U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds do ‘Captain Marvel’ flyover in Hollywood

The U.S. Air Force’s exhibition squadron wows movie fans with a flyover at the ‘Captain Marvel’ movie premier in Hollywood. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Tamar Braxton Wins ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, Is The U.S. Version’s First Black Winner

Tamar Braxton Is The FIrst Black U.S. 'Celebrity Big Brother' Winner

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Tamar Braxton has been going through it, but she has something to celebrate about. The singer/reality star won the second season of Celebrity Big Brother Wednesday night (Feb.13) becoming the first Black winner of the  U.S. version of the show.

Won’t he do it?

Braxton beat former NFL running back Ricky Williams in a unanimous vote 9-0 putting her in elite company. No one has earned a clean sweep of jury votes since season 10 when Dan Gheesling who is considered to the greatest Big Brother player of all time.

With her victory, Tamar Braxton will take home $ 250,000 in prize money while Williams walks away with $ 50,000 for being the runner up. It was her passionate explanation that helped her seal the deal and walk away on top.

“I am a huge fan of this show. I played the game to the best of my ability,” she explained. “I lost my job publicly in front of everybody. I lost my husband. . . And I almost lost my life.” 

Braxton has seen better days she lost her co-hosting job on daytime talk show The Real back in 2016. She went through a highly publicized and messy divorce with her ex-husband Vince Herbert one year later. Recently the singer revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that she was molested as a child so this win couldn’t have come at a better time for her.

While playing on the show, Braxton won Head of Household competition and one Power of Veto competition giving her complete control and power of the game. Her many confrontations with other houseguests Olympian Lolo Jones comedian Tom Green and Kandi Burress were all over the internet. We are extremely happy for Tamar, you can watch the moment she was announced as the winner below.

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Gladys Knight will perform the U.S. national anthem at the Super Bowl

The Motown veteran says she is proud to use her voice to unite. Alicia Powell reports.


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Episode 375 Scott Adams: Putin Puppets CNN and Max Boot Doing Russia’s Bidding by Destabilizing the U.S.

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  • CNN’s reaction to President Trump denying he’s a Russian asset
    • First CNN pushes, promotes Russian asset story
    • Now they are gasping in horror he has to deny their BS?
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  • CNN seems to have given up on Mueller
    • CNN is creating the news they’re reporting

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‘Star Wars’ George Lucas leads Forbes list of wealthiest U.S. celebrities

George Lucas has a film empire worth $ 5.4 billion. Angela Moore reports.


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U.S. auctioneer withdraws ‘Star Wars’ lightsaber on authenticity issue

Said to have been used by Luke Skywalker in the original film, it has been withdrawn from auction following questions about its origin. Jayson Mansaray reports.


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LoveDrop Offers Sexy Subscription Boxes in U.S., Canada

LoveDrop announced today the launch of its adults-only lifestyle subscription box service in the U.S. and Canada.
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Dior Makes Big U.S. Push With Meatpacking District Pop-up Store

PARIS — Dior’s latest push into the U.S. market spans the online world and the physical one — the latter complete with a menagerie of toy animals that look as if they might stampede into the French brand’s eclectic new pop-up in Manhattan.
The temporary store opened on Monday in the city’s Meatpacking District, offering a complete selection of the French fashion house’s offer for women, men and children.
The pop-up coincides with the arrival of Dior’s U.S. e-commerce site, which is launching on Nov. 28 with a capsule collection designed by men’s creative director Kim Jones in collaboration with U.S. artist Kaws, and will be expanded in February to all other categories.
“New York is very important for us. In the U.S., Dior is strong, but I think that we need further awareness,” said Pietro Beccari, chief executive officer of Dior. “I believe that this idea of the Meatpacking [District pop-up] is coming at the right time.”
Expected to operate for four months, the pop-up is divided into rooms featuring products that will rotate as new merchandise comes on stream. Beccari compared the space to the Marché aux Puces in Paris, which gathers antique dealers offering everything from vintage clothes to Art Deco furniture

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Australian Cult Brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective Lands in U.S.

Australian fashion labels, many of which are in the spotlight as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, tours the antipodes, have long been popular in Southern California, where the climate and beach culture mirror the land of Oz.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the 10-year-old contemporary brand started by sisters Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, opened its first stand-alone retail space in the U.S., a pop-up at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. Open through Nov. 25, the shop has attracted cult lovers of the brand, some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida and Canada just to shop.

The Spell & The Gypsy Collective pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. 
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“Because we’re slow fashion, we don’t make too many pieces so they tend to sell out very quickly,” said Pennefather, who started out in 2008 making jewelry that she sold at the open-air market in Byron Bay, Australia. When her sister, Lizzy, came on board a few years later, they expanded into clothing and e-commerce, and the business grew from there.
“I remember when we had a clunky web site and early bloggers such as Oracle Fox [whose given name is Amanda Shadforth] bought our things at the

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Justin Bieber to Become a U.S. Citizen

America has its share of problems these days, but Justin Bieber is looking at the glass half full because we’ve learned he’s applying to become an American citizen. Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … Justin has applied for dual citizenship. He’ll…

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Lovehoney Selects MC&C for TV Ad Spots in U.K., U.S., Australia

Pleasure products retailer Lovehoney Group Ltd., which has ramped up plans for international expansion, has awarded its global TV advertising account to London and New York media agency MC&C.
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XR Brands, Curve Partner to Enhance U.S. Manufacturing Capabilities

XR Brands has struck a strategic partnership with U.S.-based manufacturer Curve Novelties to enhance domestic manufacturing capabilities tenfold.
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Kurt Cobain’s daughter says it’s time for U.S. to get over mental health taboo

Frances Bean Cobain attends the opening of a new exhibit of the Nirvana frontman’s life. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


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Wait They Still Exist?: Blockbuster Down To One Last Store In The U.S.

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Blockbuster Video is one of the last few remnants from the 90s. The video rental franchise’s numbers were already dwindling, but after the announcement of the closures of the last two remaining stores in Alaska, is now down to one store in the United Stats. 

General Manager of Blockbuster Alaska, Kevin Daymude revealed via a Facebook post that rental operations will cease in Fairbanks and DeBarr Road stores before they reopen to sell off any remaining inventory until the end of August.

The fall of Blockbuster began around 2013 when Joseph Clayton CEO of the video rental franchise’s parent company Dish Network Corp announced the shift towards digital distribution from physical means. With the announcement followed the closure of 300 stores but the company vowed to continue to serve customers via online through an On Demand app.

The last remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska gained national attention about two months ago when Last Week Tonight’s host John Oliver spoke on the stores struggling to survive. He pointed out that due to states costly internet service, people were depended on the franchise for videos instead of streaming them online. He made a last-ditch effort to save the DeBarr Road Blockbuster by donating the jockstrap used by Russell Crowe in the film Cinderella Man. The move was a short fix and wasn’t enough to keep the store afloat, unfortunately.

With the closing of those two Alaska stores, a Blockbuster store located in Bend, Oregon as the last one standing. The General Manager Sandi Harding of that location spoke on his franchise being the last one stating: “If you’d asked me 14 years ago, there’s no way I’d thought we’d be the last one. It just seems a little crazy.” Hell, we’re shocked your store exists period.

Blockbuster is on the verge of becoming a thing of the past in the US, but it still has numerous stores and kiosks in Australia.

Photo: Dave Thompson – PA Images / Getty

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Joyboxx Adult Toy Boxes Now Made in U.S.

Passionate Playground, which markets the Joyboxx antimicrobial storage box system, said today that it has brought its product manufacturing from China to Washington state.
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Holiday Products Named Sole U.S. Distributor of O-Wand

Pleasure products distributor Holiday Products has inked a deal with Mr & Mrs Toy to become the sole U.S. Distribution partner for the brand’s flagship luxury massage wand, O-Wand.
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What Trump’s Executive Order Means For Families Separated At The U.S. Border

President Trump issued an executive order to end the policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S. border on June 20 after widespread resistance.
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From Brooks (good) to Phil (bad), it was a wild week at the U.S. Open

This U.S. Open was many things. It was not, however, boring. From Phil Mickelson’s wild ride to Brooks Koepka’s repeat, there were plenty of highs and lows.
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Koepka proves that golfers are athletes in his U.S. Open win

Go ahead, try to make the argument that golfers aren’t athletes after watching Brooks Koepka muscle his way to a second consecutive U.S. Open victory.
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How this U.S. Open turned into a beautifully absurd fiasco

The U.S. Open went off the rails Saturday. The course was impossible. The players were losing their minds. But then, that is what this tournament is always all about.
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Why Mickelson should apologize, then withdraw from the U.S. Open

A two-shot penalty for what Phil Mickelson did at No. 13 on Saturday isn’t enough, Ian O’Connor says. He needs to take another step — toward the exit sign at Shinnecock Hills.
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U.S. Justices Won’t Hear Sandy Springs, Ga., Adult Zoning Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a challenge to a long-running adult zoning case, Flanigan’s Enterprises Inc., et al v. City of Sandy Springs, Ga.
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U.S. author Jacqueline Woodson receives 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ author wins world’s largest children’s and young people’s literary award with an annual prize of five million Swedish crowns. Rough cut (no reporter narration)


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WearingIrish NYC Helps Ireland-Based Designers Make U.S. Connections

Ten designers from Ireland hoping to break into the American market, came to New York this week for the “WearingIrish NYC” event, a new platform for promoting Irish fashion.
They also came to break stereotypes of Irish design being mired in tradition and lacking modernity. Tweeds and knitwear are iconic to the region, though organizers of WearingIrish NYC say the participating designers are adept at both giving “a nod” to Ireland’s heritage and maintaining a contemporary appeal.
Selected from 170 qualified candidates, the winners included Aine, Alison Conneely, Bláithín Ennis, De Bruir, Inner Island, Jennifer Rothwell, Natalie B. Coleman, Sands and Hall, The Tweed Project and Triona. Each showed their fall 2018 collections to American retail buyers, editors, business and fashion leaders at WearingIrish NYC, a mini trade show at the Bank of Ireland, one of the sponsors of the three-day event, that also featured panels and networking. None of the designers currently sell American retailers, but some have sold products online to American consumers.
“We are firmly rooted in tradition and we work with weavers on the West Coast of Ireland. But our design philosophy is filtered through a modernist lens. Our cuts are very contemporary,” said Conneely, who utilizes Donegal tweed and Connemara lace in her

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Entrenue Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Bella, Jack CBD-infused Body Care

Entrenue has been named exclusive U.S. distributor of Bella and Jack, two new brands of CBD-infused bath and body products formulated in the U.S. by a family business.
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U.S. mass shooting survivors pay it forward with two short films

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Episode 21: Predicting the U.S. response to the Syrian chemical attack

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U.S. Justices Deny Review of Sandy Springs Sex Toy Case

The U.S. Supreme Court this week denied review of a lawsuit against the city of Sandy Springs, Ga., which imposed a ban on sex toy sales after it incorporated in 2005.
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A soldier’s epic journey captured in sculpture for U.S. World War One memorial

New York Academy of Art unveils Sabin Howard’s 10-foot scale cast resin model of “A Soldier’s Journey,” on display from March 20-23. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


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Dodil Moldable Dildo Now Available in the U.S. Through Eldorado

2018 XBIZ Award-winning sex toy, lingerie and party supply distributor Eldorado has partnered with Swedish manufacturer Dodil to distribute the company’s newest product.
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Aly Raisman Sues U.S. Olympic Committe Over Nassar Sexual Abuse

Team USA gymnastics star Aly Raisman is going after the U.S. Olympic Committee in court over the “serial molestation, sexual abuse and harassment” from Larry Nassar — saying USOC could have prevented it. Raisman says she continues to suffer from…

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Curling Champions! U.S. Men’s Curling Team Wins First Ever Team USA Gold In Huge Upset

The U.S. Men’s curling team may just be the newest representation of a “miracle on ice.” The team, led by John Shuster, became the first ever USA team to bring home an Olympic gold medal in Men’s C…


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U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Parties After Victory, Gold Medals and Beers!!

[[tmz:video id=”0_mk6quhsk”]] How do you celebrate after winning the gold medal in Women’s Hockey?! YOU POUND SOME BREWS … just like the badass members of the U.S. Women’s Hockey team! TMZ Sports obtained footage of Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson,…

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Entrenue Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Fun Factory’s Volta

Entrenue today said that it has been named exclusive U.S. distributor for Volta, the latest product from Fun Factory.
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La Bouche Rouge to Make U.S. Debut at The Webster

Eco-chic lipstick line La Bouche Rouge is landing in the U.S. via The Webster.
An exclusive lipstick shade of pink designed by The Webster founder Laure Hériard Dubreuil will debut at the trend-setting Miami-based concept shop’s SoHo location on Monday.
The grapefruit hue matches the pink tones consistent with The Webster’s branding aesthetic and signature pink flamingo-emblazoned logo, but is meant to adjust to the wearer’s pH levels, imparting only a sheer tint on the lips. It was customized using La Bouche Rouge’s patented technology that uses micronized pigments and an artificial-intelligence algorithm to match shades found in objects or photos — including those found on a client’s smartphone.
La Bouche Rouge is a sustainable luxury cosmetics brand founded by L’Oréal veteran Nicolas Gerlier. Paris-based Gerlier launched the line — it now consists of 12 lipsticks — in France in October with the support of LVMH’s cosmetology research division. Formulations are clean, containing no endocrine-disrupting ingredients or allergens, and each tube comes in a refillable, plastic-free capsule made of tanned calfskin leather. Ezra Petronio serves as creative director.
It is not often that Dubreuil stocks a beauty brand in one of her stores. “I like to do it when it has a lot of meaning to

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Entrenue Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Cowgirl

Boutique distributor Entrenue today announced that it has been named the exclusive U.S. seller of the new luxury sex machine called Cowgirl.
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Entrenue Named U.S. Distributor of Crave’s Wink Plus

Boutique distributor Entrenue has been named exclusive distributor of the new Wink Plus vibrator from sex toy designer Crave, a multispeed upgrade of the brand’s classic mini vibe.
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Pure Romance Unveils Top 25 Sexiest U.S. Cities

St. Joseph, Mo. is the sexiest city in the U.S. for 2017, according to Pure Romance, a leader for in-home sales of relationship enhancement products, in its annual list of the “25 Sexiest Cities in America.”
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World juniors: U.S. advances to quarterfinals

A late go-ahead goal secured a win for the United States over Finland in the last preliminary-round game. The U.S. will take on Russia in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
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‘Survivor’ Winner Ben Driebergen Does Shots with U.S. Marine Buddies

New “Survivor” champ Ben Driebergen gathered his inner circle of pals from the Marines and raised several tiny glasses to his $ 1 million victory. Oorah!!!  We got these pics of the retired Marine doing shots Wednesday night in…

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EXCLUSIVE: Mugler Fashion Names U.S. Designer as Artistic Director

PARIS — Score another win for behind-the-scenes talent: Mugler has named little-known American designer Casey Cadwallader as its new artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear, succeeding David Koma, who is leaving the house after four years at the helm.
Cadwallader, whose appointment was effective Dec. 1, joins the French fashion house from Acne Studios, where he was head designer of women’s pre-collections.
The 38-year-old studied architecture at Cornell University and has 17 years of experience, including positions as design director of rtw and accessories at Narciso Rodriguez and director of design at J.Mendel. He has also held positions at Loewe and Tse.
“The Clarins Group is very happy to welcome Casey Cadwallader to Mugler,” said Sandrine Groslier, chief executive officer of Clarins Fragrance Group and Mugler fragrances and fashion.
“His determination and unique sensitivity to Mugler’s artistic and experimental heritage will enable us to pursue the renewal of the house in the long term. We are confident that his personal vision and talent will position Mugler among the most sought-after avant-garde fashion brands of today,” she added.
European luxury brands are increasingly tapping second-in-command designers to fill the top job.
In the last year, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Nicolas Ghesquière’s longtime right hand at Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga, joined Chloé,

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Dodil Rebrands, Plans U.S. Expansion

Swedish-German manufacturer Dodil, which has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 XBIZ Awards for New Pleasure Products Company of the Year, has unveiled a rebranded mission, slogan and point-of-sale material.
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U.S. Justices Won’t Hear Hustler Club’s Exemption Case

The nation’s highest court has declined to review a petition from the owner of Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in New York, which asked justices to decide whether the state unconstitutionally denied the club a musical performance exemption from its “place of amusement” admission tax.
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Finnish Goth-Metal Band HIM Bids Farewell to U.S. With New York City Tour Stop

After 20 years together, Finnish goth-metal band <a href="/music/him">HIM</a> is calling it quits. But before throwing in the…
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[[tmz:video id=”0_s5q48s4w”]] LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports he expects to have an encounter with President Trump now that he’s back in the U.S. … and he expects it to go well. “We’re gonna run into each other. We’ll be good,” LaVar said after…

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Sold 700,000 on First Day in U.S.

Taylor Swift’s Reputation is off to a red-hot start. The album sold around 700,000 copies in the U.S. on its first day of release,…
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SexToyDistributing.com Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor of New Tenga ‘Flex’

SexToyDistributing.com has been named exclusive U.S. distributor of the new Tenga Flex, a unique spiraled stroker with a flexible casing that allows for simultaneous swirling and suction sensations.
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Passionate Playground Receives U.S. Patent for Joyboxx

Passionate Playground announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 9,764,878 for its Joyboxx product.
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Burton to Outfit U.S. Snowboarding Team at 2018 Winter Games

BURTON’S BIG AIR: With the start of the Winter Olympic Games now under the 100-day mark, Burton has unveiled its spacesuit-inspired uniforms for the U.S. snowboarding team.
The concept was an easy sell with athletes vying for the Olympics, according to Greg Dacyshyn, who handled the design and said, “They just look really cool. Everyone loves a spacesuit, but also spacesuits are built to function, right? There can be no failure. They are the ultimate in form follows function as far as the design of a garment goes.”
For a roundtable with prospective wearers, Dacyshyn brought along two highly technical fabrics — silver microfilament that is coated in aluminum for a “Terminator 2” effect and the “stronger than steel” Dyneema — and not just 2-D renderings and sketches. Hopefuls include Hailey Langland, Chloe Kim, Ben Ferguson, Kelly Clark, Danny Davis and Red Gerard, among others. “The fabric really took it over the edge. They loved the theme to start with. When I showed the fabric, it was sort of a next level of applause,” Dacyshyn said.
His advance work for the uniforms included touring the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “At the time, I was talking with the Smithsonian about doing another

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Tomi Lahren’s Struggle U.S. Flag Halloween Costume Gets Shredded On Twitter

Tomi Lahren is either a troll or really believes some of her Right Wing bombast, so much to the point that she’s draped herself in the American Flag as a Halloween get-up. While Lahren professes to be all about America and the country first, her outfit choice may actually violate a stated law regarding and folks on Twitter are letting her have it.

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The Instagram photo shows Lahren wearing a star spangled cape-like garment as part of an outfit that included a red tutu, a flag themed fanny pack and a top bearing President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

Some accused the Fox News contributor of being disrespectful of the flag, including Trump administration critic Keith Olbermann, who claimed her costume was in violation of U.S. flag code. Olbermann wrote in a tweet, “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel…”

Donald Trump Jr. shot back with a picture of Olbermann draped in a flag on the cover of his new book. He tweeted, “Life is hard; it’s even harder when you’re stupid.”

Since the photo was posted just days ago, discussion about Lahren’s choice, and the statements made in the caption have been debated and bandied about. We collected some of the sharpest criticisms of Tomi Lahren’s outfit choice below and on the following pages.

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Porter Magazine Brings Incredible Women Series to U.S.

Porter magazine is bringing its Incredible Women List of 50 entries, which was published last month in its winter issue, to life with two events in the U.S. Tonight editor in chief Lucy Yeomans will host a question-and-answer with Misty Copeland, who was featured on the list, in New York and on Nov. 1 the magazine’s second annual Incredible Woman Gala will take place in Los Angeles at NeueHouse, hosted by Yeomans and Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures. Both events are done in partnership with Estée Lauder.
The talk with Copeland is the fourth in Porter’s series, which previously featured Serpentine chief executive officer Yana Peel, conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton, and film director Sofia Coppola. Last year’s gala was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and instead of staging a typical awards show, Yeomans enlisted a company called Letter’s Live to create a performance element in which Natalia Vodianova, Christiane Amanpour and Florence Welch read letters Patti Smith, Martha Gellhorn and Tina Fey. This year’s gala will feature a similar performance aspect. “We look to celebrate women who in the past year have done something to affect positive change for women either in their field, industry or the

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N.Y.’s XXX Stores Plan to Appeal Case to U.S. Supreme Court

The lawyer representing scores of brick-and-mortar adult entertainment businesses facing an uncertain future in New York City plans to appeal to the nation’s highest court by the end of the year.
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Pedro García Launches Nordstrom Pop-Ins, Turns Focus to U.S.

IF THE SHOE FITS: Third generation shoemaker Pedro García was in Los Angeles this week to celebrate the opening of a temporary Nordstrom shop-in-shop, as the Spain-based company aims to further develop its business locally.
“In recent years this has been one of our main markets,” García said of California, pointing to a coastal climate mirroring where the company is based. “The idea is to keep developing the business, going a little bit more deep even though we know that we don’t want to go crazy with production. We want to keep delivering the quality we deliver.”
García’s grandfather, also named Pedro García, started the business in 1925, building a brand focused on the tradition of craftsmanship that’s been passed down to now the company’s third generation. The quality and style hasn’t gone unnoticed with the label seen on celebrities such as Lana Del Rey, Drew Barrymore, Emily Blunt and Sarah Jessica Parker. The line — ranging from flats to heels — are made in the company’s factory in Elda, Spain, and sold at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus and David Jones among others.
The company this week celebrated the temporary pop-in at Nordstrom’s new store at Westfield Century

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Shamballa Jewels Has Opened a U.S. Flagship in Manhattan

Danish brand Shamballa Jewels has opened its first boutique overseas, choosing Manhattan for its newest flagship.
The store is located at 170 Mercer Street in SoHo. The fine jewelry brand, which has a cult following among some celebrities and influencers, especially among men, is known for its signature, custom-beaded bracelets. The company plans to open two additional international flagship stores over the next three years. The additional stores will include one location in London and the other in Paris.
Mikkel Kornerup, chief executive officer and cofounder, said of the New York site, “The U.S., our business partners and collectors here, have been indispensable in the development of Shamballa Jewels throughout the years, and therefore, it was very natural for us to choose this market as the first in our efforts within retail expansion.”
Kornerup’s cofounder is his brother Mads.
The line blends ancient Eastern philosophy and Nordic design. The new SoHo store evokes the look of an Eastern temple, and includes as the centerpiece a floating golden mandala with a hanging lingam. The mandala and lingam are two ancient Easter elements representing the universe and the energy of creation, the company said. The store also features jewelry vitrines along with an array of antique Eastern

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John Hardy Opens Third U.S. Store in Westfield Century City Mall

Balinese jewelry brand John Hardy is set to open its third U.S. store in the newly renovated Westfield Century City mall this month. The 700-square-foot boutique aims to be an immersive retail experience, weaving together scent, sound, light and art in a reimagining of the John Hardy jewelry workshop in Ubud, Bali.
Designed around a hammered silver wall featuring an organic bronze sculpture and three vitrines, the rest of the store beckons clients to navigate the boutique like the island of Bali itself, walking around its natural edges and exploring tactile vignettes. True to founder John Hardy’s creative vision as an artist and environmental sculptor, the boutique walls showcase collections in a gallerylike presentation, encouraging guests to interact with the product.

John Hardy’s store in Westfield Century City. 

“Over the past year, John Hardy has expanded its U.S. presence with its first boutique locations in Houston and New York. Los Angeles was the natural next step, and the relaunch of the new Westfield Century City presented the perfect location and opportunity,” said Robert Hanson, John Hardy chief executive officer. “The new Century City space is designed inspire creativity and connection.”
The brand has expanded beyond its core collection of hand-sculpted silver jewelry and into

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Korean Beauty Superstore Innisfree Just Opened In The U.S.

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Marie France Van Damme to Open First U.S. Store in Beverly Hills

Hong Kong-based resortwear designer Marie France Van Damme is set to open her ninth boutique, and first in the U.S., on Sept. 25 in Beverly Hills. Located in the Peninsula hotel, there are two stores side-by-side totaling 464 square feet.
Van Damme, a Canadian national, said she searched for years to find the appropriate home in Beverly Hills, though soaring rents on Rodeo Drive prevented her from going there. The new shop aims to mix East and West. It will also serve as a press and celebrity showroom as she seeks to develop ties in Hollywood. Most recently, Eva Longoria wore Marie France Van Damme while on vacation and the brand is favored by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo, Christina Hendricks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“Foot traffic is an important factor for my retail locations, and I felt that the constant stream of guests in and out of the Peninsula would provide the right visibility for the brand,” said Van Damme.

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Van Damme has an established retail network internationally that includes stores in London’s Brompton Cross and Singapore’s Takashimaya Shopping Centre, with more new boutiques to come as the designer continues to expand

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The Only Way to Fix Healthcare Insurance in the U.S.

Our system of government has been amazingly robust for hundreds of years, but it fails when you have these two conditions:

1. An issue is too complicated for the public to understand.

2. Big companies are willing to distort the system for profits.

That situation describes the healthcare debate going on in the United States right now. Our undersized brains can’t grasp all the nuances and implications of any particular healthcare plan. And when our brains are confused, we default to our biases (usually party loyalty) or to whatever metric is simple enough to understand. With healthcare, the one metric that matters is how many people will be covered compared to Obamacare. If the Republican plan covers more people, it will pass. If not, it will fail. 

Sure, Republicans will argue that the CBO projections are inaccurate. They will argue that comparing a mandatory plan with an optional one is comparing apples to oranges. They will be right about all of that, but it is irrelevant to the outcome. People will look at the number of people covered and stop there. So any Republican bill that covers fewer people than Obamacare is dead on arrival. That’s where we are now. And we don’t have a system of government that can fix this situation. 

But what we do have is an active citizenry and social media. That’s a better system for designing a healthcare system. I’ll describe one way to go about it.

Some of you are aware of Github, a company that lets software developers contribute bits of code that are made available to all other Github users. Github is a big deal, and software developers almost can’t live without it. Perhaps it is time to build a similar system for fixing health insurance in the U.S.

Imagine a website where any interested party can contribute suggestions for improving any individual element of healthcare in the United States, with a focus on lowering costs while improving outcomes. Perhaps you have an idea about lowering drug prices, and I have an idea about online doctors. We submit our ideas, and the Github-for-healthcare users gets to improve on them or ignore them. The system would allow users to rank the ideas. In time, citizens could develop multiple ideas for every element of healthcare. Citizen volunteers could eventually create up to three plans and present them to Congress for a vote.

I’ll get the ball rolling here by framing the problem as an innovation challenge, not a cost issue.

I think Congress can pass a bill that overspends in the short run so long as it comes with a plan (or path) to greater coverage than Obamacare. In my picture above, you see the growing gap between future health care costs and tax revenue. That growing gap can only be closed by some combination of innovation, cutting regulations, improving competition, and improving prevention. Let’s call that a “moon shot” challenge. We don’t know how to get there right now, but Americans are good at figuring out this sort of thing.

My suggestion for getting a healthcare bill passed is for Republicans to create a credible story for how they will cover more people than Obamacare, at a reasonable cost. And the best way to make that case is with visual persuasion, starting with this sort of simple graph and extending to images of startups that promise to lower medical costs.

At the moment, Paul Ryan and the Republicans are trying to sell their plan with facts, concepts, details, and logical arguments. That won’t work. You need an aspirational story about how to get to better coverage than Obamacare via American ingenuity. Everything else is just noise.

I don’t mind letting Congress take its best shot at improving healthcare. But realistically, they can’t. They are not the right form of government for this sort of complexity. 

Perhaps citizens can do what congress could not.

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Bench/Body Seeking a Foothold in U.S.

Bench/Body is hoping to aggressively extend its reach in the American market.
The leader in the underwear category in the Philippines, the brand started its assault on the U.S. with a show and cocktail party during New York Fashion Week: Men’s Thursday afternoon.
Ben Chan, the brand’s founder and a Filipino entrepreneur, said after 30 years establishing the Bench brand in Asia and the Middle East, he’s ready to make a mark in America.
“We’re in Guam and San Francisco,” he said, “but we’re not very prominent.”
Chan said he’d been contemplating for a while how to move into the U.S., and decided “rather than put up a lot of brick-and-mortar stores, which would be harder, we’re targeting online.”
Bench/Body is the underwear and intimate apparel offering under the Bench brand. In its home country, Bench is a successful retailer that sells men’s and women’s apparel, fragrances, housewares, snacks and other lifestyle products.
During its show, Bench/Body showed a variety of underwear in basic solids and prints in briefs, boxers and boxer-briefs for men and bikinis and bras for women. Swimwear was also presented for both genders that included shorts and retro square cuts for guys and one- and two-piece solids and prints for women.

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Barneys Hosts U.S. Government Officials for Discussion on Women’s History

POWER ON: Barneys New York welcomed three government officials at its Madison Avenue flagship Monday, who participated in a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. The retailer, in collaboration with women’s empowerment council Girls’ Lounge, has rolled out a national campaign called #GirlPossible in support of the honorary holiday — forging a social media campaign, window displays at 15 stores and specially-created online content.
At Monday’s discussion Rosa “Rosie” Rios, the U.S. Treasurer; Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Payton Iheme, a senior White House policy adviser for the Office of Science and Technology, were joined by Girls’ Lounge founder Shelley Zalis and filmmaker Dyllan McGee to discuss how women often lose their place in history storytelling, and what can be done to reverse such oversights.
Rios, who has spearheaded the government’s current crowdsourcing campaign to find a woman to front the new $ 10 note, said the only women to be previously featured in U.S. currency notes were Pocahontas and Martha Washington, who were both depicted in group imagery alongside men. Rios, as a result, has repeatedly lobbied for the figures featured on U.S. currency to be more reflective of the country’s overall population. “It’s not a

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Barneys Hosts U.S. Government Officials for Discussion on Women’s History

POWER ON: Barneys New York welcomed three government officials at its Madison Avenue flagship Monday, who participated in a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. The retailer, in collaboration with women’s empowerment council Girls’ Lounge, has rolled out a national campaign called #GirlPossible in support of the honorary holiday — forging a social media campaign, window displays at 15 stores and specially-created online content.
At Monday’s discussion Rosa “Rosie” Rios, the U.S. Treasurer; Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and Payton Iheme, a senior White House policy adviser for the Office of Science and Technology, were joined by Girls’ Lounge founder Shelley Zalis and filmmaker Dyllan McGee to discuss how women often lose their place in history storytelling, and what can be done to reverse such oversights.
Rios, who has spearheaded the government’s current crowdsourcing campaign to find a woman to front the new $ 10 note, said the only women to be previously featured in U.S. currency notes were Pocahontas and Martha Washington, who were both depicted in group imagery alongside men. Rios, as a result, has repeatedly lobbied for the figures featured on U.S. currency to be more reflective of the country’s overall population. “It’s not a

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Gay U.S. Ambassador Marries In Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Denmark has married his partner in the Scandinavian country that became the first nation to allow gay couples to formalize their unions in 1989.

Rufus Gifford, the U.S. envoy since September 2013, is a strong gay rights advocate and often appears with Stephen DeVincent, a 56-year-old veterinarian, at his side. The two were married Saturday at the Copenhagen City Hall. Gifford, a 41-year-old Boston native, wrote on Twitter: “26 yrs ago the site of 1st legal gay unions in the world. Humbled and emotional.”

Later in the day, he posted a smiling photo of the two, showing off their rings: “In the land that created fairy tales, we just started our own.”

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Iran Bans Further Negotiations with U.S. to Avoid “Influence”

Iran’s Supreme Leader banned further negotiations with the United States because he wants to avoid “influence.”

That’s the sort of thing you say when you are dealing with a Master Wizard and you notice the influence is working.

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Euro TV Stocks to Be Hit by Same Worries as U.S. Peers, Bernstein Analysts Predict


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Infographic: Pope Francis’ U.S. Itinerary

Pope Francis is making his first visit to the U.S. this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia as he speaks to government officials and conducts large-scale masses. Here is a full itinerary of the pope’s visit:

Tuesday

  • 4:00 p.m.: Check in with God to let Him know he got there okay
  • 8:00 p.m.: Catch some Big Bang Theory while stretched out in bed of Bethesda, MD Econo Lodge

Wednesday

  • 10:30 a.m.: Following meeting with Obama, receive standard White House parting gift of $ 35 million in foreign military financing
  • 1:00 p.m.: Segway tour of National Mall

Thursday

  • 9:20 a.m.: Arrive at Capitol; revel in delight of meeting so many other people who also commune directly with God
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News in Brief: Study Finds Majority Of U.S. Currency Has Touched Financial Executive’s Nude Body

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Saying their findings pertained to every denomination of banknote, researchers at Harvard University released a study Friday confirming that the majority of paper currency in the United States has been in direct contact with at least one financial executive’s nude body at some point during its circulation. “Our data suggest that, for any given piece of U.S. legal tender, there is a 64 percent chance it has touched a portion of a Wall Street CEO or CFO’s naked flesh, likely when the executive gleefully rolled their nude body around in a large pile of money or dumped a bucket of bills over their head and let the currency cascade over their bare skin,” said professor of economics Robert Barro, noting that several dozen of the $ 10 bills his team randomly tested contained traces of DNA from every executive-level officer and board member at Goldman Sachs …




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News in Brief: Study Finds Harshly Criticizing U.S. Education System Only Causing It To Fall Further Behind Peers

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Ahead Of Pope’s U.S. Visit, Survey Finds Many Catholics Disagree With Church On LGBT Families

Just weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families, a major international Catholic festival that kicks off Sept. 21 in Philadelphia, a new survey shows that many Catholics are widely more accepting than church hierarchy of families led by parents who are gay, unmarried, single or divorced.

Nine in 10 Catholic Americans say that a family led by a mother and a father is an “ideal situation,” according to the Pew Research Center’s report, which was released Wednesday. At the same time, nearly half of Catholics say that children being raised by an unmarried couple is “acceptable and as good as any other arrangement,” while more than 4 in 10 Catholics say the same of gay and lesbian couples who raise kids.

Francis, who will address an estimated 1.5 million people during a World Meeting of Families Mass in Philadelphia, is expected to speak frequently about Catholic views of the importance of the family during Masses, speeches and high-level meetings that also will take him to Washington, D.C., and New York.

While the pope has made several friendly gestures toward LGBT people, including his famous “who am I to judge” remarks on gay priests, he has also spoken out against efforts to “redefine the very institution of marriage” and has warned of “ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family.” In October, Francis and high-level bishops will gather at the Vatican for the church’s synod on the family, which will likely address divorce and LGBT Catholics.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Religion Newswriters Association in Philadelphia, where Pew revealed the survey results, Pew Associate Director of Research Greg Smith said Saturday that he was “struck by the high level of dissent” from church teachings by self-identified Catholics, who are “very accepting of nontraditional families.”

“Catholic opinions look an awful lot like U.S. opinions as a whole” on issues such as sexuality and marriage, Smith said.

At the same time, he said, Catholics are “also quite loyal to the church despite any misgivings” about its positions on hot-button issues. Seven in 10 said they could never leave the church, “no matter what.” Close to 6 in 10 also said abortion is a sin. Greater than half said that devotion to Mary and receiving sacraments, such as communion, are “essential” to being Catholic.

There are “major differences between Catholics who attend Mass regularly and those who do not,” Smith said. Catholics who attend Mass at least once a week are much more likely to agree with church positions on sexuality, marriage and other controversial issues.

Pew’s report on the survey noted that although it was conducted before the Vatican’s June 18 release of the pope’s encyclical on human ecology and climate change — a topic he’s expected to highlight during speeches to Congress and the United Nations — “Pope Francis may have a difficult time persuading Catholics in the U.S. to adopt his philosophy about excess and his focus on the environment.”

Six in 10 Catholics told the organization that helping the poor is essential to being Catholic, yet just half gave the same response regarding combating climate change.

“Catholics are divided on the question of whether it is sinful to spend money on luxuries without also giving to the poor, but large majorities say it is not a sin to live in a house larger than needed or to use energy without concern for the impact on the environment,” the report said.

The survey, which asked questions of 5,122 adult Americans, including 1,016 Catholics, was conducted between May 5 and June 7 with a 3.5 percentage point margin of error among Catholics.

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Tmall Promotion Underscores Heightened Competition in China For U.S. Brands

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS: Tmall.com created an online frenzy with its latest blowout featuring more than 1,000 fashion brands.
The apparel promotion, held twice a year — one for spring and another for fall — this time around boasts a number of brands exclusive to Tmall.com, including Timberland, Decathlon and Zara.
The retailer sweetened the deal to customers with a same-day shipping option, aided by participating stores that will send items purchased online to a customer’s home.
It’s part of a larger strategy to bridge the online and off-line worlds, said a spokeswoman with Tmall.com parent Alibaba Group.
“That’s a very important strategy for Alibaba Group,” the spokeswoman said. “You have a lot of shoppers sometimes when they order online, they want to go in stores and get a sense of the look and feel of something.”
So customers shopping in-store, can make a purchase online with the scan of a QR code or schedule to have product seen in-store delivered to their homes. The option is available in more than 10 cities.
It’s another point of distinction for the online retailer as competition remains fierce to bring U.S. brands to the Chinese consumer.
The sale — running through Wednesday — comes on the heels of Alibaba’s announcement this

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The U.S. And Chile Got The UN Security Council To Talk LGBT Rights

WASHINGTON — The most powerful body at the United Nations on Monday had its first ever conversation about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. 

A group of speakers — including two gay Middle Eastern survivors of anti-LGBT persecution by the Islamic State militant group, as well as U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and an advocate for global LGBT equality — addressed an informal gathering of top diplomats whose countries sit on the U.N. Security Council.

The United States and Chile co-sponsored the event, which was unprecedented for the Security Council, a number of whose member states are notoriously intolerant of LGBT people. The event’s organizers, mindful of the diplomatic sensitivities that accompany discussions of LGBT issues, classified the event as an Arria-formula meeting – a type of unofficial, confidential and non-mandatory gathering of Security Council members.

Thirteen of the 15 current Security Council member states attended Monday’s meeting, a U.N. diplomat in attendance told The Huffington Post. Angola and Chad were the only countries that skipped the event.

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., launched the event by acknowledging its groundbreaking nature.

“Today we are making U.N. history,” Power told the attendees. “This is the first time in history that the Council has held a meeting on the victimization of LGBT persons. It is the first time we are saying, in a single voice, that it is wrong to target people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a historic step. And it is, as we all know, long overdue.”

Referring to the Islamic State group’s widely publicized targeting of LGBTQ residents of Iraq and Syria, Power told the diplomats that “we are coming together as a Security Council to condemn these acts, to demand they stop, and to commit to one day bringing the perpetrators to justice. That unified condemnation matters.”

A gay man from Iraq, who addressed the Security Council members by phone using a pseudonym, had previously told The New York Times that he “hadn’t been breathing” for weeks as he tried to escape the Islamic State militants who took over his hometown. 

The other man, a Syrian named Subhi Nahas, had faced threats from both the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian affiliate of al Qaeda, Power told the Security Council gathering.

Power pointed out that it’s not only extremist groups like the Islamic State that target LGBT individuals in these countries. Both men had faced discrimination and threats from Iraqis and Syrians not linked to the Islamic State or to Jabhat an-Nusra, she said.

“While the targeting of LGBT individuals in the region appears to have worsened as ISIL’s power has grown, such violence and hatred existed well before the group’s dramatic rise, and that violence and hatred extends far beyond ISIL’s membership,” Power said, using the Obama administration’s preferred name for the Islamic State group. “Condemning ISIL’s violent and systematic targeting of LGBT individuals is the easiest step we can take today. Because while today’s session is focused on the crimes against LGBT persons committed by ISIL, we know the scope of this problem is much broader.”

“The effort to defend the equal rights of LGBT persons must also be waged within every one of our countries, even those where important progress has been made — and that includes in the United States,” she continued. “For just as this year we have made tremendous strides in advancing LGBT rights in the United States, we are under no illusion that the work is finished. Every one of our countries can and must do more to advance these rights domestically.”

The U.N. Security Council comprises 15 countries. Five of them, including the U.S., are permanent members, and two of those permanent member states, Russia and China, have received international criticism for their track records on LGBT rights. The current group of 10 non-permanent members includes LGBT-friendly countries like Chile and New Zealand, but also countries like Nigeria, where same-sex couples can be imprisoned for up to 14 years.

Power told the Times that the U.S. hopes to get LGBT rights “into the DNA” of the U.N.

That way, she said, “when you’re talking about minorities or vulnerable groups, you would always have L.G.B.T. people included.” 

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Though summer is coming to an end and festival season is dying down, music junkies needn’t worry as fall will bring a new season with plenty of music. The artist-led music organization, Communion, announces their fall U.S. residency tour which will be visiting 11 cities across the country and showcasing multiple genres along with established and emerging talent. The touring September artists will include Freedom Fry, Clara-Nova and Conrad Sewell, who sang on Kygo’s track “Firestone” and will soon be releasing his debut album. Notable acts of past residency tours include Walk The Moon, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Magic Man, Sturgill Simpson, Vacationer, Rubblebucket and Bear’s Den.

Communion Music was founded in London by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, Kevin Jones of Bear’s Den and producer Ian Gimble in 2006. Created in the basement bar of Notting Hill Arts Club, the crew’s network of musicians quickly grew alongside their organization. Their nine years of existence has seen a meteoric rise in success having released records for major artists such as Ben Howard, Gotye, Michael Kiwanuka, Tennis, Nick Mulvey, Willy Mason, Rubblebucket, Matthew and the Atlas, Bad Suns, Deap Vally, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bear’s Den, Daughter and many more.

Essentially the Communion Residency is the oldest aspect of what we do at Communion. The idea is to host a monthly party where we highlight a handful of our favorite new and breaking artists, introducing them to a group of open-minded music enthusiasts, audience members, other musicians, record industry executives and the rest! We keep the lineup eclectic, with the hope that there really is something for everyone, but my favorite stories over the past 9 years have been when people have bought a ticket to check one thing out and come away loving three artists they’d never heard of, or never imagined would be their cup of tea!

As far as how it all ties into what we’re trying to achieve in the big picture sense, I guess this residency platform provides a platform, both for international artists to grow a U.S. audience for the first time, but also local artists to actually get noticed amongst all of the noise that exists out there these days. I hope we can help discover and launch the career of the next great band to come out of Louisville or Atlanta or Boston. And they may well not be an overnight sensation, or particularly hype friendly, but we’re building structures that don’t rely on any of that. All we rely on is people who love music, genuinely investing energy, time and a few dollars to supporting new music as it’s introduced to them.

– Ben Lovett (Founder/CEO)

The release of Conrad Sewell’s debut album will mark a major pinnacle in his career. Though the 25-year-old Australian native has already written numerous songs for other artists in Australia, had a European hit with his previous band, and recently garnered millions of streams singing on Kygo’s track “Firestone,” this will be his first solo recording to date. His powerful voice is reminiscent of the soul era but fits nicely in the electronic music world. Paired with Sewell’s radiant vocals, his upcoming creation will swathe the hearts and ear drums of many as fans anxiously await the release of his debut. “I am extremely excited to be joining my first U.S. tour next month and coming out to play all of this new music I’ve been writing and recording for the album for everyone on the East Coast,” says Sewell in regards to the residency. “It’s going to be a sick show, I’m bringing my whole band out to play with me for our first-ever full band tour.”

French/American duo Freedom Fry have been self-producing and releasing music since 2011 which dances between pop, folk and indie-rock. Their effervescent single “Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)” started the year at number one on The Hype Machine and Spotify ranked them on their list of “100 Emerging Artists From SXSW.” Freedom Fry’s musical chemistry happily dances and tickles its way through the neurons creating a fully immersive and upbeat live performance.

The ethereal soundscapes of Sydney Wayser’s creation, Clara-Nova, is a name and concept that was born in a dream. Sweeping strings, discordant interludes, bubbly beats, electronic sounds and alto vocals take the listener on a sonic journey through pastel landscapes. Both celestial and earthly, the upcoming Clara-Nova EP draws inspiration from deep sea dance parties, ancient Egyptian rituals and Martian folklore. There is no doubt that her otherworldly sound will resonate with all who experience it.

Communion Presents, the live promotional aspect of the company, also produces headline shows and tours. They offer concerts in over 20 cities within the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia that vary in genre and size, ranging from venue capacities of 150 to 10,000. In October, Galimatias and Alina Baraz will be stopping at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, New York as a part of their first tour. Mysterious and alluring, the Danish/American duo will be showcasing their album Urban Flora which has already gained a vast fan base.

Year after year, Communion continues to curate a unique array of artists to indulge in. They are not just growing as a company, but they are growing as a community by connecting artists which each other as well as with their fans. Dive into fall with the Communion Music family and welcome in the many colors of autumn through the many colors of music.

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Like many reading this, I was elated over the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling on June 26. Two days later, Jeff (my partner of 20 years) and I joined friends to celebrate New York’s annual LGBT Pride March. And with the timing of the court’s decision, you could feel the hope among the millions of participants marching down Fifth Avenue.

Our joy was colored, however, by the news coming out of Istanbul where activists had tried to celebrate LGBT Pride several hours before New York’s march kicked off. And where attendees were met by riot police armed with water cannons, rubber bullets, and pepper spray. While we were toasting the marriage victory with our mimosas held high here in the U.S., our counterparts in Turkey were running for their very lives.

People who support and work at various points in our movement have been trying to anticipate how our movement should evolve after this historic milestone.

As we go forward, the movement’s agenda in the U.S. includes a number of clear priorities, including employment nondiscrimination, still lacking in the 29 states where a person can be fired on the basis of their sexual orientation. The number of states is even higher (32) for transgender people in search of a secure and stable job.

But we also have to be concerned about countering so-called “religious liberty” legislation being passed in states like Indiana, giving a free pass to those who want to undermine laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

These issues are familiar to anyone who has been reading the news headlines following the Supreme Court ruling. Unfortunately, support for LGBT activists abroad has not found its place on that agenda. It’s almost as if our concern for the lives of LGBT people ends at our nation’s shores.

So allow me to go on record by stating: We in the U.S. are not, in fact, the world. We need to cure our movement of its myopia and remember that justice for the LGBT community is a global cause, spreading far beyond our borders.

LGBT activists around the world have repeatedly asked us to support their work to improve such dire circumstances. We need to answer their call.

And yet, I have often heard the argument among LGBT activists here in the States that we already have enough on our plates. We can’t afford to divert our attention elsewhere for fear the U.S. movement will lose its own momentum.

I call bull. And I don’t think many of those asserting that argument fully understand the magnitude of the fatal consequences of inaction.

In more than 75 countries worldwide, you can be arrested simply on the basis of your sexual orientation. These countries have a collective population of over 3 billion — nine times the number of people living in the U.S. and almost 43 percent of the world’s population. In eight of those countries, it’s perfectly legal to be sentenced to death for being gay or lesbian.

I would encourage you to take a moment to reflect on those numbers.

Do you remember the old American Express slogan “Membership has its privileges”? The catchy saying referred to an exclusive set of benefits not available to other credit cardholders. LGBT Americans are similarly entitled to a long list of benefits granted to us through citizenship — usually obtained by the total accident of birth — and increasingly recognized by the institutions that govern our lives.

But these privileges come with the moral obligation for us to help others who by no accident of birth and no fault of their own do not share our good fortune. The LGBT movement here in the States is part of a larger and, sadly, more difficult world for LGBT people. We must see justice in global terms and do our part to ensure others abroad are afforded the same kind of freedoms in their own communities that we here increasingly take for granted.

I recently accompanied Arcus’ trustees on a trip to Africa where we were invited to meet some of the 300 LGBT activists from across the continent who had gathered at a regional conference in Kenya. We left deeply affected by the passionate leaders we met who are leading LGBT activism on a continent that remains both largely misunderstood and nearly completely unfunded. In a world as connected and integrated as ours, there’s simply no excuse for either of those facts.

We cannot and should not turn a blind eye to the grim realities that affect so many LGBT people around the world.

All of us here in the States — individuals, organizations, and funders — can leverage our influence and connections so that LGBT activists abroad can benefit from a broader range of support to achieve their goals. The question is: Will we?

Learn more about Arcus’ Social Justice program and how it works to ensure that individuals and families around the world of every sexual orientation and gender identity are able to live their lives with dignity and respect, and express their love and sense of self.

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WASHINGTON — While the United States awaits a major Supreme Court decision that could legalize gay marriage across the nation, there are more than 70 countries where being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is a crime.

LGBT rights activist Victor Mukasa said the violence and hate crimes against LGBT people in his home country of Uganda became so bad that he had to get out.

“At some point it became unbearable. It became unbearable and you’re just like, ‘I have to leave. I have to leave to save my life,'” Mukasa said Thursday at a panel hosted by the think tank Center for American Progress. “There are people who are here for safety. There are people there who need safety.”

The U.S. has been offering asylum to LGBT people who face persecution in their home countries since 1994. Mukasa was able to obtain asylum in 2013, and others have done the same, although the government does not collect data on LGBT asylum seekers. But LGBT people still face serious barriers to receiving asylum, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for American Progress.

“For LGBT people seeking a haven in this country, we are doing more to meet our charge than ever before, but much more work still remains,” said Winnie Stachelberg, an executive vice president at the think tank who participated in the panel discussion.

One difficulty is a requirement that asylum seekers apply within a year of arriving in the U.S. The Center for American Progress report calls for dropping the one-year deadline so that those who need protection aren’t denied it simply because they applied too late.

“A lot of people don’t even realize that they can get protection based on persecution because of their sexual orientation or identity,” Sharita Gruberg, senior policy analyst at the think tank, said during the panel discussion. “And feeling comfortable disclosing something to a government official you’ve been forced for survival reasons to hide your entire life, you have to do all that and do it in a year.”

The report also urges the government to limit the detention of immigrants, which it says hurts individuals’ chances of receiving asylum. Aaron Morris, legal director at the nonprofit group Immigration Equality, said detention is particularly problematic for transgender people.

“One of the biggest problems that we see and one of our highest policy priorities is to get the U.S. government to stop putting transgender women in men’s facilities,” Morris said at the panel. “They’re attempting to keep them safer, but it’s not a humane way to do so.”

The report recommends the government dedicate more resources to reducing the backlog in immigration courts, offer free legal counsel to asylum seekers and increase training on LGBT issues for immigration officers and judges.

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who is openly gay, said during Thursday’s discussion that he thinks the nation’s asylum policy could be improved by allowing people to apply at U.S. embassies in their home countries.

“Asylum is given to people who are already here and then can apply not to be sent back by documenting the problems,” said Frank, who helped push to expand asylum to include LGBT people in 1994. “There should be a procedure whereby people could go to the embassy and apply for refugee status.”

Even after people are granted asylum in the U.S., Mukasa said, many LGBT individuals need assistance in finding food, jobs and housing.

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Earlier this week, an excited John Oliver carefully dissected the U.S.-led investigation into FIFA, the most powerful sports organization in the world. The investigation found massive amounts of evidence of corruption and bribery within the organization, but nothing directly tied to the infamous FIFA president Sepp Blatter, at first glance.

Oliver noted that if the United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave, could successfully “find something to indict” Blatter, “the whole world’s opinion of America would change overnight.”

“That is what’s on the table for you, America,” Oliver added, comparing it to if the Dutch somehow figured out a way to bring down Donald Trump.


Look at this man. He wants Blatter taken down so bad. (Source: YouTube)

On Tuesday, the world got something even better than a Blatter indictment. It got an announcement that Blatter had decided to step down from his post of his own volition nearly two decades at the helm, and just days after his re-election. The breaking point could very well have been some supposed bribery dug up by U.S. authorities and reported on by a little U.S.-born news organization known as THE NEW YORK TIMES, which put the president suspiciously close to bribery allegations.

So from all of the U.S. to John Oliver and the world, I say: YOU’RE WELCOME. WE DID IT. WE TOOK DOWN BLATTER. AMERICA, OF ALL PLACES, SAVED SOCCER. AMERICA IS BACK. LET’S GET WILD. COCA COLA. MOTORCYCLES. EAGLES. FREEDOM. LIBERTY. HAPPINESS. ALL THE OTHER THINGS WE INVENTED AND/OR TOOK CREDIT FOR. TELL THE WORLD, TWITTER. TELL THE WORLD.

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America. (Source: Getty)

We here in America don’t like to gloat when we do something that saves the world (that was a joke), but there is one thing we do request of the world: start calling football soccer. Because America, home of American football, just pulled soccer from the grips of Blatter. Yes, we can? So passé. Yes, we did.

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America. (Source: Getty)

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Iggy Azalea has opted not to tour the United States with her “Great Escape” tour, that traverses Northern America.

The tour had been pushed back a number of times but Friday May 29, it as put to rest like a diseased dog.

Her team released the following statement.

“To accommodate for creative team availability and tour production plans, it was determined that the tour will not be ready this spring,” Azalea’s team said at the time. “It is extremely important to Iggy that she delivers the show she envisaged to share with her fans and that requires more time in development… The tour getting pushed back only means that it’ll be way more amazing than it would’ve been in April. Good things take time.”

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Never fret, Iggy has a new album and a new tour planned for 2016.

“There will be a new tour planned around Iggy’s new record to be released in 2016 and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

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WASHINGTON—In an effort to limit the fallout from any unintended collateral damage, the Pentagon has dispatched a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles to the Middle East specially designed to express condolences for the civilian casualties of U.S. drone airstrikes, sources confirmed Wednesday.

The remotely piloted aircraft, known as the M2-Griever, have reportedly targeted bereaved individuals in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and other restive regions. Military officials confirmed that the state-of-the-art drones have already flown hundreds of covert condolence missions in an effort to convey the U.S. government’s official regrets to those mourning the death of innocents caught in the midst of American combat operations.

“The Griever represents the future of warfare damage control,” said U.S. Air Force general Mitchell Holt, who explained that standard operating procedures now call for the immediate deployment of a condolence drone upon determining that a prior Reaper drone attack resulted in …





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