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‘Outward’ is a Tense RPG That’s All About the Dangers of Using Magic

Dark Souls is often referred to as an elaborate form of self-harm. It’s not a very funny a joke, nor particularly clever, but the reason behind it is quite clear. Dark Souls frustrating difficulty curve and ambiguous guidance can feel more painful than enjoyable, especially when coupled with its unforgiving death mechanic that can have you lose so much potential experience for failure.

Then there is Outward, which on the surface might sound like just another “Souls-like” game: a tough as nails high fantasy action RPG with a dark setting. But Outward is more than another clone of the iconic series. For starters, the game goes to no end to tell you that you’re not special. You’re not the Chosen Undead, the Bearer of the Curse or the Ashen One, you’re just some guy. Sure you might have magic, but lots of people in Outward have magic, it doesn’t make you special.

Knowing all this, I still elected to play as a Sigil, Outward’s version of spell caster when I got hands on at Gamescom last month. Like so many wizard classes, Sigil’s are glass cannons: incapable of taking much damage but able to deal an incredible amount. But unlike your typical fireball thrower, Sigils have to draw wards on the ground to augment their simple spells into something formidable.

It is in these moments you can see where Dark Souls and Outward diverge from each other. Combat in Dark Souls is about reacting and adapting to whatever situation you find yourself in, while Outward is about preparing for what’s coming, and being aware of the situation. Backpacks in Outward will slow you down during a fight so it’s sensible to drop them before engaging, but then you’ll have to make sure you’ve got you need in your pockets. For a Sigil, wards need to be prepared, but for the other classes there are other considerations to make.

More so then that, while fans of Dark Souls might jokingly compare its difficulty to self-harm, Outward introduces it as an unintentional consequence for the unprepared.

UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCES


Outward

During my brief time with the game, I spied some bandits hiding in a cave. I set my backpack down and prepared a fire ward on the floor. This particular ward transforms a simple spark spell, useful for lighting torches, into powerful fireballs that I hoped would dispatch the enemies quickly. Confident I was ready, I got their attention by shooting one in the back, which unfortunately didn’t kill him like I had hoped. The thugs closed in much quicker than I expected, and when they got close enough to hit me with their swords, I panicked and cast a shield spell.

Outward is about preparation, and a clever player would have worked out an escape plan should things start to go wrong. A smarter decision might have been to retreat, preparing a lightning ward that can be used as a trap and taking back the advantage. But I didn’t. I cast a shield spell. Normally this would coat me in a protective aura, but I hadn’t stepped off the fire warding.

So what was meant to protect me, instead set my skin alight and destroyed my health bar.

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It was a brief moment in the game, lasting perhaps a minute from when I spied the bandits to when they watched my charred body slump over, but it couldn’t have revealed more about the philosophy of the game.

By rooting the combat system into a need to prepare beforehand, Outward breaks away from other ‘Souls-like’ games by not just relying on quick reflexes. Sure, you’ve got to be able to react quickly in Outward, but assuming that will get you through every encounter is a good way of turning up dead.

Outward’s complex combat and magic system create a threatening, dangerous and unpredictable environment. Players can’t just run in and hope for the best, nor can they simply rely on a good weapon and familiar strategy: plans can backfire, literally. Outward has players think carefully before and during an engagement, much like the more serious military shooters, except with magic, swords and self-immolation and not some boringly named assault rifle.

When I panicked, I didn’t even realise I was still standing on the ominous, glowing red symbols of the fire ward. I thought I was being smart, and resourceful by quickly throwing up a shield to protect myself. But its more than simply being aware of where the enemies are, its more than simply being aware where you are too. You have to learn what the outcome of preparation and actions are, and remember it.

MORE THAN A SOULS-LIKE



Outward is an inventive take on the action RPG, demonstrating an understanding into what players want to find challenging that so many “Souls-like” miss. Enemies are tough, but it is the deep, mysterious combat system that will keep players invested when the full game releases early next year. While Outward might appear familiar on paper, it feels completely fresh for the genre. The magic system is inventive, and surprising, with even small encounters being challenging and strategic.

The punishing combat doesn’t just end with a bad spell and an unpleasant death either. Outward takes you further then a simple loading screen and a chance to try again. If you are defeated, a lot of things might happen to you, they’re rarely good, but they’re rarely just trying again. Bandits might enslave you, or rob and leave you for dead, monsters might drag you deeper into their liars or try and feed you to their young. From there its back up to you to get out and keep going, continuing the adventure rather than resetting it. This means that even the biggest mistakes, like setting yourself on fire, won’t be as frustrating as bouncing off the same fight and sitting through the loading screen over and over again.

Outward is a small game with big ambitions. Rewriting the way that combat, death and preparations work in action RPGs, this is a game that looks set to carry the torch forward from where Dark Souls planted it all those years ago.

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Using Venture Philanthropy to Invest in Entrepreneurs and Communities

Venture Philanthropy combines the power of Venture Capital resources with the potential positive impact of philanthropic ideas. Christal Jackson founded Head and Heart Philanthropy (HHP) to bring together leaders in venture and philanthropy to build resources for communities of color. HHP’s annual convening on Martha’s Vineyard is “a safe space for venture and big ideas.” HHP has generated millions of dollars in venture and philanthropic investments in communities of color.

In 2018, Jackson launched Mosaic Genius; a deeper dive for impact investors. With venture philanthropy at its core, according to Jackson, this new convening “solves for the vulnerable ecosystem around wealth building and social impact in communities of color.” Black Enterprise contributor Brandon Andrews sat down with three investors from the Mosaic Genius network to learn more about Venture Philanthropy and its potential for communities that need investment most.

Venture Philanthropy

Erik Moore, managing director, Base Ventures

 

Brandon Andrews: What drives you as a venture capitalist? How do you work with entrepreneurs? 

Erik Moore: We named our firm Base Ventures for a reason. In cooking a dish, the main ingredient of the meal is called the ‘base’. We believe that along with building a company that will address a substantially large market, with a founder who is singularly focused, the key ingredient that makes it all work is capital. That’s where we as investors come in. We help these companies realize their dreams and build amazing products and services that have the potential to change countless lives. What makes us special is that we don’t stop after writing the check. We get as involved and we are as helpful as the fledgling entrepreneur needs. We give advice, we help find key hires, we help think about financial engineering and we are sometimes even therapists.

You have been involved with Head and Heart Philanthropy and other impact programs. Does the venture capital community have a responsibility to solve community problems in addition to the fiduciary responsibility to investors?

Moore: I’m not an ‘impact investor’ but a traditional venture capitalist. The new platform Mosaic Genius focused on building capacity for venture capitalist was appealing because economic equity and sustainability are critical components for a healthy economy for all.

 

Venture Philanthropy

Gayle Jennings O’Byrne, CEO, iNTENT Manifesto

 

What is venture philanthropy?

Jennings O’Byrne: Venture philanthropy is the crossroads of impact and returns. It is the wonderful intersection that recognizes that social impact, social change can be achieved without compromising value, economic performance and investor returns. The expectations and outcomes demanded of the enterprises are high and rightly so because the organizations and the people being served can achieve them. What better way to drive change than to structure it so that everyone “wins.”

Why is the venture philanthropy approach to investing/problem solving important for communities of color?

Jennings O’Byrne: For too long, the expectations, policies, and resulting resources that follow have been shaped by an underlying deficit model or “less than” mindset. Such deficit thinking misses the assets, talents, innovation, and desire of communities of color to soar.
Such thinking is limiting and so we need a new approach to growing the economy. We need to design with intent and invest with inclusion if we wish to create wealth, jobs, and stabilize neighborhoods in communities of color.

Communities of color have been entrepreneurial, creative, and resilient for generations. Those qualities coupled with the amazing products, services, innovations that I see daily being developed by entrepreneurs, especially women of color is where the future lies. It’s just smart business and smart investing to combine investment, inclusion, and social values to invest and grow companies.

 

Venture Philanthropy

Melissa Bradley – Managing Director, Sidecar Social Finance

Melissa Bradley – Managing Director, Sidecar Social Finance. Image: sidecarsocialfinance.com

 

You have spent time in the philanthropic space, government, and the business world as both an entrepreneur and investor. With that perspective, what kind of products/solutions/services make the most sense for a venture philanthropy investment?

Bradley: Venture Philanthropy provides a tremendous opportunity for investors to replicate that which works in venture capital in support of positive social impact. Venture capital—while plagued by implicit and selection bias—provides much-needed risk capital for its companies, strategic advice via portfolio management, and patient capital with time horizons up to 7 to 10 years.

With these three elements, venture philanthropy is ideal for investments that take time to scale, have little to no market value to the primary consumer and therefore need a subsidy, and take time to generate a return— market or concessionary.

Sample products and services that are ideal for venture philanthropy include Ed Tech which takes time to scale due to antiquated historical data systems, siloed decision making processes and limited data sharing. Fintech is another ideal target investment category due to every changing regulation, legacy technology systems, and disaggregated distribution channels. The most popular area of investment for venture philanthropy is youth development. Due to the diversity of the target market, longevity required for significant change and high level of interdependency on other systems, such as healthcare, education, family and the like, there is a need for patient capital.

How should an entrepreneur prepare to pitch an investor taking the venture philanthropy approach? Is it significantly different than pitching more “traditional” investors?

Bradley: Pitching to an investor is the same regardless of the investor type. Investors want to know what the return is going to b—regardless if the return is primarily financial or social. Therefore, an entrepreneur must be able to articulate the “return” in terms of the investor desires. If a financial return is the focus, then entrepreneurs need to know their numbers and cash flow and be able to articulate profitability. If a social return is the focus, then the entrepreneur needs to know the quantitative outputs and outcomes that will be produced to create impact, along with how much it will cost and how long it will take to achieve the social impact.

In addition to knowing their “numbers,” entrepreneurs pitching to venture philanthropists need to demonstrate a clear problem that has a large enough market to address, ability to execute and solve the problem (traction is preferred), a solid team who has sector and/or business expertise, and some market and customer validation.

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John D. Rockefeller III, the man who created the term “venture philanthropy” described it as “an adventurous approach to funding unpopular social causes.” In 2017, venture capitalists invested over $ 148 billion globally. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the problems disproportionately impacting communities of color become everyone’s concern. Popular or not, leveraging venture to fund “social causes” that solve these problems is not nice, but necessary.

Investors employing the venture philanthropy approach are poised to shape the world of tomorrow and may position communities of color to solve problems and reap social and financial returns.

 

 

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Using Venture Philanthropy to Invest in Entrepreneurs and Communities

Venture Philanthropy combines the power of Venture Capital resources with the potential positive impact of philanthropic ideas. Christal Jackson founded Head and Heart Philanthropy (HHP) to bring together leaders in venture and philanthropy to build resources for communities of color. HHP’s annual convening on Martha’s Vineyard is “a safe space for venture and big ideas.” HHP has generated millions of dollars in venture and philanthropic investments in communities of color.

In 2018, Jackson launched Mosaic Genius; a deeper dive for impact investors. With venture philanthropy at its core, according to Jackson, this new convening “solves for the vulnerable ecosystem around wealth building and social impact in communities of color.” Black Enterprise contributor Brandon Andrews sat down with three investors from the Mosaic Genius network to learn more about Venture Philanthropy and its potential for communities that need investment most.

Venture Philanthropy

Erik Moore, managing director, Base Ventures

 

Brandon Andrews: What drives you as a venture capitalist? How do you work with entrepreneurs? 

Erik Moore: We named our firm Base Ventures for a reason. In cooking a dish, the main ingredient of the meal is called the ‘base’. We believe that along with building a company that will address a substantially large market, with a founder who is singularly focused, the key ingredient that makes it all work is capital. That’s where we as investors come in. We help these companies realize their dreams and build amazing products and services that have the potential to change countless lives. What makes us special is that we don’t stop after writing the check. We get as involved and we are as helpful as the fledgling entrepreneur needs. We give advice, we help find key hires, we help think about financial engineering and we are sometimes even therapists.

You have been involved with Head and Heart Philanthropy and other impact programs. Does the venture capital community have a responsibility to solve community problems in addition to the fiduciary responsibility to investors?

Moore: I’m not an ‘impact investor’ but a traditional venture capitalist. The new platform Mosaic Genius focused on building capacity for venture capitalist was appealing because economic equity and sustainability are critical components for a healthy economy for all.

 

Venture Philanthropy

Gayle Jennings O’Byrne, CEO, iNTENT Manifesto

 

What is venture philanthropy?

Jennings O’Byrne: Venture philanthropy is the crossroads of impact and returns. It is the wonderful intersection that recognizes that social impact, social change can be achieved without compromising value, economic performance and investor returns. The expectations and outcomes demanded of the enterprises are high and rightly so because the organizations and the people being served can achieve them. What better way to drive change than to structure it so that everyone “wins.”

Why is the venture philanthropy approach to investing/problem solving important for communities of color?

Jennings O’Byrne: For too long, the expectations, policies, and resulting resources that follow have been shaped by an underlying deficit model or “less than” mindset. Such deficit thinking misses the assets, talents, innovation, and desire of communities of color to soar.
Such thinking is limiting and so we need a new approach to growing the economy. We need to design with intent and invest with inclusion if we wish to create wealth, jobs, and stabilize neighborhoods in communities of color.

Communities of color have been entrepreneurial, creative, and resilient for generations. Those qualities coupled with the amazing products, services, innovations that I see daily being developed by entrepreneurs, especially women of color is where the future lies. It’s just smart business and smart investing to combine investment, inclusion, and social values to invest and grow companies.

 

Venture Philanthropy

Melissa Bradley – Managing Director, Sidecar Social Finance

Melissa Bradley – Managing Director, Sidecar Social Finance. Image: sidecarsocialfinance.com

 

You have spent time in the philanthropic space, government, and the business world as both an entrepreneur and investor. With that perspective, what kind of products/solutions/services make the most sense for a venture philanthropy investment?

Bradley: Venture Philanthropy provides a tremendous opportunity for investors to replicate that which works in venture capital in support of positive social impact. Venture capital—while plagued by implicit and selection bias—provides much-needed risk capital for its companies, strategic advice via portfolio management, and patient capital with time horizons up to 7 to 10 years.

With these three elements, venture philanthropy is ideal for investments that take time to scale, have little to no market value to the primary consumer and therefore need a subsidy, and take time to generate a return— market or concessionary.

Sample products and services that are ideal for venture philanthropy include Ed Tech which takes time to scale due to antiquated historical data systems, siloed decision making processes and limited data sharing. Fintech is another ideal target investment category due to every changing regulation, legacy technology systems, and disaggregated distribution channels. The most popular area of investment for venture philanthropy is youth development. Due to the diversity of the target market, longevity required for significant change and high level of interdependency on other systems, such as healthcare, education, family and the like, there is a need for patient capital.

How should an entrepreneur prepare to pitch an investor taking the venture philanthropy approach? Is it significantly different than pitching more “traditional” investors?

Bradley: Pitching to an investor is the same regardless of the investor type. Investors want to know what the return is going to b—regardless if the return is primarily financial or social. Therefore, an entrepreneur must be able to articulate the “return” in terms of the investor desires. If a financial return is the focus, then entrepreneurs need to know their numbers and cash flow and be able to articulate profitability. If a social return is the focus, then the entrepreneur needs to know the quantitative outputs and outcomes that will be produced to create impact, along with how much it will cost and how long it will take to achieve the social impact.

In addition to knowing their “numbers,” entrepreneurs pitching to venture philanthropists need to demonstrate a clear problem that has a large enough market to address, ability to execute and solve the problem (traction is preferred), a solid team who has sector and/or business expertise, and some market and customer validation.

venture philanthropy

(Shutterstock)

 

John D. Rockefeller III, the man who created the term “venture philanthropy” described it as “an adventurous approach to funding unpopular social causes.” In 2017, venture capitalists invested over $ 148 billion globally. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the problems disproportionately impacting communities of color become everyone’s concern. Popular or not, leveraging venture to fund “social causes” that solve these problems is not nice, but necessary.

Investors employing the venture philanthropy approach are poised to shape the world of tomorrow and may position communities of color to solve problems and reap social and financial returns.

 

 

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Using Your Rental Property to Host on Airbnb

Airbnb rentals are the latest trend in the accommodation market, offering a homier experience for a more competitive price than hotels. Many people also enjoy the authentic immersion into a city’s culture by residing among locals rather than with other tourists in a 5-star hotel or resort.

With Airbnb’s rise in popularity, many people have turned to hosting on Airbnb (renting out their residences) for extra income. If you’re a tenant and you’re thinking about becoming an Airbnb host, take a moment to consider some of the logistic and legal implications before diving in and listing your rental.

In this post, we’ll discuss how to get your landlord’s approval to list your property as well as some legal and contractual requirements relating to Airbnb rentals.

How to Get Your Landlord to Approve an Airbnb in Your Rental

According to Airbnb, many of their rentals are properties that are being leased by the hosts, so the rental agreement is similar to a typical subletting arrangement. In these cases, the host is the tenant on the lease and the guest booking the Airbnb is the subtenant.

Just like with a typical sublet arrangement, it’s a good idea for tenants to get permission from their landlord before listing their property as a potential Airbnb rental.

Hosting an Airbnb, similar to many other short-term rental agreements, can be risky for a landlord because they’ll be renting to someone they haven’t personally vetted. And with a higher turnover of renters moving in and out of an Airbnb, there can be a higher risk of property damage. Airbnb is not immune to troublesome renters causing disturbances and damage.

With those potential pain-points in mind, you can understand why some landlords are a little apprehensive when it comes to allowing their tenants to turn their property into an Airbnb. If you have your heart set on using your rental as an Airbnb, the best course of action is to have a thoughtful discussion with your landlord. But keep in mind, the final call is up to the person who owns the property.

If your landlord says no to you listing your rental on Airbnb, it’s not recommended that you do it behind your landlord’s back. If you’re required to get permission before subleasing and your landlord catches you doing it without their go-ahead, you could face eviction for violating your Lease Agreement.

A Legal Implication for Hosting an Airbnb Rental

Something you should keep in mind is that many municipalities have strict regulations on short-term rentals, and in some cities, short-term rentals altogether are illegal.

For instance, the city of San Francisco has imposed some of the strictest regulations to discourage people from hosting on Airbnb because of the decrease in vacancies and skyrocketing rent prices. In San Francisco, only full-time residents can host an Airbnb; a full-time resident, in this case, refers to someone who is renting out the home they also live in. The duration of the rental is also capped at 90 days, and all hosts must register with the city.

Before using your property as an Airbnb, you should check the regulations on short-term rentals in your municipality. The last thing you want is to get caught by authorities and fined.

Can Hosts Make Guests Sign a Rental Contract?

According to the Airbnb FAQ, hosts can require that guests sign a rental contract before allowing them to stay in the property. However, the hosts are required to inform guests prior to booking that they will have to sign a contract. The hosts are expected to disclose the terms of their agreement directly in their listing on the Airbnb website.

Airbnb also notes that they can’t help enforce any of the terms in your contract as the terms will only be binding on the hosts(s) and the guest(s).

If you are considering using a contract to set up some terms for your property, you might want to look at a Sublease Agreement to get an idea of the typical terms in a short-term rental.

Sublet terms usually address:

  • The sublease period (start and end date)
  • Which part of the premises is being sublet (a room, an apartment, one floor of a house, a whole house, etc.)
  • The cost of the rental

Things like renters’ insurance and move-in/move-out inspections are also addressed in sublease agreements, but they are not common in an Airbnb rental. Hosts have the option to add security deposits, but it should be noted that security deposits and damage claims are matters dealt with by Airbnb rather than between guests and hosts.

Preparing to Host on Airbnb

Being an Airbnb host requires some thought and planning; it’s not a situation where you should just hit the ground running.

Discuss how subletting or short-term rentals work with your landlord, do some research into your city’s regulations on short-term rentals, and (if all goes well) think about using a sublease contract with the guests you host in your rental.

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‘The Hate U Give’ Author Angie Thomas Talks About Upcoming Film and Using Love to Combat Hate

Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, became an instant success, topping The New York Times best-seller list and earning multiple literary awards shortly after its release in February 2017. The book addresses the ills of modern day racism and police brutality as seen through the lens of a 16-year-old black girl named Starr Carter. Throughout the story, Starr grapples with living in two vastly different worlds: the low-income community of color where she grew up and the predominantly white prep school she attends. Her life, however, takes a tragic turn when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend—an unarmed young, black man—at the hands of white police officers.

Although fictional, The Hate U Give depicts the brutal reality of racial profiling and discrimination that people of color face. It’s also reflective of the constant exposure that young people have to the killings of black and brown bodies by police in real-time via social media, like Philando Castile, whose death was live-streamed on Facebook, and Eric Garner, who was recorded on a mobile phone taking his last breaths as police choked him to death.

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Censoring Literature

While Thomas has been applauded for tackling controversial themes in The Hate U Give, some critics argue that the social context is divisive and inappropriate for young adults. In fact, police in Charleston, South Carolina, have made a concerted effort to ban the book from a summer reading program for students at Wando High School. According to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Tri-County Lodge #3, one of the largest police unions in the country, both The Hate U Give and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely depict police officers in a negative light. FOP lodge president John Blackmon even went as far as to describe the books as “an indoctrination of distrust of police.”

“Whether it be through social media, whether it be through text message, whether it be phone calls, we’ve received an influx of tremendous outrage at the selections by this reading list,” said Blackmon to local news channel News 2. “Freshmen, they’re at the age where their interactions with law enforcement have been very minimal. They’re not driving yet, they haven’t been stopped for speeding, they don’t have these type of interactions.”

 

He added, “There are other socio-economic topics that are available and they want to focus half of their effort on negativity towards the police? That seems odd to me.”

Written In Love

However, in an interview with Black Enterprise, Thomas said the basis of the book was written out of love and to inspire people to become more compassionate toward each other. “There’s so much love in this. And I hope that they walk away feeling that,” she said at the 2018 Essence Festival.

Thomas also talked about her excitement for the release of the book’s film adaption, which stars Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Algee Smith (Detroit), Russell Hornsby, Common, and Issa Rae.

“I think the movie, in a lot of ways, will be cathartic, especially for people who are dealing with this every single day. I think this is an experience that will heal in a lot of ways. And it’s going to open more eyes,” said Thomas. “I think they’re going to walk away feeling even more empowered and inspired. And if, nothing else, I hope they feel seen.”

The Hate U Give

Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas, Regina Hall, and Amandla Stenberg at the 2018 Essence Festival Courtesy of Allied Integrated Marketing. Photo credit: Ryan Theriot)

Thomas also acknowledged that the strong social context may be triggering for some audiences, especially those who have been directly affected by police brutality or are fighting against it. “I’m never going to tell a person to go beyond their own emotional boundaries or what they feel like they can or cannot handle. But I would say, give it a shot, because if nothing else, I hope you walk away from this inspired.” She added, “You have people in the [Black Lives Matter] movement who’ve read the book, who were like ‘I wasn’t sure if I should read this book because I didn’t know if it was going to trigger me.’ But then they read it and they were like, ‘this is what I needed.’”

Ultimately, she says she hopes that both the book and the movie “create more empathy” and makes a lasting impression particularly on young women of color.

“I hope that the young black girls who go into the theater or pick up my book see themselves in it and see just how amazing they are in a world that so often tells them that they’re not enough. I hope that the movie and this book shows them that they are perfect just the way they are.”

 

The Hate U Give

Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas, Regina Hall, and Amandla Stenberg, and George Tillman at the Ford activation at the 2018 Essence Festival (Photo credit: Ryan Theriot)

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NBA Player Sterling Brown Is Suing the Police for Using a Stun Gun Against Him

(MILWAUKEE) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation.

Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court.

Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.

Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Brown wasn’t charged with anything and three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.

Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications.

Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation becomes tense, the officer calls more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers are standing around Brown. One asks him to take his hands out of his pockets and a second or two later the scuffle begins. Almost immediately, an officer yells: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

According to the lawsuit, one of the officers later took to Twitter to mock Brown, saying, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer

Police only released the body camera video of the first officer who contacted Brown. But additional body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV, showed the moments after officers used a stun gun on Brown. In one, Brown is on the ground and handcuffed when an officer puts one of his boots on Brown’s ankle, holding it there. Brown doesn’t mention being in any discomfort but he questions the officer’s actions.

“C’mon man, you’re stepping on my ankle for what?” Brown said. In response, the officer said he was trying to prevent Brown from kicking anyone.

Other videos obtained by WISN-TV showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad car. They talked about how they could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player, with one saying if anything goes wrong, it “is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist, blah, blah, blah.’”

Brown told the Journal Sentinel in an interview last month that he “gave in” when police used a stun gun and that he didn’t do anything to resist because he didn’t want officers to “pull out their guns.”

“I was just being smart. I just wanted to get out of the situation and get home,” he said.

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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.

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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?

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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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A Virginia woman used her motherly instincts to safely give birth alone in a hotel room in Istanbul, Turkey. In her now viral Twitter thread, Tia Freeman details she found out she was pregnant late in her third trimester after her birth control failed. By the time she discovered she was expecting, the mom-to-be had already booked a trip to the Middle East and decided to take the voyage anyway.

On the flight, Freeman started experiencing contractions, and had to endure the early pains of labor while shuffling through international customs.

Once Freeman arrived at her hotel, she began Googling and Youtubing videos on how to give birth. She filled a tub, got towels together, and managed to give birth to a baby boy. She ended up cutting the umbilical cord with knives and shoelaces.

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An African American man identified as Andrew M. is blasting Ancestry.com for characterizing African slaves as “migrants.”

In a Care2 petition, Andrew says he and his brother were curious about their pedigree and submitted saliva samples to Ancestry.com, the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, to get their DNA tested last year. “When we got the results we were excited to learn our history. The majority of our DNA came from Africa, that we expected, some came from Europe and surprisingly some came from Polynesia.”

However, he was even more surprised by the language that Ancestry.com used to describe the arrival of his black ancestors to America. “When zooming in on our African lineage from nations like Benin and the Ivory Coast, Ancestry.com suggested that our ancestors had arrived in the South during the ‘migration’ of the past few hundred years,” he wrote.

Andrew says he was “shocked and offended” to read Ancestry’s characterization of his family history. “Migration implies choice,” he explained, and “that is most certainly not what happened to my African ancestors who came here in the hull of a ship like chattel only to be sold into slavery when they arrived.”

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Now, he’s calling out Tim Sullivan, the CEO of Ancestry.com, and demanding that the site use more historically-accurate wording. “Slavery is an ugly fact of American history, but one with which we must reconcile honestly, not with euphemisms or kid gloves,” Andrew writes. “Ancestry.com is failing its customers if it cannot do so.”

He continued, “My European ancestors did, indeed, immigrate here. But the ones that came from Africa had an entirely different and more sinister experience. They were brought here by force, stolen from their homeland, shipped across the Atlantic ocean, and made to toil the fields of others.”

The petition, titled Ancestry.com Says My Ancestors Were Migrants, Not Slaves. Tell Ancestry.com Not to Sugarcoat History, has received over 10,000 signatures in support.

 

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Oahu, Hawaii – (April 2018) – In the summer of 1987, surfing was on the cusp of mainstream popularity. The surf apparel industry was undergoing major changes and preparing to explode. Brands and surfers alike remained unknown to the mainstream, and athlete’s lifestyles held onto the mystic nature of easy- going surf culture.

Enter Mad Wax: a surf film that borrowed its title from a somewhat better known movie franchise, and was built around a block of surf wax with teleportation powers. The idea is that the surfer rubs the wax on the board, imagines where they want to surf in the world, and with an 80s-sound effect and some movie magic, they are immediately zapped to the location of their dreams to ride the wild surf of the world! “Surf films have evolved. I remember I used to watch surf movies in theaters and watch waveafter wave of perfect Pipeline” says Clarke-Jones, “I remember thinking, this is good for the first fewwaves, but then it gets boring. The evolution that came from films like Mad Wax and Kong’s Island felt like it was more expressive of what surfing was all about…having fun!”

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Mad Wax also launched the career of Ross Clarke-Jones (RCJ), a former championship tour surfer turned big wave pioneer and Storm Surfers 3D star who eventually became the first non-Hawaiian surfer to win The Eddie at the ever-infamous Waimea Bay.

RCJ went on to become one of Red Bull’s first ever southern hemisphere athletes, and at 51 years of age remains the longest serving Quiksilver athlete in history. Best yet, he still charges Nazaré with the same reckless abandon of someone less than half his age. In 2016, he was runner-up to John John Florence at the Eddie contest. Not only has RCJ not skipped a beat in his big-wave career, he’s continuing to push the envelope and reset the standards of big wave surfing.

30 years later, homage is finally being paid to the cult film that defines the surf culture of the
1980’s. Together with fellow athletes Caroline Marks (youngest ever person to qualify for the world tour in 2018), Kanoa Igarashi (2017 Pipe Masters runner-up) and Leo Fioravanti (World Tours only Italian surfer), RCJ is “passing on the wax” to a new generation. Upon giving his last remaining bars of the magicformula to these new surf prodigies,’ RCJ hopes it inspires them to ‘Go Mad!’

Go Mad Redbull Event: Professional Surfers Teleport to Iconic Beaches Using Magic Surf Wax
Go Mad Redbull Event: Professional Surfers Teleport to Iconic Beaches Using Magic Surf Wax

“Go Mad! is just a really fun way of giving everyone a unique look at surfing and giving us the chance show off our acting skills too,” laughs Marks. “There is nothing else like it out there and that’s whatmakes it special to be a part of!”

Complete with full ’80s effects and graphics, the 5-minute digital short also features music from GANGgajang – the Australian band that scored the original film and launched to success as a result.Check out the track and a whole slew of surfing’s most definitive tunes in a Spotify playlist curated byRed Bull Music: https://win.gs/Go-Mad-Spotify-Playlist

Three decades later the madness lives on and will be entrusted to the hands of surfing’s next generation. “Train hard, live a good lifestyle, but take some time to have fun and enjoy the ride… Go mad!” says Clarke-Jones.

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Kanoa Igarashi has been surfing for as long as he can remember. His dad first put him on a surfboard in his hometown of Huntington Beach, USA at the age of just three, and the Californian native hasn’t looked back since. Hetook to the sport with natural talent, competing in his first surf contest (which he won) at the age of six. Since then, Igarashi, whose parents immigrated to the US from Tokyo, Japan, has taken the surf world by storm. At age 14, he became the youngest surfer ever to win the US National Championships for under-18s and that same yearwon the Governor’s Cup at the Surfing America Championships and took second in the King of GromsChampionships. In addition to competitions, Igarashi has appeared in a bunch of stellar surf films, but his ultimate goal is to one day win the ASP World Championships – the most elite tour in surfing. If things keep going his way,that day might also be sooner than he thinks. “It’s a confidence booster knowing that younger people can stillcompete on the same level as the top pros,” he says.

Caroline Marks is determined to become the best surfer she can be, buoyed by multiple overall national titles and international crowns. Born in Boca Raton, Florida, and the face of the future for East Coast surfing, Caroline initially followed her two older brothers’ lead into the ocean before finding her own path on the competition circuit. Her competitive spirit and drive were awakened after winning her first event, a local neighborhood contest across the street from her house, at age nine. By 15, her impressive resume included 2016 International Surfing Association Under 16 Champion, 2015 and 2016 Vans US Open Pro Junior Champion, NSSA Open Girls National Champion of 2015 and 2016, member of the SpaceCoast Surfing Hall of Fame and 17 national titles. Caroline also currently holds the record for the youngest female to compete in a World Surf League Championship Tour event. Forced to sit out the 2015 season with a broken ankle, Caroline’s time away from the water afforded her the opportunity to grow mentally to complement her physical prowess. She missed the 2015 International Surf Association Championships as a result, but came back stronger than ever to win the 2016 event, putting the stamp on her full recovery. For Caroline, surfing is an accurate metaphor for life, in that learning to handle all of the variables Mother Nature throws at her is a necessary skill to possess and nurture as her career progresses. With her sights set on becoming the best female surfer, she is well on her way with an outstanding young career.

Leo Fioravanti’s an Italian original, transcending the boundaries, blasting the tail and carving on rail with the best surfers his age. He takes his act beyond the Mediterranean and turns heads wherever he goes. Family man andItalian food aficionado says that his most emotional career moment was “winning the Junior World Championships after six months without surfing.” Fioravanti’s biggest dream in life is to win the world league.

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Fashion is always a response to the times. Whether it is economics or politics, looking at the runways and how people are dressing in everyday life can reflect some profound sentiments.

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In the Obama era, after coming out of the recession, fashion responded by bringing back maximalism. The idea of excess and opulence returned as people felt they had the money to shop again. Fashion designers dared to be bold and avant-garde. Brands like Gucci, with their patterns on top of patterns, and Vetements with their exaggerated proportions, became the most sought-after luxury brands around the globe.

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What Is An ‘Inclusion Rider’ and Why Is Michael B. Jordan Using One?

When Frances McDormand closed her Oscar acceptance speech last weekend with the phrase “inclusion rider,” very few had ever heard the term based on the scanty applause in the audience and the spike in Google searches.

Deemed the Rooney Rule for Hollywood, Stacy L. Smith, who directs the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, introduced the idea in a 2014 column:

What if A-list actors amended every contract with an equity rider? The clause would state that tertiary speaking characters should match the gender distribution of the setting for the film, as long as it’s sensible for the plot. If notable actors working across 25 top films in 2013 had made this change to their contracts, the proportion of balanced films (about half-female) would have jumped from 16 percent to 41 percent. Imagine the possibilities if a few actors exercised their power contractually on behalf of women and girls. It wouldn’t necessarily mean more lead roles for females, but it would create a diverse onscreen demography reflecting a population comprised of 50 percent women and girls.

An “inclusion rider” is a clause that actors and actresses can ask to be inserted into their contract that would require diversity among a film’s cast and crew.

In light of the global success of the Black Panther movie, actor Michael B. Jordan announced yesterday that he will be adopting the diversity clause for all the projects his production company, Outlier Society takes on going forward.

“In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” the post read. “I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.”


The announcement comes just a day after Netflix CEO’s Reed Hastings said his company has no interests in doing such a thing. Reed said he would rather have his staff speak with filmmakers to determine how diverse the overall cast and crew on a film is.

“We’re not so big on doing everything through agreements,” Hastings said at a press briefing in his office. “We’re trying to do things creatively.”

In January, comedian and Oscar-winning actress Monique called for a boycott of the movie streaming service over gender and pay disparity issues, noting that Netflix allegedly offered her $ 500,000 for a comedy special while offering millions in compensation to Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock.

While the company, which has an estimated 117 million subscribers continues to play an important role in Hollywood, putting on more shows with diverse casts and producers is a great example of the easiest, quickest, and least permanent execution of diversity, noted Black Enterprise Editor-at-Large Alfred Edmond Jr.

While the company deserves praise for the diversity of its shows, its board is made up of white men and five women, with African Americans only making up 4% of its staff and leadership.

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Get Well Wednesday: Should You Be Using The Female Condom?

Could the female condom be a viable option for your sex life? Dr. Renee Matthews thinks so.  She believes it could cut down on a rampant STD rate and provide more options for sexual activity. But there’s not as much information out there about using the female condom, something she wants to change. Here’s more information about why and how to use it.

When it comes to STD’s and African-American women in particular, why are the numbers so high?

One reason is knowledge and awareness of STD’s among the public is poor; almost two-thirds of women 18-60 years of age surveyed knew nothing or very little about STD’s other than aids. Another reason is many STD’s have a lag time before the appearance of clinically significant problems. So there is no preventive action taken until it is too late.

How does the Fc2 female condom work?
Fc2 is a little nitrile pouch. Nitrile is a heat-transmitting material that can feel more natural than latex condoms. It is inserted inside the vagina creating a barrier that stops sperm from reaching an egg. The female condom also helps prevent sexually transmitted infections by covering some parts of the your vulva. This decreases your change of coming in contact with semen (cum), pre-cum, or skin that can spread STD’s.

What are some of the advantages of using the female condom?
One of the reasons to use Fc2 is because we as women should take control of our sexual health. The female condom also protects better against human papilloma virus and herpes simplex virus because of the way it protects the outside of the vagina, including the labia minora and labia majora compared to the male condom.

There is a trend that is probably not so new, but now has a term called stealthing. Stealthing is the non-consensual condom removal or the practice of one sex partner covertly removing a condom, when consent has only been given by the other sex partner for condom-protected safer sex.

Most men do not like using male condoms but don’t mind the female condom because it doesn’t feel different. One size fits all with fc2 so it doesn’t matter what size the man’s penis. Fc2 can be placed 2 hours prior to sexual intercourse so it does not interfere with intimacy. It is latex free and can be used with oil and water based lubricants.

Men do not need to have an erect penis to use Fc2?

You do not have to remove it immediately after intercourse like the male condom.

Does it affect “sensation” for the man or woman?
No, it doesn’t inhibit or dull sensation like male condoms.

Is it available in stores? Where can you get it?

Is is not available on the shelf you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. If you have health insurance most will fill the prescription with $ 0 co-pay. In the following states: AK, AZ, CA, Ct, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI, and WY (more states coming soon), you can utilize the heydoctor app and use promo code fc2 and you can pick them up at the pharmacy of your choice for free. You will get 2 boxes of 12 with refills you can fill once a month.

What if you don’t have insurance or can’t afford it?

You can visit the website http://fc2.us.com and order a box of 12 for $ 24. If you are on a college campus, many of the health clinics have them free also some Planned Parenthood clinics have them as well.

Dr. Renee Matthews has appeared on television shows such as, The Oprah Winfrey Show, TVOne’s NewsOne Now and WGN-TV’s People to People where she discussed different health topics.

She started her media career with her own radio show on ReachMD, a medical broadcast network for health professionals. In addition, Dr. Renee has been a featured medical correspondent on SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning and WVON (“The Voice of A Nation”).

Dr. Renee is an asthmatic, which drives her passion for asthma education. She addresses the concerns of asthma sufferers by supplying them with the tools and knowledge they need to receive the best medical care. In 2013, Dr. Renee received the Friend of Mobile C.A.R.E. Award for her commitment to raising awareness of asthma in the city of Chicago..

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday on charges relating to allegedly blackmailing a former mistress with a nude photo he took without her consent. But when it comes to his own private information, Greitens is accused of deleting anything that could fall into investigators’ hands.

Greitens, who was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking the nude photo, is also under investigation for his use of the messaging app Confide. Beloved by White House officials, Confide automatically deletes messages and attempts to prevent screenshots. Despite state laws barring Missouri officials from destroying records of their communications, Greitens and his staffers were caught using the app in the weeks before news of the affair went public.

In December, the Kansas City Star reported that Greitens and his senior staff used Confide to send messages. But despite Confide’s privacy-minded sales pitch, researchers have raised doubts about the app’s security. In early 2017, security research firm IOActive notified Confide of a number of flaws that would made the app vulnerable to hackers. Confide said it fixed the weak spots. But members of Trump’s inner circle had reportedly been using the app for months before the repairs.

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The Salt Spray Steph Has Been Using for Years

Salt spray is something I don’t talk about often because there’s nothing new or trendy about it — Bumble and Bumble launched its cult-favorite Surf Spray back in 2001, with just about every other salon and mass hair brand following suit in the decades since — but I’ve tried ’em all. My hair texture …

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Creative New Year’s Eve Decorating Ideas Using Balloons

It’s that time of year again! Time to resolve to have a better 2018 while making the most of the rest of 2017. If you’ve got a New Year’s Eve party on the horizon and you’re puzzling over decorations, let us help get the creative juices flowing – keep reading for DIY-able decorating inspiration using balloons. 

 

A New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock  

What you’ll need: 12 gold balloons, a helium tank, black self-adhesive vinyl or large number stickers, black curling ribbon, clear tape, black cardstock paper, painter’s tape 

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A Balloon-Covered Ceiling 

What you’ll need: golden balloons, a helium tank, ribbons, scissors (to curl the ribbons, if desired), Polaroid’s 

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A Champagne Balloon Display 

What you’ll need:Mylar champagne balloon, balloon pump, microfilament (fishing line), sewing needle, scissors, balloons in assorted colors and sizes, spray paint, spray adhesive, crafting glitter, painter’s tape 

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Glow Stick Balloons 

What you’ll need: white balloons, balloon pump or a helium tank, assorted glow sticks 

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Confetti-Filled Balloons 

What you’ll need: transparent balloons, balloon pump or helium tank, assorted confetti 

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We hope these DIYs help you blow your guests away this New Year’s Eve! 

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The Morphe brushes all your favourite beauty influencers are using are getting the Black Friday treatment

YES.

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As one of the most in-demand beauty brands of the year, chances are you’ll have seen your favourite YouTubers busting out their pot of Morphe brushes or scrolled past pictures of their impeccable 35 shadow palettes. Luckily, Beauty Bay is offering 10% off a bunch of their products and they’re easily the best Morphe Black Friday deals we’ve seen around. See our edit of the best below.

Morphe Black Friday 2017: 10% off a 12 Piece Black and White Morphe Brush Set

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You’ve seen all the big beauty vloggers and influencers using these brushes and now it’s your turn. Beauty Bay are offering 10% off an entire pot of Morphe brushes which come in a chic black and white striped travel case, with handles and bristles to match. It’s a favourite with professional makeup artists and has everything from a liner through to blending brushes, so you’ll never have to reach for another tool again.

It’s available for £22.50 down from £25 and plus, Beauty Bay’s offering free UK next day delivery on all Morphe products so you won’t have to wait till Christmas to bust these open. (Heads up: you can only get two of these per person.)

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: £20.70 for a Morphe 35OM 35 Colour Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette

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If you’re serious about your earthy eyeshadow tones, then you won’t have to look much further than this extravagant Morphe palette. Featuring 35 different deeply pigmented shades from a autumn-friendly ochre to smoky blacks and a champagne for a dash of highlight, it’s an all matte version of one of their best-selling palettes. (Which, by the way, has unfortunately sold out in the BF sale so you’re going to need to jump in on this soon.)  JUST THINK OF ALL THE COLOUR COMBINATIONS. I can’t wait for mine to arrive in the mail.

You’ll now be able to snag it for £20.70 with free delivery. It’s limited to one per person, sorry to those hoping to buy in bulk.

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: 10% off a 35C 35 Multi Color Matte Palette

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Life’s boring without colour and this rainbow palette will definitely bring a ray of sunshine to any day. Whether you want to play with toned down neutral look or go for an on-trend smoky red shadow, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 35 different matte shades to choose from.

Like the Nature Glow palette, it’s now dropped to £20.70 with free shipping included.

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Morphe Black Friday 2017: £20.70 for a Morphe 9C 9 Colour Highlight & Contour Palette

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Get ready to serve face with this contour and highlight palette, which will have you beamed and baked in no time flat. With nine different shades for you to play around with, it’s small enough to fit into a purse and combines both matte and shimmery tones depending on what kind of mood you’re in.

It’s now £20.70 (10% off) and you’ll be able to buy two per person with free delivery.

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While we’re utterly in love with everything above, there’s loads more Morphe on available on Beauty Bay – seriously, it’s palettes galore over there. We’ve also done the work for you and combed through their other brand bargains, so take a look at our curated Black Friday beauty deals, Black Friday makeup deals and Black Friday clothing deals pages if you’re looking for a cute outfit to finish off your look. We’ve got our eye on the Black Friday ball for you, don’t worry guys.

Keep checking back in with us as we’ll be combing through everything that comes your way, with everything from the high street, designer brands through to indie cuties you definitely need to have on your radar. It’s a hard job essentially putting together our Christmas wish list, but somebody’s got to do it.

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Using Green Peace as a Neutral

Beauti-tone’s Color of the Year, Green Peace, is the new go-to neutral. It pairs beautifully with a monochromatic color scheme, resulting in a calming, warm, inviting space. I chose to design this living room in warm greys, blacks and golds with pieces that lean towards the contemporary but are inarguably timeless. I complimented the nature-inspired color by working with natural materials like linen, wool and marble.

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Lawmakers Are Using Tax Reform Legislation to Push an Anti-Abortion Agenda

In the latest draft of the GOP’s tax reform bill, lawmakers outlined a provision that would enable the naming of fetuses as beneficiaries of 529 college savings plans. The policy, and the language accompanying it, could codify the anti-abortion notion of “personhood” into law.

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In the tax bill, lawmakers defined the term “child in utero” as “a member of the species of homo sapiens at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” This definition aligns with repeated anti-abortion efforts to pass personhood legislation and grant constitutional rights to fetuses.

The new provision is unnecessary, as expectant parents currently have the option of opening a 529 account during gestation and naming a new beneficiary upon birth. The real underlying cause for the amendment is clear: This is a blatant attempt to define life as beginning at conception and put abortion rights in danger.

“This is a back door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception,” claimed Rep. Diana Degette (D-CO). “What’s next, giving a social security number to a zygote?”

The GOP’s plan for tax reform has already been exposed as a pushback against civil liberties. The legislative package wages war on key Affordable Care Act regulations surrounding reproductive rights. It proposes $ 1.5 trillion in cuts to funding for such programs as Medicare and Medicaid, and eliminations to key tax exemptions on healthcare for the elderly and disabled, repealing an effective medical expense deduction which allows individuals to write off out-of-pocket health care costs. But despite the Trump administration’s eager profession of the fiscal benefits of such reforms, the Treasury Department found that the current health exemptions cost the federal government $ 10 billion a year, while the plan to afford such tax breaks to large corporations would result in $ 225 billion a year in lost revenue.

The 529 modification to the tax bill is merely the latest in a slew of attempts by congressional lawmakers to propel an anti-abortion agenda. Last week, the House conducted a hearing on legislation that would ban abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy; earlier this month, the Trump administration unveiled new regulations which would allow employers, universities and even entire insurance companies to opt out of contraceptive coverage for their beneficiaries by citing religious or moral objections.

But the insertion of personhood language into the tax bill can’t be lost in the mix. This insidious attack on reproductive rights will endanger women’s lives. According to a spokesperson for NARAL Pro Choice America, the GOP’s proposal “is just the latest example of how they’re trying to turn back the clock on this country.”

Sarah Alexander is a recent graduate of Cal State Northridge. In addition to being a writer, she is a visual and performing artist, and attempts to use film, music and online platforms to spark conversation about social activism. She is an anomalous LA native, which affects her personality in a plethora of unique ways.

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Every new parent should be using these 5 Amazon features

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Every pregnancy is different, every family is different, but one thing is the same for anyone with a newborn: it is hard to cook, and it is hard to shop. And the baby always needs something, and you are always hungry. The more things that show up at your door right when you need them, the better.

So if you have a new baby at your house — or if you’re pregnant with one — here are 5 startlingly useful Amazon services you should sign up for ASAP.

1. Amazon Baby Registry

What it is: An online baby registry.

What it costs: Free

Why you need it:

* Everything you need for your baby and family, from strollers to bottles to maternity clothing is all available in one place. If Amazon doesn’t stock it, you can use Amazon Assistant to add anything from any website to your registry.
* Automatic completion discount: You can buy anything on your registry that your family and friends don’t buy for you at a discount of 10 percent (15 percent for Prime members), saving you hundreds of dollars.
* You can manage your registry from any mobile or desktop device.
* Since your family and friends probably already have Amazon accounts, buying you gifts is easy and uncomplicated for them.
* If you don’t know what to put on your registry, Amazon has Ideas & Inspiration and a Registry Checklist to help you sort through it all.
* A Thank You list tells you who bought what.
* Free two-day shipping for Prime members.
* Registrants can get a free Welcome Box worth up to $ 35.

Where to find it: Amazon Baby Registry

2. Amazon Family

What it is: It’s like Amazon Prime, but customized for families.

What it costs: 30-day free trial; $ 99 per year

Why you need it:

* Free two-day shipping on millions of items — and once you have a baby, you will understand the importance of what you need arriving fast.
* Save 20 percent on diapers when using the Subscribe & Save option (see next section).
* Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of family-friendly movies and TV shows (and Mom/Dad-friendly too).
* Unlimited ad-free streaming of over a million songs.
* Exclusive coupons and deals.
* Exclusive Baby Registry benefits.
* Easily manage your Subscribe & Save subscriptions from the Amazon Family hub.
* See what products are best for your children’s age or stage with Amazon’s recommendations.

Where to find it: Amazon Family

3. Subscribe & Save

What it is: Have your favorite products (like diapers!) shipped to you at whatever frequency you choose (like monthly, once every 3 months, etc.). You will automatically receive a discount, and if you subscribe to 5 or more items, you will receive an additional 15 percent discount on top of that.

What it costs: Free

Why you need it:

* You don’t want to run out of diapers. You really, really don’t want to run out of diapers.
* Schedule weekly, monthly, or every-other-month deliveries of essentials like pet food, coffee, tea, milk, energy bars, formula, or whatever you rely on to get through the day.
* You don’t want to run out of toilet paper. You really, really don’t want to run out of toilet paper.

Where to find it: Subscribe & Save

4. Amazon Prime Video

What it is: Unlimited streaming of thousands of hours of movies and TV shows. You can also rent or buy movies and shows.

What it costs: Free with Amazon Prime membership (Free 30-day trial; $ 99 a year).

Why you need it:

* You will have a surprisingly vast amount of time to sit at home, staring into space — OR staring at all the movies and shows you meant to watch but didn’t get around to.
* There is nothing to watch on regular TV in the middle of the night when you’ll be awake.
* Once your baby can focus, they may appreciate the colors and sounds coming from the TV set (even though they won’t be able to make sense of what they’re watching for a while).
* You need all of Prime’s other benefits, including free two-day shipping and extra savings on diapers and other products.

Where to find it: Amazon Prime Video

 

5. Amazon Home Services

What it is: A marketplace of professionals who can do things around your house like cleaning, putting together furniture (cribs!), repair plumbing or electricity, babyproof with safety locks, etc.

What it costs: Free (but you have to pay for the services you order).

Why you need it:

* Though you could flip through the phone book or search online for local pros to do work for you, finding and vetting them takes precious time that you just don’t have right now. In addition, work done through Amazon Home Services is backed by Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee.
* Pricing is provided upfront, so you know before you book if you can afford what you want — no need to call for an awkward price quote only to find you can’t afford the service.
* Cleaning goes right to the end of your to-do list when you have a new baby, yet you will be in the house a lot. If it’s clean, you will be less bummed out about that reality.
* You can’t get to important tasks like unclogging a drain or putting together a new crib when you have a baby in your arms. You think you can put the baby down in a bouncer while you unscramble the instructions? Good luck with that.
* Amazon pros charge the same prices as they would if you called them.
* Professionals will do the job right the first time, with less hassle.

Where to find it: Amazon Home Services

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7 reasons you should start using reusable snack bags right now

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Reusable snack bags are a staple item in our home. We use them for everything from snacks (duh) to Little People to makeshift toiletry bags.

Instead of wasting a plastic baggie every time you pack a snack for your children, consider switching to reusable snack bags.

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Here are 7 reasons you should be using reusable snack bags:

  1. The environment
  2. Cost
  3. Fun
  4. Easiness
  5. New “no waste” policies at schools
  6. Versatility
  7. Long-lasting

Let me explain…

The environment

Reusable snack bags are just that, reusable. If I put dry snacks in a reusable snack bag I simply shake it out and put it away. If I put fruit or something that might make crumbs like muffins, I simply toss the bag into the wash along with our dish towels. This is a much better choice for the environment than using and throwing away one or many plastic baggies every day.

Cost

One large reusable snack bag might run you about $ 5, which seems like a lot when you can buy a whole box of disposable plastic ones for a couple of bucks. But consider that I invested $ 20 in five reusable snack bags six years ago and haven’t had to buy plastic baggies since. I have bought a few more since then, but in general they are a great longer-term investment!

Fun

My kids love their reusable snack bags and get compliments on them all the time. Being a kid is about having fun, and they love their Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, and Super Mario Brothers’ reusable snack bags. As an adult, I love opening my lunch box to find my colorful reusable snack bag inside.

Easiness

Reusable snack bags are easy to use. You don’t have to worry about plastic baggies that rip or are hard to open. All the ones we use open and close with a zipper that is easy enough for even my 2-year-old to handle herself.

New “no waste” policies at schools

Plenty of schools have or will soon adopt “no waste” policies. This means children are instructed to bring in lunches that will have no waste, or trash. Reusable snack bags are a great way to adhere to a school’s “no waste” policy without having to stick your child’s snack in a bulky plastic container that will just take up room in the dishwasher at the end of the day.

Versatility

Like I mentioned, reusable snack bags aren’t good only for snacks! My kids often have to sit through their siblings’ sports’ practices so I like to pack little trinkets and things in reusable snack bags for them to play with during those times. I have also used our reusable snack bags as a makeshift toiletry bag, for makeup on the go, to store pens in my purse, etc. You can buy them in various sizes, but the size large is my favorite. They can be used for so many things!

Long-lasting

My original reusable snack bags are going on six years right now and still look practically brand new. A plastic baggie, on the other hand, is only good for one use. Invest a few dollars now to get years and years out of your reusable snack bags.

While there are several brands of reusable snack bags on the market, these are my absolute favorite:

Bumkins (Amazon, $ 4.99-5.95/bag)

bumkins reusable snack bag

Itzy Ritzy (Amazon, $ 9.99/bag)

itzy ritzy reusable snack bag

Yummi Pouch (Amazon, $ 14.99, set of 3)

yummi pouch

Wegreeco (Amazon, $ 11.99/set of 3 sizes)

wegreeco reusable snack bags

Come over to the dark (bright!) side with me and start using reusable snack bags. You won’t regret it.

Do you use reusable snack bags?

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As President Donald Trump continues to erode American democracy, you can at least take comfort in knowing he isn’t using Dijon mustard on his burgers.

In May 2009, Fox News host Sean Hannity devoted airtime on his show to a frank, honest conversation about whether then-President Barack Obama was capable of leading the country. His biggest issue was that America could not trust a president that uses Dijon mustard on his food.

“Take a look at [Obama] ordering his burger with a very special condiment,” Hannity said on his program at the time, before showing a clip of POTUS at a Virginia restaurant.

“I’m gonna have your very basic cheddar cheeseburger, medium-well,” Obama told the cashier. “I just want mustard, no ketchup. You got a spicy mustard or something like that? Dijon mustard or something?”

“I hope you enjoyed that fancy burger,” Hannity shot back.

Eight years later, the U.S. now has a president who has bragged about sexually assaulting women, is accused of colluding with Russia to help him win an election, golfs more than he leads, ignores climate change evidence, and petulantly shoves world leaders when he doesn’t get to be the center of attention.

Oh, he also eats his steaks well-done with ketchup.  

It’s unclear why Hannity’s investigation never led to the removal of President Obama, but at least the American people can finally rest assured that these types of scandals are finally over.

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