Vontae Davis Retired From the NFL at Halftime. Good for Him.

When Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis took the highly unusual step of ending his NFL career at halftime of Buffalo’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the predictable rebukes swarmed down on him. One columnist called him “selfish.” Another reporter labeled his decision “an unconscionable act.” Some of his teammates were understandably perturbed. Buffalo linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said Davis’ halftime retirement was “completely disrespectful to this teammates.”

Davis, who started the game for Buffalo, put on his street clothes at the half, and eventually left the stadium during the game. “Today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard,” Davis said in a statement, released after the game, confirming his retirement. “I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”

By trusting his gut on this one, however, Davis may have done his teammates a service. Too many things can go wrong in football under normal circumstances. If a player is distracted, his mind elsewhere, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Sure, Davis could have just asked out of the game due to its physical toll, and announced his retirement afterwards. Or at least taken a night to sleep on it. But there’s something authentic about Davis having what he termed an “honest moment” with himself, prioritizing his long-term health over his professional football career, and declining to just go through the motions. Davis, a 10-year veteran, was done with football. He knew it. Leave it behind and never look back.

So many people fantasize about saying “take this job and shove it.” Davis got to live that dream. But just because he’s an NFL player, he’s a pariah?

Over the years, NFL coaches, executives, players, media and fans have created a culture that equates professional football with the battlefield. Players with the “warrior mentality” are lionized: you must view your teammates as brothers in arms.

But some perspective is key. Davis didn’t go AWOL. He decided to stop playing a game. He also likely cost himself a hefty payday, as Buffalo can likely recoup most of the $ 5 million Davis was owed this season.

A year after making the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades, the Bills are back to frustrating Buffalo’s irrationally loyal fans. The Baltimore Ravens wiped them out 47-3 in the season opener; in that game starting Bills QB Nathan Peterman turned in one of the uglier stat lines (5-18, 24 yards, 2 interceptions) you’ll ever see. The team’s now in the hands of promising, but unproven, rookie quarterback Josh Allen. The schedule does Buffalo no favors: the Bills face a couple of tough NFC North teams, the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers, over the next two weeks.

Buffalo has bigger problems to worry about than an aging, injured cornerback who wanted out. The Bills needs to move on from Vontae Davis. Just like Vontae Davis moved on from them.

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Gold miners in Canada discovered a very good boy frozen in time for 50,000 years

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Finding the remains of a 50,000-year-old animal is always exciting, but scientists know to temper their expectations. Normally all that’s left of such an old specimen is bone, or sometimes the rough outline of where flesh, fur, or feathers used to be. Gold miners in Canada were treated to a whole lot more when they stumbled upon the nearly perfect frozen remains of an ancient wolf pup.

As Guardian reports, the miners discovered the juvenile canine completely by chance, and what a discovery it turned out to be. Nearly every part of the young wolf seems frozen in time. The skin, while obviously not as springy as it once was, is all there, and much of it is still covered in wisps of fur.

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Actually good movies about traveling you need to watch

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If you love seeing the world or want to be inspired to travel, then watching movies about traveling is a must. They can be the best way to relive your own experiences or think about where you’re going to book a ticket for next. The possibilities are endless. But there are so many movies out there that claim to be the ‘ultimate’ travel movie – so which one is the best? Well, here are our top five that definitely need to be added to your watch-list.

Into the Wild

Okay, so full disclosure (and spoiler) – this movie doesn’t end very well. But the whole concept behind the movie is utterly beautiful. This story is based on a true story and follows the life of Christopher McCandless, who graduates from college and leaves his life, and money behind in search of a simpler life full of nature and travel. He travels through America and eventually finds his way to his last resting place – Alaska. The scenes are beautiful and make us realize that simple lives aren’t the end of the world.

The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries follows the life of Che Guevara during his youth. Set in South America, we embark on a journey with Che through deserts, across grassy plains and into the depths of the rainforest to find his life’s calling. The movie will inspire you to find your own life’s calling, and travel as far and wide as possible to figure it out – because the world is truly magnificent.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Although this movie was dubbed a flop – it has since received a hugely positive reaction, and many people have taken the advice of the lead character. This movie centers around Walter Mitty, a middle-aged professional who hates his job, hates his life and constantly dreams of a more adventurous life; like the photographer he is constantly in contact with. So he goes in search of his friend, travels across continents, and visits different countries and cities. The most beautiful part of this movie is that he truly finds himself and comes out of his shell.

The Way

Just to warn you: this movie will definitely make you cry. But also inspire you. The Way follows the life of Tom – an American man whose son dies while walking the Camino trail. In order to pick up his son’s ashes, he has to travel to France. However, he decides to finish off what his son started and hiked the trail himself. He covers the incredible ground, learns so much along the way and makes lifelong friends that completely change his outlook on life.

Wild

Whether you like or dislike Reese Witherspoon films usually, this movie is a must-see. Wild focuses on Cheryl Strayed whose life has turned to pieces – she is a drug addict, her mother has just died, and she has no control over her destiny. To try and get her head together, she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail to reset herself and finally come to terms with what she wants in life.

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‘Good Morning America’ Cohost Lara Spencer Marries Rick McVey

Pop those champagne corks! Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer married entrepreneur Rick McVey in a romantic ceremony on Saturday, September 1, Us Weekly can confirm.

The couple tied the knot in Vail, Colorado, with the beaming bride being walked down the aisle at the outdoor wedding by her son, Duff. Spencer wore a sheer sleeveless gown with a long veil with her hair up as Christina Perri‘s “A Thousand Years” played.

Spencer, 49, and the tech entrepreneur announced their engagement in January, nearly two years after the Flea Market Flip star began dating McVey.

Us confirmed in 2017 that the pair were an item after they were spotted making out at a New York City restaurant. “She’s known him for years and they started dating around a year ago,” a source told Us at the time.

Since then she has shared sweet photos on social media with the founder and CEO of MarketAxess Holdings — who she described in an Instagram caption earlier this year as “my partner in love, life, laughter and fun” — documenting their vacations in Greece and France as well as a wedding planning weekend in Vail in June.

Spencer was previously married to former CNN reporter David Haffenreffer. They share two kids, son Duff and daughter Kate, and ended their 15-year marriage in March 2015.

“After a lot of thought, care and consideration, we have decided to end our marriage,” the pair said in a statement to the New York Post‘s Page Six at the time. “It’s a sad decision that did not come easily, especially because we respect and love each other and our children. They remain our top priority. We will raise them and care for them together.”

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As her husband Alexis Ohanian puts it, tennis star Serena Williams had a “great first day back at the [New York] office” this week as she kicked off her return to the tennis courts with a winning round against Poland’s Magda Linette at the 2018 U.S. Open on Sunday.

We know the Reddit co-founder and father of baby Alexis, Jr. is a supportive husband already, of course. But it doesn’t hurt that his appearance at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to watch Williams play just added to the evidence, giving us more fuel to respect his commitment to seeing his wife succeed. Case in point: an adoring photo of Ohanian spectating on the match that has been making the Twitter rounds. After fans began circulating the image, Ohanian himself retweeted it — because sometimes a photo really is worth a thousand words (or, in the case of Twitter, 280 characters).

Ohanian will have more chances to cheer Williams on this week; on Wednesday, she plays Germany’s Carina Witthöft in the Round of 64. This is Williams’s first time back to the U.S. Open competition since 2016, after which she gave birth to her daughter. At this summer’s Wimbledon tournament, she finished second behind Angelique Kerber. There’s a chance Serena could also go on to play her big sister Venus Williams during this year’s competition, too.

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What We Want from ‘The Good Place’ Season 3

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for The Good Place Season 2 and POTENTIAL SPOILERS for Season 3. Proceed at your own risk.

The Good Place follows the recently deceased Eleanor, played by Kristen Bell, as she navigates the afterlife. At first, she thinks she’s landed in the ‘Good Place’ — a version of Heaven — but soon realizes there’s much more to the afterlife than meets the eye. At the end of Season 2, Eleanor and the friends she acquires find themselves transported back to earth to see if they can live better lives this time around. Witty writing combined with thought-provoking themes are the key to the series’ success, and ever since the Season 2 finale, we’ve been thinking hard about what Season 3 could bring. So here’s what we’d like to see in Season 3 of The Good Place.

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Characters from The Good Place
From left to right: Michael (Ted Danson), Janet (D’Arcy Carden), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Jason (Manny Jacinto), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell).

After bouncing around the Good and the Bad Place for quite some time — not to mention the Medium Place — Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason finally find themselves back on earth in the Season 2 finale. Now that they finally have a chance to start over, will they change for the better?

In the Season 2 finale, we saw how Eleanor’s first year back on earth went – she started off great, quitting her drug sales job that took advantage of people. She also joined the Clean Energy Crusaders, helping promote a cleaner environment. She did all of these things expecting good things to happen to her. But, the opposite happened and she soon gave up, returning to her old habits – selfishness and greed. This caused Michael to step in and give her a little push. In the final moments of Season 2, Eleanor arrives in Australia to meet with Chidi and learn more about philosophy and enlightenment.

It would be interesting to see each character’s first year back on earth, perhaps within a single episode. Since Jason is the king of crazy antics, he’ll likely backslide rather quickly. However, the show tends to take viewers’ perceptions and spin them. A true twist would be if Jason changed for the better — and quickly. As far as Tahani goes, her first year back on earth would probably be pretty difficult considering her family dynamics. She would probably crack sooner than expected due to her obnoxious parents and celebrity sister. Meanwhile, you’d expect Chidi to lighten up a bit, but return to his inability to make choices.

Leaving the Medium Place Behind


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Maribeth Monroe as Mindy (right) with Kristen Bell as Eleanor.

A welcome addition to The Good Place was the concept of the Medium Place and the character of Mindy St. Claire. Mindy’s character is put into a position that would drive anyone mad, spending eternity in neither the Good Place nor the Bad Place. Mindy was a corporate lawyer in the 1980s and a bad person for most of her life. But she did one good thing. Because of this, the Good Place and the Bad Place argued over where Mindy should spend eternity. Because they couldn’t agree, the Medium Place was created just for Mindy.

Always surrounded by mediocrity, Mindy’s situation makes for hilarious television as viewers constantly see her in a somewhat desperate state of mind. At some point, it might be nice to see Mindy leave the Medium Place and join the rest of the gang on their adventures — if that’s even possible.

Janet To Interfere With Jason’s Life on Earth


Janet and Derek from The Good Place
Janet, seen here with Derek, played by Jason Mantzoukas.

Let’s face it – The Good Place would be nothing without the character of Janet. Her infinite knowledge as well as her ability to teleport makes her not only a unique character but a powerful one as well. After declaring her love for Jason in the Season 2 finale, we can’t wait to see how the characters interact going forward. Since Michael went to earth to interfere with Eleanor’s life, we’re reckoning that Janet will be able to do the same with Jason. Janet has rebooted so many times, gaining more and more knowledge each time, she probably has quite a few ideas for messing with his life up her sleeve.

Tahani’s Backstory and a Cheers Reunion


Tahani from The Good Place

Over the first two seasons, the character that’s grown the most is probably Tahani. At first somewhat annoying, she quickly won the heart of the audience. We’ve caught a glimpse of her backstory and her life before death, but we’d like to see more. The fact that she’s from an extremely rich family gives plenty of opportunity to show her in extravagant situations, surrounded by countless celebrities. She’s always bragging about her celebrity friends, so this would be the perfect way to add more guest stars to the show. Maya Rudolph. Adam Scott. Dax Shepard. The Good Place has already featured a batch of well-known cameos, so it’s safe to assume there will be more in Season 3.

We’d specifically like to see Shelley Long alongside Ted Danson again. And while we’re talking former Cheers co-stars, how about Kirstie Alley too, currently tearing it up as a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother in the UK? Perhaps Shelley and Kirstie could team up as architects for the Bad Place as well.

Michael’s Backstory


Michael from The Good Place

We already know Michael has several crazy powers. He can manipulate memories, alter reality, and much more. However, we’ve yet to see much of his backstory. He claims he has existed since the beginning of time, but is that truly the case or is that all he can remember? As with most things on The Good Place, we’re certain there’s much more to the story and Season 3 needs to give us more of it.

The Bad Place


Characters from The Good Place

There’s been a lot of talk about the Bad Place, but what if it’s really not that bad after all? What if Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Jason, and even Michael have been avoiding the Bad Place for no reason? In a twist typical of the show, we can see the Bad Place actually being an All Right Place – especially if the gang decides to all go together. Maybe a bad place is only bad if you don’t have your favourite people there with you. Have some of that Good Place philosophy to chew on.

Catch season three of The Good Place on NBC premiering Thursday, September 27 in the US. For the UK and Australia, the date is not yet confirmed.

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It was weird and pervy that Tyga was even into such a young Kylie Jenner in the first place, so you would think he’d try his best to just move on. Nope—Michael Ray Stevenson still has a lot to say about his ex.

The West Coast rapper called into Queen Radio on Thursday night and when Nicki Minaj asked whether or not he missed the lip kit millionaire, he responded “Nah. I’m good luv, enjoy.” He also told listeners he had a lot to do with why Jenner has been so successful. “You need black people to fu** with you ’cause you need culture,” he said. “I had a lot to do with all that.”

On another note, Tyga insisted he doesn’t have a problem with Jenner’s baby daddyTravis Scott, telling Nicki “We ain’t got no beef. It’s his time right now…You gotta let it ride. I ain’t got no beef with him.”

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For Nursing Home Patients, Breast Cancer Surgery May Do More Harm Than Good

Surgery is a mainstay of breast cancer treatment, offering most women a good chance of cure.

For frail nursing home residents, however, breast cancer surgery can harm their health and even hasten death, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery.

The results have led some experts to question why patients who are fragile and advanced in years are screened for breast cancer, let alone given aggressive treatment.

The study examined the records of nearly 6,000 nursing home residents who had inpatient breast cancer surgery the past decade. It found that 31 to 42 percent died within a year of the procedure. That’s significantly higher than the 25 percent of nursing home residents who die in a typical year, said Dr. Victoria Tang, lead author and an assistant professor of geriatrics and hospital medicine at the University of California-San Francisco.

Although her study doesn’t include information about the cause of death, Tang said she suspects that many of the women died of underlying health problems or complications related to surgery, which can further weaken older patients. Patients who were the least able to take care of themselves before surgery, for example, were the most likely to die within the following year. Dementia also increased the risk of death.

It’s unlikely that many of the deaths were due to breast cancer, which often grows slowly in the elderly, Tang said. Breast cancers often take a decade to turn fatal.

“When someone gets breast cancer in a nursing home, it’s very unlikely to kill them,” said study co-author Dr. Laura Esserman, director of the UCSF

breast cancer center. “They are more likely to die from their underlying condition.”

Yet most patients in the study got sicker and less independent in the year following breast surgery.

Among patients who survived at least one year, 58 percent suffered a serious downturn in their ability to perform “activities of daily living,” such as dressing, bathing, eating, using the bathroom or walking across the room.

Women in the study, who were on average 82 years old, suffered from a variety of life-threatening health problems even before being diagnosed with breast cancer. About 57 percent suffered from cognitive decline, 36 percent had diabetes, 22 percent had heart failure, 17 percent had chronic lung disease, and 12 percent had survived a heart attack.

The high mortality rate in the study is striking because breast surgery is typically considered a low-risk procedure, said Dr. Deborah Korenstein, chief of general internal medicine at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The paper provided an example of how sick, elderly people can suffer from surgery. An 89-year-old woman with dementia who underwent a mastectomy became confused after surgery and pulled off all her bandages. Health care workers had to restrain her in bed to prevent her from pulling off the bandages again. The woman died 15 months later of a heart attack.

Surgery late in life is more common than many realize. One-third of Medicare patients undergo surgery in the year before they die, according to a 2011 study in The Lancet. Eighteen percent of Medicare patients have surgery in their final month of life and 8 percent in their final week.

Nearly 1 in 5 women with severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease, get regular mammograms, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.

The new study leaves some important questions unanswered.

The paper didn’t include healthier nursing home residents who are strong enough to undergo outpatient surgery, said Dr. Heather Neuman, a surgeon and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. These women may fare better than those who are very ill.

Esserman and Tang said their findings suggest doctors need to treat breast cancer differently in very frail patients.

“People think, ‘Oh, a lumpectomy is nothing,’” Esserman said. “But it’s not nothing in someone who is old and frail.”

In recent years, doctors have tried to scale back breast cancer therapy to help women avoid serious side effects. In June, for example, researchers announced that sophisticated genetic tests can help predict which breast cancers are less aggressive, a finding that could allow 70 percent of patients to avoid chemotherapy.

The Medicare database used in this study didn’t mention whether any of the patients had chemotherapy, radiation or other outpatient care. So the UCSF researchers acknowledged that they can’t rule out the possibility that some of the women suffered complications due to these other therapies. In general, however, authors noted that only 6 percent of nursing home residents with cancer are treated with chemotherapy or radiation.

The authors said doctors should give very frail patients the option of undergoing less aggressive therapy, such as hormonal treatments. In other cases, doctors could offer to simply treat symptoms as they appear.

The new study raises questions about the value of screening nursing home residents for breast cancer, Korenstein said. Although the American Cancer Society hasn’t set an upper age limit for breast cancer screening, it advises women to be screened as long as they’re in good health and expected to live at least another decade.

Residents of nursing homes generally can’t expect to live long enough to benefit from breast screening, Korenstein said.

“It makes no sense to screen people in nursing homes,” Korenstein said. “The harms of doing anything about what you find are far going to outweigh the benefits.”


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LOS ANGELES — Most everyone has something to say, whether good or bad, about the Ed Hardy brand. Los Angeles streetwear brand Rose In Good Faith wants to add to the conversation and give people something new to talk about.
The label was tapped to work on a collaboration with the brand, well-known for its tattoo-inspired graphics seen on many a celebrity in the early aughts.
Rose in Good Faith aims for an elevated aesthetic for its Ed Hardy collaboration, which is being produced in downtown Los Angeles.
“You’re going to see a lot of elevation in the applications and the graphics,” said creative director Akiva Alpert, who founded Rose in Good Faith with David Teitelbaum in 2016. “You’re going to see a lot of eccentricities in the way the graphics are constructed, but I think when it comes to the garments themselves, it’s applying body modifications to the garments. It’s the idea of the clothing, the fabric in a sense, becoming a tattoo. We asked how can we push the envelope even further on something that isn’t just taking nostalgia, but actually stands on its own as being even more progressive and edgier than what came before.”
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Here Are the 10 Best Cities to Find Good Jobs in the Craft Beer Industry


If you love beer, working in the brewing industry isn’t just a delicious career decision, it’s a smart financial one.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people employed by U.S. breweries has more than doubled in the past decade, with a whopping 69,359 people making their living in beer-industry jobs in 2017. Similarly, the number of breweries in the U.S. has exploded over the past seven years and shows no signs of slowing. According to a report released by the Brewers Association, in 2017 the number of operating breweries in the U.S. reached 6,372, a 16% increase from the prior year.

Ready to hop into the thriving beer industry? Several unexpected places are emerging as brewing hot spots, offering jobs in production, sales and marketing, hospitality or operations. Perhaps most importantly, these 10 cities aren’t just great places to work in brewing, they’re great places to live.

Well drink to that. By the way, this list is not ranked.

1. Bend, Oregon

This scenic, beer-centric town boasts the highest number of microbreweries per capita in the nation. From skiing at Mt. Bachelor to rock climbing at Smith Rock to whitewater rafting on the Deschutes River, if you love the idea of spending your downtime in the great outdoors before heading to work at one of 26 local breweries, Bend might be the perfect place for you.

In 1988, Deschutes Brewery opened up as Bend’s first brewery. Bend Brewing Company, Cascade Lakes Brewery and Silver Moon Brewing would later follow, along with many others. With an economy primarily dependent on tourism and a wide array of breweries, a quick look at local employment sites reveals a multitude of job openings in Bend’s local beer industry.

2. Asheville, North Carolina

Located in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is known for its colorful music and arts scene and high concentration of niche brewers. It’s no surprise that Asheville is one of the 10 most popular cities for beer travelers, according to a 2017 report released by Foursquare. With a tourism-based economy, the city holds numerous events to celebrate its beloved beverage. Visitors enjoy the Brewgrass Festival, Beer City Festival, and Asheville Beer Week, to name a few.

The stunning juxtaposition of the vibrant urban setting and lush surrounding wilderness make Asheville perfect for the outdoor lover looking to brew. Leisure and hospitality make up 43.8% of the city’s total employment, and approximately 2,500 jobs are part of the brewing sector. With 35 breweries, jobs in the industry are plentiful and range from marketing to brewing to bartending.

3. Grand Rapids, Michigan

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With a population of approximately 196,000, this riverfront city located on the Grand River east of Lake Michigan was once known as the Furniture City. In more recent years, it has made a name for itself as a beer destination. Declared one of the Best Beer Cities by Livability.com, Declared one of the Best Beer Cities by Livability.com, the city features the Grand Rapids Beer City Trail, which boasts more than 80 brewers.

Combining beer with the local music and art scene, Grand Rapids offers the friendly, creative culture most beer aficionados dream of. If working as a brew tour guide, event coordinator, beverage steward or lead brewer sounds like a dream come true, head to Grand Rapids for a promising start.

4. Baltimore, Maryland

Packed with historic neighborhoods, museums and award-winning restaurants, Baltimore is an evolving harbor city. Despite its share of struggles, the city’s beer industry is rapidly growing. In just 10 years, it went from having under a dozen breweries to over 70.

Named one of the top five fastest growing markets in the country for craft beer sales in 2016, Baltimore is home to favorites like Flying Dog Brewery and DuClaw Brewing Co. During the same year, the Maryland craft beer industry created 6,441 jobs, making the area worth a close look for those looking to break into brewing.

5. Fort Collins, Colorado

Home to Colorado State University, half of Fort Collins’ population is under the age of 24, and they value their suds. Located in northern Colorado, this youthful town pulls its weight in the state’s beer industry. With over 20 breweries, it produces 70% of the state’s craft beer.

Even with its 300 days of sunshine and easy access to the beautiful Colorado wilderness, Fort Collins’ robust brewery scene stands out as one of the top reasons to move there. The city produces award-winning brews, like Funkwerks’ Oud Bruin, which was awarded a gold medal at the World Beer Cup — a biennial competition where 2,515 breweries from 66 countries compete.

6. Birmingham, Alabama

Once an industrial town, Birmingham now leads the nation in craft beer market share growth, making this Alabama city a perfect place for those looking to work in the beer industry while enjoying a laid-back Southern lifestyle.

Downtown Birmingham is experiencing a renaissance centered around the food and beverage industry. Breweries like Avondale Brewing have played a big role in the city’s revitalization and success. Alabama has gone from having two breweries just eight years ago to approximately 30 today — several of which are located in or near Birmingham. This location is perfect for the eager entrepreneur or the novice brewer who wants to play a part in the city’s rebirth as a national beer hub.

7. Anchorage, Alaska

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If you are looking for a state that makes big business out of craft beer, Alaska is your ideal home. It ranks No. 3 among states for gallons consumed per capita and seventh in breweries per capita. The beer industry contributed almost $ 36 million in wages and over 1,250 jobs to the Alaska economy in 2017 — and many of the most popular breweries are located in Anchorage.

This gateway city offers visitors and residents access to the state’s stunning wilderness areas. In addition to its vibrant food scene, Anchorage is home to seven of the state’s 35 breweries, including Anchorage Brewing Company and King Street Brewing.

8. Missoula, Montana

If spending your days in Big Sky Country and making craft beer away from the hustle and bustle of the big city sounds like an idyllic lifestyle, head to Missoula. With a population of 72,072, the city has seven independent breweries pouring carefully crafted potions .

Montana has 68 breweries that contribute $ 60 million a year to the economy, and Missoula’s three biggest breweries provide the greatest portion of that economic impact. Tourism is the cornerstone of this small town’s economy, and while outdoor adventure draws thousands of visitors to the area, Missoula’s craft beer scene is quickly becoming a main attraction.

9. Burlington, Vermont

Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state. With a solid reputation in the industry, Burlington is a good bet for those feeling extra cautious about switching or starting a new career. This town may only be home to 39,000 residents, but it’s been producing local beer  since Vermont Pub & Brewery opened in 1988. With Burlington’s 40-plus breweries, pubs, and drinking establishments, finding a job in the beer industry here should not be a difficult task.

A college town full of young students eager to drink, Burlington is also home to one of the nation’s largest brewers, Magic Hat. If starting your career in an area with a history of success in the industry and access to stunning lakes and breathtaking mountains sounds ideal, this location is perfect.

10. Vista, California

Located in northwestern San Diego County, Vista’s 101,659 residents are served by a whopping 15 breweries. Just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, its Mediterranean climate and year-round outdoor activities call to those who’ve been dreaming of some California sun without all of the stress that comes with life in LA or San Francisco.  

While visitors from all over the nation visit San Diego to enjoy its abundant sun and surfing, Vista draws beer lovers with its breweries and holds its own in craft-beer tourism. Move to this small city and you can ride the waves while making brews year-round.

Annette Benedetti is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier — one of her favorite places on earth.

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5 Good but Forgettable Anime You Should Check Out

Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve seen an anime somewhere before, but you don’t recall ever watching it? Don’t worry, it happens — and it isn’t your fault. Some anime receive a lot of hype before they premiere. But, once they finally do, the hype fizzles out. Whether it’s due to a flat storyline, boring characters, or just another series dominating the headlines, some shows simply don’t leave an impact on us — even when they’re good. So, here are five anime that are good but forgettable.

The Sky Crawlers


good but forgettable anime The Sky Crawlers

In an alternate world, there’s a war going on. But against whom and why isn’t known — even to those that put their lives on the line (known as “Kildren”). One such soldier is Yuuichi Kannami, a fighter pilot who gets assigned to a new battalion out in the country. While he’s never met this brigade or its commander, he gets a familiar feeling from them. It feels like he’s already met and built meaningful relationships with them.

Premiering in 2008, The Sky Crawlers dominated the Japanese box office and received critical acclaim for its soundtrack and storyline. However, the tale of genetically engineered fighter pilots didn’t seem to grab the attention of Western audiences — despite its artsy animation and eccentric screenplay about social criticism. Even big names like Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and Tomohiko Ishii (Eden of the East), who directed and produced the film respectively, couldn’t raise the popularity of this forgettable anime.

The Big O


good but forgettable anime The Big O

Forty years ago, something mysterious happened in Paradigm City that erased everyone’s memories. In the present day, we follow Roger Smith, a negotiator who owns a giant robot (called Megadeus) and tries to solve disputes between parties. Helping him are his butler, Norman Burg, and his human-like android assistant, R. Dorothy Wayneright. Together, they work to solve the 40-year-old mystery plaguing Paradigm City.

While a lot of anime stick to a traditional Japanese animation style, the creators of the series took a different approach. Studio Sunrise styled the anime after the American cartoon show Batman: The Animated Series. Its characters, landscape, and storyline even resemble those typically found in Gotham City. Although it’s a unique take on the mecha genre, Japanese audiences didn’t seem to love or even remember the series, which led to its cancellation and made it possible for shows like Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Cowboy Bebop to dominate the headlines. Thanks to a small group of fans, the series came back to wrap up the story. Too bad no one will remember it.

UN-GO


good but forgettable anime UN-GO

UN-GO takes place in post-war Japan where crime has grown rampant and many gruesome cases go unsolved. But despite the high crime rate, there are a few detectives that do their best to solve these cases. One of them is detective Shinjūrō Yūki, also known as the “The Defeated Detective,” who is always bested by his rival Rinroku Kaishō. Yūki along with his weird assistant Inga, investigate each crime but never get anywhere. Well, that’s the official line according to Kaishō. The truth is, Yūki and Inga always catch the criminal — thanks, in part, to Inga’s powers. Will these two ever get the recognition they deserve or will the title of Defeated Detective stay with Yūki forever?

The goal of many mystery anime is to grab and hold onto the audiences’ attention until the final episode. Unfortunately, UN-GO‘s storyline doesn’t possess that kind of captivating power. Its supernatural elements, enjoyable cast, and detective rivalry just weren’t enough to stand out in the small puddle that is the mystery genre.

Kado: The Right Answer


good but forgettable anime Kado: The Right Answer

One day, a mysterious giant cube materializes out of thin air and engulfs an airplane. The Japanese authorities try to identify the cube but to no avail. Luckily, one of their own, Koujirou Shindou, a government official and master negotiator is on board the plane. He meets the being behind the cube, Yaha-kui zaShunina, who materializes in the form of a human man. The being has a message for Earth: he wants to “advance” humanity, starting with Japan. Has this otherworldly entity come here to help or imprison us?

Using anime as a source of social commentary isn’t new. Series like Planetes and Perfect Blue have done it before — and successfully. Unfortunately, by the end of the series, Kado: The Right Answer went from an intelligent and mature take on negations to a space horror. Consequently, the anime dismissed its target audience of older viewers for a younger fan base, who also wasn’t interested in the series. This, sadly, left the now-unpopular anime with a small niche audience.

D-Frag!


good but forgettable anime D-Frag!

D-Frag! follows Kenji Kazama, Fujou High’s resident bad boy, who causes a lot of trouble along with his friends. But one day, it’s Kenji turn to be on the receiving end. When he spots a fire in the Game Creation Club, Kazama extinguishes it. However, instead of thanking Kazama for putting the fire out, the club’s members attack him and try to erase his memory to hide the incident. Luckily, the club’s president, Roka Shibasaki rescues him — but also coerces Kazama into joining the club.

Follow Kazama as he attempts to leave this crazy club and its members. Will he successfully escape, or will he have the time of his life?

Its colorful animation, lovable characters, and funny jokes make this series a great one to watch. Unfortunately, the sudden surge in popularity of the game genre resulted in anime titles, such as Recovery of an MMO Junkie and New Game!, that overshadowed the series, and it was quickly forgotten.

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Breastfeeding Is Good for Mom, Too

Most moms-to-be know that breastfeeding is good for babies. But did you know that breastfeeding is good for you, too?

Breastfeeding can speed your recovery after childbirth while reducing your risk of certain diseases. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1 to 7), we’re sharing five facts about the benefits of breastfeeding:

  1. Breastfeeding helps your body recover from pregnancy and childbirth. When your baby nurses, your brain releases oxytocin, which makes the uterus contract. As a result, breastfeeding moms usually experience less postpartum bleeding, and the uterus returns to its normal size more quickly.
  1. Breastfeeding helps you lose pregnancy weight by burning calories and fat cells stored in your body. That helps reduce future risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes that can be triggered by excess weight.
  1. Breastfeeding for six months or longer reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes by half. That’s according to a 2018 Kaiser Permanente study that followed 5,000 adults over 30 years. What’s more, “the incidence of diabetes decreased as breastfeeding duration increased,” said lead author Erica P. Gunderson, PhD.
  1. Breastfeeding may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a June 2017 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study found that women who breastfed for 12 months had about a 10 percent lower risk of heart disease or stroke later in life.
  1. Breastfeeding is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. A 2002 study found that, for every 12 months of breastfeeding, a woman’s breast cancer risk decreased by 4.3 percent. Women who breastfed for 6 months or more were also 37 percent less likely to have a recurrence of the disease, according to a 2015 Kaiser Permanente study.


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Kaiser Permanente recommends that babies get nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life and continue to breastfeed for at least a year. But the decision to breastfeed is highly personal and may not be possible for all women for a range of personal and medical reasons.

Many new moms struggle with breastfeeding at first, so we offer help every step of the way. That includes breastfeeding classes during pregnancy, plenty of bonding time with your baby in the hospital, personalized support from our nurses and lactation experts, and ongoing support once you’re home.

This comprehensive approach has helped make Kaiser Permanente a leader in supporting breastfeeding. One measure of this is our high rate of “exclusive breastfeeding” (meaning that infants receive only breast milk ― no other liquids or solids) during the hospital stay.

The national average for exclusive breastfeeding is 52 percent according to The Joint Commission. But at Kaiser Permanente hospitals, 75 percent of babies born in 2017 were exclusively breastfed, putting us in the top 10 percent nationwide.

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KitchenAid might be the most recognizable name when it comes to stand mixers, but it’s hardly the only game in town. Rivals have gotten so much better in recent years, and some stand mixers offer features and performance that are just as good as the KitchenAid model everyone knows and loves, but at much lower prices. Case in point: today’s Amazon deal of the day. You can get a Comfee 2.6Qt Die Cast 7-in-1 Multi Function Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with SUS Mixing Bowl for just $ 49.99, today only. That’s $ 110 off this model’s full retail price, and it’s a deal you’d have to be crazy to pass up.

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Henry Cavill Explains How To Look Good In A Suit When You’re Built Like Superman

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The sauce is first step to making really good mac and cheese

Mac and cheese is one of the most delicious foods on earth, but it’s actually more difficult than you might think to make at home. If you just add a bunch of shredded cheese to a pot of pasta, you’ll most likely end up with a weird, gloopy mess that hardens into a rock as soon as it cools down….

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Towards the end of his life, there was a moment at an All Things D conference where Steve Jobs was explaining his bullishness on iPads. He was going on about how “customers are smart,” and if Apple just makes a seductively simple, useful tablet that consumers like, they’ll buy them. “And if they don’t (like them), they wont.”

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Coffee is Good for Breast Cancer and You

Coffee has actual health benefits, and may even protect against breast cancer recurrence, a recent study out of Sweden has found. No, this message is not sponsored by Starbucks, which will no doubt benefit as well. Health Benefits Coffee comes from a bean, or a whole plant source, which means …

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Somebody thought a politics-free version of ‘SNL’ in China sounded like a good idea

China Saturday Night Live

Almost as soon as you learn that NBCUniversal licenses a version of Saturday Night Live to be produced locally in China with help from the Alibaba-owned video site Youku — and that said local Chinese version of SNL actually started airing a few weeks ago – you may find yourself wondering about, let’s say, aspects of the arrangement.

Like, what the writers’ room is like. Or if they even have a writers’ room. And if they do, what’s it like to come up with a sketch for a show that leans heavily on political satire in the U.S. — indeed, where a centerpiece lately has been endless lampooning of President Trump — but which can have none of that in the Middle Kingdom.

It’s like with anything, apparently — you make do. In a Communist Party-ruled land with powerful censors, you come up with skits like this to tickle the ol’ funny bone: In one, per Quartz, news anchors downplay China’s soccer team not qualifying for the World Cup because — why else? — the team is “too good.”

In another, the words to a hit song are changed from “dancing in the waves” to “let’s keep playing computer games.” The show — the first episode of which was watched nearly 100 million times, according to this report — also ran with a sketch that seemed inspired by a version of one from the American SNL. In this one, a restaurant customer complains about crayfish being dirty, which kicks off a song-and-dance number performed by people wearing crustacean costumes.

NBCUniversal actually licenses more than half a dozen international versions of SNL in places like France, as well as the Middle East. When NBC announced this deal for a Chinese version last year, it was understood from the outset there likely wouldn’t be any comedians ribbing Chinese president Xi Jinping. And it’s not just politics — Chinese TV shows are also forbidden from including some of the more risque humor that makes its way into a typical SNL episode.

According to one Chinese news company, the first hour-long “SNL China” episode included things like an opening monologue and music performances. But it was taped in advance and stuck to “safer topics” like the World Cup, pop music and food.

“Out of the 177 people that rated SNL China on review platform Douban, more than 60% gave the show less than three stars out of five, which is generally considered a poor score,” reads that news report from the company Caixin. “Many commented that the jokes were ‘dry’ and ’embarrassing.'”

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Does good attendance equal good grades?

Studies of classroom attendance patterns in undergraduate students have shown that attendance and performance go hand in hand — attending class is the key to reaping the rewards of academic achievement. However, many of these studies were completed before the explosion of online learning.
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There’s No Good Reason For Scott Pruitt to Still Have A Job

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Scott Pruitt is a wart on the Trump administration—an embarrassment so comically corrupt that it’s become impossible to keep track of all the investigations into his unscrupulousness.

Scott Pruitt is also teetering. And if the president had any long term strategic vision, he would recognize that a reckoning is coming for his EPA chief—an inglorious final fall from grace—and that Pruitt’s exodus will ultimately be good for his administration.

Everyone else sees this. Pruitt’s traditional allies are fleeing. In recent days, Senator Joni Ernst said that Pruitt is “about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C. And if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own Cabinet.” Fox News Research has calculated Pruitt’s lavish spending, and dubbed his EPA the “(E)xpensive (P)ruitt (A)gency.” Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York and Tim Carney are calling him out.

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The Weekend Reset: Bad news for Bonobos, good news for your taste buds and new music that is worth the wait.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

READ: Is Bonobos now damaged goods?

If Wal-Mart believed snatching up one of the most beloved men’s fashion brands would be a good thing for both concerns, they were wrong. In fact, it would seem a couple of recent purchases have not played out well for all involved. Thanks to Dappered reader Bill N. for posting this in the threads. You know about threads, right?

 

STREAM: The beautiful game is not just a FIFA thing.

While most soccer fans are gearing up for the World Cup later this year, a different gathering of teams from around the word are gathering right now in London for CONIFA World Football Cup 2018. Conifa stands for The Confederation of Independent Football Associations. Or, basically, regions of the world and nations that don’t fit into FIFA’s framework. Places like: Tibet, Cascadia, Barawa and Cyprus. Soccer truly is a sport played around the world and it is always interesting learning about the different cultures that share a love for the game. The tournament kicks off this weekend in London and you can should be able to stream it here (not sure about US rights though?) and learn more here. Thanks to Joe for passing this my way.

 

EAT: Summer’s secret culinary weapon? It’s a condiment.

I just got back from a memorial Day Weekend excursion to my favorite mountain retreat. While we are off the grid, we always eat well. My host is a fantastic cook and I’m still thinking about the salads and grilled proteins we enjoyed. The common denominator in these dishes was a balsamic glaze that elevated everything it dressed. It makes a big impact on everyday dishes and while you can easily make it yourself, it’s readily available at most good grocery stores. This is a good place to start if you’re looking for a way to use it and make it for yourself.

 

LISTEN: Snow Patrol made us wait 7 years for this. It was worth it.

Gary Lightbody is Snow Patrol’s de facto front man. And he had a very bad stretch of years since the band released 2011’s Fallen Empires. He has been open with his struggles with alcohol and depression and it played no small role in the making of this album. Which, by the way, is nowhere near depressing. It is, however, grand in places, lighthearted in others, and absolutely stuffed with the elements which has brought the band so many fans.

 

WATCH: You should probably be afraid of the dark.

To this day Near Dark remains one of my favorite genre movies. Kathryn Bigelow would go on to directs movies like Point Break, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and her most recent, Detroit, but Near Dark was only her 2nd film. And it got noticed. The cast makes the movie, with attention stealing performances from Bill Paxton and Lance Henricksen, perfect 80’s period piece soundtrack from Tangerine Dream and a bona-fide love story to boot. Did I mention it’s one of my favorite vampire flicks? No? It is.

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North Koreans to meet Trump; ‘good progress’ toward summit

NEW YORK (AP) — A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting “good progress” in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit.
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Do you follow good dental hygiene by visiting the dentist every six months, brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once daily? If not, you may be surprised to know that poor oral health habits can be associated with serious medical conditions. As the American Congress of …

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ABC Expands ‘Good Morning America,’ Cancels ‘The Chew’

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NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s “Good Morning America” is expanding to a third hour — and swallowing “The Chew” to make room.

The network said Wednesday the new third hour will air at 1 p.m. Eastern, which is often the spot for the cooking show. “GMA” starts at 7 a.m.

“The Chew” has aired for seven seasons. ABC didn’t reveal when the third hour of “GMA” will begin, but said “The Chew” episodes will air as planned until September.

 

 

Says Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television: “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”

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It’s that time of year again when Moda Operandi has its huge friends-and-family sale, and this year, the retailer is offering 40% off for four days only. The sale starts on May 11 and goes through May 15, so if there’s something you’ve been eyeing on the site, we suggest you snatch it up before it’s too late. Use the code FRIENDS40 at checkout to score the best deals on some of the most coveted designer goods.

As if that description wasn’t enough of an enticement, I went ahead and shopped out a handful of some of the sale items I’m currently deciding between. When you have brands like Attico, Brock Collection, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh all on major discount, you know you’re about to be in for a painful shopping decision. Good luck! 

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Jameela Jamil on the #IWeigh movement and finding her own Good Place

As a T4 presenter, her sardonic wit used to make Sunday hangovers bearable. Now, Jameela Jamil is using her new role as a US comedy queen to kick-start a body positivity movement.

‘What you’re trying to say is, “What the fuck am I doing here?”’ says Jameela Jamil, with a laugh down the phone from LA. I’ve been scrambling around for a tactful way of saying how surprising it was to see the British presenter and DJ pop up all of a sudden on an American sitcom. And not just any sitcom, Parks And Recreation creator Michael Schur’s The Good Place, one of the smartest and buzziest comedies to come out of the US in years.

Jamil just assumes every other actress in LA with the casting call requirement – a British woman of Pakistani descent – ‘must have died’ when her manager sent her to audition for the role of brilliant-awful socialite Tahani in The Good Place. A year earlier, she had left London after a breast-cancer scare gave her the push she needed to quit her Radio 1 job and relocate to Hollywood to pursue a long-held ambition of comedy writing – ‘so I would know that by the time I was 30, I had grabbed life by its balls’.

With no acting experience, she thought the audition would be, at best, an interesting experience and an opportunity to meet Schur, a comedy writing legend. Schur had different ideas and signed Jamil up to a seven-year contract. ‘You don’t presume that life could be so ridiculous that you would start a new career at 30 years old… as an actress,’ she says.

But it’s not just Jamil’s reinvention as a comedy star that’s drawing headlines. With The Good Place going into its third season, the former presenter is also using her mushrooming platform to air some undiluted views about feminism and body image.

Earlier this year, a searing blog post she wrote about consent following the Aziz Ansari furore (‘women must learn that no is a right, not a privilege’) went viral. Shortly after that she became so incensed by an Instagram post showing the Kardashian family with their corresponding weights that she kick-started a new body positivity movement, inviting women to share their real ‘weight’ (for instance, ‘I weigh: lovely relationship,  great friends, wonderful husband, financial independence’). The Instagram account @I_Weigh now has 26k followers. You get the sense this is just the tip of the iceberg…

You went into The Good Place with no acting experience. How did you style it out?
‘I think you can see in the first three episodes that I don’t really know what the fuck I’m doing! But spending 16 hours a day with talented actors [Ted Danson and Kristen Bell], you learn what to do by osmosis.’

Were you nervous?
‘Well, all of the jobs I’ve ever done I’ve never been prepared for. I didn’t know after my first audition that I’d end up on T4, and I didn’t think after one audition I would get my own show on Radio 1. I got very, very lucky, but I was also thrown massively into the deep end. There’s no time to think about how scared you are.’

How did the expectations of starring in a US sitcom measure up to the reality?
‘It’s a much bigger beast than I could have imagined. I’ve been on TV for ten years, but English budgets are so much smaller – you can find yourself pissing in a ditch on location. I wasn’t prepared for having my own trailer with a fake fireplace in it. And the catering! I’m not one to worry about gaining weight, but my costumes were fitted a month before filming and all the food here is laced with corn syrup – so I sort of ate my way out of all my clothes. It was stressful for the costume department.’

Your character Tahani in The Good Place is a former London socialite. Did you model her on anyone specific?
‘Oh, for sure. All the London socialites! Any time I DJed at a party, the people who would turn up have bled into Tahani. It was fun to exercise the things that annoyed me about some people I’ve met… who I won’t name [laughs]. It’s also great showing a different side of English people to the ones who normally appear on American sitcoms – that oppressed passive aggression we’re so good at.’

Tahani is an excessive name-dropper. Do you have any great name drops of your own from living in LA?
‘I did get to meet Jay-Z, as he worked with my boyfriend [the musician James Blake]. He was very sweet and professional.’

Who was your favourite interviewee?
‘Mariah Carey. She starts with confidence, moves past arrogance and then goes straight into legend. I loved her.
I also had to give Kim Kardashian a manicure once on T4. I’m terrible with anything to do with beauty and she’d just had a thousand dollar manicure that I then destroyed.’

‘I had the ability to urinate on my own taken away from me for a year. My brother had to carry me [to the bathroom] to wee.’

The #IWeigh campaign has really gathered steam. Have you been moved by the response?
‘Yeah, I’ve actually cried several times from the things women have written to me! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long, but couldn’t work out how to do it. I’ve been talking about body positivity for ten years now – when I first started, then when I gained all that weight at Radio 1 because I was on steroids for asthma. It’s been quite heartbreaking too, as I’ve received thousands of messages from women saying they’d love to take part in the campaign, but can’t find anything nice to say about themselves. You think, “God, you’re so polluted by this idea of not being good enough because someone told you you’re not.”’

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You were in a car accident when you were 17 and told you might not walk again. Do you think the process of watching your body then fully recover made you feel we should all be kinder to ourselves?
‘For sure. It’s a big part of why I don’t ever get facials or manicures. I had the ability to urinate on my own taken away from me for a year. My brother had to carry me [to the bathroom] to wee. There’s something about being able to finally function by myself, to be given the gift of carrying on with life, that is so sacred to me. When I was lying there being told I might not be able to walk again on my own, I wasn’t thinking about what my body had looked like my whole life, I was thinking about my life in its entirety.’

Are there things you give less of a toss about now you’re in your thirties?
‘I continue to use age as a gateway to perspective. When I was younger, I used to only be able to stand up for other people, but now I’m good at saying no. I’ve [also] made a lot of changes, unfollowed toxic people on Instagram. That’s something I’d urge women much younger than me to do. I wish I’d learned to do that years ago, but I’ve definitely toughened up with age.’

Jameela Jamil’s #IWeigh campaign can be found on Instagram under @I_Weigh.

Seasons one and two of The Good Place are available on Netflix

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How to stop robocalls for good

Junk calls and robocalls are now completely out of control. If you’re looking for ways to stop them, we’ve got some options for you.

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Learn how to stop robocalls with these free and pay services

For a number of years, junk calls were not a hassle for people. The National Do Not Call Registry worked well for a while. Legitimate companies were generally very complaint and the violations that did occur were rare. Those that did violate the law were subject to heavy fines.

Then suddenly, in the last couple of years, the number of junk calls started climbing. By some accounts, nearly 31 billion robocalls were placed in 2017.

Why the sudden spike in robocalls and junk calls? It’s because the technology exists that allows criminals to make unlimited calls — virtually for free — to every single number established in North America, including the U.S., Canada and many parts of the Caribbean.

From there, it’s a numbers game for the crooks. They only need a small fraction of the number of people they call to believe the pitch and send them their hard-earned money.

So what can you do? You have to fight technology with technology.

Free services and apps: Nomorobo, Youmail and Hiya

Nomorobo is a free service that boasts of having stopped nearly a quarter of a billion robocalls!

You can also put the kibosh on robocalls with Youmail and Hiya, both of which are free.

The latter uses an algorithm that determines if there is a phone number making thousands of brief phone calls. Additionally, app users can submit a community report that warns others if a certain phone number is fraudulent.

Some wireless carriers offer free robocall blocking, too

T-Mobile, in cooperation with Hiya, has made great strides in blocking robocalls.

AT&T, meanwhile, was an early mover in this space. Back in 2016, AT&T released its Call Protect app — a free mobile app that automatically vets incoming calls to make sure they’re not associated with robocall scams.

Pay services from Verizon, RoboKiller

Verizon has similar capabilities, but unfortunately charges its customers $ 2.99 a month for them.

Also on the pay front, RoboKiller uses artificial intelligence to tie up the junk phone callers trying to rip you off.

This service, which costs $ 2.99 a month, analyzes the first few seconds of your incoming calls to make sure noise patterns indicative of humans (not machines) are detected. Their system also uses whitelist and blacklist filtering, much like your e-mail at work, so you can whitelist a number like your child’s school that may send out robocalls with closing-related info.

There is a low-tech solution

Ultimately, the best solution may be the low-tech one. If you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer — period!

If it is somebody whose call you should have taken, you’ll usually get a voicemail within seconds. Then, you can listen and call them back.

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20 Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers On Living The Good Life

What does it mean to live a “good life”? Whether it’s traveling to an exotic destination, living debt-free, waking up at 5 a.m. to meditate, or simply having the freedom to plan your day—living the good life is all about your perspective. Here are 20 of the best motivational and inspirational quotes by black influencers, including some of our favorite writers, performers, entrepreneurs, and more.

20 of the Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes by Black Influencers

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Focus on solutions. Focus on gratitude and everything that you have working in your advantage. Understand that as a creative you are not limited to artistic expressions of creativity. Get creative with ways to generate more money. You can wallow in sorrow or get to creating solutions, both take energy and it’s up to you to decide which one you want to put your energy into.” Tonya Rapley, Millennial money expert and founder of My Fab Finance.

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Release and detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition, and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in your life. All things have a season, and all seasons must come to an end. Choose a new season, filled with purposeful thoughts and activities.” ―Iyanla Vanzant, Life Coach and Inspirational Speaker

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Fenty Beauty)

 

“I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.” ―Rihanna, Singer and Philanthropist, on her new lingerie line

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Ain’t that just like D. Wade)

“I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is to not really worry what people will say or think about what you wear. You have to wear what feels good on you, what you feel comfortable in. And I’ve just learned to not really care.” ―Dwyane Wade, NBA Champion

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“All the people in your life are truly doing the best they can with what they have. People can only love you to the capacity that they are able to love themselves. They can only forgive and embrace you to the capacity that they are able to forgive and embrace themselves. They can only give you what they have the capacity to give. You may think that you deserve more, and you may be correct. But that means nothing if a person simply doesn’t have the ability to give it to you.” ―Lisa Nichols, Author of “No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love”

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of “We Should All Be Feminists”

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

Strength isn’t always shown by what you can hold on to, but sometimes it’s shown in what you can let go of.” ―Trent Shelton, Motivational Speaker

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.” Kerry Washington, Actress
 

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Until we forgive ourselves, we will always see ourselves through the shattered pieces of the dreams we can no longer have. Nothing can be seen clearly through broken pieces: no future, no hope, no faith, no love is capable of being seen properly until we admit that we are driving on a flat tire. We have to stop believing that just because we are damaged we are irreparably broken.” ―Sarah Jakes, Author of “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life”

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Avoid being your own enemy.”  Eric Thomas, Motivational Speaker and Author

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I am not asking everyone to be activists. I am not asking everyone to march on the front lines. I am not asking every writer, public figure, or celebrity to lead social movements. I am not asking them to make speeches on how they have a dream. I am, however, challenging people not to stay silent as the world crumbles. You do not have to yell. Even a whisper of truth matters in an echo chamber of lies.” ―Luvvie Ajayi, Author of “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual”

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

“Your definition of a good life does not have to look like everyone else thinks it should. Whatever feels right for you, whatever aligns your inside with your outside, that’s what you should spend your time doing.” —G.G. Renee Hill, Coach, Author, and Blogger of “All the Many Layers”  

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” —Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Ordinary can’t possibly be extraordinary without taking risk. You have to learn to be uncomfortable with being comfortable to truly reach your highest potential.” Necole Kane, Founder of xoNecole 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

“People always ask me how I did (do) it….you know what’s the strategy? My answer is pretty simple: I just do what feels good. Key word: DO. That’s just past ‘thinking about it’ and way past ‘asking others’ what I should do.” Myleik Teele, Founder of CurlBOX

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Instagram)

“There is no happiness without action. There is no love without passion. There is no success without vision.” —Rob Hill Sr., Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, and Philanthropist

 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Leadership reputations are made or lost in times of crisis.” —Former American Express CEO Ken Chenault 

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“I believe you can speak things into existence.” —Jay-Z, Entertainment Music Mogul

 

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

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“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” —Former First Lady Michelle Obama

 

Best Motivational and Inspirational Quotes From Black Influencers

(Facebook)

 

“I’ve never chased money. It’s always been about what I can do to motivate and inspire people.” —Tyler Perry, Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer, and Author

 

Janice Bryant Howroyd

(Twitter)

 

“Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.” —Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO of The ACT-1 Group

 

 

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

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

via TMZ:

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

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

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

Check out the video below.

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Xfinity Mobile unlimited plans

Comcast recently started offering its own wireless service under the brand of Xfinity Mobile. The actual mobile service is provided by Verizon, and the plans are surprisingly cheap and flexible. We’ve said before that Xfinity Wireless is a good deal for Comcast subscribers, and as it turns out, it’s such a good deal that Comcast is losing money.

In its latest earnings report, Comcast posted a $ 189 million loss for Xfinity Mobile, despite adding 196,000 new subscribers in the quarter. Analysts expected the loss — they actually expect Comcast to burn through $ 1.2 billion in the first 18 months — but this loss exceeded expectations.

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Segregation Was Never Good For Black People. Not Even A Little Bit [Opinion]

Segregation was never good for black people. We were not better off during Jim Crow. Not even a little bit. Those who wax nostalgically about how we thrived during segregation and leveraged it to our economic advantage to support and sustain healthy, strong black communities are just straight-up wrong.
We need to stop romanticizing life for African Americans before integration. The overwhelming majority of black people were trapped in abject poverty (or at best, a fragile subsistence), locked out of nearly every profession or industry where they could gain access to significant income and wealth, regardless of their level of education or social-economic status. We were also excluded from Wall Street and other centers of capital and investment. (In fact, for much of America’s history prior to integration, not only could we not acquire stock and commodities—we were counted as livestock ourselves). As recently as the 1950s, the rare African American with a Ph.D. could hope for no better than a job as a teacher or minister.
And the great black entrepreneurs in the age of segregation operated with absolutely zero legal protection or civil rights, essentially deprived of any legal means of protecting their assets/wealth. Laws both civil and criminal were set up so that white people could take property, money, land, etc. from black people with impunity. And what they couldn’t take, they would destroy—the devastating 1921 race riot that destroyed Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” is the best known, but far from the only example of this truth. Countless black people, including (maybe especially) the educated and relatively wealthy—including many WWI veterans who tasted freedom in Europe—were lynched (concurrent with the establishment and rise of the Ku Klux Klan) in order to eliminate them as a source of economic competition and as a way to use terror to keep blacks “in their place.”
The vast majority of people who talk today about how much better off black people were during segregation have lived most, if not all of their lives, in the post-segregation era. I’ve interviewed many people who actually lived through Jim Crow segregation (most are now in their 80s or 90s or older), including my late grandfather, who died at age 97 in 2008 less than six months before Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. presidency. I can’t remember any of them wishing to go back to the way things were during segregation. Today, we operate with unequal protection and access as black people; they operated with zero protection and access. If any of us black people born after 1960 were magically transported back to 1921, 1931 or even 1951, most of us wouldn’t last a month.
No matter how much we struggle with injustice and racism today, our better is in pushing forward, not going back to a nostalgic, selectively imagined, segregated past.
Editor’s Note: Opinion pieces are solely the opinions of the author and not representative of Black Enterprise.

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Prescriptions for opioids dropped 12 percent in 2017, believed to be the biggest decline in nearly 25 years.
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Here’s yet another good reason to never use Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer hacking patch

If you or any of your loved ones are still using Internet Explorer — and yes, I do mean true IE, not Microsoft Edge — then you probably already realize that you’re a good 15 years behind the times. But if you need a good nudge to get you (or your company’s IT department) off this addiction before it ruins more good families, this news should do it.

A hacking group is actively exploiting a zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer to infect Windows PCs with malware, according to researchers. A team from Qihoo 360’s Core security unit “say an advanced persistent threat (APT) group is using the IE vulnerability on a “global scale,” according to ZDNet. The vulnerability is being exploited using an infected Office document, loaded with something called a “double-kill” vulnerability.

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BRAZIL: Good Fiscal Policy Helps Central Bank, But Not Essential – Goldfajn

Although adequate fiscal policy eases the work of the Brazilian Central Bank, monetary policy can act without great restrictions even when the fiscal side is inadequate, said the monetary authority’s governor, Ilan Goldfajn, during an International Monetary Fund (IMF) session.
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What is a ‘good’ credit card?

Asking the question, “What is a good credit card?” is kind of like asking “What is a good car?” as the answer will always depend on who you are and what you are using it for. A good car for a large family might be a minivan, while a compact might be the right car for solo commuter.

So let’s look at a few of the different types of credit card users and get a sense for what a “good” credit card would be for each.

People who are new to credit cards

Students, young adults, recent immigrants and anyone else who is new to credit cards will have different needs than others who have been using them for many years. First, you’ll want a simple card with low rates and fees, as your goal will be to learn how to use a credit card responsibly while incurring as few costs as possible.

You might start with the place where you already hold a checking or savings account. Nearly every bank and credit union offers credit cards, and most will have a simple card with no annual fee and no rewards. And when you need to make a payment, it’s simply a matter of transferring funds between accounts. You don’t have to create a new login or learn how to manage your account on a new website.

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Credit cards for getting out of debt

If you have credit card debt, a good credit card will be one that helps you to pay it off as soon as possible. Many cards offer 0% APR promotional financing for balance transfers. When you transfer your existing balances to one of these new cards, you can avoid interest charges during the promotional financing period. In fact, you can even pay off your debt more quickly, as 100% of your payments will go towards the principal, not interest charges.

A good credit card for this purpose will have an interest-free promotional financing offer that lasts at least 12 months, while the best will extend to 15 or even 18 months. You also need to look at the balance transfer fee, which is usually 3% of the amount transferred. However, some cards have fees of as much as 5%, and there are a few rare cards with no balance transfer fees at all.

Cards for rebuilding credit

If you’ve experienced job loss, divorce or major medical bills, you might have come away from it with bad credit. And if you’ve gone through bankruptcy, foreclosure or just a long string of unpaid loans, then you definitely need to rebuild your credit. A good credit card can be a tool to rebuild your credit, but only if you manage it responsibly by always paying your bills on-time and carrying little, if any, debt.

First and foremost, a good credit card to rebuild your credit will allow you to open an account, even with your bad credit. There are two types of credit cards available if you have bad credit: subprime cards and secured cards. A subprime card may be from a bank with an obscure name, or perhaps one that’s meant to sound kind of like a major bank that you’ve heard of. It will have very high interest rates and numerous fees, while offering you few benefits and a very small line of credit.

I would avoid these cards and focus on a secured card instead.

Secured cards work just like any other credit card, but they require you to pay a refundable security deposit before opening your account. The size of your deposit becomes your credit limit, and the security deposit is only used if you default. Like any other credit card, you’ll receive a monthly statement and must make the minimum payment. After a year of on-time payments, most secured card holders find that they can qualify for a standard, unsecured card and will have their deposit refunded. The best secured cards will be offered by a reputable bank that can eventually offer you an unsecured card. And, best of all, many of these top secured cards have no annual fee.

Earning rewards

When you always avoid interest charges by paying your statement balances in full, then you should be earning as many rewards and benefits as possible. The best card for you will depend on how you use your cards and its rewards. Frequent travelers will want a card that offers them airline miles, hotel points or other rewards that they can use for free trips. At the same time, a good travel card will also feature perks like free checked bags, hotel room upgrades and travel insurance policies.

Others might find the most value in a cash-back credit card that offers rewards that can be used to pay for anything. Some cash back cards will offer a high level of cash back on all purchases, like 1.5% or even 2%. Others can offer bonuses of as much as 5% on some purchases, but only 1% elsewhere. And when it comes to reward credit cards, the one with the lowest annual fee might not be the best. If you can receive hundreds of dollars of rewards and benefits, it may be worth paying an annual fee.

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One last thing

For millions of Americans, there’s no good credit card for their needs. If you’re unable to pay your bills on time, or you use your credit card to incur debt, then you should be using another form of payment like cash or a debit card (though you should be wary of when and where you use a debit card). Also, if you find yourself spending more money on a credit card then you would have spent with cash, then it’s also the wrong method of payment for you.

All credit card users should strive to pay their balance in full, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting that you can’t do this, and using another form of payment instead. By considering how you will use your credit cards, you can ultimately decide the right card for your needs.

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Cheater’s cashew chicken: So easy, so good

by

Lindsay Weiss

posted in Life

I have never posted this because it’s really not even a recipe. But I make it almost weekly (it’s one of the kids’ favorites) so I figured it might come in handy in your rotation too.

I should point out that there are plenty of NON-CHEATING recipes for cashew chicken, where you actually make the delicious sauce yourself, but when time is short and you don’t want fast food, this is our go-to.

There are two secrets to this “recipe”:

1. Get your chicken breasts at the meat counter and have the butcher chop them into bite-sized pieces for you. It saves so much time and gross-ness.

2. Buy a bottled sauce that’s good. We love PF Chang’s Teriyaki sauce which is sold in the regular grocery store.

Cheater’s Cashew Chicken

3-4 chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces
1 bottle teriyaki sauce
1 cup cashew pieces
Rice, broccoli, or whatever you want on the side

Drizzle a large saute pan with olive oil and cook chicken pieces over medium heat until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Drizzle with sauce and cashews and stir to combine.

I usually blanch the broccoli while the chicken is cooking. Add broccoli to boiling water for 3-5 min. Drain and rinse with cold water. Stir with a little butter and salt.

Embarrassingly easy, right?

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Comics on Film: Why No News About ‘The Batman’ Is Good News

Comics on Film: Why No News About 'The Batman' Is Good News

Given today's climate of constant news, speculation and commentary concerning our favorite characters at the movies, sometimes it can be frustrating when all of the theories and and ideas ultimately go unrequited. Some fans even find themselves panicking at the lack of new developments concerning their favorite franchises and characters, thinking that the old adage just doesn't hold true. Instead, they think "no news is bad news."

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What is it that makes hummus so good?

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Hummus has been popping up everywhere over the last several years – from hot dog stands and restaurants to your local grocery store. Made popular by companies such as Sabra, Tribe, and Cedar, hummus is absolutely taking over America’s culinary pallet. But what is it? And why do we like it so much?

From our beginnings

Hummus is a dish which has been eaten for thousands of years around the eastern Mediterranean basin. Made by crushing garbanzo beans and mixing it with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt, this dip has been a food staple in the Levant (IE Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel) since humans first left Africa. As humans spread around the globe, they kept garbanzo bean seeds with them, planting them all over what is now Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans as well. That could be one of the reasons why we love it so much – as our ancient ancestors traversed the Mediterranean planes, this was what they ate. Maybe we all have some imprint in our genes to love hummus!

So many types!

The American hummus industry has been booming as of late, and the main companies producing the stuff have definitely been keeping track of what US consumers like and updating their recipes for this ancient food staple to keep up with modern tastes. Today, you can get red pepper hummus, chipotle style hummus, spinach and artichoke hummus, and even Tuscan herb hummus. You would never find most of these hummus flavors in the Middle East or Mediterranean basin. But what makes these flavors amazing (besides the taste of course) is the fact that now the United States has its own hummus with a distinctly American flair and flavor.

It’s pretty healthy for you

In terms of health, the worst part of hummus is actually the bread you dip it in! The actual paste itself is quite healthy for you. Because it’s so full of protein, your brain gets signals telling you that you are full quicker, enabling you to watch yourself if you are prone to overeating. It also contains a ton of folates which help in healthy cell reproduction, something which some scientists say helps defend against cancer. Additionally, if you are trying to cut meat out of your diet, hummus is a great vegan alternative!

So many ways to eat it

Hummus isn’t just a chip dip where you take a tiny chip and put a tiny amount of hummus on it. In the Middle East, hummus is actually a meal while the rest is just a side! And while you may want to dip carrot sticks or pretzels or cucumbers into your hummus (still very tasty), in the Levant they do it differently. In those countries, people take a fork or a piece of pita or even a piece of white onion and literally scoop it up! We’re not talking about a small little bit inside either, but actually use them like shovels to scoop up the hummus into their mouths! In Hebrew for instance, this method of eating is called “l’nagev,” meaning “wiping.” Why such a weird name? Because you’re supposed to use the bread to wipe up every last bit up from the plate!

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There’s a Good Chance Game of Thrones Fans Will Never See This Character Again

Although Lord Edmure Tully hasn’t been seen on Game of Thrones since Jaime Lannister used him a pawn to conquer Riverrun, it seemed as though fans may still learn his fate in the show’s final season. However, according to Tobias Menzies—who played Catelyn Stark’s doltish younger brother—the chances of Edmure returning aren’t looking too good.

During a recent interview with Digital Spy, Menzies was asked whether his character is still spending his days locked away in the Frey’s dungeon since Arya Stark used her face-swapping skills to massacre the entire Frey family. “The honest answer is, I have no idea,” he replied. “He’s obviously somewhere in a prison, he’s still around alive somewhere. They’re pretty stingy with their information and I’ve not heard anything from them.”

There’s always the chance that Menzies is giving fans the ol’ Kit Harington run-around. However, considering the rest of the cast has been filming season eight for quite some time, if he is telling the truth, that’s probably a wrap on Edmure.

But not to worry, Menzies is still going to be gracing our television screens: Netflix announced Wednesday that the 44-year-old actor is set to take over the role of Prince Phillip from Matt Smith in season three of The Crown.


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Like Trump or Not, Here’s How the New Tax Laws are Good and Bad for Black Small Business

It’s likely that U.S. entrepreneurs—including black small business owners—are now trying to figure out how the $ 1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Job Act will affect them and their businesses.

The new provisions are effective beginning this year through 2025. Small business owners should now be planning for the 2018 tax year and setting up their operations to minimize their tax liability.

Thomas Jones Jr., the lead tax partner for the black-owned public accounting firm of McConnell & Jones L.L.P. in Houston, says American business owners are trying to understand the impact of the new tax law on their businesses, themselves, and their families.

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His firm is recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the city’s largest public accounting firms and by Accounting Today as one of the largest CPA practices in the nation’s Southwest region.

Jones started as a tax manager with Ernst & Ernst in 1977. He teamed with Wayne McConnell in 1996 to establish McConnell & Jones L.L.P. In 1999, Odysseus Lanier and Sharon Murphy merged with the pair, creating the largest African American-owned accounting and consulting firm in Texas.

With over 40 years of experience in investment and financial management, Jones provides the firm’s clientele with tax planning, retirement and estate planning, and other services. He works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them achieve long-term success.

The bottom line is the new tax law has arrived and will bring big changes.

“Whether you like Trump or not, the “Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017” is the most significant and radical change in tax law since the 1980s and is sure to impact you and your business in the coming year,” Jones says.

Jones cited the most important elements he sees coming out of the tax reform package that small business owners and individuals should know more about:

Rate Changes

For corporations and individuals, Jones says the Tax Cut Act remains true to its name. It cuts the corporate tax to a simplified flat rate of 21%. This is a big change from the previous multi-bracket structure with a 35% top rate! Individual rates are also cut with the new law.  Though seven brackets remain, the Tax Cut Act has reduced rates with the highest bracket now at 37%, almost a 3% drop.

Reduction of Pass-through Income

Most owners of pass-through entities, including S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, will see their income tax lowered with a new 20% income reduction calculation. The Act increases the amount of income allowed to be claimed as pass-through from 17.4% to 20%. There are many variables to the reductions depending on your business structure. This is especially important for individuals looking to start a new business in 2018 as your entity choice will impact your tax situation. The provision for pass-through entities will expire in 2025.

Deductions and Exemptions Have Reformed

These changes could affect sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships. The standard deduction nearly doubles to $ 12,000 for single filers and $ 24,000 for married filing jointly. To help cover the cost, personal exemptions and most additional standard deductions are suspended.

Personal Exemptions Removed

Previously, you could claim a $ 4,050 personal exemption for yourself, your spouse, and each of your dependents. But the under the new tax law, the personal exemption is no longer available to anyone.

State and Local Tax Deductions Capped

State and local tax deductions are limited to $ 10,000 total for all property, income, and sales tax. Where you live and your state tax structure will determine the impact of this change on your taxes.

Alternative Minimum Tax (ATM) Exemption Raised

The alternative minimum tax, a parallel tax system that ensures people who receive a lot of tax breaks still pay some federal income taxes, stays in place. But the exemption changes to $ 70,300 for single filers and $ 109,400 for joint filers and the phase-out threshold to $ 1 million. The changes mean the AMT will affect far fewer people than before.

Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Doubled

Jones calls this a major win for small business owners! The estate tax, which applies to the transfer of property to decedents, either as a gift or through a will or trust, has been doubled. The basic amount of the exemption for individuals has jumped from $ 5 million to $ 10 million.

Business Tax Credits

Several business credits are maintained but modified, including the orphan drug credit, the rehabilitation credit, the employer credit for paid family or medical leave and the research and experimentation credit. Jones recommends business owners review all available credits with their tax adviser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to make a good impression when saying hello

You can hear the perfect hello. And now you can see it too. Researchers have established an experimental method that unveils the filter (mental representation) we use to judge people when hearing them. What is the ideal intonation for coming across as determined or trustworthy? This method is already used for clinical purposes, with stroke survivors, and it opens many new doors for the study of language perception.
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Good motor skills may enhance reading skills in obese children

Excess body weight has been linked to poor academic performance in children in several previous studies. A new study now shows that a high body fat percentage is associated with poor reading skills in 6- to 8-year-old boys. However, these associations are largely explained by poor motor skills.
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Republicans Say Forced Labor Is Good for Detained Immigrants in Letter Defending Private Prison

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Private-prison companies that force undocumented immigrant detainees to work for little or no money have a powerful new group of advocates: Eighteen members of Congress.

The members, all Republicans, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Labor, calling for them to help private-prison company GEO Group defend itself in lawsuits by former detainees.

Over the last few years, immigrants’ rights activists have filed a number of lawsuits against private prison companies related to immigrant work programs. The lawsuits argue that these companies, including GEO Group and CoreCivic, break a law against human trafficking by having detainees work for a $ 1 per day or less.

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Good lord, Android phone makers, please just stop

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Seriously, LG, this is just embarrassing. We know small China-based smartphone makers are busy churning out iPhone X copycats as quickly as they can (or should we say Essential PH-1 copycats, as some crazy Android fanboys would have you believe). We also know that some larger China- and Taiwan-based companies are jumping on the copycat bandwagon. Huawei’s upcoming P20 flagship phone features a notch cut out of the top of the display as well as a vertically oriented camera array on the back, and the Asus Zenfone 5 is also a spitting image of Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone.

But now, if a new report out of South Korea is accurate, LG reportedly plans to move forward and release its iPhone X clone that some people thought had been canceled.

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Over-50 Women With Ridiculously Good Style

In the fast-paced fashion industry, it can often feel like there’s a glaring lens always refocusing on what’s youthful and new. But here at Who What Wear, we’re inspired by women of every age, which is why we figured it was high time to give a few of our favorite over-50 trendsetters a little love. These bloggers and Instagram stars have carved their own niches by staying true to their unique senses of style and by mixing trends with styles they’ve kept in their arsenals over time.

While these eight style makers are by no means the only older women who can teach us a thing or two about style (hello, Iris Apfel), following along in their fashion journeys has taught us a thing or two about our own fashion inclinations. Just take one peek at these eight awesome trendsetters, and you’ll see what we mean. Read on for a look at eight inspiring real women and then shop pieces for women of every age.

Want more timeless style? See the best bloggers in every age group.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Believes Chance The Rapper Would Be “A Really Good Fresh Prince”

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While in Poland for the Red Bull 3Style World Finals, DJ Jazzy Jeff sat down with HipHopDX and discussed his thoughts about the potential of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air remix.

Jazzy Jeff declared that he believes Chance The Rapper would make a great successor to the Fresh Prince. Will Smith’s right-hand man stated, “Chance is a trailblazer and Will has always been a trailblazer,” Jazzy Jeff said.

Jazzy Jeff referred to Chance’s “light-hearted demeanor” with a “serious side” and how he’s “always smiling” as reasons why he would make a really good Fresh Prince.

The Philadelphia legend went on to praise Chance’s business acumen stating, “And I think for Chance to be as young as he is, to remain independent, to understand just even a little bit about the music industry, I think is great because it’s very easy to fall into those pitfalls. It’s very easy for someone to bring you a suitcase full of money, and it changes your entire perspective instead of realizing, ‘I probably could have 10 suitcases full of money if I just keep my product to myself.’”

Rumors of a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot have stirred up the internet. With this commentary from DJ Jazzy Jeff, the excitement will continue to rise. While we wait for updates, who do you believe would make a good Fresh Prince?

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Weight Fluctuations and Maintaining Good Fit

Finding an item that fits perfectly can be challenging. When your weight fluctuates, garment fits change and it’s even tricker. I run into this challenge with my clients regularly. Here are some suggestions that I’ve offered to them over the years. 

Slight Fluctuations

When your weight fluctuates a little (less than 5 pounds either way), your items might fit ok, but not look and feel as perfect as they once did. This isn’t too serious, because items are still wearable. You don’t need to start thinking about bigger or smaller sizes, and in some cases you will just wear certain items less frequently until you return to the weight where they feel fab.

These types of weight fluctuations are unnoticeable in fluid and oversized fit tops, knitwear, coats, jackets and dresses, so those are handy and forgiving items to keep on hand. Jeans, stretchy bottoms, wide trousers, leggings, fit-and flare-dresses, A-line skirts, cocoon coats and vests are great too. You’ll see and feel the weight fluctuation the most in tailored items that do not have stretch and follow the contour of the body like sheath dresses, woven pencil skirts, and tailored woven trousers.

Moderate Fluctuations

It is harder to manage when your weight fluctuates regularly to the extent that you need one size up or down in many wardrobe items (typically 8 to 10 pound fluctuations.) My clients in this situation tend to keep two sizes in their wardrobe. It’s a costly exercise, but a kind strategy to your body and psyche because you have items that fit and make you feel fab at both extremes of your weight range.

Significant Changes

If your weight changes and stays at the new level for a longer period, you will need clothes in several sizes up or down to maintain good fit. My clients who have gained weight tend to pass on items that are several sizes too small. Some want to hold onto them, but I discourage that because it can exacerbate negative body image. Sometimes we agree to pop the items in a holding zone as a compromise. In the case that a client fits back into the items at some point, they’re usually not interested in wearing them anyway. Starting afresh is best.

When you are on a weight loss programme over a long period of time, and gradually losing a significant amount of weight, you ideally need clothing that fits properly along the way. Budget permitting, you deserve the reward of seeing your body in great fitting clothes as your body changes. There are ways to keep the cost to a minimum. Each time you lose weight that warrants another size down, purchase a very small mix-and-match capsule that gets you through to the next milestone. Assess your wardrobe needs each time you need to purchase a capsule in a smaller size. Don’t forget to be refitted for a bra and knickers, do laundry more frequently, be patient, and don’t try to replace everything at once. Be thrifty and shop the sales. Pass on the clothing that is several sizes too big.

Forum member Toban recently lost a significant amount of weight and shared how she maintained good fit throughout that leg of her style journey. She offers tangible solutions that are well worth a read. Congratulations, Toban.


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A Polish company is under fire for trying to sell socks that look like Adolf Hitler. The questionable accessories, by socks brand Nanushki, were designed “to bring order in the socks drawer,” according to the company’s Web site. The Nazi leader is rendered in full, footed glory, down to his toothbrush mustache. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial…
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Good Girls Is the Perfect Show for This Moment

In the first scene of NBC’s Good Girls, three suburban moms charge into a grocery store, toy guns blazing, faces covered in ski masks that resemble the iconic Pussy Riot headwear. The women—played by television vets Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Mae Whitman (Parenthood)—need quick cash to pay for their cheating husband’s debt, child’s life-saving medication and custody case, respectively.

They’re broke, dismissed by the men in their lives, and want to take back their power. Everything goes smoothly until it doesn’t: The grocery store they rob turns out to be a front for a criminal organization, and some heavily armed men want their cash back. Chaos ensues.

But it turns out these women thrive in chaos. After years of baking last-minute cupcakes for bake sales and navigating unruly, misogynist customers at work, they have a knack for solving difficult problems—and long to break the rules.

For years, difficult men have dominated the small screen. In 2018, it’s refreshing to consider how difficult women could reinvigorate that tired trope. Inevitable parallels will be drawn between Good Girls and Breaking Bad, another show about a mild-mannered suburbanite who needs cash and eventually finds strength in criminality. But Walter White never had to worry that if a woman found out his secret identity she would try to blackmail him for sex or, failing that, rape him.

Despite a cutesy promotional campaign with the three women soaking their feet in a kiddie pool full of cash, Good Girls does not shy away from the realities of being a woman in the criminal underworld—or just a woman in the world in general. The characters have to rely on their wits to outsmart the firepower and social power of the men around them. To quote Margaret Atwood, “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

The closer television parallel to Good Girls would actually be Weeds, a series about a widowed housewife who begins a small marijuana business. Just a few season in, she’s manipulating cartel bosses. Like Weeds’ Nancy Botwin, the women of Good Girls often find themselves in over their heads but always figure out a way to get out of a scrape. Unlike Nancy, they do not seduce their enemies to survive. That’s a happy development: Television writers long assumed that a woman’s sexuality was her best—and sometimes only—asset.

Since Weeds, few female anti-heroes have graced the small screen. Often evil women play supporting roles—the wives of murderous presidents or antagonists to would-be rulers of Westeros. Sometimes they get to be the main character, as with How to Get Away With Murder or Scandal. But they are lonely leads with male love interests by their sides and female friends at the periphery. Good Girls has three female protagonists, possibly a first on network television since Desperate Housewives. Shows where multiple women get top billing, like Broad City, Big Little Lies or Orange Is the New Black, tend to land on cable networks or streaming platforms.

The Time’s Up movement has promised more women’s stories, told by women, in film and television. We won’t see the fruits of that campaign for some time. But Good Girls is a first taste. And it’s sweet.


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Weekday Wardrobe: Aurora James Knows Good Shoes

“I have a couple hundred pairs of shoes,” a claim that most fashion fans dream of one day sharing, is just another part of the life and work of Aurora James. As the founder and creative director of Brother Vellies, James not only has an enviable footwear collection but actually designs many of the shoes herself. Her initial inspiration, she notes, came after traveling through Africa. “I met a lot of artisans along the way and wanted to find a way to keep them employed,” she says, “so I began creating collections that utilized their unique skills.”

Since starting the company in 2013, James has earned the notice of peers, editors, and industry insiders alike. She won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015 and is currently a member of the CFDA Fashion Incubator, but it still feels like James and Brother Vellies are just getting started, like there’s much more ahead.

As for any woman who owns and runs her own business, James has no defined 9-to-5 schedule, no two days are alike, and there’s a certain unavoidable blurring of personal and work life that occurs. Luckily, James’s sense of style lends itself to a world constantly in flux. “I don’t see a difference between on- and off-duty style,” she says. “I think there is so much about Brother Vellies that I have rooted in my own actual lifestyle that everything sort of blends.”

Of course, it’s impossible to work in the fashion industry without being acutely aware of the way women choose (and want) to dress. For James, this proximity has come to inform both her own way of dressing and her design choices. “I am more interested in personal style than trends and more interested in shoes you will own for a lifetime instead of just one season,” she notes, adding that working in the industry has encouraged her to build her own closet slowly instead of shopping fast fashion. “The best dressed people in the industry,” she says, “are those who are very aware of their own style and build on that.”

There’s a common thread between the way James dresses every day and the shoes and bags she creates for others. When asked to describe her personal style, James offers a response that could easily carry over as a descriptor of the Brother Vellies aesthetic. She views how she dresses as a reflection of how she sees the world: “romantic and whimsical and bold and full of texture and color.” Read on to see James’s weekday wardrobe in full.

“I wear a lot of long dresses with our Unity boots. It’s a bit of a ‘pretty punk’ vibe, I guess. But more so, it’s just comfortable and girly, which is an ongoing theme with a lot of how I dress and design.” While Mondays may qualify as a stressful, uninspired day for many, James uses the start of the week as an opportunity to make a statement. Pairing unexpected pieces like a flowy maxi dress with rough-and-tumble boots starts things off on a fresh foot.

Working in a creative industry has allowed her to build a fairly fluid wardrobe, and her footwear designs reflect the same flexibility. Her boots could just as easily be worn with jeans as they could with a bohemian dress, and other styles follow the same rule. “The Holiday Bow Pump is really great for the office with a linen or navy pinstripe or polka dot dress,” she notes. “On the weekends, though, you could pair it with athletic socks, jeans, and a sweatshirt. I like shoes that have a duality to them like that.”

Winter in New York can leave even the boldest dresser uninspired, but the Toronto native manages to bring texture and a sense of playfulness into her wardrobe even on a practically frigid shoot day. “I have had these plaid McQueen pants for six years,” she notes about her Tuesday outfit. “I love wool pants in the winter; they’re the best way to stay warm. A shearling crossbody is like a little heater also. This is definitely a very winter look.”

James has a unique ability to take her shoes, in this case denim loafers with crystal embellishments, and build an outfit around them that is unexpected but inspired. The key takeaway: Don’t be afraid to mix and match the standout styles you love.

While it’s not uncommon for James to travel for work—“Los Angeles, Paris, Morocco, Italy, and Ethiopia are the typical destinations”—when she’s working in NYC, jeans are in heavy rotation. “You can usually find me in jeans a vintage shirt at least three times a week,” she says.

But James has a knack for knowing how to pair casual and more formal pieces together in a way that feels neither sloppy nor stuffy. “You have to take luxe and pare it down sometimes. These Black Palms Pumps have been glued to my feet since the day I designed them,” she says. Styled with eye-catching shoes, jeans are anything but average.

If there’s anything close to a uniform in James’s closet, her Thursday look would be it. “This is my basic go-to for years,” she says, “an easy skirt with a statement shoe and bag with some vintage on top.” The addition of more trend-forward accessories, like a leather beret and statement earrings, give even the most worn items an instant refresh.

Notes James, “I always start with the accessories and build from there. What shoes do I want to wear today? If you have great accessories, they will completely transform jeans and a white T-shirt even. The world is your oyster with a Palms Pump and Beret!”

While James notes that athleisure is the one thing she’d never wear while working, some sporty elements have become staples. “My boyfriend works with athletes, so I have this weird habit of integrating gratuitous sportswear into my outfits,” she says. But, despite her ability to easily pull off a jersey, you probably won’t catch her watching a game on the weekends. “I’m that girl on the street that gives a blank, confused look when someone says something like ‘I love the Chicago Bulls’ and I’ve totally forgotten A) what that is and B) that I’m wearing a Chicago Bulls vintage T-shirt.”

While James has already seen success as a businesswoman in the fashion industry, she notes that she’s looking to the future, not her past accomplishments. “I get inspired by thinking about different things women will do and accomplish while wearing Brother Vellies—running for office, being a mom, just kicking butt in general,” she says.

If her own trajectory is any evidence, Brother Vellies’s shoes aren’t simply made for walking, sitting, or even dancing—they’re made to change the world.

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Social media data can be used as an additional source of information to gauge public opinion about health issues alongside traditional data sources like phone-based polling, according to new research.
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The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Viola Davis has won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony, one of the few Black artists whoo are close to entertainment’s Holy Grail the elusive EGOT or Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar. Yet the 51-year-old Juilliard graduate says she still has trouble getting basic respect for her achievements in Hollywood. In a conversation with former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, Davis says that if she’s going to be viewed as one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses, she wants the paycheck and opportunities that come with it.

From Shadow and Act:

“I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale, they came out of Julliard, they came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them. Not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, nowhere close to it.”

She continued, saying, “People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep … We love you. There is no one like you,” she explained. “OK, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. As an artist, I want to build the most complicated human being but what I get is the third girl from the left.”

Now, the award-winning actress says she’s done proving herself and doesn’t want young actresses of color to do the same. “It’s gotten to the point (where) I’m no longer doing that. I’m not hustling for my worth. I’m worthy. When I came out of my mom’s womb, I came in worthy. You’ll have a Shailene Woodley, who’s fabulous. And she may have had 37 magazine covers in one year. 37! And then you’ll have someone — a young actress of color who’s on her same level of talent and everything. And she may get four. And there is (this) sense in our culture that you have to be happy with that.”

Davis also spoke at length about her childhood, raised by her abusive father in a “rat-infested” house.  “The getting out is precarious. Emotionally I did not get out. I was a rung lower than poor. People see poverty as just a financial state. Poverty seeps into your mind, it seeps into your spirit, because it has side effects. It cost me a lot to be on that stage and share my personal story. The way life works is its got to cost you something. That’s when you know you really made the sacrifices. If you’re dedicated to change, let it cost you something.”

View more about Davis’ talk at People.

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How to roll over a 529 plan, and why it may be a good idea

When my 10-year-old son was born, his grandmother generously put $ 1,000 into a Franklin Temple 529 plan for him. A 529 is a tax-advantaged savings plan for educational expenses. This IRA-like vehicle is a great way to help fund a child’s schooling.

For the better part of a decade, I, too, have been funding a 529 for my son. But my account is with Georgia’s Path2College program.

You can set up a 529 account and use it for qualified educational expenses in any state, no matter where you reside. If you live in Georgia, for instance, and you find a 529 plan offered, say, in Florida, with better investment options or lower fees, you could put your money there. But, there is usually a modest tax benefit to having your children’s 529 plans in your state of residence. For Georgia, that deduction is $ 4,000 per beneficiary.

My son’s original 529 plan had been set up by his grandmother’s long-time broker. Because it was an out-of-state account, we hadn’t been getting a Georgia tax deduction for it. And in reviewing the account details, I noticed it held higher cost investments. With these points in mind, I decided to transfer the Franklin Temple account into my Path2College 529.

Making such a transfer was new to me. Let’s talk about what I learned.

What happens when you roll over a 529 from one plan to another

The IRS allows for one tax-free rollover, per 529 beneficiary in a 12-month period. If you violate this rule, you get hit with federal income taxes and a 10% penalty on the accumulated earnings. Ouch!

The basic method for rolling over one account into another is to fill out a rollover contribution form with the 529 plan servicer you are transferring the money into. From there, the administrator of your preferred