Today in Movie Culture: How Jordan Peele Transitioned From Comedy to Horror, Nicolas Cage in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

Today in Movie Culture: How Jordan Peele Transitioned From Comedy to Horror, Nicolas Cage in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

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With Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature, Us, hitting theaters this weekend, Vulture looks at the filmmaker’s career as he seamlessly jumped from being a sketch comedy star to the hottest new horror writer and director. The key to the transition, as pointed out in this video, is that comedy and horror aren’t that dissimilar:

 

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More than free money: How long-shot 2020 candidate Andrew Yang would reshape the US economy

Long-shot Democratic candidate Andrew Yang has proposed a $ 1,000 monthly stipend to Americans 18 and older, but he's looking to tackle other issues.
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Lady Gaga, Tan France, Kate Hudson, Daily Front Row AwardsThe Daily Front Row hosted its fifth annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, and several celebrities attended for a night full of fashion and fun.
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Samuel French Donates Over 11,500 Scripts From Sunset Boulevard Store To LA Theatres, Schools, and More!

Following the announcement that Samuel French wouldclose its bookstore on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, BroadwayWorld reportedthat the location hadbeen the target of a serious act of vandalism and threats and wouldnot reopen its doors. Now Samuel French has announced it has donated11,500 scripts to30 theaters, educational institutions, amp foundations in the LA area.
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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Meets ‘Big,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ VFX Breakdown and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Meets ‘Big,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ VFX Breakdown and More

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Well, this was inevitable. Ever wish Tom Hanks had starred in a superhero movie? Shazam! is heavily inspired by the classic Hanks-led fantasy comedy Big, so Nerdist went ahead and perfectly mashed the trailer for the new entry in the DC Extended Universe franchise with that and other Hanks movies, including The ‘Burbs and Joe Versus the Volcano:

 

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Feeling shaky about Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament? Remember, no program is more solid.

For as much as Mark Few’s program has done to establish itself as a perennial power, it is still judged too critically by a single loss in its mid-major conference.
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The Week in Movie News: James Gunn Returns for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Finds a Director and More

The Week in Movie News: James Gunn Returns for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Finds a Director and More

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James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Disney and Marvel Studios reinstated James Gunn as the director of the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie after the studio had fired him last summer over inappropriate past social media content. Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians installments, had already scripted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but the sequel is still delayed…

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You’re more likely to win money if this is your star sign

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Do you believe in star signs? Whether you trust in what your horoscope says or not, you might want to read this…

It turns out that the luckiest star sign is Aries. According to research by Buzzbingo.com, those born between March 21st and April 19th are more likely to hit the jackpot. Aries are the most likely to win big (more than £1000), with 520 big winners per 10,000 winners, with Sagittarus coming in close second. However, it’s bad news if you’re a Capricorn, as they came last in the table. Those with a Leo and Aquarius star sign didn’t do too well, either Sorry.

Here’s the full list so that you can see where you fall in line with your star sign. It’s based on the most winners per 10,000 winners.

Aries – 520

Sagittarius – 519

Cancer – 510

Taurus – 510

Virgo – 498

Scorpio – 496

Libra – 477

Gemini – 476

Pisces – 471

Leo – 467

Aquarius – 462

Capricorn – 456

The study shows that Virgos came out on top when it comes to overall winners, with 11,186 people taking home cash wins. This is the full breakdown…

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So all in all – great news if you’re an Aries!

Sagittarius and Cancer, we’d say you can cash in on the luck, too.

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Today in Movie Culture: If J. Jonah Jameson Was in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Actresses Almost Cast as Captain Marvel and More

Today in Movie Culture: If J. Jonah Jameson Was in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Actresses Almost Cast as Captain Marvel and More

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Easter Eggs, ‘Apollo 11’ Director Commentary and More

 

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Marvel dropped a surprise new trailer for Avengers: Endgame today, and Mr. Sunday Movies quickly created this video highlighting all the Easter eggs and also breaking down everything we learned about the highly anticipated sequel with the latest spot:

 

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The College Admissions Scandal Is Yet More Evidence of Collegiate Sports’ Inequality Problem

The college admissions bribery scandal has captivated the country — Hollywood stars from Desperate Housewives and Full House are involved! — and leaves ample room for outrage. Spots at elite selective institutions that could have gone to hardworking students and athletes who deserved them instead went to kids whose parents paid for fraudulent tests or bogus athletic profiles. Payments for cheating went to a sham charity, making the fraud tax-deductible for the alleged perpetrators.

But let’s not ignore the scandal’s connection to another noxious stink polluting college sports.

By selling out enormous stadiums, selling apparel and through corporate sponsorships and media rights deals — among other revenue sources — big-time football and basketball teams bring in millions for their schools. Often, these revenues support a school’s entire sports enterprise. Despite that cash spigot, NCAA rules mean these football and basketball players can’t earn compensation beyond the value of a scholarship and a cost of attendance stipend. Meanwhile, 55% of men’s basketball players at the so-called “Power 5” major conference schools (the Big 10, Big 12, ACC, SEC, and Pac-12) are black, according to NCAA data, while nearly half of the Power 5 football players are black. The performances of these unpaid players, many of whom come from low-income families, are often subsidizing sports like tennis, where 48% of the men’s players in the power conferences are white and just 12% are black, and other sports that are even more exclusively white, like men’s water polo (82%), women’s rowing (75%). Just 2% of men’s water polo players and women’s rowers at big conference schools are black.

The dynamic of unpaid, often low-income black athletes in high-revenue sports generating revenues that finance opportunities for, generally speaking, white athletes with wealthier backgrounds in low-revenue sports like water polo is troubling enough. Add this scandal, in which wealthy and often white families were allegedly scamming athletic opportunities that may not exist without the labor of unpaid black athletes, and the case to rethink the system grows even stronger.

“This scandal is an example of corrupt, rich, mostly white parents benefitting off the work of, in many cases, poor black unpaid football and basketball players whose athletic talents actually qualified them for admission,” says Shaun R. Harper, a management professor and executive director of the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. “This is an example of systemic racism.”

At Harper’s school, for example, USC associate athletics director Donna Heinel received more than $ 1.3 million in bribes to falsify the athletic backgrounds of more than two dozen students seeking admission to the school, according to a complaint filed in a federal court in Boston and unsealed March 12. Many of the students didn’t even play the sport for which they were “recruited.” According to the complaint, Heinel presented the daughter of one parent — Napa Valley vintner Agustin Huneeus, who was also charged in the scheme — as a competitive water polo player; her athletic profile contained a picture of someone else playing the sport. USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic allegedly received $ 250,000 in payments for his team to designate two students as recruits. USC has fired Heinel and Vavic. The indictment says that former USC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroahin and assistant women’s soccer coach Laura Janke received about $ 350,000 for their private soccer club to designate the children of four Singer clients as USC soccer recruits, even though none of them played competitive soccer.

The controversy goes beyond any one school.

At the University of Texas, football and men’s basketball accounted for 90% of UT athletic revenues attributable to a team in 2017-18, according to federal data. Football alone produced $ 143,064,180, or 79%, of the $ 180,259,057 in revenue generated by UT’s teams, booking a $ 101.8 million profit. UT’s non-revenue sports — all of them besides football and basketball, and many of which field teams with a disproportionate number of white athletes — generated $ 15,928,952 in revenues and $ 33,412,294 in total expenses. That’s a $ 17.5 million shortfall.

Turns out that some of the athletic activity on the low-revenue side of Texas’ ledger may have been downright criminal. Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center allegedly took more than $ 90,000 in bribes in exchange for designating a Silicon Valley high school student as a recruited student-athlete, even though the student did not play competitive tennis. The student’s application, according to the document, listed him as the manager of his high school basketball and football teams. In reality, he played a year of tennis as a freshman.

According to the complaint, Center met in June 2015 with William “Rick” Singer, a southern California college admissions counselor who has pled guilty to masterminding a sweeping scandal resulting in criminal charges against 50 people, including wealthy parents who paid off Singer to cheat on tests or pose their kids as college athletes, and college athletics coaches who took payments to facilitate the admission of these students to their schools. In essence, authorities say parents would direct payments to Singer through his sham charity, and Singer would take a cut to bribe crooked coaches. Students designated as athletic recruits often receive a leg-up over others in the college admissions process, even if their academic credentials trail that of other applicants. No students have been charged.

Singer, according to the document, handed Center $ 60,000 in cash in an Austin hotel parking lot. The supposed tennis player got a scholarship to UT that paid for his books. Once he got on campus, he ditched the tennis team and renounced his scholarship. But he still had his spot at UT. The university fired Center on Wednesday; he’s due in a Boston court on March 25.

Authorities intercepted Singer describing the bogus recruiting scam for high school students as a “side door” into the universities, with legit admission as the “front door,” and the “back door” being eight-figure plus donations to fund on-campus buildings and such.

“There’s no side door, give me a break,” says Harry Edwards, the famed sports sociologist and activist who helped organize the black power salute at the 1968 Olympics. “You provided a sewer line to the basement stairs. You have a situation where these coaches, on the backs of unpaid black labor, are bringing in rich white kids who have less legitimacy on campus than the black kids who are so often complained about because they’re quote ‘not interested in academics.’ That’s a travesty.”

Luckily, the sewer can be fixed. Administrators can start by making sure recruited athletes actually play the sport they’re purporting to be good at. “There’s no way any athletic compliance staff should have missed all of this,” says sports attorney Donald Jackson, an adjunct professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law who has represented athletes in NCAA eligibility cases.

The next step: investing athletic funds responsibly. “This is an opportunity for colleges and universities to look themselves in the mirror,” says Angela Reddock-Wright, an employment lawyer in Southern California who represents higher education clients. “Make sure the athletes making lots of money for the schools are taken care of” — rather than paying for phony water polo. Money that could be going to unpaid black players seems to have financed corrupt opportunities for rich white families. So now, more than ever, isn’t it time to just pay the players?

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‘Kushner, Inc.’: Ivanka ‘Thinks She’s Going to Be President,’ and More Batsh*t Bits From the New Trump Book Excerpts

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Behind the scenes? Even more out-of-control.

New excerpts of Kushner, Inc., the forthcoming book by investigative journalist Vicky Ward, describe first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as clashing with everyone from former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to former top White House strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly told the first daughter: “Go fuck yourself.”

The couple, reported to be widely disliked by many Trump administration staffers, has been derided for their conflicts of interest and for White House meddling, according to Ward’s book, which will be out March 19.

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Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y “Garage Talk,” YBN Almighty Jay “Let Me Breathe” & More | Daily Visuals 3.13.19

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$ y have really been going hard with visual releases ever since dropping their latest project 2009 and in what seems to be a weekly exercise the two MC’s keep the work a-coming.

For their clip to their album cut “Garage Talk” Wiz and Spitta utilize some black-and-white animation to help them create an entertaining and memorable visual. Kinda surprised they didn’t just flaunt their luxury automobiles for this joint. We mean it is dubbed “Garage Talk,” but whatever.

And after suffering the biggest of L’s in the rap game this past weekend, YBN Almighty Jay gets back on his grind and releases “Let Me Breathe” which addresses some of the more controversial moments in his young rap career. Y’all don’t want no smoke with his Rap-A-Lot family.

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Judge sentences Trump ex-aide Manafort to 3-1/2 more years in prison

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Wednesday to about 3-1/2 more years in prison for charges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, with the judge giving him a stern lecture about his lies and criminal behavior.


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New excerpts of Kushner, Inc., the forthcoming book by investigative journalist Vicky Ward, describe first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as clashing with everyone from former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to former top White House strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly told the first daughter: “Go fuck yourself.”

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As the FDA looks for more information on e-cigarettes and e-juice flavors, a new study shows that adolescents and young adults cite appealing flavors as a main reason for using e-cigarettes, that they are more likely to turn to fruit- and candy-flavored cigarettes than adult smokers trying to quit who more commonly prefer tobacco flavors, and that the younger population are likely to use multiple e-cigarette flavors at the same time.
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Rachel Hollis Has Sold More Than a Million Self-Help Books. But Not Everyone Is Buying Her Advice

Kara Kading wishes she weren’t crying, but there it is. The mother of three from Racine, Wisconsin, is overwhelmed. She’s working two jobs so her kids can go to a private Lutheran school. She has just sat through a day of lectures for one of them, helping to market and sell essential oils from her home. And now, after waiting in a 50-person line, she has met the conference’s keynote speaker and the woman who has helped her hold it all together, Rachel Hollis.

“I’ve been in that funk of trying so hard to keep up with everybody,” says Kading, 40, who started a book club with three friends just to read Hollis’ first self-help book, Girl, Wash Your Face. “She makes me feel like it’s O.K. to be me. That I don’t have to listen to the voice in my head that tells me I can’t do this.”

Hollis, 36, a 5-ft.-2-in. dynamo, has just spent an hour alternately laughing at herself and cajoling the several-thousands-strong audience to do what she does from the stage of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. But she still has bubbles to spare. She signs whatever each woman brings her and leans in for a selfie, tilting her head forward for the best angle before each shot. She hugs some and pauses to give specific advice to others. Despite the fact that she’s been up since before 4 a.m., her cheer and warmth never flicker.

Of course, Hollis has never sold essential oils. She has no need. She’s already found the perfect product to pitch to you, dear modern woman. She figured out just the thing you need. It will change your life.

The product is you. Hollis is 100% persuaded that you are the answer to all your problems. You just need to invest in you, to believe in you, to prioritize you.

Girl, Wash Your Face, which came out in February 2018 and expounded on this theory, was the No. 2 best-selling book of the year, right behind Michelle Obama’s Becoming, according to Amazon. About 1.5 million people have bought it so far, more than bought anything about Trump or wimpy kids or by Jordan Peterson. It was a social media phenomenon, its insights celebrated by Jen Hatmaker, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon and thousands of female readers. It was also derided as dangerous nonsense by both liberal media outlets and conservative Christian ones, a twofer few books can manage.

As of March 5, it has a sequel. Girl, Stop Apologizing is more tactical and practical, and even more insistent on women’s need for self-improvement. It makes Hollis ache, she writes, when women don’t have a dream. “I don’t think that a beautiful life happens unintentionally,” she tells me in a conference room before her speech. “I think that you have to decide what kind of life you have.” It hit No. 1 on Amazon its first week.

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There’s nothing revolutionary about Hollis’s advice. Get healthy, get up earlier, choose a goal, plan how to reach it, ignore the naysayers and work the livelong day. But her pithy, down-home, just-between-us-girls voice is both Instagram-quote-worthy and has the urgency of a siren. “I no longer spend a single second of my life worrying about what others think of me for having dreams for myself,” she writes in Stop Apologizing. “Embracing the idea that you can want things for yourself…is the most freeing and powerful feeling in the world.”

Her popularity, which came as a shock to the book industry (she had already written three fiction books and two cookbooks, all selling in the low thousands, according to NPD BookScan), is one of those barometric indicators that mark the cultural weather fronts in the U.S. To some, Hollis is their totally relatable best friend, a successful working mom of four who tells it like it is, isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and has motivated them to up their game. She talks about how she overcame being bad at sex, the time she peed her pants, her boob job, her mommy guilt and her hairy toes. She inspires women to believe in themselves. “As I read the book over the summer, tears just started flowing,” Angel Hepp, 35, a mom of one with another on the way, who works in marketing in Oregon, tells me by phone. “She gave me the courage to start my own podcast.”

I don’t think that a beautiful life happens unintentionally…I think that you have to decide what kind of life you have.The conference at which Hollis is speaking is for doTerra, a multilevel marketing organization (MLM). The mostly female attendees have been invited because they’ve persuaded a number of people to become doTerra wholesalers, to buy a preset amount of oil each month that they can then try to resell to friends. MLMs, which are often compared to pyramid schemes, have come under fire for overpromising results and trapping people with too much product. (A doTerra spokesperson says 80% of its customers buy for personal use without intending to resell.) They also offer one of the few jobs women can do in their own time, with small kids. All they need is a work ethic and ties to the local community. Hollis speaks at a lot of MLM events. It’s exactly the kind of crowd she thrives on.

To her critics, Hollis is a vapid purveyor of false hope and white privilege. She tells women their problems will be solved if they just work harder and journal more intentionally. She seems to believe women’s empowerment means telling women they have power. She ignores the structural inequities, racial disparities and economic pressures that many women face, essentially asking them to put out fires with their bare hands. For all her willingness to talk about anything, she pointedly avoids politics. “I only want to talk about things that I’m really passionate about,” says Hollis. “I don’t like politics because I don’t have faith in [politicians] at all.”

When pushed on whether it’s unfair to tell young moms to fix their own lives without addressing, say, the parlous state of America’s family leave policies, Hollis displays, for the first time, a reluctance to step up. “I start to worry that if you share too much of that stuff it’s like you’re trying to tell people to vote a certain way,” she says.

Hollis also gives her haters plenty of ammunition. Among the revelations in her new book, for example, are that she has the word “mogul” tattooed on her wrist and that one of the ten affirmations she writes for herself every day is that she only travels first class. She opens chapter six proclaiming that 850,000 people saw her fail, only to reveal her definition of failure by explaining that she told her social media followers she wanted a New York Times bestseller and Wash Your Face took 10 weeks to get there.

Some critics bother Hollis more than others. She finds the accusation that she can’t possibly know what it’s like to struggle pretty easy to shrug off. As she tells it (her parents declined to be interviewed for this story), Hollis grew up no stranger to want. Her father was a Pentecostal preacher, as was his father, which might explain her declarative style. Her family lived in rural California near Weedpatch, a community that John Steinbeck drew on when writing The Grapes of Wrath. Her parents fought often and frequently separated.

One Monday morning, when her older brother, Ryan, was supposed to take her to school, she found him in his room dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 14 and her parents weren’t home. For years afterward, she assumed that every person she encountered who was not moving might be dead. “I am still here,” she writes, “because I will not let a nightmare have more power than my dreams.”

She attributes her drive to her childhood shame over poverty, not a lust for wealth. “Anybody who grew up poor,” she says, “and now has the ability to make a business, to be self-made — well, I heard Tyler Perry say this years ago. He said if you’ve ever been hungry, then you’ll never be full.”

Hollis finished high school early and hightailed to Los Angeles where she got an internship at Miramax. From there she started an events company (Chic Events), which became an online lifestyle blog (MyChicLife), which then began to veer into self-help (The Chic Site) and was recently rebranded The Hollis Company, specializing in “arming people with the tools to make positive and lasting change.”

Each business iteration marked a phase in Hollis’ metamorphosis from marketer to liberator of women. “For the longest time, it was sort of like, Here’s my life and my kids, and here I am with this [laundry] detergent,” she says, of the sponsored content she used to produce. “But that started to feel very soul-sucking.” Having suffered from anxiety, she began to post about her vulnerabilities. She saw the response those posts got and began to orient her content around that. Whether Hollis has described the plight of most American women with any degree of accuracy is open to debate, but clearly millions of them—and even some men—feel seen.

Backstage at the doTerra event, the lone man in the line of people seeking to have a meet and greet with Hollis, Troy Miller, 50, from Toronto, said he had never heard of her before the weekend, but he and his fellow travelers had listened to her audiobook on the car ride down. “I don’t relate to all of it,” he says. “But don’t we all compare ourselves to others and have a negative voice in our head?”

Hollis has adeptly ridden several waves in her rise to the top: the emergence of a new type of Christian, a more widespread desire for women’s empowerment, the gig economy and the dawn of the Instagram age. She writes freely about her faith, and anthropologists would put her in the tribe of so-called hipstians, hipster Christians who follow Jesus with the ardor of Ned Flanders but different sartorial choices. They tend to live in cities, have no problem with same-sex marriage or feminism, believe climate change is real and might even vote Democratic. (She voted for Hillary Clinton and President Obama.) They worship in churches with names like Foundry and Mosaic. And they’re hungry for cultural role models like Hollis, both for lifestyle tips and personal direction.

That said, not every Christian loves her. The Gospel Coalition, a Christian leadership training group, recently called her advice “exhausting and damning” because it puts self rather than God as the ultimate source of salvation.

Hollis has needed little institutional help — from church, media, or venture capitalist — in building her brand. She acquired hundreds of thousands of followers using social media even before the self-help books. But beyond that, almost her entire post-high school education has come via the web, conferences, YouTube videos and podcasts. (She is a Tony Robbins fanatic.) In the way of the internet, she aggregates liberally from other sources — Julius Caesar, Margaret Mead, Theodore Roosevelt — without worrying too much about attribution. She built her companies “through hard work and hustle and the wealth of knowledge that can be found from a Google search bar,” she writes.

A 2015 social media post in which she showed off her stretch marks on the beach is textbook Hollis. Rather than bemoan her fate, she captioned the beaming self-portrait with an upbeat ode of gratitude to her body for bearing her three sons, Jackson, 12, Sawyer, 10 and Ford, 6. “They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!” (She also has an adopted daughter, Noah, 2.) Practically overnight, her followers more than doubled.

Almost every day, Hollis and her husband, Dave, 44, stream a live show on Facebook where they answer questions and talk about their lives. Topics range from why she got acrylic nails to how to make a business idea a reality to what it was like to be interviewed by TIME magazine. (Despite her determination not to care about what others think of her, she replays the interview in her head, judging her answers.)

You can’t be a fan of Hollis’ without also adoring Dave. He is the cherry on the ice cream sundae of her life, the 6-ft.-4-in. trophy of a husband, whom she jokingly refers to as her “emotional support animal.” They met when she was 19. They married when she was 21. She thanks him for “covering my losses” early in her career. Their marriage — and his puppy-dog devotion to her — is a big part of her brand’s appeal.

Last year, he left his job as an executive at Disney to run the business side of his wife’s company, which they recently relocated to Austin. During our interview, he sits a few yards away from his wife, chiming in when he wants to amplify one of her answers, even though he knows it looks like classic mansplaining. “Honey, it’s O.K.,” says Hollis.

Now she and Dave have what Hollis would call “big, obnoxious dreams” for The Hollis Company. They’ve committed to a bunch of speaking engagements and business deals this year, but after that they’re not taking on more. Any content they produce will be made for The Hollis Company alone. They have a series of business and life-coaching lectures listeners can access for a monthly fee starting at $ 39. Hollis will be speaking only at their own conferences, known as Rise.

In the last year, Hollis has surpassed many of the goals she wrote in her journal. It’s clearly a bit disorienting for her. “I manifested all the things I wrote down,” she says. “But I – I don’t know how this sounds – I wrote down the wrong thing. I wrote down goals that were about myself and who I wanted to be, and maybe not as much about what I wanted to create for other people.”

Often, contemporary women are painted as these ambitious go-getters delaying marriage and family for a shot at their dream job. But Hollis seems to have found a different group, women who aren’t sure exactly what they want or who they should be. They like the mess of marriage and kids and keeping a home together and shopping at Target (which sold tens of thousands of Hollis’ books), but their lives aren’t quite how they’d pictured them. Hollis gives these women permission to pursue a dream, any dream, a way to be someone other than somebody else’s something. She might not be everyone’s idea of a revolutionary, but for many women, she’s what change looks like.


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Diets Can Do More Than Help You Lose Weight – They Could Also Save The Planet

Fad diets have long been brushed off as selfishsuperficial quests to lose weight.

But if you study the actual content of popular diet books, you will discover that most tell a different story. Many inspire dieters to improve the health of their bodies, society and the planet.

It’s a topic I explore in my research, as well as my 2018 book, “Diet and the Disease of Civilization.” More than than merely guides for getting thin, diet books tell rich stories that urge people to change their lives to save the world.

Grand ambitions

Diets inspire change not because one is more effective than another, but because they tell stories worth believing in.

Peel away the nutrition advice and you’ll find that, while most popular diets ennoble seemingly selfish goals, they also insist that individual health is inextricably linked to the larger environment.

A quick review of diet books reveals their grand aspirations. Think of the Paleo diet. Hundreds of Paleo diets describe peaceful prehistoric communities rich with singing, dancing and storytelling. Today, leaders promise that “eating Paleo can save the world.”

Promoters of detox diets make similar claims. Detoxers believe that environmental pollution and toxins cause stress, obesity and other modern ills.

detox book from 1984 argued that humans cannot “dissociate our fate from the fate of the earth” and insisted that “what we have learned about freeing our bodies from harmful substances must also apply to cleaning up the world.”

Today’s diets go a step further, intimating that if you’re not “eating clean” you could be eating “dirty” foods full of pesticides, toxins and carcinogens. One diet book explains that clean foods are “not only good for one’s health, but equally important for the environment.” “The Kind Diet,” a popular vegan book written by actor and animal rights activist Alicia Silverstone and Victoria Pearson, is subtitled “A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet.”

Diet consequences

Arguably, today’s food world could use some saving.

The health consequences of how Americans eat have long been cataloged. For example, 2 in 3 Americans are overweight or obese, costing the U.S. economy an estimated US$ 190 billion a year.

But the environmental consequences of these food choices are just as stark. Agriculture is responsible for about one-tenth of greenhouse gas emissions. Farming consumes more than two-thirds of the planet’s fresh water.

And it’s specific dietary choices that are driving these environmental pressures. Animal products, for example, provide just 18 percent of the typical American’s calories yet take up 83 percent of all farmland. Just cutting down on beef would be more effective at reducing your carbon footprint than giving up your car.

The government’s role

This is where the government could learn from popular diet plans and promote sustainable diets for public health and the environment.

In its dietary guidelines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages Americans consume a healthy diet that focuses on foods high in nutrients and low in sugars and saturated fats. But despite the recommendation of an advisory committee, it does not include language about food system sustainability or how such diets have a well-established link to human health.

The government is also discouraging other steps toward an environmentally friendly diet. Consider the new technologies of culturing meat from living animal cells – a technology that could cut out 14.5 percent of Americans’ anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the government is bending to industry concerns and enforcing needlessly strict definitions of meat, preventing soy- and lab-based products using the label.

History shows that today’s Department of Agriculture is missing a valuable opportunity. During World War I, the American government used diets to do more than improve individuals’ health. As the head of the Food Administration, Herbert Hoover urged Americans to stop wasting food so the U.S. could use it to prevent starvation in Europe. His efforts are now credited with saving the lives of about 7 million Belgians and 2 million French people.

Popular diets also picked up the humanitarian cause. One 1918 diet included a program dubbed “Watch Your Weight Anti-Kaiser.”

Today’s food authorities could do the same: urge Americans to eat better because the food system is actually a web. Our food choices have a profound impact on our health and the planet.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Easter Eggs, Trivia, Timeline Explanation, Director Commentary and More

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More than just memories: A new role for the hippocampus during learning

Without an intact hippocampus, forming new memories is impossible. Researchers have found an equally important role for the hippocampus: feeding information to brain areas responsible for learning. Using fMRI, the research team found it was the hippocampus that encoded associations between relevant features of the environment during learning and that the associations encoded in the hippocampus were used by brain systems responsible for learning.
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Opp Ex: Why Building A Fan Base Opens More Doors Than Ever [VIDEO]


One of the most talked about panels at Opp Ex centered around the Business Behind The Music, a panel centered around what actually goes into breaking a record on the radio and what it takes to not only make it in the business but sustain a career out of it. From 300 Entertainment’s Shadow Stokes speaking to the power of Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Big Ole Freak” to Samantha Selowane discussing how an artist like H.E.R. never strayed away from her image, the panel gave attendees more than enough free game to take into their careers and then some. Moderated by Young Jas, the panel dived into why fan bases matter, why relationships matter and ultimately, how record labels aren’t what they used to be, they’re just major distribution points now.

Radio One Houston operations manager Terri Thomas said of the change and attention to digital that it was mainly about the fans. “Fans are what put the gas in the tank of the bus. If you cultivate a relationship with the fans, those fans will take you everywhere. Regardless of radio play, regardless of a major record deal, regardless of any of those things. If you can find your fan base and make them feel like they have an investment in you, they will continue to invest in you. When you put up merch or put up merch at your shows, fans will come out and put money down to buy a piece of your merch. That fan base is what gets you to a major record label, a major streaming company.”

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How to Expand Your Digital Footprint to Reach More Homeowners

Data shows that people buying houses today are specifically looking for contractors like you to fulfill a major segment of their purchase: remodeling and home improvement.

In the coming decade, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies projects millennials will be creating 23 million new households. And according to NerdWallet, 75 percent of them think it’s a priority to buy a house. But that’s easier said than done when the same generation is deeply in debt and facing a job market that pays relatively less than it did their parents. Their solution involves home improvement projects: They buy fixer-uppers and shape their investment up over time.

Contractors are front and center to this strategy and in order for these homebuyers to find you, you need to meet them online, where your digital footprint is your best bet to stand out from all the noise.

When nearly nine of out ten people are finding their contractors online, that’s where the game is played. Lead generation services like Modernize will help you set up best practices for your online exposure and behavior. Be sure to base your digital footprint strategy on both market research and direct feedback from homeowners. At Modernize, for example, we regularly speak with homeowners who look to us for guidance in the sometimes murky and confusing home improvement market — especially online.

Find out how Modernize can help you create or overhaul your marketing and online presence in 2019. Until then, learn more about the best ways to expand your gateway to higher quality home improvement leads — and more of them.

Home Improvement Marketing: Blogging

When you tell site visitors your stories, they know you have them — it’s as simple as that. A completed project and a smiling customer isn’t brilliant marketing — it’s ancient marketing.

It’s just that in 2019, the Internet allows you to tell those stories across the region and with minimal effort. Websites are affordable and effective designs are easy to create. With the guidance of expert lead generation companies like Modernize, you are definitely able to not only tell your stories and the stories your customers want to tell about your projects, but you can also do so with your company’s unique style.

A simple approach to blogging is giving potential home improvement leads a window into your work: Before and after photos communicate what words cannot. Photos aren’t just helpful from a service perspective, though. They’re also a smart move for your digital marketing and contractor lead generation strategy. The majority of your website visitors will spend less than 15 seconds on your site, so it’s important to make the most of that time.

Give them photos of your work and tell them stories around those photos so that they can learn more if your work leaves them intrigued. Don’t know how? Ask us.

Home Improvement Marketing: Social Media

Data shows just one percent of contractors say they utilize social media, despite virtually all homeowners looking for their contractors online.

Stand out from the crowd by first leaning into social marketing — whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or some other growing networks — to enhance the amount of your home improvement leads and their quality. One of Modernize’s specific aims is providing you high intent leads as opposed to empty names you have to waste time calling for little or no return.

Develop a strategy to utilize social media. And structure a 40-40-20 rule, which reasons that you should offer customers value in exchange for their attention.

  • Spend 40 percent of your time posting helpful information
  • Spend 40 percent of your time directly interacting with customers
  • And spend 20 percent of your time promoting your brand.

Don’t go at it alone. Find out how Modernize can help.

Home Improvement Marketing: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Research shows 98 percent of homeowners pick a contractor from the first page of results they see on the Internet. That’s good news: You have a clear path ahead of you to showing up in those results.

But merely existing online is not enough to get you there — you have to stand out.

From using the correct keywords on your site to blogging and publishing with an emphasis on new and evolving trends, your SEO strategy is directly tied to your lead generation. That’s not a judgment call on your abilities as a home improvement contractor, it’s rather the reality of the home improvement market.  

Therefore, any contractor should optimize the way their business appears in online searches. If you’re not an expert in creating an SEO strategy, managing it, and continuously adapting it to the ever-evolving taste and preference of today’s homeowners, leave all that to a service like Modernize.

Professional Lead Generation Services

While the reality is that many contractors are not tapping into the potential of data and its resulting analytics, the most successful contractors in the industry are beginning to make the move: More and more contractors are turning to lead generation services like Modernize to complete more projects each year. Here’s where we stand:

  • 1.5 million homeowners found their contractors through Modernize in 2017
  • And that’s, in turn, earned $ 1.5 billion for those contractors.

Lead generation services like Modernize are paramount to a successful marketing approach in the digital age. No one knows homeowners as Modernize does — and like anything else, homeowners and their homes are ever changing and evolving, both technologically and culturally. Learn more about our most recent findings: the Homeowner Survey Index: Q1 2019.

Whether it’s starting your online efforts from scratch or diving into your decades of experience to discern trends and help you sharpen your client base, learn more about us today and find out how we can help you.

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Today in Movie Culture: Captain Marvel Meets Wonder Woman, the Science of ‘Captain Marvel’ and More

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Supercut of the Day:

In honor of International Women’s Day, and fitting with the opening of Captain Marvel, Movieclips has compiled an awesome supercut of badass women in the movies, including Halloween, Kill Bill, The Matrix, and parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

 

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Calvin Klein Learns a Harsh, Expensive Lesson: Less High Fashion, More Underwear

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It was as if the mannequins at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, the label’s Madison Avenue flagship, knew its higher-ups had just announced the shuttering of its runway collection. Scattered throughout the store, the gray figures slouched and hunched somberly, one in a sequin dress sitting on a table like a bedazzled version of Rodin’s Thinker.

Hours after Page Six reported that Calvin Klein Collection would cease operations, the flagship was empty, save for a few employees. The store’s loud, taxi cab-yellow walls punctuated just how quiet it was inside.

From the street, a woman stopped to take a photo of the 34-foot display window, which featured a pants-less mannequin wearing a t-shirt tucked into a pair of boy short underwear.

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The Week in Movie News: Idris Elba to Join ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ First ‘Midsommar’ Trailer and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

Idris Elba to star in Suicide Squad 2: Will Smith is unable to reprise his role as Deadshot for Suicide Squad 2, but the character will appear in the sequel, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, none other than Idris Elba is set to be the replacement. Meanwhile, Collider has the scoop on the new characters we’ll see in the movie, one of which could be played by Dave Bautista.

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U.S. homebuilding increased more than expected in January as construction of single-family housing rebounded after four straight monthly declines, but building permits for these units fell to the lowest level since mid-2017.
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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ as an Animated Feature, Alternate ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Ending and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ as an Animated Feature, Alternate ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Ending and More

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Remade Trailer of the Day:

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Adobe Partners with Creatives of Color to Make More Diverse Stock Photos

Is your stock imagery suffering from a lack of diversity? Adobe has a solution. The company recently teamed up with three stock agencies; TONL, Mocha Stock, and Diversity Photos to help expand their catalog of diverse stock photos and images. This was done in an effort to replace pictures containing harmful stereotypes with depictions of people of color (POC) that are more nuanced and inclusive. Their hope is to amplify these agencies’ collections dedicated to authentically portraying all ethnicities and cultures.

“Photographers see the world in ways that are unique to their own diverse experiences, and those perspectives are incredibly valuable,” Debbie Grossman, manager, strategic business development, Adobe Stock Premium told BLACK ENTERPRISE in a statement. “We focus on sourcing diverse content for two reasons: one, because it realistically depicts the world we live in, and two, because customers demand it. Customers have been asking for diverse content for years, but the content that gets produced doesn’t always speak to both diversity and authenticity. Unfortunately, it tends to be tokenistic. But at Adobe Stock, we care particularly about sourcing content from a diversity of creators who can represent their own communities in more genuine and positive ways.”

When asked why they decided to partner with Adobe, Karen Okonkwo, co-founder of TONL replied that, “access is crucial for imagery to reach everyone. By having our images on Adobe Stock, it allows POC working for various organizations to see a credible outlet hosting our imagery, which will enable more consumers to use our images in their professional work settings and hopefully beyond that.”

The partnership came about when Adobe became familiar with TONL’s work and reached out to them to collaborate. “We valued Adobe’s approach and their level of professionalism and authenticity,” continued Okonkwo. “Additionally, we are users of Adobe’s creative tools, so it seemed like the perfect partnership to embark on.”

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Adobe Stock Imagery in partnership with TONL (Image: TONL)

Adobe admitted that sourcing diverse content can be extremely difficult, thus this is why these partnerships came about. “We are lucky in that, in part because of Adobe’s commitment to both diversity and creators, we are able to partner exclusively with diversity-focused stock companies such as Diversity Photos, TONL and Mocha Stock. These are all enterprises which are focused on improving diversity and representation in stock,” said Grossman.

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Future “Goin Dummi,” Slim One ft. Termanology & Chris Rivers “Slim One” & More | Daily Visuals 3.6.19

Source: Rapper Future performs at Drai’s nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas Featuring: Future Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States When: 08 Feb 2016 Credit: Judy Eddy/WENN.com Uploaded By Godspeed

With Aquaman being DC Comic’s biggest box office hit thus far it was really only a matter of time before someone went the whole merman route and it seems like Future done decided to dive in headfirst into the concept.

In the CGI driven visuals to “Goin Dummi,” Future finds himself sitting on an underwater throne next to some beautiful women who can apparently breath underwater after laying with them on a bed floating in the ocean. Does this qualify as a waterbed for Millennials?

Back on land Slim One calls on Boston’s Termanology to link up with the Boogie Down’s Chris Rivers to drop some rhyme heavy bars in the hallway for the clip to “JuST Do It.” CR really perfecting his father’s style isn’t he? R.I.P. Big Pun.

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FUTURE – “GOIN DUMMI”

SLIM ONE FT. TERMANOLOGY & CHRIS RIVERS – “JUST DO IT”

TYGA FT. RICH THE KID & G-EAZY – “GIRLS HAVE FUN”

KEHLANI – “BUTTERFLY”

LIL MOSEY – “GREET HER”

J.I.D. – “OFF DA ZOINKYS”

SUPREME ACE – “NEVER BEEN”

SAHTYRE – “ELON”

AARON COHEN – “LITMUS”

ZACARI – “MIDAS TOUCH”

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Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Marlo Hampton and More Attend Porsha Williams’ Winter Wonderland-Themed Baby Shower [Photos]

Porsha Williams‘ baby shower was a magical moment.

The bash went down Feb 24. at Suada Studio in Atlanta.

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Williams’ 80 guests — including sister Lauren and her RHOA costars Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey — wore white for the elegant event, entering the transformed space that featured ice sculptures, white flowers from Akeem Clayton, delicate linen napkins and more among a white-and-rose-gold color palette. The initials “PJ,” a nod to her daughter on the way, adorned the backs of the chairs while the floor read, “Celebrating PJ.”

“The day was magical,” the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE exclusively for this week’s issue, sharing a collection of photos from the stunning shower thrown by her “loving fiancé,” Dennis McKinley and planned alongside ellyB Events. “It was amazing to walk into a room and feel that much love. I have such a tremendous support system around me and women who lift me up and are just so incredibly happy for me.”

“I’ve waited a really really long time for this moment,” adds Williams, 37 (the star announced her pregnancy in September, six years after suffering a miscarriage). “I am cherishing each minute and enjoy every day being pregnant. It’s a blessing for us.”

The delectable spread provided by Chef Donald Wilsonincluded hors d’oeuvres like seasonal fruit, baked brie, teriyaki chicken tenderloin and shrimp ceviche served on edible spoons.

For the buffet station, Williams and McKinley’s family and friends could choose among organic kale salad, lemon rosemary chicken breast with caper sauce, pan-seared salmon with red-onion marmalade, roasted potatoes, orecchiette pasta with chardonnay cream sauce and pesto, green beans and grilled ciabbata.

House-made banana pudding and Georgia peach cobbler made up the sweet portion of the buffet, while guests sipped on sparkling mango beverages and lemon, strawberry and mint water between bites.

“There also wasn’t a space on the dance floor,” Williams (who wore a custom, handmade dress by Derron Cherry and was styled by Jeremy Hanes) tells PEOPLE of the “nonstop” portion of the shower. “The room was filled with laughter and zero stress — only well wishes for the McKinleys.”

And just in case banana pudding and peach cobbler weren’t enough to satisfy party-goers’ sweet tooth, Williams offered a hot-chocolate station and lavish display of desserts provided by Sweet Details, which was chock full of items like macaron towers, cheesecake shooters, chocolate-truffle cake pops, cupcakes and cookie stacks.

The confectionery centerpiece? A gorgeous (and tasty) multi-layer creation by LaMeeka Custom Cake Designs, featuring vanilla bean, butter-almond and red-velvet pastry goodness.

GB Design House provided the napkins for the event, hot-chocolate supplies, popcorn boxes, chocolate truffles for guests to take home, stir sticks and advice coasters, which guests filled out to give their best parenting tips to the mom- and dad-to-be.

Lauren (outfitted in a dress from Williams’ new line, Porsha Williams) and Dish Nation co-host Gary Hayes hosted a hair game. As Williams, owner of Go Naked Hair, explains to PEOPLE, “They had a contest among women [of] who could style the hair on plastic heads the best. The ladies were extremely competitive and it was so much fun!”

For more from Porsha’s baby shower, visit People.com.

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Kamala Harris Addresses Criticism, Black Girl Magic, And More at Women of Power Summit

In a room packed with nearly 1,500 black women, Sen. Kamala Harris took the stage at the 2019 Women of Power Summit, opening up about her multicultural upbringing, run for president, and black girl magic during a fireside chat with media personality Star Jones. The Democratic senator walked out with a wide radiant smile and was greeted by a warm and excited audience as Shanice’s 1991 hit “I Love Your your Smile” befittingly played in the background.

Harris was one of several high profile speakers that headlined the BLACK ENTERPRISE Women of Power Summit, an annual three-day leadership conference designed for professional women of color. Others included Stacey Abrams, Valerie Jarret, Dallas Maverick CEO Cynt Marshall, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Chaka Khan, who was honored at the summit’s legacy awards gala.

During her session, which took place Friday morning at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Harris described herself as a “joyful warrior” and talked about her plan to reform the country should she win the White House next year. The underlying tone of her message was optimistic, yet realistic about the harsh realities the country faces. The two-term senator also kept it real about what it means to be a black woman.

Here are nine sistergirl moments Harris shared at the conference.

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Sen. Kamala Harris and Star Jones at the Women of Power Summit (Black Enterprise)

An Ode To Howard University

Harris, who launched her presidential campaign on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, credited her success to two things: her family and education at Howard University.

“You’re in an environment that … tells you that you can be great and you will be given the resources and the expectation to achieve that, and the only thing standing in the way of your success will be you,” she said of her alma mater. “It teaches you as a young black woman or man that you don’t have to be limited by other people’s perceptions of who you are, that you come from great people, [and] stand on shoulders of those who came before us.”

The Power of Sisterhood

The California official talked about the support she gets as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and recently seeing so many of her sorors during her visit to Howard University last week. That prompted the sorors in the room to erupt with skee-wees and raise their pinkies high.

“There is great power that comes with the sisterhood,” said Harris. “The word support undervalues the significance of it, but it is the thing that keeps you going. I would not have been able to accomplish what I have in my career and in my life without my actual sister and my chosen sisters. There is no way I’d be where I am today.”

Defying Expectation

Like many black women, Harris has been underrated and her competence has been questioned. “There have been moments where throughout my career people underestimated my ability to get something done,” she said.

Harris, who became the first black woman to serve as Attorney General in California and the second black woman to be elected as a U.S. Senator, added that people have also doubted her ability to win an elected office. “I’ve had the setback of attempting to run for office that nobody thought that we could win and all that comes with that.”

However, she used negative perceptions of herself as a source of motivation. “Good, underestimate me. I can work with that,” she said with defiance.

“Kamala Was POPO”

When asked about the criticism she has received about her record as a prosecutor in California, Harris said, “it’s a matter of mischaracterizing the purpose and the goal and the role.”

The former Attorney General was also candid about the scrutiny she faced from her family when she first decided to become a prosecutor. “My family looked at me like I was crazy,” she admitted. “With some of them, I had to defend the decision like one would a thesis.”

Nevertheless, she says she purposely ran for the position so she could reform the system from the inside. “I said ‘there has to be a role for us in the inside of the room where the decisions are made.’” For example, she pointed to the reentry program she created in 2004 as a District Attorney to help young men arrested for drug sales. Through the initiative, first-time non-violent offenders could have their records cleared if they obtained a GED, steady employment, took parenting classes, and passed drug tests.

Despite her intentions, Harris says she expects people to continue to slam her record. “People are going to say, ‘Kamala was popo,’” she laughed. “Somebody gotta be popo because there are some victims, and we do need to advocate for the victims,” added Jones — a former prosecutor, herself.

Being Misunderstood as a Black Woman

Harris knows firsthand how it feels to be misunderstood. A lot needs to be done so the world can understand “who black women are and understand the breadth and depth of who we are,” she said. She added, “there are so many who are unclear about it because they have not chosen to inform themselves.” However, to overcome the stigmas and stereotypes attached to black womanhood, Harris encouraged black women to not let other people’s expectation define them.

Black Girl Magic

When asked when she first recognized her own ‘Black Girl Magic,’ Harris said she feels it most when it’s reflected in other black women around her.

“When I see you, I feel it,” Harris told Jones. “When we see it in each other, I think that that’s when we see it. It’s not about one as an individual; it’s about us as a collective.”

Jones followed up asking Harris who would she use her ‘Black Girl Magic’ to make disappear. After a long pause, Harris finally answered, saying she would use it to eradicate poverty.

‘Isms’ Are Real

Black women know best the impact that “isms” have on disenfranchised communities. They are a constant and dreadful reminder of the systemic obstacles they face every single day. However, for far too long, society has tried to hide and downplay these institutionalized barriers.

“If Charlottesville didn’t make it clear, if the Tree of Life Synagogue [massacre] didn’t make it clear, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, [and] transphobia are real,” said Harris. “Let’s speak those truths so we can deal with it.”

Opening The Door

Harris announced that she hired a black woman to be the state director for her campaign in Iowa where the black population is a mere 3.2%. Nonetheless, Harris has confidence in her state director’s ability to organize residents on her behalf. “If you look at her skill set, and her experience, and her talent, and all that she contributes, she is one of the strongest state directors anyone will ever have in Iowa,” said Harris.

Praising Shirley Chisholm

Harris talked about standing on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm, who became the first black woman to run for president in a major party in 1972: “I am inspired by her every day,” she said.

Watch Sen. Harris’s full fireside chat with Star Jones below.



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Say what you want about the novelty aspect of a foldable smartphone, but while this form factor is very much going to fall in the niche category for the time being, Samsung is nevertheless seriously committed to trying to spur excitement for this new style of handset. So much so that the smartphone maker apparently has two more foldable phones being prepped for after April’s release of the super-pricey Galaxy Fold.

That news comes via a Bloomberg report, which is in line with what we were already reporting back at the end of 2018. As we said in our post from November, for example, Samsung’s ambition is to apparently release at least 1 million foldable phone units a year, including new foldable phone versions each year similar to its Galaxy flagship device launches. In other words, Samsung never intended to put all its eggs in the Galaxy Fold basket.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Brings Back a ‘90s Fad, Eddie Vedder and Judy Garland Cover ‘A Star is Born’ Songs and More

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Cosplay of the Day:

Let’s get the week of the release of Captain Marvel started right with this little fan cosplaying as the movie’s title character at the premiere last week. Representation and adorability have never gone so well together, have they?

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Stella Jean collaborates with Pinko for a more sustainable fashion world

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In 2018 Pinko initiatied the Treedom campaign, a project which allows people to plant a tree with a simple click. The goal behind the project was to give birth to the PINKO forest in Kenya which includes fruit trees like mango, banana, African cherry, avocado and macadamia. The PINKO forest allows to feed and support the local community in the area.

The project was extended when two ethical fashion brands, PINKO and Stella Jean came together. Known for years, Stella Jean has always been in the creation of a more sustainable fashion model through constant and concrete work.

The #StellaJeanPINKOtreedom collaboration released a capsule collection of five t-shirts designed by the Italo-Haitian stylist and produced by PINKO with special attention to sustainability. They revolve around these key issues: sustainability, reforestation, multiculturalism and international cooperation.

We all know being eco-friendly and living consciously is a must nowadays, so why not join the cause? Each piece is made from organic cotton and printed with watercolours. To connect the people with the PINKO forrest the illustrations, embroideries and motifs are all inspired by the Masai culture in Kenya. This gives a feeling of belonging, changing and supporting.

The t-shirts will be available from April.

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The Week in Movie News: Oscar Winners and Highlights, ‘Aquaman 2’ Officially in the Works and More

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Director Commentary of the Day:

Greta is now in theaters, so for the New York Times, Neil Jordan breaks down a big scene from the thriller featuring a spat between Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Hubbert with a voiceover commentary:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: A 1990s Version of ‘Captain Marvel,’ a Real ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Fire Sword and More

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Alternate Decade Movie of the Day:

We’re about a week away from Captain Marvel hitting theaters. What if it had really come out 24 years ago? Nerdist recut and altered the latest trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe installment to make it look like a 1995 release:

 

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David Beckham’s new Stone Roses clothing range includes T-shirts costing ten times more than near-identical designs

DAVID Beckham’s new clothing range includes items costing ten times that of near-identical clobber.

We revealed in January how prices in his fashion designer wife Victoria’s new range had been hugely hiked over similar products.

Footie legend David Beckham has been slammed over his super-expensive Stone Roses T-shirts

Her former England football captain husband, 43, also launched his own fashion collaboration yesterday with the Stone Roses.

It includes several £95 T-shirts with the band’s cover artwork on the front, including their single Waterfall.

However retailers are flogging near-exact designs at 1,000 per cent cheaper, with some £9.95 on Amazon.

Other designs in the collaboration with Kent and Curwen — of which Beckham is a business partner — include a £75 Stone Roses hat, £155 sweatshirt and £450 jacket.

David Beckham says the Kent and Curwen logo makes T-shirts like this worth almost £100
This virtually identical T-shirt can be found for sale online for just £9.95
Beckham also has a design emblazoned with the band’s iconic Lemon print

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The enormous mark-up was justified, according to Beckham, because they feature Kent and Curwen’s logo.

It comes after a Reebok collaboration with ex-Spice Girl Victoria, 44, included a pair of jogging bottoms costing £219. A similar pair from the sportswear brand costs £21.48.

Also in her collection, £99.95 was the price for a beanie hat – with Victoria and Reebok’s new logo emblazoned on the front – while a plain white T-shirt retailed at £63.


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Every once in a while, we see Netflix test new plans in certain markets, and most of them involve price hikes. The same goes for the latest test that was spotted over in Italy, where the streaming giant is toying with a couple of different scenarios. First spotted by Italian-language blog SmartWorld, the tests suggest that Netflix is toying with the idea of either raising Standard and Premium subscription, or increasing all of its prices across the board.

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The Money Snapshot: A Chemist in New Jersey Shares Thoughts on Student Loans, Mortgages, & More!

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Presenting our second “money snapshot,” this time with a 29-year-old chemist in New Jersey! She notes: “We paid off our cars and my student loan debt, and now we are saving for a house.”   

By way of background: we got a few requests from readers to launch our own “money diary” series, so we asked willing readers to fill out a form with lots of details about debt, spending, saving and more!  If you’d like to fill out the form and be considered for a future personal money snapshot, please click here if you’d like to see the form and/or submit responses! You can also see a PDF of the questions if you want to review them ahead of time. See others in the Personal Money Snapshot series here.

Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! — Kat

Name: J
Location: Collingswood, NJ
Age: 29
Occupation: Chemist
Income: $ 85,000
Household income: $ 176,000
Partner’s age: 30
Household net worth:
not sure
Net worth when started working: Nothing except $ 55,000 in student loan debt (age 22)
Current debt: $ 0
Living situation: Currently renting; rent is $ 1,525/month

Debt

How much money are you spending each month to pay down debt?
$ 3,000 credit card bill — covers almost all expenses except rent

How did you pay for school?
Grants and loans

Have you paid off any major debt? 
Honestly, I wouldn’t have been able to pay off student loans so quickly ($ 54k in 7 years) if I didn’t have a partner covering all our daily expenses. 

What is your living situation?
We are renting — we rented for five years before we aggressively started saving for a house. In 18 months we had enough for a mortgage that we felt comfortable with, but we’re still hesitant to buy because property taxes in our area are so high and we aren’t 100% sure we want to (can?) commit to this area.

Savings, Investments & Retirement

How much do you save for retirement?
15% or more of my salary in 401k, and I have a rollover IRA that I haven’t touched. Both are more risk-balanced since I’m under 30.

How much money do you allocate to other tax-savvy investments/accounts like HSAs, 529s, FSAs, and others?
From 2011–2018, I put $ 10 a month into my HSA to focus on student loans. In 2019, I’ll contribute almost the maximum.

How much do you save outside of retirement accounts?
My partner pays for day-to-day expenses, and most of my salary (minus Target trips and a few monthly expenses like Audible) goes to a savings account.

Do you have/use a financial adviser or planner? Do you have a favorite index fund where you stick everything? Are you doing a bond ladder or other asset allocation strategy (like value funds or target retirement funds)?
No, but I think we should use a financial adviser soon. After Christmas [2018], I want to buy index fund.

Do you have an end goal for saving (e.g., early retirement or job change) or are you just saving for a rainy day?
House, Travel, and Apocalyptic life events. Early retirement would be great, but I haven’t thought about how to do that.

What’s the #1 thing you’re doing to save money, limit spending, or live frugally?
Automatic transfers help. Also, this sounds terrible, but having almost all our expenses on one credit card keeps me accountable. I’m far less likely to impulse spend if I know my partner is checking the credit card every week. My personal credit cards don’t have travel rewards, so I only want to use the joint CC and use the points to travel abroad. So my impulse spending is limited, and when I do spend, it’s at least going to be rewarded with crepes in Paris or something.

When did you start saving seriously? How has your savings strategy changed over the years?
I started saving seriously at the age of 26, and even more aggressively at 28.

How much do you have in cash that’s available today?
$ 2,000

How much do you have in cash that’s available in a week, such as with an online savings account?
$ 70,000

Spending 

How much do you spend on the following categories on a monthly basis?

Groceries: $ 300
Restaurants, bars, takeout, and delivery:
$ 150
Clothing and accessories: $ 150
Transportation: $ 160
Rent/living expenses: $ 1,525 (rent)

What’s your spending range for these things? What’s your average?

Vacations – Range: $ 0$ 5,000
Vacation – Average: $ 2,500

Individual items of clothing – Range: $ 5–$ 75
Individual items of clothing – Average: $ 40

Apartment or house – Range: $ 900–$ 1,600/month
Apartment or house – Current main residence: $ 1,525/month

Car or other vehicle – Range: $ 0$ 400/month
Car or other vehicle – Last purchase / current main vehicle: $ 400/month

Fill in the blank on this question: I could save _____ if I stopped ______, but I don’t because _______.
I could save $ 150/month if I moved closer to work, but I don’t because the state I work in is undesirable in so many ways.

When was your wedding and how much did it cost? 
Everything including honeymoon cost about $ 30,000. My parents covered about half. We spent a lot of money on the venue, food, and photographer. We bought our own alcohol (tax-free Delaware), hired the least experienced but still awesome DJ, and I got all the table flowers from Produce Junction and Trader Joe’s. 

If you own, how much did your car cost?
$ 22,000  

Money Strategy

Do you have a general money strategy?
Save as much as possible, and between my partner and I, try to live on one income and save the rest.

What advice would you give your younger self about personal finance?
Get a roommate after college. Don’t buy a new car.

Photo credit: icons via Stencil. 

Psst: We’ve talked about automatizing saving and automatic investing, as well as how to decide whether to pay down debt or save

 

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Need More Money? Here Are 30 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2019

It’s simple enough: You. Need. Money.

Now.

But deciding how to make money — or how to make more money — can get complicated.

As Penny Hoarders, we have plenty of experience sharing ways to make bank, and we’ve compiled 30 ways to do it quickly in 2019.

Whether it’s online, offline, at your job or by doing nothing (OK, not nothing, but through passive income), we’ll tell you how to find moneymaking opportunities and how much you can expect to take in.

What are you waiting for? Let’s earn some quick cash!

How to Make Money Online

Although there may be plenty of ways to make money online, that doesn’t mean they’re all worth your time. We’ve researched the effort vs. reward for these online options — from earning a few bucks for completing simple tasks to making enough dough to quit your day job.

Read on for more ways to earn extra cash on the web.

1. Trade Unwanted Gift Cards for Cash

What to do with all those gift cards from well-meaning relatives who either don’t know your interests or don’t take your location into consideration? (Thanks for the In-N-Out Burger gift card, but I live in Brooklyn.)

Sell them for cash (or a gift card you’ll actually use).

The Penny Hoarder’s Branded Content Editor Dana Sitar analyzed five gift card exchange sites that swap for cash or other gift cards.

Although you can make some fast cash this way, know that you won’t get the full face value of the card. Sitar suggests checking out two or three sites to find the best deal.

She also warns people to be wary of fast-cash offers through mobile payment sites like PayPal, which charges additional fees.

How much money can you make? The site Cardpool offered Sitar $ 21 cash for a $ 25 Target gift card.

2. Find a Side Hustle on Upwork

Hey there, fast fingers. You might be feeling low with the news that ”typist” is among the dying occupations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find a way to make money hitting the keys (at least for now).

Upwork is a freelance site that lets you indicate whether you prefer short- or long-term projects and the number of hours you wish to work. You can narrow your search to specific jobs like “virtual assistant” or “data entry” within categories that include design, writing, administrative support and customer service.

Improve your chances of finding jobs that fit your skill set and fit into your spare time by being as precise as possible in your profile title and focusing on just a few keywords.

You’ll get paid by the hour or by the project, minus a percentage that Upwork charges freelancers.

How much money can you make? One Penny Hoarder earned $ 40 per hour on Upwork as a virtual assistant.

3. Freelance on Fiverr

Looking to pad your bank account by writing articles, designing logos or translating text?

Check out Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelancers. You can set up your platform for free, but Fiverr collects 20% of the transactions made over the site. Then it’s just a matter of choosing your gig.

Jobs tend toward the creative types, but there’s a wide range of categories, including graphics and design, digital marketing, writing and translation, video and animation and music and audio.

How much money can you make? Pay starts at $ 5 per project, but Charmaine Pocek told The Penny Hoarder she earned $ 30 to $ 800 on Fiverr as freelance writer creating resumes and cover letters and optimizing clients’ LinkedIn profiles. In the past six years, Pocek has added to her to total and has now made $ 2.3 million from work she’s found on the site, according to Abby Forman, spokeswoman for Fiverr.

4. Teach ESL Online

Kirsten Cherry teaches English online from her dining room table in her home in Twin Falls, ID.

You love kids, but at a distance — because, you know, those sticky hands. So snag a work-from-home job teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to Chinese students ages 4 to 12 through services like VIPKID and Qkids.

Both online platforms require a bachelor’s degree, a six-month commitment and the ability to work a minimum of six to seven hours per week. Teachers fill time slots by posting their availability — and since China is on the other side of the globe, your schedule will need to accommodate the time difference. (If it’s 6 p.m. in China, it’s 5 a.m. in New York).

After quitting her full-time job, new mom Kirsten Cherry of Twin Falls, Idaho, found part-time work teaching students through VIPKID.

“I got hired in June. Within two weeks, my schedule was 97% full,” said Cherry, 26. “In the first month, I earned over $ 1,000.

How much money can you make? Qkids states on its site that the base pay is $ 8 per 30-minute lesson, plus attendance and performance incentives. Cherry said she makes up to $ 22 teaching two lessons in an hour through VIPKID.

5. Test Websites and Apps

For all the sprinters out there, website and app testing could be your path to fast cash.

Start by filling out a registration form with a testing service. Once approved, you’ll receive access to projects as they become available. Testing involves interacting with a site and completing a series of tasks while providing feedback for market research.

Most testing requires you to work from a computer rather than your cell phone, as you’ll speak your feedback out loud as the company records your experience through the testing interface.

Cherry said she tried three different testing platforms and found the most success with Userlytics.

Most tests only take five to 15 minutes to complete, she noted, but you have to be ready to test at a moment’s notice.

“A lot of them I can actually do, as long as I click on them and follow the link on time,” Cherry said. “Sometimes even within 10 to 15 minutes after you get the email, they’re already full; they already have enough tests done.”

How much money can you make? Banking $ 10 to $ 20 per test, Cherry has earned $ 200 for taking a total of 18 tests.

6. Become a Search Engine Evaluator

Use your attention to detail to make money as a search engine evaluator.

Evaluators analyze the relevance and quality of ads and news feeds — think: deciding if those Google search results make sense. The guidelines are fairly strict for these kinds of jobs, and testing can be extensive.

You’ll need in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of the topics you cover and of the web in general, according to Prathima Tothempudi, senior human resources business partner at Lionbridge, a company that regularly posts openings for search engine evaluator gigs. In exchange, you’ll get a job that typically offers a flexible schedule.

How much money can you make? Lionbridge pays $ 10.80 per hour, Tothempudi said.

7. Sell Free Stuff on Craigslist

The online classified site Craigslist lets you sell stuff for cash, including items you get for free. And you don’t even need to leave the site to find those freebies — there’s a “free” listings section right there on Craigslist. Convenient, right?

Penny Hoarder Steve Gillman picked up six boxes of floor tiles he found for free on Craigslist, then sold them to the first flooring company he passed on his way back home.

How much money can you make? Gillman made $ 10 off of the pile of tiles.

8. Sell Thrift Store Finds on eBay

A woman holds a pile of clothes.

Selling your possessions on the auction site eBay is one way to pocket some cash quickly.

You can also make money by buying designer clothes for cheap, then selling them on the site to the highest bidder. If you have an eye for fashion — or at least the most popular labels — you can track down inventory at local thrift stores.

Create listings for your items, making sure to include well-written item descriptions and quality photographs to give your listings a professional polish (and get top dollar). Check out similar items to get a sense of where to set your starting bid, and be sure to incorporate the costs of shipping and eBay’s seller fees into your price.

Penny Hoarder Kat Tretina resold designer jeans by starting with a minimal investment — packaging tape and a scale to weigh packages for shipping — and ended up more than tripling her money.

How much money can you make? Your profitability depends upon what you’re selling, but for working 10 to 15 hours a month, Tretina made $ 500 to $ 800.

9. Sell Handmade Goods on Etsy

If you have a knack for crafting, you probably are already familiar with Etsy, aka the crafters’ paradise.

And if you’re considering making the leap from selling your wares at the farmers market to earning your money online as a crafty small business, starting out on Etsy is fairly simple. When you set up your site, you’ll pick a name, choose the items to list (the site recommends starting with at least 10) and set up payment and billing.

The site charges 20 cents for your first item, and you’ll pay transaction and payment-processing fees when you make a sale. To turn your shop into a viable moneymaker, take advice from those who’ve gone before you.

Lena Gosik-Wolfe, who followed up on a successful Etsy store with a second business advising people how they can sell on the crafty site, offered the following tips for ways to make money on Etsy:

  • Treat your shop like a brick-and-mortar version.
  • File necessary tax documents.
  • Design a professional site to attract customers.
  • Develop a clear, cohesive marketing strategy.

How much money can you make? Your Etsy profitability depends on what you’re selling and how much time you put into your business. Crafter Beth Gates told The Penny Hoarder she made $ 400 during her first six months selling Southern-style sundries and crochet items. After dedicating more time to her business, she made more than $ 4,000 in one year.

10. Do Online Transcription  

Those listening skills you honed by eavesdropping on your roommates’ conversations could finally pay off with a job in online transcription.

Transcription jobs usually require an assessment test to gauge your typing speed and accuracy. Depending on the service, you could be listening to a car commercial or court hearings, so find out what you’re getting into before you apply.

Cherry wishes she had known that tip before she signed up for her first transcription gig, which brought in $ 85.15 over six months for a job that required extensive testing and a lot of studying to follow a strict style guide.

“For that first transcription job, oh my gosh, I spent hours on that, and I got paid so little,” Cherry said. “I wish I would have just, in the beginning, told myself, ‘Hey, this just isn’t going to be worth it. Find something else.’”

Cherry had better luck after discovering the transcription service Rev, which offered a user-friendly platform and more lucrative projects.

How much money can you make? Making 40 cents to 75 cents per minute of transcription at Rev, Cherry earned $ 87.45 in one month for less than four hours of work.

11. Incorporate Affiliate Marketing Into Your Blog

Hey bloggers, there’s money to be made through affiliate marketing.

The basic process for making money through affiliate marketing goes like this: Write reviews about products on your blog and include a specific tracking link. When readers click the link and make a purchase, you receive a commission.

The more readers you have, the better your chances for making money, so attracting more eyeballs to your site is essential. One way to do that: Pitch articles to other blogs that allow you to link back to your blog.

How much money can you make? The affiliate marketplace ClickBank, which offers products and services to promote in your blog, says commissions range from 1% to 75%. The maximum commission on a single sale is $ 150.

12. Take Online Surveys

Looking to make a few bucks from a task that doesn’t require much effort? Taking online surveys could be your jam.

After signing up with a platform like Swagbucks or InboxDollars, you’ll select surveys based on your initial application, then answer questions that take an average of 20 minutes to complete.

The Penny Hoarder reviewed six online survey sites, noting that some paid out cash directly while others paid in gift cards or even sweepstakes entries. So do your homework before you sign up.

How much money can you make? Swagbucks surveys pay anywhere from 40 to 200 SB (100 SB equal $ 1), according to our Swagbucks review. Earn 300 SB to cash out for $ 3 gift cards to places like Amazon or Dunkin Donuts.

How to Make Money Fast (and in Person)

What if you need money fast and you want to do something that calls for less face time with your screen and more face time with actual, live human beings (or animals)?

Read on for ways to make more money in person.

13. Drive for Uber or Lyft

Lyft driver Paul Pruce poses in front of his car during a driving shift in Philadelphia, PA

Need a fun, flexible way to earn money while also meeting lots of new people?

Try driving with Lyft.

Demand for ride-sharing has been growing like crazy, and it shows no signs of slowing down. To be eligible, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old with a year of driving experience, pass a background check and own a car made in 2007 or later.

Best of all, you can do it on your own time. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you.

Because it’s easy to switch between apps, Lyft drivers often also sign up to drive with Uber.

How much money can you make? We talked to Paul Pruce, who had been driving full-time with Lyft for over a year and earning $ 750 a week as a driver.

14. Do Household Tasks Through TaskRabbit

You’re the person Aunt Peggy always calls to fix a faucet or assemble a bookshelf.

It’s time you stopped getting paid in oatmeal cookies. (Sorry, Peg).

Instead, use your household know-how to earn extra cash on TaskRabbit, which connects you with clients who need help cleaning their house, hanging pictures and making deliveries. In exchange for getting paid for your work, TaskRabbit deducts a 15% service fee.

How much money can you make? The company has stated you can make up to $ 2,000 per week — but no cookies.

15. Start a Pet-Sitting Business

If you prefer your coworkers to be the four-legged variety, snagging a job as a pet sitter could be the job you’ve been begging for (as if you thought I wouldn’t go there).

Posting notices on your local social networks will help you find owners in need of walkers, sitters and general companions for their fur babies.

Want to improve your rate of hire as a newbie? Instill trust by snapping a few photos of the pet when you’re with them, then send them to the owner, according to Lisa Peddicord, who has a pet-sitting side gig.

How much money can you make? Peddicord told The Penny Hoarder she made just under $ 10,000 in 2018.

16. Walk Dogs With Rover

If you’re looking for a flexible, independent way to earn money — and you love hanging out with dogs — Rover might be your perfect gig.

The online network connects dog walkers and sitters to local dog owners through its 4.9-star-rated app, so you don’t have to staple flyers on every utility pole across town.

Rover dog-sitter requirements vary by location. In general, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Have access to the Rover app (iOS or Android).

Here’s how it works: You’ll create an online sitter profile where you’ll answer questions about your experience with puppers and your schedule availability.

You can choose to offer a variety of services, including dog walking, overnight boarding at your home or theirs, and daycare. Boarding is the app’s most popular service, so offering it can get you more gigs. You set your own rates. (Rover keeps a small percentage as a service fee.)

Dog owners will reach out to you. Accept which gigs you want, then start snugglin’ pups. As soon as you complete a service, you’ll be paid within two days.

How much money can you make? Rover says sitters can earn as much as $ 1,000 a month.

17. Deliver Groceries Through Shipt and Instacart

Destiny Frith, 24, of Nashville, a shopper for Shipt, makes her way to her car after shopping for a customer at Kroger in Franklin, Tenn.

Enjoy spending money but still need to make some? You can pocket cash if you’re willing to shop for other people — particularly for their food — and drop it off at their homes.

So if you have a keen eye for kiwi or a knack for knowing your knockwurst, you could make bank shopping and delivering groceries for Shipt or Instacart, on-demand grocery-delivery services.

To get started, you’ll sign up for an account, then select your schedule based on your availability. Instacart lets you pick between shopping and delivering or just shopping in-store, so you don’t even necessarily need a car.

You’ll receive orders through the company app and can communicate directly with the customers in case the store is all out of their preferred brand of pickled pig’s feet.

How much money can you make? Instacart shoppers in larger metropolitan areas can make $ 25 per hour during high-demand times, according to Instacart Boston city manager Nima Zahedi. Shipt notes on its website that shoppers make an average of $ 22 an hour, and Shipt shopper Destiny Firth told us she made approximately $ 600 per week (including tips) working 35 hours per week.

18. Sell Your Old Video Games

That old Mario Kart at the bottom of your video-game bin could be making you money instead of collecting dust.

Penny Hoarder Staff Writer Adam Hardy used GameStop’s rather stingy buyback policy to his advantage by swapping store credit for gift cards and maximizing his profit.

How much money can you make? GameStop originally offered Hardy $ 72.40 cash for his games, but he opted for the $ 111.14 Shell Gas card instead, which he could then trade on CardPool for $ 95.58 cash.

19. Become an Airbnb Host

Have a spare room? Might as well try to earn some money by listing it on Airbnb.

If you’re a good host with a desirable space, you could add hundreds — even thousands — of dollars to your savings account with Airbnb.

A few simple steps can make the difference between a great experience and a less-than-satisfactory one. We talked to Terence Michael, an Airbnb superhost based in Los Angeles.

Here are some of his tips:

  • Break out the labelmaker. “I have the entire house loaded with labels,” Michael says. “They look nice; they’re modern. This helps people feel less helpless.”
  • Be a good host, and stock your place with the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel — toilet paper, soap and towels. Here’s a little hack from Michael: “I order on Amazon and have it delivered when people are there.”
  • Be kind to your neighbors. “I say, ‘I’m not going to put anyone here who I think won’t be good for you,’” Michael explains. “And I turn a lot of big groups away, especially in Nashville. I don’t want anyone going to the cops or the city.”

How much money can you make? Figure your potential earnings with this Airbnb calculator.

(Hosting laws vary from city to city. Please understand the rules and regulations applicable to your city and listing.)

20. Rent Out Your Ride on Getaround

It doesn’t seem fair: While you toil away at the office all day, what is your car doing?

Living the sweet life in a parking garage.

Make that freeloader earn its keep by renting out your ride during your workday. (You can also do it on weekends you prefer to stay in and binge watch “The Good Place.”)

Peer-to-peer car rentals let you lend your car and pocket the cash. Getaround, available in New Jersey and 13 cities in other states, allows you to list your vehicle for free.

How much money can you make? Getaround says users can make up to $ 800 a month.

21. Find Baby-sitting Jobs on Care.com

You can recite the names of every Paw Patrol member, you knew Doc McStuffins when she was just a resident and you can sing every verse of “Baby Shark” — with a smile.

You were born to baby-sit.

If you’re the responsible type and love kids, baby-sitting can be an easy gig to pick up on the side, starting with your own friends and family

And services like Care.com can expand your client base beyond your inner circle — plus, it lets you choose other caregiving options like pet sitting or senior care.

How much money can you make? The average baby-sitting rate was $ 16.20 per hour, according to a 2018 Care.com Cost of Care Survey.

Make Money on Social Media

You already spend a lot of time on social media, so why not make some fast cash there, right?

Most people who make big money do so based on the size of their audience (hello, Kardashians). But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make some bank — especially if you have a loyal following that has the potential to grow.

Considering 70% of teenage YouTube subscribers say they relate to YouTube creators more than traditional celebrities, there’s plenty of reason to believe that even smaller social media influencers can attract advertiser dollars.

If you’re among that group of influencers, there are ways to grow your audience, build a professional profile and thus attract more money. Online platforms like Kred, Klear and GroupHigh can help you connect with companies that will pay you to mention their brands to your audience.

Ready for the spotlight? Check out these ways to make money on social media.

22. Stream on Twitch

 Cory Michael, who goes by the screen name King Gothalion, has turned broadcasting video games on Twitch into a profitable full time job.

Your mom was wrong. Playing video games might not be a waste of your time after all.

Cory Michael started streaming his gaming sessions and over four years attracted 29 million people to watch him tackle Destiny and other multiplayer online games. As a result, Twitch accepted his partnership application and agreed to pay him to play.

How much money can you make? Michael explained to The Penny Hoarder that there are three ways to make money streaming on Twitch: tipping, ad revenue and subscriptions. Top Twitch streamers can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per month.

23. Produce Videos for YouTube

Put that camera phone to work by making some bucks logging your life, times and cat videos on YouTube.

But you’ll need more viewers than your biggest fan (thanks, grandma!) to make money on the video streaming site. To be reviewed for the YouTube Partner Program, your channel must have at least 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers.

Linden Wolbert, who makes a living performing as a mermaid, said she loves teaching kids about the ocean on “Mermaid Minute,” an educational web series she launched on the YouTube channel in 2012. But after YouTube raised the bar for its Partner Program in 2017, “It’s become a lot more challenging,” she said.

To help attract more eyeballs to your site and reach the threshold, the YouTube Creators channel advises vloggers to post new videos consistently and frequently — think Monday through Friday at 3 p.m., no matter what your cat did that day.

Your channel can make money through advertising, subscribers and Super Chats — that’s where fans can pay extra to add a highlighted message to the chat as you live stream.

How much money can you make? Wolbert made four figures a month before YouTube updated its algorithms, but YouTube indicates there are opportunities to earn even more money. Its press page states that the number of channels earning five figures per year grew 50% year over year.

How to Make Passive Income

Even if you don’t have the free time to take on a part-time job, you can still make money by putting in a little front-end work.

It’s called passive income, and we’ve found ways to help you pad your bank account without lifting a finger (or at least maybe not all of them).

24. Earn Cash Back on Purchases With Ebates

Instead of handing over all your hard-earned money when checking out, how’d you like to earn some of that cash back?

Ebates lets you earn anywhere from 1% to 25% on purchases you make at its retailers; (there are 2,500, so lots of options). You can sign up for free using your Facebook or Google account.

By clicking the “shop now” button before you check out, a percentage of the price goes back to your Ebates account.

How much money can you make? On its site, Ebates says you can earn a $ 10 Walmart gift card or Ebates cash bonus by spending at least $ 25 and making your first purchase through the site within 90 days of signing up.

25. Upload Your Receipts to Ibotta

A woman pushes a full cart at a grocery store.

You’re already a coupon cutter (right? right?!?), so discover another easy way to make cash back on your groceries with the Ibotta app.

After you sign up for an account, click the little addition sign next to the products you can save on (just like couponing, but without the scissors). Then upload a picture of your receipt, and Ibotta deposits the amount saved into your account. You’ll get a $ 10 sign-up bonus after you upload your first receipt. Once you reach the $ 20 minimum, you can cash out through PayPal or Venmo.

Even better, the app isn’t limited to grocery store purchases — you can earn cash back on other shopping and travel, too.

How much money can you make? Penny Hoarder staffer Colleen Rice earned approximately $ 45 from Ibotta during one road trip by finding cash-back deals on Hotels.com.

26. Invest in Real Estate

Even if you’re not exactly the handy type (hand raised) or you don’t have cash to sink into million-dollar properties (both hands raised), you can make passive income from real estate through online investment options like Fundrise.

For as little as $ 500, you can join the crowdfunding-style real estate investment platform, which invests in American properties. Learn more in The Penny Hoarder’s review of Fundrise.

How much money can you make? Fundrise has seen historical returns of 8.7% to 12.4%. (Note: As with any investment, past performance isn’t indicative of future results.)

27. Earn Interest on Savings Accounts

Will you get rich quick putting your money in a savings account? No.

But if you’ve been leaving your money to waste away in a traditional savings account with its minuscule returns — or you don’t have a savings account at all — high-yield online savings accounts can offer you at least some passive income.

Varo Money combines traditional banking tools with modern technology to help its customers become financially healthy.

Here’s the best part: Pair your bank account with a Varo Savings Account, where you’ll earn 2.1% annual percentage yield. That’s 35 times — repeat, 35 times — the average savings account, based on a 0.06% average reported by CNN Money.

Varo goes easy on the fees, too. As long as you use one of its 55,000 ATMs across the world, you’ll never pay fees.

Additionally, you’ll pay no monthly service fees, no minimum balance fees, no foreign transaction fees and no cash replacement fees. You’ll just pay any fees charged by out-of-network ATMs and cash deposit fees if you deposit cash in-store through Green Dot.

How much money can you make? If you tuck away $ 1,000 in an account with a 2.1% annual percentage yield (APY), you’ll earn an extra $ 21 this year.  

28. Use Credit Card Points

Wait a second, you say, I’m trying to make money, not spend it!

But you do have to spend money on some essentials, right? Like groceries and gas?

I can speak from personal experience that collecting points on these purchases can help you earn cash back and gift cards.

The key to this being worthwhile, though, is that you must pay off your credit card each month. Otherwise, the interest you’re paying on the balance negates any profit you’re making through point accumulation.

How much money can you make? I received $ 250 in Target gift cards last year by using points I earned on my Mastercard.

How to Make More Money at Your Job

A businessman smiles as he walks down a street talking on his cell phone

This may seem like an obvious option — you’re already making money at your job, right? (If not, find another job.) But since your employer is already a source for earning cash, why not consider it as an option for making more money?

29. Ask for More Hours (and More Money)

If you’re working a part-time job, one way to make more money is to ask for more hours.

In addition to the extra cash, a full-time position may offer more benefits, like paid time off and health insurance coverage.

Make your case for more hours with a list of current accomplishments and ways you can further help the company, suggests career strategist Emily Kapit of ReFreshYourStep.com.

“You set yourself up for the best chance of success… if you go in prepared and also positioning it as helping the manager,” Kapit said. “You’re going to feel more empowered.”

Check out this article for more tips for turning your part-time gig into a full-time job.

How much money can you make? It depends on how many additional hours you can snag. And since benefits account for 31.8% of an employee’s total compensation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, be sure to check out this article to figure out your total compensation package.

30. Ask for a Raise

Wouldn’t it be great if your boss just said, “Hey there, superstar, how’d you like a big pile of money for being awesome?”

That probably won’t happen. (And if it does, don’t do the humblebrag thing on Facebook. It’s annoying.)

If you want to ask for a raise, you should first know whether you’re in a good position to negotiate, according to Michelle Tillis Lederman, CEO of Executive Essentials and author of “The Connector’s Advantage.”

“Are you getting good assignments? Are your getting good feedback?” Lederman asked. “What was your performance-review comment? Did you exceed expectations, or did you just meet expectations?”

Before scheduling a meeting with your boss, arm yourself. Check out salary-comparison calculators on sites like Glassdoor, and document your work wins — and the approximate value they add to the company — to prove your worth. And don’t forget to check out what the competition is offering someone with a job similar to yours.

How much money can you make? Chad Busta told The Penny Hoarder he used a competing offer to negotiate with his current employer for a 6% pay raise and the ability to work from home.

More Ways to Make Money

Here’s the thing to keep in mind about making money: No matter what the flimflam artists may claim, you generally don’t make money without any effort.

But instead of dreaming about making a million dollars by posting videos of your cat on YouTube, you can realistically expect to make extra cash by putting in some time and effort.

That’s been Cherry’s experience. She says that by working a few hours every day, she’s earned money to help her family — and to enjoy a few perks.

“If I earn a certain amount of money, I say I’ll give myself 10%, and then I put it toward what I want,” she said. “It just makes me happy that I’m earning something and that I can buy myself a little extra.”

And if you’re looking for even more ways to make bank, check out our post on side jobs to make extra money.

Happy earning!

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a writer/editor for The Penny Hoarder. Find her on Twitter @TiffanyWendeln.

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Genealogical website Ancestry.com, has released 94 new and updated communities so that African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans can learn more about their roots.

Communities are part of the AncestryDNA test, which lets people from the African diaspora explore their heritage and how their ancestors migrated.

One of the new communities focuses on Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina African Americans. As per Ancestry:

“Members with this community may have ancestors that were enslaved and working on rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. When cotton fields came to the area in the late 1700s, many enslaved African Americans were brought to work those fields. Following the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II, many South Carolinians followed rail lines up North to New York and Philadelphia. This group was one of many communities that were part of the Great Migration–which was the movement of millions of African Americans during the 1900s from the South to cities in the North and West.”

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Another new AncestryDNA community centers on Louisiana Creoles and African Americans. Interestingly, Ancestry’s research finds that by 1940 more than 18% of African Americans in the Bay Area were from Louisiana.

Also expanded, are Caribbean communities, with historical information for those from Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and more. Here is an interesting tidbit from Ancestry research, “Afro-Caribbeans who moved to New York sometimes had difficulty adjusting to their new homes but by 1930 about one-third of New York’s black professionals, such as lawyers and doctors, were African Caribbeans.”

The update also has visuals and a timeline showing the migration of people from the African diaspora including a visual depicting the Great Migration—a mass exodus of African Americans fleeing the racism of the South to areas in the Northern and Western United States.

The company says the new data is based on its proprietary Genetic Communities technology. “With just the results of an AncestryDNA test, we can help unlock stories of the people and places that make up our customer’s recent family histories. These new insights, provided using our unique Genetic Communities technology, can reveal the roles and unique impact our customer’s ancestors played in history,” the company stated in a press release.

Ancestry.com faced criticism last year after a black customer discovered that his enslaved ancestors were referred to as “migrants” in his DNA search results.

“When zooming in on our African lineage from nations like Benin and the Ivory Coast, Ancestry.com suggested that our ancestors had arrived in the South during the ‘migration’ of the past few hundred years,” he wrote in a petition against the company.

Andrew M. says he was “shocked and offended” to read Ancestry’s characterization of his family history. “Migration implies choice,” he explained, and “that is most certainly not what happened to my African ancestors who came here in the hull of a ship like chattel only to be sold into slavery when they arrived.”

Ancestry.com issued an apology at the time. “We apologize for the language used on our website to describe the historic movements of people from one place to another,” said Nat Natarajan, Ancestry executive vice president of Product and Technology at the time. “We understand that not all of the movements of people through history—including Africans brought as slaves to the United States—were made voluntarily. We will make changes to ensure the language on our site more accurately describes these events in history.” The company also changed the language it used in reference to enslaved people on its site.

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Getting an Eminem feature is just as rare today as it was in the early 00’s so best believe when an artist gets a verse from Mr. Mather’s he’s going to try to shoot that clip ASAP like a Harlem representative.

This time around it was Compton’s own Boogie that was able to get Slim Shady in the booth for the cut “Rainy Days” and for their video the two find themselves in a room riddled with writings and an occasional stormy cloud.

On a softer note, Ari Lennox and J. Cole link up for the visual to “Shea Butter Baby” where we watch how a passionate relationship is supposed to play out at any given moment.

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BOOGIE FT. EMINEM – “RAINY DAYS”

ARI LENNOX FT. J. COLE – “SHEA BUTTER BABY”

YOUNG BUCK – “IT’S ALRIGHT”

WIZ KHALIFA & CURREN$ Y – “PLOT TWIST”

LLOYD FT. CITY GIRLS – “CARAMEL”

KEHLANI FT. DOM KENNEDY – “NUNYA”

HARRY HUDSON & JADEN SMITH – “JUST SLIDE”

SADAT X & EL DA SENSEI – “POWER MOVES”

SPRAGGA BENZ, SEAN PAUL, AGENT SASCO & CHI CHING CHING – “DIFFER REMIX”

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This Actor Is Saving More Than $1,100/Year — Just by Switching Car Insurance

When you’re watching the big screen, or the little one for that matter, you probably don’t think about actors’ daily lives. Believe it or not, most of them deal with the same day-to-day hassles you do.

They have to find time to eat and sleep. They continuously search for work. And, just like the rest of us, they have to pay bills.

For Kevin Gerdes, a 32-year-old professional actor living in Los Angeles (whom you might have seen in the 2016 Oscar-nominated movie “Lion”), keeping his bills under control is a constant effort.

“I work in an industry where, when you’re not working, you’re not getting paid,” says Gerdes. “I don’t know when I’ll have another job.”

When his car insurance rates with State Farm climbed from $ 186 per month up to $ 220 in about one year, and then jumped again to $ 240, he knew it was time to find a better insurance company. Is finding cheap auto insurance with great coverage like looking for Harrison Ford’s chops on a B-list budget?

One Company’s Performance Saved Him Almost $ 100/Month

As an actor, Gerdes is used to putting himself out there and competing with other actors to get the part. What’s the key? Simply be the best fit for the part.

State Farm says on its website insurance costs are rising due to distracted drivers, more miles being driven and higher costs to repair vehicles. In other words, Gerdes was supposed to pay more because of factors beyond his control. As he watched his car insurance hike upward, through no fault of his own, late last summer, he decided to let the car insurance companies do the auditioning.

“I thought, ‘This is absurd,’” he says. “I went to all the sites.”

All he wanted was the same insurance coverage without the ridiculous cost.

“I came across Clearcover, and they gave me a quote for the exact same insurance for $ 146,” he says.

That’s a savings of $ 94 per month off his $ 240 rate. That stacks up to $ 1,128 back in Gerdes pocket over a year.

This Company Puts Expenses on the Cutting Room Floor

An illustration of a car on a loop of movie film.

What Gerdes wanted was to pay for coverage he might need in case he had an actual claim. That’s what Clearcover provides. The company avoids wasteful spending on its end, so its customers can pay less for coverage. Simple, right?

“It was really easy,” he says. “You go to the website, and you can sign up right away. I was like, ‘Whoa, I just signed up for new insurance.’ It’s just done. No phone call.”

Clearcover lets you access your account through its mobile app, so Gerdes can file a claim digitally and get repaid faster if. Plus, it does a lot of cool things you won’t find at other auto insurance companies, such as:

  • The Quick View ID Card lets you keep your insurance ID right on your phone, even when you don’t have cell service — you know, for when you have a fender bender in the forest.
  • Alternate Transportation Coverage gives you $ 50 per day cash in-hand so you can decide how to get around when your car is being repaired. If you want to save a few bucks by riding the bus, that’s your call.
  • Digital Claims let you can file a claim right in the Clearcover app — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even though he hasn’t needed to file a claim, Gerdes liked the idea of alternate transportation coverage. If he

“I like to know that if my car is getting worked on because of an accident…” he says. “I can just use Uber and not put gas in someone else’s car.”

A Lower Bill Helps Him Keep Living His Dream

“I think the one thing with insurance is that it’s not something you really feel until you need it,” Gerdes says. “Until then, it feels like you’re throwing money away.”

He needs to keep an eye on his bills, because paydays are not always consistent. Getting his car insurance under control helps him keep his car on the road so he can make it to work and auditions.

“That savings makes a huge difference in paying my other bills,” he says. “It’s a sense of security for me.”

If you’re looking for car insurance that won’t steal the spotlight or bogart your cash, see how Clearcover can help you save 20% to 40% on your premiums simply by not paying for the stuff you don’t need.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

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Captain Marvel tickets are now on sale, and while we wait for the release of the highly anticipated next entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s time to watch a Toon Sandwich animated parody of the movie, in which the titular hero’s biggest weapon is her snarky attitude:

 

 

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The Week in Movie News: First ‘Frozen 2’ Trailer; New ‘Terminator’ Title and More

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Terminator 6 has a new name: The next installment in the Terminator franchise, a retconning reboot that will bring back Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, has a new working title: Terminator: Dark Fate. Find out everything else we know about the sequel here.

 

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Effective self-control strategies involve much more than willpower

It’s mid-February, around the time that most people waver in their commitment to the resolutions they’ve made for the new year. Many of these resolutions require us to forego a behavior we want to engage in for the one we think we should engage in. In a new report, leading researchers in behavioral science propose a new framework that outlines different types of self-control strategies and emphasizes that self-control entails more than sheer willpower to be effective.
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50 Cent Sets His Gucci Clothes On Fire And Jamie Foxx Comes Through With More Altering Suggestions

The Gucci brand found itself in hot water after the blackface scandal. Now, 50 Cent sets his Gucci clothes on fire and posts it on Instagram. Watch his video below.

‘I gotta get rid of all the Gucci I have at home. I’m not supporting their brand anymore. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bellator,’ 50 Cent captioned her post.

Someone addressed rapper Tip and said ‘@troubleman31 ya should have a “Burn The House Down” (or similar clever name event where ya bring all your name brand clothes (those involved) and burn it!!! Make money off THEM! #FlipTheScript‼ @50cent … IF YOU AGREE REPLY TO THIS COMMENT & TAG YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST #ActionsSpeakLouderThanWords 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💯💯💯💯💯

Someone has a proposal for 50 Cent and said: ‘@50cent why not buy up more of their brands and take it to the slumps or war-wrecked countries, make the video of you donating their brands to this homeless war wrecked people, make a video documentary till the Gucci turns to rags within few days, then send this video out. Gucci is then for the poor.’

Another follower bashed him and said ‘This is an act of stupidity, there are less privileged out there, and you are here burning down Gucci what of dollars and you want us to clap for you.’

Here’s another similar opinion: ‘Like I said people like this and @troubleman31 are dumb as hell, burning your Gucci clothes that u spent ur hard earned money on? Hating on a brand that made a mistake, took it down and apologized immediately right after, then hating and bashing another brother cause he wanted to shop there minding his own? It doesn’t matter what Gucci did it’s how we as a people took it if Floyd wanna shop there that’s his damn choice how u gonna tell another man where he can spend his bread? This shit wack and corny what y’all doing, people, black & white still shop there and work in there as well, what u Gonna do hate Gucci’s forever. This is very low.’

Even Jamie Foxx commented on his post and here’s what he had to say.

One of The Shade Room’s followers said that ‘He should have donated it to the homeless. It’s already been purchased so what’s the harm in making some good out of a bad situation.’

What do you think about 50 Cent’s latest action?

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McCabe describes more Russia-related intimidation by Trump

In an excerpt published in the Atlantic, Andrew McCabe says President Trump brought up his wife’s failed state Senate campaign in their first conversation after he became acting FBI director. It’s difficult not to read that as Trump trying to lean on him.
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Young Dolph “On God,” Shaggy “Use Me” & More | Daily Visuals 2.13.19

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We’re less than a day away from Valentine’s Day and if you find yourself by your lonesome, fear not, Young Dolph has many women to choose from. For him, not for you.

In his video for “On God,” Young Dolph finds himself in the UK where he roams the streets with a bevy of half-naked young women that are capable of throwing Austin Powers off his spy game.

Shaggy meanwhile drops some lovey dovey tunes and for his clip to “Use Me” focuses on the ups and downs of different relationships. Was half expecting him to steal all those unhappy women by the end of the clip.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Lil Baby and Gunna, Normani and 6lack, and more.

YOUNG DOLPH – “ON GOD”

SHAGGY – “USE ME”

LIL BABY & GUNNA – “CLOSE FRIENDS”

NORMANI & 6LACK – “WAVES”

BUDDY FT. 03 GREEDO – “CUBICLE”

PATRIK – “DIAMONDS”

RICO LOVE – “SHINE”

INNANET JAMES FT. TILAWHOAH – “MEMORIES”

CONWAY & FLEE LORD – “G MONEY ON THE ROOF”

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More than 1 million people cut the cord during the most recent quarter

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Dish Network announced today that it shed 334,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter, with a substantial portion of the departures being attributed to the ongoing dispute with HBO that’s caused HBO programming to be blacked out for Dish subscribers.

If that wasn’t enough, Dish president and CEO Erik Carlson added that there’s been essentially no progress in talks with HBO over the blackout — the first in Dish’s almost 50-year history, which likely spooked many subscribers to go ahead and cancel especially with April’s season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones getting closer and closer.

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From Gucci’s Blackface Sweater to Beyoncé Sambo Coat: 5 More Times Fashion Met Racism

Fashion is art; and art, of course, can be controversial. But when does edgy fashion become overt racism? Fashion house Gucci ignited a firestorm recently by selling a black balaclava sweater that many say bears the racist emblem of the black Sambo caricature. And Prada recently faced backlash after selling monkey-faced keychains that many saw as a mocking blackface design.

Anger over blackface and racial mocking have become even more intense of late with revelations that several Virginia politicians have dressed in blackface in their pasts. Here are other missteps by brands or celebrities when a fashion statement went awry.

5 More Times When Fashion Met Racism 

H&M’s “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” Ad

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In Jan 2018, H&M releases an ad featuring a black child modeling a green hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase “coolest monkey in the jungle.” Social media users vowed to stop shopping at the retail giant while others blasted marketing executives for approving the image despite the ugly history of using “monkey” as an ethnic slur against black people. The retailer issued an apology and removed the ad from its website

Moschino Racially Profiles Black Customers

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A former employee at a Moschino boutique in West Hollywood, California, filed a lawsuit against the Italian luxury clothing company for racial discrimination. According to the employee, a store supervisor would call black clientele “Serena” and ordered employees to follow and watch them closely if they weren’t wearing diamonds or name brand clothing.

Moncler Jacket’s Penguin Face – Racist? 

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Outerwear apparel-maker Moncler was scrutinized for a design on one of its coats that led many to liken it to a Sambo image. The company defended itself by saying the image was actually the face of its penguin character.

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Port 1961, a high-fashion brand based in Canada, found itself in a public relations predicament when black models walking down the runway sporting sweaters that read, “Every Color Matters” and “Only Love Matters,” in one of the brand’s fashion shows.

Beyoncé Gets Side Eye for “Sambo Coat”

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During All-Star Weekend in 2015, Beyoncé was spotted donning a Scooter LaForge trench coat, evoking some raised eyebrows. The coat, which retails for $ 320, features a custom-painted depiction of a smiling clown that some are describing as the often controversial, black-face character Sambo.

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Kareem Hunt to Browns: How he fits, status with NFL and more

The Browns are giving running back Kareem Hunt a second chance. Here’s what needs to happen for him to play again and what that means for Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson.
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It will take more than a tax on the rich to fix the wealth gap, says former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

The call to increase taxes on the wealthy has been gaining steam — but that isn't enough to stop to the growing wealth and income gap in America, says Democratic former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
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‘Good Trouble’ Scoop: More Fan Fave Returns, Callie & Gael’s Relationship Status & More

Are you totally obsessed with ‘Good Trouble’? Same. Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about what’s coming up in future episodes. Get ready to see familiar faces!

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Bassett, Boseman And More Added To Oscars Presenter Lineup

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who needs a host when Wakanda is coming to the Academy Awards? “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman and Angela Bassett have been added to the starry list of presenters for the 91st Oscars.

Producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss on Monday announced a new batch of talent confirmed to take the stage at the Dolby Theater on Feb. 24 including Samuel L. Jackson, Javier Bardem, Emilia Clarke, James McAvoy, Laura Dern, Sarah Paulson and Melissa McCarthy.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” stars Stephan James and KiKi Layne will also be presenting, as will “Aquaman” himself, Jason Momoa.

They’ll join the previously announced roster of talent like Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig and last year’s acting trophy winners Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.

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Ariana, Nicki and More Stars Who Have Surprisingly Never Won a Grammy

Close, but no cigar. The 61st annual Grammy Awards are right around the corner, and the question of who will take home a trophy is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead this year’s nominations with eight and seven, respectively, while Cardi B, Maren Morris and Lady Gaga scored five nods each. On Monday, January 28, what was touted on social media as a list of 2019 winners leaked online, but Us Weekly confirmed that the list was false.

“There is no legitimacy to this,” a Recording Academy spokesperson told Us on the following day. “Grammy Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by [accounting firm] Deloitte in sealed envelopes.”

That being said, musicians who are nominated at the 2019 Grammys can do nothing but wait until the show airs on Sunday, February 10, to see if their names are called. Many artists such as Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello would become first-time winners if they are given a trophy at this year’s show.

But winning a Grammy Award is easier said than done. Some stars have been nominated for Grammys more than a dozen times, but have yet to hear their name called during the event.

From Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg to Queen and Katy Perry, keep scrolling to see which artists have shockingly never won a Grammy.

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Wicked this way comes in 2021: After many years of Universal planning for a movie version of Wicked, the musical adaptation has set a release date for December 2021 with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry at the helm. Find out everything we know about the movie here.

 

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How To Turn More Leads Into Completed Projects: Nurturing Home Improvement Leads in 2019

Chances are you’re not going to get a signed contract back on the day you make contact with a home improvement lead—even if your work is wildly impressive, the client is completely enamored by your professionalism and demeanor, and your references are squeaky clean.

No matter how ready you are for the project, a contractor lead is cautious to invest heavily in their home improvement project right away—and that’s perfectly okay. At Modernize, we regularly speak with homeowners who look to us for guidance in the sometimes murky and confusing home improvement market. Our data shows that more than a third of homeowners will not begin the project they’re considering within 30 days of making contact with us or with a contractor.

And yet, you can’t sit idly by and wait for the work to begin—the client expects to develop a relationship with you during this incubation period. Use this opportunity to nurture their comfort and earn their trust. You need to balance a deliberate approach with patient execution to interact profitably in the home improvement market. Done correctly, you will have successfully constructed a pipeline feeding in high intent home improvement leads. Subsequently, you will compile satisfied customers who return and refer you for more work. Once rolling, this ball will keep you occupied since new work will sidle in as current work is coming to a close.

Contractors must embrace digital marketing in 2019

While services like ours are paramount to a successful marketing approach in the digital age, there are some things you can do right now to better and more regularly foster relationships with the vast world of homeowners who may have tapped you for your hard earned reputation but have not yet chosen the perfect fit.

When nearly nine of out ten people are finding their contractors online, that’s where the game is played. And when on top of that, 98 percent of homeowners pick a contractor from the first page of results they see on the Internet, merely existing online is not enough — you have to stand out. Despite this demand, data shows just one percent of contractors say they utilize social media.

Here are three broad goals you should set for yourself in 2019:

  1. Develop a strategy to utilize social media.
  2. Optimize the way your business appears in online searches.
  3. And structure a 40-40-20 rule, which reasons that you should offer customers value in exchange for their attention.
    1. Spend 40 percent of your time posting helpful information
    2. Spend 40 percent of your time directly interacting with customers
    3. And spend 20 percent of your time promoting your brand.

Every conversation should be a marketing tool for you

On the phone, chatting, or exchanging emails? Good. But remember: The client is still in the discovery phase and learning the lay of the land. Be ready with information but also be ready to listen. When a customer is talking (or typing), think about that 40-40-20 rule as you navigate them through the initial phases of their journey and potentially into a professional relationship with you—your goal is an in-person appointment for assessment and possible estimation.

  • Know your brand.
  • Rehearse the script.
  • Keep the FAQs handy.
  • Anticipate a caller’s needs.
  • And be approachable.

Be confident you’re the right contractor for the job

If you treat every potential client as a paying client, you’re not only developing trust and reliability, you’re also displaying the confidence of your product.

We’re not saying you should put too much labor or time into a client who is not paying, but you should give them the impression that this is their best bet. If they don’t take it now, they may take it later. If a client is tending away from the project, be understanding and provide information as needed — sometimes it’s okay to let a client go, just be sure they take your business card on the way out.

Then keep in touch. You’re their friend in a crowd of contractors who unfortunately might attempt to take advantage of them or act dishonestly. Stand above that and you will earn repeat business.

Tap into feedback loops from lead generation services

No one knows homeowners like Modernize does — and like anything else, homeowners and their homes are ever changing and evolving, both technologically and culturally.

We are constantly talking to homeowners before, during, and after their home improvement projects. While the reality is that many contractors are not tapping into the potential of data and its resulting analytics, the most successful contractors in the industry are beginning to make the move: More and more contractors are turning to lead generation services like Modernize to complete more projects each year. Here’s where we stand:

  • 1.5 million homeowners found their contractors through Modernize in 2017
  • And that’s, in turn, earned $ 1.5 billion for those contractors.

We use the thousands of surveys homeowners submit to us to learn more about homeowner needs and challenges in the home improvement space — whether for solar, roofing, HVAC, windows, or other projects. Learn more about our most recent findings: the Homeowner Survey Index: Q4 2018.

Whether it’s starting your online efforts from scratch or diving into your decades of experience to discern trends and help you sharpen your client base, learn more about us today and find out how we can help you.

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FDA Alerts More Doctors Of Rare Cancer With Breast Implants

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials say doctors should be on the lookout for a rare cancer linked to breast implants after receiving more reports of the disease.

The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter late Wednesday to family doctors, nurses and other health professionals warning about the form of lymphoma in breast implant patients. In suspected cases, the FDA recommends laboratory testing to confirm or rule out of the disease. It’s the first time regulators have issued such a warning to doctors other than plastic surgeons.

The disease is not breast cancer, but usually forms in the scar tissue that forms around implants.

Regulators said they have identified 450 likely cases of the cancer since 2010. That’s a tiny number considering 400,000 U.S. women receive implants annually.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) turned 26 this week, just as President Trump was preparing to talk paid leave during his State of the Union address.

The Family Medical Leave Act was an important first step. Now it’s time to pass the FAMILY Act. (MomsRising)

As the most female Congress in history gets to work, lawmakers have an urgent imperative to adopt comprehensive paid family and medical leave that allows all workers to care for their families without risking their jobs or financial security. No issue is more important to moms across the country.

Moms need paid leave to care for new babies, for sure, but also to care for a spouse or sibling who is battling heart disease or a parent struggling with dementia, or to recover from illness or injury.

Not just any paid leave program will do: The U.S. needs a comprehensive, meaningful paid leave program that covers all workers, addresses the range of caregiving needs families face, expands the definition of family, provides wage replacement sufficient to allow workers with low wages to take leave and ensures that the same or comparable jobs will be there when workers return from their leave.

We expect that, as with last year’s State of the Union, Trump’s lip service to paid leave will be followed with sparse details. In the past, his paid leave proposals have fallen far short of what working families need—providing only parental leave, doing nothing for workers who need leave to care for a sick family member or to recover from illness—and the benefits they would offer would not be meaningful, and would be especially inadequate for workers with lower incomes and wages. Their eligibility rules may even exclude the new parents who need leave the most.

That is not what the country needs.

Similarly, some Republican lawmakers have offered proposals that are deeply, even fatally, flawed—because they would reinforce stereotypes about women, require workers to trade future Social Security benefits for paid leave and/or provide inadequate job protections.

That would not be what our country needs.

Twenty-six years ago, the FMLA required certain employers to provide workers with 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave to welcome a new child, care for an ill family member or recover from a serious illness. It was a vitally important starting point, but it does not meet the needs of working families or our economy today.

We need the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act to boost moms and families, strengthen our economy, improve our health and make our workplaces more equitable.

The FAMILY Act, which we expect will be introduced in both the House and Senate very soon, would create a social insurance fund with small contributions from employees and employers; provide all workers with a meaningful amount of leave to meet the full range of caregiving needs; and be affordable, cost-effective and sustainable for workers, employers and taxpayers.

We want to be clear: A paid leave program that provides only parental leave is a non-starter for the millions of MomsRising members across the country who see paid family and medical leave as top priority issue.

Congress must pass the FAMILY Act, and President Trump must sign it into law. It’s time for the U.S. to finally give moms, and all workers, access to paid family and medical leave.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is the author of Keep Marching and Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising—an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms and build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. 

Ruth Martin is the Vice President of Workplace Justice Campaigns at MomsRising.

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Who Are the Democrats Inviting to Trump’s State of the Union Speech? Victims of the Shutdown, Transgender Service Members, and More

Inviting guests to a big event can be a delicate matter–nobody wants to be left off the list–and it’s even tricker for an evening that involves the storied history of the State of the Union address. Invitations to the annual event often take on the tone of a political statement.

President Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday night. Trump will address a Congress that is deeply divided in part because of a 35-day government shutdown that followed Trump’s insistence that Congress fund a wall he wants to build along the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have invited select victims of violence, including a sixth-grader from Wilmington, Del., who was bullied at school because his last name was Trump and family members of an elderly couple from Reno, allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant.

Members of Congress are also able to invite one guest to the State of the Union address, whether that be a family member or an individual representative of the lawmaker’s platform. Axios published a guest list of people invited by Democrats. Some of those elected officials have already cast their hats into the 2020 Presidential-election ring.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California invited Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, a California air-traffic controller who lost her home during the devastating Thomas Fire in 2017, only to be furloughed during the recent government shutdown.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts invited Sajid Shahriar, a Massachusetts labor leader who, as an employee of the federal housing department, was also furloughed during the record-long government shutdown during late December and most of January.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey invited Edward Douglas, who was recently released under the First Step Act after receiving a life sentence in 2003 for selling 140 grams of cocaine.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York invited Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann, whom she described on Twitter as “the first openly transgender servicemember to be promoted in our military’s history.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also of New York, invited Ana Maria Archila, who confronted former Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator ahead of the confirmation vote on now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ed Markey of Masssachusetts, invited Varshini Prakash, the executive director and co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, an organization in support of the Green New Deal.

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will sit just behind Trump during his address, invited multiple guests, including Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died during the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a year ago; active-duty transgender service members, and Jos? Andr?s, the celebrity chef who has aided causes ranging from hurricane relief in Puerto Rico to the guy who couldn’t pronounce “flamenco” on Wheel of Fortune.

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