Dear Penny: I’m in So Much Debt My Teenage Son Is Afraid of Student Loans

Dear J.,

Your debt has consumed you. You probably thought you hit your lowest financial point years ago, when you were a new mom; then you probably thought you were at the bottom again when you defaulted on your student loans. And now, here you are with the added burdens of medical debt and your son’s misconceptions about how investing in college could derail his future.

There’s a lot you can’t change right now. But one area where you can make a major change right away is in how you and your son discuss his options for higher education.

Your family’s income is not the sole determining factor for how much financial aid your son is eligible to receive. The size of your family, for instance, will also be considered. Applying for federal student aid is a must-do if your son wants to pursue college, as it’s the first step toward figuring out what sort of grants, loans and work-study programs will be available to help him cover the costs.

Once he receives financial aid offers, he can truly evaluate the affordability of school. He may have to start at community college or another lower-cost option, but he shouldn’t count out college solely because of your family’s financial struggles.

Next, it’s time for you to get help sorting out the options for your own finances. Calling for assistance from an impartial third party can help you make sense of your situation instead of spinning your wheels and feeling desperate. A debt counselor in your area can review your credit report and provide free educational resources that can help. They can also help you enroll in a debt management plan that will make your debt easier to manage.

In extreme cases, a debt counselor may recommend that you consider filing for bankruptcy, which can discharge some of your debt. There’s a lot of shame around the idea of doing this, but it could be the lifeline you need to find stability for your family.  

And that may be the hardest part of taking your next financial step: letting go of the shame. More people than you can possibly imagine have struggled to gain financial stability, let alone success. I won’t be glib and say you’re in good company. But you at least have company.

You may be surprised at how understanding your peers are as you seek help and start to work your way out of debt.

Have a tricky money question? Write to Dear Penny and you might see your question answered in an upcoming column.

Lisa Rowan is a personal finance expert and senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, and the voice behind Dear Penny.

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

The Penny Hoarder Promise: We provide accurate, reliable information. Here’s why you can trust us and how we make money.

The Penny Hoarder

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Sam's Club Membership Offer

Grassley to Big Pharma: ‘I’m sick and tired of the blame game’

Sen. Chuck Grassley opened a hearing into the rising costs of prescription medicine on Tuesday by blasting Big Pharma, saying the skyrocketing prices are hurting Americans and that the time has come for a reckoning.


CNN.com – RSS Channel – Health

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Gwyneth Paltrow: I’m my husband’s muse

OHMYGOSSIP — Gwyneth Paltrow’s husband sees her as his “muse”.
The 46-year-old actress tied the knot with Brad Falchuk in September, and she has revealed her husband made reference to her Oscar-winning performance as Shakespeare’s muse in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ in his vows, as he dubbed her as his own muse.
Speaking to Variety in honour of the movie turning 20 years old this year, Gwyneth said: “I hope this isn’t too personal. But in my husband’s wedding vows, he actually said it’s no coincidence that I played this muse [character Viola de Lesseps], because that’s who I am to him, and his perception is that’s who I am in real life. It was really sweet.”
The ‘Iron Man’ actress and the producer spent their honeymoon in the Maldives, but rather than sticking to the traditional romantic vacation, they invited Gwyneth’s ex-husband Chris Martin and the two children she has with him, Apple, 14, and Moses, 12.
Describing it as a “very modern honeymoon”, Gwyneth said: “We just took our honeymoon in the Maldives and we had a big family honeymoon over Christmas.
“So, my new husband and his children, my children, my ex-husband, our best family friends [all went]. It was a very modern honeymoon.”
The former couple – who went their separate ways in 2014, after 10 years of marriage – also had a “modern” Thanksgiving with the children, Gwyneth’s new husband and Chris’ girlfriend and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ star Dakota Johnson, 29.
A source said: “They’re a total modern family and had a great time celebrating together.”

Source: IconInsider.com
Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Daniel Radcliffe On His Relationship To Pottermania: ‘I’m Honored To Talk About It’ | PeopleTV

PeopleTV

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Dear Penny: I’m Debt-Free! But What Should I Do With All My Money Now?

Dear N.,

Congratulations on being debt-free! Your world is filled with nothing but possibility.

I was you once. I paid off all my business, credit card and undergraduate debt, rejoiced for but a moment, and then turned around and took out a car note. We all make our choices. Don’t make the same one I did!

The trouble with possibilities is that it’s easy to start disbursing money into so many different buckets: savings, other savings, a rainy day fund, a house fund and so on. If you try to divide and conquer too much, you’re not going to conquer anything. Those small achievements for each of your goals could actually leave you feeling disheartened instead of empowered.

For your best next step, I turned to Jen Smith, a fellow writer at The Penny Hoarder who paid off $ 78,000 of debt with her husband in two years. Smith is my savings role model.

Smith recommends starting your debt-free life by first saving three to six months of expenses in a high-yield savings account, and then making sure 15% of your income goes toward retirement. “Fifteen percent isn’t a hard-and-fast rule,” she said, “but if you want to retire on time, then prioritizing it is essential. Then, any extra can go toward saving for a house.”

Since you’re already saving, you can probably skip ahead to focusing on your retirement accounts. Smith is a fan of contributing to your company-sponsored 401(k) up to the offered match. Then it’s time to open a Roth IRA if your income permits.

“Roth IRAs are great because you have full control over the investments, and the contribution limits are reasonable enough to be able to max it out,” she explained. (The contribution limit for 2019 is $ 6,000; if you’re 50 or older, you can contribute an extra $ 1,000.)  

If you still aren’t setting aside that full 15 %, go back to your 401(k) or HSA and contribute more to one of those. If you’re not catching the drift, your priority should be to stash as much money as you can for retirement now, before a house or kids enter the picture.

But while you’re making these plans, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back. The progress you’ve made is noble and worth celebrating. Smith and I salute you!

Have a tricky money question? Write to Dear Penny and you might see your question answered in an upcoming column.

Lisa Rowan is senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, and the voice behind Dear Penny.

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

The Penny Hoarder Promise: We provide accurate, reliable information. Here’s why you can trust us and how we make money.

The Penny Hoarder

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Sam's Club Membership Offer

Beyoncé’s make-up artist gave me SUCH brilliant tips, I’m basically now a pro

Luckily, I wrote them all down for you…

Sir John, Beyoncé’s make-up artist and L’Oréal Paris ambassador, started work at 18 on the make-up counter with Mac. Later he was on Pat McGrath’s team working backstage at various fashion weeks, before assisting Charlotte Tilbury, who then introduced him to Queen B. From there it’s all gone a bit crazy. One of his career highlights was when Beyoncé was performing at Coachella and the crowd oogled at the fact that when she wiped her face on a white towel, not a speck of make-up transferred: ‘I call that Teflon make-up’ he says.
When I met him recently, he gave me such amazing tips that I barely had time to breathe, because I was ferociously taking notes. So here they are – Sir John’s tips on how to nail your base, choose the right shades and basically smash your make-up routine…

Base – skin is aspirational

‘For truly beautiful skin increase your heart rate for at least 30 mins a day as it helps with skin turnover. Put your moisturiser on just before you start your base, because you want to put foundation on damp skin. Only apply primer to your t-zone, because that’s the area your foundation lifts from. Always have two foundations – a darker one for summer and a lighter shade for the winter. Take a look at where you do your makeup. Natural light is always better, so if you do it in a bathroom with no light, it’s going to look so different in the real world. Step into the light to see exactly how much coverage you need. You really don’t need to lacquer and conceal everything; embrace you dark circles and veins. And definitely don’t cover freckles – they are hot. You also need two concealers – one for spots, one for dark circles. When you’re doing you’re concealer, beware of the deep V that YouTubers tell you to create under your eyes. It’s way too much product. Don’t use powder. Normal skin is not matte. If you have healthy skin, you don’t need powder. However, if you want to use a bit of powder under your eyes, never use pressed powder. It’s too heavy and dry and will age you. Always go with loose.’

Cheeks – highlighter should stay on your cheekbones

‘Always go for a cool tone bronzer; it’ll stop you looking orange. Highlighters should only be applied to the side of your face. Tap it into your cheekbones, but stop when you get to the eye. You don’t want to see your highlighter from the front – you want that to be a matte blush. Use your lipstick as blusher. Dab a bit on the back of your hand and use a fluffy brush to apply. We don’t contour, we sculpt.’

Eyes & Lips – add a Pritt stick to your make-up bag

‘No matter what your skin tone is, you can wear any colour on your eyes. Don’t use a tinted eyeshadow primer, use a sheer, invisible one so that you can see your natural eyelid colour. The best brow gel in the world is Pritt stick and a toothbrush. It lasts all day and you can still draw on top. A perfectly modern look is to just pop a bit of foundation on and then a red lip. A blue based red lipstick makes your teeth look whiter.’

Tools – don’t hold your brush like a pencil

‘Don’t use foundation brushes, they don’t create a seamless look. Use a Beauty Blender. If you make mistakes with your bronzer or blush, your Beauty Blender that you used to apply your foundation is like your magic eraser. Use a fluffy eye shadow brush to buff in your concealer. A stiff brush won’t blend properly. Fluffier and bigger brushes are more diffused natural look. The tighter the brush the fuller the application. Don’t hold your brush like a pencil hold it at the base for a lighter touch.’

View this post on Instagram

#MidasTouch 👑

A post shared by S I R J O H N (@sirjohnofficial) on

The man is a make-up genius.

If it’s good enough for B…

The post Beyoncé’s make-up artist gave me SUCH brilliant tips, I’m basically now a pro appeared first on Marie Claire.

Marie Claire

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Style Your Home’s Outdoors with All the Perfect Additions from MacKenzie-Childs! Save on Tables, House Letters & Chairs. Shop Now!

Dear Penny: I’m Retiring Soon. How Do I Protect My 401(k) From a Downturn?

Dear M.,

Economic ups and downs are inevitable, but sometimes it’s hard to think beyond the downturns.

We seem especially sensitive to the condition of the stock market, since we’ve just passed the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Great Recession. Those memories of turmoil and heartache bubble right back up, and suddenly, we’re checking our retirement account statements with a bit more interest than usual.

To calm your nerves about the state of our economy, I called upon Bridget Todd, head of client strategy and development at New York-based coaching firm the Financial Gym.

“I usually tell clients to think about the 2008 financial crisis, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 50 percent of its value,” she explained by email. “In the nine years since, it is up about 200 percent.”

While there are periods of discomfort, she said, the market will always recover. “The most important thing to remember is not to sell when things get bumpy,” she said.

Your 401(k) is a place to hold your investments. You can make decisions about what’s inside that account — stocks, bonds, mutual funds, derivatives, exchange-traded funds — depending on the level of risk you’re comfortable with.

If you’re at least 10 years from drawing from your 401(k), Todd recommends allocating 90 percent of holdings to stocks and the remainder to bonds.

“Stocks are the riskier asset,” she said, likening them to a roller coaster. But that fluctuation is OK. It will all settle out eventually, helping you earn that average stock market return of 7 percent per year that you hear about.

If you’re closer to retirement and nervous about the health of the market, you can pull back on how much you allocate to stocks to reduce your risk. But you still want some of your investment to be in stocks to help that nest egg grow.

In short: Hold on and enjoy the ride. Even if the economy takes a temporary dive, your contributions will still have value to carry you through to retirement.

If only we had that crystal ball in the meantime. Wait. That would probably be insider trading. Maybe skip the crystal ball.

Worried about managing your money in trying times? Write to Dear Penny at https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/dear-penny/

Lisa Rowan is a personal finance expert and senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, and the voice behind Dear Penny. For more practical money tips, visit www.thepennyhoarder.com.

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

The Penny Hoarder Promise: We provide accurate, reliable information. Here’s why you can trust us and how we make money.

The Penny Hoarder

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Sam's Club Membership Offer

KiKi Layne – ‘I’m soaking it all up while I can’

Plucked from obscurity by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins to play the lead in If Beale Street Could Talk, KiKi Layne is set to become Hollywood’s next big thing. Here, she chats to Sophie Goddard about pep talks with Lupita Nyong’o, new projects and the phone call that changed her life

KiKi Layne
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock (10015909gp)
KiKi Layne
GQ Men of the Year party, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 06 Dec 2018
GQ Men of the Year Party 2018 Wearing Dior

‘It was my dream to work with Barry…’ says KiKi Layne, trailing off mid-anecdote when our call is interrupted. ‘Yes, Barry’s great, he’s wonderful!’ adds an unexpected male voice on the line. 
It turns out to be the Academy Award-winning film-maker and director Barry Jenkins himself, who wrote the screenplay for 
If Beale Street Could Talk and the triple-Oscar-winning Moonlight in the same summer. ‘Sorry, Barry does that!’ laughs Layne, after retrieving the phone and picking up where she left off. ‘We’d be on set dealing with painful, deep concepts, so to have a kind of lightness on top of everything was a blessing.’

Rewind a few months before the 26-year-old landed the role of Tish in Beale Street, and Layne was just another would-be actress. Having graduated with a BFA in acting from Chicago’s DePaul University, she found herself living at home with her parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, struggling to break into the film industry because her prior experience was limited to theatre (she had appeared in productions of Byhalia, Mississippi, Good People 
and Octagon). Her decision to up sticks and move to LA was 
a risky one. ‘Even though logically it made the least amount of sense, my gut was telling me to go there,’ she recalls. ‘Something in my spirit was saying, “Go, go!” I found out on the Saturday about an ABC talent showcase that was taking place on the Tuesday, so I packed up and moved on the Monday. I could see some people were thinking, “Oh God, is she really doing this?” 
But everyone was supportive, especially my mom. She was so excited.’ It was a leap of faith that would pay off. Three months later, Layne auditioned for Beale Street and the rest is history in the making. ‘Sometimes the best thing is the thing that scares you the most,’ she adds.

Jenkins auditioned 400 hopefuls for the part of a bright, determined young woman who falls in love with her childhood best friend, but knew instinctively the minute he saw Layne that she was the one. Starring as 19-year-old Tish opposite Stephan James (whose performance in US TV series Homecoming landed him a Golden Globe nomination), the film is based on the novel by James Baldwin – a love story set in 70s Harlem, following a couple’s unbreakable bond through adversity (James’ character is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit). The narrative is told through Tish’s eyes and explores themes of racism and injustice in America during that era. ‘At the core of Beale Street is romance, but that also combines with real issues – that’s what really drew me to the movie,’ says Layne. ‘I was on my way to my friend’s agent’s office to help him tape his own audition for the film, and I thought, actually, I should audition.’ Jenkins called her himself to let her know the good news. ‘I was so excited and thankful,’ she says. And did her friend get the part, too? ‘He didn’t,’ she replies. ‘But he’s OK about it, he’s working. He’s like my little brother.’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: KiKi Layne attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things may have turned out rosy in the end, but there were inevitable moments of self-doubt when Layne first arrived in Tinseltown. ‘I felt so discouraged being in LA that I was wondering whether to go home,’ she remembers. ‘I felt like an idiot moving without money or representation.’ Even after securing the role of Tish, she admits to feeling overwhelmed. ‘I definitely had moments when I was like, “How can I follow Moonlight”?’ Look who I’m working with! But, thankfully, everyone was patient, even when I was nervous. I knew there would be things I didn’t understand, and that I may have to do something three times, while someone else only did it once.’ Emmy Award-winning Regina King, who plays Tish’s mother Sharon, was also a huge help during filming. ‘There were times on set when she would remind me to trust myself. She was really in my corner,’ says Layne. ‘I still call her my “mom”.’ Lupita Nyong’o has become another cheerleader. ‘I met her recently and she reminded me not to get too overwhelmed; she’s got a lot of warm energy. It was nice to feel so supported and to hear her excitement for where my career may be headed.’

‘Sometimes the best thing is the thing that scares you the most’

Up next is Native Son, in which Layne stars opposite Ashton Sanders (Chiron in Moonlight) in an adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel, which tackles many similar themes to Beale Street. ‘It’s an important piece of black literature with very real issues,’ says Layne. After that, she’d like to keep her options open. ‘Alongside Angela Bassett, Will Smith is the actor I look up to the most, because he’s had so much variety in his career and hasn’t allowed the industry to put him in 
a box,’ she says. ‘That’s the kind 
of career I want, where I can do something really heavy, but light, fun stuff, too.’ Music could also be on the cards, since Layne has already mastered the flute, French horn and trumpet. ‘Yeah, I love to sing and write. It’s nice to have different ways to express ourselves,’ she adds.

Along the way, there are the defining moments she gets to experience that remind her why she wanted to act in the first place. ‘By far my standout moment of last year was at the Governor’s Awards in Hollywood when I witnessed Cicely Tyson receive her honorary Oscar [Cicely was the first black woman to win the accolade],’ she says. ‘I’m surrounded by all of these people I’ve looked up to and dreamed of working with, and I get to see this woman who has opened doors for so many women who look like me.’

For now, she’s enjoying any semblance of normality while she still can. ‘My friends are always messing with me, like “KiKi you’re famous now”, but I don’t feel it,’ she laughs. ‘It’s interesting to slowly see my life shifting, and I’m thankful that, yes, it’s happening fast, but not so fast that I’m getting lost. I’m still able to find my footing on each level. I’m soaking it all up while I can.’

If Beale Street Could Talk is in cinemas now

The post KiKi Layne – ‘I’m soaking it all up while I can’ appeared first on Marie Claire.

Marie Claire

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Style Your Home’s Outdoors with All the Perfect Additions from MacKenzie-Childs! Save on Tables, House Letters & Chairs. Shop Now!

Liam Neeson Says ‘I’m Not A Racist’ While Addressing Comments About Killing A Black Man | PeopleTV

PeopleTV

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Nick Knowles ‘struggled’ to eat for 5 days following I’m A Celeb stint

OHMYGOSSIP — Nick Knowles “struggled” to eat for five days when he returned from the ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ jungle.
The 56-year-old TV presenter finished sixth on the ITV series, and now the star has revealed that his body went into a five-day fast and was in “super-shock” because it was “terrified” of having to ration food again.
Speaking on ‘This Morning’, Nick said: “[I lost] 14-and-a-half kilos in 20 days. I lost a kilo a day.
“It was very, very intense, and I have to say of all the stuff I’ve ever done, that was the most difficult.
“But weirdly the stuff that wears you out is the stuff you don’t really see on the programme.
“It’s going backwards and forwards, up the huge long flight of stairs to get the water and the logs. You can’t sit around and lose almost a kilo a day.
“I really struggled [to eat] for about five days, and then I went into super-shock and I then ate and ate and ate, and put pounds back on – it’s like my body is terrified it’s going to happen again.
“We have a WhatsApp group with all the guys together and we’re texting each other at four in the morning saying ‘Someone stop me eating!’ ”
Nick also confessed that the ‘I’m A Celeb’ production team would go to any lengths to “get under” the celebrities’ “skin”, however, it made their bond together stronger.
He added: “We said, ‘They’re going to do anything they can to get under our skin, so if we get tighter the tougher it gets for them.’
“They try to get you under your skin – they make you tired, they make you hungry, it’s us versus them.
“You set yourself up, it’s not us versus the production team but if you get into that mind-set you bond together.”

Source: Female First
Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Celine Dion Pulls Song ‘I’m Your Angel’ with R. Kelly from Streaming Services

Celine Dion has followed Lady Gaga’s cue and is pulling her collab with R. Kelly from streaming services … TMZ has learned. The song — “I’m Your Angel — was recorded in 1998 and appeared on her holiday album, “These are  Special Times,” R.…

TMZ.com

SPECIAL DEAL UPDATE:

Dry January: Why I’m Doing It Again — And What to Drink Instead

What to Drink Instead During Dry January

Ladies, are you doing #dryjanuary — or otherwise trying to back away slowly from alcohol? Do you have favorite mocktails to drink instead during Dry January? I did Dry January last year and found it really refreshing because I broke a lot of bad habits, and got a lot of clarity over when I actually want to drink instead of just drinking out of habit or because of social obligation. For example, most Fridays we have a regular dinner with extended family, and I found that that the first martini that my husband and I share is a really big thing for me. It’s an “us” thing (everyone else drinks wine), as well as a celebration of the week being done and the weekend arriving. On the flip side, it’s far too easy to get in the habit of pouring yourself a glass of wine while making dinner… or watching TV… or as just your default order if you’re meeting a friend out and about… and I find that glass of wine is hugely related to habit more than anything. It isn’t a celebration or a treat — it’s a reflex. Last year, Dry January actually extended into February for me because I got strep throat around my birthday at the end of January… and I lost eight pounds really easily, so there’s that. (Full disclosure: I gained all that back — plus most of my old habits or just as negative new ones — by mid-April — but I’m still grateful I did Dry January! I did really try to resist the pull of mid-week drinking without cause all year, though.)

So… what else to drink instead? I thought I’d round up some of my favorites… readers, are you trying to curtail your drinking as a New Year resolution or as part of Dry January? What are your motivating factors? What else do you drink? 

What to Drink Instead During Dry January - infused water

Water or Infused Water

Something I’ve only recently realized is that everyone has the perfect temperature at which they like to drink water, and that it varies pretty widely from person to person. I haaaate lukewarm or room temperature water, but will happily gulp down ice cold water. (But no ice cubes.) In the summer I often freeze a half-filled Nalgene bottle, then add cold water to it to take with me if I’m running errands. I enjoy lemon water water but not so much that it’s worth the extra trouble to me. I once tried to make jalapeno/grapefruit-infused water based on a recipe I saw online, and…. that is too spicy for me. 

What to Drink Instead During Dry January - tea

What to Drink During TV Time Instead of Wine: Tea

I feel like it was just yesterday that I hated tea… but I’ve been into it for a while now. (We had a nice discussion on the best teas a while ago!) Rooibos tea was my gateway, and I started drinking it because it had been recommended as a wine replacement. It is not that — but it has a nice, non-bitey taste to it, and it’s caffeine free so it’s a good option for late afternoons or evenings. If I want a sweet hit at night while watching TV or reading I’ll make myself some fruity herbal tea or chocolate mint tea. This mojito marmalade tea looks all kinds of awesome. Funnily enough, I’ve since acquired a taste for black tea and earl gray tea… but I still find green tea hard to enjoy.

What to Drink Instead During Dry January - seltzer

What to Drink During Meal Prep & Dinner: Seltzer

There are a TON of seltzers out there right now, and I’ve totally become the person who brings a case of Spendrift with me to parties in addition to wine and other nibbles. My favorite is Spindrift, but I’m also a fan of plain seltzer (or seltzer with a splash of juice) from the SodaStream (affiliate link) or LaCroix Cúrate in Cerise Limón.

what to drink instead during dry january - unicorn juice

Celebratory Non-Alcoholic Drinks:  Unicorn Juice

Readers turned me on to this, and it’s kind of fun to offer someone unicorn juice — it’s unflavored seltzer with a teaspoon or so of powdered pink lemonade. Yum!

what to drink instead during dry january - kombucha

What to Drink Instead When You Want Something a Little Zippy: Kombucha

Kombucha feels too expensive (and my fridge is too small) to drink it really regularly, but I like to have half a bottle or so during dinner every so often. (Note that kombucha has some alcohol content, but I believe it’s very small.) 

what to drink instead during dry january - shrubs

What to Drink Instead During Dry January: Fancy DIY Mocktails

If you want to get fancier, you can start making fancier mocktails with bitters. I’ve even heard of people who use gin-making kits to flavor a club soda, or to soak the flavorings in hot water to make a large batch of gin-flavored tea to keep in the fridge, either to mix with tonic water or to use with the Sodastream. The Kitchn has a lot of fancy articles on mocktails, including one on shrubs (which, whoa, look really interesting and now I need to order some). 

what to drink instead during dry january - Seedlip

What to Drink Instead: Non-Alcoholic Versions of Alcoholic Drinks

I’ve heard amazing things about Seedlip Spirits, but have never tried them myself. Non-alcoholic wine is… kind of vinegary, IMHO, but it does exist. When I was pregnant I liked O’Douls non-alcoholic beer because everything else tasted too sweet to me (I am really not a beer drinker otherwise). Here’s a recent roundup from Esquire on non-alcoholic beers, and from The Spirits Business on non-alcoholic spirits. 

Readers, are you doing Dry January? What are your favorite things to drink instead during Dry January? If you’ve done Dry January before (or regularly take time away from alcohol), what have you learned during your dry periods? 

 

 

The post Dry January: Why I’m Doing It Again — And What to Drink Instead appeared first on Corporette.com.

Corporette.com

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Kevin Hart: ‘I’m Done With The Oscars And Apologizing’ [WATCH]

Kevin Hart says he’s “over” apologizing for his old anti-gay remarks, telling GMA host Michael Strahan. “I’m done with it. It gets no more energy from me.”

The comedian stopped by ABC’s “Good Morning America” to discuss the controversy surrounding his decision to step down from hosting the Oscars. Hart said he addressed the issue for “the last time” on his Podcast show.

“Straight from the Hart” on Saturday. “There’s no more conversation about it,” he added. “Literally I’m over that. I’m over the moment. I’m about today. So, if it’s accepted great, if it’s not it’s nothing I can control.”

He continued: “Some things are left out of your hands. So I’m done with it. I’m over it.”

Instagram Photo

When Strahan asked Hart to explain how he has evolved since the controversy erupted, the “Night School” star replied: “I… have… explained how I’ve evolved, which makes me say I’m over it,” Hart laughed.

He wouldn’t go into detail about his growth since the backlash but noted that he also apologized several times on Twitter, his radio show and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“I’m not saying how I changed anymore,” he said. “I’m not saying what I’ve done and what the new me is. I’m not giving no more explanation of who I am. I’ve done it. I’ve done it several times. I’ve tweeted it. I’ve talked about it when I went on Ellen. I said it on my radio show. I’m just done. So you have to come to a point where you know that you’ve given all that you possibly can. And if that’s received, then great—then that means we’ve achieved something. If it’s not, there’s nothing I can do. So, I do this now [shrugs].”

He continued: “I have an understanding that I’ve addressed it, and I’ve said everything that I can possibly say. So, I’m over it. You will not hear me saying anything else about it. You’re not ever going to hear me say anything else about it. I’ve done all that I can do. So, that was done within hopes that people can hear and understand how heartfelt and authentic it was. If you didn’t, then I don’t know what to tell you or do. I don’ know what you’re looking for. So, I’m over it.”

He noted that he’s a “good person” who inspires, motivates, brings positive energy and “loves to love.”

“If you don’t see that, then that’s a problem with you,” he added. “If you can’t realize that, then that means it’s you. I have nothing else to prove or do—nothing else.”

Hart confirmed that he is not hosting the Oscar Awards telecast in February.

“I’m not going to host the Oscars this year. Right now, from a time perspective, I don’t have the time.

“It’s not in God’s plan right now.”


HEAD BACK TO THE BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM HOMEPAGE

 

 

Entertainment – Black America Web

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

WATCH: World News 01/01/19: ‘I’m in This Fight All the Way’: Warren Announces 2020 Run

Family: Detained US man in Russia was visiting for wedding; Airline worker’s dance moves bring smiles and goes viral
ABC News: World News Tonight

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Trump on shutdown talks: ‘I’m ready to go’

Associated Press

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

‘I’m stunned’ by all the recession talk — Mohamed El-Erian warns against self-fulfilling prophecies

Economist Mohamed El-Erian warns Wall Street that being overly concerned about an economic recession could actually cause one.
Economy

ECONOMY NEWS UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

‘I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain’: Veteran judge upends hopes of Trump allies as he spotlights Flynn’s misdeeds

Supporters of former national security adviser Michael Flynn thought the independent-minded jurist would reveal overreach by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the FBI.
Politics

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Harry Redknapp wins I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here

OHMYGOSSIP — Harry Redknapp has won ‘I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here’.
The former football manager was voted the new King of The Jungle during Sunday night’s (09.12.18) show, with ‘Inbetweeners’ star Emily Atack taking second place.
Speaking after finding out he had won, Harry said: “I’m amazed. I’m amazed I survived three weeks to be honest with you. When I first came in, I looked and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m in trouble here.’ I looked at the group and I thought, they don’t really know or are interested in anything I’m interested in. No sport and it was only Nick really who knew a little bit about football. I thought it’s going to be a hard couple of weeks but they just dragged me through it, every one of them. They’re the most lovely people I’ve ever met, the whole group. There wasn’t one person I could ever say one single bad word about. They were amazing. Without them, I would never have survived. They really have helped me. They pulled me up hills, they’ve dragged me through the water. They’ve been pushing me; ‘C’mon Harry get up, you can do it.’”
And Emily – who crowned herself as Jungle Princess – was thrilled to have got so far.
She told hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby: “I can’t believe this is happening. I feel like – can I be the Jungle Princess? He’s such a worthy winner and to be alongside him in this final, I’m honoured Mr. Redknapp.”
And Dec had a special thank you for Holly, who stepped in to present the show after Dec’s presenting partner Ant McPartlin would be missing out this year to focus on his recovery.
He told her: “Holly, you’ve been amazing. Thank you so much for everything.”

Source: Female First
Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

I’m working on my sobriety, so I talked to experts about staying sober during the holidays

I’m working on my sobriety, so I talked to experts about staying sober during the holidays


I’m working on my sobriety, so I talked to experts about staying sober during the holidays

When I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family in 2017, I had recently survived a nervous breakdown, had just begun taking antidepressants for my bipolar disorder, was keeping myself afloat on three months of unemployment, and had started to see the cracks in my abusive relationship. It had been a tough year. I wanted to escape those feelings, so I attached myself to the family bar cart in the living room. I overindulged on whatever wine I could get in my glass so I could avoid the interrogation: “How’s the job? Where’s Adam?” etc.

It wasn’t long after Thanksgiving dinner when I decided to become semi-sober. I surrounded myself with other sober women (shoutout to Sarah Ordo, Cara Alwill Leyba, and the Slaying Sobriety Group) and started thinking about how I leaned on alcohol to cope with my life. I became more successful in my career, had a clearer mind, and generally felt more in touch with myself. I was thriving in my new lifestyle.

Then my father died by suicide in July, and maintaining my sobriety got a lot harder.


Holiday season is in full swing, and navigating this time of year can be difficult for anyone. Keep in mind, however, that holiday socializing is often associated with alcohol, and, more often than not, it is associated with overindulgence. For those of us who have chosen sobriety, semi-sobriety, or just more mindful drinking, the holidays can be a minefield of difficult situations.

“The holidays pose a particular risk to those in recovery for a variety of reasons. First, the holiday season can amplify loss, grief, stress, and loneliness in people working to maintain their recovery. To prevent relapse triggers, it is critical for those in recovery to avoid isolation and maintain a normal routine,” states Dr. Brent Boyett, Chief Medical Officer at addiction treatment center Pathway Healthcare.

So I connected with some more experts and got their advice on navigating sobriety during the holiday season:

1. Establish boundaries

“Sobriety is a lifelong journey that requires you to abstain from alcohol and drugs. Once you make that your number-one priority, you’ll know what your next steps are. If you really want to see your friends during the holidays, explain to them that you would love to spend time with them, but you can’t drink or hang out in a bar,” says Carolee Paruta, Clinician and Regional Director of Outpatient Services at Mountainside.

Paruta suggests offering alternatives to friends who ask to make plans. “Maybe you all can go to an early dinner or catch a movie. Make sure that they are aware of what your boundaries are,” she says. “Establishing boundaries will help you and your friends know what to expect and prevent you from being put in uncomfortable situations that could derail your progress. The same goes for family.”

Paruta explains that “friends” who can’t understand this part of your life are probably not supposed to be your friends, or at least not people with whom you should spend your time. “It might be difficult to hear that, but you have to remember that doing what is best for your recovery is what is most important,” she says. “Being sober isn’t all that you are, but it is a big part of you. You need friends in your life who don’t just accept that fact, but support you.”

2. Create a dialogue

Be honest, but that doesn’t mean you have to divulge your personal reasons for sobriety. Laura Taylor, founder of Mingle Mocktails, says, “When someone asks me why I am not drinking, my response is always short and sweet: ‘I am taking a break’ or ‘I just don’t drink.’ I’ve learned that most people just ask out of light curiosity and are satisfied with these simple responses…I’ve found that those individuals who continue to probe with more questions are asking because they’re considering their own drinking issues or thinking about someone in their lives who may have drinking issues.”

Taylor acknowledges that these questions are less stressful now that she has been sober for a few years, but regardless, she believes that brevity is key: “There are other, more interesting topics to discuss at parties than my drinking habits.”

3. BYOBeverage

“I am amazed at how few hosts stop to consider what non-drinkers would like to drink. The default options are typically soda or seltzer, and neither are exciting,” Taylor continues. “Hosts [should] consider their non-drinking guests, and have at least one premium non-alcoholic option on hand, like flavored seltzer, ready to drink mocktails, or fresh juices.” My mother and I are personally fans of La Croix in a wine glass, Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale, or DRY Sparkling Soda in the lavender flavor, and in 2018, we have so many options.

Taylor suggests that hosts ask party guests for non-alcoholic drink preferences in advance. “This need is what inspired me to create my own line of ready to drink mocktails, Mingle Mocktails,” she says. “Non-drinkers deserve something fun, festive, and sophisticated so they can feel…socially connected in these situations.”

4. Seek support and have a network

I suffer from complex traumas, so I lean on my amazing therapist. But I also surround myself with like-minded women in the Slaying Sobriety Group on Facebook, a nationwide network of women who encourage and support each others’ sobriety.

It’s important to have this support from some kind of network since family and friends can unknowingly—but harmfully—attempt to enable unhealthy behaviors. Dr. Boyett tells me, “Though sometimes hard, people in recovery should avoid family and friends who frequently use drugs or alcohol. Many times, family and friends just don’t understand how fragile the recovery process can be. Offering drugs or alcohol to a person in early recovery can result in life-threatening relapse.”

Posted by Sarah Ordo on Friday, July 27, 2018

5. Remember that you are not alone

If you or someone you know is struggling this holiday season, there are organizations ready to help you. This is not something you have to face alone. You can call Alcoholics Anonymous at 212-870-3400 and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 800-662-HELP (4357)—which is available 24 hours a day.

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day.

The post I’m working on my sobriety, so I talked to experts about staying sober during the holidays appeared first on HelloGiggles.

HelloGiggles

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

What are the most famous I’m A Celebrity Bushtucker trials?

WITH I’m a Celebrity 2018 almost over, we countdown the most gut-wrenching trials in the show’s history.

Plus, we reveal the celeb most likely to face more than the rest of the camp mates…

Vanessa White and Jennie McAlpine did the Car Cruel Caraoke task
Vanessa White and Jennie McAlpine did the Car Cruel Caraoke task

What are the I’m A Celebrity bushtucker trials?

A bushtucker trial is a task which the celebs must complete in order to win meals for camp.

The more stars they collect during a task, the more meals they win.

If they fail to win any stars then they have to survive off basic staples – like beans and rice.

Each trial usually involves getting close to Aussie critters like cockroaches, maggots and snakes.

Georgia Toffolo doing the John Trevolt-ing bushtucker trial
Georgia Toffolo doing the John Trevolt-ing bushtucker trial

What are the most famous Bushtucker trials?

  • George Shelley Bushtucker trial – In a task called Cloudy with a Chance of Pigs balls George Shelley had to rip open pigs balls to find three stars. Those real-size pig balls also hit him in the head/ a few times.

  • Alison Hammond and Kayla Collins Bushtucker trial

    Alison Hammond and Kayla Collins had to sit and put alive and kicking insects in their mouths for 20 seconds including grasshoppers, giant burrowing cockroaches, water spiders, yabbies and a stick insect.

  • Katie Price and Kim Woodburn Bushtucker trial – 

    One of the most hard-to-watch eating trials was the one with Katie Price and Kim Woodburn’s as they were forced to eat fish eyes, a cricket, a cockroach, kangaroo anus, a witchetty grub and a kangaroo testicle.

  • Ferne McCann Bushtucker Trial – 

    Ferne had to lay UNDERGROUND with at least forty snakes surrounding her. Then, an arm-sized beast joined Ferne and they turned the lights off right when it wrapped itself round around Ferne’s neck.

  • Ferne McCann Trial – Eating the spider

    The most memorable trial though has to go to Ferne. After she was forced to eat a witchetty grub, a lambs brain, and bulls penis she then had to eat a spider. This one was a tarantula that made noises moving around in the glass and a disgusting crunch sound as she was chewing it. Many viewers found it disturbing and filed a complaint. 1500 of them to be exact!


Who will face the most Bushtucker Trials this season?

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes at the beginning of the series, Anne Hegerty was the favourite to face the most bushtucker trials.

She was at odds of 3/1 and closely followed by Nick and John at 4/1.

Nick Knowles is best known as the DIY SOS presenter and John Barrowman is Scottish-American actor best known for Doctor Who and Torchwood.

Harry Redknapp was at odds of just 14/1.

Hegerty claimed to be terrified of spiders while Knowles said that nothing scares him.

Meanwhile, Barrowman detests confined spaces.

Welcome to The Jungle 🐍🌴

Are you an I'm A Celeb super-fan?

Then you’ll love our free-to-play game: The Jungle

  • Win Amazon vouchers EVERY DAY
  • £5k holiday up for grabs
  • Mini-games to give you an extra fix of the show

Click here to be one of the first to play

When is I’m A Celebrity 2018 on TV?

I’m A Celebrity 2018 launched on Sunday, November 18, on ITV and airs nightly at 9pm.

If you miss the show you can watch it on ITV+1 or catch up via the ITV hub.

The series usually runs for about three weeks and if it follows the previous format and length fans can expect this year’s jungle king or queen to be crowned around the second week of December.

This year the show is presented by Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly as Ant McPartlin takes an extended break from TV.

If you haven’t had your fill of the jungle, you can switch over to ITV2 for Extra Camp immediately after the main show for behind the scenes footage, guests and interviews.

Viewers are invited to join the lively debates via social media and the app as well as putting their questions directly to the campmates live in the studio once they’ve left the Jungle.

This year the Extra Camp will be hosted again by Scarlett MoffattJoel Dommett and Joe Swash.

Which celebrities are in the line-up?

11 stars are in the 2018 line-up, which includes a wide range of stars who we’ll be watching as they get to grips with camp life.

The celebrities in the famous camp are…


TV and Showbiz – latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, TV and film reviews | The Sun

BEST DEAL UPDATE (UK):

Ant McPartlin ‘leaves I’m A Celebrity WhatsApp group to concentrate on recovery’

OHMYGOSSIP — Ant McPartlin has taken a step back from an ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ WhatsApp group to “concentrate on himself”.
The 43-year-old TV presenter has taken some time off from work commitments after he was convicted of drink-driving earlier this year and had a stint in rehab, and Phillip Schofield has revealed his pal isn’t part of the annual chat with his usual co-host Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby, who has stepped in for Ant on the reality series.
When asked if Ant has aired his thoughts on the current series, Phil said: “I think Ant is concentrating on himself and so, no, we’re all letting him get well.
“It’s me, Dec and Holly. I started it when they went out. We had a couple of chats before that.”
Phil admitted he usually has a group chat with Ant and Dec when they host the Australian jungle-based show, and this year he knew Holly was “comfortable” guest co-hosting the programme when he received a message from her during a commercial break on a live show.
He added to Mirror Online: “Both Ant and Dec and myself have also got a WhatsApp group for when they were out there. They’re very much like me. You can text or WhatsApp someone during a commercial break or long VT.
“It took Holly a day or two to settle in. I got the first WhatsApp from her on the group during a commercial break and though, ‘That’s it, she’s comfortable.’ ”
Dec previously admitted he didn’t want another guy to replace Ant on this year’s show.
Speaking last month, he said: “As always I’m incredibly excited to be heading to Oz for ‘I’m A Celebrity’.
“It is obviously tinged with sadness that Ant won’t be coming this year, I’m going to really miss him, but it’s only for one series and he’ll be back stronger next year.
“I didn’t want to host this series with another guy so Holly was top of my list.”

Source: Female First
Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

I’m Second-Guessing the Way We’ve Been Saving for Stepdaughter’s College

Dear Frank,

We laugh about saving for college when kids are very small. They’re little bundles of joy who simply need to be fed and clothed. Why fret about what’s going to happen 18 years from now? And then, all of a sudden, they’re not small anymore. They grow like very opinionated weeds and have their own senses of humor and points of view. And body hair.

I can imagine you’re not the only parent quietly panicking at this as you glance over your stepdaughter’s shoulder trying to decipher how they’re teaching math these days. This very far-off life event is not actually that far off.

The good news is that you’re saving. The bad news is that your money probably isn’t working hard enough for you while it waits for your stepdaughter to make some big decisions about her future.

A 529 savings plan is a solid option because it’s a tax-free investment account. But the penalty is steep for those non-educational withdrawals: a 10% penalty on top of income tax. However, it’s important to note that those funds can be used for almost any educational endeavor, and you can change the beneficiary on the account in the event she doesn’t need all the money.

Another option is a custodial account. As long as the account earns less than around $ 2,100 per year, the earnings are taxed at the child’s rate instead of the parents’.

This type of account can negatively affect how much need-based financial aid she’s eligible for when she applies to school. But the benefit of a custodial account as a college savings plan is that she gets control of the money when she’s 18. That can sound scary right now with a new teenager in the house, but it means that if she chooses not to go to college, she can still use that money toward her future financial security.

Every method of saving for college — from 529s to savings bonds to stuffing cash under the mattress — will have drawbacks. At this point, what’s essential is that the money you’ve already saved gets into an investment account of some sort. When the time rolls around — oh, and it’s about to roll around — you want that money to stretch as far as it possibly can.

Have a tricky money question? Write to Dear Penny at https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/dear-penny

Lisa Rowan is a personal finance expert and senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, and the voice behind Dear Penny. For more practical money tips, visit www.thepennyhoarder.com.

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

The Penny Hoarder Promise: We provide accurate, reliable information. Here’s why you can trust us and how we make money.

The Penny Hoarder

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Sam's Club Membership Offer

Rita Simons cheers as she finally arrives back at the posh Versace hotel after being voted off I’m A Celeb

RITA Simons cheered as she finally arrived back at the posh Versace Hotel after being voted off I’m a Celebrity.

The former EastEnders actress became the fourth celebrity to leave the jungle last night, and was delighted to be reunited with her mum.

Rita Simons cheered as she finally arrived back at the Versace Hotel in Australia
Australia Media

After being interviewed by hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby, Rita, 41, was finally allowed to head back to the luxury hotel for a hot shower and a comfy bed, and she couldn’t have looked more thrilled.

As she pulled up outside, Rita punched the air and cheered with joy before hopping out of the people carrier to applause from fellow guests and the loved ones of her other camp mates.

Hugging her mum, Rita posed for pictures before greeting her jungle pal Sair Khan.

The star’s departure sparked further fix claims last night, as viewers claimed she knew she would be leaving after receiving her letter from home.

The former EastEnders actress punched the air as she climbed out of her car
Australia Media
Rita was the fourth celebrity to be voted off during last night’s show
Australia Media

Predict Sunday’s winner and be in with a chance to win daily Amazon vouchers and a holiday worth £5K


Rita clearly couldn’t wait to get a hot shower and into a comfy bed
Australia Media

The remaining campmates were given notes from their loved ones during last night’s episode and Rita seemed excited about seeing her family before she knew she was going to be voted off.

She said: “It’s so tangible that I’m about to see my family. My barriers have come down a bit and I just miss them all massively.”

Rita did not seem shocked or saddened when host Dec announced she would be leaving the show later in the episode.

A delighted Rita grinned and said: “I’m sorry, I’m just so happy.”


The star posed with her mum before heading into the hotel
Australia Media
Rita was greeted by Sair Khan and the loved ones of the other I’m a Celeb stars
Australia Media

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Rita knew she was leaving before they come into the camp to tell them. Stating something along the lines of “Im about to see my family” after her letter was read out. And was then “voted” off 20 minutes later.”

Another person commented: “Well i’ll be! Its happened again @antanddec ! Rita had her coat on so she knew she was goin!!”

Someone else remarked: “Rita said earlier on in the show “I’ll be seeing my friends and family soon” like again is it FIXED?? She knew??”

Listen to new podcast Jungle VIP, talkRADIO’s cheeky, no-holds-barred take on the action Down Under. Hosted by Jamie East with daily guests, including former campmates and celeb reality TV fans the gang will dish the dirt on the REAL behind-the-scenes gossip. Read more here.


Got a story? email digishowbiz@the-sun.co.uk or call us direct on 02077824220.

We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.


TV and Showbiz – latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, TV and film reviews | The Sun

BEST DEAL UPDATE (UK):

‘I’m Upset I Even Have to Say This.’ Pete Davidson Addresses Struggle With Borderline Personality Disorder

Pete Davidson has publicly addressed his struggle with borderline personality disorder as well as the bullying he says he has endured because of the mental illness.

The Saturday Night Live cast member, who has recently come under public scrutiny for both his breakup with Ariana Grande and a skit on SNL in which he made a controversial joke about a GOP congressional candidate who lost an eye while serving in Afghanistan, took to Instagram on Monday to share a Notes screenshot in which he spoke out against the way he has been treated by those critical of his behavior. Davidson was diagnosed with BPD in 2017.

The full post read as follows:

I’ve kept my mouth shut. Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything. I’m trying to understand how when something happens to a guy the whole entire world just trashes him without any facts or frame of reference. Especially in today’s climate where everyone loves to be offended and upset it truly is mind boggling. I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months. I’ve spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth. I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this. To all those holding me down and seeing this for what it is – I see you and I love you.

Davidson has previously spoken about his mental health struggles both on SNL and in interviews. “I’ve been having a lot of problems,” he told Marc Maron on the WTF podcast in September 2017. “This whole year has been a f—ing nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”

View this post on Instagram

💙

A post shared by Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) on


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Miranda Kerr: I’m happy with my mum body

OHMYGOSSIP — Miranda Kerr feels happy with her “mum bod”.
The 35-year-old model – who has sons Flynn, seven, and six-month-old Hart – has revealed she is content with her post-pregnancy figure.
She confessed: “I’ve got a mum bod and it’s fine!”
The Australian beauty – who married her second husband, the billionaire businessman Evan Spiegel, in 2017 – thinks it’s important that women don’t feel under pressure to lose their baby weight in sudden fashion.
Speaking to Marie Claire Australia, Miranda shared: “It’s really important as women that we’re gentle with ourselves and don’t feel like we have to snap back into shape after a baby.”
The Victoria’s Secret model is happy to bide her time to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.
In fact, Miranda admitted her body may not ever feel the same as it did before the arrival of her second child.
She said: “I don’t mind. It’s all part of it. I took nine months – well, 10 months – to grow a beautiful child and it might take 10 months to feel good in a swimsuit again. Or longer. Or never!”
Meanwhile, Orlando Bloom – Miranda’s first husband – is reportedly ready to “settle down” with Katy Perry.
The British actor – who is the father of Miranda’s son Flynn – is feeling “like a new person” and thinks he’s “matured” a lot since the first time they started dating in 2016.
A source recently explained: “He is ready to settle down with Katy.
“Being with Katy makes Orlando very happy.
“In the past, he seemed so scattered and unwilling to settle down. He is like a new person now and everyone is excited for him.”

Source: IconInsider.com
Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

I’m A Celeb’s Emily Atack boasts about weight loss after living off rations for seven days in the jungle

EMILY Atack boasted she’d lost weight in I’m A Celebrity after living off rations for a week.

The 28-year-old star pulled up her top and showed off her baggy trousers as she admired her slimmer stomach and extra wriggle room – seven days after entering the jungle.

Im a celeb
Emily Atack told the camp she has lost weight after living off rice and beans for a week in Im A Celeb
Rex Features
Emily Atack
Emily made fans laugh when she pulled up her top and showed off her belly on I’m A Celeb
Rex Features

Emily said to Fleur East and John Barrowman: “These were tight when I came in here. I just want to lose a bit of weight so that when I get home and it’s Christmas I have a bit of room and can put it back on again.

She added: “I love food so much, I love cheese and champagne and salads, fries, yum.”

John reassured The Inbetweeners star that she looked great and got the camp mates salivating with a cheese dip recipe.

Emily Atack
Emily was proud of her the weight loss
Rex Features

He said: “Just chuck a Camembert in the oven and rub your face in it when it comes out, a cheese facial.”
But Noel got frisky and added: “And get someone you love to lick it off.”

Emily had fans in a lather earlier this week when she stripped off with Fleur and Sair Khan for a jungle shower.

She wasn’t the only star to enjoy their first jungle soak, with Harry Redknapp whipping his kit off.


Love I’m A Celeb? Play our new game The Jungle now – win daily prizes and a holiday worth £5K


Rex Features

I’m A Celeb’s Emily Atack stunned in a blue bikini tonight as she hit the camp shower for the first time[/caption]

Rex Features

The actress looked great in the tasselled two-piece, beaming as she scrubbed herself down[/caption]

Rex Features

Sair Khan opted for a stylish black set in the tub[/caption]

She managed to get clean after a long day of trials
Rex Features
Rex Features
Fleur paddled in the water and cooled off as Emily and Rita Simons also made the most of bath time
Rex Features

Rex Features

Harry Redknapp whipped his kit off[/caption]

The football manager enjoyed a thorough wash in his blue swimshorts, coordinating nicely with Emily.

Fleur East brought the sunshine with her yellow bikini, while Sair Khan opted for a stylish black set.

The shower scenes go down a treat with fans each year and tonight was no exception.

One viewer who won’t be so keen on seeing Harry shower, though, is his former Liverpool and England midfielder son Jamie, 45, who previously said: “Dad hasn’t really got any phobias, to be honest.Emily Atack

Emily Atack admitted to The Sun that she is looking for love


“As a kid he was never worried about spiders. I’m worried about him with the shower scene in his pants!

“I hope he finds a mate in there because from people I’ve spoken to the hardest things are lack of food, but he doesn’t eat a lot my dad so that’s gonna help him, and secondly it’s the boredom factor, there’s no racing channel for him to watch.”

Listen to new podcast Jungle VIP, talkRADIO’s cheeky, no-holds-barred take on the action Down Under. Hosted by Jamie East with daily guests, including former campmates and celeb reality TV fans the gang will dish the dirt on the REAL behind-the-scenes gossip. Read more here.

TV and Showbiz – latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, TV and film reviews | The Sun

BEST DEAL UPDATE (UK):

Roseanne Barr Shuts Down Heart Attack Rumors: ‘I’m Fine’

Setting the record straight. Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to deny rumors she suffered a heart attack after a man claiming to be her assistant called a radio host to say that she was ill.

“I’m fine,” the former Roseanne star, 66, captioned a photo of herself wearing a faux corset T-shirt and leggings on Saturday, November 24.

She elaborated with a second tweet, writing, “I was the victim of a prank. I’ve had no medical issues. I’m spending time at home with my family and relaxing.”

Earlier on Saturday, a man named Frank who claimed to be Roseanne’s assistant called Sputnik News radio host Lee Stranahan while he was recording a live Periscope video to say that she was suffering a medical emergency.

“Yes, this is Roseanne’s assistant,” the man can be heard saying in a clip. “This is Roseanne’s assistant, Frank … She just had a heart attack. I’m trying to figure out exactly what to do about this.”

He continued, “You left her a voicemail, email? And you were talking about underwear and stuff?”

Stranahan, 53, tweeted about the incident on Saturday. “I was doing a call-in segment about Zionism on Periscope when the phone rang, saying it was my friend @therealroseanne,” he wrote. “I was surprised but it’s a topic she’s interested in so … It was her assistant, saying she’d had a heart attack. This went out live. I don’t know her status.”

He also tweeted, “Please send prayers to @therealroseanne.”

The talk show host clarified on Twitter that the call came from Barr’s real phone number and that he had indeed previously left her a voicemail about underwear as a joke.

Later that day, he gave fans an update, tweeting, “I’ve spoken to her on the phone. She is fine. This is so weird.”

Barr has largely remained out of the spotlight since the reboot of her ABC series, Roseanne, was canceled in May over a tweet the comedian posted in which she made a racist slur against former White House aide Valerie Jarrett.

Its spinoff, The Conners, debuted in September without Barr.

Us Weekly

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

15 Things I’m Thankful For

I love the Thanksgiving tradition of reflecting on what you’re thankful for. Here are fifteen things that come to mind for me this year. Eight are in fashion and style, and the other seven are in my personal life. 

In Fashion & Style

  1. FINALLY this year, many more retailers in the US provided extended sizes across assorted collections. More models wear a size larger than a US0 to 4. Nordstrom made a point of displaying regular sizes and plus sizes in the same in-store department. May these significant changes pave the way for a more diverse fashion world.
  2. YLF has a strong Southern hemisphere contingent who stick with the Northern hemisphere seasonal content on this site. That takes commitment, patience, and I’m impressed. Thank you Australian, New Zealand and South African Fabbers for your support and loyalty. You are an amazing bunch.
  3. Thank you Naturalizer for making fashionably fab shoes in an assortment of widths and colours that go the distance.
  4. Thank you Boden, COS, Pendleton, G-Star, Club Monaco, Universal Standard, Furla, Pendleton, Aquatalia, Ecco, Paul Green, Helene Berman, Zella, Hispanitas, Reiss, Karen Millen, 3.1 Philip Lim, and Converse for providing consistently good quality.
  5. Thank you Spring & Summer 2018 collections for the best dress and skirt season that I can remember.
  6. I’m grateful for the very large assortment of jeans silhouettes for those who wear jeans regularly.
  7. Thank you for bringing back earth tones because we were starved of them. It has taken ten years for brown to make a comeback! My word. It’s about time.
  8. I wear footwear with heels between one to one and a half inches 99.9% of the time. I’m grateful that flats and very low heels are on-trend and modern, and that there is no need to wear a higher heel for any occasion these days.

In My Personal Life

  1. Six months ago, we committed to a loft in Salt Lake City, UT, which is where Greg works part of the time. Having a second home where Greg, Yorkie Sam and I can have more family time has been a game changer. We are thoroughly enjoying our life in both cities. It’s fun to make new friends and to make a new city our home. 
  2. Our dual city lifestyle would not work if Sam didn’t travel by air as well as he does. He’s an experienced frequent flier and as good as gold. I can’t be more grateful for our precious little doggie, who is a constant source of joy, support, love, and entertainment.
  3. My flexible work schedule allows me to live in Salt Lake City for part of the month, and visit my sweet Dad in the Netherlands every three to four months. If I didn’t have YLF and a very established clientele in Seattle, things would be harder.
  4. I’m grateful to have spent quality time with Greg’s parents in South Africa this year. I love them dearly, and hope to see them more frequently.
  5. Although visiting my Dad frequently has its sad moments, being able to see Inge every time I visit is a gift. Inge is an absolute sweetheart, and I am grateful for her friendship.
  6. I come alive in hot weather and love dressing for Summer. So I’m grateful that between spending a fortnight in Italy, having better than usual Seattle weather, and spending half my time in Salt Lake City, I had a very hot and long Summer this year. Woohooo. My favourite weather.
  7. Most importantly, I am grateful for my hubs Greg, and all that he is and does. He continues to devote time and expertise to YLF despite his busy work schedule. My most fun and happy times are with Greg, and I’m thankful to have him as my best friend and partner.

We at YouLookFab wish you and your families a happy, safe and peaceful Thanksgiving weekend.

Sam


YouLookFab

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Kim Woodburn reveals I’m A Celeb crew in camp lurk in the bushes ready to stop snake attacks

I’M A Celebrity has employed “hundreds” of security staff to crawl through the bush and stop venomous snakes reaching stars in camp.

Kim Woodburn, 76, appeared in the show in 2009 along with Katie Price and winner Gino D’Acampo, and said they felt safe when they spotted snake hunters on their rounds.

KiminPink
Kim Woodburn has shared her expert knowledge of the Im A Celerbity camp
Kim Woodburn has revealed the I'm A Celeb stars will be protected in the wild by 'hundreds' of security
Kim Woodburn has revealed the I’m A Celeb stars will be protected in the wild by ‘hundreds’ of security
Rex Features

Skilled handlers jumped into action if a celeb was in danger, as Kim exclusively told The Sun: “You don’t see anybody when you’re there, but there are hundreds of security people throughout the jungle in camouflage equipment

“On your way to that dunny that stinks to high heaven, you might see one in the bushes.

“They are there because if you see a snake, or anything you think is frightening you shout “snake!” and you know that they are in that spot in a second.”

The likes of Fleur East, Emily Atack and Sair Khan signed up this year and have been shut off from the world.

I'm A Celeb
Katie Price starred in the same series as Kim back in 2009
ITV
The 76-year-old star said teams of people scour the bush around camp to clear the area of snakes
The 76-year-old star said teams of people scour the bush around camp to clear the area of snakes
Rex Features
KiminPink
The telly favourite has assured fans the stars are safe from venomous predators

Kim said they’ll soon get used to being blanked by crew members too, as the production team is banned from speaking to them.

She added: “The only other time you would see anybody is when they tell you to come up to the bushes and you’ll find a couple of chaps in camouflage and they want to change your battery.

“You turn round, he doesn’t say a word. You say thank you, he doesn’t say thank you back, and down you walk.”

Kim’s insight comes after former I’m A Celeb runner up Jake Quickenden said the staff fear getting sacked if they open their mouths.


Love I’m A Celeb? Play our new game The Jungle now – win daily prizes and a holiday worth £5K


Emily Atack
Fleur East, Emily Atack, Anne Hegerty, Rita Simons and James McVey
Rex Features
Emily Atack
Jake is pals with Emily Atack and Fleur East and predicted how they’ll fair in the jungle
Rex Features
Fleur East
Fleur’s pal says she’ll struggle with the lack of food but will get on well with the campmates
Rex Features

He said the novelty of sleeping in the jungle is about to wear off as the conditions become dire, telling The Sun: “People start getting hungry, then if it rains people start getting moody.

“Even when you walk into trials the cameramen don’t speak to you. You are that shut off from the world.

“I remember asking one of them ‘Do you know what the Man United score was at the weekend?’ and they said ‘Jake we’re not allowed to speak to you.’

Australia
A black ringed mangrove snake. Australia has seen a high number of snakes because of unusually wet weather


“One of them was eating a Tic Tac and I said, ‘Mate, I couldn’t have a Tic Tac could I?’ And he was like ‘ I can’t give you a Tic Tac I’ll get sacked.’

“I said, ‘you’ll get sacked over a tic tac?’ All I wanted was a different taste in my mouth. My mouth was dry for the whole time. You’re not drinking cold water, it’s always hot because you’re boiling it.

“My wee was like golden syrup by the end of it.”

Listen to new podcast Jungle VIP, talkRADIO’s cheeky, no-holds-barred take on the action Down Under. Hosted by Jamie East with daily guests, including former campmates and celeb reality TV fans the gang will dish the dirt on the REAL behind-the-scenes gossip. Read more here.

TV and Showbiz – latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, TV and film reviews | The Sun

BEST DEAL UPDATE (UK):

Gucci Mane ft. Kevin Gates “I’m Not Goin,’” Tory Lanez ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie “If It Ain’t Right” & More | Daily Visuals 11.16.18

Meadows Day 2 Performances

Source: Bernard Smalls / @PhotosByBeanz

Gucci Mane’s next project Evil Genius is just a few weeks away from hitting the streets so you can expect the ATLien to begin churning out new work in the coming weeks to build a buzz for the December 7th release.

Holding court in what seems to be an abandoned church, Gucci Mane and Kevin Gates get things lit while seemingly ready to commit sin with the thick young women in attendance for the clip to “I’m Not Goin’.”

From the south to the north, Tory Lanez throws a little soiree in his home where A Boogie and a bevy of young women join him for some red light special fun in the clip to “If It Ain’t Right.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from XXXTentacion & Lil Pump featuring Maluma and Swae Lee, Mozzy, and more.

GUCCI MANE FT. KEVIN GATES – “I’M NOT GOIN’”

TORY LANEZ FT. A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE – “If IT AIN’T RIGHT”

XXXTENTACION & LIL PUMP FT. MALUMA & SWAE LEE – “ARMS AROUND YOU”

MOZZY – “ONE OF MINES”

LITTLE SIMZ – “BOSS”

OSBS & LIL XAN – “OSB ANTHEM”

BLACC CUZZ – “ON GOD”

The Latest Hip-Hop News, Music and Media | Hip-Hop Wired

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Jeff Goldblum: I’m glad I waited to have kids

OHMYGOSSIP — Jeff Goldblum is “glad” he waited until later in life to have children.
The 66-year-old actor has two sons – Charlie, three, and River, 19 months – with his wife Emilie Livingston, and has said he’s pleased he waited until he was older to have his brood, because he can “enjoy” fatherhood more now that he’s less “self involved” than he used to be.
He said: “I am glad I didn’t have kids until now really. I don’t know that I was equipped and I was busy and probably more self involved than I’m possibly capable of now, we’ll see. I do enjoy my kids now.”
The ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ star admits it was Emilie’s idea to start a family, and says that although he was apprehensive about the idea at first, a trip to his therapist made him realise he was actually “wildly enthusiastic” about the prospect of fatherhood.
Speaking during an appearance on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ – which airs on Saturday (17.11.18) – he said: “After a couple of years during a sweet, sweet moment, she said, ‘Jeez, this is going so well, what if we had a baby?’ and I had flirted with the idea before and was glad that I hadn’t and had confirmed to myself that I wasn’t going to but because she said it, and because of what was going on between her and I, I thought, this is a serious and interesting proposition. And it wasn’t until a year later when we went to my therapist and excavated and brought to the surface all of my considerations that I became clear and wildly enthusiastic about it.”
Meanwhile, the ‘Independence Day’ star recently revealed he’d love to add a girl to his brood, but doesn’t think his 35-year-old spouse is as keen.
He admitted: “I’d love a little girl. The other week Emilie said, ‘Gee, I’d like to see you with a girl.’ But I don’t think she really wants it. I think she’s happy to stop with these two.”

Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

I’m Not Ready to Make Nice—I’m Ready to Make Change

Growing up, I remember starting more than a few metaphorical fires. I’d passionately argue with anyone on a range of topics: I fought to allow girls on the kickball team; advocated to save the life of an endangered insect found on the playground; even debated the best method for solving a math problem. While my arguments often had merit, I struggled in communicating my points to those around me. I had opinions, but I lacked diplomacy. I found no middle ground, no third option that existed between staying silent and going too far.

It seemed there was only one solution: If I could not be “nice,” could not make everyone feel comfortable and unchallenged, then I should say nothing at all.

Darakshan Raja speaking at a rally against Trump’s Muslim ban sponsored by Freedom Muslim American Women’s Policy. (Lorie Shaull / Creative Commons)

When I transferred to an all-girls high school in ninth grade, I saw that this experience of polite avoidance was universal. When topics of contention came up—such as racial privilege, homophobia and the complicated American political climate—there were only a few of us mature enough to meet the issue head-on. Having never been taught to address such complicated disagreements, much less how to address them, I was at first clumsy, abrasive, even tactless. Women are so often taught to be agreeable, to settle, to make peace for the sake of being “nice,” that often I brushed aside my personal truths for the sake of avoiding conflict.

But slowly, as I lived out my time surrounded by my female peers, I began to recognize an important distinction between “nice” and “kind.”

Kindness is genuine. It occurs when students lend each other shampoo and laundry detergent and textbooks in the dorms without the expectation of anything in return. It is fostered when upperclassmen offer guidance, advice, and free Starbucks to new students, hoping only to put them at ease and bring them joy in a time of difficult transition.

Kindness can be found everywhere and anywhere, and it doesn’t preclude the sharing of opinions or the acknowledgement of personal differences. In fact, the act of disagreeing, and of resolving disagreement, is foundational for true kindness—an understanding of another’s perspective, an act of great empathy that allows us to truly see each other for who we are. Solidarity created through resolved disagreement will always be stronger than the uneasy acquaintanceship between people who never truly try to understand one another.

To be “nice,” however, would be to say that every disagreement I had reached a resolution and that I somehow became friends with everyone with whom I was ever at odds. To be “nice” was to be pleasing to someone else, deferent and docile for the sake of their comfort.

With this realization, I was able finally to strike a balance between restraining my initial thoughts and unintentionally hurting someone. The truth is that no matter how much kindness and respect you give, not everyone will return it, and some people will withhold that basic respect because of a part of your fundamental identity.

If there is one thing I learned at Miss Porter’s School, it was to never ever accept the presence of prejudice in our society as unchallengeable. It is this idea that unifies so many of us—and can provide us the common ground upon which to disagree, respectfully and effectively, with one another.

The time for women and other historically marginalized groups to accept prejudice is long over, and the time in which we stood at quiet odds with each other, instead of in solidarity, must pass. That is the mission I was given in my four years of high school, and the mission I now pass on to all of you. It is not only our right, but our responsibility to speak up and demand recognition, liberation and change—for ourselves and for those whose situations are so dire that they cannot speak for themselves. To do so, we must embrace kindness and empowerment and reject “niceness” and complacency.

Your voice is your power. Don’t quiet it for the sake of someone else.

Jillian Landolina is a recent graduate of Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and a first-year student at Sarah Lawrence College.

ms. blog digest banner

The post I’m Not Ready to Make Nice—I’m Ready to Make Change appeared first on Ms. Magazine Blog.

Ms. Magazine Blog

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Book ‘I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy!’ Turns Into an Animated Series

In 2016, first-time author Joshua Drummond and his mom Betty K. Bynum co-wrote I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy, an illustrated children’s book that aims to address the void in animated network programming targeted to African American children ages 6-11 years old. Now media heavyweight Reginald Hudlin of Hudlin Entertainment has commissioned the illustrated children’s book I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy! for a new animation series entitled Brilliant Boys. “There are no animated series for our boys right now,” says Drummond. “It’s time to address that. I grew up seeing limited reflections of myself, especially in animation form. Today, there aren’t any animated series starring ordinary black boys just being cool and doing fun things. It’s my intention to help remedy that with Brilliant Boys!

With praise from ESPN’s The Undefeated and the Steve Harvey Show, the book garnered support from Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Academy Award-nominated filmmaker John Singleton—all of whom provided quotes for the book’s cover. To turn the book’s message into a movement, the book included a viral video featuring appearances by actor Vin Diesel, Michael Ealy, Blair Underwood, and Omari Hardwick to name a few.

black boy

Joshua Drummond

 

In the midst of Hudlin fielding network interest for the vibrant series, we caught up with Drummond to learn more about his commitment to positive representation for black boys as well as how he landed A-list celebrity support.

After noticing the scarcity of books with positive messages available for young black boys, how long did it take you to turn your ideas into a book series?

This book series process took over a year. I wrote during my spare time after school hours for college. I had to make sacrifices. I had to replace partying with friends with staying indoors and writing as well as balancing class and studying schedule so I was able to complete the writing in two months’ time. My family company, Dreamtitle Publishing contacted illustrator Brian McGee and he was all aboard for the illustrations.

The creative phase was the easy part, while the business phase was a learning experience for me. It’s a three-tier process: developing, creating, and marketing. And it’s a lot to each step. I was thankful to have a creative and business-savvy mom, Betty K. Bynum, to mentor me through the process.

How did you gain support from A-list celebrities such as Denzel Washington?

Celebrities in the industry who have an entrepreneurial mindset really understood the purpose of my book I’m a Brilliant Little Black Boy! They felt the message of the book and gravitated toward it. Being born into black Hollywood was a blessing that comes with many perks. Long before I was a writer, my father, Warren Drummond, brought me over to John Singleton’s house to hang out with him and his son. Our families always had a genuine bond, so John was all for it when he heard about the book series. I met Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson during my childhood on projects my parents worked with them on. I always looked up to them as hardworking black actors. My dad mentioned the book to Denzel while working together on Fences, and he and his wife Pauletta gave us support!  I mean, that’s like getting Barack AND Michelle!

You wrote the show bible for Brilliant Boys! along with the 13-episode summaries in tandem with your dad—celebrated film & TV storyboard artist Warren Drummond. What key messages would you like young boys to take away from your book as well as the animated series? 

First, giving credit to my mom, Betty as a producer on this project for having the initial original idea and pushing us forward to create a series based on this book—a lot of inspiration came from Reginald Hudlin’s past and current works. Bebe’s Kids was a well-written and produced show and the same goes for the Proud FamilyThe Boondocks is probably one of my favorite animations of all time, and his work on the Black Panther graphic novel series is some pretty epic stuff. My children’s book focused on one character and his friends were his “boys” for the most part. So the goal now for the Brilliant Boys animation is to focus on a whole group of fun kids with a bit of parental-shouldering in a format similar to those works I just mentioned. Many black children out there come from single-parent households, no parents, and many other frustrating circumstances. I want this show to be fun for them as something they can turn on to see themselves in a fun positive way doing things that they may be thinking of doing or things they can get inspired to do, or just seeing kids that look like them and their friends or family. But still providing simple and clear stories kids can relate to. Just some real fun with jokes and stories—and I learned that from Reggie Hudlin!

The post Book ‘I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy!’ Turns Into an Animated Series appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Lifestyle | Black Enterprise

FASHION DEALS UPDATE:

I’m A Celebrity 2018 line-up rumours – Will Conor McGregor and Ronnie O’Sullivan be heading into the jungle?

I’M A Celebrity 2018 is set to return to our screens, with excitement and rumours building ahead of the big launch.

The line-up has yet to be confirmed, however the guesses for who will star are flooding in thick and fast. Here are the latest names linked to star on the ITV series.

Who are the latest rumoured celebrities rumoured for I’m A Celebrity 2018?

Speculation is growing over who may be heading to Australia for the 2018 series.

The much-awaited series 18 is on its way, but who will be heading into the jungle?

And who could soon be tucking into kangaroo penises and raw fish eyes?

Here we take a look at three potential contestants…

Conor McGregor

Sportsfile – Subscription

UFC fighter Conor McGregor, 30, has emerged as a possible I’m A Celeb 2018 contestant[/caption]

The 30-year-old Irish UFC fighter is currently facing a suspension from the sport following a brawl after his latest fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

He is claimed to be one of the favourites to come out tops in the jungle.

Bookmakers Coral are taking bets on Conor to appear on I’m A Celeb 2018 with almost even odds of 2-1.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Alamy Live News

Snooker ace Ronnie O’Sullivan has expressed a strong desire to go Down Under[/caption]

Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan could be the next sportsman to jump into the Jungle after admitting last year he’d love to go.

He said: “I would, a million per cent, I’d do anything now, I would love it.

“I’m up for it. I used to think, ‘no, I couldn’t do that, I’ve got to be a pure snooker player,’ but you get to a stage when you think, ‘This is painful and that’s all fun, a good laugh’.

He added: “Why not? Let’s have a bit of the jungle. They’ll think I’m a gorilla when they look at me and I take my T-shirt off.”

Lucy Fallon

Getty – Contributor

Lucy Fallon is another celebrity tipped to fly out to Oz[/caption]

Corrie star Lucy, 22, is known for her role as Bethany Platt in the nation’s most-loved soap.

She has been tipped to be a candidate this year and has shown interest in the past.

When asked about a possible stint on the programme, Lucy said: “I like to challenge myself and that’s the most challenging show you can do.”

Who else could be joining Conor McGregor, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Lucy Fallon on I’m A Celebrity 2018?

These celebs have all been tipped to appear:

Toff was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2017 ahead of Iain Lee, left, and Jamie Lomas, right
Toff was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2017 ahead of Iain Lee, left, and Jamie Lomas, right
Rex Features

Who won on I’m A Celebrity 2017?

Made In Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo was crowned the Queen of the Jungle in 2017.

Georgia, known as Toff, told Ant and Dec in the immediate aftermath of her win: “I don’t know what to say.

“Obviously, I didn’t think anyone would like me, never mind… sorry, I’m really taken aback.

“Thank you so much, I don’t know what to say, I’m really shocked!”

The show was marred with claims that the campmates were bullying Iain Lee who finished third.

Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas came second.


When is I’m A Celebrity back on TV?

No date has been confirmed for I’m A Celebrity 2018.

But it is likely to start in November and end in December 2018.

ITV will again air the show after agreeing a new two-year-deal before the start of the last series.

The show usually runs for three weeks and this year will be presented by Dec Donnelly and Holly Willoughby.

TV and Showbiz – latest celebrity news, gossip, photos, TV and film reviews | The Sun

BEST DEAL UPDATE (UK):

Elvis Costello Is Mad as Hell: ‘I’ll Punch the Next Person’ Who Says I’m Struggling With Cancer

Stephen Done

“I know that’s a very attractive headline to say I’ve got cancer, but it’s just not founded in fact,” Elvis Costello insists after I mention a recent story that said he was in remission.

“I’m not going to critique other writers, because I had a very nice conversation with a young man the other day, and 99.9 percent of the article he wrote was really interesting, but he used the word ‘remission’ to describe my health, and therefore his editor decided to put cancer in the headline,” Costello explains, noticeably still upset about the incident. “I’m not in remission because I didn’t have cancer. How could I be in remission? I was relieved of something that may have caused cancer. So out of respect to my friends who recently have lost that particular fight, and to those that continue to have it, of which I have rather too many, I’d rather everyone get the words right.”

In fact, Costello and I had corresponded last summer, and he had claimed then he was fine, if a bit shocked and suitably heartened that anyone cared about his health, even while headlines made it sound as though he was at death’s door after he’d been forced to cancel a string of live shows.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

The Daily Beast Latest Articles

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!