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In this new franchise we ask: What’s all the fuss about? There are so many products and brands that enter stratospheric realms of popularity – going from zero to hero in what feels like a matter of weeks – think Drunk Elephant, Milk Make-Up, and Augustinus Bader. But why are they so popular? We’ve decided to investigate…

Beauty Pie – the background

Founded by Marcia Kilgore – the beauty brainbox behind brands like Soap and Glory, Soaper Duper and Bliss Spa – Beauty Pie’s aim is to bring beauty lovers top quality products at factory prices. By cutting out the middle man and avoiding retailer mark-up, you can bag luxury products for much less of a price than you would at a high-end beauty counter. Simples.

The system is a fairly straightforward one: You pay a monthly membership allowing you to shop the factory prices, with a monthly spending allowance depending on your chosen membership level. Any unused allowance rolls over to the next month, so you won’t miss out on any spends – it’s really no wonder it’s been dubbed the ‘Netflix of beauty’.

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The Pie’s founder, Marcia Kilgore

Is it any good?

The answer you’re really here for is a resounding yes. Beauty Pie’s products are made using high-quality ingredients and in the same factories as some of the industry’s most luxury brands, which they claim means you get five times more for your money (or a bigger piece of the Beauty Pie).

Between them, the skincare ranges have pretty much every concern covered. Japanfusion packs a moisture punch for dry skin, while Super Retinol tackles the visible signs of ageing and Qi Energy gives lacklustre, exhausted skin the kick up the backside it needs.

So, which piece of the pie should you start with? Keep reading for some of the brand’s best-loved products.

Beauty Pie Everyday Great Skin Foundation

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The Great Skin Foundation is infused with micro-pearls for a soft focus finish and offers a good level of coverage, with a finish that’s slightly on the matte side and oil-free. Currently available in 15 shades, the brand has said on their website that they will be increasing their shade range ‘in due course’.

Typical price: £30

Members price: £7.52

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Beauty Pie Super Retinol Serum

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that retinol is a pretty super anti-ageing ingredient. Nothing works quite like it; it increases collagen production, smoothes fine lines, improves skin’s elasticity and can even reduce the appearance of dark spots. Super Retinol is infused with both lactic acid to exfoliate and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, so it’s a multi-pronged approach to getting great-looking skin.

Typical price: £80

Members price: £10.56

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Beauty Pie One Powder Wonder

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One Powder Wonder is a seriously fine pressed powder that blurs, sets and adds a subtle healthy glow, and is so lightweight you’ll barely feel yourself applying or wearing it. The ‘Uberlescent’ shade is transluscent, so it works on all skin tones to reduce shininess and set make-up.

Typical price: £26

Members price: £5.27

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Beauty Pie Japanfusion Supreme Cream

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The Japanfusion range is a wonder cure for the effects of dry skin, getting deep into skin’s layers to boost moisture levels and making it happier and healthier as a result. Accompanying the range’s make-up removing cleansing balm, hydrating lotion and face serum, the Supreme Cream is a real gem – its consistency is a kind of thick gel cream, but not at all greasy or heavy and leaves skin feeling super soft and supple. Trust us when we say it’s one of the best moisturisers for dry skin ever.

Typical price: £100

Members price: £9.76

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Beauty Pie Candles

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As well as the epic make-up and super effective skincare, Beauty Pie also makes divine luxury scented candles that don’t break the bank. Pomegranate and Baies Rose is a warming scent that’s not too sweet, while the Vanilla and Clean House options are equally delicious and comforting. Buy them in bulk as birthday presents.

Typical price: £40

Members price: Between £12.66 and £14.29

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Is it worth the hype?

Any affordable beauty line is worth the hype in our eyes, but Beauty Pie’s products have proven themselves as being seriously effective too. Their huge fan base of Pie-worshippers, who part with their hard-earned cash and rave about the products, is a testament to that. It’s a double thumbs up from us.

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The full-length version of this post appears in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Republished with author permission.

I teach courses at Smith College on women’s rights and feminist movements; over the last two years, my students and I have closely followed the Trump administration’s aggressive rollback of women’s rights.

With increasing urgency, we have studied the erosion of women’s reproductive rights and the attack on protections against rape and sexual harassment on college campuses. We are appalled at the refusal of Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds critical services for women fleeing intimate partner violence. At the same time, seeing the explosion of new feminist activism has been exhilarating and inspiring.

The Women’s Marches, #MeToo and Indivisible activism have transformed the political landscape—and contributed to the historic 2018 midterm election returns, in which record numbers of women ran and won political office.

As we head into the challenge of the national elections in 2020—when we will also celebrate the 100th year of women’s right to vote—I spoke to Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. magazine and executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, about what role feminists played in the 2018 results, and how we can continue expanding on our victories.

What impact did feminists have on the elections?

The energy released by the historical Women’s Marches of 2017 and 2018 helped to produce a flood of new candidates and activists. Women’s rights organizations, including Feminist Majority, made massive efforts to elect feminist women to federal and state office. Feminist candidates in Congressional races shifted the balance of power in the U.S. House, accounting for over 60 percent of Democrats’ gains. Democratic candidates earned 8.8 million more votes than Republicans and won 43 seats in the House for a net gain of 40 seats. In hard-fought contests across the country, feminists defeated longtime incumbents, overcoming massive gerrymandering and voter suppression to flip seat after seat from red to blue. Voter turnout in the midterms was estimated at 50 percent of the voting-eligible population—the highest rate in more than five decades.

You’ve said that we have the most diverse new group of representatives in history. Tell me about that.

The election featured historical breakthroughs: the first Native American women elected to Congress, the first Latinas elected to represent Texas, the first Muslim women elected, and the first Black women to be elected from states in New England, including Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts. Two 29-year-old women won seats in the House—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Abby Finkenauer from Iowa—the youngest women ever elected. Among the newly elected women in the House are teachers and social workers, refugees and veterans, lawyers, former state legislators, experts on the homeless crisis, early childhood education and human trafficking; healthcare professionals; and a mother who lost her teenage son to gun violence. A pediatrician will be the only woman among 16 doctors in Congress. You can read the latest issue of Ms. magazine and Ms. online for detailed information about amazing new feminists in Congress.

The presence of more women in Congress will have important impacts on policy debates, given their different backgrounds and varied life experiences. They will bring much-needed perspectives and ideas to the ensuing battles over health care, reproductive rights, gun reform, immigration, the environment, voting rights, sexual harassment and assault, LBGTQ rights, budget priorities, military spending and foreign policy. They will hold the line for women’s rights, stopping the reactionary attacks in Washington.

How did women and feminists do at the state level?

Wins for women were massive in state legislatures as well. Record numbers of women ran and won. When the dust had settled, we totaled 2,112 women elected to the 7,383 state legislative seats at stake. These women, by far mostly Democrats, will join those from states without legislative elections in 2018 to total 2,019 or at least 28 percent of state legislative seats, smashing previous records and bringing about the largest electoral gain in more than a decade. Both the Nevada Assembly and Colorado House of Representatives will be gender balanced, with nearly equal numbers of women and men. Nevada actually has a majority female legislature—the first in the country.

Feminist women also did well in statewide races, winning governorships in Maine, Kansas, Michigan and New Mexico. Women took office as secretaries of state in Colorado, Arizona and Michigan, and attorneys general in Michigan, New York, and Delaware. In a first, all statewide executive offices in Michigan—governor, attorney general and secretary of state—are now held by women.

At the state level, public education was a major motivating issue for voters in state legislative races. Following teacher strikes and walkouts over cuts in education funding and inadequate teacher pay in states like Oklahoma, West Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona, public school teachers ran for elective office in record numbers. More than 80 of the 200 members of the American Federation of Teachers who ran were elected to state legislatures.

Was there a gender gap in voting patterns?

Yes. The gender gap in voting was as great as any election in the past 20 years. According to the national Edison Research exit poll, 59 percent of women voted for Democratic House candidates in races across the country, compared to 47 percent of men, a 12-point gender gap. Among young women 18 to 29 years old, 67 percent voted Democratic versus 32 percent who voted Republican. The gender gap is driven by the different perspectives men and women hold on a range of issues—for example, the role of government in ensuring access to health care, including abortion and birth control, and social safety net programs like supplemental food support (SNAP). And, issues like sexual harassment and the role of military action versus diplomacy in our foreign policy. These differences in views drive voting preferences, and have only grown over time to become decisive in determining the outcome of race after race.

What are your hopes for the new Congress?

Self-avowed feminist Nancy Pelosi is again speaker of the house, second in line to the presidency and the most powerful woman in government. Pelosi has said she intends to make women’s issues a priority, pushing forward long-stalled legislation to address the wage gap and sexual harassment, reauthorizing VAWA, defending the ACA, addressing the environment, and blocking further rollbacks in voting rights and civil rights. Rep. Nita Lowey from New York will chair the powerful Appropriation Committee and will also play a key role in these issues. She has listed among her priorities increasing funding for child care and early education programs and blocking Republican efforts to reduce spending on family planning.

With Brett Kavanaugh and a far-right conservative majority on the Supreme Court, women’s rights are more at risk than ever. What can be done to protect those rights?

We need to finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). We are already gearing up for the off-year elections in 2019 for the Virginia state legislature that will, in all probability, be crucial for ratifying the ERA. Early in 2017, Democrats gained control of the Nevada House and Senate, and ratified the ERA. Then, in May of 2018, the Illinois House and Senate ratified the ERA. As of now, 37 of the 38 states required to amend the Constitution have ratified the ERA. Virginia could become the 38th and final state needed to add the ERA to the Constitution. There are also strong ERA movements in North Carolina and Arizona. The ERA was first sent to the states for ratification in 1972. A resolution to remove the arbitrary deadline imposed by Congress has been introduced in this session of Congress, as was a start-over ERA resolution.

More and more people are understanding the need for the ERA. The ERA would elevate the level of scrutiny the courts would apply in assessing whether government laws or policies have a discriminatory impact on the basis of sex. It would prevent the President or Congress from passing discriminatory laws or enacting discriminatory policies. For example, right now the Trump Administration is pushing to enact a policy to allow employers to deny their female employees coverage of birth control in insurance policies. An ERA could be used to fight these kinds of harmful and discriminatory policies. The ERA could also be used to ensure local law enforcement agencies do not discriminate against women in responding to crimes of violence like domestic violence and rape; for example, failing to process rape evidence kits in a timely manner, or failure to enforce restraining orders in domestic violence cases.

What are your hopes for the future?

Women now constitute just 23.6 percent of members of Congress (106 Democrats and 20 Republicans). Going into the midterms, the U.S. ranked No. 103 worldwide in women’s representation in government. We still have a long way to go. But the midterms have given us tremendous momentum. Propelled by women of color, young women and college-educated women, and women’s collective victories in Congress, state legislatures and statewide offices have laid the groundwork for even larger gains in 2020. It shows that flooding the ticket with feminist candidates, including challenging incumbents in districts that would otherwise seem impossible, is one of the critical paths to equal representation. The feminist movement must stay focused on achieving equal representation, if the policies, laws, and programs — at every level of government — are to meet the needs of half of the population and ensure all of us can enjoy equal protection under the laws of our country.

Carrie N. Baker is Professor and Director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She is author of the new book Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race and Politics.

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Netflix is heading into the new year with lots of new TV, movies and original shows set to join the streaming service in January.

For those looking to start 2019 on a mission of decluttering, organizational expert Marie Kondo is bringing her talents to a new original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Classic favorites, including the Indiana Jones series, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pulp Fiction, Swingers and The Addams Family will all be on Netflix starting January 1. And fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can say goodbye to Kimmy, Titus, Lillian and Jacqueline a final time when the show returns for the second half of its last season.

A collection of titles are also leaving Netflix in the new year, leaving about a month to catch up on movies like The Godfather, The Shining and The Princess Diaries.

See what else will be streaming on—and leaving—Netflix in January.

Here’s are the TV shows, movies and originals coming to Netflix in January 2019.

January 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3

Across the Universe

Babel

Black Hawk Down

City of God

COMEDIANS of the world

Definitely, Maybe

Godzilla

Happy Feet

Hell or High Water

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

It Takes Two

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jersey Boys

Mona Lisa Smile

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pinky Malinky

Pulp Fiction

Swingers

Tears of the Sun

The Addams Family

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Dark Knight

The Departed

The Mummy

The Mummy Returns

The Strangers

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Watchmen

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XXX: State of the Union

January 2

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

January 4

And Breathe Normally

Call My Agent!: Season 3

El Potro: Unstoppable

Lionheart

January 9

GODZILLA The Planet Eater

Solo: A Star Wars Story

January 10

When Heroes Fly

January 11

Friends from College: Season 2

ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium

Sex Education

Solo

The Last Laugh

January 15

Revenger

Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry

January 16

American Gangster

January 17

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

January 18

Carmen Sandiego

Close

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

GIRL

Grace and Frankie: Season 5

IO

Soni

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B

Trigger Warning with Killer Mike

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5

January 21

Justice

January 24

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

January 25

Animas

Black Earth Rising

Club de Cuervos: Season 4

Kingdom

Medici: The Magnificent

Polar

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2

January 27

Z Nation: Season 5

January 29

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp

January 30

Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles 2

TBD

Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2

Here’s what’s leaving Netflix in January 2019.

January 1

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Blade

Blade II

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Catwoman

Face/Off

Finding Neverland

Friday Night Lights

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

I Am Ali

Interview with the Vampire

Into the Wild

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kung Fu Panda

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year

Like Water for Chocolate

Love Actually

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Marie Antoinette

Meet the Fockers

Meet the Parents

Million Dollar Baby

Monsters vs. Aliens

Mortal Kombat

Rent

Sharknado

Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado 3

Sharknado 5

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens

The 6th Day

The Godfather

The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part III

The Green Mile

The Iron Giant

The Princess Diaries

The Queen of the Damned

The Reaping

The Shining

January 4

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

January 13

It Follows

January 14

Armageddon

January 18

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

January 19

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


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CHRISTMAS TV highlights in store for 2018 will certainly keep you entertained this festive season.

Here’s a round-up of all the things you can watch on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

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Here’s what’s in store for you on the box this festive season.

From drama to reality TV, comedy and more…

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Click and Collect

BBC One – December 24 at 9pm

Click and Collect stars Stephen Merchant and tells the story of two men motoring across the country on Christmas Eve, driving each other crazy along the way, to pick up a toy that will make one girl’s Christmas dreams come true.

John Malkovich takes on the lead role in The ABC Murders
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Zog

BBC One – Christmas Day at 4.50pm 

The animated special is a one-off and will last for half an hour. The special is based on Zog, a character written by The Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 

BBC One – Christmas Day at 5.30pm

Six celebs return to dance it out for this festive edition of the hit show.

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special

BBC One – Chrismas Day at 10.15pm

Brendan O’Carroll will be back with his festive offering of his hit TV show. Father Damian has organised a Christmas decoration contest and Agnes is keen to enter.

Call The Midwife

BBC One – Christmas Day at 7.45pm

The hit show returns for its annual festive offering. The full plot is being kept a secret but we do know that Sister Mildred (played by Miriam Margolyes) arrives unexpectedly at Nonnatus House with four Chinese orphans.

Luther and all his problems are returning to telly for a fifth season on the BBC this Christmas

The Midnight Gang

BBC One – Boxing Day at 7.30pm

David Walliams returns with another of his books being adapted for the BBC. Posh boarding school lad Tom embarks on the journey of a lifetime after waking up on the kids’ ward at Lord Funt Hospital.

The ABC Murders

BBC One – Boxing Day, December 27 and 28 at 9pm

The ABC Murders is based on the classic 1936 Agatha Christie novel. John Malkovich takes on the lead role of Hercule Poirot who must unmask a serial killer.

Dominic West will star as Jean Val Jean
Dominic West stars in Les Miserables this Christmas
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Take That: We’ve Come A Long Way

BBC One – December 28 at 7pm 

To celebrate 30 years in the charts, Take That and Us will feature fans from all over the country and beyond sharing their stories of how the most successful boy band in UK chart history touched their lives – and in some cases, changed their world completely.

Les Miserables

BBC One – December 30 at 9pm

The six-part adaptation has been produced by Andrew Davies, the man behind BBC’s War and Peace.

Though it may not be on the scale of Hooper’s 2012 production, the BBC has lined up a number of stars to take on the leads in its version of Les Mis, including Dominic West and Olivia Coleman.

New BBC series The Long Song will be screened over Christmas

Doctor Who

BBC One  – New Year’s Day at 7pm

Doctor Who fans won’t have their usual Christmas Day fix this year, instead it will be on New Year’s Day.

Luther

BBC One – January 1, 2, 3, 4 at 9pm

The hotly anticipated fifth series of Luther starring Idris Elba will kick off on New Year’s Day.

A teaser trailer put out by the BBC in early November showed the detective facing a gruesome interrogation at the hands of George. However Luther turns the tables on his captors in typically stylish fashion.

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special returns in 2018
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Bad Move Christmas Special

ITV – December 24 at 8.30pm

Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman return for the special. The married couple face more struggles after escaping the city.

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Get ready for the festive edition of The Great British Bake Off
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Torvill and Dean

ITV – Christmas Day at 9.15pm 

Anita Dobson and Stephen Tompkinson star in this biopic piece about Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.


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Bake Off Christmas Special

Channel 4 – Christmas Day at 8pm

Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be back for a yummy festive edition of the show.

The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited

Channel 4 – New Year’s Day at 9pm

Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, and Blake Harrison are back for a Christmas special to mark the show’s tenth anniversary. The documentary will feature special guests and unseen footage.

 

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“What’s Free?”: Jay-Z Shares Lessons in Business and Ownership on Meek Mill’s New Album

Just months after being released from prison for violating probation, rapper Robert Rihmeek Williams, best known as Meek Mill, released a much-anticipated album last week. The album, titled Championships, features hardcore beats, a rotation of hip hop superstars, including Cardi B and Drake, and a powerful message about Meek’s road to redemption.

On the standout track “What’s Free?” Meek teamed up with hip hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Rick Ross, who rap about their definition of freedom over the beat from Biggie Smalls’ 1997 classic “What’s Beef?” Jay-Z, however, outshines his cohorts with an exceptional verse, using his lyrical prowess to drop knowledge about the struggle for black liberation and allegedly take shots at the MAGA-loving Kanye West. In addition, the Brooklyn-born rapper boasts about his lucrative business investments and the massive accumulation of wealth he’s built over the years.

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Spotify Fans first event for Meek Mill’s new album, Championships, in New York on December 1, 2018 (Photo Credit: Francis Montoya / SlingShotMenace, LLC)

“I’m 50% of D’usse and it’s debt free”

In this lyric, Jay-Z raps about his profitable stake in D’usse. The hip hop icon tapped into his personal savings to purchase equity in the cognac brand back in 2011. Because he did not have a need for financing, he was left with no debt and has reaped tremendous profits. In addition to being a partial owner, the mega-mogul also serves as head of global strategy for the brand.

 

“100% of Ace of Spades, worth half a B”

Jay-Z brags about his ownership of Armand de Brignac, a champagne popularly known as Ace of Spades. He expressed his affinity for the brand by featuring it in his rhymes and videos long before he bought the champagne from Sovereign Brands for an undisclosed amount in 2014. His brilliant marketing has, in turn, made Ace of Spades one of the most popular Champagne brands on the market and a staple at high-end clubs, bars, and establishments. Today, the luxury champagne can cost up to $ 1,000 per bottle, while the value of the company has skyrocketed.

 

“Roc Nation, half of that, that’s my piece”

Here, Jay-Z shouts out another part of his business empire, Roc Nation, a multi-platform entertainment company he founded in 2008. The company specializes in artist management, music publishing, concert touring and production, and film and TV production. It also serves as a talent and sports agency that represents A-list clients like Shakira, Rihanna, NBA star Kevin Durant, and NFL player Victor Cruz.

 

“100% of Tidal to bust it up with my Gs”

The successful rapper and entrepreneur goes on to highlight his music platform Tidal, a subscription-based streaming service he purchased in 2015, along with a variety of other high-profile music artists. Last year, he sold 33% of the company to Sprint for $ 200 million, raising the valuation of the company to $ 600 million.

 

“We made the project a wave; You came back, reinvested and gentrified it”

This line is a reference to the gentrification of low-income communities, an epidemic that disproportionately hurts people of color. The invasion of real estate investors, who are often wealthy and white, in these areas drives up rents and the cost of living, which leads to the displacement of working-class residents as well as the erasure of the neighborhood’s character. That’s why Jay is stressing the importance of ownership — without it, people of color can be stripped of their land, culture, and identity.

 

“I ain’t got a billion streams, got a billion dollars”

A large part of Hov’s discography has been removed from Tidal’s music-streaming competitors, like Spotify and Apple Music. The move cost the rap mogul tons of streams. Nevertheless, its smart business moves like this that have made him the highest-earning rapper of 2018. The decision also speaks to his acumen as a businessman who is willing to make a personal career sacrifice for the ultimate benefit of his business.

 

“Them people stole the soul and hit ni—s with 360s”

Jay-Z addresses how hip hop, which began as a medium of expression for African Americans, has been co-opted by big businesses and major record labels who earn major profits from artists who sign 360 deals. These notorious contracts give labels a stake in the revenue an artist generates from touring, performing, selling merchandise, endorsements, and appearing in movies and television.  According to Jay, the deal is equivalent to someone selling their soul.

He, on the other hand, has bought the masters rights to his music. This ownership gives him leverage to use the masters to bargain the terms of a contract with a company or platform that wants access to his catalog.

 

“My accountant’s so good, I’m practically livin’ tax-free”

Like many wealthy elites, Jay-Z uses loopholes and provisions in U.S. tax law for his own financial advantage. The mogul raps about how his tax advisors prevent him from unnecessary taxation and allow him to submit the minimum amount on his tax returns. For example, in 2011, Jay-Z and Kanye West donated the Maybach used in their “Otis” music video to auction and used the proceeds to benefit the drought crisis in East Africa. As a result, the donation was tax-deductible.

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“What’s Free?”: Jay-Z Shares Lessons in Business and Ownership on Meek Mill’s New Album

Just months after being released from prison for violating probation, rapper Robert Rihmeek Williams, best known as Meek Mill, released a much-anticipated album last week. The album, titled Championships, features hardcore beats, a rotation of hip hop superstars, including Cardi B and Drake, and a powerful message about Meek’s road to redemption.

On the standout track “What’s Free?” Meek teamed up with hip hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Rick Ross, who rap about their definition of freedom over the beat from Biggie Smalls’ 1997 classic “What’s Beef?” Jay-Z, however, outshines his cohorts with an exceptional verse, using his lyrical prowess to drop knowledge about the struggle for black liberation and allegedly take shots at the MAGA-loving Kanye West. In addition, the Brooklyn-born rapper boasts about his lucrative business investments and the massive accumulation of wealth he’s built over the years.

Here are eight lessons Jay-Z shared about business, ownership, and financial freedom on “What’s Free?”

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Spotify Fans first event for Meek Mill’s new album, Championships, in New York on December 1, 2018 (Photo Credit: Francis Montoya / SlingShotMenace, LLC)

“I’m 50% of D’usse and it’s debt free”

In this lyric, Jay-Z raps about his profitable stake in D’usse. The hip hop icon tapped into his personal savings to purchase equity in the cognac brand back in 2011. Because he did not have a need for financing, he was left with no debt and has reaped tremendous profits. In addition to being a partial owner, the mega-mogul also serves as head of global strategy for the brand.

 

“100% of Ace of Spades, worth half a B”

Jay-Z brags about his ownership of Armand de Brignac, a champagne popularly known as Ace of Spades. He expressed his affinity for the brand by featuring it in his rhymes and videos long before he bought the champagne from Sovereign Brands for an undisclosed amount in 2014. His brilliant marketing has, in turn, made Ace of Spades one of the most popular Champagne brands on the market and a staple at high-end clubs, bars, and establishments. Today, the luxury champagne can cost up to $ 1,000 per bottle, while the value of the company has skyrocketed.

 

“Roc Nation, half of that, that’s my piece”

Here, Jay-Z shouts out another part of his business empire, Roc Nation, a multi-platform entertainment company he founded in 2008. The company specializes in artist management, music publishing, concert touring and production, and film and TV production. It also serves as a talent and sports agency that represents A-list clients like Shakira, Rihanna, NBA star Kevin Durant, and NFL player Victor Cruz.

 

“100% of Tidal to bust it up with my Gs”

The successful rapper and entrepreneur goes on to highlight his music platform Tidal, a subscription-based streaming service he purchased in 2015, along with a variety of other high-profile music artists. Last year, he sold 33% of the company to Sprint for $ 200 million, raising the valuation of the company to $ 600 million.

 

“We made the project a wave; You came back, reinvested and gentrified it”

This line is a reference to the gentrification of low-income communities, an epidemic that disproportionately hurts people of color. The invasion of real estate investors, who are often wealthy and white, in these areas drives up rents and the cost of living, which leads to the displacement of working-class residents as well as the erasure of the neighborhood’s character. That’s why Jay is stressing the importance of ownership — without it, people of color can be stripped of their land, culture, and identity.

 

“I ain’t got a billion streams, got a billion dollars”

A large part of Hov’s discography has been removed from Tidal’s music-streaming competitors, like Spotify and Apple Music. The move cost the rap mogul tons of streams. Nevertheless, its smart business moves like this that have made him the highest-earning rapper of 2018. The decision also speaks to his acumen as a businessman who is willing to make a personal career sacrifice for the ultimate benefit of his business.

 

“Them people stole the soul and hit ni—s with 360s”

Jay-Z addresses how hip hop, which began as a medium of expression for African Americans, has been co-opted by big businesses and major record labels who earn major profits from artists who sign 360 deals. These notorious contracts give labels a stake in the revenue an artist generates from touring, performing, selling merchandise, endorsements, and appearing in movies and television.  According to Jay, the deal is equivalent to someone selling their soul.

He, on the other hand, has bought the masters rights to his music. This ownership gives him leverage to use the masters to bargain the terms of a contract with a company or platform that wants access to his catalog.

 

“My accountant’s so good, I’m practically livin’ tax-free”

Like many wealthy elites, Jay-Z uses loopholes and provisions in U.S. tax law for his own financial advantage. The mogul raps about how his tax advisors prevent him from unnecessary taxation and allow him to submit the minimum amount on his tax returns. For example, in 2011, Jay-Z and Kanye West donated the Maybach used in their “Otis” music video to auction and used the proceeds to benefit the drought crisis in East Africa. As a result, the donation was tax-deductible.

The post “What’s Free?”: Jay-Z Shares Lessons in Business and Ownership on Meek Mill’s New Album appeared first on Black Enterprise.

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Here’s What’s New on Amazon Prime in December 2018

Several movies, TV shows and original series are coming to Amazon Prime Video in December 2018. The second season of Emmy and Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel hits the streaming service on Dec. 5. Amazon is adding more to its original series in December with season one of Vanity Fair.

Also coming to Amazon Prime are the horror film Hereditary, political thriller All the President’s Men and Groundhog Day, among other classic and new movies.

See what’s coming to Amazon Prime in December 2018.

Here are the new Amazon Prime original series in December 2018

December 5

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 2

December 14

LOL: Last One Laughing: Season 1

December 21

Vanity Fair: Season 1

December 28

Niko and the Sword of Light: Season 2

Here are the TV shows new to Amazon Prime in December 2018

December 15

4 Blocks: Season 2

Life of Crime: Mini-series

Here are the movies coming to Amazon Prime in December 2018

December 1

A Clockwork Orange

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari)

All the President’s Men

Bad Girls from Mars

Because I Said So

Bestseller

Beverly Hills Vamp

Blue Hill Avenue

Boogie Nights

Bright Lights, Big City

Event Horizon

Gargoyle

Groundhog Day

Happily N’Ever After

Happily N’Ever After 2

Hitman’s Run

King of the Mountain

Line of Duty

Livin’ by the Gun

Margin Call

Mars Attacks!

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

Ordinary People

Promised Land

Silent Tongue

Sleepover

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Black Stallion

The Dark Crystal

The Firm

The Game

The Godson

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Trucks

Ulee’s Gold

Valkyrie

War

Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins

Wild Wild West

Windtalkers

December 7

Killers

Why Did I Get Married Too?

December 8

Before I Fall

Collide

December 16

Evan Almighty

December 19

A Most Wanted Man

December 21

Life Itself

December 25

Iron Man 2

December 27

Hereditary


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What is the Rickshaw Challenge 2018, what’s the route, who is taking part in Children in Need and how can I donate?

CHILDREN in Need 2018 is finally here and with it comes the annual Rickshaw Challenge, headed up by a team of teenage cyclists.

Here is everything you need to know about what the challenge is all about…

Meet the 2018 Rickshaw Challenge contestants
Meet the 2018 Rickshaw Challenge contestants

What is the Rickshaw Challenge?

The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has returned for the eighth year and launched on Wednesday, October 10.

A team of six young people, who have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects, will be joined by Matt Baker on the eighth day.

The challenge itself started on Friday, November 9 and came to an end on Friday, November 16.

They will cross the finish line in time for this year’s Children in Need Appeal Show.

What is the route for the 2018 challenge?

The 2018 Rickshaw Challenge began on Friday, November 9 in Calais, France.

They then pedalled 31 miles through the service tunnel of Channel Tunnel, which has only been used by professional cyclists before.

From there, to complete Day One, they headed from Folkestone to Ashton.

Day Two saw the cyclists travel from Ashford to Linfield and then spend Day Three working to get to Hook.

On Day Four, their journey took them to Royal Wootton Bassett.

Then, they cycled to Malvern on Day Five and to Ironbridge on Day Six.

After travelling to Chester on Day Seven, the challenge came to an at Salford Quays on Day Eight.

Alex and Matt
Alex and Matt are joined by Maisie who will be taking part in the Rickshaw Challenge

Who is taking part in the Rickshaw Challenge this year?

The Rickshaw challenge features a diverse and inspiring group of young people from all different backgrounds.

Abbie, 16, is from London and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 12. She fought her cancer diagnosis with various treatment methods and finally heard happy news in October 2015. Throughout her journey, she was supported by Teens Unite, which runs motivational workshops for young people following a cancer diagnosis and helped rebuild Abby’s confidence.

Harry, 17, is from Plymouth and was diagnosed with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Worster-Drought Syndrome at the age of one. He’s had multiple surgeries to help him use his legs more easily. Harry also struggles with communication. He’s been supported by Friends and Families of Special Children, which supports disabled children and their families. He is determined to show the world that he can do anything through the Rickshaw Challenge.

Kayla is a 16-year-old from Derry. Kayla’s mother has passed away from an alcohol-related disease following her battle with alcoholism and her father suffers from a rare flesh-eating bug. She cares for his dad and has been supported by Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum which provides a safe space for young people and empowers them.


Kieran, 18, is from South Wales and cared for his mum and younger siblings throughout his youth until he was unable to cope. By 13, Kieran was placed in foster care and started attending The Hwb Torfaen, a project that supports young people to encourage skill development and volunteering.

Maisie, 16 is from Southampton and has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. She has gone numerous operations to ease her movements and straighten her leg. At the age of 4, Maisie was introduced to Dwarf Sports Association and says it’s had a really positive influence on her life.

Phoebe, 19, is from Leicester and has had a stammer since she was 8. It made her feel isolated and impacted her self-confidence. She was supported by Action for Stammering Children which helped her gain confidence while communicating and provided a support network.

When is Children in Need 2018?

Children In Need is held in November each year.
The Appeal Show 2018 can be watched on Friday, November 16.


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Marisol Nichols: What’s in My Bag?

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Marisol Nichols attends the 2018 Pre-Emmy Party hosted by Entertainment Weekly and L’Oreal Paris at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Thanks to her 10-year-old daughter, Rain, Marisol Nichols is a walking playground. Every day, “she will make me carry at least two toys,” the star of The CW’s Riverdale says, noting Paddington Bear is a must-have. “She loves it!”

The 44-year-old human rights activist opens her tote for Us.

Such a Doll
“I turned my daughter on to Strawberry Shortcake. I was really into the show when I was a kid. So I have a tiny one that smells good in here.”

Snack Attack
“I’ve been keto for about a year now. I’m into ChocoPerfection. It’s the best sugar-free chocolate I’ve found!”

Marisol Nichols's bag
Marisol Nichols’s bag Shana Novak

Making a Difference
“My purple folder has information about a fundraiser we’re throwing to prevent human trafficking. I carry it with me and make sure my numbers are up to date. The stats change daily — and so do the laws and legislation.”

Patch It Up
“I have so many Band-Aids because my kid is on a kick! If she bangs her arm against something and there’s no cut, she’ll still [want] one.”

Talk to the Face
“If it’s an international flight, I always like to wear a sheet mask. Joanna Vargas has the best. I wear it and just look like a total crazy person!”

What else is inside her Victoria Beckham purse? A black crocodile The Daily Edited wallet; an iPad Pro with a white keyboard; an iPhone X is a black mope charging case; her daughter’s iPad in a pink and green case; round Gucci sunglasses; Bose QuietComfort 20 noise canceling headphones; a see-through makeup bag from Nigel Beauty Emporium; a Barbara Sturm Calming Serum; a Tom Ford Finishing Powder; a tube of Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam; a Pat McGrath Labs lipstick in Candy Flip; a Pat McGrath Labs eye pencil in Black Coffee and Blitz Brown; Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers; a Diorshow Mascara; an Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown; Neutrogena makeup wipes; a Burt’s Bees lip balm; Acura car keys; Stevia SweetLeaf Sweet Drops in Vanilla; a velvet scrunch; Renu eyedrops; Artisana Coconut Butter packs; Canadian money; a passport; a work permit; raw nuts from Whole Foods and Silly Squishies.

Riverdale airs on The CW Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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Hair Accessories for Grown Women: What’s Appropriate for Work, Play, and Beyond?

hair accessories for grown women

Because everything old is new again, scrunchies, headbands, and claws are back in style and being offered as hair accessories for grown women, and I can’t wait to hear readers’ thoughts on them. I know some people have always been Team Scrunchie; I myself have always been Team Claw (and of course, the old black Ouchless elastic I wear on my wrist pretty much every waking hour). But there are strong opinions about this! Are you going to give headbands a whirl in 2018? Are some of the more decorative options (like the goldish star claw) just not appropriate for most women over a certain age (like 16)? For those of you who have strong opinions FOR hair accessories, which stores make the best hair accessories in terms of comfort, durability, price, look, etc?

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(Pictured above, all from Free People because I happened to be browsing the site: kimono clip / scrunchie / claw / headband. And for those of you who are on Team Drugstore Elastic, do you prefer Goody Ouchless or Scünci? Has anyone tried “Amazon choice” of Munax?)

For my $ .02, I probably will give headbands a whirl again — but only with ones I already own. I’ll probably skip the scrunchies just because I don’t think my round face shape looks particularly great with a low ponytail, and I feel like that’s where scrunchies excel. I’ve always like claws for comfort and an easy half-up-do or (with a huge claw) a French twist — but those tend to be bad hair days for me so I probably don’t want to try more attention to my hair with something really decorative.

Looking for more sedate options for hair accessories for grown women? Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Nordstrom (particularly from these two drool-worthy brands) have a ton of similar styles.

Ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on hair accessories for grown women? What looks do you wear the most for work and play — what products are you excited about to be back in style?

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European Soccer Is Set Up to Protect Superstar Players. So What’s Next for Cristiano Ronaldo?

Nine years ago, Kathryn Mayorga signed a non-disclosure agreement presented to her by lawyers for the international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Last week, in an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel and in court filings in Las Vegas challenging that NDA, Mayorga broke her silence and spoke out publicly. She says Ronaldo raped her in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The allegations are now reverberating through the sporting world. The Portuguese superstar has been world player of the year five times and lifted the Champions League trophy with his club team three seasons in a row. His most recent contract with Nike is reportedly worth one billion dollars. But now Nike has released a statement that the company is “deeply concerned” about Mayorga’s allegations. Ronaldo denied the allegations himself on Instagram on Sept. 30, calling them “fake news.” The Italian club Juventus, which spent $ 117 million to acquire Ronaldo from Real Madrid over the summer, took to social media on Thursday to defend its new star. With controversy swirling, Portugal chose not to include Ronaldo in its squad for the next round of international fixtures, although both sides say the decision is temporary.

What comes next is still uncertain. The Ronaldo case is the the highest-profile story of sexual assault in soccer since the explosion of the #MeToo movement in 2017. Indeed, Mayorga has said she was inspired by reading the testimony of other women who chose to reveal publicly stories they had felt unable to speak about for years.

But as Mayorga tells her story, will Ronaldo face any consequences? One problem here is that the structure of European sports makes it hard for punishments to be leveled in similar situations. Such punishments in North American sports are hardly a given—hockey star Patrick Kane was not sanctioned by the National Hockey League after being accused of sexual assault in 2015, for example. But when they do happen, as with Major League Baseball suspending Addison Russell for 40 games due to an allegation of domestic abuse, the punishments are typically brought by the leagues. In Europe, however, there is no single European soccer league comparable to the NHL or MLB. When he signed for Juventus, Ronaldo left Spain’s La Liga for a different league in Italy, Serie A.

These various national leagues tend to be loose confederations in which the top teams hold outsized power. Serie A is unlikely to act in a way that punishes its top team. It would also be possible for the Italian Football Federation, which oversees both club and international soccer in the country, to level a punishment. But that power is not widely used in cases like this either. In 2016 in England, when the player Ched Evans was released from prison after serving time for rape, neither the league nor the English Football Association stepped in to suspend or otherwise sanction Evans. Ronaldo then has two lines of defense. His club, which invested heavily to retain his services, has spoken in his defense. The league and the national federation have little history of fighting disciplinary battles in similar situations and limited power to effectively challenge Juventus. So long as the club defends the player, the institutions of European soccer are structured to protect players like Ronaldo.

These institutional protections echo Ronaldo’s own protections, as reported by Der Spiegel. His lawyers went so far as to hire private investigators to trail Mayorga as they sought to discredit her accusations. In so many #MeToo cases, powerful men use the legal system to protect themselves from consequences and to silence those who speak up against them.

This has been standard in Ronaldo’s defense, with his lawyers threatening a lawsuit against Der Spiegel. Here, they are using another key institutional protection—defamation laws. Libel law in the United Kingdom places the burden of proof on the defense, meaning that a newspaper sued by Ronaldo for publishing details of the rape accusation would need to demonstrate to the court it had not defamed the soccer star. Much of the initial English-language coverage of the Ronaldo case came from American media, where publishers have less to fear from the legal threats of Ronaldo’s team.

But coverage is now intensifying, despite the legal hurdles. An outcry from women and feminist media critics challenged reporters to investigate the story. Events such as the re-opening of the criminal case by Las Vegas police, the public statement of concern from Nike, and Ronaldo’s and Juventus’ public statements have provided local media with clear facts to report.

And Mayorga’s allegations are not simply a matter of her word against Ronaldo’s. In her legal filing, Mayorga claims that medical examinations from the night of the incident confirm her account. She also brings forward a questionnaire in which it appears Ronaldo admits that Mayorga repeatedly said “no” and “stop” during the event. While these documents are not yet fully public or confirmed, they have been reported by Der Spiegel and would offer more material for investigation were they to become public.

The Ronaldo case, then, is developing slowly. While in the past an allegation like Mayorga’s might have been dismissed, and a denial like Ronaldo’s simply accepted, here the story continues. But it faces even more obstacles than a similar allegation would in American sports. The loose structure of the league system and more restrictive defamation laws both offer added protections to sports figures. Mayorga is speaking out and the platform of the #MeToo movement has enabled her voice to be heard.

Still, the European sporting context offers a variety of institutional supports to a powerful man seeking to avoid punishment after an allegation of assault. The weakness of sporting leagues and defamation law, combined with the vocal support of his club, continue to make it unlikely that Mayorga’s accusations will lead to serious consequences.

Sports – TIME

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