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

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

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

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

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

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Shanann Watts’ friend Nickole Atkinson expressed regrets after the pregnant woman’s husband, Chris Watts, was charged with murdering her and their two young daughters.

“I can speak for all of her friends and family and say that if we had any inkling, there are so many things that we would have done differently,” Atkinson said during a Wednesday, August 22, Facebook Live video. “To hug her one last time. To hug the girls one last time. So please, please be more aware of what’s going on in your life.”

Atkinson, who dropped the 34-year-old off at home in the early hours on August 13 after a business trip and went looking for her hours later when she didn’t respond to her texts and missed a doctor’s appointment, added: “I wanted people to know that I am not a hero. I was just a concerned friend. I talked to Shanann on a daily basis. I knew that it wasn’t normal for her to not text or call me.”

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“The message that I want to get out is that if you’re concerned about a friend or a family member, take the time to go check on them and ask for a health and wellness check,” Atkinson told viewers. “The police will go check on them. It may start the process sooner to find them or to help them if they need help.”

“I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what,” she noted.

Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, went missing from their Frederick, Colorado, home on August 13. Her husband was charged on Monday, August 20, with five counts of first-degree murder, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy after the bodies were found on the property of Chris’ former employer.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by Us Weekly earlier this week, Chris was having an affair with a coworker and “informed Shanann he wanted to go through with a separation, and they were both upset and crying” the night of her murder. He claimed to police that he later saw “Shanann actively strangling Celeste” on a baby monitor. The 34-year-old told authorities that “he went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shanann to death.”

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Feminists Aren’t Done Fighting Back Against Rape in the World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women

The Thomson Reuters Foundation this year declared that India was the most dangerous country for women in the world—and though government agents in the region are pushing back on the decision, women’s rights activists are pushing on in their fight to end an epidemic of sexual assault that continues to draw international headlines.

Attendees at the first regional training of the “Voices against Violence” in Pune, India. Urjasi Rudra for UN Women / Creative Commons)

The Indian National Commission for Women Chairperson, Rekha Sharma, rejected the survey results, claiming the sample size was too small and cannot be the representative of the whole country. But feminists in India said sensitizing lawmakers to the issue, breaking the silence and building collective consciousness are the keys to combat violence and discrimination against women—and they’re not backing down for the sake of national pride.

ElsaMarie D’Silva, one of the 548 people surveyed for the Reuters’ study, is the founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), an organization that crowdmaps sexual harassment in public spaces. “Whilst we can debate the ranking, the sample size and the methodology,” said told Ms., “we have to wonder if these cases of sexual violence are acceptable or not and if it puts the rest of us at risk.” D’Silva recommended ensuring justice ecosystem where women suffering from sexual harassment and assault don’t face judgement, but instead find supportive and efficient legal processes at their disposal. She also emphasized encouraging bystander intervention and teaching sex-ed in schools and colleges in order to create social norms for non-violent communication, understanding consent and respecting boundaries.

Indian poet, fiction writer and womanist Kavya Sharma wasn’t shocked by the survey results. To her, they showcase the strength of a backlash to growing activism around ending violence in the country. “With it being the most unsafe country in this regard, it’s honestly no shocker,” she told Ms. “While after the heart-wrenching Nirbhaya case people were on streets fighting for their most basic rights, things only got worse. It’s so traumatizing to realize that most of the sexual harassment and rape cases are not even reported. On the ground level, I feel the police needs to be sensitized on the issue, many people shun these incidents away with the fear of being ‘judged’ by the society. Women, instead of fighting, are taught to just ignore the red signals, it’s a shame but sadly it’s the reality too.”

Award-winning author and feminist activist, Meghna Pant, has a simpler call to action: “Stop the silence so that you can stop the violence,” she told Ms. 

“It is difficult to start a constructive and proactive dialogue on sexual violence because our country makes it nearly impossible for women to speak out,” she observed. “A woman who does speak out is subject to harassment, criticism and, sometimes even, disbelief. She leaves herself open to public scrutiny: she is called names, she is judged for the clothes she wears, the job she does and the boyfriend she has. Her family is also drawn into this fracas. No wonder then that there’s always been this cloak of silence surrounding sexual molestation.”

Regardless of ranking, it’s clear that a culture shift is in order for the men and women of India—and feminists on the ground will not stop speaking out until they are heard and believed.

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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5 things I’ve done since having a baby I was told I’d never do again

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Jamie Reed

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It’s a bit of a shock to realize my baby will be 5 months old this week. In some ways it feels as if he’s been controlling my life an adorable addition for much longer, and in other ways it’s like I only just found out I was pregnant.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the “helpful” advice people gave me before the baby, telling me all the things I’d never do again, now that I was going to be a mom. (I wrote about that  here.)

Not only have I done ALL of the things, I’ve done them quite a bit. Moms-to-be, don’t panic. Here are the things you’ll still get to do after having a baby:

1. Go out to eat

Granted I did pretty much stay tucked away in my house for the first couple of months of my baby’s life, but that was really due to the crazy cold/flu season we experienced. Once my pediatrician said things were calming down, we broke out of the house and have taken the baby all over the place. I imagine eating with a toddler will prove challenging in other ways, but for now, he’s pretty easy to transport wherever we decide to go.

mom and baby in restaurant

2. Travel

While I haven’t taken the baby on any big trips yet, I have done a little traveling on my own recently. A few days in California were quite lovely and I was really refreshed when I got home. My husband and I also have a couple of weekend trips planned for the summer, both with and without the baby. Is it harder to travel with a baby? Sure. It helps that we have grandparents near by and a pretty content baby.

landscape from airplane

3. Sleep through the night

When I was close to the end of my pregnancy I was sharing some fears with a friend. So many people were telling me sleep horror stories (and just general baby horror stories) and they were getting in my head. My friend listened to my fears and said, “You know, some babies actually do sleep. You might get one of those.” Huh.

Even better than hearing those hopeful words? The fact that she was right.

So far, my son has always been a good sleeper. We had to wake him up in the beginning to eat. When he hit 3-4 months he was sleeping 4-6 hours at a time during the night and now that he’s 5 months old? He’s sleeping 7-10 hours solid a night! (And yes, I know that not everyone gets a baby who’s a great sleeper, but, pregnant moms, don’t panic just yet. It can happen to you!)

sleeping baby

4. Take a shower

Were there days in the beginning where I wore the same outfit for three days solid and couldn’t remember the last time I washed my hair? Definitely. But things settled down and now I’m bathing at least a couple of times of month. 😉

baby playing on mat

That play mat goes everywhere, including the bathroom while I shower and dry my hair! He’s not too sure about the hair dryer…

5. Wear something other than yoga pants

I wear sweat pants too!

Sure, some days are spent in the clothes I slept in, but in my defense that happened pre-baby too. (I work from home.) I actually like getting dressed for the day, even if the only person who gets to appreciate my outfit is an adorable drool-machine. Though I will say wearing heels again after months of flats during pregnancy has been an adjustment. I feel like I’m a kid playing dress-up.

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Proof I put on “real” clothes AND leave the house occasionally!

It’s been reassuring that so many things have returned to how they were. My husband and I spend our evenings making and eating dinner, catching our favorite television shows, and trying to make plans for the days ahead. As big as an adjustment a baby is (and yes, it’s a BIG adjustment), life will take on a new normal. You’ll eventually find some form of a routine, and carry on almost like you did before. Almost.

Have you managed to do any of the things people say you wouldn’t do post baby?

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Having my tattoo removed is twice as painful, and costly, as getting it done

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Whitney Barthel

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After shamefully apologizing to doctors and anesthesiologists poking around my back for years (hello, I have 5 children and have had several spinals and epidurals), I decided my tattoo had to go.

As a young and impulsive woman, I had rushed into getting what would later be termed a “tramp stamp.” About a month ago I underwent my first laser tattoo removal procedure.

Four short weeks ago I went in for a consultation and came out with one treatment under my belt. It was weird — I went in thinking I would talk to the people about my regretful tattoo and I would come out with a written plan and consent forms and health history papers and a future date to come back. Nope.

The doctor came in, told me it would be $ 250 per treatment and I would need between 5 and 15 treatments (how specific of him), and fired up the laser. And before I could even process all this information we were rolling.

I knew laser tattoo removal is expensive, so I was only slightly shocked by the price tag. What I was surprised by was how painful it actually is. I mean, it’s a laser. I was thinking it’s the same concept of those little pointers you see in business meetings and in cat toys, how painful could it be? Well, let me just say this: it’s about twice as painful as actually getting the tattoo.

tattoo removal

Thankfully, thankfully, getting a laser treatment was quick. My tattoo is semi-large and the whole procedure took probably about five minutes.

Here is another thing that surprised me: it takes around six weeks to see the full results of a treatment. SIX! Apparently your body needs time to soak up the ink broken up by the laser. Also, your skin needs time to heal because many people experience pus-filled blisters after the first couple of treatments. Surprise!

Clear signs of fading at 4 weeks post treatment. The butterfly looks like a big blurry mess, as apposed to a big normal mess thanks to those pus-filled blisters turning into scabs.

I like to look at this whole experience as symbolic so I don’t go crazy with regret. In the end, my tattoo cost $ 158 and took a couple of hours. Cleaning up this bad decision I made on a whim will take thousands of dollars and a year of lasers and blistered skin.

*Keep checking back for progress on my tattoo removal journey!

Are you a mom with a regretful tattoo?

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Roland Martin had a solid response to a recent tweet by Mo’Nique challenging his record for fighting for equality for Black folks. The TV One veteran set the record straight on Twitter early Friday morning.

Martin had originally tweeted at Mo’Nique’s official Twitter account with a positive message early Friday.

Mo’Nique then replied to Martin tweet with an insult aimed at the TV veteran.

Martin took the move in stride and issued an impassioned response. After coming for Martin, Mo’Nique may want to take a break from social media, which has seen a lot of the comedian lately.

Mo’Nique has been pretty busy with her online campaign pushing Black folks to boycott Netflix. She aired her complaint of gender and racial bias at the streaming company on her Instagram account a week ago. The boycott was a specific response to Netflix offering her $ 500,000 to her for a comedy special, she said, while fellow comedian, Amy Schumer, who is White, got $ 11 million for hers.

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“I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias. I was offered a $ 500,000-deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $ 11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle — $ 20 million. Then Amy Schumer went and renegotiated two more million dollars because she said, ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting, they’re legends, however, I should get more,’ and Netflix agreed.”

Wanda Sykes and Jada Pinkett-Smith have backed Mo’Nique in her fight against gender and racial pay gaps. Others have disagreed with the Oscar winner. Whatever the next step is for Mo’Nique, letting her Twitter fingers start online beefs probably is not the best course of action.

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Dakota Fanning talks child stardom, sparring with sister Elle and the wildest thing she’s ever done

From Hollywood child star to modern ingenue, Dakota Fanning’s rise to success has been seamless and without scandal. She tells Martha Hayes where it all went right.

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Dakota Fanning has an eye roll is so spectacular, it deserves its own meme.

Becoming famous at the age of seven, followed by 16 years of being asked the same questions repeatedly, has given her ample practice.

The worst offenders allude to how much she’s ‘grown up’ since making her Hollywood debut in I Am Sam (2001) (becoming the youngest actress in history 
to be nominated, at eight, for a Screen Actors Guild Award); what it was like ‘working with Tom Cruise’ 
in War Of The Worlds (2005) 12 years ago; and finally, isn’t it a miracle that she didn’t ‘go off the rails’ like so many other child stars. Ugh.

And so it becomes my mission when meeting the now 23-year-old in London for our cover shoot to not give 
her any opportunity to roll her eyes.

Settled on a big 
sofa in the middle of a bustling studio on a balmy Sunday afternoon, I tell her I’m assuming she probably has gone off the rails in secret and ask her what’s the wildest thing she’s ever done. ‘It would absolutely not be printable,’ she says laughing, clapping her hands. Definitely no eye roll here.

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‘It always cracks me up when people talk about how I haven’t gone off the rails − which I have not, by any means − but you know, I’m a normal person. I love a party and I love having people over for any occasion since I’ve had my own apartment in New York. I’m always like, “You can stay with me!” I don’t cook, but I make cocktails. I make a good margarita.’

Comfily dressed in a navy ribbed sweater and slouchy navy sweatpants, Dakota Fanning has just flown in from Budapest, where’s she’s spent the last six months filming psychological period drama series The Alienist. Described by Netflix as ‘a headstrong secretary determined to become the first female police detective [in 1870s New York],’ Sarah Howard sounds like a dream of a role for Fanning’s first foray into the golden era of television.

Her commitment and attachment not only to the part but to the cast (including Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl) and crew, makes me warm to her quickly. Not just because, on a superficial level, she sounds really fun (‘On one of the first nights they threw an event and
 I stole all the actors and took them back to my apartment. That was my first party…’) but because she talks with an honesty and sincerity when she could so easily be more jaded.

She is a stickler for routine, and while signing up for a six-month TV show could be daunting, she admits she found it comforting. ‘I like knowing where I’m going to be and making myself at home. [I] work so hard to get comfortable and get to know people. I love the life I’ve had in Budapest.’

As a result, she found reaching the end of the project quite emotional. ‘When you wrap your scenes, the producer or director might say a little something about you. And when they did, I just burst into tears and sat there crying in front of the entire cast and crew.’

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Always the ingénue and constantly defined by her childhood roles, which also include Charlotte’s Web (2006), or her teen roles in Twilight (2009, 2010, 2012) or The Runaways (2010), I tell Fanning it was refreshing to see her in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral last year playing a political terrorist (and with a convincing stutter to boot). ‘But you know what would crack me up? People would say that was my “grown-up” role. I was playing
a 16-year-old. That was my grown-up role!’

Around the time of making American Pastoral, Fanning pushed herself out of her comfort zone further by playing a mute wife and mother in western thriller Brimstone alongside Guy Pearce and Kit Harington. She is keen to direct, and will produce as well as play the protagonist in the much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, directed by her friend Kirsten Dunst.

‘I am definitely ambitious,’ explains Fanning, who is also enrolled on a women’s studies course at NYU, with a focus on the portrayal of women in film and culture. ‘I’ve never been the kind of person who has been  
like, “I want to do this, this and this, and then I’ll be happy.” Professionally, I am very ambitious but those ambitions reveal themselves, subconsciously, as the challenges come along.’

She’s aware that she is lucky her love of the profession has ‘never wavered’ when a lot of her friends are still figuring their lives out. But in an Insta generation where most actors have a fashion line or a lifestyle platform, does she feel a pressure to do something on the side?

‘I do have moments where 
I feel like nowadays being just an actor isn’t enough. I was listening to Anna Faris Is Unqualified, which I love, and I was like, [in a paranoid whisper] “She’s 
an actor. Now she has a podcast… am I supposed 
to get a podcast?!”

‘It used to be that if you were an actor and you did certain things, it was cheesy, but things are changing so much. I like that the lines are blurred and you’re allowed to do those things. I just don’t know if I have anything 
I would feel authentic doing yet, because we can tell when it’s not real, right? When somebody doesn’t actually believe in what they’re doing?’

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For someone so accustomed to Hollywood, Fanning lacks any sense of entitlement and is unfailingly polite. Everything I’d read before meeting her suggested this was going to be the case, but while that’s preferable to a monster ego, I worried it could make her a bit robotic or sedate. I’ve come to the conclusion she’s just incredibly well adjusted and at ease with herself.

She arrives at the cover shoot on her own (which is unusual) and talks to everybody – from the photographer to the stylist’s assistant – in the same, chatty tone. Her body language during the interview 
also speaks volumes; bare feet up on the sofa, leaning forward when she laughs.

It’s no surprise, then, when she tells me the biggest lesson her mother instilled in her growing up was treating other people well. ‘There are so many things that are out of your control in life and what you can control is how you treat other people,’ she explains. ‘My mom is very selfless. She’s done everything for me and my sister 
and thought about us a thousand times before she has ever thought about something for herself. I hope to be that way,’ she adds with a giggle. ‘I try.’

Originally from a town east of Atlanta, in Georgia, on the surface it could be assumed her mother – a retired tennis player – and salesman father were pushy stage parents for uprooting the family to La La Land, but it was only ever intended to be temporary.

An enthusiastic performer from the age of five, Fanning was encouraged by a drama teacher to sign up with a local agent and maybe do a couple of commercials. When her mother took her to visit her aunt in LA that summer, she attended some auditions – and kept getting work. Eventually Fanning’s father, sister and grandmother moved out to join them. And she credits that strong female household for keeping her grounded.

‘Seeing my mom be a stay-at-home mom, I saw the 
strength in that; in choosing to dedicate her life to being the best mom,’ she recalls. ‘I remember promoting The Runaways, [about the first all-girl rock band, co-staring Kristen Stewart] and being asked, “Have you ever been told you couldn’t do something because you were a girl?” And I was like, “No,
I haven’t”, and I realised that in growing up with very strong women, I [always had] the feeling there was nothing I couldn’t do.’

They are a close-knit, sporty family. ‘I would be disowned if I said I didn’t like sport. My mom would 
be like, “How could you say something like that?!” It’s true, I do like it, I just can’t play because I don’t have the drive or passion to be a professional athlete. Or the talent… let’s be honest.’

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Does that make Elle, her younger sister also in the industry, her sparring partner? They certainly know how to wind each other up. ‘She thinks I’m turning into our mom, which I guess is inevitable for everybody, I don’t know. She’s like [puts on moany voice], “You and Mom – you’re like two moms!” Our mom is a constant reminder of “don’t forget to do this, and don’t forget to do that” and I am turning into a reminder. I can’t help it.’

Jokes aside, despite being in the same competitive industry, Fanning and her famous sister have a great relationship, largely because of how organically both their careers developed. ‘All of a sudden, it kind of happened and we kept going because we enjoyed it,’ she says. ‘But we don’t talk about it that much. We have our own separate relationship with what we do. We’ve never felt the need to get into it.’

The four-year age gap hasn’t always been easy. ‘There are a few years where you’re both experiencing such different things; age nine and 13 – nothing in common; 12 and 16 – we didn’t know what to do with each other. Now as she’s getting older and I’m getting older we’re getting closer… and that’s really lovely.’

As separate as they view their careers, isn’t it likely they’ll both go up for the same role one day? ‘We’ve had scenarios where we’ve gone to meet the same person and it’s totally fine. To us, we’re so different.’

In the time I’ve spent with Fanning, I’ve discovered she is fun-loving, loyal, ambitious and passionate about 
New York, where she’s lived since she was 18 – not bad going considering she once said, ‘If I can achieve it, I don’t want anyone to know anything about me.’

‘I know, I don’t really say anything!’ She’s reluctant to talk about relationships, money or politics. ‘I do still feel that way. I think there’s something cool about being a little mysterious, which is hard to do nowadays.’

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She initially resisted joining Instagram (she now has 1.8m followers), ‘but I would get frustrated with people talking about my “grown-up” roles’ and she wanted the right to reply. ‘I thought, I’m not making that big of an effort to show people who I actually am.’

Hers is an unselfconscious and casually curated feed of ‘little flashes of my sense of humour or things I care about.’ I couldn’t help noticing her love of Whispering Angel rosé wine. ‘Oh my god, it’s the best,’ she cries. 
I had been tempted to bring her a bottle as a gift, 
but I didn’t want her to take it the wrong way. ‘I would have welcomed it with open arms,’ she reassures me. ‘And we would be drinking it right now!’

The January issue of Marie Claire hits shelves on Thursday 7th December 

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‘Battlerite’ Review: Skill-Based Free-to-Play PvP Done Rite

Ever watched a game of League Of Legends and dreamed of playing a MOBA that was just the highlights?  Well, then you’re in luck, because that’s the vision behind Battlerite.

This is a multiplayer online battle arena “light.” The 5-minute MOBA, and for our money, it’s the one of the most refreshing thing to happen to the genre in years. Doing away with the complexities that come with genre staples like item juggling, last-hitting, and the slow lane phase before any action, this is a place where only the fights matter. It’s a place of WASD keyboard movement, because with no automatic targeting, every shot is a skillshot and your mouse is constantly used to aim.

So much so that the oft-used MOBA term is misleading. It might make more sense for you to think of it as a fighting game with a top-down camera. Abilities build up energy just like a fighter, which can be spent on EX abilities, or saved for a super attack.

As the spiritual successor to Bloodline Champions, a lot of the design ideas have carried over from that game and been refined, but with a new esports focus. It’s a highly polished and in many ways a beautifully designed game, with lots of clever ideas built into its combat system.

The Trance Dance

Each of Battlerite‘s 23 champions has a handful of abilities with of course, their own cooldowns. While they’re always different,  there’s some uniformity in that most characters will have an escape bound to the spacebar, and many of these plucky heroes also have a counter ability.

As you’d expect from a fighting game inspired MOBA, countering is an important tool. Here, if an enemy attacks while you’re countering, a special effect is triggered.

For a melee assassin, this might mean being teleported behind the enemy. Perhaps it’s charging up your weapon, or sending you into a frenzy.

Just imagine keeping that eight second clock in your head for you, your teammate, and two opponents. When will they trigger it? How will it affect my team? The mind games that come with this one entrancing ability means that countering adds more depth to each battle.

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In a nice touch, every animation can be cancelled in Battlerite, which opens up a whole minefield of mind games.

It would be boring if you were forced to stand around fidgeting while the enemy counters. But counters here aren’t triggered by area of effect (AoE) abilities. Part of what makes this game so fun is devising a smart ability rotation on the fly. I loved noticing when enemies were counter-happy, and leading with area of effect abilities, making it incredibly satisfying when a plan goes right (or… rite?).

There are triple-A combat systems with less than this level of complexity, but Battlerite doesn’t stop there.

More Height For Less Hurt

In Battlerite, anything that’s in the air is invulnerable. But what goes up, must of course, come down. It’s genius not only from a design perspective, it also just looks amazing.

Most characters will have one or two abilities with i-frames (invincibility frames) in which they leap into the air or dematerialise. If you’re about to eat a big attack, it’s completely possible to leap over it. If you’ve got a ticking bomb attached to you, you can time your leap so you negate the damage.

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This does, of course, blow a cooldown that could’ve been used offensively. But if you can perform an offensive and defensive move at once with the same ability, that’ll earn you some well-deserved highlight material. This massively increases the skill ceiling of all the heroes. It’s flashy, difficult, and great for spectators.

Healbots and Healnots

One potential downfall of arena PvP games is the all-healer team composition. Heal-heavy teams can create slow attrition fests (looking at you, WoW Arena) which might be competitive, but are neither fun to play or watch.  Thankfully, developer Stunlock rites this Battlewrong.

In order to keep the game flowing well, the team decided that only a certain amount of health can be regained in Battlerite. If players burst someone for more than 40 damage, the targets maximum health will start dropping too. The only way they can (slightly) raise their maximum health again is by collecting health orbs as a reward for controlling the middle of the arena.


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There’s enough time before each match to strategise and pick talents

Damage is weighted against this threshold, though which forces attackers into some interesting decisions. How many cooldowns are you willing to burn trying to do more than 40 damage in this exchange?

It’s a fantastic idea, well implemented, and solves a problem that most arena games have had for a while.

A Different Kind of Combo

Unsurprisingly for a MOBA, it’s the varied characters that keep the experience feeling fun.  Battlerite‘s character-specific buffs and debuffs add more of a learning curve to each individual hero, and it makes it worth trying out champions other than your main just so you understand what modifiers you might come up against.

For instance, the thunderous barbarian queen Freya has abilities that apply or consume “static.” Consuming static effectively completes a modifier combo, as you can see in the below GIF:

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In this case, the hammer throw on this enemy (with static) sends him flying backwards. If he hits a wall, he’s incapacitated for three seconds — enough to make sure he can’t escape Freya’s wrath.

This is a different kind of combo to keep track of. Less about stun durations and inescapable damage, and more about a parallel min/maxing contest which gives players another dimension to excel in.

The Evolving Flowchart

With five basic abilities (two of which have EX alternatives), and a super attack, that’s quite a few cooldowns for players to keep track of in a 2v2. Once you really start to know the game, it  begins to feel like a flowchart of “if this, then that” decisions in your head.

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For every decision, every event in that flowchart, there’s a mind game at play that forces you to make an interesting choice. Counters are baited. Ultimates are whiffed. Surprises happen. The momentum reverses. If you can juke an attack without using a cooldown, it turns the tables.

This flow also evolves as your skill grows. For example, higher level players will use their counters reactively instead of predictively. Incredibly subtle cues like where your head is looking can either telegraph your attack, or be used as bait. All of this changes the flow.


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Controlling the middle of the arena is what decides otherwise equal teams

Small cast times are also windows of vulnerability — I’ve timed attacks to hit those 0.25 second escape animations, and always felt dastardly while doing so. #Sorrynotsorry.

For a competitive pvp gamer, this is the stuff you want to know. It means the gameplay is deep and worthy of your precious hours getting to know its systems. All of this is before diving into the theory-crafting elements of picking talents and experimenting with builds. In short, there’s a hell of a lot for you to sink your teeth into here.

It’s also good to know there will be players. Indie pvp games are forever dependent on a critical mass of players to keep the game alive. It was never a challenge to get a game in early access, but with the free-to-play launch, the playerbase spike is huge:

The game has also been picked up by esports organisations like ESL and Dreamhack, which bodes well for the future of the game. It’s easy to see why. Esports features like the below are quite rare:

Is ‘Battlerite’ Good?

No. It’s amazing.

In a sea of LOL imitators, its refreshing to see so many smart design ideas on display here. Thanks to the game’s gleeful disregard of genre conventions, Battlerite feels like something that few free to play games manage — refreshing and dynamic.

Without a speck of randomness in the whole thing, literally everything is skill-based. As a result, victory feels much sweeter. When you die, you know there’s a solid reason. When you clutch, you know you earned it.

Developer Stunlock built a cult following around Bloodline Champions. With this spiritual successor, it’s  finally ready for a bigger arena.

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Kim Cattrall has done us all a favour by putting a stop to SATC3

‘I take to task the people from Sex And The City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer’

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Kim Cattrall has found herself the target of an online hate storm this week for her rumoured reluctance to return as Samantha Jones in Sex And The City 3.

The other SATC cast members were said to have been keen on the idea of a third movie and both Kristin Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker have openly expressed their disappointment that the film has been spiked. It is deeply frustrating not to able to share [a new chapter] with all of you’ Kristin Davis wrote to her Instagram followers.

Cattrall, meanwhile, has been surprised to find herself blamed for the film’s failure to launch. ‘Woke 2 a @MailOnline [shit] storm!’ she wrote on Twitter after claims that her diva-ish demands had destroyed hopes of a third movie, ‘The only “DEMAND” I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film…. & that was back in 2016.’

According to an audience member who was present at Cattrall’s Piers Morgan interview taping on Monday night, Cattrall is said to be stung by the scapegoating. ‘I take to task the people from Sex And The City’ she is quoted as saying, ‘and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer.’

But surely the surprise news here is not that Kim Cattrall wasn’t keen on a third movie, but that the rest of the SATC team were.

Sex And The City was a rich, whip-smart jewel of a show that combined the fun of pre-recession New York with hard boiled observations of life as a 30-something Manhattanite. But the films that followed in 2008 and 2010 were strange, bloated affairs that swapped sharp dialogue for slapstick humour and moronic cooing over piles of shoes.

In the widely panned Sex And The City 2, we saw the foursome decamp to Abu Dhabi, apparently to tick off as many culturally insensitive scenarios as possible in a 2 hour 27 minute time frame. This included a scene near the end of the movie which saw Samantha (Kim Cattrall) standing in a bazaar screaming, ‘I love sex!’ at a crowd of men.

Arguably, Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones had the roughest ride in the franchise’s big screen transition. The final series of Sex And The City saw her supremely confident character at her most vulnerable – battling breast cancer and overcoming her commitment phobia to form a genuine bond with her boyfriend Smith. But in the movies all that nuance was blown away and Samantha became almost pitiably cartoonish, making crude, clunky jokes that didn’t have the same sparkle as TV show Samantha.

To her credit, Sarah Jessica Parker has acknowledged that Sex And The City 2 was a turkey. ‘I understand, I actually get it’, she told New York Magazine’s editor-in-chief at a live event earlier this year, ‘I can see where we fell short on that movie, and I’m perfectly happy to say that publicly.’ It’s also quite possible that she and Michael Patrick King have learned from their mistakes and a third movie could bring the old magic back.

But it’s also been seven years since the last SATC movie was made. You can’t blame 61-year-old Cattrall – who has forged a successful post-Samantha stage and screen career – for wanting to leave the old sex maniac PR executive behind her. And besides, aren’t all the best stories being made on TV now anyway?

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Iyanla Vanzant Says Torrei Hart ‘Hasn’t Healed, Hasn’t Done Her Work’

Season 4 of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” resumes September 30 and this time around her focus is largely on Black men.

Incarceration, sexual abuse, and infidelity are just some of the issues Iyanla Vanzant will tackle with various groups of men throughout the season, Madame Noire reports.

When it comes to infidelity, Vanzant says:

“I have a different concept of cheating than most people,” she explained during a phone interview with Madame Noire. “Most people think you cheated on me, you hurt my feelings, it’s something they get crazy about. For me, cheating is a broken agreement; it’s a betrayal of trust; it’s a violation of self-value.”

Adding, “For me, when a person in a relationship commits infidelity, it’s telling me something about that person. It doesn’t have anything to do with me. My question becomes, is this the kind of person I want to be with — a man who doesn’t honor his word, who doesn’t keep his agreements, who breaks his commitments, and who doesn’t value my trust? Is that the kind of person I want to be with?”

During the interview, she also touched on Kevin Hart’s marital drama and how his ex-wife Torrei never properly “healed,” which is why she has taken to social media to lash out.

“Talking about your hurt is a very valuable process toward healing; talking publicly about your hurt in a way that damages someone else, that’s a different story,” Vanzant said when asked her thoughts on the matter. “I always say that the only thing that can destroy a relationship is within the relationship. Relationships are never destroyed from the outside in; they’re always destroyed from the inside out. Ex-Mrs. Hart obviously hasn’t healed; she hasn’t done her work.”

Vanzant shared the one question she’d ask Torrei for going public with her past infidelity issues with Kevin.

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“What is her intention for sharing this information and is that about him or is that about her?”

As far as Kevin is concerned, Vanzant says: “He said it, you got a target on your back brother, and you need to be a demonstration and a model for who you are as a Black man.”

Vanzant said if given the opportunity, she’d ask Kevin this very serious question:

“This is what I ask men who cheat: Would you want somebody to do this to your mother or your daughter? And if you don’t want somebody to do it to your mother or your daughter, don’t do it, because the sins of the father befall the children. How would he feel if his daughter’s husband did this? Many men can’t speak to their son-in-laws about [cheating] because they do it. They deliver the same grief upon their daughters as they did upon their mothers, so that’s what I would offer all men, Kevin included.”

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Just as soon as one secret and story unfolds – the silhouette of another one is silently lurking in the background, waiting for an opportunity to emerge from the darkness. But until that happens, let’s focus on the secrets that are exposed in episode 15 – “Two By Two.”

Bishop Greenleaf (Keith David) is suspicious of Lady Mae’s (Lynn Whitfield) relationship with Lionel (Tim Reid) after his departure from their home last week, but he’s saying nothing about it for now. He carries on with family business and church business as usual. While at the church office preparing his Sunday sermon, he receives a visit from none other than Rochelle (LeToya Luckett.)

She drops by Bishop’s office to deliver another large check. She tells him about her recent visit to the doctors’ office for her five-month breast cancer check up, and they have since called her back in for a follow-up. She says they want to meet with her in person which is a clear sign that something is wrong. Bishop consoles her by accompanying her to the appointment. While there, Rochelle receives great news that she is cancer-free. She does however have some kidney concerns that the doctors want to keep a close eye on, which is why they wanted to see her again in person.

Meanwhile, Lady Mae’s keeping a close eye on Rochelle, specially after she stops by Bishop’s office to find that he’s not there because he’s out with Ms. Cross. Lady Mae is a little panic-stricken by his absence, as  she already detects the Bishop’s distance and the turmoil developing in their marriage. And she’s not the only one – Grace (Merle Dandridge) sees it too. She asks her mother if everything is alright between she and the bishop and Lady Mae tells her no, but at the moment she has other things to handle.

One of those things to handle is finding a way to keep Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) home with her baby and off the road. She finds a way to do just that when she is informed that their housekeeper Maricel (Vickie Eng) has a family emergency. Her husband is in the hospital so she won’t be able to travel with Charity on the road to care for baby Nathan while she sings background for Tamela Mann.

Not only is Maricel’s husband extremely sick but he’s also an undocumented immigrant, which is why he delayed going to the hospital to get treatment in the first place. Lady Mae asks Grace to help,  but tells Charity the answer is “no” to taking the gig on the road.

But Bishop and Gigi are  ready to step in for a couple of weeks to take care of the baby and help Charity pursue this opportunity of a lifetime. Bishop puts his foot down and tells Lady Mae that Charity will be going on tour. When Lady Mae asks who will fill in as director of the music ministry in Charity’s absence, Bishop tells her that he’s bringing Carlton (Parnell Damone Marcano) back.

Bishop visits Carlton at his home to ask him to return to Cavalry but Carlton declines, remembering how he was treated at Calvary and in the church for being a gay man. But Bishop convinces Carlton that together they can change Cavalry into a more  inclusive church and change the world while they’re at it.

Meanwhile, Jacob Greenleaf (Lamman Rucker) is over at of Triumph dealing with his own issues as the new pastor. He receives a visit from Deputy Mayor Skip Leonard (Arnell Powell) who plans to run for Mayor and was counting on Basie Skanks’ support before he disappeared. With Basie gone, he wants Jacob to step in and endorse him in front of the public and congregation.

Skip tells Jacob that showing his support will come with benefits – financial benefits. Jacob sees the newly acquired cash flow from Skip as an opportunity to move forward with busing in the homeless members from his outdoor church. He presents the proposal to the church clergy and everyone except the church treasurer, Sister Britney Weaver (Dreah Marie), is on board.

During Sunday’s service Jacob discloses the amount that Deputy Mayor Skip pledges to award the church – $ 75 thousand dollars. This seems to quiet Sister Weaver for now.

Meanwhile, Kerissa Greenleaf (Kim Hawthorne) is finally taking notice that there’s something going on with Zora (Lovie Simone) One of her teachers calls to inform Kerissa that Zora has been acting very distant in class lately – not participating or actively engaging in class discussions as she used to do.

When Kerissa asks Zora if everything is OK,  of course, she lies and says yes. Kerissa tells  Jacob about Zora’s behavior and he suggests that maybe Zora is doing drugs. With this suspicion in mind, Kerissa searches through Zora’s room and her things. She doesn’t find any drugs,  but  she does find a condom.

This discovery leads to an intense mother/ daughter conversation. Kerissa tells her that having sex at such a young age is irresponsible and that she should wait until she’s married so that men will respect her – just as Jacob respected Kerissa’s decision to wait. Zora sarcastically questioned her father’s respect for her mother and at that point – SMACK!  Kerissa apologizes but suggests that Zora read Corinthians Chapter 7.

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Inother mother daughter news, Grace wants her daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross) to get know Darius (Rick Fox) a little better so they all decide to have dinner together at her family’s home. Bishop’s discontent with Lady Mae is now increasingly obvious. During dinner, after Darius tells the story of how his parents died days apart from one another, Bishop states how incredible it must be to have that type of connection with someone but, he and Lady Mae have become disconnected and their marriage is suffering.

Bishop finally confronts Lady Mae about her affair with Lionel. She admits that she only began an affair with him to mask her pain after finding out about his one-night affair with her sister. Bishop says he came clean immediately after that happened but, Lady Mae and Lionel both chose to keep this a secret from him for years. At this point, he isn’t sure where he stands in his marriage.

Tasha (Asia’h Epperson) gets a phone call from Basie who won’t say where he is or when he’s returning but tells her  he loves her. She asks where he is but he doesn’t answer. He does tell her that the Greenleafs conned them out of their church and killed his father. He has plans for revenge but for now, he wants Tasha to make them pay and she agrees to his instructions. But behind Skanks we see a silhouette of a mysterious man. Basie hangs up the phone before we see who it is. What’s going on?

Maybe we’ll find out next week.

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Wanda J. Coppage is a full -time Music Director at an Urban AC radio station, journalist and proud Virginia State University alum – Go Trojans! As a music enthusiast who can’t go a day without hearing R&B/Soul or Classic Hip Hop as well as a TV passionista, why not live a life that covers both?  

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Why Keith Hernandez is fully done with baseball after SNY

Keith Hernandez doesn’t know exactly what he’ll do when he decides to move on from the Mets broadcast booth. He just knows what it won’t involve: baseball. Hernandez, in a wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated, told stories about his glory days as a Major League Baseball player living in Manhattan, discussed his love of history,…
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What to Watch When ‘Orphan Black’ Is Done

Orphan Black might be ending but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more shows out there for you discover. The story of the clones kept fans captivated for five seasons. Let’s take a look at some other sci-fi shows that you can spend your time with now that Orphan Black has come to a close.

Westworld

This HBO series is easily the best science fiction show out there today. The story of a western themed wonderland filled with synthetic humans offers up a lot to draw you in. Like Orphan Black, there are plenty of mysteries to unravel and an attention to detail that fans will eat up. The production value of the show is jaw-dropping. You can tell that the creators take this show very, very seriously. When it comes to excellent sci-fi television, Westworld is the current gold standard.

Black Mirror

Orphan Black was a show that dealt with some pretty heady ideas at times. No other show is doing that as well as Black Mirror. The anthology series never shies away from plumbing the darker side of modern technology. If you need to see what the near future might look like, this is the show for you.

Sense8

The clones share a unique bond in Orphan Black, but not quite as bizarre as the main characters in Sense8. The Wachowskis story about a group of people who are supernaturally connected is another interesting look at our own human experience and how we are all connected. It may have been given the ax over at Netflix, but it’s still worth checking out.

Humans

An ensemble cast in a modern sci-fi world is part of Orphan Black‘s charm. If you need more of that in your TV diet, give Humans a watch. The show posits the idea that people could own synthetic humans as companions. It doesn’t all work out as planned though. This is another cool look at a future we might have coming.

The Outer Limits

How about a retro pick to close this list out? You can’t go wrong with the classic 1963 series, but you might be more interested in the 1995 reboot. It ran for seven seasons and runs the gamut for sci-fi craziness. There are even a few episodes which deal directly with the idea of cloning, but there is plenty to enjoy for any fan of science fiction. If you need a huge show to binge, this is one that will whet your appetite.

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Melissa Willets

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The other night, I literally spent four hours at the hair salon getting my hair colored and cut. It was exhausting. Well, it turns out even newborn babies sometimes log long hours in a hair dresser’s chair. Kind of.

Photographer and newborn safety advocate Melissa Adams doesn’t recommend that babies get their hair done up in curlers, and sit under a heat lamp…unless it’s for an adorable photo shoot, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Newborn babies get their hair done too

Melissa explained to BabyCenter how this unique photo shoot came to pass. “I saw the prop for sale on a Facebook page that many of us newborn photographers use and I purchased it.”

But none of her clients requested the set for months. “When [this] mother said it was okay for me to use [it] for her session, I was so excited!” Melissa told us the mom is an OB nurse, not a hair dresser, but that the prop was too adorable to resist trying out.

Hair dresser set for newborn babies

As a safety advocate for newborn babies, of course it was important for Melissa to have this precious little one’s mama standing by during the photo shoot. “Newborn safety is always in the forefront of my work,” she explained. “I would just simply Photoshop mom out in post-production.”

Ah, the secrets of the trade! It’s good to know the mini-primper’s safety was a high priority during her session. And the end result has given us a reason to smile and say, “aww,” today. So thanks to Melissa, her subject, and her family for sharing this sweet, cheeky set of images.

Too bad we don’t all look this cute in the hair dresser’s chair…

We aren't all as cute as newborn babies in a hair dresser's chair

Check out another recent post about rainbow baby twins, and featuring Melissa’s work here.

Where is the cutest place you have photographed or plan to photograph your newborn?

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‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Podcast: Iggy Pop on Being Done With Rock Albums

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Iggy Pop tells Rolling Stone's Kory Grow about making the new documentary American

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This Sweater Is Perfect For Anyone Who Is Done Talking About Politics

If you’ve had it up to here with talk about the election, the president elect and the sheer volume of news surrounding both of those things, boy have we got the sweater for you.

The “Leave Me Alone” sweater, designed by Pinterest engineer Ruth Wong, appears at first glance like a regular old sweater but can, according to Wong, be worn three ways: cowl neck, off the shoulder and “leave me alone.”

What does a leave-me-alone sweater look like, you ask? Picture a turtleneck that just keeps going and is then zippered shut, like so: 

Wong wrote on Instructables, along with the steps to make it, that the leave-me-alone mode “is more of a statement than a functional piece of clothing,” and that she “can’t see anything through my sweater.” She suggests that if you’d like to wear it more often and in more situations, to “add eye holes.”

The sweater is just a DIY for now, but after it started getting attention Wong posted it on Betabrand, where it could eventually go into production. 

 Hey, it’s less work than getting into a Facebook fight, right?

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The Bravest Thing Lake Bell, Jared Leto, and Laverne Cox Have Ever Done

When stars risk their lives on camera, they usually do it with the help of stunt doubles or CGI. But that doesn’t mean the rush of adrenaline is fake. We asked celebrities at the Academy Awards, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Film Independent Spirit Awards to tell us about something that required real courage.
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11 Simple Strategies to Blow Through Procrastination and Get Things Done!

“I know I need to do X, but I just can’t seem to get myself to do it.”

This was a comment that a business coaching client shared with me a short while ago.

It’s a common problem, one that over half the business owners I know struggle with from time to time – the inability to get started on their top value to do’s.

Top Three Causes of Procrastination

First on the list is fear. Sometimes we feel like the task is so big, or we don’t know where to begin, or we’re intimidated to even try.

Second is habit. We’ve gotten into a rut and our routine is holding us back from growing our company.

Third is perfectionism. We want to do it right; in fact we want to do it perfectly right. So we wait to get started until all the stars are aligned and we can do it just right. As if this perfect moment ever is going to come along!

Solutions to Get Yourself Started

Here are 11 ways to blow through procrastination and get yourself into productive action.

1. Get yourself to show up and just get started.

Once upon a time I was a serious athlete training to play in the Olympics. When I wasn’t living at the Olympic Training Center I knew that I needed to keep up my scheduled workouts. But some days I just didn’t feel like it. I learned that one way to “trick” myself into gear was to just show up at the gym or track and get started with the workout. Before I knew it I got into the action and ended up having a great session.

The same tactic can work for you. Get yourself to just start, knowing that you can quit a few minutes into it. Chances are if you just get started you’ll soon get engaged in the moment and continue, getting some real, high value work done.

2. Go through the motions. This is a version of tactic one. The key is if you get yourself started on a path inertia will likely keep you going. In science they call this “overcoming the coefficient of static friction”. Remember, once you’re in motion it is much easier to keep yourself going than from a static stop.

3. Do it imperfectly. If you’re a perfectionist, plan on doing the first version of whatever you’re working on imperfectly. In fact, I tell my business coaching clients to call it a “draft” or a “beta version.” This gives them subtle permission to do it imperfectly.

4. Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!

5. Get a “gym buddy” or an “accountability partner”. When we know we need to update an outside person often that is the push we need to get it done.

6. Use your mastermind group and make a realistic commitment. A mastermind group is a group of other business owners who you intentionally team up with to support each other in growing your respective companies. They can be a great form of outside accountability to spur you into action.

7. Set a cool reward. Maybe it’s a day at the beach, or a night out with your spouse at a great restaurant, or that new gadget you’ve been wanting. Sometimes a simple bribe that you give yourself after you’ve done the key project is an effective spark.

8. Make it a game. Often I’ll set a countdown timer, turn up cool music in my office, and race to get the daunting task done (or to see how much of it I can get done) before the time goes off. This works especially well for any of you who are hyper-competitive.

9. Chunk up or chunk down. If the task seems too big, then break it into a smaller piece and get started with that chunk. If the project seems too complicated, consider grouping steps together so it’s less complex.

10. Get clear on what you are really afraid of and accept the worst case scenario. This emotionally and mentally frees you up to get busy working on the solution rather than obsessing about the problem.

11. Develop your integrity to the place that when you speak it you do it. Practice honoring your word in every area of your life. Be on time, all the time. If you commit to doing x by y, then do it. As you grow your personal integrity you’ll find that when it comes to procrastination, you will no longer allow yourself to fail to keep your word.
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