A$AP Rocky Says He’s Going Back to Sweden to Help Immigrants, Mum on Trump

A$ AP Rocky says his time behind bars in Sweden is exactly why he’s returning to that country — which seems insane — but he’s on a mission to help the inmates and immigrants he met there. We got the rapper Tuesday evening outside the swanky Rick…

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The Road Leads Back – Marci Bolden

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The Road Leads Back

Marci Bolden

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: February 23, 2019

Publisher: Pink Sand Press

Seller: Pink Sand Press LLC


Sometimes the only place left to go is home. Kara Martinson always thought her high school crush was out of her league, but they did share one night she’s never been able to forget. Nearly three decades after being disowned by her parents and forced to raise her son on her own, Kara’s made it—her art is being toasted at a gallery opening. Even better, she and her son are finally on stable ground. Until Mr. One-Night Stand himself crashes her party.   Harry Canton always knew Kara would make it as an artist. Almost thirty years after high school, he still considers her the one that got away. But the surprise reunion doesn’t quite go to plan when Harry discovers he left her with more than just memories when he went away to college. Desperate to connect with the family he never knew existed, Harry convinces his son to move cross country for a fresh start with his father—and pleads with Kara to come home, too. Kara hasn’t stepped foot in their hometown since the day she was sent away. But her son desperately wants the father he never had and denying him that may cost her everything. Can love heal old heartaches so Harry and Kara can have a second chance at the future they were robbed of so long ago? Or will the pain of the past be too much to face?

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The Real Housewives of New York City Stars Look Back at the Past and Ahead to the Future With Season 12

The Real Housewives of New York City, RHONYThe ladies of the Big Apple know how to put on a show and did just that at the first-ever BravoCon. The Real Housewives of New York City stars Luann de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Tinsley Mortimer…


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Mahomes back Sunday, ‘ready to get out there’

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who dislocated his right kneecap 22 days ago, will start Sunday against the Titans. “I’m in a good spot,” he said.
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Madonna Sued For Pushing Back Concert Start Times

Madonna is pissing off fans after pushing back the start times for her Madame X Tour … and now she’s getting hit with a class-action lawsuit. According to legal docs obtained by TMZ … Madonna and Live Nation are being sued by a ticket holder in…

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Late pop star George Michael back in the spotlight with new song

“Last Christmas”, an upcoming romantic comedy, was inspired by British singer George Michael’s solo songs and hits from his Wham! days and features a new track he recorded in his last studio sessions before his 2016 death. Emer McCarthy reports.


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Nike Coming Back (Sort of) for ComplexCon Long Beach 2019

After a hiatus, Nike looks to be making a small comeback at this year’s sneaker and streetwear convention ComplexCon.
The megabrand participates annually in numerous conventions focused on sneaker culture and streetwear (of which there are more every year), including Sneaker Con. But last year it skipped ComplexCon entirely for the first time since the event started in 2016 as a huge combination of brand product drops, panels, creative events and music acts. Nike at the time said there was no specific reason for it not participating.
A bit of new Nike Inc. product will be back this year, albeit in a far lesser capacity than earlier years. The brand apparently will again have no booth at the event and it is again not an advertiser, either, but it does have two co-branded products dropping. Last year it had none.
The first is a limited edition (126 pairs) of the Nike Kyrie 5 done with Sneaker Room. The second drop is a Nike collaboration with Atmos, the Harlem-based sneaker boutique. The release of the color-driven capsule collaboration, dubbed “Pop the Street,” is coming through Atmos’ presence at the convention and includes T-shirts, hoodies and Nike Air Force 1 sneaker. Similarly, the Nike products

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Iggy Azalea Claps Back At T.I.’s Criticism: “Worry About What Your Next Story Line Is For Family Hustle”

"I feel like when she found out white people liked her and she didn't really need black people to like her anymore, she switched up," Tip said.


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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ heads back to theaters with 10 additional minutes

Quentin Tarantino’s latest release, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” is being re-released in theaters with an extra 10 minutes.


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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ blasts a path back to its origins

When the Terminator warned “I’ll be back” 35 years ago, no one could have foreseen how true that catchphrase would become. Even so, “Terminator: Dark Fate” represents a welcome return to the its origins, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their roles, adding nostalgia and mythological heft that separates it from everything that has followed “Judgment Day.”


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Back to Myself – EP – Hero The Band

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Back to Myself – EP

Hero The Band

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 7.74

Release Date: October 16, 2019

© ℗ 2019 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Not Back Together As A Couple

The Weeknd and Bella Hadid hit it off at the model’s birthday party, but only as close friends … TMZ has learned. Reports surfaced Friday claiming the once inseparable pair were dating again after celebrating Bella’s 23rd birthday together in NYC…

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Back In Business – Beverly “Guitar” Watkins

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Back In Business

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: November 15, 1999

© ℗ 1999 Music Maker Recordings

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Going Back Home – Ginger Baker Trio

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Going Back Home

Ginger Baker Trio

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.90

Release Date: September 6, 1994

© ℗ 1996 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

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Cam says he hid extent of injury, won’t rush back

Cam Newton said his return “could very well be [in] a week” or it “could be six weeks,” but regardless, the Panthers quarterback said he won’t rush his recovery from a mild Lisfranc sprain.
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Original or Copied? ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Is Back in Court

Who wrote the 1971 song’s opening passage, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant or Randy Wolfe? The music industry is hoping to get an answer on what makes a song original.
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Jennifer Lopez Brings Back Iconic Dress for Versace Fashion Show

Jennifer Lopez is here with a flashback Friday for the ages … bringing back THAT dress — y’know the one from the 2000 Grammys, and this time it stole the show at Milan Fashion Week. J Lo hit the runway at Versace’s Spring 2020 show Friday in a…

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Alex Trebek back in chemotherapy after ‘numbers went sky high’

Alex Trebek says he has restarted chemotherapy on his doctor’s orders.


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Foles to IR, but Jags expect QB back this season

The Jaguars officially placed Nick Foles on IR, but coach Doug Marrone said he does not expect the quarterback to miss the entire season despite having surgery to repair a broken clavicle.
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Anna’s Family: Back in the Day

With a retrospective of Anna Sui’s work about to open at New York’s Museum of Art and Design, members of her creative and in-house family reminisce about how it all started.
Thomas Miller: When I started working with Anna 30 years ago, we were working in her apartment on 7th Avenue and 16th Street. So even Anna was getting on her hands and knees and taping up boxes. We were all doing everything.
Garren: Back in [the early] days, all the supermodels had haircuts, and they were all special. Those girls really modeled and they had fun on the runway. Then we went through the period where everyone clumped down the runway. And then it just got very soldier like, you know, so it’s showing the clothes. So it’s been through a lot of transitions, so through all the times, in and out, Anna’s really stayed true to her beliefs and her thing. That’s what’s great about it. It’s definitely Anna Sui. It’s not trying to find someone else. It’s perfectly there.
Akiko Mamitsuka: A friend of mine was working with Anna before me.…And then she was calling me, they said, “Anna needs help.” And I just started — 31 years ago.
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Kevin Hart suffers major back injuries in car crash

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart and two others were involved in a car crash in Calabasas, California early Sunday, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report obtained by CNN.


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RFK Assassin Sirhan Sirhan Back in Prison After Stabbing, Claims Random Attack

Sirhan Sirhan’s attorney, Laurie Dusek, tells TMZ … Sirhan claims he was attacked randomly while he was walking around the track in the prison yard. She says Sirhan told her another inmate walked up from behind and slashed him across the left…

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How to Get a Girl to Text You Back

You have exchanged phone number with a girl you met at a party recently. Now, you want to text her but as soon as you start typing on your phone, your fingers start to shiver and you can’t come up with anything good to write. In my article, you will find some great tips on what to write to her and ask her out on a first date. Maybe she will become your girlfriend, maybe not. Time will tell but you should start reading this article now and get some inspiration on funny things to text her.
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Bam Margera Hospitalized After Recently Checking Back Into Rehab

Bam MargeraBam Margera will be back on his feet soon!
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50 Cent Says He’s Bringing Back Original “Power” Theme Song Following Backlash

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The Day He Came Back (Unabridged) – Penelope Ward

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The Day He Came Back (Unabridged)

Penelope Ward

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 17.99

Publish Date: August 19, 2019

© ℗ © 2019 Penelope Ward Books, Inc.

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Back to School 2019: Fall’s Best Backpacks, School Supplies and More

It’s back-to-school shopping season — and with school doors opening soon, it’s time to load up the carts with all the essentials. From backpacks to handbags, here are some of WWD’s highlights for heading back-to-school.

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Kaitlynn Carter Gets Back to Work with No Miley Cyrus in Sight

Brody just opened up about his relationship with Kaitlynn … calling her wonderful and adding they remain best friends despite the breakup. He wants all the haters to back off of her … saying she deserves that. Kaitlynn Carter faced the public…

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Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV (Unabridged) – Jennifer L. Pozner

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Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV (Unabridged)

Jennifer L. Pozner

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 13.99

Publish Date: March 6, 2014

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Miley Cyrus & Kaitlynn Carter Back Together in L.A.

Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter just touched down in L.A. following their very eventful Italian getaway … and the two grabbed a ride together after the flight. The pair was spotted driving around the City of Angels Wednesday after arriving back…

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Blac Chyna and YBN Almighty Jay Are Not Getting Back Together

Blac Chyna is NOT getting back together with YBN Almighty Jay … even though she crossed paths with him several times over the weekend in Texas. Sources close to Blac Chyna tell TMZ … she’s NOT rekindling her flame with Jay, despite social media…

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Back to Square One: Can Teen Mom OG‘s Mackenzie Ever Trust Josh Again?

Mackenzie and Josh are revisiting their trust issues after he took a new job that requires travel on ‘Teen Mom OG.’
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Back Again – Mac Powell and the Family Reunion

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Back Again

Mac Powell and the Family Reunion

Genre: Country

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: July 26, 2019

© ℗ 2019 Mac Powell Records marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers

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How Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ traveled back to 1969

For Quentin Tarantino, time travel is entirely possible. And it didn’t take green screens or computer generated backdrops to make it back to 1969-era Los Angeles. All it required were fond, vivid memories of the time, an exhausting attention to period detail and a production designer like Barbara Ling.


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Back On the Block – Quincy Jones

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Back On the Block

Quincy Jones

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: January 1, 1989

© ℗ 1989 Qwest Records, Inc. under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

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The Playlist: Miranda Lambert Stomps Back, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Wilco, Sam Smith, Iggy Pop and others.
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Game of Thrones Stars Didn’t Hold Back From Addressing Season 8 Hate at Comic-Con 2019

Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con 2019Consider the Game of Thrones cast perfectly unbothered by all of the criticism surrounding the eighth and final season.
In what marked their final appearance at Comic-Con, several stars…


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Episode 601 Scott Adams: “Send Her Back”, Google Rigging the Election, Mining the Moon

Content: 

  • The tweets that dismantled the Democrat party, risk management
  • Is Omar and the squad an anchor, dragging down AOC?
    • AOC star power made the squad, she’s the star
    • At what point will AOC drop the squad to continue rising?
  • Hillary supporter, Harvard Ph.D Psychologist, Robert Epstein says…
    • …In 2016, Google manipulated 2-10 million votes to Hillary
  • Google will be a LOT better at data and vote manipulation in 2020
    • In 2024…Google will decide who becomes President,
  • Where will Bernie’s votes go, once he drops out?
  • Mining the moon SOON, for extremely valuable helium 3
  • Indonesia bringing a thorium reactor online soon, safe nuclear energy

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Baker Mayfield won’t back down

The uncompromising, unapologetic quarterback is a big reason the Browns are the NFL’s hottest team (yeah, you read that right).
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Episode 598 Scott Adams: Trump’s “Go Back” Tweet, Possible Iran Nuclear Deal

Content: 

  • CNN Fake News OMITS the “then come back” part of the tweet
    • Same fake news strategy they use to push Fine People HOAX
    • Same fake news strategy they use to push ICE raids HOAX
  • President Trump’s tweet was just New Yorker trash talk
  • President Trump has positioned Democrats to tear themselves apart
    • The LEAST popular among them are in the spotlight
    • Will Democrats support Pelosi or the squad?
  • Lindsey Graham and General Keene on Iran nuclear situation (WSJ)
    • Energy production for Iran WITHOUT nuclear weapon fears?

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EXCLUSIVE: Thinx Period Panties Are Back, Stronger Than Ever

Thinx, the period panties company that launched in 2011, started off by making a big mark on the menstrual cycle industry. The idea was simple: panties that women can bleed right into, eliminating the need to buy disposable sanitary pads and therefore creating less waste. The idea proved to be popular. 
In its sixth year, Thinx had nearly $ 40 million in revenues. Executives said sales at the start-up were even higher last year, as the company continues to raise venture capital money, still clearly in growth mode. The private company, which started with just three people, has also grown to include 67 employees, and has plans to grow to around 80 by the end of 2019. 
People are talking about periods. But it wasn’t always this way.
Monthly menstrual cycles first became a topic of water cooler conversations back in 2015 after images of juicy grapefruits and dripping egg yolks adjacent to women donning little more than Thinx panties showed up on subway platforms in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. (The Manhattan Transit Authority initially deemed the images too sexy. But after some public pushback, the ads were allowed to run in New York, sparking a conversation about

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Dont Look Back – D. A. Pennebaker

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Dont Look Back

D. A. Pennebaker

Genre: Music Documentaries

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: May 17, 1967


Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D. A. Pennebaker. The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist. In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price. Featuring some of Dylan’s most famous songs, including “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” Dont Look Back is a radically conceived portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of vérité behind-the-scenes documentaries.

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Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus Back Together, Take a Stroll in L.A.

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus are reunited … and it looks so good! The former couple was back together Monday night, taking a stroll through L.A. … and they sure seemed to be happy to be in each other’s company. Nothing beats an evening walk…

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Ed Sheeran Fights Back in Copyright Lawsuit Over Tim McGraw Hit

Ed Sheeran’s not taking another lawsuit accusing him of ripping off music without fighting back … and he insists there’s ZERO evidence he stole when he wrote a hit for Tim McGraw. In January, Ed got sued over “The Rest of Our Life” … the…

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Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

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Back to Black

Amy Winehouse

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 27, 2006

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Snoop Dogg & Faith Evans Back Petition For Donald Trump To Commute Loon’s Prison Sentence

The former Bad Boy Records artist is currently serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison.


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Cardi B Back in Court to Plead Not Guilty to New Strip Club Assault Charges

[[tmz:video id=”0_inxdsm76″]] 1:08 PM PT — Cardi has officially left the building … with plenty of love from her fans. [[tmz:video id=”0_yo90fqro”]] Cardi B is entering her plea on all the new charges in the strip club beatdown case. Fresh of her…

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Ride Me Back Home – Willie Nelson

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Ride Me Back Home

Willie Nelson

Genre: Country

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 21, 2019

© ℗ 2019 Sony Music Entertainment

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The Week in Arts: John Cameron Mitchell Brings Back ‘Hedwig’; L.G.B.T.Q. Films Roll Out for Pride

Music from the pioneering punk-rock musical comes to Manhattan’s Town Hall, Jennifer Monson dances at dawn and OVID.tv streams a Pride Month series.
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Nicki Minaj Sounds Off on Miley Cyrus After Bringing Back Her Queen Radio Show

Miley Cyrus, Nicki MinajNicki Minaj seems to have some words for Miley Cyrus.
After releasing a fiery new tune and music video, “Megatron,” which stars her boyfriend Kenneth Petty, the 36-year-old rapper…


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Scarlett Johansson’s Romantic Dinner, Back With Colin Jost

Scarlett Johansson has ping ponged back to Colin Jost, if this pic is any indication. Scarlett and the “SNL” star were super cozy dining at The Palm Friday night in East Hampton.  They closed the place down at around midnight. Diners say it got…

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From A$AP Rocky to Justin Bieber: Overalls Are Back in a Big Way

The bad boy is the latest to jump on the all-in-one workwear bandwagon.
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Edward Zwick

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Edward Zwick

Genre: Action & Adventure

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Release Date: October 21, 2016


Jack Reacher returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in the action-packed sequel based on Lee Child’s best-selling Jack Reacher series. When Army Major Susan Turner is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she’s the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.

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Blac Chyna’s Side Piece Fires Back at Rob Kardashian with More Naked Pics

Blac Chyna’s side piece, Ferrari, is fighting fire with fire by posting more semi-naked photos of him in bed with Rob’s baby mama. In both pics, Ferrari and Chyna both appear to be naked under the covers in the bed where Rob insists he and Chyna…

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Rick Ross — Puts Ring Back On Ex-Fiancee Lira Galore … Just Good Biz (PHOTOS)

Rick Ross’ 11 ct. ring is back on Lira Galore’s hand — less than 2 weeks after they called off their engagement, and their timing is impeccable. The Boss dropped strong hints he and his ex were reuniting — posting pics of them all hugged up — but…

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‘Ben is back!’: See the first trailer for ‘The Bachelor’ Season 20

“Bachelor” fans have eagerly anticipated Ben Higgins’ return to the franchise, and the wait its almost over.


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Signs The World Is Coming Back To An End

What would you do if somebody raped your wife? Beat them up? Kill? Sue? Would you cut their genitals off then eat them in solidarity with the victims? Not so much. Well that is what Rudi Efendi did over in Indonesia. He actually got arrested after they found a suspected rapist all mutilated, burned up and dead in a car. Rudi Efendi’s wife Nuriah was raped by another person named “Rudi.” Efendi eventually confessed to the crime and admitted that ate the man’s penis. How did he do it? He hacked it off and went home and fried it. “I ate his ‘vital tool’,” Efendi told police. “I ate it to heal my heart ache towards the victim,” he said. WOW. That’s the “Why” in all of this.

Bruh man was not playing with his revenge plot.

This is how I was when I saw this:

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High Times: A Look Back at Rihanna’s Stoner-Chic Style

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Stoner chic. No, that isn’t a typo—especially when applied to Rihanna, the fashion world’s most well-appointed toker and now also, apparently, the newly minted owner of the MaRIhanna customized cannabis line set for release in 2016. Blazing plenty of trails in her herbal-inspired ensembles, RiRi opts for looks that lack the garishness of tie-dye nightmares, smoke-riddled sweats, and Bob Marley fan-art tees. For years, the pop star has been coolly reinventing the burnout aesthetic with her streetwear approach to fashion.

Whether slipping into her oversize Vetements hoodies and sweats or flight jackets with mall goth Alexander Wang creepers to head to the studio, or making a late-night snack munchies run in Simone Rocha and cutoff shorts, she elevates the stoner uniform from the hot box to the runway with cheekiness, chic, and flair. Above, the looks that Rihanna positively lit up in.

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Gigi Hadid & Joe Jonas — Back on the Market … We’re Breaking Up

It was a nice little run, but Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas are done — they’re breaking up. TMZ confirmed the couple formerly known as G.I. Joe decided to call it quits after what amounts to an extended summer fling. A source close to the couple tells us it…

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Arizona State — Sparky Forked Up My Back … AZ Councilman Claims

An Arizona councilman claims the ASU mascot jacked up his back in a photobomb gone wrong at a football game earlier this season … and now he wants more than $ 100k from the school.  Tempe councilman David Schapira claims he was at the ASU vs New…

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From Tbilisi to New York and Back: Two Designer and Stylist Friends Reunited for a Hit Collection

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It’s just after Tamuna Ingorokva’s highly anticipated show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, and I’m sitting cozily on a bench with the designer and stylist Ketevan Gvaramadze. Ingorovka has just shown a refreshing series of stellar tailored looks—silk high-waisted trousers, sliced-and-diced car-wash skirts, and wispy, paneled slip dresses—and it was a hit with showgoers. The room we’re in is decked out with promotional goods; rows of attendees tote designer bags and teeter past in vertiginous heels. The whole idea of Fashion Week, no matter where you are, is always symbolic of luxury. But this room, radiating with heat and saturated with artificial light, is a blazing reminder that in this part of the world, electricity itself was once a luxury, often out of reach even for those in fashion. Living in a perpetually crisis-ridden Georgia has been a struggle for its citizens—and Gvaramadze and Ingorokva can attest to that. The two women grew up in the tumultuous Caucasus country, first under the rule of the Soviet Union, then during the Georgian Civil War between 1991 and 1993, and through the late ’90s when the country was struck with an energy shortage. During that period, people would go for hours to days without electricity—and when they did have power, it was sporadic.

Gvaramadze and Ingorokva met as children through their mothers, who are both doctors and best friends. They lost touch in the late 1990s: Gvaramadze left Georgia at 18 in 1999 after her grandfather, father, and boyfriend died. “I was extremely sad, and it was that time that we had no lights. It was a black, dead city, like a black hole,” says Gvaramadze. “I couldn’t do anything in my country.” Once she arrived in the United States, she applied for political asylum as a refugee and found work as a nanny and as a Georgian-to-Russian translator. “It was such a better life here than back home,” she says. “I ended up staying and never going back.”

Meanwhile, back home, Ingorokva studied fashion at Esmod in Munich and later at Esmod in Paris in 1999. In 2002, she showed her first collection, Spring 2003, in Tbilisi. During this period, Georgia was still experiencing an energy crisis. “We had vodka backstage so the girls wouldn’t freeze,” says Ingorokva. “It was in an old, old, rundown theater. We had oil heaters everywhere. In my atelier, we were working with oil heaters because the lighting was out there, too.” Despite failing circuits, the collection was a success: It was shown on FashionTV and, eventually, Ingorokva opened a store in Tbilisi.



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Back stateside, Gvaramadze had begun waitressing at venues like the fashion industry–frequented Giorgione as well as the Gansevoort Hotel. It was at Giorgione where she became acquainted with David Bonnouvrier, founder of DNA Models, and his then-wife Siobhan Bonnouvrier, the fashion director of Allure. “One day the hotel was having a party for Allure and I was working it,” says Gvaramadze. “I saw Siobhan and she was like, ‘What are you doing here?’ And I completely joked, ‘Do you want to hire me?’” The next week at Giorgione, Gvaramadze received a call from Bonnouvrier asking her to come on set. “That was it,” she says. In 2006, Gvardazme started working as an assistant at Allure (“I would come in Converse and T-shirts”), where she would also meet the magazine’s creative director, Paul Cavaco, and eventually she was promoted to associate fashion editor, all the while still working as a waitress at the Boom Boom Room. “I didn’t even know who Anna Wintour was!” she admits. “My mom is a doctor and my dad was a landscape architect—putting clothes together wasn’t even a job and I had zero clue,” she says. “But they [Cavaco and Bonnouvrier] trained me. I don’t know why these two were so good to me and so patient with me. They taught me everything.” In 2009, Gvaramadze left her position at Allure and her gig at the Boom Boom Room to become a freelance stylist. Among the many magazines Gvaramadze now works with is Vogue, for which she styles on a regular basis.

Fast-forward a couple years more to 2011: After 12 years of not being allowed to travel back to Georgia due to the immigration process, Gvaramadze was finally able to return. There, she reconnected with Ingorovka. “For 12 years we weren’t communicating,” says Gvaramadze. “But when we started again, it was natural. Very organic.” They continued to keep in touch, mostly through a texting app. When Ingorovka was designing her latest collection, Gvaramadze would advise and make suggestions via WhatsApp. “I always had something to say!” says Gvaramadze.



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Ingorokva showed that collection at Tranoï in New York, linking up again with Gvaramadze, and attracting the attention of a PR firm, whose owner liked the clothes so much he asked to keep them in the showroom. When the designer returned home to Georgia, she was invited to participate in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, but her pieces were thousands of miles away in New York. But that’s what friends are for: Gvaramadze, whose shoot had just been canceled, hopped on the next plane with Ingorokva’s collection and styled the show. On top of that, Ingorokva was able to book the world-famous Georgian classical musician Nikoloz Rachveli at the last minute to play a live concert with his orchestra in place of a standard runway soundtrack. “It all came together in the end!” she says.

It’s a few days after the show, and Ingorokva and I are sitting in a farm-to-table–style Georgian restaurant adorned with pretty lamps. By this time, Gvaramadze has flown back to the U.S. and is emailing me that she is going straight from the plane to One World Trade Center to style a shoot for Vogue. I relay the message to Ingorokva—we’ve just been discussing the likely prospect of her coming to New York to show her collection next season. Suddenly, the room goes dark. “It’s the ’90s again!” Ingorokva jokes. But the bulbs flicker back on, dousing the room with yellow rays, and we laugh. Turns out there is a light at the end of the tunnel after all.

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When Bliss and Mischief first burst onto the scene, it was its scene-stealing denim that made headlines—as well it should. The brainchild of Hillary Justin, the brand marries cosmic cowboy cool (think the inimitable Gram Parsons) with L.A. chill, and its jeans—stunning, reworked styles with all manner of dreamy chain-stitched adornments—have proved a singular addition to the glutted denim landscape. But that wasn’t how Justin had initially conceived of her niche when she launched the line last year. As she tells Vogue.com: “Since starting, the denim was the most newsworthy item, and then to be put in the category of denim designers was a big surprise to me. I didn’t intend it that way, because I think the way that I approached the line was all these things that I loved from all these categories, one of them being denim.” With her Spring 2016 lineup and its expanded cut-and-sew styles, Justin is proving that she knows her way around more than just a killer pair of blues. “It started with army jackets and Levi’s, vintage denim shirts and tees,” she continues. “Doing the cut-and-sew pieces feels like filling out that wardrobe. It’s like if you came across someone’s wardrobe at any given time—it would be that full picture: a few graphic tees, a dress, jeans, and all the combinations that those could include. It feels to me like a good natural progression.”

Natural, indeed. Staunch Bliss and Mischief fans will find plenty to shop in the offering, which includes Justin’s lush tees and signature Western-leaning overtones, but a lot of new loveliness, too, in the form of cool-girl femininity that the designer says was inspired by “the early ’80s [and] late ’70s—something that felt really romantic, like ’80s does Edwardian.” Pick up one of Justin’s high-necked blouses in crisp white poplin with dreamy cactus and moon custom eyelet detailing. Delicate chamomile blooms with metallic gold accents deck out the sleeves of a denim shirt, while vintage army jackets get a makeover courtesy of chain-stitched poppies and butterflies. Every piece, from League of Their Own–inspired flannel baseball jerseys to graphic tees, is produced in Los Angeles.

But back to those blue jeans: In the ambitious expansion of her ready-to-wear, Justin hasn’t lost sight of B&M’s cultishly adored denim. Spring’s offering is all 501 styles, cropped with embroidered wildflowers, or others with laser-cut, bandana-inspired eyelet. She’s got a sure hit on her hands with patchworked flares, too, made from scraps of Spring’s new cutoffs, seamed above the knee and inspired by a vintage snap of Jane Birkin. Shop those and all the rest of the season’s offering next year at Bliss and Mischief stockists matchesfashion.com, Liberty London, Barneys New York’s Japan stores, and Tomorrowland.

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Right after proving that an old dog can still have a big bite at the BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher, Redman releases the visuals to his lead single off his upcoming Mudface album.

In the visuals to “Dope Man” Reggie Noble proves that even as one of the most decorated and respected veteran MC’s in the game, his panache when it comes to his imaginative and comedic visuals are still what make the Funk Doctor Spock one of the most out of this world entertainers to date.

A few months after taking a bullet to the heart Bay Area rapper M.I.C. returns to the rap scene with his visuals to “I’m Back” where he uses home footage of his time spent in the hospital and his road to recovery so effectively that it’ll get you to root for this man to succeed.

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In Drinking in America, Susan Cheever Puts the Bottle Back in the History Books

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Any kid who made it through high school in the States probably knows something about the history of alcohol in America. Like the fact that General Ulysses S. Grant was a bit of a lush, or that the original settlers drank a lot of beer, or that Prohibition was a miserable failure that gave rise to bathtub gin and organized crime and the current scourge of speakeasy-inspired cocktail bars.

What you might not know is just how indelibly drinking—and opposition to drinking—has touched some of the most important moments in our country’s timeline. And for that we have Susan Cheever’s Drinking in America: Our Secret History, a look at how alcohol and alcoholism has played into 14 major chapters of American life. “The interesting truth, untaught in most schools and unacknowledged in most written history,” writes Cheever in her prologue, “is that a glass of beer, a bottle of rum, a keg of hard cider, a flask of whiskey, or even a dry martini was often the silent, powerful third party to many decisions that shaped the American story from the 17th century to the present.”

It’s Cheever’s goal to reinsert those tipples back into the history from which they’ve been excised. A perfect image for that mission: a Currier & Ives print from 1848 of George Washington standing in front of his troops with a glass of madeira in hand and a bottle of refills on the table. That engraving was later amended in the early years of the temperance movement, reimagined sans glass and with the bottle morphed into a tricorne hat.

From the moment the Mayflower Pilgrims, wanting for beer, decided to land on Cape Cod rather than their chartered destination in northern Virginia, our national obsession with alcohol was born, argues Cheever. “The decision to land illegally on Cape Cod had a huge effect on the later fate of the Pilgrims and the way in which the American character was formed. An illegal landing in a hostile place, partially caused by a shortage of beer, was not an auspicious beginning.”

Since then, our country’s tolerance for drinking and drunkenness has swung back and forth between periods of massive, near-ubiquitous indulgence—the 1830s and the mid-20th century were particularly sodden ages—and periods of crackdown. In the early 18th century, the American colonies became world famous for their drinking, both in terms of quantity—the average colonist, Cheever cites, spent a quarter of his income on booze—and in terms of prevalence: Everyone drank, from toddlers up. By 1820, drinking peaked, with the average American consuming more than triple what we do today.

But soon, that excess created a backlash: By 1834 there were roughly 5,000 nationwide temperance societies (most famously the Washingtonians), claiming 11 million members. With the rise of industrialization, the realization that drunk workers were not ideal, and the simultaneous rise of the women’s suffrage movement, national attitudes toward drinking began to shift. A century later the country had gone whole hog in the opposite direction, passing the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act and launching Prohibition in 1920. It was an attempt to legislate against drinking that had the opposite effect, giving birth to another hedonistic era in the decades that followed. Our association of writing with alcoholism, a topic that has sparked several books, is a direct result of Prohibition, Cheever argues: an extrapolation based on a handful of examples of prominent hard-drinking, mid-century writers whose behavior was a reaction to their experience of that dry decade. But though Prohibition is largely regarded as a miserable failure, Cheever detects that the country may be swinging back in that direction again: Our increasingly health-and-longevity-focused society, she concludes, may soon lead to another misguided attempt to legislate against alcohol addiction.

Cheever uses these sociological and historical trends to create a loose architecture for her book, but she’s best when writing about the way alcohol—its abuse and its rejection—affected personal lives, and when she digs up fascinating historical nuggets. Like the fact that George Washington lost his first election to the Virginia assembly in 1755, and then won two years later after he delivered 144 gallons of booze to the polls. Or the fact that early physician and Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Rush believed in both the disease theory of alcoholism and in the lurking danger of spontaneous combustion.

Alcoholism haunts American history, and has shaped it, for better or worse. The Adams line may have boasted two presidents, but the family was also plagued by what must have been the alcoholism gene: Two of John and Abigail’s sons and two of their grandsons died tragically in early alcohol-related deaths. Ulysses S. Grant is criticized for his drinking, but perhaps, Cheever speculates, it was his drunken bravado that actually led to his success in the Civil War. (Lincoln, a famous nondrinker, seemed to think so.) Meriwether Lewis, the man responsible for opening up the American West, descended into alcoholism upon his return from his famous expedition to find a water route to the Pacific. But the West, Cheever argues, was won at least in part by teetotalers, like Wyatt Earp, who had a terribly adverse reaction to alcohol and may have used his sobriety to his advantage in running gambling games, investing in silver mines, and shaping his own legacy in Hollywood.

More recently, Senator Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist reign of terror may have succeeded for the time it did only because the Internet wasn’t available to disseminate images or videos of his belligerent antics—including physically assaulting a Washington Post columnist in public—which were, at least in part, spurred on by the alcoholism that eventually killed him. (“Kiss my ass” was McCarthy’s response to a friend who pleaded with him to cut out the drinking mere months before he kicked the bucket.) The gunman who killed JFK may have had an unwitting assist from Kennedy’s secret-service agents, many of whom were hungover and slow to react after a late night of knocking back booze. And when, in 1969, a TWA flight was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and diverted to Syria, a very drunk Nixon, partying with friends in Florida, repeatedly instructed Henry Kissinger by phone to bomb the Syrian airport. In the morning, writes Cheever, the president had no memory of the incident. And many of us have no memory that Nixon, who started drinking only in adulthood and whose tolerance was unusually low, was likely an alcoholic.

It’s clear when I get on the phone with Cheever that she feels empathy for the people about whom she writes, even the ones—Nixon, McCarthy—whose behavior and politics have been judged harshly by the history books. After all, she’s been there herself. Drinking in America is something of a passion project for Cheever, who is a recovering alcoholic (she’s been sober more than 20 years), a memoirist about her addiction (Note Found in a Bottle), and the daughter of John Cheever, one of the 20th century’s more famous alcoholics. Cheever references her family history at various points in the book, something she initially intended to avoid but added at the insistence of her editor. Now she’s glad she did. “The history books that we revere, you never know who the writer is, where he—or Doris [Kearns Goodwin],” she jokes, “is coming from. They don’t reveal their own biases. History is deeply biased. If you don’t reveal your biases, it’s hard for me to connect in the same way. I want to know where the writer is standing.”

Read on for more from Cheever about the boozy tidbits that most surprised her, why alcohol gets written out of the history books, and whether the beer-swigging Pilgrims were severely dehydrated.



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What’s the origin story of this project?
It’s a work in progress, the origin story. I’ve always been obsessed with American history, New England history. I wrote a book about Concord, Massachusetts. I wrote a biography of Louisa May Alcott. I wrote a biography of E. E. Cummings. And of course for decades I’ve been fascinated by addiction and recovery and how they work, starting with my own experience as a child. So those two things were going on separate tracks. And they just collided and made this explosion. As soon as I had this idea, I knew it had to be a book. There’s usually a long agonizing run-up to me deciding what to write about. Not this time. It was really like, Oh! Then I read Daniel Okrent’s wonderful book Last Call! The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. In his prologue there’s a little bit about drinking in American history. I emailed him, and he very sweetly sent me to Eric Burns, who had written a book called Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol, about American history and alcoholism, mostly focusing on the 19th century. I was off to the races.

Were you surprised to discover how little this history had been written about?
I was so surprised. The whole time I was writing, I was going, “What? Really?” Mark Twain said no discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader. It was really a voyage of discovery. And I thought I knew a lot about these two subjects, but it turned out that the presence of alcohol, either from the point of view of temperance or from the point of view of drunkenness, has had a huge effect on our history. And I was constantly surprised. I thought I knew a lot about Abraham Lincoln. I know the difference between the first Inaugural Address and the second. I’ve read a million biographies. I had no idea that his mother had made him promise not to drink on her deathbed. I had no idea that he had lectured to the Washingtonians, that he was a temperance man. And I really had no idea that he was one of these rare individuals that didn’t drink and didn’t judge. When they came to him and complained that Ulysses S. Grant was drinking too much, Lincoln said, “Bring me some barrels of what he’s drinking so I can give it to my other generals.” He was such a pragmatist. I already knew I admired Lincoln, but that’s a rare person, who can not drink because of whatever’s happened in their family, what they’ve seen drinking can do, but also not judge people who do drink. What a guy!

What’s your theory on why alcoholism has been ignored by history? Is it because it was taken for granted and so never noted? Or is it a form of patriotism to ignore drinking, to avoid revealing the private behavior of our national heroes?
One of the rants that I have is how much of current events is controlled by drinking and it never gets reported. Donald Trump is a very good example. Donald Trump’s brother died of alcoholism. Donald Trump has talked about this quite a lot. Donald Trump as a result never drinks, hates drinking, won’t let his children drink. This is a big deal and it doesn’t get reported. Just the way that whatever was the real story with George [W.] Bush’s drinking didn’t get reported. I trained my kids to read the Times and go: Where is the drink in this story?

But the second part of the answer is that we like our history in a certain way. There’s a kind of gravitas that we really like. Because it isn’t just the drinking that gets left out: the sex gets left out, the food gets left out, the clothes get left out. All the things I’m interested in, they get left out. When I wrote American Bloomsbury, I was writing about Emerson and Thoreau, and Longfellow and the Alcotts, I included the women, and when you include the women you get the clothes and the food. I don’t know if you want to call it the underbelly of daily living. I don’t really care so much about the constitutional amendments, although I had to learn about them. I cared about what people were eating. Or drinking. Or who they were. I like to know about the texture of life. And I think when it comes to American history, a lot of that doesn’t get reported.

Like, for instance, Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: no sex and no drinking. I mean, this is a family that’s been dogged by mental illness and alcoholism from the beginning. Not there! Eleanor’s love affair with Lorena Hickok. Not there! And people loved that. I don’t know whether it’s because we feel it’s disrespectful to admit that our leaders were human or what. But we do like history written in this very high-minded way.



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Here’s an example: Until I read your book, I didn’t know that Richard Nixon was a drunk. I’m 31. Is that because I didn’t live through that history? Or is it not widely known?
I didn’t, either! I was surprised. I lived right through it. I thought he was creepy. I knew he was a crook. But I didn’t know he was a drunk. The first hint I had of it was in Frost/Nixon. There’s that scene where he drunk-dials. And I thought, Ohhh. But I didn’t really think twice about it until I was writing this book and people would say to me, Nixon, Nixon, Nixon. Then I read a bunch of biographies and there it was.

Do you think the reason we didn’t know that was because his alcoholism wasn’t typical? He seemed high-functioning?
It wasn’t high-functioning when it wasn’t. But yes. Someone was asking what is the answer to our addiction and alcohol problem. The answer is education. We’re not very well educated about the different forms alcoholism can take. We still have a tendency to think of it as somebody who drinks too much too often. Nixon drank too much too often, but for him too much was not very much. And he didn’t drink at all until he was an adult. Alcoholism is actually mysterious. It’s clearly genetic. On the other hand, it’s not as if it’s sitting right there in front of us and we’re not understanding it. It’s hard to understand.

But with Nixon: Yes, his alcoholism looked very different. Well, actually, it looked a lot like Ulysses S. Grant’s alcoholism. But it looked different from William Faulkner’s alcoholism. And I think that made it harder to believe or harder to pick up. But I do think that we actually have a public-health crisis when it comes to education about addiction in this country. And there’s still not the understanding of it that we need to have in order to effectively deal with it. But I also think that the people who understand alcoholism the best are the Alcoholics Anonymous people. And they’re like: You’re an alcoholic if you say you are. Meaning, it’s pretty mysterious who’s an alcoholic and who’s not. They say it’s a self-diagnosed disease. That’s a fairly aggravating definition.

You said that you’re interested in studying women’s lives to get at the texture of history. But this is mostly a book about men. Did you choose to focus on men because you wanted to get at the most seminal events in American history, and that’s who was involved? Or was it just too difficult to find examples of women and alcoholism throughout American history? Maybe that’s your next book?
I think both of those things are true. In other words: They don’t write a lot about drinking men; they certainly don’t write about drinking women. But in the temperance part of the book, there are a lot of women, the way that the temperance movement and women’s suffrage came to the surface together. I was trying to think of essays to write, and it occurred to me I could have done more with Abigail Adams. This was a woman who knew she had brought alcoholism into the family. Can you imagine?

Did she feel guilt?
I don’t know if she felt guilt or fear. She wrote about it very obliquely. But she and her sisters knew their brother was an alcoholic who died of it. And she saw two of her sons die of it and two of her grandsons. There wasn’t anybody dying of it in the Adams line before she married John Adams. She didn’t say, “I brought this into my own family and caused tremendous heartbreak because I’m a carrier.” But I wonder what that must have been like. I always liked her, but it really made me have so much respect for her. To have one child die of alcoholism is an unimaginable tragedy. To have two? And two grandchildren?

And John Quincy Adams—ever since that, he acted like he drank sulfuric acid. Well, no wonder? Two brothers, two sons. And they didn’t know what it was. They called it the scourge. They knew it was bad. But they didn’t really understand even as well as we do now.

I wished there were more women. I wasn’t so aware until I finished. One of my favorite books that I’ve written was American Bloomsbury, and the whole formula for that book was that I took Concord, Massachusetts, in the 19th century and added the women. The revelation for me was when I found that Louisa May Alcott had lived across the street from Emerson, and had based Laurie [in Little Women] on Henry David Thoreau. I didn’t even realize they were in the same town. I had studied Emerson, I had studied Thoreau. Nobody had ever told me Louisa May Alcott was the little babysitter girl. And Margaret Fuller. The women in that equation were tremendously powerful and interesting. But with this book it was hard to find women.

There were women who came into the chapter about alcoholic writers, which is an interesting chapter for a lot of reasons. It felt to me sort of like a little self-contained section, where you focused on culture instead of politics and sociology. Why?
You make a good point. That didn’t occur to me. And you’re absolutely right. I just was plowing along, and Olivia Laing’s book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking came out. I read  it and thought, Wait a minute, this isn’t right. Because I was deep in the 19th century at this point. I thought, Wait a minute, [the equation of writers with alcoholism] didn’t start until the 1930s. Like everybody who writes that book—and there are many—they  all use the same five writers, because that’s all there are. It’s not happening now. Our writers now are not drunks. I just went, “Wow! This whole myth about writing and drinking is actually restricted to two generations.” And I got so excited about that. But you’re right, I didn’t notice that it completely changed the tone of the book—that it wasn’t about politics, that it was about culture. Sorry!

No, I think it’s fascinating.
I mean, I was so interested. Because everybody thinks it’s all writers who drink. But in fact no writers drink now. You can’t name me one! And it was the same in the 1800s. Maybe Poe. But Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Dickinson? None, zero, not even a ghost of a problem. Whitman was a temperance guy. The Alcotts, they just didn’t drink. It wasn’t on their menu, so to speak. I got very excited. Because for obvious reasons I don’t like the idea that writers have to drink. As a writer who doesn’t drink, I just got very excited about it and tore through the chapter without noticing that it doesn’t really belong in the book. Maybe no one else will notice?

Well, I wouldn’t say it doesn’t belong in the book. I would just say, to me, it felt meaningful that you wanted to include it. It’s not the only place that you reference your family history, your father’s history. You weave that throughout. Did you learn anything about your family that you didn’t already know writing about them here?
I pretty much had it. I’ve been criticized a lot for writing about myself and my family when, according to critics, it wasn’t necessary. So my original intention was not to put any of us in this book at all. But my editor, I think very wisely, said we need a Cheever thread. And it’s true that when I read a history book, I want to know who the writer is. So I did put in a Cheever thread. History is not monolithic; it’s as personal as memoir. It really is. I’m reading [David] McCullough’s Wright brothers book, and it’s fascinating, but it’s all about the engineering. That’s not the book I would have written. It’s great that he wrote  the book he wrote. But I have to guess about his fascination with engineering and his lack of interest in food, sex, and drinking. I don’t want to guess. I like to have a sense of who the writer is. I want to say to the reader: “This is who I am. This is a recovering alcoholic writing about alcoholism. You might need to know that.”

Before I let you go, can I ask you a question that’s been bugging me? You write about how the Mayflower Pilgrims drank beer instead of water, because drinking water was far more dangerous. But were they just horribly dehydrated at all times? How do you survive on no water?
Well, it’s very hard. I don’t think it’s good for you. But If you can’t drink the water . . . You’re just thirsty all the time. And it was 6 percent beer. I thought maybe it was 2 percent, maybe it was near beer, right? Nuh-uh. It was real beer. But they didn’t survive; half of them died that first winter. Half! The starving time. So it’s not a good recipe for good health.

 

This interview has been condensed and edited.

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A$AP Rocky Fires Back At Former Manager With Counter Lawsuit

A$ AP Rocky isn’t keen on settling. Especially in the case of his former manager Geno Sims, who says the Harlem rap star swindling him out of a cool $ 850,000 during the course of their working relationship.

In new documents obtained by The Jasmine Brand, the 27-year-old personality (real name Rakim Mayers) is countersuing Sims, alleging that Sims breached their contract by disclosing information about his finances, personal life and his business to others.

Rocky also attributes any confusion as to what Sims claims he’s owed to the new negotiation they reached when the PMF brought in a second manager circa 2011 to help with his burgeoning celebrity. He says the paperwork filed at the time of Sims’ termination in 2014 explicitly states he wouldn’t be giving him one more red cent.

It appears this issue will be heading to court in the near future.


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Barack Obama ‘Back to Back’ (Drake Spoof)

Impressionist and actor, Alphacat, drops a parody video of ‘Back To Back’ impersonating Barack Obama dissing Donald Trump.

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Back to December – Patti Korbet

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Publish Date: August 5, 2013

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Life doesn't always turn out as planned. Straight-laced, 28-yr old, copy editor Emily Ward thought she had it all: a steady, live-in boyfriend; a job she liked with great future potential; a decent apartment in east coast haven Portland, Maine; and a great family. Her 5-year plan was perfectly on track until the day her little sister got engaged and things blew up in her face. Suddenly, she found herself on a plane to Minnesota at Christmas, trying to escape her life and keep her career on track at the same time. When she literally ran into movie star Deac Roberts shortly after arriving in Minneapolis, she couldn't begin to imagine how much her organized life would get turned upside down or just how far she'd leave Old Emily behind. Swept into a romance with Rob Deacon, the real man behind Deac Roberts, Emily can't explain the changes to herself, let alone to anyone else. Her family is baffled at her behavior and Emily is convinced that she'd been on the wrong track for years. By the time little sister Charlotte walks down the aisle, she'll have her answers and they won't be at all what she expected. Can she live with the new 5-year plan? Or will she keep wishing she went back to that day in December and did everything differently?

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Amanda Bynes — Back To School To Prove She’s Not a Fool

Amanda Bynes is back in action at FIDM in LA this year and one thing’s for sure … she won’t let it end like last year. Sources close to Amanda tell TMZ the actress started classes Thursday. We’re told she’s taking sketch classes to learn how to draw…

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‘Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien — Studio Steps In … If You Stole Artifacts, Give Them Back

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” star Dylan O’Brien is getting called to the principal’s office — after he bragged about stealing Native American artifacts from the movie’s set, he’ll have to answer to 20th Century Fox studio execs. O’Brien…

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NFL’s Greg Hardy — Fires Back at Haters In Rap Video … With Gunfire and Strippers (VIDEO)

[[tmz:video id=”0_j5d2q3td”]] Embattled NFL star Greg Hardy — the guy who was suspended for allegedly beating up his girlfriend — is bragging that he’ll never get “played” by a woman ever again. 

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Song Premiere: The Coathangers, ‘Watch Your Back’

A lesson in acceleration, the Atlanta punk trio’s breathless, unstoppable single is intent on racing itself and raising its own stakes.

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Megyn Kelly Says She’d Have Donald Trump Back On Her Show

Megyn Kelly is tired of talking about Donald Trump.

The news pundit told PBS’ Charlie Rose on Wednesday night that Fox News didn’t want “any sort of war” with the GOP frontrunner.

“We don’t think that benefited the channel, we didn’t think it benefited me, and we don’t think it benefited Donald Trump,” she said. “And I think Donald Trump would say that now.”

Kelly said she is ready to “forge forward and try to put it behind us, not throw any more fuel on that fire.” She’s also willing to have Trump back on her show, “The Kelly File.”

The drama between Fox and Trump began during the first Republican debate when Kelly asked Trump about the many negative comments he’s made about women. Trump later blasted her performance and accused Kelly of having her period. For that he was criticized by everyone from fellow 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton to conservative pundit Erick Erickson. 

After Fox News cancelled a planned appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” over the real estate mogul’s “stale and tiresome” attacks, Trump threatened to boycott the network. The hiatus only lasted five days, but the feud persisted. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes announced last month that he would be sitting down with Trump to discuss their differences, but the meeting ended up being cancelled. 

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Martin Barre is one of those guitarists who often misses out on the awards and recognition but who, when you hear him, is one of the best musicians around.
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Malik Yusef Brings Back G.O.O.D. Fridays With New Mixtape

In the spirit of Kanye West’s infamous G.O.O.D. Friday series, 5x Grammy Award Winner Malik Yusef releases G.O.O.D. Morning G.O.O.D. Night The “Leaquel,” Unheard & Unfinished Joints. As the title implies, tracks on this project are comprised of leaked material from previous G.O.O.D. Music sessions, and unheard gems from prior releases like Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling,” and “Sin City” off Cruel Summer.

What started out as just a studio album back in 2009 has now transformed into a full-fledged series. The third installment to the now trilogy follows up last year’s summer release of G.M.G.N. Deconstructed, which saw features from Mr. West himself, Big Sean, KRS-One, Adam Levine, GLC, Common, John Legend, Twista & others. The release garnered over 7MM total impressions.

As reported earlier, features on the new mixtape come courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music’s CyHi The Prynce on “We Ain’t Playin’” & producer Travis Scott on “Sin City (Original)” – and others such as Raheem DeVaughn, Chip Tha Ripper, JV, Grande Marshall, Young Savage, Ab-Liva, Black, Kentrell, and YouTube sensations Andrew Garcia, Jay Hayden, The Johnsoton Brothers, Brandon Skeie, J. Rice, Casey Cooper, and new comer Megan Elizabeth. Production duties handled this time around come predominately from Nate “Impact” Jolley & D.Cross, as well as Tommy Brown, Big Duke, Rami, Brian K. Bolton, Kevin M. Cairns, Hit Fluid Blue, KC, Mind Killa, Mizzy Beats, and The 11th Hour.


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Hope Solo — Domestic Violence Case Back On … Court Overturns Dismissal

She thought she was off the hook … but Hope Solo’s domestic violence case (which was previously dismissed) is now BACK ON … which means she WILL face charges in municipal court.  As we previously reported, Solo was accused of beating up her…

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Justin Bieber Back in the Danger Zone — Smoking Weed Onstage (VIDEO)

[[tmz:video id=”0_2zelef1n”]] Justin Bieber has fallen off the wagon — at least for a night — because he was smoking weed onstage … one of the drugs that led to his DUI arrest and downward spiral. Justin was performing in New Zealand with Rae…

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Did Lupe Fiasco Fire Back At The Game?

The Game recently let us know that no one wants to battle him or respond to his track “Bigger Than Me” because their life would end up with their career in shambles and they would get their “a** lyrically slayed.” The Game also recently called Lupe Fiasco “weird” on his latest album, ‘The Documentary 2’ Lupe Fiasco obviously got wind of this and seems to be dissing Game with a tweet to game referencing Radiohead’s “Creep”. Lupe seems fine with being different as some of the lyrics found in Radiohead’s “Creep” are,

“But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo,
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.”

Will this be the beginning of yet another rap beef involving Game?

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DEBUT HALF ALBUM ‘WELCOME BACK’ – EP – iKON

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Barbra: Back to Brooklyn – Barbra Streisand

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Release Date: November 25, 2013


Barbra Streisand was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Still in her teens, she left home to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. She went on to conquer the worlds of stage, screen, and music, winning the Tony Award, multiple Oscars, Emmys, and selling out concerts around the world. She’s the most successful female recording artist in popular music history and the only singer to have a number-one album in five consecutive decades. This concert video, recorded on October 11th & 13th, 2012, captures Barbra's triumphant return to her hometown. With special guest Chris Botti and a thrilling duet with her son, Jason Gould, Barbra achieves yet another career milestone, proving along the way that you can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the girl!

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Sports News in Brief: New LSU Stadium Shuttle Transports Tigers Fans Back To Woods

BATON ROUGE, LA—Saying that they hope to make traveling to and from football games more convenient and enjoyable, officials from the LSU athletic department announced Friday that the university will now offer a round-trip stadium shuttle bus to transport Tigers fans back to the woods. “Beginning this Saturday, for just $ 2 a ticket, fans can use our new Tiger Bus to ride directly from the bushlands to the game and back,” said LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette, adding that, beginning six hours before kickoff, fans can catch the bus at any of the numerous stops it will make at various ravines, forest clearings, and swamps near Baton Rouge, while return trips to the remote wilderness will begin at the start of the game’s fourth quarter. “The Tiger Bus is the perfect way to skip the hassle of the parking lot, and helps ensure that all of our fans get …




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Migos Return With Back To The Bando Mixtape [LISTEN/DOWNLOAD]

So the Migos’ studio debut album, YRN: The Album, didn’t exactly meet its goals as planned.

None the matter; since God is blessing all the trap ninjas, the ability to create a mixtape is easier than ever.

And that’s where the Back To The Bando mixtape comes in. The fifteen-track offering boosted by production from the likes of Drumma Boy and Zaytoven has a much more consistent stride in terms of song structure than the aforementioned LP.

Longtime fans need not fret, either. The incarcerated Offset is very much a part of this release.

Stream and download the Back to the Bando mixtape down below.

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As it stands, the Back to the Bando mixtape may be just the beginning of independent moves for the Atlanta collective.

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News in Brief: Aides Rush On Stage To Rotate Scott Walker Back To Direction Of Audience

SIMI VALLEY, CA—Upon noticing that the Wisconsin governor had become disoriented during one of the moderator’s questions and begun delivering his response while facing the set’s backdrop, several of his aides rushed on stage during Wednesday’s GOP primary debate to rotate Scott Walker back in the direction of the audience. “It’s not unusual for him to get a little confused up there, what with all the bright lights and people talking on all sides, so if we see him starting to drift away like that, a couple of us will just hop up there and turn him back the right way,” said senior aide Kyle DeBacker, who added that Walker campaign staffers were almost always able to catch the presidential candidate before he’d wandered too far from his podium and could often redirect his gaze by snapping their fingers in the direction they wanted …




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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Move Back in With Mom Kris Jenner

YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE HOME: What empty nest? Even though Kris Jenner’s youngest daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner have flown the proverbial nest, she’s not alone. Kim Kardashian told WWD last week that she, Kanye West and their daughter North have moved back into mom’s Calabasas, Calif., pad while their new home undergoes renovations.
“My mom is thrilled,” said Kardashian, “and my husband has been a good sport about it.” Kardashian said she’s coming into the home stretch of the renovation, with “big decisions” about bathroom fixtures and tile still to make. The temporary setup also has her running upstairs in the middle of the night if North wakes up.
“She’s usually a good sleeper but the other night she woke up and wanted me to put her hair in a ponytail,” Kardashian said. Oh, those kids.
It’s OK though, because Kardashian hasn’t been feeling as motivated for her daily workouts as she was when she was carrying baby number one. “I keep pretty active but lately I’m just tired.”
Her new house will have plenty of room for the growing family (and a gym), but as for her one-bedroom apartment in New York, where the family stayed this week during New York Fashion

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Back to the Woods – Angel Haze

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Release Date: September 15, 2015

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Why Coco Chanel’s Favorite Hat Is Back on Top

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If Thom Browne has his way, then boaters might replace the floppy sun hat and the festival-girl flower crown as the topper of choice come next spring. It makes sense that the designer, whose roots are in menswear, would be attracted to this ribbon-banded straw, worn by sailors, English school boys, and well-dressed gents the world over.

Coco Chanel is credited with elevating this humble hat to new fashion heights, just as she did jersey fabric. Heightening the impact of Browne’s show further still were Jimmy Paul’s Pippi Longstocking stick-your-finger-in-a-socket braids, over which Stephen Jones’s topless boaters were layered like lifesavers—truly a crowning moment, indeed.

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Teen Technorati – The Thiel Fellowship Finalists Leave S.F. & Head Back to Reality

After a weekend of activities and final pitches, the 40 students get ready to pack up their things and head back to reality until the 20 fellowships are awarded. In this episode, the students reflect back on what they’ve learned over the past few days, and what they’ll do if chosen as a 2014 Thiel Fellow.
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Plies Fires Back At Young Thugs Threats

Well. What do we have here? Plies be making some sense. I think. Or not. Anyway, Young Thug threatened Plies after his daughter appeared in his IG page saying something about being tired. (Click here to read that first story and watch the video.) Then YT said, “Get this s**t off your page or its problems, my n***a. Not asking no more on slime.” Them’s fighting words! So, Plies rePLIES and says that he would never disrespect anybody’s kids, but …

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Lewis Hamilton — I’ve Got Kendall Jenner’s Back Again … at Fashion Week (PHOTO)

Lewis Hamilton took a Rihanna detour (it’s the thing to do, after all) … but ended up right back with Kendall Jenner – ’cause they were spotted out in NYC together looking pretty cozy.  The Kendall/Lewis rumors started swirling…

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Back To School Classics – Various Artists

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Genre: Pop

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Release Date: September 4, 2015

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Back On! Emma Roberts and Evan Peters Spotted Holding Hands Almost 3 Months After Ending Engagement

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Now These Are #SquadGoals: Models Give Back Before Fashion Week

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In fashion circles, charitable causes (along with all other extracurriculars, however noble) often fall by the wayside come September—with business concerns taking precedence, finding time to give back can prove difficult. But this week models like Grace Bol, Jada Joyce, and Crystal Noreiga focused on philanthropy. Rather than prepping pre–Fashion Week, models headed to Midtown’s Covenant House (a longstanding safe haven for homeless, abused, and at-risk youth) as part of their partnership with the I Am Waters Foundation, a charity founded by former model Elena Davis and dedicated to providing clean water to the homeless. There, the team distributed water, care packages, and even gave a crash course in runway walking to an engaged audience of teens.

It’s unusual for an event like this to happen so close to fashion month, but for Elite agent, Jon Ilani, the choice of date made an important statement. “Fashion Week is one of the busiest and most inspiring times of the year for us. It’s a time where an unknown face can become an overnight sensation,” says Ilani. “But we felt that in a time that is so focused on selfies and ‘me, me, me,’ we wanted to take the time to listen to the dreams of other young women who have not been given the same opportunities.”

While the event was an exciting respite for Covenant House’s youth, it also served to ground those participating in reality before the chaos of Fashion Week. “It was really nice to start NYFW doing something I feel very passionate about,” says Tami Williams, a regular on the runway for Calvin Klein Collection and Valentino. “The best part was meeting the young women and listening to them speak about their dreams and what they hoped for in the future.”

Prior to her runway career, Elena Davis, I Am Waters’s founder, lived hand-to-mouth with her mother and three siblings. “Elena was the perfect partner for us to spread this message of hope,” says Ilani. “Not everyone will become a top model, but everyone should have the right and privilege to chase their dream.”

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This concert sees Phil Collins take his superb new album “Going Back” into the live arena. Filmed at New York’s famous Roseland Ballroom, this is a real chance to get up close and personal as Phil Collins faithfully recreates the soul and Motown classics that he loved as a teenager. His band includes three of Motown’s original backing band The Funk Brothers: Bob Babbitt on bass and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, as well as two stalwarts of Genesis’ live shows: Chester Thompson on drums and Darryl Stuermer on guitars. “Backed by a killer 18-piece band.

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Back to School: 3 Ways To Tell If Your Child Custody Agreement Is The Right Fit

Most co-parenting families with school-aged children have two basic parenting time schedules: one for school vacations and holidays and the other for the school year. If you and your former spouse separated or divorced over the summer, this month may be a crucial turning point as the two of you test out the “school year” portion of your child custody agreement for the first time. What can you expect from this new schedule, and how can you tell if changes are needed in order to help your children truly thrive in the coming months? Here are three ways to tell if the custody agreement you have in place is the best fit for your child, and for you.

Does Your Parenting Time Plan Reflect Realistic Expectations?
It’s natural for emotions to run high during a separation or divorce, especially when it comes to critical matters such as deciding child custody. Parents may initially make unrealistic custody grabs based on fear or insecurity, demanding full custody or the vast majority of parenting time, even if their work schedule or living arrangement makes this kind of plan impossible or even detrimental to their children.

If you veered at first towards making bold custody claims out of your hurt or angry feelings, hopefully you had an attorney by your side who was able to steer you towards making sound decisions for the sake of your children. If you were not so lucky, you may have a parenting time plan in place that might work in the short term, but down the road is at risk of imploding when schedules clash and you start showing up late for pick-ups (or not at all), or put your kids in situations in which they lack proper care and supervision.

Yes, it can take time for any co-parenting family to settle into a new school year routine. Still, take some time this month to give your parenting time plan an honest assessment. Does it reflect your need to punish your former spouse or your child’s needs to have a calm, stable school year with love and support from both parents? If your self-assessment reveals a parenting time plan that could use some tweaks, check in with an attorney to learn more about child custody modification, which you and your former spouse may be able to renegotiate on your own terms.

Does Your Parenting Time Plan Reflect Your Children’s Ages, Activities & Needs?
When you decided on a child custody arrangement, you probably took into consideration a number of factors such as your children’s ages, personalities and developmental needs; your careers and outside commitments; child care and the geographical distance between parents’ homes; and your children’s academic and extracurricular activities.

What is important to remember is that children can change, sometimes dramatically, in only the space of a few months. For example, maybe your child will discover their passion for soccer this year and now have practice and home and away games most of the week. Or perhaps your child will unfortunately hit a stumbling block in math and benefit from after school tutoring. Or maybe you will get a promotion at work with more pay — and more hours. On the other hand, perhaps your child is now in preschool or kindergarten and can handle more frequent transitions between parental homes. Or your child recently developed a health or medical need that makes staying in one home preferable.

As inevitable changes occur for your child (or for you or your former spouse), keep track of how they may affect your parenting time plan. For example, if your child has back-to-back tutoring and then sports practice after school, does it still make sense to schedule a dinner together on the same night? Or could a different plan benefit your child?

Parenting time plans are binding, so if you and your former spouse mutually agree to make permanent changes to the schedule that you believe are your child’s best interests, you will need to submit these changes to the courts. Also be aware that if you informally cede parenting time to your former spouse on a regular basis, your former spouse could go to court seeking to have these changes incorporated, with or without your consent.

Are You and Your Former Spouse Able to Maintain Communication?
Finally, a make or break issue for many parenting time plans is how well co-parents can communicate with each other to keep their schedule on track and workable for all involved. Something as simple as arranging to text each other with neutral comments to confirm pick ups and drops offs (i.e., “Will be at bus stop at 4 pm on Friday”) can go a long ways towards creating a positive co-parenting relationship. There are even divorce apps to help co-parents stay on the same page. All you need to do is upload your current parenting time plan and the app will send you both reminders of who needs to be where and when. Or go low-tech by using a notebook that you pass back and forth during custody swaps with notes on how your child is doing and other messages.

The bottom line? Consider it your ongoing homework assignment this year to gauge how well your parenting time plan is working, and whether you are doing your part to make it work. One last point to keep in mind? The old “dog ate my homework” excuse doesn’t apply when it comes to parenting your kids.

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The Sack That Has My Back

There are days that I’m so bummed out I hate to leave the house.

It takes every ounce of energy I can muster to shower, let alone get dressed when I hate myself and every single thing in my closet.

Nothing looks good. I’m no good. There’s just no use.

Last week I had one of those days where I had no choice but to go out and function like a normal human being. Thank god for sunglasses as I didn’t want the pain in my eyes to tag me as someone fishing for a “you okay?” “rough day?” or “it will get better” act of kindness I wasn’t in the mood to accept or answer.

But I made one fatal mistake.

I carried this bag. This wonderful, moon-faced, cat-face bag.
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When I passed children in West Portal they would yank their mom’s shirt-hems and point and smile. Never mind that it’s impolite to point.

When I passed tweeting teens on the T they’d glance up from their phones and nod. Even heard a “that’s so fleek” from one.

When I passed lunching construction workers they’d angle their sandwich towards the bag and offer the occasional thumbs-up.

For someone who wanted to remain invisible, the Cat Bag blew my cover.

And for someone who was a sad sack, this cat sack was the best antidepressant ever.

Which just goes to show the power that fashion has on our moods, and those around us, good and bad.

Do you have that magic coat that hides the hurt or a pair of boots that parts the shit sea — anything that is your version of the cat bag? Do yourself a favor and move those items to the front of your closet immediately. Even if they are fancy or “occasion” clothing that you save for special moments. Every day is a full of special moments! Even if they are goofy. Goofy is good!

And if you don’t have anything that makes you high-five yourself in your full-length mirror, go forth and find it now. We all need apparel ammunition to fight life’s bumps and bruises. And the world around us can always use a good laugh. Or at least an unexpected smile.
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1. Christopher Raeburn shark clutch, Matches. 2. Federica Moretti satin baseball hat with ears, luisaviaroma. 3. Chiara Ferragni blink-eye faux leather backpack, Bagheera Boutique. 4. Jeremy Scott X Linda Farrow sunglasses, Luisaviaroma. 5. Irregular Choice Roarsum boots, Solestruck. 6. Moschino teddy bear collar dress, Farfetch.

Note: I purchased the Cat Bag above from the Azalea Boutique in Hayes Valley, San Francisco (they appear to be sold-out). The brand is Mousse, and can be found here (I paid roughly $ 40.) Reminds me of the hyper-expensive Givenchy graphic animal face bags that sold for 100 times this amount. Now that makes me really happy!

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Are Brick Red Lipstick, Bare Midriffs, and Bantu Knots Back? The Best ’90s Beauty Signatures, Then and Now

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With today’s launch of Vogue Runway, the nineties have taken a strong hold on Vogue.com—but this summer, a mere look at our favorite street style stars is enough to confirm that the decade’s wave-making beauty trends are enjoying a major resurgence. Just last night Ciara set the MTV Video Music Awards abuzz by lobbing off nearly a foot of her long black hair. The style may have been new for the singer, but its architectural lines appeared on the red carpet almost 20 years earlier, when a young Reese Witherspoon found blunt-cut perfection in a nearly identical sleek long bob. And that’s not the only era-signature that’s making a comeback: Brick red lipstick—a makeup go-to for major nineties icons like Drew Barrymore—has also worked its way back into heavy rotation, acting as a tough but feminine update to the jeans and T-shirt equation or a modern counterpoint to bright cocktail dress (see: Joan Smalls).

 

 

Further evidence of the decade’s influence can be found in the crop top renaissance. The abbreviated style, beloved by supermodels from Stephanie Seymour to Naomi Campbell, is making sculpted abs a necessity for It girls like Gigi Hadid. And even the most extreme nineties risk takers are receiving a nod from today’s beauty chameleons. Gwen Stefani donned the multiple bun trend in the ’90s, a look now regularly sported by FKA twigs with her signature braided knots. And Linda Evangelista, who famously quadrupled her rate by cutting her hair, has found a fan in Rihanna, who seemed to reference the supermodel’s fiery, intentionally superficial red crop when conceiving her own shocking lineup of shape-shifting looks earlier this season. After all, in the words of Evangelista, “Any reaction is a good reaction as long as they notice.” From romantic, face-framing tendrils to the lip color that defined a decade, six reasons why everything old is new again.

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If anyone was unsure of Britney Spears‘ status as the reigning queen of pop, rest assured. The songstress hit the red carpet at the 2015 VMAs in a teensy-weensy gold sequined minidress that showed off every inch of her toned body. The dress was designed by Kuwaiti fashion house Labourjoisie, which also dressed Nicki Minaj for the awards.

Britney’s candy-colored hair was pulled up into a ponytail reminscient of “I Dream Of Jeannie,” showcasing edgy earrings and dramatically lined eyes. 

Bring it, Brit.

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A Look Back On Princess Diana And Prince Charles’ Emotional Divorce

It was news that stunned the world — even if the tabloids had long claimed the royal marriage was in trouble: On August 28, 19 years ago, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced.

Diana — “The People’s Princess” — and Prince Charles wed in 1981 but by 1985, the marriage was reportedly already in dire straits. The pair, who had two sons together — Princes William and Harry — stuck it through for 14 years because, as Diana later told the BBC’s Martin Bashir, they “didn’t want to disappoint the public.”

“The pressure on us both as a couple with the media was phenomenal, and misunderstood by a great many people,” Diana told Bashir during the revealing 1995 interview. 

Sitting down with Bashir was an audacious move on the princess’ part; at the time, the 34-year-old had been separated from her husband since 1992. A month after giving the interview, Queen Elizabeth II urged the couple to get “an early divorce” – which they did on Aug. 28, 1996.

During the interview, Diana also addressed Charles’ alleged affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles — an old friend he’d go onto marry in 2005

“There were three in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” she quipped. 

In the end, Diana told Bashir she was content with her standing in the public eye, even if it was unlikely she’d ever be queen. 

“I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being Queen of this country,” she said. 

A year after the split, Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris. 

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TV and the Movies Go Back to School

High school is a universe of seemingly endless drama — with nuggets of comedy, too — as these 30 classic movies and TV shows set in the classroom perfectly illustrate. From the working-class students of 1967’s “To Sir, With Love” to the enthusiastic songbirds of modern-day “Glee,” high school characters have made us laugh, cry and beat a hasty path to our local mall — to scoop up the plaid skirts and knee socks of “Clueless,” the legwarmers of “Fame,” the hooded Bajas of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Who can forget Ferris Bueller’s white wingtips and Tracy Flick’s prim sweater vests and Jordan Catalano’s leather choker? And the hair — “Don’t touch the hair,” insisted Vinnie Barbarino of “Welcome Back, Kotter.” As millions of teenagers head back to school, here’s a look back at their most entertaining fictional counterparts.

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Two years after launching at the Querini Stampalia Foundation, an expanded version of Luciano Benetton’s “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” traveling exhibition is making a return to Venice. The new version will be open from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
The exhibition will include 6,930 works — all measuring 3.9 inches by 4.7 inches — by both emerging and established artists from around the world.
Part of the Luciano Benetton Collection, “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” aims to break social and cultural boundaries and divisions by highlighting the universality of artistic language.
“Ideas, meanings and inspirations are not monopolized products, but fluid and evolving expressions born of interaction and communication between East and West, North and South, and through the convergence of cultural experience,” Benetton said. “We look to the new frontiers of art—personalities, countries, emerging languages and different cultures—to foster openness towards the world and the coexistence of expressive diversity.”
By the end of the year, the constantly evolving art project, which is supported by the Benetton Studies and Research Foundation, will have involved more than 20,000 artists from 100 countries via art exhibitions, catalogues, events, as well as the imagomundiart.com online platform.

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Back To School Tips For Parents Of LGBTQ Kids

Back to school time is filled with the excitement of new backpacks, teachers, and reunions with friends. But for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender parents and students that excitement can be accompanied by anxiety and fear. New schools, classmates, and teachers may also mean coming out again to unknowing peers. This may happen in stride for some LGBTQ parents and students; others have legitimate concerns as another school year begins.

The goal for all students, however, is to provide them with a safe, productive, and supportive learning environment. The climate around LGBTQ issues may not always be the sunniest, but even in school districts where progress needs to be made, these goals are something all parents and students deserve and should expect. Here are ways you can advocate for yourself and your child as you begin another school year.

Talk
Before your child enters the classroom, schedule a time to sit down with their teacher(s) or school administrators to be sure everyone is comfortable and informed about your family’s structure and identity. Give the teacher the opportunity to ask you questions. Understanding breeds knowledge, and sometimes it is our job to inform others. As long as conversations are mutually beneficial and respectful, open lines of communication are necessary.

Talk to your child too. Ask them what they need to feel safe and supported in the classroom and relay that information to their teacher(s). This may include the use of their preferred name, pronouns, or the allowance of a specific friend to be with them during transitions to reduce the possibility of harassment.

Revisit these conversations and check-in frequently. And listen. Your child and their teacher(s) have first-hand knowledge of their school day; be sure you are giving them the opportunity to talk to you too. Everyone must be on the same page for your child to feel safe and comfortable to tackle a new school year.

Provide Resources

Even the most well-intentioned teachers may not know how to support students of LGBTQ parents or LGBTQ students. There are many resources available and they will find wonderfully helpful information through Welcoming Schools, a Human Rights Campaign project, or The Stonewall National Education Project. Both sites offer professional development tools, lessons, and ways to make sure all students feel safe and important in the classroom.

Another valuable organization is Trans Student Educational Resources, which is a youth-led group focusing on creating a more trans-friendly education system. And Gender Spectrum is a great resource to learn how to create “gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.”

Your state may also have local programs dedicated to educating teachers on the important ways to embrace diversity.

Ignorance cannot be an excuse; material is available. Show your child’s teachers where to find it.

Expect Acceptance
And then expect them to use the resources. If necessary, use the school’s mission statement as an argument to provide your child with a safe and inclusive learning space. Amanda Rodhenburg, Director of Advocacy at Outright Vermont gave examples when looking at two different elementary schools’ mission statements. One stated they “strive to develop cultural competency in our students.” Rodhenburg stated, “If a teacher were reluctant to be inclusive about non-hetero families, I would tie the necessity to that very line.”

Another school listed goals that every child should be supported in school, home, and their community. Rodhenburg, “Again, I would tie the imperative for inclusivity to the goal of students being supported in school and at home. Y’all came up with that directive, now you have to stick with it.”

Dr. Molly Fechter-Leggett, clinical psychologist, also reminds parents to use the school’s guidance counselor as an ally and professional trained in LGBTQ issues to help families and students overcome feelings of exclusion. Dr. Fechter-Leggett says, “Counselors are the go-to allies for many kids who transition. If there are barriers with teachers, counselors can often work to help educate them about the social and emotional aspects of the child’s experience.” 

Posters, Safe Space stickers, inclusion of LGBTQ history into the classroom curriculum validate a child’s need for a safe learning space. Learning that a great author or famous scientist identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is also very empowering to a child who has parents with these identities or who may be LGBTQ themselves.

The quality and quantity of books with LBGTQ characters and themes are increasing every day. Be sure your school’s teachers know about them and expect them to be available to your child. Check here for a list of books for all ages.

Find or Create Community
Joining or creating a community of other like-minded students builds confidence and safe places for your child at school. It also increases visibility and improves the school’s climate towards diversity. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) and theGay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) are national organizations with local chapters. If your child’s school doesn’t have a Gay-Straight Alliance, encourage them to start one.

Safety is Non-negotiable
If you find out your child is being bullied by another student, the first step may be to talk to their teacher or the school administration. Contacting your local LGBTQ resource center may be helpful too. Workers at these centers and youth advocacy leaders can help educate your child’s teacher(s) on the best way to create a cultural shift in the classroom to help prevent future situations.

If the bullying or harassment is coming from a teacher or school administrator, it may be necessary to contact your state’s Human Rights Commission to report discrimination. More of your rights can be found at GLAD.org.

Bottom line: Safety is non-negotiable. You have every right to speak up and to be heard.

All of the fun and exciting aspects of a new school year should not be overshadowed by ignorance. You, your family, and your child deserve the same respect and opportunities as every other family and student. It may take a little more work and time in some cases, but the benefits of a happy and confident student are well worth the extra energy.

Good luck parents!

Amber Leventry is a writer for The Next Family and lives in Vermont with her wife and three kids. 

 

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How Growing Back My Bush Helped Me Embrace My Womanhood

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One month before I went to a nude beach for the first time at 59, I started dreaming up ways to camouflage my private parts, scars, pale skin, and stretch marks. It had been awhile since I’d needed to worry about beach-body stress.

Typically before going on vacation I spend a good long time picking out swimsuits that look attractive and hide any body areas that I don’t want to show off. But, since wearing a bathing suit at a nude beach was out of the question, I decided on the next best thing:

I’ll get a tan and grow back my bush!

Both of these were big leaps for me. My body hadn’t experienced a deliberate tan in 15 years, and my bush — well, let’s just say I should have invested in Gillette. I was very nervous, but I felt like having a little color on my skin and some natural coverage down below would give me the courage and confidence I needed in order to try nude beach-going. I figured my skin would survive a few sessions of a light bulb tan, and I knew I could always shave afterwards if I hated the return of the long-absent bush. I was on a mission, and there was no turning back!

I found a tanning salon near my house, and the first thing I noticed while I was filling out the client intake form was that I seemed to be the only person in there that needed a tan. I’d never seen tanner people in my life, including the receptionist and all the clients entering and exiting the tanning rooms. After a few minutes of waiting, I entered a beginner’s tanning booth. The receptionist showed me how to turn the bed on, and then I was left alone to read (and, of course, disregard) a sign that warned “Do not go nude for the first two tanning sessions.”

After three seven-minute tanning sessions in the weeks before I hit the beach, I was golden from head to toe, and my bush was growing back nicely.

When nude beach day finally arrived, I stripped down and starting looking around at the other nude sunbathers, only to discover that my master plan had backfired — I was the only woman on the beach with a bush! Instead of blending in, I stood out, and in those first few anxious moments, I wanted to go back in time and slap some sense into my month-younger self.

But then a funny thing happened. I noticed that, even though I looked different from the other women there, having a bush did make me feel more confident. I felt like I was embracing my womanhood and all that being a woman entails, and I was happy and comfortable as I let my body be exactly how it naturally wanted to be.

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Soon, I started wondering why I ever shaved down there to begin with, and the more I thought about it, the more ridiculous a bald V-spot seemed to me. Where did I get the notion that having a bush was a problem that needed to be fixed? That it was unsightly or undesirable? Was it from society, the media, a trend, or men? Most likely, it was a little of all the above. All I knew for sure that day, though, was that I was suddenly tired of judging myself based on other people’s standards of beauty. All because of my newly grown-out bush, I started feeling really good about loving every part of me.

I’m not a porn star who needs to show every crevice to her fans, and I’m not an 11-year-old pre-pubescent girl. I’m a grown woman, and I think having grown pubic hair is sexy as hell. I’m not saying that a little grooming is not in order, and of course everyone has different preferences, but for my part, I have no intentions of ever shaving down there again.

That day on the beach, I learned to love my bush — to view it not as something to be ashamed of or to hide, but as a beautiful, honorable badge of womanhood.

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