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It took a bit longer than expected, but the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has hit the Internet. The good news is that fans have their first look at the next chapter of Peter Parker’s journey in the MCU. The bad news is that the very fact that we’re looking at a post-Avengers: Endgame Peter Parker telegraphs the fact that he’s due to return to life in Endgame.

A lot of MCU fans are understandably frustrated that Marvel is spoiling the next Avengers sequel months before it hits theaters. But ultimately, does it really matter that Far From Home gives away this resurrection? In this case, the spoiler isn’t the point.

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'Detroit: Become Human' review: Strong characters make your choices matter“Detroit: Become Human” is a game that wants all of your choices to matter. From how you reply to other characters, to the split-second decisions you make during a scuffle, to whether you peer into an open doorway, nearly every action you make in “Detroit” feels as though it would impact the game’s narrative and, eventually, its final outcome. It’s not a perfect game — I had problems with the controls at times and quick-time events that felt overwhelming— but this is easily the best title to date from developer Quantic Dream.

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‘Black Models Matter’ Protest Blasts Paris Fashion Week For Lack Of Diversity

Looks like Paris Fashion Week’s most importent moment happened off the runway. 

Indi Irvin, a U.K.-based model signed with MSA Models, protested outside the Balenciaga show on Saturday, holding up a sign that read “Les Modèles Noirs Importent,” or as it’s translated, “Black Models Matter.” The signage spoke to the brand’s historical lack of diversity on the runway.


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The arena was fitting ― Refinery29 reports there were only four models of color of the 47 models who walked in the Balenciaga show (which was actually an improvement over past seasons) ― but her protest speaks to the event as a whole. As New York Fashion Week has made slow but sure strides to be more inclusive, Paris, Milan and London have continued to come up short.

Irvin explained on Instagram that she was planning to protest Lanvin or Celine, or any show that “was big enough to grab the attention back to the cause,” and it “just worked out best at Balenciaga.” She also explained why she felt like now was the right time to speak out.

Outside Balenciaga. Les Modèles Noirs Importent // Black Models Matter. (according to google translate)

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“2017 was a big year not only politically but also for my modeling career as it was my first season in the European market,” she wrote. “It is very different here compared to the NYC I’m used too [sic]. February was black history and march is women’s so it just felt right.”

#blackmodelsmatter #indi #pfw #eyeoccupy2k17 ❤

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A few days prior, Irvin pointed out that Gucci, which showed at Milan Fashion Week on Feb. 22, featured just 17 models of color out of 119 total models. “It’s 2017,” she wrote. 

17 … it's 2017 #17 #RP @moremodelsofcolor #gucci #blackmodelsmatter

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The protest caught the attention of many news outlets and street style photographers, including Phil Oh (Mr. Street Peeper) and Melodie Jeng, and with good reason. While Balenciaga did not return a request by The Huffington Post for comment at the time of publication, we applaud Irvin for taking matters into her own hands in the name of inclusivity.

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Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, And the Power of Disruption

It was a good week for disruptive innovation. Three protestors affiliated with Black Lives Matter shut down Bernie Sanders yet again, this time at a Seattle rally Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump escalated his disruptive impact on the Republican presidential field, with a post-debate remark implying that Fox reporter Megyn Kelly was menstruating when she asked him provocative questions, fittingly, about his coarse put-downs of women.

The two forms of disruption invite comparison.

BLM is disrupting the most progressive candidate in the Democratic field. Why? Because in the year since the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the issue of systemic violence against blacks has still not broken through to become a first-tier issue, even among liberals.

Why Sanders? Because he is a soft target, with little if any security at his rallies and not inclined to call the cops on protestors. So he suffers disproportionately for the sins of the larger system. Is this fair? Not exactly. On the other hand it seems to be working.

Sanders has put out an excellent statement on criminal justice reform, which is far stronger than anything else out there from a mainstream candidate.

Even though these tactics are not pretty, we can expect the entire Democratic field to give more attention to issues of structural racism.

Black Lives Matter, rather like Occupy Wall Street and its spawn, is not a top-down movement. It is “horizontal,” in the jargon du jour, a kind of loose confederation of like minded activists, rather like (pardon the analogy) the Tea Parties.

On the other hand, it is probably the most important grass movement to come along in decades, certainly on the left. And it sure doesn’t have the Tea Parties wealthy donors helping to pull the string.

I think of the classic Malvina Reynolds protest song from the 1960s, “It Isn’t Nice”:

It isn’t nice to block the doorway,
It isn’t nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail.
It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

We have tried negotiations
And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn’t see us
And he might as well be blind.
Now our new ways aren’t nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom’s price,
We don’t mind.

Disruptive protest isn’t nice — that’s the whole point. But sometimes it’s necessary.

My guess is that Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter will get the choreography right before too long. There will be meetings. He will put out statements of support, maybe offer BLM time at rallies, maybe make some high profile speeches at grass roots civil rights gatherings.

Black Lives Matter will continue actions that occasionally disrupt campaign events of Sanders and others Democrats. But compared to the disruptive effect of Donald Trump on the Republican field, BLM is a picnic for Democrats.

This is a loutish billionaire with a titanic ego, and he reminds the broad public of what the Republicans really stand for. Unlike BLM, which is all about citizen energy, all the Donald has to do is write a check and he is in it for the long haul. That’s the Republican way.

Trump is the Republican Party’s worst nightmare. He speaks for the disaffected, rageful white males who think just the way he does; the people who listen to talk radio and don’t let facts get in the way… the faithful viewers of Fox. But whoops,Trump and Fox are now in a dogfight. Over a Fox questioner, Megyn Kelly (gotta love that gyn) turned feminist. Does it get any better?

Sen. Lindsey Graham was quoted in the Washington Post:

“I think we’ve crossed that Rubicon where his behavior becomes about us, not just him,” Graham said in an interview.

“Donald Trump is an out-of-control car driving through a crowd of Republicans, and somebody needs to get him out of the car,” Graham said. “I just don’t see a pathway forward for us in 2016 to win the White House if we don’t decisively deal with this.”

Yes, indeed. At first, political analysts thought Trump was a flash in the pan — that when he questioned Sen. John McCain’s military record, or preposterously claimed that was responsible for making immigration a national issue, or couldn’t decide whether he was a supporter of single-payer insurance or letting-’em-die in the free market, or insulted women as menstrual harridans, he would be toast.

But it’s now clear that no matter what Trump says, his support is likely to stay north of 20 percent in the polls because it isn’t the words that matter; it’s the anger. An NBC poll had Trump winning the Fox Republican debate with 23 percent support and the next highest contender (Ted Cruz!) second at 13, and Jeb Bush in sixth place with just 7 percent. Does it get any better?

These reverberations are almost too good to be true — Fox in a fight with its own hard core audience and its own facts-don’t-matter style; Fox suddenly becoming feminist; Trump reminding the country of what the larger Republican Party has come to represent; Trump sucking out all the oxygen so that rival candidates can’t gain traction against a surprisingly weak Jeb Bush. And, very likely, Trump eventually running as an independent.

Trump is a caricature of things that more mannered Republicans have been getting away with for years. He smokes out what the Republicans really stand for. No wonder they are worried. “An out of control car driving through a crowd of Republicans.”

Trump isn’t nice. Neither is Black Lives Matter. The Democrats should be grateful for the form of creative disruption being visited upon them.

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AMC Truly Proves Story Does Matter

“You really like those AMC shows don’t you?” a woman asked me recently. To which I said, “Yes, I do.” For AMC means it when they say story matters here. Also, it’s their compelling characters who give depth to their stories. Therefore, both story and characters matter at AMC.

Furthermore, it’s the stories that really capture us, when a character starts out good and ends up bad, or vice a versa. “That’s a bildungsroman,” another woman said to me a while ago. For if I hadn’t met her, I perhaps never would have heard of such a word. Bildungsroman, a German word, is basically about a main character in a novel going through moral and psychological growth. Like in the book and film Captains Courageous when the spoiled rich boy begins bad, to become good. Or in the Star Wars saga when Anakin Skywalker begins good, turns bad as Darth Vader, to be finally redeemed by his son Luke Skywalker in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

On good vs. bad, much has been discussed about the character Don Draper of AMC’s Mad Men, as the series finale aired last month on May 17, 2015 concluding seven seasons since 2007. Monster, bully, selfish, Don Draper, exceptionally acted by Jon Hamm, has been called all of that and more, all basically, to be left and free for anyone’s assertion. Nevertheless, faithful fans never intended to watch Mad Men every Sunday night expecting Don Draper to one day become Gandhi. Only because, it has been consistently shown to fans that there’s more to Don Draper than his vices, and about the show itself, all taking place mostly in the 1960s.

Such as, on the surface, it may appear that Don Draper is a selfish person. But is he truly a selfish person? In season 4 episode 12 titled, “Blowing Smoke,” the year is 1965. The start-up ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP), formed on December 16, 1963 to evade a takeover by rival giant McCann-Erickson, is now trying to sail afloat. Lane Pryce asks the partners to each contribute a set amount of cash to stay in business. Don, Roger Sterling, and Bert Cooper to each give $ 100,000, with Lane and junior partner Pete Campbell to each give $ 50,000. Only Pete didn’t readily have $ 50,000, who afterwards said so to Don. Then Don says, “Pete, I’m doing everything I can.” Later, Pete tells Lane. The Englishman then smiles while saying, “Calm yourself. Don paid your share.” “What?” Pete replied. To which Lane added, “Perhaps, you weren’t supposed to know that.” Later on Pete sees Don across the hallway. Their eyes meet. Pete gives a grateful nod. Don also nods. Then both men walk purposefully away.

Yes, we’re in 2015. And $ 50,000 may not seem much to some. Still, $ 50,000 is a lot of money. Need proof? Just ask anyone with college loans.

Though in the year 1965, it helps to pause to appreciate the magnanimity of what Don Draper had done. According to dollar times dot com, in 1965, $ 50,000 had the same buying power as $ 376,301 now (bls dot gov figure is $ 375,554). Furthermore, Don also paid his share along with Pete’s, to combine at $ 150,000 then, having the same buying power as $ 1,128,904 in 2015. Also earlier in the same episode, Midge Daniels seeks Don, catching him as he just left work while in the grand lobby of New York’s Time-Life building. Don helps her out at her apartment by giving her $ 120.00 for one of her paintings, which has the same buying power as $ 903.00 in 2015. And speaking of college loans earlier, the cost of tuition at Harvard in 1965 was $ 1,760. So make no mistake, both $ 50,000 and $ 120.00 had amped-up turbo powered worth in 1965.

True, Don Draper is not a saint, for even both actor Jon Hamm and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner have been known to agree, in their own words, during countless interviews. One such interview is in GQ magazine’s April 2015 edition. For on page 171 of the article titled, “Don Draper’s Gonna Die!” by Brett Martin, lead actor Jon Hamm states, “I’m the guy who lives with the guy every day, and I’m like, ‘No, no, no, no, no,'” he says to those people who would excuse Don’s behavior. Even so, Don Draper, advertising creative director, whose real name is Richard “Dick” Whitman, is not at all the sociopath some readily claim him to be. For on Quora, titled, “Does Don Draper have some traits of a psychopath?”, Liz Mullen, sports writer, gives a sterling, thoughtful, balanced answer. The following are excerpts as she says, “He feels guilt and remorse. He feels more love for his children than Betty Draper Francis, the mother of his children. Sociopaths feel nothing.” By also mentioning his ex-wife, Ms. Mullen makes another good point in that Mad Men is not all about Don. For Roger, Bert, Pete, Harry Crane, Peggy Olson and Joan Holloway all have some culpability about them, making them all believably multi-dimensional.

Don has done bad things, but he’s no Walter White. Leading us to Walter White from AMC’s Breaking Bad that began in 2008, and concluded on September 29, 2013 after five seasons. A great show, which exceeded in every way in acting, writing, directing and cinematography.

A true bildungsroman character to the max! For in the online article titled, “Breaking Bad: How Vince Gilligan Created TV’s Greatest Anti-Hero,” by Sanjiv Bhattacharya on September 22, 2013 for Esquire, it stated that lead actor Bryan Cranston was blown away by the pilot script. Then afterwards, it states, “… when Gilligan explained that he wanted to change this chemistry teacher from good to bad. ‘My jaw just dropped. I told him, I don’t think that’s been done in the history of serious television.'” And after all was said and done, Breaking Bad would go on to win 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and well deserved every one.

Breaking Bad wasn’t monochromatic. Shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the story unfolds of a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook, drug dealer, and killer, with wife Skyler White, acted by Anna Gunn, trying to maintain home and hearth, Breaking Bad also showcased a colorful diverse cast, like AMC’s other yet current great show, The Walking Dead. Besides Walt, Skyler, son Walt Jr., baby Holly, DEA agent brother-in-law Hank and his wife Marie (sister of Skyler), and Walt’s accomplice former student Jesse Pinkman, there are many ethnic characters such as Hank’s friend DEA agent Steven Gomez, assistant principal Carmen Molina, Krazy 8, Combo, Huell, Gus Fring, Andrea Cantillo, son Brock, Tuco, Hector and the deadly Salamanca Twins. And there’s another character, the beautifully shot desert panorama by Michael Slovis.

About Breaking Bad’s popularity, Melissa Bernstein co-exec producer on season 5’s DVD sums it up by saying, “Vince is very much about what would a real person do?” Another reason of the show’s success is that it blends humor with drama. And this leads to The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead is quality drama. For the central theme is not about the gore or survival, but about cherishing humanity. We cherish that which is elemental if it is on the verge of being lost. Lead character Rick, acted by British actor Andrew Lincoln, and his group have moved into new digs this past season 5. A walled community of spacious homes so beautiful, you’d think each could be on the cover of Architectural Digest. And it’s a show truly worthy of an Emmy.

In fact, I’ve gone as far by sending a one-page letter this past March 20, 2015 to the head of the Television Academy, Chairman Bruce Rosenblum. For within I stated, “As a fan of The Walking Dead, I implore you to please become aware of the Emmy worthiness of this AMC TV drama.” Yes the ballots are out, as mentioned recently on June 15, 2015 in USA TODAY. And Mad Men may take it all. Still, to use the words of Badger in Breaking Bad‘s series finale, he says, “Damn, man, couldn’t he [Jesse Pinkman] at least throw a brother a bone?” And so to the voters of the Television Academy, on behalf of all The Walking Dead fans, please grant the show at least an acting, writing, or a directing nomination. Long live The Walking Dead, and AMC.

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Meet The People Ensuring Black Lives Matter Isn’t Just A Hashtag

WASHINGTON — Facilitating meaningful conversations about race isn’t an easy feat, but a local collaborative effort is up to the challenge.

Black Lives/White Light and TABLETRIBES, a D.C.-based tech startup, are coupling art and technology to create The Radius Project, which aims to take conversations surrounding Black Lives Matter beyond newsfeeds and comment sections.

The collaborative is setting up three panel discussions in the Washington, D.C., area in hopes of turning online interactions into more meaningful face-to-face conversations .

“A meaningful face-to-face conversation is a singular point of contact that has the power to activate a ripple effect in our communities,” Hosan Lee, the founder and CEO of TABLETRIBES, told The Huffington Post. “If we all work together, how far outwards can we extend the radius of progress?”

Pretty far, it seems. The Radius Project grew from a series of four discussion panels following Black Lives/White Light’s April exhibition showcasing the artwork of eight white artists. Sheldon Scott and Deirdre Darden, two D.C. artists who curated the exhibit, hoped the show would introduce an alternative perspective to the conversation surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.

“For me, Black Lives Matter — way before it became this social media movement, before it became a hashtag — it’s always been a part of my work,” Scott said. “We’ve been saying these things for years about … mistreatment and injustices.”

Black Lives Matter has achieved global reach, he added. This influence inspired Scott to seek out white artists who may not have been aware of racialized police brutality before seeing the hashtag and see how they would respond to the movement artistically.

It worked. Powerful, conflicting reactions to the April exhibit encouraged Scott and Darden to set up the panels to continue delving into how America confronts race and justice and its relationship with violence.

“We need to be able to have this conversation about race on many different levels simultaneously. We have to be able to talk to people who have a lower understanding of race at the same time we should be able to communicate to people who have a heightened [understanding],” Scott said.

The success of Black Lives/White Light provoked Lee to reach out to Scott and ask if he was interested in letting the conversation continue using TABLETRIBES, a digital platform that brings online conversations into the real world. Their goal is to globally scale empathy development by developing opportunities for users to exchange ideas and information in person.

The Radius Project hopes its efforts will get a better reception than Starbucks’f did. The coffee chain launched Race Together Initiative earlier this year to encourage customers to discuss racial matters, a move that was quickly written off as a marketing ploy and called off by the company.

“Starbucks’ intentions with [Race Together] around trying to start civic conversations felt like they were in the right place, but the execution wasn’t designed to facilitate deeper engagement in a way that was productive or appropriate. For us, it reaffirmed our approach and the need for what we’re building at TABLETRIBES,” Lee said.

TABLETRIBES is a social networking app that allows users interested in similar topics to connect with each other offline. People who RSVP for this month’s events will be helping the startup test the app, which is currently in beta. Lee said the app will help users find others in the room to discuss specific topics relevant to each evening’s civic-minded theme during the event itself.

“We’re gathering people because they want to talk these issues, but what we want to do with the app is allow these conversations to happen beyond the room itself,” she said.

Panels are scheduled for June 9, 16 and 23. Interested parties can RSVP here.

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Rodgers: I’m playing … just a matter of how

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers might practice on Thursday, but either way his quarterback will play on Sunday against the Cowboys. – NFL

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Lily Allen: Presents don’t matter

Lily Allen buys her husband random gifts when she spots them, rather than birthday and anniversary presents. RSS feed
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I Want Poetry to Matter: A Manifesto

In celebration of National Poetry Month 2014, I present my new poem: a poetic manifesto for a new world.

By the way, I also think that we need to queer or gayify National Poetry Month!

“I Want Poetry to Matter: A Manifesto”

I want Poetry to matter
I want it to do what no one else, nothing else can do
I want Poetry to matter
Do you?

I want Poetry to end all wars
stop the genocides
cure all diseases
feed the starving
shelter the homeless
protect the helpless
stop the injustices
save the planet
save the animals
save our souls
save us

I want Poetry to mean something
I want Poetry to do something

I want Poetry to be the peaceful warrior
I want Poetry to be the violent pacifist

I want Poetry to matter
I want it to imprison the oppressor
and free the oppressed
I want it to blame the victimizer
and defend the victim
I want it to banish the marginalizer
and welcome the marginalized
I want it to the resist the powerful
and empower the powerless
I want it to steal from the greedy
and give to the needy

I want Poetry to do what no other literature can do
what no other art can do
what no institution can do
I want Poetry to matter
I want it be tangible
I want it to be seen

I want Poetry to have a purpose
It must have a purpose

I want Poetry to matter
I want it to reveal the real truth
I want it to change the world

And although none of this will ever be reality
Ideally, I want Poetry to matter

So I hope and I hope and I hope
because hope is all I have

Are you hopeful?

I want Poetry to matter
Do you?

Do you want Poetry to matter?
Do you?
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HUVr Hoverboard Is Not Shipping In December (Or Ever, For That Matter)

That viral video of a “Back To The Future” style HUVr hoverboard making the rounds? Yeah, looks like it won’t be shipping in December after all, but you already knew that… right?

The folks at Funny or Die came clean this week and admitted they created the fake product demo.

Still, it’s fun to see Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, Terrell Owens, Agnes Bruckner, Schoolboy Q and Moby trying to promote the product. It’s even more amusing to watch Lloyd act outraged about it afterward, as if he was pranked too.

“We were hoodwinked, flim-flammed, hornswoggled, shanghaied, bamboozled, hoverduped, swindled and scammed,” he says in an “apology” video posted online that’s just as genuine as the HUVr itself.
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Study Says Wives Matter More When Resolving Marital Spats

A new study out of UC Berkeley may have found the key to marital bliss.

The research, published in the November 4 edition of “Emotion,” found that a wife’s ability to regain composure after an argument was far more important than her husband’s in regards to long-term marital satisfaction.

Lian Bloch, an assistant professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, California and the lead author of the study, analyzed more than 80 couples’ videotaped interactions following disagreements. She and her fellow researchers discovered that wives’ recovery time after conflicts had a larger impact on the relationship than the husbands’ both in the long and short term.

“When it comes to managing negative emotion during conflict, wives really matter,” Bloch said in a UC Berkeley News Center press release.

She continued, “Emotions such as anger and contempt can seem very threatening for couples. But our study suggests that if spouses, especially wives, are able to calm themselves, their marriages can continue to thrive.”

The study took into consideration the couples’ body language, facial expressions, tone of voice and topics of discussion following points of contention.

Study participants were selected from a larger pool of couples whose marriages have been studied at the university since 1989 by psychologist Robert Levenson — a senior author of the study.

Levenson concluded that wives play a vital role in conflict resolution due to their ability to discuss and offer solutions, but says the study showed the opposite is the case for married men.

“Ironically, this may not work so well for husbands, whose wives often criticize them for leaping into problem-solving mode too quickly,” Levenson explained.

So women, next time you’re in an argument with your spouse just remember — a cooler head may lead to a hotter marriage.

Check out the slideshow below for a round up of the most interesting marriage findings of last year.

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