Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett Got into a Physical Fight at a Pre-Emmys Party

The Hunt for the Trump Tapes host Tom Arnold and MGM Worldwide Television Group chairman Mark Burnett reportedly got into a physical altercation at a pre-Emmys party over the weekend.

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During arrivals for the Evening Before Emmy fundraiser at the Lawn at Century Park in Los Angeles Sunday, Variety reported Monday, a “scuffle ensued” between the two men as they arrived to the event around 9:30 p.m. local time. Sources cited in the report claim that the scuffle consisted of “shoving.” According to Arnold, Burnett at one point attempted to choke him. Kevin Bacon, Arnold added, is a “reliable brawl witness.” Roma Downey, Burnett’s wife, claimed Arnold ambushed Burnett.

Burnett has been a frequent subject of Arnold’s criticism for his refusal to unleash Apprentice outtakes that allegedly show the neo-Nazi-sympathizer-in-chief using the N-word and spewing other offensiveness. In her recent book, ex-White House staffer Omarosa also claimed to have heard the N-word used on multiple occasions during the NBC series’ run.

Arnold detailed his dedication to exposing the alleged tapes in Brian Hiatt’s excellent Rolling Stone profile last month. “It was like somebody put together a ‘fuck this guy’ [compilation],” Arnold said of the tapes, one of which is an alleged highlight reel of sorts showing Trump saying offensive shit. “Everyone has one, on every show.”

For those of you who were embarrassed by Cardi/Nicki at NYFW, this just goes to show you that ‘on sight’ has no color.

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The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said the allegation of sexual misconduct years ago came from a person who “strongly requested confidentiality.”
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I fell in love with Estella. It was love at first sight. I was 13 years old and in the 7th grade when we were made to read Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. As soon as the boy Pip reaches the graveyard where his parents are buried and runs into the convict Magwitch, which is to say, by about page three, I became Pip’s staunch ally to such an extent that I identified with him completely.

Pip was a quasi-orphan being raised by his ill-tempered sister and her gentle giant of a husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery. I was the child of recently divorced parents and increasingly, painfully aware that my mother and I inhabited—tenuously—one of the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

In my mind, Pip and I were one. So when he fell in love with the unattainable Estella, so did I. To a 13-year-old boy with not much money, not much in the way of looks, and with no confidence at all, “unattainable” is the very definition of Miss Right.

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Paige Denim Expands Into Footwear

HAPPY FEET: Paige Denim is expanding its offer to include a new range of footwear that’s designed to channel the same laid-back Californian vibe the denim label for which the brand is known.
Founder Paige Adams-Geller, a self-confessed shoe addict, said she has always used her personal footwear collections to inspire her designs and was waiting for the moment when she could launch her own line independently, her goal being to avoid licensing and maintain full creative control.
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Macallan Owner Edrington Makes Its First Foray Into American Whiskey

Edrington, the parent company of popular whiskey brands such as Macallan, Highland Park, and The Famous Grouse, is making its first foray into the American whiskey market through a new partnership with Wyoming Whiskey. No financial details regarding the arragement were disclosed.

Starting this week, Edrington, whose portfolio previously existed exclusively overseas, will take control of all of the U.S. distillery’s sales and marketing efforts as well as handle distribution for the brand’s products.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with the Mead family to bring Wyoming Whiskey into the Edrington portfolio. This deal is a further step towards becoming the world’s leading premium spirits company and adds to a brilliant year in which we opened our award-winning distillery and brand home for The Macallan,” Edrington CEO Ian Curle said in a statement.

Wyoming Whiskey will continue to be made in Kirby, WY. using Wyoming grains and water from the mile-deep limestone aquifer.

 

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Roxanne Pallett goes into hiding after becoming ‘Britain’s most hated woman’ and vows to give up celebrity life

ROXANNE Pallett will disappear from the spotlight after telling pals she wants to quit showbiz following her disastrous stint in Celebrity Big Brother.

The actress, 35, called herself the “most hated woman in Britain” and admitted she’s “scared for the future” during an emotional interview with Emma Willis yesterday as she addressed the fall out from her claim she was assaulted by Ryan Thomas.

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Roxanne Pallett is disappearing from the spotlight and quitting showbiz after her disastrous stint in Celebrity Big Brother[/caption]

A source exclusively told The Sun Online: “Roxanne will turn her back on showbiz.

“She understands she’s upset many people and wants to step out of the spotlight to focus on herself.

“She’s not interested in anything to do with fame now and is convinced time away is the best thing for her.”

The former Emmerdale star vomited after appearing on The Jeremy Vine Show earlier in the day as the stress of “punchgate” got to her.

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Today it was revealed she will not be returning to Emmerdale after she falsely accused Ryan Thomas of assaulting her.

The 35-year-old quit the house after “punchgate” and has faced a furious backlash from viewers and former co-stars who have sprung to Ryan’s defence.

Roxanne wants to spend time focusing on herself

Soap bosses have ruled out a returns for Roxanne in the Dales, despite a public apology during last night’s CBB.

A spokesman for Emmerdale said: “There are no plans, nor have there been, to bring back the character of Jo Sugden.”

Roxanne’s performances in the soap between 2005 and 2008 drew critical acclaim, and she was involved in a major domestic violence story line.

Her tearful interview with Emma yesterday has been called “insincere” and a “publicity stunt” by viewers convinced she only did it for damage limitation.

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Fans praised the show’s host for not holding back when she questioned the 35-year-old over the allegations.

Roxanne winced and started to cry after Emma challenged her on the statements she made against Ryan.

Emma, 42, said: “You could have ruined him”.

An emotional Roxanne replied: “It’s a lot to deal with. I’m the most hated girl in Britain right now.

“I am scared about the future… I just want to say I’m sorry.”


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Larry and Toby Milstein Expand ‘Millennial Pink Party’ Into Weekend Long Retreat

The second annual Millennial Pink Party takes to the Hamptons this weekend, and this year the concept has been expanded into a full weekend of events with the help of partners like BCBGeneration, Bloomingdale’s and The Class by Taryn Toomey.
Millennial Pink Party made its debut last year as the re-branded take on the Milstein family’s annual summer Hamptons bash. Real estate scions Larry and Toby Milstein embraced the rosy hue and moved the party to the Breakers in Montauk to lure the young Manhattan social crowd for the party, in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign.
After its success, the one-night event has grown into a weekend, which begins tonight with a private beachside dinner hosted by Whispering Angel. The guest list for Friday night is made up of the Millennial Pink Founders Collective, who are categorized as “a handpicked group of 25 VIP taste makers who will serve as social ambassadors for the Millennial Pink community and provide creative direction on the event.”
Come Saturday, celebrity workout favorite Taryn Toomey will host a session of her workout The Class for guests, followed by the official party at night and a brunch to close things out on Sunday.
The event last year raised more than $ 15,000 for

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#Resistance Twitter Star Seth Abramson Wants to Turn His Threads Into a Book

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Over the past two years, New Hampshire professor and writer Seth Abramson has cultivated a #resistance Twitter following of more than 500,000 by posting lengthy threads prognosticating about the direction of the investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

And now, following in the footsteps of other #resistance heroes, he’s looking to leverage his Twitter fame to get into a new line of business. In his case, he’s shopping a book.

“People have been blindsided by the Trump phenomenon,” explained Aram Sinnreich, a media studies professor at American University. “They need an explanation to help them deal” with the current political climate, he added. And so popular pundits look to cash in on that need.

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This Guy Turned a Basement Full of Garbage Into a $30K/Month Business


Alex Broches has been broke, homeless and suicidal.

But those low points are well behind him now that he’s running a successful business. What’s it built on?

Garbage.

Broches owns and operates The Junk Removal Dudes, which he describes as a cross between movers and garbage men. He’s been pleasantly surprised to discover that there are a whole lot of people with junk to get rid of.

“In a slow month, we’ll do like $ 8,000 to $ 10,000, gross sales,” says Broches, whose business services northern Illinois. “In a busy month, we’ll do around $ 30,000.”

Starting a Junk Removal Business

Alex Broches works poses for a portrait as he cleans a garage in Sycamore, Illinois in January 2018. Photo by Katherine McLaughlin
Broches poses for a portrait as he cleans a garage in Sycamore, Ill., in January 2018. Photo by Katherine McLaughlin

The Junk Removal Dudes began back in 2015 when Broches’ mother, who owns a house-cleaning business, asked him to clear the junk from one of her client’s basements.

Broches split the first job with a friend who had a pickup truck. The duo hauled away old toys, holiday decorations and furniture. They made $ 200 for less than an hour’s work.

“[I did] it for the extra money and just to help,” the 30-year-old entrepreneur says. “And afterward, I was like, ‘Huh, that was kind of fun, actually.’”  

Within a week, Broches’ mom referred another customer, so he borrowed his friend’s truck again. And again.

“More calls started coming in; my mom kept sending me more customers… and I’m like, ‘There might be some money in this, actually,’” Broches says. “So a couple weeks passed by. I started a website, put it on Google and then the calls really started to come in.”

Broches now has five employees and expects to double that number within the next few months. He’s considering franchising next year if the company continues to grow.

After he scored his third client, Broches stopped borrowing the truck and invested in his own — the company now has three trucks in its fleet.

Turning Garbage Into Gold

Broches admits that cleaning out basements, barns and hoarders’ homes might not be everyone’s idea of a dream job.

Some people would be grossed out a little bit,” says Broches, who says he’s cleaned out places that range from a musty basement full of cobwebs to a garage infested with maggots.

But his most unusual find? Pickles.

“[A woman] died and we had to go clean the property,” Broches says. “In the basement, she had tons and tons of jars of pickles that she was collecting since the 1970s… She had these little notes in the house saying, ‘Hey, if the world is going to end, this is what I’m going to eat to survive for a couple months.’

“That one was a little out there.”

With the exception of the pickle lady, most of Broches’ clients are older people and their relatives clearing out houses. The jobs have produced all kinds of interesting finds, including family photos from the early 1900s, antique dolls and a full-size knight’s armor.

“I’m like a kid in a candy store,” Broches says. “It doesn’t even seem like work to me — it just seems like every day is an adventure.”

Darkness Before the Light

Alex Broches carries debris onto his truck during a job.
The Junk Removal Dudes now has three trucks in its fleet. Photo by Katherine McLaughlin

Broches’ success in the garbage removal business was built on a heap of other failed ventures.

Along with a string of unfulfilling jobs, Broches launched a lawn care service but lost the money he made — plus thousands more that he borrowed from his mom and brother — investing in a social media website he started at age 21.

He says that each job left him feeling more depressed until he was convinced he would never succeed.

“All the times I failed and failed and failed — at the time, I thought it was the end of the world,” says Broches, who details his personal and professional struggles in the book A Dark Path to Light. “Everything was going down. I lost all my money, my mental health, my physical health.”

At his lowest point, he walked out to the woods in his backyard with a rope in hand, Broches chronicles in his book. After a long night contemplating suicide, he decided he had to stop brooding over the failures and instead focus on improving his mental, physical and fiscal health.

Learning From the Biggest Mistake

The failure of Broches’ website, College Junkee, was particularly painful for him, as his attempts to obtain funding for it were featured on MTV’s “True Life.” In the episode, he pitched the website to OKCupid CEO Sam Yagan, who eviscerated College Junkee, rating it a 1 out of 10 for being useless and nonfunctional.

“With the internet startup idea that I had… I thought if I just keep putting money into it — advertising, whatever — it would get better,” Broches says. “I just didn’t know what I was doing.”

In retrospect, the experience taught him the skills he needed to build a successful junk removal business.

“I realized that those were all valuable learning lessons — how to deal with customers, how to improve a business, how to streamline business,” Broches says. “I realized with this business that I had to think lean… And I’m proud to say that this [junk removal] business that I started was net profitable after day one.”

Passing Along his Wisdom

Alex Broches cleans out a garage in January 2018.
Broches says his business, which serves northern Illinois, makes anywhere from $ 8,000 to $ 30,000 in gross sales. Photo by Katherine McLaughlin

Among Broches employees is 18-year-old Adam Cyr, who has worked for him part-time for just over a year.

Cyr, who plans to go to college to study engineering, says Broches has always been generous about sharing what he’s learned about entrepreneurship.

I could see myself down the line starting my own engineering firm,” Cyr says. “[Broches] has always offered — if I ever needed some advice for starting a business.”

Broches’ chief piece of advice to other entrepreneurs: Don’t be afraid to fail.

“Take risks because the thing is, if you win, then you’re successful, but if you lose, you’re wiser,” Broches says, adding that his previous business setbacks were “almost necessary” to become successful.

The only true failures, Broches says, are people who are too afraid to try and who thus miss out on the opportunity to do something they love.

“I don’t think there’s anything worse than regret,” Broches says. “I think regret is worse than death.”

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Demi Lovato’s tour has come to an early end as the singer continues to recover from a reported drug overdose.

Lovato canceled the rest of the concerts on her “Tell Me You Love Me” tour, which had international dates scheduled in September and November, according to TMZ.

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Mortified Teen Refuses to Get Into the Groove With Dancing Adults During Their Jumbotron Moment

This teen was probably just hoping to have a casual evening at the ball game watching the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Monday night.

But instead he got a little more entertainment than he bargained for, in the form of the adults with him (presumably his parents) embarrassing him on the big screen in front of the whole stadium, thanks to their vivacious dance moves.

To the dulcet tones of Flo Rida‘s seminal hit “Low,” the woman on the teen’s right happily got into the groove, while the man to his left joined in with some joyful clapping. Unfortunately, sandwiched in the middle, the teen was not feeling it; he just kept his arms resolutely crossed the whole time, despite their best efforts get him into the dancing spirit as well.

And, as Twitter commenters have noted, “This mom embarrassing her son is the mom all moms should aspire to be.”

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This Author’s Advice for Black Men and Depression: Turn Your Pain into Purpose

Tsanonda Edwards is the author of a book that deals with black men and depression, The extraORDINARY Mr. Nobody: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Healing, and co-founder of Above It All, a mental-health organization that offers personal, professional and psychiatric rehabilitation programs for children and parents. Although Edwards has a Masters in Human Services, it’s his personal story of battling depression and anxiety that has enabled him to connect authentically with youth and create a blueprint for personal and professional success. Edwards explains why black men face greater mental health challenges and the few steps they can take to turn pain into purpose.

Black Enterprise: Your father committed suicide at a young age and you battled anxiety and depression. When did you realize you could turn this pain into purpose? What are the first steps you took to share your story?

Edwards: I started realizing I could make the pain to purpose transition in college at Morgan State University. I not only found my voice as a writer, but I was also able to hone my abilities as a listener. By listening to my friends in a non-judgmental and empathetic way and then being unafraid to offer my opinion to those who would ask allowed me to see the power in empathy and how that led to healing. The journal entries, years, and numerous stop-and-starts later, my book was born.

If I had to say one event or moment that served as a next-level catalyst for me to share my story, I would have to say my therapy sessions (my therapist Akiami McCoy is incredible!). She did three things that made the book happen: She told me that I wasn’t crazy, she told me that my testimony had power, and then she told me how to publish my book. The biggest power in that is that I actually spoke to a therapist, which is not the most common route for black people, especially black men. It was a 10-year process and I’m thrilled to have it completed.

What holds black men back from sharing their story and seeking treatment?

The first is constantly being told “get over it,” “bounce back,” “no days off,” “stop acting like a woman,” etc. While it’s important to be resilient as our people are known for it (men and women both!), we have to find ways to allow people to come to terms with mental obstacles and embrace ways to cope with them without being told they don’t exist and/or forget about them.

The second thing is fear. Black men have trouble simply going to the doctor. While I do believe we’re actually getting better at identifying issues and seeking help for physical conditions, the stigma surrounding mental health is a real one and it will definitely take time and effort to loosen its stranglehold on the minds of my brothers.

When it comes to supporting men who are battling depression and anxiety, what do you believe is the most underestimated tactic?

Building a true support system. Friends, family, members of your spiritual community, therapists, etc. Again, as men, we’re still expected to be stalwarts and leaders at home, at work, and in the community and rightly so, but depression, anxiety and the like are seen as weaknesses as opposed to mental health barriers that can be embraced and overcome. This often leads men to become “pseudo-actors,” never letting anyone see them sweat. So when you have a true support system that understands the issues you face and are ready to reinforce the efforts we take personally to be our best selves, it speeds up progress.  Yes, it starts with you, but a true support system is priceless.

What is your favorite chapter of your book? 

Chapter 3, ‘A Product of Divorce and Depression.’ I talk about my father’s suicide and his battle with bipolar disorder/manic depression. This chapter pushed me to be open and honest about my own battles with depression. One of my ultimate goals with the book is to let others know that you can lead a happy, successful life despite the mental health issues you face and despite those who are uncomfortable with others having or talking about these issues. Yes, any struggle is a part of you, but it doesn’t define you.

What are three key messages you want people to take away from the book?

  • You are not alone.
  • Your story is valuable. Allow it to be heard and potentially save someone’s life.
  • You’re your own advocate when it comes to personal healing, so be your absolute best you and don’t let others dictate what that looks like.

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Top Executives Salute Diversity Pioneer Who Turned ‘Black Rage’ Into Corporate Empowerment

Dr. Price Cobbs was considered one of the most important change agents we have seen in corporate America when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and having it incorporated into global business/cultural strategies. He had everyone’s ear. Ronald C. Parker, Former President & CEO, Executive Leadership Council

Legions of African American executives share that sentiment as they continue to honor the renowned psychiatrist deemed as a transformative force in corporate America and guiding light for generations of black professionals. Cobbs not only advocated for inclusive corporate environments for five decades but gained the national spotlight when he and his colleague William H. Grier wrote the book Black Rage, considered “one of the 20th century’s most critical examinations of racism and African American life.” The New York Times bestseller published in 1968—a turbulent year marked by the assassination of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—broke new ground in detailing, through a series of case studies, the magnitude of centuries-long oppression of African Americans as well as the psychological impact of grief and depression rooted in black America.

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At 89, Cobbs died of heart and lung failure after traveling from his San Francisco home to Philadelphia for his grandson’s high school graduation. With assistance from the ELC, we offer reflections and remembrances from top black executives and the organization’s members on Cobb’s lasting impact throughout this article.

For more than 30 years, Cobbs could be found on the pages of BLACK ENTERPRISE for his revolutionary work and powerful insights. He told BE that the diversity thrust greatly expanded after he converted his private practice into Pacific Management Systems, a San Francisco-based consulting service for multinational corporations, government agencies, community organizations and corporate executives. Among his blue-chip clients: Procter & Gamble, Digital Equipment, Fannie Mae, PepsiCo, and Walmart.

Dr. Price Cobbs was an exceptional leader, who became a mentor, colleague, and friend. He was a counselor to corporate giants and helped prepare African American leaders to join the top ranks of public companies and boards. His legacy lives on through all who benefited from his commitment to cultivating greatness. He will be sorely missed.” —Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente

In 1988, BLACK ENTERPRISE named Cobbs to our inaugural roster of “America’s Leading Black Doctors,” earning him the distinction of being one of the nation’s top 15 African American physicians at the time. The University of California – Berkley and Meharry Medical College graduate told BE of his findings during the formative years of a practice with black and white patients from varied backgrounds and income levels. “As I pushed people past the myth of color-blindness, I began to see black people, whether they were middle class, unemployed or young professionals trying to get started, were angry.” He also shared that, in many cases, such “repressed frustration” contributed to a host of deadly ailments suffered by African Americans, including hypertension and heart disease.

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During that interview, Cobbs also shared his development of innovative techniques. After receiving a grant from University of California -San Francisco to explore ways of reducing the level of racism on college campuses, he delved into “group discovery and the dimensions of rage, blackness, whiteness and cultural stress.” As a result, Cobbs developed the revolutionary ethnotherapy model which he viewed as an instrument to change attitudes and assumptions arising from racial, ethnic and value differences. He told BE about its therapeutic value: “I began to see that the more clear and healthy people were about their identity, the better able they were to clear up their conflicts, neuroses and baggage.”

In a release, the ELC cited how Cobbs’ ethnotherapy model, which earned him The Pathfinder Award from the Association for Humanistic Psychology, was applied at P&G with considerable success. In fact, it helped spawn contemporary D&I practices in corporate America.

Dr. Cobbs was a corporate whisperer and a masterful cultural interpreter. For many of us, his approach was to help us understand, and even appreciate, the unwritten rules of corporate America. By the same token, he was instrumental in getting corporate America to suspend some assumptions about us as African American executives. In the end, each side came to the table with a level of clarity and honesty that heretofore had been missing. For someone like me who knew little about how companies actually worked, but was otherwise very capable, it was a huge help. Maurice Cox, former vice president, diversity & inclusion development, PepsiCo Inc.

BLACK ENTERPRISE Publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. always valued Cobbs as a resource of empowering information and strategic counsel to African Americans seeking career advancement. So he tapped him to conduct professional success workshops at the Black Enterprise Professional Exchange series of networking forums in the 1980s. Cobbs’ advice to attendees: “To access personal power, we must develop a mindset that we are entitled to exercise power.”

A prolific researcher, writer, and producer, he collaborated on a series of books and films that explained racial dynamics in corporate settings while providing tools to elevate black executives. In fact, 35 years after Black Rage, he co-wrote with Judith L. Turnock another seminal work, Cracking the Corporate Code. It featured first-person interviews with 32 senior African American executives on their career trajectories, challenges and successes at major companies like General Electric, IBM, PepsiCo, and Prudential, among others. The book became a must-read reference guide for African Americans trying to achieve management success.

How does one describe a man who walked with SO many people on their personal journeys as African Americans in corporate America? Each of us trailblazers with unique backgrounds, experiences, hopes, and dreams. All of us creating new paths on terrains that were most often inhospitable. Dr. Price Cobbs was my North Star. He guided me through uncharted pathways and, most importantly, shared his wisdom on sustaining myself while on the journey. —Ann Fudge, former Chairman & CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands

Cobbs was always ready to guide black executives—from those engaged in trench warfare to others immersed in boardroom deliberations. For more than 20 years, he served as a consultant with ELC, the preeminent membership organization of black senior executives, and once again demonstrated his commitment to the expansion of the number of global black executives at the C-suite level and within the corporate governance ranks. He also served as a co-founder of The Diversity Collegium, an international think tank focused on addressing issues of inclusion and equity. Cobbs influence has been felt from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Whether driving organizational diversity in group sessions or helping to infuse a black senior manager with a sense of entitlement via one-on-one counseling, his advocacy and action will be replicated as a result of the numerous careers he advanced and countless lives he touched.

I first read about Price in 1977, during the start of my tenure at HP. We scheduled a meeting and soon after that, our partnership began. He provided outstanding wisdom and guidance, which served as the genesis of our early efforts in diversity and inclusion at HP. Our relationship grew and we became close. With a skill for being direct and nonjudgmental, he gave sage advice. Like for many others, he became my mentor; and I valued our time together. In fact, I have consulted with Price on every major professional decision that I have made since our first meeting. He became my mirror. He helped me face my fears and trepidations. He also taught me an important lesson —that age is just a number. Something he obviously lived as he wrote his last book in his 80s and was still giving great career advice until his passing. I will miss him greatly but his legacy will live on. —Kenneth L. Coleman, Chairman, Saama Technologies

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President Obama has slowly been creeping back into the spotlight, most recently delivering the Nelson Mandela speech in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

And now, it appears, it’s Michelle Obama’s turn.

The former first lady launched Thursday a new voter registration initiative, called When We All Vote. She’ll be joined by a number of other high-profile co-chairs, including Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Janelle Mon?e.

Perhaps most significantly, however, the initiative is strictly nonpartisan, which Politico suggests is drawing the frustration of Democrats who had hoped Obama would use her fame to campaign for Democratic candidates.

When We All Vote reportedly hopes to raise an $ 8 million budget, primarily through corporate sponsorships and foundation grants, to fund a three-pronged approach to voter registration: volunteer recruitment and training, improved voter registration processes, and an increased conversation and participation in the voting process across the country.

In order to do so, the initiative will use online and in-person tactics to recruit individuals and groups in all 50 states to help drive registration and voting in their communities. When We All Vote also reportedly has a series of events planned, including rallies, trainings, and voter registration and get out the vote days of action.

The initiative will allow Obama to add her voice and influence to the upcoming midterms without directly involving herself politically and aligns with her and her husband’s belief in the power of voting to improve democratic processes.

“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Obama said in a statement. “And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress.”

“The future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard,” she concluded.

It is as yet unclear whether Obama will make any campaign appearances in the fall.

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Santa Cruz Surfer Hospitalized After Slamming Into Cliffside at Steamer

This past weekend in Santa Cruz, a man is hospitalized after slamming into the rocks at Steamer Lane off the point by the Lighthouse.

Brian Hart, 53, was swept away by a breaking wave and pushed into the cliffside. Surfer’s in the lineup rushed to his aid once they realized what happened. This included Santiago Hart, 15, the injured surfers son and professional surfer Nat Young.

Out in the water the surfers used Brian’s board as a make-shift gurney, hoisting him up the cliffside.

Upon medical assistance arrival, Brian Hart did begin to lose color and Veronica called out to her CPR trained son, Santiago. He assessed the situation and began his training. Once the color returned to his face and help arrived, the family rushed to Dominican Hospital to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Brian Hart was helivac-ed.

“The whitewater annihilated him into the cliff,” Hart’s wife, Veronica, said. It was reported that Brian has a large gash on his head but no skull fractures. He also stayed conscious throughout the entire dramatic experience. Hart had multiple fractured vertebrae: “two of them, we’re keeping an eye on,” Veronica Hart said.

Before the accident, Brian Hart was in good-health so the family continues to stay positive. Hart lives in Santa Cruz and has surfed since the age of 13. This just shows you that no matter how experienced you are, it is important to surf with others just in case.

With head-high south swell at Steamer, surfers are forced to congregate more north and closer to the cliff while taking off deep. “That’s when it’s the most dangerous,” Young said. “When there’s a south swell and it’s high tide, it comes in at an angle. The Lane’s the most dangerous when it isn’t that big.”

Nat Young also made a statement that this was one of the worst accident’s he’s seen at Steamer Lane in recent times.

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Xiaomi eyes expansion into the U.S. in 2019

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Chinese tech company Xiaomi, who makes the Mi line of smartphones, is looking to break into the U.S. market. According to the company’s senior vice president, Wang Xiang, it’s looking at next year as a starting point.

“Next year we hope we can do something there,” Wang told Reuters, calling the U.S. market “very attractive.” 

But, for the Chinese smartphone maker, selling its phones in the U.S.A. is going to be a challenge.

A chief rival of Xiaomi, Huawei, had big plans for expansion into the U.S. market too. Huawei was aiming to begin a big push into America, complete with carrier announcements, at CES 2018. But but just before the show AT&T reportedly pulled out of the deal after people in the Trump administration made clear their opposition to Chinese tech companies strengthening their presence in the U.S. market. Read more…

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‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ Review: Sappy Sequel Dissolves Into the Cher Show

Here we go again. That’s the title of the sequel to the 2008 smash hit Mamma Mia. But this time around, the trip is not as charming, the ABBA songs not as well-known, and the plot even more ridiculous. Luckily, Cher enters in the third act to save this sappy but at times charming sequel.

The Prequel Problem

As we’ve seen with several films this year, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! suffers from the prequel problem. The first film was adapted from a successful musical with the same name. The follow-up feels pieced together, switching back and forth between the present, where Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) is trying to re-open her late mother Donna’s (Meryl Streep) hotel, and the past, which depicts how a young Donna (Lily James) became pregnant with Sophie via three potential suitors.

The identity of Sophie’s father is the device that drove the first film; in the second, it’s inconsequential as she has strong relationships with all three. Instead, her battle is with a looming storm, literally.


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Donna and the Dynamos perform at university.

The film incorporates more obscure tracks from ABBA’s discography — including “One of Us” and “Andante, Andante” — to tell of Donna’s dalliances and desires to do something on her own (opening a hotel). Popular songs from the first film like “Dancing Queen” and the titular “Mamma Mia” — are re-used. Some numbers feel lifted straight from the first film; the townspeople once again descend to the docks singing “Dancing Queen.” Lily James performs most of the vocals in Here We Go Again! She has a sweet voice, but lacks some of older Donna’s swagger (and thankfully Amanda Seyfried’s vibrato).

Younger audiences who do not know the more obscure songs end up waiting for the more familiar ones to come on. They’re treated to eye candy in the forms of young Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Bill (Josh Dylan), and Harry (Hugh Skinner).


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There’s no face Pierce Brosnan can make that looks bad.

The men are so impossibly attractive that the women ask, “Jesus Christ, what kind of island is this?” And while the men are easy on the eyes, they’re hard on the ears. Each has a mercifully short solo, and their older counterparts (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth) even less. However, when the familiar melodies do come, moviegoers can’t help but smile and tap their feet along. That’s the magic of ABBA’s music.

There are some additional highlights. Christine Baranski and Julie Walters reprise their roles as Tanya and Rosie, Donna’s best friends and bandmates. Once again, they provide much of the laughs, especially during the cheesy group choreography numbers. Even their younger versions are quite funny; Jessica Keenan Wynn channels young temptress Tanya perfectly, while Alexa Davies proves Rosie’s always had spunk.


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Cher swoops in and saves the sequel.

Of course, the sequel’s biggest savior is Cher, who plays Sophie’s estranged grandmother Ruby Sheridan, a famous Las Vegas headliner. Cher’s performance is so over the top (like any diva, she has multiple wig and outfit changes in the limited scenes she’s in) that viewers can’t help but laugh. It’s sheer, or should we say, Cher ridiculousness. And audiences eat it up.

Is Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! Good?

Even the most diehard ABBA fans wouldn’t call Here We Go Again! good, but it’s cute with a few surprisingly tender moments. Not least of which is an ending duet to “My Love, My Life.” And of course, the stunt casting of Cher can’t be missed.

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It all makes sense!

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Love Island 2018 is underway and while a lot of us thought we’d be watching it ironically (this writer included), we’re now hooked.

We want the water bottle with our name on, the endless beauty supply, but more than anything we want Jack Fincham as our boyfriend – don’t worry though, we’d never do that to Dani!

Yes, everyone’s desperate to get into that villa, with it even emerging this week that some people are going to extreme lengths – with it reported that there are at least five attempted break ins on the villa every day.

But for the contestants who actually are allowed in the villa, there are apparently a few rules, from no smoking in public areas and no masturbating, to no nudity and no drunken or unsafe sex.

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One reported rule that we didn’t expect however was no paper and pens, with islanders reportedly banned from bringing the items into the Majorcan villa.

While the rule may seem odd, it does make sense – being able to write secret notes would deter islanders from having difficult conversations in public, something that makes the show more watchable.

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Of course there are ways around it – when Zara left the villa last month, BFF Ellie wrote her a note to put in her suitcase, writing with eyeliner on a piece of toilet roll. But on the whole, the islanders are just encouraged to say what they’re feeling.

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Sarah Palin Says Sacha Baron Cohen Tricked Her Into a Fake Interview for His New Show

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook Tuesday to let Sacha Baron Cohen know exactly how angry she feels about being duped for his new prank TV series.

Palin, who sat down with her daughter for an interview with Cohen, is outraged that the comedian, along with Showtime and CBS Corp., pretended to tap her for a “legit Showtime historical documentary.”

“Yup – we were duped. Ya got me, Sacha. Feel better now?” Palin posted. “I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.”

Cohen, of Borat and Ali G fame, prank interviewed Palin for his upcoming show Who Is America?, which premieres on Showtime Sunday, July 15 at midnight, but will regularly air at 10 p.m ET. He reportedly filmed numerous interviews with well-known politicians and public figures for the prank series, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convinced to sign a “waterboard kit” on camera.

“[M]y daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all,” Palin wrote on her Facebook post. “Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long ‘interview’ full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin.”

Matt Drudge, editor of the Drudge Report, tweeted out a list of names of the other public figures Cohen has supposedly pranked for the show, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ted Koppel.

Cohen himself recently tweeted out two teaser videos for the new series. One begins, “Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year…” followed by a montage of various images. Cohen’s voice off camera then asks Cheney, who is on camera, “Dick Cheney is it possible to sign my waterboard kit?”

Cheney agrees saying, “Sure…that’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard.”

Cohen’s other teaser video on Twitter is titled “A Message From Donald J. Trump.” It starts off with footage of President Donald Trump insulting Cohen. “This 3rd rate character named Sacha Baron Cohen, I only wish that he would have been punched in the face so many times right now, he’d be in a hospital,” Trump says in the video. “It was disgraceful he oughta be fired immediately. Sacha Baron Cohen go to school, learn about being funny. You don’t’ know sh*t.”

The video ends with a Trump University logo.

Both videos have been viewed more than 1 million times.

Palin challenged Cohen in her Facebook post to donate the money he’s made from the new show to veterans, after she said he disguised himself as one.

“The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets,” she wrote. “Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country. Truly sick.”

Showtime CEO David Nevins praised Cohen for his work on the series.

“He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments,” according to CBS News. “Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics.”


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Sarah Palin claims ‘piece of s–t’ Sacha Baron Cohen posed as a disabled U.S. veteran and tricked her into an interview for his new comedy show

Sarah Palin claims she was duped into participating in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series.

The former vice presidential candidate penned a lengthy post on Facebook in which she said she was tricked into an interview for “Who Is America?”

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‘I Love Things That Are Absurd.’ Meet the Man Who Turned Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest Into a National Obsession

Every year, the Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest draws nearly 25,000 people to Coney Island, N.Y., while over a million viewers tune in to ESPN’s live coverage, all to watch 20 competitors eat as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes.

Besides the competitors, there’s another draw: George Shea—the event’s host, or Master of Ceremonies—who delivers a series of verbose, outlandish and occasionally inspired introductions of the competitors. At the 2014 Nathan’s contest, he introduced one of the competitors saying: “His mother held him close and whispered in his ear. She said you are of mine flesh but you are not mine own. Fate is your father and you belong to the people.”

Eating competitions weren’t always what they are today. Shea, also the co-founder of competitive eating’s Major League Eating (formerly known as the International Federation of Competitive Eating), took over the Coney Island event in 1991 as a press agent a few years out of college. Hot dog eating as a “competition” reportedly dates back to the early nineteen-hundreds, and when Shea took over the Nathan’s contest, it was a small affair—a couple dozen spectators, one or two television cameras, and a group of enthusiastic amateur eaters.

It was Shea who began heavily promoting the event and delivering elaborate, irony-tinged introductions. (He once said of 10-time Nathan’s champion Joey Chestnut: “through the curtain of the aurora, a comet blazes to herald his arrival.”) Shea also began billing the eaters as “athletes.” In radio interviews throughout the 1990s, he explained that the dozen or so entrants were the fiercest competitors culled from a nationwide circuit of qualifying events.

“There was no business plan,” Shea explains. “You know what was in my mind? I thought it was funny and absurd, and I love things that are absurd. So we always treated it as a sport, called it a sport, called them athletes.”

2017 Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest

The Nathan’s contest is now the largest and best-known competitive eating event in America, but it is far from the only one. From the Acme Oyster Eating Championship in New Orleans to the Pork Roll Eating Championship in Trenton, N.J., there are dozens of similar events all under the auspices of Shea and his partners’ Major League Eating. To prepare, professional and semi-professional eaters train year-round: practicing swallowing techniques; increasing their stomach capacity by alternately fasting and binging on vegetables, milk or protein powder; and working out to limit excessive body fat, which can curb stomach expansion.

“He convinces the audience these guys are athletes,” said Joey Chestnut of Shea in the 2017 documentary, Chasing the Mustard Belt. “He does such a good job, he convinces me I’m an athlete.”

The league was built in large part by Shea’s new pageantry. In 1997, he and his brother founded the International Federation of Competitive Eating to manage their multiplying events, each sponsored by a different corporate client. And in 2001, a first-time competitor from Japan named Takeru Kobayashi ate an astounding 50 hot dogs in 10 minutes, doubling the previous record. Other contestants, initially bewildered by Kobayashi’s technique—he practiced rigorously and employed a trademark “Kobayashi wiggle” to force food into his stomach—began to train like athletes as well. In 2003, ESPN began broadcasting the event on national television.

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Getty ImagesJoey Chestnut (center) wins the men’s division of the 2017 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, eating 72 hot dogs.

And in 2007, Nathan’s Famous got what all sports really need: a rivalry. The formerly unbeatable Kobayashi was bested by Joey Chestnut, who consumed a staggering 66 hot dogs. Shea continued to raise the dramatic stakes, narrating a tale of loss and redemption in interviews and onstage, with Joey Chestnut as the sport’s American hero. “This man stands for all that is eternal in the human experience, the courage to stand for a nation when all others fail or turn away,” Shea said at the Nathan’s contest in 2015.

“It’s a competition for us, but it’s a show for everybody else,” explains Matt Stonie, the 2015 Nathan’s champion. “You need somebody to tell that story.”

That story has always contained a unique balance of earnestness and irony. Shea’s trademark narrations sell the drama of the event while reaching a grandiosity that capitalizes on the contest’s absurdity. “[The audience] both knows that this is somehow a joke and still feels it at the same time,” Shea says. “That razor’s edge, that’s for me the magic.”

In many ways, the growth of competitive eating is similar to that of mainstream American sports. Amateur baseball clubs evolved into multi-million dollar leagues, much like how small eating competitions have turned into nationally broadcast events. Rather than traveling the back roads of turn-of-the-century America, competitive eating made the rounds of strip mall parking lots throughout the United States.

At times, the wild narratives of competitive eating resemble WWE professional wrestling, a scripted pseudo-sport that combines the melodrama of soap operas and the action of boxing. Like wrestling, winners of the Nathan’s competition are awarded “the mustard belt,” and Shea’s theatrical introductions often resemble wrestlers’ long-winded pre-match soliloquies.

By coincidence, Shea’s wife is a writer for WWE and a former soap opera producer. “What soap operas did and what WWE did is exactly what we do but in a different format,” Shea says. The difference, it seems, is that while professional wrestling delivers its narrative with a soap opera’s self-serious camp, competitive eating does so with a winking acknowledgement of the fact that its “heroes” are men and women who compete to cram down astonishing quantities of hot dogs, oysters, sweet corn or pork rolls.

Competitive eating’s mechanisms of audience engagement—the creation of heroes, drama and cultural relevance—are no different than those in other popular sports, except for their lack of straight-faced earnestness. In competitive eating, George Shea created the first true ironic sport, and made a killing along the way.

Asked if he believes that competitive eating will outlast him, Shea stops to reflect. “Do you know how many questions I’ve considered before? I’ve never considered that.” He pauses for a moment, thinking. “Wow,” he says. “I guess it could.”

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Basketball Game Devolves Into a Massive On-Court Brawl

The soccer World Cup isn’t the only international sport tournament out there: there’s also the 2019 basketball World Cup coming up. And while there’s plenty of drama going down in Russia’s stadiums right now, there’s also lots of drama heating up the basketball courts elsewhere.

The teams from Australia and the Philippines were duking it out in a qualifying match on Tuesday when the two sides ended up devolving from play into a full-on fight on the court involving 13 players.

The game, taking place in a Philippine arena north of Manila, ended with Australia winning by default 89 to 53. But the incident may just overshadow performances from both teams. A statement from the chief executive of Basketball Australia noted that they “deeply regret” the “incident.”

We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it,” the statement continued. “This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball.

The fight appears to have gotten underway after Aussie player Chris Goulding was pushed to the ground, quickly followed by other players knocking each other over and joining the violent fray. Ultimately, 13 players were ejected from the game, and CNN reports that the basketball governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both sides.

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Christina El Moussa on Ex Tarek Bumping Into New Boyfriend Ant Anstead at Kids’ Soccer Games

Christina El Moussa is balancing time with her new British TV star boyfriend and her ex-husband and current co-star, Tarek — occasionally at the same time.

The HGTV star, who just announced a new solo series, Christina on the Coast, opened up about what happens when the men in her life cross paths. “Ant comes to the kids’ soccer games, and met Ant multiple times and he likes him. He thinks he’s a good guy,” she tells Access Live

Asked how Tarek reacted to her new romance, she said, “I think he had an idea. We’d been dating since about November 2017. So he knew that we were together.”

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The friendly exes continue to work together filming their hit show Flip or Flop — season 7, the first they filmed after divorcing, is airing now — and Christina maintains their working relationship has “been really good,” adding “I think it’s really fun incorporating more of our personal lives into it.”

She also breaks down her feelings for her new guy: “I am dating an absolutely amazing person named Ant Anstead. He’s fun, he’s funny, he’s grounded, he’s gorgeous. He’s honestly my best friend.” Anstead, who’s well known in the U.K. as an automotive expert and TV personality from the show For the Love of Cars, is also a friend of Prince Harry.

Anstead had previously shared on social media that he’d been texting with the Duke of Sussex asking for advice on “dating a Yank,” but noted the tips he received would “be kept secret!”  When asked about their friendship, Christina replies, “Yes, maybe,” but declines to share other details.

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The couple first confirmed their relationship with an Instagram post in January, and have since enjoyed a handful of romantic vacations as well as low-key hang time with their kids. Christina shares Taylor, 7, and Brayden, 2, with Tarek and Anstead has two children from a previous marriage.

Christina and Tarek announced their split publicly in December 2016, noting they’d secretly been living apart for months.

 


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Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump For Playing the Hero With Executive Order

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Over the course of his 10-minute “A Closer Look” segment Wednesday night, Seth Meyers set out to prove why President Donald Trump’s constant lying is so pernicious.

“Trump’s only political skill is his total and complete lack of shame,” the Late Night host began. “His malignant narcissism allows him to confidently and brazenly lie in the way that most other politicians would be too embarrassed to even try.”

Sometimes, these blatant lies are relatively victimless. But that is not the case this week as Trump attempts to take credit for ending a “cruel” policy of separating immigrant families at the border that he himself implemented.

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Over the course of his 10-minute “A Closer Look” segment Wednesday night, Seth Meyers set out to prove why President Donald Trump’s constant lying is so pernicious.

“Trump’s only political skill is his total and complete lack of shame,” the Late Night host began. “His malignant narcissism allows him to confidently and brazenly lie in the way that most other politicians would be too embarrassed to even try.”

Sometimes, these blatant lies are relatively victimless. But that is not the case this week as Trump attempts to take credit for ending a “cruel” policy of separating immigrant families at the border that he himself implemented.

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Hundreds of XXXTentacion fans converged in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles late Tuesday in a makeshift memorial for the rapper, who was shot and killed Monday, but the gathering quickly grew ugly.

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The 1995 death of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was a shock to me, but no surprise. He was 53 and made a good run, I thought back then, considering his hard living.

Dying at 53 is not a good run. Whether heart attack or heroin, that’s a bad run.

Garcia went early. Now with Prince, Petty, Bowie, Allman and more, final appearances by Classic Rock’s once-large midnight gang are speeding up. Their peers see the Facebook tributes; let’s not talk falsely now, they know the hour’s getting late.

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6 Healthy Habits You And Your Man Should Get Into To Strengthen Your Heart

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Despite decades of medical research and public campaigns to ease the problem, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. CDC stats report that nearly 44% of African American men and 48% of African American women have some form of cardiovascular disease that includes heart disease and stroke.

As part of our Urban One #REPRESENT Men’s Health Initiative, our founder and CEO Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins are helping to raise awareness for men’s health. What better way to kick things off than with simple changes you can make for yourself and your partner to improve your heart.

One of the problems driving heart disease is the messaging. And we got that from Robert Thompson, M.D an integrative medicine specialist deemed by his peers to be in the top five percent of U.S. physicians. While there’s plenty of good research to indicate good advice, the general public and many of his peers in the medical community, are stuck with faulty conclusions, he says.

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“Perhaps the biggest misconception is that an overabundance of calcium, which may include supplements, is very good for people, especially women, but that’s simply not true,” says Thompson, author of “The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know,” a new book that details the roles minerals play in overall health and how to identify and correct deficiencies and imbalances.

Recent studies suggest that men who take calcium supplements actually increase their risk of heart attack by up to 20 percent.

Calcium is just one of 12 substances, as well as traces of 64 other minerals, that make up our bones. Excessive amounts of calcium hurt our bodies in many ways, especially the heart and the brain, he says. We cannot possibly replace minerals with just calcium, which hardens concrete and makes bones more brittle.

One study, published in the British Medical Journal in 2008, was meant to assess the effect of calcium on bone density and fractures in postmenopausal women. Researchers found that participating women were significantly more likely to suffer heart attacks while taking calcium supplements.

“This is far from an isolated study – there are others, including 15 studies combined into a meta-analysis yielding similar heart-health results, which show an increased risk of heart disease by at least 30 percent,” says Thompson, who offers practical life-saving suggestions for what individuals can start doing for better overall health.

1. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.

As a general rule, we need to drink half of our bodyweight in ounces of water daily. For a 150-pound individual, that’s 75 ounces of water. Those who are overweight, or are heavy exercisers or live in warm climates may need more. Take care to drink quality water. Get a quality filtration system at home, which can range from $ 200 to $ 3,000.

And make sure to aim for water as your main beverage of choice for both you and your family.

2. Take ionic sea salt-derived minerals.

We all need a diverse range of minerals and virtually none of us get enough. Ionic minerals are the only ones that are completely available for our bodies to use because they are water-soluble and they naturally carry an electrical charge that allows them to be carried through the cell membranes. All sea salt-derived trace mineral products are recommended – at least three grams per day.

3. Use only vitamin supplements made from 100 percent organic whole foods that have been vine-ripened.

Almost all of us need supplements because contemporary food supplies lack adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, thanks to soil depletion. Most store-bought vitamins include just one component of the many complex molecular elements contained in the naturally occurring vitamin source. You need all of the nutrient components to get the full benefits.

And be sure to work with your doctor to determine which vitamins work for you and for your partner, especially as men and women often require different supplements.

4. Get your fill of essential fatty acids; raw nuts and/or seeds are a good source.

In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration approved the following health claim for seven kinds of nuts: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 oz. per day of most raw nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Omega-3 and Omega-6 are considered essential because humans can’t manufacture them within our bodies. Research has now shown that plant-derived Omega 6, and not fish oil, is the best oil for humans.

5. Eat high-quality proteins. Seafood, eggs, beans, chicken, game meat, duck and turkey are excellent sources of essential amino acids that are the building blocks of every protein molecule, hormone, neurotransmitter, cell membranes and immune molecules.

Proteins can also be obtained from grains, sprouted grains, raw nuts and raw seeds. Vegetarians and vegans need to play close attention to combine protein sources to get the full complement of amino acids.

6. Walk at least 30 minutes every day. This activity has a huge effect on relieving the physiologic effects of stress on the human physiology.

Exercise is good, but walking is amazing. No other single activity will more significantly or more rapidly affect the adrenal stress response in humans than walking, which probably works so well because it slows us down.

And, it is an incredible way to build and strengthen your relationship.

“Also, Dr. Thompson recommends ingesting essential monosaccharides, which is new and unknown territory for most people, he says. “They are the simplest form of carbohydrate molecules found in the body, are essential for protein molecules and can be found in maple syrup, sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets and onions.”

*Robert Thompson, M.D., was added to the peer-reviewed directory, “Best Doctors in America,” in 1996.

 

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Stephen Hawking’s voice beamed into space at final send-off

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New Jersey governor signs sports betting bill into law

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Ava DuVernay Turning Colin Kaepernick’s High School Experience Into TV Series

The NFL may have banned Colin Kaepernick for using his First Amendment right to peacefully protest against injustice, but the 30-year-old has clearly moved on. He is now teaming up with Emmy winner Ava DuVernay for a television series that will definitely be a must-see.

DuVernay has several projects in the works and one of them, according to Vanity Fair, is with the former NFL player, which will be a “TV comedy series with Colin Kaepernick that centers on his high-school life.” No word on when or where this will air, but it should definitely be a fascinating story.

Kaepernick’s father was Black and his mother was white, but he was given up for adoption. A white couple named  Rick and Teresa Kaepernick adopted him and he was raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin until he was 4. The family eventually moved to Turlock, California, which is where he attended high school. He was an overall athlete and became a sports star in Central California because of his accomplishments in football and basketball.

With Ava behind him, there could so some interesting stories tell and you can be guaranteed these two will definitely insert some needed social commentary.

Another note, Ava is also directing a Netflix series on The Central Park Five. They were 5 Black teenagers who were wrongfully accused of assaulting a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Their lives were destroyed and Donald Trump famously took out a full page ad in The New York Times calling for their execution.

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Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all


Disney turned their classic VHS tapes into journals, and your inner Disney Princess will want to buy them all

When we were kids, we LOVED our Disney gear. Princess dresses, autograph books, stuffed Pumbaas — you name it, we wanted it. Well, it turns out that this desire doesn’t go away as one grows up. We still buy all things Disney, from Beauty and the Beast Minnie Mouse ears to Disney-themed pairs of Toms. Honestly, what millennial doesn’t want a millennial pink or rose gold spirit jersey to wear to Disneyland?

Basically, any time a new Disney-themed item hits shelves, we’re first in line to buy it. So when we saw these new VHS-inspired Disney journals, we knew we had to have every single one. Yep, you can now take a trip down memory lane with a series of precious journals featuring covers from seven different animated Disney films that will surely make you feel like Blockbuster never went out of business.

There are seven different journals to choose from: The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and The Lion King. GREAT choices. They really picked classics. Four of those titles — The Little MermaidAladdinBeauty and the Beast, and The Lion King — are part of the Disney Renaissance era from 1989-1999. Ah, the memories.

The Disney journals look JUST like those puffy plastic VHS cases that you remember so fondly from childhood.

Taking notes is much more fun with a Little Mermaid journal.

The Little Mermaid
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Or a Dumbo one. What a cutie.

Dumb
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Spill your darkest secrets into the confines of an Aladdin VHS.

Aladdin
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Or a Beauty and the Beast one. We bet Belle can keep a secret.

Beauty and the Beast
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How magical is this Peter Pan journal?

Peter Pan
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You can keep it classy with Lady and the Tramp, one of our faves.

Lady and the Tramp
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And, of course, there’s The Lion King.

The Lion King
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Each journal features a photo of the film’s VHS tape on the front page…

The Lion King Tape Front
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…and the back page. So cute!

The Lion King Tape Back
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There’s also a watermark from the film on the pages. (We see you, Timon.)

The Lion King Water Mark
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The journals cost $ 15.99 each, but they are SO adorable, we think the ’90s nostalgia is well worth the cost.

We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these bad boys. Or two. Or three. We have a lot of things to write about, you know?

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“Beneath those white shirts were arms and chests and shoulders full of a workingman’s strength—powerful they had to be, to pull and pull on leather all their lives, to squeeze out of every skin every inch of leather there was.”

Christ, those sentences! Those perfect, meandering sentences. That’s what I loved most about Philip Roth, who died Tuesday at the age of 85: his prose.

Look closely at that long, em-dashed sentence from American Pastoral, probably Roth’s finest work, written when he was 64 years old. (Of course, Portnoy’s Complaint, from 1973, is the one everyone talks about. But for fans, it’s not even in Roth’s top five.) It’s part of a long, long, long passage—almost 10 printed pages—about the Newark Maid glove factory, owned by the father of the book’s tragic hero, Seymour “The Swede” Levov. I remember when I first read it—I couldn’t believe how long Roth and I were spending with the minutiae of sewing, cutting, spitting, stretching.

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Susu—the age-old means of saving and collecting money through a partnership or savings club—has long been practiced throughout Africa and the Caribbean. But Abbey Wemimo, a Nigerian-born entrepreneur, wants to bring that process into the 21st century through the Esusu app.

Although the name “Susu,” which means “to plan” derives from the Ghanaian Twi language, Wemimo’s mobile app lets you do more than that. On the Esusu app, users can invite their friends and family members to join in, contribute weekly, biweekly, even monthly depending on preference. It’s exactly like the traditional means of rotational savings, except its digitized, Wemimo said.

To use the platform, users will have to link their bank accounts to the app. Esusu will then automatically withdraw the specified contribution on a set date. Through a partnership with Evolve Bank & Trust, Esusu is able to hold the withdrawn money in a separate account until users need to cash out. In the case where a member of any group runs short of funds, Wemimo said Esusu will step in and pay the money on behalf of the individual with the expectation that the company will be reimbursed. While pairing random individuals together may help the company grow its user base, Wemimo said its current users have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of being paired with people they do not personally know.

For Wemimo, the idea behind Esusu comes from personal experience. Raised by a single mother, Wemimo attended one of the better public schools in Lagos, but he said he wouldn’t have been able to afford the tuition had his mother not participated in rotational savings. Now living in America, the 26-year old wants to help immigrants, students, and low-income families save.

Wemimo and his co-founder Samir Goel have also put in place some safeguards to protect its users. When the company gets new sign-ups, they run through a KYC database, which he said helps fend off fraudulent users from its platform. Esusu also doubles as a credit building platform. When users deposit their portion of the contributions, Esusu holds the cash in a different account and reports it to TransUnion and Equifax with the help of Evolve. Each payment is seen as fulfilling a loan obligation to the group. While most landlords don’t report rent payments to credit bureaus, even with the launch of the FICO 9 credit framework, Wemimo said if any of its users provide verifiable proof that the rent has indeed been paid, Esusu can verify with the landlord and report this information to the credit bureaus.

Founded in 2016, and currently with just over a thousand users, Esusu Financial has just raised a $ 250,000 friends and family round earlier in the year from a Palo Alto-based VC firm, and intends to raise their seed round in Q4, 2018.

Editor’s Note: This piece was updated on May 5, 2018.

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Single Black Women Weren’t Allowed Into This Liberian Restaurant Until This Happened

Single black women unaccompanied by a male companion in Liberia had slim chances of getting into SAJJ restuarant, a Lebanese-owned and run entertainment spot—that is until the Liberian government stepped in. Late last week, after multitudes of complaints, the government immediately closed the restaurant’s doors—and fined the owners $ 3,000 for racial discrimination.

In a release posted on its Facebook on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) announced that it had restored the restaurant’s license “following the entity’s compliance with the punitive measures the ministry instituted.”





YEARS OF OF DISCRIMINATION:

For almost a decade, SAJJ was said to have implemented a discriminatory policy, which prohibited single black women from entering the entertainment spot without a male companion, but that it was not applied to non-black women.

Protests began in front of the restaurant last Friday after three women were denied entry because they were black and unaccompanied by a male. According to the Bush Chicken, the restaurant has had the policy in place for almost a decade.

MICAT, which is the regulatory body for tourism in the country, said it investigated the claims of the women protesters and found them substantiated. “The ministry’s investigation revealed that SAJJ did carry out such policy, which is discriminatory and against the law.”

As a result, MICAT suspended SAJJ’s tourism license until a set of actions were met, including paying a fine of U.S.$ 3000 into the government’s revenue, issuing a public apology to Liberian women, and instituting a corporate social responsibility project not less than U.S.$ 2500 to identify and support a local NGO that works with disadvantaged young women.

Denying single black women from entering and allowing single white women entrance, is not fair. You cannot be operating a business in my country with that kind of policy, so this is why I have come to shut down this business. I do not know when it will be opened,” said Princess Turkulon, assistant minister for MICAT.

Turkulon said SAJJ’s policy of denying unaccompanied single black women by their male counterparts was “spoiling the government’s name. You cannot own a business and discriminate against the women of Liberia.”

Ms. Facia Harris, a prominent female journalist, said:

I have the right to go out for a drink without being accompanied by a male because I have my own money. You cannot tell me not to enter an entertainment spot because I am a single black woman, but single white women are free to walk in unaccompanied. This has been going on for too long, and we have reached the breaking point, enough is enough. You cannot stop me from entering your entertainment area because I am not escorted by a man. Should I hijack a male to bring me to eat when I have my own money? You either change your policy or shut your business down.”

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