Former Vice President Joe Biden Calls on Senate Not to Vilify Christine Blasey Ford Like Anita Hill

Former vice president Joe Biden is doubling down in his support of Christine Blasey Ford, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh‘s accuser.

Speaking to NBC’s TODAY on Friday, Biden told Craig Melvin that he believes that an FBI investigation should be undertaken, explaining that “we did that for Anita Hill and it took two days.”

But Biden also took the opportunity to warn senators to treat Ford better than Hill was treated in 1991. “Most importantly, Anita Hill was vilified when she came forward by many of my colleagues,” he said. Asserting that it amounted to “character assassination,” Biden added, “I wish I could have done more to prevent those questions and the way they asked them.”

“I hope my colleagues learned from that. She deserves to be treated with dignity,” he said. “It takes enormous courage for a woman to come forward, [with] the bright lights and millions of people watching and relive something that happened to her, she asserted happened to her, and she should be treated with respect.”

When asked how to balance the rights of Ford and the presumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty, Biden said, “I think the presumption should exist but what should happen is, the woman should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be abused again by the system.”

He explained that his “biggest regret” was that he was unable to shut off Senators who were “attacking Anita Hill’s character.” Senate rules prevented him from “gaveling down” his colleagues and blocking them from asking certain questions, “so what happened was she got victimized again during the process.”

Ultimately, Biden called on the Senators in the Judiciary Committee to ask the “tough” and “substantive” questions, but to keep in mind the “courage it takes for someone to come forward and relive what they believe happened to them.”

“Treat her with respect,” he said.

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Michael Phelps Opens Up About Retirement and Mental Health Awareness: ‘I Struggle Through Problems Just Like Everybody Else’

Now, when 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps swims butterfly, it’s usually for an audience of one. When his 2-year old son Boomer waves his arms in imitation of the stroke, he knows what the toddler wants to see. “He knows the motion of the butterfly,” says Phelps. “So I do a couple of laps.”

Since leaving competitive swimming after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Phelps has been enjoying retirement in Arizona with his wife Nicole and sons Boomer and Beckett, seven months. He’s also become an advocate for water conservation (he’s in his second year as global water ambassador for Colgate, working to remind people to turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth) and mental health awareness, and has openly discussed his struggle with depression.

“For me to know there are a lot of people out there in the world who are struggling the same exact way I do still struggle and have struggled — I’m a human being. But I was so used to compartmentalizing everything,” he says. “Being an athlete you’re supposed to be this strong person who doesn’t have weaknesses, doesn’t have any problems. No, that’s wrong. I struggle through problems just like everybody else does. I wanted to open up and just talk about it. It is what makes me who I am.”

Phelps says he now sees the “red flags popping up when I’m starting to go down that path,” and knows when to reach out to his wife or therapist. “Communication is something I really just learned, just to be completely wide open,” he says. “I joke that I learned how to communicate when I’m 30. But I did. And it’s better late than never.”

Those skills are making the connections he has with the U.S. national swim team stronger as well; he admits that at the first of his five Olympic Games, he probably wasn’t as approachable as he was during his last Olympics in Rio. “I think it’s crazy that in the four previous Games people did not reach out to me because I was probably a little different, and hard to approach then,” he says. “But going into [the 2016 Games] I was able to kind of relax, let my guard down a little bit and enjoy the experience. It was the first time I ever talked to everybody on the national team. That might be why I’m being approached more, and I like that. I want to help continue to grow the sport.”

It’s a new role for Phelps, who welcomes the responsibility, and applauds other athletes who are using their visible positions to advocate for issues that are important for them. “For me, to be able to have that power, to have people listen to you and to open up and speak about things that are important to me whether that is mental health or saving water; that’s amazing,” he says. “I never thought people would sit and listen to me, or care about what I was saying. It’s pretty incredible to have that voice and be able to spread my message as loud as I can to get people to really open up, understand what is actually going on and what we are doing to the world we live in, no matter what it is.”

Just don’t expect him to be racing again at the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Now, he just laps the pool as an escape. “It’s the only time it’s peaceful, quiet and I can escape in my own head and let go of whatever I need to let go of,” he says. “I always thought of myself as a swimmer and that’s it. Now I try to think of myself more as a human. And that’s a good way to live.”

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Emilia Clarke Says the Week After Game of Thrones Ended Was Like Going Through an “Existential Crisis”

Emilia Clarke, 2018 Emmys, 2018 Emmy Awards, Red Carpet FashionsEmilia Clarke had a moment when Game of Thrones wrapped filming. Well, more than a moment. Clarke, along with costars Nathalie Emmanuel and Jacob Anderson, was on hand at the Emmys for the HBO…

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TOKYO —There’s a Japanese saying most high-school students here know, “If you win, you’re the Imperial Army. If you lose, you’re scurvy pirates.” It’s still very applicable to sports in modern Japan, especially when the players are of mixed race. “If you win, you’re Japanese. If you lose, you’re a hafu (half-Japanese).”  

“Hafu” is the term in vogue for any child with one parent who is not fully Japanese; the term is controversial because it seems to imply that hafu lack something and is also reminiscent of the pejorative “half-breed.” Yet, alternate terms, like daburu (double), haven’t caught on.

When Naomi Osaka became the first Haitian-American and Japanese woman to win the U.S. Open tennis tournament this month, suddenly most of Japan embraced as her fully Japanese. No scurvy pirate she! Everybody loves a winner. Half-Iranian and half-Japanese major league pitcher Yu Darvish would be another example.

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Tax Hack Like The One Percent: The Little-Known 1031 Exchange Way to Build Wealth

According to Forbes, 10% of all billionaire’s fortunes were built in real estate. Additionally, one of the ways the uber-rich built their fortunes is by knowing tax loopholes.

As of 2018, capital gains taxes fly as high as 37%. To get around that, just like the big real estate ballers, investors use the capital gains loophole to actually defer taxes.

However, many Americans fail to take advantage of these same tax hacks that could lower their tax bills dramatically. Here’s one of the most popular tax hacks used by the 1%.

The 1031 Exchange

One of the secrets to real estate investment is a little-known (outside of real estate) trick; the “1031 Exchange,” which allows you to defer all your capital gains taxes on your recent real estate score.

These exchanges are named after section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. By taking advantage of this loophole, investors can reap big breaks on appreciated real estate assets.

5 Fast Facts about the 1031 Exchange: 

-The 1031 exchange allows investors to defer capital gains taxes when selling a property

-You have to have held the property for at least a year (so you can’t use this when flipping properties)

-The investor gets to defer the tax bill as long as the money from the sale is used to reinvest in a “replacement property” of equal or greater value

-You have 45 days to identify a replacement property and another 135 days to close. The process can be repeated over and over again

How Investors Use 1031 Exchanges

“Astute investors use 1031 exchanges to diversify their portfolios, exchanging one high priced property for several smaller properties,” tax expert and EVP of Madison 1031 Michael Brady told me a few years ago, “or investing their money in regions where bargains are easier to find.”

Use of these exchanges has been increasing among professional real estate buyers. Annual real estate transaction volume ranges anywhere from $ 400 billion and $ 500 billion—and according to Forbes, 30% of that comes from 1031 exchanges.

Let’s assume you bought a property for $ 1 million three years ago. You fixed it up, pushed up the rents, and now decide you want to sell for $ 3 million, with only $ 800,000 in debt on it.

You found a buyer close for $ 2.85 million—close to the $ 3 million price tag you were looking for. Boom. You’re ready to cash out. But you still have to pay taxes on your substantial capital gains. Which, in this case, comes out to $ 2 million– $ 2.85 million minus the $ 850,000 mortgage.

However, you want to continue to invest and compound this equity, tax-free. You can take advantage of a 1031 exchange to pick up the “replacement property.”

When you sell a property, you have to meet certain requirements. The most important one being that you have to buy a property of the same $ 2.85 million or higher. In other words, you can’t just put the $ 850,000 portion of the proceeds toward a smaller deal, pocket $ 1.15 million tax-free and go ball out in the Bahamas. You still have to go find the “replacement property.”

Outside of that one limitation, the 1031 exchange has tons of flexibility. For one, you don’t have to match the debt amount on the last mortgage; that’s irrelevant.

Secondly, you’re not required to structure the equity (down payment) in any sort of way. You just have to buy something at a price tag at, or higher than, what you sold it at.

You can even split the $ 2 million into one or more replacement properties—worth the same or more—than where you want to defer the money to. From there, the taxes from the profits made from the first property can be “deferred” and used for your next real estate deal.

Here’s the coolest thing: This process can be repeated as much as you want, as many times as you want, until you either die, or decide you don’t want to invest anymore.

 

—Disclaimer: The opinions and financial advice expressed in this article are solely those of the contributor’s and not Black Enterprise’s. 

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‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ feels like it could be the ultimate evolution of the franchise

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

When Ubisoft announced that it would be returning to the Assassin’s Creed franchise just a year after Origins came out, I was initially skeptical. Origins succeeded in part because Ubisoft took the time to truly evolve the gameplay for the first time in a decade, but Odyssey, its follow-up, appeared to be little more than a reskin of Origins.

After playing through four hours of the game last week, I am happy to report that my assumptions were incorrect, and while Odyssey may have been built on the same foundation as Origins, the changes are enough to truly differentiate it, and it succeeds in pushing the franchise forward in countless ways both big and small.

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The NYFW Show That Felt Like a Wes Anderson Movie

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At NYFW, Spring Studios was transformed with Laudurée’s tasty help for Mansur Gavriel, cargo pants were reimagined by Sies Marjan, and DVF was a colorful, ruffled riot of joy.

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What It Was Like to Be a Jew in the Roman Empire

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Any traveller, when visiting a new city, is sure to take in its highlights: the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, or the Empire State Building. Fine art, architecture, and museums are some of the key ways that we learn about other cultures and the past. The problem with high culture and noteworthy buildings, though, is that they point us to the most celebrated (and often) wealthiest slice of society. If you want to get behind the veneer of ‘the very best’ you have to look elsewhere.

The problem is more acute when looking for clues about the past. Most everything we know about ancient peoples comes from their literature and architectural ‘wonders’: the Arch of Trajan, the Pyramids, and so on. Even in Pompeii, where a city was frozen in time, much of the art we hear about was commissioned. These aren’t good evidence for the lives of everyday people. This is one of the reasons that graffiti and street art can be so revelatory: they can tell us about the impulses, interests, and lives of ordinary  people.

While some street art—the colorful paintings on the Berlin Wall, or the Banksy by the Zabar’s on the Upper West Side—is celebrated and curated (in the case of the Banksy it is literally behind plexiglass), other graffiti is more mundane, dispensable, and communicative. Even when these tags are not acts of resistance, they are remarkable in the access they give us to popular concerns.

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Low-income neighborhoods would gain the most from green roofs in cities like Chicago

Urban areas absorb high amounts of solar radiation during the day, increasing the chance of heat related deaths. Green roofs could help save lives according to an atmospheric scientist in The Conversation. 
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Watch: Childish Gambino Drops Cameo-Heavy Animated Video for ‘Feels Like Summer’ Featuring Nicki Minaj, Drake, Kanye West, Michelle Obama and More

Childish Gambino dropped a new video for “Feels Like Summer” and it features several animated appearances from some of pop culture’s biggest celebrities.

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The video shows Gambino walking through a neighborhood surrounded by various entertainers, including Drake chasing Future on a bicycle, Migos playing basketball, Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj playing together (and Nicki becoming visibly upset), J. Cole watering the lawn (and other rappers), 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’ smoking in a car, Kanye West wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and being embraced by Michelle Obama, Gucci Mane relaxing, and more.

Chance the Rapper, Jaden Smith, Birdman, Lil Uzi Vert, Snoop Dogg, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, and more are also seen within the video at different points.

The animated video was directed by Glover, Ivan Dixon and Greg Sharp. Visual artist Justin Richburg worked on the design for the characters, and had his art featured in the “Teddy Perkins” episode of Atlanta Robbin’ Season.

Check out a few of the cameos before getting into the full video below.

 

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Good Luck Finding Someone Who Looks at You Like Alexis Ohanian Looks at Victorious Serena Williams

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

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

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

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Why You Should Support Indie Shows Like ‘Final Space’

On February 15th, the Netflix lineup changed forever with the release of Final Space. Created by Olan Rogers, this sci-fi animated series tells the story of Gary Goodspeed, a good-hearted troublemaker seeking adventure. Accompanied by a menagerie of aliens and robots, the wannabe-hero pursues heroism in hopes of winning the heart of his superior officer, Quinn.

Supported by a veteran cast of actors such as Tika Sumpter and David Tennant, Final Space is one of the first in a long list of indie creations to join the animated lineup. While Netflix has provided a platform for new and experimental content, shows like Final Space can use all the support possible and it’s very much deserved.

Helps Independent Creators Be Creative


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The world of animation is entering a new age with a broader spectrum. Shows such as Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, and BoJack Horseman have demonstrated how creative and interesting cartoons can be. A majority of animated shows come from a handful of networks like Adult Swim and Cartoon Network leaving little room for independent animations to thrive. Assuming that animators are able to get a job with one of them, they have limited creative freedom. The world of animation is competitive, which forces aspiring animators to showcase wherever they can.

There are only so many places that an animator can publish their work online and hope to get any attention. Websites like Newgrounds and YouTube are a few places where an animator can make their mark. Olan Rogers is a prime example: a YouTuber of 10 years, he has released live videos and animated shorts. After so long, he finally gained enough attention to warrant putting together a pitch for an original show and creating a trailer for YouTube.

Paves the Way for Original Content



The sad truth is that most western animation has fallen into monotony. With shows like The Simpsons still going after almost 30 years and creators like Seth MacFarlane producing the same show over and over again, most people have stopped taking an interest in animated shows. While many watch such shows to escape, it does not mean they shouldn’t hold creators to a certain standard. The bigger a show gets, the more likely it is to become formulaic and predictable. As big name creators become bored with their own shows, this gives a chance for new blood.

While Final Space is a sci-fi comedy, its fluid animation style, and dynamic dialogue make it stand out. Final Space is one of the indie shows to have come to life from audience support, and it doesn’t have to be the only one. In 2016, Aggretsuko joined the Netflix lineup as another one of its more original shows. Based on a character created by the artist Yeti, the show follows the adventures of Retsuko, an anthropomorphic red panda office worker who has a hidden passion for death metal music. Creative shows like these will spark interest in animated series again.

Creates Variety and Opportunity


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Think about how many shows — not only animated — revolve around a nuclear family with a gimmick. The most interesting shows to come out in recent years take the conventions established by years of cookie-cutter animation and flip them on their heads. An example would be Rick and Morty, which takes the concept of a dysfunctional family and combines it with sci-fi hi-jinks and emotional realism. As a result, animation interest is shifting from the mainstream to the independent as more and more people are seeking out creative content. Even BoJack Horseman came to life by webcomic artist Lisa Hanawalt and writer Raphael Bob-Waksberg giving way to a new and unique presentation.

With Netflix growing as a media hub, opportunities for fresh new ideas has never been higher. More and more people are forgoing network television for online entertainment which is where indie animators and writers thrive. The platforms and digital medium isn’t enough for every indie creator to succeed. They need viewer support, constructive feedback, and promotion. Often times they are unable to do everything themselves since they dedicate most of their free time to their content. It’s this kind of dedication that is much needed in the animated world with artists and writers of all shapes and sizes pouring all their care into their content. Final Space carries such heart and, by giving support to its aspiring peers, the animated world would become a place of true passion and endless variety.

With the release of Final Space, western animation received an adrenaline shot. Creators like Olan Rogers give hope to other animators trying to break into the industry. While their dedication will guarantee quality content, it’s the support from fans and fellow creators that will make bring these fresh ideas to life.

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Kanye West Answers Jimmy Kimmel’s Trump Question: He Wants ‘Black People to Like Him’

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At long last, Kanye West has answered the question that left him speechless on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

During an interview with Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI radio, West was given an opportunity to answer this question posed by Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month: “You so famously and so powerfully said ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ It makes me wonder, what makes you think that Donald Trump does?”

“I feel that [Trump] cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this,” West said. But as he continued, he began to speculate about Trump’s intentions, giving the president the benefit of the doubt without much evidence.

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Want a Life on the Open Road? Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Truck Driver


Cindy George never planned to be a truck driver.

She was finishing up her bachelor’s degree in computer science technology when she met Danny, who’d recently begun a job as a long-haul trucker.

Cindy had driven trucks on her family farm since she was 16, but it wasn’t until she started splitting her time between studying in the computer lab and riding along with Danny that she had a revelation.

“About the time I graduated, I got the idea in my head that if I became a computer programmer, I would be stuck down in a basement somewhere while life was going on around outside,” Cindy says. “And the opposite of that is the truck, where the world goes past your windshield. You have a different view every day.”

That was 29 years ago. Danny, 53, and Cindy, 51, have now been married 25 years, and last year they earned $ 175,000 as a truck-driving team.

The Georges are the kind of success story the trucking industry might want to add to its recruiting arsenal — there’s an estimated shortage of more than 50,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. With an aging workforce, the industry is losing drivers to retirement and has struggled to replace them with a new generation of truckers.  

If you’ve dreamed about ditching the office — and that micromanager of a boss — for the open road, there are a few things you need to know before making trucking your career track.

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #1: Pay

Although there’s a shortage of truck drivers, the pay rate has not reflected the increased demand.

On average, local drivers make $ 21.69 per hour while long-distance truckers make $ 22.22 per hour, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But if you adjust for inflation, the pay rates haven’t changed much in the last decade.

The George’s, who’ve reached the top of their pay scale, estimate that 17% of their income last year came from bonuses for meeting monthly mileage goals, earning additional certifications and serving as mentors to younger drivers.

Shyanta Mathis, who drove a truck for seven years and is now a recruiter for ProDrivers in South Carolina, says one of the reasons she left the driver’s seat wasn’t the need for a bigger paycheck but for steadier income.

Finding that can be difficult when you’re at the mercy of the weather, a truck’s mechanical issues and customers’ schedules.

“The check would be $ 900 and then the next week your check would be $ 600,” Mathis says. “Even though I may make a little less now… at least I don’t have to guess what my paycheck is going to be.”

Truck Driver Shortage, Reason #2: Lifestyle

Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck.
Cindy and Danny George pose in the cab of their truck. Photo by Scott Lee

Although driving a big rig on the open road may sound romantic, the reality is that long stretches away from loved ones, difficult weather conditions and demanding schedules mean the trucking life can be stressful and a lot of hard work.

Mathis describes the demands of driving in the mountains during harsh winter conditions and having to pull over at each incline to attach chains to the tires — all 18 of them. The need to find safe areas to park at night when she drove alone intensified her anxiety.

Although short-haul drivers may not have to be away from home for long periods, they deal with lower pay and the monotony of driving the same routes every day.

Tony Hobart, 46, of Ocala, Florida, has been a short-distance driver for three years. He started working for a company six months ago, making $ 13 per hour. He now makes $ 15 per hour, plus time-and-a-half because he drives 60 hours per week.

“It’s less stress,” Hobart says. “For short haulers, it’s a solid job, but it’s very boring.”

Few people consider trucking to be glamorous, so it ends up being a job of last resort, according to Justin Harness, senior vice president of dedicated operations for US XPress.

It’s not a job that people want to do, necessarily,” Harness says. “It’s either a stopgap… or people try it when they’re of legal driving age and they realize it’s not a lifestyle they want to subscribe to long term.

“It is not an easy job.”

Benefits of Being a Truck Driver

So what is it that gets people behind the wheel?

Mathis says that truck driving may not be easy, but it’s important, which gives drivers a purpose beyond the paycheck.

“A lot of drivers feel good just knowing that they are contributing to bringing consumer goods to people’s homes,” Mathis says.

Harness agrees that his drivers feel a sense of accomplishment by building relationships with their customers.

“They enjoy the freedom of being out on the road… and they have a lot of freedom in whether they are able to do a good job or not,” Harness says. “The ones that are very successful take a lot of pride in that.”

And even though the trucking industry may not pay as much as some people think it should, the salary and bonuses can really add up to a decent income for someone just entering the workforce.  

There are some great opportunities to make some really good money for 21-, 22-, 23-, 24-, 25-year-olds coming into this industry with no experience,” Harness says.

Mathis prefers her new job as a recruiter but admits there are aspects of truck driving she misses.

“Before I got in the truck, I had never seen anything past North Carolina and South Carolina,” she says. “Now I’ve been to Oregon, Idaho — all these beautiful places.”

The Georges say that mandatory rest periods for long-haul truckers help them plan stops along their routes for running, hiking and cycling.

“If you’re opportunistic and know where you can stop, you might find a nice bike trail next to a rest stop,” says Danny, a third-generation truck driver.

Plus, that idealistic notion of the seeing the world still rings true for the couple.

“We got into the profession because we wanted an adventure,” Danny says. “It’s 29 years later, and I still can’t believe we get paid to do this — it is an absolute blast.”

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Cindy and Danny George pose in front of the Danny & Cindy George Wheat Ridge TA Travel Center, a truck stop that was named in their honor, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
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Before you buy a trucker’s hat and a pair of fuzzy dice, you’ll need a few things, including your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates licensing for safety and training, but you’ll need to obtain the license through your state Department of Motor Vehicles.

And you can’t simply walk into the DMV and sign up for an exam. You’ll need to attend a truck driving school to prepare for passing the skills and knowledge tests.

Specialized schools and local colleges offer courses that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the type of certifications you want to get.  

Also be prepared to take the Department of Transportation physical, which you must pass to receive a two-year license.

Oh, and if you’re planning to hit the road with your significant other, the Georges recommend you learn how to get along in a space the size of a walk-in closet.

“Read a couple books about relationships,” Danny suggests. Cindy adds with a laugh, “I have my own personal comedian in the truck with me… humor helps a lot.”

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Data journalist Alex Mahadevan contributed to this article.

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

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Here’s how to do Notting Hill Carnival 2018 like a local

From the timings to remember to what it’s actually celebrating…

This weekend sees Notting Hill Carnival return to London, with the annual summer event taking over the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, over August bank holiday weekend since 1966.

As one of the world’s largest street carnivals, Notting Hill Carnival sees almost a million people attend the two-day festival every year, celebrating Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill.

The highlights? Caribbean dancing through the streets in a parade, reggae music and street food from jerk chicken to barbecued corn on the cob.

The festival is such a huge deal in fact that in 2006 it was added to the famous list of icons of England.

But what do you need to know about this year’s event?

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When is Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival takes place over August bank holiday each year, with this year’s celebration running from 25-27 August. The main days however are Sunday and Monday, so if you’re planning a visit, those are your best bets.

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What’s on the programme at Notting Hill Carnival 2018?

Saturday 25 August

Timings: 7-10pm

Notting Hill Carnival kicks off on Saturday with Panorama in Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park. What can you expect from the event? A steel band, Caribbean food and a lot of family-friendly fun.

Sunday 26 August

Timings: 6am-8.30pm

Sunday at Notting Hill Carnival is family day, with the Jouvert Carnival kicking off at 6am from Ladbroke Grove. From 6-9am, you can expect Caribbean music and steel drums, but from 9am onwards the children’s parade takes over. What can you expect? Family workshops and Caribbean food.

Monday 27 August

Timings: 9am-8.30pm

Monday is the most popular day of the carnival, so if you’re not one for crowds, Saturday or Sunday should be your festival days. The Monday sees a parade through the streets, 60 bands, Caribbean get-up, and reggae blasted from the World Music Stage.

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How much is Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival is completely free – you don’t have to buy tickets in advance or pay to get in, but you will need to bring cash to pay for food and drink when you’re there.

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How can I do Notting Hill Carnival like a local?

Beauty blogger and veteran Notting Hill Carnival goer Elise (AKA Little Miss Plumful) gave Delphine Chui her Notting Hill Carnival survival guide. Here’s some of her best advice:

Wear water-resistant make-up

‘You’ll need it to protect you from rain and flying drinks! Urban decay makeup setting spray is ace at keeping your makeup intact. It’s carnival so pile on some glitter so you dazzle as much as the carnival queens.’

Do not travel into Notting Hill

‘Although most people would think to travel to carnival via Notting hill, you’re better off going to a quieter station and walking in to avoid the crowds. Westbourne park is a good one as they don’t usher you away from the entrance so you can meet the rest of your party there. Plus there are some decent toilets there complete with taps and mirrors so it’s a good idea to use those before you head towards the dreaded port-a-loo only zone. I would suggest meeting your carnival crew early and traveling in together.’

Plan your exit ahead of time

‘Remember that most stations are exit only during the day so plan your route ahead of time. The police may reopen or close the stations on the outer perimeters depending on crowds. The important thing is to get out of the main carnival area to the back streets before 7pm so you don’t get stuck in the crowds.’

Stay on the sides

‘Avoid being in the middle of it all. Stay on the side in case there’s a rush in the crowd which often happens.’

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How can I get to Notting Hill Carnival?

The streets are usually very crowded around Notting Hill Carnival, so if you’re planning on getting the bus, keep in mind that the roads around the carnival area will be off limits, so the buses will be driving on different routes, and terminated early. Tube-wise, the Central line will be open all weekend, with Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park (the closest stations) open and providing easy access to the carnival.

We’ll see you there.

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Devolver’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Game is Like Tinder For Monarchs

It feels like forever since we’ve caught up with the battle for Westeros, doesn’t it? With Game Of Thrones’ final season a depressingly long way off, it’s a bit of a bleak time to be a GoT fan. But thankfully, Devolver is planning a trip to the Seven Kingdoms this October with Reigns: Game of Thrones.

In a surprise announcement, the indie publisher behind hits like Hotline Miami and Enter The Gungeon revealed it has teamed up with HBO to release a Game of Thrones version of their hit strategy game. Reigns: Game of Thrones blends fast-paced, Tinder-esque swiping with hard-as-nails narrative decisions, and will be available on mobile and PC.


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Jon Snow takes his rightful place on the Iron Throne

The original Reigns is set in a fictional medieval world, and the simple singleplayer strategy game had us fill the shoes of a monarch, swiping left or right to accept or reject suggestions from royal advisors.

Reigns: Game of Thrones explores a series of ‘what if’ storylines where fan-favourite characters Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Sansa Stark, and more are seduced by the villainous visions of the Red Priestess, Melisandre.


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Once you’ve selected your chosen monarch from the show’s cast of characters, it’s up to you to navigate the complex relationships and hostile factions of the Seven Kingdoms and claim the Iron Throne. Expect to have to win over fickle bannerman, outwit devious political opponents, and attempt to maintain the favour of the people while avoiding all-out war.

Given all the back-stabbing and murky politics in Westeros, a simple but satisfying king sim feels like a perfect match for Game Of Thrones.

Reigns: Game of Thrones will launch on the App Store, Google Play, and Steam for $ 3.99 in October and is available for pre-order now where available.

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Codemasters’ Birmingham team (previously Swordfish Studios) has been building F1 games since 2010 and F1 2018 is shaping up to be its best take to date.

With F1 2018 arriving late next week, IGN spoke with game director Lee Mather at Codemasters Studio Birmingham to chat about some of the most exciting changes coming in the game, the rise of F1 esports, and the challenges of building a yearly motorsports sim.

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7 Members of the Same Family Killed in Horror Crash: ‘My Heart Hurts Like It Never Hurt Before’

Seven family members were killed in a head-on car crash in eastern Oregon on Monday.

Erika Boquet, 29, her three children and Boquet’s stepmother Kyla Brown, 28, and her two children were all killed when a 1999 Toyota 4Runner driving on the other side of the road, crossed into their lane and smashed into their 2016 Toyota 4Runner, Oregan State Police confirmed.

Boquet, her children Isabella, 11, Elisabeth, 9, and Tytis, 6, as well as Brown and her children Arianna, 10, and Xavier, 2, were all pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a statement.

The lone driver of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner, Mark Robert Rundell, 48, also died in the collision.

The young family was on their way to Las Vegas from Washington during the time of the fatal accident, which took place at around 10 a.m.

Boquet’s father and Brown’s partner Louis Johnson was flying to Nevada to meet his family when tragedy struck.

The devastated father and grandfather posted on his Facebook that his “world came crashing down.”

“My heart hurts like it never hurt before. I have no answers to a 1000 whys,” he wrote, asking friends and family to join him at a vigil held Wednesday. “We lost 7 loved ones and the pain we feel is deep. I need to see the love I lost in you.”

Boquet’s brother Jessie Tate has set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising money to cover the funeral costs.

“Our family is at a complete loss. We are trying to come up with enough money to bring them home and give them the proper burial they deserve,” the GoFundMe page reads.

“Erika was kind and always giving to others. Her heart was big and full of compassion. Words can not describe how much Erika, Bella, Elisa and Tytis will be missed.”

So far, the page has raised over $ 30,000.

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Tate also opened up to The Oregonian about his sister’s devastating death.

“It’s a tragedy I wouldn’t wish on anyone else,” Tate explained to the publication.

“She was outgoing, personable, made friends everywhere she went, and her kids took after her,” Tate continued.

“They all just cared about everyone around them.”

The accident remains under investigation.


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On The Run Like Jay And B? Here’s How To Stay Healthy When You’re Hectic

Do you have different roles in different area codes? Are you always traveling or on the run? If so, Dr. Rani Whitfield has some solutions for you to keep you healthy and energized while you’re on the road.

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK LONG HOURS AND THEY JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP?

My best advice here is to set a regular bedtime and make you bed a sleep haven. Don’t pay bills, return emails, or play games on your cell phone. The bed is for two things and one of them is sleeping 😎

WHAT ARE SOME BARE ESSENTIALS FOR A HEALTHFUL ROUTINE IF YOU TRAVEL A GREAT DEAL FOR WORK?

Firstly, prepare for your trip by calling ahead. For me adequate rest, staying hydrated with water, and some form of exercise is essential. Lately I’ve been traveling with a small diffuser and lavender essential oils to help me relax in my hotel room.

HOW CAN BLOOD CLOTS BE PREVENTED WHILE FLYING OR ON LONG ROAD TRIPS?

Blood clots can be a serious risk to some travelers. To prevent them move around as much as possible especially on long flights. Get up and out of your seat at least once every hour. Move your limbs frequently while flying by flexing and bending your feet, ankles, and knees.

(Editor’s Note: Compression socks, which are much nicer than in grandmom’s day, can also be helpful if your legs tend to swell. Check with your doctor to see if they can work for you).

 WHAT’S THE BEST THING TO HELP WITH FATIGUE?

Proper rest, stress reduction, exercise, and adequate hydration are three of the best ways to deal with fatigue.

IS IT TRUE, IF YOU’VE HAD A STROKE THEN YOU’RE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO HAVING ANOTHER ONE?

Yes. Those who have had a stroke are at an increased risk of having another. Hypertension is the number one risk for stroke. Get your blood pressure checked and under control!

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO ALLEVIATE STRESS?

Stress relieving tips include deep breathing, meditation, and exercise. This is also a very personal thing as we all have different interests  painting, listening to music, gardening etc. All of those can help alleviate stress. Find what works for you and do it frequently.

ARE THERE CERTAIN VITAMINS OR SUPPLEMENTS WE SHOULD BE TAKING IN ORDER TO PREVENT THESE HEALTH RISKS?

There some limited studies that suggest vitamins like the B vitamins may help with stress. Since stress manifest in different ways (headaches, insomnia, fatigue..) there are different vitamins that claim to aid/benefit in the relief of them. Rest, hydration, proper diet, and regular exercise in my opinion is the ultimate prescription.

Dr. Rani Whitfield – also known as “Tha Hip Hop Doc” — is a board-certified family physician with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.  He’s currently in private practice in his native Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Appearing on BET, CNN, MSNBC, and a host of syndicated shows, Dr. Whitfield is no stranger to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He’s also a new dad!

 

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On “Orange Is the New Black,” Natalie “Fig” Figueroa is a coarse, nasty prison warden — the antithesis, it seems, of Alysia Reiner, the book-loving, ecologically minded New York mom who plays her. Now 49, she lives in Harlem with her actor husband, David Alan Basche, and their daughter, Livia, 9, with whom she just…
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First came the selfie, and most people pointed their phone cameras to their face. Then came the selfie stick, which left some tourists rolling their eyes at others who used them. Then came the selfie filter. And that has left some people–notably plastic surgeons–speaking out against the trend. Or rather, against the wish that people could look in real life the way that Snapchat can make them look in its app.

A trio of dermatologists at Boston University released Thursday a paper in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Viewpoint titled, “Selfies – Living in the Era of Filtered Photographs.” The paper outlined a new twist on the condition known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in which people have an excessive preoccupation with a perceived flaw in how it appears to others.

“A new phenomenon, dubbed ‘Snapchat dysmorphia,’ has patients seeking out cosmetic surgery to look like filtered versions of themselves instead, with fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose,” the paper read. “This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients.”

Although the dysmorphia is named after Snapchat, the condition can also be inspired by the peer-pressure photo platform of Instagram as well as the facial-flaw editing apps like Facetune. Psychologists have worried about the role that Facetune can play, beyond removing blemishes or wrinkles, in creating unrealistic expectations in one’s appearance.

“It can be argued that these apps are making us lose touch with reality because we expect to look perfectly primped and filtered in real life as well,” the paper said. “Filtered selfies especially can have harmful effects on adolescents or those with BDD because these groups may more severely internalize this beauty standard.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated that Americans spent $ 16 billion on cosmetic surgical fees in 2016.

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May the false be with you — and count on the Daily News to deliver the truth.

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Michael Cohen’s Tape Sounds Like He Could Bring Down Trump

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The release of a secretly recorded conversation between Michael Cohen and Donald Trump about a proposed secret payment to one of Trump’s supposed mistresses goes a long way towards a potential criminal charge for both men.

The tape captures Cohen and Trump discussing setting up a shell corporation to pay “David” (presumably David Pecker, who owns the National Enquirer’s parent company, AMI) for the rights to Karen McDougal’s story that was acquired by AMI in a “capture and kill” move: AMI purchased exclusive rights to the damaging story of Trump’s affair and didn’t run it. 

Lanny Davis, one of Cohen’s lawyers, told CNN that he released the recording to show that Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani lied last week when he claimed that Cohen raised the idea of paying cash.  Davis claims that the recording clearly shows Trump proposing the idea of paying “cash,” while Giuliani continues to dispute this. 

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Wedding hair: how to avoid looking like a basic bride

You won’t find a chignon here, friends

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I’m getting married in September and whilst there are some traditions that I’m sticking to – white dress, dad giving me away, throwing the bouquet – there are some things that I just don’t want. I don’t want a cake – no one really likes it and nobody looks back on a wedding and thinks, ‘my favourite part was when they cut a cake with a random sword.’ I don’t want to pose like a prat with my bridesmaids for clichéd wedding pictures. And I really, really don’t want basic bitch wedding hair.

Stay with me.

Every wedding magazine I pick up has image after image of women with the most boring, unimaginative hairstyles I’ve ever clapped eyes on. I’ve been scrolling through Instagram and groaning at the lack of really chic ‘dos’. And Pinterest isn’t any better.

Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that not every hair stylist in the land does these boring half-up-half-down-lets-shove-in-some-diamante wedding hair looks. But I am amazed at the seemingly utter lack of alternative choices. It’s as if people get engaged, start planning a wedding and all sense of style goes out the window.

When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle (or the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as we now know them), she had two looks on the day. The simple low bun, with a few rouge tendrils by Serge Normant, followed by a fun, loose up-do by George Northwood. Northwood’s more relaxed and – let’s be frank – cooler option was the one people got more excited about. He is the king of cool girl hair after all. That’s what I want. I want my wedding hair to look modern, yet smart and I’d really like to avoid looking basic.

So with less than two months to go, I decided that I needed to take things into my own hands. If I was going to segue past the traditional wedding hair, I needed to approach it in a different way.

I thought to myself, which hair salon is the antithesis of wedding hair? There was only one salon that came to mind: Bleach London.

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If you don’t know Bleach London – it’s a salon that specialises in colour. But bold colour. Co-founded by Alex Brownsell, who counts Harry Styles, Georgia May Jagger, Pixie Geldof and Cara Delevingne as clients, and Sam Teasdale, the salon has become the go-to spot in London for hair that’s a little bit different. What better place to visit when looking for alternative wedding hair do for your big day?!

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So off I went. I met Emma, the senior stylist, at their Dalston salon (they also have outposts in Soho and Brixton) and we started chatting about different looks. I explained that whilst I didn’t want to look boring, I also didn’t want to look back at pictures and think I’d taken a temporary leave of my senses with anything too wild. I’d chosen early on against wearing a veil, as I thought it made me look too angelic (a look that I very rarely associate with myself), and was considering a headpiece – as long as there was no sign of diamante detailing. I was pretty much open to trying a few different options and after showing her my dress (which I won’t post on here, obvs) we came up with three possible looks. In order not to go too left-field, we decided to take what’s mostly requested by bridal clients and update them. So in keeping with that, we went with the following: an updo, a headpiece and flowers.

Wedding hair piece

Ask anyone to describe ‘cool girl hair’ and chances are they’ll describe a mash-up of Kate Moss’ infamous second-day, blonde mop with sea-salty surfer hair. It’s hair that look effortless and is always worn down. So this was a pretty good place for us to start. I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I have a natural wave to my hair that looks quite beachy already – I actually really like the way that my ends gather to form slight rat tails. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll admit. But we wanted to elevate it with a headpiece. You really have to trawl through page after page on Google until you get to a headpiece that doesn’t look like all the others you’ve just seen on Etsy. When I found Alexandra Harper’s bridal collection I knew that we had found a winner. The geometric flowers couldn’t be more different to the dainty, little diamonds headbands that I keep seeing everywhere.

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Wedding hair updo

When you search for wedding hair, the majority of results include either an updo or a braid – neither particularly inspiring. So we decided to combine the two, with a modern twist. We went for a half up, half down, plait extravaganza. If you’re going to go with a braid – make it a different one. Emma plaited along my parting and then tied it off using my own hair. She then popped a few more smaller ones around the head.

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Wedding hair with flowers

I had toyed with the idea of wearing a flower crown, but as much as I love them, even I can admit that they have been so overdone. And the basic bitches have taken them for their own. As we started to discuss how we could interpret this look, the image that kept popping into my mind was the beauty look from Rodarte’s SS18 couture show.

wedding hairAnd because we were at Bleach, we couldn’t not do a bit of colour. Emma used one of their new Watercolours, which are made from beetroot, to give me a hint of pink. They come out in one wash – so there’s no long-standing commitment needed.

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I personally think we nailed the non-basic-bride wedding hair. Don’t you?

If you want to book in to see Emma, or any of the Bleach London stylists, for your wedding call 020 7275 9500.

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Taylor Swift handled a concert malfunction like a professional stand-up comedian

Taylor Swift handled a concert malfunction like a professional stand-up comedian


Taylor Swift handled a concert malfunction like a professional stand-up comedian

Even though live performers spend months preparing for a tour, things can quickly go awry onstage, as plenty of artists know all too well. Recently, everyone from Beyoncé to Britney Spears have experienced stage malfunctions — from costumes that won’t stay put to getting stuck in mid-air…making for some majorly memorable moments for the thousands of fans in the audience.

The latest icon to get stuck in a stage snafu is none other than Taylor Swift, who’s currently on her Reputation World Tour. The singer was onstage for night two of her stop in Philadelphia on July 14th when she literally got stuck mid-air during a performance of “Delicate” (in a sparkly basket, no less). And it was a, well, delicate situation.

“I’m pretty sure I’m stuck up here,” Swift said as soon as she realized something was wrong. “It’s a nice view though,” she added.

“I think it’s really important to be honest with friends,” she continued. “What you just saw was me going straight up and down in this sparkly basket. It’s supposed to take me to the other side of the stadium. I’m somehow gonna figure out how to get over there. So what happens now is basically I’m just chilling waiting to figure out what happens next.”

As her crew worked to get her safely back to the main stage, Swift continued updating the crowd, saying, “This is such a spoiler alert but I have another flying thing across there that works apparently. Or wait! So there are people talking in my ear. This is so boring for you, I’m sorry.” She then joked about how there’s no way for her to talk to them without addressing the entire crowd, asking her team if she can walk over to the other stage or, “does it have to be flying?”

Instead of awkwardly standing there with no music to perform, Swift improvised, singing two of her biggest throwback hits, “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams,” without any background accompaniment. Pro move, Ms. Swift!

Not only are we majorly impressed with Swift’s ability to improvise on the fly, but um, Tay — have you ever considered a career in standup if this whole music thing doesn’t work out?

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‘Roe v. Wade’ Star Breaks Silence: Anti-Abortion Film Is Like Lancing a Boil

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Filming of the stridently anti-abortion film Roe v. Wade has been roiled by its gruesome, dismembered-fetus-filled script, but actor Corbin Bernsen is sticking with the controversial production.

While the macabre details of some portions of the script sent the film’s original director, costumer, location scout, and once-committed actors like Kevin Sorbo and Stephen Baldwin running, the L.A. Law and Major League star likens the way he says the movie will relieve political tensions to lancing a boil.

“We are a country that is festering right now,” Bernsen said Thursday on the sidelines of a Roe v. Wade shoot at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial. “We have a boil on the skin. And what’s happening is we’re popping it. So the infection doesn’t spread.”

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A new arrival on the festival circuit, Albania is tempting younger holidaymakers to dance on its beaches and explore beyond its pristine shores

Just how seriously the Albanian ministry of tourism was taking Kala festival – the first international event of its kind in the country – became clear the moment we stepped off the boat at Saranda to find a police escort waiting to accompany our coaches on the winding, mountainous transfer. That and the arrival of prime minister Edi Rama the following day, for an impromptu poolside press conference with the organisers at our hotel.

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Serena Williams on Heading to the Wimbledon Final: ‘It’s Not Inevitable For Me to Be Playing Like This’

Serena Williams is headed to her 30th Grand Slam singles final after beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday. Her win sets the stage for a redux of the 2016 Wimbledon final in which she defeated Angelique Kerber, who will also be her 2018 opponent.

It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Williams isn’t taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.”

“It’s not inevitable for me to be playing like this,” Williams said. “I had multiple surgeries and nearly didn’t make it when I gave birth. I’m enjoying every moment.”

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she’ll tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

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Where is Love Island 2018 filmed, can you book to stay in the villa in Majorca and what’s the place like inside?

THE Love Island villa is the setting of 2018’s hottest show.

But where exactly is the luxury holiday home? Can you stay there and who many people does it sleep?

This year’s villa looks better than ever
This year the villa looks better than ever. It is located in Majorca
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Where is the Love Island 2018 villa?

The Love Island villa is located on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca (Mallorca), in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the East of the Island.

The villa is the same luxury location that last year’s contestants stayed in, but it’s been given an overhaul.

The famous hideaway has been given a makeover, meaning the stars will be tempted to spend more time in there away from the prying eyes of their co-stars.

The bedroom is decorated with bright blue and pink blankets and cushions, with giant, holiday-themed images on the walls.

Outside seating and day beds have been set up around the pool area, with sun loungers and an al-fresco bar set up for late-night drinks.

The villa also boasts an enormous pool, gym area and jacuzzi.

The round seating area complete with a fancy fire pit is still in place, along with the enormous open-plan kitchen and living room.

Staff have been busy for weeks setting up the hidden cameras and linking up the microphones to make sure every cough and spit is captured on screen.

The villa features an expansive infinity pool which looks out on the lush countryside
The villa features an expansive infinity pool which looks out on the lush countryside
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Where is Majorca and what is the weather like?

Mallorca is the largest Balearic Island and is located in the Mediterranean Sea off the south-east coast of mainland Spain.

The island is known for its beach resorts and is a popular destination with British tourists.

Majorca is the “sister” island to Ibiza and Menorca and flying time from the UK is about two and a half hours.

The island’s capital is Palma, known for it’s Gothic Santa Maria cathedral and beautiful bay.

The island is also the home of notorious party destination Magaluf, which has previously played host to reality TV show The Magaluf Weekender – which has now relocated and become known as The Ibiza Weekender.

The weather in Mallorca is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summer months.

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Yes, you can stay in the villa, but it will cost around £3000 for a week’s stay.

The luxury villa boasts a super-sized hot tub, infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and terrace.


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Brett Kavanaugh’s Environmental Record Looks Like Scott Pruitt’s

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Not surprisingly, most of the coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has focused on social issues like abortion, LGBT equality, and contraception.

But while Kavanaugh’s record on those issues is sparse and unclear, his record on economic and environmental issues is as clear as a smog-free day: Judge Kavanaugh is like the Scott Pruitt of the federal judiciary.

This assessment is based on a long string of Kavanaugh’s rulings as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, most of which rely on the premise that, contrary to prevailing Supreme Court doctrine, administrative agencies have very limited discretion to act in the absence of congressional instructions.  

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Margot Robbie has responded to claims she looks like Megan from Love Island

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Megan Barton Hanson seems to be the girl pretty much everyone wants in the Love Island villa this series.

You may remember that during one episode, Alex (aka Dr Love) referred to Megan as ‘the hottest girl on the planet’ and compared her to Margot Robbie. And it’s true, there’s definitely a resemblance.

But funnily enough, the actress herself saw the clip and has some thoughts.

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‘The other night we were watching and I think it was Alex who said that, and we all lost it! We were like, “Oh my god, they know who I am on Love Island!”,’ she recently told Metro.

Side note: we are loving that even Margot Robbie is obsessed with the show.

So what did the star think of the comparison itself?

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‘I personally don’t see the resemblance,’ she said. ‘We’d just finished drinking beer and eating crisps and saying, “We’re so disgusting we could never be on Love Island we’re such fatties, they would never let us on”.

‘They all have amazing bodies and they are so gorgeous and always so done up and looking incredible, and then they said [I look like her] and we were like, “Oh my god!”‘

We definitely don’t agree that Margot Robbie isn’t seriously gorgeous herself. Come on now.

On another note, anyone else think it’s a bit weird that she was surprised they knew who she is? You’re an Oscar-nominated actress, girl!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump is not the first US President to bemoan NATO spending … but no one did it like this

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Dhani Can’t Stop Buying Short-Sleeve Button Downs Like This One

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Cardi B’s fans certainly like it — her music, that is.

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How to Grill Like Barbecue World Champion Tuffy Stone

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Grilling is a competitive sport. Seriously. Whether it’s neighbor verse neighbor or a family rivalry, the competition can be fierce.

And while people, of course, barbecue year-round, the prime time is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and one of the highlights of the season is July 4.

And for those who truly love the smell of charcoal in the morning, there is a circuit of professional barbecue contests and competitions. Pitmaster Tuffy Stone has won dozens and dozens of titles and recently released Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue, which includes his tips and advice as well as plenty of his signature recipes.

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Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”

OHMYGOSSIP — Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”.
The 36-year-old singer has been performing vocals for the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ group on tour since 2012 and he took the decision to go out on the road with the British rockers because of the criticism he was receiving for his flamboyant persona.
He explained: “I needed an outlet for me that wasn’t judging. I needed to be in a safe space that didn’t say to me: ‘Don’t do that, people won’t like that.’
“Now there’s an audience for me being exactly who I am. There’s permission given.”
The former ‘American Idol’ contestant admitted his early shows with the band were “a mindf**k” and he never expected to still be touring with them now.
He told The Guardian newspaper: “I’ve figured out how to make those songs work for me. I’m not playing a part, I’m interpreting them from my viewpoint and a lot of what Freddie [Mercury] was exploring is stuff I’m exploring.”
Adam doesn’t think performing with Queen has sidelined his own solo career but he’s trying to figure out how his “different worlds” can exist alongside one another.
Asked if he thinks his solo career has been sidelined, he said: “No. No. I think I’ve managed to balance it. It’s two different worlds and two different ideas, but right now, I’m trying to get them to coexist.”
The ‘Ghost Town’ singer praised flamboyant late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991 – for being “ahead of his time” and has discussed a lot with bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May how proud the ‘Under Pressure’ singer would have been of the way sexuality is much more open in the mainstream music industry now.
He said: “Roger was like, ‘I think he would be really open and upfront about it, because that’s what he was like to all of us.’
“[His sexuality] was just taboo in the media. But he was very matter of fact once he’d come to terms with it. And from what I have ascertained, he was fully bisexual. He was dabbling everywhere. I think he was ahead of his time.”
Adam is proud to be open about his own homosexuality and embraces the “responsibility” of being a role model.
He said: “I didn’t get into this to be a role model, but then slowly I realised it was a responsibility I wanted. There’s so much good that can come from being a leader and being open.”

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12 Mushroom Skin Care Products That Work Like Magic

Beauty has been going green in more ways than one. In addition to more vegan, cruelty-free products, we’re seeing ones that are packed with superfoods plus fruits and vegetables. Similar to food and wellness trends, there are certain buzzy ingredients that seem to be everywhere. Watermelon is one of the hottest ingredients for summer, with the juicy fruit showing up in everything from masks to serums. Pomegranate, avocado and almost every leafy green have enjoyed their time in the spotlight. Now it’s the divisive mushroom that’s popping up in skin care launches, making it a perfect candidate for the next It ingredient.

Whether you love eating them or fall into the camp of people who find mushrooms too earthy to eat, you’ll like them in beauty routines, promise. When it comes to skin care, mushrooms can be pretty magical — which is why they’ve been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. According to Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa, it’s the variety of mushrooms to choose from that makes them interesting. “There is no one hero mushroom,” she says. “Different varieties have different properties.” Hamdan suggests looking for a product that has a blend of at least three different mushrooms to get the most benefits.

In general, mushrooms are popular in skin care because they soothe, soften and provide mega moisture. Some, like reishi, are “super antioxidants,” Hamdan says. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Collection, says that tremella fuciformis, aka snow fungus, has the ability to retain moisture in skin even more than hyaluronic acid. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been proven to accelerate wound healing.

In addition to knowing whether a product has oyster, enoki, chaga, portobello mushrooms or another variety, Hamdan says it’s helpful to know the extraction method of the mushroom as well as what part of the mushroom is used because products that typically use the whole mushroom are best. In terms of specific products, Vargas says mushrooms are mostly found in serums, masks and moisturizers.

There’s no need to go foraging beauty aisles on a hunt for fungi. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best mushroom skin care products so you can see for yourself just how good ‘shrooms are.

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All the times Meghan Markle dressed like Princess Diana

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Call it a coincidence or not, but Meghan Markle has taken a leaf out of Princess Diana’s sartorial book more than once since she started her official Royal duties. There was the time she wore the late Princess’ ring on her wedding day, and when she was inspired by her for her Trooping the Colour dress.

Just yesterday, Meghan was spotted wearing a button-down dress for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, which resembled an outfit Diana wore at the Order of the Garter ceremony back in 1992. So we thought it was about time we’d look back at all the other times Meghan copied Diana’s style.

The button-down skirt suit

Meghan wore this chic suit for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, while in 1992, Diana wore a similar dress for the Garter Ceremony. While Diana wore a hat and Meghan didn’t, both dresses had cream buttons down the front, and a belt to accentuate the waist.

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The Royal Ascot dress

For her first Royal Ascot appearance, Meghan opted for a chic monochrome look. The embroidered shirt dress was by Givenchy, and she accessorised with a Philip Treacy hat. In 1985, Princess Diana also opted for black and white in a chic skirt suit with matching hat.

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The pink off-the-shoulder dress

For Trooping the Colour, Meghan broke Royal protocol by showing off her shoulders in a chic Carolina Herrera dress with buttons down the front. This was reminiscent of the Catherine Walker gown Diana wore to visit the Berlin Opera House in 1987, don’t you agree?

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The blue floral dress

In June, Meghan and Harry attended the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece, and whether on purpose or not, Meghan went for a floral Oscar de la Renta dress which was remarkably similar to a Catherine Walker tunic worn by Diana in the Gulf States in 1986. The bride, Celia McCorquodale, also wore the Spencer tiara (the one Diana wore on her wedding day) for the first time since Diana died.

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The white coat

You’ll remember how Meghan wore a wrap coat by Canadian brand Line the Label for her engagement photocall, prompting their site to crash. Diana was also a fan of oversized white coats, and she wore this Versace number in London in 1996.

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The striped dress

Meghan wore this cute pinstripe dress for one of her first official engagements, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April 2018. Meanwhile, Princess Diana wore pinstripe suits many times, and we love this dress she wore in Australia in 1985.

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Birgit Kos Looks Like a Supermodel on Vogue Brazil’s June 2018 Covers

Every now and then there’s a certain model who captivates not only our forums but the industry. We couldn’t get enough (still can’t, really) of Grace Elizabeth last year following a spectacular Vogue Italia cover and a campaign for Max Mara. Now, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Birgit Kos. After walking just about every major show during fashion week and an appearance on Vogue Italia‘s April offering, Birgit now takes to the cover of Vogue Brazil. The Dutch beauty stars on the title’s signature duo of covers for June 2018, serving some serious supermodel realness in the retro-inspired images, captured by photographer Mariana Maltoni with styling from Pedro Sales.

Vogue Brazil June 2018 : Birgit Kos by Mariana Maltoni

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Members of our forums were all for seeing Birgit. “She’s everywhere! If Grace Elizabeth was the model of 2017, Birgit is the face of this year. Hope she gets a cover by [Steven] Meisel,” praised forum member ivano upon checking out the covers.

“Wow! She is such a stunning girl!” mikel admired.

“Supermodel vibes. So happy to see her gracing Vogue Brazil!” wrote guimon.

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HeatherAnne was a fan too, writing, “Something very 90s about her beauty. Too good, too good.”

“Love the first cover (above), that radiant smile!” said KateTheGreatest.

“The first cover is really beautiful, her smile is contagious,” agreed liaa.

“The covers themselves are not much to write home about, but this girl is absolutely gorgeous. She deserves to be a supermodel,” added MyNameIs.

Sharing the same sentiments as everyone else was forum member lelaid. “The second cover (below) is simple and amazing! She looks like a true supermodel.

Vogue Brazil June 2018 : Birgit Kos by Mariana Maltoni

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This is what the Galaxy S10 and iPhone X of our dreams would look like

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If yesterday’s phone launch proves anything, it’s that we’ve reached peak smartphone design. In a world of iPhone X clones, Oppo came up with a crazy new phone that forces itself not to copy the notch. Of course, the irony that the Find X looks just like a Galaxy S/Note or that Color OS looks a lot like Apple iOS doesn’t escape us.

However, the Find X design is hardly perfect. We’ve got a motorized camera system that slides up whenever you want to unlock the phone, take a picture, or take a selfie. It’s a neat concept, but it’s destined to fail for a couple of reasons. The first one I already mentioned, the motorized sliding mechanism. The second one is related to the first one. This phone doesn’t have any water resistance, and that’s not what we want for the future of smartphones.

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Tucker Carlson’s Immigration Rants Sound a Lot Like White Nationalism, Experts Say

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is very concerned about people likening him to a certain genocidal dictator.

“The cost is entirely on you,” Carlson told his audience in a Monday night monologue in which he warned of immigrants moving to their neighborhoods, “but don’t complain, or else they will call you ‘Hitler.’”

But Carlson’s monologue wouldn’t have been far out of place on a white supremacist forum. Hours after ProPublica released disturbing audio of immigrant children who had been separated from their parents at the U.S. border, Carlson told viewers the immigrants were coming “to change your country forever.”

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‘It feels like I never left’: Workers laid off in Atlantic City are getting their jobs back at ‘new’ casinos

The Taj Mahal is reopening as the Hard Rock casino, and Revel will open its doors as the Ocean Resort Casino. Together, they are restoring more than 6,000 jobs lost after a brutal two-year stretch when five casinos closed.
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Howard University Graduate Was Treated Like She Wasn’t Worth A Damn At Victoria’s Secret

The list of racist retail incidents across the nation just got its latest addition after a Howard University graduate detailed the racial profiling horror — complete with handcuffs— that she was subjected to during a visit to a Victoria’s Secret in Tennessee this week.

Jovita Jones Cage previously bought a bra before bringing it back because its sensor wasn’t removed at the time of purchase. She went back to the store in the Carriage Crossing mall in Collierville Monday with her receipt, which an employee verified before removing the sensor. However, all hell broke loose when she then decided to do some browsing in the store before leaving, WREG Memphis reported.

A Collierville Police Officer decided to profile Cage while she was on her way to the store’s fitting room. Cage, who is a children’s tutor, was instantly accused of shoplifting and ordered to put both of her hands behind her back.

“The police officer walked straight up to me and slapped handcuffs on me. I think it was for the simple fact that I was black,” she said, adding that the store manager called the cops without speaking with her.

The horrific scene played out in front of store shoppers, which could have been friends or colleagues of Cage.

“I don’t know if one of the parents of the kids I tutor could’ve been there,” she added, touching on the stigma and embarrassment felt by people of color who are racially profiled. “I don’t know if one of my old professors could’ve been in there.”

The officer forcefully searched her purse before finally realizing that she hadn’t taken any merchandise. A crying Cage was escorted out of the store and banned from coming back. Really?

She later made a complaint to Victoria’s Secret corporate office, speaking with a representative who only offered a standard apology and a $ 100 gift card, which Cage turned down. The company later pulled out all the familiar stops: an executive’s phone call to Cage, investigation, termination of the employee involved in the incident and promise to better educate workers on the stores’ policies.

Cage was still dealing with the trauma over the incident, having reached out to the NAACP for help. The standard protocol for stores when employees are caught racial profiling doesn’t fully address the biases that prompt discriminatory behaviors.

“They’re going to have to do more,” Cage said. “I want justice not only for me, but for people everywhere. I hope after this, other victims of racial profiling will come forward. It’s solidarity. It’s not just about African-Americans. It’s about everyone being treated fairly.”

 

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With the dust settled from the controversy over Spotify’s ban on promoting artists like R. Kelly, its CEO admitted they messed up the rollout.

The streaming company received backlash after announcing its policy on hate speech and hateful conduct, which meant Spotify wouldn’t allow music from artists who contravene this to be promoted on its playlists or anywhere in its service.  

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told Recode’s Code Conference on Wednesday that they “rolled this out wrong” and that they “could’ve done a much better job” on communicating its new policy. Read more…

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Why We Like Rich Heroes Like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen

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Bruce Wayne: I’m rich.

These two words, taken from last year’s Justice League movie delighted fans and reminded us of everything we love about wealthy heroes like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen. They’re mysterious, powerful and, more importantly, they’re brutally real. The superhero element of these characters may be fantasy, but often they’re underlined with a morality that injects some much-needed realism into a fictional world.

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According to Forbes, Wayne Enterprises’ annual net income is valued at approximately $ 31 billion. The cost of maintaining Batman is approximately $ 682 million.

One of the main appeals of rich superheroes is that they’re rich. And, logically, this billionaire status affords their alter egos a lot of enviable super luxuries. Most people born into multi-billion dollar fortunes lead regular lives. They live in opulent mansions, own expensive foreign cars, and build multi-billion dollar franchises. You know, regular people stuff.

But wealthy superheroes like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen take the dream one step further. They build Arrowcaves and drive Batmobiles. They hire efficient British butlers to run their households and superhero operations. And can we talk about the gadgets?

Wealthy superheroism, as showcased by Wayne and Queen, explores affluence in its extreme. With a moral compass and a billion dollars, rich superheroes live out the kind of conversations you might have with your friends. Their resources read like a thought experiment into what you could do with unlimited funds. The answer? Buy a lot of cool things. Naturally.

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‘I’m not the hero of this story. I’m a man who’s been corrupted by his own unbearable pain. I’m a man who has too much blood on his hands to be called good.’ – Batman (Thomas Wayne)

When it comes to the crunch, we may like rich superheroes because their gadgets are cool, but we revere them because we can relate to their struggles. Sure, none of us has ever scaled a 60ft building to stop an intelligent gorilla from taking over New York, but the problems of heroes like Wayne and Queen are more complex than the villains they face. Our protagonists are ultimately mortal beings, with weaknesses rooted in realism. Their origin stories are human: shrouded in loss, retribution, and self-realisation.

These characteristics are evident in both Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen, but they also hold true for rich superheroes as a whole. And you don’t have to look too far to find them. In one of the most literal iterations of The Dark Night: The Flashpoint Batman, millionaire Thomas Wayne is the one who takes up the mantle of Batman after his son Bruce is killed in a robbery-gone-wrong. His wife, Martha, goes mad after the loss of her son and later becomes Batman’s archenemy – The Joker. Although this origin story is by no means the darkest in the DC universe, in a twisted way, it’s perhaps the most realistic.

Strip away the gadgets and the vigilantism and Thomas Wayne’s Batman is essentially a father, grieving over the loss of his son. He feels an overwhelming sense of guilt and love that still tie him to his estranged, now insane wife. When Wayne the senior sacrifices himself and his entire universe to save his son, he acts in a way that any father would, and despite his riches, this human motivation makes him relatable.

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Under the hood, Oliver Queen still lives up to the hero title.

The 2016 DC Comics series, Rebirth established Oliver Queen as an advocate for social justice. Aside from trick arrows and sewer villains, the storyline explored the obligations of the rich to the poor and voiceless. Though the series’ modern take on the character upset a lot of fans, the ‘new and improved’ version of Oliver Queen isn’t that new.

Questions of what those with power owe those without are ever-present in the superhero genre. DC has used this trope before, adopting heroes like Superman as an archetype. In the 1998 comic Superman: Peace on Earth and the 2008 movie Man of Steel, Superman struggles with what it means to be powerful and questions whether one man can ever really possess the power to change the world. Add money to this narrative, and rich superheroes start to explore a real-life parallel that counterparts like Superman can’t convey.

In their daily, non-superhero lives, the super-rich of the comic-verse are a reflection of wealthy living as it exists in the real world. We hold our rich and famous accountable for their actions, and in some ways, we expect them to represent the best of us.

In real life, our heroes often fall short of being role models, but our favourite fantasy superstars give us the kind of heroes we deserve. Their everyday heroics allow us to indulge in the reverence we expect to give real celebrities.

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The name’s Wayne, Bruce Wayne. Out of costume, Wayne leads an even more glamorous and clandestine life than his alter ego.

With the expensive gadgets, dapper suits, and double lives, the plot of most Batman stories would fit quite comfortably into a 007 novel. Part of the excitement of the superhero genre has always been the double lives our heroes often lead. But rich superheroes raise the stakes even further. There’s an allure to the secret lives of the rich that makes the men behind the mask as compelling as the heroes.

Arguably, our fascination with rich superheroes is a two-fold affair. It’s impossible to separate the characters from their money, so ‘rich’ certainly lends to the appeal. But it doesn’t end there. Ultimately, we appreciate these heroes because they’re profoundly accessible. And more like us than we often realise.

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Brain activity and structure in transgender adolescents more closely resembles the typical activation patterns of their desired gender, according to new research. The findings suggest that differences in brain function may occur early in development and that brain imaging may be a useful tool for earlier identification of transgenderism in young people.
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This is what your Twitter timeline would have looked like 10 years ago

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Have you ever wondered what your Twitter timeline would have looked like a decade ago if you were following all the same people then that you are now? Wonder no more, because Twitter’s robust search engine can make this dream a reality. All you have to do is click on this link and start scrolling down your time travel timeline.

The best part of this fun Easter egg is that it doesn’t matter if you actually had a Twitter account back in 2008. As long as you have one now and are following people who were using Twitter ten years ago, then the page will populate with tweets from the most recent day it can and then move backwards chronologically as you scroll.

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Skip Bayless on LeBron’s defense in Game 3: It looked like the good old days of LeBron James first-team All-NBA defense

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Jay Leno Is Worth $350 Million and Owns 181 Cars But Says He Still Lives Like Someone Who’s on Their Last Dime

Jay Leno got rich by being America’s class clown. The comedian has an estimated net worth of $ 350 million, largely thanks to his tenure as the host of The Tonight Show, which he left in 2014. He’s still cracking jokes, but now he does it on Jay Leno’s Garage, which started as a web series and is now in its fourth season on CNBC (airing Thursdays). It follows Leno’s one true splurge: collecting prized and pricey cars. We talked to him about the money tips he’s picked up from his auto obsession, how he started his standup career homeless, and the one thing he tells every comic who’s trying to make a buck telling jokes.

You were extremely scrappy when you started in comedy. In Leading with My Chin, you wrote about being homeless and telling jokes to police when they picked you up off the street.

[Laughs] Yeah, I did. I just got on a plane one day and went to Los Angeles. I looked in the paper for open houses, say, from noon to 4 p.m., and I would get there at 3:30, and then I would hide in the closet. The realtor would leave and lock the door, and now I had a place to stay. Sometimes I could stay in a house two to three days. I didn’t wreck anything. I did get picked up twice for vagrancy on Hollywood Boulevard. In fact, where I got my [Walk of Fame] star was where the cops picked me up. They’d put you in the back of the car, and they’d drive you around their entire shift, and then let you out in the morning.

They must’ve been used to that on Hollywood Boulevard.

I would tell the cops jokes, and most of the cops are pretty blue-collar guys. Once they realized you’re not dangerous, you’re not a crazy person… “You find a place to live yet? No? Okay, get in the back.” It was okay. They were nice guys.

How’d you become a car geek, anyway?

I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, which was a pretty rural area when I was a kid. There were always broken tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles you had to fix. I remember somebody had abandoned an old Renault in a field when we were about 11 or 12. We would drive it around the backyard. Your mom would kind of watch through the window. Of, course now they’d call child services, and the parents would be taken away. Back then, it was seen as not a bad thing—it taught you how to fix cars and get things running. I never set out to collect cars. I just bought what I liked. The general rule of car collecting is if you’re reasonably astute and you understand how things work, if you like it, chances are other people will like it, too. My three things are: It should be of technical and historical significance. It should be fun to drive. And it should be attractive to look at. If an automobile has those three qualifications, then it’s probably something that would be considered collectible.

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There’s a lot of speculation out there about your vast car collection. Exactly how many do you own?

About 181 cars, and about 160 motorcycles.

Do you have any idea what they’re all worth?

No. I know individual ones. I bought a McLaren F1 in ‘99 for $ 800,000, and the last offer I got was $ 17.5 million. They only built 64 of them.

Are there any cars you look back on and think, “I wish I hadn’t bought that”?

There’s this thing in the car world: “You didn’t pay too much, you just bought it too soon.” There are a couple there. I don’t really dwell on them too much. If you buy something that’s rare and valuable, it will always be rare and valuable.

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Charlie Nucci—Corbis via Getty ImagesJay Leno in his garage with his McLaren F1

How often do you sell the cars?

I’ve never sold a car [Laughs].

Ever?

I will donate a car to charity. We’ve done that probably 10 or 15 times.

Your passion for cars is palpable. Is there anything else you don’t mind dropping serious dough on?

You know, there’s really not. It’s obviously not clothes. I’m not an experienced person. I know I’m pretty wealthy, but I live like someone who’s on their last dime. I take nothing for granted. I don’t take vacations. When you’re in show business, you get to go to vacation places. I enjoy doing philanthropy stuff. I like feeling like if I don’t work this week, I’m gonna go broke. People say, “Why do you work all the time?” I go, “What do I do on a Tuesday that’s worth this kind of money?” A job comes up, and I always feel like I was broke for so long, I never wanted to be in the position of, “Well, how much is that job? Oh no, I’m not…” It just seems so presumptuous to turn down.

You still have that hustler mentality.

Yeah, and I like being a piecemeal comic, the idea of write joke, tell joke, get check. I don’t do HBO or Netflix specials because I can make almost the same money doing a live show. Why not just do four or five live shows instead of giving something away on TV?

Jay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at "Revenge Of The Electric Car" Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff Vespa—WireImageJay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at “Revenge Of The Electric Car” Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

So no eight-figure Netflix special for you.

It doesn’t interest me. I’m not saying that to be snobby. It just doesn’t appeal to me because once your joke is on TV, it disappears forever. I always think, “Did this person just hear me say this last night?” I always know where my act is. I control it.

You came into quite a lot of money as a famous comedian. What did you learn about spending money from that?

I never spent money before I had it. I never bought anything before I could afford it. I never bought anything on time. I don’t lease vehicles. Cash is king.

You’re not risky with your income.

I work and my money relaxes—that’s the way I look at it. I live pretty frugally. I’m a huge believer in low self-esteem. The only ones with high self-esteem are actors and criminals. I’m dyslexic. My mother would say, “You’re gonna have to work twice as hard as the other kid to get the same thing,” and that always seemed like a fair tradeoff. The nice thing about being dyslexic—people tend to focus on something and then that becomes their goal. That always worked pretty well for me. I’ve always had two jobs, and I lived on one job and banked the other. All through The Tonight Show, I never touched a dime of my TV money because TV money is fleeting money. When you’re a comedian, you can always generate income. You can always stand somewhere and tell jokes and get paid for it. In college I would go to what they used to call hootenanny night and I would put $ 50 on the bar. I would say to the bartender, ”Let me go up and tell jokes. If I do good, give me my $ 50 back. If I do bad, you keep the $ 50.” Eventually you could make $ 15, $ 20 bucks a night by doing that.

What do you say when you talk to a young comedian who’s coming up and reaching for the kind of career you’ve had?

My advice is just take the job. Don’t worry about how much it pays. I’m always astounded when I meet comedians who go, “I’m not going there for that kind of money,” and I go, “Who are you? You haven’t done anything. No one knows who you are.” If you’re any good, the money will come. Pay attention to your product. If you’re not making enough money, it’s ‘cause you’re not good enough.

I spent almost a year at the Comedy Store asking to go on after Richard Pryor. No one wanted to follow Pryor because he just blew the room out. He was really the best. After that, I realized I didn’t have an hour of material. I had about 18 minutes of really funny material. I just kept throwing out everything that wasn’t funny.

 


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