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I can’t remember a time when I had as much fun watching a movie in a theater as when I first screened Booksmart. (OK, it was Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, obviously—I burst into tears of joy when “Dancing Queen” started playing—but bear with me for the sake of hyperbole.)

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‘Booksmart’ Is the Most Fun I’ve Had at the Movies in Years

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Booksmart Is So Much Damn Fun

I can’t remember a time when I had as much fun watching a movie in a theater as when I first screened Booksmart. (OK, it was Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, obviously—I burst into tears of joy when “Dancing Queen” started playing—but bear with me for the sake of hyperbole.)

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The 6 Most Compelling Works at the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Explained by Its Curators

Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City presents a survey of contemporary work aiming to represent the current state of art-making in the U.S. Throughout its nearly century-long history, the Whitney Biennial has been a showcase for significant American artists on the rise. It has also remained a flashpoint for public protest and a stage for larger cultural tensions bubbling beyond the gallery walls.

This history is exemplified by a controversy surrounding a painting of the mutilated body of Emmett Till by Dana Schutz, a white artist, at the 2017 Biennial. Many saw the painting as a tone-deaf exploitation of black suffering, and it sparked demonstrations in the gallery, online discourse about institutional racism and even demands for the painting’s destruction. This year has seen protest, even before the Biennial’s May 17 opening, over the Vice Chair of the Whitney’s ownership of a tear gas manufacturing company.

The co-curators of this year’s Biennial, Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, approached the project of this year’s Biennial with a full awareness of the exhibition’s legacy, recognizing in their curatorial statement that “fundamental to the Whitney’s identity is its openness to dialogue.” By assembling a multifaceted body of work that is forthright in speaking to issues roiling in America today, they have put together an exhibition in the spirit of productive dialogue, which neither shies away from this history nor provokes for provocation’s sake. And, featuring the work of 75 artists and collectives, the 2019 Biennial is one of the Whitney’s most diverse, with a majority of the artists being people of color, and half identifying as women. TIME spoke with Hockley and Panetta to discuss six works in this year’s Biennial that represent the breadth of the exhibition.

National Times, Agustina Woodgate

Detail of National Times, 2016. Agustina Woodgate
Courtesy the artist and Spinello Projects, MiamiAgustina Woodgate, Detail of National Times, 2016.

Born in Argentina and now based in Miami, Woodgate creates conceptual installations that function as visual allegories for sociopolitical problems. In a glaringly fluorescent room of the gallery, a row of clocks lining the walls is coordinated with an electrical interface on the opposite end of the room. Known as a “master-slave” configuration, this kind of system has been used since the Industrial Revolution to control time in schools and factories as a means of regulating the workday. “The idea is that all the slave clocks take their time from the master clock, which is itself synced to the atomic clock, so that all of these remain the same. But of course, over time they fall out of sync,” says Hockley. Woodgate has also attached sandpaper to the minute hands, which gradually scrapes away the numbers as the hands rotate. What began as a seemingly infallible system inevitably falls to entropy, rendering the clocks useless. “She thinks about the historic relationship with timekeeping and issues of labor and control,” Panetta says.

Suggested Occupation 4, Kyle Thurman

Suggested Occupation 4, 2016. Kyle Thurman
Collection of the Whitney Museum of American ArtKyle Thurman, Suggested Occupation 4, 2016.

Suggested Occupation 4 is one of several figurative works by Kyle Thurman featured in the Biennial. In this series, Thurman takes images from newspaper and other media of archetypal depictions of men, frequently soldiers or athletes. Through his process of reproducing the image as a drawing, Thurman omits the surroundings, leaving the figures isolated in a field of color. The resulting image brings attention to the figures on their own, “highlighting the strangeness around masculinity and men’s bodies being in proximity to each other,” Hockley says. Without their context, previously unseen intimacies are made visible, as well as undercurrents of homoeroticism that go unacknowledged in typically masculine spaces.

Born Athlete American: Laurie Hernandez I, Jeanette Mundt

Born Athlete American: Laurie Hernandez I, 2018. Jeanette Mundt and Société
Courtesy the artist and Société, BerlinJeanette Mundt, Born Athlete American: Laurie Hernandez I, 2018.

During the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, the New York Times ran a series of photos dissecting the winning movements of the USA Women’s Gymnastics team frame by frame in a single image. Drawn to these photos, Jeanette Mundt, whose work often addresses the scrutiny of women’s bodies, created a series of paintings inspired by the photos. “I think at first she got really interested in the tension between there being such an emphasis on the strength and power of these gymnasts, and then simultaneously on their hair and makeup that needed to be so pristine and feminine,” Panetta says. Here, Laurie Hernandez’s balance beam routine is broken down from start to finish, bringing attention to her physicality to an almost anatomical degree. The technique of layering frames side by side also echoes, as Hockley points out, the 19th-century photographs of Eadweard Muybridge documenting the mechanics of animal motion. In the midst of this technical scrutiny, Mundt still pulls focus to Hernandez’s femininity, adding glitter to her bodysuit on the painting. “You can see they are kind of broken down into pieces already by the nature of the judgment that is passed on them, both the sanctioned judgment of the routine but also this other side of, ‘Do they look the part?’” Hockley says.

Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, Las Nietas De Nonó

Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, 2016-18. Las Nietas de Nonó
Courtesy the artistsLas Nietas de Nonó, Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, 2016-18.

Raised in rural Puerto Rico, sisters Lydela and Michel Nonó, who make up the performance duo Las Nietas De Nonó, use a mixture of theatrical performance and visual art in order to address themes of colonialism and race. This photo taken from a performance of their piece, Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, shows one sister as a doctor and the other as a patient who is being prepared for invasive surgery. Performed in silence and using organic materials like grated beets and vegetable leather, the sisters reenact what resembles a hysterectomy procedure. The performance addresses the history of forced sterilization of women in Puerto Rico sanctioned by the U.S. government, which persisted until the 1970s. During the span of the exhibition, they will stage three ticketed performances that will take place in the gallery.

The Villain, John Edmonds

The Villain, 2018. John Edmonds
Courtesy the artistJohn Edmonds, The Villain, 2018.

Edmonds, a New York-based photographer, is conscious of the history of representation of black bodies in his medium. In images like The Villain, he subverts assumptions about identity. With a sensitivity to light, color, and tonality that makes his portraits exude a gentle warmth, and informed by the work of earlier photographers like Edward Steichen and Man Ray, Edmonds renders his subjects, many whom are queer, as icons in their own right. Both Hockley and Panetta remember being particularly taken by The Villain the first time they saw it. “It’s such a striking image in its composition, but also thinking about the title, calling something The Villain when it’s a young black man with a bandana over his face, evoking banditry—all of this happening simultaneously we found to be very interesting,” Hockley explained.

Donkeys Crossing the Desert, Lucas Blalock

Donkeys Crossing the Desert, 2019. Lucas Blalock
Courtesy the artistLucas Blalock, Donkeys Crossing the Desert, 2019.

Lucas Blalock’s surreal digital collage is one of the exhibition’s largest works, inhabiting a billboard facing the museum that is viewable from the galleries. To make his work, Blalock composes real world objects into a still life, which he photographs and then alters through digital manipulation. The results are humorous and uncanny, like the three donkeys seen here, which straddle the line between the real and the artificially rendered. Further toying with the already tenuous boundary between the digital and the real, Blalock created an augmented reality component to the billboard that can be viewed through a smartphone by downloading an app called “Donkey Business.” Some museum-goers may bemoan the integration of smartphone technology into the experience, but there is more to Blalock’s donkeys than sheer novelty. “It’s a really interesting inversion to the way we think about technology and our phones,” says Hockley. “We usually think of them as an impediment to paying attention to our surroundings.” But here, she says, Blalock seems to be saying, “This is how we live now, so let’s use that and let’s speak to it and not pretend it doesn’t exist.”


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Alabama lawmakers voted Tuesday night to approve what has been described as the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion law. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 25 to 6 in favor of a bill that would ban virtually all abortions in the state and punish doctors who perform abortions with up to 99 years in prison.
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ALL IN THE NUMBERS: The social media hysteria has died down since last week’s Met Gala, and Versace was the big winner as the top brand for media impact value.
This year’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute “Camp: Notes on Fashion” fueled all sorts of outrageousness and over-the-topness. Dressing eight VIPs, including Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams and Lupita Nyong’o, helped Versace outdo other designer companies. To walk non-ticket holders through the creative process of each dress’ construction, Versace also shared how-it’s-made videos via the brand’s social channels.
In total, the Met Gala revved up nearly $ 613 million in MIV, with the leading celebrities being Lady Gaga with a total MIV of $ 62.9 million, thanks largely to three Brandon Maxwell wardrobe changes in 15 minutes. In second place was a Gucci-clad Harry Styles at $ 36.8 million in MIV, followed by Thierry Mugler-clad Kim Kardashian at $ 33.6 million in MIV, Moschino’s favorite chandelier and hamburger Katy Perry at $ 33.1 million and Serena Williams at $ 23.4 million.
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The most dog-friendly cities in the world


Traveling solo is fantastic, but traveling with someone you love is even better, and if that someone you love happens to have four legs and a tail, then check out these dog-friendly cities.

New York City, New York

NYC is all about their K9 friends! Home to the enormous Central Park, your pup will love exploring the miles of green space. In fact, New York is so pro-dog that you can get a $ 500 tax credit at the end of the year if you choose to adopt a dog from the shelter, rather than buy from a breeder. You go, New York!

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Rome, Italy

Sure, Rome is known for its romance, but the love between a dog and his owner is something even more special. You’ll notice a whole load of dogs roaming around Rome, not only because the fountains are like huge water bowls, but also because it is not a legal requirement to use a leash, so they can run free. There are plenty of parks for zoomies, and as long as your dog is a good boy, he will be allowed in a large percentage of coffee shops.

Seattle, Washington

A fun fact about Seattle and dogs is that there are actually more fur-babies than human babies. So, if you are someone who thinks dogs are a million times cuter than babies (guilty!), this is a city you are going to love. There are a whole host of dog-friendly hotels of all budgets, 14 off-leash parks, and even places such as Greenwood’s Voff Bark & Brew and Ruff Lounge which are social clubs for dogs and their humans – have a beer while your dog makes friends.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is a fantastic tech hub full of super cool shopping, art, and food – the only way it could be even more perfect, is if you take your dog along with you! Luckily dogs are welcome in most places (as they should be!) from malls to cafes and on public transport, which is perfect for getting you both to one of the over 70 dog parks that are in the city!

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Geneva, Switzerland

If you are a dog lover, you will understand how heartbreaking it can be to know that some owners are not kind to their pets and not all dogs are looked after the way they deserve to be. Geneva has the perfect way to handle that, as they require all dog owners to pass a written and practical test to obtain a dog license.

Santa Barbara, California

We all know that dogs love to hit the beach as much as we do – so much water to splash in, people to meet, other dogs to sniff and an abundance of room to run around. However, Santa Barbara takes it one step further with a dedicated dog beach where dogs can be kept off their leash to enjoy themselves as much as you do.

So don’t feel as though you have to leave your furry friend at home – take him on your next adventure with you. We’re sure he’ll love it.

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‘Saints Row: The Third’ is still one of the most batsh*t video games in existence

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Saints Row: The Third lives again.

The 2011 game comes to Nintendo Switch on May 10, and it’s the same ridiculously over-the-top story of superstardom, gang warfare, and government malfeasance you remember.

Or not? Even if we accept that time has actually flowed normally since early 2017 — a tall order when every day ages us all another 10 years, I know — it’s been a long time since Saints Row: The Third showed up. If you’re not familiar with the series, or just want to catch up, let’s talk about why it matters.

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How Many Work Hours Per Week Make You the Most Productive?

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Readers, how many work hours per week make you the most productive? Do you find that your productivity taps out if you push yourself to work longer hours, or just that there is an adjustment period as you get used to that kind of schedule? In general, do you roll your eyes at people who boast about working crazy hours or, say, billing 3,000 hours per year? 

We recently noticed a tweet by astrophysicist Dr. Katherine J. Mack (a.k.a. @AstroKatie) regarding studies about working long hours:

There’s tons of research out there that shows that on average, productivity drops dramatically when people are overworked. For most people, after ~40 hours, you’re not doing good work…

This topic has also been in the news recently, as various men have boasted of working long hours. For example, Business Insider pondered the “996” workweek espoused by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (996: 72 working hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week). Similarly, Elon Musk is known for working long hours, recently arguing “[t]here are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.”  

Indeed, in the much-discussed recent NYT article, “Women Did Everything Right — Then Work Got Greedy,” they note that the expectation of long hours is relatively new:

It’s only in the last two decades that salaried employees have earned more by working long hours. Four decades ago, people who worked at least 50 hours a week were paid 15 percent less, on an hourly basis, than those who worked traditional full-time schedules. By 2000, though, the wage penalty for overwork became a premium. Today, people who work 50 hours or more earn up to 8 percent more an hour than similar people working 35 to 49 hours, according to a sociology paper using Current Population Survey data by Youngjoo Cha at Indiana University, Kim Weeden at Cornell and Mauricio Bucca at the European University Institute.

The article goes on to explore how this expectation of longer hours is changing the parenting dynamic when two parents have otherwise equal earning potential — leading to one of them to opt out so the other can work the long hours. (Guess which one!? This was part of our discussion at CorporetteMoms last week on how your partner supports your career, and vice versa…) 

Of course, not everyone agrees that longer hours are a great idea… The Harvard Business Review recently wondered “If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?”, describing an office culture with long hours as akin to “brainwashing,” and noting: 

Long hours are most common in managerial and professional occupations. This is something of a recent trend. In the old days, if you were a white-collar worker, the deal was that you worked as hard as you could at the start of your career to earn the right to be rewarded later on, with security of tenure and a series of increasingly senior positions. In professional organizations, such as law firms, accountancy firms, management consultancies, and investment banks, the prize was partnership. The competition was relentless, but once you won the prize, it was yours for keeps. Partners had autonomy to choose how and when to work and what to work on. Of course, some senior partners spent a surprising amount of their “business development time” on the golf course, but that was OK because they had already paid their dues to the organization.

This is no longer true. As a director of HR in a leading accounting firm told me, “The head of audit is in the office regularly from 5:30 AM until 10 PM, on weekends, too. So is our managing partner. This is not exceptional. The rest of the firm sees the senior people working these hours and emulates them.

So here are the questions: How many hours are you expected to work per week — and does it make a difference in your productivity if you are working more or fewer hours? Do you struggle with the classic billable hour problem of needing to work, say, 60 hours just to bill 40? (This gets into our discussion from a few weeks ago on whether you prefer to stay late or work from home, as well as our previous discussions regarding expectations that you’ll answer emails when you’re home.) How many hours per week are most productive for you — and when you’re pushed beyond that, how do you cope or recover? (In a related note, readers had a fascinating conversation a little while ago about anxiety hangovers and how to recover.) 

 

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The Most Memorable Line in 'Avengers: Endgame' Came From Robert Downey Jr.

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"I love you, three thousand."

It may go down as one of the most memorable lines ever spoken in a Marvel movie. It all starts out innocently enough — five years have past since the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has done pretty well for himself. He's married to Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), they live in a nice cabin with scenic views and they have a young…

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For some travelers, price is of paramount importance when it comes to booking a hotel. For others, money is no object; it’s luxury and pampering that count. If you’re in the second group, or if you just want a glimpse into the glam life that could be yours for upwards of $ 800 per night, you’ll enjoy this roundup of 10 of the most expensive hotels in the United States. While rates vary depending on category of room, level of amenities, and time of year, even the off-season is pricey at these luxury digs. The rates quoted here reflect the price of an overnight weekend stay in mid-June.
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In an industry where the spotlight is always focused on shiny new things, it’s basically unprecedented that a two-decade-old programming language like JavaScript is still thriving. If JavaScript were a person, it could now buy alcohol, rent a car, and blow money on slot machines in Vegas.

The backbone of over 95% of ALL websites, it’s considered to be the world’s most popular programming language. But even with its ubiquity, JavaScript also remains the most misunderstood language, too. Novice coders usually mistake it for Java, or relegate it to a mere scripting language rather than a full-blown programming language. Little do they know that JavaScript is also used for databases, servers, animations, visual effects, and a whole lot more. Read more…

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12 Most Filling Fruits and Vegetables, According to Nutritionists

You know fresh produce is healthy, but who wants to be hungry an hour after eating them? These are the fruits and veggies most likely to keep you satisfied.

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Beyoncé Claims Music’s Most Influential Stage for Black Culture in Netflix’s Homecoming

Music festivals have evolved a lot since the 1960s, but their archetypal crowds have stayed pretty much the same: drunk or high young people in sandals, fringe and the occasional culturally appropriative feathered headpiece. From Woodstock to Warped Tour to Electric Daisy, these audiences have also remained overwhelmingly—if by no means exclusively—white. Whether it’s due to exorbitant ticket prices, a culture of exclusion or both, the fact that artists of color have dominated these events since Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire at Monterey Pop in 1967 hasn’t done all that much to alter the demographics.

Enter Beyoncé, an artistic, dynamic and insanely popular performer whose designation as the first black woman ever to headline Coachella kind of erases the fact that her presence honored the festival, not the other way around. Fans everywhere (myself included) canceled their Saturday-night plans and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to watch the first of her two sets, last April, via live stream. Even for pop’s reigning perfectionist, it was a tour de force—a victory lap that featured guest appearances by Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z, sister Solange and former bandmates in Destiny’s Child and, more importantly, a tribute to HBCUs that packed the sky-high bleachers behind Beyoncé with black musicians, singers and dancers executing their parts with choreographed precision. If she couldn’t change the makeup of the audience on that field in Southern California, the woman behind Lemonade could at least construct a towering spectacle of black excellence.

It was such a complete, telegenic performance that when Netflix announced Homecoming—the just-released film of the event known to history as “Beychella”—it was hard to imagine how Beyoncé could improve upon what so many of us had already seen. But overdelivering is her trademark, so it’s not too shocking that her latest audiovisual release (which coincides with a surprise 40-track live album) serves a powerful purpose beyond commemorating a career highlight. Along with cinematically shot renditions of hits from “Say My Name” to “Crazy in Love” to “Formation,” Homecoming recontextualizes the show in a way that claims the most influential live music event in North America for black culture.

Like Lemonade, the film fills much of the space between songs with the words of women and men Beyoncé admires. This time around, many of those luminaries (Toni Morrison, W.E.B. DuBois, Marian Wright Edelman) are HBCU alums. The yellow and pink sorority hoodies she and her backup performers wear aren’t just an aesthetic; Beyoncé explains in a voiceover, that she has always wished she’d attended one of these institutions. “My college was Destiny’s Child,” she says. So instead of sharing space in the classroom with her generation of black intellectuals, she has ended up bringing generations’ worth of black intellectual history to audiences around the world—including the sea of white kids at Coachella.

That history is defined by struggle, which happens to be the other great theme of Homecoming. Sweaty rehearsal footage is a convention of music docs, but here Beyoncé (who co-directed the movie with Ed Burke) gives them purpose. She recounts the troubled pregnancy that yielded her twins and the months-long process of recovering for Coachella. Her “***Flawless” catchphrase “I woke up like this” has always something of a joke; in Homecoming, the song immediately follows Beyoncé’s confession that her postnatal regime included an extremely restricted diet that she’d never put herself through again. “What people don’t see is the sacrifice,” she says. No one wants to hear a person of her net worth complain about going without, but she’s not really doing that. In shots of hard workouts and tough-love pep talks, she’s providing evidence of how hard she—and her collaborators—worked to pull off such a seamless show. Excellence can be a team effort. And it’s exhausting.

Though it may not be as virtuosic or challenging or artistically important as Lemonade or her 2013 visual album Beyoncé, even in seemingly straightforward performance footage, Homecoming uses the concert film format to give Beychella fresh context. Unlike in the live stream, viewers don’t have to sit through a Post Malone set that’s gone on too long to get to the main event. Shots in black-and-white and the blurry, desaturated colors of home videos offset the otherwise crisp color cinematography, creating the impression that these images are already a part of history.

Most powerful of all are the ample clips of the Coachella crowd. In Beyoncé’s rendering, the traditional music festival demographics are inverted. Black concertgoers, particularly women, are almost always at the center of the frame—shouting with delight, crying with joy and singing along to every word. “I wanted every person that has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they’re on that stage—killing it,” she recounts in the film. Judging by the ecstatic audience response, she really did make a long overdue first feel as comfortable as coming home.


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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Set to Be Most Diverse Star Wars Casting Ever. Here Is A Roster of Black Star Wars Characters

The Episode IX trailer for the latest Star Wars movie was just released. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the space series’ most diverse casting since the first movie premiered in 1977. People of color including leading man John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Naomi Ackie, and the return of Billy Dee Williams in the iconic role of Lando Calrissian, are front and center in the latest episode.

And while there was controversy over the casting of John Boyega, a black British actor as a Stormtrooper in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, there have been iconic black actors and characters throughout the Star Wars universe. Here are seven of the best known.

Black Characters Star Wars Characters

Mace Windu

Played by: Samuel L. Jackson

Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999

 

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2. Lando Calrissian

Played by: Billy Dee Williams

Films: The Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi

 

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3. Maz Kanata

Played by: Lupita Nyong’o

Film: The Force Awakens

 

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4. Voice of Darth Vader

Played by: James Earl Jones

Films: Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi

 

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5. Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola

Played by:  Femi Taylor

Film: Return of the Jedi

 

 

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6. Finn 

Played by: John Boyega

Film: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi 

 

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7. Rachel

Played by:  Crystal Clarke

Film: The Force Awakens

 

 

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Editors’ Note: This article has been updated from its original publish date in 2017. 

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has read your fan theories about how Game of Thrones ends, but says no one has come close to the true ending yet.

Coster-Waldau who plays Jaime Lannister on the HBO series stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night as part of the ongoing media blitz before the show’s eighth and final season kicks off on HBO on Sunday night. Host Jimmy Kimmel plied him with fan theories about how the show will end.

One popular theory is that Jaime will kill Cersei, his sister and baby mama who currently sits on Westeros’ Iron Throne. “That’s a theory,” the actor replied. “It makes sense though, if you think about it.” Another is that Arya Stark will use her unique set of skills to take on Jaime’s face and kill Cersei herself. “That would be cool, wouldn’t it?” he said in an impressive non-answer.

When Coster-Waldau was asked whether Jon Snow would become the Night King, he appeared baffled, simply asking, “How?” While his response to that particular theory makes it seem less likely, never forget Coster-Waldau is an excellent actor who is occasionally paid to look baffled.

Coster-Waldau has pored over some fan theories, but told Kimmel, “I’ve never read anyone who got the whole thing.”

As for the real ending, even Coster-Waldau didn’t see it coming. “When I read it the first time I was blown away,” he said. “I wrote Dan and David, the two creators, and I was like, ‘I really don’t know how you did it, but I can’t imagine a better way of ending the show.’”


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So in love! Justin and Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) may have gotten married in secret, tying the knot at a New York City courthouse in September 2018, but they certainly aren’t hiding their feelings anymore.

The twosome, who dated from 2015 to 2016 before rekindling their romance in June 2018, have been gushing over each other for years. The Canadian songwriter even predicted his future marriage to the Arizona native two years before he proposed in a candid interview.

“He’s in love with her and they’ve always had that connection. They have been in love for a very long time,” a source told Us Weekly after their engagement in June 2018.

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Controversy sells—and oftentimes it pays—a lot. Stephen A. Smith, an ESPN sports journalist known for his provocative commentary, is a prime example. On Thursday, it was reported that Smith is on track to becoming the highest paid TV personality on the ESPN network. The 51-year-old syndicated talk show host has a current contract that is reportedly worth around $ 5 million per year until 2021. However, the co-star of ESPN’s wildly popular First Take could be offered a new deal worth anywhere from $ 8 million to $ 10 million per year.

According to The New York Post, ESPN is willing to double Smith’s salary in order to avoid losing him to a competitor. Smith, who has been with the network since 2005, is arguably one of the most recognizable faces at ESPN and in the sports media industry at large. However, in addition to his catchphrases, the TV personality is known for his outspoken opinions and polarizing remarks, which are often criticized as sexist and crude.

Here’s a look back at some of Stephen A. Smith’s most flagrant public statements.

To Domestic Abuse Victims: Don’t “Provoke” Violence



Back in 2014, ESPN suspended Smith after he insinuated that victims of domestic violence are actually to blame for the abuse they’re subjected to. During a conversation about NFL player Ray Rice’s notorious attack against his wife, who he knocked unconscious in an elevator, Smith advised women not to “provoke” their attacker.

“What I’ve tried to employ [with] the female members of my family—some of who you all met and talked to and what have you—is that … let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come—or somebody else comes, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know—if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you,” he said on First Take.

Smith later apologized for his remarks, calling his comments “the most egregious error of my career.” He added, “My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say.”

On Mayweather’s Domestic Battery History: “Men Ain’t Wrong Always”

In 2010, Smith had trouble believing that boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, who has a documented history of domestic abuse arrests and citations, beat up his ex-wife, Josie Harris, who was hospitalized with a concussion. He also accused Harris of fabricating the story in order to extort money from the wealthy boxer. In an exchange on Twitter, Smith publicly defended Mayweather and stereotyped women who accused him of abuse as gold diggers.

To Ayesha Curry: Be A Good NBA Wife



Smith was accused of mansplaining appropriate behavior of an “NBA wife” to Ayesha Curry, who is married to Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry, when she accused the league of rigging a game against her husband. The incident occurred when Steph earned his first ejection in 2016 and Ayesha expressed her frustration on Twitter. “I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money,” she tweeted. “Or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry.”

In response, Smith chastised Ayesha and suggested that she use LeBron James’ wife as a model for good behavior. “You are the wife of Steph Curry,” he said on his show. “What you do is a reflection on him. What you do is a reflection on the organization he works for. You have to be mindful of that. You can’t get caught up in your own individual emotions and having this zest to speak out to the point where it compromises your husband.”

Smith then compared her to Gloria James, saying, “She’s wonderful inside and out. She sits there, she doesn’t bring any attention to herself. She never tweets and goes out there and calls out the league and stuff like that. And nobody—NOBODY—is more scrutinized than her husband. But yet she thinks about how she represents him and she doesn’t do that.”

On Kobe Bryant: “N-gga, Please”



In 2012, Smith was heard using the N-word on First Take while discussing the upcoming NBA season and then-Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s foot injury. The word slipped out during an exchange with NBA star Dahntay Jones, who was appearing on the show as a guest.

“You think Kobe Bryant is going to miss it because his foot is sprained? Ni—a, please,” Smith declared.

Following the incident, Smith denied use of the racial slur, arguing that his words were “misconstrued” because “he’s a New Yorker” who talks fast.

TO KAEPERNICK: ‘STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM ME’



At the 2017 Black Enterprise Black Men XCEL Summit, Smith blasted Colin Kaepernick for refusing to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Although Smith supports his #TakeAKnee protest movement, he said that Kaepernick’s decision not to participate in the pivotal election was ignorant.

“My only issue with Colin Kaepernick is when he announced to the world that he’s not one to vote. If you are black and you don’t believe that it’s important to vote, just do me a favor and stay the hell away from me….don’t talk to me, don’t look at me, I’m not interested in hearing that level of ignorance,” said the sports analyst. “Because it is ignorant. Because outside of money, the No. 1 instrument of change in our nation is the power to vote. And if you don’t exercise it, you’ve disrespected yourself, you’ve disrespected our ancestors, and you’ve disrespected our history and I have no respect for you.”

 

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Brown: The Most Underrated Color in Menswear

Seen widely in nature; in everything from soil to wood, animals to human hair, eyes, and skin, brown is a color that naturally evokes rustic settings and connotations. This can promote a homey or cozy feel but it can also sometimes be seen as plain or common. Today, we’re going to do a deep dive on the color brown and discuss why we think it deserves more credit and more attention from men who are seeking to assemble stylish outfits.

Tussah Silk in Brown
Tussah Silk in Brown

History Of Brown

The word has its origins in the old English word brun meaning any dark or dusky shade of color. The first recorded use of this word, at least in writing, was in about the year 1000 CE. The current meaning developed in Middle English throughout the 14th century. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, the words in other languages for brown are often sourced from brown foods. Commonly, things like coffee or chocolate. Brown has also been used in art since prehistoric times.

cave painting in Lascaux France
Cave painting in Lascaux, France

Speaking in terms of color theory, brown is a composite color made by mixing together red, yellow, and black, or by mixing complementary colors such as blue and orange or red and green. Paintings using a natural clay pigment called umber have been dated to as early as 40,000 BCE. Take for example, the famous cave paintings located in Lascaux, France and the ancient Greeks and Romans produced a reddish-brown ink in a color they called sepia that was sourced from the ink of cuttlefish. It was used commonly by them and can still be found in some art applications even today.

Franciscan Monks Procession
Franciscan Monks Procession

Let’s turn now specifically to brown clothing though sticking with the ancient Romans, first of all. In ancient Rome, brown was associated with the lower classes or the poor. In fact, the term for the plebeians or the urban poor was Pullati, literally meaning “those dressed in brown”. Similarly, monks of the Franciscan Order wore brown robes in the Middle Ages as symbolism for their humility and poverty. For example, Friar Tuck in the Robin Hood myth is often depicted wearing a brown robe and as decreed in a statute put out in 1363, poor English people were required to wear garments made of russet which was a coarse fabric that was often dyed to be a gray brownish shade.

Brown was the color of military uniforms
Brown was the color of military uniforms

All the way through the 19th century, the color brown did retain this connotation of being associated with the lower classes or with workwear. Think for example of the old phrase “No brown in town”, speaking of that phrase though, you don’t have to adhere to it anymore. Also, brown has been a popular color for military uniforms since the late 18th century because of its low cost to produce and it’s good use as camouflage in a wide variety of settings. Examples would include the khaki colored uniforms of the corps of guides in British India in the 1840s, the US military from the Spanish-American war onward, and the German forces in world war II.

Over the course of the 20th century and up to the present day, brown has shed some of its more negative connotations and developed a more positive reputation being associated with things that are natural, healthy, and hearty, and while recent surveys in the United States and Europe indicate that few people list brown as their favorite color, it’s unassuming dependability makes it one of the staples of any true gentleman’s wardrobe.

How To Wear Brown

The simple answer is relatively easily and across a wide spectrum of outfits in the overall scale of formality. With the only real exceptions being black tie and white tie. Brown and its various shades serve as one of the core foundational base colors in any man’s formal wardrobe along with shades of gray and shades of blue. In other words, brown works to ground an outfit complementing various other colors and counterbalancing any particularly bright hues you may be wearing elsewhere.

Brown & Blue

In particular, brown plays nicely with one of the other base colors we mentioned, blue. First of all, orange and blue are opposite of one another on the color wheel, an example of complementary colors. Because brown very often has orange tones in it, it works to complement blue in a similar fashion and secondly, because both brown and blue come in a wide variety of shades, it should be easy for any man to find shades of each color that work well for him.

Gray and brown combination with Fort Belvedere accessories
Gray and brown combination with Fort Belvedere accessories

Brown & Gray

Similarly to how brown pairs well with blue, it can also be paired with the other foundational base color, gray. While it’s a little bit less conventional to pair these two colors together, just make sure that your garments are harmonizing in terms of both formality and seasonality and you’ll be good to go. As an example, some gray flannel trousers paired with a tweed sport coat featuring brown tones would be good base pieces for a winter ensemble.

Denim shirt with green jacket and brown tie
A denim shirt worn with a green jacket and brown tie with blue polka dots

Brown & Green

One more color with which brown pairs especially well is green. This is likely due to how often you’ll see both of these colors pairing together in nature.

Brown In Different Levels Of Formality

Smart Casual

Classic Khaki Pants
Classic Khaki Pants

Khakis, of course, are a staple of any smart casual wardrobe as are any similarly colored chinos. And while brown shirts are a bit less common, brown sweaters in various shades and styles are also seen a lot in smart casual ensembles.

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Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a brown lambswool turtleneck sweater from Uniqlo

Moving up to business casual, brown is also a great color for more rustic jackets in fabrics and patterns like wool, tweed, houndstooth, and herringbone. Meanwhile, a shade called tobacco brown is often seen in linen and other lightweight fabrics particularly for summer wear. Also, having a few pairs of medium brown slacks will similarly open up several doors for you in terms of more versatile outfits.

charcoal brown suit
charcoal brown suit

Business Attire

And of course, brown is even making an entry into more formal business settings with things like darker charcoal brown suits such as the one I’m wearing in today’s video and of course, brown accessories abound for all of these different levels of formality. As an example, a brown knit tie or one in grenadine would be smart pieces to have in your wardrobe.

British warm overcoat paired with cognac colored gloves from Fort Belvedere
Sven Raphael Winter wear in shades of brown

Outerwear

Also, brown outerwear including hats, gloves, and overcoats is a great way to stand out in a sea of black and gray. As a personal example, I get a great deal of use out of both my camel hair overcoat and my mustard brown short brim fedora.

Brown - Dark Brown Two Tone Saddle Blucher by Shoepassion Model 535
Brown – Dark Brown Two Tone Saddle Blucher by Shoepassion Model 535

Footwear

Oxfords, derbys, loafers, and monk straps are all available in various shades of brown leather, some with red tones as well, and suede can be another good option which you’ll also find in brown.

CONCLUSION

As you can see then, brown is something of an unsung hero in the world of menswear. Almost always present but doing the dependable work of grounding other more flashy colors. Still, we hope that this overview of brown’s versatility will encourage you to give it more thought when assembling your outfits.

Speaking of which, what’s your favorite way to wear and pair brown? Let us know in the comments section below.


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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.

The OA
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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 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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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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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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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!?

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker,…: $ 71.99

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooke…: $ 89.99

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle
  • Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time.Product Dimensions: 14.17 x 14.84 x 13.31 inches
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors.
  • Power supply: 120V – 60Hz

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker,…: $ 71.99

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooke…: $ 89.99

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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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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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Kaiser Permanente Among World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2019

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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Why W.H. Auden Hated His Most Famous Political Poems

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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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