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Pixel 3a XL Review: The best smartphone Clark has ever used

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Popular smartphones from Apple and Samsung can cost you an arm and a leg, but Google’s latest Pixel phones have many of the same high-end features for half the price!

Money expert Clark Howard bought a Pixel 3a XL and has been testing it for about a month.

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Clark says it’s the best phone he’s ever used, but there’s a downside he’s not thrilled about. In this article, we’ll explain the pros and cons! Let’s get started…

Here’s why Clark loves the Google Pixel 3a XL

There are two big pros to this phone: the price and the camera.

Price

In May of 2019, Google introduced the affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL models. The least expensive version is $ 399. Meanwhile, Google’s Pixel 3 starts at double the price — $ 799.

Of course, new Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models can cost about $ 1,000 when they’re first released.

Clark purchased the bigger and more expensive of the two new Pixel phones. The 3a XL is $ 479. However, Clark traded in an old phone and paid only $ 179 for the new device.

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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Camera

You get essentially the same camera on the Pixel 3a XL as you would on a more expensive Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel has a feature called Night Sight that allows you to take pictures in extremely low lighting, as well as the ultra-popular Portrait Mode.

Clark says the pictures he takes with his new Pixel 3a XL turn out great. Here are some examples:

Clark image taken from Google Pixel 3a XL

Clark image taken from Google Pixel 3a XL

The one con for Clark…

Clark’s biggest complaint about his Pixel 3a XL is that the 6-inch screen is smaller than he’d like.

Other drawbacks according to Wired and Engadget are that it cannot charge wirelessly, isn’t waterproof and that it doesn’t have expandable storage.

If those qualities are important to you, then this phone may not be the right pick.

Key features

Google’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones are solid devices with desirable features, including compatibility on the Big 4 networks: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Here are the technical specifications for the Pixel 3a XL that Clark has:

  • 6’’ Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 2.0GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core processor and 4G LTE speeds
  • Rear camera hardware: 12.2 dual-pixel, f/1.8 aperture
  • Front camera hardware: 8 MP
  • Autofocus with dual pixel phase detection
  • Optical + electronic image stabilization
  • 64GB storage
  • All day battery
  • Fast-charging
  • Pixel Imprint – back-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Unlocked for Google Fi, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T

Final thought 

Clark says if you’re shopping for a high-end phone on a budget, the Google Pixel 3a XL is a great value.

And when you’re ready to buy a new smartphone, it may also be a good time to look at ways to save on your cell phone plan. Here are the best plans and deals starting at $ 10 a month!

Do you have a Google Pixel 3a or 3a XL? Scroll down to the comments and leave your review!

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U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Just Scored the Most Goals Ever in a Women’s World Cup Match

The U.S. women’s national soccer team didn’t waste any time getting down to business in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

In their first group stage match on Tuesday, Team USA soared to a 13-0 win over Thailand, breaking the record for the largest margin of victory ever in a Women’s World Cup match.

Alex Morgan — one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2019 — scored five of the 13 goals to tie the U.S. team record for most goals in a game. Meanwhile, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis added two goals apiece while Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also all put one on the board.

The previous record for most lopsided victory in Women’s World Cup history belonged to Germany, who beat Argentina 11-0 in the 2007 tournament. Germany was also in possession of the second-place record thanks to their 10-0 shutout against Côte d’Ivoire in 2015 while Switzerland was sitting in third with a 10-1 win over Ecuador in 2015.

As for how the USWNT’s rout of Thailand compares to the largest margin of victory in men’s World Cup history, there’s no contest. On the men’s side, Yugoslavia and Hungary are tied for the record with 9-0 wins over Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and South Korea, respectively, giving the women a four-goal advantage.

The USWNT is in pursuit of their fourth World Cup championship. They will play their second group stage match against Chile on June 16.

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This Is the Most Anticipated Women’s World Cup Ever. But Corruption and Abuse Still Block Women From Soccer

The biggest women’s sports tournament of 2019 will begin in Paris on Friday. The top 24 teams in the world will be descending on France to compete for the title of World Champions at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The next six weeks will be ripe with anticipation and and we can prepare ourselves for the joy and heartbreak that comes with the beautiful game. The media hype and marketing around this event reaffirms that this might be the most popular and widely watched iteration of the World Cup since the tournament began (unofficially) in 1970. But the road here hasn’t been easy.

Fans of women’s sport have invested emotionally and financially in these great women athletes. We have witnessed their struggles against systemic sexism (Argentina), their fight for equal pay (U.S.), and their continued commitment to improving society (Canada). The most celebrated women’s player of the year, UEFA Champion and Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg of Norway is not attending the World Cup because of what she considers inequality in her country. She will forgo the tournament and stepped away from the national team in 2017, after a poor result at the Euros. Despite the fact that Norway was the first football federation in the world to offer pay parity for men’s and women’s teams, Hegerberg maintains that it is not only about money. There are federations, there are clubs, there are men in high positions who have that responsibility to put the women in the right place and that’s where I think, I feel, and I know, we have a long way to go,” she has explained.

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Kevin C. Cox—Getty ImagesAbby Wambach #20 and Christie Rampone #3 of the United States celebrates after winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 5-2 against Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

In May 2019, UEFA Champions League launched a women’s soccer development and strategy initiative that seeks to double the amount of women and girl players in Europe by 2024. The initiative recognizes the need for support, financial backing or programs, but also the involvement and positions of women in soccer — perhaps a recognition of the sheer inaction thus far. The fact that teams in Europe struggle with sexism at the core of their experiences is a reminder that misogyny is not reserved for the Global South.

But if the most successful and popular women’s teams in the world are fighting for their dues, imagine the obstacles of those who don’t have the platforms, who don’t have the safety and who are simply trying to keep their teams afloat. The ones whose federations are marred with corruption and abuse. The ones whose freedom and identity is tightly connected to soccer, but whose chances of ever developing and realizing a World Cup dream lies in a dark abyss. The ones whose futures and possibilities are not valued by the men who control the sport and reign from thrones of privilege and impunity.

Eight of the 10 top-ranked women’s teams are in North America and Europe. Japan is 7th and Brazil is 10th. There are three African nations attending (Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa) this year but there are no Arab or Middle Eastern, Central Asian or South Asian teams in the tournament. As we watch, cheer and embrace the fandom that the women’s game truly deserves, it is equally important to remember the girls and women who did not make it to the world’s stage. We must think more about how to include those players in this experience of the World Cup.

In late 2018, players from the Afghanistan women’s national team disclosed horrific sexual abuse by the head of the Afghanistan Football Federation — the same body that is charged with advocating and supporting their development. The investigations and any response in this case by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are ongoing (read: pathetically slow and unencouraging).

Several Middle Eastern countries are rife with civil unrest, suffer the destruction of facilities, and like the example of Palestine, suffer constant pressure under occupation. In some regions, there seems to be little time for soccer except for places like refugee camps where sport is used as a tool of development and rehabilitation for survivors of displacement and war.

Freedom Fields is a film by Naziha Arebi about the Libyan women’s soccer program in Tripoli. For five years, Arebi has chronicled their struggles, their journey and their joys on and off the pitch. We see them fight with administrators, fight clerics, and empower themselves as a team in order to play in a tournament in Lebanon.

We see their bravery and their drive. It is unmistakably familiar.

Aref Karimi—AFP/Getty ImagesAfghan female football players from Afghan team celebrate with the trophy after their women’s football tournament final match against Isteghlal in Kabul on December 6, 2013.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan women’s national team has been stagnant for over five years due to complete mismanagement and disinterest in the women’s team from federation executives. In 2017 The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) was suspended by FIFA for “third-party interference” — tantamount to improper financial practices. The women’s team have not competed in any regional tournaments, or held training camps since 2014. “Some teams worry about winning,” team captain Hajra Khan said in February. “We just want a chance to play.” The president of PFF, Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, has ties to Senior Vice President of FIFA, Sheikh Salman who is head of Bahrain’s Football federation, another country with little development of a women’s program. Hayat has been in power in Pakistan since 2003 and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

Meanwhile, last week, news spread that there were allegations of rape of Gabon’s Under 20 players. The story was barely touched by mainstream sports media outlets. According to the Women’s Media Centre, the TIDES (The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport) 2018 report gave American sports media a grade of D+ for gender and racial hiring practices. If the people reporting on sport are largely white men, it’s unsurprising that their stories regularly fail to represent women, particularly women of colour.

The player’s objections and concerns fall on deaf ears when FIFA and AFC continue tosupport the political players at these shady federations, who refuse to prioritize the women’s teams. The majority of federations are controlled by men, and men are in charge of the allocation of finances. Shaima Mohamed is head of women’s soccer development at the Somali Football Federation and is desperately trying to amplify the women’s sport. She told The Guardian: “I have no idea where the money goes.”

Perhaps it is a lack of community support, or cultural pressure to suppress the advancement of women in society. It could be a lack of sincere commitment to women’s sport. Or it could be a complete failure on the part of men to advocate and bolster women athletes. All of the above are parts of systems of sexism and misogyny that exist in soccer, all over the world.

Many might not be aware that France, the host of this World Cup, is the only country in the world in which the governing body of soccer still refuses to allow women to play, coach or actively participate in the game if they choose to wear a hijab. FIFA struck down this ban in 2014 but the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) continues to hold it in place. This blatant injustice should not be tolerated or forgiven just because they are hosting a grand tournament that selectively supports women soccer players.

There are rays of hope. The Jordanian Football Federation (JFF) with leadership from Prince Ali bin Hussein began to invest in training and development programs, and created a non-profit organization Association Football Development Programme Global (AFDP) dedicated to the growth of the sport and advocacy for women in soccer. In 2016, the JFF hosted the first FIFA-sanctioned tournament in the Middle East. And although Iranian women continue to lobby FIFA for basic access to sports, Saudi Arabia began to let women into stadiums in 2018 and there are murmurings and tries to support a women’s team.

As FIFA celebrates a wonderful tournament, it is important that they remain accountable to all players. And we must remember those on the frontlines, and those brutally excluded from the pitches. We must make sure that their stories are heard, and their struggles are not in vain. We must demand equal pay and safety for all players.

It is imperative to find a balance between supporting women’s soccer and still speaking up about the injustices against women in soccer. Uncritical celebrations render this tournament shallow at a time when disruption is required. The sport deserves better — and so do the millions of women and girls who love it. Soccer is for all of us.

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All Hail! Carrie Underwood’s Most Badass Moments Ever

Bow down to the queen of country music! Carrie Underwood has proven time and time again throughout her illustrious career that she is one of a kind.

The singer stole hearts when she appeared as a contestant on season 4 of American Idol in 2005. She went on to win the competition and record hit after hit, including “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” “Cowboy Casanova” and “Cry Pretty.”

Underwood’s small-town appeal bled into her highly successful work. As time went on, she opened up more about her personal life — from her marriage to husband Mike Fisher to their struggles to conceive sons Isaiah and Jacob.

“It took us a while to get here. … I’m gonna cry again,” she told Us Weekly of her second pregnancy in November 2018. “[I’m] just so thankful … to find out Isaiah’s gonna have a baby brother. It was just great news. We’re excited.”

Underwood further explained her philosophy as a mom juggling a demanding career. “Balance is what it’s all about. No matter what your job is,” she revealed to Us in October 2018. “Being a mom, working and dividing your time. It is what we all have to do as mothers.”

An accident at her home in November 2017 left the “Church Bells” songstress with 40 to 50 stitches in her face and a broken wrist. She retreated from the public eye as she healed, only to come back better and stronger than ever months later.

As for the tough times, she assured Redbook in August 2018, “Life is full of ups and downs, and I might have had a few more downs than ups last year.”

From her revenge anthems to personal health battles to the classiest clapbacks ever, scroll to take a look back at Underwood’s most badass moments of all time!

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‘Blood & Truth’ review: As close as you’ll ever get to living out an action movie

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When I reviewed Farpoint for PlayStation VR two years ago, I proclaimed that first-person shooters could indeed work in virtual reality. This theory has been tested by numerous VR titles over the past two years, but none have captured my attention quite like Blood & Truth. While it isn’t the most ambitious VR game in terms of scope or scale, it sets a new high-water mark for cinematic entertainment in virtual reality.

If you own a PSVR, you’ve likely already played a chunk of Blood & Truth, as it is an expansion of The London Heist, which was the standout demo included on the pack-in PlayStation VR Worlds disc. Blood & Truth is a substantially larger game, though, following Ryan Marks as he attempts to save his family’s criminal enterprise from a rival syndicate following the untimely death of his father.

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Lawmakers in Albany are racing to get out of Dodge by June 19, the end of the legislative session. Brace yourself: This year’s results may be more painful than ever. In play are bills to toughen rent regulations, to hand driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and to expand the prevailing wage. All have the potential…
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Japan just sent a privately-funded rocket into space for the first time ever

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SpaceX is already a household name around the globe, but there’s no shortage of other startups vying for their slice of the private spaceflight pie. Companies like the Jeff Bezos-led Blue Origin are doing some pretty impressive things, and a relatively new startup out of Japan just hit a big milestone as well.

The company, named Interstellar Technologies Inc, launched its MOMO-3 rocket into space over the weekend, reaching an altitude of over 100 kilometers before running out of steam and tumbling back down to Earth. The rocket, which is part of the company’s long-term plan of providing satellite launch services to commercial partners, is built using many parts that are readily available from a variety of manufacturers.

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Scouted: I’ve Been Sleeping on Brooklyn Bedding’s Hybrid Mattress for a Month. It’s the Best Sleep I’ve Ever Had.

Yes, it’s time to sleep on a real mattress, one designed and engineered to support your body and back for years. And while it’s an investment, it’s one worth making: You’ll be spending more time on this thing than you will in your car, on vacation, or on your couch. Budget for it accordingly.

Choosing your mattress is a big deal and requires careful deliberation — it’s also important to choose high quality and comfort in a surface on which you’ll be spending about a third of your life. Like sleep personality Nancy Rothstein told me back in March: “Before heading off to buy a new mattress, the first thing people need to do is look at the value of sleep.” That’s been on my mind since I’ve been sleeping on Brooklyn Bedding’s new Bloom Hybrid mattress — hybrid meaning it combines the versatility of foam with the steadfastness of coils.

It’s by far the most comfortable thing I’ve ever slept on, and my partner and I normally spend our first few minutes in it writhing in bed-comfort bliss — it’s probably adorable. But seriously, I enjoy this bed in three distinct ways. First is the entrance, the moment I lie in it and all my weight leans into its enveloping and comforting support. Second is the sleep. The common fatigue of restless nights is a thing of the past for me now. And third: Waking up is reinvigorating. I bounce up and out of bed and have been relying less and less on snoozes (this morning was only two!). As long as I can help it, I’ll never be going back to a mattress that’s anything less than this level of perfection.

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Michael Ealy Just Told Us The Craziest Thing He’s Ever Done For Love And We’re Getting The Perfect Guy Vibes

How can a man so fine be so crazy? That’s what most of us were asking after we saw Michael Ealy in 2015’s The Perfect Guy. But upon the release of his latest film, The Intruder, we’re finding out the actor might have a little bit of stalker in him for real– or at least he did.

We asked the 45-year-old what’s the craziest thing he ever did for love, and out poured a tale of posting up outside of his ex-girlfriend’s house for hours that we didn’t not expect to come out of the mouth of the ever-elusive star who is always so cool, calm, and collected. Granted, this happened during his college days at the University of Maryland, but we’re still intrigued.

Check out the video above for the details on Michael’s stalker days and what he’d do if he ever found himself facing an intruder like in his new flick.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Stanley Cup in 2 Minutes

“Predictable” is rarely an adjective applied to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But this year’s NHL postseason has been especially chaotic, with favorites like the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals ejected early in favor of long-suffering hockey franchises, like the Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues.

As the Eastern and Western conference finals are set to get underway, there’s no better time to familiarize yourself with the prize the four remaining teams are after: The Stanley Cup, considered by many the sports world’s most beautiful trophy. TIME recently hosted the Stanley Cup and one of its “keepers,” Howie Borrow, who offered all manner of interesting Cup trivia.

For example: When the bottommost ring of the Stanley Cup is filled with the names of the teams and players who have most recently won it, the topmost ring is removed, retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, and a new ring is added to the bottom to create space. Also: While fans are allowed to touch the Cup, superstition and tradition keep the most loyal hockey fans from doing so (this reporter resisted the urge).

To learn more about the Stanley Cup, watch our video above — and enjoy the rest of the playoffs.

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For The First Time Ever, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA And Miss America Are All Black Women!

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Last night, North Carolina’s Chelsie Kryst made history when she was announced as Miss USA. Not only was she the latest Black woman to wear the crown, she helped pull off a historic trifecta.

For the first time ever, three Black women are currently wearing crowns as the 2019 Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.

Kryst joined pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin (pictured) and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris.

Kryst is a civil litigation attorney who received her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University. During the pageant, fans of Kryst noticed that she wore her natural hair and unlike prior contests, she joined Garris in bypassing the need to straighten their hair in favor of their natural look.

Garris spoke to Refinery21 about her decision saying, “There were a few naysayers saying, ‘You look better with straight hair,’ or ‘You should put in extensions and straighten your natural hair. As Miss Connecticut Teen USA, there are girls who would look at me in awe because they’ve always had the image of straight hair in pageants. Being able to spread the message of diversity, being yourself, and being confident in your curly, natural hair is something that I’m really looking forward to with my new national title.”

The closest Black women had to completing the trifecta before last night was in 2012 when Black women simultaneously wore crowns as Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.

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The proof-of-concept flight is being hailed as "a stunning achievement."
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First Ever Image Of A Black Hole

In a historic first, astronomers captured the image of a black hole, which is located at the heart of a distant galaxy. The black hole, which measures 40 billion kilometers across, and three million times the size of the Earth, was found in a galaxy called Messier 87, located more than 53 million light-years from Earth. It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun. Black holes are extreme cos
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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Set to Be Most Diverse Star Wars Casting Ever. Here Is A Roster of Black Star Wars Characters

The Episode IX trailer for the latest Star Wars movie was just released. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the space series’ most diverse casting since the first movie premiered in 1977. People of color including leading man John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, and the return of Billy Dee Williams in the iconic role of Lando Calrissian, are front and center in the latest episode.

And while there was controversy over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, there have been iconic black actors and characters throughout the Star Wars universe. Here are seven of the best known.

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Mace Windu

Played by: Samuel L. Jackson

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999

 

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2. Lando Calrissian

Played by: Billy Dee Williams

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi

 

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3. Maz Kanata

Played by: Lupita Nyong’o

Film: The Force Awakens

 

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4. Voice of Darth Vader

Played by: James Earl Jones

Films: Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi

 

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5. Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola

Played by:  Femi Taylor

Film: Return of the Jedi

 

 

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6. Finn 

Played by: John Boyega

Film: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi 

 

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7. Rachel

Played by:  Crystal Clarke

Film: The Force Awakens

 

 

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Editors’ Note: This article has been updated from its original publish date in 2017. 

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We may be just days away from seeing a black hole for the first time ever

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For how much astronomers know about black holes — it’s a lot, trust me — it’s a bit of a shock that mankind has never actually seen one. Everything science knows about black holes is based on inference rather than actually witnessing one with our own eyes (electronic or otherwise), but that may be about to change.

The Event Horizon Telescope project plans to reveal the first-ever images of a black hole, and the international group of researchers working on the project have something very big to show the world this week. We may be just days away from seeing a black hole for the first time ever.

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The Kid Question: Have You Ever Felt Like You Needed to Choose Between Kids and Career?

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An older friend was reminiscing recently about the ’70s and ’80s, when a woman who had a career generally had to either decide NOT to have kids or, if they were determined to become a mom, find a way to make it work somehow. I suppose it doesn’t sound so strange to write it out here — sure, everyone makes choices — but there was a darkness to her tone that struck me, an underlayer of “If you really need to have kids, you can, but your career will suffer and you’ll never see your kids anyway — so if you were a ‘working woman’ first or someone who wanted a big career, you wouldn’t have kids back then.” (She never had kids, but had several long and successful careers.) I thought we’d talk about it today, decades away from the time she was talking about… what messages have you received about kids and career, and have you ever felt like you needed to choose between the two? If you’ve ever pondered motherhood, did you feel like your career would be constrained to any extent by having kids? 

Here are some things to discuss regarding the The Kid Question for working women:

  • For everyone: What messaging have you received about The Kid Question? What have you felt is “expected of you” (by your family/friends/education/office culture)? Which doors have you left open, which have you gone through, and which have you shut, whether mentally or physically?
  • For younger women: How much do you think the message “Make a choice: motherhood OR your career” is still an issue for women today? 
  • For working moms: What has surprised you about the sacrifices that working mothers have to make? What have been your best strategies or tools for juggling motherhood and a career (flexible work arrangements, long maternity leaves, options to lean out/on-ramp)? (Coincidentally, over at CorporetteMoms today I’m sharing my top tips on how to find balance as a working mom…)
  • For women without kids, either by choice or circumstance: How has the lack of kids affected your career? What would you advise younger women?

As for me, I think the messaging around career and motherhood has changed significantly — I saw a lot of working mothers in both the magazine world and the legal world, and I never really questioned whether I could have both a career and kids. I did think life would be crazy… but like Finals Week crazy. Intense periods of stress, but mostly doable. That said, I do know of at least one friend my age who did make career choices based on her desire to be a mother — she went for her MBA in her late 20s and was considering becoming an investment banker, but was steered away from that track because she told her advisers she also wanted to have kids a year or two after graduating. (If memory serves she had her son right after graduation, so she may have even been pregnant when these discussions were happening.)

Now, as a mom of two kids, I’ll say that it’s way crazier and that the crazy is more prolonged than I had expected. (There was a whole “Mommy Effect” study that found that a lot of moms-to-be have an unrealistic view of what life as a working mom will be like.) I also feel like the decision to have kids means you step away from what is plannable or even knowable to a certain extent — you step away from clear goalposts and milestones in a career sense and move at your own pace, which may be faster or slower depending on your family situation. (As I write this, the question of equity comes to mind — do men who want or expect to be fathers have to step away from clear goalposts and milestones? Do they walk into parenthood expecting to make any sacrifices, and even with equal parenting, do male parents make equal sacrifices? Might be an interesting discussion to have with the guys in your life.)

Let’s hear from you, ladies — what does The Kid Question look like to you now? Do you feel like you have to sacrifice kids for career, to any extent in 2019? If you’re a working mom, what choices and sacrifices have you made? If you don’t have kids yet but plan to, what choices and sacrifices do you expect to make?

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Cast members from every season of Game of Thrones gathered at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Wednesday night to celebrate the official premiere of the beloved show’s eighth and final season.

While the show won’t be available to fans until it debuts on HBO on April 14, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa and Arya Stark all walked the red carpet as their human counterparts alongside many characters who were deceased, such as Sean Bean’s Eddard Stark and Jason Momoa’s Khal Drogo.

Ahead of the screening of the first episode which included a special cautionary warning from Sansa and Arya Stark about the consequences of not following the rules of the event, series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss introduced the full cast of Game of Thrones, welcoming not only the stars of season 8, but many of the deceased characters who had departed the show.

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New England Patriots fans who forgot that Monday is April Fools’ Day might have been panicking when quarterback Tom Brady tweeted that he had decided to retire.

The six-time Super Bowl champion has joined Twitter and his first post said simply: “I’m retiring. In my spare time, I’ll be tweeting.” An email from a Twitter spokeswoman confirmed the account, but it also referred to the fact that the tweet came on April Fools’ Day.

About an hour later, Brady sent out a second tweet that said, “Was this a bad joke?”

Brady is a 41-year-old, three-time NFL MVP who has to stop playing some time. But after leading New England to the title last year, there’s no indication that he’s slowing down.

And anyway, is this how he would announce it?

Even tight end Rob Gronkowski, who actually retired last month, did so with a lengthy Instagram post.

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One of the most talked about panels at Opp Ex centered around the Business Behind The Music, a panel centered around what actually goes into breaking a record on the radio and what it takes to not only make it in the business but sustain a career out of it. From 300 Entertainment’s Shadow Stokes speaking to the power of Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Big Ole Freak” to Samantha Selowane discussing how an artist like H.E.R. never strayed away from her image, the panel gave attendees more than enough free game to take into their careers and then some. Moderated by Young Jas, the panel dived into why fan bases matter, why relationships matter and ultimately, how record labels aren’t what they used to be, they’re just major distribution points now.

Radio One Houston operations manager Terri Thomas said of the change and attention to digital that it was mainly about the fans. “Fans are what put the gas in the tank of the bus. If you cultivate a relationship with the fans, those fans will take you everywhere. Regardless of radio play, regardless of a major record deal, regardless of any of those things. If you can find your fan base and make them feel like they have an investment in you, they will continue to invest in you. When you put up merch or put up merch at your shows, fans will come out and put money down to buy a piece of your merch. That fan base is what gets you to a major record label, a major streaming company.”

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Don’t come for Pink’s family time. The singer went full-on mama bear the other day when an Instagram troll criticized a picture of her with children, Jameson, age 2 and Willow, age 7, as well as her husband Carey Hart enjoying a fun dinner together.

“At least twice a week on tour, we shut the door to the outside world and have family dinner,” shared the loving mother.

It is a cute photo with the entire Hart clan enjoying some tacos. Unfortunately, not everyone who follows Pink had good things to say about the pictures. One Instagram troll had a beef with the mother of two sharing her quality family time on social media.

Comments by Celebs was first to notice the extremely unfriendly exchange between a protective mother and her critical fan or perhaps former fan now.

“Except it’s posted on ig,” wrote megablack921

The comment appears to be a response to the singer saying her family likes to shut out the world but then posts that private time on social media. Pink wasted no time defending her choice to share the family time picture, as well as giving a not so subtle reminder to the user to stop being a douchebag.

“yes I like to promote healthy stuff. I also like to remind people to stop being TOTAL D— BAGS TOO. Consider this your reminder, f—o,” she said in a response that was again captured by Comments by Celebs.

The user went on to tell the ‘So What’ singer that he or she was going to her show in Nashville but not anymore. Oh yes, the user was offended by the response and made it clear they are still a fan of the music, however the singer not so much.

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There are so many times that a celeb can’t deal with the nasty trolls and defends their selves. Pink is one of the best at coming up with the most savage responses to those who believe they have the right to judge her life. It is merely one of the reasons she is an inspiration. You go, girl!

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Queen Elizabeth posted her first Instagram message ever, and it’s so sneakily feminist


Queen Elizabeth posted her first Instagram message ever, and it’s so sneakily feminist

In case you didn’t know: Queen Elizabeth II is officially posting on Instagram. And she used her first message to the public to share an often overlooked piece of feminist history. On Thursday, March 7th, the monarch took to the Royal Family’s official Instagram feed to share a letter she discovered to her great-great grandfather.  “Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert,” she began, explaining the letter was from Charles Babbage, who is credited as the world’s first computer pioneer.

“In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the ‘Analytical Engine’ upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron.”

Lovelace has been called the first computer programmer for her work and ideas. And while many of her contributions were not fully recognized until the 1950s, the early programming language Ada was named for her as a tribute to her groundbreaking work.

Queen Elizabeth closed out her message by explaining that since she “had the pleasure” of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives that day, the letter seemed “fitting” to share. She signed the post “Elizabeth R.”

Thank you for this feminist history lesson, Your Majesty!

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Tameka Foster Talks Almost Dying During Plastic Surgery: “I Was Married, Publicly Shamed And Didn’t Ever Feel Like I Was Enough”

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Ten years ago, Tameka Foster, then known as Tameka Raymond and married to Usher, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, almost died while trying to get plastic surgery.

Looking back on that experience this week, Foster expressed her gratitude for life, but also addressed the public criticism that she says pushed her to get the surgery in the first place.

“Feeling grateful today,” she wrote on Wednesday. “10 years ago today I suffered a cardiac arrest in Brazil. #Flatlined #IDied. I was married, publicly shamed and didn’t ever feel like I was enough, pretty enough, exotic enough, slim enough, light enough, worthy enough. Funny part… Today I’m 20 pounds heavier, feel much prettier, single AF, happier, and so amazingly worthy.”

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As the story goes, two months after welcoming their second child together, Naviyd Ely Raymond, Foster decided to fly to Brazil to get liposuction done on her stomach. She knew that being the wife of a public figure, she wouldn’t be able to escape unwanted commentary about her body after baby. She hadn’t been able to escape it before she had Naviyd and Usher Raymond V, as people openly questioned the fact that Usher had chosen to be with her and marry her in 2007. The singer felt the need to publicly defend her honor in 2008 on MTV’s TRL, saying, “I hear y’all talking crazy out there, she’s a beautiful black woman. Stop. Stop talking. And I love her. Stop it.”

But that wouldn’t be enough.

Before Foster could even undergo the procedure, she went into cardiac arrest while under anesthesia. Ellen Dasptry, a rep for the surgeon who was supposed to have performed the surgery in Brazil, said Foster was revived and placed into a medically-induced coma immediately.

“When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep… and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage,” Dasptry told PEOPLE in 2009. “This is the protocol every time and this is what was done.”

Foster survived the very scary situation, and was in much better condition a week later. However, her marriage fell apart soon after. Just months after her health ordeal, Usher filed for divorce.

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Aquaman slid past Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Saturday to become the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe film internationally.

Dawn of Justice made $ 863 million at the global box office – Aquaman is already at $ 887 million, after just two weeks in theaters.

Though reviews weren’t universally positive, many were average (the film has 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and audience response has been favorable. What sets Aquaman apart from other DCEU fare is that it’s fun. This movie gets ridiculous and sometimes down right weird, but it’s colorful and powerful and just a good time at the movies.  Read more…

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There was a time – fairly recently, in fact – when we thought we’d had all the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes we were ever going to get. In May 2018, it was announced that the cult television series had been cancelled by Fox, as the network was “trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling [it in] would prevent [them] from promoting something new.”

At the time, Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO of Fox Television Group, told Entertainment Weekly that “with Thursday Night Football, there were two fewer hours to program” and that ultimately, they decided they just didn’t have room for it anymore. Fans took to social media to share their devastation, as did several cast members including Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz. But their sorrow was short-lived. Thankfully, the show was picked up by NBC just a day later.

If the few hours in which we believed Brooklyn Nine-Nine was over forever taught us anything, it’s just how great this cop comedy is. So ahead of the newly homed show’s sixth season kicking off in early January, we take a look back at 10 of the best episodes. So far, that is…

“The Swedes” (Season 3, Episode 9)


Anders Holm and Riki Lindhome are ‘the Swedes’.

In “The Swedes,” Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Rosa Diaz (Beatriz) catch a dockyard thief who stole expensive jewels, and due to their origin, two Swedish detectives visit the precinct in order to pick up the 39-carat diamond and the suspect.

The two officers, played by Anders Holm and Riki Lindhome, are extremely close as work partners, causing Jake and Rosa to question their distance and if that makes them unprofessional. That feeling gets amplified when the foursome is assigned a case to work together during their stay.

The episode is full of great one-liners, as the Swedes rip it out of their American counterparts and they attempt to snap back. But it’s also brilliant because it allows the characters to play up their most defining qualities; Rosa, being awkward; Jake, trying to overcompensate; and Amy Santiago (Fumero) and Terry Jefford (Terry Crews) being lovable nerds as they help administrator Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) study for an upcoming test.

“HalloVeen” (Season 5, Episode 4)

It’s fair to say that when it comes to holiday-centric episodes, Brooklyn Nine-Nine always nails it, but it seems that its Halloween-based outings are the best. As always, “HalloVeen” sees the squad take part in an annual heist — this year, the aim is to retrieve a belt (or cummerbund, as Holt likes to describe it) that declares the winner an ‘Amazing Human/Genius.’

Their antics, as you might expect, are over-the-top and hilarious, like Amy, Jake and Holt admitting to putting GPS trackers in Terry’s yoghurts in the run-up to the heist and Boyle teaming up with Rosa as part of an underdog alliance. But this episode is even more special than most Halloween episodes because this time, Jake has rigged the game. Not to win, but to propose to girlfriend Amy.

Amy has no idea, and neither does the audience, and it makes for such a touching moment. As hilarity falls by the wayside and Jake tears up while telling Amy he ‘loves her butt,’ you can’t help but swoon over those adorable, loved-up dorks.

“Yippie Kayak” (Season 3, Episode 10)

To steal a well-known phrase from protagonist Jake, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s third season has a ‘butt-load’ of excellent episodes and “Yippie Kayak” is up there. It’s Christmas-based and revolves around Jake – having forgotten to buy buddy Charles Boyle (Lo Truglio) a present – drags Gina along to a store in the middle of the night. Annoyingly, Boyle decides to tag along, unaware of the real reason the twosome are heading out.

While in the store, the trio discovers that it’s being robbed by a bunch of criminals who are holding several customers hostage. Jake, inappropriately excited that the situation resembles his favourite movie Die Hard, takes things into his own hands to take the thugs down, with Terry’s help from the outside.

Elsewhere, Amy, Rosa and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) take part in a local ‘polar bear plunge.’ It’s a fairly silly, exaggerated episode but with a classic Brooklyn Nine-Nine spin and it’s so much fun!

“The Party” (Season 1, Episode 16)


Amy and Jake wreak havoc at Captain Holt’s birthday party, while Terry tries to keep them in line.

While all of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine characters are beloved among viewers – how could you not love every one of this ragtag bunch of misfits? – Holt is undoubtedly a fan favourite. So any episode that revolves him, and his relationship with the rest of the Nine-Niners, is a good one.

This one sees Jake, Amy and co attend the notoriously private Holt’s birthday party. There, Terry gets increasingly stressed out when he’s tasked with reining everyone in. Amy tries to find out whether her boss makes his own hummus, Gina draws the attention of psychologists with her candid confessions, Boyle bonds with a female guest over culinary chat and Jake attempts to impress Holt’s husband by pretending to have read an intellectual ‘New Yorker’ article – none of which goes down well.

It’s chaotic, comedic and even sweet, proving that the ensemble episodes are some of the most enjoyable.

“The Box” (Season 5, Episode 14)

Guest stars can often make or break an episode of any television series – the key, particularly when it comes to comedies is finding someone who gets the humour of the show they’re appearing in and isn’t interested in stealing the limelight necessarily. That’s why Sterling K Brown, who acts as the perfect scene-partner to Samberg and Braugher in “The Box” is perfect.

In the episode, he plays Philip Davidson, a shifty dentist who gets brought in for questioning following the mysterious death of his practice partner. Much to Holt and Jake’s surprise — the detectives tasked with interrogating him overnight — Philip has all the answers and as the pair try all different kinds of strategies to trip him up, they’re the ones that get the most rattled.

It’s a fast-paced episode that benefits from concentrating on just two characters and is filled with sharp one-liners and a surprising amount of heart too. One of the most prominent threads of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is how much Jake wants to prove his worth to Holt and this installment addresses that in a great way.

“The Cruise” (Season 3, Episode 13)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a plethora of recurring characters from Rosa’s unstable lover Adrian Pimento to Major Crimes officer Keith Pembroke AKA The Vulture, but one of the show’s best is definitely Doug Judy, who is often referred to as the Pontiac Bandit. Why? Well, because he’s famous for stealing more than 200 Pontiac cars, of course…

In this episode, Jake wins tickets to go on a cruise and invites Amy to spend the vacation with him. He’s planning a week of relaxation while she’s intent on doing all the activities the holiday can offer, but their (very different) plans are thwarted when they realise that Judy is the ship’s entertainer. Turns out, he was the one that got them there in the first place because he believes he’s the target of a hitman, hired by his former boss.

Bringing Jake and Amy together romantically is one of the best decisions Brooklyn Nine-Nine writers ever made as they bounce off each other so well, in both funny ways and sweet ways. It’s great to see them flex that here.

“Coral Palms, Pts 1, 2 and 3” (Season 4, Episodes 1, 2 and 3)


Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) lying low in their secret identities in Coral Palms Pt 1.

After their lives are threatened by mob boss and murderer Jimmy ‘The Butcher’ Figgis at the end of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s third season, Jake and Holt are put into the Witness Protection Program and relocated to Florida. The first few episodes of Season 4 are all about them trying to adjust to their new lives – (something that Jake, in particular, struggles with) – while also trying to work out where the elusive criminal who forced them there is.

Every instalment in the trio of episodes is hilarious, giving viewers great gags — from Jake’s highlighted hair and mini-breakdowns to Holt’s relentless pursuit to become assistant manager at this new job. Maya Rudolph also features in a brilliantly funny cameo as a US marshal who coaches the former 99ers on their assumed identities.

While the first episode centres entirely on Jake and Holt, the follow-ups take us back to the precinct, where the likes of Amy, Terry and Boyle are trying to adjust to their inept new commander. The laughs just keep on coming!

“Johnny and Dora” (Season 2, Episode 23)


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Jake and Amy go undercover.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finales usually revolve around some moment that moves the story along significantly rather than the jokes. That doesn’t mean they’re not hilariously funny – heck, they always are – but they usually have a little something more meaningful going on. And when it comes to game-changing moments, “Johnny and Dora” is a doozy.

In it, Jake and Amy go undercover to catch an identity thief. During their mission, the former reveals that he has been intending to ask the latter out on a date for a while but was put off by her previous declaration of not wanting to date a cop. While pretending to be a newly-engaged couple in a restaurant though, the pair realise just how romantically interested they are in one another. The episode ends with them sharing a smooch, kicking off an interesting storyline that will inevitably carry into Season 3.

Elsewhere, Holt comes toe-to-toe with his rival Madeline Wuntch, resulting in her threatening to disband his colleagues at the 99. To stop her from doing so, he agrees to be transferred to a different precinct, along with Gina. Talk about moving the goalposts!

“Game Night” (Season 5, Episode 10)

As its a comedy show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine episodes are often understandably judged on how funny they are but the series certainly doesn’t shy away from addressing things that are more meaningful than punchlines.

Continuing themes carried over from the previous episode, where Rosa came out as bisexual to the Nine-Nine squad, “Game Night” sees her turn to Jake for advice on how to tell her parents, and then to Holt when things don’t go down as well she’d hoped. It’s a great way to showcase just how supportive these characters, that we’ve grown to adore, are of each other and it’s such a treat to see Beatriz – who identifies as bisexual, elevating the poignancy of the storyline – able to show a more vulnerable side to the emotionally shut-down Rosa we’ve come to expect.

It’s also the first episode for a while when the whole gang star, which is a welcome breath of fresh air!

“Mr. Santiago” (Season 4, Episode 7)

Is there anything better than watching Jake squirm in impossibly awkward situations? True Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans are likely to think not, which is why “Mr. Santiago” is among the show’s best. It sees Samberg’s character try to impress girlfriend Amy’s father during a Thanksgiving visit – a task that proves challenging as he’s an uptight ex-cop who arranges the banknotes in his wallet according to serial number.

He researches Mr. Santiago (Jimmy Smits) ahead of time, which makes things easier but wowing him becomes tricky when he brings him back to Amy’s home, where his colleagues are squabbling over whether or not to kill the turkey they were planning on eating. And if that’s not dramatic enough, Santiago and Jake set out to solve one of the former’s unresolved cases mid-dinner – which, surprisingly, helps quell the escalating tension between the pair.

Elsewhere, Holt helps Adrian come to terms with no longer having a job in the NYPD. It’s an episode that manages to cram a hell of a lot into 22 minutes and it’s fun, sweet and memorable too!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for Season 6 in the US on January 10, 2019. The UK premiere is yet to be announced.

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U.S. solar installations fell 15 percent in the third quarter as the Trump administration’s tariffs on overseas-made panels forced developers to put off large projects, according to a report commissioned by the industry’s primary trade group.


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Is It Ever OK For Your Boss To Ask For a Hug? Ted Baker’s CEO Thinks So

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“Let’s hug it out” has long been a bro-tacular resolution for squabbles among friends, but it might not be the best corporate strategy.

Or so the powers-that-be at fashion chain Ted Baker realized Monday, when stock shares fell 12 percent after news broke that CEO Ray Kelvin enforces a corporate culture of “forced hugging” among employees.

More than 2,000 people have signed an Organize petition created by staffers of the London-based label titled, “Scrap the forced ‘hugs’ and end harassment at Ted Baker.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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James Baldwin’s ‘Beale Street’ Is Talking Louder Than Ever

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If Beale Street Could Talk, a movie directed by Barry Jenkins, opens in limited release December 14. The novel of the same name by James Baldwin and on which the movie is based was published in June 1974. It tells the story of Tish and Fonny, two very young (she’s 19, he’s 22) African-Americans in New York City who are in love, engaged to be married, then find the fragile trajectory of their lives thrown off by Fonny’s arrest for a rape he did not commit. The perpetrator of the arrest—of the entire maddening injustice of Fonny’s incarceration—is one Officer Bell, a blue-eyed, red-haired New York City cop who, for no good reason, has it in for Fonny.

Beale Street is a tragedy, not without hope at the end, but a tragedy nevertheless. “You can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride,” is a saying you hear among lawyers of the criminal defense bar, and the ordeal that Tish, Fonny, and their families endure is a very harsh ride indeed.

The same summer that Beale Street was published, I read it far from New York, in a quiet, leafy suburb of what was called in those days “the New South,” and the news that book brought me might as well have come from another planet. I was 16, white, middle class, and had spent exactly one night of my life in New York, at a Holiday Inn. The world Baldwin depicts, a world in which the racist animus of a white policeman could so randomly, lethally be brought to bear on one particular black man, rocked my 16-year-old self back on his heels.

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Hugh Jackman Is Launching His First Ever World Arena Tour in 2019

(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman will launch his first ever world tour next year, performing at arenas mostly reserved for pop, rock and rap stars.

The multi-talented entertainer announced his “The Man. The Music. The Show.” tour on Thursday, which will feature Jackman singing songs from “The Greatest Showman,” ”Les Miserables” and Broadway musicals, among other selections. He will be accompanied by a live orchestra.

The tour starts in Europe, officially kicking off in Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 2019. He will pay two shows at The O2 Arena in London.

The North American leg begins June 18 in Houston and he will perform twice at both New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

Most tickets go on sale Dec. 7. Tickets for the MSG shows go on sale Dec. 10.


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‘MAFS: Happily Ever After’ Recap: Shawniece Goes Into Labor

Baby on the way! Shawniece Jackson went into labor during the Tuesday, November 19, episode of Married At First Sight: Happily Ever After. Jephte Pierre tried to stay calm through the stressful situation and mentally prepare to become a dad. Catch up on what you might have missed during this week’s episode below!

Shawniece and Jephte were a month away from their due date when she woke up in the middle of the night with horrible pains. She was positive the baby was coming early.

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“I just want to make sure that she’s safe and that the baby is safe,” Jephte said.

On the ride to the hospital, she completely lost it. She was screaming and smacking Jephte since she couldn’t control her pain. She made it to the hospital and went straight to the delivery room. The episode ended before the baby was actually delivered!

Anthony Finally Takes the Lead

Anthony D’Amico and Ashley Petta made it a point to focus on their relationship both before and after the baby was born. Anthony admitted this week that “one of his biggest fears” was that their relationship would become all about their kid. They took a dance class this week to keep their regular date night and Ashley had a hard time letting Anthony lead.

She finally submitted and followed his lead, but had to let the viewers know that he only leads their relationship on the dance floor.

“I don’t have to do everything he says at home, but on the dance floor I should follow Anthony,” Ashley said.

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Danielle Tries to Trash Bobby’s Stuff

Bobby Dodd and Danielle Bergman prepped for their move by downsizing their stuff. Bobby wanted to try to save as much as possible to conserve money while Danielle wanted to trash everything, especially Bobby’s things.

“Danielle is definitely taking charge and deciding what goes and what stays,” Bobby said. “It seems to me like we’re getting rid of all my stuff.”’

He added that marriage is a compromise, but it seemed yet again like he was the only one making a compromise: “If it was up to me, I would probably get rid of hardly anything … but at the same time, I just want to make her happy.”

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Facebook Makes It Easier Than Ever For You to Vote

Over the past couple of years, Facebook has been instrumental in making it easier for users to prepare for Election Day. They’ve done this by supporting voter registration drives in both the primaries and general election through the nonpartisan TurboVote Challenge.

This year is no different. They’ve added feature sets that let people ask their friends to join them in registering to vote. In addition to that, research shows people who make a plan to vote are more likely to do so, so the platform is helping users find their polling locations, with the option to set a reminder just in case it slips their mind.

One of the biggest reasons folks shy away from voting is because they don’t know the candidates or understand the policies and the research can get confusing. Facebook now has a new tool that provides Candidate Info, which lets people hear directly from their federal, state, and local candidates on why they’re running for office, what policy issues they care about, and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

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The short videos allow the candidates to showcase the following:

  • Introduce themselves to voters and tell people about the office they’re running for.
  • What their top policy priority is and why they are the right person to work on it
  • Talk about what makes them most qualified to represent their district
  • Address what the most important goal is they hope to accomplish in office and how they plan to get it done

Facebook isn’t alone in this. Instagram is rolling out their feature set as well. You can now post that you voted with a custom “I Voted” sticker and a “We Voted!” story will appear at the front of your stories bar on November 6th so you can see all of your friends who participated. The goal for this is to encourage more users to get out and vote. As they see their friends, counterparts, and associates doing so, the hope is that it will create a viral effect encouraging others users to do so.

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