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Republicans: We’re Committed to Using Black Business Vendors at 2020 RNC Convention

Annual political party conventions — whether for Republicans or Democrats — can be lucrative. That is why the stakes are potentially high for black-owned small businesses selected as vendors for the next Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some local officials are hoping the 2020 RNC convention will bring an economic impact exceeding $ 100 million.

The RNC officially picked Charlotte, in July 2018, to host the four-day convention. John Lassiter, CEO of the Charlotte 2020 Host Committee, has told the media his group is “on track financially,” for reaching its goal to raise $ 70 million. The money will cover the convention’s projected cost of nearly $ 64 million and other emerging expenses. The committee aims to raise the funds by late 2019. The spending will be stretched over several categories, including $ 27.6 million for convention facilities; $ 8.4 million for event production, and $ 2.4 million each for office space and transportation services to name just a few. Yet, the big question is how many vendor contracts will be granted to local black entrepreneurs?

Charlotte NAACP President Corine Mack wants to ensure black businesses, specifically black women-owned businesses, have a seat at the vendor table. She believes at least 50% of the vendors should be people of color, with 30% of that group being black. Plus, Mack says the RNC should consider funding implicit bias and cultural proficiency training leading into and during the RNC. She said the training could help whites take a self-examination and realize their biases. “In making a decision to do better and be better, it allows us to build a bridge of understanding and inclusion,” Mack says.

Charlotte leaders have emphasized that they want to ensure minorities, women, and diverse groups are represented in providing goods and services. City Council  Member James Mitchell says Charlotte 2020 should aim to give 30% of vendor contracts to minorities and women,  Liberty Headlines reported. RNC officials told Black Enterprise Charlotte 2020 is committed to making sure black businesses are hired as vendors. But the committee also reported that it has not been determined what amount of vendor contracts will go to minority or women-owned firms, adding it is very early in the process.

“The Charlotte 2020 Host Committee is working to create a workforce and vendor opportunity strategy with a focus on local and regional spend, inclusivity, and diversity,” Lassiter says. “We want diverse residents and businesses, including black-owned businesses, to help showcase our community and realize the economic benefits of this major event. While it is too early to discuss specifics related to our vendor strategy, we are intentional with our efforts.”

Businesses interested in vendor opportunities should check for updates and sign up at www.charlottein2020.com. The name of those firms will go directly to the host committee for vendor consideration. “We have nearly two years to aggressively engage diverse talent and to collaborate across public, private and civic entities to make this a positive experience, one our community can be proud of,” Lassiter says.

Political conventions can be a hefty windfall for host cities in many ways. That could include providing them a robust financial economic gain, attracting more events, boosting tourism, and bringing international notoriety. The 2012 Democratic National Convention pulled in $ 163.6 million, a reportedly record high economic impact for a single Charlotte event. When the city of Cleveland, hosted the 2016 Republican National Convention, it generated an economic benefit of $ 188.4 million for Ohio’s largest city.

Vendors selected for the convention may be hired to provide a broad range of services that perhaps includes transportation, food, contracting and other assistance. The Charlotte area has a large roster of black businesses, including an estimated 13,000 African American-owned businesses, the Charlotte Post reported.

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Wrapping paper with your face on it now exists so we’re stocking up

Merry Christmas from me (and me, and more me…)

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Christmas is coming. Okay, we’ve still got eight weeks to go (not that we’re counting), but experts say that putting your decorations up early could make you happier – and when there are Harry Potter baubles to be bought and Prosecco Christmas crackers to put on ice then why wouldn’t you start the countdown immediately after bonfire night?

While you’ve no doubt already written your list for Santa, when it comes to buying for others it can get a bit tricky. Of course you know that you want these absolutely adorable stocking fillers, but what about your sister, or your other half, or your pet? What do they want?

If you’re really stuck when it comes to presents this year, why not give someone – or many people, for that matter – the gift of your face plastered all over some glitzy wrapping paper?

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Gift website Prezzybox are selling the very personalised wrapping paper and we have to say, we’re big fans.

Sure, you’ll need something to wrap first, but it doesn’t really matter what the object is because the true present is immediately clear from the get go.

And they won’t forget who it’s from, either.

Just think of how happy you’ll be making somebody every time they look underneath the Christmas tree and see your face smiling back. You could even get them multiple small gifts so that your presence in their living room is really felt and hard to ignore.

A two-metre roll will set you back £17.99 – and there’s no excuse not to use it for everyone on your xmas list.

All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself and they’ll do the rest. Or you could get creative and make it strange by choosing a picture of the person you’re actually buying for. Or your dog! Who doesn’t want your pup’s face all over their wrapping paper?

The options are endless.

It’s a big yes from us.

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Congratulations are in order for Hilary Duff and partner Matthew Koma! The Younger actress and musician are now the parents of a little baby girl. And her name is…drumroll, please…Banks Violet Bair.

Duff shared the news with her followers on the evening of Monday, October 29th, revealing that she gave birth on Thursday, October 25th.

“Banks Violet Bair,” she announced with a red heart emoji, “this little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined the world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic.”

Koma also shared a sweet Instagram announcement alongside the same pic. “We welcome a beautiful daughter, little sister, and best friend for life,” he wrote. “Could not possibly be more grateful for our growing family and for the [peach] who makes it all possible. Cloud ten.”

Duff and Koma announced they were having a baby back in June, and Duff has been incredibly open about her pregnancy journey since then.

“The boobs are big the belly is big the body is big,” she wrote on Instagram back in July. “Man.. pregnancy is hard. Giving love to all mamas who make it look effortless… this journey is hard as hell and also incredibly special. […] sick of getting up 9 times a night to pee and looking at this weird body in the mirror that is not my own at the moment.”

Duff is also mom to 6-year-old Luca Cruz, who she had with ex-husband Mike Comrie.

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Months before they cut ties with the extremist-friendly social-media site Gab, tech companies were warned about incitement to violence on the website, according to emails reviewed by The Daily Beast.

The payment processors Stripe and PayPal stopped working with Gab on Saturday after it was revealed that a man who allegedly murdered 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue had been an active Gab user who authored violently anti-Semitic posts and shortly before the killing spree, appeared to announce his intentions to his Gab followers. But over the summer Stripe and PayPal received warnings about the site’s role in online hate.

The Twitter user @DeplatformHate has been documenting the far right’s partnerships with Silicon Valley for nearly a year and repeatedly tweeted about Stripe’s ties to Gab in August. After Stripe’s general counsel reached out on August 17, Deplatform Hate sent him and Stripe’s CEO a long email on August 24, documenting the issue.

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Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress is a total dream and we’re in love

That train though!!

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Princess Eugenie’s dress gave us major old Hollywood vibes and she painted an utterly romantic picture walking up the chapel’s staircase, with a dramatic train trailing behind her. Prince Andrew apparently gave away some key elements of the dress away prior to the big day as he revealed he was worried about stepping on the train of her gown.

Designed by Peter Pilotto, the folded, slightly off the shoulder neckline dipped down into a lower V at the back for just a flash of skin. According to ITV, the subtly patterned fabric on the gown was designed especially for Princess Eugenie.

She accessorised with a pair of emerald and diamond earrings, which were matched beautifully to a tiara she borrowed from her grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

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Beautiful, exotic places that were shown on Survivor

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If you have never watched Survivor in your life, then you are missing out on some good television. Survivor is one of the most popular American reality television shows. In the show, the contestants are stranded on exotic islands without much to survive. As the name suggests, the show is all about surviving the challenges they come across and making it to the end to get their hands on the prize money. Some of the locations shown on Survivor are truly breathtaking, and it almost feels like they are perfect for a vacation. Here are some of the beautiful exotic places that were shown on Survivor.

The Herbert River

The Herbert River is located in Queensland, Australia. Shown during the Australian Outback, contestants had to battle some very harsh climatic conditions in this location. This being said, the Herbert River is a beautiful and quaint location, and there are a number of extreme activities that takes place here.

Sabitang Laya Island

This beautiful island is located in the Philippines and has been a prime location for the shoot of two seasons of Survivor. It is breathtakingly beautiful with its long stretches of sand and a vast expanse of blue, clear water. The island is surrounded by beautiful rock structures and is a perfect spot for a vacation. You can go for a swim or simply lie on the sands. There are several activities like snorkeling and scuba diving as well.

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are situated midway between Polynesia and Tonga. The islands resemble Hawaii in many ways and are filled with lagoons, beaches, coconut groves, and so much more. The best part about this location is the people. The locals are extremely friendly and approachable.

Shaba National Reserve

This reserve is located in Kenya and proved to be a truly challenging experience for the contestants of Survivor. They were dropped right in the middle of a wildlife reserve and asked to make it all the way till the end. Without the challenges, the Shaba National Reserve is a wonderful place to experience wildlife.

Cape Engano

Another stunning location with blue waters and endless stretches of white sand, Cape Engano is located in the Philippines. What takes your breath away is the beautiful landscape you get to witness at Cape Engano. It is one of the top places that anyone who takes a trip to the Philippines must visit.

Pearl Islands

Located in Panama, the Pearl Islands are famous for their nice, hot weather and the beautiful beaches all around them. The water surrounding the Pearl Islands is crystal clear and beckons you invitingly for a swim. The serenity of the islands is bound to relax you and make you want to leave the stress of everyday life far behind.

Ko Tarutao

Ko Tarutao was shown in the fifth season of Survivor. Located in Thailand, Ko Tarutao has a rugged landscape and the scenic beauty is sure to fill your soul. This beautiful place has mountains that reach up to 1640 ft. and offers a wonderful experience to the tourists who visit.

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The new David Attenborough show looks super intense and we’re so here for it

It’s good to have you back, Sir David.

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Happy World Animal Day, everyone! We’re kicking it off with some exciting animal-related news as Sir David Attenborough is back with yet another nature documentary series, which will fill the void that Planet Earth and Blue Planet left when they ended. He’ll be bringing a new show to the BBC called Dynasties and the exciting trailer dropped earlier today, proving that it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The nature documentary is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, as it’s going to hone in on just five species of animal: emperor penguins, tigers, lions and more. According to the BBC,every episode will focus on an individual endangered animal and follow their struggle for survival in the wild. The series, which took four years to film and create, looks wasymore like a tense reality TV drama centred around an animal rather than a nature documentary. We’re here for it.

If you’re a diehard Planet Earth II fan, the team behind it are the same one responsible for Dynasties — so you know it’s going to be good.

And of course, Sir David Attenborough will be lending his iconic voice to the show and seems to have travelled the world for the show, which isn’t bad going for a man who’s in his nineties now.

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There’s no word yet on when the new show is set to drop, however the trailer definitely has us hungry for more.

TBH if the entire show was just an hour of that baby penguin shuffling through the snow, we’d probably be on board.

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The Panels We’re Stupidly Excited For at New York Comic-Con 2018

New York Comic-Con just gets better and better. And NYCC 2018 looks set to be the best yet, with a bunch of panels and events we’re beside ourselves with excitement to see. We’ve picked six miss-at-your-peril highlights to mark in your diaries.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power


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She-Ra re-envisioned for a new audience.

You don’t have to have been there first time around to get excited for the She-Ra reboot, but if She-Ra: Princess of Power or He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were your childhood fandoms, your thrill levels will be peaking, oh, right about NOW. On Thursday, October 4, showrunner of the Netflix Original Series, Noelle Stevenson, will present a first look at the all-new animated series, alongside Aimee Carrero who provides the voice of She-Ra, and Karen Fukuhara who voices fellow princess Glimmer. The series tells the story of Adora, an orphan who leaves the evil Horde behind upon discovering a magic sword that transforms her into mythical warrior princess, She-Ra.

But it’s not just the panel worth getting in a tizzy about. Dreamworks is also hosting an immersive fan experience claiming to transport all-comers to the planet of Etheria, Whispering Woods and Hordak’s Lair included.

WHEN? The Dreamworks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power panel takes place between 3-4pm on Thursday, October 4 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan Center.

Find the fan experience at Booth 502.

American Gods (and Good Omens)


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Ian McShane reprises his role as Mr Wednesday in American Gods Season 2.

The first season of American Gods was one of 2017’s TV highlights. It was indulgently slow but engrossing storytelling, with a deliciously charismatic central performance from Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday. It also looked glorious. Since it ended, fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the second season of the TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel.

Dogged by behind-the-scenes issues which saw Season 1 showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller exit, and with reports that replacement showrunner Jesse Alexander is being sidelined, fans will be looking for some reassurance that Season 2 is, well, going to be good.

Great to hear, then, that the much-celebrated author – who doubles as executive producer on the show — Gaiman will be in attendance at the NYCC panel to present an exclusive first look at Season 2. He’ll be joined by cast members effusing about how Season 2 ups the ante. Gaiman will also pop up again on Saturday, giving fans a glimpse of Good Omens with stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen – another panel totally worth checking out.

Like She-Ra, American Gods is also bringing an experiential treat for fans at NYCC. The Motel America Diner, one of the show’s key locations, is going to be painstakingly recreated. Littered with Easter Eggs, the diner also presents fans with the opportunity to bag some American Gods-themed swag — by making a sacrifice to the Gods, of course.

WHEN? The American Gods panel takes place between 1.30-2.30pm on Friday, October 5 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The Good Omens panel is at 10am on Saturday, October 6 at the Madison Square Garden theater.

Riverdale

We’re just days away from Season 3 of Riverdale, and with so many theories swirling around what the next twist in Archie’s tale will bring, we’re looking to the NYCC panel to give us eager fans a deeper insight into how the third season will pan out. And if the opportunity to discover more early doors about TV’s maddest, darkest and most unflinchingly subversive teen show doesn’t fire you up to fever pitch, you need to get with the Riverdale programme pronto.

The panel will feature series cast and producers fielding questions, as well as a sneak peek at Season 3. The premiere will pick up immediately following that dramatic Season 2 finale in which we saw Archie thrown in prison, while ensuing episodes could see a cult influencing the inhabitants of Riverdale, and even zombies terrorising the town. Cannot. Wait.

WHEN? The Riverdale panel takes place between 10-11am on Sunday, October 7.

Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson fans will be champing at the bit for any insight whatsoever into Mortal Engines – and NYCC promises to deliver. Jackson himself will be on hand at the panel to answer questions put to him by moderator Andy Serkis, as well as – hopefully – questions from the audience. Jackson will be joined by members of the cast and production team – including director Christian Rivers, and partner and collaborator Fran Walsh — presenting the first eight minutes of footage from the film.

He’ll also be overseeing a detailed presentation of how the team brought a world to the screen in which mobile, motorised cities prey on other cities.

WHEN? The Mortal Engines panel takes place on Friday, October 5 at 12pm in the Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden.

Netflix and Chills

In an obvious yet simultaneously genius play on the popular colloquial euphemism for something you’d actually probably describe as the opposite of relaxing in front of the telly, Netflix and Chills brings the scares to NYCC this October.

This panel sees the casts of upcoming Netflix shows The Haunting of Hill House, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Umbrella Academy assemble to chat all things supernaturally spooky about their respective series as Halloween creeps closer. It’s suitably seasonal, as well as giving you three shows in one to get excited about.

But wait, there’s more. The audience will also be treated to a first look at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance before anyone else. Fans of the Jim Henson 1982 animatronic original won’t want to miss this.

WHEN? Netflix and Chills takes place between 7.30-10pm on Friday, October 5 on the Main Stage at the Javits Center.

Hellboy


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David Harbour as Hellboy.

It’s been 10 years since Hellboy was last on the big screen. In Guillermo del Toro’s original 2004 movie and its 2008 sequel, Ron Perlman was the hench offspring of a demon and a witch otherwise known as Big Red. In Neil Marshall’s reboot, the role is taken over by Stranger Things star David Harbour. And a better fit it’s difficult to envisage.

Whispers suggest that the NYCC panel will give us our first glimpse of footage in the form of a trailer — presented by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, no less, alongside the cast including Harbour himself, plus Ian McShane fresh from his American Gods panel appearance, Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim.

WHEN? The Hellboy panel takes place between 11am-12pm on Saturday, October 6 on the Main Stage at the Javits Center.

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