How The OA Became Netflix’s Most Mysterious Show

I can’t really tell you much about The OA. Netflix has asked journalists to not reveal certain plot points before the second season of its mind-bending serialized drama premieres on March 22—but even if it hadn’t, there’s just so much about this show that remains so mysterious.

Like what I’m looking at, right now, in a small screening room on the eighth floor of Netflix’s Hollywood offices, seated next to its co-creator and star, Brit Marling. From our perch on a black leather couch, we watch this season’s dizzying seventh episode in its entirety. This is “QC,” or quality control—one last check to make sure every frame and cue is just as Marling wants it, the last step before it gets beamed onto television screens in millions of living rooms. After years of writing and starring in independent films, the reach of the streaming platform that distributes her vision remains bewitching to her. It’s something she brings up again and again: just how big it is, especially when the work, to her, is so intimate.

She turns to Blake Holland, who worked on the show with her, and shakes her head. “This is the power of group storytelling,” she says. In one scene, her character, who calls herself “the OA,” which stands for Original Angel, takes a bath and remembers being underwater in a traumatic childhood incident. They had tried many complicated visual effects to show the OA shifting from her present–day experience into memory, and eventually settled on just changing the color of the water to the blue that she remembers from her childhood. It’s a subtle but powerful trick. “It feels like the way you move through memory,” Marling says, satisfied.

She and her co-creator, Zal Batmanglij, exhaustively developed the world of the show before selling it, resulting in a multiple-network bidding war; it’s disorienting, now, to hear her talking offscreen about cuts and visual effects. They feel like such earthly concerns, while Marling, an ethereal presence in the role of a woman with divine gifts, seems so thoroughly not of this world. Neither is her show.

The first season of The OA opened with a tantalizing premise: A young woman, Prairie Johnson (Marling) returns home to her adoptive parents nearly a decade after disappearing. When she left home she was blind; now she can see. She rounds up a band of teenage boys from her neighborhood, along with a middle-aged teacher from their school and—like a suburban Scheherazade—tells them a tale over many nights of how, after a brush with death as a child, she spent years imprisoned in an under-ground bunker by a scientist obsessed with studying people who had survived near-death experiences. Eventually, she and her fellow captives discovered a series of kinetic movements, like a modern dance sequence, that, when performed together, could transport them to other dimensions.

If this sounds weird, well, it is. Viewers were divided on the show; some critics read it as another fantastical puzzle box for fans to solve, like Stranger Things or Westworld, and indeed, the show spawned endless -message-board threads unpacking its seemingly unsolvable plot. But The OA is earnest as it lays out its mythology, like it’s daring you to reconsider how much magic might be possible in the real world.

The second season takes more risks, picking up in the alternate reality that the OA and some of her friends have arrived in, and introducing a new mystery that pushes the show into noirish territory, threading the supernatural and the divine into an old-fashioned potboiler. It also features inter-dimensional travel, a mansion that drives people insane, a sinister augmented-reality video game and a giant talking octopus. The first time I watched the episode with the octopus, I didn’t get it. The second time, I still didn’t get it, but the sight of that octopus made me burst into tears for reasons I couldn’t entirely explain.

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In the airy Silver Lake writers’ room where Marling and Batmanglij sit for an interview, there are sheets of fabric covering whiteboards where the two have done a post-mortem recap of the second season, which I’m not supposed to see. “Before it reaches the world, we ask: What were the risks we took that landed, and which ones didn’t?” Marling tells me.

“It’s never the ideas themselves,” Batmanglij says. “They exist in some other space, and they’re perfect. But sometimes in the translation of the ideas, there’s a lack of clarity.” That’s what they’re trying to identify, in what Batmanglij calls the “unpasteurized” space before the show comes out and hordes of fans and critics start reacting to it.

Batmanglij and Marling met at Georgetown University, where they both studied. They went on to work together on well-received independent films including Sound of My Voice and The East—both written together, starring Marling and directed by Batmanglij. Their work is at turns dreamlike and anxious, particularly about the ways in which magnetic people wield influence.

The second season of The OA turns that lens on Silicon Valley, home to so many tech lions who have been credited with changing the world. One key story line involves a tech mogul (played by Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser) who has possibly nefarious aims.

“Have you seen those photos from the ’40s where people are smoking in a movie theater?” Batmanglij asks. “I think that’s how we’re going to look back at this era. In every public space, everyone has their head down on their phone. Including me.”

As they conceived of the second season, they were fascinated by San Francisco. “It’s the epicenter of technology, and has been since the Gold Rush, but it’s also a peninsula surrounded by water and huge old-growth trees,” Marling says. “We liked the idea of a narrative in which we were inside both those spaces and absorbing both of their intelligences.”

This tension—between the new and the ancient, the synthetic and the natural, the earthly and the divine—is in the DNA of the show. In the first season, a scientist was studying people who believed, rightly or not, that they had supernatural abilities; in this season, tech plutocrats may be trying to exploit them. Marling tells me she read about Maasai warriors in Africa who, when separated, would dream of one another in a particular geographical location, then wake up, start walking and eventually find each other there. “Why don’t we believe in that, but we believe in texting?” she asks. “Why do most of us hear that, cross our arms and say, ‘Ah, but did they really? Was there a white male scientist with them? How was this measured?’ We want empirical proof, and yet we send each other 1s and 0s through space all day and we just believe.”

As an Angeleno who has a collection of crystals and has visited more than one energy healer, this line of thought resonates with me—but it turns out my personal views might be wackier than either of theirs. “A lot of people dub our work as New Age,” Batmanglij says. “But for some reason, they don’t dub Stan Lee’s work that way. I don’t understand how our story can be so bonkers, but Captain Marvel isn’t. A lot of the ideas in The OA that seem outlandish are just normalizing as the years go by.”

“It only scares us,” Marling says, “because we are shamed into accepting that the only valuable intelligence is that of the Excel spreadsheet.”

Back at Netflix, as we are leaving the screening, Marling and I start chatting-—it’s meant to be just a few minutes, before we go across town to the writers’ room—but we end up talking for nearly an hour: about the development process; about how streaming services have upended the parameters of genre and form that have defined film and television for decades; about how the first season was about how trauma lives in the body; about the way science and spirituality sometimes seem like different vocabularies to describe the same phenomena; about why her show’s radical sincerity made it such a polarizing viewing experience; and about all the things that her show both does and does not say. This conversation doesn’t feel like an interview. It feels forensic: like two people interrogating why a thing works the way it does, even though she’s the one who created it and all I did was watch it. I want to understand her intentions in making this show—about what she was trying to say. But Marling insists that I have it backward: the more she told this story, the more the story had to say to her. It was more like receiving the story than anything else, she says. I believe her.

I record that conversation on my phone. But when I get home, I can’t open the audio file; it just won’t play. I try moving it onto my computer. I try to convert it, to edit it. Nothing works.

You could say my phone just glitched, and maybe it did. But to me it feels like there were other, invisible forces at play—like the purpose of that conversation was for us to really see each other, not for me to write an article. I know that sounds New Age. But Mercury’s in retrograde. Some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved.


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The most romantic wedding proposal spots in the world

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The best way to work out whether you’ve met the love of your life or not is to take a few notes by a man by the name of Eminem. Yes, if your knees are weak, your palms are sweaty, and the person in question does a mean recreation of your mom’s spaghetti, then you just know you’ve got a keeper on your hands. But instead of staying boyfriend and girlfriend all your life, why don’t you put a ring on it? A proposal is one of the most romantic things you could ever do, but don’t just get engaged in your local park.

Bow Bridge, Central Park, New York City

Every year, countless couples make their way to New York City to embrace the romance and the love of the Big Apple. Of course, this place isn’t just a concrete jungle. While some people choose to get engaged on top of the Rock or up the Empire State Building, there are others who want something more intimate and natural. This is where the Bow Bridge comes into play. This beautiful bridge is surrounded by flowers, trees, and water, and it looks like it’s straight out of the movies.

Shakros Rock, Santorini

Santorini is arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece, and this island offers incredible white buildings with their trademark blue roofs, alongside endless views of the Adriatic. It truly is something that needs to be seen to be believed, but it also serves as an incredibly romantic proposal spot. If you can handle a short hike up to Shakros Rock, you’ll feel on top of the world as you get engaged quite literally on the top of the world.

Lake of Love, Bruges

Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate your love as you stand above the Lake of Love? Bruges is a quaint and quiet tourist destinations that offers various little nooks and crannies for you to truly enjoy your time away from the crowds. The Lake of Lake will provide a fairytale spot for your proposal take place, and it would be hard for anyone to say no when they are surrounded by overhanging trees and turreted houses.

The Shard, London

There’s something about getting engaged up in the air that makes it that extra bit special, which is why The Shard has become an extremely popular and romantic proposal site. With 360-degree views over the city of London, The Shard not only offers beautiful scenery, but it also offers a bar and restaurant for you to celebrate your engagement after they scream “yes” at the top of their lungs. What more could you want?

Under the Northern Lights, Iceland

Of course, the Northern Lights can’t just be seen in Iceland, but Iceland is a particular favorite of ours. The country is like another world, and the color-changing skies will be the perfect backdrop to your proposal. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that can only be seen at certain times of the year, which means that your proposal will be extra special.

So, which one will become your engagement venue?

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The 10 Most Exciting March Madness Match-Ups That Could Happen During the 2019 NCAA Tournament

The NCAA tournament, March Madness, the Big Dance, whatever you want to call it, it’s the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball fans.

Selection Sunday has come and gone and the field of 64 Division I men’s basketball teams that will compete for the 2019 National Championship is set— with the exception of the four teams that will be determined by play-in games on Tuesday and Wednesday, of course. This year’s Final Four will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. from April 6 – 8, with the national championship title game set for Monday, April 8.

In the mix this March are three No. 1 seeds from the Atlantic Coast Conference — Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — as well as the fourth and final one-seed, Gonzaga, and a slew of other programs gunning for an upset against the four top-ranked teams.

Brackets will almost certainly be busted and at least one Cinderella story will hopefully be told as the tournament plays out, but in the meantime let’s take a look ahead at 10 of the most exciting potential match-ups that could happen in the 2019 NCAA tournament.

Match-up: Tennessee (2) vs. Purdue (3)

Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on March 17, 2019.
Matthew Maxey—Icon Sportswire/Getty ImagesTennessee Volunteers guard Jordan Bone watches the final seconds tick off the clock during the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on March 17, 2019.

Round: Sweet Sixteen

The Volunteers and Boilermakers may not be defensive powerhouses — their defenses are ranked 34th and 32nd in the nation, respectively, according to KenPom — but with the No. 3 and No. 5 offenses in play, this could be a high-scoring second weekend match-up to look out for.

Match-up: Duke (1) vs. Virginia Tech (4)

Wabissa Bede #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs past Jordan Goldwire #14 and Marques Bolden #20 of the Duke Blue Devils at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia on February 26, 2019.
Lauren Rakes—Getty ImagesWabissa Bede #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs past Jordan Goldwire #14 and Marques Bolden #20 of the Duke Blue Devils at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia on February 26, 2019.

Round: Sweet Sixteen

The Hokies pulled off a decisive upset when they came up against the Blue Devils during regular-season conference play in February. Of course, the caveat to that win is that Duke’s star freshman, Zion Williamson, sat the game out with a sprained right knee. Williamson is back and slamming down more dunks than ever, but that doesn’t mean Virginia Tech won’t somehow find an answer to the Blue Devils’ 6-foot-7-inch, 285-pound forward.

Match-up: North Carolina (1) vs. Kentucky (2)

North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye #32 handles the ball against Kentucky Wildcats forward PJ Washington #25 during the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on December 22, 2018.
Quinn Harris—Icon Sportswire/Getty ImagesNorth Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye #32 handles the ball against Kentucky Wildcats forward PJ Washington #25 during the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on December 22, 2018.

Round: Elite Eight

When these two storied basketball programs last met in March, North Carolina’s Luke Maye hit the game-winning shot with just 0.3 seconds left to send the Tar Heels to the Final Four on the way to their 2017 National Championship. Not to mention that the 2018 CBS Sports Classic game that these two played in December came down to the final minutes — Kentucky pulled off the win. An Elite Eight match-up between the one and two-seeds in the Midwest would almost certainly be another one for the books.

Match-up: Duke (1) vs. Michigan State (2)

Michigan State Spartans guard Foster Loyer #3 and Michigan State Spartans players celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten Tournament Championship game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center in Chicago, IL on March 17, 2019.
Robin Alam—Icon Sportswire/Getty ImagesMichigan State Spartans guard Foster Loyer #3 and Michigan State Spartans players celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten Tournament Championship game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center in Chicago, IL on March 17, 2019.

Round: Elite Eight

Straight off a come-from-behind victory against their in-state rival Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Championship, Michigan State is entering the NCAA tournament on a hot streak. The only bad news is that the Spartans’ Kyle Ahrens suffered a gruesome ankle injury in Sunday’s game that could keep him on the bench for the remainder of the season. As the No. 1 overall seed, the Blue Devils are going to be a force to be reckoned with for any team, let alone one that isn’t at full strength.

Match-up: Virginia (1) vs. Villanova (6)

Phil Booth #5 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates the 74-72 win over the Seton Hall Pirates during the Big East Championship Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 16, 2019.
Elsa—Getty ImagesPhil Booth #5 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates the 74-72 win over the Seton Hall Pirates during the Big East Championship Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 16, 2019.

Round: Elite Eight

After battling through a late-season slump to win the Big East Tournament Championship, Villanova could easily turn out to be one of the most dangerous teams ranked below the top three seed lines in this year’s tournament. On the other hand, after losing to the No. 16-seeded UMBC Golden Retrievers in the first-round of last year — a historic March Madness upset — the Cavaliers are back at No. 1 with something to prove.

Match-up: Kentucky (2) vs. Kansas (4)

Lagerald Vick #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on January 26, 2019.
Andy Lyons—Getty ImagesLagerald Vick #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on January 26, 2019.

Round: Elite Eight

If one-seed North Carolina and current-Tar-Heel-former-Jayhawk coach Roy Williams fall to Kansas in a Sweet Sixteen game that is set to take play at Kansas City’s Sprint Center — an arena that would essentially give Kansas a home-court advantage — a Kentucky-Kansas match-up in the Elite Eight could very well be in the cards. The Wildcats topped the Jayhawks by just eight points when the two teams faced off in January, so with a spot in the Final Four at stake, this rematch would likely be a showstopper.

Match-up: Gonzaga (1) vs. Michigan (2)

Rui Hachimura #21 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs brings the ball up the court against the Pepperdine Waves during a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 11, 2019.
Ethan Miller—Getty ImagesRui Hachimura #21 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs brings the ball up the court against the Pepperdine Waves during a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 11, 2019.

Round: Elite Eight

As the losers of the 2017 and 2018 National Championships, Gonzaga and Michigan are both itching to make it back to the championship title game for a shot at redemption. But to get there, the two may first have to face each other in an Elite Eight game that would pit the nation’s No. 1-ranked offense (Bulldogs) against the No. 2-ranked defense (Wolverines).

Match-up: Virginia (1) vs. North Carolina (1)

Kenny Williams #24 of the North Carolina Tar Heels takes a three-point shot against the Virginia Cavaliers during their game at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 11, 2019 .
Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesKenny Williams #24 of the North Carolina Tar Heels takes a three-point shot against the Virginia Cavaliers during their game at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 11, 2019 .

Round: Final Four

The Cavaliers came out on top the first and only time that Virginia and North Carolina met during the regular season, but it’s always a showdown when these two ACC powerhouses go head to head. The Cavaliers thrive at a slower pace while the Tar Heels like to race down the court at breakneck speed, so the outcome of this Final Four match-up would likely depend on who controls the tempo of the game

Match-up: Michigan (2) vs. Michigan State (2)

Ignas Brazdeikis #13 of the Michigan Wolverines dribbles the ball while being guarded by Aaron Henry #11 of the Michigan State Spartans in the second half during the championship game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 2019.
Jonathan Daniel—Getty ImagesIgnas Brazdeikis #13 of the Michigan Wolverines dribbles the ball while being guarded by Aaron Henry #11 of the Michigan State Spartans in the second half during the championship game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 2019.

Round: Final Four

If both Michigan State and Michigan manage to knock out the No. 1 seeds in their regions (Duke and Gonzaga, respectively) — or another team does the job for them first — a Big Ten Tournament Championship rematch could prove to be one of the tournament’s most exciting games. Only this time, the Spartans and Wolverines would be competing for a chance to play in the 2019 National Championship.

Match-up: Duke (1) vs. North Carolina (1)

North Carolina Tar Heels forward Nassir Little #5 shoots over Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett #5 during the ACC basketball tournament between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC on March 15, 2019.
Icon Sportswire—Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesNorth Carolina Tar Heels forward Nassir Little #5 shoots over Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett #5 during the ACC basketball tournament between the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC on March 15, 2019.

Round: National Championship

No matter either team’s record or ranking, a Duke-UNC game is high stakes any time the two Tobacco Road teams meet. Over the course of college basketball history, the two schools — both of which are among the top five winningest programs of all-time — have won a combined 38 of the 65 ACC Tournament Championships, 50 regular season ACC championships and 11 National Championships. This year alone, North Carolina swept Duke to win a share of the ACC regular season championship before Duke returned the favor by edging Carolina out of the ACC Tournament with a 74-73 win in the semifinals.

All of this is to say that, for fans of either program, the idea of the Blue Devils and Tar Heels meeting in the NCAA tournament for the very first time with a national title on the line is nearly unfathomable. If these two do go head to head in the 2019 National Championship, the greatest rivalry in college basketball will skyrocket to a whole new level.

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The most beautiful travel destinations for cyclists

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Cycling allows you to enjoy some of the most amazing destinations in the world, and you can enjoy them from a completely different perspective. Hitting the open roads and dusty wastelands of the great outdoors as your legs pump like pistons and your tires drag you onward to parts unknown is one of the best ways of exploring the world and taking things further.

There are a lot of great places you can visit while cycling and biking destinations offer the opportunity to discover gorgeous scenery and keep fit while doing it. This is different to cycle racing, as you are taking in the world’s most picturesque places, and having a real experience. This is a list of some of the most jaw-dropping and sensational biking routes that every cyclist needs to know about right now!

Tuscany, Italy

Yes, believe it or not, Tuscany is not just a place you go to eat great food and drink delicious grape juice (wink); you can actually cycle an excellent route here. The rolling hills and sprawling vineyards of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Val d’Orcia makes for one of Europe’s most divine cycling routes. And, what better destination for refreshing pit stops than Italy’s famed vineyard region?!

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the most striking, stunning, and unforgettable cities in the world. A place of wonderful architecture, aching beauty, and plenty to explore. Rent a bicycle and cycle along the banks beside the grey, glassy waters of the Danube River as it snakes away into the great beyond. Then head up into the hills and follow the mountain cycle trails that span 25 miles of forests, parks, dirt roads, and new discoveries. Divine.

 

New England, United States

It’s fair to say New England is one of the most stunning regions in the whole of the US, and with scenery like this, you’d be doing it an injustice not to explore it by bike. Everything about New England is better by bike, and the East Coast Greenway offers some of the best biking routes on Earth! With trails built on former railways, and some gorgeous surrounding scenery, places like Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, following routes like the National Rail Trail, Down East Sunrise Trail, and Island Line Trail, New England is an unmissable destination for cyclists.

Génolhac to Vallon Pont d’Arc, France

It’s no coincidence that the Tour de France, professional cycling’s showcase event, takes place in France. There is such beauty and diversity to the French landscape, and this is one of the most remarkable routes you can enjoy by bike. Starting in the small village of Génolhac, and cycling 42-miles across charming vistas, amazing towns, and picture-perfect tourist landmarks, the ride eventually ends up in Vallon Pont d’Arc. This is a stunning adventure on the breathtaking open roads of southern France.

Intrepid cyclists with a thirst for adventure and exploration need to check out the best routes on offer. There are so many incredible biking trails all over the world, and getting hands-on experience with these will really enhance and boost your enjoyment of adventure cycling.

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Gloria Boyland, One of The Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, Drives Innovation At FedEx

BLACK ENTERPRISE recently unveiled our roster of the Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, identifying the highest-ranking female executives of the nation’s largest corporations and honoring this business elite at our 14th annual Women of Power Summit. Included among the three executives representative of this group featured on the cover of our January-March issue was Gloria Boyland, corporate VP, operations and service support for FedEx Corp., which provides millions across the globe with a range of transportation, commerce and business services.

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The Savannah, Georgia native, who holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, joined FedEx in 2004 as vice president of service experience and quality in which she coordinated a range of company-wide improvement initiatives, among other areas, before rising to her current position. The following are Boyland’s responses to questions on her innovative role, career journey and advice to young professionals seeking to advance to corporate leadership:

Share with us your role as corporate vice president, operations and service support? In working with members of FedEx’s Strategic Management Committee, how do you help drive innovation and improvement throughout the organization?

As corporate vice president of operations and service support for FedEx Corporation, I am responsible for the evaluation and leadership of priority advanced operations technology initiatives, service quality improvements, customer experience improvements, and new service offerings for the company.

Technology advancements, digitalization, and the explosive growth of e-commerce require companies like FedEx to respond rapidly to rising customer expectations in a cost-effective manner. My role in the innovation space is comprised of three key parts: 1) I work closely with the members of the FedEx Strategic Management Committee to define key strategic opportunities; 2) I scan the technology space to identify optimal technology partners; and 3) I lead initiatives to achieve speed and scale, such as the recently announced FedEx SameDay Bot.

Define Quality Driven Management and how that approach is a part of the company’s DNA?

Quality Driven Management, or QDM in short, is the secret sauce to the way we work at FedEx. QDM provides a set of common principles and methods that unleashes the creativity of our worldwide team of more than 450,000 team members as we deliver on our Purple Promise to “make every FedEx experience outstanding.”  QDM is like a universal translator – no matter which global region, function or title a team member has, QDM instills in us the passion and commitment to improve customer experience and business performance.

What is it like to work with FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith? What lessons have you learned from him? How has that relationship impacted you from a professional and personal standpoint?

Mr. Smith is an amazing, transformational leader who inspires and motivates his team to perform at high levels.  He founded FedEx on a “people first” philosophy 45 years ago, and that strong corporate culture continues to be deeply embedded across the organization today. He believes that every one of our more than 450,000 team members across the globe is a vital link in the chain of success. I have learned from him how absolutely critical it is to foster loyalty, the customer’s experience and an entrepreneurial spirit with each team member.

We would like insight into your professional evolution during your formative years. What led to your interest in technology and logistics? Who and what served as your inspiration in the field? Who were your mentors?

 Over the years, I have sought and received advice and counsel from family, friends and colleagues, including my own leadership chain and the many team members who make up my organization. Research has shown that diversity of perspective is not only essential to business success, but also to personal success. I have gained perspective from the myriad of people who have mentored me throughout my career and each one was valuable in their own unique way.

 Define your management style and guiding principles.

 My direct reports are vice presidents who lead their own organizations, so I embrace a coaching management style. My team plays a vital role in the success of my overall organization – everyone matters.  At FedEx, we have adopted a new program called Coach Forward, which focuses on enhancing work performance and motivation.

I have three guiding principles: Each day, recommit to doing your best and being your best; say: do ratio must be 1:1; and, step back so others can step up. These principles ensure success and a sense of accomplishment.

BLACK ENTERPRISE has appropriately named you as one of our Most Powerful Women in Corporate America. As such, what have been some of the challenges that you faced as a woman in your career journey? How have overcoming them shaped you as a business leader?

One of my biggest personal challenges has been maintaining confidence in the midst of setbacks. It has taught me to persevere and to trust my instincts in the face of doubt from others. Persistence and patience, I have learned, are necessary as one struggles to attain and maintain relevance in the organization.  Now, as a business leader, I am confident in my decisions. I learned to find my own voice and trust in my capabilities and experience.

Provide us with your views of the state of diversity in the tech industry? How can more African American women, in particular, make gains in reaching top leadership positions in the corporate sector?

Women and minorities have a presence in the technology industry, but continue to be underrepresented as leadership roles are dominated by white and Asian men. In 2017, women made up about 26 percent of the tech industry, and black women were just 3 percent of that overall number. Leading by example, then creating opportunities for black women is the strategy for increasing our representation. We need to inspire and engage.

Leaders such as Shirley Ann Jackson at FedEx, Linda Johnson Rice at Tesla, and Debra Lee at Twitter, exemplify the importance of representation and influence through corporate board oversight and governance. Innovators like Stephanie Lampkin, founder of Blendoor, and Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, are executing the grassroots approach. Stephanie founded Blendoor to help eliminate racial bias in hiring. She is also publishing a data-driven report, BlendScore, which will rate companies on diversity and inclusion.

Maya Angelou said it well, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”  Inspiration and engagement will ignite change.

What advice do you give young professionals who aspire to achieve leadership positions in corporate America?

Be brave. Take some risk. Someone once told me never to take on a role that wasn’t fully established with a clear career path and accountabilities. I have done the exact opposite and it has served me well. We all have different paths to success. Find the path that suits you. Along the way, you’ll find people who will champion you and willingly help lift you up.

 

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Soccer Dad May Have Pulled Off the Most Hilarious Parenting Hack of All Time

One rad dad figured out a way to have his cake and eat it, too — by enjoying a soccer game while entertaining his young daughter, that is.

At a recent Atlanta United Football Club game, a father enjoyed his hot dog during the National Anthem, while showing his daughter some kind of entertainment on his iPhone as the toddler sat comfortably in contentment.

The video, originally posted on Instagram by another soccer fan, quickly gained traction on Twitter and Instagram. Some people thought the tactic was a genius parenting move.

Even the Twitter account behind Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., the team’s home stadium, voiced support for the dad’s clever move.

Atlanta United definitely backed up the father’s choices, too, asking followers to identify the fan in order to reward him with a star for his jersey.

The team did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment.

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Outside Malmstrom Air Force Base in central Montana, spread across 13,800 square miles of open plains, more than 100 intercontinental ballistic missiles stand at the ready, buried deep underground in missile silos. These Minuteman III rockets are capable of delivering nuclear warheads at least 6,000 miles away and are part of the U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear and missile arsenal.


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Most incredible waterfalls in the world

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Although we may be a little biased, the world is pretty darn beautiful. Each country is different in its landscape and its people, and we keep finding new and impressive nooks and crannies that provide us with a feast for the eyes. Yes, there are countless stunning natural phenomena in the world, and the waterfall is one of them. Just like you can never step in the same river twice, you can never clap eyes on the same waterfall twice. Each time you look it’s completely different, and these are the most incredible waterfalls in the world.

Gullfoss Falls, Iceland

If you’ve ever been to Iceland, you’ll know that there’s just so much to see and do. Everywhere you turn there’s a new icy phenomenon, and Gullfoss Falls is one of them. Largely regarded as one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, this incredible sight looks as though it simply vanishes off the face of the earth. The water rushes off the cliff face and plummets into the pool below, but it’s also a sight that changes. In the summer the waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery. In the winter, snow, and ice.

Niagara Falls, US/Canada

Niagara Falls is an enigma in the waterfall world because it actually falls between two different countries. On the one side, it resides in New York State. On the other side, it resides in Ontario, Canada. As if this wasn’t enough to make it famous, Niagara is also one of the most impressive sights in the world. This long waterfall looks even more intense when you take a boat ride just underneath the spray.

Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

New Zealand is known for being one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, and their waterfalls definitely help them maintain this reputation. Sutherland Falls takes the record as the tallest waterfall in the country, but it’s not exactly the easiest one to get to. Tourists have to hike through the Milford Track to eventually find this hidden gem, but it’s definitely worth it.

Plitvice Falls, Croatia

Although Eastern Europe isn’t exactly known for its waterfalls, there’s no doubt about the fact that the Plitvice Falls are a beautiful surprise. Located in the largest National Park in the country, this waterfall is more like a hundred waterfalls in one. One giant flow of water separates down through trees and greenery into lush pools below, and it’s truly something that needs to be seen to be believed.

Yosemite Falls, United States

Yosemite National Park is perhaps one of the most famous natural parks in the world, and the huge mountains and awesome forests have welcomed tourists for years. The piece de resistance of this park, however, is Yosemite Falls. This incredible waterfall can’t be missed, considering it falls right down the side of one of the tallest mountains in the park. As the water rushes down, it creates a spray that looks other-worldly.

If you’re a fan of waterfalls, these incredible waterfalls will certainly float your barrel.

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If you’re traveling long haul, the chances are that you will end up with a layover, especially if you are trying to save a little bit of money from going direct. A layover is often a very awkward length of time – not long enough to leave the airport, but long enough that you are likely to get bored. Here are some ways that you can make a layover work for you.

Take a nap

Traveling is exhausting, especially with time differences, so if you have a well-timed layover, why not catch some Zs? Some airports have dedicated areas, pods or chairs that are ideal for taking a snooze, but otherwise, grab a travel cushion and an eye mask and set yourself up on a bench for a few hours. Be sure to set your alarm, so you don’t miss your next flight!

Have a feast

The food on an airplane leaves little to be desired and often in an airport we head for cheap fast food options. However, there are usually really lovely restaurants offering gourmet food that is worth a try. Rather than just grabbing a snack from the closest kiosk, treat it as a special occasion and start your trip early with a full meal and a glass of something delicious!

Get your blood pumping

This involves being quite confident, but you’re unlikely to see any of these people again, so why not? Unroll your yoga mat and get some practice in. Your body will feel amazing after sitting in the cramped airplane for a few hours, and you’ll feel a lot less stressed too. If cardio is more your thing, some airports have gyms in them, or close enough to use between flights. Don’t forget to shower before boarding again!

Book a YOTEL

No, that’s not a typo, a YOTEL is a very small, yet efficient, hotel room that includes everything you need with no extra fuss. They are based in cities, but also have offerings in London Gatwick and Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Istanbul, and Singapore Changi Airports. They can be rented from four hours, and in the 75 square foot cabin, you have a shower, a bed, a desk, and even a flat-screen TV!

Treat yo’ self

Again, the secret to enjoying your layover is to treat it as an occasion. Set aside some spending money specifically for buying a few treats at the airport. You can get some great duty free bargains, so if you need some new shades or a purse, perhaps wait until the airport, or even pick up a gift for family or friends you’re going to visit. If you’re a little strapped for cash, there’s no shame in window shopping and imagining what you’d buy if you were rich.

So, next time you have a layover booked, try to see it as an opportunity, rather than a hindrance. This change in your mindset will make you feel much more positive about the traveling experience, and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling as though you have fully utilized your time.

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Well what do we have here, bargain hunters!? It looks like Amazon is feeling particularly generous this weekend because out of the blue, it slashed the prices of the two most popular Instant Pot models on the planet to 2019 lows. Well, technically the Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is within $ 2 of its 2019 low, but that’s close enough for us — clip the $ 18 coupon on the Amazon page and you’ll snag this incredible $ 100 Instant Pot for only $ 71.99. If you have a big family and you need more capacity, the $ 140 Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is down to just $ 89.99 today, which is this great model’s lowest price since Black Friday. What are you waiting for!?

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Singing for science: How the arts can help students who struggle most

Incorporating the arts — rapping, dancing, drawing — into science lessons can help low-achieving students retain more knowledge and possibly help students of all ability levels be more creative in their learning, finds a new study.
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Most Powerful Women in Corporate America

A black woman may not be the image that comes to mind for most people when they hear corporate power—and it certainly won’t be the result of a Google search—but around here, we know better. Women of color are remaking the face of leadership teams and C-suites at corporations across the country and around the globe.

So we’re celebrating the fearless female executives who have managed both to stand firm in the face of hostile corporate environments and to take the bull by the metaphorical horns, powering their careers to the top.

The recent Women in the Workplace report from McKinsey and LeanIn showed that black women receive the least support of all women (and significantly less support than men) from their managers, with just 35% reporting that their managers create opportunities for them to showcase their work, promote their contributions to others, or socialize with them outside of work. 

So how have dozens of black women overcome these obstacles to make it to the top of the corporate ladder? By owning their power, of course.

“Take ownership for your own career,” says Tracey Travis, CFO of Estée Lauder.

“You have an opportunity of readying yourself and expressing an interest in those areas that the management team is looking at in terms of valued experience and trying to build relationships with the folks that run those areas to make yourself more known.”

The 136 women on the roster make up our largest ever list of the crème of the crop of the most powerful black women in corporate America. They have succeeded by leading with performance, deeply understanding their company culture, deftly navigating the corporate landscape, and—above all—wisely wielding their power to determine their own destiny.

 

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HOW WE CHOSE THE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN CORPORATE AMERICA

 

Executives must meet the following criteria to make our roster:
  • Hold companywide and industrywide influence, each list member represents the highest-ranking executives among the following universes:
    • 1,000 largest publicly traded companies
    • 100 largest international companies with significant U.S. operations
    • S&P 500 companies
    • Largest privately held companies and institutions
    • Each executive has a direct impact on ensuring their corporations are market leaders and/or play a vital leadership role in revenue generation, profitability, market share, and strategic development. As such, they hold top-tier and executive officer positions of the entire enterprise; oversee major global, national, and regional subsidiaries and divisions; and maintain significant budget authority. Positions include those with oversight of operations, sales, marketing, talent, technological infrastructure, and product development.
  • Each executive reports directly to the CEO, COO, or the executive management team or hold positions on corporate board committees.
  • Top-tier executives who serve as corporate officers or members of the senior leadership team.
  • Women who hold C-suite positions including CEO (chief executive officer); COO (chief operating
    officer); CFO (chief financial officer); CAO (chief administrative officer); CIO/CTO (chief information
    officer/chief technology officer); or another top designation on the corporate leadership
    team, senior management group, executive committee, or corporate board. Those who hold the
    positions of Chief Compliance Officer; Chief Legal Officer and/or General Counsel and Chief Human
    Resource Officer are included. Other titles include president, general manager, executive vice
    president, or other such high-ranking positions. Using our research and reporting, BE may have
    also chosen executives based on their decision-making clout and influence within a given sector
  • All executives have held their positions as of Dec. 1, 2018.

Executives who have been excluded from our list:

  • Non-executive corporate directors—regardless of board position including chairman and lead director.
  • Executives who manage local and statewide divisions.
  • Executives who work for government agencies and entities under full government control.
  • Regardless of inclusion on the executive committee, leading executives with sole responsibility for staff functions such as corporate communications, corporate affairs, investor relations, public affairs, public policy, media relations, and community affairs.
  • Although vital to global business overall, CEOs and top executives from the BE 100s—the nation’s largest black businesses—were not included. (BE has separate rankings for the BE 100s.)

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Workplace Wellness: You Are The Most Valuable Asset of Your Business

Foggy mind in the morning. Mindless consumption of caffeinated beverages. Racing heart rates. A general feeling of being overwhelmed and feeling fatigued. These are all symptomatic of burnout that occurs in the workplace. Whether you are a C-suite executive or an entrepreneur fighting to get your business off the ground—workplace wellness and health mindfulness are vital to keeping a business thriving.

As a CEO or founder, deterioration of health can negatively impact how you run your business day-to-day; and may even run it into ruin. As the founder and CEO of your business, your company is dependent on you. The stress of being an entrepreneur requires endurance, strength, and energy. In this video from Black Enterprise‘s entrepreneur health and wellness series, “The Entrepreneurs’ Edge for Business Success,” here are important self-care health tips that all entrepreneurs, executives, and employees should follow.

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Five Most Memorable Oscar Moments: 2019 Edition

Five Most Memorable Oscar Moments: 2019 Edition

The 91st Academy Awards show was filled to the brim with touching, unique and startling highlights. Here are the five most memorable Oscar moments from last night's show.

After Queen rocked the house to start the show, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler presented the first award of the evening, in hilarious fashion.

 

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The most underrated places to visit in America

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Everyone has heard of New York and Los Angeles, so it’s little surprise they are big tourist hotspots. America is one of the most-visited countries in the world, and not everyone wants to see the major attractions. We’ve found some of the most underrated places to visit in the USA that are sure to satisfy both native and foreign tourists. Want a real taste of America? Check these places out.

Glacier National Park – Montana

Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon are the most popular national parks in America, but there are plenty more that offer as much if not more. Glacier National Park divides America and Canada and is one of the most scenic landscapes you could ever be in. The views rival Switzerland and those who love to hike can really explore the land with their own two feet. There are over 700 miles of trails for hikers to trek across and to give you that Swiss feeling there are a bunch of cabins you can stay in too!

San Antonio – Texas

San Antonio is home to the legendary story of the Alamo. It is where 200 brave Texans held off Mexican troops in a standoff for 13 days. You can visit the site where the battle took place, and some of the oldest architecture found anywhere in the USA, with buildings that date back to the 18th century. If you feel like taking a stroll, you can amble alongside the San Antonio Riverwalk, famed for its views and restaurants.

Chicago – Illinois

Yeah Chicago is one of America’s biggest cities, but people always overlook it for New York or LA. Those are great cities, but Chicago has a vibrancy about it that is hard to find elsewhere. There are a million and one great places to eat, and it’s home to the deep dish pizza. Trying one of these pies will change your life, and the way you look at pizza forever. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a minute, you can take a stroll to the beach on Lake Michigan. There is no shortage of culture here either, and Chicago has some of the best museums and galleries in the world.

Devil’s Tower – Wyoming

Devil’s Tower is a giant rock formation jutting out high into the sky. It looks like something from another planet. Devil’s Tower was the setting of the sci-fi movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and it’s something you’re unlikely to forget if you visit. Every night there are screenings of the iconic film in the shadow of the famous rock formation. If you’re on a road trip, then this is a great place to camp. It’s far enough off the beaten track that the campsites always have a spot, but not so far that you’re driving for hours to get there.

America is a huge place, and there are more places to explore than the ones everyone goes to. These are the most underrated places most people forget to visit when traveling in America.

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In a testament to its demonstrable commitment to integrity, Kaiser Permanente has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2019 by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent group that monitors business ethics.

Kaiser Permanente was one of 128 honorees worldwide, and one of only 2 organizations recognized in the Integrated Healthcare System category.

The award honors organizations whose practices improve communities, build capable and empowered workforces, and foster corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose.

“More than ever, consumers care about not only what organizations do, but how they do it,” said Vanessa Benavides, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer. “Trust is scarce, and thus, more valuable. The organizations that think, speak, and act in a way that creates and promotes a more trusting environment will thrive. The World’s Most Ethical Companies honor is recognition for the work our organization is doing to ensure a culture of trust and ethics.”

This was Kaiser Permanente’s first year participating in the selection process. Honorees are scored based on 5 key competencies: the strength of their ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance, and leadership and reputation.

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Iceberg, But Make It Fashion. Here Are 20 of Karl Lagerfeld’s Most Spectacular Chanel Fashion Shows

Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died at the age of 85 on Tuesday in Paris, leaving behind a larger-than-life legacy. Although the German-born Lagerfeld had his own eponymous line and was the creative director of Italian luxury label Fendi for over five decades, the name he’s most associated with is the French luxury house Chanel, where he served as their high-profile creative director since 1983.

During his time at Chanel, “the Kaiser” as he was nicknamed, helped transform the fashion and luxury industry as we know it, turning out collections that were as witty as they were elegant, a shining example of what it means to breathe new life into a legacy brand. To that end, Lagerfeld could draw as much inspiration from the life and times of Coco Chanel as he might from campy, colorful aspects of pop culture, as evidenced by his fantastical themes from Chanel shows that ranged from a full replica of the Eiffel Tower in the Grand Palais to a fully Chanel-branded grocery store, complete with shopping carts that show-goers stormed after the show.

In memory of Lagerfeld’s immense creative legacy, here’s a look back at his 20 most memorable Chanel shows of all time.

Fall/Winter RTW 2008: Chanel Carousel

For Chanel’s Fall/Winter RTW 2008 show, Lagerfeld constructed a full working carousel in the center of the Chanel runway, where models rode on larger-than-life replicas of the house’s famous quilted accessories after they took their turn on the runway. At the end of the show, Lagerfeld exited the rotating carousel to take his final bow.

Chanel Spring/Summer RTW 2009: 31 Rue Cambon

For Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2009 show, Lagerfeld recreated the iconic Chanel flagship store, 31 Rue Cambon, to-scale in the brand’s usual choice of venue, the Grand Palais. Lagerfeld’s wry sense of humor was on full display with the show’s soundtrack, a mix of Madness’ “Our House.”

Chanel Resort 2009: Synchronized Swimmers in Miami

Lagerfeld turned up the heat when he showed Chanel’s 2009 resort collection poolside at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Miami. While the collection was beautiful, Karl might have upstaged his own designs by asking the U.S. synchronized swimming team to do a fantastic closing performance.

Chanel Spring/Summer RTW 2010: Bucolic Beauty

Lagerfeld once again held court at the stately Grand Palais, this time to transform it into a bucolic barnyard paradise, resplendent with a Chanel-themed barn, hay bales, rockabilly high fashion, and a surprise Lily Allen performance.

Chanel Fall/Winter RTW 2010: Iceberg, But Make It Fashion

What’s cooler than cool? How about an actual iceberg, the ultimate accessory for a Winter Wonderland set that matched the shaggy, fur-embellished designs that Lagerfeld sent down the runway.

Resort 2010: Chanel Takes the Venice Lido

Lagerfeld paid homage to Chanel’s namesake designer, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel when he staged his 2010 Resort show on a boardwalk runway along the romantic Venice Lido, an enviable destination fashion show.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2013: Linlithgow Palace

Scotland served as both the locale and the muse for Lagerfeld’s Pre-Fall collection, which he showed at the darkly beautiful Linlithgow Palace. The palace, which was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, housed models who stomped down a blazing brazier-lit runway in tweeds and tartans, that honored the late monarch as much as they cheekily referenced Coco Chanel’s time spent in Scotland, with her lover, the Duke of Westminster.

CHanel Fall 2013 Couture: Post-Apocalypse Now

Science fiction took center stage at Lagerfeld’s post-apocalyptic theater for the 2013 Chanel couture show. Models walked out from a deconstructed center stage to walk between aisles of viewers who sat in theater seats in the Grand Palais.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2014: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

Full-fledged Americana might not seem like a fit for a French fashion house, but under Lagerfeld’s direction, Chanel’s annual Métiers d’Art show was one wild ride. Beginning with a drive-in movie before the show and ending with a mechanical bull at the after-party hosted at the Chanel saloon, Lagerfeld’s take on Texas was fit for a spaghetti Western, down to an unfortunate Native American headdress that drew wide criticism.

Chanel Fall/Winter RTW 2014: Grocery Shopping with Karl Lagerfeld

Going to the supermarket was no chore at the Fall/Winter 2014 Chanel show, where Karl Lagerfeld painstakingly recreated a fully-stocked grocery store with all Chanel-branded wares, ranging from household cleaning items to pasta. Following the presentation, during which models walked down “aisles” with Chanel shopping carts, attendees stormed the set to loot the grocery store’s Chanel offerings.

Spring/Summer RTW 2015: Vive la Chanel!

Lagerfeld took inspiration from protest culture with his showing for the Spring/Summer 2015 show. Models took to the Parisian “streets” of the Grand Palais for a final walk that manifested in a pseudo-protest (complete with signs that read: “He for She” and “Ladies First” as well as Jamie Bouchert leading chants with a megaphone) that brought to mind women’s liberation.

Fall 2015 Couture: Casino Chanel

Casino Royale? So last season. Welcome to Casino Chanel, where Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, and mother-daughter duo Lily-Rose Depp and Vanessa Paradis all took to the roulette tables as models slinked around them. Lagerfeld’s trademark humor was at play, with the Chanel bride resembling a very chic Elvis Presley impersonator.

Spring/Summer RTW 2016: Fly Chanel Airlines

Attendees were invited to fly high — well, high fashion, that is — with Chanel airlines at the brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 show, where the Grand Palais became an airline terminal for the world’s most stylish jet setters (traveling, of course, with some seriously enviable Chanel luggage).

Fall/Winter RTW 2017: Chanel Conquers the Last Frontier

Leave it to the Kaiser to cap off a space-themed collection with the launch of custom Chanel rocket in the Grand Palais — all set to the dulcet tones of Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” of course.

Resort 2017: Chanel in Havana, Cuba

While Chanel was critiqued for the decision to show luxury fashion (including some questionable references, like military fatigues and Che Guevara-esque berets) in the political climate, the show coincided with doors being opened to the U.S. under the Obama administration after nearly five decades.

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture: Eiffel Tower

Lagerfeld recreated the Eiffel Tower to scale for his Fall 2017 couture show for Chanel, in what might be the most on-the-nose homage to the City of Love.

Chanel Fall/Winter RTW 2018: Into the Woods

Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2018 show was a return to nature — or rather, the idea of nature, as Lagerfeld recreated a lush autumnal forest within the confines of the Grand Palais for models to show off his fall collection.

Chanel Spring/Summer RTW 2019: His Beach Is Better

Life’s a beach — at least, according to Karl Lagerfeld, who brought the beach to Paris Fashion Week by recreating a tropical escape, complete with a sandy runway, real ocean waves and an on-duty lifeguard. Models even walked barefoot and carried their Chanel shoes, natch.

Chanel Spring 2019 Couture: Villa Chanel

For Chanel’s most recent show, they created a villa that would look completely at home in the Italian countryside, a lovely complement to the show’s Rococo influences. Models strutted down the park-inspired runways with David Bowie-esque pompadours, but it was Lagerfeld’s absence at the show due to tiredness that people latched onto most about this couture collection.


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In his 1960 essay “What’s Become of Wystan?” Philip Larkin made the case that everything which had made W.H. Auden an exceptional poet was inextricable from his themes of economic and social crisis.

“Depression, strikes, the hunger marchers … Spain and China,” Larkin rattled off as Auden’s true muses. He continued, “and above all … not only the age’s properties but its obsessions: feeling inferior to the working class, a sense that things needed a new impetus from somewhere, seeing out of the corner of an eye the rise of Fascism, the persecution of the Jews, the gathering dread of the next war that was half projected guilt about the last.”

This new impetus, at least as Auden saw it, was a combination of Marxist revolution and Freudian sexual emancipation. But once he abandoned his role as the Virgilian herald of these fashionable doctrines of the Thirties and retreated into a more insular literary intellectualism after the outbreak of the Second World War and his expatriation to America, Larkin concluded, Auden ceased to be a great poet.

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February’s Super Snow Moon will be the most spectacular show of the season

February’s Super Snow Moon will be the most spectacular show of the season


February’s Super Snow Moon will be the most spectacular show of the season

Thankfully, most of us made it through January’s Super Blood Wolf Moon without sprouting fangs or tearing apart our best flannel shirts. February’s full moon will not be as eventful as January’s promised to be, but it will still be quite the spectacle. The February Super Snow Moon will peak at 10:53 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 19th, and according to Alamanac.com, this upcoming super moon is going to be the best one we’ll see all year.

The moon will be at the closest point to Earth in its orbit (known as “perigee”) on February 19th, which means the Super Snow Moon will be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2019. Unless there’s a thick covering of clouds in your area, it will be pretty hard to miss the Super Snow Moon.

This year, January, February, and March all boast full super moons. But February’s takes the cake thanks to its proximity to Earth. Just how big will the Super Snow Moon look? Almanac.com reports that a super moon can appear about 7% greater in diameter than a regular full moon. And super moons can appear 15% brighter than any normal moon.

Like we said, the Super Snow Moon is not going to allow you to miss it. You might as well look up on Monday night—and Tuesday, too.

February’s full moon is called the Snow Moon because of the heavy snowfall that occurs in the Northern (and sometimes Southern) regions of the U.S. during February. But native peoples in various areas in the U.S. call February’s full moon by other names.

Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest call this moon “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon.” The Zuni people in the Southwest call it the “No Snow in the Trails Moon.” And the Cherokee of the Southeast call this moon the “Bone Moon,” because their people consumed bones or made marrow soup during the coldest month of the year when food was short. Other Northeastern tribespeople called February’s full moon the “Hunger Moon” for this same reason.

Viewing a supermoon during dusk or dawn is the best way to get a grasp on how big it truly looks. As it rises and sets on the horizon, it looks absolutely massive compared to the trees and buildings silhouetted against it.

Although the Super Snow Moon peaks in the daylight hours of Tuesday, February 19th, we’ll still be able to see a great show the night before, on Monday, February 18th. Make a point to head outside and look upward come nightfall to see the greatest super moon of 2019. And if you’re a real trooper, wake up at dawn on Tuesday to see an even more impressive sight as the moon begins to set in the west.

Even two weeks after the super moon peaks, we’ll still be tuned into a great cosmic show. In the weeks following February’s full moon, those of us with access to a completely dark sky (that is, a sky not polluted with city light) will be able to see a strange triangle of light in the western sky above where the sun just set.

This is “false dusk” or “zodiacal light,” a phenomenon during which sunlight reflects off 4.5 billion-year-old space dust.

The Super Snow Moon a big deal, people. You’re not going to want to miss it.

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Quickbooks has quickly become one of the most popular programs to keep small businesses’ expenses and budgets in check, but it can get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. This 7-hour class can help you and your business find your footing during this tax season and for the rest of 2019.

Using Quickbook’s data, business owners can easily create reports, summaries, and analyses to keep track of customer data, vendor information, and employee progress. This class can help make all of that data more easily digestible and can even help you make sense of the financial reports and bank statements that are logged in Quickbook’s program. It’ll even help you unlock some of the newest powerful features in the 2019 version of the software.

You’ll be able to create and access important information easily, which will make the process of understanding your business’s profits, tracking loans, and staying ahead of the curve for tax season a piece of cake. Let this course untangle that web of spreadsheets for you.

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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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You can buy the most amazing designer items in this charity shop

If you love nothing more than trawling the charity shops to find a good bargain, then you might want to sit down for the news: Cancer Research UK has just opened a boutique store in Marylebone, entirely focusing on high-end fashion and homeware.

This means you’ll be able to shop a selection of designer and pre-loved pieces, which could well include vintage Chanel, Céline, Dior and more. Imagine that.

At the press preview, we spotted some lovely designer coats and suits, and don’t even get us started on the shoes and handbags. And obviously, the best bit is that all the money goes to charity, which you just can’t argue with.

Plus, you won’t need to work quite as hard to find something, as the concept is that of a high end boutique, which has been designed by Nadia Themistocleous.

The Marylebone store can be found at 24 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 4PQ.

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The Top 10 Most Comfortable Heel Brands

The Top 10 Most Comfortable Heel Brands

Here’s something we haven’t talked about in far too long, ladies — which are your top 10 most comfortable heel brands? We last did a roundup of everyone’s favorite brands for comfortable heels maaaany moons ago (2012!) and there have been some changes since… which are your favorites? While there are definitely well-known comfort brands that are maybe a bit frumpy or funky, I’ve always thought the magic lies in knowing which regular, popular brands are ALSO really comfortable… I’d love to hear your list, ladies! Here are my top 10 brands for comfortable heels — many of them have been reader favorites for years, but others may be new on your radar…

10. Affordable Comfortable Heels: Dexflex Comfort

Readers have long sung the praises of this classic comfortable, affordable heel, but the whole line gets good reviews if you’re looking for budget-friendly comfortable heels! Note that Amazon also sometimes carries the line.

Pictured above: one / two / three

9. Widely Available Comfortable Heels: Sam Edelman

Not only does this brand have a great cushioning system, but many colors are available in multiple widths and extended sizes 4-13. Other contenders here: MICHAEL Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.

We’re picturing all of the Sam Edelman heels in black, but you’ll be surprised by how many colors, prints, fabrics and textures they come in… Note that you can find them at Nordstrom, Zappos, Amazon, 6PM, Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor.

brands for comfortable heels - Sam Edelman

Pictured above: one / two / three

8 & 7. Not a Surprise Comfort Heels: Rockport & Clarks

Rockport’s Total Motion line has been a reader favorite for years, particularly because of the cushioning system that used Adidas technology. (Update: Looks like Adidas and Rockport have parted ways  — if you liked the brand in the past, stock up now!)

most comfortable heel brands - RockportRockport, pictured above: one / two / three

Clarks can definitely run on the funky side, but readers have always sworn by the brand for their intense cushioning system, and with the full price being under $ 125 (and frequent sales!) they’re definitely a great affordable option. A similar brand in this price point but not a lot of heels right now: Vionic.

 

Clarks, pictured above: one / two / three

6 & 5. Comfortable Heels You Can Buy In a Mall (Tie): Aerosoles & Naturalizer

Don’t discount these brands just because they’re available in a mall — there are great options for style, particularly trendier things. Obviously, both brands are sold at Zappos; Naturalizer is also found at Nordstrom. The Aerosoles wedge pictured below (#2) is a best seller at Zappos and occasionally comes in fun prints; for example right now you can get a black leather upper with a leopard wedge.

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Aerosoles, pictured above: one / two / three

Naturalizer’s N5 Contour system is pretty great. They describe shoes with the system as offering extra cushioning, a breathable lining, balanced heel to toe, and flexible soles, and note that they are made with lightweight but durable materials.

most comfortable heel brands - naturalizer

Naturalizer, pictured above: one / two / three

4 & 3. Stylish Heels You Didn’t Know Were Comfortable: (Tie) 1.State and Franco Sarto

Franco Sarto is old on the scene, whereas 1.State is relatively new — still, both brands are worth checking out if you want things that are a bit more on the trendy, stylish side. Another brand to keep an eye on: Marc Fisher LTD — in particular, their block heel pump is hugely popular right now.

most comfortable heel brands - Franco Sarto

Franco Sarto, pictured above: one / two / three

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1.State, pictured above: one / two / three

2. OG Comfortable Heel: Cole Haan

Cole Haan Air was, for many years, the default comfortable heel for women getting started. It was a collaboration with Nike Air! The shoes were mostly affordable (generally under $ 300!) and super stylish! There have been some fits and starts in the years since the collaboration ended but they’re still going strong. Their bow pumps are still some of the brand’s best-sellers (there’s a waterproof version now 60% off at Nordstrom!), and while Nordstrom doesn’t carry their classic 75mm heel anymore, Zappos does. The shoes pictured below are all under $ 200.

most comfortable heel brands - Cole Haan

 

Cole Haan, pictured above: one / two / three

1. Splurge-Worthy Comfortable Heels: Salvatore Ferragamo

If you’re looking for a brand with extended sizes and widths, AND open to splurging on a heel that’s $ 500-$ 700 — it’s hard to find a more reliable “fancy comfortable heel.” Readers were just talking about how most female law partners they know wear Varas (pictured below) — and there are always seasonal colors and prints or sculptural heels if you want a bit more “fashion cred.” We haven’t updated our guide to designer shoes in a long while, but other brands on my radar for comfortable heels in this price range include Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, and Aquazzura.

Pictured above: one / two / three

 

How about you, readers? What are your top 10 most comfortable heel brands? Which ones do you swear by for style AND comfort, and which ones are just so comfortable that you’re willing to sacrifice style (and maybe use them for commuting shoes)?

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Many cities in the United States receive a huge influx of visitors every year. These include both foreign and domestic tourists. Travelers interested in culture, history, shopping, adventure, or just plain experiences have cities that satisfy their needs and interests. Each city has its unique features that serve as an attraction to millions of visitors each year, year in and year out. Some cities have maintained a steady flow of visitors over the last ten years, and the numbers keep rising. The question is, what makes these cities tick? What makes millions of people flood their airports daily throughout the year? Below, we’ll look at some of the most visited cities in the U.S. in the last decade and see what they have to offer.

1. New York City

The largest city in the United States, New York definitely has a lot to offer. This is a place where you’ll find people from all regions, races, and walks of life. It’s riddled with architectural and historical monuments, including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, which are both sights that anybody visiting New York for the first time would like to see. It’s an ideal destination for fashion lovers, art enthusiasts, and foodies. Famous department stores, international designer outlets, and well-known eateries are commonplace here. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses over two million pieces, also acts as a major attraction site, alongside the American Museum of Natural History and Broadway’s many theaters and shows.

2. Las Vegas

Located in the Mojave Desert in Nevada, one word comes to mind with the mention of this city: luxury. It’s the go-to city for fun lovers who are looking to indulge in the very best of entertainment, shopping, or gambling, since the city is famous for its 24-hour casinos. It’s also known for its luxurious hotels that offer exquisite accommodation and dining experience, with an entire 2.5 mile long stretch lined with the most luxurious of them all. The nightlife here is one that sets trends for all other cities.

3. Los Angeles

Right after New York City in size, Los Angeles is the movie and TV buff heaven on earth. Easily the capital of the entertainment industry in the country, it hosts mega production studios such as Warner Brothers and Universal. Studio tours are a major attraction. It is also home to famous neighborhoods such as Hollywood and Beverly Hills. On another note, visitors also love it for its beaches that come with a pleasant climate.

4. Chicago

One of Chicago’s main attraction points is the fact that it’s culturally rich. The Art Institute of Chicago, for example, houses more that 100,000 works of art. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and has a stunning skyline, which makes it incredibly scenic. It is also an ideal destination for shoppers and foodies. Unique architecture adds to its general appeal.

5. San Francisco

San Francisco’s temperate all-year-round climate is one of the reasons that visitors keep flocking to the city all throughout the year. It’s the ideal scene for outdoor adventurers, with a food scene that includes delicious seafood at the Fisherman’s Wharf. It also has a rich culture and history that sets it apart from other cities in the country.

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The world is pretty incredible, and it seems as though we keep adding more and more to our bucket list each day. Yes, all we have to do is see a photograph online of a destination, or listen to our friend’s recent travel adventures, and we immediately want to pack our bags and explore what Mother Nature has gifted us with. However, it seems as though we’re not the only ones who get some serious FOMO about the world. Tourists flock to some of the most popular destinations in the world, but this also makes them incredibly crowded. These are the most crowded travel destinations and the best time to visit them so you can avoid becoming a sardine.

Venice, Italy

There’s no doubt about the fact that Venice is absolutely stunning. From the gondola rides along the canals to the bustling markets and town squares, this island has everything you could possibly want. Yet, a huge number of visitors make their way to this floating city every single year, and sometimes you just can’t see the wood from the trees. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to ditch your Venetian travel plans. All you have to do is visit Venice in the winter rather than the summer when the crowds have gone!

Shanghai, China

If you want to really expand your horizons, why not take a trip to China? Shanghai is a bustling metropolitan city that is full of bright lights, bubbly people, and a buzzing atmosphere. Most people make their way to Shanghai during the summer when the days are warm, and tourism is at its peak. Yet, having our shoulders jostled every minute of the day is not something we want to experience. If you want to check out every inch of this place, then it’s best to avoid the heat and visit between October and November.

Delhi, India

Everyone should visit India at least once in their lives, and Delhi is the obvious choice. This region is a conglomeration of sights, sounds, smells, and everything you could possibly need to make the most of it. However, with a population of 18.6 million and countless other tourists, it’s fair to say that it’s a bit of a squeeze in Delhi. That’s why it’s best to go in the heat of the summer if you can bear it. While the heat may be a little too hot to handle for some people, it’s incredibly quiet.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu isn’t for everyone, as it requires one heck of a trek before you reach your final destination. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop a huge number of people making their way to these Mayan ruins with their selfie sticks in hand each year. Because of this, it can be hard to enjoy the culture and the authenticity of the lost (but now found) city. That’s why it’s always best to visit this destination in November or April when the peak tourist season is over.

Looking to visit these crowded tourist destinations? You just need to do your research and choose the right time to visit!

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Sean Hayes and I are sitting in a green room on the soundstage in Los Angeles where the Will & Grace revival is being filmed. We’re talking about…I don’t know what. Everything: Liam Payne’s new song, Ben Platt’s career, my dating life, his producing career, getting back into Jack McFarland’s shoes, and the episode he’s shooting at the moment, in which he and Eric McCormack as Will accidentally drug themselves and hash out their feelings about Jack’s impending marriage while hallucinating butterflies.

But somewhere in the middle of our conversation while I was on set this August, I start hearing the tinkle of piano keys. Very loudly, someone is singing the torch song, “The Man Got That Away.” It’s fabulous, but obtrusive. Do they always play the radio that loud, I ask him? “Kevin, that’s Megan,” Hayes says.

Unbeknownst to me, my reporting day on the Will & Grace coincided with one of the most emotional episodes Megan Mullally has filmed as Karen Walker. In the episode that aired Thursday night, “Family Trip,” Mullally’s Karen comes to terms with the fact that she is about to be divorced from her husband and delivers what’s ruled her “last performance” as Mrs. Stanley Walker.

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Sean Hayes and I are sitting in a green room on the soundstage in Los Angeles where the Will & Grace revival is being filmed. We’re talking about…I don’t know what. Everything: Liam Payne’s new song, Ben Platt’s career, my dating life, his producing career, getting back into Jack McFarland’s shoes, and the episode he’s shooting at the moment, in which he and Eric McCormack as Will accidentally drug themselves and hash out their feelings about Jack’s impending marriage while hallucinating butterflies.

But somewhere in the middle of our conversation while I was on set this August, I start hearing the tinkle of piano keys. Very loudly, someone is singing the torch song, “The Man Got That Away.” It’s fabulous, but obtrusive. Do they always play the radio that loud, I ask him? “Kevin, that’s Megan,” Hayes says.

Unbeknownst to me, my reporting day on the Will & Grace coincided with one of the most emotional episodes Megan Mullally has filmed as Karen Walker. In the episode that aired Thursday night, “Family Trip,” Mullally’s Karen comes to terms with the fact that she is about to be divorced from her husband and delivers what’s ruled her “last performance” as Mrs. Stanley Walker.

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The DUO 60 is Instant Pot’s most popular multi-use cooker ever, but the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is even more versatile. It’s very similar both in form and in function, but it has nine different cooking modes instead of seven. It’s also a bit pricier of course, with a retail price of $ 130 compared to the $ 100 DUO 60. If you snag one today on Amazon though, you’ll pay an all-time low of just $ 79.99!

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I’ve seen a few reader threads about the government shutdown that keeps dragging on… and on… and on… and I thought we might have a little thread with career tips for the shutdown, as well as a general open thread for everyone dealing with the shutdown in general.

I’m obviously not a government worker, so take these with a grain of salt — but here are some quick career tips to help you make the most of the shutdown: 

  • Update your resume.
  • Network! Grab breakfast, lunch, or coffee with former and current coworkers. Now might be a great time to throw a party at your home (potluck/BYOB?) and invite a LOT of former coworkers since everyone might have a lot of time. 
  • Committee it up. If you’re on any professional committees that are “extracurriculars” for you, see what you can get done — plan a conference or speech, write a speaker’s bio, update the committee/organization website, interview a thought leader for your committee newsletter, or more. Here’s our last post with tips for finding and joining professional organizations.
  • Write an article or read an industry-specific book or magazine you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t had a chance to. 
  • Get those CLEs in. If you’re a lawyer or in another profession with continuing education requirements, get those CLEs in. (There are a ton of free ones on PLI’s website, and the ABA just started offering free CLEs during the shutdown.)
  • Resistbot the @#$ @#$ out of your representatives.

For those of us who are not government employees, how is the shutdown affecting you? Are you avoiding travel because of TSA agent absences, or avoiding salad purchases because food inspectors aren’t working? Are you doing anything to help workers directly affected by the shutdown, like working with any of the excellent nonprofits mentioned in this CNN article?

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The Italian government has sent an airplane to Bolivia to collect left-wing militant fugitive Cesare Battisti, the legendary fugitive who is wanted in Italy for four murders he allegedly committed during Italy’s so-called “years of lead” dominated by national terrorism in the 1970s and 80s.

Battisti was arrested late Saturday by Italian agents working with Interpol. He was wearing a fake beard at the time of his arrest in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia. He was walking out in the open, presumably unaware that he was under surveillance by the special agents. On Sunday, Italian State Police tweeted a video of him walking in disguise moments before his arrest.

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Which actresses and actors have won the most Oscars?

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The 2019 Oscars is fast-approaching, with the 91st Academy Awards set to take place on 25 February at LA’s Dolby Theatre.

The prestigious ceremony is arguably the most anticipated event of award season, with the 2019 Oscar nominations predicted to be announced any day now.

We’ll find out who has won big this year next month, but as for the most Oscar wins of all time, we have the answers now.

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These are the actors and actresses with the most Oscar wins…

Katherine Hepburn
(4 wins, 12 nominations)
Best Actress: Morning Glory (1933)
Best Actress: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)
Best Actress: The Lion in Winter (1968)
Best Actress: On Golden Pond (1981)

Daniel Day-Lewis
(3 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Actor: My Left Foot (1989)
Best Actor: There Will Be Blood (2007)
Best Actor: Lincoln (2012)

Meryl Streep
(3 wins, 21 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Best Actress: Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Best Actress: The Iron Lady (2011)

Jack Nicholson
(3 wins, 12 nominations)
Best Actor: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Best Supporting Actor: Terms of Endearment (1983)
Best Actor: As Good as It Gets (1997)

Ingrid Bergman
(3 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Actress: Gaslight (1944)
Best Actress: Anastasia (1956)
Best Supporting Actress: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Walter Brennan
(3 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Come and Get It (1936)
Best Supporting Actor: Kentucky (1938)
Best Supporting Actor: The Westerner (1940)

Bette Davis
(2 wins, 10 nominations)
Best Actress: Dangerous (1935)
Best Actress: Jezebel (1938)

Spencer Tracy
(2 wins, 9 nominations)
Best Actor: Captains Courageous (1937)
Best Actor: Boys Town (1938)

Marlon Brando
(2 wins, 8 nominations)
Best Actor: On the Waterfront (1954)
Best Actor: The Godfather (1972)

Jack Lemmon
(2 wins, 8 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Mister Roberts (1955)
Best Actor: Save the Tiger (1973)

Cate Blanchett
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: The Aviator (2004)
Best Actress: Blue Jasmine (2013)

Denzel Washington
(2 wins, 8 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Glory (1989)
Best Actor: Training Day (2001)

Robert De Niro
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: The Godfather Part II (1974)
Best Actor: Raging Bull (1980)

Jane Fonda
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Actress: Klute (1971)
Best Actress: Coming Home (1978)

Dustin Hoffman
(2 wins, 7 nominations)
Best Actor: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Best Actor: Rain Man (1988)

Michael Caine
(2 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Best Supporting Actor: The Cider House Rules (1999)

Jessica Lange
(2 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Actress: Blue Sky (1994)
Best Supporting Actress: Tootsie (1982)

Maggie Smith
(2 wins, 6 nominations)
Best Actress: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Best Supporting Actress: California Suite (1978)

Gary Cooper
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Sergeant York (1941)
Best Actor: High Noon (1952)

Olivia de Havilland
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actress: To Each His Own (1946)
Best Actress: The Heiress (1949)

Gene Hackman
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: The French Connection (1971)
Best Supporting Actor: Unforgiven (1992)

Tom Hanks
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Philadelphia (1993)
Best Actor: Forrest Gump (1994)

Fredric March
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Best Actor: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Frances McDormand
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actress: Fargo (1996)
Best Actress: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Sean Penn
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actor: Mystic River (2003)
Best Actor: Milk (2008)

Elizabeth Taylor
(2 wins, 5 nominations)
Best Actress: Butterfield 8 (1960)
Best Actress: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Jodie Foster
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Actress: The Accused (1988)
Best Actress: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Glenda Jackson
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Actress: Women in Love (1970)
Best Actress: A Touch of Class (1973)

Anthony Quinn
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Viva Zapata! (1952)
Best Supporting Actor: Lust for Life (1956)

Shelley Winters
(2 wins, 4 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Best Supporting Actress: A Patch of Blue (1965)

Melvyn Douglas
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Hud (1963)
Best Supporting Actor: Being There (1979)

Sally Field
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Actress: Norma Rae (1979)
Best Actress: Places in the Heart (1984)

Jason Robards
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: All the President’s Men (1976)
Best Supporting Actor: Julia (1977)

Peter Ustinov
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Spartacus (1960)
Best Supporting Actor: Topkapi (1964)

Dianne Wiest
(2 wins, 3 nominations)
Best Supporting Actress: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Best Supporting Actress: Bullets over Broadway (1994)

Helen Hayes
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Best Supporting Actress: Airport (1970)

Vivien Leigh
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: Gone with the Wind (1939)
Best Actress: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Luise Rainer
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Best Actress: The Good Earth (1937)

Kevin Spacey
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: The Usual Suspects (1995)
Best Actor: American Beauty (1999)

Hilary Swank
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Actress: Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Best Actress: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Christoph Waltz
(2 wins, 2 nominations)
Best Supporting Actor: Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Best Supporting Actor: Django Unchained (2012)

Will this year’s ceremony add some more names to the list? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Going on a trip can be described in very few words. Packing, packing and more packing. And then there’s the part where you forget to pack up something important and your entire minutely planned trip becomes a headache-causing nightmare. No matter how much caution you take, how many times you remind yourself, there are those times you overlook something important. Something that’s at most times even obvious.

The easiest way to avoid finding yourself in this kind of situation is making a checklist of all the things you need to take with you when you travel. A checklist of everything, no matter how obvious and non-forgettable something seems. Only after you place an item in your traveling bags should you check it off. Here, we’re going to look at five of the most important items to take while you travel according to experts. With these 5 items with you, there isn’t something you can leave behind that has the power of ruining your trip.

1. Luggage

Well, yes, as obvious as this might seem, this happens to be the most important item to take with you because this is where all your other important items will be kept safely. As such, it should be secure. Then lightweight while still being spacious enough. Your luggage shouldn’t feel like extra baggage that tires you out. You’ll get enough fatigue from long flights and drives. Wheeled luggage is very convenient if you’re traveling to places with paved paths. Versatile ones that can be carried and also rolled are great if you’ll be venturing into some rough terrain areas. A carry-on is ideal for keeping all your important documents close to you.

2. Travel documents

These are probably the first things that should go into your travel bags before anything else. Vital documents while you travel include your passport/Visa, ID, boarding passes, airline tickets and insurance cards. There will be many places you’ll need to identify yourself, especially in a foreign country. Maps and guide books should also be kept with this lot.

3. Technology devices

Staying at reach and in contact is important, especially when you’re traveling away from home. Your mobile, tablets or laptop should come with you. Never leave your chargers behind. Take along your camera to record those moments on your trip, and headphones, preferably the noise-cancelling ones to get you through noisy commuting.

4. Cash and credit cards

You’ll need money to get plenty much anything you want to get done on your trip, so keeping enough cash on you and carrying your credit cards is important. Make sure to keep it in a safe place, and notify your bank if you’re traveling abroad and will be using your credit card. Also, familiarize yourself with the currency rates of the country you’ll be visiting to avoid carrying too little cash.

5. Precautionary items

You can never be too cautious, and that’s why you should travel ready for anything. Personal prescriptions, fever and pain relievers along with a full first-aid kit are things you should take with you in case of any medical emergencies. Others include allergy medicines, multivitamins, antibacterial ointments, sunscreen and insect repellants. If you have a history of succumbing to motion sickness, take along pills. With all these in place, you’ll prevent the possibility of having your trip cut short by unexpected ailments or extreme reactions to new environments.

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Dating isn’t exactly a walk in the park these days. We’re getting all too used to cushioning, ghosting, stashing and sneating, and the dating trends of 2019 don’t exactly offer a glimmer of hope, either.

And if you’re using an app to find the cherry to your bakewell, you’ll know how quickly you make your mind up about someone. Based on a bunch of pictures and a bio, we make assumptions and judgements in a matter of seconds. Enjoys brunches, lazy Sundays, and has a cute dog? Instant swipe right.

But there’s another thing we’re judging when flicking through the books for a potential partner. Apparently, their job plays an important role. When separating the wheat from the chaff so to speak, we’re reportedly drawn to some careers more than others.

According to a new survey from Badoo, the most attractive job for men is a chef and for women, a hairdresser. Participants were aged between 18 and 30, and appear to prefer more hands-on professions.

Most desirable jobs for men:

  1. Chef
  2. Engineer
  3. Entrepreneur
  4. Marketing
  5. Artist

Most desirable jobs for women:

  1. Hairdresser
  2. Nurse
  3. Lawyer
  4. Entrepreneur
  5. Teacher

It’s a different story if you talk to the masterminds over at Tinder, however. Their recent study showed that the top job for men was a pilot, and the top job for women was a physical therapist.

Just to confuse you even more, data collected from Match.com also doesn’t quite relate to its competitors, with the website claiming that the most desirable men are doctors, and women are freelancers.

So there you go.

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Here is some of the most disturbing information revealed in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries

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Here is some of the most disturbing information revealed in the <em> Surviving R. Kelly</em> docuseries

Last night, January 3rd, Lifetime’s new docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, aired its first two episodes. The six-part series chronicles the years of sexual abuse allegations leveled against the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer—and the many people who allowed his alleged actions to continue unquestioned. The remaining four episodes of the series will air tonight, January 4th, and tomorrow, January 5th, and the initial two episodes have already brought many disturbing revelations to light. Here are just a few of the most harrowing details we’ve learned so far.

1. Witnesses say Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, was kept locked in an apartment.

USA Today reports that the R&B singer’s former wife, Andrea Kelly, said he planned their entire wedding himself—and she didn’t even know it was going to happen.

“My wedding was a surprise wedding,” she said, per USA Today. “I did not know I was getting married.”

Rolling Stone notes that other witnesses interviewed for the series claimed that she was later locked in Kelly’s apartment. Andrea Kelly has spoken about being abused by her ex-husband before, and in an October 2018 episode of The Viewshe alleged that he physically abused her.

2. One of Kelly’s former backup dancers claimed she witnessed him committing statutory rape.

Jovante Cunningham, a former backup singer and dancer for Kelly, disclosed that she witnessed Kelly having a sexual encounter on a tour bus with then 15-year-old Aaliyah (Kelly was 27). However, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, dismissed Cunningham’s claims as “lies and fabrications” in a tweeted statement.

3. Kelly’s ex-assistant said Aaliyah was “worried and scared” at their wedding.

Demetrius Smith, who previously worked as an assistant and tour manager for Kelly, discussed arranging Kelly’s marriage to then 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994. Smith explains that Kelly used a fake marriage license for the ceremony, which listed Aaliyah’s age as 18. Although Kelly has claimed the marriage never occurred, Smith insists it did, adding that Aaliyah was “worried and scared” before the ceremony.

“Aaliyah looked worried, scared,” he said. “She was worried and scared. I wanted so much to grab Aaliyah and talk to her. She gave me a look like she wanted me to talk to her…I knew that it had changed the course of everything.”

The information that has come to light in Surviving R. Kelly is undoubtedly horrifying. We just hope the series helps bring Kelly to justice.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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For the second year in a row, Marvel has the top two most anticipated blockbusters, according to Fandango’s annual survey of moviegoers. Avengers: Endgame, the follow-up to last year’s number one, the cliffhanging Avengers: Infinity War, took first place, while another standalone solo superhero entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel, takes the secondary spot filled in 2018 by Black Panther.

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“There’s a question I get asked a lot,” Jimmy Kimmel said at the beginning of a recent monologue. “Now that we have this president, people ask, ‘Is it easy now? It must be easy to write jokes, there’s so much material, the jokes must write themselves.’ And it’s not true. We still write the jokes ourselves. And in fact, in a way, it makes it harder to be funny when nonsense and stupidity is pouring on your head at all times.”

Kimmel’s comments were merely a set-up to explain that his jokes didn’t write themselves “until today, when Kanye West visited the White House.” But aside from those rare instances, his sentiment echoes what several late-night hosts have expressed during the first two years of the Trump presidency.

And especially in 2018, it seemed, the late-night men and still-too-few women frequently struggled to find the best ways to joke about this president and the madness that surrounds him. The daily onslaught of crazy from the White House, combined with a viewing public increasingly eager to call out any perceived transgression on social media, led to an unprecedented level of outrage, often of the “faux” variety.

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“There’s a question I get asked a lot,” Jimmy Kimmel said at the beginning of a recent monologue. “Now that we have this president, people ask, ‘Is it easy now? It must be easy to write jokes, there’s so much material, the jokes must write themselves.’ And it’s not true. We still write the jokes ourselves. And in fact, in a way, it makes it harder to be funny when nonsense and stupidity is pouring on your head at all times.”

Kimmel’s comments were merely a set-up to explain that his jokes didn’t write themselves “until today, when Kanye West visited the White House.” But aside from those rare instances, his sentiment echoes what several late-night hosts have expressed during the first two years of the Trump presidency.

And especially in 2018, it seemed, the late-night men and still-too-few women frequently struggled to find the best ways to joke about this president and the madness that surrounds him. The daily onslaught of crazy from the White House, combined with a viewing public increasingly eager to call out any perceived transgression on social media, led to an unprecedented level of outrage, often of the “faux” variety.

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It was a year where Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz duked it out for a horny queen with a thing for rabbits; a CGI bear in a cute red hat warmed out hearts; world-savers were finally more diverse; 99 people in a room didn’t believe in Lady Gaga but one thankfully did; a twenty-something stand-up opened our eyes to Generation Instagram; and Nicolas Cage proved why he’s one of the most compelling actors around. Oh, and fucking Roma.

But there were also plenty of times where we felt the critical consensus had led us astray, and now that we’re in the throes of awards season, and everyone and their mother is cranking out year-end lists, it’s time to highlight some of the films that, in this writer’s humble opinion, have been way overpraised.

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But there were also plenty of times where we felt the critical consensus had led us astray, and now that we’re in the throes of awards season, and everyone and their mother is cranking out year-end lists, it’s time to highlight some of the films that, in this writer’s humble opinion, have been way overpraised.

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The moment that Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty was introduced to the world, he seemed destined to become a meme. When the NHL team unveiled their new official mascot back in September, his unblinking googly eyes and burnt orange mane quickly captured the public’s attention.

“He claims that he’s been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time,” Gritty’s backstory on the Flyers’ website reads. “He has some oddities that are both humorous and strange. A number of times he’s been caught eating snow straight from the Zamboni machine, and unbeknown to most, his love of hot dogs has been inflating the Flyers Dollar Dog Night consumption totals for years.”

But it wasn’t long before Gritty had gone from being considered what one Twitter user described as “an absolute dream haunter” to somewhat of a national hero.

Here’s a look back at the most glorious times that Gritty won the hearts of fans across the country in 2018.

When his furry orange mug was revealed to the public and people were terrified

When he slipped on the ice during his first game

When he turned a t-shirt gun on promoters

When he came in like a “Wrecking Ball”

When he destroyed the penalty box

When he appeared to receive write-in votes in the midterm elections

When he threw a little kid in the penalty box

When he nominated himself for TIME’s Person of the Year

And last but not least, when he dressed up as Gritty Claus

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