips therefore for any budding businesswoman? Well that’s simple, “don’t be afraid to speak your mind, don’t worry about people liking you but be kind and listen, be curious and if you really believe in something you have to go with your gut.”

Speaking of speaking your mind, I can’t help but ask Kate – given her certified girl crush and fitness goals status – how the hell one should go about flirting up a storm on the tread mill with your long sought after gym crush?

“Well firstly I wouldn’t ever wear make-up to the gym,” Kate shares before leaning in with a mischievous look rippling across her Hollywood features. Pursing her lips, she continues, “Firstly you wait for them to have the guts to approach you – that is the kind of man you want. There are little things you can do to give him some singles, like simply look at him to initiate it if you need to!”

Easier said than done though when you are Kate Hudson right? “I am not a big fan of the chase – for me I like guys who have guts. Don’t waste your time, just go up to him and say, ‘you are really handsome, do you want to go out?’ He might say, ‘not at all,’ or he might say, ‘yeah!’ I am all for putting it out there and being yourself.”

Being true to oneself might just be the secret to Hudson’s Hollywood come business mogul success, then? “Well the truth is when you are in a relationship with anyone or even yourself that is the real deal – it’s the only way it’s going to work if you are truly yourself.” Amen, sister!

Kate Hudson is the co-founder of Fabletics.

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

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

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

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

Talent Deserves Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars Scrutiny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Justin Theroux doesn’t care what people think of him

OHMYGOSSIP — Justin Theroux has “stopped caring” what people think of him.
The 46-year-old actor – who recently announced he and his estranged wife Jennifer Aniston had split at the end of last year – has admitted he is no longer worried about what the public think of him, as he believes the person he is when he’s in the spotlight is a different “avatar” to who he is when he’s away from the cameras.
He said: “Well, that avatar is not me. So, in that sense, I don’t lose any sleep over it. I’ve stopped caring about what other people think of me. It’s also minimised over the years.”
The ‘Leftovers’ star also doesn’t believe he owes anyone any answers about his private life, and says the key to dodging invasive questions is to just “keep working”.
Speaking to French magazine Mastermind, Justin added: “I just keep working, which is the only thing you can do. So, when someone I’ve never met in my life comes up to me and asks me a personal question, I say ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ And you know, I’m sorry, but I really don’t.”
His comments come as he has found himself thrust into the spotlight following the news that he has split from 49-year-old ‘Friends’ actress Jennifer Aniston, after two-and-a-half-years of marriage.
The couple announced the news earlier this month in a joint statement which read: “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.
“Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

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Laura Govan Wants You to Know She Doesn’t Know Vince Herbert ‘Like That’ [Video]

Laura Govan wants to clear her name.

After a few brief press visits, the paparazzi caught up with Laura (or she caught up with them) at LAX and she had ‘no comment’ — but with a lot of comments.

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First things first … Laura wanted to make it clear she is NOT pregnant. When we got her at LAX Thursday she admitted she does know Tamar’s estranged husband, but clarified she doesn’t know him “that way.”

Remember, Tamar claimed Vincent had gotten some “stupid broke ass whore” pregnant. Then Laura’s ex-husband, Gilbert Arenas, jumped into the mix and strongly insinuated Laura was said whore.

Laura told us she has respect for Tamar and Vince, and has nothing to do with their beef. But when it comes to her own ex, Laura’s clearly pissed off at Gilbert. In fact, it sounds like there’s a legal war coming with the former NBA star.

Watch below.

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Andy Cohen Says He ‘Doesn’t Know’ Kathy Griffin, Kathy BLASTS Andy As ‘Deeply Misogynistic’ [Video]

Andy Cohen pulled a Mariah Carey when asked about his former friend Kathy Griffin.

Everyone knows that Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper are BFFs. Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin were also BFFs until Anderson threw Kathy under the bus during the fallout from her bloody Donald Trump photo. 

Kathy admitted that was the end of their friendship and she thinks Anderson did her dirty.

Judging from the video below, it’s clear Andy is taking Anderson’s side in all this.

“Who? I don’t know her,” said Andy when asked about replacing Kathy in this year’s CNN New Year’s Eve special. The shade!

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Puerto Rico Warns of ‘Total Shutdown’ If Congress Doesn’t Send Money

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Brie Larson doesn’t feel ‘pretty enough’ for lead roles

OHMYGOSSIP — Brie Larson “didn’t feel pretty enough” to take on lead roles when she started acting.
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She said: “I just didn’t feel confident in myself, I didn’t feel pretty enough. I thought I’d be a supporting character my whole life and I was struggling with the idea of being the star.”
And the ‘Kong: Skull Island’ star says she’s now learning to “value” herself, after having previously been the victim of sexism on sets where she hasn’t felt “safe”.
She added: “I’ve been on sets where I didn’t feel safe, I’ve felt objectified. But as I’m getting older I’m realising that I can value myself, I’m allowed to.”
Brie’s fear of main roles almost saw her give up the chance to play Captain Marvel – who she will make her debut as in 2018’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – too, as she knows the role will make her “lose some of the things [she] loves most about life”, such as her privacy.
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UFC Boss Dana White Doesn’t Want To See Conor McGregor Box Again

Dana White, president of the combat sports league UFC, says that while MMA fighter Conor McGregor impressed him in his boxing outing, he doesn’t want to see him in the square circle again. McGregor was stopped by Floyd Mayweather in the 10th round of their hyped match, which some are praising the Irishman for.

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“I’m so proud of Conor tonight,” White said at the evening’s postfight press conference. “It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected. When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”

But White made something else equally clear at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena — he doesn’t want to see McGregor step into the squared circle again any time soon.

“I would rather he did not,” White said. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands. I think he did great tonight, I don’t think there’s anything else left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts.”

Our thoughts exactly, Dana White. No offense to Conor McGregor.

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Music therapy doesn’t help autism, study finds

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Enrolling kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in music therapy won’t improve their social skills, according to the results of a large clinical trial.

The disappointing finding, published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is based on a study involving more than 350 children ages 4 through 7 in the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Israel, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Norway and Austria. During the trial, the children all received standard care for autism available in their region. In addition, half of the children received one-on-one music therapy.

After 5 months of therapy, the children in the music therapy group scored similarly on social skills tests to children who didn’t receive music therapy, the researchers found.

Music therapy involves a trained professional helping children create music spontaneously by singing or playing an instrument. The U.S. has about 7,000 music therapists, according to the study.

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So should you disregard music therapy as an option if you have an autistic child?

Not necessarily. To begin with, this study wasn’t perfect. Calculating the effectiveness of a therapy is more difficult than figuring out how well a drug works because therapy is less precise and may vary depending on the therapist and recipient. Other research has found music therapy benefits kids with autism, although these studies are often smaller and of lesser quality.

Even if music therapy doesn’t improve autistic children’s social skills, it may enrich their lives in other ways such as by providing them joy and allowing them to pursue a musical interest, senior author Christian Gold told Reuters. At the same time, the study findings offer reassurance that music therapy doesn’t need to be part of your child’s treatment plan.

Have you tried or heard about music therapy for autism spectrum disorders? What do you think of this type of therapy?

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Running a startup company is one of the most demanding jobs out there, but is nonetheless the very essence of the American dream; millions of Americans fantasize about being their own bosses, coming up with an unbeatable idea or product, and raking in the big money.

However, even for those entrepreneurs with the audacity to found their own companies, the sad fact is that three out of every four startups fail altogether.

It takes much more than hard work or determination alone to succeed with a new business venture. Here are five things every startup needs in order to survive, and eventually thrive.

 

An Unbeatable Team

 

The key premise of any startup is that you are delivering the solution to a problem better than existing firms. You can expect that the competition and pressure will be brutal from the start, and you are going to need a core of highly competent people who can thrive in a challenging environment. Not only will your team have to deal with intense pressure and competition, but they will also have to do so by remaining talented and adaptable, to ensure you get that unique product or service to market.

Having an unbeatable team, therefore, is one of the most important components of any successful startup. Entrepreneurs should choose core team members wisely, and ensure they have the right attributes.

Beyond the founding members of the startup, entrepreneurs should seek out adaptable people who possess intense, intuitive talents in the startup company’s particular field; prior experience in running a successful startup is often helpful as well. Core team members should be dedicated and loyal to the company, and must be ready to put the company as the priority in their lives.

Finally, you should ensure that each core team member is a good “fit” within the company, and doesn’t distract from the synergy or camaraderie you are working to instill.

 

Laser-Like Focus

 

If your all-star team is not focused, then your start-up will likely get into trouble, and fast. Your core startup team has been assembled to provide the solution to a complex problem better than current competitors can; if they lose sight of that, your company will almost certainly fail to deliver on its promises.

Keep your core team heavily focused on the mission essential task, and do not let administrative or other requirements prove to be a fatal distraction.

Consider outsourcing less critical tasks to freelancers or other contractors, so that your core team can stay on target; leveraging technology to automate and simplify mundane tasks and communication can be helpful, too. Additionally, ensure that the problem itself does not morph or grow into something that is drastically different from the original premise (but see below on adaptability), leaving your startup incapable of delivering a product on an acceptable timeline.

As the leader, one of the entrepreneur’s most important tasks is to exercise good judgment as to whether the startup team is sufficiently focused, and that the product is still viable and clearly defined. Keep the big picture in mind, and never let the team stray too far afield from it.

 

A Customer Base

 

If your startup is going to succeed, your product or service has to satisfy the demand of a market in a way that your soon-to-be competitors cannot. Before investing heavily in personnel or infrastructure, ensure that your startup’s product is something that people actually want.

Surveys and other market research can be extremely helpful here. Once you are actually in business it is also imperative, especially early on, that you maintain excellent relationships with your first customers, so they keep coming back for more.

Remember, repeat customers account for 55 to 70 percent of total sales for most companies, so ensure you cultivate a loyal customer base. Additionally, customers can be some of your best (and cheapest) advertising. Work hard to facilitate positive word-of-mouth from early sales, and provide venues in social media where customers can share their experiences. This feedback can also help you relate better to your current or future customers, and assist you in improving your startup’s product as well.

Finally, continue working hard to build your customer base at all times; make every sale counts.

 

Flexibility

 

Adapt or die is not a cliché when it comes to startups. If your business is going to endure and ultimately thrive, then it will almost certainly have to be extremely flexible. An effective company will adapt rapidly to change, and seize fleeting opportunities faster than the competition can.

Your core team can never rest on its laurels and simply be satisfied; it must always be thinking about improving the product, or introducing new, better ones.

In some cases, it may be necessary for the startup to pivot dramatically away from its original core service or product. Many highly successful contemporary companies pivoted dramatically from how the were originally envisioned as startups.

YouTube, for example, originally had lowly beginnings as Tune In Hook Up, a video-dating site.  The image-hosting giant Flickr, on the other hand, was originally an online game.

Again, one of the most critical leadership tasks of the entrepreneur is exercising the judgment to determine if changes need to be made, risks taken, or if the company needs to dramatically alter its plans.

 

Cash Flow

 

All of the attributes above are critical to the success of a startup, but they are also intangible; the one critical, and tangible, element your startup needs on day one is a solid cash flow.

Once you are in business, you are going to need to meet payroll, pay vendors, satisfy your landlord and keep the lights on. All of that requires cash.  If you do not anticipate making money initially, ensure that you secure sufficient capital to meet your requirements until you anticipate making money. Be as efficient as possible in the early days, and make every single dollar count.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Succeeding as a startup is extremely challenging. Entrepreneurs who want to make it must build an effective, highly adaptable team, cultivate and grow a loyal customer base, and stay focused; they also need the judgment to know when it is time to make dramatic changes. Finally, startups need a sufficient cash flow, especially in the early days as they are getting established.

While nothing in life or business is certain, ensuring your startup has these five attributes will put you in the best possible place to begin.

 

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It’s Whitney Houston’s birthday and you love muffins know the day could NOT go by without some foolishness involving Brandy and Monica.

Thankfully, they aren’t arguing about which one was Whitney’s true goddaughter.

It started out with Monica wishing Ms. Houston a happy birthday on Instagram.

Not too long after, Brandy followed-up with a post of her own — making sure to let us all know that Whitney passed her the torch (whatever that means).

…and then Brandy gave us another one.

… and then another one.

Because of their history, fans of both Brandy and Monica were quick to accuse Brandy of being petty with her posts & word choice.

She had time today, because she clapped back at her critics (and threw a little more shade at Monica in the process).

‘Oh girl’? Hm.

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Although Rob Lowe relished the opportunity to research and play “the Yoda of gigolos” in his new film, How to Be a Latin Lover, he didn’t take any of his work home with him.

“Listen, who does Luke Skywalker go to for the answers to the universe? You go to Yoda, he is the keeper of the secrets, he is the expert in stories,” Lowe tells PEOPLE of his reasoning behind the nickname he gave his character — a veteran gigolo who preys on wealthy older women. “More than anything, what my character Rick is that really made me laugh, is he takes what he does so seriously, it is legitimately life and death for him.”

Lowe as Rick spends a lot of the film dressed in hilarious, form-fitting costumes that are part of various role-play scenarios, and while the actor isn’t into role-playing himself, he has some well thought-out theories on the pizza delivery boy and naughty schoolgirl fantasy tropes.

“Here’s my thing though, having been an expert at role-playing now; I think you need to limit it to characters of the Village People,” he jokes. “It’s like, you can only put so many presidents on Mount Rushmore and pizza delivery boy, eh, is that my thing per se? I’m happy to do it, but I think pizza delivery boy is the female equivalent of guys liking naughty school girls.”

He adds: “I know a lot of people love  but it’s hard to do seriously. I’ve been with my wife 25 years, I would probably get two minutes into being, ‘Alright, pull over ma’am. I think you were speeding in a neutral zone!” and we would just be laughing. How could you ever get through it?”

Meanwhile, Lowe’s costar Rob Huebel and director Ken Marino think the Parks and Recreation star should consider becoming a real gigolo.

“He would make a lot of money as a gigolo, right?” notes Huebel. “I would pay for that.”

Marino agrees: “He would make an enormous amount of money, he’d be booked up for years. I’ll tell you something, I would sign up for a session with Rob Lowe. He’s a very handsome man.”

The funnymen joke that “there would be a line” for Lowe’s services.

“His Yelp reviews would be fantastic,” quips Huebel.

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Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have kids of her own, and she’s just fine with that.

The media mogul says she’s a mother figure to the 172 girls in her Leadership Academy, and that’s enough.

“I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies,” Winfrey, 63, tells Good Housekeeping U.K. in their April issue, on sale March 1. “I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage!”

Instead, the girls at Winfrey’s boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa, give her a chance to be a mother figure.

“When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children,” she says. “Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10 or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.”

“It is more rewarding that I would ever have imagined,” she says about working with the children at her boarding school. “I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain.”

Winfrey — who at age 14 gave birth to a son that died in the hospital a few weeks later — previously spoke about her decision to not have any more children to The Hollywood Reporter.

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” Winfrey told THR in 2013. “They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

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“Now I feel liberated!” she continues. “It’s the thing I have been looking for my whole life — to feel a sense of freedom. The taste of freedom? There is nothing better than that!”


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Zoe Saldana is here to remind men that it’s NBD to take your wife’s last name.

“Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner’s surname, or she keeps hers,” the actress wrote in a June 8 Facebook post.

In an interview for the July cover story of InStyle, Saldana revealed that her husband, Italian artist Marco Perego, chose to adopt her last name after their 2013 marriage.

“I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world’,” she told InStyle. “But Marco looks up at me and says [she puts on a cute Italian accent], ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a sheet.’”

The news made headlines across the web (including in this publication), because, it’s still the assumed default for a woman who marries a man to change her name to match his — however retro that may seem. According to a 2013 YouGov poll , 61 percent of respondents thought that women should take their husbands’ last names, while less than half of those polled even thought that a man should be allowed to take his wife’s name.

Saldana shared her thoughts on Facebook about the public reaction to her husband’s name. “Why is it so surprising, shocking, eventful that a man would take his wife’s surname?,” she asked. “Women have never been asked if its ok for them to give up their names — why doesn’t that make the news?”

She went on to reassure men that their identities would not be erased by a simple name change, imploring us all the rethink the way we define what being a masculine man means:

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Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Think Being Single Will Hurt His White House Chances

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, would be just fine being single in the White House — and he doesn’t think voters will mind either.

Graham, who has never married, told The Huffington Post on Saturday that he didn’t think his marital status would affect his chances of winning the presidency.

“It’s up to people to make that decision. I feel real comfortable with who I am and the life I’ve lived. I’ve got a wonderful, supportive family. And the last time I checked, I didn’t see a sign on the White House that said ‘single people need not apply,'” Graham said at an event hosted by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in Boone, Iowa. “So I am good to go, I think I’d be a good commander-in-chief and I’d work really hard as president for everybody and for your family.”

Only two bachelors, James Buchanan and Grover Cleveland, have ever been elected president.

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What to Do When Your Partner Doesn’t Listen To You

Gaby and Henry have lived in the same apartment for five years. It is in a great location near Gaby’s work, but with increasing rent, Henry feels that they are throwing their money away. Their lease is ending in a couple of months, and Henry wants to buy a house or condo. He wants to lock in a monthly payment and have an investment of their own.

Gaby does not want to leave their current neighborhood, and knows that if they buy something they can afford, they would have to move away from the area she loves. In addition, her daily commute to work would double and she would have to move to a not-so-nice neighborhood far away from her friends.

Gaby also dislikes the idea of being tied to a 30-year mortgage contract. Although she sees the value of investing in a property, she does not want the pressure of having a big financial commitment for such a long time.

Although they have discussed in detail each other’s perspectives, they cannot reach an agreement.

Every time they talk about it, they both end up tense and feeling bitter. Henry insists that he only wants to do the right thing for both of them and gets very defensive when Gaby disagrees with him.

Gaby feels that Henry is not listening to her, and in order to avoid further conflict, Gaby is about to give in to Henry’s desire to purchase a property–even if she doesn’t feel happy about it.

When conflict arises, most couples do not know how to resolve it in a way that feels good to both parties. Usually couples do one of the following:

• One of them ends up sacrificing his or her own interests to end the conflict.

• One of them ends up becoming “The Boss” and giving the other an ultimatum of how things are going to be.

• Both engage in an endless power struggle; they fight to see who gets the upper hand and wins the battle.

• One or both partners withdraw and make decisions without considering their partner’s needs or desires because they believe that their partner will not listen or will never agree or cooperate.

Unfortunately, all the above actions lead to toleration and resentment, the key ingredients that eventually extinguish the romantic spark in any relationship.

When partners “give in” or “give up” in order to avoid conflict, a variety of negative thoughts and emotions creep in, and slowly but surely kill their enthusiasm about their partner and their relationship.

So what can couples do to resolve conflicts in a way that feels good to both partners?

What can you do if you have a disagreement with your partner, and you feel that he is not listening to you?

To begin, you have to express yourself. You’ve got to let your partner know that you want both of you to feel happy with whatever solution you come to.

Remind him that you are on the same team trying to win the same game, and that although you are independent individuals, you also are a partnership and should always look after each other’s interests and feelings.

If only one of you wins and the other one loses, you both lose–because the partnership loses.

Whenever each of you comes up with a solution to an issue, ask each other: “How do you feel about my solution?”

The solution will be found only when BOTH of you feel good about it.

If you think that this is hard to achieve, you are mistaken; it is possible. In fact, happy and successful couples become experts at resolving conflicts together almost as soon as they arise.

They know that it takes great communication, problem-solving skills, patience, and emotional intelligence from both parts, and they are willing to do the work.

If you believe that you communicate well with your partner, but you are not able to come up with solutions that make you both feel good, you have an opportunity for growth. It might be a good idea to get some coaching and learn how to have safe conversations with each other, especially when you are dealing with delicate topics.

Then, after having an effective and safe conversation with your partner (one where you both felt listened to and validated), you should be able to synergize.

To begin, you should both create a list of possible solutions to your issue, and then analyze each solution carefully and negotiate with each other until you find the one that you both feel works best.

Negotiating a solution to a problem is like journeying into an uncharted territory. The road to reaching a solution may be bumpy at first, but if you are successful at resolving conflicts in your relationship, you will not only reach the desired destination, but also strengthen your relationship and feel more connected and in love with your partner.

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Seinfeld Doesn’t Mind If You Make Fun Of His Finale Because He Has No Feelings

Jerry Seinfeld is fine if you joke about the heavily criticized last episode of “Seinfeld.” That is — as long as he considers it a “good joke.”

While speaking at the Vulture Festival on Saturday, Seinfeld shared his opinion on the joke Julia Louis-Dreyfuss delivered about the “Seinfeld” finale on the last episode of “Late Show with David Letterman.” (The joke: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”)

“I like all jokes,” Seinfeld said. “There’s really nothing else I care about except jokes. I don’t care who has them, whose feelings have to be hurt — if it’s a good joke I’m into it.”

Seinfeld mentioned that the joke was a second option after he and Louis-Dreyfuss pushed back on the first, and wondered if the writers had been hesitant to use it at first to spare his feelings.

“Maybe they didn’t want to hurt my feelings. That’s what it may have been: That they had that joke and they didn’t want to hurt my feelings and then, of course, they don’t know I don’t have feelings.”

It’s unclear whether “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David would feel the same way, as he’s revealed in previous interviews that the negative reception to the show’s finale still influences him. Speaking to Bill Simmons in December, he mentioned how audience perception of the episode has made him hesitant to end “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in a similar fashion.

“I got so much grief from the ‘Seinfeld’ finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up.” he said.

For more of Seinfeld’s comments, head over to Vulture.

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“As far as we know, no form of life that has ever existed experiences the same height and duration of ecstasy in the same way that we do. It’s a gift.”

That’s how biologist Zoe Cormier described the human orgasm to HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd in a segment on May 7. Cormier, author of the book Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science, discussed whether or not the g-spot exists.

“[The g-spot] remains a subject of scientific controversy,” Cormier told Redd. “I don’t think it’s a myth… I don’t think that all women necessarily have a [g-spot], but it does seem that it’s a sort of cluster of tissues that can grow in size as you age. The more you use it, the more it grows just like a muscle.”

Like any other muscle, Cormier said, you have to exercise it. So ladies, get to it.

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Bill Nye Says Belichick’s ‘Deflategate’ Explanation Doesn’t Make Any Sense

Count Bill Nye among those who aren’t buying the scientific explanations Bill Belichick is cooking.

“The Science Guy” told “Good Morning America” on Sunday that the New England Patriots coach’s recent explanation for why the team’s footballs were under-inflated during the AFC Championship Game “didnt make any sense.”

“I’m not too worried about coach Belichick competing with me,” Nye said, referring to the Internet dubbing Belichick “the science guy” after the coach’s complicated Saturday press conference. “What he said didn’t make any sense.”

Belichick said during the press conference that after carefully studying the issue, he had concluded that his team acted in accordance with NFL guidelines.

Belichick blamed the deflation of the team’s footballs on factors including “atmospheric conditions” and the team’s process of rubbing footballs before the game to wear them in, per the preference of the team’s quarterbacks.

But Nye, for one, wasn’t buying the idea that a little rubbing can deflate the football in any significant way.

“Rubbing the football — I don’t think you can change the pressure,” Nye said. “To really change the pressure, you need one of these, the inflation needle.”

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Bill Nye told “Good Morning America” on Sunday that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s “deflategate” explanation “didn’t make any sense.”

But there’s one thing you should know about Nye: It appears he’s a Seahawks fan. “I cannot help but say, ‘Go Seahawks!”’ he admitted to “GMA.”

ESPN reported last week that the NFL had found 11 of the Patriot’s 12 footballs were significantly under-inflated during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. None of the footballs provided by the Colts were under-inflated.

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Meet Hatsune Miku, The Sensational Japanese Pop Star Who Doesn’t Really Exist

Hatsune Miku is the world’s most famous virtual pop star. And now she’s even more famous, having made her U.S. television debut this Wednesday on “Late Night With David Letterman.” She didn’t come out of nowhere: this summer, the Japanese sensation toured as an opener for Lady Gaga, materializing regularly on stages around the country in a confounding flash.


Hatsune Miku performing live in 2011.

All Miku concert footage makes for strange watching. Legions of fans pump light sticks at every swish of those blue ponytails, as if a virtual star needs the encouragement. The sight is arguably even odder live, as an in-person Miku doesn’t exactly seem worth the fuss. Media outlets routinely mistake her for a hologram, but in fact, she’s less sophisticated than that. She’s a 2D image, rendered onto the stage using mirrors (the technology, called Pepper’s Ghost, is so far from cutting edge, it’s been used for decades at the Haunted Mansion in Disney World). Critics who trek halfway across the world to see Miku rock out invariably leave underwhelmed. She looks more magnificent — and just plain larger — on YouTube than in life, having been enhanced by video editors.

But the deception shouldn’t matter. “People focus on the live show like it’s so bizarre,” says Ian Condry, a professor of Japanese studies at MIT. He blames this preoccupation on a lack of context, coupled with a scenario that requires some explaining — a crowd “cheering at a cartoon on stage.” Without context, the sight, he admits, “doesn’t make sense.”

In fact, fans aren’t cheering for Miku per se, but for everything she represents. “They know Miku doesn’t exist,” Condry says. “But they know people on the other side do.”

Miku is a mascot for a product: a voice synthesizing software, through which users can write songs. In 2007, a company called Crypton Future Media released the software online, freely available, and built using Yamaha’s Vocaloid technology as well as a database of samples recorded by a voice actress. As with most of Japan’s entities (including the country’s police agencies), this offering came with a cartoon mascot. She was 16, liked pop music, and wore her hair in long pigtails. She was Hatsune Miku, a name that translates to “first sound of the future.”

Crypton’s president Hiroyuki Itō realized that Miku was more powerful the less there was to know about her. The company isn’t interested in creating a franchise — no spinoff anime shows, or prequels that tell her story. In an interview with HuffPost, Itō spoke through a translator about his intention to keep Miku “an empty canvas, a plain piece of paper, because only then, people will project their own feelings and use her as an interface.”

The model is revolutionary. Every song Miku sings in concert is written by a user of the software. Most Miku music videos are also the work of fans. Crypton has developed a licensing agreement that allows MikuP, or Miku producers, to use the software mascot’s likeness without paying royalties. If a creator’s work becomes wildly profitable, the company enters into a more traditional licensing agreement.

Condry compares Miku to a sample in a hip-hop track. “If you’re some underground person, you can sample without paying anything. Even if you’re indie level, you can probably get away with it. Girltalk can release albums, even though he can’t put them on iTunes. But if you’re Kanye, you’re going to pay top dollar.”

Writing for Vocaloid software is a bit like pulling the strings of a puppet. Miku does what a composer wants, albeit a little jerkily. The upshot is a sense of freedom: a MikuP can theoretically try anything and see what sticks. One composer, who goes by the name Kz, dedicated himself to writing lyrics about the community of creators that sprung up around Miku, rather than Miku herself. One of his songs, “Tell Your World,” became such a popular anthem for Mikuheads, Google eventually licensed it for a Chrome ad in Japan.

Another Kz song caught the attention of Pharrell, who remixed it for the soundtrack of the recent Takashi Murakami movie, “Jellyfish Eyes.” The attending music video, also directed by Murakami, features Miku, her clan of tertiary Vocaloid avatars, and an animated Pharrell dancing on a high-octane version of the Starship Enterprise.

Speaking to HuffPost through a translator, Kz likened his writing process for Miku to osmosis. “She has no kind of will or ideas herself, so you have the direct message going directly through.”

Plenty of Miku songs are as vapid as any pop hit, with references to her long hair, short skirts, and princesslike demeanor (there’s also a vibrant Miku-based pornographic culture, not sanctioned by Crypton). But the genre has deepened as it’s grown, with narrative lyrics that wouldn’t typically make a top 40 list, from the story of a cancer patient to a set of songs about a single day that unfolds with the gruesome strangeness of a Haruki Murakami novel, complete with an all-seeing cat. In the latter, Miku’s chirps are actually scary, multiplied at moments of high stress into a wall of noise.

Other songs use Miku’s lack of personhood to comment on our own devolution into so many “data packets,” as Condry puts it. “They play with this idea of whether she exists, and how much we exist in comparison,” he says.

He sees the Letterman appearance as a rare misstep in a campaign that’s mostly foregone the old routes to cultural takeover, like late night debuts. “The pathway to Miku’s success in Japan went through a grassroots community before it had a chance to break into the mainstream. If people aren’t impressed by what they see on Letterman, they may have to wait a bit until their kids and grandkids explain what it’s all about.”
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Obama Doesn’t Like Katy Perry — He LOVES Her

We have an important clarification to make: President Barack Obama doesn’t like Katy Perry.

He LOVES her.

HuffPost’s Jen Bendery was the pool reporter during an event Thursday in which the president sung the praises of Perry, who would perform that evening at a White House event for the Special Olympics.

“I like Katy Perry,” Bendery’s initial pool report quoted the president as saying. “She is just a wonderful person. I just met her mom, now I know why she’s such a wonderful person.”

Committed to getting the story right, Jen gave the audio another listen and found the president actually has stronger feelings for the “California Gurls” singer-songwriter:

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There was a lot of love to go around at the event. Jen also caught this unforgettable moment and shared it via Twitter:


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If This Note Doesn’t Convince Your Boss To Let You Watch The U.S. Soccer Game, Nothing Will

Really want to watch the U.S.-Germany game on Thursday, but don’t know how you’re going to get off work? The U.S. men’s soccer team has you covered.

The team’s official Twitter feed sent a ready-to-go get-out-of-work note to its one million followers on Wednesday. And, well, it’s pretty perfect:

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We also transcribed it in case it’s hard to read in its original form format whatever reason:

To whom it may concern:

Please excuse _____________ from work on Thursday, June 26th.

I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause. The #USMNT has a critical World Cup game vs. Germany and we will need the full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round.

By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!

If your boss doesn’t let you root for your country after reading that, well, then maybe you need to find a new boss. The game is at 12 p.m. EST.
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Single Motherhood Doesn’t Seem to Hinder Happiness

Raising a child more likely to brighten these women’s lives, study says
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‘Denim Day’ Reminds Us (Again) That Wearing Tight Pants Doesn’t Give Rapists An Excuse To Attack

Though some court rulings may imply otherwise, wearing tight clothing does not give rapists permission to assault.

Wednesday marks “Denim Day,” the awareness event when advocates and survivors speak up for the rights of people who have been sexually abused. The event dates back to 1999 when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore fitted jeans at the time of the assault. The justices ruled that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her pants, thereby giving her consent.

The following day, female politicians came to work wearing jeans to stand in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence then turned that powerful statement into Denim Day — the day advocates wear jeans and attend rallies to protest against misguided attitudes about sexual violence.

Supporters are getting involved in a number of ways.

University of California, Berkeley students, for example, are distributing information about the campaign and giving people a chance to express messages about sexual assault on T-shirts and jeans. The Guess Foundation committed to making a $ 100,000 donation to Peace Over Violence, and has more than 400 stores participating in Denim Day efforts. Assault survivors are also using the awareness day as an opportunity to speak out. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck unified with the cause by wearing blue jeans to a Denim Day event in L.A., CBS Los Angeles reported.

Over the years, some progress has been made with regard to how survivors of sexual assault are treated.

In 2008, the Italian court overturned its original ruling and stated that “jeans cannot be compared to any type of chastity belt,” the Telegraph reported at the time.

Still, advocates say that rape survivors have to bear far too much stigma.

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, 60 percent of sexual assault cases in the U.S. are not reported to the police.

Denim Day supporters hope that their efforts will empower abuse victims, break taboos and help debunk misconceptions.

The way our society thinks about rape and receives survivors is not only tragic, it’s dangerous,” Mariska Hargitay, actress and advocate, wrote on Denim Day two years ago. “Fearing that they won’t be believed, survivors are less likely to report their rapes, which means rapists stay out of jail, which means they are free to rape again.”

Feeling inspired? Find out how you can get involved with Denim Day.

Need help? In the U.S., visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline operated by RAINN. For more resources, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.
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Mae Whitman doesn’t want to Tinker with the way Disneytoon Studios has been running its “Fairies” film franchise

It was early 2008 when Mae Whitman got this mysterious call from her voiceover agent, Melissa.

“She was telling me that Disney had this very important project but that they wouldn’t tell Melissa what it actually was. All she knew that that they were eager for me to come in and audition for this part,” Whitman recalled during a 2012 interview.

So Mae went in for this audition. Where — once she got in front of that mic– Whitman discovered that she was just supposed to read a couple of very vaguely-written lines. There were nothing on these pages that gave Mae any information about the character that she was supposed to be voicing. Even stranger, the guys behind the glass in the recording booth were being very tight-lipped as well.

“I got none of the guidance that you typically get in a voiceover recording session. ‘Could you please say that line again only faster?,’ ‘Could you make your character sound more excited or happier?’ They just sat back and listened,” Whitman continued. “And since I’ve been doing voiceover work since I was five, which is why I’m very comfortable in a recording booth … Well, I just decided to be myself. Read those lines in my normal speaking voice.”

Ah, but what Mae didn’t know was that this wasn’t just any audition. After announcing back in June of 2006 that Brittany Murphy was going to be the official voice of Tinker Bell for a new series of Disney Fairies home premieres, Disneytoon Studios had now decided to go another way with this character. And the reason that they’d called Whitman in was that they were now considering her as someone who could possibly voice Peter Pan’s pixie pal.

“From what we’ve already seen of Tinker Bell in Disney’s 1953 animated feature, we knew that this character was curious. That she’s fun. She’s feisty. She’s super-loyal to Peter. Not to mention able to get angry. So we really needed to find a voice that could capture all of those emotions that we already knew about Tinker Bell without her even speaking,” explained Peggy Holmes, the director of Secret of the Wings & the soon-to-be-released The Pirate Fairy. “So we needed to find an actress that could portray that range of emotions. And Mae Whitman — thankfully — had that range. She can work onstage. She can work on film. She can work on television. And she can work in voiceover. And it’s all that experience that gave her the depth that we need for this iconic character.”

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And when Whitman found out that she was being offered the opportunity to voice Tinker Bell, she freaked.

“Now you have to understand that — when I was growing up — Peter Pan was my favorite Disney movie. So to now be part of the team that gets to go back to Never Land and have all these new adventures with characters that I’ve loved since childhood … Well, it’s honestly like a dream come true,” Mae enthused. “So for me, this job is definitely filled with love.”

Mind you, at this point, Whitman now has six Disney Fairies films & TV specials under her belt. And having spent all that time in Pixie Hollow, has the pixie dust now begun to fade for her?

“To be honestly, no,” Mae stated. “What’s great about the people at Disneytoon Studios is that — with each of these projects — they’ve then built out the world of Pixie Hollow bit by bit. With each film, they’ve brought in new characters. Better yet, they’ve allowed Tinker Bell and her friends to change and grow.”

“I mean, in the first Disney Fairies film, Tinker Bell didn’t even want to be a tinker. She wanted to change her talent. But at this point in the Disney Fairies film series, Tink is hugely proud of being a tinker fairy. She wouldn’t change her talent for anything in the world,” Whitman said. “That’s what I love about working on this series. The lessons carry over from movie to movie. More to the point, Tinker Bell herself changes from film & film. She’s always changing and growing.”

And speaking of growing … After spending the past five projects exploring this one teeny tiny corner of Never Land, the folks at Disneytoon Studios have decided to use The Pirate Fairy as an excuse to finally leave Pixie Hollow and go off & explore more of the island.

“The initial idea was to do a road trip adventure with Tinker Bell and her friends and this adventure dealt with a rogue fairy who was experimenting with pixie dust,” explained Jeffrey M. Howard, the screenwriter on “The Pirate Fairy.” “But once we had the idea of putting pirates into this ‘Disney Fairies’ film … Well, it only seemed natural to include the most famous Never Land pirate of all, Captain Hook.”

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Now do keep in mind that this is a far younger version of James Bartholomew Hook than we saw in Disney’s 1953 version of Peter Pan. But the story team at Disneytoon Studios actually turned this to their advantage by making The Pirate Fairy the very first time this Disney Villain fought using a hook or got chomped in the butt by Tic Toc the crocodile. And if you sit through the credits of this Disney Fairies film, you actually get to see that fateful moment where Hook first meets Mr. Smee.

And for someone like Mae Witman, who’s been a Peter Pan fan for as long as she can remember, doing voicework on a film where Tink and her friends actually visit Skull Rock and then do battle on a flying pirate ship that’s being powered by pixie dust … Well, you just know that this has to be a thrill.

“I just love that I get to be a part of this legacy at Disney,” Whitman admitted. “I mean, back in September of 2012, I got to be part of this D23 event which honored 75 years of Feature Animation. Which was where I was supposed to be paneling with Margaret Kerry — who was the live-action model for this character back in the early 1950s — and Ginny Mack — who Walt personally chose as the face model for Tinker Bell.”

“Now I’m backstage with Peggy Holmes, waiting to go. And just then it hits me that I’m now actually part of this Disney legacy. That I’m now one of the women who’s been entrusted with keeping the character of Tinker Bell alive & magical,” Mae remembered. “And I got so emotionally overwhelmed at that moment that Peggy actually had to walk me around for a little while and calm me down a little.”

“I just hope that — 60 years from now — when Disney’s putting together panels to promote the new holographic Tinker Bell movies that they’ll be making then that I’ll look as good as Margaret & Ginny did at that D23 presentation,” Whitman laughed.
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Christmas Pageant Fails: When The Nativity Doesn’t Go As Planned

Sometimes, the annual Christmas pageant doesn’t go as planned.

Like when this camel fell onto the pews.

Or when little Mary took a tumble from her donkey.

When this angel knew that she had to sing VERY loudly in order to be heard.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas is kind of a complicated song, you guys…

The time when 2 Black Friday shoppers interrupted the Nativity.

When Mr. Bean got involved.

When DOGS got involved.


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Working Out Sucks! (and Why It Doesn’t Have To): The Only 21-Day Kick-Start Plan for Total Health and Fitness You’ll Ever Need

Working Out Sucks! (and Why It Doesn’t Have To): The Only 21-Day Kick-Start Plan for Total Health and Fitness You’ll Ever Need


Tired of diet books that promise to change your life in five minutes? Tired of trying to get healthy and fit&#151and really getting nowhere? Chuck Runyon, Brian Zehetner, and Rebecca DeRossett are here to confirm what you already know: Working out sucks. The good news? With the new approaches in this book, that is about to change. "Working Out Sucks " deprograms those of us who have long been brainwashed by unhealthy habits, destructive attitudes, and misinformation about health, and offers a no-nonsense way to get back on track. Because, while working out may suck, the alternatives–from heart disease to premature aging and shortened lifespan–are a lot worse. As he does in his 1,700 Anytime Fitness clubs (with more than one million members worldwide–and growing), Runyon emphasizes user-friendliness and utility in this get-real, get-healthy message, complete with Zehetner’s 21-day kick-start plan and DeRossett’s tips for mental health.
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20K Sign A Petition To End ISU Course That University Says Doesn’t Exist

Nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition in less than a month asking Iowa State University and a professor of veterinary medicine to end what it says is “an 11-part course that encourages the proliferation of commercial dog breeders” — or puppy mills.

“It is unconscionable that these institutions would facilitate the breeding of more dogs when so many dogs languish in shelters and with rescues, waiting for permanent homes, and when millions are euthanized ever year because of oversupply,” the petition says.

But Iowa State University has no such course or class.

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