Secret Stuff Mark Wahlberg and the ‘Mile 22’ Cast Learned While Making the Movie

Mile 22 — directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, Iko Uwais, Lauren Cohan and John Malkovich — hits UK screens today. The film’s official synopsis is as follows…

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.

FANDOM has been talking to the film’s stars about trying to get information out of the CIA while making the movie. And what they discovered both shocked and surprised the cast.

Hiding, Hacking, and Struggling to Get Access

In the above video, Mark Wahlberg talks about struggling to get access to agents, with the actors visiting the American Embassy in Colombia, but failing to get into certain rooms.

“Thankfully our writer has had a lot of experience with the CIA, Ground Branch, Overwatch, organisations like that,” Wahlberg explains. “So when we went to the embassy in Bogota, we were like, ‘Oh, wow, now we’ll get to meet some guys who are out in the field’ and it was like, ‘No, not happening.’ But we had a couple of consultants who were involved with the CIA to some extent or another. All very unassuming guys.”

Ronda Rousey says it was exciting being near that embassy building and not knowing which people were the elite U.S. agents, but being aware that they were all around.

Lauren Cohan talks about learning how to disappear as part of her preparation for the film, The Walking Dead actress revealing that the cast was taught about agents who are ready for anything at any time.

And Peter Berg discusses the power of hacking, explaining “As technology continues to develop, a well-trained hacker can get into anything, whether it’s traffic light controls, power grid controls, eavesdropping, tracking, activating and shutting down car engines. There’s really no limit to what can be done with technology.”

Mile 22 is in UK cinemas today.

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Fantasia’s Younger Brother ‘Making Leaps And Bounds’ Following Near-Fatal Car Accident [Video]

In the year since Fantasia Barrino’s little brother, Xavier, suffered near-fatal injuries from a horrific car accident, he’s been determined to bounce back and do what many thought would be the impossible… and that’s walk again.

Fanny’s other brother, Ricco Barrino, shared an update about Xavier’s status, saying he’s “making leaps and bounds” with his progress.

Ricco shared the news on Instagram; posting video footage of Xavier slowly walking up and down a mock staircase, with assistance from his nurse, reported ILOSM.

In his caption, Ricco wrote: “The boy @xavierbarrino making leaps and bounds … Please leave comments and cheer this guy on! My #motivation #inspiration #walk #fight #music #riccobarrino #family #littlebrother #hefe would be proud.”

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Xavier was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in September 2017. At that time, Fantasia took to Instagram to ask for prayer: “All of you who follow or see this PLEASE PRAY NOW please please please for my baby Bro please he is my Heartbeat PRAY Warriors PRAY.”

She later posted an updated, stating that her bro had 6 surgeries in 7 days and that he would eventually have to learn to walk again.

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Six months after Xavier’s accident, Fantasia took to Instagram to post a promising video update about his progress. The clip showed baby bro standing for the first time following the accident, with the help of his mother and physical therapist.

“My Father is Awesome @xavierbarrino I’m so proud of you baby You never gave up the fight I TOLD YALL HE WOULD WALK AGAIN AND IM STANDING ON THAT ‘HE WILL’ Father THANK YOU,” Fantasia wrote in the caption.

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September 2018 will mark a year since Xavier’s accident. Wishing him all the best on his road back to a full recovery.

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How This Woman Bought Her Dream Home While Making Less Than $60K


When Kristine Dowhan got a new job opportunity in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her company, she didn’t hesitate.

It didn’t take her long to sell her home in Detroit. She quickly found a foreclosure selling for $ 30 less per square foot than the rest of the neighborhood in St. Petersburg. It was in one of the safest and best school zones in the county, and it had everything she wanted in the long term: four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and it sat on an easily accessible street and needed little fixing up.

But her list of wants didn’t include a price tag of $ 455,000. But that’s what her dream house was listed for. She knew this house was too good to pass up, so she decided to go for it.

Why Moving Up Made Sense

In 2016, Dowhan, a business finance manager, was making less than $ 60,000. She was 25 and single, so she had no second income to fall back on.

But she viewed real estate as an investment.

When she bought her first home in Detroit in 2011, the local real estate market was crazy-cheap.

Dowhan moved back in with her parents after college. She’d used scholarships to pay for most of her degree, so she graduated with no student debt. She saved $ 30,000 in seven months, and instead of putting a solid down payment on a house in an up-and-coming neighborhood, she paid cash for a fixer-upper.

Dowhan spent two and a half years fixing up her 1,100-square-foot home while also living in it. She washed her dishes in the laundry room, found dust everywhere and lived within half-finished walls.

Much to the chagrin of her family and ex-boyfriends, Dowhan patiently saved up and paid cash for every improvement.

“[I lived] with no countertops for a year and a half because I wanted granite, and I was saving,” she said.

A woman reads while laying on a hammock.
Kristine Dowhan relaxes by her pool. She rented the home’s three spare rooms on Airbnb for 18 months, until she got married. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

When she became interested in moving to Florida, she looked at real estate for around nine months.

She knew she wanted a house she could grow in; she didn’t want to move again in a few years.

“I [didn’t] want to have to move and give up 6% equity every time, plus the effort of moving and all the things that go into it,” she said.

She sold her Detroit home in three days for her asking price of $ 90,000. The sale left her with a sizable down payment. Still, she didn’t make enough to qualify for her home loan.

So she paid off every bit of debt she had. She negotiated the price down to $ 425,000, and she added cash to the down payment beyond what she made from the sale of her Detroit house.

But her debt-to-income ratio was still over the 50% limit set by the bank. Still, she believed she could make it work.

When mortgage interest rates dropped by 0.12%, she finally achieved a 49.9% debt-to-income ratio. She was approved, and on Feb. 22, 2016, Dowhan closed on her home.

Hello Mortgage… and Airbnb Guests

Dowhan knew that first you sign the papers, then comes the mortgage bill. She had more than enough room for roommates. Plus, she had tenure in her company, and if all else failed, she would fall back on her retirement savings.

“The answer at first was roommates,” she said. “The answer was not roommates after I got them.”

Two months after she closed on the house, a young couple moved into one of the rooms. But the roommates weren’t a good fit. She gave them their 30 days’ notice after one month.

Not wanting to take a chance on roommates again, she decided to list her house on Airbnb. But there was one small issue: Airbnb guests don’t bring their own beds with them.

She couldn’t afford to furnish three extra bedrooms and two bathrooms so soon after closing.

“With $ 100 left in my checking account, I made a game for myself,” she said. “Every single piece of furniture I brought in had to be free on Craigslist.”

She got to work and found a free queen-size bed and two twin beds on Craigslist, and that’s what she started her listing with.

The week Dowhan posted the first bedroom on Airbnb, she was continuously booked. Her first guests actually arrived before her roommates were finished moving out.

“They came and I was like, ‘Oh, it’s just my friends. [They’re] just some friends,’” she joked. “They were so confused.”

In addition to scoring furniture on Craigslist, she found that people in her neighborhood were frequently giving away nice stuff. Within six months, she’d switched the queen out for a king. She got another king-size bed and a crib for the second room, plus two day beds and a bunk bed for the third.

In the first year of being fully operational, she made over $ 35,000 from Airbnb, netting her $ 1,200 after expenses.

Dowhan also continued to apply for higher positions at work. When she got them, she kept negotiating her salary. She rented the three spare rooms on Airbnb for 18 months until she got married and finally got that second income to help with the mortgage.

Now she and her husband, Michael, continue to live in and enjoy the house, which is currently valued at over $ 580,000. They even throw pool parties on the weekend.

Asked if she’d do it again, she said: “The time to take these risks is when you’re young. I would never take this risk if [I was] married. And if we had kids, I definitely wouldn’t have taken the risk.”  

 

Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money saving and debt payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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There’s a lot of buzz around this Manhattan bakery leading up to Rosh Hashana.

For the first time in its five-year-history, Breads Bakery is using its own beehives on a rooftop just north of Union Square to make honey for the high holiday that kicks off Sunday.

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Abstract ideas: meet the new artists making waves (and other shapes) at artrepublic

We put a spotlight on contemporary abstraction, as created by artists Cleo Barbour, Dave Towers and Mark McClure.

Dot by Cleo Barbour

Have you ever become so familiar with something that you stop even seeing it properly? For instance, your home; when it’s freshly decorated it feels like a whole new space, but once you get used to furniture sitting in a certain place or walls and floors being a particular colour or pattern, it’s easy to begin to take it for granted. This has happened (stylistically speaking) in the art world again and again through the centuries, but one of the most distinctive periods of renewal (and, for some, upset) came with the advent of the Cubists at the turn of the 20th century.

Quite literally breaking down their scenery and setups, removing perspective and  reformatting what they saw to create flat planes containing numerous viewpoints, the artists at the forefront of these movements – think Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris – forced themselves and those viewing their work, to stop taking their experience for granted and look at it anew. Albeit in a slightly jumbled, disjointed and at times uncomfortable way. But those artists recognised the need to try and see things with fresh eyes, or from a different angle or perspective in order to be present and engage with whatever was in front of them.

Abstraction may not take on quite the same form these days, but it still operates on the same basic principle: dealing with ideas rather than actual events. So, with that in mind – and knowing that a change of scenery is good for the soul – we’re shaking things up down at artrepublic Brighton with a rehang throughout our space. And, while we’re at it, we’re showcasing the work of some new artists who we are adding to the artrepublic mix – Cleo Barbour, Dave Towers and Mark McClure – each of whose work (coincidentally) is based in abstraction.

From bespoke surface design and hand-embellished prints to textural and typographical paint applications, let us introduce you to the latest trio to join our artrepublic family of artists.  

Cleo Barbour

Triangle by Cleo Barbour

Taking inspiration from tropical travels, architecture and Art Deco design, among other things, Brighton-based artist (and shoe designer) Cleo Barbour is known for her strong colour palettes, geometric compositions and hand-embroidered finishes.

Mark McClure

Murmation by Mark McClure

A respect for materials runs through Marc McClure’s dynamic abstract work. Whether executed on a grand scale in a public space or on smaller surfaces, the artist’s sculptural (even in 2D) geometric pieces draws attention to scale, structure and the space in which they are displayed.

Dave Towers

Cosmic Blob by Dave Towers

A career in graphic design, has seen Dave Towers heading up design teams at some of the UK’s best advertising agencies and picking up a number of awards for his work. And this background underpins Towers’ artwork too – layered colours, attention to line and typographical processes showcase an abstraction of ideas as well as form.

 

We spoke to each of the three artists for a quick Q&A about their work and take on abstraction. Read more about them on the artrepublic blog, at the links below and why not drop into the artrepublic Brighton gallery to see their work in person (displayed in a special presentation until 12th September 2018), or give us a call on +44 (0)1273 724829 to speak to one of our Art Advisors about their pieces.

Cleo Barbour

Mark McClure

Dave Towers

 

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‘Greener’ Anesthesia Making a Difference

The Kaiser Permanente Diablo Area Anesthesia Department has been working hard to reduce its carbon footprint by greening the anesthesia used in surgery. The department has switched from using Desflurane, which remains in the atmosphere for 10 years, to Sevoflurane, which lasts just one year.

“By making a conscious choice to use more environmentally friendly anesthesia gas, we have reduced our carbon footprint significantly,” said Jeff Ghassemi, MD, chief of anesthesia. “From 2016 through the end of 2017, we have seen the reduction in greenhouse gas/CO2 emissions of 524 metric tons.”

For comparison, 524 metric tons of CO2 is the equivalent of:

  • 112 cars driven for one year
  • Nearly 1.3 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
  • Almost 60,000 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • One year’s worth of energy usage for 56 homes

On a day-to-day basis, the comparison is even clearer. “One hour of Desflurane use is equivalent to nearly 450 miles of driving, while one hour of Sevoflurane is equivalent to a little less than 8 miles of driving,” says Ed Cha, MD, anesthesiologist and department liaison to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.

Greening the operating room was not the only benefit of switching to Sevoflurane — it costs less, too. As a region, the anesthesia specialty has saved more than $ 400,000 by switching, despite an overall increase in OR caseload of 12 percent.

“The anesthesia chiefs in 2015 decided to eliminate the use of Desflorane because of its greenhouse effect and cost. Since then we have reduced its use by 83 percent regionwide. We should eliminate all use by 2019,” explained Alan Zneimer, MD, chief of anesthesia in the Greater Southern Alameda Area and chair of the chiefs in the Northern California Region.

Putting the cookie jar out of reach

After a performance improvement meeting in fall 2016, Diablo’s OR Department met as a group and decided to voluntarily eliminate Desflurane by the end of the year.

“This represents a significant change in practice, and required the teamwork and motivation of a large department of nurse anesthetists, physician anesthesiologists and anesthesia techs,” said anesthesiologist Cynthia Rahn, MD.

Switching anesthesia isn’t as simple as it sounds. Many providers were more comfortable using Desflurane because they had trained with it. Sevoflurane takes effect a bit more slowly and takes a little longer to wear off, and for these reasons practitioners considered Desflurane easier and more convenient to use.

It took the department working together to tweak the system to accommodate the slightly longer onset and post-surgery wait times. “When providers time it right, they can achieve similar efficiency with Sevoflurane, and it has an excellent safety record,” said Amy Bode, certified registered nurse anesthetist.

“To make it work, this had to be driven by those making the choices in the OR every day,” said Dr. Ghassemi.

Physician anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists came up with a plan to keep Desflurane available as an option but remove it from the OR and place it in a nearby storage room. Meanwhile, Sevoflurane was kept right at hand in the OR.

“We agreed to put the ‘cookie jar’ out of reach,” said Brett Coleman, CRNA. “That little bump in activation energy required to use Desflurane helped us combat a tendency to go with what’s easier but is overall more harmful to the planet.”

Kaiser Permanente as a whole has pledged to become carbon neutral 2020, which is only 2 years away. And the Diablo Anesthesia Department is proud to be part of that. “We’re doing our part, one anesthetic at a time,” said Jacqueline Crist, CRNA.

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Big Brother’s Steve Calls Out JC for Making Fun of Him: ‘This Is Just Silly’

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Big Brother’s Steve Arienta may have been eliminated during the first week of the reality show this season, but he isn’t going to stand by and let houseguest JC Mounduix get the last laugh at his expense.

After a clip from the online live feed surfaced on Saturday, September 1, showing Mounduix poking fun at Arienta’s “flat nose” during a game of “would you rather,” the former castmate responded.

“To everyone out there that was born unique, do not fret what other’s ever say about you,” Arienta tweeted alongside the video. “Yes, I have a flat nose, and a flat profile. I have always had it. Born with it. Proud of it. That has never defined me as a person. This is just silly. #BB20”

In the clip, Mounduix can be seen asking other members of the house if they’d rather have Arienta’s nose that he’s “pretty sure has some respiration problems,” or Haleigh Broucher’s “mole.”

This isn’t the first time Mounduix has come under fire for things he’s said and done during his stint on the CBS reality series’ 20th season. Most recently, the 28-year-old Miami native was accused of sexual misconduct toward Tyler Crispen and Broucher, 21, when he was spotted caressing Crispen’s arm.

The show’s executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan released a statement to Us Weekly on August 31, regarding the alleged incident.

“The expression of viewer concerns regarding JC Mounduix’s behavior was reviewed immediately. All video was examined in its entirety,” the statement read. “We spoke with all three of the houseguests separately in detail about the incidents. Tyler and Haleigh explained to producers that they in no way felt threatened, unsafe or sexually harassed.”

Groden and Meehan continued: “If there was any indication from our houseguests of sexual misconduct, we and CBS would have taken immediate action. The safety and security of our houseguests is and will continue to be our top priority.”

Prior to the misconduct accusations, Mounduix turned heads with his inappropriate behavior, including opening the bathroom door while Broucher was using it. In July, viewers of the popular show called him out for placing an ice cream scooper near one of his female castmate’s private parts.

However, it hasn’t just been his actions that have made headlines. Mounduix was also openly called out by houseguests for misusing #MeToo, a sexual harassment awareness term, as well as using the N-word during a live feed in July.

CBS released a statement to Us in July warning members of the show of consequences for actions like this in the future.

“Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone,” the statement read. “The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future Big Brother broadcast on CBS.”

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Mark Making: how shape-shifting plays a huge part in the contemporary artwork of Mark McClure

We caught up with Mark McClure as his work is displayed as part of the abstract showcase at our Brighton gallery. Building up dynamic layers is something the original Abstract artists excelled at, and it’s something that artist Mark McClure knows something about too.

Murmation by Mark McClure

 

Artrepublic (AR):Abstraction, by definition is dealing with ideas rather than events. What kind of ideas do you find yourself dealing with in your work?

Mark McClure (MM): My early painted pieces originally developed from landscapes – the structural and architectural shapes around me in London. I took this further when I started using bits of wood and paper on canvas, taking the landscape to a more directly connected work that used materials found in the scenes that they represented.

These ideas of abstract landscape and representing structural forms, patterns and everyday motifs – combined with using materials and textures from my daily surroundings – are the basis for all the work I do today, albeit using a more pared-down, condensed visual language.

AR: Abstraction is also a state of preoccupation. In general, what do you find preoccupies you and why?

MM: Challenging my own perceptions of what I like about a piece and what I don’t. It’s not always constructive to consciously think about this for too long, but I find it fascinating. If I like something immediately I often find that I don’t so much a few days later… It’s usually the works that are a struggle that become the long-term loves. It’s a hard-earned thing. There’s probably a profound life lesson in there somewhere.

AR: Historically, abstract art was as much about process and materials as it was the outcome. Can you talk us through your usual making process, and the materials you feel an affinity with?

MM: It varies a lot. The trigger can be one of many things; sometimes a certain piece of wood or metal will catch my eye and become the starting point of a piece, especially for the sculptural works. These then slowly develop – as a pile of changing shapes and objects on the worktop, which are added to or taken from – before they slowly settle into place and are fixed.

For the mosaics I tend to sketch in a sketchbook or on the computer and take a piece to an almost finished state before cutting wood or having it cut, and then painting and assembling the work. There’s always an element of chance and the happy accidents often make a piece – either with loosely painted additions or through the way cut shapes interact with each other

AR: If you could collaborate on a project with anyone – artist/ non-artist, dead or alive – who would it be and why?

MM: I think it’d be someone like Joshua Davis, a creative coder and artist who has been doing amazing work for decades on Praystation. My background is in digital interactive design, and I’m slowly introducing elements of that journey back into my current work. So to do a project with someone with that knowledge and creativity could only end in kickass awesomeness.

AR: Consider the Cubists as an early-20th century art collective, pushing each other’s work forward. Who’s in your art gang?

MM: Good question. I don’t really have a core group who are connected through similar work. It largely depends where I am. I’m lucky enough to live near the good folk at LookUp Editions, who live and breathe abstraction and do a very good pint-based critique. After that it’s all about long boozy chats in the pub, which normally go off topic after 20 minutes and onto something entirely different. The usual suspects include the likes of Ben Slow, Dan Cimmermann, Nadeem Chughtai and the Static boys. My studio neighbours Richard Stone and Hannah Ludnow are my daily sounding boards – even though our work is hugely different to each other’s, it helps to have a completely fresh take on things.

 

Discover Mark McClure’s work for yourself at artrepublic Brighton, or find out more about his art and our abstract showcase by speaking to one of our personal art advisors on 01273 724829

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Walmart is making big changes to its stores before Black Friday

If you plan to shop at Walmart between now and Christmas, there are some big changes that you’re sure to notice.

After Toys R Us went out of business, Walmart has decided to expand its already large assortment of toys for people who shop in stores and on its website, Walmart.com.

Walmart expands its assortment of new and exclusive toys

In a news release, Walmart said there will be 30% new toys in select stores and 40% more toys online before Black Friday:

“Walmart has always been a destination for toys. Parents shop us for our wide selection of top brands and because we bring fun to stores in ways that only Walmart can,” said Anne Marie Kehoe, vice president of toys, Walmart U.S. “But today, we are making even bigger investments in the category to ensure we have the widest selection of toys at the best prices and an unmatched in-store and online experience to show customers the best place to shop for toys is Walmart.”

Walmart says “America’s Best Toy Shop” includes expanded aisles and the best selection of toys from brands like Pomsies, Fancy Nancy, Boxy Girls, Grumblies and Hairdorables.

Online-only exclusives include the DC Comics 6-Volt Justice League Batmobile and KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen with 30 Piece Play Food.

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In-store toy demos

Walmart is also adding in-store events and demos to help parents and kids test, play and shop for toys. This is something that Toys R Us tried during its final holiday shopping season before closing.

As for Walmart, it plans to host its first National Play Day on September 8 in more than 1,500 stores.

Toy Rated by Kids list 

Walmart brings together hundreds of kids every year to play with toys and features their favorites in its Top Rated by Kids list. There are 40 toys on the list for this holiday season, up from 25 in previous years:

  1. Barbie Dreamhouse
  2. Fisher-Price Little People Take Turns Skyway
  3. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage (Walmart exclusive)
  4. LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster
  5. Nerf Laser Ops 2 Pack
  6. Playmobil Hidden Temple with T-Rex
  7. Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper (Walmart exclusive)
  8. Razor Ultra Spark Scooter
  9. Sing & Spin Scooter Minnie
  10. Disney Princess Rapunzel Tower Vanity (Walmart exclusive)
  11. Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands
  12. Imaginext Jurassic World Jurassic Rex
  13. Incredibles 2 Jack Jack Doll
  14. Paw Patrol Fire Truck Ride-On (Walmart exclusive)
  15. Paw Patrol Fire Truck
  16. Peppa Pig Fun Fair Playset (Walmart exclusive)
  17. PJ Masks Romeo’s Lab Playset
  18. New product from Hatchimal, hatching Oct. 5
  19. Little Live Pets Wrapples
  20. LOL Surprise House
  21. Lost Kitties
  22. Moj Moj Claw Machine
  23. Fingerlings Hugs
  24. Num Nom Silly Shakers Maker
  25. PikMi Pops Super Flip
  26. Ryans World Giant Mystery Egg
  27. Treasure X Single Pack
  28. Air Hogs Supernova
  29. All Star Hover Board (Walmart exclusive)
  30. Fisher Price Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Smart Car
  31. Kumi Kreator
  32. Little Live Pets Rollie My Kissing Puppy
  33. Polaris 1.5 RC (Walmart exclusive)
  34. Really Rad Robots Mi-Bro
  35. Rideamals Scout Interactive Pony (Walmart exclusive)
  36. STEM Jr. Wonder Lab
  37. Terra Sect RC
  38. Trail Buster RC (Walmart exclusive)
  39. VTech Explore & Write Activity Desk
  40. Zoom Tubes Car Trax

Layaway is back!

Starting August 31, layaway is back at Walmart. The retailer says customers can use layaway to reserve items from the Top Rated by Kids list and thousands of items in Walmart stores. Read more here.

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The Five Heartbeats are back.

No, award-winning actor, comedian, and filmmaker Robert Townsend has not created a sequel or a remake of his 1991 classic about the rise and fall of a 1960s R&B vocal group. In fact, he’s developed a new documentary, Making The Five Heartbeats, sharing an instructive and inspiring journey expected to resonate with fans who can’t get enough of the movie as well as entrepreneurs in pursuit of their dream business.  On Monday, Aug. 27, they will discover how he achieved this milestone when Fathom Events presents the theatrical release in nearly 500 AMC movie theaters nationwide for a single screening at 7 p.m. local time, through its Digital Broadcast Network (DBN).

At select theatres nationwide—from Philadelphia to Crenshaw—audiences will also view an exclusive welcome from Townsend as well as gain the opportunity to participate in talkbacks with Townsend and cast members, including Heartbeats Leon Robinson, Michael Wright, Harry Lennix, Tico  Wells, and John Canada Terrell.

The Chicago native says of the project: “It’s one part a master class with Robert Townsend. But then on the other side, it’s for anybody who says, ‘What does it take to make something that is now a classic? How much energy did you put into it?’ And as an entrepreneur that wants to build something, what does it take to build that? What kind of obstacles will I have to overcome to get there? And when does my faith come into it? So it’s all of these elements tied into this one documentary.”

The film was released in 1991 at the height of a cinematic era dubbed “The Black Film Renaissance.’ During that year, roughly 17 films directed by African Americans opened in theaters, more than in the entire previous decade. Unlike large numbers of films that dealt with criminality and gang violence—Boyz N The Hood, New Jack City, and Straight out of Brooklyn—Townsend’s tale has stood out as a touching, multidimensional musical drama. Inspired by The Dells, the legendary, soulful quintet that produced such timeless classics as ‘Oh What A Night’ and ‘Stay In My Corner,’ the film resonated with audiences due to themes tied to aspirational sacrifice and unshakable brotherhood. At the same time, the film, co-written by Townsend and In Living Color creator Keenan Ivory Wayans, had healthy helpings of humor and a heart-stirring soundtrack in which two songs, “Nights Like This” and “A Heart is A House for Love” became Top 20 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles Chart some 27 years ago.

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Although Townsend, one of four recipients of BLACK ENTERPRISE’s XCEL Award at the 2017 Black Men XCEL Summit, admits that the film didn’t perform well at the box office, which garnered gross receipts of $ 8.75 million, the entrepreneur who financed his first film, Hollywood Shuffle, with his savings and a wallet packed full of credit cards, used his creativity and savvy to develop offshoot vehicles to capture new audiences. After more than three decades of creating films that have told different, unique stories of African American life—in fact, Meteor Man, the first black superhero film he created and helmed is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year—Townsend talked with BLACK ENTERPRISE Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle about his mission to produce his most personal film to date..

Why did you think it was important to develop a documentary about the making of The Five Heartbeats at this time?

Fans really love The Five Heartbeats. Everywhere I go, people talk about The Five Heartbeats. Out of all the movies and television shows I’ve done, that’s the one that people want to know: How did you do auditions? Why did you cast that person and how did you direct it? Can there be a sequel to The Five Heartbeats?

I started to think about my journey to make the movie. There’s so much drama that went on behind the scenes, and people think it was just smooth sailing. I should share these stories because they love the movie so much, and maybe it’s another way to give the fans an insight into my process. This will be the first time I will really let people into my creative process. But also, I think it’s exciting to hear about the roller coaster ride to make The Five Heartbeats.

Does the film also explore the business process such as film financing and marketing?

The film goes into that because nobody wanted to make The Five Heartbeats. The money that I needed to finance it became part of the problem. The documentary also goes into the marketing side of the film because a lot of people don’t know that the movie bombed at the box office. We didn’t do well. It takes you on the ride of what went wrong with its marketing, the trailer, the timing. And then it is also a lesson on how word-of-mouth is the best advertising. From a business side, it gives you a glimpse into how you finish this film that you think is brilliant and it didn’t work…but then it worked. So there are lessons on marketing and the business of show business.

How much did it cost to produce the film? Did you meet budget or did you have to scale back your larger vision?

I started with Hollywood Shuffle; that was done for no money at all. I went from no money to a budget of $ 8.7 million. That’s a lot of money but it’s a little bit of money when you’re trying to do a period piece where you’ve got to make sure that everything—the cars on the street, the hairstyles, the wardrobe—looks like 1965. So your budget gets turned upside down because you’re recreating the look. So on that front, I didn’t have all the money in the world. I had a lot more than I had been used to. And because I was going after this classic, I took way too much time and got in trouble with the budget of the film. In the documentary, you’ll see what happened due to the pressure I was under because I was over budget.

So how challenging was producing this documentary?

Creating the documentary was a lot of trial and error. I started working on this about 10 years ago. I thought I knew what the documentary was going to be but then it started to take me in different directions. This is when you just got to listen to your creative voice. First, it was going to be just a straight-ahead documentary where everybody just talks about how the movie was made. Then I said, I’m not going deep enough.

There were certain things that only I knew. Like the actors, they know about the filming and the release of it. They didn’t know about the studio, the late nights when the phone calls to hear that you don’t have any money or ‘We don’t like that scene, cut it.’ We got into the director-producer realm, and I couldn’t share with anybody the pressure and stress that I was under to make the film. So as I looked at the documentary again, I said, ‘No, Robert, you’ve got to talk about these business lessons that are going on behind the scenes and how you had to negotiate and be strategic in giving and taking what really mattered to you. Then when do you put all your cards on the table and say ‘you’ve got to do it my way or I’m out.’ It’s the art of negotiating as a filmmaker to get your baby born. All of that changed the documentary and made me take a longer time because I wasn’t ready to tell the real story.

When the original film came out,  you found different techniques in terms of marketing and outreach to new audiences to make it a success. Did that experience evolve into an ongoing strategic approach to extending creative properties and make connections with audiences beyond a given film?

I think that I’ve always been kind of a serial entrepreneur. I’ve always looked at unique opportunities. I’ve always been fearless in taking chances and trying new things. With The Five Heartbeats, my vision has always been huge where I can say, ‘the movie lives in one universe but there could be a road show that we could take with The Dells.’ And that’s what I did, I created a revue. Right now, Keenan and I have been working behind the scenes on the Broadway show. We want to create The Five Heartbeats brand and take it to Broadway like Dreamgirls. So that’s another part of the vision.

What role has digital technology played in the brand building process?

I just think as an artist, with all the new moving pieces of content, there is a way now with social media to connect to your audience. From a marketing point of view, I have been tweeting every day and using different social media platforms to promote this documentary. It’s been interesting to watch because just on my tweeting alone, I have been able to engage close to 1 million people. So the game has changed, and I’m still learning.

What other aspects would you like to share about this production?

Though the documentary is about the making of The Five Heartbeats, it’s really an inspirational journey for every dreamer that wanted to give birth to an original idea. That’s really what it’s all about. It’s just seen through the eyes of a filmmaker of color. So I think that for entrepreneurs who want to be inspired and see a journey that is not for the faint of heart, this is the ticket for them.

Watch the trailer for Making the Five Heartbeats



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14 Creative Ways of Making Money On the Side

Making money in addition to a regular income can have a big impact on your finances. An extra $ 500 per month could go a long way in paying down debt or raising your investment. Diversifying your income streams is important, especially as wage remain stagnant. You decide how you want to produce the income. Either you ‘do something’ to generate the income- this is active income such as providing a service; or the income is generated without you having to ‘do anything,’ – this is passive income such as hosting an Airbnb. Just make sure you do not place all your eggs in one basket.

Creating multiple streams of income does not man get a second job to supplement your current income. A second job does not provide you with the flexibility and freedom to increase your income. In fact, it can hurt you when you think about it. You are trading time for money and in the long run, you lose. Instead, create something that will allow you to give yourself a pay raise when you need and want it. 

When evaluating and researching ways to produce income, take the following into consideration:

  • Investment — should require minimal investment.
  • Sustainable — ultimately, something that generates income without you.
  • Scalable — produces substantial amounts of income
  • Flexibility — you call the shots. 

Here’s what an extra $ 500 per month could look like: 

Savings account: If you deposited $ 500 each month for one year with an interest rate of 4.00%, compounded annually, and an initial starting balance of $ 500, your yield will be $ 6,629.22. 

Investment account: Now transfer the amount above from your savings into a 5- year CD with an interest rate of 2%, compounded annually, for five years, your yield will be $ 7,319.99.

Financial freedom: Extra income of $ 500 per month could cover car payments, auto insurance, help pay down credit card debt, or cover some or even all of a mortgage payment. Before saving, research rates, get your kids involved, and have fun with it. 

Small incremental savings can ultimately go a long way. Below are steadfast ideas guaranteed to help you generate multiple streams of income this year.

14 Ways of Making Money on the Side 

Sell an E-book

If publishing a book the traditional ways is a long shot, then consider an e-book. An e-book is simple; many people publish them for free, but many sell them as well on Amazon.

Affiliate Marketing

If you have a blog or other type of site, you can build affiliate links to different services on the website. Many people use Amazon as an affiliate partner. For example, if you are a beauty blogger writing about different products, you can set up Amazon affiliate links on your blog so that whenever someone buys the product you mention on Amazon, you receive a percentage of the sale. Amazon is not the only affiliate partner out there. Here is good, in-depth information on affiliate marketing

Write a Book

A well-written book will undoubtedly rake in some profits for you. Although the process of getting it published is sometimes tedious, it is not entirely impossible. Contrary to what many believe, self-publishing can be easy, fun, invigorating, and life changing.

Begin a Micro-Business

Many of the above examples are also small businesses. However, you can start a more traditional kind of business–one that sells a service or product. Consider the one thing you’re good at or the one thing you are constantly complimented on. Before starting, make sure you have all the legal documents in alignment.

Teach a Class

If you have excellent skills or knowledge, then consider teaching at a university; make a series of seminars or make your own classes at your business.

Offer Consulting or Coaching

Instead of teaching a full class, you can coach clients one-on-one.

Start a Blog

It may take a while for a blog to earn any money, as with any business, but with consistency and commitment, it will eventually pay off.

Develop a Product

A typical way of making money is to transform a service into a product. For example, as a freelancer, you offer a service once and earn money once. However, if you can change your service into a product, you can put it up for sale once and get paid lots of times.

Have Multiple Clients

If you depend on one main client only, slowly begin branching out to fresh customers. Build your client list through list building.

Launch a Magazine

You can select a topic, develop content, transform it into a perfect magazine and sell it for a profit.

Offer Expert Advice 

The technique here charges for calls from people who want guidance in the topic/field you are knowledgeable in.

Create a Membership Website 

If you can make valuable content, there will almost forever be people willing to pay a monthly fee for membership.

Invest

Stocks, bonds, 401(k)s, annuities, etc., are great ways to earn passive income. Place proceeds in a high-interest savings account or a high-interest checking account to establish your emergency fund account.

Purchase Real Estate

Real estate is a good way to earn extra income. Real estate investing includes fixing and flipping houses, which requires capital in the form of cash and credit. Speak with seasoned investors and realtors to find out if this passive income strategy is right for you.

Producing additional income is the foundation to building wealth. While earning extra income does take work, the ROI can be enormous and pay off for years to come. Now’s the time to create your plan for building your financial legacy for you and your family.  

-Editor’s Note: This article was updated since its original publish date of March 14, 2017.

 

 

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Serena Williams Opens Up About Her Complicated Comeback, Motherhood And Making Time to Be Selfish

On a bright, cloudless early-August day in Silicon Valley, Serena Williams opens the back door of the Spanish-style home she shares with her husband, tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, and walks down a flower-lined path to her office. Lemon trees bloom near the entrance to the backyard tennis court; in the clear distance, airplanes slip over the San Francisco Bay. Serena–who long ago ascended into the pantheon of stars known by a single name–swaps her pink Crocs for sneakers, and grabs a broom and dustpan to sweep pine needles off the hard court.

Just three nights earlier, Serena suffered the worst defeat of her 23-year professional career, a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Johanna Konta in the opening round of a U.S. Open tune-up tournament down the road in San Jose. That it was only her fifth tournament since giving birth to her daughter in September–or that in the fourth, Wimbledon, she made it to the finals in one of the most spectacular displays of will, skill and grit in the history of the game–didn’t make the loss hurt any less.

Serena Williams Time Magazine Cover
Photograph by Alessandra Sanguinetti—Magnum Photos for TIME

Serena has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record. The U.S. Open, which begins on Aug. 27 in New York City, is her last chance to even the score this year. And with age and the demands of parenthood looming over her singular career, Serena knows every chance matters. So, time to work.

She pounds shots from every angle, moving side to side, sending one ball screaming crosscourt at a cone target near the baseline. After a few hundred swings, her fitness guru, a white-haired sexagenarian named Mackie Shilstone, suggests she take a 30-second break. She insists on 20. He offers her water. She refuses.

Finally, Serena calls time. She sits on a wooden bench and fiddles on her iPhone. She’s tinkering with designs for her new clothing line when Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. waddles out the back door. Mom’s thwops and grunts have woken her from her nap. Serena leaps up to guide Olympia down the stairs to the court, counting off the steps in French: “Un, deux, un, deux.”

The moment can’t last. Serena isn’t done with her workout. Shilstone’s waiting to chase her all over the court and make her dodge tennis balls he tosses at her midsection. Olympia is led back inside, and Mom digs into more ground strokes. But for the rest of the training session, she steals glances at the house. “I wonder,” Serena says between backhands, “what my baby is doing?”

Millions of working parents wrestle with this question every day. In cubicles and call centers, at restaurants and on assembly lines, a large portion of the world’s workforce consistently thinks about their children. That concern can be deep, gnawing, even painful for anyone, but no working mother on the planet is quite like Serena Williams.

Becoming one almost killed her. The pregnancy was easy, she says, but the delivery led to a series of complications, including a life-threatening pulmonary embolism and hematoma that required multiple surgeries. She spent the next six weeks mostly in bed, too weak to get up on her own, let alone swing a tennis racket. Even as she gradually regained her strength, Serena couldn’t shake a sense of sadness, a feeling that she had done something wrong or wasn’t doing enough. She had gone through hell to have Olympia, and she loved her like it. “I didn’t think I’d be this attached,” Serena says. “It’s difficult to leave her.”

That’s a tricky proposition for a world-class athlete. Professional tennis all but requires selfishness–the time needed to train, to travel and to maintain competitive focus blot out virtually all else. Parenting is essentially the opposite. You are no longer the point. Yet at 36, an age when even the greatest champions tend to lose a step, Serena is determined to show that it doesn’t have to be so. Maybe not everyone can do it. Maybe just her. In her two tournaments since Wimbledon, she couldn’t make it past the second round. But maybe trying will be inspiration enough.

Serena William's Husband Ohanian Holding Olympia
Richard Shiro—Getty ImagesSerena’s husband Ohanian, seen holding Olympia during a Fed Cup match in February, has brought their daughter to most of her mother’s matches since she returned to tennis

Mothers the world over rallied around her remarkable run at Wimbledon, which Serena says has helped carry her through the low moments. “I dedicated that to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot,” she says. “Some days, I cry. I’m really sad. I’ve had meltdowns. It’s been a really tough 11 months. If I can do it, you guys can do it too.”

Serena, as her vanquished opponents know, is different. And yet no modern athlete who has reached her level of stardom has ever returned from so difficult a childbirth, at her age, in a grueling individual sport like tennis, to claim a major global championship. And since Wimbledon, she’s faced a particularly rough stretch in her personal life. The man who killed her older sister Yetunde Price was released from prison. The postpartum symptoms haven’t fully gone away, and she says separating herself from Olympia has become even harder. Why keep at it?

“I’m not done yet, simple,” Serena tells me, as we drive into San Francisco one evening for a speaking engagement. She needs tennis as much as her sport needs her. It’s the one thing, as a mother, she can do solely for herself. “My story doesn’t end here.”

Serena was two months pregnant when she beat her sister Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final, a victory that broke Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major titles. (Unfair, Venus joked later: it was two against one.) Serena is convinced Olympia knows she’s a Grand Slam champion, describing her walk as a cocksure, “little bowlegged strut.”

Serena met Ohanian in Italy in 2015. They were engaged by the end of the following year and married in November 2017, in New Orleans, after Olympia was born. “I always assumed I’d marry a black guy,” Serena says. “I always felt that I could relate more with a black guy, that we’d have more struggles in common, you know?” But the pair clicked.

Their bond was tested fast. Olympia was born through emergency C-section. The next day, Serena began to feel out of breath. She suffered a pulmonary embolism in 2011, and thought this might be another one. Serena demanded a CT scan for her lungs. “If she doesn’t understand her body as well as she does, and the doctor doesn’t listen to her, I don’t necessarily think we’re sitting here,” says her agent, Jill Smoller, in the players’ lounge before Serena’s match in San Jose.

The scan showed blood clots. Coughing from the embolism caused her C-section wound to pop; in surgery, doctors found a large hematoma in her abdomen. Another procedure inserted a filter into her veins to prevent more clots. She kept the filter after it was removed, and puts it on her kitchen table as we talk. It’s shaped like a badminton birdie. “How was that in my veins?” Serena asks.

Ohanian remembers that harrowing stretch as a plunge from highest high to lowest low. “It’s a lot to change gears from being really happy and thrilled about bringing this life into the world to having to kiss your wife goodbye and praying she’ll be O.K.,” he says.

There were five surgeries, all told, and the first few months of recovery were particularly tough. The couple hunkered down at their home in South Florida, while Serena’s mother Oracene moved in to help. For weeks, Ohanian lifted Serena out of bed in the morning.

Olympia’s birth, and the frantic, fumbling bond of new parents, brought the family closer together. They now spend most of their time together in South Florida, and also have homes in Southern and Northern California, where Ohanian has installed a PlayStation near Olympia’s playpen. “Yeah, he’s a nerd,” says Serena. They also have a stocked bar in her playroom. “Sometimes,” she says, laughing, “you need it.” Serena even managed to implement “no cell phone” Sundays despite Ohanian’s full-time, device-dependent work life, but she’ll catch her husband in the act. “He doesn’t put it down until I look at him,” she says.

Her desire to play tennis again, however, never wavered. Williams began slowly, doing some light hitting in Florida. By early 2018, she felt strong enough to return to the pro tour. The results have been mixed. She lost in the first round in her second tournament, in March, and then reached the fourth round of the French Open in June before a pectoral injury forced her to withdraw.

Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, says she made choices that put her family above her career, including staying home with Olympia and Ohanian rather than going early to Europe for clay-court prep. “I felt the decisions were taken through the angle of the family, where before, every decision was taken through the angle of tennis,” says Mouratoglou. “This is a big difference. Even if you are Serena, if you want to be successful in tennis, tennis has to be priority No. 1.”

Breastfeeding was another tension point. Serena nursed Olympia for the first eight months, even though she believes it made it harder for her to get back into playing shape. “You have the power to sustain the life that God gave her,” she says. “You have the power to make her happy, to calm her. At any other time in your life, you don’t have this magical superpower.”

Once Serena did arrive in France for clay-court training, Mouratoglou told her she should stop nursing, for the sake of her game. “It’s absolutely hard to take from a guy,” Serena says. “He’s not a woman, he doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her. I’ve spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do.”

But Serena also wanted to get back on top, and she says she came around to the idea that she needed to stop nursing Olympia in order to make it happen. “I looked at Olympia, and I was like, ‘Listen, Mommy needs to get her body back, so Mommy’s going to stop now.’ We had a really good conversation. We talked it out.”

Serena then committed to Mouratoglou’s training plan. “I’ve never seen her work like that before,” says her coach. In July, Serena made her thrilling run on the Wimbledon grass, before falling to Angelique Kerber in the final. The tennis world was floored.

“I’ve never met an athlete that can just produce the highest level of hunger, desire and mental determination other than her,” says Chris Evert, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in her career. “I’m in awe that she got to the finals.”

Still, Serena feels like she let the opportunity slip away. She stopped scouting her opponents so closely, since they tend to bring their game to another level against her. But she decided to prep for Kerber. “I really wish I hadn’t done that,” she says. “Because she played much, much harder than she’s ever played in her life. Hit nothing like she normally does. I was like, O.K., this is classic. Why did I do this? Just focus on Serena. That’s when I do my best.”

Back in Silicon Valley, Serena is behind the wheel of her white Lincoln Navigator, maneuvering the tank-size SUV into a metered parking spot outside her local Equinox. After her backyard hitting session, she agreed to a 30-minute strength and agility workout with Shilstone. But every minute at the gym counts as lost time with Olympia, and she sets the timer on her phone, promising to vanish after a half hour.

She means it. Olympia is almost always on her mother’s mind. On the ride to the gym, Serena spotted a deer and her fawn in the front yard of someone’s house. She stopped the car, rolled down the window, and gasped. “Oh my God, are you serious? That’s me, that’s Momma, that’s Serena.” She then looked toward the fawn. “That’s the baby, that’s Olympia.” She gazed at the deer for a few beats more, then wondered aloud if the baby deer had a “Qai Qai.” That’s the name of Olympia’s favorite doll.

Like so many new parents, Serena still marvels at how strongly she feels pulled to her daughter, finding joy in how Olympia washes her hands in the dog bowl, smooshes avocado into her hair and shot puts Tupperware across the kitchen. “Sometimes she just wants Mommy, she doesn’t want anyone else,” Serena says, nearly choking up. “I still have to learn a balance of being there for her, and being there for me. I’m working on it. I never understood women before, when they put themselves in second or third place. And it’s so easy to do. It’s so easy to do.”

Early on, eager to bond with Olympia, Serena was hesitant to let others even hold her. “She was a bit of a baby hog,” says her sister Isha Price. “She was putting way too much pressure on herself. But that’s what she does.”

Serena says now it was born of a deep insecurity that she was somehow failing as a mom. “It was crazy to hear her in a state of, ‘I just don’t know what to do with the different emotions,’” says the singer Kelly Rowland, part of a small group of moms Serena leans on for advice. “It was hard to wrap my head around it. I’m like, She can do everything.”

That’s the thing about being a parent, though, particularly a working mom. No matter your resources–and Serena, who has won more than $ 86 million in prize money, and Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit and a prominent venture capitalist, have far more than most, including child-care help–it’s still easy to feel like you’re somehow failing. The stress of juggling family and career has brought out the same insecurities in Serena that other parents feel. “I don’t think I’m doing it right,” she says.

She fell prey to peer pressure on social media, posting a photo of her post-pregnancy body on Instagram. She says now that she used a waist trainer to push in her stomach. “I hated that I fell victim to that,” she says. “It puts a lot of pressure on women, young and old.”

Serena Williams at the Cincinnati Masters
John Minchillo—AP/ShutterstockSerena’s comeback has been mixed; she lost in the second round at the Cincinnati Masters, here on Aug. 14

Her vulnerability as a mom is a stark contrast to her poise on the court and, increasingly, off it. Since returning to the tour, for example, Serena has spoken out about gender discrimination in the workplace, questioning why women coming back from maternity leave should lose their seeds in a tournament draw. Williams was the top-ranked player in the world before she had Olympia. At the French Open, she did not receive a seed–a penalty that could dissuade other players from having children.

“It would be nice to recognize that women shouldn’t be treated differently because they take time to bring life into this world,” Serena says. She’s not the first player to come back after giving birth, but it wasn’t until she did that the U.S. Open pledged to incorporate maternity decisions into its seeding process.

Another sore spot: discrepancies in drug testing. The United States Anti-Doping Agency has tested Serena five times in 2018, according to its records. Meanwhile Sloane Stephens, who won the U.S. Open a year ago, has been tested once. Serena called such differences “discrimination” on Twitter and thinks it’s because some people won’t accept that she’s clean. “Look at me,” she says, glancing at her herself in a mirror at home. “I was born this way. They’re like, ‘Oh, she can’t be that great, she must be doing something.’ I don’t even lift weights.” Serena laughs. “It’s all God, you know,” she says. “But whatever.”

Serena is used to being a target. It began when she and Venus started rising up the ranks of a predominantly white sport, and has continued even as she became the face of the game. Last year, while Serena was pregnant, the former top men’s player Ilie Nastase made a racist comment about her child, and in the spring, the owner of a pro tournament in Madrid took a shot at her weight.

“They sure don’t throw a dart at other people, huh?” Serena says after I ask what accounts for the hate. She says, rightly, that the vitriol is far outweighed by her millions of fans, before considering the question again. “I’m a black woman,” she says. “Women in general are not treated the same as men who’ve had the same amount of success. And then, being a black woman, doing something historically that’s never been done, it’s easy to feel like, ‘We’ve always picked on people of this color. So I’m O.K. to continue to do it.’” Serena says she thinks black men have it even tougher. In February, NBC released a documentary she narrated on the 1968 Summer Olympics, and she marvels at Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who famously raised their fists during the national anthem to protest America’s civil rights record. “They sacrificed everything,” Serena says.

So did Colin Kaepernick, I mention. Serena owns a small stake in the Miami Dolphins, and she supports the right of NFL players to protest during the national anthem.”He hasn’t lost his joy,” she replies.

Serena has met the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback twice: once before he started his protests in 2016, and once after he became Donald Trump’s bogeyman. Since taking a knee during “The Star Spangled Banner,” Kaepernick has raised $ 1 million for various nonprofits. “Colin is happy with what he’s doing,” she says. “Some people are different. He’s just different.” She doubts an NFL team will hire him, especially after he filed a collusion grievance against the league. But she’s convinced Kaepernick would win a Super Bowl. Few believe in the power of determination like Serena. “He’d have so much to prove,” she says. “I would. I can’t imagine he would be any different. ‘Man, I’m about to show out. Y’all gonna see stuff you’ve never seen before.’”

After her workout at Equinox–30 minutes, on the dot–Serena drives the SUV back home and lingers in her attached garage. She’s beginning to talk, for the first time publicly, about a painful discovery from three nights earlier. She was in a players’ area before her match in San Jose, with about 10 minutes until showtime, when she pulled out her phone and checked Instagram. There, she learned that the man convicted of fatally shooting her sister Yetunde Price, in 2003, had been released on parole earlier this year. “I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,” Serena says. She laughs, which she sometimes does during uncomfortable moments. Price had three children, who were 11, 9, and 5 at the time of the their mother’s death. “It was hard because all I think about is her kids,” she says, “and what they meant to me. And how much I love them.”

Serena Holding Olympia
Alessandra Sanguinetti—Magnum Photos for TIME Serena, holding 11-month-old Olympia at their home outside of San Francisco

She takes a deep breath. “No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior,” she says. “It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me. But also …” she pauses, the thought hanging in the air. “The Bible talks about forgiveness.” Does she forgive the killer? “I’m not there yet,” she says. “I would like to practice what I preach, and teach Olympia that as well. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there.”

Serena will bring all of this onto the sport’s brightest stage at the U.S. Open in late August, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year. She’s playing for something bigger than herself now, which can bring outsize expectations. “I really hope she gets to 25,” says Billie Jean King, a pioneering 12-time Grand Slam singles champion. King says she’s seen signs that the fire is back in Serena’s belly. “It’s in everything she’s telling the world,” she says. “She gets this look, then she puts that leg up and she gets that fist going. I love it when she gets like that.” King even thinks Serena could be President one day. Serena laughs off the suggestion.

The bright lights of Flushing Meadows have been the site of some of Serena’s greatest triumphs–she’s won the Open six times–but her last two appearances ended bitterly. In 2015, Roberta Vinci shocked Serena in the semifinals, denying her bid to become the first player since 1988 to win all four major tournaments in the same year. The next year, she again was upset in the semis, falling to No. 10 seed Karolina Pliskova. “I’m trying to get a new vibe there,” Serena says, “but I’m not going in there thinking I’m going to lose. That’s not being Serena. That’s being someone else.”

Serena wants Olympia to see and remember her mom winning a Grand Slam title. When I mention that some kids might not begin recalling specific events until around age 5, she says she hopes Olympia’s memory will be more advanced. Or maybe she’ll will keep going, long past when her peers have given it up. “I don’t plan on that,” Serena says. Then again, she never figured she’d still be playing at 36. If someone would have asked her a decade ago if she’d still be swinging a racket in 2018? “I would have said, Absolutely no, impossible, no chance,” she says. “I’d bet my life on it.”

Priorities have changed. She wants Olympia to have a sibling. She’s learning on the fly, like all parents. She still gets down, and has moments when she doesn’t want to hang out with Olympia and then feels terrible for it. And then there’s all the time she can’t bear to pry herself away, despite knowing that her game will suffer for it. But mostly, Serena is learning to recognize the swings, tell herself they’re normal and fight the urge to beat herself up. “Nothing about me right now is perfect,” she says. “But I’m perfectly Serena.”

Sometimes a good cry helps. And sometimes lessons come the hard way. San Jose was one of her first nighttime matches since she gave birth. Before Olympia, the day of a night match was all about Serena. Practice early, nap, focus. But this time, she tended to her daughter. She took a little rest, but woke up when Olympia did. She fed her, made sure she’s O.K. “I need to be more selfish for just those couple of days,” she says. “I keep telling myself she’s not going to remember that I spent an extra two hours with her. I should be taking that two hours and focusing on my career.”

Earlier, Serena says as much to Olympia in the kitchen. She wipes yogurt off the baby’s face and swings her around the room, much to Olympia’s delight. “Momma’s going to make you very sad right now,” Serena tells her. “Momma has to go to the gym. But it hurts me more than it hurts you.”

Serena then steps into the garage and heads out. Back to work. Again.

This appears in the August 27, 2018 issue of TIME.
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That was the most common refrain from Netflix vice president of original series Cindy Holland as TV critics and journalists grilled her about some of the biggest names the streaming service recently wooed, including the Obamas and black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

With respect to Barack and Michelle Obama, who signed a deal in May to produce shows and deals for Netflix, Holland said it is too early in the deal to have an update on what their content might look like. When the deal was announced, it was vaguely teased that the former president and first lady would produce “scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features” centering around issues that were important to them in office. No financial terms are known, though, for context, a deal with Ryan Murphy made in February was estimated to be worth $ 250-300 million.

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‘Let’s Keep Making Noise.’ Serena Williams Dedicates Wimbledon Final to ‘All Moms’

Serena Williams competed in her 30th Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this weekend, in a re-match of the 2016 Wimbledon final when she defeated Angelique Kerber. While Williams didn’t win in their most recent face-off, the fact that she was in the tennis competition’s final a mere ten months after giving birth to to her daughter Alexis Olympia is an impressive feat in and of itself. Particularly as her pregnancy and birth led to a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries.

While Williams lost to Kerber, she was still surprised by her performance, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.” After the final, Williams took to Twitter to express her appreciation for her fans with a shout-out to all moms. She wrote that the “past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms” whether they choose to “stay home” or work, adding “you can do it you really can! I’m not any better or diff than any of you all.”

Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian took to Twitter to express his awe at his wife’s accomplishment. He noted that after her pregnancy lead to a pulmonary embolism that nearly cost Williams her life.

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Volvo is making a more concrete (and realistic!) pledge than most of its competitors: to have a Level 4 autonomous car in showrooms, buyable and usable, by 2021. Level 4 doesn’t mean full autonomy, but what it does mean is that you can have the bulk of your commute completely automated.

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Making shapes: contemporary sculptures at artrepublic

Who said artrepublic only sells limited edition prints? If you like your art in three dimensions, we have some provocative sculptures on show, and we’re not referring to marble busts.

What is sculpture? Where did it start? Is it relevant to the contemporary art world or is 3D design just about history and public monuments? The short answer to that is: sculpture and sculpted forms have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, and continue to be integral to art today. Anyone who watched even a snippet of the recent BBC series Civilisations will know that some of the earliest, most mind-bending art was carved from tiny pieces of mammoth ivory more than 25,000 years ago.

From there, sculpting just got bigger, evolving with the art movements and tastes of each society – from Greek and Roman allegories to Michaelangelo’s David and Rodin’s The Thinker, Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures to Barbara Hepworth’s organic carvings and Rachel Whiteread’s monumental casts. We don’t really need to point out that that incredibly reductive list barely makes a dent in the back catalogue of marble/ bronze/ stone/ papier-mache/ found-object forms, or the vast number of creatives who made this their chosen medium throughout history and across continents.

So much of the world around us is formed in three dimensions, but as an art form sculpture can be confusing – even when we’re taught about it (briefly) at school, we initially encounter sculpture in two-dimensional formats, such as books and photos. And while that’s fine, in order to understand sculpture these forms really needs to be experienced in person. How do you ‘get’ sculpture or understand how it is made? You walk around it, touch it (if it’s not rigged with alarms!), peer closely at the details or stand at a distance to take in the whole form.

For that reason, at artrepublic we like encourage you to check out our sculptural pieces in person in the gallery. They may not be the same scale as some of the most famous pieces of sculpture out there – whether cool marble figures, carefully chiselled reliefs or surrealist bicycles – but the same rules apply.

artrepublic revealed one of our most recent examples of sculptural art as we launched our new, bigger gallery space; Magnus Gjoen’s ‘There Are Some Dead Who Are More Alive Than The Living.’ This was a project that we worked on closely with Gjoen, who is known for his highly decorative art prints that juxtapose the deadly and the beautiful. These themes are present in his sculptural work too – a porcelain skull decorated with a blue delftware-style pattern, which weaves around the cranium, combining the everyday with the ‘some day’ and confronting us with death and beauty simultaneously. Each of the numbered edition of 50 comes in a wooden presentation box, reminiscent of an archive or archeological crate, which creates an additional sense of the past and present colliding. When viewing it you can hold it in your hands, but do try not to go all Hamlet on us!

Speaking of the tug of war between beauty and death in art, you might also want to take a look at the carved glass sculptures of Born To Kiln, aka Jimmy South. The glass artist uses his work to provoke conversations around contemporary global and political issues – in particular violence and war. His free-blown glass pieces, which are cut, ground, polished and sandblasted into ammunitions-shaped objects, personify the delicate balance between war and peace, beauty and horror.

Take a closer look at ‘The Spoils’a handmade glass grenade form that’s filled with 22ct gold flecks, floating in distilled water. From a limited edition of 12, this weighty piece fits in the palm of your hand, but its weapon-based form and the glow of the gold from within the cut glass makes you stop to think about the message Born To Kiln wants to share. That’s just a taste of the power of sculpture.

Sculpture isn’t all heavy materials though. Just ask the Surrealists, Dadaists and Pop Artists (if you can get hold of one) who were more playful in their approach to sculpted forms. Yes, there were still motives and messages behind the work, but just look at Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures and, well, any of Marcel Duchamp’s creations and you can see part of the reason why they attracted attention: they were a world away from the traditional sculpted forms that came before them.

Artist Lucy Sparrow nods to this heritage – as well as to the work of Damien Hirst – in her Pop-Art-like cabinets. Fully stocked with soft, felt replicas of real objects with a toy-like quality, these 3-D pieces are actually Sparrows way of exploring human needs and desires, from sex to consumerism. Not quite what you expect when you first see the colourful pieces from a distance.

We are also in the final stages of a project with Brighton-based street artist Eelus, who has designed a special limited edition sculptural piece that will be launched at artrepublic very soon. Keep an eye on our emails and social media for more details. We can’t share the details with you just yet, but we can tell you that this sculpture series is very special – you won’t want to miss it.

To see some of these sculptural and three-dimensional pieces for yourself, stop by the artrepublic gallery on Brighton’s Bond Street.

 

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“It’s just been crazy,” says Michael Avenatti.

Over the past week, Stormy Daniels’ sound bite-dropping lawyer has made dozens of appearances on cable news—and one on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—responding to the various developments in their case against President Donald Trump and his fixer Michael Cohen.

The media escalation began on Wednesday, when Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team for all of two weeks, made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. There Giuliani, appearing slightly manic, claimed that Cohen “funneled” the $ 130,000 hush payment to Stormy Daniels “through a law firm” and that “the president repaid it.” He further divulged that Cohen was reimbursed for the funds via a $ 35,000 monthly retainer. Giuliani’s assertions ran contrary to statements made by both Trump and Cohen alleging that the president was unaware of the payoff to Daniels in the final weeks of the election—one that some legal experts argue qualifies as an illegal campaign contribution.

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6 New Size-Inclusive Brands That Are Making Us Say “Yes”

Last month, when Reformation announced it would extend its sizing up to 22 as part of a collaboration with model Ali Tate Cutler, the brand explained, “sorry it took us so long.” That seems to be the common theme in fashion these days, with inclusivity at the top of everyone’s agenda. It’s not just on the brand side of things either. Customers everywhere are holding the sites they know and love accountableand rightly so. If you ask us, size inclusivity in the fashion space has been a long time coming. So when we hear about a wave of new brands designing clothing that’s stylish and cool for people of any size, we let out one satisfied exclamation: just “yes”.

Since we’re pretty sure you already know about the established plus-size clothing brands like Eloquii and Asos Curve, today we’re highlighting six of the coolest plus-size clothing websites that are newer on the scene. From the well-known designer labels listed on 11 Honoré to the new affordable denim brand that sells your next favorite jeans, there’s a brand that checks every clothing box there is. Ahead discover which brands we’ve been loving lately and be sure to bookmark them for the next time you’re in a shopping mood.

Carrying designers labels we all know and love, from Prabal Gurung to Baja East, 11 Honoré is like the Net-a-Porter of extended sizing. Whether you’re shopping for your next wedding invite or looking to invest in an elevated work wardrobe, make this luxury site your first stop.

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We’ll be over here celebrating these cool new size-inclusive brands, but fashion people still agree that the term “plus-size” is actually far from perfect.

While not necessarily a new brand, what’s great about Fame & Partners is that every one of its fun, colorful dresses are made to order, cutting down on so much waste and potentially damaging environmental effects. Shop its collection of dresses and jumpsuits for weddings, cocktail events, or nights out.

Warp + Weft’s founder, Sarah Ahmed, who’s also the creative director of DL1961, says she was tired of seeing too many brands offering sizing that didn’t represent the 67% of the women in this country who are size 14 and above. But what makes Warp + Weft so exciting is the way it caters to all sizes within its 0 to 24 spectrum equally. Meant to be an “ultra-approachable” denim brand, its on-trend jeans are all available at equally attractive price points.

When the line co-created by bloggers Nicolette Mason and Gabi Gregg launched, people were so excited about it that the site actually crashed. Premme is trend-driven, super affordable (everything is under $ 100), and is just what the plus-size clothing market needed. “Premme is about delivering the same fashion options offered to the straight-size set without settling for watered-down versions of what we really want,” says Mason.

Second Sight is the newly launched brand from Kaelen Haworth, the designer best known for her eponymous line Kaelen. With Second Sight, however, Haworth set out to design something without distractions. The first drop is a collection of elegant, flowing options in a neutral polka-dot pattern with the next launch set for the following month. Everything on the site is available in sizes 1 to 7, which translates to the equivalent of 0 to 24, or XXS to XXL). “I created the size range because we are doing something different, and I want women to think about sizing differently.”

The founders of Universal Standard firmly set out to create a line of effortless and elevated classics for women in double digits. The brand found so much success in offering classic, well-made plus-size pieces that it has since expanded as far down as size 6 and as far up as 32. Now that’s truly a brand that’s made for all.

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It looks like Prince Philip will be making the royal wedding post-surgery

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital earlier this month, with the royal family releasing a statement to break the news, explaining that the 96-year-old royal was undergoing surgery.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow,’ read a statement from Buckingham Palace. ‘Further updates will be issued when appropriate.’

After over a week in King Edward VII’s hospital, Prince Philip was discharged today, waving to the crowds as he was driven away in a Land Rover.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh left King Edward VII’s Hospital at midday today, following a hip replacement operation last week,’ announced Buckingham Palace in a statement. ‘The Duke will continue his recovery at Windsor.’

The statement continued: ‘His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received.’

This is good news for royal fans who were worried that the Duke would not be able to make it to his grandson Prince Harry‘s wedding next month.

Luckily, it looks like Prince Philip will be there in high spirits, recovering in the very wedding venue – Windsor Castle – and expected to use a walking stick or crutches for the royal wedding.

We hope he’s feeling better for the big day!

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Jordan Peele Is Making a Lorena Bobbitt Docuseries From Her Perspective

In the wake of his success with Get Out, comedian-turned-Oscar-winning writer and director Jordan Peele has a new project to make people squirm in their seats. Peele is producing a four-part docuseries on the Lorena Bobbitt trial for Amazon.

If you aren’t familiar with the case, in 1993, Bobbitt cut off her abusive husband’s penis and threw it under a bush where it was later recovered and reattached. At her trial, Bobbitt’s team argued that she had suffered a psychotic break after yet another assault by her violent husband and should not be held responsible for the crime. The jury agreed and Bobbitt was freed, setting a precedent for how abused women are treated in court and for the way stories like this are covered by the media.

“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle,” Peele said in a statement, according to Variety. “With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it.”

The series, called Lorena, will reexamine the events from Bobbitt’s perspective and will look at the lasting impact of the gruesome case in the treatment of domestic abuse in courts and in media coverage of such cases.

It will be produced through Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions studio and directed by documentarian Joshua Rofé. The series does not yet have a release date.


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Tesla is only making 2,000 Model 3 sedans a week: report

Tesla will fall short of its 2,500 per week target for production of the crucial Model 3 sedan when it reports its numbers this week, according to a report by tech website Jalopnik, citing an email from Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk to employees. Musk told employees in a company-wide email on Monday that Tesla…
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Blockers Clip: Making John Cena Cry

Blockers Clip: Making John Cena Cry

Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena star in the very funny and surprisingly touching Blockers as parents who have not yet come to terms with the idea that their darling daughters are on the cusp of adulthood. Specifically, the young women have made a pact to lose their virginity on prom night and their parents are determined to keep that from happening.

In our exclusive clip, Cena sees his daughter Kayla (Geraldine Indira Viswanathan) coming down a staircase, all dressed up for prom….

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Wait, Is Kim Kardashian West Making Thong Heels Happen?

If you’re following the current fashion revival train, you’ll be well aware of the fact that ’90s trends are still reigning supreme in the celebrity street style game. The latest piece to make a comeback from the aforementioned decade? Thong heels—allow us to explain.

Recently spotted on Kim Kardashian West, thong heels are, as Vogue puts it best, quite possibly the “world’s sexiest sandals,” especially when you consider current footwear trends—e.g., Birkenstocks, dad sneakers, and Crocs. And as the name suggests, the sandals are part flip-flop, part heel, offering up (quite literally) a more elevated take on the classic, often-polarizing, beach shoes.

Not sure how to wear the unique sandals? Style them à la Kardashian West with cool, sporty pieces—bike shorts, sports bra, and an oversize sweatshirt. But to be honest, thong heels lend themselves well to any outfit. So whether you’re feeling a pair of jeans or a springtime dress, slip into throwback sandal with confidence (and freshly painted toes) for a statement-making look. Read on to see Kardashian West wearing the ’90s sandals, and then shop a few styles currently available. 

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‘Stormy Will Eat You Alive’: How a Porn Star is Making Trump World’s Lives Hell

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As the 2016 presidential campaign entered its homestretch, Donald Trump and his team were drowning in the fallout of the infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” tape and the torrent of sexual assault and harassment allegations that were subsequently made against the future president.

“It was like walking through a minefield every day [in that last month],” a former Trump campaign adviser recalled to The Daily Beast.

But in that final month on the trail, there was something else weighing on Trump’s mind, even more than the assault allegations. According to three top campaign officials, speaking to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, Trump began pressing senior staffers about the specific dates that the women were alleging that the assaults, affairs, or harassment took place.

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Fake news isn’t making YouTube less lovable

Despite concerns about fake news and extremist content, consumers feel closer than ever to YouTube. The Alphabet Inc.-owned video platform jumped to sixth place in branding agency MBLM’s latest survey of “brand intimacy,” which used survey data to gauge the bonds between people and brands. YouTube ranked 25th in the year-ago study. MBLM found that…
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‘Black Panther’ Crushes Box Office Records, Making Black History

Call it fate that Black Panther, a pro-black Marvel movie featuring a mostly dark-complexioned cast and directed by a 31-year-old black man, would make history in the month of February.

The sci-fi flick, based in the fictional African country of Wakanda, raked in more than $ 700 million globally in the last two weekends and $ 404 million domestically by Sunday, just 10 days after its release. The $ 200 million film has yet to open in Japan and China.

According to Forbes, Black Panther also broke records in the first seven days of its release, earning $ 292 million in North America, making it the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film in its first week. It stands in fourth place of top-earning movies in one week behind only The Force Awakens ($ 390.8m), The Last Jedi ($ 296.6m) and Jurassic World ($ 296.2m).

 

Redefining Diversity and Hollywood

Despite being an Africa-centric film, Black Panther has received support from a widely diverse audience. African Americans made up 37% of ticket buyers, followed by white Americans, who made up 35%, and Hispanics with 18%. Women, who normally make up 35% to 40% on a superhero movie’s opening weekend, made up 45% of ticket sales.

Overwhelmed by the record-breaking support, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned an open letter thanking fans and the press.

“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears,” it reads.

Coogler launched his career in Hollywood five years ago with the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station, which is based on the real-life police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California. Now, Marvel Studios’ youngest filmmaker is being praised as the “new Steven Spielberg.” The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) alum was also recognized at the 2016 ABFF Honors with the Rising Star Award.

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Fox Searchlight Is Making a Cheetos Movie, But It’s Not What You Think

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When you see a headline announcing a "Flamin' Hot Cheetos-inspired movie," your mind easily jumps to conclusions. In this day and age, anything goes, even with branded entertainment. But this isn't exactly branded entertainment in the way we expect after movies like Battleship, The Lego Movie and Ouija. Variety reports that Fox Searchlight is producing a movie called Flamin' Hot, which is about the man who created the spicy flavor of the iconic…

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Is The New Moon And Solar Eclipse Making You Crazy?

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Have you been feeling off, on edge or hella moody since the new year began?  You’re not alone — and the Universe may be the problem and solution.

The Lunar Eclipse on January 31st shook things up and was proof that chaos definitely precedes order.

Oh, and don’t forget that while the Lunar Eclipse was forcing you to face things you’ve been avoiding, there was also a supercharged Full Blood Moon intensifying every ugly feeling you felt.

Although it felt like a time of great darkness, it all lead up to now — a time of great magic. February 15th welcomes a New Moon and Solar Eclipse to which will put an end to the two-week long emotional ride we’ve all been experiencing.

So instead of beating yourself up over what was or what may or may not be — take some time to work with today’s magic and create a life that you truly love. Happy Solar Eclipse.

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Will all this snow inspire a bunch of baby making?

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Maggie Downs

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

A massive winter storm called a bomb cyclone has unleashed snow, wind, and ice throughout the East Coast, leaving most everyone hunkered down inside.

And bored too, right? Once food, water, and shelter have been secured, there’s really nothing left to do. You’ve already binge-watched Stranger Things, and there are only so many games on solitaire one can play.

That means it’s time to make the most of this doozy and grab it by the snowballs.

Yes, that is a euphemism.

A couple runs through a snowstorm

 

Twenty-five major snowstorms and superstorms have been predicted for the 2017-2018 winter season, which means birth rates could see a bump or two. Or 25.

The good folks at Treetopia.com have compiled a fun list of the top 10 steamiest snowstorms — that is, the winter storms in recent history that have resulted in a boom of snow babies.

 

Some things to note:

• According to their data, Superstorm Sandy is ranked the “sexiest storm.” Nine to 10 months after the storm, hospitals reported up to 30-percent increases in birth rates.

• In January 2010, the UK got in on this action with the third-most steamy storm, which resulted in the highest birth rate in 20 years.

• Some states in New England and the nearby region saw a year-over-year difference of as many as 1,000 new babies in January 1996, making this number five on Treetopia’s list.

Trees in snow with a little bit of sunlight dappling the branches

 

Experts are divided over whether blizzard baby booms are real, by the way. While anecdotal evidence might lean toward yes, researchers say correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causation. The most definitive study yet on how catastrophic events affect birth rates shows low-level, low-severity storm advisories result in more babies. Meanwhile, birth rates actually decrease during severe weather events.

So stay warm and safe, everyone. And depending on how this bomb cyclone goes, in nine to 10 months, we just might see a spike in babies named Grayson.

What will you be busy doing on your snow day?

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