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.”
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Here’s How a Newlywed Couple Paid Off $50K in Debt in Less Than Three Years


After college sweethearts Brittney and Ryan Lynn got married in 2012, they began a challenging rite of passage many newlywed couples experience: Combining finances.

Ryan had always been a fan of tracking his finances (though not budgeting — and there’s a difference), but Brittney wasn’t as aware of her financial situation. With the wedding in the rearview mirror, the Lynns knew it was time to gain a true understanding of their finances as a couple.

Brittney and Ryan sat at their dining room table in Milwaukee, laptops handy, combing through their various bank and credit card accounts. The Lynns had amassed a little over $ 50,000 in debt — student loans, some credit card debt and one personal loan made up the damage.

“That night was not fun,” Brittney recalls. “I remember crying and being really upset. We began to ask ourselves, ‘What are we going to do?’”

While the amount they owned shocked them, the Lynns developed a plan and made major life changes, and less than three years later, paid off the entire $ 50K. They now live debt-free.

Aftershock: Formulating a Plan to Get Out of Debt

Brittney admits that even after learning of the $ 50,000 debt, she was still somewhat in denial about the gloomy finances. After all, until that time the couple hadn’t been tracking their money together.

“Seeing it down on paper made me realize we had to come to terms with our debt and do something different,” Brittney says.

With new vigor, the couple sprung into action. Their first move involved a somewhat controversial figure: financial guru Dave Ramsey.

Known for his abrasive personality and bold views on money (like not believing in credit card use), Ramsey has published finance books, runs live events and online trainings, and hosts a podcast.

Ryan knew of Ramsey, and asked Brittney if she’d be open to testing his methods. “In the beginning, I was kind of against it because from the outside, Ramsey doesn’t seem like the type of personality I’d mesh with,” Brittney says.

Ryan encouraged her to listen to Ramsey’s podcast.

She quickly became enamored by his “debt-free scream” segments, where those who had successfully followed his practices shared their financial story and got to physically scream that they were debt-free.

“I was so inspired listening to these stories,” Brittney recalls. “That really motivated us to get started.”

Making Changes

Brittney agreed to try one of Ramsey’s popular tactics — the debt snowball method.

With this technique, you list your debts in order — from the lowest total payoff balance to the highest, regardless of interest rate. The idea is to experience a small win, gaining a psychological boost and motivation to keep going.

“I know people have different thoughts on paying the smallest debt first,” Brittney admits. “But the way we think about finances isn’t always logical. If we had chosen a larger debt to pay off, it would have taken so long to reach a win. We might not have continued.”

The first debt the couple cleared was a credit card with a $ 300 balance.

“After paying that first credit card bill, we were so motivated,” Brittney explains. “I became obsessed with finding as much information as possible about paying off debt.”

The Lynns didn’t follow Ramsey’s method to a T, but they adapted it to work for their lifestyle. For example, the couple still uses a credit card that they pay off every month, treating it much like a debit card.

Brittney and Ryan made several lifestyle changes, too:

  • Instead of going out to eat, Brittney found a new hobby in cooking. They packed their lunches and followed a mostly vegetarian diet, which helped save money.
  • The couple skipped going out for happy hours and coffee.
  • Both Brittney and Ryan drove old cars with no payments.
  • For a period of time, the couple got rid of cable and used Netflix and Hulu.
  • They sold items in their home they no longer needed. Ryan sold cameras he didn’t use, and Brittney sold her bridesmaid dresses on eBay.

One thing the couple didn’t skimp on? Travel.

“We love to travel, and it kept us sane,” Brittney explains. The Lynns made long weekends out of weddings they attended in various cities and took a big trip to Ireland.

“I know we could have paid off our debt sooner if we didn’t travel, but it was important to us to stay excited and not totally dread life with some of the lifestyle changes we made,” Brittney explains.

Life After Debt

a man and woman together in coats and hats outdoors, water and mountains in the background.
Brittney and Ryan stand together while touring the Ring of Kerry route in Ireland during a vacation in 2014. The couple made several lifestyle changes in a quest to pay down their debt, but one thing they didn’t skimp on was travel. “We love to travel, and it kept us sane,” Brittney explains. Photo courtesy of Brittney Lynn

In September 2015, just 2 1/2 years after their financial journey began, the Lynns wrote their final check — for one of Brittney’s student loans — and became debt-free.

At the same time, Ryan was offered a new job, so the couple moved from Milwaukee to Dallas. Brittney, a public relations professional, used the move as an opportunity to start her own business.

“It was awesome!” she says. “I was excited to have the opportunity to start a business and move to a new city knowing we wouldn’t have any debt.”

Now Brittney runs a boutique PR agency working primarily with fellow entrepreneurs. In May, she achieved a financial milestone, earning more than triple what she would’ve made  in a month at her corporate job. On the side, she hosts her “Day in the Life” podcast.

To stay on track, the Lynns have a money meeting every month to look over their budget for the next month. Borrowing an idea from Chris Harder’s “For the Love of Money” podcast, they meet at a favorite coffee shop.

“[It] makes it more fun and special,” Brittney says, “something to look forward to rather than sitting on the couch talking about how much money we spent last month.”

Want to Be Debt-Free? Follow These Tips

If you want to eliminate debt and move toward financial security like the Lynns, Brittney offers four important tips.

1. Know your money story

It’s important to remember that everyone has their own financial story and background. “Everyone views money differently,” Brittney explains. “There are many feelings and emotions around money from growing up.”

If you’re discussing money with a life partner, Brittney recommends sharing your money story honestly, staying open-minded and talking through your differences. For instance, Britney’s more of a saver while Ryan’s more of a spender. “That knowledge helped me to better communicate with Ryan,” she says.

If you’re flying solo, it still helps to understand your personal money story. Consider writing it out, thinking through how your parents and family discussed and managed money, and the way you view it now.

2. Try not to get too emotional when it comes to money talk

Financial conversations can sometimes be fraught with tension — after all, it’s not necessarily the most fun topic.

For that reason, Brittney recommends having financial conversations with a partner when you’re feeling level-headed and in a good space to talk about money. “If you enter the conversation already feeling emotional or vulnerable, it’s likely not going to go well,” she offers.

3. Start by tracking your finances

It’s almost impossible to create a budget when you have no idea how much you’re earning or spending in a given month.

Start by tracking your finances for a few months, knowing that each month will be different. From there, you’ll be able to determine the recurring expenses that are the same month to month (like your rent or utilities) and the expenses that can range in amount (like groceries or entertainment).

After gathering this data, it becomes much easier to develop a budget you can actually follow.

4. Do your research and find the tools that work for you

It may take some time to figure out which budgeting tool, resource or app will work best for your financial situation.

To stay organized, the Lynns started with a customized spreadsheet to track their finances and budget. They experimented with other apps and tools like Mint and You Need a Budget, but found that the spreadsheet was simple enough and helped keep them accountable.

It’s important to note that the Lynns’ quest for zero debt is not for everyone.

“Know your own financial situation,” Brittney says. “For people who have significantly more student loan debt, your best option probably isn’t paying off all of that debt with the income you’re making. Our best bet was paying it off ourselves.”

Ultimately, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. For example, Brittney and Ryan were in a good position to pay off their debt because they lived in an apartment and had no children.

“There’s a way out of debt for everyone, and you can still live your life and have fun,” she says. “Find what works for you and your situation, and give it your best.”

Jessica Lawlor is the president and CEO of Jessica Lawlor & Company (JL&Co), a specialty communications agency. She feels inspired to dust off her old budget spreadsheet after chatting with Brittney for this story.

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Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, we’ll be posting pieces by presenters and major speakers highlighting their plans to make those moves right here on the Ms. blog. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

It’s tough to talk about sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse. Despite our best efforts, sometimes prevention gets lost in translation. 

Once they get engaged, it’s easy for people to understand the individual actions they can take to be a better bystander, take personal responsibility, participate in self-defense classes or have one-on-one conversations about actions and behaviors. But prevention must go beyond education and individual behavior change. We don’t live in a vacuum: We’re connected to groups, communities, organizations and institutions, and these structures have the power to create safe environments and help change the way our society views sexual violence and our responsibility to prevent it.

Efforts to prevent and stop sexual violence are underway in communities across the country—and while it’s not always clear that our small actions can result in big cultural changes, prevention is possible, and it’s happeningTalking about the progress we have made is also challenging—and that’s why RALIANCE teamed up with the Berkeley Media Studies Group to release a new report to guide individuals on how to talk about prevention

Here are four key highlights.

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#1: Messages are never first.

The first step is knowing what you want to change, how to change it and why it needs to be changed. Your mission comes before your message—then you dig in to expressing it.

#2: Messages have to be flexible.

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a strategic communications plan—from the specific strategy, to messenger and audience. All of this is also set against a political or cultural backdrop that changes.

#3: Your messenger is just as important as your message.

For a messenger to be persuasive, the audience has to identify with and trust them. (General rules for the road? Speak plainly and think about word choices and lingo. Focus on conduct, not character when talking about people who commit sexual abuse and assault.)

Ready for a test drive? Learn more about simple tips and tools in the messaging guide. Be a part of ending sexual violence in one generation! It’s on all of us to make prevention understandable.

Julie Patrick is the National Partners Liaison for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio State on Wednesday night suspended head football coach Urban Meyer three games for mishandling domestic violence accusations, punishing one of the sport’s most prominent leaders for keeping an assistant on staff for several years after the coach’s wife accused him of abuse.

The move followed a two-week investigation into how Meyer reacted to accusations that former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith abused his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. Zach Smith was fired last month after she asked a judge for a protective order.

Courtney Smith alleged her husband shoved her against a wall and put his hands around her neck in 2015. The university put Meyer on paid leave and began an investigation after Courtney Smith spoke out publicly, sharing text messages and photos she traded in 2015 with Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and instructor at Ohio State.

Trustees discussed the decision to punish Meyer in a marathon meeting Wednesday while Meyer awaited the decision.

The investigation prompted a tweet from Meyer in which he insisted he followed proper protocols after learning of the 2015 accusations. But he also acknowledged lying to reporters a week earlier when he said he hadn’t heard of the incident until shortly before he fired Zach Smith.

The probe directly centered on the question of what Meyer knew and when. Meyer said in his tweet that he always elevated issues through the proper channels, and did so with the Smith situation in 2015. That contradicted what he told reporters at Big Ten media day a week earlier: “I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light. I’ve never had a conversation about it. I know nothing about it.”

Speaking after the investigation was announced, Zach Smith said he spoke with Meyer at the time and athletic director Gene Smith also knew about the allegations.

Zach Smith said Meyer told him he would be fired if the head coach found out Smith had hit his wife.

Zach Smith — the grandson of late Ohio State coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce — has never been criminally charged or convicted of abuse. He has a charge of criminal trespass pending, and the Smiths are due in court next month for a hearing on a restraining order Courtney Smith was granted July 20.

Meyer was heading into his seventh season at Ohio State, where he is 73-8 with a national title in 2014 and two Big Ten Conference championships. Ohio State’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy includes reporting allegations of domestic violence made against university employees.

Violating that policy allows Meyer to be fired with cause, according to provisions placed in his contract when it was extended in April by two years. The deal through 2022, increasing Meyer’s salary to $ 7.6 million in 2018, with annual 6 percent raises. Meyer had about $ 38 million left on his contract.

Ohio State’s season starts Sept. 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus.

In 2009, Zach Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his pregnant wife while he was working a graduate assistant for Meyer at Florida. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence.

The Smiths separated in June 2015 and divorced in 2016.

Meyer is one of the most accomplished coaches in college football history, with three national championships and a 177-31 record in 16 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, the team he grew up rooting for in Northeast Ohio.

Meyer won national championships with Florida in 2006 and ’08, but his teams also had more than two dozen players get into trouble with the law. He resigned twice at Florida, citing health reasons, first in the 2009 season after the Gators lost the Southeastern Conference championship game while trying to repeat as national champs. He changed his mind soon after and coached another season. The Gators went 8-5 in 2010, and afterward, Meyer stepped down for good.

Meyer was out of coaching for a season but was hired by Ohio State in November 2011. The Buckeyes had fired Jim Tressel, another national championship-winning coach, before that season for lying to the NCAA and university about rules violation committed by some of his players.

Since returning to coaching, Meyer’s program has been one of the most dominant in college football, and his players have mostly stayed out of major trouble.

Meyer faced some criticism in 2013 for allowing running back Carlos Hyde to return to the team after he was charged with striking a woman in a bar. The case was dropped by police when the woman chose not to pursue charges, but Hyde was suspended three games.

The Meyer investigation cost $ 500,000 and was conducted by the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.

Ohio State began investigating Meyer while also facing three federal lawsuits about its response to allegations of groping, leering and other misconduct by a deceased athletic department doctor who treated wrestlers and other students for two decades. The lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss say Ohio State facilitated the abuse by ignoring complaints.

Since Ohio State announced an independent investigation in April, more than 100 former students have come forward with accounts of sexual misconduct by Strauss. The allegations range from 1979 to 1997 and involve male athletes from 14 sports, as well as his work at the student health center and his off-campus medical office.

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BET reports, he previously told his daughter that the dress she wanted was too expensive and he wouldn’t be able to afford it. That all changed though when she showed up to one of her dads jobs.

Video that’s now going viral on social media shows the dad bringing over a dress bag to his daughter. When he opens it up and she realizes it’s the dress she really wanted, she goes into shock, stands up, and hugs her dad for a while.

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Using Three or More Colors for Sophisticated Men’s Style

Even those who are new to classic men’s style can look sharp by relying on fundamental two-color pairings like navy and grey or blue and brown, with a suit in one solid color and a tie in another. But, once you develop an interest in the nuances of dressing well, you’ll be looking for ways to add greater richness and complexity to your outfits. One way to achieve this is by working three or more colors into a single outfit. In this article, we’ll show you how to carry off multiple colors without looking like a peacock.

How to Use Three or More Colors Successfully in an Outfit

As a wardrobe develops, it’s easy to go for a solid worsted wool suit and a solid silk tie: it’s simple and straightforward, requiring little thought, and it looks good. Simply add a white shirt and brown or black oxfords, and you have a smart outfit that fits most professional workplaces and urban settings. However, the same few colors can get boring over time! So, here are six tips to add more color to your tailored style, some that involve boosting your overall color use and others on how to bring in multiple colors quickly with a single item.

Increase Your Overall Use of Color

1. Change Up the White Shirt

While a white shirt can serve as a standard backdrop to your tie and jacket, it is just that–very standard. To go beyond basic, try a light blue shirt with a navy suit or a pink shirt with gray. You’re immediately adding a third color that also reduces the stark contrast that a white shirt can create.

A light blue linen dress shirt

A light blue linen dress shirt

To take it a step further, look for shirts in other pastel colors such a lavender, salmon, and pale green. They make excellent backdrops for the brighter versions of their colors – purple with lavender, orange with salmon, and hunter green with pale green. This subtle addition of color will help you tie together your other accessories.

Tweed jacket with yellow orange dress shirt and Houndstooth Silk Bourette Bow Tie Burgundy Cream - Fort Belvedere

Pairing a tweed jacket with a pale yellow-orange dress shirt helps add subtle color that helps tie together the houndstooth bourette bow tie and a wool pocket square

2. Add a Vest or Waistcoat in a Bright Solid

Another easy way to add a even more color to a suit is to put on a waistcoat or vest in a different, brighter color.  Odd vests are expected to pop–even highly formal morning dress accommodates robin’s egg blue and buff waistcoats–so go bold with orange, red, royal blue or yellow. For casual cool or cold weather wear, colorful knits are easy to find. In the image below, imagine the same sage green suit with a white shirt and no vest. The purple tie would still show some panache, but the outfit would not have the same richness without the blue shirt and orange knitted vest.

Beutiful green suit with orange knit vest and purple knit tie, brown hat and gloves as seen by beforeeesunrise.com

Beautiful green suit with an orange knit vest and a bold purple knit tie, brown hat and gloves as seen by beforeeesunrise.com

Your vest can also act like a dividing line, which lets you wear a tie that is the same color as your jacket without it looking boring, and if your tie and jacket color are slightly off from one another, the vest tricks the eye into not noticing the difference.

Layering with a simple alternation of two colors.

A bright yellow knit vest acts as a divider between tie and suit jacket

3. Trade the Suit for a Sport Coat and Trousers

Part of the ease of a suit is its uniformity: you don’t need to worry about coordinating top and bottom. Yet, many men, myself included, prefer an odd jacket and trousers to a suit in part because it opens the door to more color combination. In summer, you can go all out and try bright chinos or go-to-hell pants and in winter, colorful corduroys.

A taste of the Chino and Corduroy Colors at Cordings

A taste of the Chino and Corduroy Colors at Cordings

On the other hand, the added variable of different colored pants can create the temptation to over-match by trying to match a solid tie to one’s pants. This can be done, provided the tie is very nearly or exactly the same color, or if the items are similar enough in color but different in texture (like a grenadine tie with worsted wool trousers); however, it’s not particularly creative and can make you look like you’re trying. Therefore, you might prioritize wearing a tie of a third color: a maroon tie with a navy sport coat and gray pants, for example.

 4. Don’t Forget Your Feet

Colored shoelaces are an overlooked means of adding a single pop of color that ticks all the boxes: it’s quick, cheap and unique. For around $ 10, which is cheaper than any other menswear accessory you can think of, you can increase the colors you wear. Just make sure you know how to lace your shoes.

Close up Red Shoelaces Round Waxed Cotton - Made in Italy by Fort Belvedere

Close up Red Shoelaces Round Waxed Cotton – Made in Italy by Fort Belvedere

5. Add a Boutonniere

The hole in your jacket lapel is meant to be filled, and a boutonniere flower is a perfect choice to do that while adding a spot of new color. If you’re wearing a navy suit with a soft yellow tie, why not introduce a lilac or light blue flower?

Madder Print Silk Tie in Buff 9cm width with Red Pattern , Field Scabious Boutonniere Buttonhole & Classic White Pocket Square

In this classic navy and yellow combination, the Purple Field Scabious Boutonniere adds a pop of color to the muted tie, shirt, and jacket

Add Several Colors at Once with Patterns

The next step is to add multiple colors at the same time using one article of clothing, which augments the richness of what you’re wearing more than relying purely on solids.

1. Necktie

A foolproof method to do this is to replace a plain tie with one that contains stripes or a repeating geometric motif. The elements that make up the pattern have to be a different color in order to be visible and often include multiple tones. The beauty of a patterned tie is that it can act as a bridge between the other pieces you are wearing. In the image below of Sven Raphael Schneider, the red tone of his tie works with his trousers, while the lighter stripe pattern coordinates with his gray jacket. The presence of a pattern also breaks up the ground color and therefore de-emphasizes any variation between the main color of the tie and something else you’re wearing, such as trousers. Therefore, an exact or precise color match matters less for coordination.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a striped tie with a gray checked sport coat and Nantucket red pants

It’s equally possible when wearing a patterned tie to use the pattern to introduce an additional color. The base tone of the tie can match your jacket while the geometric motif adds one or more colors you don’t yet have on. A classic example is the classic maroon, navy and gray striped tie. You could wear this with a gray suit and add two new colors or with a navy blazer and gray pants, making maroon your added color.
Cashmere Wool Grenadine Tie in Dark Blue, Burgundy, Light Grey Stripe - Fort Belvedere

Cashmere Wool Grenadine Tie by Fort Belvedere

Small repeating geometric patterns on a tie are also fantastic because they often include multiple accent colors. The one below from Fort Belvedere contains purple, white, light pink, teal, and yellow, so you’d be adding touches of up to five colors with just one tie.

If you want a more casual tie that provides an infusion of several colors at once, try a two-tone changeant silk knit. This is made up of two different colored yarns, such as brown and gold or blue and light blue, knitted in such a way that the tone looks like it’s changing depending on the light and viewing angle (thus the French term “changeant“). Mottled knits are a variation on this, mixing two colors. Lastly, you can find slubby shantungs that display secondary shadow colors, giving you multiple subtle tones in one tie.

Pink Two Tone Knit Tie Fort Belvedere

Pink Two-Tone Knitted Tie from Fort Belvedere

2. Pocket Square

Accessories as a whole are a safe way to add multiple colors at once because you only get them in tiny doses. While you can add just a single new color with a pocket square, one with a pattern will give you the most bang for your buck, packing more color than any other item you can wear. In the images below a paisley pocket square contains at least eight different tones, yet, despite this, it never overwhelms. Moreover, even if a hankie contains a complex paisley pattern made up of a dozen different colors, you can manipulate it in your breast pocket, turning it this way or that, to determine which colors you want to show. In one photo, it’s worn in a puff fold to emphasize pink, and in the other, orange.

Pocket squares afford even greater freedom than ties when you want to add color because they are expected to differ from the rest of your outfit. Beginners to men’s style often commit the faux pas of buying matching pocket square and tie sets, but the true connoisseur knows that the handkerchief is the place to introduce an additional hue; it should never be too “matchy.” Sure, there could (or should) be a bit of your tie, shirt, pants or jacket color represented in your pocket square, but beyond that nearly anything goes. In the image below, the pocket square actually repeats the red and gold of the bow tie motif and the red of the jacket’s windowpane grid but highlights gold more than any other part of the outfit.

A yellow wool challis pocket square provides an opportunity to introduce an additional color.

3. Scarf

Scarves and pocket squares have a lot in common, and the former can be considered, in some ways, larger versions of the latter. However, with a scarf, whether silk with a printed pattern or solid cashmere, you’re getting a stronger effect, so consider it an accent and surround the scarf with subdued colors or solids.

Camel overcoat with printed silk scarf

Camel overcoat with printed silk scarf

4. Shirt

Going beyond accessories, my favorite underappreciated technique for adding multiple colors at once is a tattersall shirt.  The tattersall pattern is made up of two or more different complementary colors. Some possibilities are blue and black, green and blue, red and blue, or orange and blue to name just a few. In the example below from Cordings in the UK, there are actually four different colors–pink, purple, blue, and black–skillfully combined. The tattersall is versatile enough to wear in most business settings, providing an understated but clearly apparent injection of color. You can find multi-colored striped shirts too, but they can risk being too loud and look more casual than a fine grid.

A tattersall shirt from Cordings that makes use of four colors.

5. Patterned Waistcoat

We’ve mentioned solid waistcoats above, with an emphasis on knits, but the traditional odd waistcoat is supposed to be one that displays a strong pattern. If you have a solid shirt on, you could make your vest the tattersall. Another thing layering this way with a waistcoat achieves is that it gives you more opportunities to play with colors. Your waistcoat can act like a bridge because it can coordinate with a color in your tie, in your jacket, or both!

Chester by Chester Barrie - Plaid sportscoat, tattersall vest & red pants

This patterned waistcoat by Chester by Chester Barrie pulls coordinates all the colors in this bold ensemble

6. Tailored Jacket

For your jacket layer, an overcheck is your friend. This is a windowpane grid in one color laid over another plaid pattern. The most famous is the Prince of Wales check, which, by definition includes a glen check in one color over which there is a grid of another hue. For instance, you might find a grey Prince of Wales with an overcheck in sky blue. Just like that, by wearing one of the classic menswear patterns, you have an additional accent color. You can then coordinate accordingly with the colors of your tie and perhaps a vest.

Burgundy Prince of Wales jacket with green overcheck; knit tie and pocket square from Fort Belvedere

Burgundy Prince of Wales jacket with green overcheck; knit tie and pocket square from Fort Belvedere

7. Socks

The crazy socks trend seems to have reached a peak a few years back, and it’s not one we’ve really gotten behind, but this doesn’t mean that you should only  stick with boring solid black. You can wear socks in various accent colors, and especially ones that show some pattern, to amp up the number of colors you’re wearing in one step. It’s not just a trendy move either as you can find a variety of colored and patterned dress socks in vintage apparel arts illustrations from the 20th century.

Vintage fashion illustration showing socks with shadow stripes and clock patterns.

One option to instantly incorporate two colors is shadow-stripe socks, which have one main color along with a second “shadow” color in the ribbing stripes. If you want even more subtlety, try socks with clocks (the name for the pattern running down the side) such as a conservative charcoal socks with burgundy and white clocks.

Conclusion

No matter what the season, it’s always the right time to work more color into your outfits. Sometimes, the assumption is that if you use a lot of colors in an outfit you will end up looking like a clown (or a Pitti Peacock).

Colorful outfit

Pitti Peacock “Il Bisonte” showing the extreme use of color that characterizes his personal style. Photo by guerrisms.

However, adding one other yet unrepresented hue is easy and shows your stylistic expertise. Of course, restraint and careful consideration should always be part of a gentleman’s sartorial game. Pick and choose where you want to add your colors and how far you want to go. It’s not likely that you’ll wear colored shoelaces, bright socks, go-to-hell pants and an orange knit vest at the same time. Think of the ideas in this article as a buffet of options for you to choose from. Just don’t overload your plate! Accessories enable you tho experiment without fear on a small scale. Meanwhile, tattersalls, Prince of Wales checks, and bright knit vests let you up your color quotient while remaining firmly within established tailoring tradition. Lastly, remember as a rule of thumb that if you are wearing colors that read primarily as neutral (brown, beige, grey, navy, khaki, black), almost any other color can be added freely.

This gun club check reads as a neutral, so other colors can easily be introduced without overwhelming the outfit

How do you wear multiple colors? What are your favorite combinations? Let us know in the comments.


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Son Planned Fake Robbery at Parents’ Home—All Three Wound Up Dead

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It was so simple.

Matthew Lindquist, a 21-year-old Connecticut man, wanted to exchange his dad’s guns for drugs, so he came up with a plan to fake a robbery at his parent’s house, intending to blame it on “two black guys,” according to an arrest affidavit unsealed Tuesday. But the plot went horribly awry—and Lindquist and his parents ended up dead.

It all began days before Christmas, when Lindquist made a deal with another man, Sergio Correa, promising to give him his dad’s guns in exchange for drugs, according to the 17-page arrest affidavit. Together, the pair would fake the robbery, with Correa tying up Matthew to make it look real, the affidavit says.

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Three Easy Outfits You Can Pull Off For Memorial Day On All Budgets

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, many of us are eagerly thinking of what activities we plan to tackle on the three-day weekend: Barbecuing with friends, going out with family, posing for selfies, basking in bathing suits, all of it. Now if you’re like me, the holiday weekend probably sprung up on you — busy weeks working, tackling that side hustle, and all the in-betweens, you may have forgotten that Monday you’ve got off.

Now you’re receiving texts on weekend plans, but honestly have no idea what to wear. Well, here are a few outfit ideas you can try and tackle, depending on your style:

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A lab analyzed three nursing moms’ milk — here’s what it found

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If you’re breastfeeding or pumping, you may notice that the milk you put out changes from day to day: it may look creamier, or have different-colored tinges according to what you’ve eaten lately. But did you ever wonder if what’s in the milk changes along with its looks? Or if the milk you’re giving your baby has enough of everything he needs?

We did. So when Lactation Lab, a new California company that runs samples of breast milk through a testing process similar to the ones dairy farmers have done on their cows, offered to do an analysis of the nutrition and toxins in three of our writers’ milk, we took them up on it. Note, this is not a sponsored post, though Lactation Lab did the testing for free. Here’s what happened.

Getting the milk to the lab

Lactation Lab mailed three test kits out to our bloggers Whitney Barthel, Becky Vieira, and Sabrina Garibian.

At the time of testing, Whitney was nursing a newborn, Becky was nursing a 1.5-year-old, and Sabrina was nursing a 2-month-old. Each mom pumped out enough milk to fill Lactation Lab’s 1-ounce test kit containers, which wasn’t hard for Sabrina and Whitney, but Becky found it a little difficult to get the required ounce: “I’m 18 months in and not producing as much,” she says. “We do our one big nursing session in the morning and I didn’t want to use all his milk for this. So I took a lactation booster and did some dry pumping for a few days prior to increase supply and was fine.”

Once the ounce was ready, each mom froze their milk, then shipped it overnight using Lactation Lab’s prepaid box. At the lab, the milk samples were tested for:

— Protein
— Fat
— Carbohydrates
— Calcium
— Calories
— Vitamin A
— Vitamin C
— Vitamin B12
— Fatty acids including DHA
— Arsenic
— Cadmium
— Lead
— Mercury

A few days later, the results were in. Lactation Lab mailed each woman a PDF of her results (screenshots of the PDFs are below), and followed up with an email giving specific dietary recommendations for each woman.

What the lab found

Surprisingly, the lab found that each of these healthy moms had less-than-optimal levels of nutrition in their milk, though the results varied from woman to woman.

Though some people had been telling Becky that her milk had little to no nutritional value for her toddler, her milk was right on target in terms of fat and protein, and was even a little more caloric than average. Hmph, declining nutritional value, go suck it.

Becky’s milk was also very low in the toxins: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

On the other hand, she was a little low in calcium, iron, and Vitamin A, as well as more seriously low in DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that’s crucial to infant development.

For her part, Sabrina’s milk had about the right amount of fat, carbohydrates, protein, and calories. Her milk’s levels of iron and Vitamin A were great, too, and the presence of toxins was well below the threshold of danger. But her levels of calcium, Vitamin C, and DHA weren’t quite on target.

Finally, Whitney, whose dairy-farmer husband predicted would have low-quality milk because she produces so much and on the farm the cows who make the most milk usually don’t make the best, was actually making milk with an almost ideal number of calories.

The protein and carbohydrate content of her milk was also above average, as was her DHA, which was low in both Sabrina and Becky’s milk. But Whitney’s milk was quite low in fat, calcium, and Vitamin C, and moderately low in Vitamin B-12.

How the moms felt

Each of the moms was dismayed to hear that her milk didn’t have optimal levels of everything.

“I knew I wasn’t great at self-care, but didn’t think it was as off as it was,” said Becky.

Sabrina, who eats a lot of dairy and who takes a nightly vitamin, was surprised that the levels of calcium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 were not optimal in her milk. In addition, “I am currently (and always) borderline anemic and have to be careful to always eat red meat at least once a week. Yet my iron levels are just fine in my milk.”

And Whitney was thrown for a loop by her results. “I stressed out because so many of my levels were low. It made me feel like I have been starving poor little Rosie,” she says. “I try to eat really healthy and I take vitamins so it is a little surprising that my milk was lacking in so many things. Definitely eye-opening. I’m sure some of my anxiety with the results are because I’m newly postpartum and sleep-deprived.”

Lactation Lab founder (and UCLA physician) Stephanie Canale says that while her service is still new, so far she’s found “very few women” who when tested couldn’t use “a tweak or two.”

“For some, just a little extra B12 or iron [is what they need,” she said.

The moms did like that Canale emailed specific dietary recommendations to go with the results. All three women were told to increase their daily calcium intake by 500 mg. Becky was additionally instructed to eat more leafy greens, colorful vegetables, and meat, and take DHA, Vitamin C, and iron supplements. Sabrina was tasked with taking in 500 more milligrams of calcium daily, as well as taking DHA, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B12 supplements, and Whitney heard that she should supplement her Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C, as well as eating more orange vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.

The women have been following these instructions as much as they’re able:

“I’m trying to be better at taking my vitamins, this was a good reminder,” says Becky. “I’d say I’ve gone from never to 2-3 days a week. Slightly less tired! Oh, and I’m making more of an effort to eat veggies. Mostly his leftovers, but hey… it’s a start!”

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Sabrina said, “I’ve started taking DHA and vitamin B in addition to my prenatal and I swear I feel less tired. I also feel like I can take it easy on the calories since she said my milk is so calorically dense and high in fat.”

Whitney, who was possibly the most affected by the findings, wishes she had data from other women to compare her numbers against: “It would be nice to know what an average number of nutrients is for each thing tested. I mean, it’s nice to know where they SHOULD BE, but it would also be nice to know what average is. I was so stressed out seeing my results, maybe knowing that other moms don’t test perfect the first time would be comforting to other moms not getting awesome results with their first go-round.”

All agreed, though, that at $ 170-$ 400, the Lactation Lab service would have been out of their price range if they’d had to pay for the tests.

For her part, Canale says she hopes the information her lab is turning up will encourage women to breastfeed for as long as possible.

“I just saw a little one today for a follow up that I met about 3 weeks ago. Basically mom was being told by her pediatrician to supplement with formula. Long story short, but we tested her milk and the calorie count was higher than that of the average formula so I asked to meet with mom and baby in my office. I watched her feed him and he just looked like he was in so much pain…. reflux! We started changing positions, [and keeping him] upright after feeds and actually started him on Zantac. Today he gained more than a lb in one week!”

“I am hoping that at the very minimum we can help a few mothers like this not be discouraged — sometimes there may actually be other issues that are causing babies to not gain weight appropriately and that formula is not always the answer.”

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Desiree Linden Just Became the First American Woman to Win the Boston Marathon in Three Decades

The drought is over for American women at the Boston Marathon. Desiree “Desi” Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in more than three decades after pulling away from a competitive field and battling unusually cold, wet and windy conditions.

The win marked redemption for Linden, who performed in the elite field at Boston throughout her career and lost the 2011 Boston Marathon title by just six seconds. Linden, a two-time Olympian, came out on top Monday when she pulled away from the chase pack and took the lead from Ethiopian runner Mamitu Daska toward the end of the race. For the final five miles of the race, Linden expanded her lead and crossed the finish line, drenched from the rain and with no other runners in sight. Linden crossed the Boston Marathon finish line with an unofficial time 2:39.54 — more than 10 minutes off the her personal record but a substantial effort amid Boston’s harsh weather conditions on Monday.

“It’s storybook,” Linden told NBC Sports of her win. “I’m thrilled to be here and get it done.”

“Even on a day like today where it’s pretty miserable out,” she added, “people show up and they embrace the race.”

Linden’s victory answered months of speculation as to whether a U.S. woman could win due to a talented American field in this year’s race. Professional distance runners Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle and Sara Sellers, among several others, joined Linden in the women’s race, and Americans filled six of the top eight finishers. Flanagan, one of the favorites among the Americans, came in seventh with an unofficial time of 2:46.31. In November 2017, Flanagan won the TCS New York City Marathon — similarly becoming the first American woman to do so since 1977.

Sportsmanship among the Americans was on full display during the race, particularly when Linden held back toward the beginning of the race to help Flanagan catch up to the pack after stopping at a port-a-potty. In an interview after the race, Linden said she wasn’t feeling well, considered dropping out mid-race and chose to instead try to help Flanagan, a Massachusetts native who was vying for a Boston title.

“When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen,” Linden told NBC Sports. “Helping her helped me.”

Flanagan and Linden have represented the U.S. together throughout their careers, including at the Olympic marathon in 2012 and 2016.

The last American woman to win the Boston Marathon was Lisa Larsen Weidenback in 1985.

History was also made this year on the men’s side when Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese man to win the race since Toshihiko Seko won in 1987.

Linden and Kawauchi’s new titles also come with a big pay day. The two Boston Marathon winners will each receive $ 150,000 prize, provided by John Hancock Financial, the largest sponsor of the Boston Marathon. The top 15 winners on the men’s and women’s sides will also receive financial prizes, with second-place finishers winning $ 75,000 and third-place finishers winning $ 40,000 each.

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Three Unexpected Takeaways From Black Panther

I’m just a software engineer, not a movie reviewer. If you’re looking for an expert critique of Ryan Coogler’s hugely successful big-budget blockbuster, Black Panther, you have come to the wrong place.

That isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate the film. I enjoyed strong performances from Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and the rest of the legendary supporting cast. I loved the attention to detail in everything from the costumes to the fight scenes to the distinctively black hairstyles. The production quality was as top notch as we’ve come to expect from a Marvel film.

The thing is, I thought the movie was great—just not for the reasons you might think. Let me tell you my three takeaways from the movie.

Disclaimer: If you’re already familiar with the comic, there isn’t much in the way of spoilers ahead. Everybody else, consider yourself warned.

Takeaway #1: The world could use more black innovation

In the film, the fictional African people of Wakanda guard a miracle metal known as Vibranium. Its magical properties fuel their unparalleled technological advancements. Hidden from the view of the outside world, the Wakandans ensure that outsiders remain unaware of their precious metal. They know that no one would guess a seemingly impoverished, third-world country like Wakanda would ever be capable of pioneering the most sophisticated innovations known to mankind.

Like the Wakandans, the innovations of black people throughout American history are also largely invisible. No, black people weren’t trying to hide them from the world. Racism robbed many black innovators from receiving the credit they earned. Unfortunately, history may forget them altogether.

Did you think that Katherine P. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were the only hidden figures?

As one of the rare black software engineers in Silicon Valley, I remind others of the innovations of black people like Garrett A. Morgan, Lewis Latimer, Frederick McKinley Jones, and Madam C.J. Walker, who invented everything from the precursor to the modern traffic light to the portable refrigeration that makes ice cream trucks possible today.

I’m excited for the growing interest in making the world aware of these and other black inventors. Many amazing, untold stories of black innovation are waiting to be told in film. Hopefully, Hollywood will take notice.

Takeaway #2: Black people are still struggling over the souls of black folk

The central conflict of the movie lies between King T’Challa and Erik Killmonger. T’Challa seeks to guard Wakanda’s technological secrets from the world. And Killmonger? He wants to arm the worldwide African diaspora with the means to rise up against oppression.

This conflict reminded me of the famous nemeses in black American history. For instance, I considered the disagreement between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. King advocated peaceful civil disobedience. Malcolm believed in black liberation by any means, including violence.

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(As an aside, don’t forget that the Black Panther Party—no relation to the comics—also advocated for using violence to defend blacks against the terrorism of the Jim Crow era.)

King and Malcolm weren’t the only ones to take opposing sides. W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington debated whether the future of black progress lay in the classroom or the shop floor. Du Bois believed in political action and growing black intellectualism to compete with racism in the battlefield of the mind. Washington, on the other hand, argued that hard work and wealth-building would win the respect of white people.

The schisms between these viewpoints still exist in the black community today. Seeing this debate play out on the big screen made me appreciate the richness of the Black Panther storyline.

Takeaway #3: STEM is a tool for uplifting black communities

At the end of the movie, T’Challa realizes Wakanda must share its technology for the good of humanity. He decides to open up an international outreach post in Oakland, California, a city where black people still make up the largest racial demographic. The audience is led to believe this development would uplift a community long victimized by inequality and injustice.

As soon as I saw that scene, I was instantly reminded of the computer lab that Google opened for Oakland youth near Fruitvale Station in 2016. That transit station is where a police officer killed a handcuffed black man, Oscar Grant III, in 2009. Fruitvale Station is also the name of the biopic about the incident directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan.

Silicon Valley is investing in Oakland as they look to raise the representation of blacks and Latinos in tech. I believe that there is real opportunity for companies like Google and others to make a difference in the long-neglected hoods and ghettos that exist all across America. By getting proximate with these communities, as activist Bryan Stevenson puts it, tech can provide the tools that underrepresented groups can use to climb out of poverty.

As Black Panther continues to make film history, I’m hopeful that future films will probe the depths of the important themes that matter to underrepresented communities. I would certainly pay to see more films as entertaining and as thought-provoking as this one.

The author wishes to thank fellow Googlers Cynthia, David, Kalon, Jennie, Mitul, and Olivier for their feedback.

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To help beat the remaining winter blues, we’re doubling up on bright, fresh springtime pastels. Though the outfits ahead could technically be worn in winter (especially if you live somewhere like LA), fashion girls are already swapping their dark neutrals for a seasonal color palette fit for the first day of spring.

Plaid pants get a stylish makeover in baby blue and yellow. This look is giving us major ’90s nostalgia due to the fuzzy sweater and chunky sneakers.
Stripes always seem to be a springtime classic along, with florals. (Groundbreaking, we know). But there’s something about graphic, abstract stripes that feel really modern and cool.
Not a pastel type of person? Test out bold primary colors like cobalt blue and canary yellow for a fresh look with a bit of edge.
Once again, a primary color palette is totally winning us over here. We love the combination of blue, yellow, and red grounded with classic black.
If you’re going to pick just one spring-inspired color to wear right now, may we suggest yellow? The bright shade is a bit unexpected which makes it that much cooler. Test it out in a fun pair of trousers and keep the rest of the look neutral.
Okay, this wouldn’t be a spring outfit roundup if we didn’t include the color lilac. There’s no doubt that this shade of muted purple is the It color of the season.
Like we’ve said before, yellow is one of the coolest colors to try for spring. Pick one piece to wear the color in and pair it with black for a bold, cool-girl look.
The suiting trend is reimagined when rendered in vibrant fuschia. This playful statement-making set couldn’t be further from the traditional stuffy suit.
Mark our words: Cargo pants are back. (Shocking, yes, but we’re into it.) When paired with tough combat boots and a graphic sweater, the loose-fitting pants make for a casual combo that Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber would approve of.
To make any look spring-ready, pick up a fun bag like this bright-yellow Gucci one that speaks for itself.
Ready to test out the season’s freshest colors? Dip your toes in by trying out a look similar to this one. Throw on a bright jacket over your otherwise toned-down outfit, or go into full-on spring mode by layering bright blues with yellows and reds.

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Ruth E. Carter’s resume as a costume designer reads like a roll call of some of the most culturally significant films of the past three decades: Malcom X, Selma, Do the Right Thing, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Mo’ Better Blues. But her latest film, the revolutionary and deservedly much-hyped Black Panther, might be her most notable project yet. With over 1,000 costumes that she conceptualized and created for fantastical world of Wakanda — drawing inspiration from Afropunk fashion and traditional African tribal garments — it seems fitting that Carter calls Black Panther the most challenging, but ultimately most fulfilling film she’s worked on yet.

Carter, the first African-American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award — she was nominated for 1992’s Malcom X and 1997’s Amistad — spoke to TIME ahead of Black Panther’s release on Feb. 16 about the film’s Afrofuturist costumes, the real-life superheroes she designed costumes for before Marvel and how Spike Lee helped her get her start in Hollywood.

TIME: How did you become interested in costume design?

Carter: I feel like costume design kind of found me. It’s the sum of my parts. I’m the daughter of a single parent, so I’ve been that girl that didn’t necessarily have a lot growing up. What I did have, sometimes I had to make it. My brother’s an artist. One of my brothers is a painter. The brother that was closer to me in age, we always loved to sketch and draw as kids, and we had our own characters.

An opportunity arose in college to do costumes for one of the plays. After that, I was doing every play on campus. I was doing the dance company that toured, people’s senior recitals, the fraternities’ special shows, as well as my own projects. I was kind of teaching myself and creating my own curriculum. When I graduated, I found myself at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, as an intern. This took it to another level of exposure. I kind of felt like I was on my path.

Costume designer Ruth Carter poses for a portrait at the American Black Film Festival on June 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
Mychal Watts—Getty Images PortraitCostume designer Ruth Carter poses for a portrait at the American Black Film Festival on June 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

How did you get your start in the entertainment industry and, later, movies?

I moved out to Hollywood after my internship at the Santa Fe Opera. After I got here, there was a picture on the calendar section of the L.A. Times and it showed the L.A. Theater Center’s staff standing on this circular staircase. [They were] opening this five-theater complex. I thought, “They’re going to need me.” So I got a job there and that’s where I met Spike Lee. He had come to see a show and after the show, he was talking to me about getting film experience. I didn’t know him as Spike Lee, because Spike Lee wasn’t known to the world yet.

I remember getting an invitation from Spike Lee to go see She’s Gotta Have It, a special screening. Shortly after that, Spike called me and asked me to be the costume designer for School Daze, and from then on, I’ve been doing films.

How do you typically prepare for a film? What’s the process of developing looks?

I try to remind myself to be a vessel and to read the script with as much visual imagination as I can. I want to go on the ride of the story, see the colors, the way that you would if you read the story as a child. From there, I put the script aside and start gathering things. The first place I go to is my personal library. It’s not just books — I have antiques, tapestries. I gather things that will launch my journey and help me find those shapes and colors that I felt impassioned by when I read the script. I always hope for something that’s going to give me some kind of emotion.

Black Panther is being talked about as a sort of celebration of Afrofuturism. How did you design the costumes with that in mind?

From my Spike Lee days, we’ve always been a group of filmmakers that are concerned about the future of African Americans and freedom of self-expression and being politically sound. Ryan Coogler was no different, in that he wanted us to all think of this fictitious world of Wakanda as a place that was never colonized by the Dutch or the English. What would that look like?

We had an enormous number of boards that outlined the costume looks of each district of Wakanda. There’s a military guard that protects the palace, the Jabari tribe that lives in the mountains. There are the Dora Milaje that protect the king, the border tribes that police the border. I used ancient African history to come up with some of these ideas. For example, the Dogon tribe is one of the inspirations for the Jabari tribe in Wakanda. They wore these wonderful raffia skirts during the celebration they performed once a year. One of the northeastern inspirations was from the Tuareg, the subsaharan desert dwellers of Africa. In Wakanda, they were the merchant tribe and owned most of the wealth. We upped the ante and gave them a modern spin to create this new world.

You’ve worked on a lot of period pieces like Malcom X, Selma and The Butler. How does that differ from working on a film like Black Panther?

In some ways, it’s quite similar. It starts with research. I’ve done superheroes before — Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tina Turner — they were all superheroes. But in those cases, I had a real world to draw from, photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march across the Edmund Pettus bridge, footage of Tina Turner in concert. The process is very much the same as it was for Black Panther because we were building a world with a tone and a look. It’s still apparel. I was very hands-on. I’m not the designer who sits at home and phones it in to her minions. I’m there in the trenches. That’s how I think I get the best results.

So many of the films you’ve worked on have pushed for visibility of people of color, and specifically African Americans. Not just in the films themselves, but in the industry and storytelling as a whole.

I feel like I’m a proud mama of this cultural movement that’s inclusive of everybody, especially young people that are now in charge and producing the art. I’ve got thirty-plus years behind me, and I’m embraced by them, and I’m still contributing to the story. This narrative is now being presented by a new generation of filmmakers, and I’m super proud of that. I’m proud to hear Ryan Coogler say that he was a little boy and his father took him to see Malcom X and he can’t believe that he’s sitting across the table from me, the person who did the costumes. That just makes my day. I’m just proud that I was true to myself as an artist along the way.

I also have never felt like I represented just one demographic. Young people of all colors are interested in this story. It makes me proud to know that there might have been a voice that was really small in the beginning and grew bigger, but it’s still relevant today and actually wanted.

How do you think the work that you do as a costume designer is helping to change the industry for the better?

Change it? I wish I could change it. I have to go back to the women. As costume designers, we’re always asked to “make them sexy.” I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to change that, and I’m not trying to, but maybe with Black Panther, we can show that women don’t have to dress super sexy like they do in the comic books. They can look like warriors and look great. They can have no hair, they can show no skin and be sexy.

Hollywood is built on racism, in a way. When you think of The Birth of a Nation [in 1915], there was that guy running around in blackface, but he was a white guy and he was seen as a savage. Those films during the ‘20s and the ‘30s, if they did have Africans, they were running around with a bone in their nose. In Shaka Zulu, made in the ‘30s or ‘40s, finally you get this magnificent story about this African King. It was one step forward, and I think Black Panther takes it another step forward. It’s baby steps.

How do you feel about the being the first African American designer to be nominated for an Oscar for costume design?

When I was working on Malcom X, Spike Lee said, “Don’t think about the Oscar.” So I never thought about it. But then I got nominated, and I was the first. It was a little out-of-body for me. I had been mentored by people of all colors. I loved Malcom X, and I felt like the prize had already been given by the accomplishment.

It was a testament to my perseverance, and for that I was extremely proud to say that I was the first. It was a goal that I had reached, not necessarily to be acknowledged by the Academy, but, “I’m a costume designer. No one can take that away from me now.” I shared it with my brother who was my mentor and an artist and he was my date to the Academy Awards. I owed so much to him as an artist.

After over 30 years in the industry, how do you stay inspired?

I have hobbies. I paint. In high school, I had a feel for clay and could mold almost anything from a picture, so I still have clay that I work with. I try to keep myself active and see other people’s work and art, I go and see plays, I’m always interested in travel. I just came from South Africa, from what I call “searching for Wakanda,” just to meet the people and touch the ground, to come from a well-informed place when I thought about Africa. I do what I need to stay motivated that’s not costume-related.


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Three Things to Know About Kehinde Wiley, the Artist Behind Barack Obama’s New Portrait

If you didn’t know artist Kehinde Wiley before, you will now: He’s the painter behind former President Barack Obama’s stunning official portrait, which was unveiled on Monday at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Not only did Obama become the first African-American president to have a portrait hang in the National Portrait Gallery, but Wiley became the first African-American artist to paint an official presidential portrait.

“It’s a huge responsibility,” Wiley told The Guardian in 2017. And though it may have been a humbling duty to paint former President Obama, the painting fits within Wiley’s cannon: bold and often colorful depictions of men (and recently) women of color in the style of Classical European portraiture—a style that has made him both celebrated and successful.

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Who is Kehinde Wiley?

Wiley was born South Central, Los Angeles in 1977, where he was raised by a single mother and was one of six siblings. His mother was a linguist, and he grew up surrounded by books. Wiley took his first art lesson at age 11, and at age 12, in 1989, Wiley was one of 50 American children who went to live in Russia at the Center for U.S./U.S.S.R. Initiatives. There, he studied art and Russian language. He eventually attended the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied art in graduate school at Yale.

He is based in New York, but has studios around the world in Beijing and West Africa, where his father is from.

Celebrities associated with Wiley—from Obama to Beyoncé.

Kehinde Wiley’s mainstay is “street casting.” He began painting young men and women from the streets of Harlem and painting them in their street clothing in the styles of old-world paintings; Wiley continues that practice around the world in places like the Congo, Morocco, Haiti and India.

Wiley has, however, painted famous faces prior to working with Obama. In 2009, Michael Jackson commissioned a portrait, which wasn’t painted until after the king of pop passed. He has also painted rappers LL Cool J and Ice-T, along with soccer royalty around the world.

And while he has not done a portrait of Beyoncé, some have mused that his work was an influence on her pregnancy photoshoot.

Where can you see Kehinde Wiley’s work?

Beyond the National Portrait Gallery, you can view Wiley’s art on display at museums around the country. He has paintings in the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. You can also scroll through his work on his Instagram.

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by Amy Sherald, an African-American artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. Michelle Obama’s portrait was also revealed to the public on Monday, and it will hang in the first floor of the National Portrait Gallery until November.


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Sony on Monday unveiled three new smartphones as this year’s Consumer Electronics Show gets underway. The new handsets aren’t flagship devices, but rather mid-range phones that Sony has dubbed “super mid-tier smartphones.” The handsets feature mid-range specs including the Snapdragon 630 processor, but high-end materials and impressive cameras. In fact, one new smartphone model, the Xperia XA2 Ultra, features a 23-megapixel rear camera along with dual front-facing cameras. The other two new smartphones, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2, feature similar styling and specs along with more compact form factors.

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The Three Highest-Grossing Movies of 2017 All Had One Awesome Thing in Common

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Two days into 2018, and we're still thinking about 2017. Looking back, there were some things to celebrate about the year at the movies. And they're the kinds of things that could carry on into the new year and beyond. 

For instance, the top three highest-grossing titles on the domestic box office chart — Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($ 533 million), Beauty and the Beast ($ 504 million), and Wonder Woman ($ 413 million) — all featured strong female protagonists. As…

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Postcard Day For Men’s Round Three at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship

Jinzun Harbour,  Taitung/Taiwan  (Tuesday, November 25, 2017) –  On a beautiful sunny day at Jinzun Harbour the 2017 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships has continued with the completion of Men’s Round Three. It’s been ‘Groundhog Day’ here at Jinzun with perfectly clean 3-to-4 foot waves continuing throughout the event.

In his 6 years of competing at the Longboard Championship Tour (LCT), young Sunshine Coaster Nic Jones (AUS) has been unable to make it out of Round Three. On Day 3 of competition, Jones had a tough task ahead of him if he was to break his run of 13th place finishes when he came up against two times World Champion Piccolo Clemente (PER). Jones adapted to the conditions and criteria well, opting to surf on a traditional single fin and utilize time on the nose to find a 14.23 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Clemente failed to find a rhythm leaving Jones to progress to a guaranteed best finish on the LCT.

“I’m ecstatic right now – this is a special heat win form me and to have friends and family on the beach is amazing,” Jones said. “With the way the waves are at the moment I decided to surf a bigger board with a bit of extra weight in it and it was definitely the right choice. It was good to start the heat off strongly, but it was a nervous wait for the next, especially against a guy like Piccolo – he’s an amazing surfer. I finally found another score and am so stoked to make it into Round Three. My goal now is the Quarterfinals or better.”

It was an all Californian affair in Heat 4 of Round Three with Kevin Skvarna (USA) coming up against Cole Robbins (AUS). It was an exciting heat as the more traditional Skvarna sat on the left peak while Robbins kept to the rights. Robbins posted a 7.33 (out of possible 10) late in the heat to take the lead. Skvarna had a chance to answer back but fell and lost his board, one of the perils of surfing heats without a leash. Robbins was able to hang on for the win with a heat total of 14.66.

“That was a wild heat out there,” Robbins said, “We were sitting so wide away from each other it was hard to know if he was getting scores or not so it was super intense. I was going to surf a single fin but as the wind came up I decided a more performance board would be better in the wind. It allowed me to stay on the nose for a bit along with complete my turns which was good.”

Having finished runner-up on the LCT in 2009 and 2011, Hawaii’s Kai Sallas (HAW) is in the best position yet to take his first World Longboard Title. Sallas has been warming up at waves similar to Jinzun at home in Oahu to guarantee comfort in his quest to become Champion. He looked solid in Round Three posting the highest heat total of the round a 16.17.

“There’s a wave at home that is cross-shore like this and breaks in a similar way that I have been surfing more than usual in preparation for this event,” Sallas said. “This year is different for me as when I finished runner-up I was out of contention for the title so had no pressure. Now that I’m sitting in second there is more pressure but I’m feeling confident and ready for anything.”

Brazilian competitor Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) put on a powerful performance in his Round Three heat attacking the lip and throwing buckets to post a heat total of 13.03 and overcome South Africa’s Matthew Moir (ZAF). Moir had an opportunity to overtake him late in the heat but couldn’t find the wave he needed to progress.

“That was a nervous heat for me,” Sphaier said. “Matthew is a really great competitor and hard to beat so it feels good to come out on top. The waves here are amazing, I have been warming up here all week and loving the conditions we have been getting.”

Frenchman Edouard Delpero (FRA) continued his good run at Jinzun Harbour progressing into Round Four with a strong win over Japanese competitor Shohei Akimoto (JPN). Delpero posted a heat total of 16.67 which was the highest of Men’s Round Three.

“I’m just trying to enjoy as much as possible and I’m lucky because I got good scores,” Delpero said. “The conditions are really tough out there.  I’m stoked with my surfing but I still don’t feel like I’m the guy to beat, because there is such a high level at this contest. I really like this region, I’ve been here twice already so I’m really enjoying my time here again.”

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Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship Men’s Round 3 Results:

Heat 1:  Adam Griffiths (GBR) 13.03 def Kaniela Stewart (HAW) 10.50
Heat 2: Phil Rajzman (BRA) 15.10 def Ned Snow (HAW) 11.60
Heat 3:  Nic Jones (AUS) 14.44 def Piccolo Clemente (PER) 14.13
Heat 4: Cole Robbins (USA) 14.66 def Kevin Skvarna (USA) 13.80
Heat 5: Tony Silvagni (USA) 15.94 def Ben Skinner (GBR) 15.00
Heat 6: Taylor Jensen (USA) 15.77 def Jefson Silva (BRA) 6.00
Heat 7: Kai Sallas (HAW) 16.17 def Jack Entwistle (AUS) 9.50
Heat 8: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 13.03 def Matthew Moir (ZAF) 10.06
Heat 9: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 15.80 def Emilien Fleury (FRA) 7.00
Heat 10: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 14.50 def Shohei Akimoto (JPN) 10.73
Heat 11: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 12.50 def Jefferson Silva (BRA) 8.90
Heat 12: Antoine Delpero (FRA) 14.23 def Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) 12.40

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The Man Who Bought 25 Pairs of Clarks

(And Three Purses, Two Bags, Four Belts, Shoe Care Products, Three Pairs of Shoe Trees and Two Pairs of Socks. For $ 480.)

You have to hand it to Redditor ohisofly. He really bought a lot of shoes on Black Friday.

Over at Reddit’s Frugal Male Fashion board, he reports that he spent the day dropping $ 480 at the Clarks outlet. He even had to wake up his little brother to drive over and help him haul home the loot. Shoes were 70% off outlet prices – he says:

I have a desk job so figured I’d take the money spent on one pair of Allen Edmonds and buy a nice selection of Clarks. Each pair was between $ 6 and $ 15 – the entire store (literally, only excluding socks) was 70% off. Grand total was $ 480 but that included 25 pairs of shoes, 3 purses & 2 bags (for Mom), 4 belts, various shoe care products, 3 shoe trees (all they had left in medium) and 2 pairs of socks.

Included are loafers, flip-flops, boots, the whole gamut. Well, the whole gamut besides the Wallabees, Desert Boots and Malis that most menswear fans turn to Clarks for.

Why did he do it?

Why not? I already have high dollar shoes to ‘wear to impress’ for meetings and when I want to actually look my best. This gives me a way to switch up my style 20 different ways while paying roughly what I would for 1 more pair of Allen Edmonds. When it rains, I’ll be wearing $ 10 shoes I don’t care about, not +$ 300 Allen Edmonds that literally make me cringe when wearing in the rain. We’re kind of in a bubble here, but I can more or less guarantee you that I’m the only one in my department (I rarely work with the public, thankfully) who even knows what goodyear welted is, let alone how to spot low quality shoes. To normal people, these are just shoes.

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Sometimes it can feel like we’re going backwards when it comes to the representation of women in cinema. Often seen through the male gaze as two-dimensional characters, the lack of fully rounded women characters on screen can be frustrating. And when you watch a film like Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, it’s a stark reminder of how important it is to see strong female leads like the film’s protagonist, Mildred, on the big screen.

Not only is the character extremely well written, but she’s brought to life by the remarkable talents of Frances McDormand. And while McDormand is definitely one of a kind, there are a bunch of über-talented women in the industry that rarely get the chance to flex their acting chops like this because of underwritten roles – or a lack of decent roles full stop.

McDonagh, who wrote and directed the acclaimed In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, spoke to FANDOM about why his experience on Three Billboards has inspired him to write more leads for women.

“I wanted to write a really strong female lead, and that was Frances McDormand — and it was written for her actually — as a really strong mother who goes to war with a bunch of cops who she feels aren’t doing enough to solve the crime of the murder of her daughter a year ago,” he says.


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Frances McDormand as Mildred in front of one of the billboards she’s responsible for.

Whether McDonagh is able to explain fully why he felt compelled to write the character of Mildred in the first place isn’t patently clear. Perhaps it is in response to the dearth of strong female leads out there, wittingly or unwittingly. He does reveal that it was a real-life incident 20 years ago that sparked her story. In the film, Mildred’s ‘war’ starts with a provocative message she splashes across three billboards positioned on the side of a road outside the small fictional Missouri town, Ebbing.

“The idea behind the billboards came to me… I saw something not dissimilar when I was on a bus journey through America about 20 years ago, and it just kind of flashed by in the corner of my eye, but it was something as angry and as painful as what we see on the billboards in the early scenes,” says McDonagh. “So it was putting those two together, deciding a mother did something like that, it allowed… that character just popped. When you think that someone could be as strong but in as much pain to do that, you’ve got her already. And you just add Frances’s voice to that, and it’s kind of a fun journey to follow her on.”

Writing Mildred Was ‘Outrageous and Joyful’


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Frances McDormand stars, with Peter Dinklage in a supporting role.

Interestingly, conceiving and developing Mildred seemed to unlock a creative freedom within McDonagh that allowed him to write a character and film that are eliciting plenty of awards chatter.

So how did he approach writing his first female lead?

“No differently to writing a male lead really,” he begins. “My early plays did have quite strong women characters and I hadn’t really done that in the first two films I made. But weirdly, because she’s not just the female lead she’s such a strong and outrageous and provocative one, you find there’s a joy in writing her. Because you don’t know what she’s going to do from scene to scene. The audience doesn’t either, especially because you don’t, but … I think I’ll keep doing it because it’s outrageous and joyful.”

So there you are. We can all look forward to more characters like the funny, tough and unpredictable Mildred from the mind of Martin McDonagh. Let’s hope others follow suit.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also stars Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, Peter Dinklage and Abbie Cornish. The film hits screens in the US on November 10 and in the UK on January 12. In the meantime, here’s the official synopsis for the darkly comic drama:

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon — an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence — gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.

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45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 27: Don Barden’s $149 Million Acquisition of Three Vegas Casinos

This year, BLACK ENTERPRISE celebrates the 4th anniversary of its roster of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses—The BE 100s. To commemorate the significance of this collective’s widespread impact on black business and economic development as well as American industry over four decades, we have presented 45 milestones moments. As part of this tribute, we continue our yearlong countdown.  

Today we reveal No. 27 in the web series “Great Moments in Black Business.” 

2002: With the acquisition of three Fitzgeralds casinos for $ 149 million, Don Barden becomes the first African American to wholly own a casino in the nation’s gambling capital.

Rising from meager beginnings to become a self-made multimillionaire African American entrepreneur, the late Don Barden was a trailblazer in America’s gaming industry.

First-Ever Black Vegas Casino Operator

 

Barden made history when one of his companies acquired three Fitzgeralds casinos for $ 149 million, making him the first black to own casino operations in Las Vegas. The transaction placed his gaming enterprise in the industry’s largest U.S. market and at the same time, broke barriers within the sector.

Barden added to his empire—he had already owned casinos in Gary, Indiana; Tunica, Mississippi; and Black Hawk, Colorado—by purchasing the Fitzgeralds properties from bankruptcy court. In fact, Barden used $ 14 million of his own money and raised $ 150 million from 40 institutional investors to seal the deal and upgrade operations.

 

The daring entrepreneur’s big gamble paid off.  It bumped revenues of Barden Cos. Inc., placing it among the top 25 of BE Industrial/Service Companies in the early 2000s. Observers hailed Barden’s move as a major victory in bringing much-needed diversity to the industry. “It has the same ramification [for the Las Vegas gaming industry] that Jackie Robinson had to baseball,” Gene Collins, president of the Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP told the Las Vegas Sun at the time.” It opens all sorts of opportunities for African Americans because someone has to be first.”

First African American to Build an Urban-Based Cable TV Company

 

Making history was nothing new for Barden. In addition to being the first African American to own a casino corporation outright, he beat the odds by controlling multimillion-dollar companies in other industries that locked out blacks from ownership participation. As such, he would become the first black businessman to build a cable TV system for urban markets as well as a major player in commercial estate development over the course of his 40-year career.

He shared his deal-making philosophy in the BLACK ENTERPRISE book, Lessons From The Top: “I have learned to look for businesses that make money while I sleep. I like to acquire any business that doesn’t require an exorbitant amount of time and capital to turn it around. Yet, I want to be able to expand the core businesses. I have been able to do that with real estate, cable, and gaming. If you find viable businesses with solid management, you are not drained by the day-to-day operations. You can scope out other opportunities.”

The ninth of 13 children raised in Inkster, Michigan, he attended Central State University in Ohio with the goal of pursuing a legal career. But he ultimately turned to entrepreneurship. His first venture was a record store that he opened in Lorain, Ohio, at the age of 21 with $ 500 in savings. From there, he launched several businesses, including a real estate development firm, a nightclub, and a weekly newspaper, The Lorain County Times, in Lorain. He was also Lorain’s first elected black city council member.

 

(Barden featured in Black Enterprise magazine, May 1998)

 

By 1981, Barden bought an interest in a cable television station in Lorain and formed Barden Communications Inc. He expanded his cable system to include communities in his hometown of Inkster and the Detroit metro area, growing gross revenues from $ 600,000 to $ 91.2 million in a decade. By 1992, BCI earned the No. 5 position on the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 and BE 100s Company of the Year honors—for the first time. By 1994, he sold the company to Comcast Cable in 1994 for more than $ 100 million.

Two years later, he ventured into the casino gaming industry when he acquired and operated the Majestic Star Casino, a riverboat casino in Gary, Indiana. After an unsuccessful bid to buy a casino in Detroit, he acquired the Fitzgeralds properties. In 2003, BLACK ENTERPRISE named Barden Cos. as Company of the Year—the only entrepreneur to receive such recognition in two different industries within a 10-year span.

But not all of Barden’s ventures were proven winners. In 2009, the Majestic Star Casino was forced to file for bankruptcy protection.

Such setbacks, however, did not keep BLACK ENTERPRISE from heralding his myriad accomplishments. As part of its 40th-anniversary celebration in 2010—a year before Barden’s untimely death due to complications from lung cancer—it ranked him No. 21 on the roster of “Titans: The 40 Most Powerful African Americans in Business.” That same year, he also received the A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award, BE‘s top honor for business excellence. Barden left a legacy for being one of the most honored and respected black business leaders of his generation, and mentor to several generations of black professionals and entrepreneurs.

 

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FILMING for the next series of Geordie Shore has been thrown into chaos as cast members refused to go into the house following a furious row over pay.

While loyal stars including Abbie Holborn and Chloe Ferry all arrived in Newcastle yesterday ready to go into the house, some of their co-stars weren’t so eager.

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Insiders tell The Sun Online Marnie Simpson, Sophie Kasaei and Nathan Henry were still wrangling over contracts just hours before they were supposed to start – while there is still confusion over whether Aaron Chalmers or Marty McKenna will even be involved in filming.

A source said: “The cast were all supposed to go back into the house and into lockdown yesterday, but at the very last minute producers cancelled.

“Some of the cast were seething about it. They’re all busy people and have other contractual agreements so the show has to run to schedule for them.

“There are still a couple of people rowing about pay and refusing to budge until the contracts are agreed to their terms. It’s a nightmare.

“They have no idea when they’re going to be starting filming again but they’ve been promised it will be imminent.”

Insiders also revealed the cast were also confused about who would even been going into the house.

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The Sun Online revealed Gaz Beadle had quit the show after finding out he was going to become a father for the first time.

He will return to the show to say goodbye but will not be filming for the whole duration of this series.

Meanwhile, Marty McKenna sensationally revealed he’d been sacked by MTV last month – and sources tell us no one knows if he’s actually coming back or not.


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The Sun Online contacted MTV who had no comment to make on why filming had been cancelled.

This isn’t the first hurdle that’s hit Geordie Shore bosses in recent weeks.

Just days ago The Sun Online the full extent of the on-going pay row, with filming having already pushed back for a whole week.

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A source said: “Many of the shows biggest stars have issues with terms in their agreement with the programme makers which has taken up time.

“While everyone has now signed for the new series several of its key cast were refusing to agree terms.”

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First: After a season spent in Los Angeles, the show is returning to its rural season 1 roots. The next round, starring a previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), will be set in the Ozarks. Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.

Also, we have a logline: “The next installment of True Detective tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.”

Also-also: Some behind-the-scenes details. Original showrunner Nic Pizzolatto will be the sole writer of the series (with the exception of episode 4, which he co-wrote with David Milch, who was brought on board to help Pizzolatto shape the season). Pizzolatto will direct with Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room), who is a newcomer to the franchise.

“I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,” Pizzolatto said in a statement. “I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

True Detective season 3’s setting can’t help bring to mind that another recent premium television crime drama used the same location — Netflix’s Ozark.

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AT&T has been investigating millimeter-wave 5G for providing home internet service for years, and it’s been trialing it in a few locations in Austin for months. Now, those trials are expanding, with three additional cities getting pilot programs by the end of the year.

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