Fila and Bandier Team up for Three Capsule Collections

THREE FOR THE ROAD: Fila is building on its ties to Bandier by developing three exclusive collections this fall.
The first capsule collection will debut in Bandier stores and on its site Thursday. Shoppers in the Bandier store at 108 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan will find the offerings hard to miss. Aside from the window displays, there will also be in-store displays and consumer activations. There will also be paid social media efforts, out-of-home advertising and a wheat pasting campaign.
The Fila collaboration will include pricier items than its standard athletic offerings such as a $ 625 suede jacket, while a flared skort is $ 108. The eight-piece range is designed in Fila’s signature red, white and navy color palette — with the addition of a light-blue hue — and classic pinstripes adorn fabrics like terry and suede.
A Fila spokeswoman said the Bandier collaboration “is a natural extension of the brand’s history as we continue to push forward as a fashion brand with a sports DNA. We continue to find like-minded partners like Bandier, whose DNA is in athletic lifestyle category.”
The second installment, which includes such pieces as a long varsity jacket and turtleneck sweater, will be dropped in mid-October and the third one

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Motorcycling: Moto2 rider Fenati dropped by team after brake grab

Italian rider Romano Fenati was dumped by his Moto2 team on Monday, and was also set to lose a 2019 MV Agusta deal, after he grabbed a rival’s brake lever while racing in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.


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‘Charmed’ Team Talks Exploring Brujeria and ‘Current Issues Without Lecturing the Audience’

The culture of the world in which the CW’s reboot of “Charmed” is being written, as well as the cultural backgrounds of its three Latinx lead characters, will heavily influence the new supernatural drama. “We have a real Latinx witch in our writers’ room,” executive producer Amy Rardin said at the Paley Fall TV Preview […]

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Marc Jacobs Adds Olympia Le-Tan to Design Team

PARIS — Followers of Olympia Le-Tan will have seen that in August the designer vacated her Paris apartment to move to New York. And she’s settled in fast.
The  French accessories designer, known for her whimsical hand-embroidered book clutches, has joined the design team of Marc Jacobs, WWD has learned. Her title could not immediately be learned.
A company spokesman confirmed the hire, while noting there are no plans to revive the Marc by Marc Jacobs line, last helmed by Luella Bartley and accessories genius Katie Hillier. “We are excited to have Olympia join Marc’s design team. We have a talented group of designers and look for people who bring new sensibilities and ideas to help bring Marc’s vision to life,” he said.
The move marks a new chapter for Le-Tan who in July announced on Instagram that she was leaving the brand that carries her name. Le-Tan had quietly dropped off the Paris Fashion Week calendar last fall after being placed into receivership. Though Le-Tan never divulged details, it is understood she is losing the rights to her name after parting ways with Gregory Bernard, the French producer behind films including “Lagerfeld Confidential,” who helped her set up her house in 2009.

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Colin Kaepernick’s Grievance That the NFL Colluded to Keep Him Off Any Team Will Go to Trial

(PHILADELPHIA) — An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the quarterback’s claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice.

Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture Thursday of a ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank.

The former 49ers quarterback argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017.

Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.

Kaepernick contends the owners violated union rules by conspiring to keep him off of teams.

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Games-Japan’s scandal-hit men’s basketball team out of Asian Games

Japan’s turbulent Asian Games basketball tournament, which saw four players sent home in disgrace, came to an end on Monday when they were beaten 93-67 by Iran in the quarter-finals.


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Danny Kannell details how Lamar Jackson will have the biggest impact on his team of any rookie QB

College football analyst Danny Kannell explains to Cris Carter, Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe why he thinks Baltimore Ravens rookie QB Lamar Jackson will have the biggest impact on his team than any the quarterback in the rookie class. Do you agree?

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Team Waist Definition or Team Waist Surrender

When I ran this poll on YLF many years ago, it was an easy victory for Team Waist Definition. But since then, fluid and oversized fits with varying degrees of slouch in tops, knitwear, pants and dresses have become fashionable and trendy. Even flooding the market. Slowly but surely, clothing with waist definition is coming back on trend (although it never went out of style). The assortment of both structured and unstructured silhouettes at retail is once again looking balanced.

You are on Team Waist Definition if you prefer to wear outfits that showcase your waistline, thereby adding structure to the outfit. Waist definition usually means that you enjoy sporting the narrowest part of your torso because it creates a silhouette that makes you feel fabulous. Defining your waist can be extreme, like wearing body-con clothing, a fit-and-flare dress, a belted coat, or tucking a top into bottoms that are tailored on the waist. Or it can be subtle, like semi-tucking a fluid or oversized top into bottoms with a mid or low rise. Either way, outfits with waist definition can add professional polish to your look, create curves, accentuate curves, create positive body image, and make you feel more streamlined in your outfit.

You are on Team Waist Surrender if you prefer to wear outfits that do not draw attention to your waistline. You wear cuts that are trapeze, A-line, boxy, draped or straight, and use the fluid or oversized volume of the garment to hide the silhouette of the midsection. Waist-surrendering outfits are extremely comfortable and forgiving of midsection extra bits. No need for shapewear or worrying about a belly that expands during the day. Waist-surrendering outfits can look arty, architectural, avant-garde and interesting, thereby making you feel confident and fabulous.

I love wearing both. I thoroughly enjoy extreme waist definition by wearing fit-and-flare dresses, body-con knitwear, belted trench coats, and fully tucking tops into tailored skirts, trousers and high-rise skinnies. I enjoy subtle waist definition by semi-tucking fluid tops into all sorts of bottoms. But I also enjoy wearing straight shift and shirt dresses, cocoon coats, the occasional sack dress, boxy untucked cropped tops, and fluid untucked tops. So I’m benched with the very best seeded Dutch bread, Dutch cheese, Irish butter, cherry tomatoes, a rocket salad, and cold fresh mango for dessert.

Over to you. Do you bat for Team Waist Definition or Team Waist Surrender? Tell us why, and no batting for both teams, but feel free to join me on the bench.


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‘Manhattan Madam’ met with Mueller’s team

Kristin Davis, the woman famously known as the “Manhattan Madam,” met with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team for a voluntary interview on Wednesday, according to four sources familiar with the situation.


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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Team Talks ‘Big’ Season 2

The first season of Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning — and now Emmy-nominated — comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” ended on a high note for the titular character. But times may be changing when the show returns to her world in its second season. “We left Midge in a pretty triumphant moment: She’s finally arrived into Mrs. Maisel, […]

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Caribbean Auto Executive On Leading Team for New Luxury Car Genesis G70

Erwin Raphael’s global career journey is about as typical as the 2019 Genesis G70 in a sea of base-model vehicles.

A military veteran born in Dominica, raised in St. Croix, educated in Maryland and Ohio, and now, balancing duties in California and Seoul, South Korea, Raphael brings a global perspective to his role that is indeed extraordinary and much-needed for his current objective. He must lead an international team in forging results—both in sales and brand loyalty—for a fairly new, stand-alone luxury brand linked to South Korea’s long-standing, affordable car behemoth, Hyundai Motor America.

And just like driving the new G70 might make the average consumer forget who its parent company isthe interior details are sumptuous, the tech features are beyond your usual off-the-lot package, and the driving experience might lend itself to an awesome Fast and Furious fantasythis auto exec offers a fresh take on matching disruptive ideals with a foundation of tried-and-true innovation and ingenuity.

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Genesis G70 (Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com)

Black Enterprise caught up with Raphael at the company’s recent launch event in Maine to talk cognitive diversity and how enriching a global mindset can help buoy career and business advancement whether you’re at the entry-level or in an executive seat.

Your team gave a presentation that incorporated dominant themes of unity, diversity, and appreciation of culture. How have these themes played roles in your career and in the vision of leading Genesis?

We are very deliberate about inclusion, and not diversity for the sake of diversity, but more cognitive diversity.

In my career and in my life, I think that being able to bring to the table a different perspective, and positioning it in a way that it will be appreciated from a business perspective, has helped me tremendously. I’m in a role that’s typically held by people with marketing backgrounds and brand-name backgrounds. I’m not a marketer. I’ve never taken a marketing class in my life. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t learn a lot about marketing by reading and by osmosis. I’m an engineer and mathematician. We’re supposed to be rigid and very prescriptive, but the reality is the world is dynamic and fluid, and we have to use our skills and our analyses in a way that can allow us to bridge the gap between the rigid and prescriptive elements—that are necessary to design and bring great products to market—with understanding people and what people want from their product.

I think that in my career, as is the case with many of us minorities, African Americans in particular, we’re almost always in a setting where we are the minority so we have—as a shared means of survival—we’ve had to be able to see the world in other people’s shoes—to understand what they see.

That has helped me prepare for this, because it’s natural for me to try to understand what the other person’s thinking, what they see, what this might mean to them. I think it’s been a bit of an advantage. I’m not saying the road has been easy and I’m not saying it’s been easier than it would have been otherwise—it has not. But it has allowed me to hone some skills that maybe I wouldn’t have valued or needed to if I wasn’t who I am.

Erwin Raphael

Erwin Raphael

Being raised in St. Croix, attending college in the States, and serving in the military afforded you a variety of global experiences. How do those experiences translate into leadership and building a network?

Today, the tools that are available to maintain connections are so much better than what they were 20 or 30 years ago. With the digital world and social media, if used properly, there’s absolutely no need for you to ever lose contact with anybody. [You can] also use those tools to better understand people. … If you connect with people, get behind them, and understand the types of things [they share]—you can look for consistencies, look for patterns—you’ll get to know people.

We think about differences between people, but no matter who you are, we generally have more in common than differences. If we can understand the differences—appreciate those differences—but then also understand what we have in common, it gives us something we can work on together, we can build on together.

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How has a global mindset helped in building solid teams to launch a brand that’s somewhat like a startup?

For [Genesis], it’s not only that inclusion sounds authentic; it’s not even that we just want inclusion. It’s that we can’t be the best unless we appreciate and embrace inclusion. If you’re building a team of any sort, to do anything, whether it’s building a house or playing a soccer game, you look for the best people. …You don’t want everybody to be a goalie. You will surely lose, even if you’ve got all the best goalies. So, you find the people with different skills and play different positions. And that’s what we do.

We utilize that in every area of the business—it goes into manufacturing, it goes into people, and making people feel comfortable, feel welcome and feel special—not the least of which are our customers. If you really want to make the customer feel special, you have to understand them and what’s important to them.

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Team Heels or Team Flats

I’ve run this poll twice over the last twelve years, and both times the results were interesting. The first time, about ten years ago, it was a slam dunk victory for Team Heels. My word, we were a pitiful Team Flats. People batted for Team Heels even when they could barely wear them, because they preferred the way they looked. Back then, the fashion world encouraged higher heels because they elevated your style and accentuated your calf muscles. High heels make you look and feel taller, elongated the vertical integrity of your outfit by straightening curves, and make your legs look as long as can be. High heels were also thought to give you a powerful edge.

I posted the poll again five years later and fewer people batted for Team Heels, making the race an even tie. I wonder what will happen this third time now that flats and low heels rule our fashion world. Sneakers are the shoe of the decade, and dressy flats are acceptable attire in a corporate environment or fancy event. Outfits tend to look trendier and more creative with some type of flat shoe, making heels the more classic option. And above all, fashion and style is a lot more practical than it used to be, encouraging us to go with the footwear option that best suits our busy modern lives.

We’ll define flats as any shoe with a heel of up to an inch in height. Anything higher than an inch is a low heel or high heel.

For the third time, I bat for Team Flats. Ten years ago, I could wear a three inch heel to an event or out to dinner. Up to eighteen months ago, I could wear some two inch heels out to shop all day with clients. But I voted for flats because both dressy and casual styles make my feet the most happy. Last year, I had to overhaul most of my footwear collection because I can no longer wear a heel higher than an inch and a half. I wear flats with heels up to an inch in height 99% of the time, and my feet thank me every day.

Here’s my entire current footwear collection, of which most are flat. Some of the heels are one and half inches high, and two pairs are two inches. I optimistically keep the two inch heels to wear out to dinner at night with my denim bell bottoms.

Over to you. Now that fashion has changed and/or your shoe comfort needs have changed, do you bat for Team Flats or Team Heels? Tell us why. No batting for both teams. If you can’t commit to a team, head over to the bench for fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, sweet potato fries, watercress salad, and Philadelphia cheesecake.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reached out to the lawyer for Kristin Davis, famously known as the “Manhattan madam,” a source familiar with the matter says.


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African Team Defeats Croatia to Win the FIFA World Cup 2018

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France defeated Croatia to win the FIFA World Cup 2018. That’s what it says on paper, but one look at the members of the French team and it’s clear as day that it was Africa who really won. 

Listen, these are facts, the majority of the French national team is of African descent.

 

Thus per Twitter logic, Africa got that W.

 

And don’t think France doesn’t have racial problems it needs to cut the f*ck out.

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Fans Ask The RHOA Team To Give Phaedra Parks A ‘Redemption Season’ – They Want ‘Tardy For The Party’ Cancelled

Phaedra Parks just posted a photo featuring herself looking amazing on her social media account. Her fans praised her look, and they had some other things in mind as well. Check out her post below and read some of their comments.

‘It’s a #new #day make it a #great one! #wilheminamodels 📸: @robertector 💇🏽‍♀️: @dwhitewash,’ Phaedra captioned her photo which fans absolutely adored.

‘I like this pic Phae Phae @phaedraparks, and @bravorhoa should give you a redemption season. At least you won’t be full of shit like Sheree and Kim literal FAKE ASS,’ one follower posted.

It’s a #new #day make it a #great one! #wilheminamodels 📸: @robertector 💇🏽‍♀️: @dwhitewash

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‘@therealhousewivesofatlanta give her a redemption season. And please cancel tardy for the party nobody gives a s*it,’ another fan agreed.

‘You are Naturally…Beautiful Doe!! Doe – You Know!!’ someone else wrote, while another follower said  that ‘It’s amazing to see a model that looks more like me and not some superficial image @phaedraparks.’

‘We need you back on RHOA!’ one other person asked.

‘Yes, ma’am hunni. I love the entire look. You’re rocking it😍. Have an amazing day🤗🤗’ someone else gushed over Phaedra as well and another follower said ‘BEAUTY AND BRAINS!!!!! HAVE A BLESSED DAY @phaedraparks.’

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As boys on the Thai soccer team are rescued, focus shifts to their health

As the first members of the boys’ soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand were rescued Sunday, the focus begins to shift to the boys’ long-term health and getting them proper medical aid.


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Mets nearly no-hit by ex-Yankees pitcher as Mickey Callaway’s team drops series finale to Rays

If there is such a thing as a nadir for these miserable Mets, they appeared to be on their way to reaching it Sunday afternoon in Flushing as ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi kept putting up zeroes.

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Four Physicians Added to Kaiser Permanente Team on Oahu

HONOLULU —  Four doctors have joined Kaiser Permanente on Oahu. They add to Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning staff of more than 600 health care providers in Hawaii’s largest medical practice, the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, which serves more than 255,000 members in Hawaii.

Eric Putz, MD

Eric Putz, MD

Eric Putz, MD, is a cardiologist at Moanalua Medical Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Washington, and his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He served his residency at Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed fellowships in cardiology at both Stanford and the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in electrophysiology.

 

Anny Ching, MD

Anny Ching, MD

Anny Ching, MD, joins the family medicine department at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. She earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan and served as chief resident in the Long Beach Family Medicine Residency Program in Long Beach, California. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she served as a primary care physician at MemorialCare Medical Group in Long Beach. Dr. Ching is board certified in family medicine.

Wei-Li Hsu, DO

Wei-Li Hsu, DO

Wei-Li Hsu, DO, practices psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Services – Ala Moana. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York and completed his psychiatry residency training at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. He also completed a psychoanalytic fellowship program at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East in Needham, Massachusetts. Dr. Hsu comes to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii from Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, where he served as clinic chief. He is board certified in psychiatry.

Kim-Lien Nguyen, OD

Kim-Lien Nguyen, OD

Kim-Lien Nguyen, OD, joins the optometry department at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Nguyen practiced primary eye care at a number of organizations including Vision Insight Optometry in Milpitas, California and most recently at Hawaii Vision Associates in Pearl City, Hawaii.


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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 12.2 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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Ex-Wrestlers Say Congressman Knew of Alleged Abuse By Team Doctor at Ohio State

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Two former wrestlers at Ohio State University say a congressman isn’t being truthful when he says he wasn’t aware of allegations that a team doctor was abusing athletes.

Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha (duhn-YAH’-shuh) Yetts both wrestled at the university in the 1990s. They say U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who has expressed interest in running for House speaker, knew at the time that the doctor was groping male wrestlers.

The wrestlers’ allegations were first reported Tuesday by NBC.

Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss. Strauss died in 2005.

Jordan’s spokesman says in a statement the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

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Experts cast doubt on plan to have trapped soccer team scuba dive out of cave

Experts in cave diving say a plan floated to extract 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand by teaching them to scuba dive may not be the best option.
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Kristin Cavallari’s Uncommon James Team Already Has Tension on Very Cavallari: ”I Just Kind of Want Her to Stay in Her Lane”

Very Cavallari 101 Kristin Cavallari may be the face of Uncommon James, but she doesn’t run the lifestyle brand alone!
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‘Uncle Drew’ Cast Picks Their All-Star Dream Team Out Of Their Other Costars

After appearing as an old man known as Uncle Drew in a series of Pepsi commercials, basketball superstar Kyrie Irving is bringing the geriatric character to the big screen in a feature film of the same name.

The athlete’s first movie role finds him getting a group of his old basketball-playing friends together in order to head out onto the court once more. And those friends just happen to be played by basketball legends Shaquille O’Neal, Nate Robinson, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, and Lisa Leslie. Oh, and best of all, they’re all aged to appear in their 70s and 80s, as well.

While the cast, even as elders, can clearly kill it on the basketball court, FANDOM wanted to know who they’d choose to be on their team when it comes to just living everyday life.

We asked the stars, including stars Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll, which of their castmates they’d trust to babysit their children and who they’d want to go on a long road trip with like their characters do in the film.


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And thanks to a hilarious dance sequence in the middle of the movie, we asked the gang which athlete or actor they’d most like to choreograph a routine with. Luckily for us, the question led to Leslie and Robinson showing off some impromptu moves of their own.

Check out the video above to see who the cast drafts for their dream team and catch Uncle Drew in theaters now.

 

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Every 2018 World Cup Team Name Code, Explained

With the FIFA 2018 World Cup underway, fans less familiar with international soccer may take a look at the score and wonder: Wait, who’s playing in this game?

In most cases, World Cup team names take their scoreboard acronyms, also known as FIFA codes, from the first three letters of their name in English. But there are a handful of exceptions. Here’s a complete list of the FIFA codes for all 32 teams competing in the 2018 World Cup, along with explanations when their origin isn’t immediately clear.

  1. ARG: Argentina
  2. AUS: Australia
  3. BEL: Belgium
  4. BRA: Brazil
  5. COL: Colombia
  6. CRC: Costa Rica. Because Costa Rica’s name is two words long, the FIFA code takes the first letter from each word instead of the first three letters. The second “C” is from the “C” in “Rica.”
  7. CRO: Croatia
  8. DEN: Denmark
  9. EGY: Egypt
  10. ENG: England
  11. FRA: France
  12. GER: Germany
  13. ISL: Iceland. In French, “Iceland” is spelled “Islande.” The FIFA Code refers to the French spelling.
  14. IRN: Iran. The International Olympic Committee country code for Iran is “IRI,” which stands for “Islamic Republic of Iran.” The FIFA code removes the “a” from “Iran,” abbreviating the name to IRN, in line with the country codes set out by the International Organization for Standardization.
  15. JPN: Japan.
  16. KOR: South Korea. FIFA refers to South Korea’s soccer team as the “Korea Republic national football team.” The team code is the first three letters of that name. North Korea’s FIFA code is “PRK” for “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” though only South Korea is playing in this year’s World Cup.
  17. MEX: Mexico
  18. MAR: Morocco. The name refers to the French spelling of Morocco, Maroc.
  19. NGA: Nigeria. The country code “NIG” belongs to Niger, so “NGA” is used to distinguish Nigeria.
  20. PAN: Panama
  21. PER: Peru
  22. POL: Poland
  23. POR: Portugal
  24. RUS: Russia
  25. KSA: Saudi Arabia. KSA stands for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  26. SEN: Senegal
  27. SRB: Serbia
  28. ESP: Spain. ESP comes from the French spelling for Spain, Espagne.
  29. SWE: Sweden.
  30. SUI: Switzerland. The FIFA abbreviation refers to the French spelling of Switzerland, Suisse.
  31. TUN: Tunisia
  32. URU: Uruguay

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This Superhero Dream Team is World Cup GOALS

The World Cup is on the horizon, featuring football teams from all over the globe competing for the sport’s most prestigious prize. With that in mind, and with the tournament taking place in the summer, when comic book movies dominate at the box office, we’ve decided to form a superhero soccer team. The following are our picks for the starting line-up, featuring X-Men, Avengers, Defenders (obviously), and Justice Leaguers in a classic 4-4-2 formation.



Goalkeeper — Spider-Man



Goalkeepers are often the oldest players on the pitch, possessing both experience and a level head key. But we’re going for youth in the net, picking Peter Parker because he’s both agile and fast. He crawls up walls so is obviously good with his hands. And Spider-Man‘s lightning-quick reactions mean balls are unlikely to get past him.

Left-Back — Wolverine



Aggressive. Strong. Powerful. The team just has to keep an eye on those claws. If he gets fouled, Wolverine can self-heal. His mazy ‘berserker’ runs down the wing make him the ultimate attacking wing-back. And he takes penalties, normally straight down the middle. Because even if the keeper saves the ball, he too is going into the back of the net.

Centre-Back — Captain America (c)



The team’s captain is the ultimate captain — Mr. Steve Rogers. Because as well as being the perfect physical specimen, he’s also a master tactician and strategist. As the ultimate good guy, he leads by example, acting as a calming influence on some of the more hot-headed players. And being a man who is honest, loyal, and true to the end, he’ll put his life on the line for the team. Which is useful.

Centre-Back — Batman



The ying to Captain America’s yang, Batman is an unpredictable enforcer whom every opposition striker is frightened off. As tenacious in training as he is on the pitch, the Dark Knight does have a tendency to get himself sent off. But his vast intellect means he is always one step ahead of his opponent. And retains his place because he supplies the most amazing equipment, with shin-pads like steel, and boots that propel both player and ball through the air.

Right-Back — Luke Cage



NO ONE is passing Luke Cage down the left wing. As the man is like a mountain, his super-strength and durability meaning that running into ‘Power Man’ is like running into a brick wall. His unbreakable skin is also a bonus, with injuries non-existent in Luke’s world.

Left-Wing — Flash



You want your winger to be fast, and there’s no one faster than Flash. Aside from maybe our right-winger. Barry Allen’s super-speed means he leaves defenders in the dust. And if the pace doesn’t work, he’s out-witting them with his super-fast brain and reflexes. And being able to defy the laws of physics, we’re expecting regular bicycle kicks from the speedster.

Centre-Midfield — Black Panther



Football legend Pele once predicted that an African nation would win the World Cup by the year 2000. It’s 2018 and that still hasn’t happened. But this team could win the trophy with the help of African-born T’Challa. The Wakandan is fast, skilful and athletic, making him the ultimate box-to-box midfielder. While he also supplys the kits, which are laced with Vibranium.

Centre-Midfield — Loki



Every team needs a player skilled in the dark arts. And Loki is the ultimate trickster, a master manipulator who wins penalties and free-kicks while winding up the opposition with a spot of shapeshifting, teleportation, and astral projection. He’s a mercurial maverick who sometimes brings the game into disrepute, but Loki is rarely on the losing team.

Right-Wing — Quicksilver



If you’ve got Flash on the left wing, you want an equally fast dude on the right, so that’s why Quicksilver gets the nod. He runs and thinks just as fast, while his superhuman stamina means Quicksilver keeps running into the 90th minute and beyond.

Centre-Forward — Mr. Fantastic



This team is all about pace and skill, meaning the players will be keeping the ball on the ground, Barcelona-style. But when that isn’t working, you need to go ‘route-one,’ hoofing it up to a big man. And there’s no bigger man than Mr. Fantastic, who can elongate himself to head high balls, and stick out a long leg to finish the crosses coming in from both wings.

Centre-Forward — Hawkeye



The big man/small man combination is a classic up front. And if Mr. Fantastic is the big man knocking balls down, we want Hawkeye on the end of them. Because he’s the most accurate of all superheroes; a master marksman whose aim is always true, and who never missed the target.

Manager — Clark Kent



Finally, the team’s manager is actually a player-manager. Called Clark Kent. Who doesn’t panic when his boys are losing. Rather he simply puts Superman in the game, and wins the match without breaking a sweat. Because he’s Superman.

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Team Dress or Team Skirt

We are re-running this poll because it’s been THE most incredible dress and skirt season. My clients are having a ball purchasing dresses and skirts instead of the usual pants, tops and jeans. Finally, retailers are getting that we need sleeved dresses with knee-covering lengths in casual styles and flattering silhouettes. We need skirts that are not just the basic pencil. AND we want them across an assortment of sizes, colours, patterns and fabrics. I’ve waited six years for the dress and skirt trends to change and at last they have. Let’s hope these trends continue.

I like skirts, but I love dresses and bat for Team Dress. There’s something about the ease of the one-piece dress that you can pull on and go that’s very appealing. It has built-in vertical and elongating integrity. Dresses are easier to style than a skirt because you don’t need to worry about matching it with a top. When you have a good assortment of denim jackets, short toppers, and coats like I do, dresses are easy to insulate when you want the extra coverage.

Dresses and skirts are equally feminine, dressy and elegant wardrobe items that can be worn with dressy or casual flat or low-heeled footwear. Yet I generally feel more pulled together wearing a dress than a skirt. The top can be fussy when it’s tucked or semi-tucked into a skirt, but I’m carefree about that aspect in a dress. Granted, skirts can be easier to fit than dresses especially if you wear a different size on the top and bottom. But it’s been a brilliant dress season, and I’m prepared to have dresses altered to create a perfect fit.

My preferences for dresses over skirts is reflected in my wardrobe. I have many dresses, and these are the exact ones hanging in my closet:

These are my skirts, and I have fewer of them:

My clients run the gamut. Some prefer dresses over skirts and vice versa. What’s your preference, and no batting for both teams. If you can’t choose, you’re welcome to hang out on the bench where I’m serving quinoa and tofu veggie bowls, steamed broccoli, and homemade frozen strawberry yogurt.

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LEMOORE, Calif./USA (Sunday, May 6, 2018) – Today, the World Team made history by winning the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold.
The first-ever, official event at the WSL Surf Ranch, in front of a sellout crowd, was a showcase of incredible surfing and competition as the world’s best female and male surfers battled in teams for their home countries.

Highlighting how globally strong the sport of surfing is, it was the combined World Team who took an incredibly tight win ahead of Brazil in 2nd, USA in 3rd, Australia in 4th and Europe in 5th.

World Team was spearheaded by South African pair Jordy Smith (Team Captain) and Bianca Buitendag and superbly backed up by Michel Bourez (Tahiti), Paige Hareb (New Zealand), and Kanoa Igarashi (Japan).

Heading into the last heat of the Final, Brazil held the lead and the World Team needed a big performance from Smith on his last wave as he came up against USA Team Captain Kelly Slater and Filipe Toledo of the Brazil Team. Under pressure, Smith delivered a phenomenal final ride to earn the required score for the Team’s victory at the Founders’ Cup of Surfing.

“It’s an incredible feeling to win as a team,” said Smith. “That was a wild few days and this just leaves room for bigger and better things to come. We’ve been talking about it as a team all weekend, and you can’t leave anything on the table when it comes to Finals Day. You just let it all hang out and enjoy it, and if you can pull that off you’ll walk away with a win. I think all week long we’ve been the underdogs and determination got us through it. Collectively, we just held our confidence up the whole time and supported each other all the way.”

The stunning World Team’s victory saw all five surfers perform amazing feats in the Final against the star-studded USA and Brazil teams. In the Qualifying rounds, the World Team actually finished in Equal 3rd place with Australia, which then forced a surf-off in order to advance. The sudden-death matchup against Australia saw Hareb clinch the win to qualify her team for the Final that eventually opened the door for their first-place result.

“The last two days have been so surreal and it’s still sinking in,” Hareb said. “The win came from nowhere I feel like and it’s the perfect ending to such a fun week. I am so proud to represent this team alongside Jordy (Smith), Bianca (Buitendag), Michel (Bourez), and Kanoa (Igarashi).”

 

Jordy Smith (ZAF) surfing as Captain of Team World during Qualifying Run 3 of the 2018 Founders Cup at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA, USA.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) surfing as Captain of Team World during Qualifying Run 3 of the 2018 Founders Cup at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA, USA.

 

The Brazil Team came second, fractionally ahead of USA and Australia. Captain Gabriel Medina opened their final with an amazing 9.67 ride, the highest score in the Final. Toledo, Silvana Lima, Adriano de Souza, and Taina Hinckel pushed progression to new heights with miraculous tube-rides and imaginative aerial maneuvers.

“The team vibe was great and everyone was just pushing each other to do better,” Medina said. “I’m really happy with how we performed, even though it’s disappointing to come up short. We surfed really good as a team and it was a really fun event to show what we could do. It’s good to share this moment and have everyone talking to each other, especially with Taina [Hinckel] being so young. We’re so used to all the pressure, but it’s all new for her and we showed her a lot of support so hopefully, when she gets here in the future, she’ll be ready for this amazing atmosphere.”

Despite coming in second, the Brazil Team acquired the event’s highest single-wave scores and broke new ground at the WSL Surf Ranch. Toledo earned a Perfect 10 for his team, which also earned him the Jeep Best Ride Award for having the top-scoring wave of the contest. Toledo will drive out of Lemoore in the award’s prize, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of surfing’s future and represent Brazil,” Toledo said. “Gabriel Medina, John Florence and I talked about how amazing it was to surf as teams. We were really tight together and the team had your back the whole way through supporting you. It was just an incredible experience and it’s something we will always remember.”

“This wave is just unbelievable and I wanted to stay in that barrel as long as I could, just going so fast,” Lima said. “It was such a great experience. We had a lot of fun together and we supported each other the whole way. I’m really proud of this team and what we did to get to that Final, and we almost won it, but I think it was the best time to surf for Brazil.”

USA Team looked unstoppable after an incredible opening day had them in 1st place by over five points, but their performance in the Finals lacked the flair of the other teams. Team Captain Slater went extremely close to forcing a surf-off against the World Team on his final wave as he required a 9.27 ride to draw level with World Team. Slater surfed incredibly on the final ride but missed the score by only 0.2 points.

Kolohe Andino surfing as a member of Team USA during Qualifying Run 3 of the 2018 Founders Cup at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA, USA.
Kolohe Andino surfing as a member of Team USA during Qualifying Run 3 of the 2018 Founders Cup at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA, USA.

“I think it was a huge success,” Slater said. “Everybody had a good time, from those who didn’t know what was going on, to the die-hard surf fans. I think it translated well to everyone and there were a lot of smiles to be had. The other teams came together a little bit better in the end maybe, we were pretty cohesive, but they had the better plan to the Finals approach. When the situation lined up on my part it was a cool thing just knowing my wave would push us into a tie with Brazil or the World Team would win — which them doing so was terrific and really represents what we were doing here as a whole.”

John John Florence’s desperate attempts to defeat Medina in the Final fell short, but the two-time WSL Champion still claimed the event’s Quiksilver Best Air Award with his brilliant 9.80 in his second run on Saturday. Lakey Peterson’s consistent surfing helped earn the USA’s only Final heat win after Carissa Moore fell short to Lima with an 8.77. But, Moore’s overall event experience was one of the team’s best weapons and was a clear standout all weekend.

“You really just wanted to do well for your team and we would’ve loved to win, but it was such a fun experience competing together,” Moore said. “Kelly (Slater) was so close, I think all he needed to do was a turn and I’m glad he pushed it. That’s how this sport is going to get better. I’m just going to really remember being part of a team and the whole experience. To be a part of the first WSL Surf Ranch event and witness the fans here was incredible, and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

6X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore surfing as captain of Team Australia during Qualifying Run 3 of the 2018 Founders Cup at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA, USA.
6X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore surfing as captain of Team Australia during Qualifying Run 3 of the 2018 Founders Cup at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA, USA.

 

Australia Team earned the fourth-place finish after barely missing qualification in their sudden-death, surf-off against the World Team. Unfortunately the experienced team, consisting of Team Captain and six-time WSL Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning, two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright, and Matt Wilkinson, fell short under the pressure and was eliminated ahead of the Finals.

“It was an incredible event and even though it’s a little disappointing to not be in the Final, it was cool to be here and see how it all works,” Gilmore said. “To see the fans out here and how the team aspect comes into play was really positive. This opens the floodgates into a whole new realm of arenas and events in controlled conditions. But, as long as there’s a really good balance between this and the ocean, I think the two will complement each other really well.”

Earlier this morning, Europe Team’s Run 3 did not help them improve the needed scores to receive a Finals spot and saw them finish in fifth on the Jeep Leaderboard. Team Captain Johanne Defay scored two 7-point rides alongside Portugal’s Frederico Morais. Jeremy Flores and Leonardo Fioravanti had standout barrel rides but did not have the opportunity to continue into the Final. Frankie Harrer struggled to keep pace but is excited to return to the WSL Surf Ranch to continue to gain more experience.

“It was really good vibes and it’s new for everyone so we were all so excited, and I really enjoyed it,” Defay said. “I don’t feel like I left everything in the water which is really frustrating for myself, but everyone was great about cheering each other on and being supportive. It’s a bummer I couldn’t put more points on the table. There are so many things to take from, but it’s another dynamic to put a team first and the whole weekend will be in the mind of these surfers for years to come.”

Jeep Leaderboad

1 – World Team
2 – Brazil Team
3 – USA Team
4 – Australia Team
5 – Europe Team

Final Results HERE: https://www.wslfounderscup.com/results

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Olympic champion McKayla Maroney is speaking publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse she experienced by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

“We know Larry was a monster,” she said at a luncheon for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), in an on-stage discussion with the group’s executive director Mary Pulido. “I never should have met him.”

Maroney is one of four members of the Fierce Five U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won gold at the London Olympics in 2012. In October 2017, she was the first of her teammates to reveal, in a tweet, that she was abused by Nassar. Since then, her teammates Aly Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber have also said they were sexually abused by Nassar. USA Gymnastics allowed Nassar to accompany the team to World Championships and Olympic competitions as well as monthly training sessions held at the Karolyi ranch, the national training center, in Houston, Tex.

Raisman and Wieber appeared at Nassar’s sentencing hearing in January to make victim impact statements, and Maroney submitted a written statement as well. While Nassar is currently serving 175 years in prison on state and federal charges of criminal sexual behavior; the president of USAG and USOC at the time have resigned; and USAG no longer holds training sessions at the Karolyi ranch, Maroney and her Fierce Five teammates say more needs to be done to ensure that the culture of ignoring and not acting on complaints of sexual abuse, not just by a national team doctor but by any adult working with gymnasts in any gym, is changed. “We can’t have blind faith in institutions any more,” she said, calling on USA Gymnastics to “completely rebuild and start over” in order to ensure the safety of gymnasts.

Echoing criticism her teammates have launched at those who failed to protect them from Nassar, in her first public remarks Maroney called out USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), and Michigan State University (MSU), where Nassar was also on the faculty, for failing to take responsibility for Nassar’s abuse. In a lawsuit Maroney filed against USA Gymnastics, USOC, MSU and Nassar, she also revealed that USA Gymnastics paid a settlement to her and her family to resolve her complaints about Nassar.

“They demanded excellence from us but didn’t give it to us,” Maroney said at the luncheon of those organizations. “The team won gold in spite of USA Gymnastics, the USOC, and MSU. They don’t build champions, they break them. We need to change that.”

Maroney said she was inspired to open up about her sexual abuse by the #MeToo movement, which was catalyzed by women coming forward about sexual abuse they experienced by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. “I felt this was my moment, and having competed at the Olympics, I almost felt it was my duty to come forward so gymnasts in the future don’t need to struggle and deal with the repercussions of sexual abuse,” she said.

As a gymnast, “I was taught that I wasn’t supposed to say anything,” she said about her years of silence about the abuse she said began when she was 13 years old and continued until she left competitive gymnastics in 2016. Speaking up about her experience, she said, was like “lifting a weight off my shoulders. I don’t think there is anything more freeing.”

During the years of abuse, she said her parents “didn’t know at all,” since she trusted Nassar and USA Gymnastics, and believed they were looking out for her best interests and helping her fulfill her dream of competing at the Olympics.

Maroney described how the abuse has affected her life, saying that she is healing “day by day,” and at times questions whether her gymnastics career was worth the price of becoming a victim of sexual abuse. But, she continued, “If there is one thing gymnastics teaches you, it’s that you get up when you fall. We can’t give up [the fight] to end sexual abuse.”

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The Wild Wild Country Team Knows They Left Out Part of the Story. But They Did it on Purpose

Netflix’s latest documentary series, Wild Wild Country, takes viewers through a tumultuous period in American history that had until recently been all but forgotten.

After gaining access to more than 300 hours of archived footage about Rajneeshpuram, a commune established in eastern Oregon in the early 1980s, brothers Maclain and Chapman Way knew they had to make a series exploring how the commune’s power grew — and eventually crumbled in violence. Rajneeshpuram sprang up in a remote area of Oregon after followers of the Indian spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a bearded guru with a love of Rolls Royces, took over the area in an effort to build a utopia, much to the chagrin of local townspeople. But what began as a culture of peace and free love morphed, as the group struggled to keep control of the area, into a saga marked by poison attacks, attempted murders and rampant immigration fraud.

The Ways received the footage after finishing up their first documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, which was based in Portland, Oregon. An archivist at the Oregon Historical Society alerted them to the story, giving them hundreds of hours of archived footage, the bulk of which news stations intentionally did not tape over, sensing an imperative to preserve the coverage of such a bizarre, divisive time in history. As they geared up to interview people involved on all sides of the conflict, the brothers found that their subjects wanted to share their stories as a warning for the future.

“They see it as different types of warnings,” Maclain Ways says, referring to the locals and the Rajneeshees, who are also known as sannyasins. “If you ask the sanyassins, a lot of them will tell you this is a warning of religious persecution and government overreach. If you talk to the neighboring ranchers of the Rajneeshees, they’ll tell you the story of Rajneeshpuram is a warning of cults and what happens when people become brainwashed and do destructive things.”

Wild Wild Country refuses to establish clear heroes or villains. The Way brothers wanted to let the Rajneeshees’ actions and the complaints of locals unfold without an added layer of condemnation. The group’s members, clad in uniforms of red, orange and purple clothing, quickly made enemies of the local residents of Antelope, Oregon, a small town located near the compound. As the commune grew into a city of its own, complete with an airport, malls and restaurants, the largely conservative Antelopeans became angrier and more resentful of the outsiders practicing their own form of spirituality on land they felt rightfully belonged to them.

The skirmishes only intensified as the Rajneeshees doubled down on taking over the local government, and although they went to illegal lengths to establish control — including attempts by a devotee to murder the Rajneeshee’s doctor and the poisoning of 750 people with salmonella made on the compound — the pushback from locals who tried to drive the followers away revealed the story to be more layered than the Ways initially anticipated.

“We were trying to tap into a conversation about, well, what is the difference between cult and religion? What are religious minority rights? Where is everyone’s line of tolerance where they have to say, ‘Enough is enough, we can’t have these people take over my town anymore?’” says Maclain Way.

One criticism of the show posits that it glosses over some of Rajneeshees’ more egregious actions. After all, commune members caused the largest biochemical terror attack in the country with the mass salmonella poisoning, engaged in suspicious intra-group violence and cooked up a plot involving multi-state immigration fraud in order to gain political control. Brief scenes in the series showing group members beating each other as part of purging meditation exercises are never fully explained.

But the Ways say they did not worry about any potential imbalances in the series because they trusted audiences to judge the Rajneeshees’ actions as negative without having to totally condemn the commune. “We are interested in showing this to a mature audience that would be able to kind of push themselves to then hear from the people who did these things themselves, about why they did it,” says Maclain. The series includes interviews with several former members of the commune, all of whom have different reflections upon their time there.

Jane Stork, one woman featured in the series, who moved her family from Australia to the commune in search of enlightenment, now believes Rajneeshpuram was a cult that sowed destruction in eastern Oregon. She later wrote a book, called Breaking the Spell, that details her disenchantment with the group. On the other end of the spectrum is Philip Toelkes, known in the group as Swami Prem Niren, an attorney who still considers himself to be a follower of Rajneesh and now runs his own “conscious coaching” business.

The ambiguity has led some viewers to feel conflicted about how much they empathize with the Rajneeshees — many people joked online about how the red outfits and free love lifestyle would have totally convinced them to join the commune had they been around in the 1980s. Audiences also felt torn over their love for Ma Anand Sheela, the Bhagwan’s tough-talking second-in-command at the Oregon commune, who played an integral role in the Rajneeshees’ darker plots and later pleaded guilty to attempted murder, immigration fraud and orchestrating the salmonella outbreak. She served 29 months of a 20-year prison sentence.

Sheela, now 68 and living in Switzerland, is the showstopper of the documentary and seems to have no regrets about her actions at Rajneeshpuram. The Ways, who had heard from state and federal officials that she was “pure evil,” say they were “definitely a little timid and a little scared” when they flew out to meet her. They found her to be “smart, cunning and charming” — almost exactly how she appeared in 1980s television appearances talking up the Rajneeshees — and say she clearly still cares very much about the past.

“She definitely feels there was a lot of religious persecution and bigotry toward her group,” Chapman says. “She was going to go to all lengths to protect her commune and her master.”

Other former Rajneeshees were less willing to talk, feeling that past attempts to document what happened in Oregon, including a documentary by Oregon Public Broadcasting, were unfair, says Maclain. But devotees and Antelope residents alike eventually came around out of a reverence for preserving history — and until the series debuted on Netflix, the story of what happened at Rajneeshpuram had long remained hidden in news archives. According to Chapman, the incidents are not ingrained in the collective American memory largely because no one died due to the Rajneeshees’ crimes.

“You look at Jonestown, you look at Waco, you look at the death tolls those events had,” he says, referring to two infamous cults whose members died in great numbers. “This one was just easier to forget about over time.”

Though the Ways started making Wild Wild Country in 2014, two years before Donald Trump won the presidential election largely on a platform of stoking fears about immigrants and religious minorities, the series hit Netflix as such topics continue to dominate national conversation. The timing didn’t go unnoticed by the bothers, and Wild Wild Country presents an American tale as old as time.

I joke around, but it was honestly comforting as an American to realize we have always struggled with these issues. What’s happening to our country isn’t just new right now,” Chapman says. “Every generation has dealt with these issues.”


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Rapper Jim Jones Talks About Becoming A Minority Football Team Owner [Video]

After leaving his mark in the world of hip-hop and fashion, rapper Jim Jones has ventured into sports business, announcing that he is a part owner of an American Arena League (AAL) football team.

In a statement, Jones, who has always had a passion for sports, said he is “grateful” for the opportunity to become the part of Richmond Roughriders and is “looking forward to taking the Roughriders to the top. Hopefully, this will inspire the youth to pursue positive activities, especially through sports.”

Gregg Fornario, the general manager and fellow co-owner of Richmond Roughriders, said the Harlem rapper will help the team expand its brand. “The Richmond Roughriders partnership with Jim Jones enables us to bring so much more to the table in regards to introducing the high impact sport of Indoor football to the hip-hop culture, allowing us to build the Richmond Roughriders brand not just in our community but nationwide.”

During an exclusive interview with Black Enterprise, Jones opened up about his plans for the AAL team and his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s #TakeAKnee protest. The Roc Nation recording artist also talked about his investment in the cannabis industry and other business ventures throughout his career:

 

 

 

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Team Silhouette or Team Colour

Changing up the silhouettes or the colours of an outfit are effective ways to create the variety that combats outfit boredom and prevent a style rut. You’re on Team Silhouette if you crave a change in silhouette before colour, and vice versa for team colour. Note that “colour” here can be both neutrals and non-neutrals.

I tend to crave a change in colour before I crave a change in silhouette. That’s why I have a wardrobe rich in many colours, including both light and dark neutrals. The neutrals range from all shades of white and denim blue, to dark blue and black. The colours vary from sour brights and neons, to pastels and earth tones. I can wear the same outfit formula or “uniform” throughout a season as long as I swap out the colours of the components. I tend to purchase the same silhouettes in tops especially — Winter turtlenecks and crew necks are a good example — but have a very wide assortment of colours. The same goes for jeans, blazers, dresses, loafers, booties and bags. The silhouettes are similar, but the variety and the way I combat outfit boredom comes through in the diverse set of colours (and patterns for that matter), and how the items are remixed in an outfit. I bat for Team Colour.

Over to you. Do you bat for Team Silhouette or Team Colour? You might find that you bat for both because you crave a change in silhouette as much as a change in colour. There are no right and wrong answers, but simply preferences that help us to build a style that satisfies our needs and helps us to navigate the overwhelming world of retail.


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Our writers face off on the NHL’s most pressing topics, including this season’s biggest surprises, the goalie most likely to get hot this postseason, the Sedin twins’ 2018-19 destination and which New York-area team will be most attractive to free agents.
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How Loyola Chicago’s Basketball Team Shattered a Racial Barrier for Black Athletes 55 Years Ago

Jerry Harkness raised his arms on the left baseline of Louisville’s Freedom Hall, to take the shot to win a national championship. But the Loyola University Chicago forward, the leading scorer for the Ramblers, felt a Cincinnati defender tip the ball as he prepared to fire. Knowing he wasn’t going to make the basket, Harkness shuffled the ball over to teammate Les Hunter, who never expected to see it. With the last seconds ticking away in the 1963 title game, tied 58-58 in overtime, Hunter hurried an open look inside the foul lane. He missed it long, but true. Vic Rouse, a 6’6” Loyola forward, put the rebound right in the basket. The buzzer sounded; the Loyola bench players and cheerleaders charged the court. The Ramblers won the title.

For good reason, the 2018 Loyola University Chicago Ramblers enter this Final Four weekend feted as a Cinderella story. Loyola plays in the Missouri Valley Conference, which orbits outside college basketball’s power center, and knocked off a series of higher-seeded, better-financed programs on its way to Saturday’s national semifinal duel against Michigan. The team’s backwards hat–wearing, 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, only adds to Loyola’s charm.

But Loyola has reached the big-time before. Rouse’s shot to win the 1963 title over Cincinnati hasn’t been replayed on a loop like other dramatic March Madness moments, such as North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano’s dash across the court — as he looked for somebody to hug — after the Wolfpack won the 1983 title on a similar last-second tip. The tournament was far less of a television spectacle 55 years ago.

Loyola’s victory, however, does deserve more play. It’s among the most important moments in college basketball history.

Back in the early ’60s, an unwritten rule governed the college game. Teams should play no more than two black players at a time, maybe three if you were getting your butts kicked. Loyola, a Jesuit school next to Lake Michigan on the North Side of Chicago, broke the unctuous gentleman’s agreement and sent out four African-American starters during the school’s title-winning season. Loyola’s victory helped erase such racial restrictions, which afforded more African Americans the opportunity to receive athletic scholarships and shine both on the court and in the classroom. Three seasons later, Texas Western won the national championship with an all-black starting five, famously beating an all-white Kentucky team in the final.

Teams like Loyola and Texas Western sent a clear message to college basketball coaches, who, after all, are paid to win games: Carry a racist playbook at your own risk.

The season before winning it all, Loyola had lost in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals. Ramblers coach George Ireland knew that if he wanted to enjoy more success, he’d have to play his best guys regardless of skin color. “He just got tired of losing,” says John Egan, the lone white starter from 1963 championship team. “He was tired of hearing the alumni complain.”

As Loyola romped through a 24-2 regular season, some fans hurled epithets and objects at the players. A February road game against the University of Houston, the players recall, was particularly brutal. Forward Ron Miller remembers preparing to take the ball out of bounds at one point in the game. “This well-dressed lady looks at me and said, You n-gger,” says Miller. “You dirty n-gger. I just kind of looked at her. I didn’t know how to react.”

Harkness, who’s now 77, says that as he returned to the locker room at halftime, fans tossed ice and popcorn at him. Others shouted death threats and the n-word. “I was scared to death,” he says. “I really was. We felt like they were coming out of the stands for us.”

According to Miller, after the game, Houston coach Guy Lewis apologized to him for the behavior of Houston’s fans. The following year, Lewis recruited his program’s first black players, future pros Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney. In 1968, Hayes and Chaney helped Houston end UCLA’s 47-game winning streak in front of a record-breaking 52,693 fans at the Astrodome. That nationally-televised event, “The Game of the Century,” grew the popularity of the college game.

Harkness says the Ku Klux Klan sent him a letter, saying that his team didn’t deserve to play against whites. Loyola crushed Tennessee Tech, 111-42, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, then drew Mississippi State in the next round. Loyola was unsure if the Bulldogs would even show up to the game in East Lansing, Mich.; segregationists did not want Southern schools to play against integrated teams. The Mississippi State team, however, snuck out of Starkville on a plane, before a court order preventing the Bulldogs from playing could be delivered to them.

Rich Clarkson—NCAA Photos/Getty ImagesLoyola player Jerry Harkness extends his hand to Joe Dan Gold of Mississippi State on March 15, 1963, before the tip-off of an NCAA tournament game in East Lansing, Michigan.

Before the game, Harkness shook hands with Mississippi State’s Joe Dan Gold at mid-court. The flashbulbs overwhelmed Harkness. “That’s when I knew this was more than just a game,” he says. “This was history.”

That photo of a black and white player, united in sportsmanship, was published in newspapers nationwide. Gold and Harkness became friends after their “Game of Change.” When Harkness attended Gold’s funeral in 2011, he spotted a picture of the famous handshake right beside the casket, and broke down in tears.

After Loyola beat Mississippi State 61-51, the Ramblers took care of Illinois in the regional final and crushed Duke in the Final Four. Loyola trailed Cincinnati by 15 in the final, but rallied to force overtime before clinching the championship. To the Loyola players, the victory was far from an upset; they felt like they were the far superior team and should have won by at least 10 points. “We played like garbage,” says Egan. “Both teams were dogsh-t.”

No matter: the ’63 Loyola team stamped its legacy on college sports. The current Ramblers hope to add to it this weekend. Harkness and a few other members of the ’63 team met the current players before the season; the championship game was playing on a TV screen in a lounge at the Loyola gym, and the players peppered Harkness with questions about their historic season and race relations at the time. “You could tell that they’re sharp guys,” says Harkness, who would know; combined, the five ’63 Loyola starters have earned 11 degrees, undergraduate and graduate. (Vic Rouse died in 1999.) “We were really impressed, and when we saw them play each other in a scrimmage, we agreed that they could probably win the Missouri Valley Conference.”

No one, however, imagined a Final Four. Egan’s predicting a Loyola win over Michigan, though he won’t be as bold as to declare the Ramblers your 2018 champs. “What do I think?” responds Miller, when asked for his prediction. “No one is going to be rooting harder for Loyola than me.”

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The Makers of ‘The Purge’ and TV’s ‘The Leftovers’ Team Up for a Political Action Thriller

The Makers of 'The Purge' and TV's 'The Leftovers' Team Up for a Political Action Thriller

Political thrillers aren't an easy sell at the box office anymore, unless they have an extreme premise. The Purge and its sequels (including The Purge: Election Year, above) and upcoming prequel were successful because they're so over the top. Get Out was a huge hit because it mashed up genres for an original story dealing with race in America. Neither of these properties were necessarily for one or the other side of the political aisle, which means they could make…

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In response to Putin, Team Trump is going ‘multilateral’ without the United Nations

Monday’s coordinated Euro-American action against Russia may signal the end of an era: Goodbye, empty UN blather, hello again, coalitions of the willing. And welcome to John Bolton, President Trump’s soon-to-be national security adviser. Caricatures of his “unilateralism” aside, Bolton is a big proponent of coordinated action among allies, like this week’s bright display of…
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Beyoncé and Gucci Team Up to Provide 120,000 Women and Children in East Africa With Clean Water

Beyoncé has teamed up with Gucci to provide thousands of people in the East African country of Burundi with clean water. The 36-year-old superstar singer and philanthropist made the announcement Thursday, World Water Day, on her website. The post reads:

Beyoncé’s BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, UNICEF, and now Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE have joined forces to help bring safe water to the most vulnerable women and children in the “Heart of Africa.” Burundi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa with nearly half of the population lacking access to clean, safe drinking water.

 

With your help, nearly half a million people will gain access to safe water, as BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, UNICEF, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE will support building water supply systems for healthcare facilities and schools, and the drilling of boreholes, wells and springs to bring safe water to districts.

 

The first 35 wells have now been completed, and BEYGOOD4BURUNDI is set to reach 366,000 women and children by 2020.

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