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Check Out All The Pics From The 1st Annual Birthday Dinner Lil Kim Threw For The Notorious B.I.G.

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If alive, The Notorious B.I.G. would have turned 47 on Tuesday, March 21. And while his birthday (and the anniversary of his death honestly) is something of a special holiday for Hip-Hop fans and folks from Brooklyn, it has an extra special meaning for the late rapper’s protégé and former lover, Lil Kim. To honor him and the occasion, Kim hosted what would go on to be the first annual B.I.G. Family Dinner in NYC last night.

Though it was titled a family function, it seems the only person related to the rapper who was present was his daughter, T’yanna Wallace. There was no sign of Faith Evans, their son, Christopher Jordan Wallace, or B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace. Guests who were present included former Bad Boy artists Styles P and Jadakiss (no Diddy though), Fat Joe, Fabolous, DJ Mister Cee and Kim’s daughter, Royal Reign. Also present were all of the members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., including Lil Cease. His presence was a pretty big deal because he once testified against Lil Kim when she was on trial for lying to a federal grand jury about a shooting outside of Hot 97 in 2001. She was eventually convicted of perjury and conspiracy and served a one-year sentence. When she got out, they didn’t communicate for more than a decade. At the party, Cease apologized for the breakdown of their relationship.

“I apologize for things I may have done that may have hurt you or affected you or made you feel bad,” he said, according to VIBE. “I genuinely apologize, and I love you from the bottom of my heart. I thank you for bringing this energy here.”

Overall, the night seemed to be one filled with positive energy. The guests weren’t necessarily blood, but they were clearly family to one another — and B.I.G. Hit the flip to see photos from the soiree:

Lil Kim's 1st Annual B.I.G. Family Dinner

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Lil Kim's 1st Annual B.I.G. Family Dinner

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Changing travel: the sustainable startups boosted by awards from Booking.com

Ten eco-minded startups to receive assistance from a €2m fund, including a social enterprise training trekking guides in Nepal

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Each organisation’s plans were judged by a panel, including Booking Booster ambassador, Livia Firth. At the awards event Firth spoke about the importance of supporting sustainable travel. “Whoever we are and wherever we work – whether in startups, established companies, policymakers or members of government – we have the power to make a difference every day,” she said. “Today we know that we can also make a huge difference when we book a trip.”

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

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The final Game of Thrones episode is officially out, with its conclusion drawing a mixed reception.

In fact, the whole way through season eight, viewers have been divided in their opinions, with it not only proving controversial in terms of the plot, but also in terms of strange mistakes.

There was the Starbucks cup blunder, with a latte visible in front of Emilia Clarke at the banquet of champions in season 8 episode 4. Then in season 8 episode 5, Jaime Lannister’s severed hand miraculously appeared to grow back for his final scene (you know, the one that was chopped off in season three).

But surely there wouldn’t be a blunder in the final episode right?

Wrong!

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted a big mistake in the final episode and you actually can’t unseen it.

But it wasn’t Jaime Lannister of Daenerys who were the subject of the blunder. Instead, it was Samwell Tarley, who during a meeting with Westeros’ surviving rulers, left a plastic bottle next to his left foot.

‘Now there’s a water bottle to match the coffee cup scandal,’ posted one viewer, while another wrote: ‘They should’ve made the water bottle king of Westeros #GameOfThrones.’

This is hilarious.

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday! This week was so busy that I am going to take the unprecedented step and highly recommend you check out our Morning Briefings for the past few days. So many compelling, interesting stories didn’t make the cut for the Breeze, but they’re worth reading.

On to what you may have missed!

Well, this one you probably didn’t miss unless you were in the middle of the woods sans cellphone service: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation that effectively bans all abortions and criminalizes the procedure. The uproar that followed was immediate and ferocious — especially from 2020 Democrats who all but tripped over each other to denounce it as “shameless” and “outrageous” — but is the bill actually the threat to Roe v. Wade that it so dearly wants to be?

The measure is destined for the courts, certainly, but that doesn’t mean it will make it to SCOTUS. One likely outcome: The justices can simply refuse to take it up, leaving in place the lower courts’ decision (which will probably be that the law is unconstitutional). Chief Justice John Roberts is known for favoring incrementalism over sweeping decisions that would overturn nearly 50 years of precedent on a hot-button social issue.

But you need only four votes to get a case on the docket, which has court-watchers eyeing newbie Justice Brett Kavanaugh. His appointment helped galvanize the anti-abortion movement in the first place, but in the past he’s talked seriously about needing a compelling reason to overturn precedent. So far, he has disagreed with the hard conservatives more than people expected. So, the future for Alabama’s law remains uncertain.

What seems more likely is that the high court will instead look to less extreme, but still restrictive state laws (such as bills dictating the disposal of fetal remains and an 18-hour waiting period after state-mandated ultrasound examinations) that are heading toward them even as we speak.

No matter how it plays out, you can pretty much guarantee this is going to be a Big Deal on the campaign trail.

The New York Times: Alabama Aims Squarely at Roe, but the Supreme Court May Prefer Glancing Blows

The Associated Press: Alabama Law Moves Abortion to the Center of 2020 Campaign

The Wall Street Journal: States’ Abortion Curbs Put Supreme Court to the Test

A smattering of the other (dozens and dozens) of thoughtful stories from the past few days:

• What is it like living in a liberal city in the Deep South during times like this?

The New York Times: Abortion and the Future of the New South

• Missouri wants in on the action this week.

KCUR: How Missouri’s Senate Passed a Restrictive Abortion Bill Overnight

• A vote in deep-blue (and very Catholic) Rhode Island was overshadowed by Alabama’s news, but it highlights how nuanced and complicated the issue can be.

Boston Globe: In Rhode Island, Vote on Abortion-Rights Bill Reveals a Complicated State

• A lot of Senate Republicans are trying their best to nope out of this conversation, like “no thank you, not touching that with a 10-foot pole.”

The Hill: Senate Republicans Running Away From Alabama Abortion Law

• And a really handy look at what’s going on at the state level.

The Washington Post: The Widening Gap in Abortion Laws in This Country


House Democrats took advantage of their newfound power by tying a vote on reining in high drug prices to legislation shoring up the health law. The bill is destined to die, of course, but the move forced their Republican colleagues to go on record voting against something that voters care very, very deeply about.

The New York Times: House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

They also foreshadowed a potential subpoena with letters to Attorney General William Barr. Five powerful committee chairmen said that they’ve been asking since April 8 for documents connected to the Justice Department’s decision to stop defending the health law but haven’t received a sufficient response. They’re giving DOJ two more weeks before they consider “alternative means of obtaining compliance.”

Politico: Dems Tee Up New Document Fight With DOJ Over Obamacare

Meanwhile, a new Sunlight Foundation report found that the Trump administration has been systematically altering and eliminating information on the health law that’s on government websites.

Wired: The Trump Admin Is Scrubbing Obamacare From Government Sites


Surprise medical billing is truly the darling of Capitol Hill recently with all the attention it’s getting. Multiple variations of bipartisan duos and groups are working on introducing legislation to combat the issue. The most recent bill unveiled would protect patients from the surprise costs, and let an outside arbitrator settle any disputes between hospitals and insurers. Other proposals have instead favored a rate-setting method to solve payment issues.

The Hill: Bipartisan Senators Unveil Measure to End Surprise Medical Bills

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Attorneys general from 44 states have filed suit against pharma companies over allegations that “the generic drug industry perpetrated a multibillion-dollar fraud on the American people.” The lawsuit implicates 20 pharma firms following an investigation into allegations that the companies sought not only to maintain their “fair share” of the generic drug market through agreements with one another but also to “significantly raise prices on as many drugs as possible.”

The Associated Press: States Bring Price Fixing Suit Against Generic Drug Makers


Washington state took a big step this week in approving the creation of a public option — which would essentially look like a state-sponsored health plan. But now comes the hard part: making it work.

And don’t call it a game changer quite yet, experts say. Even sponsors of the legislation acknowledge the state plans may save consumers only 5-10% on their premiums. Still, the rollout will likely be watched closely as the progressive universal health care push grows stronger.

Politico: 5 Key Questions About the Country’s First Public Option

NPR: Washington State to Create ‘Public Option’ Health Care Plans

(If you feel like you need a refresher on all these terms — join the crowd, amiright? this one from NYT’s Margot Sanger-Katz is great.)


Rural hospitals, which sometimes fight literally hour by hour to afford to stay open, are in a crisis in this country, as evidenced by two amazing pieces this week on what happens to a town when one dies.

“If we aren’t open, where do these people go?” asked one hospital worker in The Washington Post’s coverage.

“They’ll go to the cemetery,” another employee answered. “If we’re not here, these people don’t have time. They’ll die along with this hospital.”

The Washington Post: ‘Who’s Going to Take Care of These People?’

Kaiser Health News: Dealing With Hospital Closure, Pioneer Kansas Town Asks: What Comes Next?

But I found a flicker of hope in a lovely story about how a one-room clinic in North Carolina just marked its 100th year.

North Carolina Health News: One Hundred Years in a Rural Clinic


Think this measles outbreak is big? (It is, by the way!) How about the one in 1990, which had more than 27,000 cases? In the past few months, I’ve read and written about the record 963 cases from 1994 more times than you can count but had no idea that just four years earlier it was that much higher. If you’re as intrigued as I was about how that changed, dive into NPR’s historical look at what exactly was going on at the time, and how public officials made so much progress so quickly.

NPR: How a Measles Outbreak Was Halted in the 1990s


In the miscellaneous file for the week:

• There’s a pretty serious debate going on right now about fair distribution of donated livers. A new rule that went into effect this week and then was immediately blocked by a judge would give the organ to the sickest patient within 500 nautical miles. But advocates in the Midwest and South say that’s unfair.

The Washington Post: Liver Transplant Rules Spark Open Conflict Among Transplant Centers

• The U.S. birth rate has fallen again to the lowest in three decades. Some say that means the sky is falling; others are unconcerned.

The Associated Press: US Births Lowest in 3 Decades Despite Improving Economy

• Despite there being thousands of children in the country with a terminal diagnosis, only three hospice facilities in the U.S. are designed specifically for them.

The New York Times: Where Should a Child Die? Hospice Homes Help Families With the Unimaginable

• Can we learn about trauma from an island of monkeys that was devastated by Hurricane Maria?

The New York Times: Primal Fear: Can Monkeys Help Unlock the Secrets of Trauma?

• Many of our gun safety discussions focus on buying the weapons, but teaching about proper storage can make a bigger difference than you’d necessarily expect.

The New York Times: The Potentially Lifesaving Difference in How a Gun Is Stored


Whew! You made it both through this hefty Breeze and the week itself. Take it easy this weekend as a reward!

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What to Buy from Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is an iconic American clothing brand that was founded in 1967 and today, is a seven billion dollar company. A lot of people ask us “Well, what do you buy from this brand or what would you suggest we buy?”

Brief History Of The Brand

Ironically, it was founded by Ralph Lifshitz who just decided that that was not so marketable and went with Ralph Lauren. When he founded the company, he was 27 years old and initially, he started with ties because he was working for a tie manufacturer. Through the 60s, slim ties were en vogue and so Ralph Lauren decided to go the opposite way and make very wide ties. What really propelled his brand is when he had an in-store concept at Bloomingdale’s and that was the first brand or person to be able to get that. He also had the first stand-alone single designer store on Rodeo Drive and he was the first to win the Coty fashion award twice.

Following ties, he launched a line of women’s shirts under the Polo brand which became later synonymous with Ralph Lauren. A few years later in 1972, he created the polo mesh shirt and it’s a hallmark staple of the brand to this day. With this roaring success, Ralph Lauren was also asked to design the wardrobes for the Great Gatsby at the time and Annie Hall. They went public in 1997 and today has a bunch of sub-brands. Ralph Lauren is a brand that has begun so popular that it’s often counterfeited. So if you buy used goods, beware that you don’t get a fake.

  • Ralph Lauren Collection
  • Purple Label
  • Black Label
  • Polo
  • Double RL
  • RL X
  • Ralph Lauren Home
  • Chaps & Club Monaco
  • Ralph Lauren Restaurants
Ralph Lauren in a Navy Double Breasted Blazer and White Pants
Ralph Lauren in a Navy Double Breasted Blazer and White Pants

So what’s Ralph Lauren’s style? If I have to break it down, I would say it’s preppy Americana but they do a really good job in using vintage inspired patterns and garments and just tweaking them a little bit and putting them back onto the market. They also do a good job of using different colors, patterns, and fabrics. Apart from that, they are still one of those few lines that offer a full range of men’s clothing and suits that is not just plain gray and navy but they have Prince of Wales checks and nice stripes, they have seersuckers, sometimes even bold paisley, or velvet garments, and just overall, it’s a brand that has the entire spectrum of a classic men’s wardrobe in a ready-to-wear segment.

Before you go out and buy anything, keep in mind that everything they sell has a very high retail price. Often, it’s discounted, especially at department stores, but even on their website. So, if you don’t need it right away and it’s not something that you must have immediately, it probably pays to wait because you’ll get a substantial discount.

Top Ralph Lauren Picks

A Ralph Lauren cricket sweater
A Ralph Lauren cricket sweater

1. Sweaters & Sweater Vests

First of all, I would say sweaters and sweater vests. Ralph Lauren is one of the few companies that offer really an extremely wide range of knits; whether it’s a cable knit or an Aran sweater, maybe a fair isle, knit vest inspired style, they have cool wools, they have cool styles with shawl collars, cardigans, and really everything under the sun. So if you’re in the market for any kind of cardigan, I suggest you check them out. Also, check out the vintage polo sweaters. They can be really cool things to have at a very low price.

2. Double RL Brand

It’s not usually carried in department stores, they are usually sold at specific stores; there’s a great one in New York, I think it’s their flagship store. It’s mostly vintage Americana inspired work wear so lots of denim, lots of more casual garments with vintage influences but their suits are also very nice, they feature usually a nice belly and have this kind of vintage feel to it but it’s not just distinctly 1930s that like is much slimmer and more modern; so it’s just a cool kind of garment that is hard to be found elsewhere.

3. Swimwear

Probably my favorite swimwear items are from Ralph Lauren, they are usually in classic patterns such as checks or they have like bold stripes and it’s very hard to find a tasteful classically inspired pair of swim trunks from other brands.

Polo Coat Ralph Lauren
Polo Coat Ralph Lauren

4. Overcoats

Probably the most iconic piece is the Polo overcoat which works well with their name. It’s kind of a camel hair coat and you’ve probably have seen an ad from them. Ironically, it’s not sold on their website very often anymore so the best chance to find it is vintage on eBay or other places. Be prepared to pay around $ 1,000 for a polo coat even though it’s used but it’s a very nice garment and if you find other overcoats, chances are they’re made with really cool details out of really unusual fabrics.

5. Vintage Polo Items

Today, Polo Ralph Lauren is much more commercialized. It’s mostly made in Asia, however, in the 80s, things were made in the US or in Italy or in England and oftentimes, to a higher standard; the yarns and the fabrics are better so they’ve stood the test of time. So if you find something from the 80s or 90s that you like and it goes with your style, don’t be afraid of buying it, it’s good stuff. Good items in this area are corduroys or sweaters, ties, suits, or even seersucker.

6. Shorts

Men’s shorts or Bermuda shorts are really great. But just in general, often they are vintage-inspired, they offer bolder colors than other men’s brands, and they have little details such as coin pockets or just a pattern like a real Indian cotton madras.

7. Dress Shoes

In the past, they were often manufactured in Italy. Today, their Purple Label shoe line is usually made by Crockett & Jones, Edward Green or Graziano & Girling which are all high-end British makers. They have a very good styling, they add the purple sole, and while the retail price is quite high, if you find a markdown in store, at outlets, or on eBay, they’re a very good buy.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label Chalk Stripe suit
Ralph Lauren Purple Label Chalk Stripe suit

8. Purple Label Suits & Jackets

Back in the day, they were made in England by Chester Barrie and crew. It’s really nice, it has a very 30s inspired style with wide lapels, it’s tailored very softly so it’s extremely comfortable just like a sweater and even though today, most of Purple Label’s items are made in Italy and things have changed quite a bit, they’re still at a high-quality level and I recommend them. Usually, those garments retail anywhere from $ 4,000-$ 6,000 or more. Now, I don’t believe it’s worth the retail price but sometimes, you can score bargains on eBay or on outlets. They also offer a great range of dinner jackets in unusual patterns and colors, as well as cuts.

Elegant Black & White Brook Street Bedroom by Ralph Lauren
Elegant Black & White Brook Street Bedroom by Ralph Lauren

9. Ralph Lauren Home Goods

They have anything from bed sheets to glasses to decorative items and while generally, their stuff is not of the utmost quality, it is good quality and it is a superb style, however, again, in a very high price point. So if you can find it used somewhere or in a dead-stock, that’s the time to buy, unless, of course, you really like it, it works with your room then just splurge on it and enjoy it.

Blue flat front Chino by Ralph Lauren
Blue flat front Chino by Ralph Lauren

10. Slacks

Especially, Polo has a range of corduroys for the winter that is unusual, many different colors, they also have great chinos in shades like Nantucket red, baby blue, or just regular sand or khaki and so any type of somewhat casual pants or medium formal pair of slacks, Ralph Lauren is a great option for you.

What Not To Buy From Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Jersey Polo Shirt
Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Jersey Polo Shirt

1. Polo Shirts

I am not a big fan of their polo shirts anymore, I think they’re priced quite high, they have bigger and bigger logos in their chests that are very contrasting which I don’t like, and their collars are flimsy.

2. Dress Shirts

In my experience, the fit is often awkward, they also have like oxford shirts but they have all the Polo pony which is something I don’t like on a shirt, and on top of that, they’re rather pricey so you’re better off going made-to-measure somewhere else where you get exactly the fabric you want in a color you want and in a fit that works for you.

RL Hiking Bear Wool Sweater
RL Hiking Bear Wool Sweater

3. Anything With Obnoxious Logos

Also, stay clear of anything that’s obnoxious with logos. There’s a tendency to have a super-huge ponies on your clothing or the American flag or the polar bear and all of these make you more look like a brand whore rather than a well-dressed person. Yes, you can be patriotic but when have you ever seen an American president wearing a sweater with the American flag? Never, right? Well, there’s a good reason, it’s just obnoxious.

4. Ralph Lauren Activewear

Also, in my experience, stay clear of Ralph Lauren activewear with windproof stuff. I used to have a jacket way back in the day and it performed very poorly especially compared to other brands that focus specifically on outdoor stuff so I just stay clear of that altogether.

5.T-Shirts

They’re simply overpriced and no one needs a little pony on their t-shirt. I also think a lot of accessories that Ralph Lauren offers, such as their leather goods, are simply not really super high quality, they just have a high price tag. Overall, I think all of the accessories just rely too heavily on branding. For example, look at the polar bear quartz watch for $ 2,000. I mean, really?

CONCLUSION

So in summary, Ralph Lauren has a great range of products that you could buy from them when things are on sale or if they’re vintage, they’re exceptionally good buys, otherwise, stay clear of some of the accessories. Overall, I think Ralph Lauren is a fantastic brand. They did an exceptional job in bringing kind of a classic English inspired Americana style to the average man and for that, I truly thank Ralph Lauren.

What are your favorite Ralph Lauren items? Share with us in the comments section below!


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Black Residents and Businesses Could Benefit Greatly from JPMorgan Chase’s New $125 Million Investment

Black consumers and entrepreneurs are intended to be big recipients of a $ 125 million investment by JPMorgan Chase to enhance the financial health of underserved communities.
The new five-year global commitment by the nation’s largest bank will assist those individuals in multiple U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Boston, and Oakland—to name a few.

Through collaboration with community groups, the investment also could advance the development of products and services to make banking available to more people. The bank will identify, evaluate, and help expand fintech solutions, and financial coaching programs to help people improve their personal finances.

A JPMorgan Chase spokesperson says black residents—including small business owners—are a key target group for the investment. And many of the targeted areas will be black communities.

The goal: Help people boost their savings, reduce debt, build credit, and reach short-term and long-term financial goals, whether it’s used for such purposes as college financing or getting a home.

JPMorgan Chase is investing in programs such as Compass Working Capital. The $ 500,000 commitment is to help public housing residents in Boston reduce debt in addition to building savings and improving their credit scores. More than 50% of the people that Compass serves are black—and the vast majority of them are women. The bank added 30% of its new branches which will be in low- and middle-income communities.

Chase’s investment runs through 2023 and amounts to roughly $ 25 million annually on average. The bank’s strategy is to conduct research and test what works for each segment of the population in each area before scaling it up to reach more people. The bank’s exact annual spend will depend on that.

The new philanthropic investment is part of the bank’s efforts to drive economic opportunity in cities globally.

“When we create opportunities that make prosperity possible for more people, we become stronger as a country,” said Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO of Consumer Banking at Chase.

“Our firm is being intentional in our approach by bringing together our people, our products and branches, our digital tools, and our community investments so we can serve everyone, including those who need it most.”

The new services are needed to help improve the financial state of many Americans. Over 1 billion adults across the world struggle with managing their financial lives, according to the World Bank’s Findex. In the U.S., new research from JPMorgan Chase and Morning Consult found that:

  • More than 1 in 5 Americans are not saving on a monthly basis.
  • 52% of Americans do not have enough money saved or on hand for a $ 500 emergency.

That aligns with findings from the JPMorgan Chase Institute that most households do not have sufficient liquid assets to weather 90% of income and expense fluctuations.

JPMorgan Chase says the $ 125 million investment will help tackle these issues for underserved communities—including low-income women, immigrants, people of color and the aging—by supporting the creation, testing, and enhancement of innovative fintech tools that address their unique financial needs.

In addition, it will support the development and expansion of proven financial coaching and just-in-time resources that can help people weather unexpected emergencies and meet their long-term financial goals—from building credit to buying a home.

“Good financial health is a key component of creating economic opportunity for residents,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director at National League of Cities.

“JPMorgan Chase’s leadership and investments to help new Americans improve their financial lives ensure that everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their economic potential, live their dreams, and contribute their part in making America better.”

“Helping more communities access the tools that they need to manage their financial lives and meet their goals is a critical component of ensuring that more people benefit from economic growth,” said Colleen Briggs, head of Community Innovation at JPMorgan Chase. “Through this effort, we will test and scale promising financial solutions to support the prosperity of households and communities around the world.”

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5 Benefits You Can Gain from Executive Coaching

Coaching is a billion-dollar industry. Either companies are securing them for their executives, or individuals are paying out of their pockets to get this resource on their side. According to executiv+co, executive coaching—once looked upon with skepticism—is now embraced as the way to a more enriched workplace, and leaders have discovered that it works.

If your company invests in you in this way, you may see it as a perk; but in some cases, it is a way to correct management or leadership styles that may be veering off the tracks. No matter, coaching has been around for more than 30 years, and apparently, has only blossomed.

The Benefits You Can Gain from Executive Coaching

It’s a great EQ enhancer.

Your emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) is so incredibly important in leadership. Whether you are in the C-suite or a small business leader, it’s important to have keen self-awareness and awareness of your interpersonal and one-to-one engagement with your clients, your reports and others. Imagine, if you had a clearer understanding of self, what power you could unleash at work. An executive coach can do that. You’d know when to dial it up or dial it down. Self-awareness is key to emotional intelligence, and it will make you stronger with interpersonal interactions, thanks to the strengths assessments rooted in positive psychology that coaches engage. Knowing yourself is also a key tenant of authenticity, which will allow others to see you more clearly. You will also be able to see others more clearly. An executive coach with a keen cultural insight can also help navigate unconscious biases that may stand in the way of a company’s ultimate success because it can clear the way of filtered and sometimes inaccurate assessments of talent.

It increases empathy.

Executive coaches have the power to unleash empathy in leaders.

Understanding others or at least the capacity to understand can make you a better leader. According to some research, there really are three forms that we need to master as leaders for it to have an impact:

  • cognitive empathy – where you can imagine what it’s like in your mind to be in someone else’s “shoes”
  • social empathy – where you can immediately feel what someone else must be feeling in any given situation
  • empathetic concern – where you not only feel it or think it, but you certainly can muster concern for the other person in the form of wanting to engage and help them

It makes your goals clearer.

If you’ve ever felt that you were bogged down in work and having a hard time reaching your goals, it could be due to cognitive clutter that day-to-day work can cause. An executive coach can help you in your quest to prioritize the important and delegate or discard lower-level tasks that bog us down.

It speeds up and fuels goal-crushing.

Executive coaches can help you reach or exceed your goals faster, and who doesn’t want that? But be aware, the self-assessment that is involved may not be as attractive to some. The idea of uncovering the strengths you have may uncover the weaknesses. If you are an executive coaching client, be prepared to put ego aside in order to do the real work that will allow you to crush it faster and cement your reputation for performance excellence.

It makes you a better leader.

As you begin to know yourself and others better; you will become a better person. Better people make better leaders. Better leaders make companies better, small or large. Empathy and EQ are key to that. You will build better power relationships, leverage your strength, and achieve what you want.

Listen to the brand new episode of The Culture Soup Podcast that launched Tuesday, May 14th called “The Coaching Corner.”  L. Michelle Smith is the host executive and business coach. It airs every second Tuesday of the month and hacks your goals while tackling the pain points of corporate executives and small business owners. Smith is also an official business coach for BE FWD, June 19–22 in Charlotte, NC.

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Reports: Is Bey $300 Million Richer from Uber IPO?

Last week, car-sharing service Uber went public and Beyonce is rumored to have scored big money as a result.

People magazine reports that Queen Bey received $ 6 million in restricted stock units (RSUs) from Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick to perform at an event.

With the IPO, speculations abound that she made $ 300 million from her shares.

MarketWatch calls Uber’s IPO, “the biggest in years” and that the company “raised more than $ 8 billion”; the IPO still fell short of an expected valuation of $ 100 billion.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has proven time and time again that there is nothing that she cannot do. At 37, the multifaceted entertainer has earned 23 Grammy wins, the 2019 Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards with her husband Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, and her second Entertainer of the Year Award at this year’s NAACP Image Awards. Yet, in spite of her mounds of success and accolades, the mother of three doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

In 2017, Black Enterprise reported that Bey and Jay-Z had an estimated combined net worth of $ 1 billion. With the Uber IPO and her deal with Netflix worth $ 60 million, according to Variety, the power couple may be destined to exceed $ 1 billion net worth in the very near future.

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8 new trailers you need to watch from this past week

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Will the third weekend at the box office help Avengers: Endgame overtake Avatar and become the highest-grossing movie of all time? Considering what happened last weekend, it wouldn’t be surprising, as Avengers keeps bringing in huge piles of cash for Marvel. Opening this week is Pokemon Detective Pikachu, which is probably your best choice in cinemas if you’ve seen Endgame and don’t want to rewatch it. The Hustle and Tolkien are also out this weekend, although you’ll probably catch those on streaming services later this year.

In the new trailers department, we have a brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer for you — the first one that actually makes sense — as well as a clip from It Chapter 2.

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Star Wars’ Returns Again in 2022, New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and more

The Week in Movie News: ‘Star Wars’ Returns Again in 2022, New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and more

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

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New Star Wars trilogy begins in three years: Disney revealed its known slate of movies for the next eight years, with dates slotted for Marvel, Avatar and Star Wars installments. The last of these franchises will kick off a whole new trilogy in December 2022 with the other two installments alternating with Avatar sequels in the same month through 2027 [via Variety].

 

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Happy Friday! As if those sky-high medical bills weren’t bad enough, apparently California teachers also must pay substitutes to cover for them — even while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Which is the perfect segue into what you may have missed this week (almost like I planned it).

President Donald Trump waded into the turf wars among doctors, hospitals and insurers Thursday when he called for an end to surprise medical bills. The issue has been gaining attention across the country as stories about $ 48,512 cat bites and $ 109,000 heart attacks resonate with voters who are sick of paying an arm, a leg and a mortgage for health care even when they have insurance.

It’s not exactly a controversial issue — it’s listed as a top concern among voters, and lawmakers are lining up in droves to sign their names to any potential legislation. But, as is often the case with health care costs, the devil’s in the details. The costs don’t just disappear because the president doesn’t want patients to have to pay them. Physician groups tend to favor arbitration, while insurers argue that method is flawed because it still relies on bill charges. Instead, the industry wants set prices, with rates in line with what they would consider reasonable for the procedures. Each side hates the other’s opinion. So … good luck to the lawmakers who have to balance those two big interest groups!

The New York Times: Trump Said He Wanted to Work With Democrats on Surprise Medical Bills. Then He Attacked Democrats.

(FWIW: Two stories of the patients who were featured at the White House event were previously highlighted in KHN and NPR’s “Bill of the Month” series. Check them out here.)


Kicking off a veritable blitz of bills, House Democrats voted on legislation that would ban the Trump administration from granting states waivers for health law regulations. Over the next couple of weeks, Dems are expected to go hard on their campaign promises to shore up the bruised and battered health law. Some of the topics of those bills: short-term “junk insurance” plans, outreach funding, “reinsurance” payments, drug rebates and more.

The New York Times: With Insurance Bill Passage, House Democrats Begin Health Care Blitz

Speaking of waivers, Tennessee is set to ask for one to shift its Medicaid program into a block grant model. Block grants — aka Republicans’ longtime dream system — as an idea have a long history riddled with controversy and criticism, and the request, if granted, is all but certain to draw a court challenge. Now the question is: How far is CMS ready to go in pushing the envelope on Medicaid changes? Especially when other waivers are getting knocked down left and right in court?

Modern Healthcare: Tennessee Will Test CMS’ Willingness to Block-Grant Medicaid

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is proposing a change to the formula to calculate poverty. That may seem fairly dry, but since government assistance (like Medicaid and food stamps) is tied to that line, millions could lose health care coverage and/or have to go hungry.

The New York Times: Trump Administration Seeks to Redefine Formula for Calculating Poverty


Pharma companies are going to start to have to include list prices in their TV ads under a new rule that’s central to the Trump administration’s war on high drug costs. While most people think, in general, it’s a good step, many doubt it will accomplish much. It’s not as if sick consumers can then go negotiate a different price, as they would with cars.

As Ben Wakana, the executive director of Patients for Affordable Drug Prices, told NPR: “Drug companies have been shamed about their price increases for years. They appear to be completely comfortable with the shame as long as it is bringing them in the billions of dollars a year that they make from their outrageous prices.”

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Drug prices were a hot topic this week (and most weeks, amiright?), with the Senate Finance Committee holding a hearing on the idea of setting an international price index. Other countries set lower prices and “we look like chumps,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.).

Modern Healthcare: GOP Senators Warn Drug Price Controls Could Come

And, yup, there’s still more news: Despite HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s concerns about safety, Trump backed Florida’s plan to import drugs from other countries. The kicker here: Florida will surely be a battleground state in the 2020 election, and drug prices routinely top voters’ list of concerns. The potential for a winning talking point is huge.

The Associated Press: Trump Backs Fla. Plan to Import Lower-Cost Meds From Abroad


In somewhat tangential news, Gilead announced it will donate its drug that reduces the risk of HIV transmission for up to 200,000 people a year. The price of the life-changing medication has long been a barrier to the goal of ending HIV transmissions, and many advocates were thrilled with the decision. Still, others were disappointed, saying that will cover only a fifth of what the country needs.

The Associated Press: Drugmaker Will Donate Meds for US Push to End HIV Epidemic

But everyone was cheering a new study out of Europe. Out of nearly 1,000 gay male couples where one partner had HIV and was taking antiretroviral drugs, there were zero cases of HIV transmission even without the use of condoms.

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Fed up with the strategy to slowly chip away at abortion rights, Alabama lawmakers are poised to go all in. The legislation (which was almost up for a vote this week, but was delayed because of a ruckus over rape and incest amendments) would effectively ban all abortions and criminalize the act of performing the procedure. The supporters of the bill aren’t being coy at all about their intention: They want to challenge Roe v. Wade with a simple, “clean bill” on the legality of abortions.

The New York Times: As States Race to Limit Abortions, Alabama Goes Further, Seeking to Outlaw Most of Them

And over in Georgia, abortion rights advocates have one message to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who just signed a heartbeat bill: “We will see you, sir, in court.”

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On a sad note: Legendary New York Times reporter Robert Pear passed away this week from complications of a stroke. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting or working with him, his byline became a familiar friend of mine. He has shaped my world for the past several years with the stories he continuously broke. It is a loss for journalism, for health care and for the people he helped through the light he shined on Washington.

His last story is a perfect example of that: looking at legislation that carried promises of helping people with preexisting conditions but failed to live up to them.

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In the miscellaneous files of the week:

• Traditionally, HHS has received, on average, one complaint related to “conscience” violations from health care workers per year. Last year, that rose to 343. What on earth happened? (Hint: It does not mean the problem actually worsened.)

NPR: Why Are Health Care Workers’ Religious and Moral Conscience Complaints Rising?

• It might seem like the anti-vaccination movement is a new phenomenon spurred on by social media, but there’s a long history of resistance in the country. And it’s not as random as it might appear at first. Usually, it’s tied to time periods that are marked by great resentment toward government.

Los Angeles Times: Why the Measles Outbreak Has Roots in Today’s Political Polarization

• Stories about student heroes stopping mass shooters and dying in the process highlight just how grim our reality has become as young people find themselves thrust into violence.

The New York Times: Colorado School Shooting Victim Died Trying to Stop the Gunman

• Not only is the United States’ maternal mortality rate abysmal, a new study finds that many of those deaths — 60%! — are preventable. What’s more, African American and American Indian/Alaska Native women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth than white women.

USA Today: Pregnancy and Childbirth Deaths Are Largely Preventable, CDC Says

• Beneath the bright, tantalizing promises of the stem cell industry (targeted at the most desperate patients) festers a dark underbelly of greed and profit.

ProPublica: The Birth-Tissue Profiteers


Have a great weekend, and remember, as National Nurses Week wraps up, to hug (or otherwise appropriately thank) the nurses in your life. Their job can be quite tough.

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Jimmy Kimmel Proves Celebs Get Awkward Texts From Their Moms Just Like Everyone

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Jimmy Kimmel decided to once again offer a twist on his infamous Mean Tweets segments and have celebrities read a selection of heartfelt, head-scratching and downright odd texts sent by their mothers.

“Feather, teamwork when you are cohabbing makes the dream work,” Katy Perry shared from her phone, reading off a mother’s long, non-punctuated text from her mom about how to successfully live with a significant other. (Highlight: “the man is the head but the woman is the neck that turns the head.”)

Kourtney Kardashian confessed that she’d been ignoring a series of texts from her “momager” Kris Jenner, while singer Billie Eilish’s mom told her in no uncertain terms to “go the duck to sleep!!!!!!”

Catastrophe star Rob Delaney showed off his mother’s crude adventures with autocorrect, Pink’s mother outed herself as a “stoner”, and Stranger Things star David Harbour revealed his mom’s desperate desire for freebies: “David love you lots Will you send me anything you can find for free?????? thank you so much–thank you. pens, key chains Are you having fun?? Love you love you. Mom.”

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch star Kiernan Shipka, meanwhile, received an odd text from her mom that just read: “Jared Leto is 47 I’m going vegan”.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Easter Eggs, the Science of the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Timeline and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Easter Eggs, the Science of the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Timeline and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

 

Easter Eggs of the Day:

This week, tickets became available for Spider-Man: Far From Home two months in advance of its release – and we got a new trailer for the sequel, too. This spot reveals a lot about how the movie relates to the events of Avengers: Endgame, but how many details did you miss? Here’s ScreenCrush with a breakdown of every Easter egg and plot clue in the latest ad for the…

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Tales from the Wallet: How Much Do You Spend on Fitness?

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Here’s a bit of a money question for you today: how much do you regularly spend on fitness and exercise-related expenses? What splurges have you made on equipment (Peloton!? Rogue?), clothing, and repeating bills like gym or ClassPass memberships, streaming services, and more? (If you’re the type of person who takes vacations around exercise — like biking through Tuscany, or a 10K in a fun city, please tell us what you’ve done and what was worth it!) On the flip side, where do you save? 

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I would not call myself an athlete by any stretch of the imagination (and “be strong” is a constant goal in progress, with lots of room for improvement), but I do try to exercise pretty often. I would have said that I vastly prefer home exercise/exercise for convenience, and so in the past this has mostly meant walking, running (C25K!), and a long while ago, exercise DVDs — all stuff I would have thought was inexpensive/sunk costs kind of stuff. (In terms of what exercise I do — as I get older I find I need cardio to keep the crazies away, strength training to actually lose weight, and I’m just recently starting to get into yoga for self-care/relaxation/stretching for my tight hips,  particularly after so many readers recommended yoga as their “mental quiet time” when we discussed just that a few weeks ago.)  

{related: how to fit lunch workouts into your workday}

Anyway: I was a bit surprised to realize that I actually spend a fair amount on fitness currently! I keep starting and stopping membership things like Faster Way to Fat Loss and Street Parking, and streaming fitness options like Beachbody, Gaia, Booya, and more. Just today I paid for a yearly subscription to DownDog, and I’m on month two of Les Mills On Demand. (Lots of these have been recommended by readers; huge thanks!) I don’t have an active gym membership at the moment, but I’ll occasionally hit a class with a friend, or if I see a Groupon-type sale on a local gym I’ll try it out to see if it’s convenient enough to make it part of my regular routine. I even have a “wishlist” of things to try next that I’ve heard great things about, including subscriptions to BBG, Aaptiv, and maybe a workout program or two from Fitness Blender. For equipment I’ve written before about my favorite home weights, and for exercise clothes I tend to buy a lot of stuff from Zella and Old Navy

{related: what are your health and fitness routines?}

So I’m curious — how much do you spend on fitness, from gym memberships to home exercise equipment to workout digs? For those of you who need carrots to help you work out, do you occasionally splurge on fitness items to coerce yourself into exercising regularly? What has been the best money you’ve spent — and what has been the worst? 

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A lot has happened since the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a lot has been revealed about the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Fandango visited the set of its follow-up, Spider-Man: Far From Home, in August 2018. But there’s still much to share, things that Sony and Marvel were able to divulge to press at the time — impressively without giving away anything regarding Avengers: Endgame — about the plot and characters of the upcoming sequel. …

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Mueller fought release of Comey memos to prevent Trump and others from changing stories

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors didn’t want former FBI Director James Comey’s memos released because they feared that President Donald Trump and other witnesses could change their stories after reading Comey’s version of events, according to an argument they made in a January 2018 sealed court hearing.


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The Best Memes From the Met Gala 2019

The Met Gala is always a breeding ground for Internet fodder, and this year’s camp theme proved the perfect catalyst for a number of fashion memes.
With a theme that encouraged bold, over-the-top and, at times, ridiculous looks, the Internet gladly took to turning designer wares into kitschy memes, comparing Kim Kardashians’ custom Thierry Mugler look to a croissant and Katy Perry’s Moschino chandelier to Lumière from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” among others.
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The Met Gala pink carpet also produced a number of topical memes, referencing HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Marvel’s “Avengers.” Florence Welch, dressed in custom Gucci, was compared to the Night King from “Game of Thrones,” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s green gemstone brooch was compared to the time stone that his character Doctor Strange protects in the Marvel Studios franchise.
Read on to see more memes from the 2019 Met Gala.

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As Avengers: Endgame continues to smash box office records and rank among the highest grossing movies of all time, fans are now turning their attention to what comes next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, what comes next is Spider-Man: Far From Home, a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming that will answer a lot of questions all of us have after experiencing the dramatic,…

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Only in bike-mad Flanders could they create an installation like Limburg’s Cycling Through Water, part of an art trail designed to regenerate the region – and be seen from a bicycle

A ring-necked duck swam by at eye level, the water rippling beside me without spilling over the high metal sides of the Cycling Through Water bike path.

This 212-metre concrete path is 1.5 metres deep and slices a pond in two, allowing cyclists to pedal straight through it. From a distance, the position of the path creates the illusion of people magically gliding through water. I pedalled along, steering with one hand, the other dipping into the water. Then I nearly fell over – a dyspraxic Moses.

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WATCH: A New Clip From ‘The Bobby DeBarge Story’

The Bobby DeBarge Story is heading to TV One. It tells the story of the eldest member of the DeBarge clan who was the lead singer in the 70’s group Switch. TV One has released a new clip from the movie.

Check out the tense scene below showing Motown’s Berry Gordy (played by Outkast’s Big Boi) messing with the DeBarge family’s minds in a meeting right before he welcomes them to the famed label.

Debuting during Black Music Month, the film’s stars include Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up, Greenleaf) in the lead role as Bobby DeBarge, Tyra Ferrell (Boyz In The Hood, White Men Can’t Jump) as Etterlene DeBarge, Blue Kimble (Media) as Tommy DeBarge and Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge.

Big Boi (Outkast) portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams.

In his first role as a leading man, Fegan brilliantly transforms into the falsetto master and takes audiences inside the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the late 70’s R&B/Funk Band Switch.

“The most dynamic and powerful acting role I’ve ever portrayed,” shared Fegan. “It was an honor to tell this musical legend’s life story.”

Despite his success in music, Bobby DeBarge, the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge struggled with fame and fortune and found his life in peril. The film explores the highs and lows of the singer’s life in the limelight, including his rise to stardom, coping with memories of his dysfunctional childhood, romantic relationships, struggles with substance abuse, incarceration and failing health.

“It was truly amazing watching the characters unfold in front of my eyes and the incredible acting that was bestowed upon this project,” said the film’s director Russ Parr.  “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the performances that they see.

Although this is a tragic story, I believe it’s told with dignity and respect to the legacy of Bobby DeBarge.” Parr is also a writer and producer known for the award-winning “The Undershepherd,” “Hear No Evil” and “35 and Ticking.”

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"I love you, three thousand."

It may go down as one of the most memorable lines ever spoken in a Marvel movie. It all starts out innocently enough — five years have past since the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has done pretty well for himself. He's married to Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), they live in a nice cabin with scenic views and they have a young…

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As well as taking in these fantastic Spanish cities, this two-week itinerary also explores the ancient towns and dramatic landscape of Andalucía

In this compulsively fly-drive, time-crunched era it may seem implausible to travel by rail to the southern extremity of Europe – but the craziest trips are sometimes the best. You can forget about ferries, car-hire rip-offs, driver fatigue, traffic jams and parking problems; and enjoy instead a variety of scenery and serendipitous conversations on platforms.

This trip uses fast trains to reach Andalucía and slow(er) ones to get around once there. The minimum length for this trip is 10 days (four getting to Andalucía and back) but it is better spread over two or three weeks, especially if you also want to visit Barcelona and Madrid.

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Manage Your Money, You Must: 10 Money Lessons We Learned from ‘Star Wars’

The Force will be with us — always.

Because “Star Wars” has embedded itself so deeply into our cultural DNA, it continues to shape the way we think about life.

Over numerous movies and assorted iterations, “Star Wars” has taught us about overcoming obstacles, about dealing with family drama, about friendship, about patience, about beating the odds — and even about money.

Because this is The Penny Hoarder, we’re especially interested in the part about money.

Even though the epic saga of Luke Skywalker & Co. played out a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the financial wisdom we gleaned from it applies to the here and now.

Now, prepare to make the jump into hyperspace! Here’s what we’ve learned:

1. Always Pay Your Debts — Or Else

Bingo. This is always the first one everyone thinks of.

Han Solo owes money to the giant slug-like crime boss, Jabba the Hutt. When he doesn’t pay up, Jabba sends bounty hunter Boba Fett after him — basically a debt collector with blaster pistols and green Mandalorian armor.

Instead of declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Han ends up frozen in carbonite. Then Princess Leia, Luke, Lando and the iconic droids have to infiltrate Jabba’s lair to save him in a sequel.

Just like with Solo, the longer you don’t pay off your debts, the bigger the problem gets. The interest piles up.

Pro Tip

Credit cards companies charge compound interest. If you don’t pay off your bill each month, the company charges interest that is added to the amount you owe. Then that new total is charged interest.

Your first step should be to figure out what you’re dealing with. Map out exactly what kind of debt you have. For example, which companies do you owe money to? Are any of your debts in collections? What are your minimum monthly payments on each credit card or loan?

An easy way to start doing this is to sign up with a free service like Credit Sesame. This tool shows your balance on any unpaid bills, credit cards or loans. It also offers tips on reducing your debt and raising your credit score.

2. Used Vehicles Offer the Best Value

The Millennium Falcon takes its share of verbal abuse in multiple “Star Wars” films.

“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought,” Princess Leia says upon first seeing the starship. And in “The Force Awakens,” Rey calls the ship “garbage.”

But the Millennium Falcon gets the job done. (Did we mention that it made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?) Turns out you don’t always need a shiny new vehicle.

Used cars are often a better deal than new ones. Consumer Reports recommends buying a car that’s two or three years old. For tips on buying a used car, go here or here or here.

You’ll need to take care of your ride, though. (The Falcon’s hyperdrive keeps breaking down despite Chewbacca’s best efforts in “The Empire Strikes Back.”)

According to a AAA survey, 1 in 3 U.S. drivers can’t pay for an unexpected auto repair. Consider creating an emergency fund with a high-yield bank account.

3. Negotiate the Best Deal You Can

Early in “A New Hope,” Luke and Uncle Owen are bargaining with some creepy little jawas over the price of some used droids.

When an R2 unit they’d just bought immediately breaks down, Uncle Owen aggressively questions the quality of what the jawas are selling: “Hey, what are you trying to push on us?”

The result: Luke’s family gets the best droid ever, R2-D2.

Negotiating isn’t just for markets and cars, any variable expense can be negotiated to a lower price — you just have to know what to look for.

4. “Do or Do Not. There is No Try.”

Yoda’s admonition to Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back” is probably the biggest zen moment in any of these movies.

As always, Yoda is right on target. You’re either going to do it, or you’re not. Don’t just try.

If you’re going to make financial changes, commit to them and be consistent. Don’t just try once or twice and then forget about it. Sticking to it is the key to success.

Pro Tip

Help yourself by making it harder to spend. Deleting your credit card number from your internet browser can create just enough of a hurdle to force you to pause before giving in to that impulse buy.

For instance, saving money is hard. Consider trying an auto-savings app like Acorns.

Once you connect it to a debit or credit card, it rounds your purchases up to the nearest dollar and funnels your digital change into a savings or investment account.

Because the money comes out in increments of less than $ 1, you’re less likely to feel an impact in your bank account.

5. Don’t Let the Little Details Blow Up On You

The Empire spared no expense on the Death Star, don’t you think?

You’ve got to figure that moon-sized battle stations capable of blowing up planets don’t come cheap (especially two of them).

But they overlooked that pesky little design flaw that allowed the Rebel Alliance to destroy the whole thing. Whoops!

Don’t neglect the details like that, because they’ll burn you. Don’t skimp on maintenance and repairs for big-ticket items like your home and car. If you blow that stuff off, you’ll just end up paying more in the end.

Another lesson from the Death Star: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. The Empire sure had a lot riding on its supercool Death Star, didn’t it?

Don’t depend on just one thing. Diversify your investments. Here’s how one woman used an app to make sure her 401(k) was in balance.

6. Get Rid of Your Old Stuff

The “Star Wars” universe looks different than Star Trek and other sci-fi settings. “Star Wars” has that “lived-in” look — there’s junk everywhere. You know, just like your house.

And in the “Star Wars” movies, people make money selling that junk — just like you should.

In “The Force Awakens,” Rey is a scavenger on the planet Jakku, feeding herself by salvaging parts from ships.

On Luke’s home planet of Tatooine, those jawas we mentioned earlier appear to be scavengers, too.

Pro Tip

Letgo is an app that lets you connect with people who want your old stuff. It’s free to use — just snap a photo, upload your item and add a description and price.

In “The Phantom Menace” — hey, here’s our first and only mention of the prequels! — Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi meet young Anakin Skywalker in a junk shop where he fixes things.

Meanwhile, here on our planet, a number of apps are making it easier than ever to sell your old stuff online.

To free up space and earn some extra cash, use apps to sell your stuff. Listing the right stuff in the right marketplaces means you’re more likely to sell it for the right price.

7. Beware of Scams. Know What Things Are Worth.

Toward the beginning of “The Force Awakens,” a hungry Rey nearly pawns the droid BB-8 in exchange for 60 portions of inflatable food. She’s sorely tempted, but senses something is wrong and backs off.

That’s the surest way to spot a scam: If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Whether you’re selling a droid or shopping for shoes online, you’ve got to watch out for rip-offs. Here’s how to protect yourself from imposter scams, credit repair scams, identity theft and senior scams.

As long as identity theft remains a huge problem you need to keep an eye on your credit and transactions.

8. Embrace the Gig Economy

When Luke and Obi-Wan need transportation to Alderaan, they basically catch an Uber. A space Uber. They pay for the Millennium Falcon to take them there.

Here on Earth, you can make like Han and Chewie in your Honda or Chevy by driving with Uber or Lyft and make extra money each week on your own schedule.

Pro Tip

In addition to age requirements for drivers, Uber and Lyft both have age restriction for your vehicle that are based on regulations in your city.

There are other entry-level ways to make money nowadays that you can do on your own time – and from your phone – thanks to the growing gig economy.

Craigslist is an easy place to sell your services under the “Gigs” section. Pay and tasks will vary, of course. And if you don’t trust Craigslist, check out TaskRabbit or Fiverr – to name just a few.

9. If the Deal Turns to the Dark Side, Cut Your Losses

Here at The Penny Hoarder, we’re always looking for good deals.

We’re always asking, Is this a good deal or not a good deal? And when we hear the words “deal” and “”Star Wars”,” we can’t help but think of Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Lando … Lando did not get a good deal.

When Han, Leia and Chewie first turn up in Cloud City, Lando tells them, “I’ve just made a deal that’ll keep the Empire out of here forever.”

Of course, the deal involves betraying his friends. Later, Darth Vader menacingly informs Lando, “I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”

Still later, when Vader threatens Lando further and mistreats his friends, Lando fumes, “This deal is getting worse all the time!”

That’s when he switches sides.

If you make a deal and the reality doesn’t match what you were promised, be prepared to walk away. Cut your losses and move on.

10. Sand People Always Walk in Single File to Hide Their Numbers

You see, from this we can learn that … no, no, wait. That’s not a good example at all. We learn no financial truths from that.

We’ve got nothing for you here.

Let’s try this instead. One of the most important lessons we learned from “Star Wars” is:

10. Make Sure You Have a Long-Term Plan

The heroes and villains of the Star Wars” universe are seriously into some long-term planning.

Emperor Palpatine’s master plan takes several movies to unfold. After he reveals himself to be Darth Sidious and strikes, Yoda and Obi-Wan lay low for a couple of decades after the prequels, waiting for their chance to return the favor.

Of course, when we first meet Obi-Wan and Yoda, they’re chilling in a cave and a swamp, respectively. Apparently the Jedi Council didn’t have much of a 401(k) match.

The sooner you start saving, investing and paying down your debt, the better off you’ll be.

All told, that’s everything that “Star Wars” has taught us about money so far. Take it as you will.

Do, or do not.

There is no try.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. His “Star Wars”-loving co-workers helped out with this post.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Mother’s Day gifts are hard to figure out unless you stop and consider all the way you could take your mom’s tech to the next level. From what’s in her home to what’s on her person, there are many products that are affordable, functional, and stylish and that will help her in the modern age.

Google and Amazon Smart Home Assistants, $ 29 to $ 100: Whether her home leans Amazon or Google, it’s high time you invested in your mom’s ability to utilize the best smart assistants have to offer. And with increasing competition between the two smart device behemoths Amazon and Google, you’ve got competitive and similar pricing, both of them reducing prices on all the devices. While a $ 100 full-sized Google Home or Amazon Echo is a great deal, you can certainly start her off with a more affordable $ 30 Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot.

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Happy Friday! Here’s the story, of a lovely lady … who is not happy that a 50-year-old episode of “The Brady Bunch” is being used by the anti-vaccination movement to downplay the seriousness of the measles outbreak. “If you have to get sick, sure can’t beat the measles,” the character Marcia says when the whole family comes down with it. Maureen McCormick does not share her character’s lighthearted approach.

Now here’s what else you may have missed this week.

A much-anticipated Congressional Budget Office paper on the cost of a single-payer system shied away from offering concrete projections on some key details … like the cost of a single-payer system. That’s understandable: The office notes there are too many unsettled variables to predict a price tag, and, what’s more, nothing on this scope has been attempted before. The bottom line is that the report contains sound bites for each side to use, and more questions than answers. And perhaps that captures the reality of the issue far better than any number ever could.

The New York Times: ‘Medicare for All’ Gets Much-Awaited Report. Both Sides Can Claim Victory.

It was a busy week for “Medicare-for-all,” which also got its first House hearing in at least a decade. Although it was inherently performative — a way for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to fulfill a promise to her progressive wing without fear of the legislation actually moving forward — the hearing itself was light on firebrand rhetoric and heavy on substance. My favorite part of it all was that several reporters couldn’t help but mention in their coverage how small and physically uncomfortable the room was.

The New York Times: Gingerly, Democrats Give ‘Medicare for All’ an Official Moment

Now that former vice president Joe Biden has officially tossed his hat in the 2020 ring, it’s become more clear that one of the main fault lines in the crowded Democratic field is going to come down to health care. Biden has joined with the party’s moderate wing in supporting a Medicare buy-in option, putting him at odds with the progressives.

The Wall Street Journal: Medicare for All or Obamacare Tweaks? Democrats Pepper Voters With Health Plans


We finally have a verdict in the (sensational and fascinating) case against Insys, the maker of a powerful fentanyl spray, and its founder, John Kapoor. If you’ve lost track of the details of this one, here are a few of the highlights: The company had a stripper-turned-sales rep give a physician a lap dance, created a video of employees dancing and rapping around an executive dressed as the product, had a help line in which every call “included lies and misrepresentations” in order to improve its bottom line, and more. After three weeks of deliberations, a jury found Kapoor guilty of racketeering conspiracy.

The Associated Press: Pharmaceutical Exec Guilty of Bribing Doctors to Push Opioid

Experts expect the verdict to be one in a long line of decisions as those at the heart of the opioid crisis are facing their days in court. And speaking of which, McKesson, a giant drug distributor, settled with West Virginia this week over allegations that it willfully funneled millions of drugs into a tiny county in the state. Boone County, W.Va. — with a population of fewer than 25,000! — received 1.2 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone from 2007 to 2012, the lawsuit claimed. State leaders say the company put profit over people when it failed to take proper action over the suspicious orders.

Reuters: McKesson to Pay $ 37 Million to Resolve West Virginia Opioid Lawsuit


The Trump administration finalized newly expanded conscience rules that make it easier for medical professionals to opt out of providing health care procedures — such as abortion or sterilization — on the basis of religious or moral objections. Although religious groups hailed the changes, advocates for marginalized groups said the rule will make life more difficult for women and LGBTQ patients, who already struggle to find quality care.

Politico: Trump Strengthens Protections for Religious Health Workers


“We’re drowning.” That quote from a Los Angeles Times story seems to perfectly sum up the mood on the ground for Americans across the country who are desperately struggling to pay for health insurance — even ones who have employer-sponsored plans. In the past 12 years, annual deductibles in job-based health plans have nearly quadrupled and now average more than $ 1,300. Families are cutting back on food, moving in with family and friends, couponing to the extreme, turning toward crowdfunding just to pay medical bills. And these stories aren’t the exception. One in 6 Americans who get insurance through their jobs say they’ve had to make “difficult sacrifices” to pay for health care. It’s looking more and more like a crisis each day.

Los Angeles Times: Health Insurance Deductibles Soar, Leaving Americans With Unaffordable Bills

And here are some of the problem’s roots: An analysis looked at a common blood test that most of us have probably gotten and found that the cost for it can vary from $ 11 to nearly $ 1,000. Part of it has to do with the location (of course, cities are going to be more expensive), but the range far outpaces the price tag differences for things like ketchup or construction materials.

The New York Times: They Want It to Be Secret: How a Common Blood Test Can Cost $ 11 or Almost $ 1,000


Only a handful of months ago, Medicaid work requirements seemed like an unstoppable train gaining speed. But the fervor for those policies has cooled following some damning court rulings and a shift in political calculations after seeing them in practice. Their future is less clear these days.

Stateline: Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks


In the miscellaneous file for the week:

• Were you left scratching your head about why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime tobacco ally, supported a bill that would raise the smoking age to 21? Public health experts say that’s because age measures are a win for Big Tobacco. The legislation directs attention away from measures like increasing taxes and banning flavored products — which are more painful to the industry.

Politico: McConnell Plan to Hike Smoking Age Could Be Win for Tobacco Companies

• From the “Department of Things That Are Both Surprising and Make Total Sense Once You Hear About Them”: Guantanamo Bay is starting to have to deal with end-of-life care for the terrorists who are detained there. “A lot of my guys are prediabetic,” said Rear Adm. John C. Ring, the commander of the center. “Am I going to need dialysis down here? I don’t know. Someone’s got to tell me that. Are we going to do complex cancer care down here? I don’t know.”

The New York Times: Guantanamo Bay As Nursing Home: Military Envisions Hospice Care As Terrorism Suspects Age

• A study offers data that substantiates public health advocates’ worst fears about the show “13 Reasons Why”: Suicides among kids ages 10 to 17 jumped to a 19-year high in the month following the debut of the series.

The Associated Press: Study: Kids’ Suicides Spiked After Netflix’s ’13 Reasons’

• The National Institutes of Health is blocking two of its doctors from speaking to investigators who are raising questions over the freedom researchers are afforded to critique the work of colleagues.

The Wall Street Journal: NIH Blocks Two Doctors From Speaking Out to Investigators

• Medical school is brutal enough, but for women, it’s even tougher as they navigate a high-stakes environment where the power imbalance with instructors has created a breeding ground for inappropriate conduct.

Bloomberg: America’s Medical Profession Has a Sexual Harassment Problem

• A court ruled that Caster Semenya, an Olympic gold medalist, would have to take medication to lower her natural levels of testosterone if she wants to compete. Health experts say the courts got the science wrong.

The Washington Post: Caster Semenya Ruling Uses an Unscientific Definition of Who Is Female, Critics Say


If you are a regular reader of The Breeze, you’ll know about my crippling fear of the threat of superbugs, so I’m going to continue to drag you guys along with my paranoia and suggest you read about how experts say we need to incentivize the development of new drugs to thwart the looming threat! Have a great, superbug-free weekend!

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People who live across the Midwestern U.S. know that tornadoes are just something you have to deal with. They can be utterly devastating, of course, which is why weather scientists do their best to understand and predict when they will form. Recently, one particularly adventurous drone pilot managed to observe one of the swirling funnels as it tore across the Oklahoma countryside, and the video is just plain crazy.

The footage, which lasts over four minutes, shows the drone catching up to the twister and following it as it makes its way across farmland and open fields, not to mention a few roads.

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Cynthia Bailey is keeping busy on an off the air. She’s opening a wine shop called The Bailey Wine Cellar and partnering with Seagrams Escapes for a signature Peach Bellini flavor.

“One thing I know is how to appreciate a good cocktail. I’m on a reality show. So trust and believe that drama will definitely make you appreciate a good drink.”

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Facebook and Instagram took measures to ban Min. Louis Farrakhan from its social media services, lumping him with a pair of Right-Wing extremists who also were banned. Joining Farrakhan on the outs with FB and IG are Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos.

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Facebook Thursday banned from its flagship social network and its subsidiary Instagram the Infowars site and its leader Alex Jones, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, saying their presence on the sites violated its policies against dangerous individuals and organizations.

“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”

Facebook last August cited violations of community standards in removing pages belonging to Jones and Infowars, notorious for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories. The action came amid a flurry of suspensions and content take-downs for Jones and Infowars, which were also booted from Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and other platforms.

The outlet adds that the services also banned Infowars contributor and “New Right” advocate Paul Joseph Watson, and right-wing activist Laura Loomer.

In 2018, Facebook removed a video of Farrakhan referring to Jews as “termites.”

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From Sorrow to Strategy: 7 Black Women Who’ve Turned Their Agony Into Activism

Lora King is keeping the legacy of her father, the late Rodney King, alive almost three decades after he survived a notorious police beating that triggered L.A. Riots.

Back in 1991, four white LAPD officers were charged with tasering and viciously beating Rodney King with their batons and boots during a police stop. Despite video evidence of the attack, an all-white jury acquitted the cops, sparking public outrage, the onset of rioting, and a nationwide call to end police violence against the African American community.

Now, at 35 years old, Lora King launched a scholarship program to honor her father, who passed away in 2012, and uplift other black dads, according to The L.A. Times.  The goal of her “I am a King” scholarship is to encourage black fathers to play a more active role in their children’s lives by sponsoring special events for dads and their kids. The program will provide grants on a rolling basis that will fund a range of events, from a family dinner to a trip to Disneyland. In addition, in 2016 she launched the Rodney King Foundation to advance social justice and human rights causes.

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Lora D. King, daughter of Rodney King (Facebook.com/dene.king)

King is part of a long list of black women who have used the tragedy of a loved one victimized by racialized violence as motivation to affect change. Some of the most notable women are the “Mothers of the Movement,” who joined forces to advocate for police, criminal justice, and gun reform following the deaths of their unarmed African American children by law enforcement or gun violence.

Here are six other black women who’ve turned their agony into activism by pushing for institutional and structural change, fighting for social justice, and raising awareness around the disproportionate rates of violence against black Americans.

Lucy McBath

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In 2012, Lucy McBath’s 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed by a white man at a Florida gas station over an argument about loud music. When the killer invoked Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law as a defense, McBath asserted herself onto the frontlines of the fight for gun control and justice. She retired from a 30-year career with Delta Airlines to become the national spokesperson for both Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Eventually, McBath’s son’s killer was sentenced to life in prison, but that did not stop her activism around gun reform. In 2018, she launched a successful campaign for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Now, as a U.S. representative, McBath has co-sponsored gun control legislation that would require universal background checks for those seeking to purchase armed weapons.

Sybrina Fulton

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Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and father, Tracy Martin (Twitter.com/SybrinaFulton)

Since Sybrina Fulton’s son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by white vigilante George Zimmerman in Florida, Fulton has been working to expand voting rights in the state and has become one of the most visible members of the “Mothers of the Movement.” She also helped found the Trayvon Martin Foundation, an organization that seeks to find solutions for youth, help parents who have been victimized by senseless violence, provide scholarships to inner-city youth, and strengthen a positive self-image within the community.

Gwen Carr

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Gwen Carr said that the death of her son, Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a police chokehold, was her political awakening. In an editorial published on NBC News’ Think column in October, Carr talked about how the tragedy has encouraged her to become more civically engaged.

Me, I don’t like to write. So instead, I go up to Albany, and I get in the faces of our politicians. I try to emphasize what I want from our government, and what I need elected officials to do. For instance, I went to Albany with a group of other New York mothers in 2015, and got Governor Cuomo to sign an executive order that allowed a special prosecutor from the state attorney general’s office to investigate all police killings of unarmed people for a year. (He’s since extended it.) And what this does is that, when these senseless killings take place, the cases are taken it out of the hands of the local district attorney and put in the hands of the state attorney general

Lesley McSpadden

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Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden on stage at the St. Louis Peace Fest the day before burying her son. (Photo: Brett Myers/Youth Radio via Flickr)

The shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 sparked nationwide protests and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. A grand jury chose not to indict the white officer who fatally shot Brown while his hands were in the air. Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, however, has taken up the cause, running for a seat in the 2019 Ferguson city council. Although she did not win that race, McSpadden revealed that she is open to running again in 2020.

“I did this because we were all devastated over what we saw almost five years ago,” McSpadden told CNN last month. “I was personally devastated because that’s my son. My children witnessed the devastation.” She added, “After watching Ferguson over these years, I’ve looked for progress and I haven’t seen anything. My candidacy is the first step of building towards justice for my son and building towards a part of his legacy to make sure that my son did not die in vain.”

Tiffany Crutcher

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Tiffany Crutcher (Twitter.com/TiffanyCrutcher)

The death of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while his hands were in the air, shook the nation in 2016. The incident occurred when Crutcher’s SUV broke down in the middle of the road. But, instead of receiving car assistance, he was met by several police officers who drew their weapons and typecasted him as a “bad dude.” Video footage shows the officers walked closely behind Crutcher while his hands were up. He then stood beside his car moments before he was tasered and a white female officer opened fire and killed him, arguing that Crutcher failed to adhere to police commands and was reaching inside of the driver side window for a weapon. Crutcher’s attorneys, however, insist that his car window was rolled up.

Following his tragic death, his sister, Tiffany, quit her job as a healthcare provider and became a full-time political activist. In addition to working as a field organizer for Doug Jones’ senatorial campaign in Alabama, she has been involved in several judicial races in the state. “The death of my twin brother forced me to get involved [in politics],” she said, according to The Root. She also launched a national Campaign Against Bad Cops, which seeks to abolish the immunity that protects government officials from being sued for discriminatory actions performed within their official capacity. Furthermore, she and her family are fighting to lower the legal standard an officer has to meet so that they can be more easily indicted for biased killings.

Geneva Reed-Veal

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Geneva Reed-Veal (Facebook.com/geneva.reedveal.3)

Geneva Reed-Veal loss her daughter, Sandra Bland, in 2015 in an unexplained hanging death inside of a Texas jail cell, following an unlawful traffic stop. Since then, Reed-Veal has used her voice to speak out against police brutality and state-sponsored abuse by law enforcement. She, along with the eight other “Mothers of the Movement,” also delivered a powerful speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention where she endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

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They do! Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner married in a surprise Las Vegas wedding after the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1.

Diplo posted video from the couple’s nuptials in front of an Elvis Presley impersonator dressed in a red jumpsuit.

The Game of Thrones star, 23, wore a white dress with a veil while her groom, 29, was dressed in a dark gray suit and white shirt for the ceremony where country stars Dan + Shay played their hit “Speechless” as Turner walked down the aisle.

The singer’s brothers Nick and Kevin Jonas were in attendance for the nuptials, which concluded with the celebrant singing “Viva Las Vegas” while the couple danced and the friends and family in attendance cheered.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the pair got a marriage license earlier in the day.

The couple, who were first linked in fall 2016, announced their engagement in October 2017 with matching photos on Instagram that showed off the British star’s stunning pear-shaped diamond engagement ring. “I said yes,” she wrote on her post, while the DNCE frontman captioned his, “She said yes.” Joe’s father, Kevin Jonas Sr., commented on Turner’s post writing, “We are so happy to welcome you to our family.”

Us Weekly previously reported that the pair were set to wed in France this summer, so it’s likely that they will follow in his brother Nick’s footsteps and have more than one ceremony, as the Jumanji actor did when he wed Priyanka Chopra in India in December.

The Camp Rock actor jokingly said earlier this month that he’d learned something important from their wedding.

“I mean, we are getting married in France, so a lot of Coors Light is necessary,” Joe said during an interview on the Zach Sang Show. “Not hard, really, to get that, but we needed to make sure that was going to happen.”

“We learned a lesson from my wedding,” Nick added. “Our friends drink a lot of beer, specifically, and we ran out of beer at the wedding, at my wedding, which was a big issue.”

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Bank of America is making promises. Big ones.

The second largest U.S. banking conglomerate announced a plan to raise its minimum wage to $ 20 an hour. The minimum wage will immediately spike to $ 17 and creep its way to $ 20 by 2021. In a press release, the banking giant also doubled down on a promise to hire 10,000 workers from low-to-moderate income communities by 2023. So far, it has hired 4,700.

“We are raising our minimum wage because we believe that to best serve our customers and clients, we need the best teams,” said Sheri Bronstein, chief human resources officer at Bank of America, in the release.

And to build those teams, Bank of America is partnering with nonprofits like Year Up and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to find and foster talent from all backgrounds. Once hired, these workers from lower-income areas are given more career-training opportunities through an internal program called The Academy.

“The Academy is like a university within the company,” said John Jordan, the head of Bank of America’s Academy and Advisor Development, in the announcement.

According to Bank of America, all new hires have gone through 80-plus hours of Academy training.

But is the banking industry a good, long-term career option? We dug into the latest employment data and found that, while some jobs are on their way out, others look promising.

Bank of America Jobs: Career Kickstarters or Doomed by Automation?

When thinking of bank jobs, you may first think of bank tellers, the frontline workers at brick-and-mortar banks who help with simple banking services. Then, you might think of ATMs replacing those tellers. It’s even in the name — Automated Teller Machine.

So, who would want these Bank of America jobs if they’re going to be replaced by machines?

According to the latest stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bank teller jobs are indeed on the decline.  

By 2026, bank teller jobs are expected to shrink by 8.3%, or 41,800 jobs total.

But banks comprise a lot more positions. At Bank of America, there are more than 80 different classes of jobs — including some not-so-obvious ones like marketing, clerical and customer service. And as of May 1, each one will pay a guaranteed $ 17 an hour.

Overall, the financial services industry is set to grow 9.6% by 2026, according to the BLS. On closer look, a few financial jobs in particular have promising prospects:

  • Financial managers are slated to balloon 18.7%, or by 108,600 jobs, and have a median pay of $ 127,990.
  • Personal financial advisers will increase 14.9%, or by 40,400 jobs. Median pay is $ 88,890.
  • Financial analysts are expected to grow 10.9%, or by 32,300 jobs, with a median pay of $ 85,660.

With $ 20 minimum wage, high growth potential in several sectors and on-the-job training from The Academy, it doesn’t sound exactly sound like these jobs are on a fast track to becoming obsolete any time soon. 

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If you want in on Bank of America’s recent workforce changes, we found several ways to help your job hunt, including online and in-person career events and its online jobs portal with more than 7,000 open positions.

Virtual Job Fair for Financial Advisers

On May 14, Bank of America is hosting an online event led by some of its Hispanic financial advisers of the Merrill Lynch branch. The hour-long event starts at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, and registration is free.

And we got you covered, if you don’t know how to prepare for a virtual job fair.

Pro Tip

Treat a virtual job fair just as you would an in-person one. Come prepared with questions and be interview-ready in case things go well.

In-Person Career Events

For residents of California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Georgia, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, Bank of America is holding career events and open houses for numerous job categories throughout May and June. Click your area for more details on each event.

Veterans, newcomers to the banking industry and people looking re-entering the workforce are encouraged to attend.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.

Data Journalist Alex Mahadevan contributed reporting for this story.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Every OMG Moment from the Battle of Winterfell

The biggest, most brutal battle in the history of the Seven Kingdoms took place during the Sunday, April 28, episode of Game of Thrones, and all we can say is [insert fifteen minutes of
unintelligible garbled screaming.] As the dead marched on Winterfell and the living fell in droves, it looked like it was really and truly all over — for every living character on the entire series, except the cowards (ahem, Cersei) hiding down in King’s Landing.

But what do we say to the God of Death? Here are all the biggest moments from tonight’s episode. (Plus, for all the biggest deaths, click here!)

A Battle of Ice and Fire
As the dead advance on Winterfell, the armies of the living ride out to meet them — with a little help from the freshly arrived Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). But despite being armed with dragon glass weaponry, the men can’t compete with the masses of inexhaustible zombies bombarding them from all sides, and the dragons can’t be everywhere at once, especially once The Night King shows up on the back of Ice Viserion. The men retreat, the dead give chase, and soon Winterfell is overrun.

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Death After Death
With the wights tearing through Winterfell, the fantasy becomes a horror — and that means saying goodbye to some beloved characters. Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton) dies on the front lines, saving Sam (John Bradley West.) Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) is shredded by the dead as he saves Arya (Maisie Williams.) Little Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) dies plunging a blade into the eye of a zombie giant as it crushes her into a pulp. And that’s just the beginning …

The Dead Will Rise
The most devastating moment of the episode comes shortly after Daenerys hovers above The Night King and gives Drogon the order to incinerate him — only to discover that The Night King is fireproof. But it gets worse: At this moment, The Night King gives his own order, and every dead person in a five mile radius rises as part of his army. That’s bad news for Sansa (Sophie Turner), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), and every other noncombatant hiding down in the Winterfell crypt, you know, where all the bodies are buried. It’s tough to tell in this chaotic scene exactly who survives and who doesn’t, but things really don’t look good for Gilly (Hannah Murray).

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Bring on the God of Death
This brings us to the godswood, where Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is waiting — guarded by Theon (Alfie Allen) and his men — for The Night King to come a-calling. Theon fights heroically and is the last man standing, but after the mass rising of the dead, there’s no hope.

Into the clearing strides The Night King, who kills Theon and moves in on the defenseless, crippled Bran — and it looks like it’s all over. Bran gazes into the face of death. The Night King reaches for his blade. And just like that, Arya Stark comes flying out of the dark with a Valyrian steel dagger in her hand.

The Night King catches Arya by the throat, and she drops her weapon … into her other hand. Stick him with the pointy end, Arya! And that’s how The Night King dies: struck down by Arya Stark of Winterfell, first of her name, the ultimate badass.

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The Dead Defeated
Because the White Walkers follow old-school werewolf rules, the death of one Walker means the death of every zombified thing he created. So, when The Night King goes down, so does the entire dead army. But we also say goodbye to Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), who dies in Daenerys’ arms having defended her to the end, and Melisandre, who removes her necklace, takes her true (ancient) form, and collapses in the snow.

Others’ fates are unknown (including Sam and Grey Worm.) But the good news is, the dead are … well, dead, and many important characters are still alive.

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Magic Johnson’s Resignation From Lakers Prompted By Emails Criticizing His Performance

News details have emerged surrounding Magic Johnson’s resignation from the Lakers as president of basketball operations earlier this month.

According to a Bleacher Report (via Sporting News), the NBA star quit after he was copied on emails between team co-owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka criticizing his performance with the Lakers.

Fox Sports 1 analyst Ric Bucher shared details about the emails during his appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Wednesday.

“My understanding is that there were some emails that were exchanged between Rob and Jeanie about Magic and about what Magic was and wasn’t doing,” Bucher told Cowherd. “They were critical emails. And somehow, some way, Jeanie from what I understand was CC’ing or BCC’ing Magic on everything. That was sort of protocol, standard issue. Somehow the exchange between Rob and Jeanie ended up on that string of the blind CC’s that were going to Magic,” he explained.

“So Magic now is seeing emails from Rob to Jeanie that were critical of what he was doing. And maybe most important in all of this, there’s no indication that Jeanie was backing Rob up, in terms of either going to Magic and letting him know that this was going on, or going back at Rob and defending Magic. That was not happening. And so when he talked about the backstabbing, to me my understanding is that’s what started it.”

Johnson appeared to co-sign Bucher’s comments with a tweet on Thursday, saying: “The truth will always come to light,” he wrote (see the post below).

Magic didn’t tell Buss or Pelinka about his decision to quit before shocking fans and NBA colleagues with the announcement at the Lakers’ final game of the season.

“What I didn’t like was the backstabbing and the whispering,” Johnson told reporters. “I didn’t like that. I didn’t like a lot of things that went on that didn’t have to go on.”

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Happy Friday, where yours truly is recovering from seeing “Avengers: Endgame” last night. If you’re still emotionally fragile, as I am, I deliver a distraction in the form of health policy and political news. You’re welcome.

All right, here’s what you may have missed!

The opioid epidemic was top of mind this week, with President Donald Trump speaking at a summit held in Atlanta to address the crisis. Trump made big promises about “smashing the grip of addiction” in the U.S., but experts weren’t impressed by the rhetoric. In perhaps my favorite quote of the week, Brandeis University’s Andrew Kolodny said to the NYT: “It’s like pointing to a burning building, saying there is an emergency, then not calling the fire department.”

The New York Times: Trump Declares Commitment to Ending Opioid Crisis ‘Once and for All’

Big Pharma bore the brunt of the president’s blame at the summit, but the drug companies themselves are just one part of the puzzle of the epidemic. Another one that has flown largely under the radar (until now): the distributors. The financial giants at the heart of the crisis are on their way to facing a reckoning like the ones Purdue and Johnson & Johnson are dealing with.

That was seen earlier this week when, in a first-of-its-kind prosecution, officials hit the Rochester Drug Cooperative with charges of conspiring to distribute drugs, conspiracy to defraud the United States and failing to file suspicious-order reports. Prosecutors say that the company’s executives had shipped tens of millions of oxycodone pills and fentanyl products to pharmacies they knew were distributing drugs illegally and that they ignored other red flags in the face of high profits.

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Trump’s controversial changes to Title X family planning funding (a new policy that critics blast as a “gag rule” that targets Planned Parenthood) were blocked by two separate judges this week. The judges did not mince words. In Oregon, Judge Michael McShane blasted the rules as an “arrogant” and “ham-fisted” way for the government to dictate a woman’s health care decisions; while in Washington state, Judge Stanley Bastian — who issued a nationwide injunction — deemed them a violation of “the ethical standards of health care professions.” The changes were set to take effect May 3.

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LGBTQ advocates are braced for a new rule change expected soon from the Trump administration, which they say will strip away protections baked into the health law for transgender patients. At issue is whether the word “sex” (when it comes to defining discrimination) includes gender identity — which is how the Obama administration implemented it. Without the protections in place, insurers could refuse to pay for pricey and/or complicated transition-related procedures for transgender patients, and doctors could deny them care unrelated to their gender identities.

Politico: HHS Nearing Plan to Roll Back Transgender Protections


In a long-expected move, former Vice President Joe Biden tossed his hat in the ring for the 2020 campaign. But what does his plan on health care look like? The truth is, we don’t know. Will he stick to defending his buddy’s (aka former President Barack Obama) signature domestic achievement (which he famously called a big … deal) or will he drift left with the progressive wing of the race? He’s been pretty quiet on the issue — which voters have repeatedly ranked at the top of their priority lists. Vox looks back on his history with health care.

Vox: No One Knows What Joe Biden Thinks About Health Care

Biden (and others) might find a new poll about what Americans want Congress to focus on worth checking out. Although “Medicare-for-all” is the buzz phrase you can’t escape on the campaign trail, many people just want lawmakers to find a way to address high drug costs, preserve preexisting conditions protections and cushion patients from surprise medical bills.

The Washington Post: Americans Are More Focused on Health Costs Than Medicare-for-All, Poll Shows

And my be-on-the-lookout warning for next week: The Congressional Budget Office is slated to release a new report on single-payer health care.


It’s finally official: The number of measles cases this year has swept past 2014’s record. Although I’m relieved to no longer have to torture headlines with “likely to become” or “expected to be” qualifiers, the fact that there are still eight months to go in the year has everyone worried about what that final total will look like. The record that still stands, for now, is 963 cases in 1994.

The Associated Press: US Measles Cases Hit Highest Mark in 25 Years

Meanwhile, as the outbreak rages on, advocates are wondering why there have been crickets coming from the White House. Trump has been mostly absent from the conversation among many public health and state officials across the country. But some view his silence as a blessing because, in the past, he has voiced doubts about vaccination strategies.

Stat: As Calls for Measles Vaccination Rise, It’s Crickets From the White House

Big Pharma’s track record is riddled with stories of dubious morality and lies for the sake of profit. So advocates are left struggling with the question: How do you convince parents who have been burned before by drug companies that, in the case of vaccines, it’s the right choice to trust the industry? With public disdain and anger toward pharma bubbling up, in general, it’s an uphill battle.

USA Today: Measles Outbreak, Vaccinations: Distrust in Big Pharma Plays a Role


In the miscellaneous file for the week:

• A story that made me go “whoa” (literally out loud): A renowned cancer hospital in Houston ousted three of its scientists over espionage concerns as part of a string of investigations nationwide. More could be coming as federal officials have increasingly been warned of foreign exploitation of American-backed research — particularly from the Chinese.

The New York Times: Wary of Chinese Espionage, Houston Cancer Center Chose to Fire 3 Scientists

• Walgreens announced it will raise the age it allows customers to purchase tobacco products to 21. While this move cheered public health activists, the timing of it (coming just weeks after it was the main target of an FDA crackdown on sales to minors) is … notable, to say the least.

The New York Times: Walgreens Raises Tobacco-Buying Age to 21, Strengthening a Consensus

• Two cool developments related to speech coincidentally came out this week. The first is that scientists found a way to analyze the speech patterns of people who may be suffering from PTSD — a notoriously tricky thing to diagnosis (because oftentimes those who have it will try to hide their symptoms). Interestingly, the results surprised the researchers: They had been expecting more agitated speech patterns but, instead, found that flat, atonal speech was what they needed to be on the lookout for.

The New York Times: The Military Wants Better Tests for PTSD. Speech Analysis Could Be the Answer.

• And scientists may have found a way to turn brain signals into understandable speech. This would be a huge breakthrough for people who can’t speak because of strokes, neurodegenerative diseases, accidents and other reasons.

The New York Times: Scientists Create Speech From Brain Signals


Apparently we Americans are very stressed-out. So I’m going to tell you to have a relaxing weekend, and please listen to that advice!

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2019 Tribeca Film Festival Preview: From The Biggest Movies To The Coolest Cast Reunions

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The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival is about to get underway in New York City, featuring 103 titles and lots more to do, watch and experience. From cutting edge virtual reality exhibitions to intimate conversations with some of the best ever in the world of film and television, this year's festival promises something for every kind of entertainment lover. 

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Scientists with ties to China ousted from US cancer center amid fears of foreign influence

A leading cancer research center in Houston, Texas has taken action against a handful of faculty members for sharing confidential information and failing to disclose foreign ties, according to statements from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.


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