Open Thread: What Does Your Dream Home Look Like?

Here’s a fun question for this Monday: what does your dream home look like? Do you want something cozy and small, like one of those adorably tiny homes? Would you want something sprawling, with wings? Open concept? All white everywhere? Would it have substantial grounds — a pool — a boat dock? Might it be a houseboat (or, hey, while we’re dreaming, yacht)? For purposes of the discussion, let’s take location out of it (so, for example, you can say you want a midtown Manhattan home with wings and a ton of outdoor space, which probably will not exist even for the wealthiest), as well as price.

For my $ .02, I am always happiest when my family is all hanging out together in the same room — so I’m not sure I would necessarily say I wanted something crazy with different wings or grounds. In fact, I would say cozy is one of the biggest touchstones for me — think bookcases with books everywhere and the kind of dining room/breakfast nook that has banquette seating. Lots of low, interesting lighting like along baseboards or other mouldings and the like. Ok, maybe an indoor pool for laps might make its way to the list (or one of those crazy hot tubs with the oppositional streams so you can swim laps against the current). 

Readers, how about you — what does your dream home look like? For those of you who have lived in a lot of different houses and apartments, what have you learned the hard way that you hate but thought you’d love (apparently this is a thing with open concept homes!) and what were you surprised to find you love? 

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AT&T ‘Dream In Black’ Black Future Month Celebrates Black Creators

The AT&T “Dream In Black” Black Future Month launches by celebrating people who are making history now while shaping the new future. Black Future Month highlights inspiring black creators including Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Reginae Carter, Terrence J, Phoebe Robinson, DeVon Franklin, Zendaya, Van Jones, Vic Mensa, Lena Waithe, Omari Hardwick, Jamil Smith, Angela Yee, Baron Davis, and a slew of others.

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Black History Month, a time when we reflect on the leaders of the past who helped pave the way for black excellence today. It’s thanks to these great people throughout history that this generation has more potential to accomplish their dreams than ever before,” Queen Latifah said in a statement to Black Enterprise. “The black community is facing a new generation of infinite possibilities, if you can dream it, you can do it.”



Week-over-week, they will roll out their futurists and the display will culminate on the 28th with the last futurist being selected by you in a competition-style. The organization invites everyone to connect with AT&T this month by posting a photo/video sharing history in the making by using #DreamInBlack for a chance to be honored as the Dream in Black 28 Future Maker.

“At AT&T, we come to work every day to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why we’re so proud to join in the celebration of Black History Month. It recognizes an extraordinary legacy of helping others. Our Black Future Makers campaign honors the great trailblazers who inspired the next generation of leaders called ‘The Dream in Black 28,” stated John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications.

In addition to selecting key figures, other initiatives have been added to the celebration. The organization has also taken the liberty to highlight movie and television shows that African Americans should pay attention to as they are currently changing the scope of how we view ourselves on television. Shows include True Detective, black-ish, Empire, God Friended Me, American Soul, The Chi, Power, This is Us, 2 Dope Queens, and Greenleaf, to name a few.

Additionally, to help celebrate, AT&T has created the Exclusive Dream in Black gif pack and keyboard emojis that represent nothing less than black excellence. The gifs have already been released but, the emojis will be ready to hit our keyboards shortly.

“We also work hard to align our business practices with our values,” continued Donovan. “A good example is our Supplier Diversity program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Through this effort, we’ve spent more than $ 158 billion with minority, woman, service-disabled veteran and LGBT businesses.

And we’re proud to see our employees stepping up to lead AT&T Believes campaigns in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, and elsewhere. These initiatives show our company’s spirit of service and commitment to a better future for everyone.”

AT&T continues to support organizations like Black Girls Code by supplying them with financial resources that allow young black girls to continue to create and innovate. Their latest check was a capital infusion of $ 350,000, which was used to increase access to technology and entrepreneurship skill-building opportunities for underserved and underrepresented youths.

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The term “American Dream” gets tossed around a lot. Politicians promise to deliver it. Pollsters poke and prod it, asking for the public’s opinion on its attainability. The American Dream is a handy metaphor for journalists writing on a subject’s upward ascent, and the concept gets namechecked in countless songs across every genre, often with an overtone of aspiration or braggadocio. Yet no matter who’s invoking the American Dream, they almost always misuse it by framing it in material terms: two cars in every garage; exceeding the previous generation’s wealth—owning a home is a perennial favorite, too.

Only last week, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who’s thinking of running for president, provided a fine example of our collective conception of this idea, telling the Morning Joe crew, “I’m self-made. I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn, New York… I thought that was the American Dream.”

Schultz—and most of us—thought wrong, because the original American Dream—that is, the term’s first usage, in author James Truslow Adams’ 1931 history The Epic of America—was far more nuanced, and far more radical, too.

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dream hampton on Surviving R. Kelly, Supporting Survivors and Why She Wants a ‘Social Death’ for R. Kelly

The documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which aired on Lifetime in the first week of January, has prompted new interest in the R&B singer’s alleged sexual misconduct with minors. Focusing on stories about his illicit behavior that have circulated for decades, the docuseries raises questions about the limited actions in response to these women’s stories, especially in light of the #MeToo movement, charges filed against Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict.

The six-part series, executive produced by the filmmaker dream hampton, features interviews with survivors and parents of girls who they say have been taken captive by Kelly, along with accounts of him coercing women into sex with underage girls and preying on teenagers.

Surviving R. Kelly has spurred several responses, including from high profile figures in the music industry and from law enforcement officials, who have asked any other alleged victims to step forward in order to start an official investigation. Kelly was acquitted in 2008 on child pornography charges and has repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct. A representative for Kelly did not return TIME’s request for comment.

hampton — who says she didn’t expect the wave of responses from investigators, celebrities and viewers — talked to TIME about who she interviewed for Surviving R. Kelly, where the #MeToo movement will go from here and how the public at large can help stop predatory behavior.

Surviving R. Kelly has prompted a number of high-profile responses, from Chance the Rapper to radio stations that have stopped playing his music. How did you feel about Lady Gaga’s statement apologizing for working with R. Kelly?

I thought there was a lot of nuance in it. It’s reflective to me of what people expect from victims of trauma, especially those that speak up, like Lady Gaga, to be perfect, in a way. I was very sorry that she didn’t speak [in the series]. It could have been valuable for people on camera to reckon with the fact that they had continued to collaborate with him, and if they could have said if they have regrets.

Along with those responses, lawyers and investigators have asked any other victims to come forward, indicating they might be looking into R. Kelly in the wake of the series. Has that given you any hope on justice eventually being served?

I don’t have hope in the criminal justice system. I would love a social death for R. Kelly. It’s valuable for black people to be loved by other black people because we’re not loved by the rest of society. I would like for people to know who it is they think they love, and make their decision based on that.

You asked a number of well-known people, from Jay-Z to Erykah Badu to Mary J. Blige, about participating in the series and did not get much of a response from anyone other than John Legend. Who would you like to see speak out?

I wanted Erykah Badu to explain what she meant when she was quoted as saying R. Kelly has “done more for the blacks than anyone”. But I’m not interested in celebrities. I wanted people who worked with Kelly every day on his label, like Barry Weiss [former head of RCA/Jive Records] and other people, like Ann Carli, who worked with him at Jive Records.

[Representatives for Carli and RCA Records did not immediately respond to TIME’s requests for comment. A representative for Weiss declined to comment.]

The New York Times had an op-ed about how Surviving R. Kelly brought the focus of the #MeToo movement back to black girls. The documentary touches on how R. Kelly has avoided consequences in part because people broadly have not cared about the stories of black girls and women. Do you see this as a new starting point to center these voices going forward?

The kind of work we’ve been doing, we’ve always been doing. These movements, for racial justice and gender justice, always overlap with black women. The #MeToo movement and the generation that will fight for gender justice safety is absolutely not being led by celebrities. We know about Gwyneth Paltrow and Mira Sorvino’s stories — we’re aware of that. You’re not always aware of what we’re doing, and what we’re always doing is organizing. When Rick Ross had a lyric about drugging a woman’s glass of champagne and raping her, [women’s activist group] UltraViolet targeted Reebok to cancel his endorsement. That was years ago. We are always doing the work.

On Twitter, people have asked you questions like, “What about Harvey Weinstein?” or about not making a “Surviving Catholic Priests,” or another kind of documentary that wasn’t about a black man. Why do you think people are obsessed with this idea that Kelly is the wrong subject?

When people ask on Twitter, “Why isn’t this about Harvey Weinstein,” they’re really asking “Why is this not about Gwyneth Paltrow or Mira Sorvino?” It’s not about them, not because I don’t think they are women who are deserving of processing pain and getting justice for their trauma. I care about these black girls, black girls in general, and women. And I made a film about a man from my generation. I don’t know any other cis men who don’t benefit from patriarchy. It’s not that R. Kelly is offensive or a creep, or because he has a predilection for young girls, but because he has been a predator for almost three decades and he’s ruined the lives of countless girls and their families.

How can people watching this series at home support survivors?

These are everyday women. They may have come across a predator who happens to be world famous, but we can all look out for predatory behavior. We can stop using euphemisms for this. I always hope something like this [series] can be used as a tool for organizing. #MuteRKelly protests were in front of his studio the other day. Donations to A Long Walk Home, which works to save victims of domestic violence, have increased. We’ve seen calls at domestic centers increase. I could never have anticipated these things.


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Tokyo Toni Celebrates Granddaughter Dream Kardashian’s 2nd Birthday By Releasing Balloons in Front of Party City [Photos]

Tokyo Toni was determined to celebrate her granddaughter’s second birthday — despite not being allowed to see her.

Instead, Blac Chyna’s mom went down to her local Party City and bought a bouquet of balloons.

Most people would’ve just had balloons sent to the birthday girl, but not Toni. She decided to have a balloon-releasing ceremony in front of the Party City.

“Happy Birthday Dream! It’s your second birthday! Let’s hope this balloon gets to you,” Toni exclaimed in the video.

We just…don’t even know what to say here. Check out the video below.

 

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Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress is a total dream and we’re in love

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Princess Eugenie’s dress gave us major old Hollywood vibes and she painted an utterly romantic picture walking up the chapel’s staircase, with a dramatic train trailing behind her. Prince Andrew apparently gave away some key elements of the dress away prior to the big day as he revealed he was worried about stepping on the train of her gown.

Designed by Peter Pilotto, the folded, slightly off the shoulder neckline dipped down into a lower V at the back for just a flash of skin. According to ITV, the subtly patterned fabric on the gown was designed especially for Princess Eugenie.

She accessorised with a pair of emerald and diamond earrings, which were matched beautifully to a tiara she borrowed from her grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

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Ciara’s billionaire dream

OHMYGOSSIP — Ciara wants to be a billionaire.
The 32-year-old singer – who has son Future, four, with ex-husband Future, and 16-month-old Sienna with spouse Russell Wilson – has always set herself big goals and doesn’t believe there are any barriers in her way to success.
She said: “The first goal I wrote down was to get discovered. The second was to sell three to four million records. Third, have longevity.
“No dream is too big. I want to be a billionaire. I never thought, I can’t be because of the colour of my skin, I can’t be because of my gender. The more resources, the more you can do.”
But even if she does become a billionaire, the ‘Goodies’ singer admitted nothing will be a greater accomplishment than being a wife and mother.
She told America’s Cosmopolitan magazine: “I think my greatest accomplishment 10 years from now is that I would have a successful life as it pertains to my marriage and being a mom.
“It’s cool to want to do all these creative things, but it’s no good to gain the world if you lose your soul.”
Ciara tries to ignore her critics and simply focuses on achieving her goals.
She said: “When someone comes for you and you didn’t send for them, you keep your eye on the prize. I know what my mission is. I know what I’m hoping for and working hard for every day. And that’s my focus.
“I’m not going to let people steal my joy. I move on. New day, new opportunity, new energy, let’s go.”
After giving birth to her daughter last year, the ‘Level Up’ singer vowed to make time for herself so now fits in three workouts a day to feel good and look “sexy”.
She said: “It was kind of like, wake up in the morning, breastfeed, eat a small meal, go train, come back in, breastfeed, eat another meal, go train, then come back, have another meal, and then a third training session at night.
“It was a good challenge, one I set for myself, not for anyone else. Taking care of myself makes me feel really good. And I want to keep it sexy too, you know.”

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