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U.S. Open Criticized for ‘Sexist’ Double Standard After Alizé Cornet Was Penalized for Briefly Taking Her Shirt Off

Alizé Cornet was penalized at the U.S. Open for quickly removing her shirt and putting it back on, a move from the Open that critics are calling sexist.

The chair umpire Christian Rask hit French player Cornet, who is ranked No. 31 in the world, with the code violation, effectively a warning in the sport, during her opening round match against Johanna Larsson on Tuesday.

Cornet’s code violation came during a scorcher in Flushing Meadows, Queens, on Tuesday. It was so sweltering at the U.S. that the heat rule was in effect, permitting players to take 10-minutes breaks to try to cool off and drink water after their second sets. Cornet was just returning from her 10-minute break when she appeared to realize her shirt was on backwards. And so Cornet, who was wearing a sports bra underneath, took it off to put back on correctly.

Cornet was in disbelief and can be heard saying “Violation for what? Really?” in a video of the moment when the umpire stated the violation.

According to the official Women’s Tennis Association rulebook, a player is only allowed to change their clothes somewhere off of the court or during the end of a set, or during timeouts related to medical issues. Cornet changed her shirt between the second and third sets. She quickly returned to play the game after receiving the violation.

The penalty doesn’t affect the score, and Cornet ultimately lost to Larsson 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.

Critics online were quick to call out the punitive action, pointing out that male tennis players frequently take their shirts off to cope with the oppressive heat with no consequences. For instance, Novak Djovovic took his ice bath shirtless to try to cool down during their opening match on Tuesday.

Five male players were already forced to pull out of the U.S. Open because of health issues related to the intense heat. The heat won’t break until later in the week, according to weather reports.

The WTA commented Wednesday afternoon, calling the violation “unfair,” and “not based on a WTA rule,” adding “Alize did nothing wrong.”

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This Elementary School’s Extreme Game of Rock-Paper-Scissors Is Taking the Internet By Storm

Rock-paper-scissors is a time-honored schoolyard tradition. But thanks to one elementary school, the revered hand sign game may never be the same.

A video of fourth graders at Indianapolis’s Lowell Elementary School playing an extreme version of rock-paper-scissors involving two teams, hula hoops and the high stakes of all worthy P.E. games has quickly taken the Internet by storm over the past week.

Dubbed “Hoop Hop Showdown” by gym teacher Eric Branch, the minute-long clip shows the kids going crazy over the fresh new take on the competition. “I love the reaction that it’s gotten,” Branch told WISH-TV. “I think what’s most powerful about it is not the game itself, but the kids and the energy that they have in the video.”

The epic clip has been watched over 10 million times since Branch shared it on Facebook on Aug. 9.

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Feminist Litigators are Demanding Rights for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors—and Taking on Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded groundbreaking Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault that made it easier for survivors to seek justice—and now, several survivor-minded organizations are taking legal action to make the department reverse course.

Civil rights litigators— including representatives from Equal Rights Advocates, the Democracy Forward Foundation, the National Center for Youth Law and the National Women’s Law Center—have petitioned the Department of Education to retract and correct DeVos’ 2017 ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, alleging that it is both “unreliable and misleading.” In a complaint, the groups claim that the new guidance has had a “chilling effect” on campus sexual assault investigations, specifically the new requirement of a higher level of evidence in such cases and the elimination of investigation time frames.

“A lot of groups that are interested in campus sexual assault and in ensuring survivors maintain equal access to education were alarmed by the Department of Education’s rescission of Title IX guidance in September and the new guidance that the department promulgated,” Robin Thurston, a senior counsel for the Democracy Forward Foundation and a lead litigator on the case, told Ms., “So those groups quickly got in touch and started talking about ways that it would be possible to push back on the discriminatory and problematic guidance.”

Thurston sees recent remarks by Candice Jackson, the head of the Department of Education’s office for civil rights, as indicative of the discriminatory nature and intent of the Department’s policy changes. Last year, Jackson told the New York Times that 90 percent of campus sexual assault investigations “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”

DeVos herself has also given survivor advocates cause for concern, especially after she conducted meetings with so-called men’s rights advocacy groups about campus sexual assault policies and began speaking publicly about her own concerns for the rights of alleged rapists. The anti-feminists DeVos was keeping company with often lament what they see as a decline in men’s due process—claims they bolster by spreading misinformation about false reporting. (False rape reports are exceptionally rare.)

“We allege that the policy is unconstitutional because it was created with the discriminatory mindset that women tend to lie about sexual assault,” said Thurston. “[The petition] deals with the principle that agencies should put forward information that is accurate, objective and unbiased, which is frequently a problem for the Trump administration. That letter [rescinding Obama-era guidance] really misrepresents how campus sexual assault policy had been formulated under prior administrations, and it borrows a lot of the language from the men’s right groups—stating that there is a crisis with due process violations on campus, and that is not really reflected in any sort of factual analysis or objective review of what is actually happening.”

Though many universities have retained policies that are in correspondence with the Obama-era campus sexual assault guidance DeVos has since rescinded, some universities are accepting her revisions—which Thurston told Ms. is “slowing down their resolution of investigations.”

One such school is the University of Kentucky, which updated its sexual assault policy last month to allow both the accusers and the accused to be joined by lawyers at any investigative panels and allow the lawyers to participate. Additionally, the new policy mandates that the panel must come to a unanimous decision in order to move forward with disciplinary actions for the accused—and though it does not allow the accusers to appeal any panel decisions, the accused are always given the option to do so.

A spokesperson from the university told Ms. that the goal for this new “balanced, compassionate approach” is to “be fair to all concerned, clear and consistent in the application of the policy, and compassionate to all those who are impacted.” They claimed that the new policy is more closely aligned with the criminal justice system, and stressed that the university has “an obligation to provide due process to those accused” at the same time that it has a duty to protect survivors—actions that mirror moves by DeVos and Jackson to downplay the occurrence of campus sexual assault and dramatize the possibility of false reporting.

Nearly seven months after the complaint was filed, and after an attempt by the government to dismiss the case on threshold grounds, a District Court judge in San Francisco agreed to hear the case last month. Advocates are hoping that the judge will soon move forward with the case; the government will have 60 days to respond to the litigators’ petition.

In the meantime, survivors on campuses across the country will have to come face-to-face with the practice of DeVos’ misguided and dangerous policies. Representatives from these universities may preach commitments to “community belonging”—but what they’re cultivating are communities where survivors lack the support and resources they deserve.

Brock Colyar is an editorial intern at Ms. He is currently a journalism and gender and sexuality studies major at Northwestern University, where he founded a campus queer and radical feminist magazine and serves as a sexual health and assault peer educator. Much of his spare time is spent overthinking intra-feminist politics and Stevie Nicks. (Photo via Colin Boyle/The Daily Northwestern.)

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LeBron James Is Leaving Cleveland and Taking His Talents to Los Angeles

Sorry Cavs fans, LeBron James is on the move once again.

Bringing an end to months (and for some fans, years) of speculation, James announced through his agent on Sunday that he is ending his second stint as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers for the upcoming NBA season.

“LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $ 154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers,” reads a press release tweeted by Klutch Sports Group, James’ agency, on Sunday.

It was widely thought that James, who turns 34 in December, would choose a team as a free agent. Doing so would not only give the athlete a chance at a ninth NBA finals appearance, but would likely lead him to another match-up against back-to-back NBA champions the Golden State Warriors.

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(The warriors have faced James four consecutive times for the Larry O’Brien trophy, winning three of the match-ups.)

But James’ decision wasn’t cut-and-dry from the start, as several teams — barring some trades or free agency signings — were in solid position to sign the star, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and the Cavaliers.

Since the 2018 NBA Finals ended in an embarrassing sweep of the Cavaliers by the Warriors, James has said that his next move would come down to what he felt was best for his children — Bryce Maximus James, 10, LeBron James Jr., 13, and Zhuri James, 3 — and his wife, Savannah Brinson.

Although James has kept mum about any preferences, that hasn’t stopped NBA analysts and fans from speculating where he’d end up. Discussions about which team is the favorite to land the superstar have changed from week to week.

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Initially, many believed that James would switch conferences from the East to the West to sign with the Rockets, joining all-stars Chris Paul and James Harden. The Rockets held a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals before Paul suffered a hamstring injury, which allowed the Warriors to take the series in seven games.

The Sixers also seemed to be a good fit, as James would likely be able to reach the finals once again with young stars like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

But the tide appeared to turn in the Lakers’ favor in early June when NBA legend Gary Payton said in an interview that LeBron James Jr. had signed up to attend an LA-area school for eighth grade.

Then, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs allegedly demanded a trade, saying he preferred to be sent to the Lakers for the upcoming season, according to ESPN. This fueled rumors that James, Leonard, and free agent Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder were planning to create a super team in Los Angeles to rival the Warriors. George signed a contract with Oklahoma City as soon as free agency began.

Because Leonard cannot opt out of his contract until next summer, he hasn’t had much say in where he’ll go. And the Spurs have been reluctant to trade their best player to another team in the Western Conference. Still, without another big-time player heading to the LA team, many were unsure whether James would pick the Lakers after all.

Now that he has made his choice known, the rest of the NBA can plan their next moves.

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This isn’t the first time James has sent shockwaves through the NBA as a free agent.

In a controversial move, now known as “The Decision,” James took to ESPN for a televised interview in 2010 where he announced he was leaving Cleveland and “taking talents to South Beach” to join Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

Many criticized James’ decision and denounced the dramatic announcement. Thus, the phrase “taking my talents” quickly became a meme. At the start of his first season in Miami, James expressed slight regret about how he went about breaking the news.

“If I had to go back on it, I probably would do it a little bit different”, James told the New York Times. “But I’m happy with my decision.”

He would go on to win two consecutive championships with the Heat in 2012 and 2013.

But James would surprise the basketball world once again in 2014 when he announced that he was rejoining the Cavaliers in a Sports Illustrated article titled “I’m Coming Home.” This time, the announcement was well-received by many (except Heat fans, of course).

Though James — who was born a short ways from Cleveland in Akron, Ohio — is leaving the team once again, during his four years back, he helped to give something to the city they never had before: an NBA championship.

Along with point guard Kyrie Irving, James led the Cavs to a thrilling Game 7 victory over the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. It was the first professional sports title for Cleveland in over half-a-century, and, though his time with the team is over (for now?), for the city, those memories will certainly last a lifetime.


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In a new blog post on Tuesday, Twitter committed to continue dealing with problems that have long plagued the website: spam and harassment.

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Since the 2016 election, malicious bot and troll accounts have hounded users across Twitter with fake news and abusive comments. In an effort to combat this issue, the company announced that new users will be required to confirm either an email address or phone number. The company added that there would be exceptions for legitimate users whose safety would be jeopardized without anonymity.  Read more…

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Bobby Brown’s Sister Regrets Taking Photo Of Whitney’s Drug Infested Bathroom

Bobby Brown’s sister is speaking out about Kanye West using the photo of Whitney Houston’s hot mess of a bathroom on Pusha-T‘s album.

Tina Brown wants you to know that Kanye did not pay her for use of the photo, which she shamefully regrets taking at a “low and self-destructive” time in her life.

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The Blast spoke with Tina, former sister-in-law of Whitney, and she claims “Kanye West did not purchase the picture from me or my son [Shayne Brown].”

The National Enquirer owns the rights to the photo after Tina sold it as part of a story back in 2006. She says the photo represents a night she and Whitney were deep in a drug binge that included smoking crack-cocaine.

Brown admits, “During the time the picture was taken, in 2006, my sister Whitney and I were at a very low and self-destructive point in our lives, it was not only her mess, it was mine as well.”

Whitney Houston’s drug habit cost her teeth according to Tina, who claimed Houston wore false teeth.

“She loses them in the house and when she’s out on drug binges,” Tina revealed in 2006, according to chatterbusy. “They cost $ 6000 and the dentist has to keep FedEx’ing her a new set.”

After Whitney’s death, the coroner’s report indicated that she wore dentures.

Brown is adamant that “the public attention and speculation, brought on by Kanye’s broadcasted purchase of that picture and usage have opened old wounds.” She also wants to hear from Kanye about “why he feels the picture is significant to him, at this time.”

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Stephen Colbert Calls Out Trump for ‘Taking Bribes’ From China

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This week, President Trump sent out a tweet that left many in the intelligence community—and beyond—scratching their heads:

The president’s desire to ease U.S. sanctions against ZTE seemed strange given not only his consistent anti-China rhetoric (and “Make America Great Again” motto), but also how, just last month, the Trump administration banned the Chinese telecom giant after “accusing it of violating a deal in which it agreed to pay $ 1.2 billion for evading U.S. sanctions on North Korea and Iran,” reported CNN.

If that weren’t enough, during a Senate Intelligence hearing in February, six top U.S. intelligence chiefs—including the heads of the CIA, FBI, and NSA—spoke out against ZTE, with FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying, “We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.” He added, “That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

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The Riveting Cold War Romance Taking Cannes by Storm

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At least in our collective imaginations, the Communist era in Eastern Europe is always in black and white. This is partially because of the legacy of great black-and-white films by Polish masters such as Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Has and also because we’ve been conditioned to think of the Stalinist years as perpetually gray and depressing.

In his new film, Cold War (which premiered in competition at Cannes on Thursday), the Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski (who made his early features in Britain) presents a nuanced portrait of life behind the fabled Iron Curtain from 1949-1964, while evoking the bleak reality of those times by shooting the film (as was true of Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning Ida) in sepia tones.

Although Pawlikowski can obviously not evade confronting the ideological stupidity and bureaucratic blunders of life under Stalinism, Cold War is primarily a love story set against the backdrop of Polish Communism. An intimate epic that transports its characters to a number of countries—East Germany, France and Yugoslavia in addition to Poland—the melancholy narrative traces the ill-fated relationship of middle-aged Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a talented composer and pianist, and Zula (Joanna Kuling), the teenaged singer and dancer who becomes his muse and lifelong obsession.

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Say What Now? White Woman Calls the Cops on Black Yale Student Taking a Nap in Dorm Common Room [Video]

In today’s episode of ‘Living While Black,’ a white graduate student at Yale called the police on a Black student who fell asleep in the common area of their dorm.

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The white woman confronted Lolade Siyonbola, 34, after she fell asleep on the couch in the school’s Hall of Graduate Studies.

“I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room,” she said to Siyonbola.

When police arrived at the scene, they told Siyonbola “She called us [and] said there’s somebody who appeared they weren’t … where they were supposed to be.”  

The cops, who asked to see Siyonbola’s ID, proceeded to question her for more than 15 minutes before they confirmed she was a student at Yale.

They said the process was prolonged because her name was misspelled in a school database of student information.

During their interactions, Siyonbola unlocked the door to her dorm room to show them that she was a student and called the officers’ behavior “harassment.”

“I really don’t know if there’s a justification for you actually being in the building,” she said.

“I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else. I’m not going to justify my existence here.”

More than 350,000 people watched Siyonbola’s Facebook videos, with some commenters expressing their support while others commended her for remaining calm.

Lynn Cooley, the dean of Yale’s graduate school of arts and sciences, sent an email to graduate students addressing the situation on Tuesday.

“Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,” she wrote.

“I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment.”

You can watch video of this infuriating incident below. We commend Lolade for handling this unnecessary encounter so calmly.

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‘To Be Number One Is the Target.’ China’s Ding Junhui Is Taking on the World Snooker Championship

Ding Junhui isn’t wearing the requisite waistcoat and bowtie of the professional snooker circuit, but even dressed in a baggy jogging suit, he isn’t difficult to pick out of the crowd. Ball after ball vanishes as Ding glides around the green baize, wielding his cue with metronomic ease. “I’m trying to make my rhythm more relaxed so games are like practice routines,” he tells TIME between training sessions at his snooker club in northwest Beijing. “How to take off the pressure and just play is the hardest part.”

All top sportsmen must deal with the weight of expectation, though it’s hard to imagine a burden comparable to Ding’s. China’s most successful player has been hailed by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn as “the true superstar of the sport” in China, and more than a quarter of his homeland’s television viewing public — some 210 million people — tuned in to see his World Championship final defeat in 2016. (That’s double the viewers of last year’s Super Bowl.) The World Championship begins again on April 21 and Ding is determined to realize his potential by finally seizing the game’s top prize. (Eventual champion Mark Selby knocked him out at the semifinal stage last year.)

“To win the World Championship and to be world number one is the target for the next few years,” says Ding, his cherubic face and softly spoken demeanor masking inner steel that has seen him claim 13 ranking titles. “This is very hard, I know, because [snooker] careers are quite short. I’m now just over 30. There is just only one thing, to keep going and find more chances to win.”

Snooker is an unfamiliar sport for many Americans — a cousin of cue games like pocket billiards, though played on a surface about four times the size of your average pub pool table. Snooker has grown wildly popular in Asia following the success of Ding and Hong Kong’s Marco Fu. The winner of the World Championship takes home a cool $ 600,000 in prize money, which is many times the purse for the pool equivalent. About 70 million people are estimated to play cue sports in China each week, with thousands of snooker and pool clubs strewn across both big cities and donkey-cart towns.

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As a result, Hearn’s bold prediction that half of snooker’s top 16 will soon hail from China doesn’t look farfetched. “The future’s so bright, I should be wearing sunglasses,” five-time snooker World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan said of upcoming Chinese talent at last year’s Evergrande China Championship. A raft of top young Chinese players have joined the professional tour, many inspired by Ding’s achievements. Although Ding was briefly world number one, he currently ranks third. There will be four other Chinese players — Li Hang, Cao Yupeng, Xiao Gudong and Yan Bingtao — chalking up at the legendary Crucible Theatre this month. “I picked up the cue all because of watching him,” Yan, 18, has said of Ding. “He is like an elder brother to all of us. We worship him.”

There is a superhuman quality to mastering snooker; rounded pockets and a lightening-quick surface render the sport less forgiving than pool, with titanic concentration required to build large scores. It’s also a rare sport where true perfection is possible. Team games like soccer or basketball contend with myriad external factors, whereas even tennis and golf matches may turn on a gust of wind or peculiar divot. The snooker table, by contrast, is like a vacuum; every facet is controllable, every shot theoretically possible. Top players only ever really play against themselves, meaning defeat always entails an avoidable blunder. This adds a significant psychological burden. “With football, sometimes you don’t play well but your team mates are playing great, so you still can win,” says Ding. “With snooker you have to win everything yourself. It’s a more of a mental game.”

It’s one that Ding has been honing since he was just eight years old, when his father spotted his son’s potential on the communal pool table below the family’s apartment in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu. Before long his parents sold their home and grocery business and moved the family 1,000 miles south to Guangdong province — considered China’s snooker Mecca — so Ding could work with the nation’s best professional coaches. He was pulled out of school to concentrate solely on snooker at just 12 years old, winning the Amateur Championships at 14 and turning pro at just 16.

As a teenager, Ding was sent to the British steel-smelting city of Sheffield, where the World Championship takes place each year. Stepping off the plane alone without speaking any English was a jolting experience. “It was scary at first,” he says. “I was always very shy. Every day I just wished to see another snooker player to play with.” But Ding is sanguine about missing out on simple childhood pleasures, insisting that the only pressure he ever felt was from himself. “Everyone of the age 10 or 11 likes to have some childlike time, to play some games,” says Ding. “This is what I lost… now I am getting something back.”

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Dan Mullan—Getty Images Ding Junhui of China looks on during his first round match against Kyren Wilson of England at the Dafabet Masters in London on Jan. 15, 2017.

Still, from diving and gymnastics to table tennis, China has a reputation for putting inordinate pressure on young athletes that can verge on abuse. Parents are lured to surrender talented children to state sporting academies on promises of national glory and future commercial spoils. There, kids train until tendons snap and retinas detach, while neglecting regular studies. Some 45% of former athletes in China fail to find work after retirement, according to a 2010 report by the state-run Nanjing Daily newspaper. The nation’s best snooker players are recruited by the CBSA World Snooker Academy in Beijing, where 30 pupils from six to 22 years old play from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, according to the BBC.

For Ding, spending endless days alone with a snooker table is ultimately counterproductive. He says Chinese players often lack tactical and defensive instincts because they are used to clearing up every ball in just one visit. “But if you lose your concentration, lose your plotting, you’ve got nothing left,” he says. But even more damaging can be the psychological toll of isolation on youngsters. After eight to ten hours a day with just a snooker table for company, “I would get outside and forget how to speak to people, because you spend all day alone in a room,” he says. “It’s too much.” Ding says the game quickly went from being an all-engrossing passion to feeling “more like a day job.” Today, though, “I try to enjoy it more,” he says.

Ding hopes rekindling his love for the game can help spur him to the world title. Today, practice sessions last just three hours a day, and he books regular free time traveling the world and not thinking about snooker. More importantly, he isn’t lonely on or off the green baize. His wife is expecting their first child — “I don’t know what to do, so I have to learn quick!” Ding says — though he balks at the thought of raising another snooker superstar in the family. “Snooker is so boring,” Ding laughs, “my first choice [for my child] would not be this, something else.” Ding says his father didn’t push him to excel at the sport, but rather supported his decision. “I chose this for myself,” he says of his freedom as a child. As for raising his own, “I think I will let mine do the same.”

With video by Zhang Chi / Beijing

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Taking a ‘Drug Holiday’ to Avoid Bone Injuries

Annette L. Adams, PhD, MPH, is committed to helping women avoid bone injuries that limit their mobility, and in some cases, end their lives.

During her eight years as a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research & Evaluation, in Pasadena, California, Adams’ interest in osteoporosis has led her to investigate many aspects of bone health, especially hip fractures and atypical femoral fracture, rare fractures of the thigh.

One of her studies, published this week in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, focused on bisphosphonates, a group of osteoporosis drugs. She wanted to know if women who took a “drug holiday” — or a strategic interruption in their medication treatment plan — from bisphosphonates had an increased risk of getting fractures.

The study was supported by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research, a national center that leverages the expertise of Kaiser Permanente’s eight regional research centers and selected operational analytical groups to answer comparative effectiveness and safety questions that affect health and care delivery.

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We recently talked with Adams about the study and the potential impact of its findings on patients and clinical care.

What did you investigate in this study?

The most commonly used treatments for osteoporosis are medications called bisphosphonates. They reduce the chance of fractures. Hip fractures are the most serious consequence of osteoporosis.

In the last 10 years, we’ve seen reports of rare but potentially serious problems associated with bisphosphonates, including atypical femoral fractures. These fractures seem to occur in younger, healthier women. There are many questions about the related risk factors, including who gets the fractures and how to prevent them. Researchers and clinicians have discussed the idea of stopping the bisphosphonates after women have gotten the maximum fracture protection. Our study looked at drug holidays for bisphosphonates and how they affected the risk of fractures.

Our study included more than 39,000 woman aged 45 years and older from five states that Kaiser Permanente serves. Each had taken bisphosphonates continuously for three years. We then compared fracture outcomes for women in the group who subsequently went for 12 months without bisphosphonates (the drug holiday group) to women who continued to use them regularly and to those who continued to use them intermittently.

What was the key finding?

Women who take a year-long holiday after three years of continuous bisphosphonate use don’t appear to be at any increased risk for osteoporosis-related fragility fracture, hip fracture, or fracture of the vertebrae of the spine, when compared to women who continue to use bisphosphonates regularly or women who continue to use bisphosphonates intermittently.

What does that mean for patients and clinicians?

The findings suggest that taking a break from bisphosphonates remains a reasonable option for some women. In some instances, this might mean having women switch to a different drug while continuing to closely monitor the potential for these atypical stress fractures.

Osteoporosis-related fractures are a big deal, especially hip and vertebral fractures. For many women, an injury can lead to loss of mobility or can be life threatening, even life ending. The more I learn about these fractures, the more I want to prevent them. The surgery and care are very costly in economic and human terms, and the injuries are largely preventable.

How did you decide to focus this specific topic?

A few years ago, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research surveyed clinical leaders asking about comparative effectiveness or safety questions that are unanswered and could affect clinical practice. The center chose several topics, then found scientists who could work on the questions. This study came out of that process. It is a natural extension of work I had already been doing, so I was asked to lead the CESR study. It’s a nice example of how research scientists can interact with our care delivery system leaders and improve the care we offer patients. Research findings like these can influence organizational policy and practice.

It’s our hope that these findings will be considered by physicians as they make decisions about whether to implement drug holidays for some of their patients who have been on bisphosphonates for more than three years.

Co-authors on the study were: John L. Adams, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research, Pasadena, California; Marsha A. Raebel, PharmD, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver; Beth T. Tang, MA,  Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research; Jennifer L. Kuntz, PhD, the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Portland, Oregon; Vinutha Vijayadeva, PhD, MPH, the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Honolulu; Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research; Wendolyn S. Gozansky, MD, MPH, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

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The Department of Research & Evaluation conducts high-quality, innovative research into disease etiology, prevention, treatment and care delivery. Investigators conduct epidemiologic research, health services research, biostatistics research, and behavioral research as well as clinical trials. Major areas of study include chronic disease, infectious disease, cancer, drug safety and effectiveness, and maternal and child health. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, the department focuses on translating research to practice quickly to benefit the health and lives of Kaiser Permanente Southern California members and the general public. Visit kp.org/research.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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Taking care of kids when you’re sick is a special kind of hell

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“Mom! Can you move the fridge? I lost a ball behind there!”

It’s not actually that hard to move our fridge. It rolls pretty easily. It’s just that I was sitting at the kitchen table with a low-grade fever and a miserable case of strep, and it would have been nice if someone asked me why I cried when I swallowed rather than demanding I move appliances.

This is how it is when you’re a mom. Everyone expects you to continue life as usual, even when you feel like you’re swallowing razors.

I asked my friends and every one of them has stories of being sick and having to rally because someone has to keep making sure the kids are safe and healthy and somewhat fed. I once let my 2-year-old sit in the middle of the living room floor, happily ripping all the pages out of his books, while I lay on the couch with a stomach bug. I figured he was safe. He was occupied. I could eventually replace the books. But I couldn’t summon the energy to make him stop and find something else to do at that point.

Crysti did something similar when her babies were young.

“I get migraines and when Andrew was a pre-walker I would get them (and I struggled hard with some depression) but of course couldn’t just stay in bed all day. There were a couple of days that I put him in his circle play bouncer thing with snacks and toys on it, a baby Einstein on the tv and I’d sleep on the floor next to him. My sweet mom reminded me that as long as he was safe and I was near, I was doing a good enough job as a mom. Good enough was a much better mantra than perfect!”

Kristin said that when she was pregnant with her second baby, she caught a stomach bug. “I remember running around trying to take care of my toddler with emergency trips to the bathroom every so often 😭😂 it was hectic!”

I’ve been there — taking kids to school or to the park to get them out of the house and all the while scoping out the nearest place to toss my cookies, just in case.

There is also the rare moment when the kids do realize you’re sick. And they come up next to you, lying prone and miserable on the couch, and pat your cheek with those tiny, chubby hands and ask, “You okay, Mommy?” I won’t say it makes everything better, but it does really really help.

Have you ever been sick and had to rally for the kids?

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What happens on vacation stays on vacation … unless you post the proof to social media!

On Saturday, Bella Hadid shared a throwback photo of herself and pal Kendall Jenner running out into the ocean for a little topless swim — with their bikini tops still in their hands.

In the risqué snap, the supermodel friends are joined by two of their mutual friends, singer Justine Skye and photographer Renell Medrano, all of whom were wearing cheeky pairs of thong bathing suit bottoms.

“Woke up missing this pureeee love. 💙🦋” Hadid, 21, wrote alongside the sun-filled snap.

While Hadid didn’t specify which vacation the shot was from, it could have taken on the tropical vacation the famous friends enjoyed together in May 2017. In photos documenting that fun-filled trip, the models appeared to be wearing very similar bathing suits to the ones they were (partly) wearing in Hadid’s throwback snap.

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Why I stood up for my health by taking the BRCA gene test

Why I stood up for my health by taking the BRCA gene test


Why I stood up for my health by taking the BRCA gene test

I had just started college when it happened. Without any preamble or warning, my mother found out she had cancer.

My mom never liked going to the doctor to begin with, so by the time she received her diagnosis, she needed immediate surgery to remove the cancer. According to my parents, the surgery wasn’t going to be a big deal — just a quick in and out procedure — so I went to class that day. Several hours later, I received an unexpected update: the cancer had spread so much that my dad needed to make the abrupt decision to consent to a full hysterectomy in order to save mom’s life.

My mom took several months to recover — time we spent putting together puzzles and watching soap operas — but she pulled through. From that moment on, my mom preached to my sister and I about the importance of getting ourselves checked regularly, but it wasn’t until years later that we began to look at our genetic health differently.

Our dad was diagnosed with cancer, and again, it came out of nowhere.

We knew that he’d been feeling sick, but doctors had a hard time pinpointing his illness. They had previously dismissed the idea of cancer, so we weren’t prepared for the diagnosis.

While my father began his first rounds of chemotherapy, I began to reflect on just what my parents’ illnesses meant for my own wellness. I always assumed that my mom’s sickness was a fluke; with no family history of uterine or ovarian cancer, it just seemed like bad luck. But now my dad had cancer too, and when we started to factor in this aunt’s breast cancer, and that uncle’s tumors, and that cousin’s melanoma — it added up to a grab-bag of genetic uncertainty.

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My sister and I agreed to become more aggressive about our Pap smears and cancer screenings. We planned to beat cancer before it snuck up on us — but shortly after, my sister had to undergo surgery to remove fibroids and burn off cancerous cell bundles in her cervix.

It was overwhelming, and it’s what finally woke me up. My sister — a woman nearly two years younger than me, the mother of two precious girls — had a brief but terrifying encounter with cancer. It could come back even stronger. And it could happen to me.

I wasn’t sure what I could do, but I needed to do something — so I began researching the deadliest cancers for women.

While searching for answers, I learned about the BRCA genetic mutation. It refers to mutations in either the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, and the presence of these mutations have significant implications for a person’s risk for cancer. If a mutation is present, the risk for breast cancer increases by 65% and the risk for ovarian cancer increases by 39%. Shockingly, the mutations also increase the risk of fallopian tube cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast and prostate cancer in men.

I learned that genetic testing to identify these mutations is available and recommended to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or who has a family history, and the results let you take as many preventive steps as medical advancements will let you. Eager for answers, I quickly began the lengthy process of getting the testing approved for me through my insurance.

The nurse practitioner who walked me through the process explained that, if the results came back positive, the next step would be to remove my breasts with a double mastectomy and have a full hysterectomy.

I was prepared to do what I needed.

***

After weeks of waiting, I received my results: NEGATIVE.

The results have brought me a tentative sense of relief, but I’ll never shake the knowledge that a clean bill of health is a fragile and fleeting thing.

We women put the wellbeing of others ahead of our own so often that we regularly forget about our own wellness.

Just as you cannot pull water from an empty well, if we don’t take care of ourselves first, then there will be nothing left for those who depend on us. We can start taking a more proactive approach to our own health starting now. We can take the mystery out of what’s lurking around in our DNA.

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Yes, John Oliver is back.

After several months off, the irascible Brit returned to the desk of Last Week Tonight for its fifth season premiere. He began by addressing the “heartbreaking events” of Parkland, Florida, wherein a MAGA hat-wearing 19-year-old armed with a legally-purchased AR-15 assault rifle targeted the students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, taking 17 lives in a hail of gunfire. 

“These events are now so familiar, we basically automatically know how each side will play out: ‘thoughts and prayers,’ ‘fuck your thoughts and prayers,’ ‘it’s a mental health problem,’ ‘yeah, but it’s also a gun problem,’ and then someone says ‘now’s not the time to talk about gun control,’ and then everybody moves on until it inevitably happens again,” said Oliver.

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Blue Majik Is the New Superfood Taking Instagram by Storm

Acai bowls, you’ve been dethroned. Instagram’s latest wellness obsession/smoothie bowl base of choice isn’t a deep, dark purple but an electrifying Smurf blue. Blue Majik, an intriguingly named blue-green algae supplement that’s been popular in health food stores for years, is just now gaining traction amongst wellness bloggers and ‘grammers. Why? Well, in addition to turning all that it touches the aforementioned Insta-baity shade of teal, the spirulina extract boasts some seriously compelling potential health benefits.

As Brooke Alpert, registered dietitian and author of The Diet Detox, recently told Fashionista: “Blue Majik is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin A and iron, which are all part of a balanced and healthy diet. Vitamin B12 is essential for nervous system function and the creation of red blood cells. Vitamin A supports healthy eye function and a healthy immune system. Iron and other minerals help build strong bones and teeth, blood, skin and hair. Using Blue Majik as a supplement to improve your overall health and bodily function could be beneficial to some.” (Read: if you struggle with constipation, this will help you go.) Per Alpert, Blue Majik is also “a great choice for vegans and vegetarians who may have more difficulty getting enough B12 and iron from a plant-based diet.”

Simone Shepard, VP of product development at Juice Generation, joined Alpert in singing Blue Majik’s praises: “To say that this powerhouse ingredient is a superfood is an understatement,” she began. “Blue Majik has risen amongst purveyors of health drinks and foods because of its richness in amino acids and antioxidants. It boasts a powerful deck of nutrients: protein, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins A, K, B12, iron and manganese.” It’s also chock-full of C-phycocyanin, a pigment-protein that’s been shown to help remove heavy metals from the body, reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, maintain healthy pH levels and protect cells from DNA damage. (Insert low whistle here.)

Still, as with any health fad — especially ones fueled by “like”-ability — it’s recommended you consult with your doctor before adding this supplement to your diet, which should still primarily consist of regular health foods like organic fruits, veggies, etc. “Blue Majik has some antioxidants in it, and anytime something has antioxidants it is beneficial,” nutritionist Stephanie Clarke told the Cut. “But there is not a lot of research to say it is more beneficial than other foods with antioxidants.”

Also, it’s not all roses: the algae-derived ingredient has been shown to cause side effects like nausea, upset stomach and fatigue, and if you’ve got health issues that are aggravated by the consumption of iron or vitamin B12, it’s definitely not for you.

Got the go-ahead from your doctor or anxious to just see what all the fuss is about? Click through the slideshow above for some delectable Blue Majik food porn (and recipes). Yes, there are smoothies and smoothie bowls, but also donuts, cheesecake, waffles and even a cocktail or latte or two.

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Taking on Trump’s Dangerous Nuclear Posture Review

Today, the Trump Administration published its Nuclear Posture Review—the document that lays out the United States’ plan for maintaining, enhancing and using its nuclear arsenal for the next decade. It has one goal: to scare you into accepting Trump’s proposals and shame you if you don’t.

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The Obama-era Nuclear Posture Review set a pretty high threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. Though the Obama Administration did not adopt a nuclear no-first-use policy, the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review stated that the United States would only use nuclear weapons in “extreme circumstances.” It added that the U.S. would never use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review actually says the same thing—literally, the same exact phrases—but with a few key differences. Trump’s review claims that the world is more dangerous than ever—and then suggests that building more nuclear weapons systems is the safest solution.

From the start, Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review makes the world sound absolutely terrifying. It claims that Russia is developing and deploying new nuclear warheads. It also paints China as a potential nuclear threat to the U.S. It casts doubt on the nation’s existing nuclear arsenal and, by doing so, casts doubt on the safety of its residents.

These exaggerated and unverified claims make the reader feel like she’s about to suffer a fiery and radiation-laced death. Trump’s solution is to suggest that new, easily-deployable nuclear weapons will increase our safety. The Review uses language like “necessary,” “need” and “essential” to imply that we have no other choice but to develop more nuclear weapons. Thus far, none of us has been bombed by China, Russia or North Korea—but according to the Trump administration, these past decades of nuclear peace were just dumb luck.

The 2010 Review left some loopholes for the use of nuclear weapons. It didn’t exclude the use of nuclear weapons against countries that have nuclear weapons and launch a conventional attack against the U.S.without using their nukes; i also left the door open to using nuclear weapons against states that don’t have nukes but aren’t in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. In either of these cases, the Administration’s threshold of “extreme circumstances” would still have had to be met to warrant a nuclear response. While the 2010 Review was vague, this vagueness actually left U.S. adversaries in doubt about what would and would not prompt a nuclear response. This uncertainty is the core of deterrence.

The Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review lowers the threshold for a U.S. nuclear response. It uses the same language as the 2010 Review, but then goes on to outline the exact situations to which the U.S. would respond with a nuclear weapon—including non-nuclear attacks on the population, infrastructure and attack warning systems of the U.S. or its allies as well as attacks on the nuclear arsenal itself. This means that if China conducted a cyber-attack on a U.S. command system, Trump could launch a nuclear weapon. If Egypt disabled one of Israel’s attack assessment controls, Trump could launch a nuclear weapon.

The Review also contradicts itself in regard to the capabilities of U.S. conventional forces. When justifying the need for more nuclear weapons, it claims that a conventional response to attack could not replace a nuclear one. When referring directly to potential adversaries, it asserts that the United States will defeat non-nuclear attacks across a range of contexts. The contradiction casts doubt on the Review’s claim that more nuclear weapons are essential to U.S. security and highlights a recurring theme of “telling not showing” in the Review.

The Trump Administration is claiming that these policies, and the shockingly low threshold for nuclear action within them, will lead to a safer and more stable global threat environment. We’re not buying it. The policies set forth in this Nuclear Posture Review are extreme, and the tone of the Review inspires doubt and fear.

The Review thanks U.S. service members for their help with the nuclear deterrence “mission” more than once. It mentions that their work often goes unappreciated despite being of the “utmost importance.” It then goes further to state that they deserve unswerving support of the American people. This strategy is employed to imply that opposing the proposed policies is a criticism of U.S. service members and a rejection of a stable world. It also casts those who would reject the proposed policies as un-American. Despite this Nuclear Posture Review’s claims that the public has little appreciation for those who safeguard American security, it is those lives we must endeavor to protect. The reality is that reducing the threshold for nuclear weapons use increases the nuclear threat we face: A nuclear arms race would threaten global security, and more nuclear weapons could lead to unintended war.

This Nuclear Posture Review is playing off of a real perception that the dangers facing the United States have increased. This perception makes sense: We have a President tweeting nuclear threats at a hostile dictator who has been conducting missile tests. But the Trump Administration is counting on the idea that fear and doubt will prevent us from asking questions or challenging Trump’s policies. The reality is that we need to be asking difficult questions—and we must continue to look at any President’s policies with a critical eye.

Anne Armstrong is the Operations Coordinator at Women’s Action for New Directions, where she provides project coordination support to both WAND and WiLL projects to promote the education of women legislators the engagement of activists about key peace and security policy issues. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University.

Cassandra Varanka is the Nuclear Weapons Policy Coordinator at WAND, where she connects its work with the larger nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation community and key policy makers. Prior to joining WAND, Cassandra served as a Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, advising on foreign policy, defense, judiciary and other issues. Cassandra holds a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College.

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Is it enough that BBC male presenters are taking pay cuts to lessen the gender pay gap?

Or should the BBC’s female presenters be paid more?

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The BBC was forced to publish its annual report last year after considerable pressure from the Government to increase transparency. But the report didn’t just reveal who were the corporation’s highest earners, it also revealed exactly how much they were paid, and unsurprisingly there was a huge gender pay gap.

The figures showed that men make up two thirds of the highest paid talent at the BBC. In fact in the list of its top ten earners, there were only three women: Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman (earning at most £499,999), The One Show presenter Alex Jones (at most £449,999) and news anchor Fiona Bruce (at most £399,999).

And if you thought that sounded bad, brace yourselves for this one – the top four male BBC presenters collectively earn £5.5 million a year whilst the top four female BBC presenters collectively earn £1,749,996.

Since the news broke, people have been refusing to tolerate the inequality, with BBC China editor Carrie Gracie publicly quitting her role over the pay disparity between male and female editors.

The BBC’s director Lord Hall pledged to close the gap by 2020, with today seeming to bring a proposed solution – but is it enough?

It was announced today that some of the BBC’s leading male presenters have agreed to receive a pay cut in order to level out the pay gap, including Jeremy Vine, Huw Edwards and John Humphrys.

The timing is interesting for 74-year-old Humphrys, who was caught up in controversy just weeks ago, after a leaked recording showed him laughing at that very same gender gap he’s now trying to fix.

‘I think it needs to be sorted out and I support my female colleagues who have rightly said they should be paid the same when they’re doing the same job,’ announced BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine. ‘It’s just a no-brainer, so it wasn’t a problem for me to accept one.’

Is it enough though?

Not according to author Sarah Mower, who took to her Instagram this morning to shout down the news.

‘So! This BBC newsreader Huw Edwards (paid £500k+) is taking a pay cut maybe because some people such as me complained to Lord Hall in writing that Laura Kuenssburg the political editor of the BBC is paid precisely half of him, due to glaring lack of penis,’ she posted to her 35k followers. ‘BUT isn’t this just another way of women NOT getting a rise to parity with males? Where are THOSE announcements? So now Edwards feels he looks a bit better and the BBC thinks it does too?’

She concluded: ‘Men agreeing pay cuts is fuck all to do with women. NO. #timesup We need an equivalent term to Greenwashing for sexist corporate coverup posturing. #HOGWASHING.’

‘We’ve already set out a range of action we’re taking on fair pay,’ announced the BBC in a statement. ‘We’ll have more to say on the issue next week’.

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Braless women are taking over Instagram

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Sundial CEO: 3 Steps to Taking Your Business from Mom-and-Pop to the Big Leagues

When Unilever announced an agreement to acquire Sundial Brands, (No. 10 on the 2017 BE Top 100 list with $ 300 million in revenues) for an undisclosed—but surely landmark—amount, many wondered whether the company behind SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage would remain loyal to its consumers, values, and mission.

CEO Richelieu Dennis assures that it will.

But others in the business world—especially those among the fastest growing population of entrepreneurs in the world: black women—may also be wondering: How can I take my company to the next level to even be noticed or invested in by the Unilevers of the world? How can I expand my company’s mission and resources in the same way Sundial has? What’s the key to attracting lucrative partnerships or investors?

 

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In an exclusive interview with Black Enterprise, Dennis shared three vital steps for women entrepreneurs to take in doing just that. The formula is actually fundamentally more simple than you’d think:

 

Determine your true north.

 

“Be very clear in what you’re trying to do and then go out and do it. Stick to it,” Dennis says. “Once you have a true north, it gives you great guidance. Mine has been investing in my community, and we’ve done that for 25-plus years. I make decisions around what I need to do for this business that will allow me to invest in my community.

 

Make sure you’re creating and offering a product that is truly adding value to your consumer’s life.

 

“When nobody was making natural products that worked for women of color, SheaMoisture was,” he says. “We’ve remained true to that for over 25 years. We’ve evolved over that 25 years, scaled, but we have not lost sight in making a great product for our consumers.”

 

Think and network outside the box, and be fearless in finding ways to expand and grow.

 

“Stand in the gap and do not be afraid to build your business, even in the face of adversity or critics. If you’re doing the right thing and for the right reasons, do not be afraid,” he says. “We see a lot of competition that comes through when we don’t have access to resources and we don’t have the freedom to go after other consumers. Every day, people from different cultures go into our communities and do business there. … at the end of the day, every night, they leave our communities and take those dollars and invest in their communities.”

 

 

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Nas Allegedly Taking Ex-Wife Kelis To Court Over Visitation Rights With His Son

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Rapper Nas is reportedly fed up with his unofficial visitation arrangement with ex-wife and singer, KelisThe Blast reports.

In court documents obtained by the site, Nas has tried to “work cooperatively with Kelis over the years,” but Kelis only “allows him to exercise his custody with their son when she deems it convenient for her.”

The documents allege the visitation schedule is so sporadic that Kelis has refused “to set up time for [their] son and [Nas]  to spend time together,” for months at a time.

A preliminary plan reportedly put together by Nas and his legal team asks for the Queen’s lyricist to spend time with their son, Knight Jones, on the first, third and fifth weekend of every month.

He also asked that their son spend Mother’s Day with Kelis, Father’s Day with him, and they both get their son on their respective birthdays.

Knight is the pair’s only son. They divorced after 5 years of marriage in 2010.

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Pink Says Christina Aguilera Once Swung on Her in a Club: ‘I’m Used to Taking My Altercations Physical’ [Video]

Pink stopped by ‘Watch What Happens Live’ and opened up about her former feud with Christina Aguilera.

The ladies have since made-up, but Pink says that back in the day things nearly got physical between them.

“We were super young and super new at the whole thing. I think I’m an alpha and she’s an alpha. And I’m used to taking my altercations physical and she’s used to having them verbal. We’re just very different,” said Pink. “Women have to learn how to support each other. It’s not taught to us on the playground.”

Andy then pressed Pink to find out if things ever DID get physical, and she revealed they almost came to blows once.

“Actually, she swung on me in a club, which was hilarious. I was like, ‘What’s happening right now. What’s happening?’”

Thankfully, they can laugh about it now.

“We’re fine. Look, she’s so talented and deep down, I’ve had bad days too, she’s a really sweet person. We made up on The Voice. I mean, it was funny, I laughed. We made up on The Voice. I hadn’t seen her in years and years and years and we became moms. We grew up and we hugged it out. It’s that simple and I feel so good about that. And also, we did a song together,” she added.

That last tidbit Pink may have accidentally let slip. A caller asked Pink if she’d ever collaborate with Christina and she played coy.

“We may or may not have already collaborated. So, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that, but I just did.”

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Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo On Growing Up Undocumented, Taking on LeBron and Gunning for MVP

In 2013, Giannis Antetokounmpo, then 18 years old, finished a season in which he averaged 9.5 points and 5 rebounds for a second-division Greek pro team. Not exactly eye-popping statistics. Yet the Milwaukee Bucks picked Antetokounmpo 15th overall in that year’s NBA draft, betting that the lithe, 6’11” son of undocumented Nigerian immigrants to Greece could one day develop all-around skills that might conjure up comparisons to, say, Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant.

Milwaukee’s gamble has reversed the fortunes of the small-market franchise. Four years after the Bucks drafed Antetokounmpo, the man now known as the Greek Freak is on his way toward joining Durant, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the “best-player-on-the-planet” conversation. Last season, Antetokounmpo became the first player in NBA history to finish Top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.

During a wide-ranging interview at the Bucks’ shiny new training complex in downtown Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo—one of TIME’s 2017 Next Generation Leaders —discussed his unlikely journey to the top of the NBA, the lessons he’s learned along the way, and his career goals, which include nothing less than a title and MVP award. The Bucks open the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, when they take on the Boston Celtics in Boston.

(The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity)

What was your reaction to the blockbuster trade this summer in which the Cleveland Cavaliers sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and a bunch of other players and draft picks?

I was sitting at home, smiling. I think we have an opportunity right here, as an organization, to do something great. A lot of people from the East moved to the West. The East still has a lot of great players. But Kyrie left LeBron James. Isaiah Thomas left Boston. So both teams have new faces. They’ve got to figure it out as a team first, right? We have the same core from last year. We’re only going to get better. This our opportunity to go high.

This is the fourth year where we have the same core with this team. Year-by-year we’re figuring it out. We’re becoming stronger and stronger and older and older. And I think we’re going to do great things this year. I think we have a realistic goal of being top four in the East. By saying that, I don’t want to put pressure on my teammates and stuff. But that’s a realistic goal we can achieve.

We’ve seen several players over the years leave small market teams—Kevin Durant exiting Oklahoma City for Golden State the most prominent example. You’re signed with Milwaukee through 2021. Can see yourself here long-term?

Milwaukee is a small market team, but I love it. I’m a really competitive guy. I’m a really stubborn guy. That’s what makes me want to take Milwaukee to the top, make Milwaukee a big market team. That’s a goal I’ve set for myself. Hopefully one day I can achieve it.

Milwaukee is really quiet. The people here are really respectful. They can see me in the street, walking on the road. I can go to anyplace in Milwaukee without people being all over me. I appreciate that.

This is a team that helped me, drafted me with the 15th pick. I wasn’t ready to be in the NBA but they still drafted me, so I appreciate it. The organization, from day one, simple things like fixing me a bank account, moving me into my apartment, things like that I couldn’t do by myself because my family wasn’t here with me. I was 18. I want to show my appreciation for them. They showed me loyalty so I want to show loyalty back to them. Hopefully I can be here on this team for more years to come.

Sports Illustrated reported that at one point during your rookie season (2013-2014) you told teammates “I’m going to be in Milwaukee 20 years!” Do you stand by that?

Oh yeah. I want to be here. There are not a lot of players that have [spent there entire career with one team]. Kobe [Bryant], Tim Duncan and Dirk [Nowitzki]. I want to be one of them. I think I can do it. But I want to make this team great. I do not want to be here just to be here. I want us to win a championship. That’s my goal. As I said, I’m really stubborn, I’m really competitive. When I set goals, I achieve goals. Hopefully the front office can make the right moves, and bring the great players around me, Khris [Middleton], and Jabari [Parker]. And we can make this run for many years to come in Milwaukee.

Does seeing the criticism Durant faced when he left Oklahoma City make you want to double down on Milwaukee?

I did not see that and say to myself that ‘I do not want to do that.’ There is a reason in every move that an athlete makes. Durant was in OKC [for eight years, plus his rookie year when the franchise played in Seattle], they went once to the finals. But I think maybe they didn’t put the right people around him to win the championship. His goal was to win the championship, so he went to Golden State and won the championship. That’s his decision. I feel like I can win the championship here. If eventually my goal—winning a championship here—is not on the map, then you’ve got to make the right decision to win the championship, right? But if me and the front office and the people in he organization are on the same page, we can bring the party to Milwaukee.

What have you learned about leadership in your four years in the NBA?

The first thing I’ve learned is that it’s hard to be a leader. When you’re young, it’s hard to lead people that are older than you. When I was 20, [Bucks coach] Jason Kidd told me you’ve got to lead this team. Be more talkative in practice, be more vocal at the games. It was hard. I was 20 years old. I had to lead people next to me who were 40 years old.

You’ve got to lead by example. I cannot tell them to do something on the court that I wouldn’t do on the court. So I’ve got to be the first one here [for practice]. It’s in me since I was a little kid. I always had to be there for my family. I think that helped me a lot to adjust to the NBA, too.

In early 2016, during your third year, Jason Kidd made you the team’s point guard. Most NBA point guards aren’t 6’11” guys with scant pro experience. What was that adjustment like?

At first, it was kind of intimidating. Because it wasn’t a position I was really comfortable at. My rookie year, my sophomore year, I was more on the wings, more in the corners. I was just waiting for my time, waiting for the ball. But being the point guard you’ve got to have the ball. You’ve got to put your team into the right spot, you’ve got to know the plays that are going on. Sometimes when you’re in the corners and you’re on the wings, you can almost avoid a mistake because you don’t have the ball.

But thank God I had Jason Kidd, I had my coaching staff, I had my teammates that pushed me forward, pushed me to get better. It was kind of an easy adjustment. I was more talkative. I was putting my team in he right spot more. I think that kind of helped me grow my game.

Who are some of the leaders you emulate?

Magic Johnson. I think he’s done great things on the court, as a leader, and off the court, as a businessman. LeBron James, the things he does on the court, they’re unbelievable. There are people who I haven’t studied so much, but I admire. Like Muhammad Ali, for example. I remember, when I was young, my dad told me about Nelson Mandela. He sacrificed so many things for his people. There are people in life, that come on this earth, just to sacrifice their own good for other people.

What’s the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome to get where you are?

For me and my family, it was kind of a daily struggle. We had to hustle every day to provide a plate of food on our table. I think one of the biggest struggles I had to overcome was when my mother was sick. I was 17. I was kind of young, we were living in bad conditions. My mom was one of the leaders in our family, who made sure we went to school. She did everything for us.

So when she went down, someone had to take that step [up]. I think did it. I had to provide for my family. I had to make sure my little brothers would be on time in school. I had to make sure I was on time for practice.

I was on OK student. But my main focus was basketball. That was wrong. But I gave 100%. I told my mom I’m going to make it in basketball. I’m going to make sure that we have a better life. I’m going to make it for you so you can be better, and enjoy life more.

She’s great now. She’s smiling now, she’s enjoying life. She’s been a colleague right next to me.

It’s 2017. Before last season you signed a four-year, $ 100 million contract extension. How long ago were you still selling stuff on the street in Athens to make ends meet? It wasn’t all that long ago, right?

2012. Five years ago. I was just helping my mom, my dad. (Note: Antetokounmpo’s father, Charles, died suddenly of a heart attack on Sept. 29th, after this interview was conducted. Charles was 54.) It was kind of hard back then. My parents were illegal. It was kind of hard back then for my dad to work, and to provide for us because at any moment, a cop could stop my parents and deport them. So it was easier for my mom to work. They could show a little bit more pity on my mom when they saw her on the street.

But back then I used to do whatever I could. We used to sell watches, we used to sell glasses, we used to sell toys, clothes. It was fun. If I could do back and relive those moments, if I could press a switch and go back I definitely would. It was hard, but now when you look back, those were fun days man. We’re in a car, we would take trips. Me and my brothers all together, my dad sometimes. We were living family moments, and hustling and struggling together, as a family. That’s why we were so close as brothers.

But yes, I used to sell stuff until 2012. Then I focused on basketball for a year. Then 2013 I got drafted. Then in 2014 my older brother [Thanasis] got drafted [by the New York Knicks. He currently plays professionally in Greece].

Were you a good salesman?

I was the best. You can ask my mom, ask my bothers. Second was Thanasis or my mom. I just had the positive energy, the positive vibe. I knew how to make people buy stuff from me.

Was there ever a low moment? Where you thought ‘we might not make it. We might not eat tomorrow.’

There were a lot of moments like that. For example, if we didn’t sell stuff at night or during the day, you go back home and you don’t have money. So you’re like, ‘what am I going to do?’ You can go ask for money, but we didn’t have a lot of friends. My parents couldn’t have friends because they were illegal. Their friends could tell the cops, ‘come get them.’

So even now that [my parents] are in Milwaukee, it’s tough for them to have friends. Because for 25 years, they’ve lived without having friends. It’s tough to trust somebody.

We didn’t have the same opportunities as the other kids. I didn’t have a Greek passport until I was 18. We didn’t have the opportunity to be who we were destined to be, because we didn’t have the piece of paper.

You’ve said that your parents lived in fear. Did you feel that fear?

Yes. It’s tough. The reason I was afraid was because they’re going to deport my parents. The next day, I could wake up and my parents could be in a different country. They couldn’t deport me because I didn’t have a passport. Deport me to go where? Back to Nigeria? You couldn’t know where I’m from. I was born in Greece, I had a birth certificate. They couldn’t deport me. But they could deport my parents. So we were afraid as kids that one day we could wake up without our parents. That was one of the toughest feelings for us growing up as kids.

Your parents have had trouble trusting people. Is trusting people something you’ve had to learn to do?

Sure. Growing up having parents like mine, I think without them wanting to, it goes to the kids too. When I see my parents having trouble trusting people, growing up I’m going to having trouble trusting people too. But it was kind of easier for me because I went to school. So I was associated with a lot of kids, I had a lot of friends.

But it’s kind of hard. I can be having a conversation with a guy I just met, and my mom can call me and be like ‘Where are you?’ I’m like, ‘I’m having dinner with the guy I just met, we’re talking about this.’ She tells me, ‘make sure you ask this question, make sure you give me his number or his name so I can google him and make sure I know who he is.’ Stuff like that. So she still has that trust issue. I think it’s getting better and better and better since we moved to the States. But for me, it’s kind of easy to now trust people.

There are undocumented immigrants here in the United States who are living in similar circumstances as you and your family did in Greece. Recent government actions could force them to leave. What’s your reaction?

I haven’t followed it. It’s been a busy summer, and I’ve tried to stay more focused on basketball. But the thing that I have to say: people that were in the same situation as me, the most important thing is they’ve got to give them an opportunity. For me, that I’m sitting in this seat today, that I’m able to talk to TIME magazine, to a lot of people in the world, is because someone gave me an opportunity. There are a lot of people, a lot of Mexican people that people are talking about right now, they just need an opportunity to become great in life.

So I don’t want to talk too much about that subject, because I haven’t followed it enough yet to know a lot about the subject. But the most important thing is to give the person next to you the opportunity to become great in life, to become something better.

What’s your advice to someone living in the United States—or anywhere in the world, really—as an undocumented immigrant?

You’ve got to have patience. As a family we were patient, we were hungry for the opportunity. We did whatever it took for years. So when it comes, you’ve got to grab it.

How do you overcome the worry that comes with being undocumented? What’s your advice to someone who might be scared?

You’ve got to be mentally tough. My parents would always tell us, ‘things are going to be all right. Believe in God, things are going to be all right eventually. We are blessed. We are blessed just being in this situation.’ Have patience, believe, and have patience.

What issue outside of basketball do you most care about?

As I grow older and become more mature, I think I’m going to learn about a lot of different causes. Maybe go to the Middle East, Africa, Greece, build schools. One thing for sure, before I leave this earth, I’m going to help people have a better future.

Do you remember the first time you heard the ‘Greek Freak’ nickname?

I think my rookie year. I do not know who came up with it. But I think it’s kind of an awesome nickname. I like it.

Why?

First of all, Greek: I always represent my country. And freak: it’s an athlete who does freaky stuff on the court. That’s kind of what I do.

Besides yourself, who do you think is the biggest freak in the NBA?

LeBron James. The things he does, the veteran leadership he brings to the team, how big he is, how quick, how strong. And at the end of the day, how smart he is. He can put his team in the right spots, make the right decision. He is one of my role models.

Is he the best player in the NBA?

Definitely he’s the best player in the NBA. For a few more years to come. There are going to be guys in the league that are going to try and take his spot. I think there are already guys in the league who are trying to take his spot. He’s grabbing his spot so tight, that he’s not letting it go. But I think a lot of players are getting better. Even myself. And hopefully one day we can get that spot from him.

What part of your game do you think has to improve the most?

There’s a lot of things I still have to improve on. I’m talking more with my teammates, talking more on the floor. Defensively we’ve got to talk more. You’ve got to make sure that guys on the perimeter know that you’re behind them, and have their back. My shooting is getting better and better and better. Building my mentality. You have to be a killer out there. I think that’s the most important thing. When you step on that floor, act like it’s your last game.

To help you learn English when you came to the U.S., you watched Coming to America, the classic Eddie Murphy comedy, over and over. What’s your favorite line?

(High voice) ‘Sexual chocolate!’

Can you comment on accepting the ‘Mamba challenge’ from Kobe Bryant?

I saw Kobe on twitter was giving out challenges. I just tweeted back, I was like ‘I’m still waiting for my challenge.’ He gave me the MVP challenge. Win the MVP. That’s one of my goals. You’ve got to make the team better. I know that I’m going to be one of the players that hopefully dominates the game. But I’ve got to still make sure that my team wins, that my teammates get better. It’s a tough challenge. I’ve set that goal since the last game against Toronto last year, at the playoffs. I want to be the MVP this year.

After a wild offseason, there’s lots of anticipation for this year. And given the huge leap you made last year, going from a solid player with tantalizing potential to All-Star game starter, expectations are high for you too. Do you have any message for the fans particularly excited to watch you play this year?

It’s going to be a fun season. We’re going to make sure we put Milwaukee on the map.


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Taking Health Care to the Work Site Increases Primary Care Visits

A decade ago, Kaiser Permanente in Southern California sought to improve access to primary care by expanding patient services outside of hospitals and medical offices. They considered the possibility of offering health care at an actual worksite, just like Kaiser Permanente founders Sidney Garfield, MD, and Henry J. Kaiser did early in the development of what is now the nation’s largest integrated health system.

At the same time, California Steel Industries in Fontana, California, put out a request for proposals to build a primary care clinic at their worksite. Kaiser Permanente won the contract, and it changed health care significantly for many of the company’s 1,000 employees.

A research article published today found that in the seven years since the clinic opened, primary care visits among employees and their family members insured by Kaiser Permanente increased, and the rate of urgent care and emergency department visits decreased.

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“This is a model for the future,” said Paul M. Minardi, MD, senior author on the research article and the medical director of Business Management for Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “With this model, we can bring primary care directly to people so we can provide timely preventive care, and avoid long-term implications of chronic conditions and unmanaged health needs.”

The study on the pilot project was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. It compared California Steel employees who were Kaiser Permanente members with a control group of Kaiser Permanente members who lived in the same area, but did not work at California Steel.

Significant increase in primary care visits

The study found that:  

  • California Steel employees and their families had an increase in primary care visits of 43 percent, while the control group had an increase of 4 percent.
  • California Steel employees and their families had a decrease in urgent care visits of 43 percent, while the control group had a decrease of 5 percent.
  • California Steel employees and their families had a decrease in emergency room visits by 4 percent, while the control group had an increase of 8 percent.
  • While the rate of primary care visits increased for the California Steel employees by 96 percent, it only increased by 15 percent for their dependents.

“This research explores what happens when primary care is easily available,” said lead author David Glass, PhD, a Kaiser Permanente research scientist at the Department of Research & Evaluation in Southern California. “Although this was one small pilot, we learned a lot from it and were gratified to see decreases in urgent care and emergency room visits.”

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David Glass

While the rate of primary-care visits increased for the California Steel employees by 96 percent from the pre- to post-intervention period, it only increased by 15 percent for their dependents.

Glass also noted that due to the employees’ higher rate of primary care visits and a limited number of costly inpatient stays, there were no cost savings overall from the project. If researchers looked at dependents alone, though, they found that there was a cost savings.

“There has been a widespread belief that if patients had more access to primary care that costs would go down because there would be fewer high-cost visits to urgent care and emergency departments,” said Glass. “But the reality is much more complicated than that.”

The researchers hope to explore what happens when they work with larger employers.

Becoming health care partners

At the same time Kaiser Permanente leaders in Southern California began looking at ways to create new health care opportunities, California Steel wanted to better manage the health care costs of their employees, reduce absenteeism and allow employees to manage their health care while at work.

The clinic construction began in 2009. It was a slow time in the steel industry, so instead of laying off workers, California Steel had them build the health care center. The worksite clinic opened in 2010. It was not the first time Kaiser Permanente was part of building something at that Fontana location. California Steel is on the site of the former Kaiser Steel Mill, where the first Kaiser Permanente hospital in Southern California was built in 1942.

The California Steel Kaiser Permanente members received their care at the clinic for free (no co-pays), and received same-day appointments. California Steel employees who were not Kaiser Permanente members also could receive health care at the clinic.

In providing health care to California steel workers, Kaiser Permanente became a health care partner and helped it’s Fontana campus become smoke free, remove unhealthy foods from vending machines, offer healthier options in the cafeteria and tackle obesity with a range of programs.

More on-site clinics planned

“Kaiser Permanente saw its insured portion of the workers grow from 40 percent to 65 percent,” said Dr. Minardi, “and virtually every new employee signs on with Kaiser Permanente.”

The pilot project at California Steel will continue at least five more years.

Kaiser Permanente is now beginning a new pilot project with the employees of the county of San Diego, Dr. Minardi noted. They are seeking other large employers to work with as well.

“The intent is for us to bring care forward, create higher quality care, and in the end that will decrease the cost trend over the long term,” said Dr. Minardi. “And that will accrue back to the employer group.”

When Kaiser and Dr. Garfield opened the 50-bed hospital at the Kaiser Steel Mill, they offered something revolutionary for the time: a pre-paid health care plan to provide affordable, quality health care. The revolution into providing affordable, quality health care continues, and sometimes finds its way back to its roots, literally.

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How EDM Insurgents Discwoman Are Taking on Gender Discrimination

Emma Burgess-Olson, founding member of the all-female dance-music collective Discwoman, sometimes DJ's wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "Amplify Each Other." And that's exactly what she and her co-founders Frankie Hutchinson and Christine McCharen-Tran are doing in the world of EDM, addressing a notoriously male-dominated scene and its "stale sexist bookings" by creating a 

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Rich Piana’s Girlfriend Denies He Was Taking Drugs in Emotional Video

Rich Piana‘s girlfriend is hoping to set the record straight about her boyfriend’s death.

In a lengthy YouTube video posted to Piana’s account Thursday, Chanel Jansen addresses rumors that her boyfriend died of a drug overdose following his death on Aug. 25.

Jansen recalled giving Piana a haircut on Aug. 10, when she said he lost consciousness.

“I thought he was stretching and all of a sudden he started to fall back to me,” she said. “I said, ‘Baby, are you OK?’ As he came back, his eyes were rolling into the back of his head.”

“I went to catch him and he was sweating so he slipped, bumped his head, fell back,” she continued. “His eyes were wide open and he was gasping.”

Jansen says she gave him chest compressions until the ambulance arrived, but doctors later told her that Piana “was gone before he even hit the floor,” from a heart attack. He remained in a medically induced coma for almost two weeks before they took him off life support, based on his will.

“They said he had no chance of a meaningful recovery and he was in a vegetative state,” Jansen told PEOPLE exclusively. “I said, ‘It’s a good thing it’s not up to me, because I love him so much I’m too selfish to make that decision .’ He was breathing on his own for nearly a week, and then he just let go.”

She said she had suspected that something was wrong with Piana, who has a history of steroid use, a few days prior to his heart attack, when the couple was visiting Los Angeles and Piana had two episodes of vomiting and difficultly breathing. She pushed him to go to the hospital, but Piana kept refusing.

“He hates going to the doctor, he hates going to the hospital; so he was just like, ‘No I’m fine,’ ” Jansen says. “He was the kind of guy who wouldn’t tell you he wasn’t feeling well. He was just real stubborn. He didn’t want to show that he was in pain or hurt.”

In her YouTube video, Jansen addresses Piana’s steroid use, saying, “You all know he’s been doing steroids for 20 years and it shouldn’t be any surprise that he had steroids in his house.”

“Twenty bottles is not a whole lot and they had been there a year,” she continued. “He wasn’t overly juicing.”

Rich Piana’s Girlfriend Breaks Her Silence After His Death: ‘I Don’t Want to Go Anywhere Without You’

She also addressed discussions of white powder found in the bodybuilder’s home, and said it wasn’t cocaine but a pre-workout powder.

Jansen broke down, saying she had been in the hospital with Piana every day for three weeks and recalled his last moments.

“I was right there with him. I needed to see him go peacefully. I was holding his hand while he slept,” she said.

She ended her video with an encouraging note to continue to be positive.

“Continue on with his legacy. Make him proud,” she said. “Please, please, stay strong and lift each other up.”


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Donald Trump isn't the only Washington politician on vacation right now. The Senate is on break from now until after Labor Day (much to the chagrin of the president). And, somewhat surprisingly,

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Rachel Skoza’s GPS Guide On Taking Life As It Comes

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the place! We all need a course-correcting tool — A “GPS for the Soul” — to help us find our way back to center. The guide below will give you the tools you need to reach that calmer state of mind.

Sometimes it’s just better to go with the flow. In the GPS Guide below, reader Rachel Skoza offers some mantras to help you take life as it comes. Read them and find peace in the fact that you can’t control everything — and that’s more than okay.

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Taking Pause and Tending to the Roses we Have Been Gifted

Stop and Smell the Roses

The House had The rose garden that the garden club ladies made mention of on many occasion. They tended to the urban myth that roses are impossible to care for unless you are deemed and esteemed, an expert. The promise of mold and strange bacterial fungi will ravage the gifts planted in 1908 that was bestowed upon me when the title papers were signed, if I did not take heed.

Thankfully I did not register what They, the astute members of the G Club were talking about or I may have reconsidered moving in. I was already wary to the tending of plants flowers and all that. I like them. I just never had a desire or a talent for tending to them. I did not come into this world with a curiosity or a passion nor develop the intellect for growing anything other than my three sweet peas now turned teens. What to do with the pressure? How do I keep the roses alive? Maybe hire an expert to tend to the thirty plus bushes now in my care?

For sheer self preservation, I decided not to listen for the time being. Nothing new-check out my early report cards. I collect two large baskets and pair of gloves and some clippers. In full bloom and nearly my height I breathe in their magnificence, for starters. I could get used to this. I hand crank the rusty -may need a tetanus shot-lever to start the water drip to the roots-evidently the water can’t spray directly on the roses and it must be done when the sun isn’t overtaking us. I had listened up a little. It’s 6 am and my people are all tucked in. I am bare foot in the dirt. I clip at leaf 5 or below-not remembering why this is the rule but it’s one of the ten thousand Rose Rules. I have a basket of dead roses and a basket to fill my house up with. Each morning I collect ten or more vases worth. I need more vases and more friends to share these beauties with. Each bush is unique. I loved to collect the rainbows and sort them out like I am mastering a painting-something new with each piece of rose art. They become my paints and my canvas. I fall in love with them, well most of them. I talk to them-mostly about my children and what I am up to that day or evening. It seems cat lady strange to say but I feel like they listen. I keep my tending simple so I keep on with it. Clip, chat and make rose art in as many vases as I can find.

I decide nothing chemical can touch this treasure of mine. I keep clipping and loving them and that is it. I am not holding my breathe for an invitation to the Garden Club-what would I have to offer them? I love my roses and I tend to them? That’s it. And they would have a list of the ten thousand to do’s I missed to do to tend them. I am not a good meeting go-er anyway.

Three bushes withered away by July. I am to blame-Professor Plum did it I wish to say-but no I did. I didn’t love them. I was not thankful for those lost treasures. They did not Lift me up-they had no scent and they didn’t feel like a part of our magical world. I really didn’t like those few bushes -I could not connect with them. I neglected them with my lack of attention and appreciation.

Funny how my rose garden became a little lab experiment. When we neglect having intention and thankfulness with our hearts toward something-it will wilt and eventually die. I was very very intentional when I met my next roses to fill the spaces of the gone bushes. We are quite famous for being the City of Roses so I spent hours up at our public gardens and breathed in and took photographs of the names of my favorites of this plethora of options-a bouquet buffet to chose from. I found the right ones and brought them home from the rose garden store place. Yes I play favorites with my roses, I can not help being more drawn to a color or fragrance, yet I do love them all now. And they thrive.

My simplistic tending routine brought me beauty and such peace that had escaped me in past days. I spent a decade racing around like a lunatic and now I get to do what my mamma always should-ed me to do-stop and smell the roses. And I did everyday from May through mid October. For ten years and now the baton has been passed once again. My roses Lifted me up with their beauty and their fragrance and their patience with my style of tending and appreciating.

Have you stopped and smelled the roses lately? How do you tend non conventionally to your garden ? Your life?

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Natasha Lyonne on How Women Are Taking Over Comedy

Natasha Lyonne, director Jamie Babbit, and writer Karey Dornetto sat down with the What’s Trending team at this year’s South by Southwest festival to talk about their new film, “Fresno.” The conversation covered both Fresno the movie and the city, as well as the state of women in comedy today.

The film is a dark comedy about two sisters who work as hotel maids in the California city. You don’t see a lot of films set in Fresno, and apparently the city has been touchy on the topic.

“A lot of people were like, ‘Don’t mess with Fresno!'” Lyonne told us.

“I grew up in a terrible town called Cleveland,” Babbit said. “I grew up in an underdog city so I really responded to living in an armpit and wanting to get out. So when we decided to make the movie in California rather than Clevend, I thought about, ‘what is the Cleveland of California?'”

But movie title aside, the film is more about complicated women and the relationship between them. It’s a roll that “most women don’t get to play” according to Dornetto.

Lyonne describes it as “not apologizing for being sort of not thrilled with being alive.”

“I think when I see funny movies about women I get really excited.” Babbit said. “‘Bridesmaids’ really blew me away.”

“I loved that it was a movie about female friendships, which is something you don’t really see.” Babbit said. “We wanted to tell a movie about sisters who want to kill each other.”

On the subject of women in comedy, Lyonne said, “I think it’s such a great time for women in comedy. Amy Poehler and Lena Duham… there’s just so many exciting things going on right now.”

“I don’t know how men got the upper hand way back when,” Lyonne said. “It’s going to end and die soon. Hopefully some of them will stick around so we can use them for what we need them for. Reproduction and such.”
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The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause

The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause


Hot flashes and sleepless nights? Feeling anxious and irritable? Feel like you’re losing your mind? Frustrated with weight gain? It’s time for a makeover–a menopause makeover Staness Jonekos knows all too well how you feel. Leading up to her wedding day at the age of forty-seven, she was sporting a not-so-sexy belly bulge, suffering from hot flashes and feeling in "no" mood for a honeymoon. Jonekos took drastic action and created the first-ever menopause makeover to get back into that little white dress and feel sexy again in just twelve weeks. Now she joins forces with leading menopause expert Dr. Wendy Klein to give you the relief you need, fast Based on the latest scientific research, and designed for both pre- and post-menopausal women, "The Menopause Makeover" is a proven, eight-step program to help you reclaim your health–and your life. – Evaluate if hormone therapy is right for you – Beat belly bulge with "The Menopause Makeover" food pyramid and recipes – Tone up and trim down with "The Menopause Makeover" fitness formula – Boost your libido and learn to love intimacy again – Regain your vibrant, youthful glow with essential beauty tips – Manage stress and get off the mood-swing roller coaster – Stay motivated with self-assessments and tools to track your progress
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The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause

The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause


Hot flashes and sleepless nights? Feeling anxious and irritable? Feel like you''re losing your mind? Frustrated with weight gain? It''s time for a makeover—a menopause makeover!Staness Jonekos knows all too well how you feel. Leading up to her wedding day at the age of forty-seven, she was sporting a not-so-sexy belly bulge, suffering from hot flashes and feeling in no mood for a honeymoon. Jonekos took drastic action and created the first-ever menopause makeover to get back into that little white dress and feel sexy again in just twelve weeks. Now she joins forces with leading menopause expert Dr. Wendy Klein to give you the relief you need, fast! Based on the latest scientific research, and designed for both pre- and post-menopausal women, The Menopause Makeover is a proven, eight-step program to help you reclaim your health—and your life.• Evaluate if hormone therapy is right for you• Beat belly bulge with The Menopause Makeover food pyramid and recipes• Tone up and trim down with The Menopause Makeover fitness formula• Boost your libido and learn to love intimacy again• Regain your vibrant, youthful glow with essential beauty tips• Manage stress and get off the mood-swing roller coaster• Stay motivated with self-assessments and tools to track your progress
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Emma Roberts Reveals Why She Loves Taking Off Her Makeup

When actress Emma Roberts isn’t making waves on FX’s “American Horror Story,” she’s probably pages-deep in her latest book obsession. If anything, you’ve probably seen her latest red carpet wins and her FOMO-worthy Instagram account.

We got the chance to catch up with the Neutrogena Brand Ambassador in New York City, where we talked all things beauty. And while Roberts loves the “idea of a strong brow, great lashes and a red lip,” she delved into a topic that’s been making its rounds in Hollywood lately: no makeup.

Growing up in the limelight, Roberts feels more comfortable in her own, natural skin. “I think I appreciate wearing no makeup than other people, because I have to wear it for work,” she begins, adding, “I really feel like myself and confident without makeup on.”

Roberts applies her no-makeup philosophy to other women, saying that the confidence she harbors from wiping off her mascara and foundation is “something that” she “thinks all girls should feel.” She attributes her thoughts to younger girls as well, highlighting her younger sister as a prime example. Roberts concludes “I just think it’s important to know that you look beautiful without makeup on,” adding that experimentation is great, too.

So, the next time you need an ego boost, it might come down to getting your makeup remover… or that untouched tube of lipstick.

Catch Emma Roberts on “American Horror Story,” which airs Wednesdays, 10 PM EST on FX.
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The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Meonopause

The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Meonopause


Hot flashes and sleepless nights? Feeling anxious and irritable? Feel like you’re losing your mind? Frustrated with weight gain? It’s time for a makeover–a menopause makeover Staness Jonekos knows all too well how you feel. Leading up to her wedding day at the age of forty-seven, she was sporting a not-so-sexy belly bulge, suffering from hot flashes and feeling in "no" mood for a honeymoon. Jonekos took drastic action and created the first-ever menopause makeover to get back into that little white dress and feel sexy again in just twelve weeks. Now she joins forces with leading menopause expert Dr. Wendy Klein to give you the relief you need, fast Based on the latest scientific research, and designed for both pre- and post-menopausal women, "The Menopause Makeover" is a proven, eight-step program to help you reclaim your health–and your life. – Evaluate if hormone therapy is right for you – Beat belly bulge with "The Menopause Makeover" food pyramid and recipes – Tone up and trim down with "The Menopause Makeover" fitness formula – Boost your libido and learn to love intimacy again – Regain your vibrant, youthful glow with essential beauty tips – Manage stress and get off the mood-swing roller coaster – Stay motivated with self-assessments and tools to track your progress
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Dear Medical Science: What’s Taking You So Long?

When I was a little kid, I had a lot of faith in you guys. Maybe I watched too many Star Trek episodes, but I figured by now — 50 years later — you’d have invented some miracle laser-like gizmo that could cure everything. The patient would lie down on a diagnostic bio-bed. Then the doctor would wave the gizmo over the illness-ridden body and — presto! — the affliction would magically vanish.

Where’s the gizmo, guys? We want the gizmo. Okay, forget the gizmo. I’ll settle for a Miracle Pill that does the same thing.

For decades we’ve been throwing money at you and, I hate to say it, I was kind of hoping for something more by now. Okay, I’m an impatient patient. Sue me.

That’s not to say you haven’t made some amazing advances. You’ve given us meds for cholesterol, ED, depression, AIDS, blood pressure and a host of other ailments; there are bionic hands, heart transplants, new vaccines, nerve regrowth, facial reconstruction, MRIs, laparoscopy and a whole lot more.

But, to cite a few examples, you still can’t cure Alzheimer’s; cancer, in all it’s many delightful forms, still mystifies you; you haven’t put the kibosh on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, diabetes or heart disease; hell, you haven’t even rid the planet of hemorrhoids yet.

Guys, we don’t want to go through all that suffering anymore. We’re sick of getting sick. It’s the 21st Century. Stem cells were discovered in 1978. You promised us limitless possibilities, yet here we are, 36 years later, still twiddling our thumbs.

Here’s how primitive we still are: Kidney patients still have to be hooked up to washing machines; basal cell carcinomas still have to be dug out by hand; skulls still have to be drilled to get to brain tumors; casts are still used for broken limbs; we still repair wounds with thread or staples; tooth extractions still require a set of pliers; amputations still involve saws; hoses explore our digestive systems; we still use catheters (the last major improvement was the flexible catheter, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1752, hello.)

Let’s take cancer. If you are unlucky enough to get pancreatic, ovarian or lung cancer, you can pretty much put a down payment on a tombstone. After decades of research, here’s what we have in the arsenal: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Not very impressive guys. Surgery is still horrible no matter how you… um… cut it; radiation is… well… radiation. Then there’s the wonder of chemotherapy (invented in the 1940s.) Good job there, fellas. Poison the victim and hope that the cancer succumbs and the patient survives. What a breakthrough. Remember the old medical practice of bleeding patients to cure them of just about everything? Today, we ridicule that boneheaded procedure as hopelessly medieval. Ha ha. Guess what? A hundred years from now, scientists will get a huge guffaw out of chemo.

Where are the Pasteurs, Flemings and Salks of yesteryear? If it had taken the estimable Dr. Salk as long as it takes you, half the world’s population would still think the iron lung is a marvel of ingenuity.

Here’s what really bothers me: Everyday we read about your latest earthshattering breakthroughs. “Scientists Build Liver Out of Stem Cells!” “Scientists Solve Mystery of Aging!” “Researchers Discover New Drug that Shrinks Tumors!” Wow, I say excitedly. Finally.

Then what happens? Nothing. It seems as if none of these exciting new medical miracles ever make it from the lab to the hospital. They just seem to… disappear. We never hear about them again. What happened? Was it all just optimism? Is there a need to publish something to justify the investment? Is the FDA dragging its feet? Is Big Pharma quashing them? Are the rats faking it? What?

All I know is that my internist did not offer me a new liver the last time I saw him, not that I need one. Yet.
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The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World

The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World


Invoking the same spirit that fueled the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, author William Lambers calls for a global school lunch program to fight child hunger. 300 million children suffer from hunger worldwide. School lunch programs fight child hunger and also boost school attendance and performance. This book highlights the use of school lunch programs in Europe following World War II and how they can be used today in countries like Afghanistan, Kenya, Guatemala and Sudan. The future of these nations depends on a nourished and educated youth. Special attention is given to the work of charities such as Food for the Poor, Childslife International and the World Food Program. Supporting the U.S. government McGovern-Dole Food for Education program is seen as key to ensuring every child around the globe can receive a school lunch. McGovern-Dole helps fund the work of the World Food Program, Catholic Relief Services and other organizations that carry out school lunch programs in developing countries.

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Taking a Hard Look at What’s Important: Validating our Values

When someone asks what our values are, we can probably start listing things that seem important to us in life right away. These things will determine how we assess our level of success, and so getting them right is very important.

However, as we eagerly list those values we may not quite as readily step back to decide which of those are actually ours and not ones that have been handed to us over the years. These ‘hand-me-down’ values are still very valid, so much so, that by now making that distinction may seem like a bit of a struggle.

I first noticed this when talking to students at the business school about their careers, goals and aspirations. What they considered to be important to them as they thought about their new post MBA lives was strikingly similar. It made sense; a set of like minded, highly driven individuals with similar backgrounds were likely to have common values. But equally, they were also very different people, and though I didn’t get this information the first time, after a bit of prodding I found out that:

Jo, had lost his father when young and grown up in a small home in Kansas, Peter was dealing with huge financial burdens and was born and raised in London, and Emily came from a long line of doctors in Kenya and was breaking away from her family tradition to pursue her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. So, I pushed further and asked about their backgrounds and what that meant in terms of who they wanted to be, and how they defined success.

Soon the validation started trickling in,

I mean sure, when I say making an impact, of course I am talking much more than money.

When I said I’d never move back to Kansas, I mean I guess, if my mother needed me to, I would… It’s actually not so bad.

Hearing the students start to modify that initial checklist inspired me to do the same. Which of the values I held most dearly were ones I actively chose? It made me think about how far away from my Mediterranean origin I had come, and more so about the fact that I never really chose a fast paced, big city lifestyle, but yet here I was, allowing the city to define what success meant to me.

While we busily chase what everyone else chases, and make comparisons based on selective information through things like social media, it may be hard to really take the time to examine what really matters to us, personally. It gets even harder if it directly conflicts with what matters to those around us, or more accurately what appears to matter. I suppose we can call this, ‘value pressure.’

For the business students it was as important as ever to perform that validation, as they thought about their future careers and continued to define success for themselves, but I worried that might not happen. What I also realized was that we are all at risk of pursuing a path assuming it will define success for us. Without taking the time and being flexible enough to examine those values constantly and checking to see which hold true, and which lost value along the way, we may stop really remembering or trusting what we believe. It is then that we risk that all the effort we put into our endeavors, career and projects lead us down a path where our values just aren’t valid.
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